Consumable Products Produced By Cooling Patents (Class 62/1)
  • Patent number: 11001432
    Abstract: A method, a food container, a lid, and pad for a food container that actively removes moisture in the food container without changing the food temperature inside the container in a meaningful way are disclosed herein. The removal of moisture is achieved by introducing a cold spot (below the dew point temperature) inside the food container that forces condensation of moisture near the cold spot. The condensed moisture is then captured by an absorbent element placed below, and preferably adjacent to/collocated with, the cold spot and between the cold spot and the stored food. The cold spot is preferably achieved by a properly chosen frozen substance such as an ice cube or a frozen gel packet or ice trapped inside an absorbent pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: SAVR Pak Inc.
    Inventor: William Birgen
  • Patent number: 10220562
    Abstract: A plural preform assembly having nested preforms with an inner preform and an outer preform. The preforms are sealably joined together, defining a volume between the preforms. Propellant is disposed in the volume between the preforms. The preforms are later blow molded to provide a bag in bottle, bottle in bottle or similar container. The propellant charge is already present when blow molded, preventing the need for a later propellant filling step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Scott Edward Smith, Larry Leroy Huston
  • Patent number: 9771781
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for enhanced oil recovery comprising separating CO2 gas from coal or flue emissions of a power plant, and flash freezing the CO2 gas with super chilled air, to form frozen CO2 ice blocks or cylinders, wherein the CO2 blocks or cylinders can then be inserted into an abandoned oil well, and the CO2 can be allowed to warm up and change phase to a gas, which enables the CO2 gas to mix with the oil, and helps reduce the viscosity of the oil and allows it to flow more freely, so that it can be pumped out using conventional equipment. A first application comprises having top and bottom valves and the CO2 blocks or cylinders being allowed to change phase to a gas while inside the injection pipe, to increase the pressure therein, such that, by opening the bottom valve, pressurized jets of CO2 gas can be released into the oil, causing the oil to mix vigorously with the carbon dioxide gas, and reduce the viscosity thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventors: Ben M. Enis, Paul Lieberman
  • Patent number: 9149782
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for the fast formation of a gas hydrate. More specifically, the present invention relates to a method for the formation of a fed-batch-type gas hydrate, the method including a first step i) of injecting a fresh aqueous solution containing a potential feed hydrate into a reactor, a second step ii) of feeding gas into the reactor in which the fresh aqueous solution containing the potential feed hydrate is injected in the first step, so as to pressurize said gas, and a third step iii) of injecting a surfactant solution into the reactor in which the gas is pressurized in the second step, as well as to a method for the formation of a batch-type gas hydrate, in which the first step is switched in sequence with the third step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: STX OFFSHORE & SHIPBUILDING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae Woo Lee, Cheol Ho Kim, Jae Ik Lee, Ho Kyeong Kim, Hyo Kwan Leem
  • Patent number: 9003813
    Abstract: A water discharge system enhances heat transfer to the atmosphere by limiting the mixing of heated discharge water with the ambient water of a receiving water body. The heated water is maintained near the top surface of the receiving water body which increases the transfer of heat to the atmosphere as compared to a system where the discharge water is mixed quickly with the ambient water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: University of Massachusetts
    Inventor: Daniel G. MacDonald
  • Patent number: 8974361
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a centrifuge and a method for cooling a centrifuge. The centrifuge according to the invention includes a cooling device which is improved in that its required installation space is reduced such that the centrifuge can be of a more compact design with the centrifugation capacity remaining unchanged, or the centrifugation capacity can be increased with the installation space remaining unchanged. Further, the number of components can be reduced and thus cost and assembly time can be saved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Eppendorf AG
    Inventors: Sven Fischer, Heiko Mueller
  • Patent number: 8869540
    Abstract: A machine for producing liquid and semi-liquid food products with a continuous cycle comprises a containment tank (5) for basic liquid or semi-liquid food products comprising an outfeed hole (6), a whipping and freezing cylinder (2) having an infeed for the basic food products connected to the tank (5) outfeed hole (6), and comprising a mixer for whipping and freezing of the basic food products and for obtaining an end product, a pump (7) acting in the containment tank (5) and comprising an intake duct (8) for drawing the basic food products from the tank (5) and a delivery duct (9) for transferring the drawn products towards the tank (5) outfeed (6). The machine also comprises a flexible delivery pipe (11) connected to the pump (7) delivery duct (9) and to the tank (5) outfeed (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Carpigiani Group—Ali S.p.A.
