WO1994028695A1 - Method and device for the automatic preparation of food - Google Patents

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WO1994028695A1
WO1994028695A1 PCT/EP1994/001072 EP9401072W WO9428695A1 WO 1994028695 A1 WO1994028695 A1 WO 1994028695A1 EP 9401072 W EP9401072 W EP 9401072W WO 9428695 A1 WO9428695 A1 WO 9428695A1
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    • HELECTRICITY
    • H05ELECTRIC TECHNIQUES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • H05BELECTRIC HEATING; ELECTRIC LIGHTING NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • H05B6/00Heating by electric, magnetic, or electromagnetic fields
    • H05B6/64Heating using microwaves
    • H05B6/6435Aspects relating to the user interface of the microwave heating apparatus
    • H05B6/6441Aspects relating to the user interface of the microwave heating apparatus allowing the input of coded operation instructions, e.g. bar code reader
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F24HEATING; RANGES; VENTILATING
    • F24COTHER DOMESTIC STOVES OR RANGES; DETAILS OF DOMESTIC STOVES OR RANGES, OF GENERAL APPLICATION
    • F24C7/00Stoves or ranges heated by electrical energy
    • F24C7/08Arrangement or mounting of control or safety devices
    • F24C7/087Arrangement or mounting of control or safety devices of electric circuits regulating heat
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H05ELECTRIC TECHNIQUES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • H05BELECTRIC HEATING; ELECTRIC LIGHTING NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • H05B6/00Heating by electric, magnetic, or electromagnetic fields
    • H05B6/64Heating using microwaves
    • H05B6/647Aspects related to microwave heating combined with other heating techniques
    • H05B6/6473Aspects related to microwave heating combined with other heating techniques combined with convection heating
    • H05B6/6476Aspects related to microwave heating combined with other heating techniques combined with convection heating the refrigerating air being used for convection
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H05ELECTRIC TECHNIQUES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • H05BELECTRIC HEATING; ELECTRIC LIGHTING NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • H05B6/00Heating by electric, magnetic, or electromagnetic fields
    • H05B6/64Heating using microwaves
    • H05B6/647Aspects related to microwave heating combined with other heating techniques
    • H05B6/6482Aspects related to microwave heating combined with other heating techniques combined with radiant heating, e.g. infra-red heating

Abstract

The invention concerns a method of preparing packed, ready-to-eat foods, using a cooker, oven or other household appliance, the preparation taking place in accordance with an electronically recorded programme. The aim of the invention is to ensure that the final stages in the preparation of such ready-to-eat foods are simpler, more reliable and less time-consuming as regards operation and monitoring.

Description

Method and apparatus for automatic food preparation

The invention relates to a process for preparing food according to the preamble of claim 1, a household appliance for performing the method according to the preamble of claim 9 and a food wrap for Durchfüh¬ out the method according to the preamble of An¬ entitlement 22nd

There are foods known to be offered in a Ver¬ package like as much prepared as a ready meal or that they often only thawed by the consumer, heated, heated, cooked and / or must be baked to be consumed ver¬. On the packaging of Nahrungs¬ means generally a guide to Zu¬ preparation of the food is printed. Often, however, these descriptions are deficient or incomprehensible formulated so that processing in the Zuberei errors can easily occur. In addition, the careful study of the instructions from Ver¬ is consumers often perceived as burdensome and complicated, and he often has trouble to remember all the information, especially when several Bear¬ beitungsschritte as defrosting, heating, stirring, heating, etc. consecutively be performed should. Thus, although are usually on the packaging information on order, type, intensity and duration of various preparation steps mentioned, but often they are still forgotten during the preparation of the food by the consumer so that he can search out food packaging, for example, again from the waste container to to ascertain the specific information. This can be countered with program Vor¬ optional only on special kitchen appliances that make a einzustellendes before cooking program while run easily, but require care, skill and knowledge in the operation. In any case, the device-related preparation requires consumers from effort, care and service time.

The object of the invention is therefore that Endzuberei- preparation steps of such processed foods easier th time-saving to gestal¬ reliable and (in terms of operation and monitoring).

This object is achieved by a method according to the preamble of claim 1 starting with the kenn¬ features of claim 1.

According to the invention the code is read by a read head, then stored in a memory of the household appliance is retrieved and used to program of the household appliance, which then the preparation is of the food is carried out automatically. Since the respective preparation and duration of the preparation is adjusted by the program, the consumer needs the usual instructions for preparing food on the package not to read and then put into an operation of the device. Thus errors in a manual preparation, such as an incorrect temperature setting or a wrong Zuberei are processing time, avoided.

Conveniently, a timer, a time difference between the reading of the Pro¬ program and the time of preparation of Verbrau¬ set cher or a time are selected to have about the food in time for a vorge passed (Homecoming) time finished.

Likewise advantageously stopping or interrupting the program in case of change requests, incidents and vorzu¬ like to see. Further, the program is modified from the beginning (by hand) can be provided.

