With Plural Liquid Outlets Or Sources, E.g., Distributing System Patents (Class 62/390)
  • Patent number: 10288344
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a main body that defines a storage space, a door configured to open or close the storage space, and a dispenser located in the door and configured to dispense cooled water and purified water. The refrigerator also includes a purified water input part that inputs a command for dispensing the purified water, a cooled water input part that inputs a command for dispensing the cooled water, and a dispensing amount input part that sets an amount of purified water to be dispensed based on the purified water being selected through the purified water input part. The refrigerator further includes a filter device located within the storage space to purify water supplied from a water supply source, and a water tank storing water that has passed through the filter device in a cooled state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jongho Yun, Siyeon An, Kyutae Park, Kyungsoo Park, Seonkyu Kim, Hyokku Kwon, Hangbok Lee
  • Patent number: 10168094
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a main body having a refrigerating compartment and a freezing compartment, a door for opening or closing the refrigerating compartment or the freezing compartment, a filter unit disposed within the refrigerating compartment for purifying water supplied from a water supply source outside the main body, water tank for receiving the purified water from the filter unit and to cool the received water by using cool air within the refrigerating compartment, and a dispenser disposed in the door to dispense the cooled water stored in the tube tank assembly. The tube tank assembly includes a tube defining a cold water passage that can allow the cooled water to flow therethrough, and a tube support around which the tube is wound multiple times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Dongbeen Tae, Kyunghoon Koak, Siyeon An
  • Patent number: 9901886
    Abstract: A refrigerator and a control method thereof are provided. The refrigerator includes a carbonated water producing apparatus configured to produce carbonated water by supplying water and carbon dioxide gas to a carbonated water tank, a user interface configured to display information of carbonated water concentration, and a control unit configured to control the carbonated water producing apparatus to produce the carbonated water according to the information of carbonated water concentration, wherein the user interface displays a set concentration of the carbonated water and a present concentration of the carbonated water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Woo-Sung Kim, Jung Yeob Kim, Sung Ho Cho, Kyung-Tae Ko
  • Patent number: 9556011
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for conditioning a liquid stream with a liquid dispensing system associated with a refrigerator, preparing an enhanced beverage using one or more of the individually conditioned liquid streams and a liquid enhancement device and minimizing the potential for back contamination of the liquid dispensing system are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Tiemen Van Dillen, Lukasz D. Skalski, Luca Gamberoni, Ronald L. Voglewede, Nihat O. Cur, Gregory G. Hortin
  • Patent number: 9366475
    Abstract: According to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, a device for chilling and dispensing a beverage from a bottle is provided. The device comprises mounting rail configured to attach to a bar top structure and having a top rail plate and a rail freezing and chilling mechanism under the top rail plate. The device also includes a dome configured to attach to the top rail plate and having a dome plate, interior storage tank and a dome freezing and chilling mechanism between the dome plate and the interior storage tank. The rail freezing and chilling mechanism and the dome freezing and chilling mechanism are configured to build a layer of frost on top of the top rail plate and along the dome plate from humidity of ambient air. The dome is configured to seat the bottle in an inverted position and chill and dispense the beverage from the interior storage tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: Martin J Abraham, III
  • Patent number: 9266708
    Abstract: A method of dispensing carbonated beverage comprises the step of providing a beverage dispensing system (12) comprises a pressure chamber (24), which chamber accommodates a collapsible beverage container (48) made of a flexible material. The collapsible beverage container includes a beverage space, a head space, a dispensing device (76), a tapping line (18), and an interruption valve (40). The method further comprises the step of maintaining a first elevated pressure within the pressure chamber (24), which acts on the collapsible beverage container (48) for crumpling the collapsible beverage container (48) at a container crumpling pressure and establishing a second elevated pressure, the first elevated pressure being equal to the sum of the second elevated pressure and the container crumpling pressure. The method still further comprises the step of operating the dispensing device (76) from the non-beverage dispensing position to the beverage dispensing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Carlsberg Breweries A/S
    Inventors: Jan Norager Rasmussen, Steen Vesborg
  • Patent number: 8978169
