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Publication numberUS3380629 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 30, 1968
Filing dateNov 4, 1964
Priority dateNov 4, 1964
Publication numberUS 3380629 A, US 3380629A, US-A-3380629, US3380629 A, US3380629A
InventorsCrate Gerald F, Joseph Kontra
Original AssigneeCrate Gerald F
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Beverage dispensing apparatus
US 3380629 A
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April 30, 1968 J. KONTRA ETAL BEVERAGE DISPENSING APPARATUS 3 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed NOV. 4, 1964 (Foss/ H BOA/ren- GEEHLD F. Genre INVENTORS.

April 30, 1968 KQNTRA ETAL 3,380,629

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United States Patent 3,380,629 BEVERAGE DISPENSING APPARATUS Joseph Kontra, Northridge, and Gerald F. Crate, Woodland Hills, Califi, assignors, by mesne assignments, to Gerald F. Crate, Woodland Hills, Calif.

Filed Nov. 4, 1964, Ser. No. 408,818 12 Claims. (Cl. 222-26) The present invention relates to the dispensing of liquids, and more particularly to an improved apparatus for positive and remote control of such dispensing.

Certain liquids require special handling, especially when dispensed through a tap or faucet. A carbonated beverage, for example, is particularly sensitive and volatile because carbon dioxide is placed in solution under pressure. Any agitation creates turbulence and causes it to etfervesce and become float, resulting in a loss of taste. Agitation is caused by several factors, primarily by obstacles disposed in the path of flow of the beverage from a source through a faucet and to a container, the foremost obstacle is the valve which, of necessity, cannot be dispensed with. Consequently, various valve mechanisms have been devised to minimize fluid turbulence as the beverage passes through the valve.

A conventional valve is operated manually by a handle. A disadvantage to this system, with respect to turbulence, is that, if the valve is not opened rapidly, this causes an uneven flow rate. This varying rate of flow increases turbulence and, consequently, promotes elfervescence. Other systems have been designed to overcome the rate of flow problem; however, they have not been entirely successful since they may be of complicated design or of high cost, for example.

The position of the valve with respect to the faucet also affects the beverage. In many conventional applications the valve is displaced a distance from the faucet and a conduit of appreciable length is required to be disposed between the valve and the faucet. In between openings of the valve, this conduit becomes a reservoir or trap in which the beverage, which has already partially effervesced due to the agitation as it passed through the valve, becomes flatter and less tasty. Over a short period of time, a beverage such as soda or beer also partially deteriorates to effect a deleterious change in taste. This beverage in the conduit, upon a subsequent opening of the valve, either is poured into a glass with fresh beverage or must be thrown out to avoid contamination therewith.

The relative position of the valve and the faucet presents also a cleaning problem. It is necessary to clean the dispensing apparatus periodically to remove stale and decomposed beverage for sanitary as well as taste purposes. The design of conventional apparatus does not lend itself to easy cleaning.

Conventional apparatus, including the manual-handleoperated valve and the valve displaced from the faucet, lends itself to substantial waste. In the latter case, it is most often necessary to dispose of the beverage trapped in the conduit or reservoir before pouring fresh beverage. When a handle-operated valve is employed, a container may be overfilled with a foaming beverage such as beer so that too large a head is created. Such excess foam must be scraped from the top of the filled contained. In addition, the operator of the faucet, e.g., a soda jerk or a bartender may utilize the conventional apparatus to give out free samples, generally for tasting purposes or engage in outright pilferage since no means are provided for recording the amount of beverage dispensed.

Prior apparatus also is disadvantageous since it allows an operator to fill but one container at a time. While holding the container under the faucet with one hand, he must operate the handle with the other. At peak dispensing hours, the procedure can consume an inordinate amount of time and, possibly, create disgruntled customers.

