Ice Holder And Cooled Liquid Container Concentrically Nested Patents (Class 62/400)
  • Patent number: 10919754
    Abstract: A beverage diluting and cooling container includes a floor, a peripheral sidewall, and a divider wall that divides an interior space defined by the peripheral sidewall into a first compartment that receives a cooling medium for cooling and diluting a beverage received into the first compartment. The divider wall also divides the interior space into a second compartment that holds a second quantity of a cooling medium for non-dilutingly cooling the beverage. The second compartment is sealed from the first compartment to prevent flow of liquid from the second compartment into the first compartment. One or more of the floor or a portion of the sidewall bounding the first compartment includes at least one opening therethrough to allow flow of the beverage out of the first compartment while containing the cooling medium in the first compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Jody G. Jacobsen, Dan Janson
  • Patent number: 10167184
    Abstract: A multiple beverage dispensing system is housed within an ice chest having a plurality of interior sections and a lid. Within a central section is an ice screw which is configured to pull ice stored within the central section out of the device through an exterior door. The other two (2) exterior sections house a plurality of cylindrical fluid dispensing containers. Each container is plumbed to be in communication with an individual exterior tap. Each tap is disposed adjacent the exterior ice door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: Bob Samples
  • Patent number: 9603503
    Abstract: Appliance pedestal that contains liquid leaks due to condensation, overflow, or system failure originating from the supported liquid filled or handling appliance, provides for multiple methods of discharge of collected liquids, and reduces installation and maintenance requirements and their associated hazards and provides an improved ergonomic operating position for the appliance operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventors: Edward A. Chilcoat, Daniel J. Hayes
  • Patent number: 8677774
    Abstract: Ice making portions of an ice making machine have a pair of ice making plates disposed vertically and an evaporation tube disposed between back faces of the ice making plates. A plurality of vertically extending projected rims are formed at predetermined intervals widthwise on a surface of each ice making plate to define a plurality of ice making regions. The ice making plates facing the ice making regions are provided with consecutive vertical steps of inclined portions inclined from a back side towards a front side as directed downwardly, and contact horizontal extensions of the evaporation tube at a vertically intermediate position on a back face of each inclined portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Hoshizaki Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroki Yamaguchi, Yuji Wakatsuki
  • Patent number: 8313007
    Abstract: The portable multipurpose food and beverage insulated container and water dispensing alternative consists of the cooler body, a press fit top lid, a content support assemblage, a cup support assemblage, a nozzle access door and rubber skid strips. The cooler body is a rigid plastic multilayer housing with thermal insulator foam deposited between the general plainer outer shell and inner shell for reducing heat transfer through the cooler body. The press fit lid covers the top of the cooler body. The plastic content support assemblage supports the weight of the unit's contents in one of two possible orientations and collects condensate from the ice pack and or content defrosting. The cup support assemblage seats cups on a level surface and captures spills during water dispensing. The nozzle access door positioned on the frontal face of the cooler body opens to allow access to the water container's nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Inventor: Thomas Kolaco Kpabar
  • Patent number: 8002148
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drink dispenser provided with a chamber with an opening for accommodating a container containing carbonated drink. The container is provided with an outlet closed by a shut-off valve and a tap head that during use is connected via a line to the outlet, which tap head has an operating member for opening and closing the line. The line has a relatively stiff line section with a first part and a second part that are in contact with one another in a contact plane extending in a longitudinal direction of the line and which can be taken apart to provide access to an interior surface of the line section. Rubber strips extend in the longitudinal direction of the line section and are arranged in or close to the contact plane to form a liquid barrier. The two line parts have a clamping member that is able to engage on a locking element for fixing the line parts in a position in contact with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Heineken Supply Chain B.V.
