With Additional Motion Patents (Class 366/277)
  • Patent number: 10330402
    Abstract: A rocker chiller includes a chilling tank and a baffle assembly. The baffle assembly includes a drive shaft, a baffle blade extending along a bottom of the tank and a plurality of spaced-apart and elongate baffle members extending in a radial direction from the drive shaft towards the bottom of the tank. The elongate baffle members contact the drive shaft at spaced-apart locations along the drive shaft and define a plurality of openings therebetween. The elongate baffle members are sized and shaped to push at least a majority of the carcasses laterally through the heat exchanging liquid in a direction generally orthogonal to a lengthwise forward movement of the carcasses from the first end of the tank to the second end of the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: MORRIS & ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventors: Terry A. Wright, John P. Shell
  • Patent number: 9920465
    Abstract: A washing machine contains a wash tub, an impeller and a motor. Clothing is put into the tub and the load is detected. Water is added until the water level is below or equal to load height. To begin washing, the impeller drives the clothing to overturn, resulting in generating three types of water flows: agitating flow, enhancing flow and balancing flow. At first, the agitating flow breaks the balance of the load to disperse clothing, then the enhancing flow overturns clothing for washing. Finally, the balancing flow maintains the circulation path for the load balance overturning. Single sequential control or repeatedly alternating cycle control of the three types of water flows can be adopted for washing. The invention can save water, improve washing efficiency and avoid intertwining of clothing, characterized by full-range, thorough, repeated and efficient washing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignees: HAIER GROUP CORPORATION, QINGDAO HAIER WASHING MACHINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tao Zhang, Yun Tian, Wenting Xu, Qiuying Gao, Menghu Gong, Feng Li
  • Patent number: 9586185
    Abstract: A mixer nozzle assembly for mixing fluid introduced into a tank having a tank volume therein. The mixer nozzle assembly includes a stationary body and a rotatable body mounted on the stationary body for rotation about an axis in a predetermined direction. The fluid flows through the stationary body to the rotatable body and exits into the tank volume via one or more outlet apertures, thereby causing the rotatable body to rotate in the predetermined direction about the axis. The mixer nozzle assembly also includes a governor subassembly for controlling a speed of rotation of the rotatable body in the predetermined direction about the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: MIXER TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Shawn P. Steffler, Donald D. Savard
  • Patent number: 9481106
    Abstract: A mixer drum driving device includes a mixer drum, a hydraulic motor, a hydraulic pump, an auxiliary hydraulic pump for rotating the mixer drum for mixing by supplying pressure oil to the hydraulic motor independently of the hydraulic pump, and a direct-current brush motor for driving and rotating the auxiliary hydraulic pump. In the case of rotating the mixer drum for mixing, the mixer drum is driven and rotated by driving only the auxiliary hydraulic pump by the direct-current brush motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: KYB Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshimitsu Takahashi, Kazunori Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8807824
    Abstract: An apparatus for frothing a liquid food product is disclosed. It comprises a drive unit (1) and a frothing unit (3). The frothing unit (3) comprises a guide rod (30), which is configured along at least one section as a threaded rod (31). A frothing element (40) is in threaded engagement with the guide rod (30) and can thus be moved along a helical path on the guide rod (30). At least one dog (36, 36?) is driven by the drive unit (1) in a circular motion about the longitudinal axis of the guide rod (30) and in the process entrains the frothing element (40) such that said element is driven to perform a helical motion on the guide rod (30). In this way, the frothing element can perform an up and down motion superimposed on the rotational motion thereof along the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Pi-Sesign AG
    Inventor: Jorgen Bodum
  • Patent number: 8152362
    Abstract: A mixer (10) includes a coupler (22) receiving an upper end of a shaft (24) rotatably connected to an offset pin (20) of a circulating plate (18) mounted to a rotatable output (14) of a motor (12). The shaft (24) is slideably mounted by a linear bearing (40) to a swivel plate (32) which is mounted to swivel relative to a support rod (106). Due to the non-parallel angle (C) of the offset pin (20) to the rotatable output (14), the shaft (24) and a paddle (30) mounted thereto moves up and down, rotates about the offset pin (20) and swivels at swivel angles (A, B) in first and second planes in a multi-direction which is angular and non true circular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: DCI, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Uhlenkamp, Shawn P. Pitt
  • Patent number: 7431494
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an apparatus includes a disposable and flexible mixing tank, configurable as a bag, having a sealed sleeve therein for arrangement of a mixing device. The volume of the mixing tank is defined by an inner wall of the mixing tank and an inner wall of the sleeve. The mixing tank may be used to mix, store, reconstitute and/or dispense materials therein. Draining of a mixture may be aided with pressurized gas. Heating or cooling of the contents of a mixing tank may be accomplished with a thermal exchange fluid disposed within a thermal exchange vessel and in thermal communication with the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Advanced Technology Materials, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean-Pascal Zambaux
  • Patent number: 7249880
