Patents by Inventor Thomas R. Hecht

Thomas R. Hecht 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: 10183854
    Abstract: Beverage dispensing apparatus, systems, and related methods are provided that have a recirculation loop to cool fluids in a dispensing tube bundle that delivers beverage fluids to a beverage dispensing assembly. A beverage dispensing apparatus includes an adjustable bypass manifold having an adjustable flow restriction that is configurable to enable the use of the beverage dispensing apparatus with different chilled soda recirculation systems. The adjustable bypass manifold includes ports for connection to the recirculation loop and ports for connection to a soda recirculation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Tuyls, Thomas R. Hecht
  • Publication number: 20180297831
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing method for dispensing and sensing the dispensing of one or more beverage components from a bar gun. The method of detecting includes using a sensor associated with a button on the bar gun to detect that the button is depressed to mechanically actuate a valve within a body of the bar gun.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Richard A. Martindale
  • Patent number: 10077181
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide corks and cork systems that find particular use in connection with wireless spouts used for monitoring the amount of liquid poured from liquid containers. It is desirable to be able to use a wireless spout with various differently-sized bottle. Accordingly, the cork features provided can ease removal and replacement of the wireless spouts onto and off of variously sized bottles, and allow the same spout to be re-used with a differently sized bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Automatice Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Tuyls, Dennis J. Honrine, Thomas R. Hecht
  • Patent number: 10065847
    Abstract: Beverage dispensing apparatus, systems, and related methods are provided that have a recirculation loop to cool fluids in a dispensing tube bundle that delivers beverage fluids to a beverage dispensing assembly. A beverage dispensing apparatus includes an adjustable bypass manifold having an adjustable flow restriction that is configurable to enable the use of the beverage dispensing apparatus with different chilled soda recirculation systems. The adjustable bypass manifold includes ports for connection to the recirculation loop and ports for connection to a soda recirculation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Tuyls, Thomas R. Hecht
  • Patent number: 10053353
    Abstract: Beverage dispensing apparatus, systems, and related methods are provided that have a recirculation loop to cool fluids in a dispensing tube bundle that delivers beverage fluids to a beverage dispensing assembly. A beverage dispensing apparatus includes an adjustable bypass manifold having an adjustable flow restriction that is configurable to enable the use of the beverage dispensing apparatus with different chilled soda recirculation systems. The adjustable bypass manifold includes ports for connection to the recirculation loop and ports for connection to a soda recirculation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Tuyls, Thomas R. Hecht
  • Publication number: 20180215603
    Abstract: A method of dispensing fluids with variable carbonation. The method includes receiving a selection of a carbonation level of a beverage and determining a valve timing scheme to achieve the selected carbonation level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Inventor: Thomas R. Hecht
  • Patent number: 9964234
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Richard A. Martindale, Bret D. Baker
  • Patent number: 9950085
    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: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Richard A. Martindale
  • Patent number: 9908767
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Martindale, Thomas R. Hecht
  • Patent number: 9896322
    Abstract: A manifold for a liquid dispensing system has at least two layers. The first layer has multiple through holes along its thickness direction, and one or more fluid channels perpendicular to the thickness direction. The second layer has one or more through holes along its thickness direction, each communicating with one of the through holes of the first layer. The second layer also has one or more fluid channels perpendicular to the thickness direction. The fluid channels each have an inlet at the edge of the respective layer and an outlet at one of the through holes. The second layer also has one or more holes defining valve bores. A valve in each of the valve bores controls flow of a liquid to a respective one of the fluid channels of the second layer. Also provided are a liquid dispensing system and a method of manufacturing a manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas R. Hecht
  • Patent number: 9895458
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Richard A. Martindale
  • Publication number: 20170349423
    Abstract: Disclosed is a beverage dispensing system for dispensing a non-mixed fluid along with a post-mix fluid. The post-mix fluid is formed by mixing a base beverage with at least one beverage additive. For example, the beverage dispensing system may dispense a post-mix fluid (e.g. cola) and a non-mixed fluid (e.g. spirits) separately. In some embodiments, the post-mix fluid may be dispensed simultaneously with the non-mixed fluid from separate fluid outlet ports. In other embodiments, the post-mix fluid may be dispensed from a first fluid outlet port and, subsequently, the non-mixed fluid may be dispensed from a second fluid outlet port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Bret D. Baker
  • Publication number: 20170334703
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing apparatus including at least one multiple lever-switching assembly where the lever assembly has a plurality of levers and valves configured to dispense fluids, flavorings, syrups, and optionally pressurized gas through one or more channels in each of the assemblies. The levers are part of a mechanical hydraulic system, that is not reliant on electrical connections to control or regulate the dispensing of fluids. Each set of levers can operate independently or in combination with other levers on the assembly, and can further actuate individual valves or more than one valve within the body of each assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventor: Thomas R. Hecht
  • Publication number: 20170320720
    Abstract: Disclosed is a holster for a bar gun. The holster includes a detachable drip cup that is removable from the holster while the holster is installed to a support structure and while the bar gun is stowed in the holster. The holster is mounted to an underside of the support structure, e.g. a bar top, and further includes a first contact surface configured to be vertical and contact the front side of the support structure and a second contact surface configured to be horizontal and contact the underside of the support structure. The holster further includes an a bar gun receiving surface defining an aperture to receive the bar gun. The bar gun receiving surface includes a portion which is flush with the top surface of the support structure, when the holster is mounted to the support structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Richard A. Martindale, Bret D. Baker
  • Patent number: 9745186
    Abstract: Devices for dispensing beverages, particularly multiple differing beverages from a dispensing nozzle, are provided herein. In an exemplary embodiment, a multiple beverage dispensing device includes a dispensing array attached to a dispense point isolation device within a dispensing nozzle, the dispensing array facilitates flow of a beverage base and at least one beverage additive into the dispensing nozzle and the dispense point isolation device isolating discharge of beverage additive to prevent cross-contamination and color-carryover caused by the residual traces of beverage additive often associated with conventional dispensing devices. In many embodiments, the dispense point isolation device further includes one or more isolation features, including any or all of a recess, trough, notch, raised ridge or tubular projection around an exit orifice of the beverage additive flow channel so as to further isolate release of the beverage additive and further inhibit cross-contamination and color-carryover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas R. Hecht
  • Publication number: 20170233234
    Abstract: Disclosed is a beverage dispensing system for dispensing a non-mixed fluid along with a post-mix fluid. The post-mix fluid is formed by mixing a base beverage with at least one beverage additive. For example, the beverage dispensing system may dispense a post-mix fluid (e.g. cola) and a non-mixed fluid (e.g. spirits) separately. In some embodiments, the post-mix fluid may be dispensed simultaneously with the non-mixed fluid from separate fluid outlet ports. In other embodiments, the post-mix fluid may be dispensed from a first fluid outlet port and, subsequently, the non-mixed fluid may be dispensed from a second fluid outlet port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Bret D. Baker
  • Patent number: 9714162
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Richard A. Martindale, Bret D. Baker
  • Patent number: D803038
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Bret D. Baker, Thomas R. Hecht
  • Patent number: D812951
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Silas Anthony Veloz
  • Patent number: D819383
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Bret D. Baker, Steven D. Chappell