Patents by Inventor Randall L. Morrison

Randall L. Morrison 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: 8820577
    Abstract: A device for dispensing a liquid is connectable to a container containing the liquid and detachably connectable to a base station having a drive member, the device including a liquid duct and a pump actuated by the drive member for effecting passage of liquid through the duct, characterized in that the device includes a cutter for piercing a tamper resistant foil positioned across the outlet of the container and that a push pin for actuating the cutter is operable from outside the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Christoph Rusch, Elmar Mock, Gary Cooper, Andre Klopfenstein, Naomi Bitmead, James Peter Herrick, Amol Ashok Bhalerao, Randall L. Morrison, Bernard Guillemain
  • Patent number: 8544692
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a base station for a liquid dispensing apparatus. The base station includes a driver and a container support having a dispensing device, which includes a liquid duct leading from the container to an outlet. The device further includes a connector connected to the driver and detachably connectable to the dispensing device. In an embodiment, the container support is a holder, and the connector is movable towards the holder to connect to the dispensing device and away from the holder after disconnecting from the dispensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Christoph Rusch, Elmar Mock, Gary Cooper, Andre Klopfensteinh, Naomi Bitmead, James Peter Herrick, Amol Ashok Bhalerao, Randall L. Morrison, Bernard Guillemain
  • Patent number: 8349382
    Abstract: A beverage system for providing a beverage, methods of making the beverage and the resulting beverage are shown herein. The system includes a beverage-forming concentrate and an aroma or aroma-providing component separated from the concentrate; wherein the concentrate and aroma are combinable upon reconstitution for providing the beverage. One method includes delivering a fresh beverage taste to an on-premise beverage at a point of dispensation, by delivering at least one aroma or aroma-providing component in an amount sufficient to enhance the organoleptic properties of a beverage separately from a beverage concentrate prior to when the beverage is dispensed, and mixing the aroma or aroma-providing compound with a liquid and the beverage concentrate or with a mixture of a beverage concentrate and a liquid when the beverage is being dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Pu-Sheng Cheng, Ying Zheng, Serena Laroia, Wenjie Hu, Rachid Rahmani, Eugene Scoville, Randall C. Chrisman, Shannon Joyce Gavie, Walter F. Landry, Brian J. McDonough, Randall L. Morrison, Anthony Klueppel, Christian Milo
  • Patent number: 8342391
    Abstract: A travel kiosk with improved document delivery. The travel kiosk includes a first section containing a touch screen, and a second section adjacent the first section including an aperture and a document delivery tray within the aperture. The document delivery tray includes a first portion including a document slope for receiving a document at an upper end from a printer, the document falling to a lower end of the document slope, the document slope including ribs oriented generally downwardly to minimize friction between the document and the document slope. A second portion coupled to the first portion at the lower end includes first and second tabs which form a landing zone for the document after it has fallen from the document slope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Randall L. Morrison, Rafael Yepez
  • Patent number: 8314821
    Abstract: A method of controlling thermal printing based upon print density. The method includes receiving pre-formatted data representing information to be printed on two sides of a thermal print media from a computer by a processor of a thermal printer, analyzing the pre-formatted data by the thermal printer to determine different types of data to be printed with different print densities by the processor, determining an average print density of the different print densities by the processor, determining that the average print density is greater than a predetermined average print density by the processor, determining a power level required to print the data, and directing first and second thermal print heads to print the data based upon the required power level by the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Randall L. Morrison
  • Patent number: 8113429
    Abstract: A barcode reading station which mounts a barcode reader for reading a barcode on a barcode carrier, such as a document or electronic device which displays the barcode. The barcode reading station includes a holster for a barcode reader, the barcode reader producing a scan volume, a barcode reading table for identifying a target location for barcode reading, and a mirror for deflecting the scan volume of the barcode reader towards the barcode reading table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Jack W. Craig, Jason A. Mastry, Rafael Yepez, Randall L. Morrison
  • Publication number: 20110063394
