Stirrer Patents (Class 366/343)
  • Patent number: 10792629
    Abstract: A peanut butter mixer system including: a screw-mixer formed as a continuous rod member having sequential looped coils along a length of said continuous rod member and terminating with a cutting edge; wherein said screw-mixer is powered via a motor and a powerer as manipulated by a user-operator to re-mix peanut butter in a provided container. The screw-mixer is powered via the motor and powerer as manipulated by a user-operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Stacey Venables
  • Patent number: 10730663
    Abstract: Improvements in an agitator is disclosed. The agitator has a central body with sides that have blades that flex or bend inward upon insertion and then expand once the pass through the neck of the bottle. The side are elongated and allows the mixer to have an orientation within the bottle. The orientation allows for a buoyancy of the mixer to break-up powder or fruit that typically floats on the surface of the liquid. The side elements can cut into fruit and pulverize power to blend the ingredient(s). A carrier or case for the mixer provides a container for the mixer to dry and further collects and water from the mixer. A removal hook allows a user to snag one of the ends or a side element. The side flexing elements of the mixer will bend inward to pass the mixer out the neck of the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Richard Lynn Parks
  • Patent number: 10670034
    Abstract: An impeller includes a hub and a plurality of blades. Each blade extends out from the hub. The impeller has an original diameter defined by respective tips of the plurality of blades. Each blade includes a central axis, a leading edge, a trailing edge, an original profile, and a plurality of trim profiles. The original profile has an outside portion and a trailing portion. The outside portion has an angle within a range of about 40° to about 90° from the central axis and the trailing portion having an angle within a range of about 10° to about 50° from the central axis. A first selected trim profile of the plurality of trim profiles extends along a first line parallel to the outside portion and a second line parallel to the trailing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: SPX Flow, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Howk, Richard Kehn, Aaron Strand
  • Patent number: 10245568
    Abstract: An automated system associates an agitator with a respective container for containing fluid, such as paint. The system includes a plurality of agitators; a storage area where the plurality of agitators are arranged; a moving device for moving the agitators at least between the storage area and the container; and a control system for controlling and coordinating the operations of the system. The agitators include a locking mechanism for removably fixing the agitator to the respective container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Luca Drocco, Mario Drocco
  • Patent number: 10143980
    Abstract: A portable power shaker blender includes a mixing body is made of a high density polyethylene material, along with a base that includes a rechargeable battery and a motor. The blade assembly extends inwards into the interior of the mixing chamber and includes a central shaft with a pair of extending crossbars that terminate in a connecting pair of vertical members. An additional diagonal bar extends between a pair of the corners thus created. All of these bars are cylindrical in cross-section to encourage agitation. The cap of the power/shaker engages with the mixing body either through a friction fit or a screw top engagement, which includes a swivel top and a swivel top handle that is generally U-shaped and is able to receive a latching engagement, such as a latching or locking carabiner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Bruce Marko
  • Patent number: 10138053
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are exemplary embodiments of linings, liners, and methods of providing a liner or lining for a tank. An exemplary embodiment includes a method of providing a liner or lining for a tank. In this exemplary embodiment, the method includes extrusion welding a pair of sheets together by infusing a molten thermoplastic material along an interface and within a gap between the pair of sheets. The method also includes extrusion welding the pair of sheets to a bottom sheet by infusing the molten thermoplastic material along and between the pair of sheets and the bottom sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Curtis Goad
  • Patent number: 10105011
    Abstract: A blending appliance includes a housing having a motor compartment and a jar receiving portion spaced laterally therefrom. The jar receiving portion is disposed below an upper housing. A motor is disposed in the motor compartment is adapted to drive a blade assembly of the jar through a magnetic coupling system. The motor is connected to a blade assembly disposed within the jar through a series of gears or belts, and finally through a magnetic coupler. The magnetic coupler is configured such that it stores kinetic energy while the motor is running at a high speed, and releases the stored energy when the motor is running at a slower speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Wayne Conard, Paul Paget
  • Patent number: 9979182
    Abstract: A mounting rack for supporting a wave-making mechanism in a pool includes a connecting bracket coupled to a side wall of the pool. The connecting bracket includes a support bracket with an adjustable opening configured to receive an upper portion of the pool and at least one connecting bar configured for vertical adjustment along the side wall of the pool. The mounting rack further includes a suspension bracket operably coupled to the connecting bracket and configured to support the wave-making mechanism in the pool, and a bottom surface of the wave-making mechanism is generally parallel to a bottom surface of the pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Intex Marketing Ltd.
