Groupe SEB has been granted a patent for a pressing appliance that includes a steam emission head with a treatment face for pressing garments. The appliance also includes removable accessories that can be mounted in different positions on the head, exposing different treatment surfaces with varying textures and materials. GlobalData’s report on Groupe SEB gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Groupe SEB, Smart Blenders was a key innovation area identified from patents. Groupe SEB's grant share as of September 2023 was 79%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

A pressing appliance with removable accessory for garment treatment

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Groupe SEB SA

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11761146B2) describes a pressing appliance that includes a body with a handle and a steam emission head. The steam emission head has a treatment face that can press against a garment to be pressed. The treatment face includes at least one steam outlet orifice and a heatable surface that comes into contact with the garment. The appliance also includes at least one accessory that can be removably mounted on the steam emission head. The accessory can be mounted in at least two orientations relative to the steam emission head and has different surface textures and/or materials on its first and second treatment surfaces.

In one embodiment, the first and second treatment surfaces are arranged on two opposite faces of the accessory, allowing it to be mounted reversibly on the steam emission head. The heatable surface is located at the end of a projecting protrusion, and the accessory has a through-opening that engages around the protrusion. The body of the appliance has a peripheral surface at the foot of the protrusion, which supports the first or second treatment surface when the accessory is mounted.

The heatable surface is in thermal contact with a heating body provided in the steam emission head, which encloses a vaporization chamber. The heatable surface is metallic, and the first or second treatment surface extends substantially in a plane defined by the heatable surface when the accessory is mounted. The appliance also includes an attachment device that enables the accessory to be retained on the steam emission head. This attachment device may include at least one magnet for retaining the accessory on the treatment face, with the body of the appliance having at least one magnet arranged behind a peripheral surface.

This patent describes a pressing appliance with a versatile accessory system that allows for different treatment surfaces to be used for pressing garments. The ability to mount the accessory in different orientations provides flexibility in achieving desired results. The use of a heatable surface and steam emission head ensures effective pressing, while the attachment device with magnets ensures secure and easy attachment of the accessory. Overall, this invention offers improved functionality and convenience in garment pressing appliances.

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