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WITHDRAWABLE LIQUID, E.G., DISPENSER

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
062391000 With withdrawn liquid receiver 7
062396000 In indirect heat exchanging relationship to coolant 5
20090126394PORTABLE COOLER - A portable cooler for storing and cooling beverage(s) and/or food product(s) comprising a hollow main compartment, a lid assembly for closing the hollow main compartment and a spout assembly extending from the hollow main compartment for discharging stored liquid product wherein said lid assembly includes an independent storage compartment for dry food product and wherein said hollow main compartment includes a body with at least one protrusion forming a coupling member for removably attaching at least one block of stored coolant adapted to be pre-refrigerated before liquid product is stored into the hollow main compartment of the portable cooler.05-21-2009
20090044561COOLING, CARBONATION AND DISPENSING SYSTEM FOR A LIQUID IN A KEG - A cooling, carbonation and dispensing system for use with a liquid in a keg includes a cooling ring mounted on top of the keg. The cooling ring includes a toroidal-shaped shell into which dry ice is placed. The cooling ring and dry ice provide contact cooling of the keg, as well as carbon dioxide gas by sublimation of the dry ice to carbonate the liquid in the keg and pressure on the liquid so that it may be dispensed from the keg. A chilling unit having a hose bundle is mounted on top of the cooling ring. A liquid dispensing hose from the keg coupler on the keg connects to the hose bundle, so that liquid from the keg passes through the hose bundle. A lid having a tower is attached to the top of the chilling unit and latched to it to form a water-tight seal. Another hose connects to the hose bundle in the chilling unit and conducts the liquid to a dispensing hose attached to a dispenser in the tower. Wet ice is placed in the chilling unit and the tower to provide further chilling (flash chilling) of the liquid. The components of the assembled system may be wrapped in an insulating blanket to provide further cooling.02-19-2009
20110100049COUNTERMOUNT, TAPPING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REGULATING THE TEMPERATURE OF BEVERAGE - A countermount, provided with a jacket (05-05-2011
20080250810Cooling module applied for liquid containers - A cooling module applied for liquid containers comprises: A cooling pipeline forms with an inlet and an outlet for refrigerant to flow through. The liquid pipeline conducts liquids to flow through a thermal-exchanging matrix. The thermal-exchanging matrix is made from metals such as copper or aluminum. The cooling pipeline and liquid pipeline are both installed inside the thermal-exchanging matrix. The thermal-exchanging matrix is pre-cooled and therefore being kept at a predetermined temperature by the thermal controller. Consequently, through flown in and out of the thermal-exchanging matrix, the liquid is cooled down in short time and therefore kept at the predetermined temperature.10-16-2008
20130111940HEAT AND COLD SOURCES OF TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY INDEPENDENT CONTROL AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM - The present invention discloses heat and cold sources of a THIC air conditioning system, comprising: a compressor (05-09-2013
062390000 With plural liquid outlets or sources, e.g., distributing system 5
20100083686APPARATUS FOR DISPENSING BEVERAGES THROUGH A REFRIGERATOR DOOR - A beverage dispensing apparatus is disclosed that can select and dispense a beverage from any of a plurality of standard beverage containers mounted behind a closed refrigerator door. The apparatus includes adapter caps that preserve beverage qualities such as carbonation by sealing the containers in lieu of standard caps. The containers are inverted and the adaptor caps are coupled to female receptacles that open valves in the caps, thereby gaining access to the beverages. A beverage selector controlled from outside of the refrigerator selects a beverage, which flows to an external dispenser through a single conduit that penetrates the door. Embodiments include a container supporting structure which can include orifices and tabs that stabilize containers in the orifices. Some embodiments can support and select between three standard, two-liter soda bottles. Preferred adapter caps include air inlets that allow air to displace dispensed beverage. Embodiments can be retrofitted to standard refrigerators.04-08-2010
20090241584MULTI-SPIGOT COOLER - A cooler has a thermally insulated container that defines a reservoir for retaining a flowable substance or fluid and comprises a base and a perimeter sidewall upwardly extending from the base to define an internal reservoir. The cooler also has at least a first spigot and a second spigot. The first spigot is rigidly attached to the perimeter sidewall at a first location and the second spigot is rigidly attached to the perimeter sidewall at a second location. The first location is spaced apart from said second location.10-01-2009
20080276641Cold carbonation and cold syrup system for beverage dispenser with remote tower - A beverage dispensing system is characterized by a beverage dispenser and a beverage dispensing tower located remote from the beverage dispenser. The beverage dispenser has a cold plate and the tower has a heat exchanger. To deliver chilled beverage components to and for dispensing by the tower, a closed-loop water circulating circuit extends between and includes a fluid chilling circuit of the cold plate and a heat exchange circuit of the heat exchanger. The closed-loop circuit is fluid coupled to a beverage valve of the tower to deliver chilled water to the valve, and a supply of beverage syrup is fluid coupled to the tower valve through a fluid chilling circuit of the heat exchanger for delivery of chilled syrup to the valve for mixing with chilled water in the dispensing of a beverage from the tower valve.11-13-2008
20090165494DISPENSING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISPENSING FLUID IN AN APPLIANCE - A dispensing system for an appliance is shown. The dispensing system has a main tank for holding a fluid. The main tank controls the temperature of the fluid. A dispenser outlet fluidly connected to the tank by a dispenser fluid line. An auxiliary tank for holds a volume of the fluid. A flow control device selectively moves the fluid held in the auxiliary tank to the main tank then through the dispenser fluid line to the dispenser outlet and selectively removes the fluid remaining in the dispenser fluid line after dispensing.07-02-2009
20100307185APPLIANCE WITH DISPENSER - An appliance including a housing and a cylindrical dispenser supported by the housing, the cylindrical dispenser including a body which defines an opening and a plurality of outlets arranged around a bottom portion of the body and around the opening. The appliance includes a water supply apparatus supported by the housing and in fluid communication with the cylindrical dispenser, a container holder supported by the housing and configured to removably hold a plurality of containers, and a plurality of pumps supported by the housing and configured to operate with the water supply apparatus and the containers held by the container holder. The appliance also includes a user beverage requester supported by the housing and a computer supported by the housing, the computer connected to the user beverage requester and configured to control the plurality of pumps to cause the dispensing of a beverage.12-09-2010
