Mounted In Mixing Chamber Bottom Wall Patents (Class 366/314)
  • Patent number: 10336534
    Abstract: A tank, such as a fermentation tank, includes a scraper blade assembly slideably coupled to a bottom surface of the tank. The scraper blade assembly includes a blade arranged to displace solids deposited on the bottom surface of the tank out through an aperture arranged flush with the bottom surface of the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Spokane Industries
    Inventors: Nathan Hayes Owen, Nathan Scott Batson, Thomas Raymond Rodgers
  • Patent number: 10321785
    Abstract: A blending system is disclosed herein. The blending system may comprise a blender base, a container and a blending volume reduction device. The blending volume reduction device may be removably inserted into the container of the blender system at various positions. The positions may alter the working volume of the container when the blending volume reduction device is inserted in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Management Corporation
    Inventors: Eugene J. Kozlowski, Mark F. Fleming, David J. Kolar, Stephen Hosey, Fred H. Mehlman, Jonathan Emerson, Brian Harvanec, Richard D. Boozer, Stephen P. Rukavina
  • Patent number: 10098615
    Abstract: The application relates to a unit for collecting a stool sample for medical use. The unit may be used both in the clinic and in the home.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Gerdes Consulting ApS
    Inventor: Jens Gerdes
  • Patent number: 9849430
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for a mixing device are presented. The mixing device comprises a shaft and a plurality of blades attached to the shaft. The blades include a variable pitch angle configured to create axial fluid flow and radial fluid flow within a container. The apparatus includes a hub and a cage located at ends of the apparatus. The cage includes an open end configured to mate with a structure attached to the container. In further examples of the apparatus, the upper blade is configured to create axial flow in a substantially downward direction. The lower blade is configured to create axial flow in a substantially upward direction. The lower blade can create an axial flow that encounters the upper blade. A method includes locating a mixing apparatus within the container, inserting fluid within the container, rotating the mixing apparatus, and mixing the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Triad Capital Group, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel John Shramo, James David Galvin
  • Patent number: 9549639
    Abstract: A handheld, hand-operated blender may include a container, a lid threadably connected to an upper portion of the container, a bottom portion including a stationary bottom portion threadably connected to a lower portion of the container and a rotatable bottom portion rotatable with respect to the container. The blender may also include a blade assembly including a plurality of blades and a shaft rotatably connected to the rotatable bottom portion and a gear assembly mechanically connected to the blade assembly and the rotatable bottom portion such that rotation of the rotatable bottom portion rotates the blade assembly at a faster revolution per minute than the rotation of the rotatable bottom portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: HOT BUTTERED ELVES, INC.
    Inventor: Daniel Garr
  • Patent number: 9364806
    Abstract: A bottle mixer including a housing that contains a motor, a battery, a controller, controls, and a thermometer all operatively connected to a controller. Threads are provided on a top side of the housing that are adapted to connect to a standard baby bottle. The motor inside the housing is connected to a blade outside the housing that protrudes into attached baby bottle. Selecting a first control spins the blade inside the bottle for a predetermined time. Selecting the second control spins the blade until a predetermined temperature of the bottle contents is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: Shenique M King
  • Patent number: 9254603
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for the processing of plastics, with a container with a mixing implement rotatable around an axis of rotation, wherein, in a side wall, an aperture is formed, through which the plastics material can be removed, and a conveyor, with a screw rotating in a housing, wherein the imaginary continuation of the longitudinal axis of the conveyor in a direction opposite to the direction of conveying passes the axis of rotation, and wherein the L/D ratio of the screw is ?7, and wherein the setting angle (?) of the radially outermost mixing implement, closest to the base, complies with the following relationship: ?=k*d+K, where d is the diameter of the screw in mm, K is a factor in the range from 15 to 35, k is a factor in the range from 0.08 to 0.2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: EREMA ENGINEERING RECYCLING MASCHINEN UND ANLAGEN GESELLSCHAFT M.B.H.
