US Pat. No. 9,380,905

ELECTRIC KITCHEN APPLIANCE COMPRISING A PRESSING SCREW AND A PRE-CUTTING DEVICE

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. Electric kitchen appliance comprising a housing containing an electric motor connected to an upper drive output, a work
chamber comprising a work container having an upper opening sealed by a lid with a chute for inserting food, the work container
having a discharge outlet, a removable pressing screw that can be rotated by the upper drive output being arranged in the
work chamber, wherein the rotation of the pressing screw is provided by a rotary element removably mounted in the work chamber,
said rotary element comprising a pre-cutting disc and a driving member arranged such as to be rotated by the upper drive output,
wherein the pressing screw is rotated by the upper drive output only when the pre-cutting disc is in the work chamber, and
wherein the upper opening of the work container allows the pressing screw to be inserted and removed.

US Pat. No. 9,109,122

EASY-CLEAN COOKING SURFACE AND CULINARY ARTICLE OR DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCE COMPRISING SUCH A COOKING SURFACE

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR) UN...

1. A culinary article or a domestic electrical cooking appliance having a food cooking surface, the food cooking surface including
a Zr- and/or Nb- and/or Ti-based coating that is doped with Si and subjected to carburizing and/or nitriding during or after
deposition of the Si and the Zr and/or Nb and/or Ti, wherein silicon content is between 1 and 15 at. %.

US Pat. No. 9,844,297

COOKING APPLIANCE AND METHOD FOR IMPLEMENTING SAME

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A cooking appliance comprising:
a first structure including a heating plate for cooking a food; and,
a measuring device for measuring the thickness of the food thus disposed and comprising:
a pivoting rocker connected at a first end to a pivotable shaft; and,
a means for measuring the pivoting angle of the rocker to estimate the thickness of the food;
wherein the appliance comprises a second movable structure of which a separation movement relative to the first structure
generates a pivoting of said shaft relative to the first structure, resulting in the pivoting of the rocker, and the measuring
means interacts with the rocker toward a second end thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,427,486

FILTER CARTRIDGE FOR AN AIR PURIFIER

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR) ET...

1. Filter cartridge for an air purifier comprising a structure ensuring the retention of a filter medium, the filter medium
comprising a standard absorbent material chosen from the group consisting of activated charcoal or zeolites, wherein the filter
medium further comprises a nanoporous specific absorbent material functionalized with probe molecules in such a way that aldehyde
chemical pollutants can be trapped.

US Pat. No. 9,801,491

FOOD COOKING BASKET AND CORRESPONDING COOKING SYSTEM

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A basket (1) for cooking food (2) in a cooking utensil (3) designed to cook the food (2) in an atmosphere charged with steam, said basket (1) comprising a perimeter that varies between a minimum value and a maximum value, a bottom (6) that is permeable to steam and an upper annular side wall (8), said upper annular side wall (8) having a perimeter comprising said minimum value and circular symmetrical shape about an axis passing through a center of
the bottom (6) and extending upwards from said bottom (6) so as to co-operate therewith to form a receptacle for receiving said food (2), said basket being characterized in that the basket further has a lower annular side wall (9) connected to said upper wall (8) and extending downwards from said bottom (6), said lower annular side wall (9) being shaped to channel the steam towards said bottom (6) so that the steam channeled in this way passes at least locally through said bottom (6), the lower annular side wall (9) having a top edge (9a) and extending between said top edge (9A) connected to said bottom (6) and a free bottom edge (9B) defining an opening, the perimeter of said free bottom edge (98) comprising said maximum value and being greater than the perimeter of said top edge (9A) and greater than said perimeter of the upper annular side wall (8).

US Pat. No. 9,872,813

MASSAGING APPLIANCE EQUIPPED WITH INTERCHANGEABLE AND DISTINGUISHABLE MASSAGING HEADS

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. Massaging appliance comprising:
a body with a driving means,
at least one type of massaging head that includes at least two massaging elements,
a transmission mechanism that activates the massaging elements via the propulsion of the driving means,
a means of attachment that is configured to attach, in a removable manner, at least one type of massaging head to the body,
a means of distinguishing the type of massaging head attached to the body, and a control means of said massaging appliance,
which, depending on the type of massaging head distinguished, is configured to act upon the driving means, so as to control
the movement of at least two elements in the massaging head.

US Pat. No. 9,655,475

TOOL FOR CUTTING FOOD INTO PIECES

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A tool for cutting food into pieces, with at least one cutting element adjacent to a support surface designed for movement
of the food item to be cut relative to the cutting element, where the cutting element contains a transverse wall which extends
along the support surface, the cutting element includes at least one mount protruding from the transverse wall, with said
at least one mount forming a longitudinal cutting body designed to split the food to be cut, and the transverse wall has two
transverse cutting bodies designed to detach the pieces of food split, a first of said two transverse cutting bodies being
on one side of said at least one mount and a second of said two transverse cutting bodies being on an opposite side of said
at least one mount, and said at least one mount houses two passages for cut food with the transverse wall and the support
surface,
wherein a first of said two passages is defined by said at least one mount, said first of said two transverse cutting bodies
said support surface, and, optionally, a second mount adjacent to said at least one mount on one side of said at least one
mount,

wherein a second of said two passages is defined by said at least one mount, said second of said two transverse cutting bodies,
said support surface, and, optionally, a third mount adjacent to said at least one mount on the other side of said at least
one mount, and

wherein said at least one mount has a frontal notch, and the longitudinal cutting body is located between the transverse wall
and the frontal notch, and a retention body is attached to the support surface which is engaged in the frontal notch.

US Pat. No. 9,498,083

COOKING APPLIANCE WITH STIRRING MEANS AND ASSOCIATED METHOD

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. An appliance (1) for cooking food, the appliance comprising a receptacle (2) having a side wall (2B) for containing the food, a blade (8) placed within the receptacle (2) so as to stir the food in the receptacle (2), and an obstacle (20) extending substantially vertically along said side wall and including rounded edges configured to facilitate the movement
of the food, said obstacle (20) being mounted within the appliance (1) so that the blade (8) is movable relative to the obstacle (20), the appliance (1) further including a handle designed to be secured to the receptacle (2), the obstacle (20) forming an integral part of the handle (6) such that said obstacle and handle form a unitary subset that is distinct from said side wall (2B).

US Pat. No. 9,456,631

ELECTRICAL KITCHEN APPLIANCE COMPRISING A PRESSING SCREW

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. Electrical kitchen appliance comprising a pressing screw rotated about a substantially vertical axis in a work chamber
having a food insertion chute communicating with an upper end of the pressing screw, and a discharge outlet, the pressing
screw comprising at least two main threads providing at least two separate passages for inserting food, each main thread having
a lower face extending over at least a quarter of a circumference of the pressing screw,
wherein the main threads each have an upper leading edge that form pre-cutting members,
wherein the lower face of each of the main threads extends over at least half of the circumference of the pressing screw,
and the main threads extend over at least two-thirds of a height of the pressing screw about the axis, and

wherein the main threads each have an upper trailing edge, and in that each of the passages for inserting food is partially
delimited by one of the upper leading edges and by one of the upper trailing edges.

US Pat. No. 9,315,638

PET THERMOPLASTIC POLYMER ARTICLE, AND METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION OF SUCH AN ARTICLE

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. An injection-moulded article that consists of a thermoplastic polymer material including:
a polyethylene-terephthalate (PET) matrix, and
at least one pigment and at least one nucleation agent, in which said pigment and said nucleation agent is dispersed in said
PET matrix,

said article being characterised in that said thermoplastic polymer material comprises no more than 5% by weight of inorganic
fillers with respect to the total weight of the article, and

in that said article has a non-constant thickness varying between 0.2 mm and 10 mm, with at least two adjacent areas having
a difference in thickness of at least 10%,

wherein said injection-moulded article is a cooking utensil.

US Pat. No. 9,393,710

STORAGE MECHANISM FOR NESTING CUTTING TOOLS AND A HOUSEHOLD ELECTRICAL APPLIANCE CONTAINING SUCH A MECHANISM

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. Storage mechanism for storing nesting cutting tools, comprising a hood to house and at least partially cover at least some
of said cutting tools nested within one another, wherein the hood includes locking mechanisms for locking the hood on a household
electrical appliance for preparing food, characterized in that the storage mechanism comprises a securing ring for securing
the nested cutting tools in the hood, the securing ring having complementary locking mechanisms with the locking mechanisms
of the hood being designed to mate with the complementary locking mechanisms of said securing ring, said securing ring also
comprising at least one locking stop for locking said nested cutting tools relative to said ring which holds said tools at
least partially inside the hood.

US Pat. No. 9,241,598

ACCESSORIES FOR CHOPPING FOODSTUFFS, HAVING IMPROVED DISCHARGING, AND ELECTRICAL HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE COMPRISING SUCH ACCESSORIES

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. Static food cutting element configured to be inserted and secured in a stationary position inside of a rotary food cutting
element including first food cutting means and arranged in an assembly magazine of a cutting tool of an electric food processing
appliance, said static cutting element including a hollow body having an inlet opening in which are arranged second food cutting
means, and also a discharge outlet, wherein a through-window is formed in a lower part of the hollow body, and further wherein
at least one lengthwise edge of said through-window forms a unit for guiding the cut foods towards the discharge outlet.

US Pat. No. 9,149,102

STEAM HAIRDRESSING APPLIANCE EQUIPPED WITH A REMOTE CONTROL CIRCUIT BOARD

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. Hairdressing appliance comprising:
a portable treatment unit provided with gripping means and a heat and steam treatment system configured for heating hair and
for applying steam to this hair,

a base remote from the portable treatment unit, and
connection means between the base and the portable treatment unit configured for supplying the portable treatment unit at
least with electricity from the base,

characterized in that the hairdressing appliance comprises a control circuit board for the heat and steam treatment system
arranged in the base and a system of communication between the control circuit board and the treatment system, and

wherein the control circuit board is a master circuit board and the communication system comprises a slave circuit board arranged
on the portable treatment unit, first electric wires are connected between the master circuit board and the slave circuit
board, and second electric wires are connected between the slave circuit board and the treatment system and wherein the master
circuit board manages and transmits data to the slave circuit board and the slave circuit board receives the data and transmits
information on the state of the heat and steam treatment system to the master circuit board.

