Patents by Inventor Richard A. Martindale

Richard A. Martindale 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: 20160176696
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing apparatus having a nozzle and multiple fluid lines in fluid communication with the nozzle where the beverage dispensing apparatus has a body with a plurality of apertures, a plurality of buttons, each protruding through a respective one of the apertures and configured to control a flow of fluid through a respective one of the multiple fluid lines, the plurality of buttons having at least one active dispensing button configured to mechanically dispense a fluid and at least one remote dispensing button, and a remote dispensing device located remotely from the body configured to regulate dispensing a fluid through one of the multiple fluid lines so that when the at least one remote button is depressed, the remote dispensing device dispenses a fluid through the fluid line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Richard A. Martindale
  • Publication number: 20160060091
    Abstract: A cover assembly for a bar gun with an upper elongated body having a top wall, a right side wall, a left side wall, a front wall, the upper body being shaped and adapted to contain the bar gun and to extend about and surround a nozzle extending from the bar gun. The cover assembly also has an aperture penetrating the top wall for access to buttons on the top of the bar gun.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Publication date: March 3, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Richard A. Martindale
  • Publication number: 20160060090
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing apparatus for dispensing one or more beverage components where the beverage dispensing apparatus has a body and at least one button protruding out through the body, the at least one button adapted to dispense a beverage from the beverage dispensing apparatus. The beverage dispensing apparatus also has at least one sensing element attached to the at least one button and at least one sensor attached to the body and aligned with at least one sensing element such that when the at least one button is depressed into the body to dispense a beverage, the at least one sensor interacts with the at least one sensing element to sense that the at least one button is depressed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Publication date: March 3, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Richard A. Martindale
  • Publication number: 20160029686
    Abstract: Disinfecting devices and related methods are provided that apply germicidal ultraviolet light to disinfect dispensing components of food and beverage dispensers. A disinfecting holster for a bar gun includes a support surface configured to interface with a bar gun to support the bar gun when stowed in the holster, a housing coupled with the support surface and surrounding a dispensing nozzle of the bar gun when the bar gun is stowed in the holster, and an ultraviolet light source configured to emit germicidal ultraviolet light onto the nozzle. The housing substantially contains the ultraviolet light within the housing during the application of the ultraviolet light to the dispensing nozzle. The ultraviolet light can be periodically applied to maintain the nozzle in a disinfected state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Richard A. Martindale
  • Publication number: 20160029541
    Abstract: A suspension assembly for an agricultural implement having a carrier frame, an implement support frame pivotally connected to the carrier frame, and a rubber torsion spring having a drive shaft disposed coaxially within a square tubular housing, with an elastic rubber element captured within the housing and the shaft embedded in and adhered to the elastic rubber element. The torsion spring is connected to the implement support frame. An externally threaded screw has an internally threaded member engaged therewith, the screw being connected to the carrier frame. An adjusting arm has a first portion in driving engagement with the drive element, and has a second portion connected to the threaded member. Displacing the threaded member along the screw provides selectable spring force that adjustably biases the implement support frame away from the carrier frame such that an implement connected to the support frame is pressed against the soil with a selected force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Inventor: Daniel Richard Martindale
  • Publication number: 20160031695
    Abstract: Disinfecting devices and related methods are provided that apply germicidal ultraviolet light to disinfect dispensing components of food and beverage dispensers. A disinfecting holster for a bar gun includes a support surface configured to interface with a bar gun to support the bar gun when stowed in the holster, a housing coupled with the support surface and surrounding a dispensing nozzle of the bar gun when the bar gun is stowed in the holster, and an ultraviolet light source configured to emit germicidal ultraviolet light onto the nozzle. The housing substantially contains the ultraviolet light within the housing during the application of the ultraviolet light to the dispensing nozzle. The ultraviolet light can be periodically applied to maintain the nozzle in a disinfected state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Richard A. Martindale
  • Publication number: 20160022849
    Abstract: Disinfecting devices and related methods are provided that apply germicidal ultraviolet light to disinfect dispensing components of food and beverage dispensers. A disinfecting holster for a nozzle of a beverage dispensing handle includes a housing adapted to receive a nozzle of a beverage dispensing handle and an ultraviolet light source bent around the housing to surround at least a portion of the housing. The ultraviolet light source generates and emits germicidal ultraviolet light onto the nozzle. The housing substantially contains the ultraviolet light within the housing during the application of the ultraviolet light to the dispensing nozzle. The ultraviolet light can be periodically applied to maintain the nozzle in a disinfected state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Publication date: January 28, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Richard A. Martindale
  • Publication number: 20160009540
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing mixing nozzle for mixing a multi-component beverage mixture. The nozzle has a disruption plate for slowing and dispersing a dispensed fluid into an adjacent expansion region. The disruption plate and floor of the expansion region have turbulence-inducing surfaces to aid in mixing the fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Publication date: January 14, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Richard A. Martindale, Bret D. Baker
  • Publication number: 20160010763
    Abstract: A holster for mounting a bar gun to a surface, the bar gun having a nozzle and a handle magnet. The holster has an elongated mounting plate having a top side, bottom side, first end and second end, and an aperture located between the first end and second end where the aperture penetrates the mounting plate from the top side to the bottom side and is configured to receive the nozzle of the bar gun. A holster magnet is fixed to the mounting plate adjacent the aperture between the aperture and the second end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Publication date: January 14, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Richard A. Martindale, Bret D. Baker
  • Publication number: 20160009538