    Inventors: Hua Hsiang Lin, Yaw Yuan Hsu
  • Patent number: 9949592
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a container-insertable agitation device comprised of a tether having a first end coupled to a container and a second end coupled to an agitator device, wherein the agitator device is suspended within the interior of the container via the tether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: Anastasia B. Dayton
  • Patent number: 9855537
    Abstract: A fluid mixing system includes a flexible bag having an interior surface bounding a compartment. An elongated first tubular connector is disposed within the compartment of the flexible bag, the first tubular connector having a first end and an opposing second end, the first end of the first tubular connector being coupled with the flexible bag. An elongated second tubular connector is disposed within the compartment of the flexible bag, the second tubular connector being more rigid than the first tubular connector and having a first end coupled to the second end of the first tubular connector. A plurality of impeller are disposed on the elongated second tubular connector at spaced apart locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Trevor G. Williams
  • Patent number: 9808774
    Abstract: A stirring wand is configured for selective engagement with a mixing device. The stirring wand comprises a substantially vertical portion having an upper end and a lower end, a first tapered surface that includes a first pitch angle proximate the upper end of the substantially vertical portion and a second pitch angle proximate the lower end of the substantially vertical portion, a substantially horizontal portion having a base and a distal tip, and a second tapered surface extending from the base to the distal tip. The second tapered surface includes a third pitch angle proximate the base and a fourth pitch angle proximate the tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Michael P. Conti
  • Patent number: 9107546
    Abstract: The base assembly configures side by side drop-in containers; one container for a toilet brush and one container for the cleaning agent. The drop-in features allow easy removal of the brush container to pour out any fluid and for replacement of cleaning agent container as needed. The cleaning agent is preferably a specially formulated, anti-bacterial and environmentally friendly paste which is directly applied to the brush by manually dipping and twisting the brush bristles into the container. Attached to the brush just below the user grip is a round plastic hilt which serves as a cover when the brush is inserted in the container and to suspend the brush bristles above the bottom of the container to allow for drainage. The cover assembly handle, which is attached to the base, can be lifted and rotated to uncover the containers for cleaning operation. The covers are brought back to their original position when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventor: Pal Singh Gill
  • Patent number: 9033572
    Abstract: An agitator, particularly for abrasive media includes a support disk to which agitator blades are connected substantially perpendicular to the support disk. The blades are arranged substantially in a radial direction. The support disk also includes a hub that receives an agitator shaft which is preferably motor-driven. The trailing faces of the blades of the agitator and/or the area of the blade connections to the support disk are designed to largely prevent vortex shedding. This is accomplished by implementing a specific geometry for the agitator blades, the support disk, and the connection of the blades to the support disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: EKATO Rühr- und Mischtechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Keller
  • Patent number: 9028213
    Abstract: There is provided a culinary whisk comprising a body including a handle portion and a utility portion connected to the handle portion. The utility portion has a number of loops formed from a plurality of wires, wherein at least one of the wires is provided with a first portion having a non-circular cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Maxpat Trading and Marketing (Far East) Limited
    Inventor: Patrick Waibel
  • Patent number: 8985836
    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: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shohei Shiono
  • Publication number: 20150049576
    Abstract: The invention relates to a horizontal agitator for producing a substantially horizontal flow in a wastewater treatment tank, a propeller being installed on a polygonal shaft driven by means of a submersible motor, wherein the propeller is produced form a first material, which is formed from a polymer reinforced with first fibres, and as hub has a sleeve which corresponds to the outer shape of the polygonal shaft and which is produced from a second material which is different from the first material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Marcus Hoefken, Thomas Hagspiel
  • Patent number: 8951785
    Abstract: A stirrer for a bioreactor has first and second opposed mountings fastened to the inner surfaces of opposite walls of the bioreactor and disposed along a common rotational axis. A first arm has an end connected to the first mounting for rotation about the rotational axis and for pivoting about a first pivot axis that is transverse to the rotational axis. A second arm has an end connected to the second mounting for rotation about the rotational axis and for pivoting about a second pivot axis that is transverse to the rotational axis. Ends of the arms are coupled for pivoting about at least one additional pivot axis that is transverse to the rotational axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH
    Inventors: Shahmir Fatherazi, Gerhard Greller, Oscar-Werner Reif
  • Publication number: 20150033982
