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특허 상세정보

Beverage dispenser including an improved electronic control system

국가/구분 United States(US) Patent 등록
국제특허분류(IPC7판) G06F-017/00   
미국특허분류(USC) 700/231; 700/242; 700/097; 700/237
출원번호 US-0766819 (2001-01-22)
발명자 / 주소
출원인 / 주소
대리인 / 주소
    Makay, Christopher L.
인용정보 피인용 횟수 : 19  인용 특허 : 23
초록

A beverage dispenser includes an electronic control system for controlling beverage dispenser components. The beverage dispenser components include at least a user interface, a dispensing valve, and a valve interface for regulating the delivery of a beverage from the dispensing valve. The electronic control system includes a microcontroller for monitoring the user interface and for activating the valve interface responsive to user input, thereby regulating the delivery of a beverage from the dispensing valve. The electronic control system further include...

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청구항

1. A method of designing a beverage dispenser or re-configuring an existing beverage dispenser, comprising: providing beverage dispenser components, comprising at least: a user interface, a dispensing valve, and a valve interface for regulating the delivery of a beverage from the dispensing valve; providing an electronic control system, comprising: a microcontroller for monitoring the user interface and for activating the valve interface responsive to user input, thereby regulating the delivery of a beverage from the dispensing valve, and a p...

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