With Signal, Indicator Or Tester Patents (Class 99/342)
  • Patent number: 11319518
    Abstract: A beverage maker may include a fermentation tank defining a space to make a beverage therein; a display; an input interface configured to receive recipe information of a beverage to be made in the fermentation tank; and a controller configured to set a making environment of the beverage based on the received recipe information, and to control a making function of the beverage based on the set making environment. The controller may be configured to receive a recipe check request through the input interface, and to display the recipe information through the display based on the received recipe check request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventor: Jeyeol Lee
  • Patent number: 11219333
    Abstract: A temperature sensing system for a cooking appliance includes a control unit having a receiver. The control unit and the receiver are housed within the cooking appliance. The temperature sensing system further includes a wireless temperature sensing probe having a temperature sensor and a wireless transmitter module. The wireless temperature sensing probe is configured to wirelessly communicate with the control unit housed within the cooking appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Conair LLC
    Inventors: Kam Fai Fung, Kin Man Lai
  • Patent number: 11178993
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cooking appliance that includes a cooker body assembly, a lid assembly, a weighing sensor, a first control panel, and a second control panel. The cooker body assembly includes a housing and an inner pot disposed inside the housing. The lid assembly can be opened and closed to cover the inner pot. The first control panel is disposed on the lid assembly, and the second control panel is disposed on the housing. The weighing sensor is electrically connected to the second control panel. According to this disclosure, the second control panel is disposed on the housing, so that the second control panel does not flip to the rear side together with the lid assembly when the lid assembly is opened to add food or water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Foshan Shunde Midea Electrical Heating Appliances Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yi Zhou, Junfeng Du, Guozhu Li, Jingwen Li, Fuyou Li, Peng Chen, Xiong Liao, Jiaying Zhang, Hao Zheng
  • Patent number: 11122810
    Abstract: A material processing system includes an oven that cooks or bakes, with electrical resistance, dough contained within containers. The oven can include a frame defining, devices mounted, in a preselected pattern, on the frame for a reciprocal movement in a vertical direction during use of the system, each device configured to connect voltage to a respective container so as to cook or bake the dough with the electrical resistance, and one or more powered members configured to move the devices in the vertical direction. Conveyors are also provided to convey a plurality of rows of containers with a plurality of containers in each row along a material conveyance path, the conveyors disposed in a series with each other and with the oven along the material conveyance path, one of the conveyors disposed within the oven so as to position a batch of the containers in an alignment with the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: ZME, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Robert McCafferty, Zachary Gerald Soles
  • Patent number: 10993294
    Abstract: A cooking system is disclosed. The cooking system is configured to prepare a selected food over a desired time period. The cooking system comprises a controller in communication with a heating apparatus and a user interface. The controller is configured to access a cooking database for the selected food and display a range of available times for the desired time period according to the cooking database. The controller is further operable to receive a selection of the desired time period from the user interface and control the heating apparatus to heat a food load to prepare the selected food to a predetermined quality in the desired time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignees: Whirlpool Corporation, Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Alberto Morandotti, Davide Guatta
  • Patent number: 10966574
    Abstract: A multi-function draining basket for kitchen sink: includes a basket body, having a pair of supporting rods oppositely extended from the basket body adapted to be rested on two opposite edge portions of a kitchen sink, and at least a clamping panel pivotally secured on the basket body for clamping or holding a kitchen-waste bag on the clamping panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventor: Yu-Shu Chen
  • Patent number: 10953422
    Abstract: A vessel for frying, baking or cooking foodstuffs, includes at least one visible first material and one visible second material, wherein at least the first material reversibly changes color thermochromically when heated. The coloring of the two materials is selected in order for a color difference between the two materials to change visibly when the vessel is heated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: FISSLER GMBH
    Inventor: Helge Ebbeke
  • Patent number: 10887951
    Abstract: Disclosed are a cooking apparatus and a method of controlling the same. The cooking apparatus includes a plurality of light sources configured to emit light toward a cooking container and grouped into a plurality of groups and a light emission driving controller configured to perform control in a manner that flame images are displayed by performing group controlling on the basis of at least one of a control command input by a user, a grouping form of the plurality of groups and a preset operation pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyo Suk Kim, Jeong Heon Kim, Hwa-Sung Kim, Chang Hyun Park, O Do Yu, Su-Ho Jo, Jong Hun Ha
  • Patent number: 10600624
    Abstract: Systems and methods for depositing a film in a PECVD chamber while reducing residue buildup in the chamber. In some embodiments disclosed herein, a processing chamber includes a chamber body, a substrate support, a showerhead, and one or more heaters configured to heat the showerhead. In some embodiments, the processing chamber includes a controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventors: Kalyanjit Ghosh, Sanjeev Baluja, Mayur G. Kulkarni, Shailendra Srivastava, Tejas Ulavi, Yusheng Alvin Zhou, Amit Kumar Bansal, Priyanka Dash, Zhijun Jiang, Ganesh Balasubramanian, Qiang Ma, Kaushik Alayavalli, Yuxing Zhang, Daniel Hwung, Shawyon Jafari