These disadvantages are overcome by our invention and corresponding advantages will become apparent from the following description thereof. A faucet, having a through bore, is provided with a spout communicating therewith. One end of the bore communicates with a source of beverage to provide a conduit from the source through the one bore end and the spout. A valve seat having a gasket is formed at this end. A valve member is disposed Within the bore and is terminated by an enlarged head which is in sealing engagement with the valve seat. An extension is secured to the other end of the valve member and projects outside the other end of the bore. A pair of diametrically opposed slots are formed on the extension. A solenoid assembly for operation of the valve member is secured to the faucet. The assem bly includes an electromagnet having an axis. An armature or core is disposed coaxially adjacent the electromagnet. When the electromagnet is energized, an electromagnetic force is exerted upon the core for rapid movement thereof toward the electromagnet. A spring is also disposed along the axis in contact with the core to provide a bias on the core in a direction opposite to, and less than, that of the electromagnetic force. A yoke at one end is secured to the armature. A two-pronged fork is formed on the other yoke end to engage the extension within the slots. In operation, when the electromagnet is energized, the core suddenly moves toward the electromagnet under influence of the force, against the bias of the spring, in order to unseal the valve head from the valve seat in a positive and speedly manner. When the electromagnet is de-energized, the spring bias quickly urges the core away from the electromagnet and the sealing engagement between the valve head and the seat is re-established to terminate fiow of beverage from the source through the spout.

The electromagnet is energized and de-energized by an electronic apparatus including a timer, which regulates the length of time electrical energy is supplied to the electromagnet, and a counter, which is calibrated in terms of the amount of beer flowing from the source through the spout. A foot pedal operated switch is connected in series with a relay winding of a relay switch, a pair of normally closed cam operated switches, and a volt power source. The relay switch includes a pair of contacts one of which is disposed in parallel with the foot pedal switch. When the foot pedal switch is momentarily closed, the winding is energized to close the relay contacts one of which is substituted for the pedal switch upon the opening thereof to maintain the relay winding energized. The remainder of the electronic circuit then functions automatically until one of the cam operated switches opens to de-energize the relay winding and, consequently, to open the relay switch. The circuit further includes two conventional cam operating timer motors each controlling each of the cam switches, and two conventional counters secured in parallel with the timer motors. A selector switch is secured to both timer motor-counter parallel circuits for selective operation thereof. Primary windings of a pair of transformers are connected in parallel with the selector switch circuit. The circuit also includes the secondary windings of the transformers, a rectifier, the solenoid electromagnets of both faucet assemblies, and a second selector switch for selective operation of either of the electromagnets. For illustrative purposes, it will be assumed that one timer motor ope-rates for a period of time sufficient to fill a glass with a beverage while the other timer motors period of time corresponds to the filling of a pitcher. With both selector switches set for operation of a particular timer motorcounter circuit and for operation of a corresponding electrornagnet and with the relay winding having already been energized, current will flow through the various circuits to operate the selected electromagnet which, in turn, allows a beverage to flow through the selected faucet to fill the glass. At this time, the particular counter operates to register the fact that the glass is being filled. The glass timer motor continues to operate until its cam rotates to open its cam operated switch. At this point, the glass is filled and the relay winding is denergized to open the relay switch and to cut off the power.

It is, therefore, an object of the present invention to provide improved beverage dispensing apparatus.

Another object of the invention is to provide a dispensing apparatus having a positive and quick response.

A further object of the invention is the provision of a dispensing apparatus of simple construction.

Still another object of the invention is to provide for eificient control of beverage dispensing.

Another object of the invention is the provision of an automatic beverage dispenser.

Another object of the invention is to provide for a supply of pre-determined quantities of beverage.

Another object of the invention is to provide a record of the quantity of beverage dispensed.

Another object of the invention is the provision of a low-cost, high beverage yield dispensing apparatus.

Another object of the invention is to provide a remotely controlled beverage dispenser.

Another object of the invention is to provide apparatus for the supply of varying quantities of beverage.

