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Publication numberUS3868153 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 25, 1975
Filing dateJan 5, 1973
Priority dateJan 5, 1973
Publication numberUS 3868153 A, US 3868153A, US-A-3868153, US3868153 A, US3868153A
InventorsSholtes Carl E
Original AssigneeWestinghouse Electric Corp
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Cabinet for a water cooler
US 3868153 A
Abstract
A water cooler is provided having a cabinet including a front vertical panel through which dispensing faucets extend and which support a drip trough spaced below the faucets and extending outwardly a sufficient distance to catch any water dripping from them. A front door is provided hingedly attached to the cabinet to move from an open position permitting access to the faucets to a closed position generally overlying the front panel. The inner face of the door supports horizontal storage shelves extending toward the panel to utilize the space therebetween for storage. The shelves in the space between the faucet and the drip trough extend rearwardly a distance short of interfering with water dripping from the faucets so that articles stored on these shelves will be kept in a position free of intercepting any of the occasional drips which may occur.
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United States Patent 1 Sholtes [73] Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corporation,

Pittsburgh, Pa.

[22] Filed: Jan. 5, 1973 [21] Appl. No.: 321,404

[52] US. Cl. 312/236 [51] Int. Cl A47b 77/08 [58] Field of Search 312/138 A, 236; 62/397, 62/389, 448; 165/77 [56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,081,151 12/1913 Ritter 312/229X 1,240,997 9/1917 Moore 312/236 X 2,000,981 5/1935 Parsons 312/236 X 2,031,283 2/1936 Scofield 312/229 2,047,996 7/1936 Crosley et a1 312/236 X 2,287,657 6/1942 Wisckol 312/228 2,515,459 7/1950. Martin et a1... 312/228 3,091,946 6/1963 Kesling 312/138 A 1 1 Feb. 25, 1975,

Primary Examiner-Paul R. Gilliam Assistant Examiner-Carl F. Pieruszka Attorney, Agent, or Firm-F. A. Winans s7 ABSTRACT A water cooler is provided having a cabinet including a front vertical panel through which dispensing faucets extend and which support a drip trough spaced below the faucets and extending outwardly a sufficient distance to catch any water dripping from them. A front door is provided hingedly attached to the cabinet to move from an open position permitting access to the faucets to a closed position generally overlying the front panel. The inner face of the door supports horizontal storage shelves extending toward the panel to utilize the space therebetween for storage. The shelves in the space between the faucet and the drip trough extend rearwar'dly a distance short of interfering with water dripping from the faucets so that articles stored on these shelves will be kept in a position free of inter- I cepting any of the occasional drips which may occur.

10Claims, 3 Drawing Figures PATENTEDFEB 2 5 i975 sum 2 or 3 FIG. 2.

1 CABINET FOR A WATERCOOLER BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention This invention relates to dispensers such as bottled water coolers and more particularly to cabinet structure for such coolers providing storage space for various articles (i.e., powdered concentrate, cups, sugar, etc.) generally associated with such dispensers.

2. Description of the Prior Art Water dispensers, especially the type associated with the present invention capable of dispensing both chilled and heated water, are useful in that they provide water at a proper temperature for a myriad of instant reconstituted beverages, such as coffee, tea, soup, bouillon, powdered citrus drinks, powdered hot chocolate, etc., which, for convenience, are generally stored adjacent the dispenser.

Previously, it has been common to provide a second cabinet which, exteriorly, was similar in size and shape to the cabinet housing the dispenser but interiorly provided storage shelves (including shelves on the inner door face) for such concentrates, along with cups, stirring sticks, sugar and whatever other accessories might be required. This arrangement occupied twice the floor space of the single dispenser cabinet in addition to a substantial cost for the additional cabinet.

Also, it has been both aesthetically and practically desirable to mount the faucets on a front panel which is recessed sonewhat from the forwardly projecting periphery of the cabinet sidewalls and top. Thus, in addition to giving the illusion ofa shadow box effect, the recess mounting provided protection for the faucets in that they were generally recessed within the plane defined by the outer edge of the cabinet and thus less likely to be knocked or snagged.