US Pat. No. 9,271,608

CONTAINER FOR ELECTRICAL HOUSEHOLD FOOD PREPARATION APPLIANCE COMPRISING A LOWER TRANSMISSION COMPONENT

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A working container for electrical household food preparation appliances comprising:
a receptacle having a rotary working tool arranged in the receptacle;
a shaft having a first end and a second end, the first end of the shaft being connected to the rotary working tool and the
second end extending through a bottom of the receptacle;

a bearing having a first end and a second end, the bearing being arranged in the bottom of the receptacle for rotatably supporting
the shaft; and

a lower transmission component connected by the second end of the shaft to drive the rotary working tool via a lower drive
unit, the lower transmission component has an having a body with an annular upper flange ring defining a recessed reservoir
between a sidewall of the upper flange ring and the second end of the shaft,

wherein the second end of the bearing is arranged in the reservoir.

US Pat. No. 9,167,877

APPARATUS FOR THE STEAM TREATMENT OF HAIR

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. An apparatus for the steam treatment of hair comprising:
a liquid tank,
means for supplying liquid for a steam generator,
one or a plurality of openings for dispensing the steam generated to a lock of hair, and
a hair shaping device comprising a first arm and a second arm jointed together and displaceable in opposite directions, each
arm having a generally elongate treatment surface comprising heating means and coming into contact with a lock of hair, wherein
the steam generator comprises a heating element that is thermally independent of said treatment surface, and wherein the steam
dispensing opening or openings are arranged on an edge of the first arm of the hair shaping device, and

a steam deflector extends laterally outward from an edge of the second arm of the hair shaping device positioned opposite
the openings for dispensing steam arranged on the edge of the first arm.

US Pat. No. 9,149,158

REMOVABLE GRIPPING DEVICE FOR A COOKING VESSEL WITH AN ANTI-RETURN MECHANISM CONSISTING OF A ROTATING TIGHTENING ARM

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. Removable gripping device for a cooking vessel;
said vessel contains a lateral wall, which has:
an internal support upper arm and an external support lower arm, designed to work together so that, in the grip position,
the upper arm and the lower arm push against an internal face and an external face of the lateral wall, respectively;

a tightening arm which rotates around an axis between an unlocked and a locked position, in which the tightening arm pushes
against the lateral wall and works with one of the upper and lower arms, to pin the lateral wall against at least one of the
upper and lower arms;

a movement mechanism designed to be manually shifted between an open position and a closed position to rotate the tightening
arm when moving from the open position to the closed position;

which includes an anti-return mechanism, which is separate from the movement mechanism, designed to block the rotation of
the tightening arm in the opposite direction from the tightening direction when said tightening arm is in the locked position.

US Pat. No. 9,066,568

PORTABLE APPARATUS FOR THE STEAM TREATMENT OF HAIR

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A portable apparatus for the steam treatment of hair comprising:
a liquid tank,
means for supplying liquid for a steam generator comprising a vaporization chamber in thermal contact with an electric heating
element, the vaporization chamber communicating with one or a plurality of openings for dispensing steam to a lock of hair,
and

a hair shaping device comprising at least one treatment surface designed to come into contact with said lock of hair, characterized
in that the generator is supplied with liquid by an electric pump, and

wherein the vaporization chamber comprises a bottom plate equipped with a liquid intake opening and at least one outlet opening
for the steam generated and a top plate, wherein the steam is made to circulate between the top plate and bottom plate by
at least two paths formed by a plurality of baffles and the steam formed in the at least two paths is rejoined in a buffer
zone formed between the baffles and a wall comprising the at least one outlet opening.

US Pat. No. 9,862,843

METAL-OXIDE NANOFILLER, METHOD FOR SYNTHESISING SAME, AND USE THEREOF IN A FLUOROCARBON-RESIN NON-STICK COATING

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR) Ec...

1. A nanofiller of a metal-oxide comprising at least two graft chains, at least one of the chains being hydrophilic and the
other being a hydrophobic chain compatible with fluorinated polymers,
wherein the hydrophilic chain is a derivative of polyalkylene glycol modified by:
either an alkoxysilane,
or a phosphonic acid or ester,
or a phosphinic acid or ester,
or a carboxylic acid, and
wherein the hydrophobic chain is an oligomer, the weight-average molar mass Mw of which is between 300 and 20,000 g/mol.

US Pat. No. 9,572,744

MASSAGE DEVICE WITH A MASSAGE HEAD EQUIPPED WITH MASSAGE WHEELS

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A massage device (1) including a body (2) which contains a motor (3) and a massage head (5), with an installation mechanism (59) located between the body and the massage head; said head includes an application surface (6) and two massage wheels (7 and 8) located along two initial parallel longitudinal axes (X1 and X2), which are separated and extend partially beyond the application surface, where the massage head includes, first, a transmission
mechanism designed to be driven by the motor to cause the synchronized and inverse rotation of the two massage wheels so that,
when seen in a plane perpendicular to the two initial axes with the two massage wheels at the bottom, a section (7a) of the massage wheel (7) located on the left which extends beyond the application surface, turns counterclockwise and a section (8a) of the massage wheel (8) located on the right which extends outside the application surface, turns clockwise and, in addition, a wheel spacing adjustment
system based on the pressure placed on the massage wheels when they rotate is designed to initially create a minimum distance
between the massage wheels and then to adjust the distance between them until a position of equilibrium of the pressure on
the massage wheels is reached.

US Pat. No. 9,526,367

COOKING UTENSIL FOR COOKING FOOD UNDER PRESSURE THAT HAS AN IMPROVED CONTROL DEVICE

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A utensil for cooking food under pressure including at least:
a vessel and a lid that is designed to be mounted on said vessel to define a sealed cooking enclosure;
at least one locking member mounted to move on the lid between a locking position in which the lid is locked on the vessel
and an unlocking position in which the lid can be taken off the vessel;

a control device for controlling the movement of said at least one locking member, which the control device includes an operating
member suitable for being actuated by a user in such a manner as to cause said at least one locking member to move, said operating
member being mounted in such a manner as to able to be moved; wherein

said at least one locking member is mounted on the lid in such a manner as to be urged by positioning resilient return means
towards the locking position so that the locking position corresponds to a rest position of the locking member;

the operating member is mounted to be drivingly linked to said at least one locking member in a manner such that the operating
member takes up a stable rest position corresponding to said locking position and that action by the user on the operating
member against action from the resilient return means causes the locking member to move towards the unlocking position, which
position is unstable;

the cooking utensil is provided with at least one locking valve mounted on the lid and suitable, under the effect of the pressure
prevailing inside the utensil, for taking up a sealing high position and a leakage low position, said locking valve being
mounted so that, when said at least one locking member is in the locking position, said locking valve is free to take up its
high position, thereby locking said at least one locking member in the locking position.

US Pat. No. 9,493,905

ELECTRIC HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE WITH A STEAM GENERATING BASE CONNECTED BY A STEAM LINE TO A TOOL FOR THE VERTICAL REMOVAL OF CREASES FROM LINENS

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. Electric household appliance comprising a steam generating base connected by a steam line to a tool such as a crease removing
head for the vertical removal of creases from linens, the appliance having at least one rod for the suspension of an article
to be ironed, the rod being supported by a single pole extending upwards from the base and capable of occupying a work position
in which the rod is disposed transversely to the pole, wherein the rod in the work position extends from just one side of
the pole and over a length greater than 25 cm, and
wherein the pole is free of rods that extend from a side of the pole that is opposite the side the at least one rod extends;
and wherein the rod has an end which is fastened to the pole by means of a fastening device comprising a pivot joint and locking
means, which allow the pivot joint to be fixed in the position corresponding to the work position of the rod, the pivot joint
allowing the rod to be moved from the work position to a storage position in which the rod is disposed alongside the pole.

US Pat. No. 9,320,381

GASKET FOR A UTENSIL FOR COOKING FOOD AND A UTENSIL PROVIDED WITH SUCH A GASKET

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A sealing gasket for a utensil for cooking food under pressure, said utensil comprising:
a vessel on which a lid is designed to be mounted;
a sealing gasket interposed between the vessel and the lid for sealing the utensil when it is in operation; and
centering means designed to center the gasket relative to the vessel and to the lid;
said sealing gasket being characterized in that it comprises a peripheral band and a peripheral under-band extending under
the peripheral band and extending it, and centering means provided in or disposed in the gasket in such a manner that said
centering means can come to be interposed between the lid and the vessel while the lid is being put into place on the vessel
so as to form a centering abutment, said centering means being formed by a plurality of local extra-thickness zones, situated
on the inside face of said peripheral under-band and designed to come into contact with the vessel.

US Pat. No. 9,131,808

RECHARGEABLE REMOVABLE HANDLE

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. Removable handle (1) of cooking pot (3) which includes side wall (4), where handle includes:
grip body (7),

attachment mechanism (2) which can be connected to and disconnected from cooking pot (3), which includes:

electrical and/or electromechanical mechanism (5) housed in grip body (7),

rechargeable electrical energy source (6) which provides electrical current to electrical and/or electromechanical mechanism (5), and

electromagnetic connection mechanism (8) connected to rechargeable electrical energy source (6) which can be connected electromagnetically to external electrical power source (16) of the handle to recharge rechargeable electrical energy source (6).

