Three Or More Diverse Sources Patents (Class 222/132)
  • Patent number: 10369587
    Abstract: An adhesive coating device includes two adhesive barrels, lower ends of the two adhesive barrels are both connected to an adhesive coating assembly. The adhesive coating assembly includes an upper substrate having two mounting holes, lower ports of the two adhesive barrels passing through the two mounting holes respectively; a lower substrate detachably mounted at a lower side of the upper substrate. An adhesive receiving space is formed between the upper substrate and the lower substrate, and an adhesive coating track is provided on the lower substrate at a position corresponding to the adhesive receiving space, the adhesive coating track is a slit extending through an upper side and a lower side of the lower substrate, and the shape and size of the adhesive coating track match with the shape and size of an adhesive coating track required by a product to be coated with adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: GOERTEK INC.
    Inventors: Bin Wang, Guixun Wang
  • Patent number: 10271629
    Abstract: A cosmetic portioning machine is provided having a mixing chamber, with a plurality of inlets each of which provides an ingredient. A piston disposed in the mixing chamber to define a mixing volume. A dasher is disposed in the mixing chamber and mixes the ingredients together in the mixing volume so as to form a cosmetic. When the cosmetic product is thoroughly mixed, the piston urges the product out of the mixing chamber and through an outlet. A moveable sealing member is configured to pass through the outlet so as to seal off fluid communication between the mixing chamber and the outlet and to urge any remaining cosmetic product through the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: EQUALITY COSMETICS, INC.
    Inventor: Jamie G. Nichol
  • Patent number: 10220404
    Abstract: A holster for a spray gun is provided. The holster is configured to hold a spray gun in place when not in use. The holster has a reservoir body that defines an open-topped chamber. A fluid may be held inside the chamber, and a nozzle of the spray gun held by the holster may submerge in this fluid. The nozzle being submerged in the fluid of the holster can prevent hardening, thickening or drying of any material left over on or in the spray gun nozzle after use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Worthen Industries
    Inventors: Robert J. Rose, Steven E. Adams, Andrew T. Sinclair
  • Patent number: 10086343
    Abstract: A storage and mixing system for pasty two-component polymethyl methacrylate bone cements comprises a tubular cartridge having a cylindrical inner chamber, a dispensing plunger that is axially displaceable in the inner chamber of the cartridge, a partition disposed axially in the tubular cartridge, and a cartridge head which closes one end of the tubular cartridge. The cartridge head has a slot-shaped opening, wherein the partition protrudes from the inner chamber of the cartridge through the slot-shaped opening of the cartridge head, wherein the partition divides the cylindrical inner chamber of the cartridge bounded by the dispensing plunger and the cartridge head into two cavities that are spatially separated from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: HERAEUS MEDICAL GMBH
    Inventors: Sebastian Vogt, Thomas Kluge
  • Patent number: 10010362
    Abstract: A device and/or method stores, mixes, and applies polymethylmethacrylate bone cement, wherein the device and/or method comprising a first container for a first pasty component, a dispensing plunger that is arranged such that it can be shifted in the first container and serves for extruding the content of the first container through a dispensing tube opposite from the dispensing plunger. The dispensing tube can be rotated and shifted in longitudinal direction through a feed-through in a side of the first container opposite from the dispensing plunger. A mixing facility is arranged in the first container, is secured to the dispensing tube, and is movable in the first container by moving the dispensing tube. At least one second container for at least one second component is arranged on the first container, whereby the internal space of the at least one second container is closed with respect to the internal space of the first container by means of a closure, which is openable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: HERAEUS MEDICAL GMBH
    Inventors: Sebastian Vogt, Thomas Kluge
  • Patent number: 9968177
    Abstract: A system is provided for selecting and dispensing a cosmetic material. The system includes a dispensing apparatus configured to hold a plurality of cartridges each having a different cosmetic material and to dispense at least one cosmetic material from at least one of the cartridges; a user interface configured to receive a selection of a color from a user; and circuitry configured to receive the selection of the color received at the user interface, determine an amount of each of one or more cosmetic materials to form the selected color, transmit the determined amount of each of the one or more cosmetic materials to the dispensing apparatus, and control the dispensing apparatus to dispense the determined amount of each of the one or more cosmetic materials from the plurality of cartridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: L'OREAL
    Inventors: Géraldine Thiebaut, Jean-Baptiste Blanc, Frank Giron, Eric Wing-Jing Lam, Helga C. Malaprade, Rafal M. Pielak, Henri Samain, Marcie Lynne Hamilton, Philipe Roget Manoux, Andrew Timm Windler