These and other objects of the invention will become more apparent from the following specification and drawings in which:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an embodiment of the beverage dispensing apparatus positioned on a conven tional bar;

FIG. 2 is a side elevational view, partly in section, of the beverage dispensing faucet illustrating the valve in closed position;

FIG. 3 is a section of the faucet taken along lines 33 of FIG. 2;

FIG. 4 is a side elevational view, in section, of the faucet showing the valve in an open position;

FIG. 5 is an enlarged perspective view of the valve member; and

FIG. 6 is a diagrammatic view of the electronic timing and counting circuit for control of the valve.

Although it is to be understood that our invention relates to any beverage dispensing device, the following description is directed to the dispensing of beer as an illustrative example.

With reference to FIG. 1 an apparatus 10, a dispenser of draft beer, includes two faucet assemblies 12 and 14 of identical design, each being constructed in accordance with the invention. Assemblies 12 and 14 are mounted on a pair of standards 16 and 18, respectively, which are secured to the surface of a bar 20. An advertising knob 22, which carries the brand name of a beer, is threadedly afiixed to each faucet assembly by means of attachments 24 (see also FIG. 2). Conduits 26 and 28 are secured between the faucet assemblies and a beverage supply 30, which, for the sake of convenience, is illustrated as standing below the bar. Standard 18 has been partially cut away to disclose conduit 28 and other elements disposed therein. Conventional refrigeration and pressure apparatus has been omitted from the drawings since they do not form a part of the invention. As illustrated, faucet asembly 12 is used to fill glasses of beer while faucet assembly 14 is used to fill pitchers; however, if desired, each faucet assembly may be utilized for filling both glasses and pitchers.

The faucet assemblies are connected to an electrical selector box 32 by means of electrical leads 34 and 36 and the selector box is connected by leads 38 and 40 to an electronic timing and counting circuit box 42. A foot 4 pedal operated switch or actuating switch 44 is electrically connected by lead 46 to circuit box 42. A wire 48 connects the various electrical equipment to a conventional outlet 50 through plug 51. Selector box 32, circuit box 42, pedal switch 44, and all associated leads may be referred to as an electronic operator or controller.

The selector box is provided with a selector switch operator 54 for directing the use of either faucet assembly and a pair of neon indicator lamps 56 and 58 for indicating which faucet assembly is to be operated. The circuit box is provided with a OFF-ON power switch 60, a glass counter indicator 62 for faucet assembly 12, a pitcher" counter indicator 64 for faucet assembly 14, a fuse 66 to protect the circuit and a power indicator lamp 68.

In operation, switch 60 is flicked to its ON position. Switch 54 is then set so that a selected faucet assembly may be operated as indicated by illumination of lamp 56 or 58. Upon closure of switch 44, the selected faucet assembly operates to allow a predetermined amount of beer to flow into a glass or a pitcher and the corresponding counter indicator records this event.

FIG. 4 depicts a cross-sectional view of faucet assembly 12, although the same following description would apply to assembly 14. The assembly comprises a faucet 70 and a solenoid 72. The faucet comprises a body 74 in the form of a bib-cock having a downwardly projecting spout 76 and a generally hollow cylindrical enlargement 78 provided with an entry 79. The body is formed with an axial bore 80 which extends therethrough and which has an inner end 82. The entry is of a greater diameter than the bore and is joined thereto by a bridging orifice 84. An annular gasket 86 is mounted in orifice 84 to form therewith a valve seat. Spout 76 is provided with a passage 88 which communicates with the bore at opening 90 to operate as the outlet for the bore. Conduit 26 communicates with the entry by a threaded connection 91 between the conduit and the enlargement. Consequently, a flow path is established by conduit 26, entry 79, orifice 84, bore 80, and passage 88.

A pair of breather tubes 92 and 94 are formed in the body to provide a gas relief among the bore, the passage and the exterior of the body.

Reciprocally mounted within the bore is a valve member 96 (see also FIG. 5) having a generally cylindrical end 98 disposed at an open end 99 of the bore, a bulbshaped enlarged head 100, and a relatively slender cylindrical neck or stem 102 which interconnects end 98 with head 100. A slot 104 is diametrically cut through the cylindrical end of the valve member. An extension 106 is affixed to cylindrical end 98 by bolt 108 and projects beyond open end 99. A pair of diametrically opposed key slots 110 are cut into the extension member. The extension is fixed in position with respect to cylindrical end 98 by bolt 108 to maintain a 90 disposition between the key slots and slot 104. As shown in a comparison between FIGS. 2 and 4, when valve member is reciprocated in the bore, breather tubes 92 and 94 are alternately joined in communication by slot 104.