062393000 With intermediate indirect heat transfer fluid container or conductor 3
20080264093Insulated and Refrigerated Beverage Transport Line - An insulated and refrigerated beverage transport line provides enhanced temperature control of one or more beverages conveyed through the transport line. A plurality of coolant lines carrying a re-circulated coolant makes contact with the one or more product lines. One or more empty lines, referred to as packers, may be placed between the coolant lines and the product lines to provide a dimensionally stable and tight group of lines that are bundled together. An external insulation is provided over the bundle of lines to further enhance insulation for the beverage being transported through the product lines. At least one dedicated coolant return line may be placed remote from the other lines. The dedicated coolant return line carries the highest temperature coolant found in a beverage transport system. Independent and separate insulation of this dedicated coolant return line prevents inadvertent heat transfer to the one or more product lines.10-30-2008
20100269535PYTHON FOR COOLING BEVERAGE LINES - A device for cooling one or more delivery ducts (10-28-2010
20090133430DISPENSING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISPENSING FLUID IN AN APPLIANCE - A dispensing system and method for storing and dispensing a temperature controlled fluid from an appliance includes a tank for storing the temperature controlled fluid and a dispenser outlet for dispensing the temperature controlled fluid. A dispenser fluid line fluidly couples the tank and the dispenser outlet. A pump dispenses the temperature controlled fluid from the tank through the dispenser outlet upon receipt of a dispense signal and subsequently withdraws any residual temperature controlled fluid from the dispenser fluid line.05-28-2009
062392000 With agitator for withdrawable liquid 1
20080202148Beverage cooler - A beverage cooling apparatus including a first circuit forming a first set of fluid flow paths, a second circuit forming a second set of fluid flow paths in parallel with the first set of fluid flow paths, and a third circuit forming a third set of fluid flow paths in parallel with the first and second sets of fluid flow paths.08-28-2008
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20090193834REFRIGERATOR WITH A WATER TANK - A refrigeration appliance with a water tank having an interior with an inlet connection and an outlet connection connected to a water dispenser, the water tank being divided by at least a first fin disposed in the tank interior and dividing the interior into at least two sections through which the contents of the tank flow from the inlet connection to the outlet connection, with the at least two sections merging into one another at a free edge of the fin, with the at least one fin being formed with a through-opening formed a predetermined distance from the free edge and connecting the at least two sections, the cross-sectional dimension of the through-opening being smaller than the cross-sectional dimension of the at least two sections.08-06-2009
20110185762LEVER DESIGN VERSION OF "PUSH BUTTON" FILTER - Described in this application is an improved cartridge, such as a water filter, and housing for the filter. The filter is preferably of the push-in type and the filter housing includes an assembly to automatically set the water filter in position as a cover over the filter is closed. According to one embodiment, the assembly consists of a cover and lever linkage which engage complimentary protrusions on the water filter.08-04-2011
20110283734REFRIGERATOR - A refrigerator is provided. The refrigerator includes a main body defining a refrigerator compartment and a freezer compartment, a refrigerator compartment door selectively closing the refrigerator compartment, a freezer compartment door selectively closing the freezer compartment, and a dispenser installed on a rear surface of the refrigerator compartment door to dispense drinking water through the rear surface of the refrigerator compartment door.11-24-2011
20100043480REFRIGERATOR AND DISPENSER FOR THE SAME - According to the structure of the refrigerator and the dispenser for the same, water is easily dispensed as the water dispensing device and the ice dispensing device are separately provided and the water dispensing button is provided at the front of the chute cover, and the water dispensing device is minimally damaged due to the absorbing pad structure.02-25-2010
20100043479REFRIGERATOR - Provided is a refrigerator. More functions can be added to a refrigerator door by coupling a home bar and a dispenser. Also, since the dispenser is disposed so that it is shielded from the outside, contamination of the dispenser can be prevented.02-25-2010
20090158766METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR LOCKING CONTROL SYSTEMS OF AN APPLIANCE AND AN APPLIANCE INCORPORATING THE SYSTEM - A system for locking control systems of an appliance includes a lock control that is configured to selectively place at least one of the user-controllable systems in a locked condition while allowing another of the user-controlled systems to remain in an unlocked condition. The system generally includes an appliance operation control, at least one interface and the lock control. The appliance operation control is configured to control user-adjustable controllable systems of the appliance in response to input received by the appliance operation control. The at least one interface is on the appliance and is in communication with the appliance operation control. The at least one interface is configured to receive input via the interface to control at least two of the user-controllable systems of the appliance. When a user-controllable system is in the locked condition, the locked control system is inoperative or unable to be adjusted. A method for selectively locking control systems of an appliance is also disclosed.06-25-2009
20090120122Water supply for supplyingan ice cube maker and/or a water dispenser of a refrigerator and/or freezer - The present invention relates to a water supply device for the water supply of an ice cube maker and/or water dispenser of a refrigerator and/or freezer, comprising a water tank, which includes a filling hole for manually filling the water tank and an outlet connection for connecting the water tank to a supply conduit of the ice cube maker and/or water dispenser. The invention furthermore relates to a refrigerator and/or freezer with such a water supply device. The invention is based on the idea to combine the advantages of a fixed water connection with the advantages of a manually fillable water tank. In accordance with the invention, it is proposed to use a manually fillable water tank on which a fixed water connection is provided for connection of the water tank to a stationary water conduit. The water supply device thereby can selectively be operated manually, in particular when no fixed water connection is provided, or automatically, when such fixed water connection is provided. In this way, the comfort of a fixed water connection is incorporated, but the presence of a stationary water conduit is no condition for mounting or operating the refrigerator with water supply point. In automatic operation, the combination of the manually fillable water tank with the fixed water connection also provides advantages over pure solutions with fixed water connection. Thus, a simple cleaning of the system can be achieved by adding a cleaning agent through the filling hole of the water tank. Other additives also can easily be added to the water to be dispensed. Moreover, when switching over to automatic operation, the first tank fill-up, in particular the water present in the supply conduit for an extended period, can be disposed of in a fast and uncomplicated way by draining the tank.05-14-2009
