Patents Assigned to Lancer Partnership. Ltd.
  • Patent number: 8293350
    Abstract: A mold barrier eliminates the establishment and continued resurgence of microbial colonies on product dispenser components routinely exposed to fluids and food products. The mold barrier may be utilized in a product dispenser to prevent the establishment of mold colonies on the product dispenser. The mold barrier adheres to potentially exposed surfaces to create an impenetrable boundary layer, thereby preventing the errant product from permeating into porous materials not suitable for product contact. Upon contacting the mold barrier, the errant product moves downward. Residues left from the errant product may be removed when the product dispenser and mold barrier are sanitized during routine cleansing operations. Upon sanitization, the product dispenser may be restored to a sanitized condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Lancer Partnership, Ltd
    Inventor: Jarrell L. Jennings
  • Patent number: 8251259
    Abstract: A product dispenser reconfigurable in the field includes a housing, at least one tower unit, and a removable ambient box. The at least one tower unit includes at least one dispense point, whereby a product or diluent is delivered from a diluent or product source to the dispense point. The ambient box is an insulated product path that is adaptable to at least one external source and the tower units or the dispense points. The external source may be conditioned externally or may deliver an ambient temperature product, wherein the product circuits passing through the ambient box may deliver product to any tower unit, thereby providing increased product variability within a same product dispenser. The product dispenser still further includes a tower structure that is removable without disabling the product circuits, and a method of merchandising on the tower structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Lancer Partnership, Ltd
    Inventors: William A. Edwards, Roger Anthony Kolodziejcyk
  • Patent number: 8091737
    Abstract: A multiple flavor beverage dispensing nozzle includes at least one disposable beverage flavor syrup injector for injecting flavor syrup into a mixing fluid. The flavor syrup injector injects flavor syrup at an angle towards the longitudinal axis of the nozzle exit orifice such that the nozzle exit orifice does not come in contact with the syrup, avoiding color and flavor contamination of other dispensed beverages. Also, by injecting the syrup at an angle, the mixing fluid intersects with the syrup in midair below the surface of the nozzle, resulting in a complete and gentle mixing of syrup and mixing fluid, without syrup residue accumulating on any surface in contact with any other flavor. By directing the mixing fluid through and around the housing containing the flavor syrup injectors, a uniform even circular flow of mixing fluid is dispensed from the exit orifice of the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignees: Lancer Partnership, Ltd, The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Donald W. Smeller, Samuel Escamilla, Robert L. Robinson
  • Patent number: 8074842
    Abstract: A dispenser including a plurality of tower sections allows an operator to remove one or more tower sections from the fluid dispenser without removing the fluid dispenser from a dispensing location. A housing of the dispenser includes multiple arrays of outlets from a housing fluid circuit that is connectable to fluid sources. Separate tower sections including complementary arrays are then coupled to arrays of the housing, thereby extending the housing fluid circuits to the dispense points disposed on the tower sections. The tower sections are secured to the fluid dispenser housing. The tower sections may further include mounting members that mate together to provide additional restraint and to ensure that the dispense points of the attached tower sections are aligned, thereby providing a clean, uniform appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignees: Lancer Partnership, Ltd., The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: William A. Edwards, Gary V. Paisley, Douglas J. McDougall, Daniel S. Quartarone, Samuel L. Orr, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8002147
    Abstract: A drip tray trap divides a cavity of the drip tray into an inlet chamber and an outlet chamber. The trap includes perforations to permit the passage of liquids, and to restrict the movement of foreign objects and ice cubes to a drip tray outlet, thereby removing the possibility the foreign objects and ice cubes clogging a drip tray drain. The trap includes at least one angled engagement surface and at least one angled engagement surface. The angle of the engagement surfaces forces the ice cubes and foreign objects to move to lowest positions of the inlet chamber. The rerouted ice cubes melt and move through the perforations of the trap, thereby entering the outlet chamber and moving to the drip tray outlet. In a second embodiment, the trap includes handling features to facilitate the insertion and removal of the trap from the cavity of the drip tray for sanitizing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Lancer Partnership, Ltd.