    Abstract: A mixing device having a mixing container and has a single-shaft agitator that extends into the mixing container. At the end of the drive shaft, a rotor body is arranged slightly above the bottom of the mixing container. The rotor body comprises a plurality of mixing blades, wherein the blades are, in one example, star-shaped and fixed in position to each other. A first end of the drive shaft is coupled to a motor and a second end of the drive shaft is configured to extend into the mixing vessel, wherein the blades are attached onto the second end of the drive shaft. The blades in one example include at least two coincidental knife-edged blades such that at least one of the knife-edged blades is facing upward. The mixing device in one example is used to mix calcium aluminate-containing slurries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bernard Patrick BEWLAY, Stephen Francis BANCHERI, Joan MCKIEVER, Brian Michael ELLIS, Nicholas Vincent MCLASKY
  • Publication number: 20150023128
    Abstract: Provided are an impeller of a stirring device, and a stirring device using the same. More particularly, the stirring device includes the impeller of the stirring device having a shaft and a cone installed on the shaft, slowly flows an object to be stirred such as a polymer, which has fallen from a nozzle along the cone, and effectively removes air bubbles included in the object to be stirred.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: HADO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Pyungkwon Ok
  • Publication number: 20150003191
    Abstract: The present invention is a stirrer shaft pipe constituting a shaft of a stirrer for glass production formed by the shaft and a stirring blade protrusively provided at the shaft, having a multilayered structure of n layers (n=2 to 5) in which a plurality of pipes are laminated, wherein in at least the pipe of one layer of the plurality of pipes constituting the multilayered structure, a crystal grain aspect ratio (a longitudinal direction/a radial direction) in a material structure of a section in the longitudinal direction is 10 to 100, and a crystal grain aspect ratio (a circumferential direction/a sectional direction) in the material structure of a section in the circumferential direction is 5 to 100.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: TANAKA KIKINZOKU KOGYO K.K.
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Takagi, Toshiya Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8905622
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an elongate shaft, a first paddle including a connecting member disposed generally parallel to the shaft and a cross member disposed generally perpendicular to the shaft and coupled thereto, wherein the connecting member includes at least one notch formed along an edge thereof, and a second paddle including a connecting member disposed generally parallel to the shaft and a cross member disposed generally perpendicular to the shaft and coupled thereto, wherein the connecting member includes at least one notch formed along an edge thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Anderson Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Edward Charles Anderson, Edward Cornelius Anderson
  • Patent number: 8899825
    Abstract: A stirrer device (1a, 1b) includes at least one shaft (13), a first blade-type stirrer assembly (3) and a second blade-type stirrer assembly (2), characterized in that the blade-type stirrer assemblies are movable relative to each other in the axial direction. Also provided is a method of adjusting the above stirrer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Fillon Technologies
    Inventors: Cyril Denize, Aurelien Brule
  • Publication number: 20140340979
    Abstract: Provided herein is an agitator, comprising a body having a central axis and an asymmetric weight distribution; and a plurality of spines, each spine having a shaft and a termination, wherein the shaft smoothly transitions from the body; wherein the body and spines are adapted to enhance mixing when the agitator is shaken in a vessel containing a powder and a liquid medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Hubert Richard Keel, III
  • Publication number: 20140306370
    Abstract: A mixing segment for an extrusion apparatus comprises a shaft and a plurality of plow elements aligned along a helical path extending about a rotation axis of the shaft. Each plow element includes an outer peripheral arcuate ramp extending radially outwardly along the helical path from a root to an outer tip of the plow element. Methods of manufacturing a mixing segment and methods of manufacturing a honeycomb structure with an extrusion apparatus are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: CORNING INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Matthew Joseph Dispenza, Christopher John Malarkey, Kenneth Charles Sariego, Chauncey James Watches
  • Patent number: 8845183
    Abstract: An agitator (10) includes a stem (11) having a shaft coupler (12) at one end adapted to be attached to the rotatable shaft (25) of a food mixing machine. The other end of the stem (11) has a mixing blade (13) which can be in the shape of the bowl of a spoon. The stem (11) is shaped like an I-beam having side walls (20) spaced by a central wall (21). The side walls (20) have opposed notches (22) leaving a web (23) therebetween, and the central wall (21) is provided with an aperture (24) which is aligned with the web (23). Together the web (23) and the aperture (24) define a weakened area where the stem (11) will break upon a predetermined torque which is established based on the hardness of the food product (26) being mixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventors: Eugene J. Kozlowski, Raymond Seuffert
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140247688
