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특허 상세정보

Method and system for dispensing ice and/or a liquid

국가/구분 United States(US) Patent 등록
국제특허분류(IPC7판) B65B-003/04    F25D-023/12    B67D-001/08    B67D-001/12   
미국특허분류(USC) 141/002; 141/009; 141/094; 141/095; 141/198; 141/351
출원번호 US-0174006 (2011-06-30)
등록번호 US-9004115 (2015-04-14)
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초록

A dispensing system includes a detection device and a dispenser configured to dispense at least one of ice and a liquid. The detection device is configured to detect a container positioned with respect to the dispenser and generate a first signal representative of the container position. The dispensing system also includes a controller coupled to the detection device and the dispenser. The controller is configured to determine a stability of the container and activate the dispenser to dispense at least one of an amount of the ice and an amount of the liq...

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1. A dispensing system, comprising: a dispenser configured to dispense at least one of ice and a liquid;a detection device configured to: detect a container positioned with respect to said dispenser;generate a first signal representative of the container position; anda controller coupled to said detection device and to said dispenser, said controller configured to: determine a stability of the container, wherein the stability is determined by a first determination that the container is substantially stationary and a second determination that a change in ...

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