US Pat. No. 10,030,151

PRIMER COMPOSITIONS FOR NON-STICK COATINGS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. Primer composition for a non-stick coating, comprising at least a fluorocarbon resin, a polyamide-amic acid having an acid value of 50 to 200 mg of KOH/g, a Lewis base, water, and less than 5 wt % of a polar aprotic solvent relative to the total weight of said composition,wherein the weight ratio between the quantity of polyamide-amic acid in said composition and the quantity of polar aprotic solvent in said composition is at least 1.5, and
wherein the Lewis base is chosen from 2-butyl-aminoethanol, isopropylaminoethanol, and amino-2-ethyl-1,3-propanediol.
US Pat. No. 9,725,809

CERAMIC COATING WITH SCRATCH RESISTANCE AND THERMAL CONDUCTION PROPERTIES

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A ceramic coating, intended to be applied on a metal support and being in the form of a continuous film having a thickness
between 2 and 100 ?m, said coating comprising a matrix including at least a metal polyalkoxide and wherein are dispersed particles
whereof the diameter ranges between 0.01 and 50 ?m, said particles being from a material having a thermal conductivity equal
to or higher than 10 W·m?1·K?1 and a bulk density of at the most 3.9 g/cm3,
wherein the matrix further comprises at least a reactive silicone oil selected from among chlorinated oils, amino oils, (meth)acrylated
oils, hydroxylated oils, and anhydride, hydride vinyl-terminated oils.

US Pat. No. 9,662,267

SKIN TREATMENT DEVICE EQUIPPED WITH A GUIDE MEANS

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A treatment device for sequentially treating the skin in a predetermined area via a movement over the predetermined area,
comprising
a housing
a treatment window with a width and included in a plane,
a guide means adjacent to the treatment window and designed to provide information on the positioning of the device and comprising
a body attached to the housing and
at least one roller having a cylindrical body of which an axis of symmetry is parallel to the plane of the treatment window,
the roller being mounted on the body and freely rotating relative to the body,

wherein,
the roller has at least one main area and a secondary area adjacent to and visibly distinct from one another,
and further wherein
the body comprises at least two through-openings in relation to the roller, said openings being dimensioned so as to display
in an alternating manner the main area indicating to the user that the device has reached a desired treatment position and
at least a portion of the secondary area indicating to the user that the device is beyond a desired treatment position,

wherein the at least two through-openings are formed through the body of the guide means and are positioned on opposite sides
of the guide means.

US Pat. No. 9,457,305

HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE FOR IRONING WITH A FILTER FOR RETAINING MINERAL PARTICLES CARRIED BY THE STEAM

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. Iron containing a steam generator connected to steam outlet holes by a steam conduit with at least one filter intended
to retain mineral particles carried by a flow of steam, wherein said steam conduit has one mineral deposit collection cavity
with a mineral deposit removal orifice closed by a detachable plug that is accessible from outside the iron, and in that said
filter can be detached from the iron through the mineral deposit removal orifice,
wherein the iron has a mineral collection container that is inserted into the mineral deposit collection cavity through the
mineral deposit removal orifice.

US Pat. No. 9,814,349

SOL-GEL COATING COMPRISING ANISOTROPIC PARTICLES AND CULINARY ARTICLE PROVIDED WITH SUCH A COATING

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. Vitreous coating comprising at least one layer in the form of a continuous film of a sol-gel material comprising a matrix
formed from at least one metallic polyalkoxylate and in which anisotropic shaped particles are dispersed, said layer comprising
at least one first area in which said particles are particles which are inclined at an angle ? between 20° and 90° with respect
to the average plane of the film,
wherein more than 66% of said anisotropic shaped particles are inclined at an angle ? between 20° and 90° with respect to
the average plane of the film, and

wherein said coating further comprises, adjacent to the first area, at least one second area in which more than 66% of the
particles are particles which are inclined at an angle ? that is greater than 0° and less than 20° with respect to the average
plane of the film.

US Pat. No. 9,737,936

PROCESS FOR DRILLING A TUNNEL IN WHICH TO PLACE A SENSOR IN A COOKING VESSEL AND VESSEL CREATED BY SAID PROCESS

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. Process for drilling a tunnel in which to place a sensor in a cooking vessel comprising a bowl with a bottom having a thickness
in which a said placement tunnel is made, wherein the process comprises a pre-drilling step using a first drill bit with a
diameter of D1 to make a first portion of the placement tunnel, and a deep drilling step using a second drill bit with a diameter of D2 to make a second portion of the placement tunnel, wherein D1 is greater than D2,
wherein a ratio between D1 and D2 is between 1.005 and 1.05.

US Pat. No. 9,763,531

PRESSURE COOKER PROVIDED WITH AN ELECTRONIC INFORMATION DEVICE

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A household cooking utensil (1) having firstly at least a first control member (9) mounted to move between a plurality of positions and configured to enable the user to act on operation of said utensil (1), and an information device (60) connected to said first control member (9) and configured to emit a signal (70) of audible and/or visible nature that is characteristic of at least a first predetermined position of said first control
member (9), said information device (60) and said first control member (9) being interconnected, via at least one sensor (10, 11, 12) and via at least one activator (13) configured to excite said sensor (10, 11, 12) remotely when the first control member (9) occupies said first predetermined position, so that the first control member (9) reaching its first predetermined position causes said information device (60) to emit said signal (70), said utensil (1) being constituted by a pressure cooker comprising a vessel, a lid, locking/unlocking means for locking/unlocking the lid
relative to the vessel to form a cooking enclosure, and a regulator valve (5) for regulating the pressure inside the enclosure at a first predetermined value, the first control member being configured
to include at least one of the following (i) and (ii): (i) control the regulator valve (5) and is mounted to move between at least (a) a decompression position, in which the inside of the enclosure is put into communication
with the outside, for enabling the pressure prevailing inside the cooking enclosure to be brought back to or maintained at
a value compatible with safe unlocking of the lid (3), and (b) a first cooking position allowing pressure to build up inside the cooking enclosure to said first predetermined
value regulated by the regulator valve (5); and (ii) control the locking/unlocking means for enabling the user to act on the lock/unlocking of the lid relative to
the vessel.

US Pat. No. 9,560,933

BREWING DEVICE WITH CONTROL OF THE AMOUNT OF GROUNDS BY A FLOW METER AND COFFEE MAKER COMPRISING SUCH A DEVICE

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A brewing device for an espresso maker having a brewing chamber for receiving grounds, a pressing ram mounted movably along
a path of travel extending between a top position and a bottom compaction position in which it penetrates into said brewing
chamber to form a cake of compacted grounds, a hydraulic drive mechanism for the pressing ram having a hydraulic pump and
means for measuring the volume of hydraulic fluid injected into the drive mechanism, wherein the brewing device has a control
circuit which determines the height of the cake of compacted grounds from signals delivered by the volume measurement means
during the travel of the pressing ram, and
wherein the volume measurement means has a flow meter and the brewing device comprises a calibrating device for calibrating
the flow meter in relation to a portion of the path of travel of the pressing ram, and

wherein the calibration device has a switch and a ruler displaceable with the pressing ram in which the ruler is equipped
with two projections cooperating with the switch, the distance between the two projections corresponding to the portion of
the path of travel of the pressing ram.

US Pat. No. 9,125,524

REMOVABLE GRIPPING DEVICE FOR A COOKING VESSEL EQUIPPED WITH NON-RETURN MEANS FOR TWO ARMS

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. Removable gripping device for a cooking vessel, said vessel having a side wall, said device comprising:
two gripping arms movable to and from a resting position and a gripping position in which they are spread apart from one another
and in contact with an inside face of the side wall of the cooking vessel;

a fix-mounted gripping member designed to be in contact with an outside face of the side wall of the cooking vessel;
displacement means designed to be manually guided to and from an open position and a closed position and to effect a spreading
of the movable arms when switching from the open position to the closed position,

wherein the device comprises anti-return means separate from the displacement means and designed to be displaced from a resting
position to a clamping position in which the anti-return means are inserted between the two arms and prevent the two arms
from coming together, and

wherein the anti-return means comprise two clamping walls and the two arms comprise two respective, corresponding clamping
surfaces, the clamping walls and the clamping surfaces being designed to cooperate by wedging so as to lock the two arms in
the spread position.

US Pat. No. 10,028,616

HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE FOR FOOD PREPARATION, COMPRISING A WORKING CONTAINER WITH A BASKET FOR STEAM COOKING

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A household food preparation appliance comprising a working container, including a bottom which holds a rotary tool, which is rotatably driven by a motor and an open upper extremity through which ingredients may be added to the working container, a heating device designed to heat the contents of the working container, and a basket for steam cooking the contents of the working container above the rotary tool, wherein said rotary tool can be removed from the working container and wherein said basket contains a bottom with an orifice which is covered by a gripping mechanism of the rotary tool when the basket is located inside in the working container,wherein said orifice contains a shutter, which is mobile or the shape of which can be changed, that can be in a rest position in which said shutter at least partially covers the orifice in the bottom of the basket, and
wherein the shutter is positioned inside the basket at least partially covering the orifice in the bottom of the basket such that the shutter is positioned below a top opening of the basket and surrounded by peripheral walls of the basket.

