EP2670285A1 - Device for inserting capsules - Google Patents

Device for inserting capsules

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EP2670285A1
EP2670285A1 EP12708390.5A EP12708390A EP2670285A1 EP 2670285 A1 EP2670285 A1 EP 2670285A1 EP 12708390 A EP12708390 A EP 12708390A EP 2670285 A1 EP2670285 A1 EP 2670285A1
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Prior art keywords
capsule
section
passage
device according
capsules
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French (fr)
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Alain Mariller
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ETHICAL COFFEE CO SA
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ETHICAL COFFEE CO SA
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Priority to PCT/IB2012/050411 priority patent/WO2012104768A1/en
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47JKITCHEN EQUIPMENT; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; APPARATUS FOR MAKING BEVERAGES
    • A47J31/00Apparatus for making beverages
    • A47J31/40Beverage-making apparatus with dispensing means for adding a measured quantity of ingredients, e.g. coffee, water, sugar, cocoa, milk, tea
    • A47J31/407Beverage-making apparatus with dispensing means for adding a measured quantity of ingredients, e.g. coffee, water, sugar, cocoa, milk, tea with ingredient-containing cartridges; Cartridge-perforating means
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47JKITCHEN EQUIPMENT; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; APPARATUS FOR MAKING BEVERAGES
    • A47J31/00Apparatus for making beverages
    • A47J31/24Coffee-making apparatus in which hot water is passed through the filter under pressure, i.e. in which the coffee grounds are extracted under pressure
    • A47J31/34Coffee-making apparatus in which hot water is passed through the filter under pressure, i.e. in which the coffee grounds are extracted under pressure with hot water under liquid pressure
    • A47J31/36Coffee-making apparatus in which hot water is passed through the filter under pressure, i.e. in which the coffee grounds are extracted under pressure with hot water under liquid pressure with mechanical pressure-producing means
    • A47J31/3604Coffee-making apparatus in which hot water is passed through the filter under pressure, i.e. in which the coffee grounds are extracted under pressure with hot water under liquid pressure with mechanical pressure-producing means with a mechanism arranged to move the brewing chamber between loading, infusing and ejecting stations
    • A47J31/3623Cartridges being employed
    • A47J31/3633Means to perform transfer from a loading position to an infusing position
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65DCONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES
    • B65D85/00Containers, packaging elements or packages, specially adapted for particular articles or materials
    • B65D85/70Containers, packaging elements or packages, specially adapted for particular articles or materials for materials not otherwise provided for
    • B65D85/804Disposable containers or packages with contents which are mixed, infused or dissolved in situ, i.e. without having been previously removed from the package
    • B65D85/8043Packages adapted to allow liquid to pass through the contents

Abstract

Device for inserting capsules (1), e.g. coffee capsules, comprising a passage (2) through which the capsule is transferred and which is characterised by a cross section smaller than the cross section of the capsule.

Description

DISPOSITIF POUR L'INSERTION DE CAPSULES DEVICE FOR INSERTING CAPS

Domaine de l'invention Field of the Invention

La présente invention concerne la production d'une boisson par passage d'eau chaude au travers d'une capsule contenant une dose de produit, p.ex. de café. The present invention relates to the production of a beverage by passing hot water through a capsule containing a dose of product, eg coffee.

Etat de la technique State of the art

On connaît des machines à café, voir p.ex. celle qui est décrite dans EP 2 103 236 A1 , qui comprennent un dispositif pour l'insertion de capsule. coffee machines are known, see for example that described in EP 2103236 A1, which comprise a device for inserting capsule. Ce dispositif comprend un passage au travers duquel la capsule est introduite. This device comprises a passage through which the capsule is introduced. La section de ce passage est légèrement plus grande que la section de la capsule. The section of this passage is slightly larger than the capsule section. Par « section », on entend la surface définie selon un plan qui contient l'axe de symétrie de la capsule. By "section" is meant the surface defined by a plane which contains the axis of symmetry of the capsule.

