Stirrer Mounted Through Mixing Chamber Bottom Wall Patents (Class 366/205)
  • Patent number: 6960015
    Abstract: The cutter stand of a mixer includes a set of blades and a blade holder installed at the bottom of the bowl of a mixer. The set of blades has a vertical shaft extending downward and the blade holder is fitted on the shaft, with a clutch installed under the blade base and threadably assembled with the shaft. The blade holder is composed of a bearing base, a copper alloy bush, a bearing sleeve, two heat-insulating and waterproof washers and a waterproof gasket. The shaft is inserted through the bearing sleeve, the copper alloy bush and the bearing base and then threadably assembled with the clutch connected with a motor which will drive the shaft to rotate and actuate the set of blades to rotate and beat fruit into juice. Thus the cutter stand of a mixer is assembled quickly, having effects of heat insulation, shock absorption and noise abatement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Inventor: Ming-Tsung Lee
  • Patent number: 6910800
    Abstract: A blender includes a motor base, a container, and a top cover. The motor base includes a motor unit having a blade driving section, and a contact switch unit connected electrically to the motor unit. The contact switch unit includes a press button that is depressible so as to permit activation of the motor unit. The container has a container bottom provided with a cutting blade unit that is coupled to the blade driving section so as to be driven rotatably by the motor unit. The container has a spring-loaded push rod unit mounted movably thereon. The push rod unit has a bottom rod section associated with the press button of the contact switch unit, and a top rod section depressible by a switch actuating block of the top cover so as to move the push rod unit against biasing action from a deactivating position to an activating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: EUPA International Corporation
    Inventor: Tsan-Kuen Wu
  • Patent number: 6907819
    Abstract: A locking system for an appliance has lid and feed chute locking components that include a spring-biased, ramp surfaced pivoting arm that is adapted to be activated to extend or retract a rod that activates or de-activates a motor drive of a food processor. The arm is activated by rotational movement of the lid relative to the bowl, as an extension member attached to the lid, which is activated by insertion of the plunger, extends downwardly from the lid and engages the ramp surface of the pivoting arm when the lid is rotated. Thus, the plunger can remain inside of the food chute of the lid while the lid is removed or replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Conair Corporation
    Inventor: Colin Michael Kernan
  • Patent number: 6854876
    Abstract: A blending jar apparatus is disclosed and includes a plurality of walls and a handle secured to one of the plurality of walls. The handle includes an aperture receptive of a handle of another blending jar apparatus. One of the plurality of walls may include a truncated wall, to which the handle is secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: K-Tec, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas D. Dickson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6837153
    Abstract: An improved structure of a fruit and vegetable processor is disclosed. The bottom section of one side of the circumferential edge of the cup body of the processor has a protruded passage which is in communication with the interior of the cup body. The passage is mounted with a filtering tube with filter so that the juice from the crushing of fruit and vegetable will be centrifuged to the cavity at the circumferential wall of the cup body when the blade rotates and the juice is filtered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Inventor: Sung Shan Chang Chien
  • Publication number: 20040264294
    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: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2003
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Applicant: Hamilton Beach/Proctor-Silex, Inc.
    Inventor: Ernest B. Pryor
  • Patent number: 6817750
    Abstract: A blender system composed of a mixing base that is capable of agitating the contents of a plurality of containers. The mixing base includes a member 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, and a locking groove. One container that may be used with the mixing base is a bullet-shaped container. The bullet-shaped container includes a 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 member for agitating contents of the bullet-shaped container and a member for locking the bullet-shaped container within the recessed well of the base. Alternatively, a blender container may be utilized with the mixing base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Homeland Housewares, LLC
    Inventor: Lenny Sands
  • Patent number: 6811303
    Abstract: A blending apparatus includes an articulable housing operatively coupled to one or more switches to actuate a blending motor. Upon mounting a mixing jar and associated lid on top of the housing, downward pressure is placed on the lid/jar assembly which places, in turn, downward pressure on the housing. Such downward pressure on the housing causes the housing to articulate and actuate the switch, which in turn provides power to the motor to rotate the blade mounted within the mixing container at a first rotational speed. In one embodiment, the switch is interposed between the housing and a stationary base. A second switch may also be utilized to rotate the blade at a second, increased rotational speed upon additional articulation of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: K-Tec, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas D. Dickson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6786141
    Abstract: The invention concerns a working chamber for an electrical household food processor, comprising a vessel (1) and a lid (3), the vessel and the lid comprising hinge means (10). The invention is characterised in that the hinge means (10) comprise two matching nesting surfaces (7, 8), one (7) integral with the lid (3) and the other (8) integral with the vessel (1), having at least along one pivot axis a series of at least partly circular sections perpendicular to said pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: SEB S.A.