    Inventors: Klaus Feichtinger, Manfred Hackl
  • Patent number: 9173524
    Abstract: The present invention provides a pedestal for a food processor, which includes a container, a base arranged under the bottom of the container, a locking assembly configured for locking the container on the base. The locking assembly includes block holes arranged in the base, block grooves arranged in the bottom of the container, and a chuck rotatably arranged on the bottom of the base. The chuck has snap-gauges cooperating with the block grooves passing through the block holes respectively. When uninstalling, it only needs to rotate the chuck to complete the uninstalling operation, and thus the operation is very convenient. When replacing the food processor, it only needs to take down the container and other components of various food processors which cooperate with the container, and does not need to replace the base. Thus the present invention can rapidly replace different food processors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: Yan Kwong Wong
  • Publication number: 20150078121
    Abstract: The invention relates to a horizontal agitator for producing a flow in a clarifier, a propeller being connected to a submersible motor which is axially offset in relation thereto, wherein the propeller and the submersible motor are designed such that a flow in a direction from the propeller towards the submersible motor is produced when the submersible motor is operated, and wherein plate-shaped flow guide elements are provided downstream of the propeller and extend in at least an axial plane that runs substantially parallel to the propeller axis. In order to improve the efficiency of the horizontal agitator, it is proposed in accordance with the invention to support the submersible motor on a bottom of the clarifier via at least two first flow guide elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: INVENT UMWELT-UND VERF-AHRENSTECHINK AG
    Inventor: Marcus Hoefken
  • Patent number: 8950930
    Abstract: A stirring blade group structure comprises a stirring blade base and at least three groups of stirring blades attached to the stirring blade base. Each stirring blade group includes a stirring shaft, a lower stirring blade, and an upper stirring blade. The upper stirring blade and the lower stirring blade cross and are attached to one end of the stirring shaft. The upper stirring blade is U-shaped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Wenxiong Wang
  • Publication number: 20150003190
    Abstract: A tool intended as an attachment or accessory for a food processor and configured to automate the delicate operation of folding ingredients together without expelling air is described. The tool includes first and second curved blades which depend from a casing part that is rotated within a processing bowl by means of a geared arrangement that picks up rotary drive from a drive shaft coupled to a driven outlet on the base of the food processor. The blades are disposed at different distances from the axis about which the casing rotates, so that the outer blade passes closer to the wall of the bowl than does the inner blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: KENWOOD LIMITED
    Inventors: Oliver Pendleton, David Stephen Faram, Nick Jays
  • Patent number: 8851740
    Abstract: A self-serve drink blending device includes a blend chamber, at least one product source, a water source, an ice source, a liquid level sensor, a controller and a dispenser. The blend chamber includes a blending blade. The at least one product source is configured to deliver a volume of product to the blend chamber. The water source is configured to deliver a volume of water to the blend chamber. The ice source is configured to deliver a volume of ice to the blend chamber. The liquid level sensor is mounted to the blend chamber and configured to create a liquid level signal when contents in the blend chamber reach a predetermined level. The controller is configured to automatically calibrate the at least one product source, the water source, and the ice source based on the liquid level signal. The dispenser is arranged to dispense contents from the blend chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: K-Tec, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian D. Mills, Gregory D. Jackson
  • Patent number: 8851739
    Abstract: A portable baby bottle blender includes a baby bottle having a top collar with external threads and a bottom collar with external threads. A top cap has a central aperture. The top cap is internally threaded to be removable threaded onto the top collar of the baby bottle and holds a feeding nipple extending through the central aperture of the top cap onto the top collar. A sealing O-ring fits onto the bottom collar of the baby bottle. A bottom cap has a rim internally threaded. An agitating unit is centrally retained within the bottom cap. When the rim of the bottom cap is removably threaded onto the bottom collar of the baby bottle and against the sealing O-ring, the agitating unit extends into the bottom collar of the baby bottle. A base member has a top recess to receive the bottom cap on the baby bottle therein. A spur-crown gear coupling is for operating the agitating unit, so that the mixing blade assembly mixes formula within water placed through the top collar of the baby bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Osmay Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 8845182
