Carbonated Beverage Handling Processes Patents (Class 137/12.5)
  • Patent number: 9726382
    Abstract: A heat exchanger unit is utilized for heating service water in a heating installation. The unit includes a plate heat exchanger a first connector, attached to a first fluid connection point of the heat exchanger, and a second connector, fastened to the heat exchanger. The first and second connectors each include at least one base element. The base element of the first connector and the base element of the second connector have an identical configuration. Each base element includes at least two distinct flow ducts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Grundfos Management a/s
    Inventor: Olav Jensen
  • Patent number: 9610551
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed including: a housing including a conduit having an inlet port and an outlet port; an insert at least partially disposed within the conduit and including a tapered portion extending from a narrower end proximal the inlet port to a wider end distal the inlet port; and a facility for adjusting the position of the insert within the conduit. In some embodiments, the apparatus is configured to receive a mixed flow of liquid and gas at the inlet port, direct the mixed flow through the conduit around a portion of the insert disposed within the chamber, and outlet the mixed flow at the outlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Apiqe Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Erdogan Erigican, Jing Huang
  • Patent number: 9328941
    Abstract: A service water heating unit (2) provided for use in a heating installation includes at least one heat exchanger (6), having a first flow path (10) in which a heating medium flows and a second flow path (12) in which service water to be heated flows, and a first circulation pump (46) which pumps the heating medium. The first circulation pump (46) is connected to the first flow path (10) of the heat exchanger (6) and mounted onto the heat exchanger (6). The service water heating unit (2) can also include a second circulation pump (76) mounted to on the heat exchanger (6), that pumps the heated service water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Grundfos Management a/s
    Inventor: Olav Jensen
  • Publication number: 20150053271
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a carbonated water tank in which carbonated water is stored; a water level sensor sensing a water level of carbonated water stored in the carbonated water tank; a water tank supplying filtered water to the carbonated water tank; a carbon dioxide cylinder supplying carbon dioxide to the carbonated water tank; and a controller, if the water level of carbonated water sensed by the water level sensor is less than or equal to a predetermined minimum water level, supplying the filtered water to the carbonated water tank, and if supply of the filtered water is completed, supplying the carbon dioxide to the carbonated water tank so as to produce the carbonated water. If the carbonated water is discharged, the controller controls the water level sensor to sense the water lever of the carbonated water stored in the carbonated water tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kyung Tae Ko, Seung Wan Kang, Jung Yeob Kim, Ji Hoon Kim, Byung Mo Yu, Sung Ho Cho, Yong Soo Kyong
  • Publication number: 20150040991
    Abstract: A safety unit for a home carbonation machine that includes a valve to release gas from a sealed state at a first pressure and a backup element set to rupture at a second higher pressure when the valve malfunctions. The valve also includes a backup element housing which moves to vent the gas via an outlet during carbonation and which has a conduit to direct the gas to the backup element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Avi COHEN, Guy DANIELI
  • Patent number: 8893752
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for filling bottles or similar containers with a liquid product at a filling position, using a filling element for the controlled delivery of the product into the respective container, the foam formation of the product inside the respective container already being reduced and/or suppressed during the formation stage by a treatment or by influencing the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Ludwig Cl├╝sserath
  • Patent number: 8887751
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system (30) for continuously producing a liquid product (P) comprising at least two liquid components (k1, k2) that can be pumped, wherein the system comprises two storage tanks (1a, 1b) for each component (k1, k2), two mass-flow control circuits (2a, 2b) for the storage tanks (1a, 1b) for establishing a target mass flow of the component (k1, k2), a first line (9a) into which the components of the liquid product (P) are fed, a second line (9b) for feeding in carbon dioxide, and a filling tank (1c), wherein the first line (9a) feeds the liquid product (P) mixed with carbon dioxide into the filling tank (1c), wherein the storage tanks (1a, 1b) and the filling tank (1c) are designed as pressure vessels and are interconnected by means of at least one pressure equalization line (1) for establishing a pressure equalization between the storage tanks (1a, 1b) and the filling tank (1c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Miteco AG
    Inventors: Angelo Cadeo, Thomas Eggler
  • Publication number: 20140238502
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a carbonated water tank in which carbonated water is stored; a water level sensor sensing a water level of carbonated water stored in the carbonated water tank; a water tank supplying filtered water to the carbonated water tank; a carbon dioxide cylinder supplying carbon dioxide to the carbonated water tank; and a controller, if the water level of carbonated water sensed by the water level sensor is less than or equal to a predetermined minimum water level, supplying the filtered water to the carbonated water tank, and if supply of the filtered water is completed, supplying the carbon dioxide to the carbonated water tank so as to produce the carbonated water. If the carbonated water is discharged, the controller controls the water level sensor to sense the water lever of the carbonated water stored in the carbonated water tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kyung Tae KO, Seung Wan Kang, Jung Yeob Kim, Ji Hoon Kim, Byung Mo Yu, Sung Ho Cho, Yong Soo Kyong