    Inventors: Carole Tompa, Jean-Paul Astegno, Thomas Lallemand, Lionel Peyras
  • Patent number: 6758592
    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. The container has a first interface at its top that mates with a second interface on the blender base and which may also interface with a drinking cap such that the container may also function as a drinking container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John Douglas Wulf, Gerald J. Lozinski, Matthew Craig Denton, Jerry Lee McColgin, Michael Morton, Daniel S. Soultanian
  • Publication number: 20040114457
    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: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2003
    Publication date: June 17, 2004
    Inventor: Shane R. McGill
  • Patent number: 6736539
    Abstract: A household appliance, in particular, a kitchen machine, includes a planetary gear disposed between an electric drive unit and an output shaft or drive shaft of the appliance and the stationary toothed ring of which is supported on the housing of the appliance by support arms (13) projecting radially outwardly on the outer circumference of the toothed ring. Good damping of the noise originating from the planetary gear is achieved by virtue of the fact that an elastic element preventing direct contact between the support arms and the fixing locations is respectively inserted between the support arms and the fixing locations on the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgerate GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Brezovnik, Henrik Pavlovic, Jurij Pesec, Igor Zibret
  • Patent number: 6711990
    Abstract: Baby formula preparation and multiple dispensing apparatus includes a base housing having side and bottom walls, and also having an open top, and further having container assembly support members disposed therein; and also includes a container assembly including a container, and also including a hood being securely and conventionally attached about the container, and further including a bottle support member being securely and conventionally attached to the container, and also including bottle retaining members being securely and conventionally attached to the bottle support member; and further includes a cover being removably disposed over the open top of the container; and also includes a light-emitting assembly being securely fastened attached to the container assembly; and further includes a baby formula preparation and dispensing assembly for preparing baby formula and for dispensing the baby formula to bottles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Inventor: Conrad W. Harrison
  • Patent number: 6709150
    Abstract: A juice blender includes a container having a horizontal partition formed with a skirt, a hat positioned in the skirt of the container, and a bearing fitted in the hat. A rotor is housed in the container and provided with a pair of spaced, diametrically-opposite blades. The rotor is formed with a shaft extending downward and rotatably supported in the bearing. An upper gasket is received in the hat and mounted around the shaft above the bearing, while a lower gasket is mounted around the shaft but below the bearing. In addition, a coupler is coaxially attached to a distal end of the shaft. The rotor and the coupler are so configured to accommodate respective weights for dynamically balancing the inertial moment produced from the spaced, diametrically-opposite blades of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Inventor: Kuan-Chih Lin
  • Publication number: 20040042338
    Abstract: A blender includes a motor base, a container, and a top cover. The motor base includes a motor unit having a blade driving section, and a contact switch unit connected electrically to the motor unit. The contact switch unit includes a press button that is depressible so as to permit activation of the motor unit. The container has a container bottom provided with a cutting blade unit that is coupled to the blade driving section so as to be driven rotatably by the motor unit. The container has a spring-loaded push rod unit mounted movably thereon. The push rod unit has a bottom rod section associated with the press button of the contact switch unit, and a top rod section depressible by a switch actuating block of the top cover so as to move the push rod unit against biasing action from a deactivating position to an activating position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2002
    Publication date: March 4, 2004
    Applicant: Eupa International Corporation
    Inventor: Tsan-Kuen Wu
  • Publication number: 20040042337
    Abstract: A food processor (1) comprises a processing container (3) containing a processing blade (20), a lid (4) and a drive unit (2). Both the lid (4) and the drive unit (2) are connectable to the processing container (3). The drive unit (2) is operable to drive the processing blade (20) only when the lid (4) is fitted and when the processing container (3) is locked onto the drive unit (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2003
    Publication date: March 4, 2004
    Inventors: Chung Kwong Yiu, Nam Fong Lau
  • Publication number: 20040032791
