US 9,808,108 B1
Automated pasta dispensing device with ball valve
Fausto Leonetti, Narni (IT)
Assigned to HEADING USA, INC., Miami Beach, FL (US)
Filed by Heading USA, Inc., Miami Beach, FL (US)
Filed on Apr. 21, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/134,594.
Int. Cl. A47J 27/08 (2006.01); A47J 27/00 (2006.01)
CPC A47J 27/0802 (2013.01) [A47J 2027/008 (2013.01)] 3 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A device for making and dispensing pasta, comprising:
(1) a pressure cooking vessel having a top opening, a bottom opening and an interior volume;
(2) a first ball valve assembly comprising: i) a first valve body coupled to the top opening of the vessel, ii) a first rotatable ball securely located within the first valve body and rotatable between an open position and a closed position, the first ball having a first bore extending through the first ball, wherein in the open position the first bore provides access to the top opening of the vessel, and in the closed position the first ball hermetically seals the top opening;
(3) a device configured for dropping a predetermined amount of pasta through the bore of the ball and into the top opening of the vessel, when the ball is in the open position, the device comprising a tube configured for holding a predetermined amount of pasta such that said pasta is situated along a longitudinal axis of the tube, and an elongated arm coupled perpendicularly to the tube, wherein the tube is initially positioned horizontally, and wherein when the ball is in the open position, the arm rotates so as to position the tube vertically over the bore of the ball, configured such that the pasta falls from the tube, through the bore of the ball and into the top opening of the vessel;
(4) a first servo for rotating the first ball to the closed position after the vessel has accepted the pasta;
(5) a heating device configured for heating the interior volume of the vessel to cook the pasta using boiling water;
(6) a second ball valve assembly comprising: i) a second valve body coupled to the bottom opening of the vessel, ii) a second rotatable ball securely located within the second valve body and rotatable between an open position and a closed position, the second ball having a second bore extending through the second ball, wherein in the open position the second bore provides access to the bottom opening of the vessel, and in the closed position the second ball hermetically seals the bottom opening;
(7) a second servo configured for rotating the second ball to the open position after the vessel has cooked the pasta, so as to allow the pasta to fall out of the vessel and through the second bore;
(8) a basket configured for holding the pasta after the pasta has exited the vessel;
(9) a servo coupled to a mixing element located in the basket, wherein the servo is configured for rotating the mixing element so as to mix the pasta in the basket;
(10) a door configured for providing egress of the pasta from the device after the vessel has cooked the pasta wherein said door is located at the bottom of the vessel, and wherein the door is opened after the second ball has been rotated to the open position.