Patents Assigned to A.C. Dispensing Equipment, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10228071
    Abstract: A pinch valve has an insert housed in a holder. The insert and the holder are shaped to receive a dispensing tube and the insert can rotate within the holder and around the dispensing tube. The insert can be rotated to have the pinch valve in a release configuration where the insert can be moved downward and out of the holder to allow for cleaning of the insert and holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: A.C. Dispensing Equipment Inc.
    Inventors: Avery Wilson, Brian Gay, Derek Cole, Jeffrey Tofflemire, Ian Maclean, Ronald Shore
  • Patent number: 10082214
    Abstract: A pinch valve for a liquid-dispensing unit or machine has a pinch valve body to which is pivotally secured a closure in a clamshell arrangement. The valve body and the closure define a passageway that can hold a liquid-dispensing tube when the pinch valve is in a closed configuration. The axis about which the closure pivots is perpendicular to the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: A.C. Dispensing Equipment Inc.
    Inventors: Avery Wilson, Brian Gay, Derek Cole, Jeffrey Tofflemire, Ian MacLean, Ronald Shore
  • Patent number: 10060539
    Abstract: A pinch valve for a liquid-dispensing unit or machine has a pinch valve body to which is connected a pinch bar assembly. The pinch bar assembly has two axes of rotation and can easily be moved by a user from a pinch position, where the pinch bar is the displacement path of a plunger, to an open position where it is not in the displacement path. A liquid-dispensing tube can be installed in the pinch valve between the pinch bar and the plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: A.C. Dispensing Equipment Inc.
    Inventors: Avery Wilson, Brian Gay, Derek Cole, Jeffrey Tofflemire, Ian MacLean, Ronald Shore
  • Patent number: 9894910
    Abstract: A beverage whitening composition for whitening coffee, tea or hot chocolate, is described. The composition replaces a selected fluid, such as partially skimmed milk or half-and-half cream, in a reduced volume while providing the same or a very similar whitening ability and taste as the selected fluid to be replaced, so as to be indiscernible to the consumer. The target volume for reduction is 45% to 95%. The composition is useful for replacing skim, 1%, 2%, whole milk, light cream, half-and-half cream or coffee cream in dispensers containing bags, to reduce frequency of bag replacement. The composition may be steamed and used to whiten a steamed milk beverage, such as a latte.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: A.C. Dispensing Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Garth C. Illsley, Dennis P. Dickinson
  • Patent number: 9782034
    Abstract: Described herein is an apparatus and method for dispensing a granular material. The apparatus includes a hopper for storing the granular material and a feeder for delivering the granular material through a hopper outlet to a dispensing tube that is configured to guide the granular material towards a dispensing outlet. The valve assembly is actuatable to pinch and unpinch the dispensing tube, thereby blocking and unblocking the passage of material. The valve assembly is configured to receive a resilient portion of the dispensing tube, and is actuatable to pinch the resilient portion of the dispensing tube to inhibit passage of the granular material to the dispensing port, and to unpinch said resilient portion of the dispensing tube to enable passage of the granular material through the dispensing port. The dispensing tube may be sloped between the hopper outlet and the valve assembly. Sloping of the dispensing tube promotes sliding of the granular material along an inner surface of the dispensing tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: A.C. Dispensing Equipment Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Williston, Jeffrey Tofflemire, Ken MacGillivary, Ian MacLean
  • Patent number: 9738507
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a liquid dispenser includes a liquid reservoir, a measurement device providing at least one signal indicative of the amount of liquid remaining in the liquid reservoir, an electrically actuated valve coupled to a tube outlet exiting from a bottom of the liquid reservoir, and a processor. The processor is electrically connected to the measurement device and operatively coupled to and controlling operation of the valve. Further, the processor is configured to determine a valve open time for dispensing a requested amount of liquid. The valve open time depends upon a preliminary time based on the requested amount and at least one signal from the measurement device, and an adjustment to the preliminary time based on a difference between a requested amount and a measured amount determined by the measurement device for at least one previous dispense.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: A.C. Dispensing Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Cole, Paul Gregory Erman, Ian MacLean
  • Patent number: 9296603
