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1. WO2016147025 - A BALL REFINER DEVICE AND FOOD PREPARATION EQUIPMENT COMPRISING THIS DEVICE

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CLAIMS

1. A ball refiner device comprising a refiner unit (21) having a basket (23) in which a plurality of balls (23) is placed, and an agitation member (28) mounted in the basket (23) and rotatable relative thereto, capable of agitating the plurality of balls (24) to refine a product placed in the basket (23), the agitation member (28) comprising selectively detachable means of attachment for coupling, in use, to a drive member (11) of equipment (1) for which the ball refiner device forms an accessory tool.

2. A ball refiner device according to Claim 1, wherein the base (30) of the basket (23) comprises a plurality of through slits (35) through which the refined product present in the basket (23) can flow in use.

3. A ball refiner device according to Claim 2, wherein the slits (35) have a width of less than 1 mm.

4. A ball refiner device according to any of Claims 1 to 3, wherein the agitation member (28) has two vertical corrugated arms (29), placed at the sides of an axial tube (26), from which arms one or more appendages (31) extend radially at the base (30) of the basket (23) .

5. A ball refiner device according to any of the preceding claims, wherein a lug (32) is formed at the top of the basket (23), this lug being engageable by the shank (33) of a drive member (34), which can be coupled, in use, to a different drive member (16) of the equipment (1) in order to rotate the basket 23.

6. A ball refiner device according to any of the preceding claims, further comprising a recirculation unit (22) with a conduit (40, 42) having an inlet aperture (43), for receiving a product emerging from the refiner unit (21) and

reintroducing the product into the refiner unit.

7. A ball refiner device according to Claim 6, wherein the inlet aperture (43) has means (5) for engaging with a

discharge outlet (5) of the equipment (1) .

8. Equipment for food preparation (1) comprising a ball refiner device (20) according to any of Claims 1 to 7, the basket (23) being housed in a container (6) of the equipment (1), the agitation member (28) being capable of being

selectively coupled to a drive member (11) of the equipment

(I) for which the ball refiner device forms an accessory tool .

9. Equipment according to Claim 8, the drive member (11) comprising a connecting shaft (11) projecting from the base of the container (6) and engaged with the agitation member (28) for agitating the plurality of balls (24), the container (6) being closable by means of a cover (12) from which there projects an auxiliary shaft (16) engaged with a rotary drive member (34) for driving the basket (23), the connecting shaft

(II) and the auxiliary shaft (16) being drivable in rotation independently of one another in order to rotate,

respectively, the agitation member (28) for agitating the plurality of balls (24) and the basket (23) .

10. Equipment according to Claim 9, wherein the basket (23) has one or more fins (25) projecting radially as far as the inner wall of the container (6) to transfer to a discharge outlet (5) the product which emerges from slits (35) formed in the base (30) of the basket (23) and which is collected in the container (6), a recirculation unit (22) mounted on the discharge outlet (5) drawing in the product and reintroducing it into the basket (23) .