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: 7931382
    Abstract: An illuminated bar gun, having a first housing portion; a second housing portion dimensioned to connect with the first housing portion and form a unitary body; a recess formed in one or both of the first and second housing portions; and an illumination source fitted within the recess. The present invention also provides an illuminated beverage dispensing handle, having a first portion and a second portion; cavities formed in the first portion and a recess formed in said second portion; and an illumination source fitted inside the cavity, the recess, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas R. Hecht
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20100314411
    Abstract: Environmental friendly automotive fluid dispensing systems and are provided. One disclosed system provides for the controlled dispensing of an automotive fluid selected from multiple automotive fluids. A quantity of fluid to be dispensed can be designated and the system can dispense the designated quantity of the selected fluid. A pump assembly is used to transfer automotive fluid from a selected container to a dispensing gun in a controlled fashion. The product dispensing gun can include a check valve for preventing fluid from exiting the dispensing gun when no fluid is being transferred to the dispensing gun by the pump assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Applicant: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Tuyls, Thomas R. Hecht, Donald A. Klotz
  • 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: 20100116842
    Abstract: Reconfigurable control systems for beverage dispensers, beverage dispensers with a reconfigurable control panel, beverage dispensers that sequence the dispensing of beverage fluids that make up a selected beverage, beverage dispensers that allow for the dispensing of user customized beverages, and related methods for dispensing a beverage fluid are provided. A reconfigurable control system includes a control panel having multiple sensing regions, user reconfigurable switches used to select a control panel configuration, and a control unit operatively coupled with the control panel and the user reconfigurable switches. Each of the sensing regions is assigned to a key of the selected control panel configuration or deactivated. The keys of the selected control panel configuration receive user input to select a beverage and/or a beverage additive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicant: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Jun Feng
  • Publication number: 20090090747
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus is disclosed. The dispensing apparatus has a product container for holding the fluid; a chamber including a dispensing cylinder having an inlet and an outlet; an inlet check valve disposed at the inlet of the chamber, the inlet check valve being openable to permit flow substantially only in a direction through the inlet check valve into the chamber; an outlet check valve disposed at the outlet of the chamber, the outlet check valve being openable to permit flow substantially only in a direction from the chamber out through the outlet check valve; an outlet spout connected with the outlet of the outlet check valve for receiving the fluid from the outlet check valve; a spring-biased piston configured for sliding movement in the dispensing cylinder, the piston being smaller than the dispensing cylinder thus providing a clearance; and a bypass backflow opening disposed in the dispensing cylinder above the spring-biased piston.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Publication date: April 9, 2009
    Applicant: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Tuyls, Thomas R. Hecht, Juha K. Salmela
  • Patent number: 7487886
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a more robust article dispensing apparatus that is relatively simple in construction and usage for dispensing articles in a clean and protective environment. More specifically, the apparatus accepts, separates, and dispenses articles from a nested stack of articles such as beverage cup lids one at a time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Autpmatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas R. Hecht
  • Publication number: 20080232090
    Abstract: An illuminated bar gun, having a first housing portion; a second housing portion dimensioned to connect with the first housing portion and form a unitary body; a recess formed in one or both of the first and second housing portions; and an illumination source fitted within the recess. The present invention also provides an illuminated beverage dispensing handle, having a first portion and a second portion; cavities formed in the first portion and a recess formed in said second portion; and an illumination source fitted inside the cavity, the recess, or both.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Applicant: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas R. Hecht
  • Publication number: 20080224078
    Abstract: A modular fitting for use with a commercially-available fluid or pneumatic switch, such as solenoid valves. The modular fittings disclosed can be aggregated to form a resulting modular fitting assembly according to the number of fluid circuits desired. The modular fittings include one or more coupling features that provide the ability to couple adjacent modular fittings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2008
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Applicant: Automatic Bar Control, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas R. Hecht
  • Publication number: 20080217357
    Abstract: A sanitary collection device for a beverage dispenser that provides an improved and larger collection area as compared to a cylindrical holster; and separation between the dispensing nozzle of the beverage dispenser and collection surfaces of the sanitary collection device such that the dispensing nozzle is prevented from contacting a possibly contaminated surface of the sanitary collection device. The present invention also provides for easy cleaning of the sanitary collection device and its drip cup, since the drip cup can be easily removed without the use of tools to facilitate cleaning and/or replacement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Applicant: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas R. Hecht
  • Patent number: 7422127
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus for dispensing a lid from a stack of lids each having a lid periphery includes a load platform having a main floor on which to place a stack of lids, the main floor sloping downward from an apex in a rearward direction, the load platform having a forward slope inclined downward from the apex in a forward direction. A parallelogram mechanism is mounted to move in a linear direction forward to a dispense position and rearward to a home position. A hinge is coupled to the parallelogram mechanism and has a handle with a distal end oriented upward and forward to contact an inner surface of a lid periphery of a bottommost lid of the stack of lids when the parallelogram mechanism moves forward from the home position toward the dispense position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Redi-Lid LP
    Inventors: Steve Christoffersen, Thomas R. Hecht, Scott Thompson, Michael E. Simi
  • Publication number: 20080135426
    Abstract: A component system kit for assembling a dispensing apparatus is disclosed. The kit includes one or more inlet fittings, the inlet fittings configured to deliver a fluid from a fluid source; a pump body configured to connect with the one or more inlet fittings; an outlet elbow configured to connect with the pump body; and one or more outlet fittings configured to connect with the outlet elbow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Applicant: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Juha K. Salmela
  • Patent number: 7384073
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to a nonremovable tube fitting or member for insertion into a container to access the interior of the container. In one embodiment, the fitting includes a hollow body having a proximal end and a distal end. The hollow body is partially insertable from the distal end through the opening of the container. The hollow body includes a proximal cap near the proximal end. The proximal cap is larger in size than the opening of the container. The hollow body includes a hole extending from the proximal end in a direction toward the distal end for receiving the tube through the hole. A capture member is coupled with the hollow body. The capture member is movable between an expanded position and a contracted position. The capture member in the contracted position has a lateral dimension sufficiently small to be inserted through the opening of the container. The capture member moves to the expanded position upon insertion into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Tuyls, Juha K. Salmela, Thomas R. Hecht
  • Patent number: 7234611
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a more robust article dispensing apparatus that is relatively simple in construction and usage for dispensing articles in a clean and protective environment. More specifically, the apparatus accepts, separates, and dispenses articles from a nested stack of articles such as beverage cup lids one at a time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas R. Hecht
  • Patent number: D464219
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Assignee: Home Gardener Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Howard F. Livingston
  • Patent number: D476494
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: Home Gardener Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Howard F. Livingston
  • Patent number: D483967
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: Finley Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard F. Livingston, Jr., Howard F. Livingston, Thomas R. Hecht
  • Patent number: D643708
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas R. Hecht
  • Patent number: D647785
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas R. Hecht
  • Patent number: D648420
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas R. Hecht