Patent Number: 6,168,053

Title: Positioning apparatus and method for precision pouring of a liquid from a vessel

Abstract: Apparatus and method accomplishes the precision pouring of a liquid from a vessel to a predetermined position with a controlled rate of flow. Independently controllable horizontal and vertical translation of the vessel is accomplished by using two rotational elements lying in substantially parallel planes, with the rotational axis of the second element passing through the first element, and having offset first and second axes of rotation. Independently controlled tilting of the vessel about a third axis of rotation that passes through the second element maintains a desired pour rate and aim point for the pour stream. The apparatus is particularly useful when the vessel and the receptacle that receives the liquid are inside a sealed chamber.

Inventors: Keough; Graham A. (Hainesport Township, NJ)

Assignee: Consarc Corporation

International Classification: B22D 37/00 (20060101); B22D 037/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018