Measuring, Testing, Or Controlling By Inanimate Means Patents (Class 426/231)
  • Patent number: 11076630
    Abstract: A system for producing a cooked food item. The system includes an extrusion chamber having a moving extrusion head for extruding an extrusion compound, and a cooking chamber arranged above the extrusion chamber and having a cooking device for cooking the extrusion compound. The system also includes a moving support surface for the extrusion compound, which can be moved between the extrusion chamber and the cooking chamber by way of a movement mechanism. The system additionally includes a storage chamber for receiving the extrusion head. The storage chamber is arranged laterally next to the extrusion chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Sebastian Erbe, Ugur Dogan Guel, Lucia Schuster, Alvaro Suarez Iribarne
  • Patent number: 11026535
    Abstract: An oven may include a cooking chamber configured to receive a food product, an EM heating system configured to provide EM energy into the cooking chamber using solid state electronic components, and control electronics configured to control the EM heating system. The control electronics are configured to enable user selection of a cooking program associated with cooking the food product. The control electronics select a first algorithm to direct application of the EM energy to the food product. The control electronics perform a learning process to receive feedback on execution of the cooking program during execution of the cooking program according to the first algorithm. Responsive to detecting a trigger event during the learning process, the control electronics are configured to select a second algorithm that is different from the first algorithm to direct application of the EM energy to the food product during execution of the cooking program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventors: Giorgio Grimaldi, Christopher Hopper, Michele Sclocchi, Joshua M. Linton
  • Patent number: 11006778
    Abstract: An electrically operated beverage maker, in particular electrically operated coffee machine, having at least one component which is subjected to wear and tear and hence maintenance-relevant, wherein at least one load parameter which characterises an actual wear and tear of the maintenance-relevant component can be determined, and in that at least one reliability parameter of the maintenance-relevant component can be calculated, taking into account the specific load parameter(s) of the maintenance-relevant component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: WMF GROUP GMBH
    Inventors: Armin Startz, Peter Arndt
  • Patent number: 10980257
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for the preparation of a gluten-containing grain having lowered levels of gluten. The method includes providing a prepared gluten-containing grain which may be optionally sterilized or pasteurized. The prepared gluten-containing grain is then inoculated with a prepared fungal component and incubated. In one embodiment the prepared fungal component myceliates the prepared gluten-containing grain while incubated and during this process hydrolyzes gluten in the prepared gluten-containing grain. The present invention also includes a gluten-containing grain having lowered levels of gluten which has been prepared by the methods of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Myco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: James Patrick Langan, Brooks John Kelly, Huntington Davis, Alan D. Hahn
  • Patent number: 10948407
    Abstract: A method for multivariate adulteration detection on an edible oil includes (1) construction of a model: S1, acquiring near-infrared spectra of edible oils; S2, establishing a near-infrared spectral database of the edible oils; S3, establishing a multivariate adulteration detection model for a type of edible oil; and (2) application of the model: acquiring spectra of a sample to be tested according to the near-infrared spectral signal acquisition method in step S1, preprocessing the obtained near-infrared spectra by using the method in step S2 to obtain near-infrared spectral data of the sample, and determining the authenticity of the sample to be tested by using the multivariate adulteration detection model for the edible oil established in step S3. The method is simple and rapid in operation, can effectively and rapidly screen the authenticity of an edible vegetable oil, and has strong practicability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventors: Liangxiao Zhang, Peiwu Li, Zhe Yuan, Du Wang, Xuefang Wang, Wen Zhang, Qi Zhang
  • Patent number: 10940656
    Abstract: A press tool for a press assembly includes an additive manufactured body including a plurality of stacked layers of additive manufacturable material extending between an interior side and an exterior side. The interior side has a part forming surface including a surface profile for forming a part. The exterior side has a plurality of hollow cores defined by longitudinal walls and lateral walls meeting at joints. Press inserts are coupled to the longitudinal walls and the lateral walls at the exterior side. The press inserts are configured to be pressed inward by a pressing load during a pressing operation for forming the part. The press inserts distribute the pressing load along the longitudinal and lateral walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventors: Michael Palmore Matlack, Steven Michael Shewchuk
