Patents Assigned to Lancer Corporation
  • Patent number: 10351409
    Abstract: A high diluent to concentrate volumetric ratio post-mix drink dispenser includes a mixer and a nozzle housing. The mixer defines a mixing pathway adapted to receive a diluent flow from a diluent source and a concentrate pathway adapted to receive a concentrate flow from a concentrate source. The concentrate pathway communicates with the mixing pathway to deliver concentrate therein. The mixing pathway manipulates the diluent flow therein to decrease the pressure thereof, thereby creating a low pressure region at the concentrate pathway that promotes introduction of the concentrate into the diluent for mixing therewith. The nozzle housing couples with the mixer such that the nozzle housing receives mixed diluent and concentrate from the mixing pathway and delivers the mixed diluent and concentrate therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Lancer Corporation
    Inventors: Donald W. Smeller, Robert L. Robinson, Brandon P. Ojeda, Linda M. Voller
  • Patent number: 10266383
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for sanitizing a dispenser (20) is provided in which a sanitizing cup (10) is coupled to the dispenser after removing a nozzle (22). The sanitizing cup (10) is filled with a sanitizer, and flushed through a check valve (14). Flushing may be accomplished by dispensing water from the dispenser (20) while the sanitizing cup (10) is coupled to the dispenser (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Lancer Corporation
    Inventor: Paul Haskayne
  • Publication number: 20190062140
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing system includes a cabinet with a dispensing station. The cabinet includes therein a refrigeration system, a cooling fluid system, and a refrigerated compartment having therein a cooling system and a beverage source coupled with the dispensing station. The cooling fluid system circulates a cooling fluid through the refrigeration system such that the refrigeration system cools the cooling fluid. The cooling fluid system further normally circulates the cooling fluid through the dispensing station to cool beverage therein. The cooling fluid system directs the cooling fluid from the dispensing station to the cooling system when necessary to cool the refrigerated compartment. A beverage fluid system resides in the cooling fluid system between the beverage source and the dispensing station such that the cooling fluid system cools beverage flowing through the beverage fluid system prior to delivery of beverage to the dispensing station for dispensing therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Applicant: Lancer Corporation
    Inventor: Jun Yang
  • Publication number: 20180317524
    Abstract: A dispenser of nitrogen gas infused cold brew beverages includes a product container, a nitrogenator, a mixing unit, and a dispensing unit. The nitrogenator receives water from a water source and nitrogen gas from a nitrogen gas source and infuses the nitrogen gas into the water to produce nitrogen gas infused water. The mixing unit receives product from a product container and nitrogen gas infused water from the nitrogenator. The mixing unit combines the product and the nitrogen gas infused water to induce a mixing thereof that creates a nitrogen gas infused beverage. The dispensing unit receives nitrogen gas infused beverage from the mixing unit. The dispensing unit chills the nitrogen gas infused beverage to produce a nitrogen gas infused cold brew beverage for dispensing therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: Lancer Corporation
    Inventor: Jarrell L. Jennings, III
  • Publication number: 20180265342
    Abstract: A high diluent to concentrate volumetric ratio post-mix drink dispenser includes a mixer and a nozzle housing. The mixer defines a mixing pathway adapted to receive a diluent flow from a diluent source and a concentrate pathway adapted to receive a concentrate flow from a concentrate source. The concentrate pathway communicates with the mixing pathway to deliver concentrate therein. The mixing pathway manipulates the diluent flow therein to decrease the pressure thereof, thereby creating a low pressure region at the concentrate pathway that promotes introduction of the concentrate into the diluent for mixing therewith. The nozzle housing couples with the mixer such that the nozzle housing receives mixed diluent and concentrate from the mixing pathway and delivers the mixed diluent and concentrate therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Lancer Corporation
    Inventors: Donald W. Smeller, Robert L. Robinson, Brandon P. Ojeda, Linda M. Voller
  • Patent number: 10012345
    Abstract: An adapter that integrates an icemaker with a beverage dispenser includes a base defining a passage therethrough and at least a first bracket. The base includes a first rail and a second rail, and a top of the base may support thereon at least a portion of the icemaker. The first bracket includes a first rail engagement member engageable with the first rail and a second rail engagement member engageable with the second rail. The bracket inserts within the passage of the base such that the first rail element member engages the first rail and the second rail engagement member engages the second rail. The bracket is movable along the first and second rails to accommodate icemakers having different dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Lancer Corporation
    Inventors: Jack Derby, Kevin R. Long, Bradley R. Glidden, Michael Angelica
  • Patent number: 9933792
    Abstract: A flow regulator system includes a flow regulator placed within a fluid flow path to maintain fluid flow therethrough at a desired flow rate. The flow regulator includes a flow washer having an orifice therethrough and a regulator body that receives the flow washer. At fluid pressures between a first fluid pressure and a second fluid pressure, the flow washer rotationally deforms to decrease or increase the size of the orifice, thereby maintaining the desired flow rate. When fluid pressure is greater than or equal to the second fluid pressure, the flow washer contacts a portion of the regulator body to prevent further rotational deformation of the flow washer. In addition, the flow washer radially compresses or expands to increase or decrease the size of the orifice, thereby maintaining the desired flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Lancer Corporation
