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(11)EP 2 720 584 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
26.06.2019 Bulletin 2019/26

(21)Application number: 12800099.9

(22)Date of filing:  29.03.2012
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
A47J 19/06(2006.01)
A47J 19/02(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/KR2012/002325
(87)International publication number:
WO 2012/173333 (20.12.2012 Gazette  2012/51)

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JUICE EXTRACTOR

SAFTPRESSE

CENTRIFUGEUSE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 14.06.2011 KR 20110057563

(43)Date of publication of application:
23.04.2014 Bulletin 2014/17

(73)Proprietor: Kim, Young Ki
Gyeongsangnam-do 51006 (KR)

(72)Inventor:
  • Kim, Young Ki
    Gyeongsangnam-do 621-130 (KR)

(74)Representative: Lusuardi, Werther 
Dr. Lusuardi AG Kreuzbühlstrasse 8
8008 Zürich
8008 Zürich (CH)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A1-00/74502
KR-B1- 100 609 390
KR-U- 20000 007 534
US-A1- 2003 154 867
KR-A- 20020 057 737
KR-U- 19990 020 592
US-A- 5 906 154
  
      
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    Description

    Technical Field



    [0001] The present invention relates to a juice extractor that can make juice from vegetables or fruits.

    Background Art



    [0002] In recent years, with the increased interest in well-being, many people are personally makinggreen vegetable juice or fruit juice from fresh vegetables or fruits. Thus, there are various juicers for making fruit juice and green vegetable juice that are available and whose purpose is to easily make fruit juice or green vegetable juice at home.

    [0003] An example of such a juice extractoris the one proposed in Korean Patent No. 609390, which was filed by the applicant of this invention and registered. FIG. 1 is a sectional view showing the configuration of a conventional juice extractor. As shown in FIG. 1, the juice extractor 1 is configured so that a long feed screw 30 is horizontally assembled in a housing 10, together with a strainer 40, to be coupled to a sidewall of a driving unit by a rotating shaft 31. When the material used to make the juice is put into a feed port 21 of a feed tube 20, the feed screw slowly feeds the material horizontally while extracting juice.

    [0004] In the conventional juice extractor, to prevent juice from being undesirably discharged along with the discharged residue, a hard cylindrical control part 85 of a control cap 80 is biased rightwards and compresses the residue that is being discharged through a space defined between the feed screw 30 and the cylindrical control part 85. Further, to realize a desired juice extraction ratio according to the kind of input material, the conventional juice extractor is configured so that the level of the force that biases the hard cylindrical control part 85 rightwards can be controlled by the elasticity ofa spring or a rubber packing 90 in response to a rotating angle of the control cap 81.

    [0005] However, the conventional juice extractor is problematic in that the residueis discharged through a residue discharging part defined between the strainer40 and the feed screw 30 and, further, even when the residue is discharged via a very small part of a space defined between the cylindrical control part 85 and the feed screw 30 in a state in which the hard cylindrical control part 85 is being biased, the hard cylindrical control part 85 is pushed to the left as a whole and undesirably opens a peripheral space through which no residue is discharged, so that juice may be easily discharged through the open space. WO00/74502A1 also discloses a juice extractor.

    Disclosure of Invention


    Technical Problem



    [0006] Accordingly, the present invention has been made keeping in mind the above problems occurring in the related art, and a purpose of the present invention is to propose a juice extractor which can prevent juice from being easily discharged even when a residue is discharged via a very small part of a space defined between a feed screw and a hard cylindrical control part of a control cap, thereby realizing the maximum juice extraction ratio for different kinds of input material.

    Solution to Problem



    [0007] In order to achieve the above object, according to the present invention, there is provided a juice extractor comprising the technical features of independent claim 1.

    [0008] Further, the cylindrical control part of the control cap may be integrated with the control cap into a single body.

    Advantageous Effects of Invention



    [0009] As described above, the juice extractor of the present invention includes: the housing having the juice discharge port formed in the lower part thereof and an interior space defined therein; the strainer placed in the interior space of the housing and having both the crushing part and the discharging net the feed screw placed in the strainer and rotated in such a way that a rotating screw bar, which has spiral teeth and forms a part of the feed screw, can be rotated horizontally and the housing cap assembled with the control cap, wherein the soft elastic body is installed between the end of the feed screw and the cylindrical control part of the control cap through which the residue is discharged, so that the residue discharging force of the juice extractor can be controlled by compressing the surface of the soft elastic body by a rotation of the control cap. Therefore, when the residue is being discharged via a very small part of a ring-shaped space defined between the hard cylindrical control part and the feed screw, the soft elastic body is deformed in the very small space through which the residue is being discharged, so that the residue can be discharged through the very small space. However, in another part of the ring-shaped space through which no residue is discharged, the soft elastic body is not deformed so that it is possible to prevent juice from being easily discharged via the space through which no residue is discharged. Accordingly, the juice extractor of the present invention can realize the maximum juice extraction ratio for each different kind of input material.