Solenoid 72 is mounted on body 70. The solenoid includes a casing 112 which is fixed on body 74 and which is provided with an aperture 114 for electrical lead 34. A cover plate 116 is secured to the casing by screws (not shown). Disposed within the casing is an electromagnet 118 comprising a winding 120 enclosed within a container 122. The container is separated from the casing by an insulation material 124 which is selected for its heat and electrical insulating characteristics. Consequently, any heat generated by the winding will not be communicated to the body, thus preventing any raise of temperature of the beverage flowing therethrough. Moreover, the probability of an electrical short circuit is prevented.

The winding is disposed in annular configuration about a tube 126 which is provided with an axial cylindrical opening 128. Container 122 includes end walls 130- and 132 which fix tube 126 in place. An aperture 134 is formed in end wall 132. An armature or core 136 is reciprocally disposed within cylindrical opening 128 for movement toward and away from the winding. A spring 138 is disposed between end wall 130 and the core to provide a bias thereon in a direction away from the winding. A projection 140 is secured to the armature and extends through aperture 134 in order to communicate any reciprocation of the armature outside of the container. As shown in FIG. 4, the diameter of the aperture is less than that of the armature to prevent any movement thereof outside of the container under the biased urging of the spring.

A yoke 142 (see FIGS. 3 and 4) is attached at its upper end to projection 140 by screw 144. At its lower end the yoke is provided with a two-pronged fork 146 comprising tines 148. The tines are disposed to fit about the extension within key slots 110. Because of the parallel relationship of armature 136 and valve member 96 and the connection threbetween by yoke 142, the valve member cannot rotate, assuring the relative position of slot 104 with breather tubes 92 and 94.

:In operation, when the solenoid winding is energized,

armature 136 is drawn toward end wall 130 by the electromagnetic force thus aroused against the bias of spring 138. Because of the yoke connection to the end 98, valve head 100 is unseated from sealing engagement with gasket 86 of the valve seat. Beverage from source 30 thereby flows under pressure through conduit 26, the open valve, and passage 88. Upon de-energization of the winding, core 136 moves away from the winding under the bias of the spring to re-etfect a sealing engagement between the valve head and the orifice gasket to cut off the beverage flow. The winding of solenoid 72 of faucet assembly 12 and the corresponding solenoid of assembly 14 are operated and controlled by the electronic controller circuit shown in FIG. 6. The circuit may be said to comprise three smaller circuits 160, 162, and 164. Circuit 160 is an energizing circuit. Circuit 162 is a timing and counting or correlation circuit for controlling circuits 160 and 164. Circuit 164 is a valve solenoid operating circuit.

Circuit 160 comprises, in series with and connected by leads 48 to a 110 volt power source, power switch 60, fuse 66, a normally closed cam switch 166, a normally closed cam switch 168, a relay winding 170 and foot pedal or actuating switch 44. Indicator light 68, which comprises a neon lamp, and associated resistor 172 are secured in parallel with the switches and winding. A relay switch 178 is disposed parallely with pedal switch 44. When switch 60 is closed, power is available at foot switch 44 as indicated by the immediate illumination of lamp 68. Switch 44 includes contacts 174 and, upon momentary closure thereof, current flows from the power source through normally closed cam switches 166 and 168, through relay winding 170, and foot pedal switch 44 to energize the relay winding. Adjacent to winding 170 is a relay armature 176 secured to relay switches 178 and 180. When winding 170 is energized, the relay armature is drawn therein, thereby closing the relay switches. Since relay switch 178 is disposed in parallel with foot switch 44, switch 178 remains closed and current continues to fiow through circuit 160, the current passing now through switch 178 rather than contacts 174. Energization of circuit 160 permits power to be supplied to circuit 162.