US Pat. No. 9,771,191

REVERSIBLE LID AND CONTAINER FORMING A VARIABLE-VOLUME FOOD CANISTER

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. Reversible lid (1) for a storage or reheating canister comprising a first (2) airtight attachment means designed to cooperate with an upper edge (4) of a container (5) when the lid (1) is arranged along a first direction on the container (5) and a second (3) airtight attachment means designed to cooperate with said upper edge (4) of the container (5) when the lid is arranged in the reverse direction on the container (5), the lid (1) having a portion in relief that can be oriented toward the interior of the container (5) to form with said container a first (6) closed interior space with a first (8) volume, or oriented toward the exterior of the container (5) to form with said container a second (7) closed interior space with a second (9) volume, separate from the first (8) volume, characterized in that the lid (1) comprises a two-way steam release mechanism (10) connecting a first surface of the lid and a second opposite surface of the lid, and in that said two-way release mechanism
(10) allows a flow to pass between the first surface and the second opposite surface of the lid (1) when the pressure difference between the first surface and the second opposite surface is greater than or equal to a value
(P0), particularly when reheating food in a microwave oven,
wherein the two-way steam release mechanism comprises a first cover fastened to the first surface of the lid and a second
cover fastened to the second opposite surface of the lid,

wherein the lid comprises a flange extending therefrom to at least a height of the first and second covers such that the flange
surrounds the first and second covers and the first and second covers are tightly mounted within the flange,

wherein the two-way steam release mechanism (10) comprises:

a first (11) one-way valve that allows a flow of steam to pass through when the pressure difference between a first surface and a second
surface of the lid is greater than or equal to a value (P0), and that is airtight when the pressure difference between the first and the second surfaces of the lid is less than P0; and

a second (13) valve, positioned opposite the first (11) valve, which allows a flow of steam to pass through when the pressure difference between the second surface and the first
surface of the lid is greater than or equal to a value (P0), and that is airtight when the pressure difference between the second and the first surfaces of the lid is less than P0,

wherein the first (11) valve comprises the first cover and one or more primary channels (16) passing through the lid (1), said first cover is fastened onto the first surface of the lid by a first (40) fastening means, and it covers entirely and in an airtight manner the one or more primary channels (16), and starting from Pressure P0 and above, said first cover warps under the effect of a flow that circulates in the one or more primary channels (16); and the second valve comprises the second cover and one or more secondary channels (18) passing through the lid (1), said second cover is fastened onto the second opposite surface of the lid (1) by a second (41) fastening means, and it covers completely and in an airtight manner the one or more secondary channels (18), and starting from Pressure P0 and above, said second cover warps under the effect of a flow circulates in the one or more secondary channels (18), and

wherein the first (40) fastening means and the second (41) fastening means are assembled into a shared fastening means that comprises a central opening (19) that passes through the lid (1) from one side of said lid to the other and in which a central hub (20) is tightly mounted, which fastens the first cover and the second cover together, and the first cover is an airtight cover
on the one or more secondary channels (18) and the second cover is an airtight cover on the one or more primary channels (16).

US Pat. No. 9,714,475

METHOD FOR OBTAINING A COOKING VESSEL HAVING A COLORED HARD-ANODIZED OUTER FACE

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. Process of obtaining a cooking vessel, consisting of the following steps:
Production of a container with an exterior surface made of aluminum and an interior surface,
Performance of hard anodization on at least the exterior surface of the container,
wherein at least one coloring step is performed on the anodized exterior surface after the hard anodization is performed,
and wherein said coloring step uses at least one water-soluble anthraquinone organic dye,

the process further including a step in which a PTFE coating is applied to the interior surface of the container, and wherein
the step in which hard anodization is performed on the exterior surface of the container occurs after said step in which said
PTFE coating is applied to the interior surface of the container.

US Pat. No. 9,301,644

FRYER WITH AUTOMATIC COATING OF FAT

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A dry fryer, comprising:
a main body configured to surround food to be fried,
a coating device mounted within said main body for automatically coating said food with a film of fat by mingling said food
with fat, and

a main heater mounted on the main body and arranged to generate a flow of heat orientated so as to strike substantially directly
at least a portion of said food, said main heater by itself providing at least most of the contribution of heat for cooking
said food and being distinct from the coating device,
wherein the coating device comprises
a receiver comprising a receptacle which is non-perforated, at least in an interface zone with the food and the fat, in order
to avoid leakage of fat from the receptacle, and

a stirrer for stirring food contained in the receptacle, the receptacle and the stirrer being arranged to be moved relative
to each other to stir and coat the food with a film of fat.

US Pat. No. 9,211,038

COOKING APPLIANCE WITH ELECTRIC IMMERSION RESISTOR COMPRISING A COOKING VAPOR SUCTION DEVICE

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A cooking appliance comprising:
a vat and a lid that define and enclose a cooking chamber, said lid having a viewing window and said cooking chamber having
an air inlet and an air and cooking vapor outlet;

a suction device in fluid flow communication with said outlet;
a control box housing said suction device;
an electric heating resistor connected to and supported by, said control box and disposed inside said vat; and
a filtering device with which said suction device is associated,
wherein:
air introduced through said inlet is directed toward said outlet while passing under said viewing window to scavenge cooking
vapors under said window and prevent the appearance of steam that would block a view of the contents of said vat;

said suction device is supported by said control box; and said viewing window is visible from outside the appliance when food
is being cooked;

said control box is constructed and mounted to be separable from said vat together with said suction device and said electric
heating resistor;

said filtering device comprises a filter unit that is removably mounted relative to said suction device; and
said filter unit is located between said air and cooking vapor outlet and said suction device to filter air and cooking vapor
leaving said cooking chamber, and said filter unit comprises a presence detecting means provided for actuating a switch that
enables said appliance to operate when the filter unit is in place inside said appliance and events said appliance from operating
when said filter unit is not in place inside said appliance.

US Pat. No. 9,894,926

HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE FOR FOOD PREPARATION, COMPRISING A FOOD INSERTION DEVICE

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. Electrical household appliance for food preparation comprising a working body having a cover and a working tool positioned
in the working body, the cover having at least two spouts for inserting food into the working body, the cover comprising an
upper collector, wherein the upper collector forms a food collection device that is common to at least two spouts, the upper
collector leading into the at least two spouts, to facilitate repartition of the food in the spouts.

US Pat. No. 9,895,028

HOUSEHOLD FOOD PREPARATION APPLIANCE COMPRISING A WORKING CONTAINER WITH A DEVICE TO HEAT THE CONTENTS OF THE WORKING CONTAINER

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A household food preparation appliance comprising a working container enclosing a tool which is rotatably driven by a motor,
a device to heat contents of the working container and a removable cover that closes the working container; the removable
cover contains an opening to add ingredients to the working container, at least one steam release orifice, and a removable
measuring cap that is housed in said opening to add ingredients, wherein the measuring cap may occupy at least two stable
positions in said opening of the cover without adjusting the placement of the cover on the working container and that moving
the measuring cap from one stable position to another varies the passage cross-section of the steam release orifice,
wherein the measuring cap comprises a body having a cylindrical lower section, a flared upper section extending upwards from
the cylindrical lower section, and a peripheral skirt held by the flared upper section at an end opposite the cylindrical
lower section, and wherein the peripheral skirt extends downward from the end of the flared upper section.

US Pat. No. 9,788,696

VACUUM CLEANER HEAD

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A vacuum cleaner having a suction head comprising a bottom sole and wheels defining a ground clearance of a bottom sole
and comprising a plurality of suction ducts open toward a floor and converging from an outer edge of the bottom sole toward
a suction orifice connected to the vacuum cleaner, wherein the suction head has a generally triangular shape and further comprises
a sealing skirt arranged around the outer edge of the bottom sole, and wherein the sealing skirt comprises openings that the
suction ducts extend from and wherein at least one of the ducts opens in the point of a middle suction head and extends to
the suction orifice.
US Pat. No. 9,788,677

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A DECORATED HEATING ARTICLE

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A method for manufacturing a heating article including the following steps:
a) providing a substrate comprising two opposite sides, wherein at least one of the sides is opaque;
b) applying a heat-stable coating on said opaque side, which comprises the following steps:
b1) a step of applying directly on said opaque side of the substrate, which is formed from a constitutive material of the
substrate itself or from an opaque sub-layer, a decoration composition, to form a moist decoration layer covering at least
partially said opaque side;

b2) a solidification heat treatment of said moist decoration layer, to form a decoration having the form of one of a continuous
or discontinuous layer covering at least partially said opaque side,

wherein:
the decoration composition comprises at least two different color components and is applied by ink jet printing,
the decoration layer is in continuous tones, and
the solidification heat treatment of the moist decoration layer is achieved at a temperature equal to or higher than 300°
C.

US Pat. No. 9,719,843

OPTIMIZED HOUSEHOLD SCALE WITH REMOVABLE STORAGE CONTAINER

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A household scale comprising:
a housing configured to be placed horizontally during use, said housing comprising a support,
at least one weight measuring system, connected to a display unit for the result of the measurement,
the scale being configured to hold on said support, during use, a container for holding an item or ingredient,
wherein said housing comprises a connection device to said support enabling said support to hold said container in the following
two positions:

a stowage position in which the container is attached to the support regardless of the position of the scale in space,
a position of use in which the container is set down on the support and not attached to the support by the connection device.

US Pat. No. 9,708,752

IRON COMPRISING A BODY AND A METAL SOLEPLATE FOLDED BACK AGAINST THE BODY

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. Iron comprising a body (2) and a metal soleplate (1) that is folded back against the body (2), the soleplate (1) comprising a lower surface defining an ironing surface and comprising, at least locally, a peripheral edge (11) where the soleplate (1) is folded up in the direction of the body (2) and comes into contact with the latter to help attach the soleplate (1) to the body, wherein the peripheral edge (11) comprises a portion (12) that is folded 180° at a place where the soleplate (1) extends parallel to the ironing surface and where the peripheral edge (11) has a thickness of less than or equal to twice the thickness of the soleplate (1), and wherein the portion (12) that is folded 180° is extended by a latch part (13) that comes into contact with the body (2).

US Pat. No. 9,609,979

KITCHENWARE ITEM WITH A HANDLE WHICH WORKS WITH A COVER

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A kitchenware item comprising a pan having a sidewall defining a lateral face, a cover designed to cover the pan and a
handle, including an attachment mechanism to attach the handle to the lateral face, where said handle has an electrical energy
source and an electromechanical mechanism powered by the electrical energy source and controlled by a control mechanism and
an electromechanical mechanism which are designed to be activated by a trigger mechanism, which moves the cover, wherein the
trigger mechanism contains a mobile lever between a rest position in which the lever is inside the handle and an activated
position in which the lever protrudes from an upper face of the handle to raise the cover placed on the pan, thereby controlling
a rate of steam when food is heated in the pan.

