Semi-automated beverage dispensing machines and methods

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 10239742
APP PUB NO 20170096324A1
SERIAL NO

15148114

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Food product dispensing machines and methods for dispensing food product into a cup. The food product dispensing machine includes a cup holder having a target element, a sensor that senses the target element, and a controller. The cup holder is configured to hold a cup such that the cup prevents the sensor from sensing at least a portion of the target element. The controller determines whether a cup is present in the cup holder and/or a size of the cup based on a remaining portion of the target element that is sensed by the sensor when the cup is held by the cup holder. Drive mechanisms are configured to move the first and second cup holders along first and second radial paths, respectively, with respect to the common dispensing position. An indicator is configured to indicate a remaining number of cup dispenses to the user.

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CORNELIUS INC101 BROADWAY STREET WEST OSSEO MN 55369

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Caringella, Anthony Norridge, US 23 134
Dresser, Zachary West Chicago, US 3 1
Kielian, Slawomir Des Plaines, US 6 35

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