    Inventors: Gino Cocchi, Gianni Zaniboni, Roberto Lazzarini
  • Patent number: 8794025
    Abstract: An apparatus for the preparation of colored ice cubes (100, 100?, 100?) comprising: a connection for a water supply (10), a heater (20), a single cooler (30), an array of two or more color recipients (50, 50?, 50?), two or more associated mixers (60, 60?, 60?) for mixing the colored water from the recipients (50, 50?, 50?) with water from the single cooler (30), and at least one freezer (70, 70?, 70?) for preparing colored ice cubes (100, 100?, 100?), which is connected to the outlets of the mixers (60, 60?, 60?). Further a method for operating the apparatus for the preparation of colored ice cubes is presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Ecochroma AG
    Inventor: Jess Edward Rugeris
  • Patent number: 8783046
    Abstract: An ice display device includes a chill tube and a piston that slides within the chill tube providing a fluidtight seal against the interior. The tube is filled with water and cooled to form an ice column. A shutter may selectively close the upper end of the chill tube with a fluidtight seal while the ice column is formed. The tube is warmed and the piston is lifted to an upper end of the tube to display the ice column. A plurality of water nozzles may selectively discharge streams of high pressure water inwardly to sculpt the ice column. An armature may extend upwardly from the piston to support and cool an interior of the ice column. The tube and armature may be cooled and warmed by a thermal transfer fluid. A device may be provided to induce turbulence in the thermal transfer fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: WET Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: James Doyle, Mark Fuller, Karl Nettmann
  • Patent number: 8763420
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a freezer segment for a freezer of the type used for casting confectionery in molds which are cooled for freezing and subsequently supplied with heat for a short period, whereafter stripping occurs. Cooling of the molds is effected by using direct evaporation of CO2. The advantage of such a freezer segment is that there is no use for both a primary and a secondary cooling circuit. Another advantage in using a system according to the invention is that working with temperatures down to about minus 50° C. is enabled, compared to about minus 40° C. with brine systems. The low freezing temperature entails that the capacity of a given system is increased by about 40%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Gram Equipment A/S
    Inventor: Klaus Eichler
  • Patent number: 8584897
    Abstract: A system for cooling a beverage and dispensing a beverage cooling medium comprises a beverage line connectable to a beverage supply for transporting beverage from the beverage supply through a conduit to a beverage dispense valve at a dispensation site, and a cooling line for transporting a cooling medium through the conduit so as to allow heat exchange between the cooling medium in the cooling line and the beverage in the beverage line. The cooling line is connectable to the beverage supply or to a second beverage supply such that the cooling medium is a beverage cooling medium. The system further comprises a cooling medium dispense valve in communication with the cooling line at the dispensation site for dispensing the beverage cooling medium. The system is further operative for dispensing a frozen particle-containing beverage through a python.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Scottish & Newcastle Limited
    Inventor: Robert David John Belcham
  • Publication number: 20130232992
    Abstract: A novel ice for beverages and methods of manufacturing thereof. The novel ice includes liquid and solid contents frozen together to provide ice with a cooling, flavor, and visual appeal effects. The ice may also be manufactured to be cooperatively used with water bottles and sports bottles that have limited-diameter openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventor: Hana Bisceglie
  • Patent number: 8470383
    Abstract: A liquid additive is sprayed over liquid nitrogen to form discrete solid particles of the additive in liquid nitrogen. The mixture of additive particles and liquid nitrogen is mixed with a flow of liquid nitrogen at an eductor pump to provide a food treatment composition comprising additive particles. The food treatment composition flows into an interior of food processing equipment to come into contact with food items contained therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignees: American Air Liquide, Inc., Air Liquide Industrial U.S. L.P.