    Inventors: Engbert Hermannes Pakkert, Quintijn Innikel
  • Patent number: 7861892
    Abstract: A portable draft bar has an insulated chamber with an open top, an insulated cover for the open top, and a horizontal shoulder on the inside wall near the top. A rigid panel fits on the shoulder. At least one beverage tap mounted on the panel extends above the open top, with a drip tray below the tap outlet. A cooling coil within the chamber connects the tap inlet to a pressurized beverage container, with chamber ice cooling the coil. When not in use, the panel may be inverted and returned to the shoulder. With the cover in place and the container disconnected, the device is secure and transportable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Inventors: Richard W. White, Robert J. White
  • Publication number: 20090044561
    Abstract: A cooling, carbonation and dispensing system for use with a liquid in a keg includes a cooling ring mounted on top of the keg. The cooling ring includes a toroidal-shaped shell into which dry ice is placed. The cooling ring and dry ice provide contact cooling of the keg, as well as carbon dioxide gas by sublimation of the dry ice to carbonate the liquid in the keg and pressure on the liquid so that it may be dispensed from the keg. A chilling unit having a hose bundle is mounted on top of the cooling ring. A liquid dispensing hose from the keg coupler on the keg connects to the hose bundle, so that liquid from the keg passes through the hose bundle. A lid having a tower is attached to the top of the chilling unit and latched to it to form a water-tight seal. Another hose connects to the hose bundle in the chilling unit and conducts the liquid to a dispensing hose attached to a dispenser in the tower.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventors: JEFFREY TRAVIS DALTON, Michael Klatzo, Michael Lee Kjer, Andrew Jin
  • Patent number: 7363962
    Abstract: A cold plate for a beverage chilling apparatus comprising a plurality of beverage conducting tubes sinuously arranged within a cast aluminum jacket. Interleaved between the beer conducting tubes are coolant conducting lines arranged in heat exchanging relation. The coolant lines are derived from a main coolant line pumping coolant to the cold plate, where a coolant inlet is divided into two separate smaller intermediate coolant segments at a first stage. Each intermediate glycol segment is then subdivided at a second stage into four heat exchanging coolant lines. At each subdivision of the coolant fluid conducting system, a pair of smaller lines equal distance from a feed line and having a smaller diameter than the feed line are incorporated using a two-for-one splitter so that each stage doubles the number of lines from the previous stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Cleland Sales Corporation
    Inventor: James M. Cleland
  • Patent number: 7269969
    Abstract: A double cooler device consistent with certain embodiments has an outer housing shell and an inner housing shell disposed within the outer housing shell and coupled thereto to form an outer reservoir to make up the housing. An inner core resides within the inner shell to form an inner reservoir. A first tap is coupled to the outer reservoir and a second tap is coupled to the inner reservoir to permit dispensing of a liquid stored in each respective reservoir. The inner reservoir has a drain and a vent spout. A lid is provided for closing the housing. The lid has an outer seal adjacent a periphery thereof to seal the outer reservoir and an inner seal to seal the inner reservoir. When the lid is in a first position with respect to the housing, both the inner and outer reservoirs are sealed by the inner and outer seals and the vent and spout are closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Inventors: Marc Duane Strickland, Chris Alan Arendt
  • Patent number: 6786361
    Abstract: A primarily cylindrical beverage cooling despiser (10), devised of two separate portions, by which collectively make up the exterior and interior. The upper portion consists of two separate chambers, one interior chamber (14) for containment of ice for cooling, and one exterior chamber (12) for containment of beverage. Both chambers though mutually exclusive of each other, once filled with their intended containment by virtue of their connective proximity to one another associate a thermal communication with one another resulting in the cooling of contained beverage. Additionally the upper portion includes a lid (56), comprised as a common two-in-one combination lid. The bottom portion of the exterior is represented as the base (16), which supports the upper portions contents and additionally supports a tap/faucet (18), and tap/faucet handle (20) arrangement for the controlled release of the contained beverage content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Inventors: Martin Joseph Moothart, David Rubin Aslin