    Abstract: A hazardous materials protective garment may use a two-stage evaporative cooling process to ease heat strain on the wearer of the garment. The garment may include an impermeable inner layer and a wicking outer layer. One or more reservoirs may be disposed interior to the inner layer for collecting condensed and/or unevaporated sweat. One or more pumps may move the sweat to the exterior of the impermeable layer for distribution in the wicking layer and evaporation from the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventors: Larry Berglund, Reed Hoyt
  • Patent number: 8973786
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser provides numerous inventive features in its refrigeration system, diluent delivery system, concentrate delivery system, mixing and dispensing system, and control system. The refrigeration system employs a plate heat exchanger to provide on demand refrigeration of an intermittent water flow. The diluent delivery system includes a flowmeter/solenoid/check-valve assembly. The concentrate delivery system employs a positive displacement pump. The mixing and dispensing system includes a mixing nozzle that has a locking feature such that an elevated blocking surface directly faces the inlet of pressurized diluent to create turbulence. The control system receives package-specific information from a scanner and diluent flow rate information from the flowmeter, and then determines the pump speed in order to set a desired mix ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventors: James J. Minard, Mark E. Bush, Peter F. McNamee
  • Patent number: 8938987
    Abstract: Applicants provide a portable, modular table top system for dispensing chilled carbonated water, chilled non-carbonated water, and ambient (non-chilled) non-carbonated water therefrom. The table top water dispenser includes a cold plate that is chilled by evaporation of a refrigerant, which is part of a cold plate cooling circuit, which includes a compressor and a condenser. A pump and a motor move non-carbonated water through the cold plate to a dispensing valve engaged therewith. The same motor and pump typically drive non-carbonated water through the cold plate, through the carbonator where it becomes carbonated, and through the cold plate again, and out a second dispensing valve. A third dispensing valve is engaged to the remote source of pressurized water and bypasses the cold plate and, also, typically the pump for dispensing from a third dispensing valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Schroeder Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: A. A. “Jud” Schroeder, William Edwards
  • Patent number: 8899072
    Abstract: An adapter for mounting an icemaker on top of an ice bin of an ice and beverage dispenser has a lid mounted for both sliding movement and pivotal movement relative to the remainder of the adapter. The lid normally covers an inlet to the ice bin. To expose the ice bin inlet for visually inspection of the interior of the bin and/or to accommodate manual filling of the bin with ice, the lid is manually slid forward off of and then be rotated away from the bin inlet to fully expose the inlet. The lid at all times remains connected to the adapter so that it is not lost or exposed to unsanitary conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Cornelius, Inc.
    Inventors: Shaji Kulangara Veettil, Nishant Kulkarni, Douglas Anderson
  • Patent number: 8857206
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes refrigerator cabinet, a door attached to the refrigerator cabinet, an ice and water dispenser mounted at the door for dispensing ice and water through the door, the ice and water dispenser including a multifunction dispensing actuation pad having a plurality of actuation points and wherein ice or water is dispensed upon selectively applying a pressure to one of the plurality of actuation points on the dispensing actuation pad. A method of operating a refrigerator includes the steps of providing a refrigerator and selectively applying pressure to at least one of a plurality of actuation points on a dispensing actuation pad of the refrigerator to select an ice and water dispenser function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy A. Fulton, Daryl L. Harmon
  • Patent number: 8763422
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a main body defining a storage space therein and a door for opening and closing the storage space. The refrigerator comprises a water conduit for directing water supplied from an external water source to the main body of the refrigerator. An inlet valve distributes the water supplied from the water conduit into a hot water conduit and a separate cold water conduit. A cold water tank is mounted to one of the main body and the door for cooling the water supplied through the cold water conduit and then storing the cooled water therein. A hot water tube is mounted to one of the main body and the door for receiving the water supplied through the hot water conduit. The hot water tube includes a heater operably installed within the hot water tube and in direct contact with the water therein. The heater generates heat through the application of electric power thereto to heat the water within the hot water tube to a predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Compan
    Inventors: Martin Zentner, John J. Roetker, Mahesh Natarajan, Umakant Suresh Katu, Suresh Palanki
  • Patent number: 8733595
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided which includes a cabinet. A first compartment and second compartment are disposed within the cabinet. A first door provides access to the first compartment and a second door provides access to the second compartment. A beverage dispensing system is disposed within the cabinet. The beverage dispensing system has a fluid line, a fluid enhancement line, and a cleaning subsystem for cleaning the fluid component line and the fluid enhancement line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Philip A. Anselmino, Kevin M. Chase
