Patents by Inventor Joseph C. Fontecchio

Joseph C. Fontecchio 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: 20100133290
    Abstract: A vending machine includes a product compartment, a duct opening into the product compartment, and a self-contained refrigeration system. The refrigeration system includes a housing having a first chamber and a second chamber. The first chamber includes first and second openings. The second chamber includes third and fourth openings. An evaporator coil and evaporator fan are mounted in the first chamber. The evaporator fan moves air from the first opening, through the evaporator coil, to the second opening. A condensing coil, compressor, and compressor fan are mounted in the second chamber. The compressor fan moves air from the third opening, through the condensing coil, over the compressor, to the fourth opening. The housing thermally insulates the first chamber from both the second chamber and an exterior of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: Dixie-Narco, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Luntz, James Robert Mathis, Randy Gooch, William P. Stewart, Jose G. Avendano, Joseph C. Fontecchio, Martin Shawn Egan
  • Publication number: 20100089081
    Abstract: A method includes sensing an exposure of a refrigerated compartment of a vending machine to ambient air and, in response, sensing an initial temperature of the refrigerated compartment. The method also includes, responsive to sensing the exposure to ambient air, selecting a procedure from a plurality of procedures according to the sensed initial temperature, and controlling a refrigeration system of the vending machine using the selected procedure during an initial period. The method may include sensing a current temperature of the vending machine and, once the refrigerated compartment reaches a second predetermined temperature, controlling the refrigeration system according to the sensed current temperature, monitoring an operational characteristic of a compressor of the refrigeration system, and performing a defrost procedure according to the monitored operational characteristic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Applicant: Dixie-Narco, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph C. Fontecchio, Talbert J. Black, JR., Jose G. Avendano