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a liquid dispenser includes a liquid reservoir, a load cell supporting at least a partial weight of the liquid reservoir, an electrically actuated valve coupled to a tube outlet exiting from a bottom of the liquid reservoir, and a processor. The processor is electrically connected to the load cell and operatively coupled to and controlling operation of the valve. Further, the processor is configured to determine a valve open time for dispensing a requested amount of liquid. The valve open time depends upon a preliminary time based on the requested amount and an output from the load cell, and an adjustment to the preliminary time based on a difference between a requested amount and a measured amount determined by the load cell for at least one previous dispense.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: A.C. Dispensing Equipment Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Cole, Paul Gregory Erman, Ian MacLean
  • Patent number: 8622257
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing granulated powder, such as a fine sugar or sweetener, which uses an auger driven by a gear motor. The gear motor is controlled by a control unit on the front of the dispenser, allowing a user to select the quantity of powder to be dispensed. The apparatus comprises at least one, preferably two dispensing assemblies within the chassis, each comprising a storage bin for the powder, an inclined base, an auger member abutting the base of the storage bin and a dispensing chute. The base of the storage bin is inclined positively toward to the orifice of the dispensing chute, thereby ensuring that the powder is dispensed at a constant rate with minimized dribbling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: A.C. Dispensing Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: P. Gregory Erman, Ben Garvey, Chris Marshall, Michael McDougall, Kevin Stoneman, Avery Wilson
  • Patent number: 8561841
    Abstract: A concentrated flavor dispensing machine having displacement pumps for delivering between a fraction of a milliliter and a few ounces of fluids having a viscosity value between 1 to 4000 centepoise is described. The dispensing machine includes a cabinet for containing a multitude of displacement pumps, where each displacement pump is realizably connected to a disposable pre-filled fluid cartridge. Each displacement pump includes a stepper motor in engagement with a threaded drive rod that is advanced or retracted by any one of several predetermined distances. The drive rod impels a plunger positioned within the disposable cartridge to dispense a volume of fluid. Flexible capillary tubes connected to the output of each disposable cartridge direct the fluid to a central dispensing area. The disposable cartridge includes an expandable plunger which draws fluid back into the cartridge when the drive rod is withdrawn after a dispense operation for drip prevention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: A.C. Dispensing Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory P. Erman, Chris Marshall, Avery Wilson, David A. Ricker, Michael McDougall, Kevin Stoneman, Ian MacLean
  • Publication number: 20130224364
    Abstract: A beverage whitening composition for whitening coffee, tea or hot chocolate is described. The composition replaces conventional milk in a reduced volume. The target volume for reduction is 45% to 95%. The composition comprises 0.5-80% by weight of cream having from 5-42% by weight fat; 15-97% by weight of milk having from 0.1-3.25% by weight fat; serum solids, such as skim milk powder; and optionally a stabilizer. When used in the amount of the target volume, the composition has the beverage whitening ability of the selected milk to be replaced. The composition is useful for replacing skim, 1%, 2% or whole milk in dispensers containing bags, to reduce frequency of bag replacement. The composition may be steamed and used to whiten a steamed milk beverage, such as a latte.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: A.C. DISPENSING EQUIPMENT, INC.
    Inventor: A.C. DISPENSING EQUIPMENT, INC.
  • Patent number: 8420148
    Abstract: A beverage whitening composition for replacing cream or milk in a reduced volume comprising: cream having a higher butter fat content than the cream or milk to be replaced; milk having a lower butter fat content than the cream or milk to be replaced; and serum solids, such as skim milk powder. The composition has the beverage whitening ability of the cream or milk to be replaced in a target volume of from 30% to 95% of the volume of cream or milk to be replaced. The composition is formulated so that from 300 mL to 950 mL of the composition has the whitening ability of 1 liter of the cream or milk to be replaced. The composition is useful for replacing conventional coffee cream in dispensers containing bags of cream so as to reduce frequency of bag replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: A.C. Dispensing Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Garth C. Illsley, Dennis P. Dickinson
  • Publication number: 20100065587
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing granulated powder, such as a fine sugar or sweetener, which uses an auger driven by a gear motor. The gear motor is controlled by a control unit on the front of the dispenser, allowing a user to select the quantity of powder to be dispensed. The apparatus comprises at least one, preferably two dispensing assemblies within the chassis, each comprising a storage bin for the powder, an inclined base, an auger member abutting the base of the storage bin and a dispensing chute. The base of the storage bin is inclined positively toward to the orifice of the dispensing chute, thereby ensuring that the powder is dispensed at a constant rate with minimized dribbling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Applicant: A.C. DISPENSING EQUIPMENT, INC.