  • Patent number: 10899597
    Abstract: A shutoff switch for dispensing mixed beverages is presented. The shutoff switch includes a syrup inlet receiving syrup and a syrup outlet dispensing the syrup to a pump. The shutoff switch also includes a water inlet receiving water, and a water outlet dispensing the water to a either the pump or a dispensing point. Two distinct inlets and outlets for syrup and water prevent the syrup and water being mixed in the shutoff switch. The shutoff switch further includes a pressure responsive member that deforms based on pressure changes in the shutoff switch. When the deformation of the pressure responsive member reaches a threshold, an electrical gate in direct communication with the pressure responsive member opens, turning of a pump of the beverage dispensing system. Valves in either chamber of the shutoff switch can also be used as a redundant mechanical way to stop flow in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Cleland Sales Corporation
    Inventor: James Cleland
  • Patent number: 10874244
    Abstract: According to one example, a system includes a heat source operable to provide an amount of energy to be used to cook a food item, and further includes one or more processors. The processors are operable to receive an indication of a requested cooking temperature, and to receive a plurality of indications of measured temperature associated with the food item at different times. The processors are further operable to determine an integral term based on differences between the requested cooking temperature and the measured temperatures, to determine a heat loss term based on the integral term, and to determine an energy adjustment based on the heat loss term. The heat source is further operable to modify the amount of energy provided by the heat source in accordance with the determined energy adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventor: Darren Erik Vengroff
  • Patent number: 10870097
    Abstract: An elastomer rheology process can include: receiving material formation data associated with an elastomer; conveying the elastomer towards one or more rollers that compress and stretch the elastomer according to a predetermined rolling profile comprising roller gap and speed settings; sensing a first dimension of a first portion of the elastomer before the first portion of the elastomer is passed through the sheeter; sensing a second dimension of a second portion of the elastomer after the second portion of the elastomer is passed through the sheeter; and calculating an elastomer property of the elastomer based on the controlled roller gap width, a measured roller force, the first dimension, and the second dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Ardent Mills, LLC
    Inventor: Sumana Bell
  • Patent number: 10859553
    Abstract: An identification apparatus for identifying a degree of degradation of oil, including a sensor configured to detect a substance arising from oil contained in an oil tank, and a controller configured to determine a degree of degradation of the oil based on information related to the substance detected by the sensor and a type of food that is cooked with the oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Hirohide Yamasaki, Shinichi Kobori
  • Patent number: 10850448
    Abstract: A 3D printing system includes a tank filled with a liquid forming material; a platform movably disposed above the tank; a lighting module including a plurality of LEDs disposed below the tank and used for providing light projecting toward the liquid forming material, and a controlling module coupled to the lighting module and configured to drive the lighting module to generate light that is focused onto a focus plane between the platform and the tank and having a certain distance with the bottom of the tank for solidifying the liquid forming material on the focus plane to form a cross-sectional layer, wherein the controlling module uses the brightness of one of the LEDs as a basis for varying that of the other LEDs, so that the liquid forming material solidified in single (scanning) procedure can have approximately the same hardness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventors: Hung-Peng Kang, Ming-Hsiung Ding, Tsung-Hua Kuo
  • Patent number: 10801733
