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특허 상세정보

Low profile ice dispenser

국가/구분 United States(US) Patent 등록
국제특허분류(IPC7판) G01F-011/20   
미국특허분류(USC) 222/236 ; 222/413 ; 222/412 ; 222/146.6
출원번호 US-0111088 (1998-07-06)
발명자 / 주소
출원인 / 주소
대리인 / 주소
    Hakanson
인용정보 피인용 횟수 : 19  인용 특허 : 15
초록

The present invention comprises a below countertop dispenser that provides for reliable less destructive dispensing of ice, and that can fully remove the ice from the storage bin thereof. The invention herein utilizes a two part mechanism for lifting ice from the storage bin to a dispense chute positioned above the countertop. A disk type agitator/lift mechanism is first used to lift the ice to an ice channel communicating with the bottom of an auger housing. The bottom of the auger housing is positioned above the bottom most point of the ice storage bin...

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청구항

[ We claim:] [1.] A below counter ice dispenser comprising:an ice storage bin located below a level of the countertop for retaining a volume of ice therein,a first ice lifting mechanism within the ice storage bin and operable for lifting ice within the ice storage bin from a bottom point thereof to a first level below the level of the countertop,a second ice lifting mechanism for lifting ice from the first level to a second level above the level of the countertop, and the second level having an ice dispense point so that operation of the first and second...

이 특허에 인용된 특허 (15)

  1. Bradbury John R. (6111 Quail Feather La. San Antonio TX 78233). Apparatus for storing and dispensing particulate ice. USP1990074942983.
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  8. Landers Jerry (Sellersburg IN). Ice dispenser door and method. USP1991014981237.
  9. Hawkins John T. (San Antonio TX) Griffin Weldon E. (San Antonio TX). Ice dispenser with an ice flow regulator. USP1994045299716.
  10. Landers Jerry L. (Sellersburg IN). Ice dispenser with an upwardly inclined channeled ramp and two part auger. USP1987094694661.
  11. Gosnell Michael P. (Easton PA). Ice dispenser with anti-jamming means. USP1981024248276.
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  15. Frantz James (Nazareth PA). Under-counter ice storage apparatus for dispensing ice-dual sided. USP1996085542573.

이 특허를 인용한 특허 피인용횟수: 19

  1. Hawkes, Richard Blair; Haupt, Brian Wayne. Apparatus for removal of ice from a storage bin. USP2004026685053.
  2. Pickett, Sean; Nicoll, Kenneth Andrew; Rob, Mark David; Angus, Andrew Mark; Dockrill, Mark Brian; Sellahewa, Ravisha; Houghton, Stephen; Anderson, Scott Alexander. Automated beverage dispensing system with cup lidding and beverage identification. USP2015099141562.
  3. Angus, Andrew Mark; Nicoll, Kenneth Andrew; Rob, Mark David; Pickett, Sean; Dockrill, Mark Brian; Sellahewa, Ravisha; Houghton, Stephen; Anderson, Scott Alexander. Automated beverage dispensing system with ice and beverage dispensing. USP2016019227830.
  4. Angus, Andrew Mark; Nicoll, Kenneth Andrew; Rob, Mark David; Pickett, Sean; Dockrill, Mark Brian; Sellahewa, Ravisha; Houghton, Stephen; Anderson, Scott Alexander. Automated beverage dispensing system with ice and beverage dispensing. USP2018069994340.
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  7. Kampert, Matthew E.; Schlosser, Charles E.; Mueller, Lee G.. Flaked ice making machine. USP2004046725675.
  8. Ehab Jaleel ; Thaddeus M. Jablonski. Flexibly oriented ice dispenser. USP2002086431414.
  9. Graviss, Kenton J.; Teague, Merritt Todd; Heinz, Dennis Lee. Front-accessible ice dispenser ice agitation motor. USP2012128336741.
  10. Jennison, Michael T.. Ice agitation and dispensing device and method. USP2013028365951.
  11. Jennison, Michael T.. Ice agitation and dispensing device and method. USP2013068469232.
  12. Kilawee, Patick; Tallman, Daniel; Dao, Quang. Integrated cleaning and sanitizing system and method for ice machines. USP2003096619051.
  13. Claussen, Steven W.; Nelson, Erik Julian; Rust, Matthew. Metering apparatus. USP2017109775283.
  14. Kramer, Walter; Kühnau, Holger; Nowak, Manfred; Hodruss, Paul. Metering device for dry bulk material. USP2004096786366.
  15. Tobler, Andrew J.. Multi-nozzle beverage dispenser with slurry ice cooling system. USP2016029249006.
  16. Ozawa, Nobuyuki; Sanada, Tsuneaki; Horikiri, Nobuhisa. Powder/granular material feeding device. USP2014098820586.
  17. Hanaoka, Kazunari; Okuda, Takayuki; Hara, Hiroshi. Screw type material feeding apparatus. USP2010077748575.
  18. Visin, Jerold M.. Stir stick and breaker walls for an ice container. USP2017019557089.
  19. Sevcik, E. Scott; Ivancevic, Dusan N.; Sanguinet, Andrew J.; Jablonski, Thaddeus M.; Tobler, Andrew J.; Tinucci, Peter S.; DiFatta, Vincenzo. Undercounter ice dispenser. USP2015049010583.