Automatic Control Patents (Class 99/325)
  • Patent number: 10640354
    Abstract: A system and method for simultaneously filling containers of different shapes and/or sizes are disclosed. A plurality of vehicles are routable along a track system to facilitate simultaneous delivery of first containers and second containers to different unit operation stations. The first and second containers may differ from one another in outer shape and/or interior volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Ryan Andrew Burkhard, Nathan E Moore, Elizabeth Marie Fikes, Daniel Richard Royce
  • Patent number: 10640249
    Abstract: A track system includes a primary transport portion and a secondary transport portion along which a plurality of vehicles can be propelled. Each secondary transport portion includes a unit operation station for performing a transformation on a container or the contents therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Ryan Andrew Burkhard, Nathan E Moore, Elizabeth Marie Fikes, Daniel Richard Royce, Jason Matthew Orndorff, Christopher Robert Lyman
  • Patent number: 10643875
    Abstract: A system and method for simultaneously filling containers with different fluent products are disclosed. The system includes a plurality of vehicles that are independently routable along a track system to deliver containers to at least one unit operation station for dispensing fluent materials into the containers. The containers receive one or more fluent materials that differ from another in ingredients and/or weight percentage of at least one ingredient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Ryan Andrew Burkhard, Nathan E Moore, Elizabeth Marie Fikes, Daniel Richard Royce
  • Patent number: 10552025
    Abstract: A user interface includes a touch-sensitive display and a display control unit for controlling the touch-sensitive display. A method for controlling a household appliance using the graphical user interface includes the steps of: displaying a first graphical representation on the touch-sensitive display, the first graphical representation including one or more symbols (V1, V2), each symbol (V1, V2) being associated with an appliance subunit of the household appliance; touching a symbol (V1, V2) by a touching means in order to change of a setting value of the appliance subunit associated with the touched symbol (V1) by moving the touching means; determining the moving speed of the touching means by the display control unit; and displaying information at the touch-sensitive display depending on the determined moving speed of the touching means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Electrolux Appliances Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Jérôme Brasseur, Petter Karlsson
  • Patent number: 10154549
    Abstract: A microwave oven includes: a cooker body in the shape of a box having a heating chamber with an opening at the front side thereof; a storage having a door which opens and closes the opening, and an inner box including two side plates, a bottom plate and a back plate connected to the door, the storage being movable to the front side and storing an object to be cooked; and a hot-air generating unit generating hot air. The hot-air generating unit is located at the outer side of a rear wall of a heating chamber, and an air outlet from which hot air is blown out is located on the rear wall at a position higher than the back plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tadashi Nasu, Akihiro Yoshidome, Masayuki Iwamoto, Junichi Takeuchi, Hiroshi Hirano
  • Patent number: 9841191
    Abstract: An appliance includes a first gas-burning heating element, a first gas path extending from an inlet to the first heating element, and a first solenoid valve positioned within the first gas path. The appliance further includes a second gas path extending from upstream of the first solenoid valve to the first heating element and supplying a base gas flow to the first heating element. A controller is electronically coupled with the first solenoid valve for controlling a supplemental flow of gas through the first gas path to the first heating element such that the supplemental gas flow combines with the base gas flow to achieve a total gas flow. The controller controls the supplemental flow to adjust the total gas flow by pulsing the first solenoid valve at a first rate corresponding to a desired rate of the total gas flow to the first heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: James Charles Johncock, Cristiano Vito Pastore
  • Patent number: 9538880
    Abstract: Disclosed are cooking devices having inspection systems including: a distance sensor and a digital optical recognition device. The distance sensor detects the position of the food product placed in the cooking device and the digital optical recognition device captures a series of images for the purpose of food product recognition. Once the food product is recognized, the operator is provided with the correct cooking cycle/program for the position and type of food product placed in the cooking device. The inspection systems also ensure that the food product has been properly cooked at the end of the cooking cycle/program. The inspection systems ensure: (1) the food product is correctly recognized; (2) the cooking cycle/program is correctly selected; (3) the correct cooking cycle/program is followed to completion and (4) the quality of the cooked food product meets expected standards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: CONVOTHERM ELEKTROGERAETE GMBH
    Inventor: Lutz Riefenstein
  • Patent number: 9226093