20120180517 PROVIDED IN A LIQUID DISPENSER - An improvement in a liquids dispensing means comprising a niche for accommodating a container to be filled with liquid, the niche being associated with the outer panel (07-19-2012
20090308096REFRIGERATOR - According to the preferred embodiments of the present invention a refrigerator provided with a home-bar and a dispenser is proposed. The refrigerator includes a body in which storage compartments are formed; a body door selectively opening/closing the storage compartments; a home-bar door provided in the body door; and a dispenser provided in the home-bar door.12-17-2009
20120186293LIQUID FLOW CONTROL AND BEVERAGE PREPARATION APPARATUSES, METHODS AND SYSTEMS - Apparatuses, methods and systems for liquid flow control and beverage preparation are disclosed. The apparatuses, methods and systems of the present invention include liquid flow control and beverage preparation capsules, pods, cartridges, pouches, systems, and modules for controlling and directing flow streams of liquid through a beverage preparation process. The apparatuses, methods and systems of the present invention may be used in combination with or included as an integral assembly of any apparatus, method or system for liquid dispension.07-26-2012
20090077995Refrigerator comprising a water pipe - A refrigeration device includes a frame and a door that surround a cooling chamber as well as a water pipe that extends inside the frame and the door. A coupling that is separated when the door is open while being connected when the door is closed is disposed between a section of the water pipe extending in the frame and a section of the water pipe extending in the door.03-26-2009
20090272142Refrigerating Device Comprising a Fluidically Conductive Door Connection - A refrigerating device, in particular a refrigerator and/or a freezer cabinet, comprising a heat-insulating housing and a heat-insulating door. At least one component is provided on or in the door, said component being fluidically and/or electrically connected by means of a line to at least one element which is arranged on the housing. The door is articulated to the housing by means of a multilink hinge. A support, which supports the line when the door is open, is provided in the intermediate area between the door and the housing. The invention is characterised in that the inner chamber of the refrigerating device can be almost completely accessed, when a water dispensing unit is provided on the door and even with solid doors.11-05-2009
20090235683WATER DISPENSER FOR REFRIGERATOR FREEZERS - A water dispenser mounted on a door of a refrigerator freezer that is provided with a spigot that is movable between inner and outer dispensing positions. The dispenser includes a dispenser housing having a dispensing cavity and the spigot is movably mounted in the top of the dispensing cavity. When the spigot is in the inner dispensing position water can be dispensed into a container positioned in the dispensing cavity. In the outer dispensing position the spigot can dispense water into a container positioned outside the dispensing cavity. The dispenser housing can be provided with a movable tray in the bottom of the dispensing cavity. The movable tray can be withdrawn to support a container under the spigot in the inner dispensing position and extended to support a container under the spigot in the outer dispensing position.09-24-2009
20090090123Refrigerator Controlling Water Supply and Control Method Thereof - A refrigerator which supplies water by driving a water valve installed on a flow path connected between a water supply source and a dispenser and a control method thereof are disclosed. A driving voltage is applied to the water valve in a start-up operation and the phase of the driving voltage applied to the water valve is controlled after the start-up operation to reduce an average voltage, thereby preventing a malfunction due to overheat of the water valve.04-09-2009
20110283733REFRIGERATOR - A refrigerator includes a dispenser provided in a door and having a dispenser casing, which is provided with a first region and a second region located close to the first region. The first region and the second region are adjacent to a heat insulating layer of the door. A first heater is arranged in the first region for supplying heat to the dispenser casing and a second heater is arranged in the second region for supplying heat to the dispenser casing, with the first heater and the second heater being controlled independently.11-24-2011
20090314025BUILT-IN REFRIGERATOR WITH DISPENSING DEVICE - A built-in refrigerator having a housing formed with a front dispenser opening therein, the refrigerator including a frame member for surrounding an opening in a decor plate covering at least a portion of a front side of the housing and disposed in front of the dispenser opening, wherein the frame member is formed as a cover piece overlapping the edges of the opening, and an inner sleeve arranged between the cover piece and the front side of the housing.12-24-2009
20120096892WATER FILTER WITH PERFORMANCE INDICATING DEVICE AND REFRIGERATION APPLIANCE INCLUDING SAME - An assembly for filtering water includes a housing and a water inlet for supplying unfiltered water to the housing. A water filter includes an outer casing attached to the housing in communication with the water inlet and a filter medium within the outer casing. The outer casing has at least one portion that is at least partially translucent. The water filter filters the unfiltered water through filter medium to provide filtered water. A water outlet is attached to the housing for transferring filtered water from the outer casing to a device via the housing. An illumination device is mounted adjacent to the outer casing for selectively illuminating the portion of the outer casing that is at least partially translucent. Related refrigeration appliances incorporating such devices are also disclosed.04-26-2012
20120024003REFRIGERATOR - A refrigerator is provided. The refrigerator includes a main body defining a refrigerator compartment and a freezer compartment, a door selectively closing the refrigerator compartment and the freezer compartment, respectively, a plurality of receiving members spaced apart vertically from each other in the refrigerator compartment, and a dispenser between upper and lower spaces of the receiving members, the dispenser supplying drinking water.02-02-2012
20090282856Refrigeration Device Comprising a Dispensing Device - A dispensing device (11-19-2009
20100275637Water tank for refrigerator and refrigerator having the same - The water tank for a refrigerator, and refrigerator having the same, is capable of reducing a material loss, being easily manufactured, withstanding a high water pressure and easily adjusting a storage capacity according to demands by changing installation conditions. The water tank for a refrigerator includes a plurality of reservoir containers each having an inlet and an outlet, and at least one connecting pipe which is bendable to connect the reservoir containers in series.11-04-2010
20090266101DOMESTIC BEVERAGE DISPENSING APPARATUS COMPRISING AN ADSORBENT COOLING DEVICE - beverage dispensing apparatus for enclosing and cooling a keg (10-29-2009