    Inventors: Vasuhi Rasanayagam, David C. Braithwaite
  • Patent number: 8459043
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing beverages. The apparatus comprises a dispensing system, a mixing unit, and a control unit comprising a user interface, which interact to prepare a particular beverage when requested by a user. When the control unit receives user input requesting the particular beverage via the user interface, it causes the dispensing system to dispense various ingredients (e.g., fragmented ice, water, flavoring ingredients, milk product) that are mixed by the mixing unit in order to prepare the particular beverage, which is served in a cup. In various embodiments, the apparatus may produce frozen beverages that include fragmented ice (e.g., shaved or crushed ice) as one of their ingredients, such as slush beverages and smoothie beverages, and/or hot beverages that include heated water as one of their ingredients, such as coffee and flavored coffee beverages (e.g., French Vanilla, Mocha, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Bertone Holdings Inc.
    Inventor: Claudio Bertone
  • Patent number: 8434319
    Abstract: An apparatus for preparing and dispensing a flavored ice beverage and a method of using thereof. The apparatus includes at least one container for holding flavor ingredients, a blending unit including a blender container and a blending mechanism, an ice flakes supplying unit, a mechanism for transferring the flavor ingredients to the blender container and a computerized control unit for controlling one or more aspects of the process of producing the ice beverage. The flavor ingredients can be in grain form, powder form or in liquid form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Nicevend Ltd.
    Inventors: Niri Klier, Boaz Granot
  • Publication number: 20130084368
    Abstract: A process for metering the disposition of a food product into cavities forming a pellet. The cavities are defined in one of a conveyor as individual cavities and in a tray moved by the conveyor. Each cavity defines a specific volume. The process includes supplying a quantity of food product in a supply chamber which includes a plurality of nozzles aligned above the conveyor. The nozzles are aligned with a predetermined portion of the cavities. A predefined supply of food product is dispensed and metered through each nozzle. The food product is dispenses through the nozzles into the cavities without exceeding the specific volume of the cavity. The food product is frozen into an individual quick frozen pellet starting immediately upon disposition in one of the cavities. The step of metering the predefined amount of food product includes metering a predetermined weight of the food product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Inventors: Karl Linck, Chay Vue, Craig Hackl
  • Publication number: 20120308694
    Abstract: An article of manufacture for freezing and thawing foodstuffs wherein the defrosting unit has: (a) a first half having a void space for loading foodstuff; and (b) a second half having a void space for loading foodstuff. The first half and second half may be aligned such that the void spaces are continuous. Further, the first half and second half are securely joinable to substantially cover the void spaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventors: William D. Price, Jeramy M. Dubay
  • Patent number: 8272226
    Abstract: A method for producing clumped frozen food products includes the steps of forming a plurality of cryogenically manufactured ice cream units; conveying the units along a conveyor to a rotating container; disposing a liquid on the units while the units are within the rotating container, wherein the liquid hardens into a binder that facilitates fusion of individual units with one another to form a plurality of clumps, each of the clumps respectively comprising a plurality of fused units coupled with the binder. After forming into clumps, the clumps may be removed from the rotating container and stored in a frozen form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventor: Stan Jones
  • Patent number: 8151577
    Abstract: A frozen beverage device (10) has a container (20) and sealable cover (30) to convert a liquid (60), such as a non-alcoholic or alcoholic beverage into an at least semi-frozen slurry containing ice crystals (61). Freezing device(s) (50), which may have a range of shapes, contain refrigerant to from a thin layer of ice/ice crystals on the deformable wall(s) of the freezing device(s) (50), the ice crystals (61) being released therefrom due to agitation of the liquid (60) by shaking/rotation and/or squeezing on the container (20) and/or cover (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Hydro-Turbine Developments Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Alfio Bucceri
  • Publication number: 20120017606