  • 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: 8701436
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided to prevent sustaining of injuries by users, and which is capable of being hygienically used. The refrigerator prevents users sustaining injuries from inadvertently bumping into a dispenser or a tray when passing by the refrigerator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Hyeon Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 8695371
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a water conditioning cartridge having a filter for removing impurities from water and a temperature control unit for selectively developing cold and heated water that is released from a refrigerator dispenser. The temperature control unit is preferably formed from one or more thermal electric coolers. The thermal electric cooler(s) include a plurality of heat sinks that develop cool and hot temperatures to treat or condition the water. A fan is positioned adjacent the thermal electric cooler(s) to provide air exchange for the plurality of heat sinks. The temperature control unit conditions, i.e., heats or cools water passing from the filter to the dispenser depending upon a selected consumer preference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. Boarman, Daniel John Aust
  • Patent number: 8640486
    Abstract: An insulated and refrigerated beverage transport line provides enhanced temperature control of one or more beverages conveyed through the transport line. A plurality of coolant lines carrying a re-circulated coolant makes contact with the one or more product lines. One or more empty lines, referred to as packers, may be placed between the coolant lines and the product lines to provide a dimensionally stable and tight group of lines that are bundled together. An external insulation is provided over the bundle of lines to further enhance insulation for the beverage being transported through the product lines. At least one dedicated coolant return line may be placed remote from the other lines. The dedicated coolant return line carries the highest temperature coolant found in a beverage transport system. Independent and separate insulation of this dedicated coolant return line prevents inadvertent heat transfer to the one or more product lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Millercoors LLC
    Inventor: Kevin Winters
  • Patent number: 8640484
    Abstract: A refrigerator dispenser includes a dispenser assembly housing that is accommodated by a door surface hole having a sizing ratio that is defined by dividing a height with a width of the door surface hole. The dispenser assembly housing is configured to define a dispenser assembly cavity in at least a portion of the dispenser assembly housing. The dispenser assembly cavity has an opening at a front surface of the dispenser assembly housing and has a sizing ratio that is defined by dividing a height with a width of the dispenser assembly cavity along the opening. A control panel extends along at least one of a horizontal and vertical dimension of the front surface of the dispenser assembly housing proximate to the opening. The sizing ratio of the door surface hole is different than the sizing ratio of the dispenser assembly cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Heon-jae Jang, Seung-beom Chae, Il-wook Joung, Sang-ho Park, Yong-chul Kwon, Hyeon-jin Kim
  • Patent number: 8561839
    Abstract: A machine for making and dispensing iced food products such as granitas, sorbets or slush drinks and the like includes a tank for containing and processing the product to be dispensed. A dispensing tap is mounted near the bottom of the tank and a power-driven stirring mechanism and an evaporator of a cooling circuit are both located inside the tank. A counter for counting an amount of product dispensed includes a unit for measuring the amount of product dispensed and a unit for enabling measurement. The measurement enabling unit includes a temperature sensor located at the dispensing tap, along the product dispensing path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Ali S.p.A.—Divisione GBG
    Inventors: Andrea Cocchi, Roberto Lazzarini
  • Patent number: 8496823
    Abstract: A water dispenser in a refrigerator door can include a filter casing in the door opening into the bottom of the dispenser housing. The filter casing can include a top wall positioned in the bottom of the dispenser housing, a head assembly at the bottom of the filter casing connected to the water supply and to a water outlet in the dispenser, and can include a filter casing drain. A filter cartridge in the filter casing can connect to the head assembly. The filter casing can include a filter retainer mounted adjacent the opening into the filter casing and can hold the filter cartridge connected to the head assembly in a first position and can release the filter cartridge in a second position. The filter casing can include a drain line leading from the filter casing drain to a pan outside the refrigerated space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Nihat O. Cur, Timothy T. Murphy, Michael A. Kahwaji, Paul B. Allard, Guolian Wu, Claiton E. Amaral, Marcos Heinzle
  • Patent number: 8495767
