Blending Or Mixing Patents (Class 700/239)
  • Patent number: 11337547
    Abstract: Ingredient level consumption guidance methods and control systems in beverage mixture dispensing systems are disclosed. A disclosed method for operating a beverage mixture dispensing system includes setting an ingredient consumption threshold for an ingredient. The ingredient consumption threshold is associated with an account. The method also includes mixing a beverage using an amount of the ingredient, dispensing the beverage, updating an ingredient consumption level associated with the account, by adding the amount to the ingredient consumption level, and displaying, on a display, the ingredient consumption level and the ingredient consumption threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Cana Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas D. Posner, Anthony Prats, Shaun Lind
  • Patent number: 11312608
    Abstract: A dispenser is configured to dispense food products at varying nutritive levels by dispensing a combination of sweeteners in a predetermined ratio from a plurality of sweetener sources. Using a predetermined combination of sweeteners in a predetermined ratio for a selected nutritive level for a given product ensures that the dispensed product will have a desirable flavor profile while at the same time providing increased consumer choice. A combination of caloric, mid-calorie, low calorie, and/or non-caloric sweeteners may be dispensed to produce a food product with a specified caloric level or nutritive level. For a given nutritive level selected, the product dispenser may dispense different combinations of sweeteners and/or different ratios of sweeteners for different brands or products to be dispensed. Likewise, for a given brand or product, the product dispenser may dispense different combinations of sweeteners and/or different ratios of sweeteners for different selected nutritive levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Sue Lane, Jamal Omari Wilson, Maxwell Pehge Friel, Kristin Wright, Michele Carrabotta, Gregg Carpenter
  • Patent number: 11283675
    Abstract: A system for maintenance of electronic programmable devices. The system includes a cabinet having at least a first compartment and a second compartment. The first compartment includes a first communication interface, a second communication interface and a third communication interface configured to be connected to different electronic programmable devices. The system further includes a cabinet server installed in the second compartment; a communication module configured to connect the cabinet server to a remote computer or to a remote server, and configured to connect the electronic programmable device to the remote computer or to the remote server; and a cabinet communication network configured to connect the electronic programmable device to the cabinet server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: IT-TAXI OY
    Inventor: Markus Näsman
  • Patent number: 11217057
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure include systems and methods for providing dynamic ingredient matrix reconfiguration in a product dispenser. In one example, a method for configuring a dispenser apparatus may include determining one or more current associations between some or all of a plurality of ingredient packages and one or more of a plurality of dispensing devices associated with the dispenser apparatus. The method may include determining whether a current association of the one or more current associations has changed with respect to at least one previous association between some or all of the plurality of ingredient packages and one or more of the plurality of dispensing devices, and in response to ascertaining that the current association has changed, modifying an association table based at least on the one or more current associations, the association table being representative of the at least one previous association.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventors: Gregg Carpenter, David R. Newman, H. Brock Kolls, Son V. Tran
  • Patent number: 11035207
    Abstract: A hydraulic fracturing system is disclosed as including a singular mobile platform of at least one mobile power unit (MPU) and at least one first switch gear that is configured to handle electric power from the MPU. The MPU is configured to generate voltage that matches the requirements of an electrical bus from the at least one switch gear such that a combined electrical current generated as a result of the generated voltage is provided to the electrical bus to the components of the hydraulic fracturing system. Further, the hydraulic fracturing system may include electrical fracturing equipment with at least one second switch gear to support the at least one first switch gear in handling electric power from the MPU. A datavan may be included in the system to control load shedding, load sharing, and power distribution for the electrical fracturing equipment comprising the at least one second switch gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: U.S. Well Services, LLC
    Inventors: Jared Oehring, Brandon Neil Hinderliter
  • Patent number: 11021359
    Abstract: A method of controlling operation of a beverage dispenser, includes the following steps: selecting a water recipe from a plurality of water recipes, wherein each water recipe defines a set concentration of minerals to be solved in the water and wherein the water is mineralized based on the water recipe by adding minerals by a mineralization device; verifying, whether the user is allowed to adjust a user adjustable a property of the water to be mineralized by the mineralization device according to water recipe, wherein the user adjustable property comprises at least one of a set temperature of the water to be mineralized and a set carbonization of the water to be mineralized; preparing the water by at least one water preparation element according to the user adjustable property; and outputting the mineralized water to a user vessel; and further includes at least one of the following steps: activating on a display a temperature user interface element for adapting the temperature of the water to be mineralized i
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: RIPRUP Company S.A.
