With Selecting Means Patents (Class 222/144.5)
  • Patent number: 10794519
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for additively manufactured tubular passages, additively manufactured manifolds, and additively manufactured heaters are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher William Burkhart, Andrew C. Lee, David J. Hemker
  • Patent number: 10618073
    Abstract: The invention relates to a separating powder filter, particularly for supplying different types and/or sorts of powder, as selected, to a powder delivery device. The separating powder filter comprises the following: a first powder inlet, at least one additional, second powder inlet, and a powder outlet. Either the first powder inlet or the at least one second powder inlet can be fluidically connected to the powder outlet of the separating powder filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventors: Hanspeter Michael, Marco Sanwald
  • Patent number: 10556207
    Abstract: A device and a method for accurately discharging a fixed amount of a liquid, the liquid containing solid particles, in a state that the solid particles are dispersed in the liquid material. The device includes a first reservoir, a first air pressure supply pipe, a metering portion having a metering hole, a plunger moving back and forth in the metering hole, a nozzle, a switching valve having a first position and a second position, a plunger driver, and a switching valve driver. The discharge device further includes a second reservoir, a second air pressure supply pipe, a branch portion provided in an upper portion of the metering hole and having a branch flow path, and an opening/closing mechanism that establishes or cuts off communication between the second reservoir and the metering hole. A discharge method is carried out using the discharge device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Kazumasa Ikushima
  • Patent number: 10494798
    Abstract: A shower head that includes a movable handset, a mixing valve, and an electric heater. The movable handset includes a stem configured to detachably engage a shower head dock, and a spray head coupled to the stem and configured to discharge water. The mixing valve is disposed within the movable handset and includes a housing including a waterway located therein for water to flow through, a first flow control valve located within the housing and configured to control the flow of hot water to the spray head, and a second flow control valve located within the housing and configured to control the flow of cold water to the spray head. The electric heater is disposed within the movable handset and configured to heat at least part of the housing to an elevated temperature sufficient to kill organisms within the waterway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Kevin T. Peel
  • Patent number: 10494246
    Abstract: Disclosed is a beverage dispensing system for dispensing a non-mixed fluid along with a post-mix fluid. The post-mix fluid is formed by mixing a base beverage with at least one beverage additive. For example, the beverage dispensing system may dispense a post-mix fluid (e.g. cola) and a non-mixed fluid (e.g. spirits) separately. In some embodiments, the post-mix fluid may be dispensed simultaneously with the non-mixed fluid from separate fluid outlet ports. In other embodiments, the post-mix fluid may be dispensed from a first fluid outlet port and, subsequently, the non-mixed fluid may be dispensed from a second fluid outlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hecht, Bret D. Baker
  • Patent number: 10342278
    Abstract: An apparatus for positioning an output end of a hydration tube near a region of a user's mouth includes an arm and a mounting mechanism. The arm is formable to extend in a generally vertical direction along a side of the user's head or neck and in a generally horizontal direction toward the user's mouth. The arm includes a side region and a front region coupled to the side region. The front region is configured to have a portion of the hydration tube including the output end attached thereto and subsequently detached therefrom without affecting the structural integrity of the front region or the hydration tube. The mounting mechanism is associated with the arm and is configured to attach the arm to a body gear configured to be worn near the user's head or neck, and subsequently detach the arm from the body gear without affecting the structural integrity of the arm and the body gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Gary Blau, Vaughn Colosanti
  • Patent number: 10315236
    Abstract: A cleaning system for a food substance dispenser includes a first cleaning solution reservoir configured to contain a first cleaning solution. A second cleaning solution reservoir is configured to contain a second cleaning solution. At least one pump is fluidly connected to the first and second cleaning solution reservoir and to at least one flexible tube of the dispenser. A controller is communicatively connected to the at least one pump and operates the pump to selectively circulate the first cleaning solution and the second cleaning solution through the flexible tubing of the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Cornelius, Inc.