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and a method for generating recipe information of the mobile terminal are disclosed, in which information useful for a user is generated by taking a picture and using externally collected data. The method for generating recipe information of a mobile terminal, which performs communication with at least one home appliance to generate recipe information comprises the steps of carrying out a function of generating recipe information on the basis of a user request; collecting operation data of the at least one home appliance driven in association with cooking; receiving a request for taking images received through a camera in a state that the function of generating recipe information is being carried out; and taking the images received through the camera in response to the request for taking images and processing the operation data collected from the at least one home appliance in association with the taken images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyorim Park, Sangmin Lee, Boram Kim, Sungil Cho
  • Patent number: 9040881
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cooking control method performed by a cooking apparatus for a food item. The method comprises obtaining a unique identifier and cooking data for the food item, and checking for a record of the unique identifier in a memory of the cooking apparatus. If a record of the unique identifier is located in the memory, then the cooking apparatus will not cook the food item. Otherwise a cooking process based on the cooking data to cook the food item is performed. Accordingly, cooking data for a given instance of a food item can only be used once in order to activate a cooking process performed by the cooking apparatus. The present invention also features product recall as well as the ability to track food item sales via a cooking data communications system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: OVENFEAST LIMITED
    Inventors: Michael James McIntyre, Richard Anthony Devlin
  • Patent number: 9012814
    Abstract: Provided are a cooking appliance, and a system and method for controlling a cooking appliance. The system includes a RF tag and a cooking appliance. The RF tag stores food information about foods as integrants of a dish and the cooking appliance having a RF reader reads the food information stored in the RF tag. The cooking appliance includes a memory, a cooking appliance controller, and a display unit. The memory stores dish information about dishes that can be cooked using the food information. The cooking appliance controller reads dish information from the memory, and the display unit displays at least one of the dish information to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jun Hyun Park, Soo Cheol Yi
  • Publication number: 20150104549
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a new, different cooking process of products to be nixtamalized, for instance, corn, as well as a specially designed reactor to be used in the deep thermal treatment. Essentially, the process comprises the loading of a mixture of product to be nixtamalized and water into the container; shaking of the mixture by air injection from an air compressor; separation of floating residues and discharge of wastewater; introduction of hot and clean water into the container and the addition of lime, thus creating a product-water-lime mixture; stirring of the product-water-lime mixture by injecting air from the air compressor; igniting the burner until a target temperature is obtained in the reactor container; and turn off the burner and conditioning of moisture inside the reactor container for a determined period of time where prior to the end of the determined period of time it is proceeded to shake the cooked product-water-lime mixture by air injection from the air compressor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Roberto Leopoldo CASTRO GENERA, Olga Alicia LOBO IRUEGAS
  • Patent number: 8991303
    Abstract: A beverage preparation machine is electrically operated and has a control unit, at least one functional unit, and an electric circuit for supplying the functional unit and the control unit with current. The electric circuit has a switch for switching the current on or off, through respective first and second operations of an operating element. The switch has a first switch contact and a second switch contact, which are connected in parallel in the electric circuit. The first switch contact is brought into a closed state by the first operation of the operating element, and assumes an open state after the second operation. The control unit provides a control signal so that the second switch contact is closed after the first operation of the switch and opened after the second operation of the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Jura Elektroapparate AG
    Inventor: Shahryar Reyhanloo
  • Publication number: 20150057773
    Abstract: Nutritional substance systems and methods are disclosed enabling the tracking and communication of changes in nutritional, organoleptic, and aesthetic values of nutritional substances, and further enabling the adaptive storage and adaptive conditioning of nutritional substances.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Eugenio Minvielle
  • Publication number: 20150044336
    Abstract: Methods and systems for processing food products, such as a cranberry food product, are provided. A cranberry food solution may be provided and heated to a first temperature. The cranberry food solution may then be cooled to a second temperature and the processed cranberry food solution may be filled aseptically into an aseptic package. The package filled with the cranberry food solution may be then cooled to a third predetermined time so that the cranberry food solution congeals in the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Conley DRUGA, Pablo Marcelo CORONEL, Thomas Henry KENNER, Steven Lawrence CHAPMAN, James Michael DROZD