  • Patent number: 10312076
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for depositing a film in a PECVD chamber while simultaneously flowing a purge gas from beneath a substrate support are provided herein. In embodiments disclosed herein, a combined gas exhaust volume circumferentially disposed about the substrate support, below a first volume and above a second volume, draws processing gases from the first volume down over an edge of a first surface of the substrate support and simultaneously draws purge gases from the second volume upward over an edge of a second surface of the substrate support. The gases are than evacuated from the combined exhaust volume through an exhaust port fluidly coupled to a vacuum source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Kalyanjit Ghosh, Sanjeev Baluja, Mayur G. Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 10121650
    Abstract: A technique capable of forming a film at the bottom of a deep hole having a high aspect ratio. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, including: (a) loading a substrate having a hole into a transfer space via a substrate loading/unloading port; (b) moving the substrate to a processing space; (c) forming a precursor in the hole by simultaneously supplying a first process gas to the substrate in the processing space and an inert gas into the transfer space with the processing space spatially connected to the transfer space and maintaining a difference between a first inner pressure of the processing space and a first inner pressure of the transfer space within a predetermined range; and (d) forming a thin film in the hole after performing (b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi Kokusai Electric, Inc.
    Inventor: Tsukasa Kamakura
  • Patent number: 9773427
    Abstract: A calorie balance system is designed for consumers who are interested in having a proper and adequate diet while monitoring daily activities. Disclosed embodiments enable consumers to be continuously aware of their caloric intake and to compare their caloric intake with current calories expended. Calories burned or expended may be measured by fitness tracking devices. Enabled utensils such as cups, spoons and forks are equipped with means of wireless communication, an accelerometer, a three axis slope meter sensor, a microcontroller, a scale, an analog to digital converter and a microcontroller. Enabled utensils measure the weight of food consumed are report to the consumer's personal electronic device. The system is further enabled by consumers talking to an enabled utensil to report the type of food being consumed. The reported food weight is mapped to the type of food consumed and relevant food data is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventor: Shahrokh Ghalavand
  • Patent number: 9591948
    Abstract: Method of collecting used cooking oil includes extracting used cooking oil from at least one deep fryer to a container, storing and separating said used cooking oil within the container which is located within the cooking area. The oil from the deep fat fryer is periodically pumped to the container and allowed to settle. The unwanted sludge is then tapped off into a portable container and the wanted oil is pumped to an exterior transportation container. The container is triangular shaped with rear walls converging into a corner of the cooking area and a diagonal front face with side flanges and a bottom flap such that it is located in the corner of an interior wall of a building and contains the pipes and plumbing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventor: Stuart Vogt
  • Patent number: 9477962
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products to improve food safety in a food and beverage supply chain. Embodiments disclosed herein utilize prepared product tags to continuously monitor food and beverage temperatures. The temperatures and other associated data may be wirelessly transmitted to centralized locations for aggregation and storage. Mobile devices may directly communicate with the product tags to receive the temperature data. A host of management applications may utilize the data in order to ensure that safety rules and guidelines are met, while also providing valuable business insight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: John David Worrall, Brian R. Jones, Peter Stepniewicz, Jo Gray, David A. Francus
  • Publication number: 20150148980
    Abstract: A cooking environment is described for allocating power between multiple cooking systems and providing a calculated amount of energy to a cooking system. The cooking systems can each include a receptacle and a heating/cooling element to heat a product within the receptacle. A controller can receive requests for power from the cooking systems. Based on the requests for power, the controller allocates an amount of time within a time period in which the heating/cooling elements of each cooking system receive electrical energy. The controller can also allocate specific intervals within the time period in which the heating/cooling elements receive electrical energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Marc Singer, Chris Doughty, Randy Hulett, David Doucette, Dan Apone, Frank Roth
  • 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
    Inventors: Michael James McIntyre, Richard Anthony Devlin
  • Patent number: 9027468
    Abstract: The invention relates to a domestic cooking pot (1) comprising means of controlling (7) at least part of its operation, wherein said control means (7) have a mobile mounting between a plurality of positions, wherein said pot (1) is characterized in that it is further fitted with an information window (8) and at least an indicator (10) that is representative of one of the positions of the control means (7), and in that the window (8), the indicator (10) and the control means (7) work together so that said indicator (10) appears in the window (8) when the control means (7) are in the corresponding position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: SEB S.A.
