Patents by Inventor Jerry L. Landers

Jerry L. Landers 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: 8341968
    Abstract: A method of cooling multiple beverage components involves: providing a heat exchanger comprising a plurality of sheets of heat transfer material and at least first and second flow channels defined by surfaces made at least in part by the sheets of heat transfer material; directing a first and second fluid respectively through the first and second flow channels, each of the first and second fluids being selected from the group consisting of non-carbonated water, carbonated water, beverage concentrates and non-concentrated beverages; placing ice in contact with at least one of the sheets of heat transfer material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Manitowoc Foodservice Companies, LLC
    Inventors: Jerry L. Landers, Charles Benjamin Miller
  • Publication number: 20110079249
    Abstract: A device for rinsing a container that dispenses a beverage includes the container that has a wall surrounding a volume that holds ingredients of the beverage and a magnet connected to the wall. A rinsing system includes a nozzle that sprays liquid and a switch that is attracted to the magnet so that when the magnet contacts the switch a rinse cycle is activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Inventors: Daryl G. Erbs, James R. Mosenfelder, Jerry L. Landers, Gregory K. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20110073212
    Abstract: A system for measuring an ingredient in a container of a beverage dispenser includes a scale having a base with the container supported on the base. The ingredient has a recipe weight equal to a weight of a total amount of the ingredient that will be dispensed into the container and an in-flight weight that is equal to a weight of the ingredient that has left the dispenser but is not yet supported within the container so that it is detected by the scale. A dispenser controller subtracts the in-flight weight parameter from the recipe weight to calculate a target weight of ingredient within the beverage container, thereby controlling the activation or deactivation of the ingredient dispenser(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventors: Daryl G. Erbs, James R. Mosenfelder, Jerry L. Landers, Gregory K. Thompson
  • Patent number: 7802444
    Abstract: An ice crusher is attached to an ice dispenser or to a combined ice and beverage dispenser. The ice crusher occupies minimal space in order to fit the dispenser into an existing space on a serving counter or in a beverage dispensing area. The ice crusher may also elevate the ice. In embodiments using this technique, the outlet of the ice from the ice crusher is higher than the ice inlet. As the ice flows from a source of ice, such as an ice bin, the ice is elevated while it is being crushed. The ice then flows from the outlet of the ice crusher down an ice chute or other outlet of the ice crusher, into a cup or container as desired. Other embodiments convey the ice without lifting it, and still other embodiments dispense either crushed or cubed ice, as the consumer may select. In one embodiment the selected crushed ice or cubed ice are both dispensed though the same ice dispensing chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Manitowoc Foodservice Companies, LLC
    Inventors: Jerry L. Landers, Gregory K. Thompson, William Derek Slone, Greg A. Glass, John M. Grady
  • Publication number: 20100200610
    Abstract: An ice crusher is attached to an ice dispenser or to a combined ice and beverage dispenser. The ice crusher occupies minimal space in order to fit the dispenser into an existing space on a serving counter or in a beverage dispensing area. The ice crusher may also elevate the ice. In embodiments using this technique, the outlet of the ice from the ice crusher is higher than the ice inlet. As the ice flows from a source of ice, such as an ice bin, the ice is elevated while it is being crushed. The ice then flows from the outlet of the ice crusher down an ice chute or other outlet of the ice crusher, into a cup or container as desired. Other embodiments convey the ice without lifting it, and still other embodiments dispense either crushed or cubed ice, as the consumer may select. In one embodiment the selected crushed ice or cubed ice are both dispensed though the same ice dispensing chute.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Inventors: Jerry L. Landers, Gregory K. Thompson, William Derek Slone, Greg A. Glass, John M. Grady
  • Publication number: 20090285956
    Abstract: A method of cooling multiple beverage components involves: providing a heat exchanger comprising a plurality of sheets of heat transfer material and at least first and second flow channels defined by surfaces made at least in part by the sheets of heat transfer material; directing a first and second fluid respectively through the first and second flow channels, each of the first and second fluids being selected from the group consisting of non-carbonated water, carbonated water, beverage concentrates and non-concentrated beverages; placing ice in contact with at least one of the sheets of heat transfer material; and melting the ice and thereby cooling the first and second fluids as they reside in and pass through their respective channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventors: Jerry L. Landers, Charles Benjamin Miller
  • Publication number: 20090120958
