With Removable Receiving Chamber Patents (Class 232/43.2)
  • Patent number: 9637308
    Abstract: Unitary ornamental front load containers for containing trash and/or recyclables include a container for containing the trash and/or recyclables, and an ornamental surround attached with a connector to the front load container. The attached ornamental surround defines right and left front openings aligned with right and left front pocket openings of right and left fork pockets of the container. The ornamental surround obscures from view the front sidewall, the right sidewall having the right fork pocket, the left sidewall having the left fork pocket, the rear sidewall, and the at least one hinged top of the container by an observer standing on the ground. The container and the attached ornamental surround being liftable as a unit by forks of a front loading garbage truck to empty the trash and/or the recyclables from the unitary ornamental front load container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: DUMPSTER DRESS LLC
    Inventor: Paul Nichols
  • Patent number: 9568064
    Abstract: A chute opener for opening a chute of a grain trailer is provided. The chute opener uses a motor coupled to a motor gear to drive a shaft gear. The shaft gear drives a crank shaft coupled to the chute of the grain trailer. The gears can be disengaged to enable manual operation of the chute by a hand crank. A position sensor can be provided which determines a position of the shaft gear even when disengaged from the drive gear to maintain accurate chute positioning information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: MICHEL'S INDUSTRIES LTD
    Inventors: Bryce Gerspacher, Bud Michel, Ron Michel
  • Patent number: 9499337
    Abstract: A receptacle having a lid coupled to a receptacle body by a hinge is configured for the replacement of a flexible liner without removal of the lid. A flange extension is configured at an offset distance to the hinge and enables the perimeter of the flexible liner to be retained in a liner retainer and extend up and over the hinge and into a flange extension on the opposing side of the hinge. This configuration holds the perimeter of the flexible liner taut and ensures that it remains in place as contents are placed in the receptacle. A pair of trunnion hinges may extend in opposing directions from the receptacle body to provide a detachable attachment of a lid. A flange extension may extend substantially around the liner retainer portion or only a certain distance from the end of a hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: T.M. Fitzgerald & Associates
    Inventors: Thomas M Fitzgerald, David D McClanahan
  • Patent number: 9414890
    Abstract: A cart includes a main body, wheels, first drawers, at least one collecting bin and at least one driving unit. The wheels are disposed on the bottom of the main body. The first drawers are contained in a front space of the main body and are configured to be pulled out of the main body via a front surface thereof. The collecting bin is contained in a rear space of the main body. The collecting bin has an opening and an accommodation space communicated with the opening. The opening is located in the rear space such that the accommodation space is not exposed to the outside of the main body. The driving unit is coupled to the collecting bin and configured to receive an external triggering to turn the collecting bin out of the main body via a rear surface thereof, to expose the opening and the accommodation space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: MELTEN corporation
    Inventors: Fang-Chi Wu, Chih-Hung Tseng
  • Patent number: 9192272
    Abstract: An objective of the invention is to eliminate the need of a frequent dust waste by the user and to provide efficient device for wasting the dust that has been collected in the robot cleaner. The invention provides a robot cleaner capable of discharging dust out to a dust discharge station, wherein the robot cleaner is capable of moving autonomously to collect dust, the robot cleaner comprising: a dust container for storing dust; a dust inlet for collecting dust into the dust container; and an opening and closing mechanism of the dust container, provided at a bottom surface of the robot cleaner, for discharging dust collected in the dust container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Life Labo Corp.