    Abstract: A heating power control system includes a storage that stores cooking information including a cooking process being executed using a cooking appliance, a receiver that receives detection information indicating an absence or a presence of a user of the cooking appliance, and a controller that determines whether or not the user is absent for a predetermined period of time based on the detection information, determines, based on the cooking information, whether or not the cooking process is a heating process when the user is determined to be absent for the predetermined period of time, determines, based on the cooking information, a control method of controlling heating power of the cooking appliance when the cooking process is determined to be a heating process, and controls the heating power of the cooking appliance by the control method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Aso, Masao Nonaka
  • Patent number: 10791870
    Abstract: A device and a method for heating and foaming a liquid, in particular a beverage such as a milk-containing beverage for example. The device comprises a steam generator, a pressurized gas source, and a pump means which is connected to the steam generator and the pressurized gas source for transporting a steam/gas mixture into the liquid. The pressurized gas source comprises a controllable switching valve in order to generate pressure pulses. The pressure pulses generated by the pressurized gas source are introduced into the pump means and mixed with the liquid in the pump means, whereby the liquid is foamed. The foam properties of the foamed liquid, such as consistency, creaminess, density, and porosity, can be influenced by the frequency, amplitude, and pulse duration of the pressure pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventors: Grégoire Locher, Stéphane Betrisey
  • Patent number: 10792634
    Abstract: A process for preparing granules is disclosed. The process comprises the steps of feeding the input material for granulation in a processor using one or more powder feeders, introducing steam as a granulation activating agent in the processor, granulating the input material in presence of the steam to form granules, and collecting the granules from a discharge zone of the processor. A co-rotating twin-screw processor for preparing granules is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Radhika Ghike, Vijay Kulkarni, Indu Bhushan, Himadri Sen, Babu Padmanabhan, Vinay Rao
  • Patent number: 10779674
    Abstract: A circulation cooking device includes a housing and two casings. Within the housing and the casings, there are provided two sets of a wheel control device, a temperature limiting thermostat, a circuit board for switch control, a mechanical fan for drawing cold air in and expelling hot air out, a main circuit board configured to activate heating and agitation; a drive source for agitation and testing, a support for heating member, an electric heating member, a fan blade assembly, and an inlet device. The circulation cooking device can mounted on a large container by a seat for single container or two small containers by a seat for double container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: PUC Perfect Union Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ching Chan
  • Patent number: 10757958
    Abstract: Embodiments of a feed composition for a subject, particularly livestock animals, such as porcines, and a method of making and using the feed composition are disclosed. In one embodiment, the composition comprises a combination of corn condensed distillers' soluble (CCDS) and corn distillers' whole stillage (CDWS) in a weight ratio within the range of from about 20% CCDS and about 80% CDWS to about 45% CCDS and about 55% CDWS, inclusive of all weight ratios within this range. The composition may further comprise one or more additional feed components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Richfeed LLC
    Inventors: Rodney L. Williams, Tyson B. Williams
  • Patent number: 10726550
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for proposing personalized cosmetics and a system for implementing the same, the method comprising the steps of: photographing the visible spectrum of the skin of a subject to be measured; mapping a personalized visible spectrum to the measured visible spectrum of the skin so as to generate a spectral comparison table; matching a personalized composition to the spectral comparison table; and displaying the matched personalized composition on an image display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Amorepacific Corporation
    Inventors: Choon Bok Jeong, Se Jun Park, Yu Jin Kang, Kyung Ho Choi, Yeong Jin Choi
  • Patent number: 10687659
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a beverage preparation device designed for preparing a beverage upon injection of liquid into an ingredients-containing cartridge, the device comprising a pump (106) coupled between a fluid inlet (102) and a fluid outlet (104) for pumping the fluid from said inlet to said outlet, and a processing unit (108) for the pump (106) adapted to control an operation of the pump in response to an electrical energy (121) having a wave form such that the pump is energized only throughout selected half cycles (a1,a2,a3 . . . an) of the wave form of the electrical energy, wherein the processing unit (108) is configured to determine the respective selected half cycles (a1,a2,a3 . . .