    Abstract: A portable blender system which includes a container, a blender base, and preferably a hand crank mechanism for rotating the blade. The blender base is sized and configured relative to the container such that the blender base may be inserted into and stored within the container for more compact storage and transportation of the portable blender system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2002
    Publication date: February 19, 2004
    Inventor: Kurt Gauss
  • Patent number: 6672757
    Abstract: A system and method for operating an auxiliary device from an internal combustion engine driven tool without materially affecting the primary function of the tool. The system and method is particularly useful for operating a blender from an outboard motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Inventor: Barry J. Hallett, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6666574
    Abstract: A blender blade assembly has a lower blade and an upper blade, each having a planar center section and curved outer blade sections. The blades extend in the same longitudinal direction so that the upper blade sections are above the lower blade sections. The blade sections are so curved that ingredients in the path of rotating blades are funneled between them. Such funneling can create a tendency for the ingredients to form a swirling mass which rotates with the blade assembly and detracts from the efficiency of the blade assembly. Therefore, the curved blade sections of the upper blade extend at an upward angle sufficient to avoid the creation of a swirling mass of ingredients that rotates with the blade assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach/Proctor-Silex, Inc.
    Inventor: Ernest B. Pryor
  • Publication number: 20030213373
    Abstract: A blending apparatus includes an articulable housing operatively coupled to one or more switches to actuate a blending motor. Upon mounting a mixing jar and associated lid on top of the housing, downward pressure is placed on the lid/jar assembly which places, in turn, downward pressure on the housing. Such downward pressure on the housing causes the housing to articulate and actuate the switch, which in turn provides power to the motor to rotate the blade mounted within the mixing container at a first rotational speed. In one embodiment, the switch is interposed between the housing and a stationary base. A second switch may also be utilized to rotate the blade at a second, increased rotational speed upon additional articulation of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2003
    Publication date: November 20, 2003
    Applicant: K-TEC, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas D. Dickson
  • Publication number: 20030214875
    Abstract: A blending apparatus includes an articulable housing operatively coupled to one or more switches to actuate a blending motor. Upon mounting a mixing jar and associated lid on top of the housing, downward pressure is placed on the lid/jar assembly which places, in turn, downward pressure on the housing. Such downward pressure on the housing causes the housing to articulate and actuate the switch, which in turn provides power to the motor to rotate the blade mounted within the mixing container at a first rotational speed. In one embodiment, the switch is interposed between the housing and a stationary base. A second switch may also be utilized to rotate the blade at a second, increased rotational speed upon additional articulation of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2002
    Publication date: November 20, 2003
    Applicant: K-TEC, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas D. Dickson
  • Patent number: 6640694
    Abstract: An electrical household appliance, in particular, a food processor, includes a drive motor installed in a housing having at least one bottom and one top housing part. The housing parts are held together by a screw connection. A largely vibration-isolated connection of the two housing parts is achieved by introducing, at the connecting locations, elastic buffer elements that prevent direct contact of the housing parts at the connecting locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Brezovnik, Henrik Pavlovic, Jurij Pesec, Igor Zibret
  • Publication number: 20030193833
    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: May 15, 2003
    Publication date: October 16, 2003
    Inventors: John Douglas Wulf, Gerald J. Lozinski, Matthew Craig Denton, Jerry Lee McColgin, Michael Morton, Daniel S. Soultanian
  • Patent number: 6632013
    Abstract: A blender having a base, a container, and a blade base includes a motor, a microcontroller, memory, a sensor and a user interface. The blade base connects the container to the base and includes a blade unit having at least a first blade and a second blade of a different design from the first blade. The microcontroller is in communication with the memory, sensor, motor, and user interface. Programs with preprogrammed motor commands for desired operations are stored in the memory. The user interface includes 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: April 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John Douglas Wulf, Gerald J. Lozinski, Matthew Craig Denton, Jerry Lee McColgin, Michael Morton