    Inventor: Tetsu Ota
  • Patent number: 9061827
    Abstract: The present invention is a waste container and comprises a hollow base, a drawer assembly, drawer receiver, laterally-slidable drawer, tray, pivot mechanism, and air freshener actuator. The drawer assembly and drawer receiver provide a mechanical means to push in and pull out the laterally-slidable drawer. The laterally-slidable drawer contains the tray responsible unto which waste is deposited. The pivot mechanism positions the tray horizontally and vertically for receiving waste and disposing of it in the base. Because the drawer assembly is separated from the hollow base the user is provided with two separate compartments, one for inserting waste and one for storing it. Also, the nuisance of coming into contact with harmful odors and bacteria in the base is eliminated. Furthermore, the air freshener actuator releases an air freshener into the base to prevent unwanted odors from permeating through the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventor: Kathleen Brennan
  • Patent number: 8523050
    Abstract: An apparatus is illustrated for collecting containers and that includes a storage receptacle having an access door and a support tray. The storage receptacle has an opening through which a container is inserted for receipt on the support tray. The support tray has an initial substantially horizontal position. A scanner detects the presence of the container on the support tray. A collection bag is supported in the storage receptacle at a bottom thereof and for receiving a plurality of containers. The collection bag is accessible via the access door. A mechanism is responsive to the scanner detecting the presence of the container for releasing the container from the support tray to enable the container to fall into the collection bag. The container is released by the support tray pivoting from the substantially horizontal position to an angled position to thus enable the container to fall into the collection bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: William F. Andreozzi
  • Patent number: 8302916
    Abstract: A bag support is provided for supporting the upper portion of a bag. The bag support includes first and second side rails generally parallel to each other. A first bag retainer is positioned between the first and second rails for receiving a first portion of an upper end of a first bag thereon. The first bag retainer pivotable between a first position and a second retaining position for supporting the first bag in an open configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Riverwest Engineering & Design, Inc.
    Inventors: Casey M. Dembowiak, Edmund A. Malczewski
  • Patent number: 8276807
    Abstract: An apparatus is illustrated for collecting containers and that includes a storage receptacle having an access door and a support tray. The storage receptacle has an opening through which a container is inserted for receipt on the support tray. The support tray has an initial substantially horizontal position. A scanner detects the presence of the container on the support tray. A collection bag is supported in the storage receptacle at a bottom thereof and for receiving a plurality of containers. The collection bag is accessible via the access door. A mechanism is responsive to the scanner detecting the presence of the container for releasing the container from the support tray to enable the container to fall into the collection bag. The container is released by the support tray pivoting from the substantially horizontal position to an angled position to thus enable the container to fall into the collection bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventor: William F. Andreozzi
  • Patent number: 8157159
    Abstract: The flipping trash can is adapted especially for use in fast-food restaurants or the like. The trash can includes a pedal-operated, spring-biased lid. When the lid is opened, a tray (with trash thereon) is positioned on a tray receiving mechanism that flips the tray so that trash thereon is deposited in a trash bin. The mechanism is designed to then move the empty tray to a storage area for retrieval and reuse. A sound-emitting, electronic device may be attached to the lid and is programmed to emit the phrase “Thank You” when the lid opens. The receptacle can be designed in different configurations (animals, spaceships, autos, etc) to attract attention and enhance aesthetics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventors: Sara A-Abdulrahman Al-Hadhoud, Reem Abdullah Al-Oufan, Hessa Saeed Al-Ajeel, Mona Ahmed, Rehab Al-Naki
  • Patent number: 8132872
    Abstract: A waste receptacle has an outer cabinet housing and a waste or trash bag support frame that can be moved from a position where it is at least partially within the cabinet, to a position where the support frame is extended sufficiently so it can be rotated about an upright axis to provide access to a bag held on the support frame. The support frame has an open ring on which a waste bag can be placed. The ring is spaced upwardly from the bottom of the bag support frame so that when the waste bag is full, it can be detached from the ring and dropped down for removal, rather than being lifted up through a container opening or support. The waste receptacle can have a cover that can be actuated to move from a closed position overlying the bag support frame to an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventor: Troy Prosa
  • Patent number: 8096414
    Abstract: A medical implement dispensing and disposal system. The medical implement dispensing and disposal system comprises a container having an open end with a dispensing chamber and a disposal chamber defined within the container. A cover is configured to substantially close the open end of the container. The cover defines a disposal opening in communication with the disposal chamber. A dispensing opening is defined in either the container or cover and in communication with the dispensing chamber. A biasing assembly is positioned in the dispensing chamber and configured to provide a biasing force toward the dispensing opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Mark Brian Finnestad, Michael Sansoucy