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventor: Matthieu Ozanne
  • Patent number: 10657780
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus are disclosed that enable certain establishments that serve self-serve food and/or serve food via vending machines, to comply with recently issued FDA rules for providing calorie content and Nutrition Facts information to consumers. The calorie content and/or Nutrition Facts may be displayed on an electronic display, printed on a label, and/or provided via an audible signal, and/or may be provided in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Michael J. Kline
  • Patent number: 10610043
    Abstract: Disclosed is a food preparation apparatus (100) comprising a food preparation compartment (101); a dielectric sensor (120) in said food preparation compartment, a data storage device (130) storing food seasoning data as a function of a dielectric constant of the food product, said food seasoning data relating to a plurality of condiments to be added to the food product; and a processor arrangement (110) coupled to said dielectric sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventors: Zhongchi Luo, Mo Li, Wei Li, Bin Yin
  • Patent number: 10610046
    Abstract: The automatic coffee machine (1) comprises a single infuser unit (2) for producing a coffee infusion, coffee infusion dispensing means (4) located in front of a front wall (5) of the machine (1) in a distanced position above a surface (6) for resting one or more cups (7, 8) for collecting the coffee infusion, a hydraulic circuit (9) for distributing the coffee infusion to the coffee infusion dispensing means (4), and valve interception means (10) present along said hydraulic circuit (9), the coffee infusion dispensing means (4) comprise a first coffee infusion dispensing unit (16) equipped with at least one coffee infusion dispensing nozzle (17, 18) and at least a second coffee infusion dispensing unit (19) equipped with at least one coffee infusion dispensing nozzle (20, 21), the hydraulic circuit (9) comprising a first supply pipe (34) for said first coffee infusion dispensing unit (16) and a second supply pipe (35) for said second coffee infusion dispensing unit (19), said valve means (10) comprising a fir
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: De'Longhi Appliances S.R.L.
    Inventors: Giuseppe De'Longhi, Paolo Evangelisti
  • Patent number: 10606247
    Abstract: A process module is automatically configured for operation in a plant. During the operation of the process module in a first phase in a first operational environment, operational data that is related to the process module is received by a computer data system. In a second phase, when the process module is connected to a second operational environment, operational data is received again. The computer data system has a reply function that receives and processes a query and provides a response. Processing the query includes processing the operational data that was received during the first and second phases. The process module is then configured by using configuration parameters that are derived from the response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Mario Hoernicke, Chaojun Xu, Axel Haller, Rainer Drath
  • Patent number: 10595668
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for sharing capsule image data and beverage preparation parameters, from one or more beverage preparation machines with a remote computer system via a network, such as the Internet, is disclosed. The remote computer system may process the capsule image data to determine characteristics of the capsule (e.g., a type of capsule, such as a brand, or beverage ingredients in the capsule), thereby relieving the beverage preparation from having to determine information about the capsule. The remote computer may track a user's consumption of capsules, may compare this value to the user's past capsule purchase history, and may determine if the user's supply of capsules is below a threshold value (e.g., below a week's worth of capsules).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Tinkler, Jianming Huang, Kevin William Hartley, Cameron McLeod, Samuel Ross Rulli, Nicholas George Ioannidis, James K. Lynch, Brian David Rheaume, Jeffrey Sol Hadden, Philip Hadley, Yvona Hlobilova
  • Patent number: 10588451
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a consumable recognition system for recognizing placement and/or type of consumable containing a food substance for the preparation of a beverage by use of a beverage dispenser. To enable the recognition of placement and/or type of consumable in a simple, foolproof and easily implementable way an embodiment of the system comprises a light source (31, 301, 311, 321, 331, 341) for emitting light (35) to the consumable (4a, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90), a light sensor (32 302, 312, 322, 332, 342) for sensing light (36) reflected from a reflection element (42, 52, 63, 73, 83, 93) of the consumable to obtain a sensor signal, wherein the sensor signal depends on the position, orientation, fluorescence, phosphorescence and/or polarization characteristic of said reflection element, and a signal processor (33) for recognizing placement and/or type of consumable based on said sensor signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventors: Jasper De Vreede, Franciscus Johannes Gerardus Hakkens, Gerben Kooijman, Petrus Theodorus Jutte, Mark Thomas Johnson, Karel Johannes Adrianus Van Den Aker, Jan Frederik Suijver, Christoph Dobrusskin