    Abstract: A home and professional ice cream product making machine comprises a main body (2), housing a refrigerating unit (4), and a secondary body (3), removably associated with the main body (2), comprising a mixing and cooling unit (5) with a vertical axis (X) interacting with the refrigerating unit (4); the mixing and cooling unit (5) comprises, at one end, a lid (6) for allowing access to the inside of it and a stirrer (7) inside the mixing and cooling unit (5). The secondary body (3) comprises a hollow space (9), surrounding the mixing and cooling unit (5) and integral with it, containing a coolant designed to cool the mixing and cooling unit (5) when the secondary body (3) is associated with the main body (2), during machine (1) operation, and to keep the mixing and cooling unit (5) cool when the secondary body (3) is separated from the main body (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: ALI S.p.A. - CARPIGIANI GROUP
    Inventors: Andrea COCCHI, Roberto LAZZARINI
  • Publication number: 20120000206
    Abstract: An ice making system includes a flavored liquid, an ice machine and a refrigerated storage bin. The ice making system provides for the continuous production of flavored ice pieces with features to facilitate stabilization of the flavored ice and maintain the quality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Inventors: Daryl G. Erbs, John P. Myers, Cary J. Pierskalla
  • Publication number: 20110271690
    Abstract: A machine for producing and dispensing liquid or semiliquid foodstuffs, comprising: a holding vat (2) for a liquid base product; a treatment circuit (10) for the liquid base product, in order to obtain a liquid or semiliquid foodstuff; dispensing means (30) for distributing the foodstuff; a heat-adjustment system (11) comprising a thermal circuit (11?) within which a thermal fluid (11e) circulates, and equipped with: a compressor (11a), a condenser (11b), an electronic expansion valve (11c), an evaporator (11d), and a control unit (11f) configured for determining a main parameter (SH) representative of the instantaneous overheating of the thermal fluid (11e) coming out of the evaporator (11d); determining a reference parameter (SHset) as a function of a predetermined value (SHmin), and of an auxiliary value (DT) depending on the variation in time of the temperature (Tout) of the fluid (11e) coming out of the evaporator (11d), and of the saturation temperature (Tsat) of the fluid (11e) coming out of the evapor
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: ALI S.P.A. - CARPIGIANI GROUP
    Inventors: Andrea COCCHI, Roberto LAZZARINI
  • Publication number: 20110265492
    Abstract: A freezer for reducing the temperature of product is provided which includes a controller in communication with and for receiving signals from the cryogen delivery assembly, the cryogen flow assembly, the conveyor, the product measurement assembly and the first heat sensor, the controller responsive to the signals for controlling the cryogen flow assembly to provide an amount of the cryogen to the cryogen delivery assembly for application to the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventors: Michael D. Newman, Stephen A. McCormick
  • Publication number: 20110226138
    Abstract: A silicon bearing, copper-nickel corrosion resistant and gall resistant alloy with the following weight percentage range is disclosed: Ni=10-40; Fe=1-10; Si=0.5-2.5; Mn=3-15; Sn=0-3; Cu=Balance. Embodiments of the alloy may be used in various sliding applications, such as bearings, bushings, gears and guides. The alloy is particularly suited for use in parts used in food processing equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2011
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Inventors: Sudhari Sahu, Alpana Pradipkumar Sahu
  • Patent number: 8003143
    Abstract: The invention concerns a process respectively an apparatus for filling a container with articles such as food, in particular meat, and a process respectively an apparatus for cooling articles and is characterised by repeating the following steps: (A) a first portion of the articles is conveyed with a conveying means, in particular a conveyor belt, having a conveyor outlet and is discharged into a container at a lower conveying speed such that a first portion accumulates in the container at the first location closer to the conveyor outlet; and (B) thereafter, a second portion of the articles is conveyed by the conveying means and is discharged into a container at a higher conveying speed, such that the second portion accumulates in the container at the second location further away from the conveyor outlet; as well as a process respectively an apparatus for cooling articles using said process and said apparatus for filling; as well as the articles processed by said processes respectively said apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventor: Robert Taylor
  • Publication number: 20110189358
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus for preparing frozen drinks. The apparatus comprises a platform configured to support a blender cup, the platform reversibly translatable between a first position beneath an ice shaver and a second position beneath a flavoring dispenser and a weight sensor mechanically coupled to the platform and configured to produce an output indicative of a weight of an object present on the platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Applicant: ISLAND OASIS FROZEN COCKTAIL COMPANY, INC.