    Abstract: A method of controlling thermal printing based upon print density. The method includes receiving pre-formatted data representing information to be printed on two sides of a thermal print media from a computer by a processor of a thermal printer, analyzing the pre-formatted data by the thermal printer to determine different types of data to be printed with different print densities by the processor, determining an average print density of the different print densities by the processor, determining that the average print density is greater than a predetermined average print density by the processor, determining a power level required to print the data, and directing first and second thermal print heads to print the data based upon the required power level by the processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Inventor: Randall L. MORRISON
  • Patent number: 7839425
    Abstract: A method of controlling thermal printing based upon print density. The method includes receiving pre-formatted data representing information to be printed on two sides of a thermal print media from a computer by a processor of a thermal printer, analyzing the pre-formatted data by the thermal printer to determine different types of data to be printed with different print densities by the processor, determining an average print density of the different print densities by the processor, determining that the average print density is greater than a predetermined average print density by the processor, determining a power level required to print the data, and directing first and second thermal print heads to print the data based upon the required power level by the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Randall L. Morrison
  • Publication number: 20100193544
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device (3) for dispensing a liquid, the device being connectable to a container (4) containing the liquid and detachably connectable to a base station (5) having drive means (524), the device (3) comprising a liquid duct (69) and means (6) actuated by drive means (524) for effecting passage of liquid through the duct (69), characterized in that the device (3) comprises a cutter (101) for piercing a tamper resistant foil (41) positioned across the outlet of the container (4) and that means (103) for actuating the cutter are operable from outside the device (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventors: Christoph Rusch, Elmar Mock, Gary Cooper, Andre Klopfensteinh, Naomi Bitmead, James Peter Herrick, Amol Ashok Bhalerao, Randall L. Morrison, Bernard Guillemain
  • Publication number: 20100186851
    Abstract: The invention concerns a base station (5) for a liquid dispensing apparatus, comprising drive means (93), means for supporting a container (4) having a dispensing device (3) which comprises a liquid duct (69) leading from the container (4) to an outlet (85) and means (6) for effecting passage of liquid through the duct (69), and coupling means (521) connected to drive means (93) and detachably connectable to the dispensing device (3) to actuate the means (6) for effecting passage of liquid through duct (69), characterized in that the means for supporting container (4) and dispensing device (3) comprise a holder (551), and in that the coupling means (521) are movable towards holder (551) to connect to dispensing device (3) and away from holder (551) after disconnecting from dispensing device (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventors: Christoph Rusch, Elmar Mock, Gary Cooper, Andre Klopfensteinh, Naomi Bitmead, James Peter Herrick, Amol Ashok Bhalerao, Randall L. Morrison
  • Publication number: 20100155483
    Abstract: A barcode reading station which mounts a barcode reader for reading a barcode on a barcode carrier, such as a document or electronic device which displays the barcode. The barcode reading station includes a holster for a barcode reader, the barcode reader producing a scan volume, a barcode reading table for identifying a target location for barcode reading, and a mirror for deflecting the scan volume of the barcode reader towards the barcode reading table.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventors: Jack W. Craig, Jason A. Mastry, Rafael Yepez, Randall L. Morrison
  • Publication number: 20100155462
    Abstract: A travel kiosk with improved document delivery. The travel kiosk includes a first section containing a touch screen, and a second section adjacent the first section including an aperture and a document delivery tray within the aperture. The document delivery tray includes a first portion including a document slope for receiving a document at an upper end from a printer, the document falling to a lower end of the document slope, the document slope including ribs oriented generally downwardly to minimize friction between the document and the document slope. A second portion coupled to the first portion at the lower end includes first and second tabs which form a landing zone for the document after it has fallen from the document slope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventors: Randall L. Morrison, Rafael Yepez
  • Publication number: 20100066797
    Abstract: A method of controlling thermal printing based upon print density. The method includes receiving pre-formatted data representing information to be printed on two sides of a thermal print media from a computer by a processor of a thermal printer, analyzing the pre-formatted data by the thermal printer to determine different types of data to be printed with different print densities by the processor, determining an average print density of the different print densities by the processor, determining that the average print density is greater than a predetermined average print density by the processor, determining a power level required to print the data, and directing first and second thermal print heads to print the data based upon the required power level by the processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Inventor: Randall L. Morrison