    Inventors: Monique Bissen, Josef Schucker
  • Patent number: 10967125
    Abstract: A system for compounding medications. The system includes one or more compounding devices, and a central computer system. The central computer system receives requests, at least some of which require the compounding of one or more medications, and pushes assignments of respective compounding tasks to the one or more compounding devices. The assignments are made in accordance with a set of rules designed to promote efficient use of compounding resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Omnicell, Inc.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Trovato, Andrea Schiavinato, Luca Amato, Charles Marsh, Larry McCutchan
  • Patent number: 10940452
    Abstract: Embodiments of a vending system are disclosed for delivering custom paints, permitting automated paint mixing and dispensing without the need for assistance. Customizable paint may be ordered locally or remotely, possibly with improved color matching that leverages color references to compare a known color with a color as observed within an image provided by the customer. Dimensional estimates of the surface to be painted may be possible using scale references within an image provided by the customer, to provide quantity suggestions. Common consumer products, having packaging of known color and dimensions, placed within the image provided by the customer may provide both color references and scale references. A preview function may replicate the image provided by the customer, but indicating the new paint color, as adjusted according to an analysis of one or more color references.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy L. Velten, Robert Taylor
  • Patent number: 10905222
    Abstract: A personalization skin care product system includes a measuring device and a processor. The measuring device measures a user's skin information; the processor executing a computer program product provides a personalization suggestion message according to the user's skin information; wherein, the personalization suggestion message corresponds to a user controllable interface of an adjustable skin care product device, wherein the adjustable skin care product device provides a personalization skin care product with different volume proportion of the ingredients according to the different instructions from the user controllable interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: VESCIR LTD.
    Inventors: Wei-Yu Chen, Chia-Jung Tsai
  • Patent number: 10863858
    Abstract: A method for operating a beverage preparation machine, by which at least one coffee unit for dispensing coffee and an additive unit for dispensing a beverage additive is provided. A plurality of beverage variants are displayed by an at least partly graphical display in a selection mode, and the beverage preparation machine is controlled by a selection of a beverage variant, said selection being carried out by a user, such that the selected beverage variant is automatically prepared and dispensed from an outlet. The invention is characterized in that at least one selection region and a preview region are displayed in an at least partly graphical manner in the selection mode. A plurality of selectable beverage variants are displayed in an at least partly graphical manner in the selection region, and a current selection carried out by the user in the selection region is displayed in an at least partly graphical manner in the preview region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Franke Kaffeemaschinen AG
    Inventors: Sascha Roth, Robin Franke
  • Patent number: 10723541
    Abstract: A system enables dispensing, tracking, storage, processing, analysis, management, fulfillment and/or commerce relating to dispensables, such as consumables. The system may include packages that hold consumables and function either independently or in concert with numerous smart configuration devices, such as tabletop machines or mobile machines, as well as remote servers, databases, and other cloud-based resources. A distributed software layer ties all devices and packages together and adds advanced interactivity, communication, analysis, and self-regulation functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Hero Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Kutadgu Akdogan, Kalyan C. Vepuri, Christian Von Heifner
  • Patent number: 10653622
    Abstract: A solid dosage product having a tailored dissolution profile comprises a carrier block defining a plurality of compartments where each respective compartment is configured to receive one or more active pharmaceutical ingredient and the carrier block being digestible within an animal such that each respective active pharmaceutical ingredient is controllably released; and one or more coating layers applied to the carrier block. A method for manufacturing a solid dosage product having a tailored dissolution comprises manufacturing a digestible carrier block where the carrier block defines a plurality of compartments with each respective compartment configured to receive an active pharmaceutical ingredient; filling a respective compartment with a respective active pharmaceutical ingredient; and coating the carrier block with one or more coating layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Pharmacoustics Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Cetin Cetinkaya
  • Patent number: 10641547