The timing and counting circuit includes a pair of timer motor-counter circuits 182 and 184. Circuit 182 comprises a counter mechanism 186 which includes a counter solenoid winding 188 and a timing motor mechanism 190 which includes a motor 192 provided with a motor winding 194. Counter solenoid Winding 188 and motor winding 194 are connected in parallel. Timer motorcounter circuit 184 is constructed similarly to circuit 182 and comprises a counter solenoid winding 196, included within counter mechanism 198, connected in parallel with a winding 200 of a motor 202, included in timing motor mechanism 204. A cam 206 is rotatably secured to motor 192 while a cam 208 is rotatably secured to motor 202, each ca m being operatively secured to switches 166 and 168, respectively. Cam 206 is provided with a lesser pe ripheral length than that of cam 208, which lengths are related to the speed of their respective motors and correspond to the amount of beverage passing through their respective faucets.

Circuits 182 and 184 are secured in parallel to a selector switch 210. Switch 210 includes a pole 212 connected to circuit 184, a pole 214 connected to circuit 182, and a'comrnon pole 216 connected to circuit at relay switch 178. A movable connector 217 is secured to pole 216 for selective contact with poles 212 and 214. Consequently, only one of the circuits 182 and 184 may be energized at any one time. Switch 210 is also provided with'a pair of poles 218 and 220 selectively contactable to common pole 222 to which a movable connector 223, similar to conenctor 217, is secured. A series conection of indicator light 56, a resistor 224, and pole 218 is secured in parallel with a similar series conection of indicator lamp 58, a resistor 226, and pole 220, both series connections being connected at one side by lead 228 and at the other side by'leads 230, 232, 234, and 236 to the source of voltage. Two transformers 238 and 240 are provided with respective primary windings 242 and 244 which are connected in parallel with relay switch at one side and leads 232, 234, and 236 at the other side. Thus assuming that poles 214 and 216 and poles 218 and 222 are closed in switch 210, when circuit 160 is energized, circuit 182 begins to operate as indicated by illumination of light 56 and primary windings 242 and 244 are energized.

Upon operation of circuit 182, counter 186 immediately records this event on indicator 62 and motor 192 rotates earn 206. Because of the coaction between the periphery of cam 206 and switch 166, circuits 160 and 162 remain energized until cam 206 no longer contacts switch 166. At that point, switch 166 opens to open circuit 160 which de-energizes relay winding 170. Both relay switches 178 and 180 then open to open circuit 162 and to maintain circuit 160 in an opened condition. Thereafter, a return mechanism (not shown) associated with cam 206 causes it to return to its start position to reclose switch 166. Cam 208 is provided with a similar return mechanism so that, if circuit 184 is actuated, switch 168 will be brought to its normally closed position.

Valve solenoid operating circuit 164 includes secondary windings 246 and 248 of transformers 238 and 244. A rectifier bridge 250 is connected to the secondary windings to convert the alternating current emanating therefrom to direct current and is secured in series to a switch 252 for supply thereto of the direct current. A filter network 253, comprising a resistor 254 and a capacitor 256 each disposed in parallel circuit with the rectifier, smooths the direct current supplied by the rectifier bridge. Switch 252 is selectively connected to windings 120 of one or the other of faucet assemblies 12 and 14 by respective leads 34 and 36. In order to correlate the respective solenoid windings with their corresponding timer motor-counter circuits, switches 210 and 252 are secured together for simultaneous operation by selector switch operator 54. To this end, switch 252 is provided with poles 258 and 260 alternately contactable by a common pole 262 by a movable connector 263 and poles 264 and 266 alternately contactable by a common pole 268 by a movable connector 270. Poles 260- and 266 are secured to the solenoid winding of faucet assembly 12 while poles 258 and 264 are connected to the solenoid winding of faucet assembly 14. Thus switches 210 and 252 are interrelated by operator 54 in such a manner that a closing of switch 210 between poles 212 and 216 and poles 220 and 222 correspond to a closing in switch 252 of poles 258 and 262 and poles 264 and 268.

