Patents Examined by Jeffrey A. Shapiro
  • Patent number: 10961049
    Abstract: A trolley system for collecting and compacting rubbish in a vehicle has a trolley housing with two chambers formed therein with respective housing openings and a rubbish compacting device. The first and second chambers, and the first and second housing openings are arranged concentrically along a main direction of extent of the housing upper side or of the housing base. The openings are arranged above the second chamber. A sliding surface is arranged below the first opening and extends from an edge of the first opening, which edge is directed towards the second opening, to an edge of the first chamber, which edge is directed towards the second chamber. The compacting device arranged above the first chamber is designed to move a pressing plate between a starting position close to the housing upper side to a position lowered in the direction of the housing base to compact rubbish within the first chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Marc Spille, Matthias Reiss, Norbert Kaufeld, Heinrich Hölscher
  • Patent number: 10964150
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus (1) for processing documents of value, in particular bank notes, and a method for operating such an apparatus (1). The apparatus (1) includes several processing zones (2, 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 13), such as for example an input module (2), an operating module (3) and an output module (4). The apparatus (1) is further set up to detect events in the processing zones (2, 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 13), which require an intervention of an operator. The processing zones (2, 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 13) each have at least one cover (6), which, dependent on such a detected event, is automatically opened without intervention of the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: GIESECKE+DEVRIENT CURRENCY TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Alfred Schmidt, Peter Dopfer, Erwin Demmeler
  • Patent number: 10964148
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a coin chute for receiving coins exiting from a coin sorting system comprising a rotatable disc for imparting motion to the plurality of coins, a stationary sorting head having a lower surface generally parallel to and spaced slightly away from the resilient pad, the lower surface forming a coin path for directing the movement of each of the coins, and a reject slot, wherein coins exiting the reject slot travel in a first generally horizontal direction is provided. The coin chute comprises a lower tapered surface having a generally funnel shape having a larger perimeter at its top than near its bottom; and an upper generally vertical wall having an angled portion at an angle from the first horizontal direction coins exit the reject slot, the portion being positioned such that coins exiting the reject slot contact the angled portion and are directed in a generally horizontal second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: James M. Rasmussen, John R. Blake, David J. Wendell
  • Patent number: 10964149
    Abstract: This coin processor includes a sorting portion sorting coins, a coin container containing coins, a first coin outlet employed at least for discharging coins for refund payment, a second coin outlet employed at least for discharging coins for change, and a control portion discharging coins of a prescribed type reaching at least a prescribed number substantially filling up the coin container from the coin container to one of the first coin outlet and the second coin outlet when the number of coins of the prescribed type contained in the coin container reaches at least the prescribed number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Nobuyuki Niizuma
  • Patent number: 10954813
    Abstract: A planetary gearbox system with a ring gear, a sun gear, a carrier and planetary gears as parts in a geared aircraft turbofan engine, with one static part of the parts being in rest under nominal operation and with a kinematic switch device for decoupling the static part to become a rotatable part or with a kinematic switch device for coupling the rotatable part to become a static part. The invention also relates to a method for operating a planetary gearbox system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG
    Inventor: Hannes Wuestenberg
  • Patent number: 10937265
    Abstract: A coin-roll handling device includes a coin-roll characteristic-value detecting unit 50 configured to detect at least one of a first characteristic value relating to a diameter of a roll of coins being transported by a transporting unit 40 and a second characteristic value relating to a material of the roll of coins being transported by the transporting unit 40, provided downstream of a storage unit 10 in a transportation direction of the roll of coins by the transporting unit 40 and a denomination determining unit 92 configured to determine a denomination of the roll of coins based on at least one of the first characteristic value relating to the diameter of the roll of coins and the second characteristic value relating to the material of the roll of coins detected by the coin-roll characteristic-value detecting unit 50.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventors: Yasushi Yokota, Hitoshi Ueno, Youhei Kamada, Mitsunori Yokota, Yoshinori Doi
  • Patent number: 10922914
    Abstract: A bill processing apparatus which is capable of reliably supplying information on a bill to the bill housing body side. The paper sheet processing apparatus has a bill housing part (100) being capable of housing a bill inserted from a bill insertion slot, and also a reader/writer (142) which wirelessly transmits information on the bill inserted from the bill insertion slot. The bill housing part (100) has a coil antenna (104c) which wirelessly receives the information transmitted from the reader/writer (142), and a storage part (104b) which stores the information on the bill received from the coil antenna (104c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takao Nireki