    Abstract: A method for designing a smoothie pod includes: receiving input from a user via a user device that communicates with a beverage profile system over a communications network, wherein the input is received via a graphical user interface and includes selections of ingredients to be added to the smoothie pod; determining, via the beverage profile system, that a flavor profile of the smoothie pod that is based on the ingredients selected by the user includes at least one flavor type having a percentage of the flavor profile that is outside of an acceptable threshold percentage range of the flavor profile; and presenting a suggestion via the graphical user interface of one or more additional ingredients to be added to the smoothie pod to modify the percentage of the flavor type to be within the acceptable threshold percentage range of the flavor profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: VEJO IP AG
    Inventors: John Cronin, Joseph George Bodkin, Seth Melvin Cronin, Steven Matthew Philbin, Dylan Jonathan Wilson, Michael Glynn D'Andrea
  • Patent number: 10485375
    Abstract: A beverage preparation device is provided comprising a preparation unit for preparing a beverage. The preparation unit is arranged for controllably blending a plurality of ingredients incorporable in the beverage. The device further comprises a control unit for enabling a user to control the preparation unit and that comprises a graphical user interface and a processing unit. The graphical user interface has an operational mode enabling the user to indicate a position in an at least two-dimensional space. Therein a respective value of said at least a first and a second parameter is set in accordance with respective components of the indicated position in respective directions in said space, the respective value of said at least a first and second parameter being dependent on the components of said position in said respective directions in a monotonic manner. Subsequently the processing unit drives the preparation unit in accordance with the formulation specified by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventor: Hendrikus Christinus Maria Wessels
  • Patent number: 10398251
    Abstract: Disclosed is a beverage preparation system (1) with a preparation unit for preparing a beverage, with a display panel defining a screen space, and having integrated therewith a touch sensitive panel and with a control unit for controlling the preparation unit with user guidance obtained from the touch sensitive panel and for providing visual feedback to the display panel, the touch sensitive panel being arranged for generating a position signal indicative for a position pointed to. The control unit is operable in a tuning mode wherein the user is enabled to tune a beverage recipe. In the tuning mode a beverage holder (322) is displayed with a filling (3220) corresponding to a beverage recipe as well as a movable soft-button in its interior. The user is enabled to control a composition of the beverage to be prepared by moving the soft-button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Hendrikus Christinus Maria Wessels, Koen Josef van Niekerk
  • Patent number: 10399715
    Abstract: An embodiment apparatus for producing a personal care product includes a cabinet, a command keyboard, a bottling dispensing station, a plurality of main containers for storing base liquids, and a plurality of secondary containers for storing additive substances. A main valve structure has a first flow mouth for connecting to the main containers by first tubing, and is connected to a first entrance of a dosing valve. A secondary valve structure has a second flow mouth for connecting to the secondary containers by second tubing, and is connected to a second entrance of the dosing valve. The dosing valve has an output for coupling to a bottle for transferring at least one base liquid and at least one additive substance to the bottle. The apparatus also includes a mixing station, a closing station and a sealing station for the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Ana Lúcia Schmidt Lourenço Rodrigues
  • Patent number: 9981532
    Abstract: A method is disclosed comprising drawing air into a robotic vapor device, exposing the drawn air to a sensor to detect one or more constituents in the drawn air, determining measurement data for the one or more constituents of the drawn air via the sensor, receiving a parameter from a transportation vehicle system, determining one or more vaporizable materials to vaporize based on the measurement data and the parameter, and dispensing a vapor comprised of the one or more vaporizable materials from the robotic vapor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: LUNATECH, LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan Seamus Blackley
  • Patent number: 9489492
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a computer-controlled system for automatically transferring individual solid pharmaceutical products from bulk containers into a selected solid pharmaceutical product package from among a variety of different packaging solutions. Advantageously, in accordance with the preferred exemplary embodiment of the present invention, a robotic pick and place arm incorporates a contact holding mechanisms such as a suction tube which selectively temporarily secures a solid pharmaceutical product for transfer from a bulk container into a desired solid pharmaceutical product package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: MTS Medication Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald Rosenbaum
  • Patent number: 9386906