Preferred dimensions will be issued by a display element during the program Sig¬ dimensional for stirring and the like.. In this way, purely technically executable device preparation steps can not be included. After the program, a signal indicating the completion vorge see, so that the user does not need to monitor this, obtained his food as soon as possible and turn off the system and reliable.

An advantageous embodiment of this Automatisie¬ approximation method provides that in a separate memory of the household appliance according to the invention codes of various food products on the one hand and its preparation products are stored on the other hand. now contains a code only one product labeling, which itself says nothing about the preparation yet, so when reading the product label the jeweili¬ be accessed gen steps and loaded into the main memory to the product associated Zubereitungsprogramm¬. Overloading of the coding information is avoided in this way since all essential information can be retrieved by a product identification. In addition, in this process variant the general European EAN-product labeling can be used, so that an individual, adapted to the respective domestic appliance coding unnecessary. Special code fields and codes are for this procedure not required, but it can be printed on food packaging EAN-Produkt¬ used to be labeled. Also preparation method can thus be adapted to the device-related options, such as when a microwave oven, a particularly high or low heat output or treatment options with circulating air, top heat u. etc. are our own. or missing.

The object of the invention is further achieved by a domestic appliance according to the preamble of claim 9, starting with the characterizing features of claim 9.

According to the invention for carrying out the Verfah Rens a domestic appliance, which is equipped with matching elektro¬ African components, is provided. A reading head with the medium wrapping the coding at the Nahrungs¬ can be queried, is formed in a preferred embodiment as a freely moveable hand-held device, which is connected either via a cable to the device or is a wireless variant. The read head can then be performed by the consumer very easily on the coding field of food packaging.

Another advantageous embodiment provides that the read head in the device itself is stationary instal¬ lines. This embodiment is particularly advantageous if the food can remain in the package. The code should then be expediently mounted preferably so that when Einschie¬ food packaging ben in the Haushalts¬ gets this comes just in sight of the read head, so that an automatic scanning of the coding field is possible. This makes the process of reading itself is largely automated.

Preferred moderation is the device for different ways of cooking, such as cooking, baking, grilling, etc. designed. The particular method of preparation is given in the program and will be selected automatically.

The object is according to the invention by a food package according to the Oberbe¬ handle of claim 22, starting with the kennzeich¬ nenden features of this claim solved.

According to the invention the food packaging is associated with a machine-readable code on a code field, the preparation contains a program for Nahrungsmittel¬ holding device for a correspondingly blank Haus¬. In the program, all essential Endzubereitungsschritte for each packaged food are included. This Codier¬ field may be designed as special magnetic stripe card or the like. Chip supplied with the respective foods, and is then inserted in the holding device Haus¬ and read by a reading head entspre¬ sponding. It is also denk¬ bar that this code fields are located in special cooking or manuals that are designed, for example, for the financial instrument. There, the foods shown, recipes and the like, in each case, a special code is then assigned.

Advantageously, however, the encoding is on the food package, so that any risk of confusion largely closed ausge¬ are.

Two embodiments are shown in the drawings and are explained in more detail below. In the drawing:

Fig. 1 agent packing a schematic diagram of the household appliance and the Nah¬,

Fig. 2 is a schematic representation of the various steps of the Verfahrens¬ Ausführungs¬ Example 1

Fig. 3 is a schematic representation of the different steps of a second Verfahrens¬ Ausführungs¬ example.

FIG. 1 shows a generally designated 1 Haus¬ stop device having a read head 2. The Haushalts¬ device 1 is designed as a combination device for microwave, baking, cooking, grilling, etc.. The Lese¬ head 2 is formed in this embodiment as a separate hand-held device and connected by means of a cable 3 with the domestic appliance. 1 A Nahrungs¬ packing medium 4 includes a coding 5, which can be read by the reading head. 2 Fig. 2 shows a block diagram of the Verfahrens¬ steps of a first embodiment. The coding 5, which is attached to a package 4 is read by a read head 2 and stored in a main memory 6 of a household appliance. 1 The coding 5 contains a program that just gets 1 contains all information about the Endzubereitungsschritte of the food in the programmable Haus¬. the household appliance 1 is programmed pro¬ by the water contained in the main memory 6 program, said household appliance 1 sets so ausge¬ is that is by optionally adding a heating coil, a hot plate or by programming 7, an automatic processing of the respective Nahrungs¬ means possible microwave etc. set via a switching unit 9 and controlled. By operating a Startschal¬ ters 8, the switching unit 9 is switched through and the program flow begins. An embodiment of the start switch 8 as a time switch 10 enables agent preparation individual adjustment of the time period between the reading of the program and the start of Nah¬. An embodiment of the switch 11 to a common panel for manual alteration of individual steps of the program, such as the change of in the program cooking times. During the running of the program, consumers can at any time ein¬ engage in the program and this under- or cancel a Ab¬ break switch. 11 Further, by the program during the Nahrungsmittelzube¬ reitung a display device 12 are activated, wel¬ ches Umrührsignale or outputs a ready signal upon completion of the diet. After the program, the consumer can then put fertigge¬ take food out of the appliance. 1 Fig. 3 shows another embodiment of the method. In this case, the code 5 contains only one product identification, or the like. In a memory 13 of the appliance 1 Zuberei already marked for products are preparation steps stored. These may have been read head 2 in the memory 13, for example, of special information carriers using the Lese¬. The read product identification is stored in a the prestore 14, whereupon the respective product-specific accessed Zubereitsungsschritte from the ROM 13 and loaded into the memory 6 Haupt¬. Now the Program¬ carried optimization of the household appliance 1. The other Verfah rensschritte run from those of the first embodiment in an analogous manner.