  • Patent number: 8939066
    Abstract: A reliable conveyor oven minimizes escape of heat by minimizing the time that inlet and outlet openings appear in the baking oven. This may reduce energy consumption by 25%. The baking oven may have a conventional oven and an extension chamber, an outlet opening of the conventional oven acting as an inlet to the extension chamber, the extension chamber having an exit door, the baking oven also having an entrance door defining an entrance inlet. A conveyor holding food items runs through a length of the baking oven. An exit optical sensor may be attached to the extension chamber on opposite sides of the extension chamber such shat an item on the conveyor moving through the extension chamber interrupts a signal between the transmitted and the receiver. The exit sensor may be operatively engaged to a controller for actuating the exit door open and closed rotationally using a pneumatic piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventors: Lior Hessel, Eran Hessel
  • Publication number: 20150019354
    Abstract: An automated cooking system that accepts remote orders includes an automated cooking device, a communications device, and a processing circuit. The processing circuit is configured to receive a remote order for a customer via the communications device, wherein the order includes a requested delivery time, schedule a preparation completion time of the order based on the delivery time, and instruct the automated cooking device to prepare the order based on the scheduled completion time of the order.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Alistair K. Chan, William D. Duncan, Roderick A. Hyde
  • Patent number: 8921743
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system for monitoring a heating apparatus that includes a motion detector configured to determine whether a person is proximate the heating apparatus. The motion detector is default deactivated. Further disclosed is a heat sensor configured to determine whether the heating apparatus has a temperature that is above a threshold. The heat sensor is default deactivated. A processor is in operable communication with each of the motion detector and the heat sensor configured to cyclically repeat a first countdown. The heat sensor is temporarily activated once during each of the repeated first countdowns. The processor is configured to perform a second countdown when the activated heat sensor determines that the heating apparatus has the temperature that is above the threshold. The second countdown is reset each time the motion detector determines that a person is proximate the heating apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Stovminder, LLC
    Inventors: Robert C. Ewell, Jr., Douglas L. Garmany, Charles T. Kelly, Charles Philip Wasilewski
  • Publication number: 20140373727
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cooking control method performed by a cooking apparatus for a food item. The method comprises obtaining a unique identifier and cooking data for the food item, and checking for a record of the unique identifier in a memory of the cooking apparatus. If a record of the unique identifier is located in the memory, then the cooking apparatus will not cook the food item. Otherwise a cooking process based on the cooking data to cook the food item is performed. Accordingly, cooking data for a given instance of a food item can only be used once in order to activate a cooking process performed by the cooking apparatus. The present invention also features product recall as well as the ability to track food item sales via a cooking data communications system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Michael James McIntyre, Richard Anthony Devlin
  • Publication number: 20140370167
    Abstract: A food preparation and delivery system can include a plurality of cooking units such as ovens, each containing one or more prepared, but partially or completely uncooked, food items. The food items in the cooking units are for delivery to each of a corresponding plurality of consumer delivery destinations. The cooking units are loaded into a cargo compartment of a delivery vehicle for delivery to the plurality of consumer delivery destinations. The cooking conditions within the cooking unit are controlled such the each food item is cooked prior to arrival at the consumer destination location. In at least some embodiments, the estimated delivery time for each consumer destination location can be dynamically updated and the cooking conditions within the cooking unit adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Alexander John Garden
  • Publication number: 20140345474
    Abstract: A cooking appliance for processing and preparing foods that includes a base structure (48) on which a support suitable for holding a container (2) containing foods to be processed is assembled, a motorized driving device suitable for rotating a detachable stirring or cutting device inside the container (2), an electronic circuit for powering and controlling the driving device and a heat energy transferring device which is controlled by an appliance microcontroller, and a dedicated computing device (85) integrating a user interface and a telecommunication interface, which, depending on the instructions provided by a user, is suitable for at least sending instructions containing cooking parameters and/or programs to the appliance microcontroller through a data bus and for displaying any anomaly detected by the appliance microcontroller through a multifunction touch screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: COMPANIA ESPANOLA DE ELECTROMENAJE S.A.