    Inventor: Donald W. Smeller
  • Patent number: 9932216
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing system includes a control system electrically connected with a beverage dispenser, a proximity sensor, and a touch-sensitive display. The control system causes the touch-sensitive display to display an advertising state when the proximity sensor indicates a user is not present at the beverage dispensing system and a beverage selection state when the proximity sensor indicates a user is present. The control system further causes the touch-sensitive display to display a pour state after a beverage choice selection is made through the touch sensitive display during the display of the beverage selection state. The control system still further causes the beverage dispenser to deliver the beverage choice after a pour request is made through the touch sensitive display during the display of the pour state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Lancer Corporation
    Inventors: George E. Hernandez, Jeremiah A. Hong
  • Publication number: 20170299246
    Abstract: An ice chest system includes an ice chest and first, second, third, and fourth legs removably securable with the ice chest. The ice chest includes a top, a bottom, and first, second, third, and fourth sides defining an ice bin. First and second pins are mechanically connected with the first, second, third, and fourth sides at each end thereof. The first, second, third, and fourth legs each include a first surface having first and second engagement slots and a second surface having first and second engagement slots. Securing the first, second, third, and fourth legs with the ice chest includes engaging the first and second engagement slots of the first, second, third, and fourth legs with the first and second pins of the first, second, third, and fourth sides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Applicant: Lancer Corporation
    Inventors: James G. Jensen, Christopher Arocha, Jack Derby
  • Publication number: 20170152133
    Abstract: An adapter that integrates an icemaker with a beverage dispenser includes a base defining a passage therethrough and at least a first bracket. The base includes a first rail and a second rail, and a top of the base may support thereon at least a portion of the icemaker. The first bracket includes a first rail engagement member engageable with the first rail and a second rail engagement member engageable with the second rail. The bracket inserts within the passage of the base such that the first rail element member engages the first rail and the second rail engagement member engages the second rail. The bracket is movable along the first and second rails to accommodate icemakers having different dimensions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Applicant: Lancer Corporation
    Inventors: Jack Derby, Kevin R. Long, Bradley R. Glidden, Michael Angelica
  • Publication number: 20170022041
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing system includes a control system electrically connected with a beverage dispenser, a proximity sensor, and a touch-sensitive display. The control system causes the touch-sensitive display to display an advertising state when the proximity sensor indicates a user is not present at the beverage dispensing system and a beverage selection state when the proximity sensor indicates a user is present. The control system further causes the touch-sensitive display to display a pour state after a beverage choice selection is made through the touch sensitive display during the display of the beverage selection state. The control system still further causes the beverage dispenser to deliver the beverage choice after a pour request is made through the touch sensitive display during the display of the pour state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: Lancer Corporation
    Inventors: George E. Hernandez, Jeremiah A. Hong
  • Publication number: 20170008750
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing system includes a control system electrically connected with a beverage dispenser, a proximity sensor, and a touch-sensitive display. The control system causes the touch-sensitive display to display an advertising state when the proximity sensor indicates a user is not present at the beverage dispensing system and a beverage selection state when the proximity sensor indicates a user is present. The control system further causes the touch-sensitive display to display a pour state after a beverage choice selection is made through the touch sensitive display during the display of the beverage selection state. The control system still further causes the beverage dispenser to deliver the beverage choice after a pour request is made through the touch sensitive display during the display of the pour state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Applicant: Lancer Corporation
    Inventors: George E. Hernandez, Jeremiah A. Hong
  • Patent number: 9511988
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing system includes a control system electrically connected with a beverage dispenser, a proximity sensor, and a touch-sensitive display. The control system causes the touch-sensitive display to display an advertising state when the proximity sensor indicates a user is not present at the beverage dispensing system and a beverage selection state when the proximity sensor indicates a user is present. The control system further causes the touch-sensitive display to display a pour state after a beverage choice selection is made through the touch sensitive display during the display of the beverage selection state. The control system still further causes the beverage dispenser to deliver the beverage choice after a pour request is made through the touch sensitive display during the display of the pour state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Lancer Corporation
    Inventors: George E. Hernandez, Jeremiah A. Hong
  • Publication number: 20160282883