    Inventors: Eric Jacques Rhetat, Philippe Roussard
  • Patent number: 9027469
    Abstract: In a method for controlling a cooking process of a cooking item contained in a cooking container, the sound of the cooking process is detected by means of at least one acoustic sensor and the course of the sound is directly analyzed for determining of a temperature and in particular the boiling point of the cooking item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: MSX Technology AG
    Inventor: Albin Smrke
  • Publication number: 20150122135
    Abstract: Provided is a cooking appliance comprising a first structure having a hot plate for cooking food, and a measuring device for measuring the thickness of the food arranged thereon and comprising a pivoting rocker connected to a pivotable shaft by a first end thereof, and a means for measuring the pivoting angle of the rocker in order to estimate the thickness of the food. The appliance comprises a second mobile structure which, when moved away from the first structure, generates a pivoting of said shaft in relation to the first structure, causing the pivoting of the rocker, and the measuring means interacts with the rocker towards a second end thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Sebastien Volatier, Joel Lecerf
  • Publication number: 20150107462
    Abstract: A control device for gas appliances (1) comprises: a manual-control element (12, 22); a circuit arrangement (25a) that includes control elements, electrical-interconnection elements, detection elements for detecting actuation of the manual-control element (12, 22) and supplying corresponding signals to the control elements; and a supporting structure (21), which can be associated in a stationary way with respect to a gas tap, wherein the supporting structure (21) includes at least one first part of stationary structure (40, 41) that defines a housing for at least part of the circuit arrangement (25a), the first part of structure (40, 41) being in particular designed for being housed within a body of a gas appliance. The control elements are designed for counting the time, and the device includes optical warning elements (43?, LG).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Marco Moro, Paolo Savini
  • Publication number: 20150096974
    Abstract: A domestic cooking appliance includes a plurality of bays adapted to receive a plurality of different types of modules; a module connected to a bay of the plurality of bays; and a controller, wherein the controller is adapted to determine the bay in which the module is connected and a type of the module of the plurality of different types of modules. A method of controlling a domestic cooking appliance includes connecting a module of a plurality of different types of modules to the domestic cooking appliance; determining a type of the module; determining a position where the module is connected out of a plurality of possible positions; and displaying the type and the location of the module on a display of the domestic cooking appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: BSH Home Appliances Corporation
    Inventors: John Freeman, Samuel Harward, Jeremiah Nash
  • Patent number: 8991307
    Abstract: A lid for a pressure cooker with a removable lid handle, particularly a lid stem handle, with a technology module that has movable operational elements necessary for the function of the pressure cooker and with a masking module that masks the technology module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Silit-Werke GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Roland Grözinger, Karl-Heinz Wontke, Jochen Schobloch
  • Publication number: 20150082996
    Abstract: A sous-vide circulator cooker for home or small restaurant sous-vide cooking. The sous-vide circulator cooker is particularly suited for use in home kitchens and on small countertops. The sous-vide circulator cooker can be fully submersed into water and not be adversely affected. The sous-vide circulator cooker includes a detachable skirt which allows for cleaning the skirt itself and cleaning of a heater and ring clamp that can adjust the optimum output location of the pump and account for shallow pots. In at least one embodiment, the sous-vide circulator also contains electrodes that can detect water level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Jeff WU
  • Publication number: 20150074237
    Abstract: A control method causes a computer of an information terminal apparatus to perform a process including: receiving, from a first server, first display data causing a user of the information terminal apparatus to confirm the purpose of use of recipe information and asking for the permission to collect the recipe information; accessing a second server and receiving selected recipe information and control data for a cooker for preparation based on the selected recipe information; and when it is selected to permit collecting the recipe information for a purpose of use related to health care, and it is determined that selected recipe information corresponding to the set control data has an identifier indicating that the recipe is for food related to a specific constitution, disorder, disease, or allergy, transmitting the selected recipe information with the identifier, in association with a user ID of the information terminal apparatus, to the first server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
  • Publication number: 20150064316
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus for cooking a food cooked by contact, characterized in that the apparatus is made to transmit information to a user after a period of time during which the food is heated by the resistor(s) has elapsed, said period of time depending on at least one value of the internal cooking temperature of the food, which is pre-stored in a memory of the apparatus at the factory prior to the first operational use thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Sebastien Volatier, Dominique Excoffier