  • Patent number: 6629492
    Abstract: A juicer having a safe power connection function includes a motor seat, a fixing ring, a container, an electric wire, a conductive switch, and a top cover. Thus, when the top cover is not mounted on the top of the container rigidly and stably and when the press member of the conductive switch is not in contact with the conductive member of the conductive switch, the motor will not be driven to operate, so as to prevent the cutter blades from being rotated due to unintentional touch of the control switches, thereby preventing the user from being injured, and thereby protecting the user's safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Inventor: Wen-Jing Li
  • Publication number: 20030179645
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electric mixer for performing the functions of pulverizing and mixing various kinds of cereals, grains, vegetables and fruits. Especially, this mixer has plural luminous lamps, which are able to emit the light, on the upper part of the lower body of the electric mixer. Therefore, when the users use the mixer, because of lights permeated into the inside of the upper body, the lamps could indicate visually that the mixer is working normally, and the lamps could also indicate aurally that the mixer is working normally because all kinds of sounds to be memorized by the audio synthesizer device are transmitted to outside.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2003
    Publication date: September 25, 2003
    Inventor: Yong-Suek Seul
  • Patent number: 6616324
    Abstract: A food processing appliance such as a blender comprises a container (22) and a base (20) housing an electric motor for driving the tool support assembly (2) which comprises a generally conical support (15) which is open inside and flares out to a enlarge periphral edge part which is removably securable in said opening, the narrow end of the conical support bearing a food processing tool (24). The motor being housed in a compartment (60) in the base space up from the bottom, a storage compartment (70) for storing a tool support assembly (2) of the defined type when the assembly is nit in use, the storage compartment (70) having a recess for receiving therein a tool support assembly placed with its enlarge part down and with its narrow end up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: Arno S.A.
    Inventors: Rinaldo Planca, José Carlos Veneziano
  • Patent number: 6599006
    Abstract: An improved structure of a control switch for a food processor having a fully automatic control key and a disc-type rotating switch mounted with a stop button, speed I button, speed II button, and an instantaneous speed button is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Inventor: Chun-Liang Lin
  • Patent number: 6595113
    Abstract: A radiating structure of a food processor includes an outer shell and an inner shell disposed in the outer shell with a passage formed in between. The inner shell has vent holes on the top, and has a revolving member disposed above it; the revolving member has blades on a bottom, and is turnable together with the shaft of a motor of the food processor. The motor is disposed in the inner shell, and is connected to a fan disposed right above inlets of a base joined to the inner shell. When the motor is working, air is forced to travel into the inner shell via the inlets by the fan to absorb heat produced by the motor, and is forced to travel through the vent holes and the passage to the atmosphere by the blades of the revolving member, thus dissipating the heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Inventor: Wen-Hsien Chang
  • Patent number: 6595121
    Abstract: A fruit and vegetable processor is disclosed. The bottom plate of the cup body is provided with a plurality of spaced apart through holes and the lower section of the through holes is formed into a hollow passage for the insertion of a plugging element into the passage. One end of the passage is protruded out of the lateral side of the cup body for the insertion of a blocking tube to the passage such that the through hole is sealed, preventing the downward dripping of juice from the cup body, or a delivery tube having a filter is inserted to the passage so that the juice from the cup body after filtering and is then discharged via the delivery tube such that a single cup is provided with two usages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: Ken Ying Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sung-Shan Chang Chien
  • Publication number: 20030099154
    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: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2002
    Publication date: May 29, 2003
    Inventor: Thomas E. Daniels
  • Patent number: 6540394
    Abstract: A kitchen appliance (1) having a housing (2), a motor (6) and a protection device (9) by which the motor (6) can be turned off compulsively in certain operating conditions, and having a container (15) which can be closed with a cover (30) and which can be placed onto the housing (2) and which has a control slide (35) coupled to the cover (30) via a first coupling device (36) and also coupled to the protection device (9) via a second coupling device (37). Both the first coupling device (36) and the second coupling device (37) are constructed in such a manner that an automatic activation of the safety device (9) can be achieved by these two coupling devices (36, 37).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Jan Juriga