  • Patent number: 8002172
    Abstract: A shredding/recycling paper collection system and device, wherein a cabinet-style housing with a self-locking door is adapted with a paper guard member to prevent unauthorized reach-in access and assist with directional feed, and wherein the door-mounted paper guard member and the uniquely supported collection bag hangers facilitate easy authorized access to collection bag contents, while also providing secure positioning for weighty materials within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Inventor: Bengt Lager
  • Patent number: 7832625
    Abstract: A method of promoting customer donations at a place of business includes providing a donation receptacle including a collection inlet, a proceeds bin, and at least one perforated section. The collection inlet is configured to receive monetary donations. The proceeds bin is configured to store the monetary donations received via the collection inlet. A donation path is at least partially defined between the collection inlet and the proceeds bin such that the monetary donations received via the collection inlet move along the donation path to the proceeds bin. The at least one perforated section is positioned along the donation path and is configured to separate the monetary donations from undesired refuse also received via the collection inlet. The donation receptacle is assembled to a cavity formed in a wall structure at the place of business.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Northgreen Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley C. Nordgren, Nathaniel R. Hallee
  • Patent number: 7775387
    Abstract: An apparatus for collecting selection devices or eyewear is provided. The apparatus comprises a collection bin component and at least one receptacle panel component or receptacle lid component positioned adjacent to said collection bin component. The at least one receptacle panel covers at least a portion of the collection bin component. The apparatus further includes receptacle panel openings formed in at least one receptacle panel component. Openings are arranged in proportions configured to receive the selection devices and enable the collection bin component to collect said selection devices. Signage may be provided in association with the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: RealD Inc.
    Inventors: Lenny Lipton, Jill Cook
  • Patent number: 7748605
    Abstract: A cigarette urn and method of assembly of same that defines an interior passage for smoking debris to travel when multiple components of the urn are assembled into a self-standing, upright assembly condition. A top one of the multiple components has a sidewall opening. The multiple components may be disassembled from the self-standing, upright assembly condition into an overlapping assembly condition with the multiple components overlapping and taking up less overall volume that in the self-standing, upright assembly condition. A fire retardant or heat resistant material may be lining an interior contour of a base of the multiple components. The top one of the multiple components may be of substantially uniform diameter along a majority of its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Global Equip, EMT Company Inc.
    Inventors: Richard B. Leeds, Mark A. Goldberg
  • Patent number: 7708188
    Abstract: A waste disposal device comprises a container having hamper. The hamper is insertable and removable through a movable door of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Playtex Products, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Stravitz, Richard S. Chomik, Mark Yoho, Stuart Leslie, Taek Kim, Aidan Petrie, Joe Sejnowski
  • Patent number: 7694811
    Abstract: A medical implement dispensing and disposal system is configured for mounting within an interior of an enclosure having a first opening for receiving soiled medical implements and a second opening for dispensing medical implements. The system comprises a dispensing chamber configured to be substantially enclosed within the interior of the enclosure and removed from the interior of the enclosure. The dispensing chamber is configured to contain medical implements and has an access opening for passage of medical implements from the dispensing chamber. The access opening is positioned for alignment with the second opening of the enclosure to facilitate passage of medical implements from the enclosure. The system further comprises a disposal chamber configured to be substantially enclosed within the interior of the enclosure adjacent the dispensing chamber and removed from the interior of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Covidien AG
    Inventors: Robert A. Brown, Anton M. Smudde
  • Patent number: 7654443
    Abstract: A garbage container incorporates an access located along one side of the container. The access port can be enclosed by a door. An access section bag holding structure can be incorporated across the top edge of the access. The side access garbage container allows the user to remove the garbage bag without lifting it from the container, but simply by sliding the filled bag out from the access section. The access can be incorporated into a stand alone container or one placed within a cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Inventors: Elois Fuller, Jerry Fuller
  • Patent number: 7624915
    Abstract: A recycling center receivable on a supporting surface is provided. The recycling center includes first and second sidewalls. Each sidewall has a forward edge, a rearward edge, an upper edge and an inner surface such that the inner surfaces of the sidewalls define a recycle receiving chamber. A lid extends between the upper edges of the first and second sidewalls. The lid has an aperture therethrough. A door is pivotably connected to the forward edge of the first sidewall. The door is movable between a first closed position and a second open position allowing access to the recycle receiving chamber. The door includes a transparent portion to allow an individual to view the recycle receiving chamber therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Riverwest Engineering & Design, Inc.