    Abstract: A vessel includes: a pocket capable of assuming a folded state and an expanded state, processing element including an active inner portion; protection element including a side wall, a lower portion and an upper portion defining an inner space, the lower portion being attached to the upper portion of the pocket, the active inner portion being provided in the inner space when the pocket is in the folded state, the peripheral portion of the inner space about the processing element defining a protection chamber; at least one insertion and/or draining opening. The active inner portion is provided inside the pocket adjacent to the lower end portion thereof, the processing element and the protection element are independent in terms of their movements, and the height of the protection chamber is variable and automatically adapts itself based on respectively, the flat-folded, unfolded and expanded states or any intermediate state of the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Sartorius Stedim FMT SAS
    Inventors: Frederic Bernard, Eric Chevalier
  • Patent number: 8834015
    Abstract: A blender comprises a jug and a cutting assembly having an upwardly inclined main blade portion. The jug has an interior portion, and the lower portion has a profile that includes an upwardly reaching portion conforms to the blade shape of the cutting assembly to reduce food accumulation below the main blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Breville Pty Limited
    Inventors: Gerard Andrew White, David Davenport
  • Patent number: 8814011
    Abstract: A container (11) for a blender includes a base surface (13) and a blade (20) which is rotatable on an axis above the base surface (13). An arcuate wall (14) and two generally straight walls (15, 16) extend upwardly from the base surface (13) and terminate at the upper end of container (11). The axis of rotation of the blade (20) is closer to the arcuate wall (14) than it is to the generally straight walls (15, 16). A skirt (25) extends downwardly from the base surface (13) and has an opening. Sound baffling fingers (32) extend from the skirt (25) and into the opening. A spout (40) is formed at the intersection of two of the walls (14, 15, 16), the spout (40) having an entry point located approximately twenty to thirty percent of the height of the walls (14, 15, 16) from the upper end of the container (11). A handle (34) is positioned opposite to the spout (40) and a cover (12) includes a plug (55) to close the spout (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventor: Robert M. Ulanski
  • Publication number: 20140211586
    Abstract: A blender includes a container having a plurality of ribs projecting into a processing zone of the container. The plurality of spaced ribs each include a width and a depth that taper from a top end section adjacent a teardrop shaped opening of the container to a more narrow bottom end section adjacent a bottom wall of the container. A side wall of the container continuously tapers from the teardrop shaped opening to a substantially square shaped bottom end portion including first, second, third and fourth side wall sections connected to one another at respective rounded corners. A blade assembly is coupled to the container and includes a plurality of blades angled at different planes with respect to a horizontal plane. The blender container further includes a handle adapted to receive a handle of a similar blender container, such that like blender containers can be nested for storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventor: MICHAEL P. CONTI
  • Patent number: 8770826
    Abstract: A gearbox is provided having an integrated breather system. The output shaft of the gearbox has integrated therein a breather bore with a top port in the top end of the output shaft and a bottom end in the side of the output shaft. The top end is in communication with the atmosphere while the bottom end is in communication with the inner oil reservoir of the gearbox. By incorporating the breather directly into the output shaft, air locking is reduced or even prevented. Further, the distance between the maximum and minimum oil fill levels is increased thereby allowing for a reduction in accidental over or under filling of the gearbox. In addition, accidental spillage of oil into the environment is reduced as the top breather port exists on top of the gearbox and may optionally include a breather line extending further upward. The reduction in air locking allows for increased accuracy in oil filling as well as reduced maintenance on the gearbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Jay-Lor International Inc.
    Inventors: Jakob Tamminga, Gavin Mills
  • Patent number: 8753005
    Abstract: An apparatus for mixing materials is disclosed. The apparatus includes a support. A mixing container is disposed in the support, where the mixing container is configured to retain materials. A driver assembly is configured to protrude through the support and into the mixing container. The mixing container includes a paddle, the driver assembly is configured to be attached to the paddle, where the driver assembly is configured to oscillate the paddle in a back and forth direction at a set angle in order to mix the materials in the mixing container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences Corp.