  • Patent number: 9961919
    Abstract: A machine for making variegated ice cream or ice cream shake, including: a basic structure; one or more basic product mixing and freezing units, where each mixing and freezing unit in turn includes a processing cylinder containing the basic product and cooled by a respective refrigerating system and a stirring member mounted inside the processing cylinder and rotating to mix the basic product to prevent it from hardening and sticking to the cooled inside wall of the processing cylinder and to transform the basic product into a basic flavor; a closing element for closing the cylinder and provided with at least one outlet duct leading to the processing cylinder at one end and to an outlet mouth at the other end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: ALI S.P.A.—CARPIGIANI GROUP
    Inventors: Andrea Cocchi, Roberto Lazzarini
  • Patent number: 9808071
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for dispensing cosmetic material. The apparatus includes a dispensing assembly configured to receive at least one cartridge that contains a cosmetic material and to dispense a specified amount of the cosmetic material from the cartridge into a receiving area; a memory configured to receive and store dispensing information which includes the specified amount of the cosmetic material to be dispensed for each cartridge disposed in the dispensing assembly to achieve a specified single use of a cosmetic application; and circuitry configured to obtain the dispensing information from the memory and to control the dispensing assembly to dispense the cosmetic material from each cartridge disposed in the dispensing assembly into the receiving area according to the one or more specified amounts included in the dispensing information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: L'OREAL
    Inventors: Géraldine Thiebaut, Jean-Baptiste Blanc, Frank Giron, Eric Wing-Jing Lam, Helga C. Malaprade, Rafal M. Pielak, Henri Samain, Marcie Lynne Hamilton, Philipe Roget Manoux, Andrew Timm Windler
  • Patent number: 9717262
    Abstract: A confectionery processing machine has a hopper attached to a dispensing unit. The dispensing unit comprises a plurality of co-operating piston and nozzles. The hopper is arranged to supply an edible material to the plurality of co-operating piston and nozzles. The dispensing unit is arranged in order to dispense the edible material from the plurality of co-operating piston and nozzles. The confectionery processing machine is improved by providing the hopper with at least two separate compartments. Here, each compartment separately provides edible material to a portion of the plurality of pistons. Consequently, a more flexible confectionery processing machine is provided because all the plurality of piston and nozzles are not provided from the same compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: CADBURY UK LIMITED
    Inventors: Emma Mcleod, Bernard Rocklage
  • Patent number: 9676371
    Abstract: A product metering system for accurately dispensing one or more products. The product metering system generally includes a vehicle wash product supply fluidly connected to an electronic control valve and a control unit in communication with the electronic control valve. The electronic control valve operates at an open/close ratio that dispenses the product supply at a desired flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Cleaning Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Krause, Donald J. Pansier, Daniel J. Mathys
  • Patent number: 9498103
    Abstract: A simply structured and conveniently used detergent release controller capable of avoiding detergent from solidifying and preventing use has a main channel. One terminal of the main channel is an inlet of a fluid, and the other terminal of the main channel is an outlet capable of being connected with a water outlet of a washing barrel. The detergent release controller is provided with multiple valves including valve A, valve B, valve C, valve D, a liquid collecting cavity, and a Venturi negative pressure generator. An inlet of valve A is connected with a bypass of the main channel. An inlet of valve B is connected with a storage tank of detergent A. The present disclosure is applicable to apparatuses such as clothes washing machines and dish washing machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Hangzhou Kambayashi Electronic Co., ltd
    Inventors: Hua Wang, Pengfei Bao
  • Patent number: 9434542
    Abstract: Method for feeding material into a shaping device in a pneumatic materials conveying system, in which method material, such as waste material is fed into a shaping device, and/or through it, in a feeder channel by the aid of at least partly gravity and at least partly suction and/or a pressure difference, which shaping device is a rotary shaper, with which the material is processed so as to be denser and is conveyed onwards. In the material infeed direction before the rotary shaper is a movable arresting device, which arresting device has a first position, in which it extends into the feeder channel and in which first position the arresting device receives at least some of the force effect produced by the material in the feeder channel and in which the transfer of the material in the feeder channel is limited, if necessary, with the arresting device, and which arresting device has a second position, in which the arresting device does not extend into the feeder channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: MARICAP OY