  • Patent number: 6755047
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a liquid delivery system for a race vehicle to provide the driver of the race vehicle with readily available cool fluids are disclosed. One embodiment is directed to an insulated bag mounted in the race vehicle having a collapsible fluid bladder and a gel pack within the bag. Tubing connects the bladder to a valve for the driver to drink from. Preferably, a pump is coupled to the tubing to move fluid through the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: Stokley-Van Camp, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt Kreutzmann, Don Prestley, Dennis Broeske, Steve Ehardt, John R. Califf, John Konieczka, Jeff Zachwieja
  • Patent number: 6745594
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a liquid delivery system for a race vehicle to provide the driver of the race vehicle with readily available cool fluids are disclosed. One embodiment is directed to an insulated shell system mounted in the race vehicle which holds a bottle of fluid within the shell. Another embodiment is directed to an insulated pouch mounted in the race vehicle which has a collapsible fluid bladder, a gas bladder and a gel pack within the pouch. Each embodiment has tubing which connects to a valve near the driver's mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: Stokley-Van Camp, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt Kreutzman, Don Prestley, Dennis Broeske, Steve Ehardt, John R. Califf, John Konieczka, Jeff Zachwieja
  • Publication number: 20040069007
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a liquid delivery system for a race vehicle to provide the driver of the race vehicle with readily available cool fluids are disclosed. One embodiment is directed to an insulated shell system mounted in the race vehicle which holds a bottle of fluid within the shell. Another embodiment is directed to an insulated pouch mounted in the race vehicle which has a collapsible fluid bladder, a gas bladder and a gel pack within the pouch. Each embodiment has tubing which connects to a valve near the driver's mouth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2002
    Publication date: April 15, 2004
    Applicant: Stokley-Van Camp, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt Kreutzmann, Don Prestley, Dennis Broeske, Steve Ehardt, John R. Califf, John Konieczka, Jeff Zachwieja
  • Publication number: 20020127140
    Abstract: An automated sanitizing system for a vacuum ice conveyance system generally comprises a source of sanitizing solution, a source of ice, an ice hopper for association of the sanitizing solution with the ice and an outlet from the ice hopper for introduction of the association of solution and ice into a vacuum ice conveyance system. The sanitizing solution is produced at the ice hopper by mixing a concentrated sanitizing agent with water, whereafter the solution is sprayed over a harvest of ice as the ice is dropped into the hopper for conveyance through the vacuum ice conveyance system. The system is also adapted to associate clean water with the ice for rinsing from the conveyance system of the sanitizing agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2001
    Publication date: September 12, 2002
    Applicant: LANCER ICE LINK, L.L.C.
    Inventors: J. Eric Berge, David W. Goff, Raymond A. Glatt
  • Patent number: 6209339
    Abstract: A modular ice delivery system includes a beverage dispenser unit for dispensing beverages therefrom and an ice delivery unit linked with the beverage dispenser unit for supplying ice to the beverage dispenser unit. A docking pathway formed between the ice delivery unit and the beverage dispenser unit is provided for operatively linking the ice delivery unit with the beverage dispenser unit. The modular ice delivery system may further include an ice capacity booster unit linked with the ice delivery unit, ultimately, for supplying ice to the beverage dispenser unit. A docking pathway formed between the ice delivery unit and the ice capacity booster unit is also provided for linking the ice capacity booster unit and the ice delivery unit. In effect, each docking pathway enables the modular ice delivery system to be broken down into modular units commensurate with varying demand for ice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Lancer Partnership, Ltd.