    Inventors: Lluis Trench Rocha, Josep Alet Vidal, Fidel Montraveta Montraveta
  • Publication number: 20140345475
    Abstract: A cooking appliance for processing and preparing foods with an external user interface that includes a base structure (48) on which a support suitable for holding a container (2) containing foods to be processed is assembled, motorized driving device suitable for rotating detachable stirring or cutting means inside the container (2), an electronic circuit for powering and controlling thent driving device and heat energy transferring means controlled by an appliance microcontroller, a user interface integrated in a user computing device (D) detached with respect to the appliance for inputting operating parameters of the appliance, and the user computing device (D) is communicated with the appliance microprocessor through a wireless communication interface for inputting operating instructions of the appliance or cooking programs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: COMPAÑIA ESPAÑOLA DE ELECTROMENAJE S.L.
    Inventors: Lluís Trench Roca, Josep Alet Vidal, Fidel Montraveta Montraveta
  • Patent number: 8849430
    Abstract: An appliance network has a networked appliance configured to perform a food preparation operation on an article and a cooking sensor accessory in communication with the networked appliance and configured to sense a state of at least one of the article, the cooking sensor accessory, and the networked appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Wallace J. Elston, III, Layne E. Heilman, Anthony E. Jenkins, Richard A. McCoy
  • Publication number: 20140278936
    Abstract: A system and method for preparing food products in a programmable appliance such as a microwave includes an appliance configured with a communication element for communicating with a device such as a smartphone, tablet, or computer. The device is configured to scan a product identifier such as a barcode and match the scanned identifier with a list of known identifiers stored in a database. The database associates each of the product identifiers with a product and instructions for cooking the product in the appliance. In another aspect of the invention, a remote server may be provided and configured to receive information from the device such as demographic information relating to the user of the system and the products used thereby.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Eric Donald Fescenmeyer, Ryan Michael Johnson Shroat
  • Patent number: 8835816
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cooking control method performed by a cooking apparatus for a food item. The method comprises obtaining a unique identifier and cooking data for the food item, and checking for a record of the unique identifier in a memory of the cooking apparatus. If a record of the unique identifier is located in the memory, then the cooking apparatus will not cook the food item. Otherwise a cooking process based on the cooking data to cook the food item is performed. Accordingly, cooking data for a given instance of a food item can only be used once in order to activate a cooking process performed by the cooking apparatus. The present invention also features product recall as well as the ability to track food item sales via a cooking data communications system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Ovenfeast Limited
    Inventors: Micahel James McIntyre, Richard Anthony Devlin
  • Patent number: 8820219
    Abstract: An automated food preparation system is described. It allows precise, automated control of the food preparation process, and has the ability to perform an automated cleanup. It comprises at least one manipulator to process and move ingredients, a control system, an autonomously accessible ingredient storage system, and at least one cooking receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: David Benjamin Buehler
  • Publication number: 20140242227
    Abstract: A cooking device is provided. The cooking device may include a cavity forming a space in which food may be received for cooking, a grill heater provided at one side of the cavity and having a plurality of heaters to heat the food, a food sensing device provided in the cavity to acquire information related to a size of the food received in the cavity, and a main controller to estimate the size of the food using information sensed by the food sensing device. The main controller may then operate a part or all of the plurality of heaters according to the estimated size of the food to perform a grill cooking operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventors: Jaekyung YANG, Youngmin LEE, Eunkyoung YOON, Jinyul HU, Heungsik CHOI
  • Publication number: 20140230660
