A patent by the inventors De’Longhi, Giuseppe ( Treviso, IT); Aibionti, Andrea (Pease, IT); Altoe’, Edy ( S. Lucia di Piave, IT), filed on February 10, 2014, was published online on October 24, 2017, according to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews correspondents.
Patent number 9795249 is assigned to De’Longhi Appliances S.R.L. ( Treviso, IT).
The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: “In the current state of the art, there are fixed dispensers that have the drawback of not being adaptable to the heights of various cups that may be positioned on the respective resting surface, with the result that dispensing can involve undesirable spillage of hot water and/or escaping steam, which, in turn, can cause painful burns.
“A dispenser having a body that can be adjusted in position to adapt to various heights of cups has been proposed to overcome this drawback.
“This dispenser has a zone for attachment to the machine that is movable inside the body of the machine and that is connected to an internal hydraulic circuit of the machine by means of a flexible tube.
“One drawback of this adjustable dispenser consists in the need to provide for additional space inside the body of the machine so as to allow for movement of the attachment zone.”
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors’ summary information for this patent: “A further drawback of this adjustable dispenser consists in the risk of damaging the flexible tube, which is moved each time the dispenser is adjusted.
“Therefore, the technical task of the present invention is to realise an automatic coffee machine that makes it possible to eliminate the technical drawbacks of the prior art described hereinabove.
“Within the scope of this technical task, one aim of the invention is to realise a coffee machine that has a water and/or steam dispenser that can be adjusted in height, without requiring increased dimensions of the machine.
“Another aim of the invention is to realise a coffee machine that has a height-adjustable water and/or steam dispenser that markedly reduces exposure of the dispenser to the risk of being damaged.
“Yet another aim of the invention is to realise a coffee machine that has a simple and convenient system for adjusting the height of the water and/or steam dispenser. The technical task, as well as these and other aims, according to the present invention, are achieved by realising an automatic coffee machine comprising a hydraulic circuit having a fixed terminal piece for supplying water and/or steam and that is accessible from the front wall of the machine at a distance above the resting surface of the machine, and a dispenser that extends frontally to said front wall, characterised in that said dispenser comprises a hollow body having a first longitudinal portion and a second longitudinal portion that is rigidly connected to the first portion and developing along an axis transverse to that of said first longitudinal portion, said first portion having a first longitudinal end conformed for a rigid, removable hydraulic and mechanical connection with said terminal piece and a second longitudinal end distal from said front wall wherefrom said second portion extends, said second longitudinal portion slidingly supporting along the axis thereof an extension for regulating the dispensing distance from the said resting surface.
“Moreover, additional characteristics of the present invention are defined in the claims herein below.”
URL and more information on this patent, see: De’Longhi, Giuseppe; Aibionti, Andrea; Altoe’, Edy. Automatic Coffee Machine with a Water And/Or Steam Dispenser. U.S. Patent Number 9795249, filed February 10, 2014, and published online on October 24, 2017. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=9795249.PN.&OS=PN/9795249RS=PN/9795249
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