Assuming that it is desired to fiil a pitcher with a beverage, thereby employing faucet assembly 14, selector switch 54 is positioned so that the above mentioned pole contacts are made. Power switch 60 is closed and the dispensing apparatus is prepared for operation as indicated by the illumination of lamp 68. Since it is desired that a pitcher will be filled, light 58 will also be illuminated to show that faucet assembly 14 is ready for action. Actuating switch 44 is then momentarily depressed so that current flows through circuit 160. Because relay winding 170 is energized, the relay switches close thereby making it unnecessary to continue to depress the foot pedal. Current then flows through relay switch 180, the primary windings of the transformers, and leads 232, 234 and 236. At the same time current flows through relay switch 178, poles 216 and 212, through timer motorcounter circuit 184 to begin operation of motor 202 and rotation of cam 208 and to cause counter 198 to register the event, and through leads 234 and 236. Current also passes through poles 222 and 220 (via a lead 272), lamp 58 and leads 230, 232, 234 and 236. Because of the alternating current flowing through the primary transformer windings, a current is aroused in the secondary windings which is conducted to bridge 250 for rectification into direct current which is smoothed by network 253, across poles 262 and 258 and poles 268 and 264 and finally to solenoid winding 120 of faucet assembly 14 wherein valve head 100 is unseated from orifice 84 and gasket 86. The beer begins to flow and continues to flow as long as earn 208 remains in contact with switch 168. When the cam, however, sufficiently rotates so that it no longer contacts switch 168, the complete circuit opens and the valve member and head under the urging of spring 138 shuts off the fiow of the beer.

Although our invention has been described wherein switches 210 and 252 are joined for simultaneous operation by operator 54, it is obvious that the switches may be independently operated wherein switch 210 is connected to operator 54 and switch 252 is connected to an operator 274 (see FIG. 1). It follows, therefore, that assemblies 12 and 14 may be secured for both glass and pitcher use, and may be secured by conduits 26 and 28 to different beverage sources.

Regardless of the particular connection between switches 210 and 252, the invention provides, among others, for a faucet which is exceedingly easy to clean. It is only necessary to disengage the assemblies from conduits 26 and 28, remove plate 116, unscrew screw 144, slip yoke 142 from key slots 110, and slide valve member 96 out of bore 80. This permits a full access to the member, the bore, and passage 88. This and other advantages accrue from the simplicity of the circuit and of the assemblies.

Although the invention has been described with reference to a particular embodiment, it will be understood that various changes and modifications may be made therein without departing from the spirit of the invention or the scope of appended claims.

We claim:

1. An automatic beverage dispensing device comprising a plurality of faucets connected to at least one source of beverage, each said faucet including a valve disposed therein, a solenoid attached thereto and operatively secured to said valve; and an electronic metering and timing operator connected to said solenoid of each said faucet whereby said operator is disposed to control, measure and record the quantity of beverage passing through each said faucet; each said faucet including a through bore provided with an inlet orifice at one end thereof in communication with the source, said valve including a valve member reciprocally positioned in the bore and including a valve head disposed in contact with the orifice in sealing engagement therewith; an extension secured to said valve member opposite said head and protruding from the other end of the bore, said extension being provided with a pair of diametrically opposed slots; said solenoid including an end wall and a winding having an axis, a core reciprocally and coaxially disposed adjacent said winding, a spring positioned between said core and said end wall to provide a bias of said core away from said winding; a yoke secured at one end to said core and provided with a pair of tines at the other end, said pair fitting about said extension within the slots; whereby, when said solenoid winding is energized, said core is drawn toward said winding against the bias to break the sealing engagement and, when said winding is deenergized, said core and valve member move under the influence of the bias to reestablish the engagement; said operator comprising an energizing circuit, a timing and counting circuit and a solenoid winding circuit, said circuits having interconnections; said energizing circuit including in series connection with a source of electrical power, a pair of cam switches, a relay winding and a parallel subcircuit including an actuating switch and a relay switch, said relay switch being operatively connected to said relay winding whereby, when said relay winding is energized by a momentary closure of said actuating switch, said relay switch is closed to maintain said relay winding energized; said timing and counting circuit including a pair of parallely connected motor-counter subcircuits each provided with a recording device and a cam operatively associated with one of said cam switches, said pair of subcircuits having a series connection with a first selector switch, and a transformer having a primary winding secured in parallel with said series connection and a secondary winding; said solenoid winding circuit including a second selector switch and a rectifier connected in series with said secondary winding, and said second selector switch having selective connections with each said solenoid in each said faucet.