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1. A process for the preparation of food with a stove, oven, or the like Haushalts¬ device (1), in which the preparation according to one elek¬ tronically stored program is performed, characterized in that the program, by means of a coding (5) on a coding field that is associated with agents which Nah¬ is stored, and that the program with the aid of a read head (2) removed from the coding field, electronic read into a memory of the device and will call abge¬ from that for the automatic preparation through the device.
2. The method according to claim 1, characterized gekenn¬ characterized in that the program is arranged from a packing agent in the Nah¬ (4) coding (5) is removed.
3. The method of claim 1 or 2, characterized in that by a time switch (10) can be adjusted by a time difference between the reading of the Pro¬ program and the time of preparation of the Nahrungs¬.
4. The method according to any one of claims 1 to 3, characterized in that the end of the program Pro¬ by an interrupt switch (11) can be interrupted or aborted.
5. The method according to any one of claims 1 to 4, characterized gekennzeicnet that the flow of the program can be manually changed before the start of the preparation.
6. A method according to any one of claims 1 to 5, characterized in that a display element (12) signals for stirring or the like to write.
7. A method according to any one of claims 1 to 6, characterized in that after the Pro¬ a display element (12) program a signal for An¬ show the finished food emits.
8. A method according to any one of claims 1 to 7, to 6, characterized in that in a Fest¬ memory (13) of the household appliance (1) are stored for products specified preparation programs, product labeling specified while reading one in the coding (5) each specifically recalled and loaded into the main memory (6).
9. Household appliance for performing the method according to one of claims 1 to 8 with at least one storage element (6) for storing the Pro¬ program and at least one element (9) for retrieving the program and for the electronic control of the preparation, characterized by a Lese¬ head (2) for reading the coding (5) to the food packaging (4), which is connected to the memory element (6,14).
10. Household appliance according to claim 9, characterized ge denotes that the reading head (2) is formed as freibeweg¬ pending handset.
11. Household appliance according to claim 9 or 10, characterized in that the reading head (2) via a cable (3) to the household appliance (1) is angeschlos¬ sen.
12. Household appliance according to claim 9 or 10, characterized in that the reading head (2) with the domestic appliance (1) is wirelessly connected.
13. Household appliance according to claim 9, characterized ge denotes that the reading head (2) fixed on the device (1) is mounted.
14. Household appliance according to one of claims 9 to 13, characterized in that the device (1) has a receiving region to which the Lese¬ head (2) is aligned.
15. Household appliance according to one of claims 9 to 14, characterized in that the Haupt¬ storage element (6) is switched vorge a read only memory (13).
16. Household appliance according to one of claims 9 to 15, characterized in that a Schal¬ ter (8.10) for selecting a time difference and / or for starting the program is available.
17. Household appliance according to one of claims 9 to 16, characterized in that a Anzeige¬ element (12) is present.
18. Household appliance according to one of claims 9 to 17, characterized in that a control panel to manually change the program flow is provided before the start of the preparation.
19. Household appliance according to one of claims 9 to 18, characterized in that a Unter¬ (11) is provided to switch refraction lower or stop the program.
20. Household appliance according to one of claims 9 to 19, characterized in that the device (1) is also used conventionally without programming.
21. Household appliance according to any one of claims 9 to 20 is designed, characterized in that the device (1) species as a combination device for various preparation such as microwave, boiling, baking, grilling etc..
22. food package for carrying out the method according to one of claims 1 to 8, characterized in that the said net a coding field having mounted thereon machine-readable coding (5) that contains a program and information for controlling the food preparation of each of the packaged food, zugeord¬ is.
23. Food package according to claim 22, characterized in that the Nahrungsmittel¬ packing (4) carries the coding (5).
24. A package according to claim 22 or 23, characterized in that the coding (5) the preparation steps Zuberei featuring their sequence or simultaneity and their duration.
25. Packaging according to one of claims 22 to 24, characterized in that the coding (5) includes temperature information, and a Umrührsignale with ready-signal.
26. Packaging according to one of claims 22 to 25, characterized in that the coding (5) contains a general EAN-product labeling.
27. Packaging according to one of claims 23 to 26, characterized in that the coding (5) as to the package (4) is mounted so that it turns automatically during insertion of the packaging (4) into the Haushalts¬ (1) Visibility a fixed reading head (2) comes.
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