    Inventors: Elizabeth Bertness, Nancy Fortunato, Loren Veltrop, Eric Larson, Hansel Sjukur
  • Patent number: 9944509
    Abstract: Dispensing device for a drink based on a first fluid to which a second fluid can be added selectively, including a support containing a chamber having a first port communicating with a reservoir of said first fluid, a second port communicating with a reservoir of the second fluid, and an outlet port, further including a dispensing assembly mounted movably relative to the support following: a first displacement arranged to selectively open and close the outlet port and/or the first port by a first actuating element for the first displacement; and a second displacement arranged to open and close the second port selectively by a second element to enable the actuation of the second displacement; the second element being arranged to be actuated after the first element and following a type of motion different to the type of motion necessary for the actuation of the first element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: DECATHLON
    Inventors: Pascal Rumigny, Johann Guerizec, Thibaut Guiraudie
  • Patent number: 9820496
    Abstract: The present invention provides a beverage machine with at least three distinct zones 1, 3, 4. A first zone 1 for storing a liquid or semi-liquid product at ambient temperature, a second zone 3 for processing the stored product, in particular for cooling the product to a predetermined serving temperature, and a third zone 4 for storing the cooled product and maintaining it at the predetermined serving temperature. From the third zone 4 an iced beverage can be dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Andre Noth, Youcef Ait Bouziad, Alfred Yoakim
  • Patent number: 9809374
    Abstract: A removable container for powder or liquid includes a housing, a spilling mechanism and a bypass element. The housing hangs within a bottle and is capable of storing powder within the bottle while being sealed from a precursor liquid held within the bottle. The spilling mechanism enables the powder to spill out of the housing and into the precursor liquid and the bypass element provides the precursor liquid out of the bottle without mixing with the stored powder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: Ariel Leibovitch
  • Patent number: 9737083
    Abstract: A device for transferring liquid, semiliquid or powdered basic products including: a main body designed to form a plurality of transfer channels defining respective conveying paths which are at least partly separate from one another, each including a respective inlet for a basic product, said main body including an outlet shared by said transfer channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: Andrea Cocchi
  • Patent number: 9656780
    Abstract: A container seal that allows a user to select at least one of two or more different sized openings from which to dispense a liquid product from a container. The container seal includes at least a base layer, and may further include a polymer layer attached to the base layer at one or more locations. The container seal may further include a pull tab. Pulling the pull tab forms an opening within the base layer. Various seal configurations allow one, two, or more different sized openings from which to dispense a liquid product from the container depending, for example, on the user's preferred method of dispensing the liquid product from the container. In one configuration, a pull tab may form one, two, or three or more openings in the container seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventor: John C. Crawford
  • Patent number: 9624087
    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: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Tuyls, Thomas R. Hecht, Donald A. Klotz
  • Patent number: 9180476
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Mouse Trap Design, LLC
    Inventors: Melanie R. Werner, Paul J. Mulhauser, Karl D. Kirk, III
  • Patent number: 9095871
    Abstract: A cartridge system mixes and applies a mixing ware, such as, for example, a medical cement. The cartridge system has two cartridges that are arranged parallel to each other, and a mixing space having an outlet opening, wherein the cartridges each comprise at least one opening in the cartridge walls that connects the cartridges to the mixing space. The cartridges each comprise a feed plunger for expelling starting components of the mixing ware out of the cartridges through the openings, wherein a closure that can be shifted in the mixing space is arranged in the mixing space in a manner such that it closes the openings of the cartridges in a starting position and in that the openings to the mixing space are opened, at least in part, in a final position of the shiftable closure, wherein the shiftable closure can be shifted from a starting position to a final position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Heraeus Medical GmbH
    Inventors: Sebastian Vogt, Hubert Büchner
  • Patent number: 9028457
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for separation, concentration, and/or applying a biological or bio-engineered fluid. Generally, the fluid application device includes a sprayer body to enable the application of the fluid and a container adaptable to enable the separation of the fluid into at least a first component and a second component. The container is releasably coupled to the nozzle. The nozzle is adapted to withdraw at least one of the first component or the second component from the container after the fluid has been separated to apply the fluid to a selected site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Biomet Biologics, LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Leach, Barry F. Hecker
