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1. (WO2018101830) DOSING DEVICE, BEVERAGE DISPENSING DEVICE AND WORM BODY
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Claims

1. Dosing device for a product in powder form, comprising a holder intended to hold a first quantity of the product therein, which holder is provided on a dispensing side with dosing means which are able and configured to draw off a second smaller quantity of product from the holder and move it to an outlet of the device, wherein the dosing means comprise a worm body comprising a spindle, on a periphery of which extends a worm thread running at least substantially in a spiral over the periphery of the spindle, wherein the worm thread opens toward the dispensing side of the holder in order to receive the powder and is able and configured, when rotated, to move the powder out of the holder to the outlet and to dispense it via an outflow opening of the outlet, and wherein the worm body is at least connectable to a mechanical drive which is able and configured to impart a rotation about the rotation axis to the worm body, characterized in that the worm body comprises at least at an outer end facing toward the outflow opening at least one further worm thread extending from the periphery of the spindle, that the at least one further worm thread runs at least substantially in a further spiral between the first worm thread over the periphery of the spindle, and that the drive is able and configured to impart a controlled, first optionally whole number of rotations to the worm body in a first rotation direction followed by a controlled, second optionally whole number of rotations in a second opposite direction, which second number is smaller than the first number.

2. Dosing device as claimed in claim 1, characterized in that the holder comprises on the delivery side a delivery opening through which the product is delivered to a first part of the worm body, that the outer end facing toward the outflow opening extends from a second part of the worm body, which second part is located wholly outside the delivery opening, and that the at least one further worm thread is located at least substantially solely in the second part of the worm body outside the delivery opening.

3. Dosing device as claimed in claim 1 or 2, characterized in that the at least one further worm thread runs out of phase relative to the first worm thread, and particularly comprises a second worm thread which runs at least substantially opposite the first worm thread.

4. Dosing device as claimed in claim 1, 2 or 3, characterized in that the worm body extends with the outer end facing toward the outflow opening at least substantially as far as the outflow opening.

5. Dosing device as claimed in one or more of the foregoing claims, characterized in that the outlet comprises adjacently of the outflow opening an upstand with an inclination relative to a direction of transport of the worm body and that the worm body extends at least substantially as far as the upstand and has a pointed form at the outer end with an apex angle which at least substantially matches the upstand.

6. Dosing device as claimed in one or more of the foregoing claims, characterized in that the worm body extends on a base from a rotation body provided for rotation about a rotation axis in a wall of the holder, wherein the rotation body is provided externally of the holder with coupling means for coupling to a mechanical drive, in particular for coupling to an output shaft of an electric motor.

7. Dosing device as claimed in one or more of the foregoing claims, characterized in that the worm body with the first worm thread is in engaging transmission with a toothing on a periphery of a wheel which is suspended on the outlet side in the holder for rotation about a rotation axis oriented substantially transversely of a rotation axis of the worm body.

8. Dosing device for a product in powder form, comprising a holder intended to hold a first quantity of the product therein, which holder is provided on a dispensing side with dosing means which are able and configured to draw off a second smaller quantity of product from the holder and move it to an outlet of the device, wherein the dosing means comprise a worm body comprising a spindle, on a periphery of which extends a worm thread running at least substantially in a spiral over the periphery of the spindle, wherein the worm thread opens toward the dispensing side of the holder in order to receive the powder and is able and configured, when rotated, to move the powder out of the holder to the outlet and to dispense it beyond an outflow opening of the outlet, and wherein the worm body is at least connectable to a mechanical drive which is able and configured to impart a rotation about the rotation axis to the worm body, characterized in that the worm thread comprises a number of turns from a base to an outer end facing toward the outlet, wherein the worm thread encloses a smaller volume between successive turns at the base than between successive turns in a part thereof located further toward the outer end.

9. Dosing device as claimed in claim 8, characterized in that the worm thread encloses from the base to the outer end a gradually larger volume between successive turns over at least a part of a length thereof.

10. Dosing device as claimed in claim 8 or 9, characterized in that the worm thread is wider at the base than in the part located further toward the outer end, and in particular from the base to the outer end becomes gradually narrower between successive turns over at least a part of a length thereof.

11. Dosing device as claimed in claim 8, 9 or 10, characterized in that the worm thread is lower at the base than in the part located further toward the outer end, and in particular from the base to the outer end becomes gradually higher between successive turns over at least a part of a length thereof.

12. Dosing device as claimed in one or more of the claims 7 to 10, characterized in that the worm thread has a smaller pitch at the base than in the part located further toward the outer end, and in particular from the base to the outer end has a gradually greater pitch between successive turns over at least a part of a length thereof.

13. Dosing device as claimed in one or more of the claims 8 to 12, characterized in that the worm thread is more rounded at the base than in the part located further toward the outer end, and in particular from the base to the outer end is gradually less rounded between successive turns of the worm thread over at least a part of a length thereof.

14. Dosing device as claimed in one or more of the claims 8 to 13, characterized in that the spindle is thicker at the base than in the part located further toward the outer end, and in particular from the base to the outer end becomes gradually thinner between successive turns of the worm thread over at least a part of a length thereof.

15. Dosing device as claimed in one or more of the claims 8 to 14, characterized in that the worm body has a smaller diameter at the base than in the part located further toward the outer end, and in particular from the base to the outer end acquires a gradually larger diameter between successive turns over at least a part of a length thereof.

16. Worm body of the type as applied in the dosing device as claimed in one or more of the foregoing claims.

17. Beverage dispensing device comprising preparing means which are able and configured to receive at least one product in powder form from a dosing device and to mix it with a liquid in order to prepare a beverage, characterized by at least one dosing device as claimed in one or more of the claims 1 to 14.

18. Beverage dispensing device as claimed in claim 17, characterized in that the at least one dosing device comprises a product from a group comprising chocolate powder, cocoa, powdered milk, sugar and coffee powder.