Patents Assigned to The Vollrath Company, L.L.C.
  • Publication number: 20190150470
    Abstract: An automatic frozen food product vending machine includes a freezer barrel configured to produce a frozen food product, a spigot fluidly connected to the freezer barrel, the spigot for dispensing the frozen food product, a movable platform for supporting a container to receive frozen food product, the movable container movable among a home position and a fill position below the spigot, and a processing circuit configured to open the spigot and fill the container with an amount of frozen food product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: THE VOLLRATH COMPANY, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Gary E. Bruckner, Richard Koehl, Tony J. Kopidlansky, Aamer Mohammed, Douglas J. Shymanski, Dave Wattenford
  • Publication number: 20190116831
    Abstract: An automatic frozen food product vending machine includes a frozen food product dispensing station for dispensing at least one frozen food product, a container dispenser for storing multiple frozen food product containers and configured to automatically dispense one frozen food product container at a time, a first movable platform for supporting a dispensed frozen food product container, a topping dispensing station for dispensing at least one topping, a second movable platform for supporting the dispensed frozen food product container, a user input device configured to receive a user selection of a desired frozen food product and a user selection of a desired topping, and processing electronics configured to automate operation of the vending machine after the user selections are made.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicant: The Vollrath Company, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Gary E. Bruckner, Richard Koehl, Tony J. Kopidlansky, Aamer Mohammed, Douglas J. Shymanski, Dave Wattenford
  • Patent number: 10251511
    Abstract: A rethermalizing station includes a well defined by an exterior wall, a food pan configured to be inserted into the well and to hold a food item, a first induction coil surrounding the exterior wall of the well, the first induction coil configured to warm the food item via inductive heating of the food pan, a first temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature of the food pan, and a control unit coupled to the first induction coil and the first temperature sensor, the control unit configured to control the first induction coil in response to the temperature of the food pan detected by the first temperature sensor such that temperature of the food pan is maintained at a targeted temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: THE VOLLRATH COMPANY, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Peter Roever, Yang Wang, John Wojcik
  • Patent number: 10188128
    Abstract: An automatic frozen food product vending machine includes a frozen food product dispensing station for dispensing at least one frozen food product, a container dispenser for storing multiple frozen food product containers and configured to automatically dispense one frozen food product container at a time, a first movable platform for supporting a dispensed frozen food product container, a topping dispensing station for dispensing at least one topping, a second movable platform for supporting the dispensed frozen food product container, a user input device configured to receive a user selection of a desired frozen food product, a user selection of a desired amount of frozen food product, and a user selection of a desired topping, and processing electronics configured to automate operation of the vending machine after the user selections are made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: The Vollrath Company, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Gary E. Bruckner, Richard Koehl, Tony J. Kopidlansky, Aamer Mohammed, Douglas J. Shymanski, Dave Wattenford
  • Publication number: 20180332870
    Abstract: A frozen food product dispensing machine includes a housing, a freezer barrel, a cover extending over the opening of the freezer barrel, wherein the cover defines a passage fluidly coupled to a food product volume, a spigot disposed within the passage and translatable along a longitudinal axis between a first position and a second position, the spigot including an actuator interface, and an actuator selectively coupled to the spigot by the actuator interface, wherein the spigot prevents a flow of food product through the passage when in the first position and allows the flow of food product through the passage when in the second position, wherein the actuator is configured to selectively move the spigot between the first position and the second position in response to a user input, and wherein the spigot is configured to be selectively decoupled from the actuator by rotating the spigot about the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Applicant: The Vollrath Company, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Ken Wetenkamp
  • Publication number: 20180146684
    Abstract: A method for making a food pan including forming a pan including a bottom, and a side wall extending along a perimeter of the bottom, wherein the side wall comprises an upper perimeter. The method includes forming a rim around the upper perimeter of the side wall, wherein the rim comprises a top portion and an outer edge, providing a reinforcement band proximate the upper perimeter of the side wall and the rim, and bending the rim around the reinforcement band, wherein the outer edge of the rim contacts the side wall when fully shaped. The method further includes reforming a shape of the reinforcement band and the rim.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Applicant: The Vollrath Company, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Steven P. Morgan, Bruce J. Keller