    Abstract: A port assembly for use with a refillable storage container of a cleaning device includes a cap assembly having a sensor aperture and an outlet aperture. The cap assembly is configured to couple to a lip of the storage container. A sensor assembly extends through the sensor aperture and is coupled to the cap assembly, and an outlet assembly extends through the outlet aperture and is coupled to the cap assembly. The outlet assembly is coupled in fluid communication with a cleaning cavity of the cleaning device and the storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Daniel Vincent Brosnan, Daniel Patrick Ernst, Joshua Flesch, Om Hari, Amelia Lear Hensley, Nicholas Okruch, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9043019
    Abstract: In a preferred embodiment, an Automated Pharmacy Admixture System (APAS) may include a manipulator system to transport medical containers such as bags, vials, or syringes in a compounding chamber regulated to a pressure below atmospheric pressure. In a preferred implementation, the manipulator system is configured to grasp and convey syringes, IV bags, and vials of varying shapes and sizes from a storage system in an adjacent chamber regulated at a pressure above atmospheric pressure. Various embodiments may include a controller adapted to actuate the manipulator system to bring a fill port of an IV bag, vial, or syringe into register with a filling port at a fluid transfer station in the chamber. A preferred implementation includes a sanitization system that can substantially sanitize a bung on a fill port of a vial or IV bag in preparation for transport to the fluid transfer station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Intelligent Hospital Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Walter W. Eliuk, Ronald H. Rob, Lance R. Mlodzinski, Alex H. Reinhardt, Thom Doherty
  • Patent number: 9026245
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus describing a convenience beverage vending machine and its operation are described. An embedded computer interface allows consumers to create their own drinks or choose from a menu of drinks. Drinks are dispensed in a re-usable container. The beverages may be made from hot water, cold water or carbonated water that is mixed with various flavors of syrup, sweeteners and nutritional supplements. Identification may be presented and the computer recognizes the consumer and pulls up that consumer's account to determine funds available and previous drink selections and mixtures. The machine may incorporate an automatic cleaning cycle for both the valves and the dispense area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Ecowell, LLC
    Inventors: Donald E. Tilton, Cameron T. Wheeler, Brian L. Boler, Andrew C. Whitaker, Reid A. Schilperoort, Preston F. David
  • Patent number: 9014846
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for configuring portion control for a dispenser apparatus. A plurality of beverage ingredients may be associated with the dispenser apparatus, and a plurality of selectable beverages may be formed from the plurality of beverage ingredients. Input for one or more preferences associated with portion control may be received. Stored information associated with at least one of the plurality of selectable beverages may be accessed. At least one portion control for at least one of the plurality of selectable beverages may be determined based at least in part on at least a portion of the received input and at least a portion of the accessed information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: David Roy Newman
  • Patent number: 9010386
    Abstract: White-pigmented and unpigmented base paints and stains are custom-tinted using an automated colorant dispenser having a minimum fluid dispensing quantity less than 0.01 fluid ounce (<0.3 cm3) and an array of colorants including a green-hued colorant having a color strength greater than that of a comparison colorant containing 12 wt. % PG7 pigment, a blue-hued colorant having a color strength greater than that of a comparison colorant containing 7 wt. % PB15:2 pigment, and a red-hued colorant having a color strength greater than that of a comparison colorant containing 17 wt. % PR209 pigment. The green-hued or blue-hued colorants are dispensed into the base paint or stain whenever a green-hued or blue-hued tint is required. Light pastel tints in small containers and strong colors in large containers may be prepared without requiring the use of additional colorants having the same general hue and lower color strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Valspar Sourcing, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen M. Korenkiewicz, Mark R. Coward, David Y. Lee
  • Patent number: 8965565
    Abstract: A sorting method for plastics, including: sorting a predetermined plastic piece from a mixed plastic piece group including plastic pieces of a plurality of types; identifying the plurality of types of the plastic pieces; and calculating mixing rates of the plurality of types in the mixed plastic piece group based on a result obtained in the identifying, the identifying is performed on the mixed plastic piece group prior to the sorting, a sorting condition of the sorting is set based on an identification result obtained in the identifying, the identifying includes identifying the plurality of types of the plastic pieces with a beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Sonoko Umemura, Junji Tanimura, Masaru Kinugawa
  • Patent number: 8936390