    Abstract: An automatic cooking system includes a computer system that stores recipes, cooking stations each comprising a cooking container that can cook food ingredients therein to produce a first cooked food, wherein the computer system can assign and schedule a plurality of dishes to be cooked at the cooking stations, storage containers configured to hold food ingredients, mini vehicles each carrying transport containers configured to hold the food ingredients, wherein the computer system can control at least some of movements of the mini vehicles in accordance to the recipes, a loading apparatus configured to load food ingredients from the storage stations to the transport containers on the mini vehicles, and an unloading apparatus that can transfer food ingredients from the transport containers on the mini vehicles to the cooking container at one of the cooking stations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Zhengxu He
  • Publication number: 20140234496
    Abstract: System and method for improving the performance, safety, and energy efficiency of a cooking appliance with one or more heating elements operably connected with a burner controller controlling an amount of energy flowing to the one or more heating elements. First, a user or a system controller establishes one or more reference levels. The system controller is operably associated with one or more sensors, which measures levels of one or more emissions generated in the operation of the cooking appliance. Afterwards, the system controller compares the measured levels of the one or more emissions with the reference levels and in response to the measured levels of the emissions exceeding reference levels, sends an activation control signal to the cooking appliance. Then, an energy control mechanism associated with the burner controller adjusts the amount of energy flowing to the heating elements in response to the activation control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Rain Mountain, LLC
    Inventors: ROBERT SIEGEL, ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI
  • Patent number: 8783167
    Abstract: A control system and method that controls the processing, logging, visual display, and product tracking functions for thermal processing equipment includes one or more wireless temperature probes. The wireless temperature probes allow the system to obtain and process real time data information and provide real time control, logging, display and validation for thermal processing. The wireless temperature probes transmit a signal to a receiver through an antenna configured in the thermal processing equipment, and the receiver sends that information to a control panel. The control panel utilizes a graphical user interface with touch screen capabilities, an input/output device, a process and storage media to log and control the process implemented for the food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Alkar-Rapidpak-MP Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Luke A. Titel, Dennis F. Conohan, Seth T. Pulsfus
  • Publication number: 20140170275
    Abstract: A cooking system for automating cooking steps of a recipe on a stove comprising a stove including a plurality of cooking elements; power controller for controlling the operation of each one of the cooking elements; and computer system in communication with the power controller, said computer system including a processor, computer readable data storage, and a visual display unit. The processor causes the computer system to perform the steps of: for each automated step of said recipe, generates a control signal for actuating at least one of the cooking elements and sends said control signal to the power controller; and for each manual or user step of said recipe, generates data representing user readable instructions for performing the user step and displays said data on the visual display unit. The power controller is adapted to actuate the cooking elements in accordance with each control signal received from the computer system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Icookit Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Domenic Bordin
  • Publication number: 20140161946
    Abstract: A process for preparing and baking bakery products is described, comprising the steps of: a) providing an apparatus (1) for the completely automated processing and subsequent baking of a preparation (100) of base ingredients for bakery products, comprising a chamber (60) for preparing and baking the preparation, mixing means (15) operating within the above-mentioned chamber, heating means (30) of the chamber and control means (40), this apparatus also comprising means for delivering a liquid (80) into the preparation and baking chamber, and reading means (102) directly associated to the apparatus; b) acquiring a plurality of preparation parameters stored on a support (101) associated with the preparation by means of reading means (102); c) transmitting these preparation parameters to control means (40); d) putting the ingredients of the preparation (100) into the preparation and baking chamber (60); e) operating, through control means (40), liquid delivery means (80) in order to introduce a quantity of liquid
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 4, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Barilla G.e.R. Fratelli S.p.A.