  • Patent number: 10566092
    Abstract: Exemplified method and system facilitates monitoring and/or evaluation of disease or physiological state using mathematical analysis and machine learning analysis of a biopotential signal collected from a single electrode. The exemplified method and system creates, from data of a singularly measured biopotential signal, via a mathematical operation (i.e., via numeric fractional derivative calculation of the signal in the frequency domain), one or more mathematically-derived biopotential signals (e.g., virtual biopotential signals) that is used in combination with the measured biopotential signals to generate a multi-dimensional phase-space representation of the body (e.g., the heart). By mathematically modulating (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Analytics For Life Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Burton, Shyamlal Ramchandani, Sunny Gupta
  • Patent number: 10558330
    Abstract: A mobile terminal includes a wireless communication unit configured to communicate with a beverage-making apparatus; a display unit; an input unit configured to receive a recipe input request for inputting information about a recipe of a beverage for the beverage-making apparatus; and at least one processor. The at least one processor is configured to: in response to the recipe input request, display a recipe input interface for inputting the information about the recipe of the beverage; and based on displaying the recipe input interface, receive recipe information for the beverage through the displayed recipe input interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Mina Suh, Hyungsun Kim
  • Patent number: 10551524
    Abstract: Systems and methods for authenticating material samples are provided. Characteristic features are measured for a batch of material samples that comprise substantially the same composition and are produced by substantially the same process. The measured characteristic features have respective variability that is analyzed to extract statistical parameters. In some cases, reference ranges are determined based on the extracted statistical parameters for the batch of material samples. The corresponding statistical parameters of a test material sample are compared to the reference ranges to verify whether the test material sample is authentic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventors: Anthony J. Sabelli, Jennifer F. Shumacher, Yanina Shkel, Brian J. Stankiewicz, Glenn E. Casner, John A. Wheatley, Andrew P. Bonifas, Ravishankar Sivalingam
  • Patent number: 10542839
    Abstract: A coffee making appliance includes a housing having a base for supporting a container configured to receive brewed coffee and a reservoir for receiving water to be heated. A hopper is configured to receive a quantity of whole coffee beans and is positioned adjacent a grinder that is itself configured to transform the whole coffee beans into ground coffee. A passageway is formed in the housing for channeling the ground coffee from the grinder to a brewing chamber. A pump configured to supply the water from said reservoir to said brewing chamber via a brew path and the brew path then directs said heated water over the passageway, thereby cleaning the passageway of particulates of the ground coffee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Inventors: Anthony Kit Lun Leung, Kam Fai Fung, Benjamin Lai
  • Patent number: 10413121
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a cooking system for cooking food, the cooking system being functional in a plurality of cooking modes. The cooking system includes a housing defining a hollow chamber configured to receive a food container. The housing has an upper portion defining an opening to the hollow chamber. A first lid is adapted to cover the opening to the hollow chamber. At least one heating element is associated with at least one of the housing and the lid. The cooking system is operable in an air frying mode and a conductive cooking mode. The upper portion of the housing includes a feature of a locking system for locking a second lid to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Aaron Michael Gill, Ross Richardson, Naomi Kalia Williams Zabel, Da Deng, Mete Gursel, Andrew John Roy Tattersfield, Niall Christopher Denham, Roger Neil Jackson, Ronan Patrick Leahy, Evan James White, Thomas Guerin, Chris Martin, Nathaniel R. Lavins, Mackenzie Lee Swanhart, Samuel Andrew Ferguson, Scott James Stewart
  • Patent number: 10342386
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for controlling brewing of a coffee drink and a computer-readable medium storing instructions to execute such a method are presented. The method entails receiving an identifier for the coffee drink, the identifier associated with a set of brew parameters used to make the coffee drink, and retrieving the set of brew parameters from a database storing the set of brew parameters using the identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Blue Bottle Coffee, Inc.