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing apparatus including a lever assembly where the lever assembly has a base and a at least one elongated arm. The base has a bottom configured to mate with a beverage dispensing device, a top side opposite the bottom and apertures penetrating the base from top to bottom configured to align with buttons on the beverage dispensing apparatus. The at least one elongated lever has a top surface, a bottom surface, a first end and a second end configured to extend away from the centerline of the beverage dispensing apparatus. When the lever assembly is installed on a beverage dispensing device, buttons extending from the top of the beverage dispensing device extend up through the apertures and pressed against the bottom surface of the at least one elongated lever, biasing the at least one lever upward and the when the lever is pressed, it pushes against the button of the beverage dispensing apparatus to dispense a beverage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 14, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Richard A. Martindale, Bret D. Baker
  • Patent number: 9192191
    Abstract: Disinfecting devices and related methods are provided that apply germicidal ultraviolet light to disinfect dispensing components of food and beverage dispensers. A disinfecting holster for a bar gun includes a support surface configured to interface with a bar gun to support the bar gun when stowed in the holster, a housing coupled with the support surface and surrounding a dispensing nozzle of the bar gun when the bar gun is stowed in the holster, and an ultraviolet light source configured to emit germicidal ultraviolet light onto the nozzle. The housing substantially contains the ultraviolet light within the housing during the application of the ultraviolet light to the dispensing nozzle. The ultraviolet light can be periodically applied to maintain the nozzle in a disinfected state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Richard A. Martindale
  • Publication number: 20150191341
    Abstract: In many aspects, a system for a beverage dispenser can include a detector, a touch screen, and a control unit electrically coupled to the touch screen and detector. The control unit is configured to implement a method. In the method, a first graphical configuration is sent to the touch screen for display during an operational mode. A sleep mode is entered after detecting no motion events from the detector after a predetermined amount of time. A second graphical configuration is sent to the touch screen for display or the touch screen is turned off as a result of entering the sleep mode. A motion event is then detected in proximity to the detector, and as a result, the sleep mode is discontinued, and the operational mode is activated, and the first graphical configuration is sent to the touch screen for redisplay.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Publication date: July 9, 2015
    Inventors: Richard A. Martindale, Thomas R. Hecht
  • Patent number: 8925769
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a pouring device for a container for the dosing of liquid. The pouring device has various features intended to ease use, including an improved removal and attachment system and a system to identify and visually illustrate selected pour sizes. In a specific embodiment, the pouring device has a colored light or LED indicator system that allows the user to quickly and easily confirm the selected pour size. Embodiments may also include one or more features that ease attachment and removal of the pouring device to a liquid container, such as a replaceable cork system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Achim Philipp Zapp, Richard A. Martindale
  • Publication number: 20140326754
    Abstract: An ADA accessible beverage dispenser having a touch screen for receiving input for controlling the beverage dispenser and a first ADA access panel located within the reach of a user for receiving input from a an ADA user and a second ADA access panel displayed in a lower portion of the touchscreen and within the reach of the user for receiving input from the user where the first and second ADA access panels are configured to communicate with the beverage dispenser to control the beverage dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Richard A. Martindale, Bret D. Baker
  • Publication number: 20140301833
    Abstract: A flexible impeller pump includes improved flexible impeller geometry, an impeller shaft having protruding portions that produce a stronger and more durable connection between the impeller shaft and the flexible impeller, a smoother housing cam surface, and wear resistant surfaces that are disposed between end faces of the flexible impeller and adjacent housing end walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Juha K. Salmela, James M. Tuyls, Richard A. Martindale
  • Publication number: 20140299636
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a screw-on interface for bottle spouts that secures a spout to a bottle in a manner such that wear and/or breakage of the bottle interface from standard usage is minimized. In an embodiment of the invention, the screw-on bottle interface incorporates a stainless steel plate in its threaded collar. This plate prevents damage to both the spout and the screw-on bottle interface when users over-tighten a screw-on bottle interface equipped bottle spout during installation of the spout onto a bottle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Richard A. Martindale, Thomas R. Hecht
  • Patent number: 8573254
    Abstract: A flow control device for a bar gun manifold. The flow control device includes a sleeve and an actuating member. The sleeve is monolithically formed of an elastomeric material. The sleeve includes a cylindrical outer surface, a through hole oriented transverse to the sleeve axis of rotation, a first raised portion that encircles the sleeve and is shaped to provide a seal between the sleeve and the manifold body, and a first interface shaped to connect the sleeve to the actuating member. The actuating member includes a second interface shaped to interface with the first interface. The first and second interfaces are shaped to transfer rotation of the actuating member about the sleeve axis of rotation to the sleeve to reorient the through hole relative to a fluid passage of the manifold body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Martindale, Mojtaba Valiyee
  • Patent number: 8459505
    Abstract: A locking access plug for a valve return spring for a beverage dispensing gun handle is disclosed. The locking access plug enables the compression and retention of the valve return spring and enables the retention of the locking access plug in the body of the handle until it is acted upon for the purpose of its removal; for example, for the servicing of the handle. A beverage dispensing gun having such a locking access plug can both keep a valve return spring in compression as well as interface with a sealing o-ring that seals between the locking access plug and the beverage dispensing gun handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Martindale, Bret D. Baker, Albert A. Soldano, Robert A. Lorenz
  • Patent number: 8459819
    Abstract: A bar gun having a configurable display is disclosed. The bar gun includes a housing portion having an internal cavity. A mixing mechanism is disposed in the internal cavity and is in fluid communication with a plurality of fluid lines. A spout having an opening is in fluid communication with the mixing mechanism to discharge fluid received from the mixing mechanism. The configurable display is coupled with the housing. The configurable display can include a display window and an illumination source configured to emit illumination to back light the display window. The configurable display can also include an electronic display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Martindale, Thomas R. Hecht
  • Patent number: D666869
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Martindale, James M. Tuyls