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Publication numberUS3822964 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 9, 1974
Filing dateMay 1, 1972
Priority dateAug 6, 1970
Publication numberUS 3822964 A, US 3822964A, US-A-3822964, US3822964 A, US3822964A
InventorsBerglund H, Thomas D
Original AssigneeWaterous Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Ice cream pump
US 3822964 A
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United States Patent [191 Berglund et al.

[451 July 9, 1974 ICE CREAM PUMP [75] Inventors: Harold A. Berglund, Afton; David F.

Thomas, West St. Paul, both of Minn.

[73] Assignees Waterous Company, St. Paul. Minn.

[22] Filed: May 1, 1972 [21] Appl. No.: 248,855

' Related US. Application Data [62] Division of Ser. No. 61,658, Aug. 6, 1970, Pat. No.

[52]. US. Cl. 417/44, 62/306 [51] Int. Cl. F04b 49/02 [58] Field of Search 62/69, 70, 306; 417/44, 417/426, 2, 38

[56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS Vogt 62/69 2,056,431 10/1936 Light 62/69 2,732,804 1/1956 Sadler 417/44 X 3,043,224 7/1962 Brown 417/44 3,190,082 6/1965 Duke 62/69 3,272,132 9/1966 Stoeltin 62/69 A 3,330,127 7/1967 Wakemun 62/69 X 3,415,198 12/1968 Lappo 417/503 Primary ExaminerWilliam L. Freeh Attorney, Agent, or Firm-Robert M. Dunning 5 7 ABSTRACT A double acting pump is provided for pumping air in one cylinder and liquid mix into another. The cylinders and valve housings, together with the inlet and outlet fittings, are readily separable for cleaning. The entire pump unit may be disassembled for cleaning by the removal of four knobs or nuts.

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ICE CREAM PUMP The present application is a division of our previously filed US. Pat. application Ser. No. 61,658 filed Aug. 6, 1970 entitled ICE CREAM PUMP, now US. Pat. No. 3,697,197. This invention relates to an improvement in the ICE CREAM PUMP and deals particularly with a pump capable of pumping air and a liquid mix, and combining the air with the mix in adesired ratio.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1n the mechanical production of ice cream, sherbert, ice milk, frozen custards and other frozen dessert products, a liquid mix is normally combined with, a nontoxic gas such as air, nitrogen, nitrous oxide, or freon in order to produce a tasteful, palatable and profitable end product. The mixture is directed to a suitable freezer in which the mixture is frozen, and from which the frozen mixture may be dispensed. The liquid mix and air are supplied to the freezing chamber as the frozen product is dispensed, and the operation is normally automatically controlled. The product in the freezing chamber is maintained under pressure. As the frozen product is dispensed, the pressure drops and the pump mechanism is actuated to pump more of the mixture of liquid mix and air to the freezing compartment until the desired pressure is attained.

One of the difficulties experienced with previous pumping equipment lies in the fact that it is difficult to maintain the apparatus in a clean and sanitary condition. The equipment must be thoroughly cleaned from time to time to prevent the growth of bacteria. 1f the pump mechanism is difficult to disassemble and clean, there is a tendency for the operator to delay the cleaning operation and to clean the apparatus at less frequent intervals. One of the areas most difficult to clean often comprises the pressure control valve, the diaphram of which is usually contacted by the mixture of air and liquid mix. This area is usually difficult and time consuming to clean, it is, therefore, of utmost importance that the apparatus be easy to take apart and put together so that it may be cleaned at proper intervals by relatively unskilled personnel.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION An object of the present invention resides in the provision of a double acting pump including a pair of opposed cylinders, and a pair of pistons mounted at opposite ends of a piston bar reciprocated by an eccentric cam roller rotating about an axis of rotation. As the piston reciprocates in one direction, liquid mix is forced from one cylinder to a mixingchamber where it is combined with air. Simultaneously, air is drawn into the opposite cylinder. As thepiston rod is reciprocated in the opposite direction, air is forced under pressure from the opposite cylinder, and liquid mix is drawn into the first cylinder. The air under pressure from the opposite cylinder is mixed with the liquid mix in the mixing chamber and forced into the freezer unit.