    Inventor: Michael Herbert
  • Publication number: 20110173992
    Abstract: Apparatus for preserving fresh cut or uncut agricultural produce including a chamber operative to remove moisture from the fresh cut or uncut agricultural produce in an amount equal to between 5%-20% of the weight of the fresh cut or uncut agricultural produce and at least one freezing device operative to freeze the fresh cut or uncut agricultural produce.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventors: Genady GOLDMAN, Alexsander TCHICHELNITSKY
  • Publication number: 20110167836
    Abstract: An apparatus for preparing frozen comestibles including a container having an interior portion holding a refrigerant solution, and a mold insert attached to the container. The mold insert includes a base, molding cavities extending therefrom, and a heat exchanger in communication with the molding cavities. The mold insert is received within the container such that the molding cavities are housed within the interior portion of the container and the heat exchangers are submerged within the refrigerant solution. The molding cavities include exposed openings that receive fluids to be frozen. When the refrigerant solution is at a sufficiently cool temperature, the fluids freeze into a shaped frozen comestible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventors: Kenneth Daniel Zorovich, Yos Kumthampinij, John Chandler Earle, Jesse Pierce Delgigante
  • Patent number: 7935371
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a frozen or partially-frozen product which method includes: a) providing a liquid material in a substantially sealed vessel; b) subjecting liquid material to a negative pressure; and c) subjecting the liquid material, whilst under the negative pressure, to a temperature substantially less than 0° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: UWS Ventures Limited
    Inventor: Philip Rhodri Williams
  • Publication number: 20110023519
    Abstract: A direct expansion evaporator for making a frozen product from raw material includes a feeding channel, a heat exchange channel thermally communicating with the feeding channel, and a refrigerant flowing within the heat exchange channel for exchanging heat between the raw material within the feeding channel and the refrigerant within the heat exchange channel in an expanded evaporation manner. Therefore, the refrigerant releases the thermal energy via the phase changing from liquid to gaseous state of the refrigerant. The heat exchange channel has a pre-cooling portion for pre-cooling the raw material at a predetermined temperature and a freezing portion for freezing the raw material to a final predetermined temperature of the frozen product in two-stage evaporation manner. Thus, the direction expansion evaporator provides a relatively more efficient way for making the frozen product, so as to increase the quality of the frozen product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventor: Lingyu Dong
  • Publication number: 20110020515
    Abstract: A frozen beverage device (10) has a container (20) and sealable cover (30) to convert a liquid (60), such as a non-alcoholic or alcoholic beverage into an at least semi-frozen slurry containing ice crystals (61). Freezing device(s) (50), which may have a range of shapes, contain refrigerant to from a thin layer of ice/ice crystals on the deformable wall(s) of the freezing device(s) (50), the ice crystals (61) being released therefrom due to agitation of the liquid (60) by shaking/rotation and/or squeezing on the container (20) and/or cover (30).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Inventor: Alfio Bucceri
  • Publication number: 20110014349
    Abstract: The present invention is aimed to retain the taste and texture of infant and toddler food products that have been frozen. By employing a slow-churning freezing process, the frozen infant and toddler products are lighter in color, smoother and creamier in texture and possess a better taste profile. The invention further comprises methods of making and using such products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventor: Leighanne Higgins
  • Publication number: 20110011097
    Abstract: The invention proposes a device for chilling or deep-freezing by impacting jets which consists of a tunnel comprising a moving belt, at least one plate and preferably at least two plates located parallel to each other on either side of said moving belt, at least one plate, and preferably both plates, being provided with through-holes, and at least one means for injecting a cold fluid, said tunnel having a zone under pressure P1 and a zone under pressure P2, the pressure P1 being greater than the pressure P2, characterized in that it includes means for varying the pressure in the zone under pressure P1 and/or means for cooling the plate or plates down to a temperature below about ?80 DEG C, preferably below ?90 DEG C and more preferably still below ?100 DEG C and for maintaining that temperature; and a method for chilling or deep-freezing food products by impacting jets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Applicant: L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme Pour L'Etude Et L'Ex ploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Didier Alo, Thierry Dubreuil, Antony Dallais, Giuseppe Pigorini, Robert Taylor