    Inventors: Casey M. Dembowiak, Edmund A. Malczewski, Mark D. Arnold
  • Publication number: 20090194579
    Abstract: A recycling center receivable on a supporting surface is provided. The recycling center includes first and second sidewalls. Each sidewall has a forward edge, a rearward edge, an upper edge and an inner surface such that the inner surfaces of the sidewalls define a recycle receiving chamber. A lid extends between the upper edges of the first and second sidewalls. The lid has an aperture therethrough. A door is pivotably connected to the forward edge of the first sidewall. The door is movable between a first closed position and a second open position allowing access to the recycle receiving chamber. The door includes a transparent portion to allow an individual to view the recycle receiving chamber therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventors: Casey M. Dembowiak, Edmund A. Malczewski, Mark D. Arnold
  • Publication number: 20090096240
    Abstract: A trash management apparatus in a vehicle includes a recessed portion, a moveable upper drawer, and a stationary lower bin. The drawer moves in one direction within the recessed portion to direct trash into the stationary lower bin. The drawer has a through-opening allowing trash to pass into the lower bin when the drawer is moved in the one direction, with the bin being removable via an access door in an exposed lateral surface of the center console. A sensor detects a presence or level of trash within the bin or the drawer, and an indicator illuminates when a predetermined amount or level of trash is detected. An actuator is alternately connected to the upper drawer to move the drawer in the one direction when a sensor determines that trash in the drawer exceeds a threshold level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Andrew J. Hanzel
  • Patent number: 7516880
    Abstract: A housing has a top, a bottom, sides, a back and a front. The housing has a primary chamber. The primary chamber receives unshredded mail. The housing has a secondary chamber. The secondary chamber receives shredded mail. A shredder is located in the housing above the secondary chamber. The shredder has controls to start and stop the shredder. A primary door is formed in the housing adjacent to the primary chamber. The primary door allows for adding mail to and removing unshredded mail from the upper chamber. A secondary door is formed in the housing adjacent to the secondary chamber. The secondary door allows for removing shredded mail from the secondary chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Inventors: Jason S. Crain, Troy A. Zengel
  • Patent number: 7513363
    Abstract: A medical implement dispensing and disposal system is configured for mounting within an interior of an enclosure having a first opening for receiving soiled medical implements and a second opening for dispensing medical implements. The system comprises a dispensing chamber and a disposal chamber defined by separate containers and configured to be substantially enclosed within the interior of the enclosure and removed from the interior of the enclosure. The dispensing chamber is configured to contain medical implements and has an access opening positioned for alignment with the second opening of the enclosure to facilitate passage of medical implements from the enclosure. The disposal chamber is configured to collect soiled medical implements and has an inlet opening positioned for alignment with the first opening of the enclosure to facilitate passage of soiled medical implements into the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Sherwood Services AG
    Inventors: Robert A. Brown, Anton M. Smudde
  • Patent number: 7431200
    Abstract: A donation receptacle is described including a collection inlet, a proceeds bin, and at least one perforated section. The collection inlet is configured to receive monetary donations. The proceeds bin is configured to store the monetary donations received via the collection inlet. A donation path is at least partially defined between the collection inlet and the proceeds bin such that the monetary donations received via the collection inlet move along the donation path to the proceeds bin. The at least one perforated section is positioned along the donation path and is configured to separate the monetary donations from undesired refuse also received via the collection inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: NorthGreen Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley C. Nordgren, Nathaniel R. Hallee
  • Patent number: 7422144