  • Publication number: 20150108160
    Abstract: A novel canister storage system, mixing system, canister assembly, dispensing system, and tracking system. In one or more embodiments, the systems are used for storing, mixing and dispensing fluids. In one application, the fluid includes one or more paint toners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Peter Santrach, Bruce Funk, Barry Hines, Christopher Herman
  • Patent number: 9010579
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing system includes a beverage dispensing head for dispensing beverages from at least one pressurized beverage source, and at least one beverage tube, with a first end that is fluidly connected to the beverage dispensing head and a second end. A manifold module for use in this system includes at least one flow control module configured for attachment to and fluid communication with the beverage source, and a beverage redirecting apparatus configured to be attached between the flow control module and the second end of the beverage tube. The beverage redirecting apparatus includes at least one fluid inlet in fluid communication with the flow control module and at least one fluid outlet in fluid communication with the second end of the beverage tube. The beverage redirecting apparatus is configured such that a direction of fluid flow is altered between the inlet and the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Bret D. Baker, Thomas R. Hecht
  • Publication number: 20150097001
    Abstract: A mobile beverage cart is disclosed herein. According to an embodiment, the mobile beverage cart may include a water chiller system and a beverage dispensing system. The beverage dispensing system may include a manifold, at least one product line in communication with the manifold, at least one product container in communication with the at least one product line, an electric pump in communication with the at least one product line, a water line in communication with the water chiller system and the manifold, and a dispensing device in communication with the manifold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: Shaun B. Gatipon
  • Patent number: 8991652
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing assembly for providing a configurable fluid temperature. The assembly including: an adjustment interface; a mixing valve having a plurality of fluid ingress apertures and at least one fluid egress aperture; the mixing valve being adjustable to dispense fluid at a configurable temperature; and a dispenser element, in fluid communication with the at least on egress aperture of the mixing valve and adapted to selectively dispense water there from.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Breville Pty Limited
    Inventor: Richard Harrod
  • 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: 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: 20150053719
    Abstract: An actuator system having a stationary circular array of mechanical devices. The actuator system includes two stationary motors: one motor to rotate the actuator implement around the circular array of mechanical devices until the desired mechanical device is reached; and a second motor to rotate the actuator implement into engagement with an actuator pin of the mechanical device. A nozzle includes a three-sided or U-shaped stationary enclosure, together with a movable gate that completes the enclosure and forms an adjustable size nozzle outlet. As the gate closes after a dispense is complete, a controlled flow of residual liquid exits the nozzle outlet to avoid any additional displacement, thus preventing the undesirable effect of liquid being squeezed out of the nozzle outlet as the gate closes. Conversely, when the gate opens, this sniff back action operates in reverse, thereby filling the nozzle outlet and preventing air from filling the nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Tim Patrick Hogan
  • Patent number: 8955723
    Abstract: Applicants' invention may retrofit or may be provided initially with a dispensing valve and comprises a second handle, interacting with a valve and/or a valve first handle for dispensing a beverage from the valve. Applicants' invention comprises a valve body typically having at least a pair of handles, one typically upstanding and one downwardly depending both which separately may be moved to actuate the dispensing mechanism within the valve to dispense a beverage therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Schroeder Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Minica, David Santy
  • Patent number: 8950630
    Abstract: A can with an internal divider for separating multiple items to be dispensed, and a dispensing cap having one-handed operation for opening and closing and suitable for effectively dispensing one or more items from a container which may or may not have an internal divider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Bruce D. Jackson
  • Patent number: 8944290