Une fois introduite, la capsule se trouve dans une position dite position d'extraction. Once inserted, the capsule is in a position called the extraction position.

Le passage est donc dimensionné de manière à guider aisément la capsule jusqu'à sa position d'extraction. The passage is sized to easily guide the capsule to its extraction position.

Les dispositifs d'insertion de capsule de l'état de la technique présentent cependant l'inconvénient de ne pas assurer un positionnement ferme de la capsule lors de son introduction dans la machine. The capsule insertion devices of the prior art have the disadvantage of not providing a firm positioning of the capsule when introduced into the machine.

Ce type d'inconvénient s'observe également dans certains dispositifs qui possèdent un passage similaire à celui exposé précédemment mais disposé entre la position d'extraction et le lieu de récupération de la capsule. This type of drawback is also observed in some devices which have a similar way to that described previously but arranged between the removal position and the place of recovery of the capsule.

Cet inconvénient résulte du fait que la section du passage est légèrement supérieure à celle des capsules. This drawback results from the fact that the section of the passage is slightly higher than that of the capsules.

Il existe donc un besoin de remédier notamment à ce problème. There is therefore a need to address in particular the problem.

Exposé général de l'invention General description of the invention

Le problème que la présente invention se propose de résoudre réside dans une amélioration du positionnement de la capsule lors de son introduction dans la machine et/ou lors de son éjection de sa position d'extraction. The problem that the invention proposes to solve lies in improving the positioning of the capsule when introduced into the machine and / or during its ejection from its extraction position. L'invention tire parti du fait que la plupart des capsules possèdent une paroi latérale dotée d'une certaine flexibilité. The invention exploits the fact that most capsules have a side wall with a certain flexibility. Il est donc possible de déformer sensiblement la paroi de ces capsules sans les détruire, et donc d'assurer un guidage optimal de la capsule dans la machine. It is therefore possible to substantially deform the wall of the capsules without destroying them, and thus ensure optimum guidance of the capsule in the machine.

La présente invention a donc pour objet un dispositif pour l'insertion et/ou l'éjection de capsules, p. The present invention therefore relates to a device for insertion and / or ejection of capsules, p. ex. ex. à café, comprenant un passage au travers duquel la capsule est transférée et qui se caractérise par une section inférieure à la section de la capsule. coffee, comprising a passage through which the capsule is transferred and which is characterized by a smaller section than the capsule section.

Divers modes de réalisation de l'invention sont décrits dans les revendications. Various embodiments of the invention are described in the claims.

Exposé détaillé de l'invention Detailed disclosure of the invention

L'invention est décrite plus en détail ci-après au moyen d'exemples illustrés par les figures suivantes : The invention is described in more detail below by means of examples illustrated by the following figures:

La figure 1 représente une vue de dessus d'une capsule avant et après avoir franchi un passage. 1 shows a top view of a capsule before and after passing a passage.

La figure 2 représente une capsule avant son transfert à travers le passage. 2 shows a capsule before its transfer through the passage.

La figure 3 représente une capsule dans sa position au travers du passage. 3 shows a capsule in its position through the passage.

Les figures 4 à 6 représentent les étapes successives de l'introduction d'une capsule au moyen d'un levier. Figures 4 to 6 show the successive stages of the introduction of a capsule by means of a lever.

Les figures 7 à 9 représentent les étapes successives de l'introduction d'une capsule à travers un passage présentant un agencement particulier. Figures 7 to 9 show the successive steps of introducing a capsule through a passage having a particular arrangement.

Les figures 1 0 à 1 2 représentent les étapes successives de l'introduction d'une capsule à travers un passage dont la section a un contour modifiable. Figures 1 0-1 2 show the successive steps of introducing a capsule through a passageway whose cross-section has a changeable contour.