  • Publication number: 20100003386
    Abstract: A beverage system for providing a beverage, methods of making the beverage and the resulting beverage are disclosed herein. The system includes a beverage-forming concentrate and an aroma or aroma-providing component separated from the concentrate; wherein the concentrate and aroma are combinable upon reconstitution for providing the beverage. One method includes delivering a fresh beverage taste to an on-premise beverage at a point of dispensation, by delivering at least one aroma or aroma-providing component in an amount sufficient to enhance the organoleptic properties of a beverage separately from a beverage concentrate prior to when the beverage is dispensed, and mixing the aroma or aroma-providing compound with a liquid and the beverage concentrate or with a mixture of a beverage concentrate and a liquid when the beverage is being dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Inventors: Pu-Sheng Cheng, Ying Zheng, Serena Laroia, Wenjie Hu, Rachid Rahmani, Eugene Scoville, Randall C. Chrisman, Shannon Gavie, Walter F. Landry, Brian J. McDonough, Randall L. Morrison, Anthony Klueppel, Christian Milo
  • Patent number: 7597922
    Abstract: A beverage system for providing a beverage, methods of making the beverage and the resulting beverage are shown herein. The system includes a beverage-forming concentrate and an aroma or aroma-providing component separated from the concentrate; wherein the concentrate and aroma are combinable upon reconstitution for providing the beverage. The resulting beverage may be coffee, tea, carbonation, a juice, milk, or a non-dairy creamer-based component; or a combination thereof, while the aroma or aroma-providing component is coffee aroma, tea aroma, chocolate or cocoa aroma, malt, Maillard reaction flavor, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Pu-Sheng Cheng, Ying Zheng, Serena Laroia, Wenjie Hu, Rachid Rahmani, Eugene Scoville, Randall C. Chrisman, Shannon Gavie, Walter F. Landry, Brian J. McDonough, Randall L. Morrison, Anthony Klueppel, Christian Milo
  • Patent number: 7562786
    Abstract: Dispensing systems for administering particulate materials are presented. In an embodiment, the present invention provides a dispensing system comprising an overcap having an attachment member attached to a portion of a surface of the overcap and a foldable scoop including a handle and a cup. The handle has at least one connector so constructed and arranged for releasably attaching the handle to the attachment member of the overcap. The foldable scoop can be releasably attached to the overcap in a variety of ways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Randall L. Morrison
  • Patent number: 7223426
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a device and method for dispensing dual component liquids or concentrates packaged in separate containers to provide protection from effects such as oxidation and moisture loss. The liquids or concentrates can be dispensed through a pumping system, preferably including a peristaltic pump, mixed together, and optionally diluted with another liquid, such as water, to provide a consumable beverage. In addition, the device of the present invention can dispense liquids or concentrates having different viscosities, such that they are mixed together in the proper ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Pu-Sheng Cheng, Randall C. Chrisman, Shannon Gavie, Walter F. Landry, Brian J. McDonough, Randall L. Morrison, Eugene Scoville
  • Publication number: 20040129720
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a device and method for dispensing dual component liquids or concentrates packaged in separate containers to provide protection from effects such as oxidation and moisture loss. The liquids or concentrates can be dispensed through a pumping system, preferably including a peristaltic pump, mixed together, and optionally diluted with another liquid, such as water, to provide a consumable beverage. In addition, the device of the present invention can dispense liquids or concentrates having different viscosities, such that they are mixed together in the proper ratio.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2003
    Publication date: July 8, 2004
    Inventors: Pu-Sheng Cheng, Randall C. Chrisman, Shannon Gavie, Walter F. Landry, Brian J. McDonough, Randall L. Morrison, Eugene Scoville
  • Patent number: 6756069
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a device and method for dispensing dual component liquids or concentrates packaged in separate containers to provide protection from effects such as oxidation and moisture loss. The liquids or concentrates can be dispensed through a pumping system, preferably including a peristaltic pump, mixed together, and optionally diluted with another liquid, such as water, to provide a consumable beverage. In addition, the device of the present invention can dispense liquids or concentrates having different viscosities, such that they are mixed together in the proper ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Eugene Scoville, Pu-Sheng Cheng, Randall C. Chrisman, Shannon Gavie, Walter F. Landry, Brian J. McDonough, Randall L. Morrison
  • Patent number: D500687
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Inventors: Randall L. Morrison, Kim P. Fallon