    Inventors: Vijay Singh, Willy Papke
  • Patent number: 8726790
    Abstract: A milk frothing device comprises a housing (2) including a container (10) for receiving the milk to be frothed, and a frothing means (20), wherein the container comprises a side wall (11), a bottom portion (13) and an inclined wall portion (12), wherein the inclined wall portion is inclined with respect to the side wall and is confined by the side wall and the bottom portion, wherein the container and the frothing means together form an asymmetrical arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Green Lane Designs Limited
    Inventors: Gary Lane, Alan Green
  • Patent number: 8690093
    Abstract: A blender blade or blade for being mounted to an interior base of a blender container for rotation about a vertical axis is described. The blade includes at least two blade wings, such that it may include four blade wings. The blade includes a body, first transition section, second transition section, first blade wing and second blade wing. Body includes an aperture, wherein the body is located on a first horizontal plane. First and second transition sections extend at downward angles from opposite sides of the body. First blade wing extends outwardly from the first transition section, wherein the first blade wing is located on a second horizontal plane. Second blade wing extends outwardly from the second transition section, wherein the second blade wing is located on a third horizontal plane. The blade is a one-piece blade and can process approximately 6-48 ounces of working medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen P. Rukavina
  • Patent number: 8657485
    Abstract: An agricultural mixer includes a hydraulic drive system. The mixer includes an automatic jam-resolving feature, whereby if an auger becomes jammed, the drive system will cause the auger to rotate in a reverse direction for a period of time to resolve the jam. The hydraulic drive system will maintain a speed of rotation of the auger at a relatively constant rate during mixing while choosing an efficient displacement setting for the hydraulic motor. The auger is maintained at a constant speed during a discharge mode by maintaining the motor in a maximum displacement setting. A clean-out mode is provided wherein the auger is rotated at a maximum speed to aid in cleaning out the last remaining feed mixture in the mixer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Roto-Mix, LLC
    Inventors: Rodney R. Neier, Allin L. Butcher, James E. Shafer, Ross M. Groening
  • Patent number: 8646715
    Abstract: A material processing machine with a rotating element positioned within a hopper for receiving materials to be processed, the rotating element including an outer edge to which one or more attachments may be mounted. The attachments include a forward edge extending generally forward with respect to the direction of rotation of the rotating element and extending outward from the outer edge of the rotating element. A rotating element for use in a material processing machine has either attachments mounted to an outer edge or integrally formed extensions along an outer edge. The extensions or attachments including a forward edge that extends generally forward with respect to the direction of rotation of the rotating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Patz Corporation
    Inventor: David C. Pellman
  • Publication number: 20130264405
    Abstract: Food processing assemblies for rotating processing tools inside a container are disclosed. A portion of the processing assembly is rotationally fixed relative to the container in at least one rotational direction while the processing assembly is driven. In some embodiments, one end of the food processing assembly may be rotationally fixed to a container lid in at least one rotational direction. The processing tool may include a transmission system, where a portion of the transmission is rotationally fixed to the container in at least one rotational direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventor: David M. Audette
  • Patent number: 8529120
    Abstract: A container (11) for a blender includes a base surface (13) and a blade (20) which is rotatable on an axis above the base surface (13). An arcuate wall (14) and two generally straight walls (15, 16) extend upwardly from the base surface (13) and terminate at the upper end of container (11). The axis of rotation of the blade (20) is closer to the arcuate wall (14) than it is to the generally straight walls (15, 16). A skirt (25) extends downwardly from the base surface (13) and has an opening. Sound baffling fingers (32) extend from the skirt (25) and into the opening. A spout (40) is formed at the intersection of two of the walls (14, 15, 16), the spout (40) having an entry point located approximately twenty to thirty percent of the height of the walls (14, 15, 16) from the upper end of the container (11). A handle (34) is positioned opposite to the spout (40) and a cover (12) includes a plug (55) to close the spout (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventor: Robert M. Ulanski
  • Patent number: 8529118
    Abstract: A beverage container assembly for use with a blender is provided comprising a beverage container having an open top portion and a closed bottom portion. A first removable cover is for selectively covering the top portion of the beverage container. The first cover is adapted to be removably mountable on and off a blender and comprises an adapter portion for mounting the beverage container on a blender. A second removable cover is for selectively covering the open top portion of the beverage container. The second cover includes a drinking hole. The first and second covers are interchangeable on the beverage container and the second cover is mountable on the closed bottom portion for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Monte Davis, Michael Greene, Eric O'Neill, John Douglas Wulf
  • Patent number: 8480292
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to systems, apparatus and methods for the reconstitution of dehydrated drinking products for use in a domestic setting. A captive magnetic mixing impeller is described. Furthermore, a dehydrated drinking product preparation system is described comprising a magnetic stir plate, a multipurpose mixing, storing, serving and drinking vessel with a captive magnetic mixing impeller and cap. Furthermore, methods for preparing dehydrated drinking products for human consumption are described using the apparatus and system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventors: Boris Dushine, Joseph Kosmoski
  • Patent number: 8425107
    Abstract: A blender has a base, an axle assembly mounted on the base, a container securely attached to an axle housing of the axle assembly, and a stirring disk securely mounted on an axle of the axle assembly. A user puts foodstuffs, such as powder material, syrup, liquid material, ice cubes and so on, or tea leaves and water, into the container, and then drives the axle assembly and the stirring disk to rotate. Thus, stirring ribs of the stirring disk stir and mix the foodstuffs without crushing the foodstuffs, or the tealeaves and the water are brewed into tea. The blender is simple, easy and safe, especially for a person or a household to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Wen-Hung Tsai
  • Patent number: 8414181
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing material, such as a biomass or fodder for cattle, comprises a container having a bottom and an upright wall, and at least one mixing element comprising an upright column and a mixing blade attached to the column. A front edge of the mixing element at least is proximate to the bottom of the container. The mixing element with its column is rotatably mounted in the container and can be coupled to a drive unit. The mixing blade comprises an element which is rotatably supported on a carrier that is fixed to the column. A part of the circumferential edge of the rotatable element may form the front edge and the part of the outer edge of the mixing blade that joins said front edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Trioliet Holding B.V.