  • Publication number: 20110005737
    Abstract: A device for generating fluid micro streams comprises a body portion with a fluid supply cavity therein and a plurality of fluid micro channels interconnecting the fluid supply cavity with an external outlet face of the body portion, the body portion being formed from a plurality of stacked plates, said micro channels being formed at interfaces of at least certain of said stacked plates. The micro channels have an oblong cross-sectional profile over a certain section leading to the outlet face, with a major width that is greater than two times a minor width thereof, where the minor width is less than 200 um. The device can be used in apparatus for freezing of food, cooling a gas or inducing a chemical reaction between a liquid and a gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Applicant: Novaltec Sarl
    Inventor: Miroslaw Plata
  • Publication number: 20100293965
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an improved method and system for reducing energy in a beverage machine. The disclosure provides for a reduced operation of a mixer motor in the beverage machine that still allows for testing product conditions and ensuring product quality unique to the needs of beverage dispensing. The product remains cooled or frozen longer, thus reducing compressor operation in a refrigeration system and heat input into the surrounding environment, such as a store, that further reduces the cooling needs of the environment for an overall reduced energy consumption with the beverage machine. The invention departs from the standard of continuous mixing to ensure product quality and reduces the energy input into the mixer motor and energy input into the product chamber, thus reducing the compressor reactivation frequency for significant energy savings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Applicant: FBD PARTNERSHIP, LP
    Inventors: Jimmy I. FRANK, Craig CLOUD
  • Publication number: 20100287951
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a system and method that formulates a drink mixer according to a predetermined recipe and then flash freezing the mix into the form of small frozen pellets. The pellets are used by a person to make one drink or a batch of drinks by mixing a base beverage, or beverages, with the pellets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventors: Robert Lynn, Curt Jones
  • Publication number: 20100242497
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing beverages. The apparatus comprises a dispensing system, a mixing unit, and a control unit comprising a user interface, which interact to prepare a particular beverage when requested by a user. When the control unit receives user input requesting the particular beverage via the user interface, it causes the dispensing system to dispense various ingredients (e.g., fragmented ice, water, flavoring ingredients, milk product) that are mixed by the mixing unit in order to prepare the particular beverage, which is served in a cup. In various embodiments, the apparatus may produce frozen beverages that include fragmented ice (e.g., shaved or crushed ice) as one of their ingredients, such as slush beverages and smoothie beverages, and/or hot beverages that include heated water as one of their ingredients, such as coffee and flavored coffee beverages (e.g., French Vanilla, Mocha, etc.).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventor: Claudio Bertone
  • Patent number: 7765828
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a freezer compartment provided with an automatic icemaker incorporating a mold configured to produce truncated, crescent-shaped ice cubes. With this arrangement, the icemaker produces cubes that are shorter than full, standard crescent-shaped cubes. The reduced mold size advantageously enables the icemaker to take less space in a freezer compartment, without a significant reduction in ice cube volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Guolian Wu, Kevin Michael Chase, Marcus Roland Fischer
  • Publication number: 20100186420
    Abstract: The invention relates to a frozen aerated frozen food product having an overrun of at least 30% comprising 0.001 to 10 weight-% (wt-%), based on the total weight of the frozen aerated food product, of surface-active fibres.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2007
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventors: Mark John Berry, Andrew Richard Cox, Weichang Liu, Simeon Dobrev Stoyanov, Weizheng Zhou
  • Publication number: 20100175390
    Abstract: A machine for producing ice-cream and the like provided with an outer boxlike housing and, within the boxlike housing, with a substantially cylindrical-shaped processing tub that extends into the boxlike housing, from the upper wall of the latter, while remaining coaxial to a substantially vertical reference axis; with cooling means adapted to cool the processing tub so as to bring and hold the content thereof at a temperature lower than 0° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicant: VALMAR GLOBAL VSE ZA SLADOLED D.O.O.