    Inventors: Alfred A. Schroeder, Samuel Durham
  • Patent number: 6098418
    Abstract: An apparatus for cooling at least one fluid includes at least one fluid system comprising at least one fluid line, and a metallic unit. The fluid system is arranged in the shape of a concavely depressed coil with a top and a bottom. At the bottom of the coil an opening is defined. The metallic unit incorporates the at least one fluid system. The metallic unit has an upper surface in which is defined a concave depression, and the concave depression has defined therein a drain which extends through the metallic unit. The concave depression of the metallic unit is aligned with the concavely depressed coil, and the drain defined in the metallic unit passes through the opening at the bottom of the at least one fluid system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Inventor: Melvin D. Kyees
  • Patent number: 5860280
    Abstract: A liquid cooling system (10) includes a container (12) for storing a liquid (13) and a cooling element (14) disposed within the container (12) for cooling the liquid (13). The system (10) also includes a heat exchanging system (16) for cooling the cooling element (14) and a control device (38) disposed proximate the cooling element(14) for controlling solidification of the liquid (13) within the container (12). The control device (38) includes a first insulating region disposed between a portion of the cooling element (14) and a portion of the liquid (13). The first insulating region is formed from at least one thermally insulating material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Assignee: Marlow Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard J. Recine, Sr., James L. Bierschenk
  • Patent number: 5743602
    Abstract: A portable bar having a sink disposed therein having a base member having a central opening with a trough disposed peripherally around the opening. A cold plate is sealed against a side wall of the trough within the sink opening. The cold plate is formed of a heat transfer material such as a metal formed into at least one major surface and has a plurality of internal channels for circulation of fluid to be cooled. A peripheral flange surrounding the cold plate has a unique inwardly angled leading edge and an outwardly angled trailing edge for sealing to the trough of the sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1998
    Assignee: Cambro Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Larry D. Maddux, Jeff Nicholson, Fred Windisch
  • Patent number: 5537838
    Abstract: A dispenser combines the efficiency of a post-mix dispenser, while providing the visual appeal of a visual spraying dispenser. A bowl holds a liquid that is circulated through a cooling system to provide a cool spray, and thus to create condensation on the outside of the bowl. The beverage that is dispensed is from remote supplies of concentrated syrup and water. The bowl has a single body that defines a number of compartments. The body is covered with a lid, and rests on a concentrate tray that drains away condensate that build up on the body. The body is easily removably and replaceably coupled to the tray. The valves for dispensing are on a movable support so that the height of the dispenser can be made smaller while still providing manual access to the valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1996
    Assignee: Jet Spray Corp.
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Mills, Gary F. Sardynski
  • Patent number: 5507156
    Abstract: A cooling device which utilizes an ice substitute in a shaped container which can be inserted into a sport bottle and retained in place by the straw so that the cooling device remains at the bottom of the sport bottle. The cooling device contains openings or slots at the bottom to allow the fluid to be drawn through the openings after it has flowed past the cooling device. The cooling device contains a hollow center through which the straw is placed, with retaining nibs or protrusions holding the cooling device in place and retaining it with respect to the straw. The device can be available in different sizes to fit a number of sport bottles and straws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1996
    Assignee: Cooler Concepts, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher L. Redmon
  • Patent number: 5444992
    Abstract: This invention disclosure pertains to a device which is used for cooling soda and food by means of a reusable two piece horizontally positioned iceblock pack which the parts thereof are molded to conform to the shape of a two liter soda bottle. The iceblock pack with bottle and a food holding tray are contained within a thickly insulated rectangular housing. A vented tap is screwed onto the bottle after being enclosed within the case to permit dispensing of the soda. The unit is supported into its tilted angled down position by means of an angular shaped leg apparatus which is also the carrying handle apparatus when rotated around to the top of the cooling unit and snapped onto the spring loaded buttons. The iceblock packs contained within the cooler are to be frozen within a freezing unit before usage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1995
    Inventor: Gary L. Bell
  • Patent number: 5350086