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and apparatus for producing an aqueous paint from a plurality of premixed compositions at the point of sale wherein the apparatus is cleaned during the paint production. The premixed compositions include a pigment composition, a dispersant-thickening agent composition, a high resin content binder, and a low resin content binder. The dispersant-thickening agent, when supplied in a cleaning amount, effectively cleans the nozzles and valves, used to supply the premixed compositions to a receiving reservoir for the desired aqueous paint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: MicroBlend Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall L. Hughes, Kevin A. Newell, Michael Mowen
  • Patent number: 8897915
    Abstract: In one embodiment there is provided a method for storing hair dye components. The method includes providing a computer control system having at least a memory, input controls, and a display. The method provides a plurality of receptacles. Each receptacle being sized to store at least one hair dye component tube to define a storage of a colorant or dye blending material. The method further provides a locking mechanism positioned about each receptacle configured to lock and unlock the receptacle. Each locking mechanism is in communication with the control system and configured to lock or unlock upon the receipt of an unlocking or locking signal from the control system. The method further links one or more colorant(s) or dye blending material(s) to a receptacle and sends an unlocking or locking signal to one or more of the locking mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: SureTint Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Mitchell H. Saranow
  • Patent number: 8880218
    Abstract: A user interactive custom nail polish color and effects dispensing system and method of doing business, including for both point of sale and remote (e.g., via internet) transactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Cosmetic Technologies, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Julie R. Bartholomew, Charles P. Hines
  • Patent number: 8851329
    Abstract: Embodiments of a dispensing system for dispensing a number of products to a user are disclosed. The dispensing system may include an input/output device and a dispenser. The input/output device may be adapted to receive a selection of one of the products from the user. The dispenser may be adapted to dispense a plurality of diluent components, the diluent components and a ratio of the diluent components corresponding at least in part to the selection of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Arthur G. Rudick, Annie T. Ellis
  • Patent number: 8849448
    Abstract: An electronic storage device is coupled with a container capable of holding liquid for electronically storing information relating to the liquid stored in the container. The system can be configured with an antenna, for storing information to and reading information from the electronic storage device. A microprocessor-based controller, coupled with the antenna, may be employed for controlling processing of the liquid based on information read from the electronic storage device by the antenna. A connector of a secure reader system having a reader is provided to physically couple to a container having an information storing mechanism, for periodically reading information from an information storing mechanism. The connector may draw material from the container simultaneous with the reading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Advanced Technology Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin T. O'Dougherty, Robert E. Andrews, Tripunithura V. Jayaraman, Joe Menning, Christopher A. Baye-Wallace
  • Patent number: 8798799
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dispensing compositions, such as beverages, are provided. Beverage dispensers may be configured to receive one or more physiological parameters regarding a user, and in response, formulate at least one beverage recipe for dispensing. A beverage dispenser may wirelessly receive data from a biosensor. Environmental or biological data from the biosensor may be used to alter the recipe to another existing beverage or a custom beverage. Non-physiological data may also be considered. Exertion data may be calculated. The calculation of exertion data may receive inputs regarding at least one physiological parameter and/or non-physiological parameters to derive a second physiological parameter not being measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Indrani Deo, Steven Jersey
  • Patent number: 8788090
    Abstract: A system and method for creating a personalized consumer product are provided. The system and method of the present disclosure enables a user, e.g., a consumer, to customize products containing solids and/or fluids by allowing a server communicating over the global computer network, e.g., the Internet, to provide product preferences of a user to a product or a mixing device, e.g., a product or beverage dispenser. The method for creating a product according to a user's preferences over a network includes the steps identifying a product to a server over the network; identifying a user to the server over the network; retrieving the user's product preferences from a database at the server based on the product's identity and user's identity; transmitting the user's product preferences to the product over the network; and mixing at least one element contained within the product based on the user's product preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Leigh M. Rothschild
  • Patent number: 8755932