    Inventors: Roberto Torricelli, Marco Giovanetti, Giancarlo Riboldi
  • Publication number: 20140150672
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an oven (1) comprising an exterior body (2), a cooking cavity (3) wherein the cooking process is realized, a heater (4) provides the foodstuff placed into the cooking cavity (3) to be cooked, a cooling fan (5) arranged between the exterior body (2) and the cooking cavity (3), that provides air circulation around the cooking cavity (3) and a control unit (6) that provides a cooking process composed of at least three phases, that is the first phase, second phase and third phase to be performed from the start to the end of the cooking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Mehmet Zihni Gurlek, Hasan Yoruk, Servet Turgut
  • Publication number: 20140137044
    Abstract: A programmable food cooking appliance having a display includes a control panel. One or more control buttons for controlling operation of the food cooking appliance are disposed on the control panel. One or more displays, each one of the two or more displays are disposed on the control panel adjacent a respective control button. A database stores two or more recipes. A processor communicates with the database and assigns a recipe to a respective one of each control button, and transmits a display signal to the display adjacent the respective one control button to display a description of the recipe associated with the respective one control button.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Technology Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: George F. Koether, Stan Vreeland, Edward J. Musial
  • Publication number: 20140113039
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to systems, methods, and devices for remote fuel level detection. A weighing instrument may couple to a propane tank for determining measurement values for a weight of the propane tank, wherein the propane tank is for coupling to a cooking apparatus to provide the fuel to the cooking apparatus. A computing device may receive, via a wireless communication link, measurement values for the weight of the propane tank; correlate the measurement values to data values stored in a database to determine an amount of fuel in the propane tank; and provide the amount of fuel in the propane tank to a user interface. A temperature instrument may determine a temperature of a region proximate to the propane tank to generate a safety factor for the propane tank. A temperature instrument may determine temperatures for regions proximate to the cooking apparatus. A temperature control may control the cooking apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: Sydney Barkhouse
  • Publication number: 20140102316
    Abstract: An electric grill for cooking food items comprises: a receptacle for receiving fats and breakaway solids generated during the cooking of the food; and a safety mechanism configured to prevent the grill from operating without at least one movement of the receptacle subsequent to the grill being powered on. Optionally, other safety features include, a fire suppression system, temperatures sensors, proximity sensors for detecting obstructions near the grill, weight sensors, liquid level sensors and infrared photo-interrupter sensors for detecting whether the tray has been removed from the grill, since the grill's last operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventors: Bonnie Lee Buzick, Robert James Bair
  • Patent number: 8692162
    Abstract: A method of controlling a cooking appliance is disclosed which includes receiving an input corresponding to a staged cooking function, retrieving a preselected parameter set from a data library, the preselected parameter set defining the staged cooking function and including a first heating element behavior parameter and a first temperature parameter, selecting a first heating element behavior from a control library based upon the first heating element behavior parameter, and operating one or more heating elements according to the first heating element behavior and the first temperature parameter. An oven and a tangible, machine-readable medium are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Wallace J. Elston, Anthony E. Jenkins, Patrick J. Marciniak
  • Patent number: 8688277
    Abstract: An apparatus that generates brewed beverages by performing one or more chemical and/or mechanical processes may receive requests to produce specified brewed beverages. The apparatus may include a master controller that initiates and controls performance of the chemical and/or mechanical processes to produce the specified beverages. The master controller may adaptively apply one or more process accelerators during the performance of one of the chemical or mechanical processes to accelerate the process or to achieve a desired qualitative or quantitative characteristic for a beverage or a component thereof. The adaptive application of one or more process accelerators may be dependent on a multiple-variable process profile developed for the process and/or a specified beverage. For example, the pressure in a steam wand and/or the depth of the wand may be varied during a process to froth milk in order to produce frothed milk having a desired temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Briggo, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles F. Studor, J. Kevin Nater, Marwan M Hassoun
  • Publication number: 20140026762