    Inventor: Göran Sundholm
  • Patent number: 9399570
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser (11) is disclosed for use in combination with a water cooler, wherein the water cooler comprises a cooling device (5) and a water bottle (1) and the beverage dispenser is intended to be positioned between the cooling device and the water bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Bartholomeus Johannes Antonius van Haperen, Posan Pang, Miles Richard Macintosh Pennington, Jonkheer Theodoor Hendrik van de Poll, Anthony Edward Quinn, James Matthew Slater
  • Patent number: 9278349
    Abstract: A pipetting device having a modular pipetting unit including a pipetting tip for pipetting of fluid samples and a pump conduit for transferring a negative or positive pressure to the pipetting tip is disclosed. The pipetting tip and a portion of the pump conduit adjoining the pipetting tip mutually define a fluid sample conduit for receiving the fluid samples. The modular pipetting unit is detachably attached to an automated positioning device for positioning the modular pipetting unit. A system and method for pipetting of fluid samples using such a pipetting device are also disclosed wherein pipetting of the fluid samples is performed in such a manner that each pipetted fluid sample volume is smaller than a volume of the fluid sample conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Carsten Haack, Thomas Engel, Tobias Holenstein
  • Patent number: 9072349
    Abstract: The fluid misting assembly includes a handle coupled to an umbrella. The handle may be gripped by a user. A reservoir is coupled to the handle. The reservoir contains a fluid. A pump is coupled to the handle. The pump is operationally coupled to the reservoir. The pump urges the fluid outwardly from the reservoir. A shaft of the umbrella has a fluid aperture extending therethrough. A tube is coupled to the umbrella. The tube is operationally coupled to the pump. The pump urges the fluid through the tube. The tube is operationally coupled to the fluid aperture extending through the shaft of the umbrella. The fluid is sprayed outwardly from the shaft onto the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventors: Robert Thompson, Linda Thompson
  • Patent number: 9056288
    Abstract: A mixing apparatus for producing a mixture of flowable components is provided. Two inlet channels for the components to be mixed open into a first mixing channel having at least one mixing element disposed therein. A second mixing channel having at least one mixing element disposed therein is connected downstream of the first mixing channel. A third inlet channel opens directly or indirectly into the second mixing channel in order to admix a third component. In further embodiments, three or more mixing channels are present. In addition, a discharge comprising such a mixing apparatus and corresponding containers and a method for mixing at least three components are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: MEDMIX SYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Andy Greter, Mathey Vukic
  • Publication number: 20150136805
    Abstract: A liquid dispenser has containers, sized, shaped and arranged to enclose different volumes but each of the containers has a top with a refill opening that is substantially the same as the top and openings of the other containers. The containers are provided with curving transition sections that taper the sides of the container to increase or decrease the width of the container to provide a smaller or large top sizes as needed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: PRINCE CASTLE LLC
    Inventors: Loren Veltrop, Christopher Lyons, Michael A. Graef
  • Patent number: 9027791
    Abstract: A liquid dispenser has containers, sized, shaped and arranged to enclose different volumes but each of the containers has a top with a refill opening that is substantially the same as the top and openings of the other containers. The containers are provided with curving transition sections that taper the sides of the container to increase or decrease the width of the container to provide a smaller or large top sizes as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Prince Castle LLC
    Inventors: Loren Veltrop, Christopher Lyons, Michael A. Graef
  • Patent number: 9010585
    Abstract: A dry ingredient dispensing unit includes a plurality of containers affixed to a sliding rail mountable to a structure such as a cupboard. Each container is configured into a hopper. A volume of a dry ingredient is loaded through a top portion of each hopper. Each hopper is provided with a plurality of sliding dispensing plates stacked on top of each other. Each dispensing plate is provided with a calibrated aperture to dispense a specific volume of dry ingredient when the plate is slid outward from the hopper. Further, the hoppers are interconnected to provide an assembly of multiple compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Kenneth D. Schultz
  • Publication number: 20150097002
    Abstract: A dry ingredient dispensing unit includes a plurality of containers affixed to a sliding rail mountable to a structure such as a cupboard. Each container is configured into a hopper. A volume of a dry ingredient is loaded through a top portion of each hopper. Each hopper is provided with a plurality of sliding dispensing plates stacked on top of each other. Each dispensing plate is provided with a calibrated aperture to dispense a specific volume of dry ingredient when the plate is slid outward from the hopper. Further, the hoppers are interconnected to provide an assembly of multiple compartments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Kenneth D. Schultz