SUMMARY OF .THE INVENTION The present invention provides a door hingedly supported on the cabinet for covering therecessed front panel and faucets and having, on its inner face, storage space defined by horizontal shelvesTo take advantage of the most usable storage space, a number of shelves project rearwardly intothe space provided by the recess to generally adjacent the front panel; however, to

protect the shelves or anything stored thereon from water dripping from the faucets, no shelf extends so as to intercept the normal drip path between the faucets and the drip trough.

DRAWING DESCRIPTIONS DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS This invention is directed to a cabinet for a bottled water cooler of the type more particularly shown and described in US. Pat. No. 3,363,432 having a common assignee. Thus, although only the cabinet is disclosed in this present invention, it is to be understood that such cabinet houses. internal components such as therein described. With this in mind, reference is made to FIG. 1 which shows the water cooler 10 of the present invention having a cabinetwhich includes an outer 'wrapper'comprising a top 11, for supporting an infront panel. The leg 15b of the L-shape thus provides a rearwardly extending offset for recessing the front face of the panel further within the outer peripheral edge of the wrapper.

Two faucet means 16 (as the water cooler also includes the capability to provide heated water) project forwardly of the panel 14 in generally the upper half and provide a downwardly directed outlet. A drip trough 17 is removably supported on the panel 14 in generally the lower half and projects forwardly a distance sufficient to catch any drips from the faucets. The faucets 16 and drip trough 17 are vertically spaced a sufficient distance so that containers such as insulated bottles, coffeepots, and other generally taller containers can be placed under the faucets 16 without obstruction from the trough.

A door 18 is hingedly mounted on the wrapper as by a top hinge 19 and a bottom pin 20 (see FIG. 3). The door is generally contiguous with the periphery of the outer wrapper and in a closed position provides a planar unobtrusive front to the cabinet.

The door 18 is preferably formed of a sheet panel having a peripheral rearwardly facing flange 21 and terminating in a return flange 22 giving the sheet panel additional strength. As is seen in FIG. 1, the return flange 22 supports horizontal shelves 23 (as by screws) also formed of sheet metal having appropriate wall, structure 24 to storingly accommodate and retain various of the items (cups, concentrates, etc.) associated with the cooler.

Referring now to FIGS. 2 and 3, it is seen that the uppermost and lowermost shelves 23a and 23b extend rearwardly (when the door is closed) a sufficient distance such that they reside within the recess or offset space provided by the offset of the front panel and thus utilize, to a great extent, the available space. However, it is emphasized that the shelf structure 23c and 23d supported by the door at an elevation between the faucets and the drip trough have a much shorter rearwardly extending length so that they terminate at a position prior to intercepting the plane defined by the faucet outlets and the drip trough. This is to permit an unimpeded drip path from the faucets to the trough.

It is evident that the intermediate shelves (i.e., those shelves between the faucets and the trough) could be contoured so as to extend rearwardly at selected portions, with the only criteria being that the actual normal drip path from each faucet to the trough is unimpeded by any intermediate shelf or door structure. However, for the usable shelf space gained by such a contour, and the discontinuous appearance it provides, the straight walled shelves, as disclosed, are preferable. Further, doors having the preferable shelf construction shown eonldthen beiiised interehangeably onaidispenserhalv-v ing either one or two faucets;

The door is equipped with 7 rear face to properly position the door in ,theclosed p0:

What is claimedisz' 4 V K 1. Cabinet construction'fora water cooler V includinga housing having a front panel andfliquid dis pensing faucet extending forwardiy of said frontpanel;

of the door for a rubberbumper on its sition, andiheld therebya rnagneticilatchx'A handle. member is provided on theexterior side I lease of manipulation of the door.

said front panel supporting a drip trough directly below I shelves supported thereon'and extending generally hot-1 izontally toward said front panel when said door is in r aclosed positionratleast one ofsaid'pluralityofshelves l, disposed so as'to be atia'n vint e'rniediate height relative to said faucet and'said drip trough, and of saidshelves i disposed at said intermediate height being offsuffi: P

"si ently limiteddepthin afront to" rear direction so as not to interfere withthc normal drip path from said fan i 1 eat to saidtroughso that any drippage ocoarringwhen. said door is closed does not contact any of said shelves. I