  • Patent number: 8960081
    Abstract: A steam cooking apparatus having a water retaining member and a reversible steamer insert member, the steamer insert member having a perforated main body defining two steaming surfaces, the first surface provided with upstanding annular forming walls for forming patties, the second surface being flat and unobstructed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Innovative Product Development, LLC
    Inventors: Guy Beard, Michael Johnigean
  • Publication number: 20150037472
    Abstract: A temperature sensing system for a cooking appliance having an upper housing having a first heating surface and a lower housing having a second heating surface includes a temperature sensing probe, a control panel and a control unit in electrical communication with the temperature sensing probe and the control panel. The temperature sensing probe is removably received by the upper housing and extends through said first heating surface. The control panel has one or more input buttons for allowing a user to select at least one input parameter including a desired internal temperature of a food item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: KAM FAI FUNG, KIN MAN LAI
  • Publication number: 20150037482
    Abstract: A cooking appliance includes an upper housing having a first heating plate, a lower housing having a second heating plate, and a temperature probe extending through one of the first heating plate and the second heating plate for detecting an internal temperature of a food item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: KAM FAI FUNG, KIN MAN LAI
  • Publication number: 20150027319
    Abstract: A sous-vide cooker for sous-vide cooking applications is disclosed. The sous-vide cooker is particularly suited for use in home kitchens and on small countertops. The sous-vide cooker includes a removable inner tank cooking chamber. The sous-vide cooker has a magnetic stirrer that agitates the water for better temperature homogeneity. In at least one embodiment, the sous-vide cooker can also accept multiple tank cooking chambers that each heat at different temperatures. In at least one embodiment, a temperature controller is present on the outer surface of the outer enclosure. The temperature controller may be used to control the temperature, the period of time cooking is to occur, and the degree of agitation exerted by the agitation device. In at least one embodiment, the temperature controller can be further configurable to store a number of pre-defined user settings or user-input specifications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Jeff WU
  • Patent number: 8939068
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a smoker with multiple separate drawers for smoking meat, fish, sausage, etc. In an example embodiment, one drawer may contain water and another drawer may contain smoking material such as wood chips. The sliding drawers enable the maintenance of a stable smoking temperature and offer a safer means to replenish water and/or wood during the actual smoking operation. The multiple drawers allow a user to add wood and/or water without opening the smoking chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Landmann USA
    Inventor: Jared I. Cohen
  • Publication number: 20150020694
    Abstract: A heating cooker includes an inner pot (7) for accommodating therein a heating object to be heated, a heating cooker body (1) for accommodating the inner pot (7) therein, a heating part (10) attached to the heating cooker body (1) and serving for heating the heating object, a lid (2) which is openably/closably attached on top of the heating cooker body (1) and which can be closed so as to cover the inner pot (7), a rotator (11) rotatably placed between the heating cooker body (1) and the lid (2), stirrers (12A, 12B) which are attached to the rotator (11) and which are switchable between a stirring state of being in contact with the heating object set in the inner pot (7) and a non-stirring state of being apart from the heating object set in the inner pot (7), and a notification part (5) for notifying which the stirrers (12A, 12B) are in the stirring state or in the non-stirring state while the lid (2) is closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keisuke Hara
  • Patent number: 8931400
    Abstract: A remote temperature monitoring system includes a first unit operatively connected to one or more temperature sensors for sensing the temperature of one or more materials or food items being cooked or heated. The first unit transmits the sensed temperature to a second unit that is located remotely from the first unit during heating. The second unit is programmable with the desired temperature and/or heating parameters of the item. By monitoring the temperature status of the item over time, the system determines when the food has reached the desired temperature or degree of cooking, and notifies the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: iDevices. LLC
    Inventor: Christopher J. Allen
  • Publication number: 20150005950
    Abstract: The system includes at least one cooking appliance controlled from remote control means through a bidirectional communications network comprising an intermediate server with the capacity to process and transmit at least control instructions from said remote control means to a microprocessor of local control means, or vice versa. The proposed method is adapted to be carried out using the system proposed by the invention. The computer programme embodies one part of the proposed method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Lluís Trench Roca, Josep Alet Vidal, Fidel Montraveta Montraveta
  • Publication number: 20140356493