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention can include systems and methods for facilitating consumer-dispenser interactions. In one embodiment, a product dispenser is provided. The product dispenser can include a reader configured to read a machine readable item. In addition, the product dispenser can include a controller in communication with the reader, and operable to execute a set of instructions to receive information from the machine readable item associated with a consumer via the reader. Moreover, the controller can be further operable to execute a set of instructions to configure at least one characteristic based at least in part on the information from the machine readable item, and dispense a product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Dan Peters, Son V. Tran, David R. Newman, Leonard F. Antao, David O. Slagley, H. Brock Kolls
  • Patent number: 8751037
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention can include systems and methods for dispensing consumable products. One embodiment of the invention can provide a product dispenser. The product dispenser can include an ingredient matrix operable to receive a plurality of product ingredients. In addition, the product dispenser can include a controller in communication with the ingredient matrix, and operable to execute a set of instructions to receive product data associated with the plurality of product ingredients. Moreover, the controller can further comprise a set of instructions to track usage of the plurality of product ingredients when at least one product is dispensed. Furthermore, the controller can further comprise a set of instructions to update the product data during or after dispensing of a product or installation of one or more product ingredients in the ingredient matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Dan Peters, Son V. Tran, David R. Newman, Leonard F. Antao, David O. Slagley, H. Brock Kolls
  • Patent number: 8688268
    Abstract: A cosmetic or dermatological system includes a packaging and dispenser device containing one or more compositions from which the dispensed preparation is prepared, a surroundings sensor that is suitable for delivering at least information associated with a physical magnitude of the surrounding environment of the device, an adjustment system that is coupled to or suitable for coupling to the packaging and dispenser device, and that enables at least one characteristic of the dispensed preparation to be varied, and a processor for automatically controlling the adjustment system as a function of data delivered by the surroundings sensor or for informing the user, as a function of the data, about an action to be exerted on the adjustment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Henri Samain, Jean-Francois Grollier, Didier Candau
  • Patent number: 8682477
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is provided for the automated discharge of treated sewage sludge to trucks, via inventory management by tracking the flow of sludge from bins in which it is located to trucks, on a first-in/first-out basis, including automated truck positioning, automated precision truck loading and monitoring and controlling the various interrelated components via a PLC computer program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: RDP Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard W. Christy, Michael Quici, Louis Litz
  • Patent number: 8676376
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include systems and methods of dispensing control for a product dispenser. In one embodiment, a system or product dispenser can be provided. The system or product dispenser can include a plurality of beverage ingredient sources comprising a respective beverage ingredient, a plurality of beverage supply lines in respective communication with the plurality of ingredient sources, at least one pump in communication with the plurality of beverage supply lines, and a controller in communication with the at least one pump and operable to execute a set of instructions. The set of instructions can be operable to store data associated with a prior poured beverage, provide a command for a user to dispense the prior poured beverage in a subsequent pour, and after selection of the command, based at least in part on the data associated with a prior poured beverage, dispense a subsequent beverage similar to the prior poured beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Daniel S. Quartarone, Erika Gomez
  • Patent number: 8668884
    Abstract: The present invention provides the identification codes to the plurality of smell information and databases them, making it possible to identify the information on each smell and adds the smell data and smell reproducing information for at least one smell to the media data, making it possible to provide the contents with the plurality of smell reproducing information. Further, the smell diffusing apparatus includes the plurality of smell diffusing components to combine at least two smell diffusing components corresponding to the smell data and discharge them to the outside such that it can reproduce complex smells, thereby making it possible to effectively process a plurality of smell information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Myungeun Kim, Hyoungsun Kim
  • Patent number: 8666540
    Abstract: A paint creation and dispensing system includes a variety of components for creating paint of a selected color and paint type and for processing payment for the paint. The system may be configured to receive a color selection in a variety of ways including through customer selection and via an electronic color reader (portable or stationary). The paint system may allow a customer to obtain an amount (e.g., a sample or a full gallon) of paint without help from a store employee or other personnel. In one or more arrangements, the paint system may be networked so that a customer may pre-order paint, upload color selections, make a payment, and or order additional supplies of paint or other products based on the color chosen for final painting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Kirsten Elizabeth Milhorn