    Abstract: A hazardous materials protective garment may use a two-stage evaporative cooling process to ease heat strain on the wearer of the garment. The garment may include an impermeable inner layer and a wicking outer layer. One or more reservoirs may be disposed interior to the inner layer for collecting condensed and/or unevaporated sweat. One or more pumps may move the sweat to the exterior of the impermeable layer for distribution in the wicking layer and evaporation from the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Larry Berglund, Reed Hoyt
  • Patent number: 8434318
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided. The refrigerator includes a body defining a storage space; a door selectively shielding the storage space; a container connecting part disposed in the storage space or the door; a water supply container separably coupled to the container connecting part, the water supply container including an opening for injecting water; an ice making device for making ice using the water supplied from the water supply container; a water supply passage fluidly connecting the water supply container to the ice making device, the water supply passage extending in an inside direction of the water supply container; and a pump connected to the water supply passage to supply the water within the water supply container into the ice making device. According to the refrigerator, installation cost is reduced, and quality and reliability are improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Sung Kyoung Kim
  • Patent number: 8354024
    Abstract: A water filter for a refrigeration appliance has a housing (1), which contains a filter material and has a fitting for mounting in a filter socket (2) at one end. A grip portion (8) is attached to an opposite end (3) of the housing (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Hans Ihle, Andreas Kempte
  • Patent number: 8336741
    Abstract: An ice dispenser includes an ice storage bin with a drive shaft aperture and an ice dispensing aperture; an ice dispensing chute connected to the storage bin in proximity to the ice dispensing aperture; a paddlewheel inside the storage bin; and a drive mechanism, including a drive shaft passing through tile drive shaft aperture, for rotation of the paddlewheel. The drive shaft is connected to tile paddlewheel in such a fashion that the paddlewheel is prevented from disengaging from the drive shaft during normal operation of the ice dispensing apparatus, but the drive shaft can be disengaged from the paddlewheel in order to be able to remove the drive mechanism from the ice dispenser without accessing the ice storage bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Manitowoc Foodservice Companies, LLC
    Inventors: Kenton J. Graviss, Merritt Todd Teague, Dennis Lee Heinz
  • Patent number: 8282820
    Abstract: A water dispenser in a refrigerator door can include a filter casing in the door opening into the bottom of the dispenser housing. The filter casing can include a top wall positioned in the bottom of the dispenser housing, a head assembly at the bottom of the filter casing connected to the water supply and to a water outlet in the dispenser, and can include a filter casing drain. A filter cartridge in the filter casing can connect to the head assembly. The filter casing can include a filter retainer mounted adjacent the opening into the filter casing and can hold the filter cartridge connected to the head assembly in a first position and can release the filter cartridge in a second position. The filter casing can include a drain line leading from the filter casing drain to a pan outside the refrigerated space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Nihat O. Cur, Timothy T. Murphy, Michael A. Kahwaji, Paul B. Allard, Guolian Wu, Claiton E. Amaral, Marcos Heinzle
  • Patent number: 8272536
    Abstract: The present invention provides improved retention of O-rings and easier O-ring replacement by using an O-ring retainer in a bar gun. Furthermore, the assembly of the butterfly plates of the bar gun is improved by using molded ball bearing clusters that fit in recesses in the butterfly plates, thus eliminating the welding of the balls to the butterfly plates and the need to purchase such precise and intricately small balls. The O-ring retainer and molded ball bearing cluster are preferably made from bearing quality acetal plastic materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Mojtaba Valiyee, Juha K. Salmela
  • Patent number: 8252174
    Abstract: A vehicle-integrated water harvesting system is provided that enables water-vapor or condensation in a vehicle to be captured, and made available onboard the vehicle for drinking or other uses. The system includes a water emitting component and may include a purification system operatively connected to the water emitting component. The purification system at least partially purifies the water and then sends the purified water to a storage reservoir or directly to a dispenser or outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Thomas A. Jones, Therese A. Tant, Gregory A. Major, Frances H. James, Jeffrey M. Pleune
  • Patent number: 8196425
    Abstract: A freeze type dispenser having a refrigeration system including a compressor, condenser, expansion means and evaporator in the form of one or more freeze chambers in an enclosure is provided with a sub-cooler or auxiliary coil. The sub-cooler is located downstream of the condenser but upstream of the expansion means and is supplied with condensed refrigerant liquid. The sub-cooler is located adjacent the freeze chamber enclosure to prevent or reduce condensation of the same, without adversely affecting, and in fact increasing cooling performance or capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: IMI Cornelius Inc.