    Abstract: A system to separate and store trash in a multi-floor building includes a waste chute with at least one intake door located on a floor of the building. A login device identifies a user and a selection device selects the type of trash to be discarded. A first receptacle and at least one additional receptacle are provided. A diverter assembly diverts trash placed into the chute to the first receptacle or one of the additional receptacles. A controller includes a selector for selecting the particular category of trash is connected to the diverter assembly. A scale is connected to each additional receptacle for measuring the weight in each additional receptacle. The system stores the weight of the recyclable material deposited in connection with the particular user. A computer system processes and stores data. A method of using the system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Inventor: Michael Importico
  • Patent number: 7419087
    Abstract: A collection device comprises a shell and an outlet structure. The shell has top and bottom ends, front and rear sides, and left and right sides. The front side defines a front opening, the bottom end defines a lower opening, and an interior cavity connects the front and lower openings. The outlet structure extends downwardly from the shell and has a top end defining an upper opening and a bottom end defining an exit. The outlet structure top end attaches to the shell bottom end and encircles the shell lower opening. An interior cavity connects the outlet structure upper opening and the outlet structure exit. The outlet structure interior cavity is in communication with the shell interior cavity to allow items to pass between the shell front opening and the outlet structure exit. A method of discarding waste using a collection device is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: Starco, LLC
    Inventor: Loyd E. Owen
  • Patent number: 7416110
    Abstract: An apparatus for collecting particulate material has a collection tray (1) and a fire-resistant collection reservoir (21, 22, 23). A scraper blade (24) is attached to a carriage (7) which is arranged to be driven by an electrical motor along the base of the tray (1) so as to sweep particulate material into the reservoir (21, 22, 23). A pivotal lid normally closes an opening into the reservoir (21, 22, 23) until the scraper blade is ready to sweep particulate material into the reservoir, whereupon the lid is opened to receive the swept particulate material. Actuation of the lid for the reservoir may be operated by electro-mechanical switches or by a solenoid (60).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Inventor: John Campbell
  • Publication number: 20080087717
    Abstract: A system for collecting bio-waste material is provided. The system includes a plurality of collection receptacles associated with a structure, each of the plurality of collection receptacles receiving the bio-waste material without the use of water as a carrier. A transport network extends from each of the plurality of collection receptacles to at least one storage receptacle located at the structure. A plurality of carts are disposed within the transport network and collect the bio-waste material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Applicant: Mechanical Water Saver Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Vincent Paul Schaaf
  • Patent number: 7350690
    Abstract: A mail box configured to contain and reduce exposure to hazardous particulates, which includes a container having a deposit port at an upper end and a collection chamber at a lower end. There is at least one door at the upper end for mail to be placed into the deposit port. A normally open sealable bag is located in the collection chamber for receiving mail and for being sealed when the mail is to be removed from the container. There is a bag holder constructed and arranged to hold a bag in place and normally open so that in a first position, mail placed into the deposit port falls downwardly through the bag holder and into a bag in the collection chamber and which bag may be preliminarily sealed while in this position, and in a second position, the bag may be more securely sealed and removed from the bag holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. Fitzgibbons, John Hoover, Glenn L. Kehley, John T. Swider, Mary B. Wilcoxen
  • Patent number: 7234633
    Abstract: A biohazard-isolating bag is positioned in the interior space of a public mailbox. The biohazard-isolating bag receives mail that is deposited in the mailbox. A postal worker, upon retrieving mail from the mailbox, closes the biohazard-isolating bag. Contaminants that may be carried by letters or mailpieces are thereby contained within the bag and isolated from the environment exterior of the bag. The contents of the biohazard-isolating bag may be safely transported for further decontamination or processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Thomas Day, Leland Ray Jones
  • Patent number: 7204407
    Abstract: A device for the collection of articles, such as waste, dirty laundry and the like, has a carrying frame with several cutouts, into which can be inserted in each case a bag-like receptacle produced from a plastic film, from a textile fabric, from paper or the like. The receptacles are fastenable to the carrying frame. The carrying frame is formed all-round, at the edgings surrounding the cutouts, with a clamping contour in the form of projecting strips, grooves, or the like, into which frame-shaped or ring-shaped, elastically deformable holding shackles assigned to the bag-like receptacles and at least virtually closed on themselves can be inserted. The upper edges of the bag-like receptacles can be clamped between the holding shackles and the clamping contour on the carrying frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Inventor: Karl Laher