    Inventor: Cornelis Hendricus Liet
  • Publication number: 20130077433
    Abstract: A blender includes a container having a plurality of substantially triangular shaped ribs projecting into a processing zone of the container. The plurality of spaced ribs each include a width and a depth that taper from a top end section adjacent a teardrop shaped opening of the container to a more narrow bottom end section adjacent a bottom wall of the container. A side wall of the container continuously tapers from the teardrop shaped opening to a substantially square shaped bottom end portion including first, second, third and fourth side wall sections connected to one another at respective rounded corners. A blade assembly is coupled to the container and includes a plurality of blades angled at different planes with respect to a horizontal plane. Each of the blades includes a beveled leading edge, resulting in a downward suction force that draws ingredients down into the blade for processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventor: MICHAEL P. CONTI
  • Publication number: 20130074701
    Abstract: A food processor has a container, a working piece for processing food material in the container, and a motor assembly for driving the working piece. The motor assembly includes an electric motor and a speed reduction gear unit connected between the motor and the working piece. The speed reduction gear unit includes a damper for isolating the motor from vibrations from the working piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: Johnson Electric S.A.
    Inventor: Johnson Electric S.A.
  • Publication number: 20130058190
    Abstract: A play dough mixer comprising a mixing vessel having a lower wall and a side wall extending upwardly from the periphery of the circular lower wall. A blade his mounted adjacent the lower wall of the mixing vessel for rotation about a rotation axis. The blade comprises a planar member oriented radially with respect to the rotation axis. A drive motor is provided for rotating the blade and one or more longitudinal projections extend inwardly from an inner surface of the side wall. Each projection includes a lower face located above and parallel to the lower wall of the mixing vessel such that a gap his defined therebetween. The blade passes through the gaps during rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventors: Melissa Jane McDonald, Edward Joseph Khoury
  • Publication number: 20130033959
    Abstract: A blender includes a container having a plurality of substantially triangular shaped ribs projecting into a processing zone of the container. The plurality of spaced ribs each include a width and a depth that taper from a top end section adjacent a teardrop shaped opening of the container to a more narrow bottom end section adjacent a bottom wall of the container. A side wall of the container continuously tapers from the teardrop shaped opening to a substantially square shaped bottom end portion including first, second, third and fourth side wall sections connected to one another at respective rounded corners. A blade assembly is coupled to the container and includes a plurality of blades angled at different planes with respect to a horizontal plane. Each of the blades includes a beveled leading edge, resulting in a downward suction force that draws ingredients down into the blade for processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Whirlpool Corporation
  • Patent number: 8360480
    Abstract: A collar assembly for coupling a blade assembly and a removable jar to the base of a motorized blender includes an interlock assembly that prevents coupling of the blade assembly to the blender motor unless the jar is secured to the collar assembly, and prevents removal of the jar from the collar assembly when the collar and blade assembly is coupled to the blender base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Stuart Walter Athey, Keeley Kabala, Timothy Allen Mayberry, Anthony Scott Roberts, Christopher M. Welch
  • Patent number: 8342738
    Abstract: A mixer includes a housing having one or more augers therein. The augers are turned so that they lift the material being mixed upwardly. Fixed on the side walls, which include baffles, are one or more deflectors which impart a downward motion on the mixture being mixed so that the mixture is tumbled upwardly by the augers and downwardly by the deflectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Roto-Mix, LLC
    Inventors: Rodney R. Neier, Allin L. Butcher, Ross M. Groening, Conway B. Price
  • Publication number: 20120275260
    Abstract: A mixing device has a frame, a cylindrical mixing container that is open toward the top, and a single-shaft agitator. A vertical agitator shaft extends into the mixing container from beneath. The agitator is an agitator without a stator and includes a rotor body arranged just above the container bottom in the mixing container. The rotor body is surrounded by a ring-shaped clearance between the rotor body and the container wall. Above the base plate fastened to the agitator shaft, the rotor body is provided with an inner clearance above the agitator shaft, mixing blades vertically arranged about the clearance, and flow channels arranged between the blades. The channels are delimited toward the top by a cover plate that is connected to the upper edges of the mixing blades. The cover plate is formed with a void arranged in the center and above the inner clearance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: HAAS FOOD EQUIPMENT GMBH
    Inventors: Johannes Haas, Johann Haas, Josef Haas, Stefan Jiraschek, Norbert Drapela, Markus Breyer, Karl Tiefenbacher
  • Patent number: 8282268
    Abstract: Food processing apparati including magnetic drives are described herein. According to one exemplary embodiment, a food processing apparatus may include a motor having a motor shaft, a rotor rotatably mounted on the motor shaft, and a stator producing an electromagnetic field for interacting with the rotor. The rotor may magnetically drive a drive plate coupled to an impeller inside a food-contact chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Island Oasis Frozen Cocktail Co., Inc.