    Abstract: An ice chest-type soft drink dispenser containing a body of ice in contact with a cold plate at the bottom thereof. The cold plate contains syrup and carbonated water tubes through which syrup and carbonated water passes, respectively. A pre-chill coil of a plurality of turns of tubing embedded in an aluminum body is provided, separate from the cold plate and the tubing is in fluid communication with the carbonated water tube and a source of carbonated water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1994
    Assignee: Wilshire Partners
    Inventors: Herman H. Martin, Michael S. Long
  • Patent number: 5255533
    Abstract: An ice box is shown for storing and cooling a spherical container for carbonated drinks, of the type often referred to as a "party ball", which is characterized by a radial protrusion extending from a normally upper surface and having a pair of openings for attachment of a pump thereto. An ice box for storing and transporting a party ball includes a housing for completely surrounding both the party ball and a quantity of ice in which it is packed, a first removable cover forming an opening in the housing for insertion of a pump, and spacers on the interior of the housing maintained in position by the removable cover for ensuring that the pump-attachment protrusion is aligned with the opening. A second removable cover may also be used to provide access to the interior of the housing for adding ice without disturbing the alignment of the pump-attachment protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1993
    Inventor: Sean E. Reilly
  • Patent number: 5251460
    Abstract: A beer keg cover constructed of wet or dry fabric and foam composite materials for scuba divers includes a top lid with an elastic edged opening to snap fit over the dispensing pipe of the keg, a circular zipper closure with a hinge attachment for the lid with a vertical slip opening closed by a zipper to open the cylindrical covering. The cover also includes openings aligned with the standard hand grips opening through the top vertical flange of the keg with sealing flaps to reduce heat transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1993
    Inventors: Edward DeMarco, John M. Friel
  • Patent number: 5203181
    Abstract: A container-cooler for a beverage, such as beer, includes a conventional keg-shaped outer shell, an inner vessel for containing the beverage retained within the shell, and a space between the inner vessel and the outer shell for receiving a cooling medium, such as ice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1993
    Assignee: Miller Brewing Company
    Inventors: Charles E. Brossia, Philip S. Desmond, Eckhard F. Rahn
  • Patent number: 5112539
    Abstract: A method and device is provided for carbonating water or a beverage with a minimum of carbon dioxide gas and operating steps. A temporary connection of a regulated gas supply to a container tank is used for the period of time required to carbonate and saturate the water or beverage. After the liquid is saturated with the gas and carbonated, the gas supply hose is disconnected. The size of the container tank is restricted to the overall weight of the combined unit if it is to be used on a portable basis. Larger amounts of liquid can be carbonated with this method, if the carbonating and dispensing set up is in a stationary, permanent location. The portable container tank is cooled by ice packs or cooling coils and air contact with the tank is kept to a minimum by providing an insulating carry container which encloses the container tank and cooling means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1992
    Inventor: Dietmar Parnet
  • Patent number: 5009083
    Abstract: A beverage cooler having an inner container disposed within an outer container to define an annular chamber for holding a beverage. The inner container contains a refrigerant, and includes a drinking straw passageway for withdrawing the beverage. The refrigerant cools the main body of the beverage, and further chills the beverage portion as it is being withdrawn through the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1991
    Inventors: Frank T. Spinos, Sharon M. Worley
  • Patent number: 4993237
    Abstract: The structure of the present invention comprises a self-cooling container in which a segregating wall is used to divide the container into a beverage chamber and a cooling chamber, the latter having a reaction chamber mounted therein, which in a preferred embodiment is of an elongated cylindrical shape. The reaction chamber cylinder of the present invention provides an inverted funnel-shaped bottom surface for receiving the flow of beverage from the beverage chamber portion of the container through a feed-through at the bottom of the segregating wall thereof. The funnel leads to a flow tube which is positioned in axial alignment with the cylinder, preferably through the center thereof and defining an inner wall of the reaction chamber. The reaction chamber houses a combination of chemical materials separated by a readily broken sealing device from a selected volume of distilled water, which rfeleased into the chemical constituents, initiates an endothermic reaction which extracts heat from the beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1991
    Assignee: Heritage Ventures U.S., Ltd.