  • Patent number: 8991659
    Abstract: A laundry caddy device is disclosed that provides a precise way of measuring an amount of laundry solvent, and offers several inter-lockable containers that form one easy to carry bottle. Typically, there are four containers which are inter-locked together to form the single component. The device comprises at least one container, a base component, and a dispensing component. The container further comprises an interior cavity for retaining an amount of laundry solvent. The base component is removably secured to the bottom end and the dispensing component is removably secured to the top end. The lid and handle are removably secured to the top end, over the dispensing component. Additionally, at least one of the containers comprises a measuring cup for a dispensing component. Further, at least one of the containers comprises a pour spout, a retaining cup, and a vacuum tube for dispensing the contents of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventors: John Dey, Jacob Gano
  • Patent number: 8978928
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing a drink, for example milk, from mixing a powder formula with a liquid, preferably water, the apparatus preferably being an automated baby-milk machine. The apparatus is configured to prepare a drink concentrate by mixing the amount of formula necessary for the total amount of drink in a certain amount of hot liquid, and to add the right amount of liquid of a certain low temperature to the concentrate in order to reach the end volume of the drink at a safe drinking temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Anke Sinnema, Martijn Oversteegen, Peter Sofrides Viet, Bernardus Lubbertus Kuiper
  • Publication number: 20150069087
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hybrid beverage dispenser that can be configured in a number of flexible arrangements, providing the opportunity for a configurable beverage dispensing “station” having a variable “footprint”. The hybrid beverage dispenser may have “on board” refrigeration and/or heating system for providing both hot and cold beverages from the same dispenser. A remote chiller may provide chilled syrups for the beverages. Also disclosed is a countertop hybrid beverage dispensing unit for situations where limited space is an issue. Also disclosed is a hybrid beverage dispenser that provides the ability to dispense from one dispenser beverages which usually are dispensed from separate dispensers. The countertop unit possesses the same beverage dispensing flexibility; however, all ingredients are remotely chilled and pumped to the point of dispensing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Manitowoc Foodservice Companies, LLC
    Inventor: James W. Brown
  • Publication number: 20150060481
    Abstract: An automated dispenser for dispensing spices, condiments, herbs, teas, ground coffees, or powdered beverages, comprising a plurality of cartridges mounted on a carrier respectively containing said items, having a dispending means with relative movement capable between said dispensing means and said cartridges. A look-up table, containing a plurality of separate, discrete dispensing programs is provided for operation of the dispensing means to dispense a particular variety of mixtures and quantities from said cartridges. When a spice blend and associated dispensing program is selected by a user, the dispensing program aligns the dispensing means relative to the cartridge carrier and cartridge, to dispense a particular quantity and, in the case of a mix, to subsequently align with other selected cartridges to provide, from said cartridges, the mix of spices, herbs, condiments, powdered beverages or ground coffees. A specialized cartridge adapted for use in said automated dispenser is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Tastetro Inc.
    Inventors: James Bruce MURRAY, Carlos Eduardo SALAZAR, Francis James Giunta, Kenneth Scott Hanna
  • Publication number: 20150060488
    Abstract: The disclosure extends to methods, systems, and devices for producing a shaved ice or snow cone products and providing toppings thereto. The system may comprise an ice shaving or snow cone machine, a mobile edifice, and a topping dispenser attached to the mobile edifice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: SNOWIE LLC
    Inventor: Carl A. Rupp
  • Publication number: 20150060482
    Abstract: An automated dispenser for dispensing spices, condiments, herbs, teas, ground coffees, or powdered beverages, comprising a plurality of cartridges mounted on a carrier respectively containing said items, having a dispensing means with relative movement capable between said dispensing means and said cartridges. A look-up table, containing a plurality of separate, discrete dispensing programs is provided for operation of the dispensing means to dispense a particular variety of mixtures and quantities from said cartridges. When a spice blend and associated dispensing program is selected by a user, the dispensing program aligns the dispensing means relative to the cartridge carrier and cartridge, to dispense a particular quantity and, in the case of a mix, to subsequently align with other selected cartridges to provide, from said cartridges, the mix of spices, herbs, condiments, powdered beverages or ground coffees. A specialized cartridge adapted for use in said automated dispenser is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Tastetro Inc.
