Patents by Inventor William S. Credle, Jr.

William S. Credle, Jr. 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: 6742673
    Abstract: A mobile vending machine for transporting and vending a number of products. The mobile vending machine includes a storage compartment for storing the products, a dispensing mechanism for dispensing the products, and a drive mechanism. The storage compartment is positioned about the drive mechanism for movement therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: William S. Credle, Jr., John P. Giles, James Michael Watson
  • Patent number: 6682289
    Abstract: A vending machine for vending articles, most notably beverage or food containers. More particularly, the present invention relates to a vending machine having a cabinet with a plurality of vertically spaced shelves, and an “X-Y” picker assembly for receiving a packaged beverage from a shelf and for delivering the packaged beverage to a delivery port in a front face of the cabinet, or to another location as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: William S. Credle, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6662829
    Abstract: A pouch for dispensing a beverage. The pouch includes a pair of opposing walls with a first half and a second half. A valve is inserted within one of the walls at the first half of the pouch. The valve is configured to be operable with a beverage dispenser. The pouch also includes various elements for hanging the pouch by its second half such that the pouch may be hung and dispense the beverage through the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: William S. Credle, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6591874
    Abstract: A pouch for dispensing a beverage. The pouch includes a pair of opposing walls with a first half and a second half. A valve is inserted within one of the walls at the first half of the pouch. The valve is configured to be operable with a beverage dispenser. The pouch also includes various elements for hanging the pouch by its second half such that the pouch may be hung and dispense the beverage through the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: William S. Credle, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6540100
    Abstract: A mobile vending machine for transporting and vending a number of products. The mobile vending machine includes a storage compartment for storing the products, a dispensing mechanism for dispensing the products, and a drive mechanism. The storage compartment is positioned about the drive mechanism for movement therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: William S. Credle, Jr., John P. Giles, James Michael Watson
  • Patent number: 6499242
    Abstract: Methods and assemblies are described for displaying interchangeable graphics sheets on a display face of a merchandise cabinet such as a vending machine. The interchangeable sheets are stored on spool assemblies disposed within the cabinet and may be either manually or automatically manipulated in order to selectively register different graphics sheets within the display face of the vending machine. In a first embodiment, the graphics sheets have adhesive areas thereon in order to attach an old graphic sheet to a new graphic sheet to unwind the new graphic sheet from the spool assembly and position it into the display field on the face of the vending machine. The old graphics sheet functions as a leader for the new graphics sheet. In a second embodiment, the graphics sheets are provided with tear-off flexible leaders which are utilized to unwind the sheets from the storage spool assemblies and to position the graphics sheet into registry with the display fields on the face of the vending machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Arthur G. Rudick, William S. Credle, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6309034
    Abstract: A cooler with a number of product shelves and an oscillating drive mechanism. The oscillating drive mechanism is connected to the product shelves so as to rotate the product shelves in an oscillating manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: William S. Credle, Jr., James R. Bardin
  • Patent number: 6253557
    Abstract: An ice detector for an ice water bath tank having an evaporator system operated by a compressor to promote the growth of ice therein. The detector includes a device for providing reciprocating motion and a probe connected to the device. The probe is capable of reciprocating movement within the ice water bath tank until a predetermined amount of ice grows adjacent to the probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: William S. Credle, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6237810
    Abstract: A modular mounting block for a beverage dispenser. The modular mounting block includes a number of pump compartments and a number of dispensing valve compartments formed integrally within the block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: William S. Credle, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6195924
    Abstract: Methods and assemblies are described for displaying interchangeable graphics sheets on a display face of a merchandise cabinet such as a vending machine. The interchangeable sheets are stored on spool assemblies disposed within the cabinet and may be either manually or automatically manipulated in order to selectively register different graphics sheets within the display face of the vending machine. In a first embodiment, the graphics sheets have adhesive areas thereon in order to attach an old graphic sheet to a new graphic sheet to unwind the new graphic sheet from the spool assembly and position it into the display field on the face of the vending machine. The old graphics sheet functions as a leader for the new graphics sheet. In a second embodiment, the graphics sheets are provided with tear-off flexible leaders which are utilized to unwind the sheets from the storage spool assemblies and to position the graphics sheet into registry with the display fields on the face of the vending machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Arthur G. Rudick, William S. Credle, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6193109