20100005825BOTTLED WATER COOLER WITH OZONE STERILIZING DEVICE - Devices and methods for sterilizing bottled water coolers and water dispensed therefrom. According to certain embodiments, the invention includes a bottled water cooler, which comprises a water bottle, an exterior cabinet, a cold tank, a bottle receptacle located on top of the cold tank that is configured to receive the water bottle in an inverted position, and an ozone generator. The ozone generator is capable of dispensing ozone gas within the space located above a volume of water contained within the cold tank, such that the ozone gas will be effective to sterilize the interior portions of the cold tank located above the volume of water.01-14-2010
20090165493REFRIGERATOR DOOR HAVING DISPENSER - A refrigerator door having a dispenser is disclosed. The refrigerator door includes an outer case forming a front appearance of the refrigerator door, an inner case forming a rear appearance of the refrigerator door, and an insulation layer disposed between the outer case and the inner case. First and second mounting frames are installed at both side ends of the refrigerator door and have first and second mounting slots longitudinally formed in the first and second mounting frames in opposition to each other. The dispenser is detachably coupled to a front surface of the outer case and includes a housing, which forms an external appearance of the dispenser and is formed with a recess section. An external plate section is coupled to the front surface of the outer case except for an area in which the dispenser is installed, forming an external appearance of the refrigerator door.07-02-2009
20080282724Beverage Dispenser with On-Demand Refrigeration - A beverage dispenser provides numerous inventive features in its refrigeration system, diluent delivery system, concentrate delivery system, mixing and dispensing system, and control system. The refrigeration system employs a plate heat exchanger to provide on demand refrigeration of an intermittent water flow. The diluent delivery system includes a flowmeter/solenoid/check-valve assembly. The concentrate delivery system employs a positive displacement pump. The mixing and dispensing system includes a mixing nozzle that has a locking feature such that an elevated blocking surface directly faces the inlet of pressurized diluent to create turbulence. The control system receives package-specific information from a scanner and diluent flow rate information from the flowmeter, and then determines the pump speed in order to set a desired mix ratio.11-20-2008
20110203306HOT AND COLD WATER DISPENSER - Disclosed therein is a hot and cold water dispenser, which includes cooling means or heating means for cooling or heating water. The hot and cold water dispenser includes: a feed pipe having a flow path formed therein for allowing a flow of water; and a temperature control pipe disposed inside or outside of the feed pipe along a longitudinal direction of the feed pipe, the temperature control pipe having a space for receiving the cooling means or the heating means therein to cool or heat water flowing through the feed pipe by means of the cooling means or the heating means.08-25-2011
20090090124Water Dispenser For Refrigerator Freezers - A water dispenser mounted on a door of a refrigerator freezer that is provided with a spigot that is movable between inner and outer dispensing positions. The dispenser includes a dispenser housing having a dispensing cavity and the spigot is movably mounted in the top of the dispensing cavity. When the spigot is in the inner dispensing position water can be dispensed into a container positioned in the dispensing cavity. In the outer dispensing position the spigot can dispense water into a container positioned outside the dispensing cavity. The dispenser housing can be provided with a movable tray in the bottom of the dispensing cavity. The movable tray can be withdrawn to support a container under the spigot in the inner dispensing position and extended to support a container under the spigot in the outer dispensing position.04-09-2009
20090139258Method and Device for Producing Ice Droplets on Demand - A method and device for producing ice droplets on-demand in a refrigerator is provided wherein small water droplets are dropped from a valve through a supercooled chamber where the water freezes and forms ice pieces, such as in the form of pellets, while free-falling through the chamber, with the ice being directed to a dispenser assembly. The size and dispensing rate of the droplets can be selected by a user and regulated by a controller. The method and device eliminates the need for bulk ice storage and dispensing components.06-04-2009
20090199586COOLING DEVICE - The cooling device (08-13-2009
20080264092SENSOR SYSTEM FOR A REFRIGERATOR DISPENSER - A sensing system for a refrigerator dispensing system is used to sense the presence, positioning, height and shape of a container placed in a dispensing well. When the presence of the container is sensed in the dispensing well and the container is properly positioned relative to a dispensing nozzle of the well, a dispensing operation can be performed. The actual dispensing operation is regulated based on the height and shape of the container. In this manner, dispensing operations can only be performed when a container is appropriately arranged in the dispensing well and the dispensing operation will be timely terminated based the size and shape of particular container employed.10-30-2008
20110126577Water tank for refrigerator, manufacturing method of water tank for refrigerator, and refrigerator having water tank for refrigerator - A water tank for a refrigerator that withstands high pressure and prevents leakage of water and a refrigerator having the same. The water tank includes a plurality of water storage containers to store water and at least one communication member through which the water storage containers communicate with each other. The water storage containers and the at least one communication member are integrally formed by injection molding. Joints are considerably reduced, thereby reducing manufacturing costs, simplifying a manufacturing process, and improving productivity.06-02-2011
20090249821INSTANT HOT WATER DISPENSER FOR REFRIGERATOR - A refrigerator includes a main body defining a storage space therein and a door for opening and closing the storage space. The refrigerator comprises a water conduit for directing water supplied from an external water source to the main body of the refrigerator. An inlet valve distributes the water supplied from the water conduit into a hot water conduit and a separate cold water conduit. A cold water tank is mounted to one of the main body and the door for cooling the water supplied through the cold water conduit and then storing the cooled water therein. A hot water tube is mounted to one of the main body and the door for receiving the water supplied through the hot water conduit. The hot water tube includes a heater operably installed within the hot water tube and in direct contact with the water therein. The heater generates heat through the application of electric power thereto to heat the water within the hot water tube to a predetermined temperature. The hot water tube heats water on demand so that no separate hot water tank for storing hot water therein is required. A dispenser is installed on the door for dispensing the hot and cold water supplied from the hot water tube and cold water tank to the outside of the refrigerator.10-08-2009