    Inventors: James Bruce MURRAY, Carlos Eduardo SALAZAR, Francis James GIUNTA, Kenneth Scott HANNA
  • Patent number: 8893923
    Abstract: Provided are methods and systems for dispensing different chemicals used for high productivity combinatorial processing. A dispense panel may include multiple inlet lines for supplying different chemicals. Each inlet line is connected to its own three-way valve that either allows the supplied chemical to flow from the inlet line towards a dispense valve connected to a dispense manifold (during dispensing of the supplied chemical) or allows another chemical to flow from the dispense valve to a waste manifold (during priming of the dispense manifold with this other chemical). Specifically, during priming a chemical supplied from its inlet line and is passed through a corresponding three-way valve and is directed to its dispense valve and then into the dispense manifold. Other dispense valves and three-way valves of the dispense panel allow this chemical to flow out of the dispense manifold, thereby priming remaining parts of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Intermolecular, Inc.
    Inventors: Satbir Kahlon, Aaron T. Francis, Chi-I Lang, Gregory P. Lim, Jeffrey Chih-Hou Lowe, Robert Anthony Sculac
  • Patent number: 8887960
    Abstract: A dispensing cabinet for dispensing bulk materials such as laundry detergent, fabric softener and bleach is disclosed. The cabinet has an upstanding housing having a base and defining an enclosure for receiving a plurality of liquid containers. The cabinet also includes a face panel pivotably mounted to the housing adjacent the base and including a shelf extending into the hollow enclosure. The face panel defines apertures through which lateral dispensing nozzles unitary with each container, are inserted. The containers are mounted for pivotal movement together with the face panel for ready servicing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Eric Hardman
  • Patent number: 8883075
    Abstract: An attractive and compact device and an effective method to store and disinfect a manual shaving razor are disclosed. The method reduces corrosion of the razor's metal blades. A compact container has separate but suitably connected chambers allowing for economy of use of as disinfectant liquid combining alcohol, detergent or soap and skin conditioner. By protecting the razor in one enclosed chamber, oxidative damage and rusting of blades is avoided. A knife edge element is placed at the bottom of another chamber to pierce the foil seal of a suitably inserted bottle within the other chamber. An optional third, drainage chamber below the other two chambers allows for appropriate drainage and removal both of excess fluid used, as well as hair and debris from the blades. The design of the device is compact and attractive, as is the method an extremely effective way of protecting and disinfecting the razor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventors: Christopher J Henry, Robert F Patterson
  • Patent number: 8857667
    Abstract: An integrated beverage blending system comprising an ice portion control module, an ingredient module; an ice dispensing conduit in communication with the ice portion control module, and an ingredient dispensing valve removably connected to the ice dispensing conduit and in communication with the ingredient module. Ice is dispensed into a beverage container via the ice dispensing conduit and the ingredient is dispensed into the beverage container via the ingredient dispensing valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Enodis Corporation
    Inventors: Roberto Nevarez, William E. Smith, Jan Claesson, Harry Edward Wing
  • Patent number: 8857666
    Abstract: A wine dispensing system comprises a cabinet with refrigerated compartments for maintaining bulk wine in boxes and dispenses any one of a number of wine varieties upon pressing an appropriate button. Check valves in the system prevent air from spoiling unused wine, and a computer measures each pour, updates inventory, and accepts demographic information to assist in marketing and sales promotion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Edward L. O'Keefe, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8851740
    Abstract: A self-serve drink blending device includes a blend chamber, at least one product source, a water source, an ice source, a liquid level sensor, a controller and a dispenser. The blend chamber includes a blending blade. The at least one product source is configured to deliver a volume of product to the blend chamber. The water source is configured to deliver a volume of water to the blend chamber. The ice source is configured to deliver a volume of ice to the blend chamber. The liquid level sensor is mounted to the blend chamber and configured to create a liquid level signal when contents in the blend chamber reach a predetermined level. The controller is configured to automatically calibrate the at least one product source, the water source, and the ice source based on the liquid level signal. The dispenser is arranged to dispense contents from the blend chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: K-Tec, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian D. Mills, Gregory D. Jackson
  • Patent number: 8851329