    Inventors: John F. Karkos, Jr., Ron Flanary
  • Patent number: 8282269
    Abstract: A vessel in which a fluid is received and agitated by using an internal fluid-agitating element driven by a non-contact coupling with a motive device external to the vessel. In one aspect, the vessel is a bag including a first receiver for receiving and holding a fluid-agitating element at a home location. The first receiver may be in the form of an inwardly-projecting post having an oversized portion for capturing the fluid-agitating element, but various other forms are disclosed. In another aspect, the vessel or bag further includes a second receiver for receiving a portion of an external structure, such as a motive device, and aligning the vessel relative thereto. Related methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: ATMI Packaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexandre N. Terentiev
  • Patent number: 8240909
    Abstract: A collar assembly for coupling a blade assembly and a removable jar to the base of a motorized blender includes an interlock assembly that prevents coupling of the blade assembly to the blender motor unless the jar is secured to the collar assembly, and prevents removal of the jar from the collar assembly when the collar and blade assembly is coupled to the blender base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Stuart Walter Athey, Keeley Kabala, Timothy Allen Mayberry, Anthony Scott Roberts, Christopher M. Welch
  • Publication number: 20120182830
    Abstract: An auger for a vertical feed mixer with a lifting surface that is upwardly angle from an inner edge toward an outer edge. A fliting portion to form a part of an auger for a vertical feed mixer, the fliting portion including an outer edge that is positioned higher than a radially positioned inner edge. An auger for a vertical feed mixer that in rotation defines an hourglass shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventor: David C Pellman
  • Patent number: 8157435
    Abstract: A lid that is removably mountable to an upper open end of a jar of a mixing device includes a generally circular base having a top surface and a opposing bottom surface. A pour spout extends generally vertically upwardly from the base when the lid is mounted to the upper end of the jar. The pour spout has a crisp edge for pouring foodstuff when the lid is mounted to the jar. Further, the lid includes a channel that generally surrounds the pour spout to collect errant drips of foodstuff when the lid is mounted to the jar and when foodstuff is poured through the pour spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc
    Inventor: Ernest B. Pryor, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20120069700
    Abstract: A gearbox is provided having an integrated breather system. The output shaft of the gearbox has integrated therein a breather bore with a top port in the top end of the output shaft and a bottom end in the side of the output shaft. The top end is in communication with the atmosphere while the bottom end is in communication with the inner oil reservoir of the gearbox. By incorporating the breather directly into the output shaft, air locking is reduced or even prevented. Further, the distance between the maximum and minimum oil fill levels is increased thereby allowing for a reduction in accidental over or under filling of the gearbox. In addition, accidental spillage of oil into the environment is reduced as the top breather port exists on top of the gearbox and may optionally include a breather line extending further upward. The reduction in air locking allows for increased accuracy in oil filling as well as reduced maintenance on the gearbox.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: Jay-Lor International Inc.