    Inventor: Valter Jejcic
  • Publication number: 20100170905
    Abstract: A container for a slush beverage (10) with a side wall (11) and a base (12). The side wall includes a collapsible means (15) to facilitate partial collapse such that a frozen beverage within the container is crushed by manual gripping in a bellows-like action. Preferably the container also includes a lid (14) that forms a second compartment (18) for a second liquid to be mixed with the first in use. Also disclosed is a method of preparing a slush for dispense whereby hollow regions are created in an accreted ice structure as it is freezing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Applicant: DIAGEO GREAT BRITAIN LIMITED
    Inventors: Simon John Ingman, Scott Winston, Richard Paul Harbutt, James Garfield Pryor, Sylvia Farrow
  • Publication number: 20100162727
    Abstract: An apparatus and process for reducing temperature of food products on a conveyor disposed within a chamber including transporting the food products on the conveyor moving in a direction within the chamber; introducing a mixture of a gas and solid or liquid cryogen into the chamber; and pulsing a turbulent flow of the mixture of gas and solid or liquid cryogen alternately back and forth across the conveyor in a direction transverse or perpendicular to the direction of movement of the conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Applicant: Linde. Inc.
    Inventor: Michael D. Newman
  • Publication number: 20100151083
    Abstract: An apparatus for preparing and dispensing a flavored ice beverage and a method of using thereof. The apparatus includes at least one container for holding flavor ingredients, a blending unit including a blender container and a blending mechanism, an ice flakes supplying unit, a mechanism for transferring the flavor ingredients to the blender container and a computerized control unit for controlling one or more aspects of the process of producing the ice beverage. The flavor ingredients can be in grain form, powder form or in liquid form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Applicant: NiceVend Ltd.
    Inventors: Niri KLIER, Boaz Granot
  • Publication number: 20100122539
    Abstract: The invention relates to a machine (1) for making and dispensing food products such as ice creams, ice cream shakes and the like, in which a frame (2) supports and houses a tank (3) for containing a basic product to be processed and a processing circuit (5) for making products to be dispensed starting with the basic product; the processing circuit (5) comprises a processing chamber (37), fed by the tank (3), a stirrer (9), housed in the processing chamber (37), and a refrigerating unit for refrigerating the processing chamber (37); the machine (1) also comprises means (13) for dispensing doses of processed product, said means being connected to the processing chamber (37), and, supported by the frame (2) in a single integrated structure, a plurality of tanks (38) for containing additional condiments, in particular candied items, sweets, chocolates, hazelnuts, pistachios, and a mixer (39) equipped with a disposable spoon (40; 40?) for mixing the additional condiments with the product dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Applicant: CARPIGIANI GROUP - ALI S.P.A.
    Inventors: Gino COCCHI, Gianni ZANIBONI, Roberto LAZZARINI
  • Publication number: 20100101235
    Abstract: A machine for producing liquid and semi-liquid food products with a continuous cycle comprises a containment tank (5) for basic liquid or semi-liquid food products comprising an outfeed hole (6), a whipping and freezing cylinder (2) having an infeed for the basic food products connected to the tank (5) outfeed hole (6), and comprising a mixer for whipping and freezing of the basic food products and for obtaining an end product, a pump (7) acting in the containment tank (5) and comprising an intake duct (8) for drawing the basic food products from the tank (5) and a delivery duct (9) for transferring the drawn products towards the tank (5) outfeed (6). The machine also comprises a flexible delivery pipe (11) connected to the pump (7) delivery duct (9) and to the tank (5) outfeed (6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Applicant: CARPIGIANI GROUP - ALI S.P.A.