    Inventor: Neil M. Day, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10342223
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to mollusk with fluorescent coatings. Also disclosed are aquarium kits comprising a tank, mollusk and an excitation light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: GloFish, LLC
    Inventors: Alan Blake, Richard Crockett
  • Patent number: 10342375
    Abstract: A mobile-phone controlled intelligent steam cooker is provided, including a steam cooker, a remote control server and a mobile terminal. The steam cooker includes a steam pot and a steam oven. The steam oven includes a water tank, a water pump, a steam generator, a check valve connector, and a leakproof check valve. The steam oven includes a power panel and a control panel. The control panel includes a remote Wi-Fi module and a microprocessor. The remote Wi-Fi module receives an instruction from the mobile terminal forwarded by the remote server, and also sends state information of the steam cooker and the latest cloud recipes provided by a developer from the remote server to the mobile terminal. The steam oven includes an operation panel. Local and remote control of the steam cooker through an intelligent terminal is achieved by connecting a communication module to the intelligent terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Guozhang Chen
  • Patent number: 10321703
    Abstract: A thermal treatment apparatus includes a pair of heat exchangers and an intake that receives a main flow of filling material and a branch that diverts filling material to form a branch flow. The branch flow takes a part of the heat energy used in a primary process for use in a secondary process. It then rejoins the main flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Johannes Roschy, Tobias Cherdron, Christopher Neuhaus
  • Patent number: 10314425
    Abstract: Assemblies, machines, systems, and methods for the generation of superheated are discussed A steam super-heat assembly is employed for generating superheated steam for the preparation of coffee-based beverages. The assembly includes a body that includes an internal cavity, a heating element that includes heating surfaces positioned within the internal cavity, and a flow path within the internal cavity. The body also includes an input that enables fluid access into the internal cavity and an output that enables fluid egress out of the internal cavity. The heating element heats the heating surfaces of the heating element. The flow path enables fluid to flow from the input, through the internal cavity of the body, and to the output of the body. The heating surfaces form a portion of the flow path. When the fluid flows through the internal cavity, the fluid is in direct physical contact with the heating surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Seattle Espresso Machine Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Camille Prefontaine, Devin Walker
  • Patent number: 10307010
    Abstract: A machine for dispensing a beverage (5) includes a beverage processing module (2) that has an outlet (20). The module (2) further has a first part (25) and a second part (26) that can be relatively moved between: a transfer configuration for introducing a beverage ingredient (4) between the first and second parts (25, 26) and/or removing the ingredient from therebetween; and a processing configuration for forming said beverage (5) from said ingredient (4) between the first and second parts (25, 26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Luc Fontbonne
  • Patent number: 10275868
    Abstract: An object analyzing method applied to an object analyzing system. The object analyzing method comprises: (a) applying at least one analyzing parameter extracting process according to an object type for an target object, to extract at least one analyzing parameter for the target object; (b) selecting least one analyzing model according to the object type; and (c) applying the analyzing model selected in the step (b), to analyze the analyzing parameter and accordingly generate an analyzing result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Chun-Chia Chen, Liang-Che Sun
  • Patent number: 10238124
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus and a method for producing a mix of a first type of food products and a second type of food products that fulfills at least two target criteria including a desired weight ratio between the first and second type of food products and a lean/fat ratio of the mix. At least three controllable in-feed channels at an in-feed end of a conveyor supply separate streams of the first and second food products. One of the in-feed channels supplies the first type of food products and two of the in-feed channels supply a second type of food products being distinguished via a different lean/fat ratio estimate. The determined weight of food products and the measured lean/fat ratio of the food products are used as operation parameters so that the mix fulfills the at least two target criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventors: Saevar Gardarsson, Skuli Sigurdsson, Brynjolfur Thorsson
