Patents by Inventor P. Gregory Erman

P. Gregory Erman 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: 8622257
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing granulated powder, such as a fine sugar or sweetener, which uses an auger driven by a gear motor. The gear motor is controlled by a control unit on the front of the dispenser, allowing a user to select the quantity of powder to be dispensed. The apparatus comprises at least one, preferably two dispensing assemblies within the chassis, each comprising a storage bin for the powder, an inclined base, an auger member abutting the base of the storage bin and a dispensing chute. The base of the storage bin is inclined positively toward to the orifice of the dispensing chute, thereby ensuring that the powder is dispensed at a constant rate with minimized dribbling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: A.C. Dispensing Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: P. Gregory Erman, Ben Garvey, Chris Marshall, Michael McDougall, Kevin Stoneman, Avery Wilson
  • Publication number: 20100065587
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing granulated powder, such as a fine sugar or sweetener, which uses an auger driven by a gear motor. The gear motor is controlled by a control unit on the front of the dispenser, allowing a user to select the quantity of powder to be dispensed. The apparatus comprises at least one, preferably two dispensing assemblies within the chassis, each comprising a storage bin for the powder, an inclined base, an auger member abutting the base of the storage bin and a dispensing chute. The base of the storage bin is inclined positively toward to the orifice of the dispensing chute, thereby ensuring that the powder is dispensed at a constant rate with minimized dribbling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Applicant: A.C. DISPENSING EQUIPMENT, INC.
    Inventors: P. Gregory Erman, Ben Garvey, Chris Marshall, Michael McDougall, Kevin Stoneman, Avery Wilson
  • Publication number: 20090250491
    Abstract: A concentrated flavour dispensing machine having displacement pumps for delivering between a fraction of a millilitre and a few ounces of fluids having a viscosity value between 1 to 4000 centepoise is described. The dispensing machine includes a cabinet for containing a multitude of displacement pumps, where each displacement pump is realisably connected to a disposable pre-filled fluid cartridge. Each displacement pump includes a stepper motor in engagement with a threaded drive rod that is advanced or retracted by any one of several predetermined distances. The drive rod impels a plunger positioned within the disposable cartridge to dispense a volume of fluid. Flexible capillary tubes connected to the output of each disposable cartridge direct the fluid to a central dispensing area. The disposable cartridge includes an expandable plunger which draws fluid back into the cartridge when the drive rod is withdrawn after a dispense operation for drip prevention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Applicant: A.C. DISPENSING EQUIPMENT, INC.
    Inventors: P. Gregory Erman, Chris Marshall, Avery Wilson, David Ricker, Michael McDougall, Kevin Stoneman, Ian MacLean
  • Patent number: RE46143
    Abstract: A concentrated flavor dispensing machine having displacement pumps for delivering between a fraction of a milliliter and a few ounces of fluids having a viscosity value between 1 to 4000 centepoise is described. The dispensing machine includes a cabinet for containing a multitude of displacement pumps, where each displacement pump is realizably connected to a disposable pre-filled fluid cartridge. Each displacement pump includes a stepper motor in engagement with a threaded drive rod that is advanced or retracted by any one of several predetermined distances. The drive rod impels a plunger positioned within the disposable cartridge to dispense a volume of fluid. Flexible capillary tubes connected to the output of each disposable cartridge direct the fluid to a central dispensing area. The disposable cartridge includes an expandable plunger which draws fluid back into the cartridge when the drive rod is withdrawn after a dispense operation for drip prevention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: A.C. DISPENSING EQUIPMENT, INC.
    Inventors: P. Gregory Erman, Chris Marshall, Avery Wilson, David A. Ricker, Michael McDougall, Kevin Stoneman, Ian MacLean