    Inventors: Leroy Levert Wells, Michael Troy Stuebs
  • Patent number: 7975989
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser for dispensing beverages includes a touch panel assembly, removable fittings in a carbonator, a carbonator probe, and a carbonator pump assembly removable from a front of the beverage dispenser. The touch panel assembly includes a light source for backlighting a user interface and providing the dispenser with a visual presence. Electrode traces in the touch panel assembly detect interruptions in electrode fields and are accepted as user inputs for dispensing a beverage. A controller conducts the lighting, dispensing, and reconfiguring operations for the flavor selection areas on the user interface. The touch panel assembly further includes provisions for increasing a user interface area to increase visibility of a particular flavor, as well as bonus flavors on a beverage dispenser. The removable fittings each include an orifice for entry of water to be carbonated into the carbonator. The carbonator probe is a single wire probe with timed refill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Lancer Partnership, Ltd
    Inventors: Adrian M. Romanyszyn, Paul S. Sudolcan, Alfred A. Schroeder, Roberto Rosales
  • Patent number: 7967170
    Abstract: An agitator motor assembly is removable from a front of an ice dispenser for servicing, thereby eliminating the need to gain entrance into a storage bin to uncouple the agitator motor assembly from an agitator bar assembly. The ice dispenser includes the storage bin having a port, the agitator bar assembly disposed within the storage bin, and the agitator motor assembly mounted to a front of an exterior portion of the bin. A shaft of the agitator motor assembly engages the agitator bar assembly through the port, such that the agitator motor assembly rotates the agitator bar assembly when powered. The agitator motor assembly further includes a fastening device that passes through a bore in the shaft and engages the agitator bar assembly, thereby coupling the agitator motor assembly to the agitator bar assembly. A method for removing the agitator motor assembly is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Lancer Partnership, Ltd.
    Inventors: David Goff, Adrian M. Romanyszyn, Todd Jenkins
  • Patent number: 7910047
    Abstract: A method for molding through parts employs gas-assist molding techniques. The method includes closing a mold to create a part cavity, injecting resin into the mold, injecting a gas into a resin stream to create hollow sections in the part, opening the mold, and ejecting a part using conventional mold ejection techniques. The final step of the process includes trimming the as-molded part to expose the through section of the fitting. The fitting may be molded with sealing features for use in tubing assemblies. Advantages of this process include higher working pressure ranges, as well as reduced manufacturing costs and assembly time. The molded tubing fitting formed in this process invention is a through fitting which incorporates features representing o-rings installed on a part into the mold and ultimately into the exterior surface of the molded fitting. This process may eliminate injection molded o-ring fittings from the connection entirely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Lancer Partnership, Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Troy Stuebs, William A. Edwards, Jason K. Weiss
  • Patent number: 7889182
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser for dispensing beverages includes a touch panel assembly, removable fittings in a carbonator, a carbonator probe, and a carbonator pump assembly removable from a front of the beverage dispenser. The touch panel assembly includes a light source for backlighting a user interface and providing the dispenser with a visual presence. Electrode traces in the touch panel assembly detect interruptions in electrode fields and are accepted as user inputs for dispensing a beverage. A controller conducts the lighting, dispensing, and reconfiguring operations for the flavor selection areas on the user interface. The touch panel assembly further includes provisions for increasing a user interface area to increase visibility of a particular flavor, as well as bonus flavors on a beverage dispenser. The removable fittings each include an orifice for entry of water to be carbonated into the carbonator. The carbonator probe is a single wire probe with timed refill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Lancer Partnership, Ltd.
