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US4827426: Data acquisition and processing system for post-mix beverage dispensers

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Inventor(s) Melissa F. Patton · Kenneth G. Smazik ·
Assignee(s) The Coca-Cola Company ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch ·
Primary Examiner Jerry Smith ·
Assistant Examiner Paul Gordon ·
Application Number US7050488
Filing date 05/18/1987
Issue date 05/02/1989
Predicted expiration date 05/18/2007
U.S. Classifications 364/479  · 364/465  ·
International Classifications B67D 556  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 364479;465;510;564;200 MS File;900 MS File ·
8 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

A data acquisition and processing system for a post-mix drink dispenser which automatically determines and correlates the number, size and flavor of drinks poured from a plurality of valve assemblies to specific periods of time within a given day or week of a period of interest, and correlates the actual volume of syrup and water dispensed for the same period.

Independent Claims | See all claims (8)

  1. 1. In a beverage dispenser apparatus having a plurality of valve assemblies for dispensing respective flavors of beverages in containers of different sizes, said beverages including mixtures of syrup and water in predetermined proportions, 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 periodically counting at regular intervals the number of containers and determining the size of the containers filled with beverage for each respective valve assembly, a filled container being defined as a drink;(b) means for periodically determining at said regular intervals the volume of syrup and water dispensed by each respective valve assembly;(c) clock means for continuously generating time of day signals; and(d) means for correlating said time of day signals to said regular intervals; whereby the number and size of drinks and the volume of syrup and the volume of water dispensed for each respective valve assembly may be determined for selected times of day.
  2. 5. A method for use in a beverage dispenser apparatus having a plurality of valve assemblies for dispensing respective flavors of beverages into containers of different sizes, said beverages including mixtures of syrup and water in predetermined proportions, 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) periodically counting at regular intervals the number of containers and determining the size of the containers filled with beverage for each respective valve assembly, a filled container being defined as a drink;(b) periodically determining at said regular intervals the volume of syrup and water dispensed by each respective valve assembly;(c) continuously generating time of day signals; and(d) correlating said time of day signals to said regular intervals; whereby the number and size of drinks and the volume of syrup and the volume of water dispensed for each respective valve assembly may be determined for selected times of day.

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