Les figures 1 3 à 1 5 illustrent un mécanisme d'introduction de capsule au travers d'un passage. FIGS March 1 to May 1 illustrate a capsule feed mechanism through a passage. Les figures 1 6 à 18 illustrent une variante dans laquelle le passage de section réduite est disposé entre la position d'extraction et le lieu de récupération de la capsule. Figures 1 6 to 18 illustrate a variant in which the constricted passageway is arranged between the removal position and the place of recovery of the capsule.

Liste des références numériques : List of reference numbers:

1 . 1. Capsule Capsule

2. Passage 2. Passage

3. Zone de déformation 3. Deformation Zone

4. Levier 4. lever

5. Galet 5. roller

6. Plaquette 6. Plaquette

7. Elément de retenue 7. retaining element

8. Tambour 8. Drum

9. Passage inférieur 9. Underpass

1 0. Passage supérieur 1 0. overpass

1 1 . January 1. Plaque supérieure top plate

1 2. Plaque inférieure 1 2. Base plate

1 3. Elément de guidage 3. A guiding element 1

14. Logement La figure 1 représente une plaque 1 1 , 12 (figure du milieu) dans laquelle est disposé un passage 2 dont la section est inférieure à la section d'une capsule 1 à l'état normal (figure de gauche). 14. Housing 1 shows a plate 1 1, 12 (middle figure) in which is arranged a passage 2 having a section smaller than the section of a capsule 1 in the normal state (left figure). Plus précisément, le passage 2 a une hauteur sensiblement identique à la hauteur d'une capsule 1 et une largeur réduite par rapport à la largeur de la capsule 1 . More specifically, the passage 2 has a substantially identical height to the height of a capsule 1 and a reduced width compared to the width of the capsule 1. La zone de largeur réduite constitue une zone de déformation 3 de la capsule. The reduced width area constitutes a deformation zone 3 of the capsule.

Une fois le passage 2 franchi, la capsule 1 est déformée (figure de droite) et sa section sensiblement identique à la section du passage 2. Once the passage 2 taken, the capsule 1 is distorted (right figure) and has a section substantially identical to the section of passage 2.

La plaque 1 1 , 1 2 peut être disposée à un niveau supérieur, càd en amont de la position d'extraction, ou à un niveau inférieur, soit en aval de la position d'extraction. The plate 1 1, 1 2 can be disposed at a higher level, ie upstream of the removal position, or at a lower level or downstream of the extraction position. Bien évidemment, seules des capsules présentant une certaine flexibilité, càd des capsules aptes à subir une déformation élastique ou plastique suffisante, peuvent franchir le passage sans être endommagées. Of course, only capsules having flexibility, ie capsules capable of undergoing an elastic deformation or plastic enough, can pass through the passage without being damaged. Si le coefficient de rigidité de la capsule est trop élevé, la capsule ne peut franchir le passage. If the capsule stiffness coefficient is too high, the capsule can not cross the passage. Les figures 4 à 5 illustrent une variante de l'invention dans laquelle le transfert de la capsule 1 au travers du passage 2 est assuré par un levier. Figs 4 to 5 illustrate a variant of the invention wherein the transfer of the capsule 1 through the passage 2 is provided by a lever.

Dans la variante illustrée sur les figures 7 à 9 les zones de déformation se présentent sous la forme de galets 5 rotatifs dont l'axe de rotation est situé dans le plan défini par la plaque 1 1 . In the variant illustrated in Figures 7 to 9 the deformation zones are in the form of rotating rollers 5, whose axis of rotation lies in the plane defined by the plate 1 1.

Dans les variantes 1 0 à 1 2 et 1 6 à 1 8, les zones de déformation se présentent sous la forme de plaquettes 6 mobiles pouvant coulisser au travers d'éléments de guidage 1 3 disposés vers le bord du passage 2. In variants 0-1 1 2 and 1 6 to 1 8, the deformation zones are in the form of mobile inserts 6 slidable through guide elements 1 3 placed to the edge of passage 2.

Le mouvement des plaquettes 6 peut être retenu au moyen d'un élément de retenue 7 fixé au levier 4. The movement of the plates 6 can be retained by means of a 7-retaining element attached to the lever 4.