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for manufacturing food products. In a general embodiment, systems for manufacturing a food product include at least one heat exchanger, at least one food product tank, at least one conduit downstream of the food product tank for flow of the food product, and a flow detection device coupled to an exterior of the conduit. The flow detection device includes a processor and a computer readable medium storing instructions which, when executed, cause the processor to perform a spread spectrum analysis of the flow of the food product through the conduit. Methods for manufacturing food products are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Daniel Louis CUMMINGS
  • Publication number: 20140352549
    Abstract: An automatic toaster apparatus comprising: a body having one or more toasting slots leading to a respective toasting cavity; one or more internal carriage for carrying bread, a carriage being associated with each toasting slots and respective toasting cavity; a plurality of toasting elements, wherein a toasting element is located at each side of each carriage. The toaster having, a supplemental toasting function, a keep warm function, a pre-warm function. The toaster enabling separate user selection of toast colour and moisture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Greg Upston, Richard Hoare, Vyvyan Rose, Scott Bradly, Philip Lewis McKnight, Ze Kang Lai
  • Publication number: 20140356495
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a timing device for cooking, namely grilling, baking, convection, and other methods known to one skill in the art. Specifically, the present invention relates to a timing device that, in a preferred embodiment of the present invention, provides the amount of time food has been cooking and the amount of time since the last time the food was checked. Specifically, the present invention preferably resets a timer when a cooking device, such as a grill or an oven, is opened and/or closed. More specifically, the present invention provides one timer that resets when a cooking device is opened and/or closed and optionally at least one other timer that remains running. The timers can be stopped, started, turned on and off, and reset manually.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel Teuscher
  • Publication number: 20140322418
    Abstract: The present invention relates to improvements for water-bath cooking and heating food. In particular, the present invention provides a new apparatus and method of heating a water-bath oven 1 that is both environmentally friendly and economical. The present invention includes a liquid water circulation system for conveying liquid water from a separate heat source to a heat transfer element 7 comprising a helically coiled pipe 7 in contact with an exterior surface of a cooking vessel 3, to transfer heat from the liquid water within the helically coiled pipe 7 to water and food within the cooking vessel 3.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Graham COWE
  • Publication number: 20140261010
    Abstract: A stackable cooking apparatus is disclosed for cooking a food item. Also disclosed is a method of manufacturing the stackable cooking apparatus. The apparatus includes a lower vessel and an upper vessel mounted atop the lower vessel. The lower vessel, which can be disposed on the heated surface of a stove, includes a first top wall having apertures therethrough, and defines a first volume in the lower vessel. The upper vessel includes a second top wall free of apertures, and defines a second volume in the upper vessel. Food items to be cooked are placed on the first top wall so that the food item resides in the second volume. Heat from the heated surface rises into the first volume, through the apertures and into the second volume, to cook the food item therein. Means are provided for maintaining the vertical stability of the vessels when the vessels are stacked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Timothy Kolb
  • 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
  • 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: 20140208957
    Abstract: A microwave oven of the present invention includes: a liquid crystal touch panel configured to display display screen images each including operation buttons, each of which accepts input from a user; a proximity detector portion configured to detect, as proximity input from the user, proximity of the user to the operation button included in the display screen image; a heating control portion and a display control portion configured to execute functions in accordance with the input to the operation buttons, the functions being respectively associated with the operation buttons; a standard button image storage portion configured to store proximity input enable/disable information pieces such that each of the proximity input enable/disable information pieces is associated with at least a part of the display screen image, the proximity input enable/disable information pieces each indicating whether to permit the proximity detector portion to detect the proximity input; and an enable/disable determining portion co
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hirohisa Imai, Ikue Nakano, Jianlan Dou
  • Patent number: 8783947
    Abstract: A food cooking container provided with an electronic temperature monitoring device, the electronic temperature monitoring device being powered by converting thermal energy into electrical energy by the parasitic exploitation of temperature differences generated between the hot container and a heat dissipating metal mass, and activates a device in the form of a piezoelectric buzzer or LEDs, to indicate pre-set safety temperature limits. The electronic temperature monitoring device includes an electronic thermoelectric harvesting sensor for converting thermal energy into electrical energy via its electronic thermoelectric harvesting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Ballarini Paolo & Figli S.p.A.