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cooking device with optical identification means for identifying food to be cooked. A motion detector is provided to activate the optical identification means. The motion detector may also activate a light source for lighting the field of vision of the optical means. Optical identification is controlled by the outer appearance of the food. A controller accesses a physical feature database and compares previously stored picture data to the physical features of the food to be cooked. The controller calculates a matching probability rank between the stored picture data and the food to be cooked. The controller is also programmed to have a learning ability for recognizing a previously unknown food product. Based upon the identification of the food product to be cooked, the cooking device starts the recipe for cooking the food product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: Convotherm Elekktrogeraete GmbH
    Inventor: Lutz Riefenstein
  • Patent number: 8618450
    Abstract: A domestic oven comprises heating means, a gas sensor connected to a central processing and control unit and a user interface connected to the central processing unit by means of which the user can set the type of food placed in the oven compartment. The user interface comprises means for setting the desired degree of cooking of the food and is capable of processing the signal of the gas sensor in such a way as to determine the optimal cooking end time of the food. The central processing unit interrupts the electrical supply to the heating means on the basis either of said cooking end time, modified if necessary on the basis of degree of cooking set by the user, or of the food type set by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Salvatore Sanna, Paolo Crosta, Gianpiero Santacatterina, Nicola Bedetti
  • Patent number: 8609168
    Abstract: The invention relates to a food cooking control method and device. The method includes the following steps in which: at least one temperature detection device is inserted into a food; a final equilibrium temperature is defined; the detection device is positioned inside the food in a pre-determined detection zone so that a temperature (TC) can be obtained at all times during cooking; the TC temperature data obtained are processed using the detection device; the temperature of the surface through which the food receives heat (TP) is determined and processed and the variation in temperature TC is evaluated at least to the first derivative. The device includes a detection device intended to be inserted into the food, a device for determining the thickness of the food and a device for inserting the detection device into the food to a pre-determined depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Point Just, S.L.
    Inventors: Joan Ceravalls Pujol, Jose Bosch I Estrada, Jose Maria Gomez Cama, Francisco Miguel Tarzan Lorente, Antonio Pardo Martinez
  • Patent number: 8609167
    Abstract: The disclosure is a method of operating a commercial cooking equipment, in particular a hot-air steamer or fan oven, comprising the following method steps: a) selecting a product requiring cooking having an assigned cooking program or selecting at least one cooking parameter having assigned selectable products; b) loading the cooking equipment with a selected product; c) starting the associated cooking program; d) displaying the name of the program and at least the remaining cooking time; e) associating in automated manner further products or cooking programs that fit in with the cooking program of the first selected product in dependence on cooking parameters, in particular, the cooking temperature and/or the cooking humidity and/or the fan speed; f) displaying the selectable products or selectable cooking programs; g) selecting, on demand, a further product which matches the first product in accordance with the associating process; h) loading the cooking equipment with the further product; i) starting the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Convotherm Elektrogerate GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Ernst, Lutz Riefenstein
  • Publication number: 20130319254
    Abstract: A bread maker has a base disposed with a power member, a container, an upper rotating shaft and a lower rotating shaft. The power member is in driving connection with the lower rotating shaft. The lower rotating shaft is in driving connection with the upper rotating shaft. The upper rotating shaft is in driving connection with a mixing and kneading blade situated inside the container. A transmitting plate is disposed in the base with an optical signal transmitting lamp and an optical signal receiver. A through hole perpendicular to an axis disposed on the lower shaft and running through the lower rotating shaft is disposed on the lower rotating shaft. The receiver is in signal connection with the power member. The transmitting lamp and the receiver are respectively located at two sides of the lower rotating shaft. The receiver is in signal connection with the power member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventors: Xiaoju Yu, Fudong Cui, Shangqian Gao, Silong Guo, Yen Tung Lee
  • Publication number: 20130302483
    Abstract: Disclosed are cooking devices having inspection systems including: a distance sensor and a digital optical recognition device. The distance sensor detects the position of the food product placed in the cooking device and the digital optical recognition device captures a series of images for the purpose of food product recognition. Once the food product is recognized, the operator is provided with the correct cooking cycle/program for the position and type of food product placed in the cooking device. The inspection systems also ensure that the food product has been properly cooked at the end of the cooking cycle/program. The inspection systems ensure: (1) the food product is correctly recognized; (2) the cooking cycle/program is correctly selected; (3) the correct cooking cycle/program is followed to completion and (4) the quality of the cooked food product meets expected standards.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: Convotherm Elektrogeraete GMBH
