Article Cooling Patents (Class 312/36)
  • Patent number: 9095210
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting a plurality of objects includes a frame and a drum rotatably attached to the frame so that the drum is rotatable about a horizontal axis. The drum has two ends. The drum includes a plurality of bays, each bay configured to receive one or more objects through an opening in an end of the drum, each bay comprising at least one support element positioned to prevent the one or more objects received within the respective bay from falling out of the respective bay as the drum rotates about the horizontal axis. A method of using a cart for supporting a plurality of objects includes inserting a first object into a first compartment at a first position; rotating the drum about a horizontal axis to move a second compartment to the first position; and inserting a second object into the second compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: V.H. Cooper & Company Inc.
    Inventor: Brad Allan Alspaugh
  • Patent number: 7905370
    Abstract: A simple, inexpensive, reliable and maintenance-free dispenser in which the stored products are offered automatically on the outside of the dispenser where they can be grasped by a hand without further manipulation. The dispenser includes housings in which the products, stacked in a column, are stored and moved by gravity and, at the base of each housing in front of the first product of the column, outlet orifices are closed by a closing membrane with slits. A slope is provided, in the lower rear part of each housing, to automatically advance the first product a predetermined distance through the outlet orifice so that the product partially emerges and can be grasped by hand on the outside of the dispenser. The dispenser can be used to automatically dispense consumable products, such as drinks, without prepayment, and for all types of industrial, commercial, home and other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Inventor: Philippe Leonetti
  • Publication number: 20090236954
    Abstract: A medication storage for storing medications while cooling down them is constituted so as to allow a medication based on prescription data to be certainly taken out. The medication storage cools down inside a storeroom for storing the medications to a predetermined temperature by a cooling unit. The medication storage, includes: a plurality of shelves rotatably provided in the storeroom; a plurality of storage partitions which are respectively constituted on each shelf and store the medications; a motor for rotating the shelves; a plurality of openings provided respectively for being arranged to correspond to each of the shelves thereby allowing only medication in any one of the storage partitions to be taken out; a plurality of doors for openably closing each opening, respectively; a plurality of lock solenoids for locking each door, respectively; and a control unit for controlling the motor and the lock solenoid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Applicant: SANYO ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koichi Kobayashi, Manabu Haraguchi, Akinori Hatsuno
  • Publication number: 20080277407
    Abstract: A simple, inexpensive, reliable and maintenance-free dispenser in which the stored products are offered automatically on the outside of the dispenser where they can be grasped by a hand without further manipulation. The dispenser includes housings in which the products, stacked in a column, are stored and moved by gravity and, at the base of each housing in front of the first product of the column, outlet orifices are closed by a closing membrane with slits. A slope is provided, in the lower rear part of each housing, to automatically advance the first product a predetermined distance through the outlet orifice so that the product partially emerges and can be grasped by hand on the outside of the dispenser. The dispenser can be used to automatically dispense consumable products, such as drinks, without prepayment, and for all types of industrial, commercial, home and other applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2006
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventor: Philippe Leonetti
  • Patent number: 6459571
    Abstract: A mass memory storage unit includes a cabinet and one or more drawers incorporated into the cabinet. Each drawer is movable between closed and open positions to permit access to the interior for service. Inside each drawer, there is a connector plane disposed generally to one side of the drawer interior and parallel to the direction of travel between the closed and open positions. The connector plane incorporates connectors for receiving storage devices (for example, hard disk drives), each incorporating a connector which detachably mates with one of the connectors on the connector plane. Support and interface devices are coupled to the connector plane by suitable complementary connectors. It is useful to provide a cable, which itself may be detachable from the connector plane, to establish a redundant connection such that the devices in a drawer remain in-circuit when that drawer is opened for access to the enclosed components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Assignee: Bull HN Information Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Carteau
  • Patent number: 5819937
    Abstract: A bottle organizer includes a tray having a U-shaped open-ended channel for insertably receiving a plurality of food product containers such as bottles with baby formula. The tray has a bottom with a pair of upstanding U-shaped walls that have opposing spaced-apart surfaces defining the channel. Indicia is disposed at the open ends of the channel denoting an entrance and an exit respectively. Fastener elements such as suction cups may be employed to hold the tray onto a storage shelf and the length of the channel is substantially equal to the length of the plurality of bottles or containers held within the channel between its opposite ends. An ancillary storage compartment is defined in the central area between opposing surfaces of the inner wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Inventor: Kimberly K. Walker
  • Patent number: 5813569
    Abstract: A point-of-sale merchandiser for merchandising products adjacent a cashier counter. The merchandiser includes a housing having a top opening and a product dispensing rack disposed upright in the housing. The dispensing rack is positioned in the housing so that products supported thereon are accessible through the top opening. The dispensing rack has a bottom surface and includes a plurality of base plates and vertical guides. Each base plate is configured to support a plurality of vertically stacked products disposed thereon. The dispensing rack further includes a plurality of biasing members disposed between the base plates and the bottom surface of the dispensing rack for urging the base plates upwardly along a vertical path defined by the vertical guides so that each of the vertically stacked products may be sequentially dispensed through the top opening of the housing. The housing may include a refrigeration mechanism for cooling the products contained therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Assignee: Elite Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence Cihanek
  • Patent number: 5271669
    Abstract: A kiosk base preferably in the shape of a vertical round cylinder of a particular diameter and having a top surface lying in a sloping plane which makes a first acute angle with the rear of said base and a first obtuse angle with the front of said base. On the base rests a top cover in the shape of a round cylinder rotatable with respect to said base and having the same diameter. The cover includes a bottom surface that faces said base top surface, with said cover bottom surface lying in a plane which makes a second acute angle with the rear of said cover and makes a second obtuse angle with the front of said cover, where the cover second acute angle is substantially equal to the base first acute angle and the cover second obtuse angle is substantially equal to the base first obtuse angle. This relationship permits the cover to extend beyond the base wall when the kiosk is in use, yet become aligned with the base wall when the cover is rotated during its storage or transport phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1993
    Inventor: Douglas L. Pearlson
  • Patent number: 5244266
    Abstract: A multipurpose, refrigerated food vending machine of the type which includes a rotatable carousel divided into compartments for receiving merchandise to be vended from the machine. A microprocessor controls and tracks various functions in the machine. In particular, the microprocessor is programmed to rotate the carousel through a predetermined increment and at a predetermined time interval to periodically reposition the merchandise disposed in the carousel such that the merchandise is maintained at the average temperature prevailing in the cabinet of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1993
    Assignee: The C-Power Companies
    Inventor: Algert J. Maldanis
  • Patent number: 4823983
    Abstract: A Serpentine vend rack structure is provided formed of hollow upright wall portions mounted in ported, laterally adjustable brackets over a refrigeration plenum such that the relative spacing between the wall portions is adjustable to accommodate articles of various sizes for vending. A plurality of shaped bosses on opposing wall portions define a serpentine path and include flow parts over a portion of those paths to permit circulation of refrigerated air from the plenum, up through the brackets and wall portions and out through the bosses to chill articles stored in the vend rack prior to vending. The upright hollow wall portions are internally partitioned to preclude the flow of refrigerated air beyond a desired level of the vend rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1989
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Phillip B. Groover, Paul A. Phillips