20100154459LIQUID FLOW CONTROL AND BEVERAGE PREPARATION APPARATUSES, METHODS AND SYSTEMS - Apparatuses, methods and systems for liquid flow control and beverage preparation are disclosed. The apparatuses, methods and systems of the present invention include liquid flow control and beverage preparation capsules, pods, cartridges, pouches, systems, and modules for controlling and directing flow streams of liquid through a beverage preparation process. The apparatuses, methods and systems of the present invention may be used in combination with or included as an integral assembly of any apparatus, method or system for liquid dispension.06-24-2010
20120103002REFRIGERATOR - The embodiment relates to a refrigerator. A dispenser is not exposed to the outside when the dispenser is not used, such that the design of the refrigerator can be upgraded and the injection of foreign materials into the dispenser is blocked, such that sanitary conditions can be improved.05-03-2012
20120103001ILLUMINATED DISPENSING TARGET FOR DISPENSER RECESS AND REFRIGERATION APPLIANCE INCORPORATING SAME - An illuminated dispenser assembly for a consumer appliance panel includes a dispenser recess area located in the panel. The dispenser recess area is defined by walls including a bottom wall, a back wall and a top wall. The bottom wall has a top surface. A dispenser is located in the panel. The dispenser has an outlet extending through one of the walls of the dispenser recess area to dispense a substance from an interior of the consumer appliance to the dispenser recess via the outlet. A lighting element includes a light source located below the top surface of the bottom wall for illuminating a target area in the bottom wall of the dispenser recess. The target area is located relative to the dispenser outlet so as to identify a location for placement of a receptacle for receiving the substance from the dispenser. A related refrigeration appliance incorporating such an illuminated dispensing target is also disclosed.05-03-2012
20120103000DISPENSER RECESS WITH LIGHT PIPE AND REFRIGERATION APPLIANCE INCORPORATING SAME - An illuminated dispenser assembly may include a dispenser recess area defined by walls, such as a bottom wall, two side walls, a back wall and a top wall. A dispenser has an outlet extending through one of the walls of the dispenser recess area to dispense a substance from an interior area to the dispenser recess via the outlet. A lighting element is located for illuminating the dispenser recess. The lighting element includes at least one light source and at least one light pipe for transmitting light from the light source to the dispenser recess. The light source may be placed in different states and/or may illuminate with different colors depending on status, user selection, time of day, etc.05-03-2012
20120102999REFILLABLE CONSUMABLE BEVERAGE FLAVORING CARTRIDGE - A refrigerator includes a refrigerator cabinet, a freezer compartment, a fresh food compartment, a door providing access to the refrigerator, and a beverage dispensing system. The beverage dispensing system includes a beverage cartridge. The beverage cartridge includes a filter, a pump, and a beverage medium, wherein the beverage medium is combined with water to produce a flavored beverage. The beverage medium may be a powder or a syrup, which when mixed with water, produces a desired flavored beverage. The beverage cartridge is combined and connected with the beverage dispensing unit to filter and pump water in to pass through and mix with the flavor medium to produce a flavored beverage which may be passed through the refrigerator to an output where a user can fill a container with the flavored beverage.05-03-2012
20120102998MULTIPLE INLET DISPENSING APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR PREPARING BEVERAGES - A liquid dispensing apparatus and system for controlling the delivery of liquid additives is disclosed. In one aspect, liquid additives are delivered to a beverage preparation system through a multiple inlet pump for preparing a finished beverage. In another aspect, additives from liquid additive containers are delivered to a beverage preparation system through a multiple inlet and pumping section pump for preparing a finished beverage. Other additives are communicated through the beverage dispensing system for maintaining and cleaning the system and the multiple inlet pump for ensuring the hygienical integrity of the system throughout its use.05-03-2012
20100236274Refrigerator and/or Freezer Unit - The present invention covers a refrigerator unit and/or a freezer unit having at least one wall or door which has a cut-out in which a dispensing unit, in particular for ice, a liquid or the like, is located or through which such a dispensing unit is accessible, wherein a frame is provided to cover the dispensing unit and wherein fastening means are provided by means of which the frame can be fixed. In accordance with the invention, the fastening means include at least one fastening apparatus which is adjustable by means of a thread in the thickness direction of the wall or door and which has connection means, in particular latching means, by means of which the frame or another part of the unit can be connected, preferably releasably, to the fastening apparatus.09-23-2010
20090282857Refrigerator - Disclosed is a refrigerator capable of purifying water discharged to a spout just before the water is dispensed. The refrigerator includes a spout, a water delivery system guiding water to the spout, and a water purification filter installed on the spout in order to purify the water just before the water is dispensed.11-19-2009
20100293986WATER SUPPLY DEVICE OF REFRIGERATOR - Provided is a water supply device of a refrigerator. The water supply device includes a dispenser housing, a removable water tank, a dispensing lever, and a valve unit. The dispenser housing is disposed at an opening of a refrigerator door. The removable water tank is disposed on a side of the dispenser housing. The dispensing lever is rotatably coupled to the refrigerator door and manipulated to supply water from the water tank. The valve unit communicates with outside air and is coupled to a side of the dispenser housing to receive the water tank and is adapted such that supply of the water is controlled by operation of the dispensing lever.11-25-2010
20100293985Water Dispenser for Refrigerator Freezers - A water dispenser mounted on a door of a refrigerator freezer that is provided with a spigot that is movable between inner and outer dispensing positions. The dispenser includes a dispenser housing having a dispensing cavity and the spigot is movably mounted in the top of the dispensing cavity. When the spigot is in the inner dispensing position water can be dispensed into a container positioned in the dispensing cavity. In the outer dispensing position the spigot can dispense water into a container positioned outside the dispensing cavity. The dispenser housing can be provided with a movable tray in the bottom of the dispensing cavity. The movable tray can be withdrawn to support a container under the spigot in the inner dispensing position and extended to support a container under the spigot in the outer dispensing position.11-25-2010
20090071184Refrigerator Comprising a Dispensing Device - A refrigerator is provided that includes a housing and a dispensing device for flowable and/or pourable chilled material, the dispensing device being located in a front recess of the housing. The front of the housing is covered at least in part by an adjustable decorative plate. The recess is accessible through a hole in the decorative plate while a case that is open towards the dispensing device and the hole of the decorative plate is adjustably mounted in the recess.03-19-2009