    Inventors: James R. Bond, Scott V. Murray
  • Patent number: 4963175
    Abstract: A transportable keg cooler tub comprising a circular tub-like base with a pliable flexible canvas sleeve extending upwards from the top edge of the base. The sleeve enclosing a plastic liner in intimate contact with ice cubes filling the space between the liner and the enclosed beverage keg. A portion of the plastic liner pulled through an orifice on the bottom outside perimeter of the base providing drainage for the ice contained by the plastic liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1990
    Inventor: Donald E. Pace
  • Patent number: 4961324
    Abstract: Apparatus is set forth wherein a central cylindrical body including a threadedly securable cap mounted at lowermost end of the cylindrical body and an upper cap threadedly mounted to an upper end of the cylindrical body. The upper cap includes a spout conduit diametrically disposed about an upper surface of the cap with an internally threaded boss member in fluid communication with the spout conduit to receive a threaded beverage container therewithin. An upper and lower gel refrigerant chamber is mounted within the cylindrical body and within the lower cap. The lower cap further includes a spring mounted within a bore positioned within the lower cap to direct the container upwardly towards the upper cap to maintain fluid communication therewith. A threadedly removable spout cap is mounted to the spout chamber's terminal end which is oriented beyond the cylindrical wall defined by the cylindrical body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 9, 1990
    Inventor: Barry S. Allan
  • Patent number: 4958505
    Abstract: An ice cooled beverage dispenser with a cold plate and a tubular ice bin liner has an upstanding rim around a periphery of the cold plate. The bottom edge of the liner is pressed into and seated to the rim, and an L-shaped bracket is fastened to the outside of the liner and to the rim for positive securement of the liner to the cold plate in a sanitary and leak proof manner; a method of making the beverage cooler is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 25, 1990
    Assignee: Schneider Metal Manufacturing Co.
    Inventor: Craig A. Swanson
  • Patent number: 4886176
    Abstract: A portable liquid insulated cooler having a plug removably mounted on the top wall through which a flexible tubing extends providing a straw for drawing the liquid contents from the container. A receptacle containing a coolant is removably mounted on the top wall of the cooler and depends therefrom into the liquid in the cooler. The cooler is provided with a handle having a storage compartment for the flexible tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1989
    Inventor: Betty P. Steakley
  • Patent number: 4878363
    Abstract: A cooler device is provided which will keep ice in an insertable inner container from a beverage within an outer housing so as to prevent the beverage from becoming diluted when the ice melts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1989
    Inventors: Francis E. Wells, Sr., George Spector
  • Patent number: 4835985
    Abstract: A portable cooling apparatus for cooling a keg has a cylindrical or truncated cone shaped sleeve made of semi-rigid water-proof material which is open at both ends. The sleeve is slipped over the keg and clamped at its lower end to the lower portion of the keg with a barrel lock or strap. The upper end faces upward and is flared open by the semi-rigid structure of the sleeve material, which allows ice to be filled in and packed directly around the sides of the keg. The sleeve can have pleats or slats at its lower end which are gathered around the keg, and a drainage spout for allowing water to drain out from the lower end of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1989
    Inventor: Robert Ilvento
  • Patent number: 4802344
    Abstract: A thermally insulated cooler for enclosing a beverage keg having a pre-chilled beverage temperature to be maintained. The cooler is of a soft sided composition cylindrical is shape having a permanently closed bottom end and a removable lid zippered at the other end for affording access to the storage compartment. A zippered access opening centrally located in the lid enables a dispensing tap connected to the keg to extend outward thereof without exposing the key to ambient temperatures. A strap extending longitudinally on opposite sides and across the bottom end enables the cooler with keg in place to be conveniently carried by hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1989
    Inventors: Mark L. Livingston, Michael Babcock
  • Patent number: 4802343
    Abstract: A self-cooling container is provided having a hollow body with a cooling chamber and directing means for directing the flow of a portion of a beverage therein in contact with the cooling chamber to cool predominantly the next-to-be-consumed portion of the beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1989
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Arthur G. Rudick, Richard H. Heenan, Ashis S. Gupta
  • Patent number: 4653290