    [0010] Further, in the present invention, the shape of the soft elastic body is a ring shape and the distal end of the strainer is provided with the side ring to hold the soft elastic body, so that it is possible to close the ring-shaped space defined between the hard cylindrical control part and the feed screw, thereby preventing the juice from being easily discharged and, accordingly, realizing the maximum juice extraction ratio for each different kind of input material.

    [0011] Further, in the present invention, the cylindrical control part of the control cap is preferably integrated with the control cap into a single body, so that the residue discharging force can be easily controlled by the control cap.

    Brief Description of Drawings



    [0012] The above and other objects, features and further advantages of the present invention will be more clearly understood from the following detailed description when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which:

    FIG. 1 is a sectional view illustrating the construction of a conventional juice extractor;

    FIG. 2 is an exploded perspective view illustrating the construction of a juice extractor according to the present invention;

    FIG. 3a is a sectional view illustrating the construction of the juice extractor according to the present invention; and

    FIG. 3b is a sectional view illustrating a state in which the soft elastic bodyof the juice extractor according to the present invention is being compressed.


    Mode for the Invention



    [0013] Hereinafter, the preferred embodiment of the present invention will be described in detail with reference to the accompanying drawings (components common to Korean Patent No. 755440and the present invention will use the same reference numerals). The terminologies or words used in the description and the claims of the present invention should not be interpreted as being limited merely to their common and dictionary meanings. On the contrary, they should be interpreted based on the meanings and concepts of the invention in keeping with the scope of the invention based on the principle that the inventor(s) can appropriately define the terms in order to describe the invention in the best way.

    [0014] As shown in FIGS. 2 and 3, the present invention provides a juice extractor including: a housing having a juice discharge port formed in a lower part thereof and an interior space defined therein; a strainer placed in the interior space of the housing and having both a crushing part and a discharging net a feed screw placed in the strainer and rotated in such a way that a rotating screw bar thereof can be rotated horizontally, with spiral teeth being formed around the rotating screw bar and a housing cap assembled with a control cap, wherein a soft elastic body is installed between an end of the feed screw and a cylindrical control part of the control cap through which the residue is discharged.

    [0015] Further, the shape of the soft elastic body is a ring shape and the end of the strainer is provided with a side ring that holds the soft elastic body.

    [0016] Further, the cylindrical control part of the control cap is integrated with the control cap into a single body.

    [0017] FIG. 2 is an exploded perspective view illustrating the construction of a juice extractor according to the present invention. As shown in FIG. 2, the juice extractor includes a housing 100, a feed screw 300, a strainer 400, a housing cap 500 and a control cap 800.

    [0018] A feed tube 200 assembled with a hopper 125 is provided on the upper end of the housing 100, while a juice discharge port 130for discharging juice is formed in a bottom of the housing 100, with an interior space 190 being defined inside the housing 100. The interior space 190 has a cylindrical shape and is preferably open in left and right ends. Further, in the left end of the housing 100 defining the interior space 190 therein, housing locking ribs 140 are provided so as to fasten the housing cap 500 to the housing 100. Further, a feed port 120 into which is put the material used to make the juice is formed in the upper end of the feed tube 200.

    [0019] The feed screw 300 includes: a rotating shaft 310 that protrudes outside from the right end of the housing 100 and receives a drive force from a driving device, such as an external motor (not shown), and a rotating screw bar 320integrated with the rotating shaft 310 into a single body. The feed screw 300 is horizontally placed in the housing interior space 190 in such a way that the rotating screw bar 320 can be rotated horizontally, with spiral teeth 330 being formed around the rotating screw bar 320 so as to feed and crush the input material.

    [0020] The strainer 400 includes a crushing part 410 and a discharging net 420 and is placed horizontally in the interior spaceof the housing 100. The crushing part 410 has a hollow conical shape and is placed so as to surround the feed screw 300, so that the crushing part 410 guides the input material that has been fed forwards (leftwards) by the feed screw 300, thereby crushing the material. The juice produced in the crushing part 410 by the crushing function of the feed screw 300 flows to the juice discharge port 130 through a filtering net 480 that is provided in a rear end of the crushing part 410, and is then discharged to the outside through the juice discharge port 130. The discharging net 420 extends forwards (leftwards) from the crushing part 410 and comes into contact with the outer surface of the distal end 350 of the feed screw 300 and discharges the residue of the material to the outside. The left end surface of the strainer 400 is provided with a side ring 440. In the side ring 440, a ring insert groove 450 for holding a part of a soft elastic ring 900 is formed.