    Inventors: Adrian M. Romanyszyn, Paul S. Sudolcan, Alfred A. Schroeder, Roberto Rosales
  • Patent number: 7810676
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser for dispensing beverages includes a touch panel assembly, removable fittings in a carbonator, a carbonator probe, and a carbonator pump assembly removable from a front of the beverage dispenser. The touch panel assembly includes a light source for backlighting a user interface and providing the dispenser with a visual presence. Electrode traces in the touch panel assembly detect interruptions in electrode fields and are accepted as user inputs for dispensing a beverage. A controller conducts the lighting, dispensing, and reconfiguring operations for the flavor selection areas on the user interface. The touch panel assembly further includes provisions for increasing a user interface area to increase visibility of a particular flavor, as well as bonus flavors on a beverage dispenser. The removable fittings each include an orifice for entry of water to be carbonated into the carbonator. The carbonator probe is a single wire probe with timed refill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Lancer Partnership, Ltd.
    Inventors: Adrian M. Romanyszyn, Paul S. Sudolcan, Alfred A. Schroeder, Roberto Rosales
  • Patent number: 7813834
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser includes an electronic control system for controlling beverage dispenser components. The beverage dispenser components include at least a user interface, a dispensing valve, and a valve interface for regulating the delivery of a beverage from the dispensing valve. The electronic control system includes a microcontroller for monitoring the user interface and for activating the valve interface responsive to user input, thereby regulating the delivery of a beverage from the dispensing valve. The electronic control system further includes a program memory with firmware configured in a state machine system architecture for controlling the microcontroller. The state machine system architecture supports either a non-preemptive or a preemptive multitasking real time operating system. The firmware includes supervisory control firmware, dispenser tasks firmware, and low level drivers firmware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Lancer Partnership, Ltd.
    Inventors: David C. Sudolcan, Thomas J. Chadwell
  • Patent number: 7793678
    Abstract: A converter valve allows product dispenser operator to change from a first fluid source to a second fluid source without fluid crossover. The converter valve includes a first port in fluid communication with a dispense point, a second port in fluid communication with a first fluid source having a first fluid, and a third port is in fluid communication with a second fluid source having a second fluid. The converter valve includes a passage between the first and second ports, and a plug in fluid communication with third port. The second and third ports of the converter valve are disposed symmetrically about the first port, and, accordingly, the converter valve is rotatable about the first port. As such, the converter valve delivers the first fluid to the dispense point, and delivers the second fluid through the passage to the dispense point when the converter valve is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Lancer Partnership, Ltd
    Inventors: William A. Edwards, Frank CarreƱo, Michael J. Riley
  • Patent number: 7748571
    Abstract: An agitator motor assembly is removable from a front of an ice dispenser for servicing, thereby eliminating the need to gain entrance into a storage bin to uncouple the agitator motor assembly from an agitator bar assembly. The ice dispenser includes the storage bin having a port, the agitator bar assembly disposed within the storage bin, and the agitator motor assembly mounted to a front of an exterior portion of the bin. A shaft of the agitator motor assembly engages the agitator bar assembly through the port, such that the agitator motor assembly rotates the agitator bar assembly when powered. The agitator motor assembly further includes a fastening device that passes through a bore in the shaft and engages the agitator bar assembly, thereby coupling the agitator motor assembly to the agitator bar assembly. A method for removing the agitator motor assembly is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Lancer Partnership, Ltd.
    Inventors: David Goff, Adrian M. Romanyszyn, Todd Jenkins
  • Patent number: 7743946
    Abstract: A switch over device provides a product dispenser with the capability to switch from a first diluent flow circuit to a second diluent flow circuit. The switch over device attaches to the dispenser, and includes a manifold having a first diluent inlet and a second diluent inlet in communication with a diluent outlet. The switch over device further includes a first and a second stem assembly, wherein the first and second stem assemblies are biased to a first position that interrupts flow from the first and second diluent inlets to the diluent outlet. In a second position, the stem assemblies permit fluid flow to the diluent outlet. The switch over device further includes actuators that enable an operator to easily switch from the one flow circuit to the other. The product dispenser may switch from virtually any type of diluent, and/or diluent temperatures, including ambient, chilled, and carbonated diluents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Lancer Partnership, Ltd.