An important feature of the present invention lies in the simplicity of construction. The device includes a motor mounted upon a base and to which is secured the base panel of a generally U-shaped pump frame having parallel sides. A cam follower crank is mounted upon the motor shaft and supports an eccentric bearing. Cylinders extend in opposed relation through the parallel sides of the pump frame on a common axis. The inner opposed ends of the cylinders are open. Pistons are removably supported upon a piston rod or bar. This bar is shaped to provide a central vertical channel in which the eccentric bearing is engaged. Rotation of the motor accordingly reciprocates the pistons in the opposed cylinders.

A feature of the present invention resides in the provision of cylinders combined with integrally connected valve housings. The valve housings are arranged on parallel vertical axes and are closed at their lower ends by inlet fittings. The valve chambers are provided with suitable outlet fittings. at their upper ends. The side plates of the pump frame are provided with vertically spaced yokes between which the valve chambers with the inlet and outlet fittings telescoped therein are received. These yokes hold the valve chambers in vertical position, and hold the inlet and outlet fittings assembled to the valve chambers. The cylinders extend through aligned apertures in the sides of the pump frame, and each cylinder, together with the integral valve chambers and the inlet and outlet fittings are held in place by a pair of knobs or nuts threaded on studs projecting outwardly from the sides of the pump frame on opposite sides of the cylinder apertures. By removal of these knobs, the entire assembly may be removed and completely disassembled for cleaning.

A further feature of the present invention resides in a provision of a simple check valve arrangement controlling the flow intoand out of the valve chamber. Each check valve comprises a valve body vertically slidable in the valve chamber and having a tapered lower end which is circumferentially grooved to accommodate an o-ring. This sealing ring seats against either a portion of the valve chamber on the inlet fitting to form a seal. The valve bodies are preferably rectangular in section so that the liquid or air may flow freely about the valve when it is open. The valve bodies are made of stainless steel or other relatively heavy material so as to seat by gravity, eliminating the necessity of springs.

A further feature of the present invention resides in the provision of a pressure actuated control switch which is connected to the outlet fitting of a valve chamber connected to the air cylinder. As a result, the switch diaphragm communicates only with the air and accordingly does not come into contact with the liquid mix, eliminating the necessity of cleaning the switch diaphragm.

A further feature resides in the provision of a means for readily detaching the encircling sealing ring from each piston. A finger notch is provided communicating with the peripheral groove to facilitate removal of the sealing ring.

These and other objects and novel features of the present invention will be more clearly and fully set forth in the following specification and claims.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS F 1G. 1 is a side elevational view of the pump in readiness for operation.

FIG. 2 is a top plan view of the assembled pump.

FIG. 3 is a horizontal sectional view through the motor axis showing the portions of the piston bar or rod and one of the pistons.

FIG. 4 is a vertical sectional view through the pump, the position of the section being indicated by the line 44 of FIG. 2.

FIG. 5 is a sectional view through one of the check valves, the position of the section being indicated by the line 5-5 of FIG. 4.

FIG. 6 is a perspective view of one of the cylinder and valve chamber units.

FIG. 7 is a sectional detail through the piston rod looking toward one of the pistons, the position of the section being indicated by the line 77 of FIG. 2.

FIG. 8 is a perspective view of the piston rod.

FIG. 9 is a perspective view of one side of the pump frame.

FIG. 10 is a perspective view of one of the check valves with the sealing ring removed.

FIG. 11 is a perspective view of the end of one of the pistons, showing the notch employed to simplify the removal of the sealing ring from the piston.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT The pump is indicated in general by the letter A. The pump includes a motor 10 which is mounted upon a supporting base 11. The motor 10 is provided with a flange to which is secured a mounting plate 13. A pump frame indicated in general by the numeral 14 is bolted or otherwise secured to the flange l2 and plate 13 by bolts 15. The pump face 14 includes a base plate I6 which supports a pair of forwardly projecting parallel frame sides 17. A pair of generally triangular upper reinforcing ribs 19 and a similarly shaped lower pair of reinforcing ribs 20 are provided to strengthen the pump frame. A cylindrical crank 21 is mounted on the shaft 22 of the motor 10 and supports an eccentric bearing 23. The eccentric bearing 23 is designed to reciprocate the piston rod 24 which will be later described in detail.

A cylinder and a valve housing unit indicated by the numeral 25 is supported upon each pump frame side 17. As indicated in FIG. 6 of the drawings, each unit 25 includes a cylinder 26 having an open inner end and having a flange 27 at its opposite end. Spaced pairs of ears 29 extend outwardly from diametrically opposite sides of the flange 27, the ears 29 being spaced to provide grooves 30 therebetween designed to accommodate mounting studs on the sides 17 ofthe frame 14. Integral with the flange 27 is a valve housing member 31 including a relatively small diameter central portion 32, to which is connected an upper larger diameter portion 33 and a lower larger diameter portion 34. An upper cylindrical sleeve 35 forms an extension of the upper chamber portion 33, and a lower sleeve portion 36 forms a downward extension of the valve chamber portion 34. The entire unit 25 may be cast of plastic or other suitable material which can be readily cleaned and sterilized.