  • Patent number: 6532863
    Abstract: A food processor in the present invention includes a spindle, a blade holder, a positioning member, an elastic retaining member, a flexible member and a push member. Only to press down the push member, engagement hooks and guide blocks of the push member will slide downwards along slide grooves of the positioning member to compress the flexible member and lower an inclined plane of the push member to press against an inner wall surface of a clamp part of the elastic retaining member to force the clamp part to be stretched outwardly so as to release a projection of the spindle, thereby the blade holder can be easily disassembled and assembled for the convenience of completely cleaning residuary foodstuff out of the blade holder to keep the blade holder in a good sanitary condition ready for the next use so as to prolong the working life of the food processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Inventor: Ming-Tsung Lee
  • Patent number: 6527433
    Abstract: A beverage mixer, smoothie maker or the like includes a container with a mixing assembly disposable on a base with a motor. A lid is disposable on the container and pivotally carries a stir stick that extends through an opening in the lid. The stir stick includes a ball portion to be pivotally disposable over the opening of the lid and to cooperate with the lid to cover the opening and to allow the ball portion to pivot in the opening. A spout can be coupled to the container to dispense contents, and can align with an alignment indentation in the base. A wall with an angled upper surface can be disposed adjacent the alignment indentation to abut and guide the spout to the alignment indentation. A cup indentation can be formed in the base under the alignment indentation to receive a cup under the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Inventor: Thomas E. Daniels, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6523993
    Abstract: A coupling for a blender comprises first and second clutches. The first clutch is connected to a blender motor and is adapted to be rotatably driven by operation of the motor. The second clutch is connected to a rotatable cutter assembly inside a blender jar. The first and second clutches each comprise a plurality of teeth, and each tooth comprises a drive face. Each drive face has a negative draft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach/Proctor-Silex, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Williams, Brian Sullivan
  • Patent number: 6513967
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a safety device for a jug blender that has a blender jug (10) adapted for seating engagement with a base (7) equipped with a drive motor. The safety device includes two vertically movable actuating pins (1) arranged in spaced relation to each other and projecting upwardly through the wall of the base (7), and the blender jug (10) has actuating points (11) cooperating therewith which, with the blender jug (10) properly assembled, urge the two actuating pins (1) simultaneously and evenly horizontally in downward direction in order to thus close the circuit supplying the drive motor. Any improper handling or activation of the motor with the blender jug (10) not properly positioned is avoided by connecting actuating members with the actuating pins (1) in the base (7) in such manner that a safety switch does not close unless the pins (1) are urged down evenly and at the same time horizontally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Josep-Maria Masip, Jose Luis Roman, Robert Rafols, Mariano Peñaranda
  • Patent number: 6513966
    Abstract: An electric blender comprises a base unit including an electric motor, a connecting line for connecting the motor to a power supply, a separate glass container incorporating rotatable blades and engageable with the base unit so that the motor, when connected to the power supply will drive the blades, a lid for closing the container but separable therefrom, and interlock switch in said connecting line operable between closed and open conditions, the switch being normally biased to its open condition and an enabling member integral with the lid and arranged to operate the switch to the closed condition only when the container and its lid are correctly engaged with one another and the container is engaged with the base unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignee: Dualit Limited
    Inventors: Leslie Alexander Gort-Barten, Dale Bevington
  • Patent number: 6499873
    Abstract: A blender includes a base on which a motor is connected and a plurality of ventilation holes are defined through a bottom of the base. An engaging collar is connected to the motor for rotating a blade device of a container mounted to the base. The heat generated from the motor is removed from the ventilation holes in the bottom of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Assignee: Quality & Strength Inc.