20110239689REFRIGERATOR - A refrigerator includes a door and a dispenser mounted on the door. The door includes a front panel forming at least a part of the door's front surface. The front panel has a through-hole which is configured to at least partially correspond to the dispenser. The front panel is a glass plate, and has an upper region above the through-hole, a lower region below the through-hole and side regions which are located between the upper region and the lower region and which connect with the upper region and the lower region.10-06-2011
20110083463ICE/LIQUID DISPENSING BAY - An ice/liquid dispensing bay for a domestic refrigeration device is provided. The ice/liquid dispensing bay has a drip tray that defines a lower end of the bay and a drip plate that covers the drip tray. The drip plate has an edge with at least one locking recess into which a locking projection engages in a locked position. The locking projection is biased by a spring04-14-2011
20110079038REFRIGERATOR WITH A DISPENSER - A refrigerator dispenser includes an ice dispensing actuator, an ice dispensing chute, an ice dispensing housing positioned within a refrigerator door cavity and configured to define an ice dispensing cavity through which ice dispensed by the ice dispensing chute passes, a liquid dispensing chute positioned closer to a front surface of a refrigerator door than the ice dispensing housing, and a liquid dispensing actuator positioned on the ice dispensing housing and configured to receive input to inspire dispensing of liquid through the liquid dispensing chute.04-07-2011
20110061420Point of dispense chilling for blended iced beverage machines - A machine for dispensing blended iced beverages is characterized by a cabinet for storing a plurality of supplies of beverage ingredients and a refrigeration system for chilling an interior of the cabinet to chill the beverage ingredient supplies. A duct extends between the cabinet interior and a remote point of delivery of the beverage ingredients and a tubing bundle extends from the supplies and through the duct to the delivery point to deliver beverage ingredients from the supplies to the delivery point. The interior of the duct is chilled to chill the tubing bundle and beverage ingredients in the tubing bundle, so that chilled beverage ingredients are always provided to the point of delivery, even when the machine is idle for an extended period of time. Various techniques are provided for chilling the interior of the duct.03-17-2011
20090044560Refrigeration Device Comprising a Water Tank - A refrigeration device comprising a heat-insulated housing, which contains a storage compartment, a water tank, a fan for propelling a stream of cold air that passes through an evaporator and a distribution unit for the controlled distribution of the stream of cold air along at least two circulation paths, the first of which is in closer thermal contact with the water tank than the second.02-19-2009
20100263400BEVERAGE DISPENSER - To provide a beverage dispenser capable of appropriately and smoothly supplying a supercooled beverage.10-21-2010
20110209493REFRIGERATION APPLIANCE WITH HIDDEN USER INTERFACE - Provided is a refrigeration appliance including a cabinet defining a fresh-food compartment and a freezer compartment. The refrigeration appliance includes a refrigeration system that is operable to provide a cooling effect to an interior of the fresh-food and freezer compartments. A pair of doors is pivotally connected to the cabinet with a hinge assembly for restricting access to the interior of the fresh-food compartment. Each door includes a side portion extending between an exterior face and an interior portion of the door. The side portions of the doors generally oppose each other when the doors are closed. A user interface is also provided to the side portion of at least one of the doors comprising an input device to be manipulated by a user for controlling a target temperature within at least one of the fresh-food and freezer compartments.09-01-2011
20090126392Water tank for dispenser and refrigerator having the same - A water tank for a dispenser capable of improving convenience when the user injects water into the water tank and a refrigerator having the same are disclosed. The water tank for a dispenser includes a reservoir which stores water and has an opening, a cover which covers the opening and has an injection port to inject water into the reservoir, and an opening/closing unit which opens and closes the injection port, the opening/closing unit being operated by loading of water above and into the injection port to open the injection port.05-21-2009
20090126393REFRIGERATOR AND METHOD OF OPERATING A REFRIGERATOR - The present invention discloses a refrigerator including a liquid, cool air supplied to supercool the liquid, and a preventing means for preventing the liquid from existing as a solid phase, and a method of operating the refrigerator. The preventing means is at least one of an energy generator for supplying energy to the liquid supplied with the cool air to maintain the liquid in the supercooled state, a restricting member for interrupting the motion of the liquid, and a heater for converting the liquid converted into a solid phase into the liquid.05-21-2009
20080314065REFRIGERATOR - A refrigerator is provided to prevent sustaining of injuries by users, and which is capable of being hygienically used. The refrigerator prevents users sustaining injuries from inadvertently bumping into a dispenser or a tray when passing by the refrigerator.12-25-2008
20110041543BEVERAGE DISPENSER - To provide a beverage dispenser capable of appropriately and smoothly supplying a supercooled beverage. According to the present invention, there is disclosed a beverage dispenser including a beverage supply circuit 02-24-2011
20110162407Multiple barrel frozen product dispenser - A frozen product dispenser is characterized by at least two product freeze barrels for receiving product therein and for freezing the product for dispensing, and a refrigeration system for chilling the at least two barrels. The refrigeration system has at least two evaporators for and heat transfer coupled to each barrel, separate and controllable expansion valves each having an outlet coupled to an inlet to an inlet to an associated one of the evaporators, at least two compressors having outlets coupled to inlets to the expansion valves and inlets coupled to outlets from the evaporators, and at least one condenser in fluid circuit between outlets from the compressors and inlets to the expansion valves. The refrigeration system is controllable to selectively operate one or more of the compressors and one or more of the expansion valves in accordance with the cooling requirements of the barrels to provide an improved turndown ratio for improvements in efficiency of operation of the refrigeration system in response to changing cooling load requirements of the product barrels.07-07-2011
20100319388Lever for dispenser and refrigerator having the same - A refrigerator having an operation lever for a dispenser includes first and second levers interconnected to perform respectively different functions. At least one of the first and second levers is moved relative to the other one. Accordingly, the operability and the aesthetic appearance of the refrigerator may be improved.12-23-2010
20100319389LEVER FOR DISPENSER AND REFRIGERATOR HAVING THE SAME - A refrigerator having an operation lever for a dispenser includes first and second levers interconnected to perform respectively different functions. At least one of the first and second levers is moved relative to the other one. Accordingly, the operability and the aesthetic appearance of the refrigerator may be improved.12-23-2010
