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1. WO2020136134 - SYSTEM FOR DELIVERING FROZEN OR CHILLED BEVERAGES

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Claims

1. System (100) for delivering frozen or chilled beverages, wherein the system

(100) comprises a device (10) and a container (20), the container (20) comprising a frozen product and the device (10) being configured for receiving the container (20) and for processing the frozen product of the container (20) to deliver the final beverage;

wherein the device (10) comprises:

a slicing element (60), the slicing element (60) and the frozen product being relatively rotatable to each other about a rotation axis in order to slice the frozen product, and

a driving unit (50) configured to provide the relative rotation between the slicing element (60) and the frozen product,

wherein the container (20) comprises a container inner wall (301) being in contact with the frozen product, wherein the container inner wall (301) has a cross-section, which is shaped such that a relative rotation between the container (20) and the frozen product about the rotation axis is blocked.

2. System (100) according to claim 1, wherein the slicing element (60) is provided to remain stationary about the rotation axis, and wherein the driving unit (50) is configured to rotate the container (20) and thus the frozen product about the rotation axis, thereby providing the relative rotation between the slicing element (60) and the frozen product in order to slice the frozen product.

3. System (100) according to claim 1, wherein the container (20) and thus the

frozen product are provided to remain stationary about the rotation axis, and wherein the driving unit (50) is configured to rotate the slicing element (60) about the rotation axis, thereby providing the relative rotation between the slicing element (60) and the frozen product in order to slice the frozen product.

4. System (100) according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the cross- section of the container inner wall (301) is elliptically shaped and/or comprises at least one straight section and/or at least one round section.

5. System (100) according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the cross- section of the container inner wall (301) has the shape of a polygon, e.g. of a triangle, a rectangle, a square, a pentagon, a hexagon, a heptagon, an octagon, or a circle segment.

6. System (100) according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the cross- section of the container inner wall (301) is uniform along the rotation axis and/or wherein the cross-section of the container inner wall (301) extends substantially only along the rotation axis.

7. System (100) according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the

container (20) comprises a moveable lid (90), and wherein the driving unit (50) is preferably configured to displace the lid (90) in order to displace the frozen product towards the slicing element (60).

8. System (100) according to claim 7, wherein the lid (90) has a cross-section, which has a shape corresponding to the shape of the cross-section of the container inner wall (301) such that the lid (90) is guidable by the corresponding shapes of the cross-sections of the container inner wall (301) and the lid (90) for displacing the frozen product towards the slicing element (60).

9. System (100) according to claim 7 or 8, wherein the lid (90) comprises a

circumferential edge, and wherein the circumferential edge comprises a sealing element (91) for closing the container (20) by the lid (90) in a sealing manner.

10. System (100) according to claim 8, wherein the sealing element (91) is a sealing lip and/ or integrally formed with the lid.

11. System (100) according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the frozen product is displaceable through an opening (95) of the container (20) in order to be displaced towards the slicing element (60), wherein the container (20) comprises a further lid for closing the opening (95) of the container, wherein the further lid is preferably designed for being manually opened or removed and/ or to open, when the frozen product is displaced through the opening (95) and towards the slicing element (60).

12. System (100) according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the

container (20) comprises a container outer wall (33) comprising a cross-section being shaped for transferring a rotation of the driving unit (50) of the system about the rotation axis to the container (20) and thus the frozen product in order to slice the frozen product.

13. System (100) according to claim 12, wherein the shape of the cross-section of the container outer wall (33) corresponds to the shape of the cross-section of the container inner wall (301).

14. System (100) according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the

container (20) comprises an identification element (22), e.g. a barcode and/ or an RFID tag, wherein the identification element (22) comprises processing parameters for processing the container (20) by the system and/or information of the frozen product contained by the container (20), wherein, preferably, the container outer wall (33) comprises the tag.

15. System (100) according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the system (100) further comprises an injection unit (70) for providing a jet of liquid to the sliced product in order to dissolve and/or homogenize and/or hydrate the final beverage.

16. System (100) according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the system (100) comprises a heating unit (21) adapted to be coupled with the container

(20) to at least partially detach the frozen product inside the container (20) before it is sliced.

17. System (100) according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the system (100) comprises a mixing chamber (30, 200) for receiving the sliced product, wherein, preferably, the injection unit (70) is provided for injecting the jet of liquid into the mixing chamber.

18. System (100) according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the mixing chamber (30, 200) comprises a stirring element (31) for stirring the sliced product in the mixing chamber (30, 200).

19. System (100) according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the system (100) comprises a control unit (40) for controlling at least the driving unit (50), the injection unit (70), the heating unit (21) and/or the stirring element (31).

20. System (100) according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the control unit (40) is configured to read the identification element (22) of the container (20) and to control the driving unit (50), the injection unit (70), the heating unit (21) and/ or the stirring element (31) according to the processing parameters.

21. Method for delivering frozen or chilled beverages with a system (100) according to any one of the preceding claims, the method comprising the steps of:

providing a relative rotation between the slicing element (60) and the frozen product about a rotation axis in order to slice the frozen product, and

blocking a relative rotation between the container (20) and the frozen product about the rotation axis by the shape of the cross-section of the container inner wall (301).