  • Patent number: 10902693
    Abstract: A document handling apparatus for recycling documents includes an authentication unit, a first recycling storage unit, a document cassette, and a controller. The authentication unit is for receiving an input document and classifying the input document as having a class that is one of a plurality of classes. The first recycling storage unit is adapted to store documents belonging to two or more of the plurality of classes. The document cassette is adapted to store received documents. The controller is adapted to direct the input document to one of the document cassette and the first recycling storage unit based on content of the first recycling storage unit and the class of the input document. Related apparatus, systems, techniques, and articles are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Crane Payment Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Neil Young
  • Patent number: 10896566
    Abstract: A coin input to a deposit opening is determined a denomination by a coin identifying device, and is allocated and held in a denomination storing and dispensing device in a course of being transported to a coin transporting and distributing device. The coin of a specified denomination is sent from the denomination storing and dispensing device based on a pay-out command, and paid out to a pay-out opening by a pay out transporting device. When the holding amount of the denomination storing and dispensing device becomes full, the coin is not allocated to the denomination storing and dispensing device by the coin transporting and distributing device, but is dropped to an overflow coin slot, guided to an overflow coin guiding tube juxtaposed to the denomination storing and dispensing device and held in an overflow coin storing unit arranged on the lower side of the denomination storing and dispensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: ASAHI SEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masayoshi Umeda
  • Patent number: 10894663
    Abstract: An autonomous transport vehicle including a frame forming a payload area, telescoping arms movably mounted to the frame, each telescoping arm being configured for extension and retraction relative to the frame along an extension axis to effect transfer of at least one pickface to and from the payload area, and traversal, relative to the frame, in at least one direction that is angled to the extension axis, and at least one tab extending from each telescoping arm where the at least one tab extends in a direction transverse to the direction of extension and retraction, and the at least one tab on one of the telescoping arms opposes the at least one tab on another of the telescoping arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Symbotic LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Kapust, Gerald M. Friedman
  • Patent number: 10891819
    Abstract: The bezel assembly for data reception, for use with a bill validator in a financial transactional device, includes a bezel housing and a data reception assembly. The bezel housing includes a customer-facing front portion and a back plate connectable to the bill validator that is mounted within the transactional device cabinet. The front portion includes an insertion/dispensing slot for receiving currency and a projecting protrusion forward of the casing. The forward-extending protrusion accommodates at least a portion of the data reception assembly. The bezel assembly can include a wireless communication function that is communicably connectable with a mobile device via a wireless communication method, a manual entry function, a biometric reader, one or more cameras for scanning and decrypting 2D barcodes and the like, thus enhancing the overall functionality of the financial transactional device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: JCM American Corporation
    Inventors: Steve Johnson, Bryan Allen Wilcutt, Omar Jorge Rivera, Connie R. Masters, Scott A. Toth, Sr., Daniel Petersen, Brian Anthony Montano, Dominic Mohrhardt
  • Patent number: 10846970
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a vending system for renting carts or strollers. The methods comprise: performing tag read operations or barcode scan operations by a device disposed at a lock mechanism of the vending system to obtain a unique identifier for a cart or stroller; selecting, by a computing device of the vending system, an image from a plurality of pre-stored images based on the unique identifier; displaying, by the computing device, the selected image along with other images as part of a graphical user interface facilitating cart or stroller rental; receiving, by the computing device, at least one user input for renting a cart or stroller associated with one of the displayed images; and performing operations by the computing device to cause a release of the lock mechanism that is locking the rented cart or stroller to the vending system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: INNOVATIVE VENDING SOLUTIONS LLC
    Inventors: Richard Ruggiero, Gregory Ruggiero, Matthew Marino
  • Patent number: 10844951
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of controlling a torque transmitting apparatus having multiple selectively engageable couplers is provided. The multiple couplers may be selectively engaged and disengaged to provide a mechanical, friction or fluid coupling between portions of the torque transmitting apparatus and other components of a vehicle powertrain during various operational stages. The control apparatus includes a fluid pressure control device and a fluid flow control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Allison Transmission, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles F. Long, David C. Ames