  • Patent number: 8356730
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing system includes a base to which a dispensing head is removably attached without additional fasteners. Beverage-forming liquids are supplied through a plurality of separate conduits in the base. Each base conduit has a normally closed valve that normally blocks fluid flow. The dispensing head has at least one passageway that receives liquid from an associated one of the base conduits. A projection associated with each dispensing head passageway opens the associated conduit valve to allow fluid flow from the base to the head. Dispensing valves in the dispensing head regulate the dispensing of the beverage. By selectively opening the dispensing valves, a plurality of beverages are formed from combinations of one or more liquids. A dispensing head includes an inlet opening and an outlet opening at each end of a passage extending through a body, the inlet opening having a smaller cross-sectional area than the outlet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy W. Bethuy, William J. Black, Brian T. Cahill, Ronald Schilling, Paul Novotny, Fabio Nebbia, Giovanni Perucca
  • Patent number: 8329764
    Abstract: A defoaming method capable of destroying foams generated when a container is filled with drink, or the like, efficiently at a high speed and destroying foams effectively even in the case of a container having a narrow mouth. Liquid surface (6) in a container (1) is irradiated with pulse-like light (2) and a pulse-like sound wave (8) is generated from an irradiated point (7) as a sound source. The pulse-like sound wave thus generated propagates from the sound source as a strong spherical wave to reach a bubble (9) and to destroy the bubble. It can also destroy a bubble located at a place remote from the optical path quickly, thus destroying bubbles efficiently at a high speed. Alternatively, pulse-like light is condensed at a gas portion above the liquid surface and the bubbles can be destroyed with a shock wave generated by breakdown phenomenon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken Takenouchi, Yoshiyuki Yuasa
  • Patent number: 8277747
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a chamber where a base concentrate common to at least a first flavored food product and a second flavored food product is formed, the first flavored food product having different flavoring than the second flavored food product, the base concentrate having a first temperature. The apparatus also comprises a process line that receives the base concentrate from the chamber, heated liquid from a heated liquid source, and flavoring from either a first flavor source or a second flavor source to form a mixture of base concentrate, heated liquid and flavoring. The mixture has a has second temperature sufficient to achieve a change in the mixture selected from the group consisting of microbial change, chemical change, biochemical change, and enzymatic change, and combinations thereof. A method is also disclosed for change over from forming a first flavored food product to forming a second flavored food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Stokley-Van Camp, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashok S. Dhruv, Rei-Young Amos Wu, Michael J. Mastio
  • Patent number: 8273293
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a chamber where a base concentrate common to at least a first flavored food product and a second flavored food product is formed, the first flavored food product having different flavoring than the second flavored food product, the base concentrate having a first temperature. The apparatus also comprises a process line that receives the base concentrate from the chamber, heated liquid from a heated liquid source, and flavoring from either a first flavor source or a second flavor source to form a mixture of base concentrate, heated liquid and flavoring. The mixture has a has second temperature sufficient to achieve a change in the mixture selected from the group consisting of microbial change, chemical change, biochemical change, and enzymatic change, and combinations thereof. A method is also disclosed for change over from forming a first flavored food product to forming a second flavored food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Stokley-Van Camp, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashok S. Dhruv, Rei-Young Amos Wu, Michael J. Mastio
  • Publication number: 20120118394
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing system includes a base to which a dispensing head is removably attached without additional fasteners. Beverage-forming liquids are supplied through a plurality of separate conduits in the base. Each base conduit has a normally closed valve that normally blocks fluid flow. The dispensing head has at least one passageway that receives liquid from an associated one of the base conduits. A projection associated with each dispensing head passageway opens the associated conduit valve to allow fluid flow from the base to the head. Dispensing valves in the dispensing head regulate the dispensing of the beverage. By selectively opening the dispensing valves, a plurality of beverages are formed from combinations of one or more liquids. A dispensing head includes an inlet opening and an outlet opening at each end of a passage extending through a body, the inlet opening having a smaller cross-sectional area than the outlet opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: PEPSICO, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy W. Bethuy, William J. Black, Brian T. Cahill, Ronald Schilling, Paul Novotny, Fabio Nebbia, Giovanni Perucca