  • Publication number: 20180110238
    Abstract: A frozen food product dispensing machine includes a housing, a freezer barrel disposed within the housing, a plurality of drawers, and a manifold comprising a plurality of inlets and one outlet. The plurality of drawers are disposed within and slidably coupled to the housing and configured to each support a liquid food product mix reservoir. The inlets are each fluidly coupled to one of the liquid food product mix reservoirs, and the outlet is fluidly coupled to the freezer barrel to supply liquid food product mix from all of the liquid food product mix reservoirs to the freezer barrel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Applicant: The Vollrath Company, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Aamer Mohammed, Ken Wetenkamp
  • Patent number: 9861213
    Abstract: A cold food display unit includes a well defining a receptacle, an insert positioned within the receptacle, a refrigeration system, a first cooling air discharge, and a second cooling air discharge. The insert is positioned within the receptacle to form a first cooling air flow path and a second cooling air flow path. The refrigeration system includes a cooling air outlet positioned within the receptacle to provide cooling air to the first and second cooling air flow paths. The first cooling air discharge discharges a first flow of cooling air toward the second side of the well, and the second cooling air discharge discharges a second flow of cooling air toward the first side of the well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: The Vollrath Company, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Bernard J. Goch, Kathleen A. Wollenberg
  • Publication number: 20170334617
    Abstract: A hopper cover for a dispensing machine includes an exterior side having an exterior surface and an interior side having an interior surface that defines a plurality of recesses. The plurality of recesses are configured to receive a plurality of components of the dispensing machine. Each recess of the plurality of recesses corresponds with a specific component of the plurality of components. The hopper cover is configured to cover a hopper cavity of the dispensing machine when in a first orientation and facilitate organized disassembly and reassembly of the dispensing machine when in a second orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Applicant: The Vollrath Company, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jill Hundley, Richard Koehl, Ken Wetenkamp
  • Publication number: 20170311752
    Abstract: Temperature regulation devices for heating food are disclosed. The temperature regulation device is configured to heat food held in a food pan positioned in a well of food service equipment. The temperature regulation device includes a module or housing and heating element, and is configurable in a variety of positions, orientations, locations, or configurations relative to the well and the food pans to accommodate a variety of sizes and configurations of food pans.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Applicant: The Vollrath Company, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Peter Roever, Jill Hundley, Megan Raspel
  • Patent number: D801134
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: The Vollrath Company, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Jill E. Hundley
  • Patent number: D805347
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: The Vollrath Company, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jill E. Hundley, Tyler J. Erickson, Mark V. LeGreve, Rebecca J. Schreiber-Pethan
  • Patent number: D809349
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: The Vollrath Company, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jill E. Hundley, Tyler J. Erickson, Mark V. LeGreve, Rebecca J. Schreiber-Pethan
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    Patent number: D817069
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: The Vollrath Company, L.L.C.
    Inventor: David R. Tosdale
  • Patent number: D831413
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: The Vollrath Company, L.L.C.
    Inventors: David R. Tosdale, Jill E. Hundley, Rebecca J. Schreiber-Pethan
  • Patent number: D831416
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: The Vollrath Company, L.L.C.
    Inventors: David R. Tosdale, Jill E. Hundley, Rebecca J. Schreiber-Pethan
  • Patent number: D834092
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: The Vollrath Company, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Gary E. Bruckner, Richard Koehl, Tony J. Kopidlansky, Aamer Mohammed, Douglas J. Shymanski, Dave Wattenford, Ken Wetenkamp
  • Patent number: D834365
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: The Vollrath Company, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jill Hundley, Richard Koehl, Ken Wetenkamp
  • Patent number: D844375
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: The Vollrath Company, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jill Hundley, Richard Koehl, Ken Wetenkamp
  • Patent number: D848212
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: The Vollrath Company, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Aamer Mohammed, Ken Wetenkamp