Patents by Inventor Aaron M. Stein

Aaron M. Stein has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20190352169
    Abstract: Methods and systems directed to dispensing fluids, such as beverages, using wireless technology are provided. Aspects relate to a beverage dispenser with a dispensing system housing, a valve housing positioned exterior to the dispensing system housing and extending from the dispensing system housing. The valve housing may be configured to dispense a beverage and include self-contained electronics disposed within an interior area of the valve housing. In some embodiments, the beverage dispenser has one or more additional valve housings positioned exterior to the dispensing system housing. The valve housing may be configured to dispense a beverage and include self-contained electronics disposed within an interior area of the valve housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Inventors: William W. SEGIET, Alex L. GRAY, Fernando A. UBIDIA, Aaron M. STEIN, John F. LEWIS
  • Patent number: 10315907
    Abstract: Methods and systems directed to dispensing fluids, such as beverages, using wireless technology are provided. Aspects relate to a beverage dispenser with a dispensing system housing, a valve housing positioned exterior to the dispensing system housing and extending from the dispensing system housing. The valve housing may be configured to dispense a beverage and include self-contained electronics disposed within an interior area of the valve housing. In some embodiments, the beverage dispenser has one or more additional valve housings positioned exterior to the dispensing system housing. The valve housing may be configured to dispense a beverage and include self-contained electronics disposed within an interior area of the valve housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: William W. Segiet, Alex L. Gray, Fernando A. Ubidia, Aaron M. Stein, John F. Lewis
  • Patent number: 10046958
    Abstract: An apparatus and method may be configured for detecting selection between a hot version and a cold version of a beverage, causing opening of a first of a plurality of valves and closing of a second of the plurality of valves for providing water to a first of a plurality of mixing chambers based on the selection, causing delivery of beverage concentrate to the first mixing chamber, controlling a flow rate of the water and a flow rate of the beverage concentrate into the mixing chamber for mixing of the water with the beverage concentrate in a controlled ratio to create the beverage, and dispensing the beverage from the mixing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Xuejun Li, William W. Segiet, Fernando A. Ubidia, John F. Lewis, Aaron M. Stein
  • Publication number: 20170283244
    Abstract: Methods and systems directed to dispensing fluids, such as beverages, using wireless technology are provided. Aspects relate to a beverage dispenser with a dispensing system housing, a valve housing positioned exterior to the dispensing system housing and extending from the dispensing system housing. The valve housing may be configured to dispense a beverage and include self-contained electronics disposed within an interior area of the valve housing. In some embodiments, the beverage dispenser has one or more additional valve housings positioned exterior to the dispensing system housing. The valve housing may be configured to dispense a beverage and include self-contained electronics disposed within an interior area of the valve housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventors: William W. SEGIET, Alex L. GRAY, Fernando A. UBIDIA, Aaron M. STEIN, John F. LEWIS
  • Patent number: 9708170
    Abstract: Methods and systems directed to dispensing, fluids, such as beverages, using wireless technology are provided. Aspects relate to a container, such as a beverage cup, having a wireless transceiver configured to transmit and/or receive wireless signals to a second wireless transceiver associated with a dispenser. The wireless transceiver may be configured to transmit electronic signals indicative that the container is validated to receive a beverage and whether it is properly located to receive the beverage from a valve of the dispenser. Further aspects of the invention relate to a beverage dispersing system having, a wireless transceiver. In one embodiment, the dispenser is configured to receive a return signal from a container indicative that the container is validated to receive a beverage and whether the container is properly located to receive a beverage from a valve of the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: William W. Segiet, Alex L. Gray, Fernando A. Ubidia, Aaron M. Stein, John F. Lewis
  • Publication number: 20160257550
    Abstract: An apparatus and method may be configured for detecting selection between a hot version and a cold version of a beverage, causing opening of a first of a plurality of valves and closing of a second of the plurality of valves for providing water to a first of a plurality of mixing chambers based on the selection, causing delivery of beverage concentrate to the first mixing chamber, controlling a flow rate of the water and a flow rate of the beverage concentrate into the mixing chamber for mixing of the water with the beverage concentrate in a controlled ratio to create the beverage, and dispensing the beverage from the mixing chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Publication date: September 8, 2016