    Inventors: Jakob Tamminga, Gavin Mills
  • Patent number: 8123397
    Abstract: A disposable container is provided for mixing media. The container has at least one closable opening for introducing and/or removing media and has sensor mounts at spaced apart locations on the wall of the container. Each sensor mount has a front surface facing into the container and a rear surface sealed against the wall of the container. Sensors are embedded in the respective sensor mounts at positions adjacent the front surfaces. The sensors measure at least one specified parameter of the media at spaced apart locations in the container. The seals between the rear surfaces of the sensor mounts and the wall of the container ensure sterility for the media in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH
    Inventors: Reinhard Baumfalk, Oscar-Werner Reif, Stefan Obermann, Dieter Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20120026827
    Abstract: A blending apparatus is provided which includes a container defining a cavity having a center axis and a substantially rectangular cross section through the center axis. The blending apparatus further includes a lid to cover the cavity defined by the container, and an attachment to fit within the cavity and rotate about the center axis of the cavity. In some arrangements, a set of sides of the container defines (i) a substantially octagonal interior cross section through the center axis at a location adjacent a bottom of the container to prevent lodging of food products at the bottom of the container when the attachment rotates within the cavity; and (ii) a substantially square interior cross section through the center axis at a location further from the bottom of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: EURO-PRO OPERATING LLC
    Inventor: David M. Audette
  • Publication number: 20110280098
    Abstract: A liquid supply device according to the invention includes a container which is filled with a liquid from a liquid storage portion, and the container includes a bottom surface portion, an upper surface portion, and a stirrer which moves in the bottom surface portion and stirs the liquid. The relationship between a height Ht in the vertical direction of a central portion in the container and a height Hb in the vertical direction of the stirrer satisfy the Expression: 0.40×Ht?Hb?0.90×Ht.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventor: Shohei SHIONO
  • Patent number: 8056848
    Abstract: A blade assembly of a blender consists of a first and a second blade. The first blade has an elongated and slightly elevated body with two vertical tips, and the second blade with the body bent downwardly. The unique design of said first and second blades can create a turbulent flow, allowing the content in the container cycling between the blades to achieve finer particle and efficient processing time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventor: Kai-Fu Liang
  • Patent number: 8016479
    Abstract: There is provided a dispersion method of stirring a material to be dispersed in a cavity of a container, so as to create a laminar flow of the material by the stirring action, and a dispersing apparatus including a bottom member and a column-shaped rotating shaft that rotates in the cavity of the container, in which the rotating shaft is provided with two vanes attached thereto with a predetermined inclination, at positions circumferentially spaced by 180 degrees, and the vanes are located at non-overlapping positions in an axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Tokyo Printing Ink. Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kengo Imai, Toshinari Sekine, Tatsuya Nozaki, Kazuhiro Kabasawa
  • Patent number: 7997786
    Abstract: A heating and cooling cup includes a cup body, a stirring device, a heating and cooling chip, and a heat sink module. A heat conductive block is disposed under the cup body, the heat conductive block abuts against the heating and cooling chip, the stirring device has a stirring rod disposed in the cup body, and a bottom surface of the heating and cooling chip abuts against a heat conductive block of the heat sink module. A temperature of the cup body is changed through the heating and cooling chip, for cooling or heating liquid food in the cup body, and the liquid food is forced to generate convection through the stirring rod for accelerating a temperature variation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignees: Teck-Huat Chua
    Inventor: Pei-Chuan Liu
  • Patent number: 7993053
    Abstract: A food blending apparatus and a method of blending food within a container with the object of providing a hygienic system whereby disposable containers are charged with product at a location remote from consumption. After filling with ingredients the container is sealed and then cooled. Containers include an integral blender which when connected to a drive enable the product to be blended at the point of consumption after location in driving connection with the drive means. Product is accessed through a sealed opening of the container after opening the seal. After consumption the container is disposed of and is constructed to make disposal economical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: McGill Technology Limited
    Inventor: Shane R. McGill
  • Patent number: 7993054
    Abstract: A blender base that may be used with a food processor container, a blender container, and a single use beverage container. The blender container includes a novel blade unit having a food processor-style blade and blender type blades. Programs with preprogrammed motor commands for desired operations are stored in memory and may be selected by a user on a user interface. The user interface may include a liquid crystal display, or function switches and light emitting diodes. Upon selection of a particular pre-defined function, the microcontroller retrieves the appropriate program from the read only memory and specifies the preprogrammed motor commands to accomplish the selected function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John Douglas Wulf, Gerald J Lozinski, Matthew Craig Denton, Jerry Lee McColgin, Michael Morton, Daniel S. Soultanian