    Inventor: Farmer Chen
  • Publication number: 20020176320
    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: April 13, 2001
    Publication date: November 28, 2002
    Applicant: Sunbeam Products, Inc. a corporation of the State of Delaware
    Inventors: John Douglas Wulf, Gerald J. Lozinski, Matthew Craig Denton, Jerry Lee McColgin, Michael Morton, Daniel S. Soultanian
  • Publication number: 20020141285
    Abstract: A coupling for a blender comprises first and second clutches. The first clutch is connected to a blender motor and is adapted to be rotatably driven by operation of the motor. The second clutch is connected to a rotatable cutter assembly inside a blender jar. The first and second clutches each comprise a plurality of teeth, and each tooth comprises a drive face. Each drive face has a negative draft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2001
    Publication date: October 3, 2002
    Inventors: Brian Williams, Brian Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20020141286
    Abstract: A blender having a base, a container, and a blade base includes a motor, a microcontroller, memory, a sensor and a user interface. The blade base connects the container to the base and includes a blade unit having at least a first blade and a second blade of a different design from the first blade. The microcontroller is in communication with the memory, sensor, motor, and user interface. Programs with preprogrammed motor commands for desired operations are stored in the memory. The user interface includes 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: April 2, 2001
    Publication date: October 3, 2002
    Inventors: John Douglas Wulf, Gerald J. Lozinski, Matthew Craig Denton, Jerry Lee McColgin, Michael Morton
  • Patent number: 6431744
    Abstract: A blender hopper has a contiguous annular side wall with a larger upper portion, and a smaller lower portion. The upper portion is in the form of a square and the lower portion is in the form of an octagon and a bottom wall adjoins the lower portion. Four narrower triangular side walls extend upwardly and outwardly from the diagonal sides of the bottom wall and adjoin the four corners of the upper portion, respectively, and four wider truncated wedge-shaped walls extend upwardly and outwardly from the four orthogonal sides of the bottom wall with their wider ends adjoining the four sides of the upper portion, respectively, and inwardly protruding longitudinal rib is formed in each of the wider truncated wedge-shaped walls. A tubular dispensing conduit is secured in an aperture in one of the wider walls and a dispensing valve is connected to its outer end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Inventors: Fred L. Ash, William O. Ash, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20020080678
    Abstract: A beverage mixer, smoothie maker or the like includes a container with a mixing assembly disposable on a base with a motor. A lid is disposable on the container and pivotally carries a stir stick that extends through an opening in the lid. The stir stick includes a ball portion to be pivotally disposable over the opening of the lid and to cooperate with the lid to cover the opening and to allow the ball portion to pivot in the opening. A spout can be coupled to the container to dispense contents, and can align with an alignment indentation in the base. A wall with an angled upper surface can be disposed adjacent the alignment indentation to abut and guide the spout to the alignment indentation. A cup indentation can be formed in the base under the alignment indentation to receive a cup under the spout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2001
    Publication date: June 27, 2002
    Inventor: Thomas E. Daniels, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20020071340
    Abstract: In a kitchen appliance (1) having a housing (2) and having a motor (6) and having a protection device (9), by means of which the motor (6) can be turned off compulsively in certain operating conditions, and having a container (15) which can be closed with a cover (30) and which can be placed onto the housing (2) and which has a control slide (35) coupled to the cover (30) via a first coupling means (36) and also coupled to the protection device (9) via a second coupling means (37), both the first coupling means (36) and the second coupling means (37) are constructed in such a manner that an automatic activation of the safety device (9) can be achieved by these two coupling means (36, 37).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2001
    Publication date: June 13, 2002
    Inventor: Jan Juriga
  • Patent number: 6350053
    Abstract: A household mixer-blender includes a housing 1 with a reception seat 3. The housing contains an electric motor unit 4 whose output shaft projects into the seat 3. A removable bowl 7 includes a base 9 with a sidewall 10 and is urged to interlock in operating condition on the seat. A central part 12 of the base 9 carries a rotating tool 13 integral with shaft 14 passing through the electric motor unit 4 and base 9. A first safety device includes at least one retractably mounted blocking member 17 is mounted in the reception seat 3. The blocking member is designed to have a first inoperative position in which it is retracted by an actuating member 22 integral with bowl base 23 when the bowl 7 is properly fixed to the base 9, as well as an operative position in which the blocking member is no longer controlled by the actuating member 22 when the bowl 7 is not on the base 9 or is not properly fixed to such base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Moulinex S.A.
