Patents by Inventor Gregg Carpenter

Gregg Carpenter 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).

  • Patent number: 11312604
    Abstract: The present application provides a filling line for filling a container with one of a number of different beverages. The filling line may include a water circuit with a counter-pressure nozzle to fill the container with carbonated water and one or more micro-ingredient towers with a number of micro-ingredients therein positioned downstream of the counter-pressure nozzle to fill the container with the micro-ingredients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventors: Anish Mehta, Gregg Carpenter, Eric L. Spann, Mamunur Rahman, Hitesh Patel, Dinesh C. Patel, Manuel I. Garcia, Sergey Grey Ivanov
  • Patent number: 11312608
    Abstract: A dispenser is configured to dispense food products at varying nutritive levels by dispensing a combination of sweeteners in a predetermined ratio from a plurality of sweetener sources. Using a predetermined combination of sweeteners in a predetermined ratio for a selected nutritive level for a given product ensures that the dispensed product will have a desirable flavor profile while at the same time providing increased consumer choice. A combination of caloric, mid-calorie, low calorie, and/or non-caloric sweeteners may be dispensed to produce a food product with a specified caloric level or nutritive level. For a given nutritive level selected, the product dispenser may dispense different combinations of sweeteners and/or different ratios of sweeteners for different brands or products to be dispensed. Likewise, for a given brand or product, the product dispenser may dispense different combinations of sweeteners and/or different ratios of sweeteners for different selected nutritive levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Sue Lane, Jamal Omari Wilson, Maxwell Pehge Friel, Kristin Wright, Michele Carrabotta, Gregg Carpenter
  • Patent number: 11217057
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure include systems and methods for providing dynamic ingredient matrix reconfiguration in a product dispenser. In one example, a method for configuring a dispenser apparatus may include determining one or more current associations between some or all of a plurality of ingredient packages and one or more of a plurality of dispensing devices associated with the dispenser apparatus. The method may include determining whether a current association of the one or more current associations has changed with respect to at least one previous association between some or all of the plurality of ingredient packages and one or more of the plurality of dispensing devices, and in response to ascertaining that the current association has changed, modifying an association table based at least on the one or more current associations, the association table being representative of the at least one previous association.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventors: Gregg Carpenter, David R. Newman, H. Brock Kolls, Son V. Tran
  • Patent number: 10922762
    Abstract: A system for producing a customized beverage or beverage concentrate is disclosed. The system comprises a personalization server and a distribution machine communicatively coupled to the personalization server. The personalization server is configured to receive need and want information associated with a consumer, analyze the need and want information, apply a plurality of rules to the analyzed need and want information, and produce one or more customized beverage or beverage concentrate recipes based on the analysis of the need and want information and the application of the plurality of rules. The distribution machine is configured to receive the one or more customized beverage or beverage concentrate recipes from the personalization server and produce and deliver at least one customized beverage or beverage concentrate based on the one or more customized beverage or beverage concentrate recipes to the consumer by combining one or more beverage ingredients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventors: Gregg Carpenter, Chih-Shang Fu, Xiaoyan Huang, Guy Wollaert, Nancy Quan
  • Patent number: 10858232
    Abstract: A system for dispensing one or more beverages is disclosed. The system may include a nozzle, one or more macro-ingredients in fluid communication with the nozzle, and a number of micro-ingredients in fluid communication with the nozzle. The nozzle is configured to dispense a beverage formed by the one or more macro-ingredients and one or more of the micro-ingredients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Gregg Carpenter, Arthur G. Rudick, David Slagley, Dick P. Welch, Daniel S. Quartarone, Douglas Jon McDougall
  • Patent number: 10829357
    Abstract: The present application describes a product dispenser. The product dispenser may include at least one macro-ingredient source, at least one micro-ingredient source positioned about the dispenser, a diluent source, a dispensing valve, a number of pumps or metering devices, and a user interface. The user interface receives a request for a product type and instructs the pumps or metering devices to dispense a predetermined type and ratio of macro-ingredients, micro-ingredients, and diluent to the dispensing valve for a predetermined flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Gregg Carpenter, David R. Newman, Nilang Patel, Paul A. Phillips, Arthur G. Rudick, Lawrence B. Ziesel
  • Publication number: 20200331739
    Abstract: The present application provides a filling line for filling a container with one of a number of different beverages. The filling line may include a water circuit with a counter-pressure nozzle to fill the container with carbonated water and one or more micro-ingredient towers with a number of micro-ingredients therein positioned downstream of the counter-pressure nozzle to fill the container with the micro-ingredients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventors: Anish MEHTA, Gregg CARPENTER, Eric L. SPANN, Mamunur RAHMAN, Hitesh PATEL, Dinesh C. PATEL, Manuel I. GARCIA, Sergey Grey IVANOV