  • Publication number: 20140031976
    Abstract: A robotic intravenous automation system, including a robotically controlled holder configured to manipulate an intravenous (IV) bag and a closed system transfer device (CSTD). The controller includes a processor configured to control the holder. The IV bag includes a first fluid port and a second fluid port, and the CSTD includes a CSTD port, a spike adapter that is fluidically separated from the CSTD port, and a flexible member connecting the CSTD port to the spike adapter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: INTELLIGENT HOSPITAL SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventors: Alex H. REINHARDT, Ronald H. Rob
  • Patent number: 8606397
    Abstract: A grain distributor including a timer coupled to a distribution spout that generates a series of particular time values. The control processor is programmed with an algorithm to pivot the distribution spout and to receive and record signals from the sensor as the sensor confronts each of the code clusters and each of the proof windows. The control processor is programmed with the algorithm to associate each signal from each code cluster with a particular time value generated by the timer and to memorize the particular time value associated with each code cluster in a long term memory and the control processor being programmed with the algorithm to associate each signal from each of the proof windows in a long term memory. The grain distributor is also self programming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Schlagel, Inc.
    Inventor: Bill Schlagel
  • Patent number: 8606395
    Abstract: An appliance including a housing, a dispenser, and a water supply mechanism. The appliance includes a drink supply mechanism configured to removably hold a plurality of drink supply containers, a user interface panel, and a computer. The computer is configured to: cause the user interface panel to display a plurality of different images, each image associated with a different one of a plurality of different beverages which correspond to a drink supply in at least one of the plurality of drink supply containers held by the drink supply mechanism, enable the user interface panel to receive an input from a user of a selected one of the plurality of different displayed images, and after receiving the input from the user of the selected one of the plurality of different displayed images, cause the dispenser to dispense the beverage corresponding to the selected image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Beverage Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Harry Lee Crisp, III
  • Patent number: 8606396
    Abstract: A controller and method of controlling an integrated beverage blending system comprising: a controller for menu selection; an ice portion control module; an ingredient module; a dispensing apparatus in communication with the ice portion control module and the ingredient module, wherein the ice and the ingredient are dispensed into a beverage container via the dispensing apparatus; and at least one blender/mixer/cleaner module which blends and/or mixes the ice and the ingredient in the beverage container, thereby producing the beverage; wherein, upon removal of the beverage container from the blender/mixer/cleaner module, the blender/mixer/cleaner module initiates a cleaning mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Enodis Corporation
    Inventors: Jan Claesson, William E. Smith, Roberto Nevarez
  • Patent number: 8588963
    Abstract: A cosmetic or dermatological system including a handheld packaging and dispenser device including one or more compositions from which a preparation to be delivered in a fluid form suitable for an application onto skin, mucous membranes or keratinous fibers, an internal clock and/or a clock data receiver, an adjustment system coupled to or suitable for being coupled to the packaging and dispenser device, enabling at least one property of the preparation dispensed by the packaging and dispenser device to be modified, and a processor for controlling the adjustment system, the controlling based on at least of clock data delivered by the internal clock and/or the clock data receiver, or for informing the user, at least as a function of the clock data, of an action to be taken on the adjustment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Henri Samain
  • Patent number: 8571708
    Abstract: An Automated Pharmacy Admixture System (APAS) may include a manipulator that transports medical containers such as bags, vials, or syringes about a substantially aseptic admixing chamber. In a preferred implementation, a gripper assembly is configured to substantially universally grasp and retain syringes, IV bags, and vials of varying shapes and sizes. In an illustrative embodiment, a gripping device may include claws configured to grasp a plurality of different types of IV bags, each type having a different fill port configuration. Embodiments may include a controller adapted to actuate a transport assembly to place a fill port of the bag, vial or syringe into register with a filling port such as a cannula located at a filling station, or be equipped with carousel transport systems that are adapted to convey bags, vials, and syringes to the admixture system and deliver constituted medications in bags, vials or syringes to an egress area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Intelligent Hospital Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Ronald H. Rob, Walter W. Eliuk, Lance R. Mlodzinski