    Abstract: A recirculation loop for a beverage dispensing system. The beverage dispensing system has a fluid supply, a cold plate, a valve/manifold assembly, and a bar gun connected to the valve/manifold assembly. The recirculation loop draws off fluid being carried from the cold plate to the valve/manifold assembly and, having a pump as part thereof, pumps some of that fluid to a point just upstream of the cold plate. In this manner, the recirculation loop keeps fluid cool, even when the bar gun is not dispensing beverages therefrom, for long periods of time. That is, the pump runs independent of the bar gun and is typically on all the time, so that fluid in the line from the cold plate to the valve/manifold assembly stays chilled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Schroeder Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: A. A. “Jud” Schroeder
  • Publication number: 20150008241
    Abstract: A novel container is described having an outer chamber adapted to hold an amount of a first liquid; an inner chamber displaced within the outer chamber, the inner chamber adapted to hold an amount of a second liquid; and a cap having a mouthpiece adapted to allow the first liquid and second liquid to flow therethrough. The cap may be adapted to allow passage of the first liquid, but not the second liquid, when the mouthpiece is in a first position. The cap may also be adapted to allow passage of the second liquid, but not the first liquid, when the mouthpiece is in a second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: ShotWater, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Kenworthy, Nick Trahan
  • Publication number: 20150001253
    Abstract: A fluid delivery system having a two fluid reservoirs interconnected by a valved conduit to deliver an amount of fluid from each of a first fluid reservoir and a second reservoir to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Robin R Slaton
  • Publication number: 20140374444
    Abstract: The subject matter discloses a water dispenser apparatus, comprising with a single suction unit for pumping water from a water container to a cold water tank and a hot water tank. The single suction unit also pumps water from a suction tube connected to either the cold water tank or the hot water tank. The water sucked by the suction unit from the suction tube is circulated between the cold water tank and the hot water tank and when heated is used to clean tubes and tanks at the water dispenser apparatus and is transferred at tubes within the water dispenser apparatus. The subject matter also provides for cleaning a connector connecting the water container to the tubes of the water dispenser apparatus using the single pump, which pumps water from the hot water tank towards the water container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 25, 2012
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Yehuda Forte, Maayan Bronstein
  • Patent number: 8915398
    Abstract: A powder dispensing container is provided, the container divided into a powder storage chamber and a powder dispensing chamber with an opening between the two controlled by a valve mechanism. A cap or closure member is disposed over an upper open end of a powder dispensing chamber and when opened, causes a closure of the valve mechanism. When the cover is returned to its closed position, the valve will automatically open allowing for new charge of powder form the storage chamber to enter into the dispensing chamber. The closure member is provided with an actuator that extends through the powder dispensing chamber and engages and causes operation of the valve mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: David M. Deans and Jerilyne T. Deans
    Inventor: David Deans
  • Publication number: 20140367416
    Abstract: Devices and systems for facilitating a user's grip around the neck of a bottle such that the contents of the bottle may be poured quickly and efficiently, with minimal stress on the use's body. Furthermore, such systems and methods may be configured to extend the neck of a bottle such that an attached pour spout is positioned at a desired height. Such a device may comprise a body to couple with the neck of the bottle, the body having an exterior surface configured to facilitate a secure grip therearound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Devin Jacobson, Shawn Egerton
  • Publication number: 20140346189
    Abstract: A modular beverage dispenser for engagement with bag-in-box or other source of pressurized concentrate and a pressurized ambient water source, such as city water, is provided. The dispenser has a housing having housing walls, the walls defining an interior space, the interior having interior walls defining a multiple of interior spaces. The housing engages either a flange (configured to engage a perimeter of a countertop drop-in cutout) or legs configured to depend downward from the housing to support the same above a support surface. An ice container is provided for receiving ice therein configured to engage the housing so as to be substantially within the interior space. A cold plate is provided with a multiplicity of cold plate contained fluid lines therein adapted to engage the ice container so as to be cooled by the contents thereof. A carbonator is located in a first interior space. A carbonator pump and motor is located in a second interior space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Teresa Bradley, A.A. Jud Schroeder, William Edwards
  • Publication number: 20140346191
