Middleby has been granted a patent for an innovative fruit preparation apparatus. The device includes a cutting assembly, drive assembly, and sensors to detect fruit type for automated cutting operations. It ensures quick and hygienic fruit preparation without manual intervention. GlobalData’s report on Middleby 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 Middleby, was a key innovation area identified from patents. Middleby's grant share as of February 2024 was 59%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Automated fruit cutting apparatus with sensors and cleaning mechanism

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: The Middleby Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11910946B2) describes an innovative apparatus designed for preparing fruit by cutting it into multiple pieces. The apparatus consists of a housing that orients the fruit along a specific axis and engages it securely, a drive assembly with a rotatable and movable lance to impale and hold the fruit, a sensor to determine cutting operations based on the fruit's dimensions, and a cutting assembly with various blades for creating consumable pieces. The apparatus also includes features like a cup assembly, a deflector assembly for waste disposal, and a rinsing assembly for cleaning the fruit or the interior of the housing. The apparatus aims to streamline the process of fruit preparation by automating the cutting and coring tasks efficiently.

Furthermore, the apparatus includes additional elements such as a peeling blade, a wedging blade, and a de-coring member that can be moved between different positions to engage with the fruit effectively. The apparatus is designed to be user-friendly, with features like a removable cup assembly for easy fruit insertion and removal, and a gravity-fed system for the cut pieces to fall towards a user-accessible opening. The apparatus's intricate design, including drive gears for lance movement, pronged tips for secure fruit holding, and sensors for automated rinsing, showcases a comprehensive approach to fruit preparation. Overall, the patented apparatus offers a sophisticated solution for cutting and processing fruit efficiently, catering to both domestic and commercial settings with its versatile features and precise cutting mechanisms.

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