(12) United States Patent (io) Patent No.: US 6,789,732 B2
Dollhopf et al. (45) Date of Patent: Sep. 14,2004
(54) CAR WASH ENTRY STATION WITH SECURITY VAULT
(75) Inventors: Kenneth J. Dollhopf, Green Bay, WI (US); Kimmo Ukkola, DePere, WI (US)
(73) Assignee: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.,
Wilmington, DE (US)
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 0 days.
(21) Appl. No.: 10/431,689
(22) Filed: May 8, 2003
(65) Prior Publication Data
US 2003/0209598 Al Nov. 13, 2003
Related U.S. Application Data
(60) Provisional application No. 60/380,236, filed on May 13, 2002.
(51) Int. C I. G06F 7 08
(52) U.S. CI 235/381; 235/380; 235/382
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"E-Systems E-3000", Unitec Electronics Brochure, Version UE042001.
"Enterlink", Unitec Electronics Brochure, Version UE122001.
"Wash Select II POS", Unitec Electronics Brochure, Version UE042002.
"Wash Select II", Unitec Electronics Brochure, Version UE 042002.
"Automated Attendant", Gilbarco Brochure P-2316A, 2002. "Entry Wizard", Unitec Electronics Brochure, admitted prior art.
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Primary Examiner—Michael G. Lee
Assistant Examiner—Kimberly D. Nguyen
(74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Andrus, Sceales, Starke &
An entry station for use primarily with a car wash that includes a semi-secure electronics cabinet and a security vault. The electronics cabinet is mounted to the security vault and includes a front door secured by a first lock member. The electronics cabinet defines an open interior that encloses the electronic operating components for the entry station. When the access door to the electronics cabinet is open, the front door for the security vault can be accessed. The front door of the security vault includes a combination lock that prevents unauthorized access to the security vault. The two separate locks for the electronics cabinet and the security vault allow a service technician to have access to the electronics cabinet without gaining access to the security vault.
19 Claims, 10 Drawing Sheets