With reference to FIG. 4 of the drawings, it will be noted that an opening 37 is provided between the small diameter center portion 32 of the valve chamber 31 and the interior of the cylinder 26. As shown in this figure, the frusto-conical connecting portion 39 of the housing between the small diameter portion 32 and the upper larger diameter portion 33 forms a seat for a check valve 40. The frusto-conical portion 41 between the small diameter portion 32 and the larger diameter lower portion 34 of the valve chamber fonns a stop to LII The air inlet fitting 45 and the mix inlet fitting 46 are of generally identical form and similar identifying numbers will be used. The fittings 45 and 46 include a cylindrical sleeve 47 which fits within the larger diameter housing portion 34A, and a substantially frusto-conical connecting portion 49 connects the sleeve 47 with a smaller diameter sleeve 50. A sealing ring 51 encircles the base of the sleeve 47 and fits between the outer periphery of the frusto-conical portion 49 and the base of the housing sleeve 36. The check valve 44 is designed to seat against the frusto-conical portion in closed position of this valve. The air inlet fitting additionally includes holes 48 in the wall hereof. The holes 48 prevent malfunction of the pump in the event the liquid mix supply hose is accidentally attached to theair inlet fit-. ting by bleeding air into the fitting above the hose connection.

The check valves 40, 42, 43 and 44 are all identical and are constructed as best illustrated in FIG. 10 of the drawings. The valve is provided with a generally rectangular body portion 52 having slightly rounded corners as indicated at 53 which fit in the enclosing wall in the manner illustrated in FIG. 5 of the drawings. The rectangular body 52 is provided with a slightly tapering lower end 54 which terminates in a substantially cylindrical downward projection 55 having a peripheral groove 56 extending thereabout. The groove 56 is designed to accommodate a sealing ring 57 which may be of substantially circular cross section, and which forms the actual seal. The valve bodies 53 are preferably made of stainless steel or other relatively heavy materials so that the valves may seat by gravity. The flat sides of the body permit the flow of air or fluid about the valve body when the valve is in open position.

An air outlet fitting 59 closes the top of the valve chamber 31A or valve chamber housing as indicated in FIG. 4. The upper fitting 59 includes a ring shaped closure member 60 having a depending peripheral skirt including a larger diameter portion 61 and a smaller diameter lower portion 62. The skirt portion 6], 62 is designed to telescope. into the upper end of the sleeve 35A and into a groove63 in the inner wall surface of the valve chamber slightly beneath the sleeve 35A. An integral tube 64 extends upwardly from the ring shaped plate 60 and is designed to accommodate the end of a hose 65 (see FIG. 1). The upper fitting 59 is actually a T connector having a branch 66 adapted to accommodate the end of a second hose 67 leading to the pressure actuated switch.

The outlet fitting 69 forming an extension of the upper end of the valve housing 31 on the left side of FIG. 4 includes a slightly tapered ring shaped upper closure 70 designed to extend into the upwardly extending sleeve 35 on the valve housing, and a depending skirt portion 71 which fits into a cavity 72 inwardly of the sleeve 35, the fitting 69. and valve housing being sealed by a sealing ring 73. The fitting 69 is a T connector having an outlet sleeve 74 extending laterally and an air inlet sleeve 75 extending upwardly therefrom. The upper end of the air inlet sleeve 75 is a relatively small diameter while the lower portion thereof is of a larger diameter as indicated at 76. This provides a valve seat 77 between the portions different diameter. A check valve 79 which is preferably of generally square cross section includes an upwardly projecting grooved end 80 which accommodates a sealing ring 81 designed to form the seal between the valve 79 and the upper portion of the air intake sleeve 75. The valve 79 is urged upwardly by a spring 82 which may rest upon the upper surface of the check valve or may be otherwise supported within the outlet fitting. The valve 79 differs from the previously described check valves in that this valve may be made of plastic or other relatively light weight materials in view of the fact that it must be forced upwardly in closed position by the spring. The flexible tube shown in FIG. 1 is connected to the air inlet sleeve so that air forced from the right hand piston in FIG. 4 is directed to the top of the outlet fitting 69.