  • Patent number: 10209141
    Abstract: A method for determining the degree of heat treatment of a liquid product in a liquid product processing system involves measuring at least a first value representing the temperature of the liquid product within a first time period; measuring at least a second value representing the flow of the liquid product within the first time period; and calculating at least a first heat treatment index value based on the first and second values, wherein the heat treatment index value is associated with a current degree of heat treatment of the liquid product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventors: Knut-Ove Andersson, Roelf Postema
  • Patent number: 10144980
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a agave syrup product having a low water content. The agave syrup product retains the physical and palatable properties of untreated agave syrup while having a prolonged shelf-life. It can be advantageously used to sweeten beverages (such as hot beverages) and in the manufacture of pharmaceutical compositions (such as throat lozenges) and/or confectionary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: John Lawrence Rowe
  • Patent number: 10130208
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pod-holding device (100) for a beverage dispensing machine. The pod-holding device comprises a first (7) and a second (11) extraction subunit, the first extraction subunit (7) sealingly closing against the second subunit (11) so as to form, when closed, an extraction chamber for the pod, and, when open, allow insertion of the pod between the two subunits (7, 11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Lucio Iacobucci
  • Patent number: 10076004
    Abstract: A microwave oven includes: heating chamber (11) for accommodating a heating object; magnetron (12) for heating the heating object accommodated in heating chamber (11); blower (13) for cooling magnetron (12); temperature detection device (17) for detecting a temperature of magnetron (12); and a control device for controlling an output power of magnetron (12) on the basis of temperature information output from temperature detection device (17), wherein temperature detection device (17) is disposed inside cooling fin (19) of magnetron (12), and the control device controls magnetron (12) on the basis of the temperature information obtained before cooking is started, thereby reducing a temperature transfer loss of abnormal heat generated from magnetron (12) and efficiently transferring the heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventors: Kouji Kanzaki, Kazuhiro Kawai, Hisahiro Nishitani
  • Patent number: 10064417
    Abstract: A method of cleaning mother's milk, involving ex vivo contacting mother's milk having an initial concentration of an antidepressant therein with a solid substrate (preferably a porous substrate) adapted to remove the antidepressant from the milk to produce a cleansed milk product having a reduced concentration of the antidepressant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Janssen Pharmaceutica NV
    Inventors: Thomas M DiMauro, Kevin Wildenhaus
  • Patent number: 10058206
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for control of temperature-precise culinary processes with real-time verification of food safety and pathogen destruction. The apparatus and method utilizes software process control for monitoring and recording input temperature sensors, controlling active relays for adjusting temperature according to set programmable recipes. A connector kit (local or in the cloud) or gateway module receives real time data from the sensors and relays, and enables communication of real time data with client applications. An automatic process interface (“API”) and a communication channel (“websocket”) enable the connector kit (local or in the cloud), mobile applications, a website and cloud to share data and instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Benjamin Cote
  • Patent number: 10058207
    Abstract: An infusion device for making beverages using cartridges, such as capsules or pods, comprises an infusion unit (3) comprising at least two parts, at least one of which is able to move between a home position in which a cartridge (2) can be inserted in the unit (3) and an operating position, a motor (13) operatively connected to the mobile part (4) for moving it between the operating position and the home position, and a device (1) operation check and control unit (35), connected to a detection sensor (49, 50) combined with a cartridge (2) insertion section (34), for detecting respectively something approaching it from the outside of the unit (3) or the insertion of something in it; the check and control unit (35) being programmed to bring at least the mobile part (4) to the home position and/or to the operating position when it receives or, respectively, after having received from the detection sensor (50) a signal indicating the presence of something approaching or, respectively, inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: CAFFITALY SYSTEM S.p.A.