'2. Cabinet construction'according to claim] wherein at lcastnnotlier of: said plurality of shelves is disposed 7 depth of said any one of said shelvesloeatedxat said in-- I ftermediate' height being siibstantially equal to said shoulder, and said depth of said other of said shelves extendingio generallyradjacent said recessed twang on said door at a height other than ,intcrrnediate 'said' faucet means'and said'drip trnuglnsaid at least another V of said plurality oi shelves having a sufficient'depthin panel,

spanner constrnctionadcordingtocl aim 3wherein said at least anotherlof saidshelves includes afirst'shelf V p positioned at ahcightahove said faucet and asecon'd 4 shclf positioncd' at aiheight belowsaid drip'trot gh; ,i f v V a fromt-tosrcarfdircetion soas to terminate substantially adjacent saidfr'ont panel wh cn said door in a closed position andprovide arclativelydcep shelf with respect to any of said shelves disposed at' said intermediate f: I

' V 3. Cabinetconstraction acoordingfto claim Z herein' a said fron t panel defines aplanarportioir generally re- I tossed from the frontlperipheraledgieof saidfhousingfi and/said doorstructure includes,rearwardlv'turned pe x ripheral shoulder terminating in a fron-t-to rear direC-- tion generallyadjaoent said peripheral edgewwhensaid door 'is elosed, said atileast'onewof saidpiurality of shelveshaving a front-to-rear depth substantially equal j a to said shoulder, and said anotherof said shelvesthavingw' 3 a front-twrearzdepth" extending substantiailybetween said door and saidrec'essed planarvportion ofsaid front" a j 5. In a Bottle water cooler; the combination ofz' o aoahinet constructionand aiside-swinging front door therefonsaid doorwhen closed forming a limited 1 i depth ehamber enelosed alongat leastthe top and the facing {portions of side edges thereofgbetween 'saidldoor and 'caijinet'.

said jc hamber including faueet means atflan upper level and adriptraugh at-a relatively lower level,

storage shelvesoarriedonjthinner' face of said door. 7 anyone of said shelveslocatedataiheight int erjme- V V diate said faucetmeans andsaid rtroughflbeing of r sufficiently limited depth in a front-to-rearfdired 7 tion'astlo not be interposed in the path of drippage 4 between said'fanct meanszandsaid troughwwhen I said door iscl osed. I

6. Structure according tojelaimes wherein any other;

of said storage shelves {located at a'height other than in+ v termediate said faucetmeans and said 'tmngh beingof i v sufficientdepthin a front tosreardirection toterrninate:

nerally adjacent Said faCing l ortionl of lsaid cabinet '7.'S;t-ructureaccording to'claim GWhefreinthe fac'ing a I portion of said cabinetis generallyflreeessed from a- [front peripheral edge of said crabinetand said'doorim cludes a peripheral rearwardlyjextenjding shoulder terminatingin a front-torearjdirectiongenerallyadjacent said peripheral edge when ,s'aidfdoor isflclosed said portion ofsaid Cabinet. f i

8'. Structure according to; claini '7 wherein: said any, 1

other of said shelves memes afiirstlshelf positioned-at,

sitioned at a height below said trough -j 10. A bottle water'dispenser camp? j' cabinet; recessed, :rearwardly from said, generally i lvertic al plane, s s faucet means for I projectingforwardlyfromjsaidfront panel a one trough an the front fa'ce lof said: 'f r ontypanel,

downwardly froin fl said 1 faucet mean.

4 r and'spa'eedi and, i

a height abovesaid'faucet means and asecond shelf po- Structure"accordingto claim,SWliereinsaidfaucet" V nieans'vandsaidtroughare mountedonsaid faeingpo'rtion'of said ealainet j I Cabinetincludingatopfwalland apair ofopposite, "generally vertieallyYdisposed side xwalls sfidtoir;

"and siderwallsihaving forwardlysfacingedges lying i M in agenerallyvertioalplane a frontpanel for'said f dispensingiwaterfs d'i f at'ieet meansi 7 a door forthe front faee of said door being hinged forf ide 'swingingr movement and in. on it inner face thereof i

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Classifications
U.S. Classification312/236
International ClassificationA47B77/08
Cooperative ClassificationA47B77/08
European ClassificationA47B77/08