    Abstract: Embodiments of a dispensing system for dispensing a number of products to a user are disclosed. The dispensing system may include an input/output device and a dispenser. The input/output device may be adapted to receive a selection of one of the products from the user. The dispenser may be adapted to dispense a plurality of diluent components, the diluent components and a ratio of the diluent components corresponding at least in part to the selection of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Arthur G. Rudick, Annie T. Ellis
  • Patent number: 8844768
    Abstract: A liquid dispenser has containers, sized, shaped and arranged to enclose different volumes but each of the containers has a top with a refill opening that is substantially the same as the top and openings of the other containers. The containers are provided with curving transition sections that taper the sides of the container to increase or decrease the width of the container to provide a smaller or large top sizes as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Prince Castle LLC
    Inventors: Loren Veltrop, Christopher Lyons, Michael A. Graef
  • Patent number: 8839989
    Abstract: A method and computer program product for defining a PWM drive signal having a defined voltage potential. The PWM drive signal has a plurality of “on” portions and a plurality of “off” portions that define a first duty cycle for regulating, at least in part, a flow rate of a pump assembly. At least a portion of the “on” portions of the PWM drive signal are pulse width modulated to define a second duty cycle for the at least a portion of the “on” portions of the PWM drive signal. The second duty cycle regulates, at least in part, the percentage of the defined voltage potential applied to the pump assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Russell Herbert Beavis, James Jason Dattolo
  • Patent number: 8814000
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for providing a selectable beverage from a post-mix beverage dispenser are provided. In one embodiment, the method for providing a beverage having a separately selected color front a post-mix beverage dispensing system comprises: (a) providing at least two beverage bases for dispense from the post-mix beverage dispensing system; (b) separately storing at least two colorants in the post-mix beverage dispensing system; (c) receiving a request for a selected beverage base and the separately selected color with a computer processor; and (d) in response to the selection of the selected beverage base and the separately selected color, automatically dispensing through a single faucet of the post-mix beverage dispensing system, continuously in a predetermined ratio for any volume of the beverage dispensed, the selected beverage base and at least one of the colorants to provide the beverage having the separately selected color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: Arthur G. Rudick
  • Patent number: 8807393
    Abstract: The present application describes a product dispenser. The product dispenser may include at least one macro-ingredient source, at least one micro-ingredient source positioned about the dispenser, a diluent source, a dispensing valve, a number of pumps or metering devices, and a user interface. The user interface receives a request for a product type and instructs the pumps or metering devices to dispense a predetermined type and ratio of macro-ingredients, micro-ingredients, and diluent to the dispensing valve for a predetermined flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Gregg Carpenter, David R. Newman, Nilang Patel, Paul A. Phillips, Arthur G. Rudick, Lawrence B. Ziesel
  • Patent number: 8807392
    Abstract: A nozzle system for use with a multi-flavor beverage dispenser includes a mixing chamber having a fluid outlet therefrom; a diluent injector configured to deliver a mixing fluid from without to within the mixing chamber; and a number of concentrate injectors configured to independently deliver a fluid concentrate from without to within the mixing chamber. The concentrate injector each have associated therewith a self-sealing dispensing valve configured to substantially limit fluid flow through its respective concentrate injector to from without the mixing chamber to within the mixing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Lancer Corporation
    Inventors: Donald W. Smeller, Jarrell L. Jennings, III, Robert L. Robinson, Merrill R. Good, George E. Hernandez
  • Patent number: 8800817
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser that is enabled for on demand, gravity fed dispensing of a pre-mixed or otherwise ready to drink beverage that has been thermally regulated through natural convection. More specifically, the beverage dispenser enables pre-mixed or otherwise ready to drink beverage containers (i.e., beverage containers with beverage contents that are pre-mixed or otherwise ready to drink) to be installed on the beverage dispenser and, without the aid of electricity or electro-mechanical devices, dispense a thermally regulated beverage on-demand to an intended customer. The beverage dispenser may comprise a thermal regulation compartment that facilitates regulating the temperature of beverage contents through natural convection. The beverage dispenser may also comprise a thermally regulated and thermally insulated beverage enclosure in which to install the beverage containers. The thermal regulation compartment may be carried within the beverage enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Joseph T. Norris, Quande Gui, Feiyun Ma, Xiaoliang Tan, Javier Verdura, Jesse S. Kruska, John Kevin Clay, James McCay, Jon Crawford-Phillips, Rony Zibara, Viresh Chopra, Georgina Louise Clarke