    Inventor: Nikolay Popov
  • Publication number: 20120104024
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided which includes a cabinet. A first compartment and second compartment are disposed within the cabinet. A first door provides access to the first compartment and a second door provides access to the second compartment. A beverage dispensing system is disposed within the cabinet. The beverage dispensing system has a fluid line, a fluid enhancement line, and a cleaning subsystem for cleaning the fluid component line and the fluid enhancement line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: PHILIP A. ANSELMINO, KEVIN M. CHASE
  • Patent number: 8113248
    Abstract: A food storing apparatus capable of dispensing a content stored in the apparatus is disclosed. The food storing apparatus includes a button tray composite device configured to function as a switch to control the dispensation of the content, but also configured to function as a tray for receiving a residual content discharged after the content dispensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Nam Gi Lee, Seong Jae Kim, Dong Jeong Kim
  • Patent number: 8104305
    Abstract: Disclosed is a refrigerator capable of purifying water discharged to a spout just before the water is dispensed. The refrigerator includes a spout, a water delivery system guiding water to the spout, and a water purification filter installed on the spout in order to purify the water just before the water is dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Koog An, Sang Min Park, Young Gwi Park
  • Patent number: 8083104
    Abstract: A variable temperature dispensing system and method for dispensing a variable temperature controlled fluid in an appliance includes a first fluid storage tank for holding the fluid at one temperature and a second fluid storage tank for holding the fluid at another temperature that is elevated relative to the one temperature of the first fluid storage tank. A dispenser outlet is fluidly connected to the first and second fluid storage tanks by at least one fluid line. A proportioning device is disposed along the at least one fluid line between the dispenser outlet and the first and second fluid storage tanks to proportion the fluid delivered from the first and second fluid storage tanks to the dispenser outlet. The proportioning device allows for the selection of a specific temperature for the fluid to be dispensed through the dispenser outlet and delivers the fluid at the selected specific temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: John J. Roetker, Carl T. Whitaker
  • Publication number: 20110303693
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method for single or multiple dispensing of beverages from a bulk container in a refrigerator includes a support or receiver for an interchangeable bulk liquid container on the inside of a refrigerated compartment door. A fluid conduit is adapted to be installed into the bulk container inside the refrigerator and extend through the door to a dispensing station accessible by a user from the exterior of the door. A pumping mechanism can be actuated to move liquid from the bulk container through the door to the dispensing station. Upon user choice or exhaustion of liquid from the bulk container, the conduit can be removed from the container, a new container substituted, the conduit reinserted, and a new source of single or multiple dispension is available at the exterior dispensing station of the refrigerator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: BRIAN K. CULLEY, JOHN D. KROONBLAWD
  • Publication number: 20110302935
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards a refrigerator including a door, a liquid reservoir, a dispenser mounted at the door for dispensing liquid, the dispenser having an outlet located above the liquid reservoir, and a pump in communication with the dispenser. Further provided is a method of operating a refrigerator including the steps of providing a refrigerator comprising a refrigerator cabinet, a door attached to the refrigerator cabinet, a liquid reservoir, and a dispenser mounted at the door for dispensing liquid through the door, the dispenser having an outlet located above the liquid reservoir, providing a pump having an inlet in communication with the liquid in the liquid reservoir and an outlet in communication with the dispenser, and providing a user interface in communication with the pump, whereby selectively entering a dispensing function input into the interface actuates the pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: NIHAT CUR, GREGORY G. HORTIN, DEBRA E. STEEL
  • Patent number: 8006502
    Abstract: Refrigerator including a door, a dispenser mounted to the door, the dispenser having a dispensing opening for dispensing content, a button and tray combination device for controlling the dispensing of the content, as well as holding residue from the dispensing opening after the dispensing of the content, and a sensing device for sensing a height of the residue in the button and tray combination device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seong Jae Kim, Nam Gi Lee
  • Patent number: 8001796
    Abstract: A food storing apparatus dispenses a content stored in the apparatus. The food storing apparatus includes a button tray that functions as a switch to control dispensing of different contents in accordance with different moved positions of the button tray, but also functions as a tray to receive a residual content discharged after dispensing the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seong Jae Kim, Nam Gi Lee
  • Patent number: 7958742