    Inventor: Gilles Gerard Albert Victor Morin
  • Publication number: 20020012288
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a safety device for a jug blender that has a blender jug (10) adapted for seating engagement with a base (7) equipped with a drive motor. The safety device includes two vertically movable actuating pins (1) arranged in spaced relation to each other and projecting upwardly through the wall of the base (7), and the blender jug (10) has actuating points (11) cooperating therewith which, with the blender jug (10) properly assembled, urge the two actuating pins (1) simultaneously and evenly horizontally in downward direction in order to thus close the circuit supplying the drive motor. Any improper handling or activation of the motor with the blender jug (10) not properly positioned is avoided by connecting actuating members with the actuating pins (1) in the base (7) in such manner that a safety switch does not close unless the pins (1) are urged down evenly and at the same time horizontally.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2001
    Publication date: January 31, 2002
    Inventors: Josep-Maria Masip, Jose Luis Roman, Robert Rafols, Mariano Penaranda
  • Publication number: 20020009016
    Abstract: A method of displaying recipes on a kitchen appliance such as a blender. The appliance comprises a computing device, a display screen, and navigational keys. A server connected to the Internet may receive various recipes from a plurality of computing devices also connected to the Internet. The received recipes are converted into records having a consistent record format and stored in a database, and the records are then communicated to the appliance. Optionally the recipe data may be inserted into the appliance in the form of a chip or other computing device. A selection of various criteria is presented on the display screen of the appliance and the user uses navigational keys to select criteria for sorting of the records. The records are then sorted according to the selected criteria, and the sorted records are listed on the display screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2001
    Publication date: January 24, 2002
    Inventors: Bruce Ancona, Robert A. Varakian
  • Patent number: 6338569
    Abstract: A food blending apparatus and a method of blending food within a container (30) 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 (35) 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 (31) of the container after opening the seal. After consumption the container is disposed of and is constructed to make disposal economical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Inventor: Shane R. McGill
  • Patent number: 6331070
    Abstract: The invention apparatus comprises a mixing vessel closure having rotating mixing blades secured thereto. The mixing blades are driven through an axially engaged and disengaged direct coupling. The closure is mounted on a power base structure for rotation about an axis that is substantially transverse of the mixing blade axis. Additionally, the closure mounting includes a translational drive for linearly raising and lowering the closure at each of two positions about the transverse axis. A portable mixing vessel including a material charge is placed under the vessel closure. The closure is translated down to a sealed cover position over a vessel opening and secured to the vessel. The unitized assembly of the closure and vessel is translated away from a vessel supporting transport base and rotated to a inverted position. The unitized assembly is then translated down to engage a rotatory power transmission coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2001
    Assignee: Reliance Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Devendra Dahyabhai Desai
  • Publication number: 20010036124
    Abstract: A drinking container cup, such as for coffee, tea soup or the like, having an interior and an exterior surface, said container having an integrated powered stirring device extending from the interior surface of the bottom section of the housing and driven by a small battery powered motor located in the bottom section of the housing. The bottom section and integrated stirring device are fitted with inside thread for screwing to the container and may be removed for separate cleaning or simply left in place, adding soap and turning on the stirring device. A removable lid which mechanically engages the top of the container is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2001
    Publication date: November 1, 2001
    Inventor: Scott Rubenstein