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1. WO2020112312 - SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF AUTOMATED FOOD PROCESSING USING FOOD SMOOTHNESS PREDICTION

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CLAIMS

We Claim:

1. A system for processing foodstuffs, comprising:

a blade assembly including a plurality of blades;

a blade actuator configured to rotate the blades during a blend cycle using power received by the blade actuator;

at least one sensor configured to measure a power parameter of the received power, the power parameter including an instantaneous current; and

a processing circuit configured to:

initiate a blend cycle by causing the blade actuator to rotate the blades using the received power;

calculate, during the blend cycle, an input energy based on the power parameter; compare the input energy to an energy threshold; and

terminate the blend cycle responsive to the input energy exceeding the energy threshold.

2. The system of claim 1, wherein the processing circuit is configured to cause the blade actuator to rotate at a variable speed.

3. The system of claim 1, wherein the processing circuit adjusts the blend cycle based on at least one of a temperature or a mass of foodstuffs blended by the blade assembly.

4. The system of claim 1, wherein the power parameter includes a voltage.

5. The system of claim 1, wherein the energy threshold corresponds to a desired viscosity of foodstuffs.

6. The system of claim 1, comprising a container platform configured to receive a container including foodstuffs, wherein the processing circuit is configured to cause the container platform to couple to the blade assembly to form a chamber including the foodstuffs, and the blade assembly is configured to blend the foodstuffs within the chamber.

7. The system of claim 6, wherein the processing circuit is configured to cause a fluid transfer device to transfer fluid into the chamber and determine the input energy to include a heat transfer corresponding to the fluid.

8. The system of claim 6, wherein the processing circuit is configured to cause the chamber to be inverted during the blend cycle.

9. The system of claim 1, wherein:

the energy threshold is a first energy threshold; and

the processor circuit terminates the blend cycle responsive to at least one of (1) the input energy exceeding the first energy threshold and an instantaneous current exceeding a first current threshold or (2) the input energy exceeding a second energy threshold greater than the first energy threshold and the average current over a predetermined duration of time exceeding a second current threshold greater than the first current threshold.

10. The system of claim 1, wherein the at least one sensor includes a first sensor configured to measure the instantaneous current and a second sensor configured to measure a voltage of the received power.

11. A method of operating a blender, comprising:

initiating, by a processor, a blend cycle by causing a blade actuator to rotate a plurality of blades of a blade assembly using a received power;

measuring, by at least one sensor, a power parameter of the received power, the power parameter including an instantaneous current;

calculating, by the processor during the blend cycle, an input energy based on the power parameter;

comparing, by the processor, the input energy to an energy threshold;

comparing, by the processor, the instantaneous current to a current threshold; and

causing, by the processor, the blade actuator to discontinue rotating the blades responsive to at least one of (1) the input energy exceeding the energy threshold or (2) the instantaneous current exceeding the current threshold, by causing the blade actuator to discontinue rotating the blades.

12. The method of claim 11, comprising adjusting, by the processor, the blend cycle based on at least one of a temperature or a mass of foodstuffs blended by the blade assembly.

13. The method of claim 11, wherein the power parameter includes a voltage.

14. The method of claim 11, wherein at least one of the energy threshold or the current threshold corresponds to a desired viscosity of foodstuffs.

15. The method of claim 11, comprising:

causing, by the processor, a container platform receiving a container including foodstuffs to couple to the blade assembly to form a chamber including the foodstuffs; and

causing, by the processor, the blade assembly to blend the foodstuffs within the chamber.

16. The method of claim 11, comprising:

causing, by the processor, a fluid transfer device to transfer fluid into the chamber; and determining, by the processor, the input energy to include a heat transfer corresponding to the fluid.

17. The method of claim 11, wherein:

the energy threshold is a first energy threshold, and the current threshold is a first current threshold; and

terminating the blend cycle includes terminating the blend cycle responsive to at least one of (1) the input energy exceeding the first energy threshold and the instantaneous current exceeding the first current threshold or (2) the input energy exceeding a second energy threshold greater than the first energy threshold and the average current over a predetermined duration of time exceeding the second current threshold greater than the first current threshold.

18. The method of claim 11, comprising using a first sensor of the at least one sensor to measure the instantaneous current and a second sensor of the at least one sensor to measure a voltage of the received power.

19. A processing circuit of a blender, comprising:

one or more processors; and

a non-transitory computer-readable medium comprising processor-executable instructions that when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to:

initiate a blend cycle by causing a blade actuator to rotate a plurality of blades of a blade assembly using a received power;

receive, from at least one sensor, a power parameter of the received power, the power parameter including an instantaneous current;

calculate, during the blend cycle, an input energy based on the power parameter; predict a viscosity of foodstuffs blended by the rotation of the blades based on the input energy and the instantaneous current; and

cause the blade actuator to discontinue rotating the blades responsive to the predicted viscosity satisfying a viscosity condition.

20. The processing circuit of claim 19, wherein the computer-readable medium comprises instructions to cause the one or more processors to determine the predicted viscosity to satisfy the viscosity condition based on the predicted viscosity being greater than a first predetermined viscosity threshold and less than a second predetermined viscosity threshold.