    Abstract: A refrigerator which includes a dispenser installed at a door so as to enable a user to extract water or ice without opening a door. The dispenser includes a case forming an extraction section which is a space through which the desired object is extracted, a push button installed to the case and causing the desired object to be extracted by push operation, a cover having an opening formed by cutting out part thereof and pivotably installed to the case so as to open and close the extraction section, and a lever hinged to the cover so as to open and close the opening and pushing the push button while the opening is open. Therefore, a front appearance of the refrigerator is beautifully maintained. Further, the refrigerator prevents foreign materials such as dust from entering extraction ports through which the desired objects are extracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong Pil Park, Jong Su Jeon
  • Publication number: 20100307185
    Abstract: An appliance including a housing and a cylindrical dispenser supported by the housing, the cylindrical dispenser including a body which defines an opening and a plurality of outlets arranged around a bottom portion of the body and around the opening. The appliance includes a water supply apparatus supported by the housing and in fluid communication with the cylindrical dispenser, a container holder supported by the housing and configured to removably hold a plurality of containers, and a plurality of pumps supported by the housing and configured to operate with the water supply apparatus and the containers held by the container holder. The appliance also includes a user beverage requester supported by the housing and a computer supported by the housing, the computer connected to the user beverage requester and configured to control the plurality of pumps to cause the dispensing of a beverage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: Beverage Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Harry Lee Crisp, III
  • Patent number: 7823411
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser for dispensing a carbonated beverage from a beverage source into a receptacle. The dispenser includes a first housing defining an interior volume and having a first surface closer to the beverage source and a second surface further from the beverage source. The dispenser also includes a beverage cooler including a second housing having a top surface, a bottom surface, and sides defining an interior volume. A first circuit is disposed within the interior volume of the second housing and forms a first set of fluid flow paths. A second circuit is disposed within the interior volume of the second housing and forms a second set of fluid flow paths in parallel with the first set of fluid flow paths. A third circuit is disposed within the interior volume of the second housing and forms a third set of fluid flow paths in parallel with the first and second sets of fluid flow paths, wherein, the first, second, and third circuits defines an inlet and an outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Niagara Dispensing Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Gagliano, Iver J. Phallen, Douglas Vogt
  • Patent number: 7814763
    Abstract: A refrigeration appliance includes at least one water reservoir and a piping system connecting the water reservoir to a water dispenser and device for maintaining the water reservoir at a predetermined temperature. The piping system is designed for allowing a recirculation of water from and to the water reservoir in order to assure that the water delivered by the dispenser is at the correct temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Stefano Tavolazzi, Lorenzo Bianchi
  • Patent number: 7757498
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing system is characterized by a beverage dispenser and a beverage dispensing tower located remote from the beverage dispenser. The beverage dispenser has a cold plate and the tower has a heat exchanger. To deliver chilled beverage components to and for dispensing by the tower, a closed-loop water circulating circuit extends between and includes a fluid chilling circuit of the cold plate and a heat exchange circuit of the heat exchanger. The closed-loop circuit is fluid coupled to a beverage valve of the tower to deliver chilled water to the valve, and a supply of beverage syrup is fluid coupled to the tower valve through a fluid chilling circuit of the heat exchanger for delivery of chilled syrup to the valve for mixing with chilled water in the dispensing of a beverage from the tower valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Inventors: Peter F. Wolski, Thaddeus M. Jablonski, Kyle B. Elsom, Eric Schertz, Daniel C. Leaver, Kevin Brandt, Todd Manisco
  • Patent number: 7712328
    Abstract: A refrigerator having an ice and beverage dispenser on both the front and the back of the refrigerator improves efficiency and utilization of the refrigerator. Home floor plans include passageways through interior walls whereby a user can access a second dispenser of the kitchen refrigerator from an adjacent room, thus increasing access to the refrigerator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Inventor: Teresa L. Harris
  • Patent number: 7708172
    Abstract: A drink supply container for a machine which dispenses beverages. The drink supply container includes an end member having a side wall and a support connected to the side wall. The support is substantially positionable in a plane. The drink supply container also has a gas inlet valve, a portion of which extends along an axis that is perpendicular to the plane of the support. The drink supply container has a drink supply outlet valve, a portion of which extends along an axis that is perpendicular to the plane of the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Harry Lee Crisp, III, Christopher Paul Ramsey, Roger Tanner