US Pat. No. 9,521,892

PORTABLE APPARATUS FOR THE STEAM TREATMENT OF HAIR

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A portable apparatus for the steam treatment of hair comprising:
a first liquid tank;
means for supplying liquid from the first liquid tank to a steam generator comprising a vaporization chamber in thermal contact
with an electric heating element, the vaporization chamber communicating with openings for dispensing steam to a lock of hair;

a hair shaping device comprising a first arm and a second arm jointed together and displaceable in opposite directions, each
arm having treatment surfaces designed to come into contact with the lock of hair; and

a supplementary liquid tank attached to the hair shaping device,
wherein the apparatus is configured to apply non-vaporized liquid from the supplementary liquid tank onto the lock of hair.

US Pat. No. 9,895,020

COOKING DEVICE COMPRISING A COOKING SURFACE THAT IS EASY TO CLEAN AND RESISTANT TO SCRATCHING

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A cooking device comprising a metallic holder supporting a ceramic cooking surface, where the holder has a hardness greater
than or equal to 150 HV, wherein the metallic holder forms a substrate supporting a surface layer of transition metal boronitride
forming the cooking surface, and wherein the surface layer is formed by a transition metal boronitride coating that provides
a different color than that of stainless steel, and
wherein the transition metal boronitride coating is directly deposited on the metallic holder.

US Pat. No. 9,856,598

HOUSEHOLD ELECTRICAL IRONING APPLIANCE COMPRISING A FILTER DESIGNED TO RETAIN LIME SCALE PARTICLES TRANSPORTED BY THE STEAM

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. An ironing appliance comprising a steam distribution circuit having at least one filter designed to retain lime scale particles
transported by the steam flow, wherein it comprises a lime scale disposal orifice that communicates with a portion of the
steam distribution circuit located upstream of the filter and that said filter is fixedly mounted in the appliance or is removable
via an orifice separate from the lime scale disposal orifice,
wherein the lime scale disposal orifice is closed by a removable stopper that can be accessed from the outside of the appliance.

US Pat. No. 9,995,721

METHOD FOR DETERMINING A PERFORMANCE INDEX OF A COOKING UTENSIL FOR A PREDETERMINED COOKING TEMPERATURE WITH THE AIM OF ASSESSING NUTRITIONAL GAIN

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. Method of determining a performance index of a cooking utensil for a predetermined cooking temperature, with the aim of assessing nutritional gain, said cooking utensil comprising a bottom with a cooking surface, said method comprising the following steps:a) Bringing the cooking surface to said predetermined cooking temperature using a heating means, the heating of the surface resulting in a deformation of the bottom;
b) Determining a minimum quantity of fat necessary to cover the entire cooking surface of the bottom, deformed in this way, at said predetermined cooking temperature by pouring in the minimum quantity of fat necessary to cover the entire cooking surface or by calculating said minimum quantity of fat necessary to cover the entire cooking surface by recreating the cooking utensil, deformed in this way, using a computer equipped with computer assisted design software, said minimum quantity of fat making it possible to determine the performance index of the cooking utensil for a predetermined cooking temperature,
wherein, in the performance of step b), the steps below are followed:
i. a quantity of fat corresponding to a liquid volume of 1 mm thick and a surface area equal to a flat disc equivalent to the cooking surface is poured in,
ii. the fat is spread over the cooking surface of the bottom at the predetermined cooking temperature,
iii. a residual cooking surface not covered by the fat is measured, and a quantity of fat corresponding to a liquid volume of 1 mm thick and a surface area equal to a flat disc equivalent to the residual cooking surface is poured in,
iv. steps ii and iii are repeated until the cooking surface of the bottom of the cooking utensil is completely covered.
US Pat. No. 9,920,208

HEAT-STABLE PARTICULATE INK FOR INKJET USE

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A particulate composition for inkjet use, comprising:
10 wt % to 95 wt % of water relative to the total weight of the composition, and
90 wt % to 5 wt % relative to the total weight of the composition of at least one fluorinated heat-stable binder,
wherein the composition comprises a dry extract within a range of from 6 weight % to 13 weight %, based on the total weight
of the composition,

wherein the composition further comprises at least 1 wt % relative to the total weight of said composition of at least one
evaporation retardant compound, which has a vapor pressure lower than that of water for a temperature of 5° C. to 50° C. and
at atmospheric pressure, said compound being at least partially water miscible, and

wherein a total amount of binders used to form the composition consists of the at least one fluorinated heat-stable binder
and, optionally, at least one non-fluorinated heat-stable binder, and wherein the fluorinated and non-fluorinated heat-stable
binders are temperature-stable at temperatures of at least 250° C. in a film formed from the composition, and

wherein at least one of the characteristic dimensions of the particles of the fluorinated heat-stable binder contained in
the composition is smaller than 400 nm.

US Pat. No. 9,765,982

REFRESHING DEVICE

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. Refreshing device with a fan mounted on a base, the base having a main container for storing a fluid, a mini-fan and a
nebulizer to move the nebulized fluid out of the main container toward a diffuser positioned downstream of the fan, wherein
the diffuser has a roughly annular-shaped outlet opening, a surface of the outlet opening being roughly perpendicular to a
direction of airflow generated by the fan.
US Pat. No. 10,017,667

ARTICLE IN CAST IRON COMPRISING A VITREOUS COATING AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SUCH AN ARTICLE

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. An article comprising a cast iron support having two opposite sides, characterized in that it comprises a vitreous coating in the form of at least a continuous layer of a sol-gel material comprising a matrix formed from at least a metal polyalkoxylate and at least a reactive silicone oil, said layer of sol-gel material being deposited directly on a cast iron surface of at least one of the sides of said support, andin that said cast iron surface provided with a vitreous coating has a surface roughness Ra ranging between 3 and 15 ?m with a peak count per centimeter RPc ranging between 90 and 200,
wherein the reactive silicone oil is selected from chlorinated oils, amino oils, vinylated oils, methacrylated oils, and anhydride or hydride-terminated oils, and
wherein the reactive silicone oil has a kinematic viscosity at 20° C. of 10 10?6 m2s?1 to 1000 10?6 m2s?1.

US Pat. No. 9,986,868

BREWING DEVICE WITH GROUND COFFEE QUANTITY CONTROL AND COFFEE MACHINE COMPRISING SUCH A DEVICE

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A brewing device for an espresso-type coffee machine comprising a brewing chamber for receiving ground coffee, a movably mounted pressure piston in translation with a stroke that extends from an upper retracted position in which the pressure piston is located above the brewing chamber to a lower tamping position in which the pressure piston enters said brewing chamber and a potentiometer controlled by a driving mechanism during the stroke of the pressure piston to measure the tamping position of said pressure piston and to thereby calculate the height of the compressed cake of ground coffee, the driving mechanism only acting on the potentiometer for a portion of the stroke of the pressure piston.

US Pat. No. 9,976,225

METHOD FOR OBTAINING A COOKING VESSEL HAVING A COLORED, HARD, ANODIZED OUTER SURFACE

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. Method for obtaining a cooking vessel, comprising the following steps:producing a bowl having an aluminum outer surface and an inner surface,
performing a hard anodization of at least the outer surface of the bowl,
providing a sol-gel coating on the anodized outer surface, wherein at least one coloring step is carried out on the anodized outer surface following the hard anodization before the sol-gel coating step,
wherein the coloring step comprises trapping inorganic pigments and/or organic pigments and/or organic dyes in a pore structure of the hard anodized layer, and
wherein said method comprises a step of providing a PTFE coating on the inner surface of the bowl, and further wherein the step of performing a hard anodization of the outer surface of the bowl is carried out following the step of providing a PTFE coating on the inner surface of the bowl.

US Pat. No. 10,039,405

METHOD FOR OBTAINING A COOKING VESSEL HAVING A COLORED HARD ANODIZED OUTER FACE

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. Method for obtaining a cooking vessel, comprising the following steps:producing a bowl having an aluminum outer face and an inner face,
providing a PTFE coating on the inner face of the bowl, and
carrying out hard anodization of at least the outer face of the bowl, wherein the step of carrying out hard anodization of the outer face of the bowl comes after the step of providing a PTFE coating on the inner face of the bowl, and wherein at least one coloring step is carried out on the anodized outer face after the hard anodization, wherein said coloring step employs at least one water-soluble inorganic pigment, wherein said coloring step employs a coloring bath containing water-soluble metal compounds that precipitate and become trapped inside the pores of the hard anodized layer, thereby coloring the anodized outer surface, wherein a water-soluble inorganic pigment of the at least one water-soluble inorganic pigment is a ferric oxalate.