2. A beverage dispensing device including a faucet assembly connected to a source of beverage for control of flow thereof, said faucet including a valve member, a solenoid operatively secured to said valve member and an electronic operator connected to said solenoid, said operator including an energizing circuit including a power controller provided with a relay and a normally closed cam-actuated switch, a correlating circuit automatically energized upon energization of said energizing circuit and provided with a timing mechanism operatively connected to said switch and operable when said switch is closed and non-operative when said switch is open, said mechanism correlated to the flow for controlling said power controller and the flow, a solenoid controlling circuit automatically energized upon energization of said correlation circuit and said energizing circuit, and interconnections disposed among said circuits.

3. A device as in claim 2 wherein said mechanism includes a cam and a driver secured thereto.

4. A device as in claim 5 wherein said correlation circuit further includes a flow indicator connected to said mechanism.

5. A device as in claim 2 wherein said energizing circuit further includes an actuating switch and said relay includes a relay switch disposed in a parallel subcircuit with said actuating switch and a relay winding, said subcircuit having a series connection with said cam-actuated switch and said relay winding.

6. A beverage dispensing device including a first faucet assembly connected to a source of beverage for control of a first beverage flow therefrom, said first faucet assembly including a first valve member and a first solenoid operatively secured to said first valve member; a second faucet assembly connected to the source for control of a second beverage flow therefrom, said second faucet assembly including a second valve member and a second solenoid operatively connected to said second valve member; and

an electronic operator including an energizing circuit provided with a power controller,

a correlation circuit connected to and energized by said energizing circuit and provided with a first mechanism correlated to the first beverage flow and including a power controller de-energizer for tie-energizing said energizing circuit and for controlling the first beverage flow and a second mechanism connected in parallel with said first mechanism and correlated to the second beverage fiow and including a second power controller de-energizer for de-energizing said energizing circuit and for controlling the second beverage flow,

a solenoid controlling circuit secured in parallel with said mechanisms and between said energizing circuit and said solenoids, and

means connected to said mechanisms for operating only one of said mechanisms and the correlated beverage flows at one time.

7. A device as in claim 6 wherein said means comprises a pair of switches respectively connected to said mechanisms.

8. An electronic operator powered from a voltage supply, including an electromagnetic winding, a plurality of normally closed voltage sup-ply cut-offs disposed in series with each other and with the supply, a plurality of timers disposed in parallel with each other for selective operation of only one of said timers at a time, each of said timers secured in parallel with each of said cut-offs for connection thereof to the supply and connected to each of said cut-offs for independent openings thereof, said timers connected to said winding and provided with means having different operating timing elements for correlated timed energization of said winding, and means connected to said timers for the selective operation thereof.

9. A faucet assembly comprising a casing and a body secured to said casing, said body having a first axis and a through open-ended bore coaxially disposed on the first axis, a valve seat formed in one of the bore ends, a valve member and reciprocal disposed within the bore along the first axis and provided with an element in sealing engagement with said seat, said valve member provided with an extension protruding beyond the other bore end, an electromagnet disposed Within said casing and provided with a second axis parallel to the first axis, an armature mounted parallel to said valve member in said casing for axial movement along the second axis towards said electromagnet, means disposed in said casing in contact with said armature for urging axial movement thereof away from said electromagnet, and a connector rigidly and removably secured substantially at right angles to said armature and said valve member.