20110132021MULTIFUNCTION DISPENSER ACTUATION PAD - A refrigerator includes refrigerator cabinet, a door attached to the refrigerator cabinet, an ice and water dispenser mounted at the door for dispensing ice and water through the door, the ice and water dispenser including a multifunction dispensing actuation pad having a plurality of actuation points and wherein ice or water is dispensed upon selectively applying a pressure to one of the plurality of actuation points on the dispensing actuation pad. A method of operating a refrigerator includes the steps of providing a refrigerator and selectively applying pressure to at least one of a plurality of actuation points on a dispensing actuation pad of the refrigerator to select an ice and water dispenser function.06-09-2011
20090293530APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR A REFRIGERATOR HAVING LIQUID CONDITIONING AND ENHANCEMENT COMPONENTS FOR ENHANCED BEVERAGE DISPENSING - Apparatuses and methods for conditioning a liquid stream with a liquid dispensing system associated with a refrigerator, preparing an enhanced beverage using one or more of the individually conditioned liquid streams and a liquid enhancement device and minimizing the potential for back contamination of the liquid dispensing system are provided.12-03-2009
20100031691Dispensing Device for Free-Flowing or Pourable Products - A dispensing device for free-flowing or pourable products, in particular in a refrigeration device. Said dispensing device has a feed pipe for a pourable product, comprising an exit opening and a shut-off flap that is situated at the exit opening, and an outlet for the free-flowing product, said outlet being attached to the flap and displaceable with the latter.02-11-2010
20090173099Universal Glycol Cooler - The applied for technical solution is based on a problem to improve a universal glycol cooler comprising an evaporator, a refrigerating compressor, a drying filter, a throttling device, characterized in that the cooler additionally comprises an air-cooled condenser, high pressure relay, low pressure relay, wherein evaporator is a plate heat exchanger or a direct beer cooler able of controlling the temperature of beverage cooling. Glycol beer cooler permits beer cooling at the exit of dispenser up to −3° C. to −2° C. without any preliminary keg cooling at special refrigerating chambers. The design also permits beer dispensing at product temperatures above zero at dispenser exit. Beer flow rate in this line makes 30100 L/hr in case of continuous dispensing within one hour. Beer cooler permits dispensing of several grades of beer by turns or intermittently. The cooler permits selling even beer that obtained ambient temperature while stored in kegs.07-09-2009
20120042682COLD DRINK DISPENSER SYSTEM - A system for dispensing cold beverages. The system has a sealed enclosure containing an ice bath with a cold plate immersed therein and an ice system having an ice maker with a control mechanism operatively connected to said ice maker to maintain a predetermined quantity of ice in said ice bath.02-23-2012
20120055190FITTING ASSEMBLIES TO PROVIDE FLUID SUPPLY TO ICE AND WATER DISPENSERS IN REFRIGERATOR DOORS - A fitting assembly is provided that includes a bracket comprising at least one fitting having a first opening and a second opening, in which the second opening includes at least one ledge on an inner sidewall of the fitting and the first opening is interconnected with a first tube, in which the bracket, the fittings and the first tube are a unitary structure. A seal assembly is present in the second opening of the at least one fitting of the bracket, and a second tube in engaged to the seal assembly. The seal assembly includes a frictional bore surface and at least one gasket, which are in contact with the second tube.03-08-2012
20100175416REFRIGERATOR - Provided is a refrigerator. The refrigerator includes a refrigerator main body and a refrigerator door. A dispenser for dispensing at least water and a storage box in which a specific material for adding fragrance or taste to the water is received are provided in the refrigerator main body or the refrigerator door.07-15-2010
20100175415REFRIGERATOR AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - Provided is a refrigerator and a control method thereof. In the refrigerator and control method thereof, when hot water is dispensed from a dispenser, a safety tap is withdrawn to prevent splashing of water and enable hot water to be safely dispensed.07-15-2010
20100175417REFRIGERATOR - Provided is a refrigerator. A dispenser is provided inside the refrigerator. A water discharge port can be withdrawably disposed to conveniently utilize the refrigerator.07-15-2010
20090056363SWITCHING APPARATUS OF DISPENSER FOR REFRIGERATOR - The present invention relates to a switching apparatus of a dispenser for a refrigerator. The switching apparatus of the present invention comprises a switch 03-05-2009
20100326120REFRIGERATION DEVICE COMPRISING A WATER TANK - A refrigeration device having a water tank with at least one wall surface and a bottom surface and a flat heating system that is arranged on the water tank, wherein the flat heating system extends at least partially over the bottom surface.12-30-2010
20100326119DISTRIBUTION UNIT OF A REFRIGERATOR AND ASSOCIATED REFRIGERATOR - A refrigerator, including a distribution unit and a recess that has a rear wall. The rear wall includes a removable cover; and the refrigerator further includes at least one lead-guiding device that is provided in a region behind the removable cover towards the rear wall.12-30-2010
20120297817Water Filter with Monitoring Device and Refrigeration Appliance Including Same - An assembly for filtering water includes a housing, a water inlet for supplying unfiltered water to the housing, and a water filter including an outer casing attached to the housing in communication with the water inlet and a filter medium within the outer casing, the water filter filtering the unfiltered water through filter medium to provide filtered water. A water outlet is attached to the housing for transferring filtered water from the outer casing to a device via the housing. Some sort of indicia is located on the outer casing, and an optical device detects a feature of the indicia to determine if the water filter is properly installed in the housing. Related refrigeration appliances incorporating such devices are also disclosed.11-29-2012
20100229592Refrigerator - Disclosed herein is a refrigerator. In the refrigerator, a water purifying unit including a filter unit to purify water supplied from a water supply source is arranged adjacent to a drawer type storage container in an otherwise useless space of a storage compartment.09-16-2010
20100199705APPLIANCE WITH DISPENSER - An appliance having a housing including a body defining a compartment and a door attached to the body, a water supplier including a first valve actuator configured to cause water to be dispensed by the water supplier, a supply container holder configured to hold a supply container for a liquid supply, at least one user input device including a touch screen configured to enable a user to make an input to request dispensing of the liquid supply from the supply container, a supply dispenser including a second valve actuator and configured to cause the liquid supply in the supply container to be selectively dispensed from the supply container based on the input made by the user using the touch screen, and a dispensing computer configured to receive a dispense signal from the touch screen, in response to receipt of the dispense signal, cause the second valve actuator to cause the liquid supply in the supply container to be dispensed from the supply container for a first period of time to dispense an appropriate amount of liquid supply, and store data representative of the amounts of the liquid supply dispensed by the supply dispenser.08-12-2010
