Patents by Inventor Charles Schlosser

Charles Schlosser 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: 20060288725
    Abstract: An ice-making machine having an ice-forming surface upon which ice is formed, a refrigeration system including a microchannel evaporator that cools the ice-forming surface, and a water-supply system. The microchannel evaporator includes a microchannel tube that facilitates a distributed cooling effect in a contact area between the microchannel tube and the ice-forming surface. In some embodiments, the microchannel tube includes a series of recessed portions that define insulated regions and divide the tube into non-insulated regions. The insulated and non-insulated regions can be dimensioned to form individual ice cubes on the ice-forming surface. In other embodiments, spaces between microchannel tubes and/or spaces between the ice-forming surface and microchannel tubes can form insulated regions at least partially defining the size and shape of ice produced by the ice-making machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2006
    Publication date: December 28, 2006
    Inventors: Charles Schlosser, Richard Miller, Daryl Erbs, Gregory Krcma
  • Publication number: 20060277937
    Abstract: An ice forming apparatus capable of forming ice pieces is provided, including, a transfer zone between the ice forming apparatus and a storage area, and an ice sensing apparatus configured to both detect migration of the ice pieces through the transfer zone and to detect build-up of the ice pieces in the transfer zone. The ice forming apparatus is preferably an auger-type device, such as a flaker-type or a nugget-type device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Publication date: December 14, 2006
    Inventors: Charles Schlosser, Cary Pierskalla, Scott Rozmarynowski, Robert VanMeter
  • Publication number: 20050044875
    Abstract: An ice machine includes an evaporator with a plurality of individual ice-forming cells. Each ice-forming cell is open at a lower end. A water distributor is coupled to the evaporator and configured to deliver water to the upper end of each ice-forming cell. A refrigeration system in the ice machine is configured to cool each of the plurality of ice-forming cells, such that individual ice cubes are formed in each ice-forming cell. A water recirculation system includes a water collection unit positioned between the evaporator and a water sump. The water collection unit collects water flowing from the ice-forming cells in first and second chambers. A water detection probe is positioned in the second chamber. A harvest cycle is initiated when the water level in the second chamber falls below a specified level. A method of operating the ice machine is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Publication date: March 3, 2005
    Inventors: Charles Schlosser, Richard Miller, Scott Shedivy