US Pat. No. 10,039,421

DISASSEMBLABLE MULTI-GRATER SET

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. Multi-grater set (1) comprising at least a first and second grater (2, 3) arranged opposite one another, and a handle part (8), wherein the first and second graters (2, 3) are arranged in such a way that they can be disassembled and assembled, and wherein the handle part (8) is removable and arranged with respect to the first (2) or the second grater (3) to cover the first (2) or the second grater (3) such that the first (2) or the second grater (3) that is not being used is not exposed to the user's hand,wherein the first grater and the second grater each independently comprise a male means of assembly formed by at least one protuberance that engages a female means of assembly formed by at least one receptacle and which are arranged opposite one another to create a container with an opening formed by upper walls of the first and second graters, and
wherein the first and second graters each independently comprise a curved lower wall that form a bottom of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,018,227

ELECTRICAL FOOD PREPARATION DEVICE COMPRISING A WORKING TOOL THAT REMOVABLY ENGAGES ON A DRIVE MECHANISM

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. An electrical food preparation device comprising a drive mechanism rotated by a motor, and a working tool comprising a bushing that engages removably on the drive mechanism, the drive mechanism comprising a section equipped with at least one drive ramp that mates with a complementary drive ramp carried by the bushing to rotate the working tool, the drive ramp having a slope that is designed such that the rotation of the drive mechanism in the direction of rotation of the motor, exerts a force on the bushing that tends to keep it engaged on the drive mechanism, the drive mechanism also comprising at least one retaining surface that comes into contact with a stop carried by the working tool when the drive mechanism rotates in the reverse direction, the retaining surface and the stop having shapes that mate with one another to prevent the bushing from rising up along the drive mechanism when the motor is stopped suddenly, wherein the retaining surface is arranged on a portion of the drive mechanism that is separate from the section supporting the drive ramp,wherein the at least one drive ramp is arranged along a cylindrical body of the drive mechanism and the at least one retaining surface is arranged on a disc positioned below the cylindrical body,
wherein the one or more retaining surface(s) are carried by the disc arranged at the base of the drive mechanism in which the disc has a larger diameter than the diameter of the drive mechanism in the section supporting the one or more drive ramp(s), and wherein the one or more retaining surface(s) extend roughly radially to the drive mechanism and in that the disc comprises, between two successive retaining surfaces, a peripheral edge extending in a spiral.

US Pat. No. 9,962,029

MODULAR COOKING SYSTEM AND A METHOD RELATING TO SAID SYSTEM

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A household food-cooking system comprising:a pressure cooker provided with a pressure regulator valve designed to maintain the pressure prevailing in the pressure cooker at a setpoint value and a connection port;
a telecommunications module having a transmitter and a first connector; and
a timer module having a timer and a second connector,
wherein the telecommunications module, the timer module, and the pressure cooker are physically separate from each other;
wherein the connection port of the pressure cooker is designed to interchangeably connect with the first connector of the telecommunications module, and the second connector of the timer module, and wherein the connection port of the pressure cooker is designed to enable the telecommunications module and the timer module to be fastened to the pressure cooker as alternatives and in a removable manner,
the telecommunications module being capable, when fastened to the pressure cooker, of transmitting via the transmitter at least one signal relating to operation of the pressure cooker to an independent computer terminal, and
the timer module being capable, when fastened to the pressure cooker, of counting down via the timer a predetermined time, wherein the predetermined time is counted from the instant at which the pressure prevailing in the pressure cooker reaches the setpoint value for the first time.

US Pat. No. 10,362,891

PRESSURE-COOKING UTENSIL PROVIDED WITH A LOCKING/UNLOCKING CONTROL MEMBER THAT OPERATES ASYMMETRICALLY

SEB S.A, Ecully (FR)

1. A food-cooking utensil comprising:a vessel and a lid;
locking/unlocking means mounted to move between a locked position in which the locking/unlocking means lock the lid to the vessel and an unlocked position in which the lid is free relative to the vessel; and
a control member for controlling the movement of the locking/unlocking means, the control member being mounted to enable a user to move the control member back and forth between (i) a locking position, which causes the locking/unlocking means to move to the locked position in which the locking/unlocking means lock the lid to the vessel, and (ii) an unlocking position, which causes the locking/unlocking means to move to the unlocked position in which the lid is free relative to the vessel, the unlocking position of the control member being a stable position in which the control member remains in the stable position without the user interacting with the control member and until force is applied manually to move the control member out of said stable position,
wherein while the control member is being moved from its locking position towards its unlocking position, the control member and the locking/unlocking means co-operate so that the instantaneous position of the locking/unlocking means varies as a function of the instantaneous position of the control member in a first relationship,
wherein while the control member is being moved from its unlocking position towards its locking position, the control member and the locking/unlocking means co-operate so that the instantaneous position of the locking/unlocking means varies as a function of the instantaneous position of the control member in a second relationship that is different from the first relationship, and
wherein in the second relationship in which the control member is being moved from its unlocking position towards its locking position, the locking/unlocking means remains stationary in its unlocked position until the control member reaches its locking position and, upon the control member reaching its locking position from its unlocking position, the control member causes the locking/unlocking means to move into its locked position from its stationary unlocked position to lock the lid to the vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,193,050

HANDLE FOR A COOKING VESSEL, COMPRISING A LATENT HEAT SINK

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A handle for a cooking vessel or lid that comprises at least one thermoelectric generator, wherein the thermoelectric generator comprises at least one first contact surface connected thermally to a heat sink, and the heat sink is comprised of a material that undergoes a phase transition when the material is heated to temperatures of 50° C. to 70° C.,wherein the heat sink fills a cavity of the handle with a heat diffuser comprising one or more rods that extend through the heat sink.

US Pat. No. 10,362,895

DEVICE TO PRODUCE MILK-BASED DRINKS WITH A CONNECTION SYSTEM AND A COFFEE MAKER CONTAINING SUCH A DEVICE

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A milk-based drink production device designed to work with a steam output nozzle tip of a coffee maker, the milk-based drink production device comprising a steam input conduit and a connection system comprising at least one mobile jaw and fixed jaw in which the connection system is connected to the steam output nozzle tip wherein the at least one mobile jaw alternates between a connected position in which a watertight connection is formed between the steam output nozzle tip and the steam input conduit and in which the milk-based drink production device cannot be separated from the steam output nozzle tip, and a disconnected position in which the milk-based drink production device may be separated from the steam output nozzle tip,wherein the mobile jaw is formed from a receptacle having an upper opening and a lateral conduit that extends from the receptacle to the steam input conduit,
wherein the steam output nozzle tip is inserted into the upper opening of the receptacle of the mobile jaw to connect the connection system to the coffee maker and, when making the connection to the coffee maker, the mobile jaw moves vertically against the fixed jaw that is positioned above the mobile jaw in a cover of the milk-based drink production device, and
wherein the mobile jaw contains at least two trunnions, and the connection system further comprises a transfer piece that is mounted to rotate on the cover and which comprises at least two parallel, lateral partitions and at least two housings that match the trunnions formed on the mobile jaw.

US Pat. No. 10,292,533

COOKING METHOD FOR ELECTRICAL COOKING APPARATUS WITH STIRRING MEANS

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A cooking method for a food cooking appliance comprising a receiving container provided to receive the food, a stirring device arranged inside the receiving container, at least one main heating system and at least one ventilation motor for generating a heating flow, the receiving container and the stirring device being designed to be imparted with a relative rotation movement, the cooking appliance comprising at least one controller configured to control the relative rotation movement, the main heating system, and the ventilation motor, the cooking method comprising:a first cooking step of a first duration, during which the relative rotation movement of the receiving container and of the stirring device is neutralized, the main heating system is controlled in order to regulate the temperature at a first set-point value, and the ventilation motor is set to a first ventilation speed in order to regulate the heating flow at a first circulation speed; and
a second cooking step of a second duration, greater than the first duration, during which the relative rotation movement of the receiving container and of the stirring device is active at a first rotation speed, the main heating system is controlled in order to regulate the temperature at a second set-point value, less than or equal to the first set-point value, and the ventilation motor is set to a second ventilation speed, lower than the first ventilation speed, in order to regulate the heating flow at a second circulation speed.

US Pat. No. 10,149,573

SMOKE-DIFFUSING ACCESSORY FOR ELECTRIC BARBECUE

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A smoke-diffusing accessory adapted to work with a barbecue having an electrical resistor, the smoke-diffusing accessory forming a vessel that is adapted to contain smoke-generating materials, the smoke-diffusing accessory comprising a lid that engages with the vessel to form a closed enclosure, the lid including calibrated holes in order to regulate oxygen supply in the enclosure, and the smoke-diffusing accessory comprising a suspension system including two attachment points that cooperate with the electrical resistor to vertically suspend the vessel of the smoke-diffusing accessory in the barbecue so that the calibrated holes are oriented upwards.

US Pat. No. 10,117,546

APPLIANCE FOR COOKING BY AIR FLOW

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. Appliance for cooking and/or reheating food, comprising:A housing with a cooking vessel arranged to receive the food to be cooked and/or reheated,
A circuit for heating by air flow, comprising an air duct arranged to channel and direct a stream of hot air onto the food to be cooked and/or reheated,
wherein the air duct has at least one cross-section downstream of which the turbulence from the air flow is reduced by limiting one geometric dimension of the stream of air channeled by said cross-section of the air duct,
wherein the air duct has an elbow and at least two heating means, each heating means comprising a support forming a fin in which the supports are arranged with a predefined orientation with respect to the flow of air, to direct the air stream in the direction of the elbow,
wherein the supports of the fins are arranged at an angle in a direction of an upstream portion of the elbow to change a direction of a vertical air flow into the elbow,
wherein an entire portion of each fin is arranged at an angle in the at least one cross-section in a direction of the upstream portion of the elbow such that the fins face one another to separate the air stream into at least three veins of air, each with a thickness reducing a turbulence of the flow of the air stream inside the air duct,
wherein the air duct comprises one upstream end, having at a predetermined distance from the upstream end, a gradually reduced cross-section arranged to progressively limit said geometric dimension of the air stream channeled along one portion of the air duct, and
wherein the gradually reduced cross-section begins upstream of the elbow and ends at the elbow.