20100199704APPARATUS FOR OPERATING DISPENSER IN REFRIGERATOR - Disclosed is an apparatus for operating dispenser in a refrigerator, comprising a base member having a switch by which a dispenser of a refrigerator is operated: a pushing member for transferring a pushing force to the switch; a plurality of connection units connecting the pushing member and the base member to each other so that the switch may be pushed even if any position of the pushing member is pushed. According to the dispenser operating apparatus for a refrigerator, since the pushing member for transferring the pushing force to the switch is respectively supported at right and left side ends of the upper portion and the lower portion thereof by the plurality of connection units, the pushing force can be transferred to the switch even if any position of the pushing member is pushed, which may be convenient to users.08-12-2010
20110146330Mechanically Energized Substance Communication Coupling System - A substance communication coupling system includes a substance connector component for communication of a substance with another substance connector component. A substance switch is provided for selectively permitting communication of the substance between the substance connector components. The substance switch is activated to transfer a substance from a substance source to a substance consumer in response to a proximity sensor engaging a proximity target.06-23-2011
20110146329Proximity Sensor Enabled Substance Communication Coupling System - Systems and components for providing or receiving a substance through a substance communication coupling system. A substance switch is provided for selectively communicating the substance between a first substance communicating device, such as a host or other substance source and a second substance communicating device, such as a substance consumer. The substance switch is activated to transfer a substance in response to detection of a contactless proximity target associated with one of the substance communicating devices by a proximity sensor associated with the other of the substance communicating devices.06-23-2011
20110146328Substance Communicating Device with Mechanically Energized Connector - A substance communicating device for use in conjunction with an appliance or a system including an appliance and a consumable holder. The appliance has a first substance service connector component and a first service switch component. The substance communicating device has a second substance service connector component operably engageable with the first substance connector component to permit the communication of a substance between the first and second substance service connector components. The substance communicating device further has a second service switch component operably associated with the second substance service connector component, the second service switch component being configured to engage the first service switch component when the first and second substance service connector components are engaged to selectively permit the communication of the substance between the substance communicating device and the appliance.06-23-2011
20110232321ATOMIZATION OF FOOD PRESERVATION SOLUTION - Certain embodiments of the presently described technology provide methods and systems for providing an atomized food preservation solution to food stored in a refrigerator. Certain embodiments provide an atomization unit for a refrigerator for humidifying at least a portion of the refrigerator. The atomization unit comprises an atomizer for atomizing and dispensing fluid to at least a portion of the refrigerator, a water supply for providing water to the atomizer, the water supply providing water along a fluid supply path to the atomizer, a food preservation solute dispenser located along the fluid supply path at a location where fluid will flow over the food preservation solute dispenser. The food preservation solute dispenser provides a food preservative to be dissolved in water along the fluid supply path as fluid flows over the food preservation solute dispenser. The atomizer is provided with a solution including the food preservative and dispenses the solution to the at least a portion of the refrigerator.09-29-2011
20130118203REFRIGERATOR WITH DISPENSER - A refrigerator includes a refrigeration compartment arranged on an upper side of a main body, a freezer compartment arranged on a lower side of the main body, and a dispenser arranged on a ceiling of the refrigeration compartment to be adjacent to one edge of the ceiling of the refrigeration compartment. The dispenser includes a housing attached to the ceiling of the refrigeration compartment, a water lever provided to the housing such that one side of the water lever is pivotably movable, a discharge valve housed in the housing and connected to the water lever to selectively discharge water according to an operation of the water lever, and a filter unit provided to the housing to filter water.05-16-2013
20080202147Refrigerator with water dispenser - A refrigerator including a dispenser to extract water is disclosed. The refrigerator includes a main body having a storage chamber, a door opening and closing the storage chamber, and a dispenser disposed to discharge water, the dispenser including a button installed to be movable in a backward and forward moving direction, a switch pressed to cause water to be discharged, and a lever rotatably installed sideward with respect to the forward/backward moving direction of the button having one end disposed at a rear side of the button and an other end disposed on the switch and performing a seesaw movement sideward as the button moves in the forward/backward moving direction to press the switch. Thus, the dispenser can be formed to have a small thickness in a forward/backward direction.08-28-2008
20100307184DISPENSER AND REFRIGERATOR HAVING THE SAME - A dispenser and a refrigerator with the same are provided, the dispenser comprising a dispenser housing with an accommodating space therein, and a water supply unit disposed in the accommodating space, and implemented to adjust at least one of height and direction thereof, whereby the position of water outlet can be varied so as to facilitate a water reception.12-09-2010
20120017629DISPENSER FOR REFRIGERATOR AND REFRIGERATOR INCLUDING THE SAME - A dispenser for a refrigerator and a refrigerator including the same are disclosed. The refrigerator includes a cabinet comprising a storage compartment; a door rotatably provided in the cabinet; and a dispenser provided in the door to supply water outside the door, the dispenser comprising a power supply part which is able to be connected with an external device containing predetermined liquid, to supply an electric power to the external device.01-26-2012
20130192293METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROGRAMABLY TREATING WATER IN A WATER COOLER - An apparatus for a programmable self sanitizing water dispenser apparatus with a digital controller as well as a programmable method for generating ozone for cleaning the reservoir and the water contained within it. The apparatus includes an anti-spill receiver that houses the controller and that can contain a ozone generator.08-01-2013

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