    Abstract: An ice sleeve cooler for beer kegs or other beverages comprising a slip-over ice sleeve open at the bottom and open at the top and having inner and outer sleeve members with an ice pocket therebetween. The bottom of the sleeve members are joined in sealed relation and have a draw-string for attachment around the lower side wall of the keg, and both inner and outer sleeve members have top draw-strings for individually attaching these members to the keg. The method of fabricating the ice sleeve cooler from a one-piece sheet of plastic stock involves the steps of folding and sealing the sheet to form the double sleeve members with an integral bottom edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1987
    Inventor: Shelley R. Byrne
  • Patent number: 4651538
    Abstract: A beverage cooler has a cold plate and a plastic ice cube bin secured to the cold plate by an adaptor which is permanently adjoined to plastic walls of the hopper. The adaptor has a tongue, a plate arm which fits into a rabbet on the cold plate, a foam flange which extends out into foam insulation and a plate flange fastened to the cold plate; the plastic hopper walls have a foot molded into the plate flange and rivets molded into the tongue. A method of manufacturing the plastic ice bin has the plastic walls being molded onto the adaptor, preferably by rotomolding using polyethylene as the material. A beverage cooler construction has a rotomolded exterior shell fastened to the plastic ice hopper by a spacer and top molding and has insulated beverage outlet lines which exit the shell through an offset under the molding rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1987
    Assignee: Schneider Metal Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Ronald E. Bull, Kenneth W. Schneider
  • Patent number: 4633678
    Abstract: A beer keg cooler has a container and a removable lid of relatively thick wall insulated construction larger than a keg to be accommodated by the cooler so that ice may be packed around the keg. A flexible, web shaped harness is secured to the inner wall of the container and straps of the harness are secured by buckles so that the harness can be adjusted to bridge across the container in tight engagement against the keg to secure the keg in position and to prevent the keg from floating as the ice melts. The container has a notch formed in its upper rim to accommodate beverage dispensing equipment and the lid has a central opening for the same purpose. A flexible flap over the lid opening seals any portion of the opening not required for this purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1987
    Inventors: Richard P. Lea, Randy J. Lea
  • Patent number: 4617807
    Abstract: An improved cold plate (10) is disclosed for use in cooling carbonated water and syrup which is mixed to form a beverage. The cooling coil (10) employs a plurality of involute carbonated water cooling coils (12-16) formed of tubing through which is flowed the carbonated water. The use of involute coils provides a more uniform thermal gradient within the cold plate (10) and resists bridging of the cooling medium, typically ice. The syrup cooling coils (18-28) can be constructed in either a serpentine or involute configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1986
    Assignee: Booth, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Pritchett, James D. Cutbush
  • Patent number: 4608837
    Abstract: A multi-compartment jug (1) is provided with an exterior peripheral wall (3) and an interior generally cylindrical wall (6) of substantially lesser diameter than the exterior wall. The walls are joined by a plurality of partitions (9) to thereby form a plurality of individual compartments (11) for storing liquids or the like. The interior wall forms a separate central compartment (12) for receiving ice which functions to cool the contents of the other compartments. Each peripheral storage compartment (11) is provided with its own separate lid (16), with the lids being seatable on the respective outer and inner walls. When the lids are in place, a cap or cover (29) is secured downwardly over the inner wall which biases the inner lid portions against a seat (27) disposed on the inner wall, thus automatically locking the lids in place. The inner lid portions are provided with tabs (32) to facilitate manual removal of the lids when they are unlocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1986
    Inventors: Charles P. Hickey, Dennis J. Oostdik
  • Patent number: 4599872
    Abstract: Cooling beverages by the addition of ice cubes, dilutes the beverage as the ice melts. The present device comprises an insulated container having a low freezing temperature material such as a liquid or semi-liquid, sealed therein. A pouring funnel is provided at the upper end of the container with a spiral conduit extending from the funnel, downwardly through the liquid or material, to a discharge at the base. When frozen, a beverage can be poured into the funnel portion and flows downwardly through the conduit being cooled by the material within the container and surrounding the conduit. The liquid then discharges at the base at a relatively lower temperature. A valve can be provided in the base for controlling the retention time, if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1986
    Inventor: Wesley G. Rist
  • Patent number: 4483157
