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Publication numberUS2249299 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 15, 1941
Filing dateOct 3, 1938
Priority dateOct 3, 1938
Publication numberUS 2249299 A, US 2249299A, US-A-2249299, US2249299 A, US2249299A
InventorsVictor Rocco
Original AssigneeVictor Rocco
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Cooler and work table unit
US 2249299 A
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2 Claims.

My invention relates to beverage dispensing systems, and has among its objects and advantages the provision of an improved cooler and work table unit.

An object of my'invention is to provide a beverage cooling and dispensing system designed to accommodate a plurality of beer barrels, as an example, in which 'a novel circulating system for a cooling medium is incorporated in the system v I and in which the unit is so designed as to provide a work table situated within reach of the dispensing taps or faucets.

Another objectis to provide a cooler and dispensing system embodying a plurality of tap tubes for dispensing connection with barrels in which each tap tube is enclosed within a fluid cooling circuit and-in which the cooling circuits associated with all the tap tubes are operatively connected with a single source of supply.

In the accompanying drawings:

Figure 1 is a front elevational view of the work table illustrating the beverage cooling and dispensing system incorporated therein;

Figure 2 is an end elevational view;

Figure 3 is a view of the fluid circulating system associated with one of the tap tubes;

Figure 4 is a sectional view along the line 4-4 of Figure 3; and

Figure 5 is a view similar to Figure 3, but illustrating a coiled tap tube inside the fluid circulating system.

In the embodiment selected to illustrate my invention, I make use of a work table l0 provided with supporting legs l2 and a work surface or top 14. Table I 0 is provided with a plurality of vertical bores l6 for accommodating a similar number of beverage cooling and dispensing columns 18. The upper ends of the columns l8 are provided with faucets 20, while the lower ends of the columns are tapped into the beer barrels 22.

Work table 10 is mounted on the floor 24, while the barrels 22 may be located on the cellar floor 26. Floor 24 is provided with openings for accommodating the columns [8. The columns are identical in construction so that the description of one will apply to all. Referring to Fig. 3, the column [8 illustrated therein includes a central tap tube 26 located concentrically inside a larger diameter tube 28, the latter constituting a conduit for the circulation of a cooling fluid. Tube 28 is threaded at 30 and 32 for connection with caps 34 and 36, respectively. Cap 34 includes a threaded shank 38 provided with an opening 48 within which the lower end of the tap tube 26' is secured. Cap 36 is provided with a threaded shank 42"provided with an opening 44 within provided with'a fitting 48 associated with a valve.

50, which in turn is associated with the tap connections 52 tapped into one of the barrels 22. Such fittings and tap connections are old and well known in the art and need not be described in further detail.

To the shank. 42 I threadedly secure the tap arm 54 to which is connected the faucet 28. Insulation 56 encloses the tube 28, which insulation is enclosed within a tube 58. The lower end of the tube 58 is provided with a closure ring 60 pressed between the shoulder 82 of a nut head 64 of the tube 48 and the cap 34. Upon the upper end of the tube 58 1 position a. split collar 66 provided with a closure plate 68 extending across the insulation 56. The ends of the split collar 66 are provided with flanges 10 for the reception of bolts 12 which firmly clamp the collar on the tube 58. Collar 66 is provided with a circular band 14 which removably supports a tray 18 upon which glasses rest in dispensing relation with the faucet 20.

Near the lower end of the tube 58 I position a nipple 18 which extends through an opening in the tube 28 and is welded to the tube, as at 80. A similar nipple 82 has communication with the tube 28 near its upper end. Upon the splash board 84 of the work table HI I mount a header 86. Header 86 includes a horizontal run 88 exe tending substantially the full length of the splash board 84 and a vertical run 90 which extends through the floor 24 and to a cooler unit 92. Both runs of the header enclose a return pipe 94 having its lower end extending into the cooler unit 92. According to Fig. 2, the nipple 82 is connected with a flexible coupling 96 connected with a nipple 98 extending into the header 86 for connection with the return pipe 94.

The tube 28 of each column 18 is provided with a similar connection with the return pipe 94. Beneath the floor 24 I mount a horizontal header I00 which encloses a feed pipe I02 extending downwardly through the vertical run 104 of the header and into the cooling unit 92 for connection with a liquid circulating pump N16. The pump is provided with an externally located pulley I88 for connection with a suitable source of power. Cooling unit 92 is provided with a cooling coil Ill! which may be operatively connected with a mechanical refrigeration system (not shown). In lieu of the coil N0, the cooling unit 02 may be provided with ice for cooling the fluid circulated through the cooling circuit.