  • Publication number: 20200286326
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure include systems and methods for providing dynamic ingredient matrix reconfiguration in a product dispenser. In one example, a method for configuring a dispenser apparatus may include determining one or more current associations between some or all of a plurality of ingredient packages and one or more of a plurality of dispensing devices associated with the dispenser apparatus. The method may include determining whether a current association of the one or more current associations has changed with respect to at least one previous association between some or all of the plurality of ingredient packages and one or more of the plurality of dispensing devices, and in response to ascertaining that the current association has changed, modifying an association table based at least on the one or more current associations, the association table being representative of the at least one previous association.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Inventors: Gregg Carpenter, David R. Newman, H. Brock Kolls, Son V. Tran
  • Publication number: 20200247660
    Abstract: The present application provides a micro-ingredient tower for filling a container with a number of different micro-ingredients. The micro-ingredient tower may include a number of micro-ingredient containers therein and a nozzle head. The nozzle head may include a number of dispensing needles therein such that each of the dispensing needles doses a micro-ingredient into the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Anish MEHTA, Gregg CARPENTER, Mamunur RAHMAN, Manuel I. GARCIA
  • Publication number: 20200223682
    Abstract: A dispenser is configured to dispense food products at varying nutritive levels by dispensing a combination of sweeteners in a predetermined ratio from a plurality of sweetener sources. Using a predetermined combination of sweeteners in a predetermined ratio for a selected nutritive level for a given product ensures that the dispensed product will have a desirable flavor profile while at the same time providing increased consumer choice. A combination of caloric, mid-calorie, low calorie, and/or non-caloric sweeteners may be dispensed to produce a food product with a specified caloric level or nutritive level. For a given nutritive level selected, the product dispenser may dispense different combinations of sweeteners and/or different ratios of sweeteners for different brands or products to be dispensed. Likewise, for a given brand or product, the product dispenser may dispense different combinations of sweeteners and/or different ratios of sweeteners for different selected nutritive levels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventors: Sue LANE, Jamal Omari WILSON, Maxwell Pehge FRIEL, Kristin WRIGHT, Michele CARRABOTTA, Gregg CARPENTER
  • Patent number: 10699512
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure include systems and methods for providing dynamic ingredient matrix reconfiguration in a product dispenser. In one example, a method for configuring a dispenser apparatus may include determining one or more current associations between some or all of a plurality of ingredient packages and one or more of a plurality of dispensing devices associated with the dispenser apparatus. The method may include determining whether a current association of the one or more current associations has changed with respect to at least one previous association between some or all of the plurality of ingredient packages and one or more of the plurality of dispensing devices, and in response to ascertaining that the current association has changed, modifying an association table based at least on the one or more current associations, the association table being representative of the at least one previous association.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Gregg Carpenter, David R. Newman, H. Brock Kolls, Son V. Tran
  • Patent number: 10655910
    Abstract: The present application provides a cooler for cooling a beverage fluid flow. The cooler may include a thermoelectric cooling device in communication with a fluid heat exchanger with the fluid flow therein and a water permeable membrane. The cooler further may include a fan positioned about the water permeable membrane for evaporative cooling therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Jurgen Roekens, Gregg Carpenter, Roberto Horn Pereira, Michael Gary Izenson, Weibo Chen, Scott David Phillips, Christian Henry Passow
  • Publication number: 20200134960
    Abstract: One embodiment may include a machine for providing beverages. The machine may include a reader configured to read data representative of an available balance for a user to obtain beverages from the machine from a machine-readable medium and electronics. The electronics may be configured to receive the data from the machine-readable medium in response to the user positioning the machine-readable medium within reading distance of the reader, enable the user to dispense a beverage into a vessel, and update the available balance of the machine-readable medium so as to reduce or prevent the user from dispensing unlimited beverages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Inventors: Benjamin John Kingston, Akhil Karibandi, Chetan Polavaram, Thomas Stubbs, Jevawn Roberts, Scott Harrison, Stan Kaplita, Christopher Dennis, Gregg Carpenter, Joshua Casey Schwarber, Tao Peng
  • Patent number: 10631560