  • Publication number: 20100083686
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing apparatus is disclosed that can select and dispense a beverage from any of a plurality of standard beverage containers mounted behind a closed refrigerator door. The apparatus includes adapter caps that preserve beverage qualities such as carbonation by sealing the containers in lieu of standard caps. The containers are inverted and the adaptor caps are coupled to female receptacles that open valves in the caps, thereby gaining access to the beverages. A beverage selector controlled from outside of the refrigerator selects a beverage, which flows to an external dispenser through a single conduit that penetrates the door. Embodiments include a container supporting structure which can include orifices and tabs that stabilize containers in the orifices. Some embodiments can support and select between three standard, two-liter soda bottles. Preferred adapter caps include air inlets that allow air to displace dispensed beverage. Embodiments can be retrofitted to standard refrigerators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2008
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Inventors: Mathiew T. Reels, Teresa Everard
  • Patent number: 7685836
    Abstract: The present invention is a water cooler with refrigerator or wine cellar, having a water tank inside of the water cooler connected to a water bottle, a water tank lower part connected with a hot tank assembly and a cold tank assembly through a hot tank inlet tube and cold tank inlet tube. Cold tank and hot tank connect with two water taps through a cold tank outlet tube and a hot tank outlet tube, on the top of cold tank. There is an exhausting tube connecting with water tank, which connect with a compressor. On the back of the cooler a condenser is installed. The cold tank assembly is placed horizontally inside of a cold compartment at its highest point. The cold tank assembly includes a cold tank, evaporator coiled on the outside of cold tank the two parts are separated by separate pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Inventor: George Yui
  • Patent number: 7610849
    Abstract: A refrigerator has a cabinet including a refrigeration compartment and a supply of water in the cabinet, with a door attached to the cabinet to selectively open and close access to the refrigeration compartment. A water conduit is located in the door to supply water from the cabinet supply of water to a point of utilization in the door. A water heater is located in the door arranged to heat water from the cabinet supply of water. A brew chamber is located in the door and arranged to receive a supply of ground coffee beans and water heated by the water heater to make brewed coffee. A dispensing outlet communicates with the brew chamber to allow for the dispensing of the brewed coffee at the door of the refrigerator, and a control is provided to control the heating of the water and the dispensing of the brewed coffee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: William J. Bigge, Steven C. Drees
  • Publication number: 20090241584
    Abstract: A cooler has a thermally insulated container that defines a reservoir for retaining a flowable substance or fluid and comprises a base and a perimeter sidewall upwardly extending from the base to define an internal reservoir. The cooler also has at least a first spigot and a second spigot. The first spigot is rigidly attached to the perimeter sidewall at a first location and the second spigot is rigidly attached to the perimeter sidewall at a second location. The first location is spaced apart from said second location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Applicant: RUBBERMAID INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Andrew Hayes, Andrew Logar
  • Publication number: 20090165494
    Abstract: A dispensing system for an appliance is shown. The dispensing system has a main tank for holding a fluid. The main tank controls the temperature of the fluid. A dispenser outlet fluidly connected to the tank by a dispenser fluid line. An auxiliary tank for holds a volume of the fluid. A flow control device selectively moves the fluid held in the auxiliary tank to the main tank then through the dispenser fluid line to the dispenser outlet and selectively removes the fluid remaining in the dispenser fluid line after dispensing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2007
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Inventors: Solomon Muthumani, Jawahar Gopalan, John Joseph Roetker, Toby Whitaker
  • Publication number: 20090126390
    Abstract: The water tank for a refrigerator, and refrigerator having the same, is capable of reducing a material loss, being easily manufactured, withstanding a high water pressure and easily adjusting a storage capacity according to demands by changing installation conditions. The water tank for a refrigerator includes a plurality of reservoir containers each having an inlet and an outlet, and at least one connecting pipe which is bendable to connect the reservoir containers in series.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang Min Park
  • Publication number: 20090013699
    Abstract: A food storing apparatus dispenses a content stored in the apparatus. The food storing apparatus includes a button tray that functions as a switch to control dispensing of different contents in accordance with different moved positions of the button tray, but also functions as a tray to receive a residual content discharged after dispensing the content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Applicant: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Seong Jae KIM, Nam Gi LEE