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an apparatus includes a disposable and flexible mixing tank having a sealed sleeve therein for arrangement of a mixing device. The volume of the mixing tank is defined by an inner wall of the mixing tank and an inner wall of the sleeve. The mixing tank may be used to mix, store, reconstitute and/or dispense materials therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Advanced Technology Materials, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean-Pascal Zambaux
  • Patent number: 6523994
    Abstract: A screw-threaded impeller 50 having a mixing device 55 thereon is provided in a container 10 of a food processor. A drive unit adjacent the bottom of the container is adapted to move the impeller in both a clockwise and a counterclockwise direction. During rotation, food placed within the container is lifted away from the mixing device when the impeller is rotated in one direction and is directed toward the mixing device when the impeller is rotated in the other direction. The mixing device includes a horizontal cutting blade 52 extending perpendicular to the impeller and a scooping blade 51 extending downwardly at an angle from the impeller. In order to lift over obstacles, the mixing device is spring mounted or can move along the helical protrusion toward the upper end of the impeller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: Tilia International, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony Charles Lawson
  • Patent number: 5269604
    Abstract: A trailer provides a slurry hauling tank having an auger mounted for swinging movement inside the tank. A rotary hydraulic motor inside the tank drives the auger and is powered by fluid delivered through a rotary fitting extending through the tank wall. Relatively stiff stainless steel conduit connects the rotary fitting to the auger motor. The auger is oscillated through an arc while the trailer is being loaded, towed toward a disposal site and during unloading by a hydraulic motor on the outside of the tank. A hydraulic circuit alternately drives the motor in one direction and then in another direction. In one embodiment, the hydraulic circuit reverses by use of a pressure responsive cycling valve. In another embodiment, microswitches are used to reverse the hydraulic motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1993
    Inventor: R. Otto Ewers
  • Patent number: 4946286
    Abstract: A pitcher for grinding and mixing material therein including a pitcher body, a removable lid and a rotary and reciprocal shaft journaled in the lid and having an apertured grinding and mixing plate attached to one end of the shaft. The grinding and mixing plate includes a plurality of mixing holes, four equally spaced semicircular rim segments, and a set of grinding teeth located on the underside thereof facing a set of fixed grinding teeth located in a row on the bottom of the pitcher with the two sets of grinding teeth being mutually facing and interfitting. The mixer plate can be rotated to grind up frozen concentrate or reciprocated within the container to mix liquids therein. The holes in the aperture plate provide a mixing action in both the rotary and reciprocating modes of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1990
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: Emerson J. Purkapile
  • Patent number: 4182232
    Abstract: A curd mixer for making cottage cheese, comprising a horizontally arranged screw conveyor for feeding curds to a disk cutter for slicing the curds with the addition of hot water, a drop chamber adjacent to and beneath the disk cutter, permitting the sliced curds to drop onto the inlet end of a pair of juxtaposed horizontal screw conveyors mounted for rotation in opposite directions for feeding the sliced curds and water to an oval inlet opening of an elongated mixing basin in which a pair of cooperating plunger arms each supporting a horizontal mixer comb is arranged to exert on the paste of curds and water a mixing action by moving the paste from the longitudinal outer sides of the basin to the center thereof and then upwardly. The mixed paste of curds leaves the mixing basin through an overflow spout for further treatment. Whey formed during mixing is drawn off from the mixing basin by a whey extraction pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 8, 1980
    Inventor: Stefano Tomatis
  • Patent number: 4170882
    Abstract: An agitator for a vertical axis washing machine and for effecting uniform, repetitive oscillations about the machine axis has upper, lower and middle portions with different degrees of lost motion so that the agitator can achieve multiple stroke lengths and so relative motion can be effected between the vanes and the skirt, for example, because of different stroke lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1979
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Robert A. Brenner, Victor W. Cuthbert
  • Patent number: 4160603
    Abstract: An immersion cleaner for parts and other articles. The cleaner includes a receptacle for articles, a cover unit for a container of cleaning liquid, a cam plate unit disposed on the cover and including a circumferentially extending cam track surface having axially undulating portions, and a combination receptacle support and cam follower unit. The follower rotates about a vertical axis and is disposed in the use above the cam plate. The receptacle support unit includes means adapted to engage the cam track and to ride thereover upon oscillation of said support unit about its axis. A rod is attached to a portion of the support unit and forms an operative connection between the receptacle and the support unit. The support unit is driven in an oscillating mode. This causes the receptacle to swing through an arc and to rise and fall simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1979
    Assignee: Safety-Kleen Corp.
    Inventor: Karl G. Otzen
  • Patent number: RE43418
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an apparatus includes a disposable and flexible mixing tank, configurable as a bag, having a sealed sleeve therein for arrangement of a mixing device. The volume of the mixing tank is defined by an inner wall of the mixing tank and an inner wall of the sleeve. The mixing tank may be used to mix, store, reconstitute and/or dispense materials therein. Draining of a mixture may be aided with pressurized gas. Heating or cooling of the contents of a mixing tank may be accomplished with a thermal exchange fluid disposed within a thermal exchange vessel and in thermal communication with the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: ATMI BVBA
    Inventor: Jean-Pascal Zambaux