    Abstract: A stirring wand is configured for selective engagement with a mixing device. The stirring wand comprises a substantially vertical portion having an upper end and a lower end, a first tapered surface that includes a first pitch angle proximate the upper end of the substantially vertical portion and a second pitch angle proximate the lower end of the substantially vertical portion, a substantially horizontal portion having a base and a distal tip, and a second tapered surface extending from the base to the distal tip. The second tapered surface includes a third pitch angle proximate the base and a fourth pitch angle proximate the tip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Michael P. Conti
  • Patent number: 8814419
    Abstract: Blade systems mix fluids and/or air to create and organize unique vortexes. The vortexes periodically implode to provide superior mixing. The blade structures may comprise four fold lines upon a circular planar surface. The planar surface may be prepared by removal of just one small portion of material, the removed portion spanning approximately one radian of the perimeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Frank Chester
  • Publication number: 20140226436
    Abstract: A mixer with a DC motor with a reducing gear is coupled to a speed control circuit. An output shaft from the reducing gear is coupled to a hub drive gear which meshes with a planetary drive gear coupled to a rotary output drive to which mixing implements are removably attached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventor: RICHARD L. BAKER
  • Patent number: 8801266
    Abstract: A machine (10) for mixing food products includes a motor (22) which turns a hollow shaft assembly (28) that carries an agitator (40). The agitator (40) has an I-beam shaped stem (41) with a blade (43) in the shape of the bowl of a spoon on one end of the stem (41). A socket (44) is formed at the other end of the stem (41) and has a bottom surface (45). An assembly (70) for releasing the agitator (40) from the shaft assembly (28) includes a solenoid (71) which pivots an arm (74) that engages a plunger (80). The plunger (80) includes a pin (81) which is received in the hollow shaft assembly (28) and which engages the bottom surface (45) of the socket (44) of the agitator (40) upon activation of the solenoid (71) to release the agitator (40) from the hollow shaft assembly (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventors: Eugene J. Kozlowski, David J. Kolar, Glenn F. Brasdovich, Kenneth W. Bair, Richard D. Boozer, Robert M. Ulanski
  • Publication number: 20140209535
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, the invention provides a retrofit for existing water treatment systems where the retrofit includes at least one of the following: a particulate separator, a supplementary inlet, and a waveform disk-pack turbine. In a further embodiment, the invention includes a water treatment system combined with at least one of the following: a particulate separator, a supplementary inlet, and a waveform disk-pack turbine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: QWTIP LLC
    Inventor: Whitaker B. Irvin, SR.
  • Publication number: 20140208649
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include a feedstock preparation system that includes a first slurry preparation system that may receive a first portion of a solid fuel to generate a first fuel slurry using the first portion of the solid fuel and a liquid and second slurry preparation system separate from the first slurry preparation system that may receive a second portion of the solid fuel and the first fuel slurry. The second slurry preparation system may produce a second fuel slurry using the second portion of the solid fuel and the first fuel slurry. The first fuel slurry has a first particle size distribution and the second fuel slurry has a second particle size distribution, and the first and second particle size distributions are different.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Raul Eduardo Ayala, Judith Pauline Oppenheim
  • Publication number: 20140204698
    Abstract: A blender blade or mixer blade guard device includes a guard housing having a top portion and a sidewall and a plurality of openings disposed in the guard housing. Each of the opening is located on the guard housing proximal to either the top portion, an interface between the top portion and the sidewall, the sidewall or any combinations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Manitowoc Foodservice Companies, LLC
    Inventors: Derek Morrison, Paul Hanniffy, Bill Teller, Gregory Alan Meyer
  • Publication number: 20140170263
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for: 1) the gentle, controlled mixing of solid and liquid botanical components during fermentation; and 2) the regulation of parameters in cap material and juice during primary fermentation to optimize attributes such as expressive organoleptic characteristics including bouquet, texture and flavor, while simultaneously and selectively monitoring and mitigating the deleterious effects of reduced sulfur compounds, harmful bacteria, multicellular fungi, and/or biogenic amines during the artisan creation of ultra-premium fine wines and other alcoholic libations according to a customized schedule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Loos Family Winery, LLC
    Inventor: Bradley Joseph Loos
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140140165
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a stirring blade for attachment to a support plate, and to a combination of a stirring blade and of a support plate, for use in a mixing vat of a mixing apparatus. The support plate is attached to a driving element of the mixing apparatus. The stirring blade has an elongate section for mixing a content of the vat. The stirring blade also defines an aperture for attachment of the stirring blade to the support plate. The aperture is configured so that raising the stirring blade away from the bottom surface of the vat causes an upper surface of the stirring blade to abut on a stop of the support plate, and raising the driving element and the support plate away from the bottom of the vat allows the stirring blade to pivot downward about the support plate for easy removal of the stirring blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: QUALTECH INC.