    Inventors: Gino COCCHI, Gianni ZANIBONI, Roberto LAZZARINI
  • Publication number: 20100075013
    Abstract: An apparatus for making and dispensing frozen aerated products includes a rotating horizontal freeze plate with an upper surface for receiving a chilled aerated mix. The chilled aerated mix includes, in one embodiment, ice cream base that has been sufficiently aerated, and flavor. The horizontal freeze plate rotates about its central axis. The apparatus also includes a spreader body for distributing the chilled aerated mix on the rotating freeze plate. The spreader body extends radially across at least a portion of the upper surface of the freeze plate. The apparatus further includes a scraper for scraping frozen aerated mix off of the rotating freeze plate. The scraper includes a scraper blade with a leading edge that extends radially across the portion of the freeze plate and that engages the upper surface of the freeze plate. The scraper blade is directed opposite the direction of rotation of the freeze plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Applicant: Fluid Management, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary L. Takata, Brian R. Hill, Christopher K. Khoo, Timothy P. Hogan, John J. Hsing, Sam J. Ford, Tim J. DeGroot, William A. Miller, James Martin, Christopher E. Peters
  • Publication number: 20100058772
    Abstract: A batch freezer for frozen food products comprises—a freezing cylinder,—a dasher designed to propel the product toward a discharge port of the cylinder, and—a refrigeration unit arranged for cooling the cylinder, wherein the discharge port can be selectively connected to a cleaning pipe leading from the discharge port into the casing of the batch freezer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventors: Flavio Russo, Bruno Sadi Henri Delande
  • Publication number: 20100058773
    Abstract: An apparatus for making and dispensing frozen aerated products includes a rotating horizontal freeze plate with an upper surface for receiving a chilled aerated mix. The chilled aerated mix includes, in one embodiment, a base that has been sufficiently aerated, and at least one flavor. The horizontal freeze plate rotates about its central axis. The apparatus also includes a spreader body for distributing the chilled aerated mix on the rotating freeze plate. The spreader body extends radially across at least a portion of the upper surface of the freeze plate. The apparatus further includes a scraper for scraping frozen aerated mix off of the rotating freeze plate. The scraper includes a scraper blade with a leading edge that extends radially across the portion of the freeze plate and that engages the upper surface of the freeze plate. The scraper blade is directed opposite the direction of rotation of the freeze plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: Fluid Management Operations, LLC.
    Inventors: Tim P. Hogan, John J. Hsing, Brian R. Hill
  • Publication number: 20100050655
    Abstract: A device for the production and distribution of cold products, in particular for machines for the production of soft ice-cream, comprises a cylindrical chamber (12) equipped at one end with an inlet mouth (13) for a liquid food mixture and at an opposite end with an extraction tap (14) for the distribution of the cold food product, wherein said cylindrical chamber (12) is externally enveloped by an evaporation chamber (15) for the cooling of the liquid food mixture and contains in its interior a mixer (17).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: G.S.G. S.R.L.
    Inventors: Genesio Bravo, Stefano Bravo
  • Publication number: 20100050656
    Abstract: A multi-stage continuous liquid chilling system for chilling particulate food product with a chilling liquid. Particulate product is conveyed through a rotating drum as vanes inside the drum control and move the product from the inlet towards the outlet. As the product is conveyed it is tumbled and mixed with the chilling liquid in a succession of processing sections, each including a flood portion and a drain portion. In both sections the food product is exposed to a spray of chilled liquid, which Is drained off and used in an earlier stage in the processing cycle. While product is moved from the inlet to the outlet of the drum the chilling liquid is pumped in the opposite direction with a series of transfer pumps each connected to the drain sections in each chilling zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: BLENTECH CORPORATION
    Inventor: Darrell C. Horn