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US4800492: Data logger for a post-mix beverage dispensing system

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) Donald A. Johnson · Dave Conklin ·
Assignee(s) The Coca-Cola Company ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch ·
Primary Examiner Jerry Smith ·
Assistant Examiner Stephen M. Baker ·
Application Number US7049221
Filing date 05/13/1987
Issue date 01/24/1989
Predicted expiration date 05/13/2007
U.S. Classifications 364/403  · 222/23  ·
International Classifications G06F 1524  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 364403;478;479;510;509 ·
12 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

A data logger for a post-mix beverage dispensing system in a fast food restaurant includes a data logger control box and drink counting software for operating a microprocessor coupled to the logger control box. The microprocessor can determine the number and size of drinks sold in the restaurant for selected periods during a day or days.

Independent Claims | See all claims (12)

  1. 1. In a beverage dispenser apparatus having a plurality of valve assemblies for dispensing respective flavors of beverages into containers of different sizes, a data logging system for sensing and storing information with respect to beverages dispensed from each respective valve assembly, the improvement comprising:(a) means for sensing the opening and closing of each valve assembly, a beverage dispensing cycle beng initiated when a valve assembly is opened and terminated when a valve assembly is closed, said means for sensing generating data signals indicating the opening and closing of each valve assembly;(b) controller means including,1. clock means for continuously generating time of day signals, and2. means for receiving and storing said data signals and said time of day signals; and(c) processor means for determining from the stored data and time of day signals, the volume of beverage dispensed for each respective valve assembly for a selected period during a day or days.
  2. 8. For use in a beverage dispenser apparatus having a plurality of valve assemblies for dispensing respective flavors of beverages into containers of different sizes, a data logging method for sensing and storing information with respect to beverages dispensed from each respective valve assembly, the improvement comprising the steps of:(a) sensing the opening and closing of each valve assembly, a beverage dispensing cycle being initiated when a valve assembly is opened and terminated when a valve assembly is closed, said sensing generating data signals indicating the opening and closing of each valve assembly;(b) continuously generating time of day signals;(c) receiving and storing said data signals and said time of day signals; and(d) determining from the stored data and time of day signals, the volume of beverage dispensed for each respective valve assembly for a selected period during a day or days.

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