  • Patent number: 8757438
    Abstract: The multiple compartmented and condiment dispensing apparatus includes a housing into which a plurality of packet compartments are arranged. The packet compartments open to enable a refill packet to be inserted and loaded for use in dispensing a condiment therefrom. The packet compartments are each in fluid communication with a spout provided on a distal end of the housing. The spout includes a plurality of channels that each connects via ductwork to the packet compartments where the refill packets connect. The refill packets dispense a condiment through the respective ductwork and out a channel of the spout. Each packet compartment includes a loader door that is pivotally engaged with respect to the housing, and which can open outwardly to enable the refill packets to be inserted and removed from the respective packet compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Hector Garcia
  • Publication number: 20140158709
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and systems for dispensing an off-gassing liquid product mixed with a diluting product are provided. A liquid product or product solution is moved through a primed product line and towards a dispenser. The liquid product is combined with the diluting product to create a solution. The solution is dispensed. The product line is cleared of unused or displaced liquid product by redirecting at least a portion of the unused or displaced liquid product in the product line to a displacement system operatively attached to the product line. The displacement system includes a check valve including a crack pressure that allows the unused or displaced product to be dispensed back into the product source or a separate, secondary container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Jared R. Freudenberg, Troy A. Anderson, Henry Louis Carbone, II, Ryan Carroll, Ryan Jacob Urban
  • Patent number: 8746506
    Abstract: A multi-tower modular dispensing system including at least a first dispensing head and a second dispensing head at a counter, a transfer unit located remotely from the counter, piping extending from the transfer unit to the counter, the transfer unit including a centralized ingredient system having a plurality of beverage ingredient sources, the centralized ingredient system configured to supply beverage ingredients to the piping for the dispensing of a first beverage at the counter, the piping including a main micro bundle, the main micro bundle including at least two separate beverage ingredient lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven T. Jersey, William W. Segiet, Tom Siegel, Eddie Kali, Joseph Boggs, Robert Balstad
  • Publication number: 20140144928
    Abstract: An embodiment system and method for dispensing multiple dairy products includes a dispenser which houses two or more dairy product bases with different formulations, which may be combined with or without water to create a multitude of homogenous dairy beverages. The two or more dairy product bases may be mixed together first and then separately mixed with water, mixed together simultaneously with water, or mixed together without adding water. They may be mixed together with or without additional flavoring, ingredients, mineral or nutritional additives. The dispenser comprises a pump with a quick-release mechanism to allow for quick and clean maintenance of the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: FAIR OAKS FARMS BRANDS, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Gerald Dobbins, Timothy Peter Doelman, John Hengesbach, Brett Malsom
  • Publication number: 20140117040
    Abstract: A dispenser (10) for dispensing flowable materials has a container assembly (12) having a dividing wall (19). A first chamber (18) and a second chamber (20) are defined in the container assembly (12). The first chamber (18) is configured to contain a first flowable material (M1) (140) and the second chamber (20) is configured to contain a second flowable material (M2) (142). A membrane (34) is positioned in the container and cooperates with the dividing wall (19) to enclose the first and second chambers (18, 20). The membrane (34) has a first section (132) having a first weld seam (148) and a second section (134) having a second weld seam (150). The first section (132) is separated from the second section (134) by a non-rupturable member (33). Rupture of the membrane (34) allows the flowable materials into a third chamber (42) in which the flowable materials mix to form a mixture, and from which the mixture is dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: James Alexander Corporation
    Inventor: Richard J. May
  • Patent number: 8708197