US Pat. No. 10,092,076

HAIRSTYLING APPLIANCE

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. Hairstyling appliance for styling hair, comprising a first housing and a second housing facing the first housing; the housings of longitudinal axis being connected in a pivoting manner by a hinge so as to define an open and closed position of the appliance;the first housing having a first hair treatment surface, which is intended to be heated by a first heating means;
the second housing having at least one second hair treatment surface, which is intended to come into contact with the first hair treatment surface in order to grip the hair in the closed position;
wherein the appliance contains two cylinders arranged on each side of only the first treatment surface, the cylinders being mounted so as to be able to rotate about their longitudinal axis and being driven in rotation solely by the displacement of the appliance along the hair,
wherein the second housing does not contain cylinders on either side of the second hair treatment surface such that the first hair treatment surface and the second hair treatment surface are positioned between the two cylinders when the apparatus is in the closed position to allow a lock of hair to contact one cylinder at a time during operation,
wherein the two cylinders are configured to deposit a cosmetic agent on the hair, and wherein the second housing has its longitudinal edges arranged on each side of the second treatment surface and directly opposite the cylinders in the closed position, and
wherein the second housing comprises two troughs arranged in each case on each side of the second treatment surface such that, in the closed position, each trough holds a cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,390,660

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A HANDLE SUBASSEMBLY FOR A COOKING VESSEL

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A method for producing a handle subassembly made to be mounted to a body to form a cooking vessel, said subassembly comprising a handle, a sensor, equipped with at least one flexible insulated conducting element which is connected to a connector of a control circuit, said subassembly comprising a receiving area for the conducting element a part of which is disposed in the handle, wherein the method successively comprises the following steps:a) Positioning and tensioning the conducting element inside the receiving area by exerting traction on at least one of the connector and the conducting element after having placed said conducting element in a braking device disposed in the handle, which braking device allows the conducting element to move in a direction of the traction when a tractive force exceeds a predetermined threshold, and
b) Inserting at least one of the connector and the conducting element into the handle, the handle comprising a receiving housing in which a residual part of the conducting element is disposed so as to form at least one loop, the braking device then preventing the conducting element from moving in a direction opposite the direction of the traction during formation of the loop.

US Pat. No. 10,383,421

STEAM HAIRDRESSING APPLIANCE WITH STEAM CONTAINMENT MEANS

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. Hairdressing appliance comprising: a portable treatment unit equipped with first and second arms pivotably joined at proximal portions thereof to form a clamp, the first arm having a first surface and the second arm having a second surface, where the first and second surfaces are positioned opposite each other and enable the simultaneous clamping of a lock of hair there between, a steam dispersion means configured to disperse steam from the first surface towards the second surface, and a containment means for containing the dispersed steam,wherein the first surface comprises two adjacent grooves separated by a thin partition wall, each groove having a bottom, where at least one of the bottoms comprises a dispersion vent or a plurality of dispersion openings forming the dispersion means, and the steam containment means comprises a channel arranged in the second surface directly opposite the grooves, the channel has a width extending along a lateral direction, a length extending along a longitudinal direction transverse to the lateral direction and a depth which penetrates the second surface in a direction away from the first surface and transverse to both the width and the length, the width ranging between 2 and 6 mm, and a depth ranging between 0.5 and 2 mm, wherein the width of the channel corresponds to a total width of the grooves,
wherein the grooves and the channel are offset in an upstream portion of the first and second surfaces, respectively, to form a single containment space offset in only the upstream portions of the first and second surfaces, wherein the upstream portions of the first and second surfaces are positioned laterally offset from a center of the first and second surfaces such that the channel and grooves extend along the longitudinal direction and do not cross a center of the first and second surfaces,
a heating means provided in at least one of said first and second arms and operatively coupled to the first and/or second surfaces, respectively, and
a vapor barrier projecting away from the first arm toward the second arm and disposed adjacent to a proximal lateral edge of the first surface, wherein the vapor barrier is configured to block the steam escaping from the containment means in the direction of the proximal portion of the clamp, which is configured to manipulate the portable treatment unit.

US Pat. No. 10,383,477

AIR FLOW COOKING DEVICE

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A household appliance for cooking and/or heating food, comprising:a) a food-receiver including a receptacle providing an upwardly open zone for holding loose pieces of food, said receptacle having a bottom and a side wall with a top edge, said bottom and said side wall being at least substantially non-perforated, defining said food-holding zone, and being designed to contain fat in liquid form in said food-holding zone;
b) a heater for heating the loose pieces of food, the heater comprising a generator for generating a flow of air, an air outlet from which air is blown toward the food-holding zone of the receptacle, and an air inlet via which air is sucked in thereby to set up the flow of air from the outlet toward the food-holding zone and thence from the food-holding zone to the inlet, the air inlet being distinct from the air outlet and the air outlet being positioned above the receptacle, so as to open out substantially towards the food-holding zone, said air inlet having a vertical extant which is at least in part lower than the top edge of the receptacle side wall but higher than the bottom of the receptacle; and
c) a housing that defines a compartment inside which the receptacle is mounted, the air outlet and the air inlet opening out into the compartment;
wherein the receptacle constitutes a screen arranged, and positioned between the food-holding zone and the air inlet, to force the flow of air from the food-holding zone to the air inlet to go around the screen in order to reach the air inlet from the receptacle, wherein the screen is formed by a deflector wall for deflecting the flow, which deflector wall comprises the receptacle bottom and side wall, has opposed faces, is arranged to form an obstacle preventing air present in the receptacle from returning directly in a straight line to the air inlet, is interposed across the path of the flow of air from the outlet to the inlet and is it least substantially non-perforated, so as to prevent a large proportion of the flow of air passing directly through the deflector wall in order to reach the inlet, and so as to cause the air of said flow from the receptacle to the air inlet successively to flow in a first direction along a first of said opposed faces, to make a U-turn around the top edge of the receptacle side wall, and to flow along the other of said opposed faces in a direction opposite to said first direction, thereby making the path of the flow of air from the outlet to the inlet sinuous to enhance the dwell time of hot air of the flow inside the receptacle.
US Pat. No. 10,299,624

COOKING DEVICE PRESENTING A COOKING SURFACE INCLUDING A NON-OXIDE OR AT LEAST PARTIALLY NON-OXIDE CERAMIC NON-STICK COATING, AND CULINARY ARTICLE OR ELECTRIC HOUSEHOLD COOKING APPLIANCE INCLUDING SUCH A COOKING DEVICE

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A method for manufacturing a cooking device having a support comprising an inner face capable of receiving food and an outer face, said inner face being coated with a non-stick coating forming a cooking surface,wherein said non-stick coating consists of at least one continuous thin film of non-oxide polymer-derived ceramic or polymer-derived ceramic comprising a non-oxide portion representing at least 25 atomic % of the ceramic, said at least one continuous thin film forming the cooking surface,
wherein said at least one continuous thin film has a thickness comprising between 5 ?m and 20 ?m,
the method comprising the following steps:
a) providing a support presenting at least two opposite faces;
b) preparing a preceramic polymer from a molecular precursor of said preceramic polymer comprising the suspension of said molecular precursor in a fluid, said fluid being an organic solvent or water, in a concentration of less than 20% of said molecular precursor in said fluid, then polymerizing to obtain a preceramic polymer composition;
c) applying on at least one of the faces of the support of at least one layer of said preceramic polymer composition;
d) optionally a drying, and
e) heat treating to ceramize said preceramic polymer to form a thin film of non-oxide polymer-derived ceramic or polymer-derived ceramic.

US Pat. No. 10,285,481

HAIRSTYLING DEVICE FOR CURLING HAIR COMPRISING AN INTRODUCTION SLOT EQUIPPED WITH GUIDING MEANS

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. Hair styling appliance for curling a strand of hair, comprising:a housing which comprises a winding chamber having a shape of revolution along an axis, an insertion slot which extends along a length of the housing in a direction of the axis and which leads to the winding chamber, and an extraction opening arranged in a lateral end of the housing to which the winding chamber leads,
a mandrel which has one fixed end fixed to the housing and a free end arranged close to the extraction opening, and which extends in the winding chamber along another axis defined in a plane passing through the axis and through the slot, and
a winder arranged in the winding chamber and rotatably mounted in at least one direction along the other axis, the winder being configured to wind the strand around the mandrel, during its rotation, wherein the insertion slot has two walls which extend longitudinally in the direction of the axis and which cross a thickness of the housing and extend along the full length of the winding chamber, the two walls configured as a guide constructed and arranged to help the strand penetrate the winding chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,244,883

BAYONET-FITTING PRESSURE COOKER PROVIDED WITH GUIDE ELEMENTS

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A cooking utensil for cooking food under pressure comprising:a vessel;
a lid;
a bayonet-fitting locking system comprising a first series and a second series of locking projections integral respectively with the lid and with the vessel;
a lid subassembly that comprises said lid and a support attached to said lid in such a manner that said lid can pivot relative to said support, said lid subassembly and said vessel being configured to associate with each other in at least a first arrangement in which the lid overlies the vessel so that said first series of projections are significantly higher than said second series of projections, and a second arrangement obtained from said first arrangement by moving said lid subassembly downwards until said first series of projections are significantly lower than said second series of projections, said support and said vessel also being provided respectively with complementary first and second guide elements that are configured to co-operate mutually whenever said lid subassembly and said vessel are associated with each other in said first arrangement in order to guide said lid subassembly as it moves downwards; and
a first positioning element that is carried by said support and that is configured to interact mechanically with a complementary second positioning element carried by the vessel, when said lid subassembly and said vessel are associated with each other in said second arrangement, so as to lock a relative angular positioning of the support and of the vessel in a horizontal plane.

US Pat. No. 10,194,771

NON-STICK COOKING CONTAINER

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A non-stick cooking container comprising a container body, wherein the container body has a ribbed inner surface, the ribbed inner surface having a plurality of ribs and grooves disposed at regular intervals, a non-stick coating covering the surfaces of the ribs and grooves, the ribs having a top surface, the grooves having a bottom surface, a width (B) at the top surface of the ribs being greater than a thickness of the non-stick coating on the top surface of the ribs, wherein the thickness (R) of the non-stick coating on the bottom surface of a groove is greater than a height difference (V) of the surface of the non-stick coating between the bottom surface of said groove and the top surface of an adjacent rib.

