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: 20120211516
    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: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventors: Achim Philipp Zapp, Richard A. Martindale
  • Patent number: 8162182
    Abstract: A bar gun handle having a housing assembly including an inlet in fluid communication with a valve bore, an outlet in fluid communication with the valve bore and in further fluid communication with an output nozzle, a valve element operatively mounted in the valve bore to control the flow of fluid from the inlet to the output nozzle, with an actuator coupled to the valve element, and a cladding layer disposed on a side of the bar gun handle that substantially covers the side of the bar gun handle. The present invention also includes a kit used to provide a protective cladding to a bar gun handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard A. Martindale
  • Publication number: 20110315711
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing system including a control unit and a touch screen. Inputs are made to the touch screen to dispense beverages and apply system adjustments. The control unit controls a plurality of beverage dispensing valves according to inputs made to the touch screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Jun Feng, Boris Brodsky, Richard A. Martindale
  • Publication number: 20110286883
    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: May 20, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Richard A. Martindale
  • Publication number: 20110073617
    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: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Applicant: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Martindale, Bret D. Baker, Albert A. Soldano, Robert A. Lorenz
  • Publication number: 20110057134
    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: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Martindale, Mojtaba Valiyee
  • Publication number: 20100320231
    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: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Applicant: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Martindale, Thomas R. Hecht
  • Patent number: 7806294
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for dispensing flavor doses and beverages. A beverage tower may be provided that has a small footprint and that is capable of dispensing a wide variety of flavor doses and blended beverages. The beverage tower may include a flow control module that controls the flow rate of beverage additives and water through the beverage tower and a switch module that includes a plurality of switches that may be selectively opened and closed to control the flow of beverage additives and water through the beverage tower to a point of dispense. A flavor dose or blended beverage may be dispensed by the beverage tower in accordance with user input that is provided to the beverage tower via a control panel. The user input may specify a desired beverage additive, a desired cup size, and an indication of whether a flavor shot or a blended beverage is desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Shaun B. Gatipon, Douglas Jon McDougall, Byron L. Eberhart, III, Thomas R. Hecht, Roland E. Young, Richard A. Martindale, Bret D. Baker
  • Publication number: 20100147886
    Abstract: A bar gun handle having a housing assembly including an inlet in fluid communication with a valve bore, an outlet in fluid communication with the valve bore and in further fluid communication with an output nozzle, a valve element operatively mounted in the valve bore to control the flow of fluid from the inlet to the output nozzle, with an actuator coupled to the valve element, and a cladding layer disposed on a side of the bar gun handle that substantially covers the side of the bar gun handle. The present invention also includes a kit used to provide a protective cladding to a bar gun handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Applicant: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard A. Martindale
  • Publication number: 20070114244
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for dispensing flavor doses and beverages. A beverage tower may be provided that has a small footprint and that is capable of dispensing a wide variety of flavor doses and blended beverages. The beverage tower may include a flow control module that controls the flow rate of beverage additives and water through the beverage tower and a switch module that includes a plurality of switches that may be selectively opened and closed to control the flow of beverage additives and water through the beverage tower to a point of dispense. A flavor dose or blended beverage may be dispensed by the beverage tower in accordance with user input that is provided to the beverage tower via a control panel. The user input may specify a desired beverage additive, a desired cup size, and an indication of whether a flavor shot or a blended beverage is desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2006
    Publication date: May 24, 2007
    Inventors: Shaun Gatipon, Douglas McDougall, Byron Eberhart, Thomas Hecht, Roland Young, Richard Martindale, Bret Baker
  • Patent number: 6672849
    Abstract: A coupling apparatus provides quick-connect coupling between a fluid source such as a condiment source and a pump. In specific embodiments, the coupling apparatus comprises a tube, and a fluid source connector coupled to an end of the tube and configured to releasably connect to the fluid source. A quick-connect coupler is coupled to another end of the tube and is configured to releasably connect to the pump inlet fitting of the pump. The quick-connect coupler includes a spring-loaded member being biased by a spring toward a locked position to lock the quick-connect coupler to the pump inlet fitting and being movable to a release position to release the quick-connect coupler from the pump inlet fitting. The quick-connect feature conveniently allows the pump to be easily and quickly disconnected from the dispensing system for cleaning or replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Martindale, James M. Tuyls, Juha K. Salmela, Bret Baker
  • Patent number: 6260477
    Abstract: This invention provides a system and a method of mixing and dispensing a beverage from a beverage concentrate. A mixing device receives a beverage concentrate and water, and employs a static mixing device to mix the concentrate and water to produce a beverage in a closed system. Flow regulators precisely control the flows of the beverage concentrate and water to achieve the desired mixing ratio. The carbonation system may include a pump for pumping the beverage from the mixing device to a carbonator, a refrigeration unit, a beverage dispenser, or other. A transformer is coupled with the pump and one or more solenoid valves in the mixing device. The transformer receives power from the pump motor to activate the solenoid valves to allow flow of the beverage out of the mixing device only when the pump is powered. When the pump is shut off, the power to the transformer is terminated and the solenoid valves are switched off to stop the flow of the beverage out of the mixing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Tuyls, Richard A. Martindale, Charles E. Bennett, Antonio J. Jepson
  • Patent number: 6220484
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing device includes a dispensing spout disposed at the mouth of a bottle. A single-piece, disposable security strap is used to secure the spout to the bottle to prevent unauthorized removal of the spout to dispense drinks. The spout has a distal portion with a spout opening and a proximal shoulder larger in cross-sectional than the distal portion. The security strap includes a strap ring having an opening configured to surround and capture the proximal shoulder of the spout. The strap further includes at least a pair of connecting portions extending from the strap ring. Each connecting portion has an affixing member at an end. At least one of the affixing members has a self-adhering surface for adhering to the exterior of the bottle. To dispense the beverage, the strap is broken and discarded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard A. Martindale
  • Patent number: 6112946
    Abstract: This invention provides a system and a method of economically and efficiently dispensing frozen beverages within a desired range of consistency in a continuous manner suitable for large-scale high-volume usage. A sensor is used to monitor the level of the beverage in a container for providing the frozen beverage. The beverage is cooled by a cooling device which has a cooling capacity. A flow regulating device is used to regulate the flow rate of the beverage to the container. A controller is coupled with the sensor and the flow regulating device to regulate the flow rate of the beverage in response to the monitored beverage level and the cooling capacity of the cooling device. When properly tuned to match the cooling capacity of the cooling device with the flow rate of the beverage into the container, the controller maintains the desired consistency of the frozen beverage, while automatically refilling the beverage container to within a desired range of levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Bennett, Antonio J. Jepson, Richard A. Martindale
  • Patent number: 6082587
    Abstract: The invention relates to a condiment dispensing system for dispensing condiment and the like which includes a gas operated pump for moving condiment(s) from a condiment source to a delivery nozzle through a condiment conduit which includes a draw-back valve to prevent condiment buildup on the delivery nozzle. A gas-operated pump is controlled at the delivery nozzle to effect delivery of the condiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Martindale, Antonio J. Jepson, Charles Bennett, Juha Salmela
  • Patent number: D626373
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Mojtaba Valiyee, Richard A. Martindale, Gabriel M. Dial
  • Patent number: D626374
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Mojtaba Valiyee, Richard A. Martindale, Gabriel M. Dial
  • Patent number: D626375
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Mojtaba Valiyee, Richard A. Martindale, Gabriel M. Dial
  • Patent number: D628014
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard A. Martindale
  • Patent number: D638659
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Martindale, Jim M. Tuyls