    Inventors: Louis-Simon FALARDEAU, Christian PICARD
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140117024
    Abstract: A metal can for holding food during cooking is provided. The metal can includes a metal sidewall having an upper end, a lower end and a midpoint. The metal sidewall has an inner surface defining an interior cavity of the can configured to hold food during cooking. The metal can includes a metal can end coupled to the lower end of the sidewall and a metal insert located within the interior cavity of the can. The metal insert includes a planar disc and an upstanding insert sidewall extending from a peripheral edge of the disc portion, and a radially outward facing surface of the insert sidewall engages the inner surface of the metal sidewall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: SILGAN CONTAINERS LLC
    Inventors: Alvin Widitora, Gerald J. Baker, Rowdy H. Holstine, Donald Gust
  • Publication number: 20140113048
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include instant food systems and methods regarding the same. In an embodiment, the invention includes a method for preparing a hot instant food product. The method can include adding a heated liquid to a container, adding a substantially dry food product mixture to the container, wherein the volume of the dry food product mixture is equal to at least 20% of the volume of heated liquid, placing a mixing head into the container, and rotating the mixing head for a period of less than sixty seconds in order to form a fully hydrated frothed food product. In an embodiment, an instant food preparation machine is included. In an embodiment, a mixing head is included. In an embodiment, an instant food preparation kit is included. Other embodiments are also included herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: CAMPBELL SOUP COMPANY
    Inventor: CAMPBELL SOUP COMPANY
  • Publication number: 20140112092
    Abstract: The invention relates to a stirring device (1) that comprises a stirring tool which can be introduced into a mass or liquid that is to be stirred, a drive motor (4) that drives said stirring tool, a housing (5) enclosing said drive motor (4) and a fastening point (6) for securing said stirring device in a working position. The stirring device (1) has at least one sensor (11) for detecting imbalances which preferably is linked or connected to the open- and closed-loop control systems of the drive motor (4), and which can switch off said drive motor (4) or change the speed thereof in the event of undesired or dangerous oscillations or vibrations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: IKA-Werke GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventor: Erhard Eble
  • 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: 8677895
    Abstract: A food processor defining a food processing path comprises a frame having a first compartment located within the food processing path and a second compartment located out of the food processing path and at least one dicing element configured to be received in both of the first and second compartments. When the dicing element is received in the first compartment, the dicing element dices food passing through the food processing path, and when the dicing element is received in the second compartment, the dicing element is stored out of the food processing path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin J. Beber, John Colasanti, Arren J. McCormick
  • Publication number: 20140071788
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mixing impeller for an agitator. The impeller has a body that may be disc-shape. The impeller has a plurality of circumferentially spaced-apart, longitudinally curved, channel-shaped outer vanes connected to and extending outwards from the body in a plurality of different directions. A first one of the outer vanes has a distal end at least partially facing above the body. A second one of the outer vanes has a distal end at least partially facing below the body. A third one of the outer vanes has a distal end at least partially facing tangential to the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: Li Wang
  • Patent number: 8663746
    Abstract: An apparatus and system for stirring liquid inside a flow cell. In one implementation, the apparatus includes a rotatable disc configured to receive liquid at a top side of the disc and distribute the liquid substantially evenly around a periphery of the flow cell. The disc has a triangular cross sectional area. The apparatus may further include a set of fins attached to a bottom side of the disc, wherein the set of fins is configured to draw the liquid from the periphery of the flow cell into the center of the flow cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Intermolecular, Inc.