    Abstract: A portable refrigeration system having a refrigerator unit with a door surface, aperture surface, dispenser surface, and inner cavity, a door pivotally attached to the door surface which can move between an open and closed position allowing and preventing access to the inner cavity, the unit further having standard refrigeration components for cooling the inner cavity, a base, the unit is mounted atop the base such that a gap exists between the dispenser surface and base, a first, second, third and fourth aperture are in the aperture surface, a lid removably attached to the aperture surface functioning to temporarily cover the apertures, which can move between an open and closed position allowing and preventing access to the aperture, a dispenser on the dispenser surface having a first dispenser for water or liquid and a second dispenser for ice, and a plurality of control buttons on the unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Brewer
  • Patent number: 8701938
    Abstract: An applicator for extruding strings of cake icing or other flowable semi-solid material comprises a longitudinally slotted screw rotated in a fixed nut and thereby advanced longitudinally in a tube, and a rotating nozzle assembly having a partition extending into the slot or slots of the screw whereby the nozzle assembly rotates with the screw as the screw advances. Pistons formed at an end of the screw fit cylinders formed by the interior wall of the tube and the partition to eject icing through one or more nozzles of the rotating nozzle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Eric Darian
  • Patent number: 8690016
    Abstract: A product storage and handling system for a beverage dispenser is characterized by a cabinet in which a plurality of bins are removably supported on one or more shelves that may be slid into and out of the cabinet. Each bin is for containing a removable container of liquid beverage component, a fluid valve of which container extends downward through and is releasably secured against vertical movement in a lower opening in the bin. A connector coupled to a fluid line leading to a beverage valve of a beverage dispenser is arranged to be conveniently fluid coupled with and decoupled from the fluid valve of the bag. When a shelf of slid out of the cabinet, the bins supported by it may, if desired, be lifted off of and replaced on the shelf for during replacement of a depleted bag of liquid beverage component. Alternatively, the bins may remain supported on the shelf during replacement of a depleted bag of liquid beverage component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: IMI Cornelius Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Anderson, Karl M. Bogacz, Peter S. Tinucci, N Sudhir Kumar, Ramakrishnan Anoop
  • Patent number: 8684232
    Abstract: Colorant fluid dispensing device (1) for dispensing multiple colorant fluids, comprising more than one fluid container (2) at least one dispenser outlet (3), wherein the fluid containers are in fluid connection with the at least one dispenser outlet via pumping means (4) the pumping means comprises more than one piston pump (5), each piston pump comprises a central pump tube (15) in which a piston (20) is provided with a piston rod (21) for moving the piston inside the central pump tube, the colorant fluid dispensing device further comprises driving means (36) for moving the piston rods of said piston pumps, control means (38) for controlling the driving means, and the driving means comprises a movable selector (37) configured to engage the piston rods of a selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Full Process S.A.
    Inventor: Renatus Petrus Cornelis Meeuwisse
  • Publication number: 20140076930
    Abstract: A device for dispensing a mixture of at least two fluids is disclosed. The device has a plurality of cartridges that each contain a fluid. A flow channel communicates with each cartridge. A valve adjusts a mass flow rate of the fluid drawn from the corresponding cartridge. A manifold has a mixing chamber and a plurality of inlets that each communicate with one of the flow channels. The manifold has a spring and a seal that covers the inlets. A piston is between the seal and the spring. The spring is moveable between an extended position that positions the seal to substantially and simultaneously close the inlets from the flow channels and a compressed position that positions the seal to substantially and simultaneously open the inlets to the flow channels. A dispensing pump communicates with the manifold and draws fluid from each of the cartridges. A nozzle dispenses the mixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventors: Melanie R. Werner, Paul J. Mulhauser, Karl D. Kirk, III
  • Patent number: 8672185
    Abstract: A dispensing cap is disclosed for mixing a primary flowable substance, such as a soap, lotion, or the like, with a small dose of a secondary flowable substance, such as a fragrance. The dispensing cap includes a plurality of reservoirs containing a plurality of secondary flowable substances. Each of the reservoirs is associated with a secondary piston that, when actuated, causes the secondary flowable substance to be expelled from the reservoir into a mixing chamber in the cap, where it is mixed with the primary flowable substance. Upon mixing the two are dispensed together from a dispensing end of the cap. A selector ring is provided to enable the user to select one of the plurality of reservoirs. The selector ring has an actuation flange that aligns with the secondary piston that is associated with the selected reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Brian Glenn Worthington, Lester Greer