    Abstract: A multiflavor beverage dispensing nozzle includes at least one water inlet; at least two syrup inlets; a main water flow path through the nozzle; and at least two syrup flow paths through the nozzle, one in fluid communication with each syrup inlet, each terminating in a syrup discharge port. In one aspect the water flow path is shaped to cause the water to discharge from the nozzle in a sheet form, preferably in an annular shape, and the syrup discharge ports include a syrup deflector shaped to cause the syrup to fan out as it exits the discharge port so that it impinges on the sheet of water. In another aspect the nozzle includes at least two secondary water flow paths that each divert water from the main flow path and discharge the diverted water through the at least two syrup discharge ports. A beverage dispenser utilizes a plurality of the multiflavor beverage dispensing nozzles incorporating one or both of the forgoing aspects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventors: Jerry L. Landers, Gregory K. Thompson
  • Patent number: 7287671
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser modular manifold routes carbonated water and non-carbonated water to a plurality of outlet ports for dispensing water for mixing with syrup and dispensing a beverage. A selector allows a store owner or manager to set the manifold to dispense one of carbonated water and non-carbonated water for each mixing and dispensing nozzle in the beverage dispenser. The manifold may be combined with similar manifolds to provide as many dispensing stations as desired in a beverage dispenser. Syrup modular manifolds may also be included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Manitowoc Foodservice Companies, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Morrow, Sr., Jerry L. Landers, William Derek Slone
  • Publication number: 20040168466
    Abstract: A selection manifold for use for use with a beverage dispenser apparatus for dispensing both carbonated and non-carbonated beverages and including a plurality of dispensing valves with a syrup and a water line feeding each dispensing valve further comprising a selection manifold connected between at least one of the water lines and sources of both carbonated and non-carbonated water, the manifold having a selecting mechanism allowing a user of the apparatus to easily switch between directing carbonated and non-carbonated water through the water line to the dispensing valve. In a preferred embodiment, the selection mechanism includes a portion that enables a viewer to easily determine whether carbonated or non-carbonated water is selected. In another preferred embodiment, the selection mechanism includes a lock to prevent inadvertent switching of the mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2004
    Publication date: September 2, 2004
    Inventors: Jerry L. Landers, M. Scott Bennett, Hershel E. Fancher, Alan S. Lucas
  • Patent number: 6761036
    Abstract: A dispenser for soft-drinks and ice has an integral ice maker. The compressor and condenser for the ice making refrigeration system are located remotely from the ice making apparatus. Thus, the dispenser with an integral ice maker does not emit noise and heat from the compressor and condenser in the customer service areas where ice and soft drinks are dispensed. Refrigerant vapor is drawn from a receiver and is used for defrosting in the harvest portion of the ice making cycle. The dispenser also has an internal heat exchanger for cooling carbonated water and syrup prior to dispensing a soft drink. There is also an ice maker and dispenser, having a refrigeration system in which ice-making components and an ice dispenser are located near a customer-service area, while the hot and noisy refrigeration components are located remotely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: Manitowoc Foodservice Companies, Inc.
    Inventors: Merritt T. Teague, Richard K. Renken, Jerry L. Landers
  • Patent number: 6698621
    Abstract: A selection manifold for use for use with a beverage dispenser apparatus for dispensing both carbonated and non-carbonated beverages and including a plurality of dispensing valves with a syrup and a water line feeding each dispensing valve further comprising a selection manifold connected between at least one of the water lines and sources of both carbonated and non-carbonated water, the manifold having a selecting mechanism allowing a user of the apparatus to easily switch between directing carbonated and non-carbonated water through the water line to the dispensing valve. In a preferred embodiment, the selection mechanism includes a portion that enables a viewer to easily determine whether carbonated or non-carbonated water is selected. In another preferred embodiment, the selection mechanism includes a lock to prevent inadvertent switching of the mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Manitowoc Foodservice Companies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry L. Landers, M. Scott Bennett, Hershel E. Fancher, Alan S. Lucas
  • Patent number: 6607096
    Abstract: This invention relates to an apparatus and method for the volumetric measuring and dispensing of ice from a holding bin. The ice is desirably in a crushed or cubed state and is agitated during storage to prevent its freezing into a solid block. When a volume of ice is desired, a user activates the machine to dispense the desired amount. As the ice is dispensed, it rotates a wheel that provides a volumetric measurement and closes a door to the holding bin when the proper amount is dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Assignee: Manitowoc Foodservice Companies, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg A. Glass, David C. Hobson, Jerry L. Landers, Richard K. Renken
  • Publication number: 20030101735
    Abstract: A dispenser for soft-drinks and ice has an integral ice maker. The compressor and condenser for the ice making refrigeration system are located remotely from the ice making apparatus. Thus, the dispenser with an integral ice maker does not emit noise and heat from the compressor and condenser in the customer service areas where ice and soft drinks are dispensed. Refrigerant vapor is drawn from a receiver and is used for defrosting in the harvest portion of the ice making cycle. The dispenser also has an internal heat exchanger for cooling carbonated water and syrup prior to dispensing a soft drink. There is also an ice maker and dispenser, having a refrigeration system in which ice-making components and an ice dispenser are located near a customer-service area, while the hot and noisy refrigeration components are located remotely.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Publication date: June 5, 2003