    Abstract: A storage device for storing, selecting, and dispensing a plurality of products, each of which is packaged in a container provided with an expulsion orifice, the device including at least one products-carrier wheel that is centrally hollow and has a horizontal axis, and drive elements for driving the wheel in rotation. The device further includes a base on which the wheel is suitable, via the drive elements for driving the wheel in rotation, for standing merely by bearing against the base, the drive elements including at least two rotary circular members, at least one of the members being a driven member, these rotary circular members, incorporated into the base such that, when the wheel is bearing on the base, are tangential to the wheel, and extend on either side of a diametrical plane of the wheel, with their axes of rotation parallel to the axis of rotation of the wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Aurelien Brule, Antoine Chassaing, Anthony Valot
  • Publication number: 20140346192
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing apparatus is adapted to mix together a concentrate fluid with a base fluid. In certain implementations, the apparatus includes a cool fluid trunk line carrying the base fluid, a manifold, an in line and an out line extending between the cool fluid trunk and the manifold, a python and a bar gun assembly fluidly connected to the downstream side of the manifold by a plurality of conduits contained in the python, the apparatus including a recirculation channel having an inlet port and an outlet port, wherein the inlet and outlet ports of the recirculation channel are fluidly connected to respective in and out conduits in the python, the said in and out conduits being fluidly connected respectively to the in line and the out line of the cool fluid trunk line via the manifold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: David Santy, A.A. Jud Schroeder
  • 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: 8881948
    Abstract: An automated mixing drink dispenser (10) establishes a preselected feed rate of concentrate from a concentrate hopper (42) and ratio of concentrate to mixing water fed into a mixing chamber (42) through the Venturi effect created by swirling water fed into a mixing chamber (42) at a preselected water pressure (66) and preselected regulated flow rate (68) associated with the preselected feed rate of the concentrate. Concentrate is fed to a mixing chamber (42) from a concentrate hopper (42) having an open drain hole (50) openly connected to the mixing chamber (42). A stirring mechanism (106, 100, 101, 102, 104) mechanically mixes the concentrate within the concentrate hopper (42) to maintain a uniform density and viscosity and a gas pressure mechanism (92, 94, 96, 86) maintains a uniform head pressure of concentrate to facilitate maintenance of the preselected concentrate flow rate over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Food Equipment Technologies Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Zbigniew G. Lassota
  • Publication number: 20140312068
    Abstract: A system and method for custom coloring sealant is generally provided with one or more dispensing cartridges, containing a quantity of low viscosity sealant base solution, which in some embodiments is as fluid, or more-so, as common latex paint. One or more such dispensing cartridges are secured within a cartridge case. A coloring agent is added to the dispensing cartridge. The system may then be agitated by hand or in a mechanical agitator, such as a commercial paint shaker, until a desired color is attained. The sealant thickener may then be added and mixed by similar agitation of the system to obtain a non-sag, high viscosity sealant. Embodiments of the cartridge case are provided for use with various mechanical agitators and dispensing cartridges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Wayne Summons, Elliot Summons, Kenneth W. Atkinson, Daniel P. Lewis, Scott G. Bohm, Mark Niiro, Jeremy Yunge
  • 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: 8857738
    Abstract: A device (10) for selectively dispensing ones of multiple fluids, preferably cleaning agents, is disclosed. The device includes a reservoir (50) and a container assembly (100) that can include at least one container body (105, 110, 112, 114, 116). The reservoir (50) houses a diluent “D,” for example, water, and each container body houses a concentrate “C,” for example, a concentrated form of a cleaning agent. Each container body has an outlet assembly (200) with a nozzle (260), so that container assemblies (100) with multiple container bodies correspondingly include multiple nozzles (260). The diluent “D” and concentrates “C” are kept separate from each other, whereby ho end use product is stored in the device (10). Rather, end use product is mixed on demand during dispensation, as part of the, dispensing act. Namely, diluent “D” is pumped through an outlet assembly (200), drawing concentrate “C” thereinto which mixes into the end use product while exiting the device (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy F. Knopow, Jeffrey L. Crull, Lawrence J. Fenske, Cunjiang Cheng
  • Publication number: 20140299630