    Inventors: William A. Edwards, Mauro C. Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 7734373
    Abstract: A method and apparatus wherein traditional design methodologies directed toward obtaining minimized component costs are largely set aside in favor of mass customization, reduced design and ownership costs, and shorter design cycles. The distributed architecture contemplates widespread distribution of monitoring and control functions for most device-specific hardware under the direction of a CPU module. In implementation of the distributed architecture, various component modules are placed in communication with the CPU module through at least one and preferably multiple communication busses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Lancer Partnership, Ltd.
    Inventors: David C. Sudolcan, Thomas J. Chadwell
  • Patent number: 7729800
    Abstract: A method and apparatus wherein traditional design methodologies directed toward obtaining minimized component costs are largely set aside in favor of mass customization, reduced design and ownership costs, and shorter design cycles. The distributed architecture contemplates widespread distribution of monitoring and control functions for most device-specific hardware under the direction of a CPU module. In implementation of the distributed architecture, various component modules are placed in communication with the CPU module through at least one and preferably multiple communication busses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Lancer Partnership Ltd.
    Inventors: David C. Sudolcan, Thomas J. Chadwell
  • Patent number: 7641074
    Abstract: A flow circuit connector provides the capability to change the flow paths of a product valve in a beverage dispenser. The flow circuit connector includes a first member that connects two unconnected flow paths, and a second member that stops the flow of fluid within the flow paths not being utilized. In a first embodiment, the flow circuit connector allows an operator to select between two diluent flow paths representing either a chilled diluent or a chilled and carbonated diluent. Configuration may be accomplished on location, and is not a permanent rerouting. In a second embodiment, the beverage dispenser further includes an ambient flow circuit and additional flow circuit connector components as required to complete or cap any exposed flow circuits. In a third embodiment, the beverage dispenser includes at least two product flow circuits representing the delivery of ambient product or a conditioned product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Lancer Partnership, Ltd.
    Inventors: William A. Edwards, Randeep S. Grewal
  • Patent number: 7624895
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser includes a tower head disposed atop a tower, and at least one beverage syrup flow path having at least one control module disposed within the tower to regulate the flow of a beverage syrup through the flow path, thereby reducing the size requirements for the tower head. The beverage dispenser may further include additional flow paths to add variable products. The beverage dispenser further includes a control board including at least one input and output device disposed on a top of the beverage dispenser, such that an operator may easily interact with the control board to configure the beverage dispenser. The beverage dispenser may be utilized in a master/slave arrangement, wherein a slave beverage dispenser without a control panel is disposed adjacent to and in communication with the control board of the master beverage dispenser, such that the master beverage dispenser conducts all global and configuration operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Lancer Partnership, Ltd.
    Inventor: Paul Haskayne
  • Patent number: 7603834
    Abstract: An evacuation system including an evacuation member engages a product package and applies pressure thereto, such that a product in the product package moves toward an outlet in the product package for dispensing. A controller monitors the force applied by a driver to the product package, thereby ensuring that the pressure remains below a particular threshold to protect the integrity of the product package. The controller further monitors the evacuation member location, thereby enabling the controller to recognize when the product package is empty. The evacuation system further includes a package carrier including a pinch-off area that moves product out of an unrecoverable portion of the product package. The evacuation member may be utilized as a stand-alone device or with a primary device, wherein the primary device provides signals to the evacuation system and the evacuation system provides product to the primary device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Lancer Partnership, Ltd.
    Inventors: Alfred A. Schroeder, Michael T. Romanyszyn, Merrill R. Good, John D. Santy, George E. Hernandez, Ronald Ray Hoch
  • Patent number: 7600360
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for forming and filling a flexible package are provided in which an evacuation device (26) and a fitment (20) are attached to a sheet of flexible material (16). The sheet of flexible material (16) is formed into a package that is filled and sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Lancer Partnership Ltd, Dorothy Linda Schroeder as Trustee for three trusts, and SMJCGF, LLP
    Inventors: Alfred A. Schroeder, Michael T. Romanyszyn