    Inventors: Xuejun Li, William W. Segiet, Fermando A. Ubidia, John F. Lewis, Aaron M. Stein
  • Patent number: 9409756
    Abstract: A multi-flavor valve capable of dispensing at least three flavors of beverages is provided. The valve includes a single-piece injection-molded valve body having at least three syrup flow paths and a water flow path. The valve also includes at least three syrup flow path solenoids for respectively opening and closing the at least three syrup flow paths, and one water flow path solenoid for opening and closing the water flow path. The three syrup flow path solenoids are positioned in the corresponding syrup flow paths, and the water flow path solenoid is positioned in the water flow path, within the valve body. The valve also has at least three beverage flavor switches for selecting any one of the three beverage flavors for dispensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Todd Piatnik, Fernando Ubidia, Amir Farooqui, Aaron M. Stein, Eric Skell, Thomas Tagliapietra, William Black
  • Patent number: 9370273
    Abstract: An apparatus and method may be configured for detecting selection between a hot version and a cold version of a beverage, causing opening of a first of a plurality of valves and closing of a second of the plurality of valves for providing water to a first of a plurality of mixing chambers based on the selection, causing delivery of beverage concentrate to the first mixing chamber, controlling a flow rate of the water and a flow rate of the beverage concentrate into the mixing chamber for mixing of the water with the beverage concentrate in a controlled ratio to create the beverage, and dispensing the beverage from the mixing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Xuejun Li, William W. Segiet, Fernando A. Ubidia, John F. Lewis, Aaron M. Stein
  • Patent number: 9333646
    Abstract: A control system for and methods of controlling a product delivery system are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: FASTCORP 3, LLC
    Inventors: Jeff Boyer, Joseph Todd Piatnik, Fernando A. Ubidia, Aaron M. Stein, John F. Lewis
  • Publication number: 20160096715
    Abstract: Methods and systems directed to dispensing, fluids, such as beverages, using wireless technology are provided. Aspects relate to a container, such as a beverage cup, having a wireless transceiver configured to transmit and/or receive wireless signals to a second wireless transceiver associated with a dispenser. The wireless transceiver may be configured to transmit electronic signals indicative that the container is validated to receive a beverage and whether it is properly located to receive the beverage from a valve of the dispenser. Further aspects of the invention relate to a beverage dispersing system having, a wireless transceiver. In one embodiment, the dispenser is configured to receive a return signal from a container indicative that the container is validated to receive a beverage and whether the container is properly located to receive a beverage from a valve of the dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Publication date: April 7, 2016
    Inventors: William W. SEGIET, Alex L. GRAY, Fernando A. UBIDIA, Aaron M. STEIN, John F. LEWIS
  • Patent number: 9212040
    Abstract: Methods and systems directed to dispensing fluids, such as beverages, using wireless technology are provided. Aspects relate to a container, such as a beverage cup, having a wireless transceiver configured to transmit and/or receive wireless signals to a second wireless transceiver associated with a dispenser. The wireless transceiver may be configured to transmit electronic signals indicative that the container is validated to receive a beverage and whether it is properly located to receive the beverage from a valve of the dispenser. Further aspects of the invention relate to a beverage dispensing system having a wireless transceiver. In one embodiment, the dispenser is configured to receive a return signal from a container indicative that the container is validated to receive a beverage and whether the container is properly located to receive a beverage from a valve of the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: William W. Segiet, Alex L. Gray, Fernando A. Ubidia, Aaron M. Stein, John F. Lewis
  • Publication number: 20150134106
    Abstract: A control system for and methods of controlling a product delivery system are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: JEFF BOYER, JOSEPH TODD PIATNIK, FERNANDO A. UBIDIA, AARON M. STEIN, JOHN F. LEWIS
  • Publication number: 20150053715
