Patent Number: 7,611,031

Title: Beverage dispensing apparatus having a valve actuator control system

Abstract: A beverage dispensing apparatus for a residential refrigerator. The beverage dispensing apparatus includes a drink supplier including a drink supply canister holder for holding a plurality of drink supply canisters, a plurality of valve actuators for causing the drink supply to be selectively released from the drink supply canisters, a water supplier for selectively supplying carbonated water and non-carbonated water for producing the beverages, a gas supplier for supplying CO.sub.2 gas to carbonate the carbonated water provided by the water supplier and for supplying CO.sub.2 gas or other gas for pressurizing the drink supply canisters to provide a consistent flow rate of the drink supply from the drink supply canisters, a fluid director for facilitating the mixing of the drink supply from one of the drink supply canisters and the carbonated or non-carbonated water from the water supplier and one or more beverage requesters for enabling users to request one of a plurality of beverages.

Inventors: Crisp, III; Harry Lee (Marion, IL), Duff; Todd Erik (Paducah, KY)

Assignee: Beverage Works, Inc.

International Classification: B67D 5/56 (20060101); B67D 5/62 (20060101); G06F 17/00 (20060101); G06F 7/08 (20060101); G06Q 10/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/03/02017