    [0021] The housing cap 500 is provided with a central opening. Locking protrusions 520 for fastening the housing cap 500 to the housing locking ribs 140 of the housing 100 are formed around an outer circumferential surface of one end of the housing cap 500, while a flange 530 overwhich the control cap 800 is fitted is formed in the end of the housing cap 500. Further, taper protrusions 510 are formed around the outer circumferential surface of the flange 530.

    [0022] In the control cap 800, a cylindrical control part 850 having a central opening is formed. A recessed part 830is formed around the cylindrical control part 850, so that the flange 530 is fitted into the recessed part 830. On the inner surface of the recessed part 830, inclined surface protrusions 820 having respective inclined surfaces are formed and engage with the taper protrusions 510. Here, the inclined surface protrusions 820 are inclined in circumferential directions in such a way that when the control cap 800 is rotated, the control cap 800 can be moved to the left or right by the cooperation of the inclined surface protrusions 820 and the taper protrusions 510, as shown in FIGS. 3a and 3b.

    [0023] Here, the cylindrical control part 850 and the recessed part 830 of in the control cap 800 may be integrated into a single body.

    [0024] The soft elastic body900has a ring shape and is held by the side ring 440 that is formed on the end of the strainer 400. Here, it is preferred that the soft elastic body 900 be inserted into the ring insert groove 450 formed in the side ring 440.

    [0025] The operation of the juice extractoraccording to the present invention will be described hereinbelow.

    [0026] When the material used to make juice is put into the feed port 120that is formed in the feed tube 200 of the juice extractor 100, the input material is fed to the left in the housing 100 by the feed screw 300. When the input material is fed to the left, the material is crushed between the feed screw 300 and the crushing part 410 and juice produced by the crushing operation flows to the juice discharge port 130 through the filtering net 480 that is provided in the rear end of the crushing part 410.

    [0027] The material that has been processed by the crushing part 410 is continuously fed forwards by the rotation of the feed screw 300 and is discharged to the outside via the discharging net 420 while being compressed by the feed screw 300.

    [0028] When the control cap 800 that is rotatably fitted over the front end of the housing cap 500 is rotated, the control cap 800 is moved forwards or backwards relative to the housing cap 500 by the function of the inclined surfaces of the inclined surface protrusions 820 that are formed on the control cap 800 and are engaged with the taper protrusions 510 of the housing cap 500, so that the control cap 800 compresses or releases the soft elastic ring 900 and changes the force compressing the distal end 350 of the feed screw 300, thereby controlling the residue discharging force of the juice extractor. In other words, a user can finely control the residue discharging force of the juice extractor by rotating the control cap 800 according to a kind of input material.

    [0029] As described above, the material that has been processed while being fed to the front of the juice extractor by the rotation of the feed screw300 passes through the cylindrical control part 850 and is discharged downwards from the front end of the juice extractor.

    [0030] Further, in the above-mentioned process, the force with which the residue is discharged can be controlled by rotating the control cap 800 so as to compress the surface of the soft elastic body 900 that is installed between the cylindrical control part 850 of the control cap 800 and the distal end of the strainer 400.

    [0031] Accordingly, when the residue is being discharged via a very small part of a ring-shaped space defined between the hard cylindrical control part 850 and the feed screw 300, the soft elastic body 900 is deformed in the very small space through which the residue is being discharged so that it can be discharged therethrough. However, in another part of the ring-shaped space through which no residue is discharged, the soft elastic body 900 is not deformed which makes it possible to prevent juice from being easily discharged via the space through which no residueis discharged. Accordingly, the juice extractor of the present invention can realize the maximum juice extraction ratio for each different kind of input material.

    [0032] Further, in the present invention, the shape of the soft elastic body 900 is preferably a ring shape and the distal end of the strainer 400 is provided with the side ring 440 for holding the soft elastic body 900, so that it is possible to close the ring-shaped space defined between the hardcylindrical control part 850 and the feed screw 300, thereby preventing the juice from being easily discharged and, accordingly, realizing the maximum juice extraction ratio for each different kind of input material.

    [0033] Further, in the present invention, the soft elastic body is firmly inserted into the ring insert groove 450formed in the strainer the side ring, so that the soft elastic body can be continuously retained at the desired location.

    [0034] Further, in the present invention, the cylindrical control part 850 of the control cap 800 is integrated with the control cap 800 into a single body, so that when the control cap 800 is rotated, the cylindrical control part 850 can be rotated by the same rotating angle. Accordingly, the present invention can easily control the residue discharging force by rotating the control cap 800.


