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).

  • Patent number: 5996846
    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 is valveless to thus prevent splatter of the delivered condiment due to entrained gas. A gas-operated pump is controlled at the delivery nozzle to effect delivery of the condiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard A. Martindale
  • Patent number: 5950867
    Abstract: The invention provides a system and method of dispensing heated condiment from a condiment source. The condiment is flowed through a heater hose, and the temperature of the condiment is controlled within a predetermined range by sensing the temperature of the condiment in the hose and controlling the operation of the heater hose to maintain the temperature of the condiment within the predetermined range which results in the dispensing of condiment at a desired temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Martindale, Antonio J. Jepson, James M. Tuyls, Matthew Thomas Straddeck
  • Patent number: 5906296
    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: December 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1999
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Martindale, Antonio J. Jepson, Charles Bennett, Juha Salmela
  • Patent number: 5624056
    Abstract: The invention relates to a condiment dispensing system for dispensing condiment and the like which includes a gas operated pump for moving condiments from a condiment source to a delivery nozzle through a pinch valve that operates to close and open the delivery flow path in response to and absence of gas pressure. A swipe valve to clean the delivery nozzle is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1997
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard A. Martindale
  • Patent number: 5379916
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for beverage dispensing control and monitoring. A bottle control cap is attached to a bottle and a micro processor positioned in the bottle control cap is programmed with data to identify that control cap from others in a system of programmable control caps. The micro processor controls an electric motor which opens and closes a flow passage in the control cap on command in response to a command signal from a system control processor located at a remote location. The micro processor is also programmed to request the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1995
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls
    Inventors: Richard A. Martindale, William A. Martindale, Matthew Straddeck, Gregory J. Osborne
  • Patent number: 5318197
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for beverage dispensing control and monitoring. A bottle control cap is attached to a bottle and a micro processor positioned in the bottle control cap is programmed with data to identify that control cap from others in a system of programmable control caps. The micro processor controls an electric motor which opens and closes a flow passage in the control cap on command in response to a signal from a system control processor located at a remote location. The micro processor is also programmed to request the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 7, 1994
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls
    Inventors: William A. Martindale, Richard A. Martindale, Matthew Straddeck, Gregory J. Osborne
  • Patent number: 5042692
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing apparatus includes a beverage dispensing head wherein a rigid plate is disposed over a mixing fluid valve stem and a plurality of base fluid valve stems. The plate has an opening located over each base fluid valve stem for receiving the associated base fluid valve stem therethrough. The plate has a rigid surface disposed over the mixing fluid valve stem. A mixing fluid button contacts the rigid surface of the plate so that, when the mixing fluid button is depressed, only the mixing fluid is dispensed. A first base fluid button covers the opening in the plate disposed over its associated base fluid valve stem. The first base fluid button also contacts the plate so that, when the button is depressed, the button depresses both the base fluid valve stem and the plate. The plate, in turn, depresses the mixing fluid valve stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1991
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Mojtaba Valiyee, William A. Martindale, Richard A. Martindale
  • Patent number: 4986449
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing apparatus includes a beverage dispensing head wherein a rigid plate is disposed over a mixing fluid valve stem and a plurality of base fluid valve stems. The plate has an opening located over each base fluid valve stem for receiving the associated base fluid valve stem therethrough. The plate has a rigid surface disposed over the mixing fluid valve stem. A mixing fluid button contacts the rigid surface of the plate so that, when the mixing fluid button is depressed, only the mixing fluid is dispensed. A first base fluid button covers the opening in the plate disposed over its associated base fluid valve stem. The first base fluid button also contacts the plate so that, when the button is depressed, the button depresses both the base fluid valve stem and the plate. The plate, in turn, depresses the mixing fluid valve stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1991
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Mojtaba Valiyee, William A. Martindale, Richard A. Martindale
  • Patent number: 4732300
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing apparatus for dispensing premixed carbonated beverages from a single beverage dispensing head, the premixed beverages being supplied to a dispenser head by conduits connected to individual premixed beverage sources. The dispenser head consists of a handle having an upper surface portion. The dispenser head has a plurality of channels therethrough, each connected at one end to the conduit and discharging the premixed beverage at the other end. The channel has a tapered portion, which is generally parallel to the upper surface of the dispenser head. A valve is received within the tapered portion and includes a stemmed poppet having a stem at one end and a biasing member which urges the poppet toward the taper so as to seal the valve. The valve is actuated by an obtusely angled lever, having a first portion generally parallel to the first surface of the dispenser head and a second portion, operatively coupled to and essentially perpendicular to the poppet stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1988
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Mojtaba Valiyee, William A. Martindale, Richard A. Martindale
  • Patent number: D309232
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 17, 1990
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Mojtaba Valiyee, William A. Martindale, Richard A. Martindale
  • Patent number: D392509
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1998
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard A. Martindale
  • Patent number: D401477
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard A. Martindale
  • Patent number: D407260
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard A. Martindale