    Inventor: Roberto Degli Esposti Venturi
  • Patent number: 9849460
    Abstract: A direct visual monitoring system for sensing the interior of a rotary mineral mill which comprises a monitoring unit, a main control unit and an operation and management unit wherein the monitoring unit is located inside a feed hopper and adjusted according to the physical characteristics of said feed hopper and in accordance with the dimensions of the mill, so as to allow for a direct view of the interior of the mill. The operating method comprises arranging inside a monitoring unit, a container of sensors for sensing the inner temperature thereof; determining the acceleration on the vertical axis, on the horizontal lateral axis and on the front horizontal axis, according to the time; obtaining two-dimensional images of the geometric conditions of the interior of the mill; obtaining two-dimensional thermal images of the interior of the mill and executing a detection of distance in one or more planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Sociedad De Innovacion Y Transferencia Tecnologica Limitada
    Inventors: German Arnaldo Sepulveda Villalobos, Javier Alejandro Venegas Requena, Ennio Carlo Perelli Bacigalupo, Sebastian Jose Nova Vega, Alfredo Alejandro Bruce, Rodrigo Antonio Riquelme Hormazabal, Rodrigo Edgardo Pozo Escobar
  • Patent number: 9788683
    Abstract: An infusion device for making beverages using cartridges, such as capsules or pods, containing at least one food substance, comprising an infusion unit (3) comprising at least two parts, at least one of which is able to move between a home position and an operating position, at least one insertion section (34) for inserting the cartridge (2) in the device (1), from which the cartridge (2) can then be fed to a first standby zone (8), at least one check and control unit (35) for device (1) operation, and second retaining means (36) positioned between the insertion section (34) and the first standby zone (8), the second retaining means in turn being able to move between a first position in which they can retain a cartridge (2) and a second position in which they allow the cartridge (2) to advance, the second retaining means (36) being able to move as one with the mobile part (4) and comprising at least one mobile element (38) removably coupled to the mobile part (4) of the unit (3), and means for uncoupling the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Caffitaly System S.p.A.
    Inventor: Roberto Degli Esposti Venturi
  • Patent number: 9697398
    Abstract: Tags are used to recover lost objects. Each tag transmits identification information to passing communications devices, such as a cellular phone. The cellular phone then uploads the tag's identification information, along with a location, to a central network database. The central network database thus stores a central repository identifying locations associated with tags discovered by passing communications devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventors: Robert A. Koch, Barrett Kreiner
  • Patent number: 9696291
    Abstract: The invention relates to a new and fast device for determination of freshness of the food of animal origin, specifically to the electronic nose, to a method for determination of freshness of the food by using a portable electronic nose which analyses volatile compounds and gases in the meat headspace, and to a system that includes the electronic nose and the tool for shielding extraneous odors and forming the defined headspace. The invention describes a fast and simple method for determination of the meat freshness, which is easy to use and the results get by it are objective and reliable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventors: Darius Gailius, Rimanté Vinauskiené, Augustas Ale{hacek over (s)}iūnas, Gediminas Kvaraciejus
  • Patent number: 9668494
    Abstract: The flavor loss that occurs after a cut piece of fresh fruit or vegetable is preserved with calcium ascorbate and then stored is remedied by adding flavor augmenting chemicals to the cut piece of fruit or vegetable along with the calcium ascorbate. The types and amounts of flavor augmenting chemicals are selected to just compensate for this flavor loss and not introduce any new, foreign flavor notes into the fruit or vegetable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignees: FONA International Inc., NatureSeal, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen A. Santos, Robert M. Sobel
  • Patent number: 9544948
    Abstract: A power supply device of a household appliance has a switching converter having a rectifying stage electrically connected with the mains, a bus capacitor electrically connected in parallel with at least one output terminal of the rectifying stage, a first and second resonant tank electrically connected with at least a terminal of the bus capacitor, a first and second switching device respectively having a first and second switching period and are connected respectively with the first and second resonant tank. The power supply device further has a controller for controlling the first and second switching device. The controller operates at least one of a first switching device independently from the operating conditions of a second switching device. The controller operates the second switching device depending on the operating conditions of the first switching device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Cristiano Vito Pastore, Vittorio Claudio Crisafulli, Diego Neftali Gutierrez, Alberto Maranzana