Patent Number: 6,305,177

Title: Movable ice gate assembly for a beverage dispenser system

Abstract: A dispensing system includes an ice supply unit for increasing the ice availability of the dispensing system and a moveable ice gate assembly coupled with the ice supply unit for transporting ice from the ice supply unit about the dispensing system. The dispensing system includes a dispensing system ice storage unit coupled with the movable ice gate assembly of the ice supply unit for receiving ice therefrom. The ice supply unit includes an ice supply unit housing, an ice collection bin disposed in the ice supply unit housing for receiving ice, and an automatic ice maker assembly positioned within the collection bin for supplying ice thereto. The movable ice gate assembly is positioned substantially centrally within the ice collection bin and includes a post for channeling ice therethrough and a movable gate unit linked and in movable engagement with the post for discharging ice received from the post out the movable ice gate assembly.

Inventors: Edwards; William A. (Lavernia, TX), Grewal; Randeep S. (San Antonio, TX), Durham; Samuel (San Antonio, TX)

Assignee: Lancer Partnership, Ltd.

International Classification: F25C 5/00 (20060101); F25C 005/18 ()

Expiration Date: 10/23/2018