    Abstract: Disclosed is a beverage dispenser having a plurality of non-linear dispensing sides each having a dispensing station of a dimension suitable to comfortably accommodate a user/operator. Each dispensing station is of a dimension narrower than that of a dispensing station of a conventional dispenser. The beverage dispenser of the present disclosure allows for variations and flexibility in the shape of the unit, and a user-friendly touch screen accommodates one or more concurrent users/operators, while also allowing a choice of various beverage selections. The touch screen provides a user interface that may be configured for use by a restaurant employee and/or self-service applications. In addition, the user friendly touchscreen interface also facilitates the use of ADA compliant controls. The beverage dispenser of the present disclosure also allows for “banking” of multiple units into a “kiosk” type formation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: James W. BROWN, Gilles Argivier
  • Patent number: 8851338
    Abstract: A dispenser device for dispensing a controlled number of solid items, or a certain quantity of a variable quantity substance, such as a powdered, granular or liquid substance, through rotation of a roller having one or more cavities for delivering an item or substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: John H Zarou
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140284830
    Abstract: The subject matter of the invention is a method for producing a concrete component (1), wherein a plurality of layers of a dry mixture consisting of at least one silicate former and one hydraulic binder are deposited one atop another on a base (7), wherein after applying each layer the respective layer is mixed with water, wherein the contour of the area that is mixed with water correlates with the desired shape of the concrete component (1) at the level of the respective layer to be applied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 4, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Universität Kassel
    Inventor: Asko Fromm
  • Patent number: 8833607
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification (RFID) dispenser is configured to communicate with an RFID tag provided by a refill cartridge utilizes a multi band pass filter to convert the radio frequency identification into a digital signal. The digital signal read by the dispenser is processed by a controller to enable a dispensing function that is representative of the code associated with the RFID tag. In addition, the dispenser includes a pair of transistors that write to the RFID tag provided by the refill cartridge. The dispenser may also be configured to communicate with the RFID tags that are disposed upon cartridges utilized by the dispenser. In addition, the dispenser may be configured to utilize cartridges that include adjustable or telescoping partitions that allow the size of the cartridge to vary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jackson W. Wegelin, Aaron R. Reynolds, Chip W. Curtis
  • Publication number: 20140246453
    Abstract: A hand sanitizer dispenser is attached to a fuel pump dispenser to provide a patron with the option to cleanse his hands after pumping fuel. The hand sanitizer includes a first dispensing outlet to dispense liquid-based hand sanitizer product; and a second dispensing outlet to dispense packaged hand sanitizer product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel Lin
  • Patent number: 8814003
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing apparatus may be adapted to mix together a concentrate fluid with a base fluid. In particular implementations, an apparatus may include a trunk line carrying the base fluid, a manifold, an inline and an outline extending between the trunk and the manifold, a python and a bar gun assembly fluidly connected to the downstream side of the manifold by a plurality of conduits contained in the python, wherein the apparatus includes a recirculation channel having an inlet port and an outlet port fluidly connected to respective in and out conduits in the python, the said in and out conduits being fluidly connected respectively to the inline and the outline of the cool fluid trunk line via the manifold, the beverage dispensing apparatus further including a plurality of product lines, a mixing mechanism and a dispensing outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Schroeder Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: David Santy, A. A. Jud Schroeder
  • Patent number: 8807395
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing system is disclosed, typical of prior art beverage dispensing systems, in that it is designed to dispense fluids, such as syrup and/or soda and water, from a bar gun. The bar gun is connected by a multiplicity of lines to a manifold and flow control assembly. The manifold and flow control assembly, in turn, receives a number of different fluids, typically syrup, water and soda, under pressure from a number of different pressurized containers. Applicants' novel system includes schematics, typically in the form of adhesive labels, applied to the dispensing system, typically on the manifold and flow control assembly, which schematics illustrate the button arrangement on the handle, and the inlet port layout on the handle, and relate the same, using words, symbols or a combination, to indicia identified ports on the manifold and flow control assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Schroeder Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: A. A. Jud Schroeder, David Santy, Deborah Absalon
  • 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