    Claims

    1. A juice extractor, comprising:

    a housing (100) having a juice discharge port (130) formed in a lower part thereof and an interior space defined therein;

    a strainer (400) placed in the interior space of the housing and having both a crushing part and a discharging net,

    a feed screw (300) placed in the strainer and rotated in such a way that a rotating screw bar, which has spiral teeth on a periphery thereof, of the feed screw (300) can be rotated horizontally and a housing cap assembled with a control cap (800), further comprising:

    a soft elastic body (900) installed between an end of the feed screw (300) and a cylindrical control part (850) of the control cap (800) through which a residue is discharged, and wherein the cylindrical control part (850) is in direct contact with the soft elastic body (900) and configured to compress the surface of the soft elastic body (900) by a rotation of the control cap (800);

    wherein the rotation of the control cap (800) controls an elastic force of the soft elastic body (900) such that a force at which the residue is discharged is controlled,

    wherein a shape of the soft elastic body (900) is a ring shape, and

    wherein the end of the strainer (400) is provided with a side ring for holding the soft elastic body (900).


     
    2. The juice extractor as set forth in claim 1, wherein the cylindrical control part of the control cap (800) is integrated with the control cap (800) into a single body.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Saftpresse umfassend:

    ein Gehäuse (100), das einen Saftauslassanschluss (130), der in einem unteren Teil davon ausgebildet ist, und einen darin definierten Innenraum aufweist;

    einen Filter (400), der in dem Innenraum des Gehäuses platziert ist und sowohl ein Zerkleinerungsteil als auch ein Auslassnetz aufweist,

    eine Vorschubspindel (300), die in dem Filter positioniert ist und auf eine derartige Weise gedreht wird, dass eine sich drehende Schraubstange der Vorschubspindel (300), welche eine spiralförmige Verzahnung an einem Umfang davon aufweist, horizontal gedreht werden kann, und eine Gehäusekappe, die an einer Steuerungskappe (800) montierit ist, wobei die Saftpresse ferner Folgendes umfasst:

    einen weichen elastischen Körper (900), der zwischen einem Ende der Vorschubspindel (300) und einem zylindrischen Steuerungsteil (850) der Steuerungskappe (800) angeordnet ist und durch welchen ein Rest ausgelassen wird, und wobei das zylindrische Steuerungsteil (850) in direktem Kontakt mit dem weichen elastischen Körper (900) steht und dazu konfiguriert ist, die Oberfläche des weichen elastischen Körpers (900) durch eine Drehung der Steuerungskappe (800) zu komprimieren;

    wobei die Drehung der Steuerungskappe (800) eine elastische Kraft des weichen elastischen Körpers (900) derart steuert, dass eine Kraft, mit der der Rest ausgelassen wird, gesteuert wird,

    wobei eine Form des weichen elastischen Körpers (900) eine Ringform aufweist, und

    wobei das Ende des Filters (400) mit einem Seitenring zum Halten des weichen elastischen Körpers (900) versehen ist.


     
    2. Saftpresse nach Anspruch 1, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass das zylindrische Steuerungsteil der Steuerungskappe (800) mit der Steuerungskappe (800) einstückig in einem einzigen Körper ist.
     


    Revendications

    1. Extracteur de jus, comprenant:

    un logement (100) ayant un orifice d'évacuation de jus (130) formé dans une partie inférieure de celui-ci et un espace intérieur défini à l'intérieur;

    un tamis (400) placé dans l'espace intérieur du logement et ayant à la fois une partie de broyage et un filet d'évacuation,

    une vis d'alimentation (300) placée dans le tamis et tournée de manière à ce qu'une barre de vis rotative, qui comporte des dents en spirale sur une périphérie de celle-ci, de la vis d'alimentation (300) puisse être tournée à l'horizontale et un bouchon de logement assemblé avec un bouchon de commande (800), comprenant en outre:

    un corps élastique souple (900) installé entre une extrémité de la vis d'alimentation (300) et une partie de commande cylindrique (850) du bouchon de commande (800) à travers lequel un résidu est évacué, et dans lequel la partie de commande cylindrique (850) est en contact direct avec le corps élastique souple (900) et configurée pour comprimer la surface du corps élastique souple (900) par une rotation du bouchon de commande (800);

    dans lequel la rotation du bouchon de commande (800) commande une force élastique du corps élastique souple (900) de sorte qu'une force à laquelle le résidu est évacué soit commandée,

    dans lequel une forme du corps élastique souple (900) est une forme d'anneau, et

    dans lequel l'extrémité du tamis (400) est pourvue d'un anneau latéral pour maintenir le corps élastique souple (900).


     
    2. Extracteur de jus selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la partie de commande cylindrique du bouchon de commande (800) est intégrée au bouchon de commande (800) d'une seule pièce.
     




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