  • Patent number: 8158076
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a chamber where a base concentrate common to at least a first flavored food product and a second flavored food product is formed, the first flavored food product having different flavoring than the second flavored food product, the base concentrate having a first temperature. The apparatus also comprises a process line that receives the base concentrate from the chamber, heated liquid from a heated liquid source, and flavoring from either a first flavor source or a second flavor source to form a mixture of base concentrate, heated liquid and flavoring. The mixture has a has second temperature sufficient to achieve a change in the mixture selected from the group consisting of microbial change, chemical change, biochemical change, and enzymatic change, and combinations thereof. A method is also disclosed for change over from forming a first flavored food product to forming a second flavored food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Stokely-Van Camp, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashok S. Dhruv, Rei-Young Amos Wu, Michael J. Mastio
  • Patent number: 8127966
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing system includes a base to which a dispensing head is removably attached without additional fasteners. Beverage-forming liquids are supplied through a plurality of separate conduits in the base. Each base conduit has a normally closed valve that normally blocks fluid flow. The dispensing head has at least one passageway that receives liquid from an associated one of the base conduits. A projection associated with each dispensing head passageway opens the associated conduit valve to allow fluid flow from the base to the head. Dispensing valves in the dispensing head regulate the dispensing of the beverage. By selectively opening the dispensing valves, a plurality of beverages are formed from combinations of one or more liquids. A dispensing head includes an inlet opening and an outlet opening at each end of a passage extending through a body, the inlet opening having a smaller cross-sectional area than the outlet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy W. Bethuy, William J. Black, Brian T. Cahill, Ronald Schilling, Paul Novotny, Fabio Nebbia, Giovanni Perucca
  • Patent number: 8113384
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing system includes a base to which a dispensing head is removably attached without additional fasteners. Beverage-forming liquids are supplied through a plurality of separate conduits in the base. Each base conduit has a normally closed valve that normally blocks fluid flow. The dispensing head has at least one passageway that receives liquid from an associated one of the base conduits. A projection associated with each dispensing head passageway opens the associated conduit valve to allow fluid flow from the base to the head. Dispensing valves in the dispensing head regulate the dispensing of the beverage. By selectively opening the dispensing valves, a plurality of beverages are formed from combinations of one or more liquids. A dispensing head includes an inlet opening and an outlet opening at each end of a passage extending through a body, the inlet opening having a smaller cross-sectional area than the outlet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy W. Bethuy, William J. Black, Brian T. Cahill, Ronald Schilling, Paul Novotny, Fabio Nebbia, Giovanni Perucca
  • Patent number: 8026288
    Abstract: A defoaming method capable of destroying foams generated when a container is filled with drink, or the like, efficiently at a high speed and destroying foams effectively even in the case of a container having a narrow mouth. Liquid surface (6) in a container (1) is irradiated with pulse-like light (2) and a pulse-like sound wave (8) is generated from an irradiated point (7) as a sound source. The pulse-like sound wave thus generated propagates from the sound source as a strong spherical wave to reach a bubble (9) and to destroy the bubble. It can also destroy a bubble located at a place remote from the optical path quickly, thus destroying bubbles efficiently at a high speed. Alternatively, pulse-like light is condensed at a gas portion above the liquid surface and the bubbles can be destroyed with a shock wave generated by breakdown phenomenon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken Takenouchi, Yoshiyuki Yuasa
  • Publication number: 20110226343
    Abstract: Systems, methods and cartridges for carbonating a precursor liquid, such as water, to form a beverage. A carbon dioxide source can be provided in a cartridge which is used to generate carbon dioxide gas that is dissolved into the precursor liquid. A beverage medium, such as a powdered drink mix or liquid syrup, may be provided in the same, or a separate cartridge as the carbon dioxide source and mixed with the precursor liquid to form a beverage. The use of one or more cartridges for the carbon dioxide source and/or beverage medium may make for an easy to use and mess-free system for making carbonated beverages, e.g., in the consumer's home.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Novak, Ross Packard, Peter Peterson, Shawn Gulla
  • Publication number: 20110036414
    Abstract: A pressure regulator (3) for a tapping apparatus (1), provided with a pressure cartridge (13) and a pressure regulating device (16), wherein the pressure regulating device is coupled to an operating element (5) and comprises at least a first spring element (17) which engages a first side of a movement element (18) of the pressure regulating device (16), while on an opposite side of the pressure regulating device, a space (20) is provided which, during use, is in communication with a compartment of the tapping apparatus, the arrangement being such that when operating the operating element the at least one spring element is tensioned for biasing the pressure regulating device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Applicant: HEINEKEN SUPPLY CHAIN B.V.