    Abstract: This invention relates to a cold pack for keeping beverage kegs cold during shipment, storage, and use. The cold pack comprises a container for the keg of rigid insulating material closely conforming to the keg and a tight fitting lid. The lid has a removable central panel to allow access to the keg valve. Upper and lower refrigerant cases are sized and shaped to fit the top and bottom of the keg, respectively, contacting the keg over a substantial area to facilitate conduction of heat from the keg. The upper case has a central hole designed to receive and surround the keg valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 20, 1984
    Inventor: Robert J. Human
  • Patent number: 4481791
    Abstract: An insulated cooler for beer kegs which is specifically constructed to enclose both half-barrel and quarter-barrel kegs by inverting the top cover. The cooler has insulated bottom, top and side walls and encloses the keg with ice surrounding the same and provides an access opening through which the pump and tap assembly extends. Suitable handles are provided for carrying the keg and ice pack unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 13, 1984
    Assignee: Royal Keg Cooler Corporation
    Inventor: Gary L. German
  • Patent number: 4478346
    Abstract: For holding ice (36) in a drinking container (20) out of contact with the beverage (34) but in a manner that allows the beverage to be cooled by such ice when said container is used for drinking, an insert cup (10) which is provided which self-positions in an upper portion of said drinking container, above the beverage, and has openings (18) to allow the beverage to pass through while retaining the ice. A cap (22) with a drinking spout (24) is positioned over the mouth of the drinking container to hold the ice in while allowing one to drink from the container. The insert cup can have folded sides (42, 44) for self-adjustment to a variety of sizes of drinking containers and can also have a projectile weight (56) attached to the inside of its floor (52) so that the cup can be inverted and used as a shuttlecock (FIG. 3E).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1984
    Assignee: Antonio Valentino Pannutti
    Inventor: Gary W. Spong
  • Patent number: 4407356
    Abstract: A portable appliance for quick chilling and heating of fluids, such as beverages, without dilution. The appliance comprises a pour-through, gravity operated heat exchanger, an intake reservoir connected to its upper end, and a discharge tap connected to its lower end. It operates without application of electric or mechanical power, and may be used both indoors or in the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1981
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1983
    Inventor: Bruce E. DeLau
  • Patent number: 4319698
    Abstract: For the purpose of automatically vending cups of cold drinks, ice being directly put into a cup, source powder or a concentrated source liquid, and cold water are required for mixture. Ice is made by an ice making machine. Cold water is prepared by cooling city water with ice made by the ice making machine. To that end, a cylinder for stocking ice formed of apertures at a portion of the peripheral wall thereof for allowing a flow of the water therethrough and a cold water tank for storing cold water around the cylinder are provided. Ice made by the ice making machine is selectively supplied into a cup for vending or into the ice storing cylinder for the cold water. The cold water is held in the cold water tank and is withdrawn through the ice storing cylinder while the same is in contact with the ice stored therein. The cold water is mixed with the source powder or the concentrated source liquid and the mixture is guided to a cup together with the ice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1982
    Assignee: Kubota Ltd.
    Inventors: Muneo Tomiyama, Keiichi Mizugane, Kazunori Taniguchi, Toshio Nonaka, Hidenori Oodoi
  • Patent number: RE34465
    Abstract: A cold plate system for an ice dispenser is characterized by an ice pan in communication with a potable ice hopper through an ice feed conduit. A cold plate is in the ice pan, and the arrangement is such that ice in the hopper is transported through the conduit to the ice pan to surround the cold plate. This maintains the ice in the hopper free from any contamination by the cold plate and in a sterile condition for dispensing into beverages, yet ensures that the cold plate will be continuously surrounded by ice, without manual intervention, to properly cool beverages flowing therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1993
    Assignee: Remcor Products Company
    Inventors: Robert M. Koeneman, Albert L. Schafer
  • Patent number: RE34834
    Abstract: An ice cooled beverage dispenser with a cold plate and a tubular ice bin liner has an upstanding rim around a periphery of the cold plate. The bottom edge of the liner is pressed into and seated to the rim, and an L-shaped bracket is fastened to the outside of the liner and to the rim for positive securement of the liner to the cold plate in a sanitary and leak proof manner; a method of making the beverage cooler is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1995
    Assignee: IMI Cornelius Inc.
    Inventor: Craig A. Swanson