Global Patent Index - EP 1102951 A1

EP 1102951 A1 2001-05-30 - VACUUM PNEUMATIC SYSTEM FOR CONVEYANCE OF ICE

Title (en)

VACUUM PNEUMATIC SYSTEM FOR CONVEYANCE OF ICE

Title (de)

PNEUMATISCHES VAKUUMSYSTEM ZUR FÖRDERUNG VON EIS

Title (fr)

SYSTEME PNEUMATIQUE SOUS VIDE D'APPORT DE GLA ONS

Publication

EP 1102951 A1 (EN)

Application

EP 99938942 A

Priority

  • US 9917492 W
  • US 12805098 A
  • US 20707598 A
  • US 36479499 A

Abstract (en)

[origin: WO0008396A1] Vacuum pneumatic conveying apparatus (2) and method are described to provide for a simple, economical, convenient (and preferably automatic) system for conveying ice on an as-required basis from a source (1) such as an ice maker to one or more receptors (3) at locations remote from that source. The system can be configured such that dispensing locations can be added or eliminated from the system without the need to change the system configuration. The apparatus in various embodiments includes an ice source (1), a conveying conduit (24) from the source (1) to the receptor (3), a vacuum pump (34) for moving the ice through the conduit by vacuum, and the receptor. The receptor (3) may be an ice/beverage dispenser, an accumulator for retention and discharge to further devices, an intermediate storage dispenser, or an air lock device. Ice and vacuum may simultaneously be routed into different branched routes, utilizing a unique diverter/air shifter (130).

IPC 1-7 (main, further and additional classification)

F25C 5/00; B65G 53/24

IPC 8 full level (invention and additional information)

F25C 5/00 (2006.01)

CPC (invention and additional information)

F25C 5/002 (2013.01)

Citation (search report)

See references of WO 0008396A1

Designated contracting state (EPC)

DE ES FR GB IT

EPO simple patent family

WO 0008396 A1 20000217; AU 5331899 A 20000228; CA 2339219 A1 20000217; EP 1102951 A1 20010530

INPADOC legal status


2006-08-16 [18D] DEEMED TO BE WITHDRAWN

- Effective date: 20060218

2005-11-02 [RTI1] TITLE (CORRECTION)

- Free text: VACUUM PNEUMATIC SYSTEM AND PROCESS FOR CONVEYANCE OF ICE

2004-05-12 [RBV] DESIGNATED CONTRACTING STATES (CORRECTION):

- Designated State(s): DE ES FR GB IT

2002-09-04 [17Q] FIRST EXAMINATION REPORT

- Effective date: 20020717

2001-05-30 [17P] REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION FILED

- Effective date: 20010216

2001-05-30 [AK] DESIGNATED CONTRACTING STATES:

- Kind Code of Ref Document: A1

- Designated State(s): AT BE CH CY DE DK ES FI FR GB GR IE IT LI LU MC NL PT SE

2001-05-30 [AX] REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF THE EUROPEAN PATENT TO

- Free text: AL;LT;LV;MK;RO;SI