    Abstract: A postmix beverage dispenser which includes pair of one-way valves to provide more continuous flow of concentrate into a metered water flow. The configuration according to the present invention has the cost advantages of a single-acting pump and the smooth-flow advantages of a double-acting pump. The single-acting reciprocating pump has a flow pattern that is similar to double-acting reciprocating pumps. The pump readily folds up into the package to facilitate shipping and can be constructed of rigid plastic materials to make for easier loading and unloading the package into the dispenser. The pump can be constructed primarily from inexpensive commodity plastics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: William S. Credle, Jr., Alfred A. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 6112497
    Abstract: A vending machine is provided for packaging a plurality of articles into a unitary package. This vending machine includes a packaging area and a packer. The packer affixes a carrier to the discrete articles in the packaging area to form the package. The formed package is then discharged from the vending machine. The present vending machine therefore provides for forming a plurality of articles into a package within a single vending machine. A consumer can select what articles, such as different brands of beverage containers, which are combined to form the package. Also, the number of articles for each package can be selected by the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: William S. Credle, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6073460
    Abstract: A cooler has a housing with a plurality of rotatable shelves. The shelves can move from an interior portion of the housing to an exposed exterior portion adjacent a discharge port of the cooler. The cooler is doorless so that access and viewing of the products in the port are unobstructed. An interior storage area is provided in the cooler for replenishment of removed products. An escapement mechanism can automatically load products from the storage area to empty slots on the periphery of the rotating shelf. Efficient cooling of the products is obtained. The shelves of the cooler can be rotated at the same or different speeds and/or directions. This merchandising cooler will not blend in with its surrounding environment to thereby attract a consumer's attention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: William S. Credle, Jr., Jason E. Allen
  • Patent number: 5992685
    Abstract: A dispense module for both carbonated and non-carbonated beverages is connected to a postmix beverage dispenser in the same space that any well-known dispensing valve occupies. The module includes a housing having a front-loading, refrigerated chamber for receiving a disposable concentrate package, a motor and pump drive, a refrigeration system, a front door, a water on-off valve, a water flow control, and a control system. The disposable concentrate package includes an integral concentrate container and pump, mixer and nozzle unit. The dispense module can be an integral part of a new dispenser and can also be retrofitted onto existing dispensers in place of one or more dispensing valves to dispense either carbonated or non-carbonated beverages. The concentrate packages are easily and quickly inserted into and removed from the module to change flavors as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: William S. Credle, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5915596
    Abstract: A flexible bag for liquid including a spout and an elongated dip strip inside the bag and underlying the spout. The ends of the strip are heat sealed between opposing bag walls in opposing peripheral edges of the bag. The strip includes a liquid passage except at the flat ends thereof and is located directly below the spout opening. The liquid passages provide liquid communication for the liquid from the far reaches of the bag interior to the spout as the bag collapses during evacuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: William S. Credle, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5909826
    Abstract: A round post-mix beverage dispenser includes a cylindrical carbonator, still water conduits for supplying water to be carbonated, and carbonated water output coils in the form of circular courses of tubing which surround the carbonator tank in a surrounding water bath. Syrup conduits are coiled in circular courses within the water bath. The round or cylindrical shape of the dispenser housing is adaptable to many different looks such as cans, bottles, glasses and cups. Preferably the basic cylindrical housing shape is made to look like a can of a beverage. Decorative sleeves which define or simulate the appearance of other types of containers such as bottles, cups and glasses can be easily added to the basic cylindrical housing, as desired, to provide different attractive appearances to promote sales.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1999
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: William S. Credle, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5890595
    Abstract: A food-service kit and method includes a plurality of similar or diverse-type containers wherein the containers may be coupled together in various configurations to form toy-like assemblies. The respective containers include compatible projection and socket configurations so that they may be joined together as building blocks in order to create the toy-like devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: William S Credle, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5876776
    Abstract: A food-service kit and method includes a plurality of similar or diverse-type containers wherein the containers may be coupled together in various configurations to form toy-like assemblies. The respective containers include compatible projection and socket configurations so that they may be joined together as building blocks in order to create the toy-like devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: William S Credle, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5803312
    Abstract: A low cost, manually operated, postmix juice dispenser for use with a disposable concentrate package includes a water tank manually filled with water and ice, a water pump and a manually operated pump handle. The disposable concentrate package is preferably a flexible pouch with a built-in concentrate pump that connects to the pump handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: William S. Credle, Jr., Stephen A. Chreno, Robert L. Braido
  • Patent number: D412646
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: William S. Credle, Jr.