    Inventors: P. Gregory Erman, Ben Garvey, Chris Marshall, Michael McDougall, Kevin Stoneman, Avery Wilson
  • Publication number: 20090250491
    Abstract: A concentrated flavour dispensing machine having displacement pumps for delivering between a fraction of a millilitre and a few ounces of fluids having a viscosity value between 1 to 4000 centepoise is described. The dispensing machine includes a cabinet for containing a multitude of displacement pumps, where each displacement pump is realisably connected to a disposable pre-filled fluid cartridge. Each displacement pump includes a stepper motor in engagement with a threaded drive rod that is advanced or retracted by any one of several predetermined distances. The drive rod impels a plunger positioned within the disposable cartridge to dispense a volume of fluid. Flexible capillary tubes connected to the output of each disposable cartridge direct the fluid to a central dispensing area. The disposable cartridge includes an expandable plunger which draws fluid back into the cartridge when the drive rod is withdrawn after a dispense operation for drip prevention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Applicant: A.C. DISPENSING EQUIPMENT, INC.
    Inventors: P. Gregory Erman, Chris Marshall, Avery Wilson, David Ricker, Michael McDougall, Kevin Stoneman, Ian MacLean
  • Patent number: 7337920
    Abstract: A concentrated flavour dispensing machine having displacement pumps for delivering between a few millilitres and few ounces of fluids having a viscosity value between 1 to 4000 centepoise is described. The dispensing machine includes a cabinet for containing a multitude of displacement pumps, where each displacement pump is in direct fluid communication with a respective storage tank, and a control panel having a programmable microprocessor mounted to the cabinet for receiving user selections and controlling each individual pump. Each displacement pump includes a stepper motor in engagement with a threaded drive rod for advancing a piston by any one of several predetermined distances to dispense a corresponding volume of fluid. The control panel receives a valid user selection for actuating one or more pumps to dispense the appropriate volume of a concentrated flavouring fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: A.C. Dispensing Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R Duck, Garth C. Illsley, Charles Jollymore, Ian MacLean, Kevin Stoneman, Dzung Tran, Avery Wilson, Kim Kanigan
  • Publication number: 20070218181
    Abstract: A beverage whitening composition for replacing cream or milk in a reduced volume comprising: cream having a higher butter fat content than the cream or milk to be replaced; milk having a lower butter fat content than the cream or milk to be replaced; and serum solids, such as skim milk powder. The composition has the beverage whitening ability of the cream or milk to be replaced in a target volume of from 30% to 95% of the volume of cream or milk to be replaced. The composition is formulated so that from 300 mL to 950 mL of the composition has the whitening ability of 1 litre of the cream or milk to be replaced. The composition is useful for replacing conventional coffee cream in dispensers containing bags of cream so as to reduce frequency of bag replacement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Publication date: September 20, 2007
    Applicant: A.C. DISPENSING EQUIPMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Garth C. ILLSLEY, Dennis P. DICKINSON
  • Patent number: RE46143
    Abstract: A concentrated flavor dispensing machine having displacement pumps for delivering between a fraction of a milliliter and a few ounces of fluids having a viscosity value between 1 to 4000 centepoise is described. The dispensing machine includes a cabinet for containing a multitude of displacement pumps, where each displacement pump is realizably connected to a disposable pre-filled fluid cartridge. Each displacement pump includes a stepper motor in engagement with a threaded drive rod that is advanced or retracted by any one of several predetermined distances. The drive rod impels a plunger positioned within the disposable cartridge to dispense a volume of fluid. Flexible capillary tubes connected to the output of each disposable cartridge direct the fluid to a central dispensing area. The disposable cartridge includes an expandable plunger which draws fluid back into the cartridge when the drive rod is withdrawn after a dispense operation for drip prevention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: A.C. DISPENSING EQUIPMENT, INC.
    Inventors: P. Gregory Erman, Chris Marshall, Avery Wilson, David A. Ricker, Michael McDougall, Kevin Stoneman, Ian MacLean