Automated ice bagging apparatus and methods

  • US 20050103398A1
  • Filed: 11/19/2003
  • Published: 05/19/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/19/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An automated ice vending apparatus comprising:

  • a holding vessel configured and dimensioned to contain sufficient ice pieces to provide a constant supply for an indeterminate time; and

    an ice transferring device positioned in the holding vessel and configured and adapted to transport a portion of the ice pieces in a substantially horizontal direction to remove the portion through an aperture of the holding vessel to a weighing device, whereby the weighing device meters out a portion of ice pieces and deposits the portion into a readily transportable container.

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