With reference now to FIGS. 6 and 9 of the drawings, the manner of securing the pistons, valve housings and inlet and outlet fittings in place is indicated. The outer surface of each side 17 of the pump frame 14 is provided with a generally circular ring shaped area 85 encircling an aperture 86 of proper size to accommodate a cylinder such as 26 extending therethrough. Studs 87 are anchored in the side 17 on diametrically opposite sides of the aperture 86, and extend through the slots 30 between the laterally projecting ears 29 on the peripheral flange 27 encircling the cylinder. Threaded knobs 89 may be threaded onto the studs 87 to hold the cylinder and valve housing units in'place. An upper bifurcated yoke 90 projects outwardly from the side 17 above the ring shaped faced area 85, and a lower bifurcated yoke 91 projects outwardly from the frame side 17 beneath the ring shaped face area 85. It will be noted that the under surface of the upper yoke 90 and the upper surface of the lower yoke 91 are slightly concave to fit the contour of the inlet and outlet fittings. The upper yoke 90 engages the upper surface of the air outlet fitting 59 or the upper surface 70 of the outlet fitting 69 while the yoke 91 engages the under surface of the ring shaped connecting portion 49 of the inlet fittings 45 or 46. The yokes 90 and 91 hold the inlet and outlet fittings sealed to the valve housing, and holds the valve housings in a vertical upright position.

The connecting rod or bar 24 acts to connect a pair of similar disc-like pistons 94 and 94A which are reciprocable in the cylinders 26 and 26A. The connecting rod 24 is shaped as is best indicated in FIG. 8 of the drawings. The connecting rod includes a center portion 95 which is connected along opposite edges to parallel right angularly extending panels 96 which define a channel of rectangular section designed to accommodate the eccentric bearing 23. The edges of the panels 96 opposite those connected to the center panel 95 are connected to panel portions 97 which are on a common plane. The panels 97 terminate in pairs of vertically spaced right angularly extending fingers 99 which are designed for connection with the pistons.

As indicated in FIG. 7 as well as FIG. 4, each piston such as 94 is provided with a boss 100 projecting in an axial direction from a surface thereof. The boss 100 is provided with grooves 101 in the upper and lower surfaces thereof adjoining the piston surface, the bases of the grooves 101 being parallel and being spaced to accommodate the fingers 99. Each boss 100 is provided with a flat side 102 which bears against a panel portion 97 of the connecting rod 24. As will be noted, the pistons such as 94 are readily removable from the connecting rod 24 and may be removed and cleaned whenever desired. The pistons 94 are provided with a peripheral groove 104 to accommodate a sealing ring 105, as indicated in FIGS. 7 and 11 ofthe drawings. A notch 105 is provided communicating with the groove 104 and being of a depth at least equal to the depth of the groove 104. This notch 105 provides a means of ac cess to the sealing ring 104 so that a portion of the sealing ring may be grasped and stretched outwardly to remove the ring from the groove. This notch 105 thus simplifies the task of removing the sealing rings from the piston grooves 104 and encourages the machine operator to fully disassemble the pistons for cleaning purposes.

The hose 67 is connected to a T connector 106 having a pressure gauge 107 extending into one branch of the cross member of the T so that the existing air pressure may be readily noted. One branch of the T is connected to stem 109 of the pressure control switch 110 controlling the current to the motor 10. The control switch may be of the type known as type H5 knob and dial adjustment general purpose pressure vacuum control produced by the United Electric Controls Company of Watertown, Mass. The control merely functions to turn on the motor 10 when the air pressure falls below a predetermined minimum, and to turn off the,

motor when the air pressure reaches a predetermined maximum.

The operation of the pump is believed obvious from the foregoing description. During each cycle of operation, air is drawn into the air cylinder by movement of the piston in one direction, and forced from the air cylinder through the discharge fitting 59 during the compression stroke of the piston 49A. During each cycle of operation, liquid mix is drawn into the cylinder 26 by movement of the piston 94, and then is forced upwardly past the check valve 40 as the piston 94 moves in the opposite direction. Air and liquid are mixed and discharged through the connection 74 and through suitable conduits to the freezer.