US Pat. No. 10,178,926

DEVICE TO PRODUCE MILK-BASED DRINKS WITH SAFETY MECHANISMS AND COFFEE MAKER CONTAINING SUCH A DEVICE

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A milk-based drink production device comprising a connection system designed to work with a steam output nozzle tip of a coffee maker, where said connection system has a connected position, in which a watertight connection is formed between the steam output nozzle tip and the milk-based drink production device, and a disconnected position, in which the milk-based drink production device may be separated from the steam output nozzle tip, where the milk-based drink production device contains a removable frothing system between an installed position on the milk-based drink production device and a withdrawn position removed from the milk-based drink production device, wherein the milk-based drink production device contains extraction safety mechanisms comprising a bolt and which prevents the removable frothing system from switching from the installed position to the withdrawn position when the connection system is in the connected position and, optionally connection safety mechanisms comprising a stop and which prevent the connection system from switching from the disconnected position to the connected position when the frothing system is not in the installed position,wherein the connection system comprises a transfer piece having a partition in a shape of a circular arc that contains a trapezoidal extremity which forms the bolt.

US Pat. No. 10,143,335

COOKING APPARATUS WITH CUSHIONED PANEL

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A cooking appliance including:a first structure including a heating plate to cook food;
a second structure including a heating plate to cook food;
a frame on which rests the second structure, and the first structure and the second structure being hingedly connected to one another by at least one hinge, the first and second structures configured to be moved between (a) an open position wherein the heating plates of the first and second structures are positioned relatively away from each other such that the heating plate of the second structure is accessible for placing or removing food thereon, (b) a closed position wherein the first structure covers the second structure and the heating plates are in contact, and (c) a cooking position wherein food is placed between and in contact with both of the heating plates of the first and second structures and which is an intermediate position between the open position and the closed position, and said hinge includes at least one shaft connected to the frame, the at least one shaft being configured to pivot about a rotation axis, and
at least one spring for cushioning the weight of the first structure when the first structure is placed in the cooking position, which permits keeping the first structure in contact with the food or foods to be cooked, or when the first structure is placed in the closed position with the second structure, wherein the at least one spring consists of at least one torsion spring, said at least one spring is in axial alignment with the at least one shaft along the rotation axis and wherein the at least one spring includes (a) a first attachment point which is connected to the at least one shaft and (b) a second attachment point which is connected to the frame of the cooking appliance.

US Pat. No. 10,368,691

COOKING VESSEL COMPRISING AN INTERIOR SURFACE OF PARTIALLY COATED STAINLESS STEEL, AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A cooking vessel comprising a vessel body with a texturized interior surface made of partially coated stainless steel, the texturized interior surface having a plurality of ribs extending above bottom surfaces of valleys, the bottom surfaces being coated with a non-stick coating, the ribs having uncoated top surfaces and side surfaces distinct from the bottom surfaces of the valleys, the side surfaces of the ribs connecting the top surfaces of the ribs to the bottom surfaces of the valleys, said top surfaces of the ribs extending above the non-stick coating covering the bottom surfaces of the valleys, the bottom surfaces of the valleys and the side surfaces of the ribs having a roughened surface underneath the non-stick coating, to promote adhesion of the non-stick coating, wherein the side surfaces of the ribs are angled to form ramps connecting the top surfaces of the ribs to the bottom surfaces of the valleys, and in that the non-stick coating extends up the side surfaces of the ribs from the bottom surfaces of the valleys to the top surfaces of the ribs without exceeding a height of the top surfaces,wherein a thickness of the non-stick coating is greater on a lower portion of the side surfaces of the ribs than on an upper portion of the side surfaces of the ribs.

US Pat. No. 10,280,556

STEAM-SMOOTHING APPARATUS INCLUDING A BASE CONNECTED TO A SMOOTHING HEAD VIA A PIPE

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. Steam-smoothing apparatus comprising a base intended for producing a flow of steam and connected to a smoothing head via a flexible pipe in which the steam produced by the base freely escapes to the smoothing head, the smoothing head comprising a rear portion forming a grasping handle, and a widened front portion comprising a surface provided with a plurality of steam outlet holes through which the flow of steam from the base is distributed, wherein the widened front portion encloses a first steam-dispensing chamber configured to supply steam to a first group of steam outlet holes and a second steam-dispensing chamber configured to supply steam to a second group of steam outlet holes, wherein the steam is separately supplied to the first steam-dispensing chamber and to the second steam-dispensing chamber from the flexible pipe, and wherein the smoothing head comprises means for blocking or reducing the steam flow toward the second group of steam outlet holes, said means being activable from outside the smoothing head.

US Pat. No. 10,278,888

TREATMENT DEVICE WITH LIGHT GUIDE

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A skin treatment device comprising:a body comprising a housing forming a gripping area;
electrical supply means arranged in the body;
at least one treatment head comprising massage means;
means for maneuvering the massage means actuated by an electric motor which is connected to the electrical supply means;
at least one light source, and
at least one light guide having a projection surface configured to receive light emitted by the at least one light source and to project at least one light beam toward an area on the skin,
wherein the at least one light guide comprises a face opposite the projection surface, the opposite face of the at least one light guide comprising distribution means configured to distribute the light along the projection surface, and the massage means has an area for contact with the skin to be massaged, the area being configured to transmit the light and consisting of a thermoplastic elastomer material having a light transmission of between 0.8 and 0.9 for a light with a wavelength of 590 nanometer (nm) or 630 nm.
US Pat. No. 10,271,683

CULINARY ITEM COMPRISING A FLUOROCARBON RESIN AND RARE EARTH OXIDE COATING AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAID ITEM

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A culinary item comprising a support having an inner surface capable of receiving foods and an outer surface intended to face a heat source, and a coating applied to at least one of the two surfaces, said culinary item being characterized in that the coating comprises at least one layer comprising:a matrix of fluorocarbon resin, alone or in a mixture with a binding resin that is thermostable and resistant to temperatures greater than 200° C., this resin or resins forming a continuous sintered network, and
rare earth oxide layers dispersed in said matrix, 50% of which having a largest characteristic dimension greater than or equal to 0.1 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,264,915

COOKING UTENSIL COMPRISING A HARD BASE MADE FROM CERAMIC AND/OR METAL AND/OR POLYMER MATERIAL AND A NONSTICK COATING CONTAINING A FLUOROCARBON RESIN

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A cooking utensil comprising:a metal hollow bowl which includes a bottom, and side walls rising from the bottom and having at least one fragile area, said at least one fragile area being the connection area between the bottom and side walls, said bowl having a concave inner surface adapted to receive food and a convex outer surface, said inner surface comprising a hard base and a nonstick coating covering the hard base, the nonstick coating comprising at least one layer comprising at least one fluorocarbon resin, alone or in a mixture with at least one resistant thermostable bonding resin at least at 200° C., with the resin or resins forming a sintered continuous network,
wherein the hard base is in the form of a layer which is at least discontinuous at the location of the at least one fragile area,
wherein said hard base is made of a ceramic and/or metal and/or polymer material, which has the form of a superficial dispersion of drops of said material distributed in a substantially homogeneous manner on said inner surface at the location of the at least one fragile area with:
an overlap ratio which is between 30% and 80% of the surface to be covered, and
a drop size between 2 ?m and 50 ?m, and wherein the hard base has a surface roughness (Ra) between 2 ?m and 12 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,265,726

METHOD FOR DECORATING A KITCHEN ITEM BY MECHANICAL TREATMENT

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A method of decorating a kitchen item comprising a substrate, said method comprising the following steps:supply of a substrate comprising two opposite surfaces;
application of at least one heat-stable base composition over an area of one of the surfaces of the substrate to form at least on base layer, the heat-stable base composition being a sol-gel composition or an aqueous slurry of enamel frit or an aqueous composition comprising a fluorocarbon resin dispersion;
application of at least one heat-stable decorative composition to the base layer to form at least one decorative layer, the heat-stable decorative layer being a sol-gel composition or an aqueous slurry of enamel frit or an aqueous composition comprising a fluorocarbon resin dispersion;
mechanical treatment of the surface of the decorative layer in order to make a decoration, the mechanical treatment comprising a removal and/or movement of a portion of the heat-stable decorative composition by means of pressure and the movement of a tool or a compressed air jet on the surface of the decorative layer;
drying of the mechanically-treated decorative layer when the heat-stable decorative composition is an aqueous slurry of enamel frit or an aqueous composition comprising a fluorocarbon resin dispersion, and, as applicable, when the heat-stable decorative composition is a sol-gel composition; and
thermal densification treatment of the coated substrate, no thermal densification treatment of the coated substrate being done between the heat-stable base composition application step and the heat-stable decorative composition application step.

US Pat. No. 10,137,054

MASSAGE DEVICE EQUIPPED WITH INTERCHANGEABLE MASSAGE HEADS

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. Massage device (1) including:a body (2) which contains a drive mechanism (3),
at least one type of massage head (4, 5, 6, 7 and 8) which includes massage elements,
a transmission mechanism which allows the massage elements to be activated by the drive mechanism,
an installation mechanism (9) which is configured for the installation and removal of the at least one type of massage head with the body, characterized in that the device includes recognition means (146) of the type of massage head installed on the body and control mechanisms (161) for controlling said massage device based on the recognition of the type of massage head, wherein the massage device comprises a reduction gear installed on an output of a motor,
wherein the installation mechanism comprises a snapping mechanism comprising a blockage system with a notch and a release latch,
wherein the recognition means comprises: (i) mechanical sensors installed on the at least one type of massage head and the body, and are configured to transfer information to the control mechanisms based on the type of massage head installed on the body; or (ii) magnetic sensors installed on the at least one type of massage head and the body, and are configured to transfer information to the control mechanisms based on the type of massage head installed on the body, and
wherein the mechanical or magnetic sensors are formed in grooves of the body that receive protuberances of the at least one type of massage head such that the protuberances trigger the mechanical or magnetic sensors and are recognized based on binary code programmed into a command box.