Automated ice bagging apparatus and methods

  • US 6,932,124 B2
  • Filed: 11/19/2003
  • Issued: 08/23/2005
  • 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 and the ice transferring device further comprises an upwardly directional ice transport device operatively positioned and configured to receive the portion of ice pieces from a location adjacent the aperture and to transport the portion in an upwards direction 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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