10. A faucet assembly comprising a casing and a body secured to said casing, said body having a through openended bore, a valve seat formed in one of the bore ends, a valve member reciprocally disposed within the bore and provided with an element in sealing engagement with said seat; said valve member provided with an extension protruding beyond the other bore end and having diagonally opposed slots, an electromagnet disposed within said casing, an armature mounted in said casing for axial movement towards said electromagnet, means disposed in said casing in contact with said armature for urging axial movement thereof away from said electromagnet, and a yoke secured at one end to said armature and a fork formed at the other end of said yoke and engaged within the slots.

11. A faucet assembly comprising a body provided with a bore, a valve member disposed in the bore and in sealing engagement therewith, said valve member reciprocal along a first axis a solenoid mounted in. said body and provided with an associated armature reciprocal along a second axis toward and by said solenoid, said valve member and said armature mounted in parallel, means urging said armature away from said solenoid, and a connector secured substantially at right angles to said armature and said valve member to facilitate easy removal of said valve member from said body, said valve member including an extension secured thereto which is provided with a pair of diametrically opposed peripheral slots, and said connector including a pair of tines rigidly and removably fitted within the slots.

12. A beverage dispensing device for controlling the flows of beverage from a source to a plurality of faucet assemblies:

each said faucet assembly including a valve member and a solenoid operatively secured to said valve member and an electronic operator connected to said solenoid of each of said faucet assemblies, said operator including an energizing circuit having a power controller,

a correlation circuit energized by said energizing circuits, including separate mechanisms respectively connected in parallel with each said solenoid and respectively correlated to the fiows and having a connection with said power controller for deenergizing said power controller and for stopping the respective beverage flows,

a solenoid controlling circuit,

interconnections disposed among said circuits, and

means for operating alternatively said mechanisms and the correlated beverage flows one at a time.

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,961,386 6/1934 Payne 222504 2,565,084 8/1951 Parks 222 X 2,959,341 11/1960 Noakes 222504 X 3,031,102 4/1962 Storms 222-70 X 3,145,741 8/1964 Cochran 22270 X 3,198,404 8/1965 Welches 222-504 X 3,221,936 12/1965 Spinuzza 22276 X 3,248,009 4/1966 Sutton et al. 22270 X ROBERT B. REEVES, Primary Examiner. CHARLES R. CARTER, Examiner. F. R. HANDREN, Assistant Examiner.

UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE CERTIFICATE OF CORRECTION Patent No 3 ,380 ,629 April 30 1968 Joseph Kontra et a1.

It is hereby certified that error appears in the above numbered patent requiring correction and that the said Letters Patent should read as corrected below.

Column 1, line 17, "float" should read flat Column 2, line 32, "speedly" should read speedy Column 8, line 45, "correlating" should read correlation line 57, "5" should read 3 Column 9, line 37, "opening" should read openings lines 46 and 47, "and reciprocal disposed within the bore" should read disposed within the bore and reciprocal Column 10, line 14, "axis" should read axis, lines 26 to 48, Claim 12 should appear as shown below:

12. A beverage dispensing device for controlling the flows of beverage from a source to a plurality of faucet assemblies:

each said faucet assembly including a valve member and a solenoid operatively secured to said valve member and an'velectronic operator connected to said solenoid of each of said faucet assemblies, said operator including an energizing circuit having a power controller,

a correlation circuit energized by said energizing circuits including separate mechanisms respectively connected in parallel with each said solenoid and respectively correlated to the flows and having a connection with said power controller for de-energizing said power controller and for stopping the respective beverage flows,

a solenoid controlling circuit, interconnections disposed among said circuits, and means for operating alternatively said mechanisms and the correlated beverage flows one at a time Signed and sealed this 7th day of October 1969.

(SEAL) Attest:

EDWARD M. FLETCHER,JR. WILLIAM E. SCHUYLER, JR. Attesting Officer Commissioner of Patents

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Classifications
U.S. Classification222/26, 222/504, 222/641
International ClassificationB67D1/14, B67D1/00
Cooperative ClassificationB67D2001/1483, B67D1/1466
European ClassificationB67D1/14B6B