    Inventor: Rajesh Kelekar
  • Patent number: 8657486
    Abstract: A beater for a mixer includes a shaft including a mixer attachment portion, the shaft defining a rotational axis of the beater. A first stabilizing arm extends outwardly from the shaft and a second stabilizing arm extends outwardly from the shaft and spaced circumferentially from the first stabilizing arm. A first blade has an upper end connected to the first stabilizing arm at a location spaced from the shaft, a lower end located proximate the rotational axis of the beater and a leading face that transitions from a substantially vertical orientation at the lower end to a downwardly angled orientation at the upper end. A second blade has an upper end connected to the second stabilizing arm at a location spaced from the shaft, a lower end located proximate the rotational axis of the beater and a leading face that transitions from a substantially vertical orientation at the lower end to a downwardly angled orientation at the upper end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Premark FEG L.L.C.
    Inventors: Joseph C. Huang, Dana D. Herbst, David S. Dickey
  • Publication number: 20140050045
    Abstract: An electric bench mixer has a base, a column and a pivoting head. The tilt angle of the head and the configuration of the blades are optimalised to provide a wiping action of the blades against the interior of the ball as the head is pivoted. An ice cream making bowl and blade are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: Breville Pty Limited
    Inventors: Richard Hoare, Nicholas Roseby, Mark Thomas
  • Patent number: 8651732
    Abstract: The invention relates to a stirring device for activated sludges comprising a hyperboloid stirring body (2) attached to a shaft (1), wherein a plurality of transport ribs (3) are provided on the top (O) of the stirring body (2) running toward the circumferential boundary (UM) thereof, wherein the transport ribs (3) have an oblique course, at least in sections, relative to a radial direction, and wherein an oblique position of the transport ribs (3) is selected such that, when the stirring body (2) rotates in a predetermined rotational direction (R), a flow is generated that is directed radially outward away from the circumferential boundary (UM) of the stirring body (2). In order to improve the efficiency of the stirring device, the invention proposes that at least one propeller (6) be attached to the shaft (1) that, when the stirring body (2) rotates in the rotational direction (R), generates a flow (A) directed toward the top (O) of the stirring body (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Invent Umwelt-und Verfahrenstechnik AG
    Inventor: Marcus Hoefken
  • Publication number: 20140036619
    Abstract: A material processing machine having a rotating element formed of a core rotatable about a generally vertical axis, and a top cap having a pair of facets which abut together at a join line. The join line extends downward from perpendicular to the generally vertical axis at an angle. The core has a continuous outer wall that is substantially vertical, and the facets extend inward from the outer wall to the join line at a non-perpendicular angle. Each of the facets extends inward from the outer wall to the join line at an angle that is different from angle of the other facet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Patz Corporation
    Inventors: David C. PELLMAN, Dan JOHNSTON
  • Patent number: 8622607
    Abstract: A shearing/mixing tool (20) is one of several tools that is preferably mounted on a shaft (2). On both sides, the shaft (2) is rotatably mounted on the end walls of a horizontal drum. The tool (20) has at least one opening (25). Preferably, the shearing/mixing tools (1) are shearing/throwing blades (23) which are formed in a sickle-shaped manner at the end of stirring arms and rotate in the drum at an angle from the transverse axis of the shaft axis in such a way that the tip of the sickle or the spoon-shaped end of the blade (23) is the leading part. The shearing/throwing blade is arranged on an arm (22) made from a web plate that is bent in a Y-shaped manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Bühler AG
    Inventors: Willy Bräker, Martin Hartsieker, Danijel Dolic, Peter Braum
  • Publication number: 20140003189
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a granulating and/or agglomerating tool for a granulating and/or agglomerating device with a fastening shaft and a substantially disk-shaped element with a diameter d which is fastened thereto and has an upper surface, a lower surface and a circumferential surface connecting the upper and the lower surface. In order to provide a granulating and/or agglomerating tool for a granulating and/or agglomerating device and a corresponding granulating and/or agglomerating device and a method for granulating or agglomerating with which the desired granulating or agglomerating result can be obtained very much faster and above all with a significantly finer granulated material with a significantly higher yield in the range of from 0.1 to 0.8 mm, it is proposed according to the invention that the circumferential surface exhibits a plurality of essentially V-shaped grooves running parallel to the axis of the shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: MASCHINENFABRIK GUSTAV EIRICH GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Stefan Gerl, Christina Klein