According to Fig. 2, the nipple I8 is connected with a flexible coupling 19 which is connected with a nipple 8| communicating with the pipe I02 in the header I00. Each pipe 28 is provided with a similar nipple I8 connected in the same manner with the pipe I02. It will thus be seen that water or other cooling liquid pumped into the pipe I02 will flow into the tubes 20 and circulate about the tap tubes 26. From the tubes 28, the water passes outwardly through the nipples 82, flexible connections 96, the nipples 98 and into the tube 94 and then back to the cooling unit 92.

The horizontal run of the header I is bolted to angle irons I I2, which in turn are bolted to the floor joist H4. Angular braces H6 have their lower ends bolted to the angle irons I I2 and their upper ends bolted to the floor 24. Headers 86 and I00 insulate the enclosed pipes associated therewith. All nipples and the flexible connections between the pipes 28 and the headers may be provided with suitable insulation, which is also true of the pipe 46. The draft arms 54 will, of course, be insulated in the usual manner.

In Fig. I illustrate a tap tube I I8 corresponding to the tap tube 26, with the exception that the tap tube of Fig. 5 is coiled, as at I20.

Table I0 may be provided with chambers I22 for the reception of ice and water. Each chamber may be provided with a drainage pipe I 24 connected with a drain pipe I26 which may lead to the sewer. Fig. 1 illustrates a check valve I28 in the pipe I02 for holding the cooling liquid in the system while the pump I06 is inactive.

My invention embodies-a work table incorporated in thecooling and dispensing system. Thus work may be doneon the table while remaining in reach of the faucets 20. A large number of columns I8 may be associated with one work table, and the columns providemeans whereby a large number of barrels may be tapped into the cooling and dispensing system. Thus the barrels 22 may be successively emptied, which eliminates the necessity for tapping anew barrel each time one barrel is emptied. Full barrels maybe The liquid cooling system comprises .a closed .circuit and eliminates the inconvenient necessity of stipplying ice for cooling purposes. Chambers I22 provide facilities for cracked ice which may be employed in connection with the preparation of other beverages.

Without further elaboration, the foregoing will so fully illustrate my invention, that others may, by applying current knowledge, readily adapt the same for use under various conditions of service.

I claim:

1. The combination of a work table, a splash board extending upwardly from the work table along one side thereof, a plurality of beverage dispensing columns extending vertically through said work table adjacent said splash board, a tap connected with the upper end of each dispensing column, said work table having a horizontal Work surface located beneath the taps and extending laterally of the dispensing columns in all directions, a cooling liquid circulating system including a horizontal header mounted on said splash'board, saidbeverage dispensing columns each having a cooling liquid circulating chamber, and a pipe connection between each of said chambers and the header.

2."The combination of a work table mounted on a floor, a splash board extending upwardly from the work table along one side thereof, a plurality of beverage dispensing columns extending vertically through said work table adjacent said splash board, a tapconnected with the upper end of each dispensing column, said work table having a horizontalwork surface located beneath the taps and extending laterally of the dispensing columns in all directions, an insulated chamber encircling each of said beverage dispensing columns, a cooling liquid circulating system including a first header mounted on said splash board and a second header located underneath said floor, a supportanchored to said floor for supporting said second header, a pipe connection between the lower end of each of said chambers and said second header, a pipe connection between the upper end of each of said chambers and said first header, and means for circulating cooling liquid through said first header, said chambers and said second header.

VICTOR ROCCO.

Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US2698162 *Apr 18, 1951Dec 28, 1954North Penn Company IncCooling jacket for beverage dispensers
US6138869 *May 5, 1998Oct 31, 2000Pure Fill CorporationWater dispensing system
WO2012127928A1 *Feb 10, 2012Sep 27, 2012Hoshizaki Denki Kabushiki KaishaCold drink discharge device
Classifications
U.S. Classification62/390, 222/108, 222/146.6, 222/146.1, 222/129
International ClassificationB67D1/00, B67D1/06
Cooperative ClassificationB67D1/06
European ClassificationB67D1/06