    Inventor: Arie-Maarten Paauwe
  • Publication number: 20100163113
    Abstract: A beverage container (1) provided with an inner space, at least partly filled with carbonated beverage and a valve assembly (15) attached in the beverage container, in particular a top surface (4) thereof, which valve assembly comprises a valve body (21) biased in a closing direction against a valve seat (20), and wherein, preferably, an engaging means (26) extending outside the inner space is provided, wherein a pressure control device (36) is provided which comprises a reservoir (37), filled with a pressure gas, which reservoir is in communication with the inner space, at least during use, preferably via a pressure control device, and wherein the dispensing device comprises an operating device (40) for pressing the valve body away from the valve seat, which operating device comprises a part of a beverage dispensing channel (48, 52) and is provided with means (64) for maintaining the valve assembly in an opened position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Applicant: HEINEKEN SUPPLY CHAIN B.V.
    Inventor: Bart Jan Bax
  • Publication number: 20100024890
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser for dispensing beverages includes a touch panel assembly, removable fittings in a carbonator, a carbonator probe, and a carbonator pump assembly removable from a front of the beverage dispenser. The touch panel assembly includes a light source for backlighting a user interface and providing the dispenser with a visual presence. Electrode traces in the touch panel assembly detect interruptions in electrode fields and are accepted as user inputs for dispensing a beverage. A controller conducts the lighting, dispensing, and reconfiguring operations for the flavor selection areas on the user interface. The touch panel assembly further includes provisions for increasing a user interface area to increase visibility of a particular flavor, as well as bonus flavors on a beverage dispenser. The removable fittings each include an orifice for entry of water to be carbonated into the carbonator. The carbonator probe is a single wire probe with timed refill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventors: Adrian M. Romanyszyn, Paul S. Sudolcan, Alfred A. Schroeder, Roberto Rosales
  • Publication number: 20090056813
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing system includes a base to which a dispensing head is removably attached without additional fasteners. Beverage-forming liquids are supplied through a plurality of separate conduits in the base. Each base conduit has a normally closed valve that normally blocks fluid flow. The dispensing head has at least one passageway that receives liquid from an associated one of the base conduits. A projection associated with each dispensing head passageway opens the associated conduit valve to allow fluid flow from the base to the head. Dispensing valves in the dispensing head regulate the dispensing of the beverage. By selectively opening the dispensing valves, a plurality of beverages are formed from combinations of one or more liquids. A dispensing head includes an inlet opening and an outlet opening at each end of a passage extending through a body, the inlet opening having a smaller cross-sectional area than the outlet opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: PEPSICO, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy W. Bethuy, William J. Black, Brian T. Cahill, Ronald Schilling, Paul Novotny, Fabio Nebbia, Giovanni Perucca
  • Patent number: 7258127
    Abstract: A valve, system and method for the delivery of gases or liquids is shown where the delivery persons can fill the system without having to enter the building and the system can continue to deliver gas to the user. There is no interruption of service while the system is being filled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Inventor: Daniel E. Schneider