    Inventors: Merritt T. Teague, Richard K. Renken, Jerry L. Landers
  • Publication number: 20020084284
    Abstract: A selection manifold for use for use with a beverage dispenser apparatus for dispensing both carbonated and non-carbonated beverages and including a plurality of dispensing valves with a syrup and a water line feeding each dispensing valve further comprising a selection manifold connected between at least one of the water lines and sources of both carbonated and non-carbonated water, the manifold having a selecting mechanism allowing a user of the apparatus to easily switch between directing carbonated and non-carbonated water through the water line to the dispensing valve. In a preferred embodiment, the selection mechanism includes a portion that enables a viewer to easily determine whether carbonated or non-carbonated water is selected. In another preferred embodiment, the selection mechanism includes a lock to prevent inadvertent switching of the mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2001
    Publication date: July 4, 2002
    Inventors: Jerry L. Landers, M. Scott Bennett, Hershel E. Fancher, Alan S. Lucas
  • Publication number: 20020020711
    Abstract: This invention relates to an apparatus and method for the volumetric measuring and dispensing of ice from a holding bin. The ice is desirably in a crushed or cubed state and is agitated during storage to prevent its freezing into a solid block. When a volume of ice is desired, a user activates the machine to dispense the desired amount. As the ice is dispensed, it rotates a wheel that provides a volumetric measurement and closes a door to the holding bin when the proper amount is dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2001
    Publication date: February 21, 2002
    Inventors: Greg A. Glass, David C. Hobson, Jerry L. Landers, Richard K. Renken
  • Patent number: 5993117
    Abstract: A system for transporting ice pieces or the like from a primary bin to one or more satellite bins is disclosed. A dispenser forms a charge of ice pieces in a precharge chamber, which is then transferred by air assist to a delivery tube. A driver member is provided to engage and move the substantially defined charge of ice pieces to the selected satellite bin. The driver member is propelled by a differential pressure within the tube. This permits the defined charge to be exposed only to the low pressure side and insulated from the high pressure propelling medium to minimize breakage and melting during delivery. Before reaching the satellite bin, the piston is reversed to shuttle back to the home position. The satellite bins are connected in series and delivery of a charge to an intermediate bin is provided by moving a tube section out of alignment with the delivery tube. Lubrication and continuous cleaning is performed by the driver member sweeping minimal residual water from melting ice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Servend International, Inc.
    Inventors: William G. Lancaster, Jerry L. Landers, Richard K. Renken, William L. Ramser, Matthew J. Ramser
  • Patent number: 5437391
    Abstract: A pivoted ice dispensing chute is pushed rearward to lift a door lock, lift a door and contact a microswitch for starting an ice dispensing mechanism. Release of the chute allows the chute to swing forward, opening the microswitch and stopping the ice dispensing mechanism, and allowing the door to drop downward and the lock to drop downward below the door. In its downward position, the door is adjacent the back of the chute to prevent lifting of the door and unwanted movement of ice through the chute. The chute is generally rectangular in planform, with a sloping back, sides and a rounded front. The top of the chute and the bottom of the chute are open. The back of the chute has a rib with a lateral extension which operates the microswitch. The rib lifts the door lock and lifts the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1995
    Assignee: SerVend International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry L. Landers, Thomas J. Pfiefer, Harvey R. Brandon
  • Patent number: 5397032
    Abstract: Out-turned upper edge portions of cabinet walls support a drop-in dispenser on edges of a counter top opening. A trim ring overlies and covers the out-turned edge portions. A tower with valves extends upward from the cabinet, and an anchor extends downward inside the cabinet walls for supporting the tower. A large curved drain pan extends over the trim ring beneath valves on the tower. A drain tube at the back of the drain pan extends straight downward to a drain opening at the bottom of the dispenser. The drain tube is straight and uninterrupted and has a large diameter. A channel extends from the front to the back of the base. An ice storage bin with a cold plate at its bottom is installed in the cabinet, and inlet fittings from the cold plate extend downward and rearward in the channel for ease of connection of liquid lines when the dispenser is tipped on its back, and for preventing damage to the fittings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1995
    Assignee: SerVend International, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerry L. Landers
  • Patent number: D462225
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: Manitowoc Foodservice Companies, Inc.
    Inventors: Melvin D. Kyees, David C. Hobson, Jerry L. Landers, Richard K. Renken, Timothy B. Strandell
  • Patent number: D390058
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Assignee: Servend International, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerry L. Landers