    Inventor: Lutz Riefenstein
  • Publication number: 20130287916
    Abstract: An apparatus for frying foodstuffs, the apparatus comprising a fryer having inlet and outlet longitudinal ends, an oil recirculating system coupled to the fryer, a heat exchanger for heating the oil in the oil recirculating system, a hood above the fryer for collecting steam generated during the frying process, a conduit for conveying steam from the hood, and a compressor for compressing the steam, the compressor having an input connected to the conduit and an output for compressed steam connected to the heat exchanger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventors: Ahmed Nadim Khan, Keith Robert Johnson, Nico Vandecasteele
  • Publication number: 20130269538
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a transformation system for nutritional substances. The transformation system obtains information regarding the nutritional substance to be transformed, the desired transformation, and the desired properties, including nutritional content, of the transformed nutritional substance, and dynamically controls the transformation in response to this information optimize the organoleptic properties of the transformed nutritional substance, while minimizing any detrimental changes to the nutritional content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Eugenio Minvielle
  • Publication number: 20130255507
    Abstract: The invention concerns a system for hot or cold thermal conditioning a food preparation intended for all types of catering premises and comprising at least one jar-type object containing the said food preparation and comprising at least one RFID marker, and a conditioning machine equipped with conditioning means coupled to command means and comprising control means equipped with at least one RFID marker suitable for reading the data from said RFID marker the said control means being coupled to the command means and arranged so as to authorize conditioning of the food preparation only if the RFID receiver the data carried by the RFID marker and the latter data are consistent with the previously established data recorded using the said control means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventors: Hugo Meunier, Manon Meunier
  • Publication number: 20130174746
    Abstract: The present invention provides for measuring the air flow in an appliance. An air flow measuring device, such as a vane (aka turbine) anemometer, is placed directly into an air flow passageway and provides a signal indicative of the amount of air flow. This signal can be used e.g., to undertake a remedial response in the event the amount of air flow is not sufficient to provide proper cooling or ventilation of the appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: James Carter Bach
  • Publication number: 20130171305
    Abstract: A cooking equipment includes a first database, containing first energy consumption data, indicating energy required to maintain, operating conditions prescribed by a cooking program stored in a control device, in the absence of food; and a second database, containing second energy consumption data-indicating additional energy to be supplied in excess of energy of the first energy consumption data to have a unit weight of the food processed according to the cooking program. The control device includes a processing unit that estimates daily energy consumption for the cooking program from the first and second energy consumption data. The first energy consumption data relate to respective individual iterations of the cooking process and include an initial energy excess associated with a first iteration of consecutive iterations of the cooking process; and a common energy level indicative of energy associated with subsequent iterations of the consecutive iterations of the cooking process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: ELECTROLUX PROFESSIONAL S.P.A.
    Inventor: Electrolux Professional S. p. A.
  • Publication number: 20130156917
    Abstract: A Cooking equipment comprises an oven cavity (2); at least one energy source (3), operable to heat food placed inside the oven cavity (2); and a control device (8) provided with a first database (18) containing a plurality of cooking programs stored therein, each cooking program comprises at least a start cooking temperature; with a user interface (13) which is operable to select a set of cooking programs to be performed by the cooking equipment from the plurality of cooking programs stored in the first database (18); with a processing unit (15) configured to sort the set of cooking programs selected through the user interface (13) on the basis of energetic constraints; and with a regulating module (16) configured to drive the at least one energy source (3) in accordance with the sorted set of cooking programs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: Electrolux Professional S.p.A.
    Inventor: Electrolux Professional S.p.A.
  • Publication number: 20130133526
    Abstract: A charbroiler having both heated grids and at least one radiant heater and a method of charbroiling a food product are disclosed. Each heat source of the charbroiler can be an independently regulated heat source. The independently regulated heat sources can be adjusted to each contribute to the overall cooking of a food product in a cooking cycle. Each of the independently regulated heat sources can be many types of heat sources capable of being regulated either manually or automatically by a cooking control system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: CFA PROPERTIES, INC.
    Inventor: CFA Properties, Inc.