  • Patent number: 7159762
    Abstract: A publicly accessible drop box for isolating items deposited therein, includes a securable enclosure, a depository port, a closeable container having an opening and located within the securable enclosure, and a closure device for closing the opening prior to removal of the container. The depository port may include a housing forming a reception chamber having an entrance, wherein the housing is rotatably mounted within the drop box. The drop box may include a view port to allow viewing of the opening of the closeable container. The drop box may include a manipulation device extending into the securable enclosure to enable manipulation of the closure device or to enable movement of any items in proximity to the opening of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Felice, Michael W. Finney, Patrick J. Fitzgibbons, Eugene C. Stradley, John T. Swider, Louis B. Taylor, Michael A. Wisniewski
  • Patent number: 7059599
    Abstract: Bank notes placed in a tray (13) are slid into an enclosure (10), whereupon a lever (15) is operated to drive down a plunger (17) which opens flaps (21,22) in the bottom of the tray to displace the notes into a carrier (12) in a lower part of the enclosure. The carrier (12) has snap-fitted into its top a frame (107) which also has flaps (21A,22A) which deflect downward as the money enters a bag (108) provided by elasticated material which spans the frame (107). Thereafter a cover plate (111) seals the frame (107) which can then be removed from the carrier (12) to be transported e.g. to a bank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Volumatic Limited
    Inventor: Robert Anthony Wilbert Lewis
  • Patent number: 7040529
    Abstract: A mail drop box for isolating mail deposited therein having a closable, removable container inside the box for receiving mail and has an opening in the top. A plurality of mail transmitting chutes each having a deposit port at its upper end and an exit port at its lower end to receive mail through the deposit port and direct such mail into the container. The opening in the removable container is closed when desired to isolate mail from the ambient atmosphere and permit removal of the container without exposing the ambient atmosphere to hazardous particles which may be on or in such mail. A removal door permits removal of the container. A transparent door is adjacent to, but inside of, the removal door for allowing viewing of the opening of the container when the removal door is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: John T. Swider, Patrick J. Fitzgibbons
  • Patent number: 6892934
    Abstract: A decontamination bag is positioned in the interior space of a public mailbox. The decontamination bag receives mail that is deposited in the mailbox. A postal worker, upon retrieving mail from the mailbox, closes the decontamination bag. The decontamination bag is equipped with an exit valve and an intake valve. Air from the interior of the bag may be sampled for contaminants that may be carried by letters or mailpieces through an exit valve. A decontaminating agent may be introduced to the interior of the decontamination bag through the intake valve. The contents of the decontamination bag are thereby purified within the bag. After decontamination, the contents of the decontamination bag may be purged and fresh air may be reintroduced into the bag. The decontamination bag may then be opened in order to retrieve its contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventor: Oscar Lee Avant
  • Publication number: 20030230627
    Abstract: A garbage removal system, including a wall chute and garbage receptacle, that allows the user thereof to extract garbage from his/her home without ever walking out of doors is disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2002
    Publication date: December 18, 2003
    Inventor: Harold Newsome
  • Patent number: 6598787
    Abstract: A coin receptacle assembly for vending machines. A funnel unit is positioned in the machine and a coin receptacle unit is adapted to be removably mounted on the funnel unit. The coin receptacle unit includes a secure door which is movable between an open position when the coin receptacle unit is mounted on the funnel unit, and a closed position when the units are separated. A lock arm engages against the secure door when the units are separated to prevent the secure door from being opened by an unauthorized person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Assignee: Glenview Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: James J. Grinsteiner