    Abstract: A flow regulator system includes a flow regulator placed within a fluid flow path to maintain fluid flow therethrough at a desired flow rate. The flow regulator includes a flow washer having an orifice therethrough and a regulator body that receives the flow washer. At fluid pressures between a first fluid pressure and a second fluid pressure, the flow washer rotationally deforms to decrease or increase the size of the orifice, thereby maintaining the desired flow rate. When fluid pressure is greater than or equal to the second fluid pressure, the flow washer contacts a portion of the regulator body to prevent further rotational deformation of the flow washer. In addition, the flow washer radially compresses or expands to increase or decrease the size of the orifice, thereby maintaining the desired flow rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Publication date: September 29, 2016
    Applicant: Lancer Corporation
    Inventor: Donald W. Smeller
  • Patent number: 9285149
    Abstract: An automated ice dispenser (30) decouples the action of agitating ice stored in an ice bin (69) and the action of dispensing the ice and, additionally, uses a controlled action to dispense the ice. Agitation is achieved with a horizontally mounted agitator (91). Ice is dispensed with a horizontally mounted auger (124). The ice dispenser (30) uses the force created by the auger (124) to push the ice through an opening (71) and out of the bin (69), making the dispensing more consistent and providing the ability to overcome clumping. By making the agitation action independent of the dispensing action, the incidence of clumping is reduced. Agitation is controlled by software, whereunder the agitator (91) turns on based on the cumulative run time of the auger (124). Auger run time and agitation time (as well as other configurable parameters) are adjustable by DIP switches (134) on a control board (133).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Lancer Corporation
    Inventors: Dodge Bamberger, Mauro Gonzalez, Carlos Perez, Merrill Good
  • Patent number: 9045326
    Abstract: A used transportation tube is replaced with a new transportation tube by moving a lever of a coupler from an engaged position to a disengaged position such that a fitment of the transportation tube releases a keg valve assembly. The fitment is removed from a top end of the coupler, and the transportation tube is removed from a faucet and tower of a beer dispensing system. A new transportation tube is inserted into the tower and faucet of the beer dispensing system. A fitment of the new transportation tube is inserted through the top end of the coupler and into a bore of the coupler. The lever is moved from its disengaged position to its engaged position, whereby the lever pushes the fitment downward within the bore such that the fitment opens the keg valve assembly thereby facilitating beer flow from the keg through the transportation tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Lancer Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Haskayne, Robert Shettle, Donald Smeller, Jarrell Jennings, III, Merrill Good
  • Patent number: 8875956
    Abstract: A creamy foam beer dispensing system includes a coupler removably securable with a keg, a transportation tube, and a faucet having a handle coupled with a plunger communicating with the transportation tube. The handle is movable among a closed position, an open position, and a creamy foam position. In the closed position, the handle maintains the plunger squeezed against the transportation tube such that no beer flows from the faucet. In the open position, the handle lifts the plunger substantially, completely off the transportation tube such that beer flows smoothly from the faucet. In the creamy foam position, the handle lifts the plunger off the transportation tube a distance such that an aperture created in the transportation tube produces creamy foam flow from the faucet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Lancer Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Haskayne, Robert Shettle, Donald Smeller, Jarrell Jennings, III, Merrill Good
  • Patent number: 8833090
    Abstract: A drink dispenser includes a housing defining a chamber that contains a cooling fluid therein. A refrigeration unit is disposed within the housing. The refrigeration unit includes an evaporator coil extending into the cooling fluid such that a frozen cooling fluid bank forms about the evaporator coil. An agitator is disposed within the housing. The agitator extends into the cooling fluid for circulating the cooling fluid about the frozen cooling fluid bank. Dispensing valves mounted onto the housing dispense drinks from the drink dispenser. An electronic control system is disposed within the housing. The electronic control system is coupled with the agitator such that the electronic control system cycles the agitator between an agitator on period and an agitator off period. Cycling the agitator between an agitator on period and an agitator off period promotes stable growth of the frozen cooling fluid bank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Lancer Corporation
    Inventors: Melissa L. Breton-Hall, Rodney L. Neiman, Frank Taylor, Jr., Jeremiah A. Hong
  • Patent number: 8807392
    Abstract: A nozzle system for use with a multi-flavor beverage dispenser includes a mixing chamber having a fluid outlet therefrom; a diluent injector configured to deliver a mixing fluid from without to within the mixing chamber; and a number of concentrate injectors configured to independently deliver a fluid concentrate from without to within the mixing chamber. The concentrate injector each have associated therewith a self-sealing dispensing valve configured to substantially limit fluid flow through its respective concentrate injector to from without the mixing chamber to within the mixing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Lancer Corporation
    Inventors: Donald W. Smeller, Jarrell L. Jennings, III, Robert L. Robinson, Merrill R. Good, George E. Hernandez
  • Patent number: D784496
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Lancer Corporation
    Inventors: Donald W. Smeller, Merrill R. Good, James E. Bruce, II