    Inventors: Francesco Ferron, Jacopo Ferron
  • 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: 20140182460
    Abstract: A temperature controlled heatable object is provided in which a temperature sensor is connected to a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag. The RFID tag is located within the handle of the object, and the temperature sensor is placed in contact with the object. In a first embodiment of the invention, the temperature sensor is partially imbedded within the object via a notch located in the side of the object. In a second embodiment of the invention, a temperature sensor is imbedded within a tunnel drilled within the base of the object. In a third embodiment, a temperature sensor is imbedded between the bottom of the object and a slab attached to the bottom of the object. The sensor can be located in a slot formed in either the slab or the bottom or the object. Handles and receivers for mounting the handles to the temperature controllable objects are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventor: MAMORU IMURA
  • Patent number: 8759720
    Abstract: A tortilla warmer control system is disclosed for controlling preparation and dispensing of tortillas. The control system includes a control unit capable of receiving inputs from a user, and providing outputs. The control unit receives user inputs including: a frequency of heating sessions, a number of tortillas to be heated and dispensed during each heating session; and tortilla texture. The control unit provides outputs including: a speed at which tortillas are to be conveyed through a heating sub-system of the tortilla warmer, and/or a temperature to be provided during each heating session; and a heating session initiation signal. The user inputs received by the control unit can also include a selected rate at which the tortillas are to be dispensed during the heating session. The outputs provided by the control unit can also include a rate at which tortillas are introduced into the heating sub-system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Ricomale, LLC
    Inventor: Ricardo Gonzalez
  • Publication number: 20140165849
    Abstract: A gas cooking appliance having a gas burner, at least one control device comprising a gas regulating valve regulating the flow of gas to the gas burner, a knob controlling the opening ON and closing OFF of the valve, and a position sensor detecting the ON-OFF position of the knob, and at least one signaling device comprising a light signal source that emits an alarm signal in the form of light. The light signal source emits the alarm signal during a time period T1 when the position sensor detects that the knob is in the OFF position, after the knob having been in the ON position, and the gas burner has been switched on at least during a time period T2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: COPRECITEC, S.L.
  • Publication number: 20140157996
    Abstract: A toaster having a body portion engageable over a housing with slots sized for bread passage therethrough aligned with cavities on said house sized to accommodate the bread for toasting. Individually controlled heating elements on each side of each cavity to allow users to independently control the amount of toasting of each side of each inserted piece of bread. The exterior of the body is preferably porcelain to provide resistance to heat transference to the body of the user and to provide a plurality of colors available for the housings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: William S. Korbin
  • Publication number: 20140137751
    Abstract: A cooking device, in particular a baking oven, includes a cooking chamber having cooking chamber walls and also a fan opening into the cooking chamber. This fan opening is provided on a fan plate fitted in front of a cooking chamber wall, an antenna being provided for wireless signal transmission with a measuring arrangement which is located in the cooking chamber and has a transceiving antenna. The antenna is arranged between the fan plate and cooking chamber wall and is thus covered or inwardly protected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: E.G.O. Elektro-Geraetebau GmbH
    Inventor: Mathias Bellm
  • Patent number: 8707862
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for cooking food are provided. In particular, food is placed in a bowl held at an angle to horizontal. With the food in the bowl, the bowl is simultaneously heated and rotated. A scraper assembly is disposed within the bowl, to lift the food from the side and bottom surfaces of the bowl as the bowl rotates. A temperature sensor can be provided to provide a signal to discontinue rotation of the bowl and the application of heat to the bowl when the food has reached a desired temperature. A tilt mechanism can also be provided to maintain the food within a desired distance from the top edge of the bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
    Inventors: William H. Oliver, Randall W. Nichols
  • Publication number: 20140102317
    Abstract: An assembly for cooking food products in a substantially upright orientation comprising a mold housing including one or more food mold chambers, each structured to configure the food product being cooked to correspond to the interior dimensions and configuration of a mold chamber in which it was cooked. Each mold chamber is further structured to retain an uncooked liquid, semi-liquid, semi-solid, or solid food composition therein during the cooking procedure. A heat source is disposed either externally or internally of the mold housing and generates sufficient heat to cook a food composition disposed within the mold chamber. A frame assembly may be utilized to operatively support one or more mold housing in the substantially upright orientation, such that a heat source may be incorporated into the frame assembly to provide adequate cooking temperatures to the corresponding mold chamber(s) of one or more supported mold housings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: Marc Shoshan