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for making a composition comprising storing at least one acid in an acid storage container, storing at least one acid-degradable component in a component storage container, and mixing the at least one acid from the acid storage container and the at least one acid-degradable component from the component storage container such that the at least one acid and the at least one acid-degradable component mix together to form the composition. A method and apparatus for providing a selected beverage from a plurality of selectable beverages comprising storing a number of non-sweetener beverage component concentrates separately in a respective number of beverage component storage containers and in response the selection of the selected beverage, automatically dispensing, continuously in a predetermined ratio for any volume of the beverage dispensed, any combination of at least two or more of the number of non-sweetener beverage component concentrates and a diluent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Newton R. White, Kelly H. Sepcic, Gregg Carpenter, Lawrence B. Ziesel, Robert D. Hughes, IV
  • Patent number: 10631558
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for making a composition comprising storing at least one acid in an acid storage container, storing at least one acid-degradable component in a component storage container, and mixing the at least one acid from the acid storage container and the at least one acid-degradable component from the component storage container such that the at least one acid and the at least one acid-degradable component mix together to form the composition. A method and apparatus for providing a selected beverage from a plurality of selectable beverages comprising storing a number of non-sweetener beverage component concentrates separately in a respective number of beverage component storage containers and in response the selection of the selected beverage, automatically dispensing, continuously in a predetermined ratio for any volume of the beverage dispensed, any combination of at least two or more of the number of non-sweetener beverage component concentrates and a diluent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Newton White, Kelly H. Sepcic, Gregg Carpenter, Lawrence B. Ziesel, Robert D. Hughes, IV
  • Publication number: 20200005582
    Abstract: A packaged food product processing machine. The machine comprises a food consumer interface configured to receive a food consumer selection identifying an end state of a food product, a package cooling sub-system comprising a chilled fluid bath, a gripper component configured to agitate a package containing the food product in the chilled fluid bath and to sense a physical parameter of the food product, and a controller configured to command the gripper to control the rate of heat transfer from the package to the chilled fluid bath based on receiving an input identifying an end state selection from the food consumer interface and based on receiving an input containing a value of the physical parameter of the food product from the gripper component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: Gregg CARPENTER, Kirk DAHLBERG, David SLAGLEY, Thomas G. NORTH, III, Thomas P. HOWELL
  • Publication number: 20190367348
    Abstract: The present application describes a product dispenser. The product dispenser may include at least one macro-ingredient source, at least one micro-ingredient source positioned about the dispenser, a diluent source, a dispensing valve, a number of pumps or metering devices, and a user interface. The user interface receives a request for a product type and instructs the pumps or metering devices to dispense a predetermined type and ratio of macro-ingredients, micro-ingredients, and diluent to the dispensing valve for a predetermined flow rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Applicant: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Gregg Carpenter, David R. Newman, Nilang Patel, Paul A. Phillips, Arthur G. Rudick, Lawrence B. Ziesel
  • Publication number: 20190330043
    Abstract: A system for dispensing one or more beverages is disclosed. The system may include a nozzle, one or more macro-ingredients in fluid communication with the nozzle, and a number of micro-ingredients in fluid communication with the nozzle. The nozzle is configured to dispense a beverage formed by the one or more macro-ingredients and one or more of the micro-ingredients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Applicant: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Gregg Carpenter, Arthur G. Rudick, David Slagley, Dick P. Welch, Daniel S. Quartarone, Douglas Jon McDougall
  • Patent number: 10384922
    Abstract: The present application describes a product dispenser. The product dispenser may include at least one macro-ingredient source, at least one micro-ingredient source positioned about the dispenser, a diluent source, a dispensing valve, a number of pumps or metering devices, and a user interface. The user interface receives a request for a product type and instructs the pumps or metering devices to dispense a predetermined type and ratio of macro-ingredients, micro-ingredients, and diluent to the dispensing valve for a predetermined flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Gregg Carpenter, David R. Newman, Nilang Patel, Paul A. Phillips, Arthur G. Rudick, Lawrence B. Ziesel
  • Patent number: 10373276
    Abstract: Embodiments and associated aspects of the disclosure permit regulation of dispense of a product in a self-serve environment via, at least in part, reconciliation of a product order originated in an access device, such as a point-of-sale (POS) device, and a product selection effected at a product dispenser configured to fulfill the product order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventors: Gregg Carpenter, David Roy Newman, Arthur G. Rudick, Anisha Joshi, David O. Slagley, Michael Edward Hopkins