  • Patent number: 8565917
    Abstract: An appliance having a housing including a body defining a compartment and a door attached to the body, a water supplier including a first valve actuator configured to cause water to be dispensed by the water supplier, a supply container holder configured to hold a supply container for a liquid supply, at least one user input device including a touch screen configured to enable a user to make an input to request dispensing of the liquid supply from the supply container, a supply dispenser including a second valve actuator and configured to cause the liquid supply in the supply container to be selectively dispensed from the supply container based on the input made by the user using the touch screen, and a dispensing computer configured to receive a dispense signal from the touch screen, in response to receipt of the dispense signal, cause the second valve actuator to cause the liquid supply in the supply container to be dispensed from the supply container for a first period of time to dispense an appropriate am
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Beverage Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Harry Lee Crisp
  • Patent number: 8548624
    Abstract: An appliance including a housing, a dispenser, and a water supply mechanism. The appliance includes a drink supply mechanism configured to removably hold a plurality of drink supply containers, a user interface panel, and a computer. The computer is configured to: cause the user interface panel to display a plurality of different images, each image associated with a different one of a plurality of different beverages which correspond to a drink supply in at least one of the plurality of drink supply containers held by the drink supply mechanism, enable the user interface panel to receive an input from a user of a selected one of the plurality of different displayed images, and after receiving the input from the user of the selected one of the plurality of different displayed images, cause the dispenser to dispense the beverage corresponding to the selected image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Beverage Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Harry Lee Crisp, III
  • Publication number: 20130231774
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus describing a convenience beverage vending machine and its operation are described. An embedded computer interface allows consumers to create their own drinks or choose from a menu of drinks. Drinks are dispensed in a re-usable container. The beverages may be made from hot water, cold water or carbonated water that is mixed with various flavors of syrup, sweeteners and nutritional supplements. Identification may be presented and the computer recognizes the consumer and pulls up that consumer's account to determine funds available and previous drink selections and mixtures. The machine may incorporate an automatic cleaning cycle for both the valves and the dispense area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: Ecowell, LLC
    Inventors: Donald E. Tilton, Cameron T. Wheeler, Brian L. Boler, Andrew C. Whitaker, Reid A. Schilperoort, Preston F. David
  • Patent number: 8515574
    Abstract: A system that generates brewed beverages may receive requests to produce specified brewed beverages. The system may include a scheduler that initiates and controls the performance of one or more chemical or mechanical processes to produce the beverages. While one chemical or mechanical process for producing a beverage is being performed, other processes may be performed for production of the beverage or another beverage. The scheduler may determine the time at which to perform each process, the time at which a beverage should be presented, the resources to be used to perform the processes, or the time at which to perform a cleaning process, dependent on an actual or expected demand for beverages, or dependent on a target time for beverage retrieval. Shared resources may be applied to the production of beverages for high priority orders, while partially completed beverages for lower priority orders are staged for subsequent advancement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Briggo, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles F. Studor, J. Kevin Nater, Marwan M Hassoun
  • Patent number: 8509947
    Abstract: The invention proposes an autonomous mobile robotic device in the form of an integrated machine for producing beverages or liquid comestibles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Christian Jarisch, Nicola Tomatis, Lucio Scorrano
  • Publication number: 20130204433
    Abstract: Systems for use with a medical device for reducing medication errors are provided. In one aspect, a system includes a medical device that is configurable with operating limit parameters for providing medication to a patient, and a limiting system. The limiting system includes a memory that includes patient-specific information for the patient and a database includes acceptable operating parameters for providing the medication to the patient using the medical device, and a processor. The processor is configured to compare the acceptable operating parameters with the patient-specific information, and provide a modification of the operating limit parameters for providing the medication to the patient based on the comparison of the acceptable operating parameters with the patient-specific information. Methods and machine-readable media are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventor: CareFusion 303, Inc.