By removing the knobs 89 at one end of the unit, the cylinder and attached valve housing as well as the inlet and outlet fittings may be detached from the corresponding end plate 17. The inlet and outlet fittings may be pulled out of the valve housing, and the check valves are free to drop out of place, and completely disengaging the unit. All the parts are accordingly immediately available for cleaning. The pistons may be disengaged from the piston rods 24, and the sealing rings 105 may be easily removed from the pistons 94 to completely disassemble the unit. Obviously, the sealing rings on the check valves may also be readily removed, cleaned and replaced.

The operating mechanism is normally concealed and protected by a cover 112 which is bent to fit the shape of the ends 17 of the pump frame.

The present apparatus includes a novel feature of overrun variation accomplished by use of the readily accessible control knob on the pressure control switch 110. A further innovation within this capability is that the cylinder/piston design permits a built-in compression ratio/operating pressure characteristic covering a very broad range of resulting overrun percentages, but still allowing a choice of narrow operating ranges within each of which a manual range adjustment is possible.

To understand the meaning of overrun, we start with a pint of liquid mix, the net weight of which may weigh for example, 18.4 ounces. Air is injected into the mix, and it is frozen. 1f the frozen mixture is replaced in the 1 pint container, there will be product left over. With the air added, the volume will increase and the weight per pint will decrease. The amount of product left over when the pint container is filled comprises the "overrun." This can be accurately determined by weighing the pint of frozen product and comparing this weight to the weight of the liquid mix. The formula for determining the percentage of overrun is as follows:

percent of overrun (X Y) (100)/Y Where X is the weight ofa unit (for example 1 pint) of liquid mix, and Y is the weight of 1 pint of the frozen mix. As a specific example, if the weight of 1 pint ofliquid mix is 18.4 ounces, and the weight of one pint of frozen product is 9.2 ounces, the formula will be (18.4 9.2) (100)/9.2 9.2 (l)/9.2 100 percent overrun The following table indicates various percentages of overrun of the frozen product where the net weight of the liquid mix is 18.4 ounces.

Net weight of Frozen Product ofoverrun 1 21.40 ounces 16.73 ounces 15.33 ounces 14.15 ounces 30% 13.14 ounces 40% 12.27 ounces 50% 11.50 ounces 60% 10.82 ounces 7071 10.22 ounces 805 9,68 ounces 9071 9.20 ounces 10071 The present device is unique in that the percent of overrun may be regulated by varying the maximum air pressure. As the pressure is lowered the percentage of overrun increases. Thus, while the volume displaced by the piston during each stroke may remain constant, a

broad range of overrun variation is obtainable, because the weight of air delivered is affected by the discharge pressure as well as by the clearance volume of the cylinder and passages to and from the valves.

It is important to note that various check valves 40, 42, 43 and 44 all are guided by portions which are integral with the valve seats, so that correct alignment of the valves and their seats is assured. The upper valves 40 and 43 are slidable within the enlarged diameter portions 33 and 33A of the valve housings 25 and 25A. and the valve seats are formed by the integral connecting portions 39 and 39A. The lower check valves 42 and 44 are slidable in the cylindrical sleeves 47 of the fittings 45 and 46, and the valve seats are formed by the integral frusto-conical portions 49. Thus, the check valves all slide in cylindrical portions which are integral with valve seats.

In accordance with the Patent Office Statutes l have described the principles of construction and operation of my ICE CREAM PUMP, and while I have endeavored to set forth the best embodiment thereof, I desire to have it understood that obvious means may be made within the scope ofthe following claims without departing from the spirit of my invention.

1 claim:

1. In combination;

a pair of positive displacement pumps arranged to be operated in unison,

a source ofliquid connected to the intake of one said the intake of the other pump being connected to atmosphere,

a first means for connecting the output of said other pump to the output of said one pump to provide a mixture of liquid and air,

second means actuated by the pressure of the air pumped by said other pump for initiating and stopping operation of said pair of pumps, and

third means for adjusting the valves of pressure at which said second means is actuated,

whereby the ratio of the quantity of liquid to the quantity of air pumped by said one pump and said other pump, respectively, is controlled solely by

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U.S. Classification417/44.2, 62/306
International ClassificationF04B53/16, F04B1/02, F04B13/00, F04B53/00, F04B13/02, F04B53/10, F04B1/00, F04B53/14, A23G9/04, A23G9/20
Cooperative ClassificationF04B13/02, F04B53/162, A23G9/20, F04B53/00, F04B1/02, F04B53/14, F04B53/1022
European ClassificationA23G9/20, F04B1/02, F04B53/16C, F04B53/10D4, F04B53/14, F04B13/02, F04B53/00