La variante illustrée sur les figures 1 3 à 1 5 représente un tambour 1 1 comportant au moins un logement destiné à recevoir temporairement une capsule 1 . The variant illustrated in Figures 1 to 3 1 5 shows a drum 1 1 comprising at least one housing intended to receive a capsule 1 temporarily. Initialement, une nouvelle capsule 1 est introduite dans le logement 14. Le tambour 1 1 effectue ensuite une rotation, en général de 1 80 °, lors de laquelle la capsule 1 franchit le passage 2. Initially, a new capsule 1 is inserted into the housing 14. The drum 1 is then rotated one, generally 1 to 80 °, during which the capsule 1 pass 2 passes.

Le mode de réalisation des figures 1 6 à 1 8 représentent une section réduite disposée dans une plaque inférieure 1 2. The embodiment of FIGS June 1-August 1 represent a reduced section disposed in a bottom plate 1 2.

Dans ce cas, le passage 1 0 disposé dans la plaque supérieure 1 1 comporte une section sensiblement identique à la section de la capsule, càd une section dépourvue de zone de déformation. In this case, the passage 1 0 arranged in the upper plate 1 1 has a section substantially identical to the capsule section, ie a section devoid of deformation zone.

L'élément de retenue 7 présente un angle de manière à libérer les plaquettes 6 une fois le levier complètement abaissé. The retaining element 7 is angled so as to release the plates 6 once the lever completely lowered. Bien évidemment d'autres géométries de section réduite peuvent être util avec la plaque inférieure 12, comme p. Of course other reduced cross section geometries can be util with the bottom plate 12 as p. ex. ex. celles des figures 1 à 9. those of Figures 1 to 9.

II va sans dire que l'invention ne se limite pas à une forme de section particulière mais à toute section permettant d'obtenir l'effet recherché. It goes without saying that the invention is not limited to one particular section but any section for obtaining the desired effect.

Claims

Revendications claims
Dispositif pour l'insertion et/ou l'éjection de capsules (1 ), p. A device for insertion and / or ejection of capsules (1), p. ex. ex. à café, comprenant un passage (2) au travers duquel la capsule (1 ) est transférée et qui se caractérise par une section inférieure à la section de la capsule (1 ). coffee, comprising a passage (2) through which the capsule (1) is transferred and which is characterized by a smaller section than the section of the capsule (1).
Dispositif selon la revendication 1 dans lequel la section du passage (2) est plus étroite que la section de la capsule au niveau de la paroi latérale de la capsule (1 ). Device according to claim 1 wherein the section of the passage (2) is narrower than the capsule section at the side wall of the capsule (1).
Dispositif selon la revendication 1 ou 2 dans lequel ladite section inférieure est formée dans une plaque. Device according to claim 1 or 2 wherein said lower section is formed in a plate.
Dispositif selon la revendication 1 ou 2 dans lequel ladite section inférieure est formée au moyen d'éléments tels que plaquettes ou galets disposés sur la périphérie d'un passage de section égale ou supérieure à la section de la capsule. Device according to claim 1 or 2 wherein said lower section is formed by means of elements such as plates or rollers arranged on the periphery of an equal passage section or higher than the cap section.
Dispositif selon l'une des revendications précédentes destiné à des capsules de forme tronconique. Device according to one of the preceding claims for the truncated form of capsules.
Dispositif selon l'une des revendications précédentes dans lequel le passage est disposé entre le lieu d'introduction de la capsule dans la machine et la zone d'extraction. Device according to one of the preceding claims wherein the passage is arranged between the place of introduction of the capsule into the machine and the extraction zone.
Dispositif selon l'une des revendications 1 à 5 dans lequel le passage est disposé entre la zone d'extraction et le lieu de récupération de la capsule. Device according to one of claims 1 to 5 wherein the passage is disposed between the extraction area and the place of recovery of the capsule.
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