  • Patent number: 10837218
    Abstract: A protective device which includes a sealed container which is made from a material which breaks under the effect of a shock wave in excess of a predetermined magnitude and a substance inside the container that gives rise to a bank note traceability factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNETO IP HOLDINGS (PTY) LTD
    Inventor: Michael Donald Robson
  • Patent number: 10821822
    Abstract: A motor vehicle transmission including an interface to a drive unit, a drive shaft, an output shaft coaxial to the drive shaft, a differential transmission paraxial to the drive shaft, a device for forming gear ratios between the drive and output shafts, and an electric motor with a fixed stator and a rotatable rotor. The output shaft is connected with the differential transmission by a chain drive and a downstream gear set coaxial to the differential transmission. The electric motor is at an axial end of the transmission where the interface to the drive unit is formed. The rotor is connected with the drive shaft. The chain drive is axially between the differential transmission and the downstream gear set or the downstream gear set is axially between the chain drive and the differential transmission, and the chain drive is axially between the electric motor and the downstream gear set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Michael Roske, Raffael Kuberczyk, Juri Pawlakowitsch, Bernd Unseld, Thomas Rosemeier
  • Patent number: 10823266
    Abstract: A transmission device for a motor vehicle includes a first connecting shaft operatively connectable to a first subaxle of a wheel axle of the motor vehicle; a second connecting shaft operatively connectable to a second subaxle of the wheel axle; a coupling transmission having a drive shaft operatively connectable with a drive aggregate of the motor vehicle, and an output shaft operatively connectable with the first wheel axle, wherein via the coupling transmission the drive shaft is operatively connected with the output shaft and with the first and the second connecting shaft for torque distribution; and a superposition transmission, wherein the output shaft is operatively connectable with at least one of the first connecting shaft and the second connecting shaft via the superposition transmission by shifting the superposition transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Christian Meixner
  • Patent number: 10814862
    Abstract: There is provided a hybrid vehicle comprising an engine; a first motor configured to generate a reverse voltage by rotation; a planetary gear mechanism configured such that three rotational elements are respectively connected with a driveshaft coupled with an axle, with the engine, and with the first motor; a second motor configured to input and output power from and to the driveshaft; a first inverter configured to drive the first motor; a second inverter configured to drive the second motor; a power storage device; and a converter placed between the power storage device and the first inverter along with the second inverter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yu Shimizu, Takashi Ando
  • Patent number: 10794470
    Abstract: A gear with an oil distribution system includes a first area at least approximately rotationally symmetrical with, in its radially inner area, an opening. Via the opening, oil is introduced from a second area into the first area during operation. Downstream of the opening with respect to the second area, the first area includes a collecting area extending in the radial and circumferential directions of the first area. An acceleration appliance for the oil, connected to the first area, is provided in the collecting area so a substantially radial flow direction in the direction of a radially outer area of the collecting area is applied to the oil that is present in the collecting area when the first area rotates. An area of the engine provided downstream of an outlet opening is in or can be brought into operative connection with the main oil supply circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE DEUTSCHLAND LTD & CO KG
    Inventors: Stephan Uhkoetter, Uwe Kracht, Jens Klostermann
  • Patent number: 10781058
    Abstract: The innovation disclosed herein is an improved palletiser for loading and packaging unstable articles, such as plastic, glass, steel, aluminium, etc. containers onto a pallet for bulk storage and/or transport. The innovation includes a pallet station having a pallet housing that receives pallets, a layer pad store substantially aligned with the pallet housing, a container lifting sub-assembly that receives a predetermined row of containers, a pusher assembly that urges the predetermined row of containers onto a pallet, and a layer pad transfer assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Gary Tempany
  • Patent number: 10781915
    Abstract: A method is provided for controlling a gear shift from a forward gear to a reverse gear in a transmission arrangement, the method including the steps of: positioning a first locking mechanism and a first connecting mechanism at least in a partially engaged state for reducing a rotational speed of a planet carrier of a second planetary gear set; and positioning a second locking mechanism in an engaged state when a rotational speed of the planet carrier of the second planetary gear set is below a predetermined threshold limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Volvo Construction Equipment AB
    Inventors: Jan Dersjö, Per Mattsson, Johnny Arne