    Abstract: Methods and systems directed to dispensing fluids, such as beverages, using wireless technology are provided. Aspects relate to a container, such as a beverage cup, having a wireless transceiver configured to transmit and/or receive wireless signals to a second wireless transceiver associated with a dispenser. The wireless transceiver may be configured to transmit electronic signals indicative that the container is validated to receive a beverage and whether it is properly located to receive the beverage from a valve of the dispenser. Further aspects of the invention relate to a beverage dispensing system having a wireless transceiver. In one embodiment, the dispenser is configured to receive a return signal from a container indicative that the container is validated to receive a beverage and whether the container is properly located to receive a beverage from a valve of the dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: William W. Segiet, Alex L. Gray, Fernando A. Ubidia, Aaron M. Stein, John F. Lewis
  • Patent number: 8910674
    Abstract: Methods and systems directed to dispensing fluids, such as beverages, using wireless technology are provided. Aspects relate to a container, such as a beverage cup, having a wireless transceiver configured to transmit and/or receive wireless signals to a second wireless transceiver associated with a dispenser. The wireless transceiver may be configured to transmit electronic signals indicative that the container is validated to receive a beverage and whether it is properly located to receive the beverage from a valve of the dispenser. Further aspects of the invention relate to a beverage dispensing system having a wireless transceiver. In one embodiment, the dispenser is configured to receive a return signal from a container indicative that the container is validated to receive a beverage and whether the container is properly located to receive a beverage from a valve of the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: William W. Segiet, Alex L. Gray, Fernando A. Ubidia, Aaron M. Stein, John F. Lewis
  • Patent number: 8825193
    Abstract: A control system for and methods of controlling a product delivery system are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Fastcorp 3, LLC
    Inventors: Jeff Boyer, Joseph Todd Piatnik, Fernando A. Ubidia, Aaron M. Stein, John F. Lewis
  • Patent number: 8511196
    Abstract: A traction drive system for an articulated robotic arm. The traction drive system can include an input drive disk, a spider, an array of traction balls, a traction plate, an output drive shaft, a clamping device to load the traction balls, and an absolute rotation position sensor system. The rotation of the output drive shaft can be coupled to the rotation of the input drive disk while the traction balls are frictionally engaged to the drive disk surface and traction plate surface. The rotational connection can be decoupled when the traction balls are not frictionally engaged to the drive disk surface and traction plate surface. A rotational position sensor located in proximity to the traction drive can provide absolute rotational position feedback of the output drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Tandem Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Fernando A. Ubidia, Aaron M. Stein, John Lewis
  • Publication number: 20120138632
    Abstract: An apparatus and method may be configured for detecting selection between a hot version and a cold version of a beverage, causing opening of a first of a plurality of valves and closing of a second of the plurality of valves for providing water to a first of a plurality of mixing chambers based on the selection, causing delivery of beverage concentrate to the first mixing chamber, controlling a flow rate of the water and a flow rate of the beverage concentrate into the mixing chamber for mixing of the water with the beverage concentrate in a controlled ratio to create the beverage, and dispensing the beverage from the mixing chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: PEPSICO, INC.
    Inventors: Xuejun Li, William W. Segiet, Fernando A. Ubidia, John F. Lewis, Aaron M. Stein
  • Publication number: 20120061418
    Abstract: A product delivery system for delivering a product from a storage area to a dispensing area, such as for use in a vending machine. The product delivery system may include a vacuum holding device, a robotic positioning system, a reel and cable system, and a controller. A feature is the provision of a picker head with a built-in vacuum generating source that may be carried by a robotically movable arm system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: Tandem Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Fernando A. Ubidia, Aaron M. Stein, John Lewis
  • Patent number: 8079494
    Abstract: A product delivery system for delivering a product from a storage area to a dispensing area, such as for use in a vending machine. The product delivery system may include a vacuum holding device, a robotic positioning system, a reel and cable system, and a controller. A feature is the provision of a picker head with a built-in vacuum generating source that may be carried by a robotically movable arm system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Tandem Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Fernando A. Ubidia, Aaron M. Stein, John Lewis
  • Publication number: 20110264259
    Abstract: A control system for and methods of controlling a product delivery system are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2010
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventors: Jeff Boyer, Joseph Todd Piatnik, Fernando A. Ubidia, Aaron M. Stein, John F. Lewis