Patents Examined by Jeffrey Shapiro
  • Patent number: 9886825
    Abstract: A money processing apparatus that performs input/output processing of money in a money unit configured to be pulled out from a casing and opened includes an actuator provided in the money unit; and an engagement portion provided in the actuator, configured to engage with the casing to lock pulling out or opening of the money unit in a stopped state due to power cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasuyuki Kawabata
  • Patent number: 9881436
    Abstract: A coin escrow apparatus, which is installed in a machine, and controlled by a processor of the machine, includes a base, on which a plurality of coin barrels, a motor, a coin separator, and a plurality of gate devices are provided. The motor and the coin barrels are connected in series, so that the motor drives all the coin barrels to work. The coin separator is above the coin barrels to guide the coins to different coin barrels according to their sizes. The gate devices are provided under outlets of the coin barrels respectively to be controlled by the processor to open and close the outlets of the coin barrels respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Yongmart Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih-Chen Juan
  • Patent number: 9881439
    Abstract: A container and a system for the processing of bank notes which are present as separate units. Beginning with a container for the processing of bank notes which are present as separate units, having a housing, open on one side, for the receiving of bank notes standing on their longitudinal edges, the container can be subdivided by means of separator elements, and the separator elements have free gaps toward the interstices formed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Erwin Demmeler
  • Patent number: 9875594
    Abstract: A sensing system is described herein. The sensing system includes a sampling module configured to define a sampling interval. The sensing system also includes a plurality of sensors to sample an inserted item based at least on the sampling interval. The sensing system includes a tracking module configured to obtain start sensor data from the sensors, determine if start sensor data is absent, increment an absence count based at least on the determination, compare the absence count with a threshold absence count, and reject the inserted item based at least on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Crane Payment Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Garry M. Knudson
  • Patent number: 9858743
    Abstract: A medium housing device includes: a frame including an internal space; a partitioning plate that partitions the internal space so as to intersect with a specific collection direction, and that forms a collection space in which the medium is collected along the collection direction; a partitioning plate moving section that moves the partitioning plate along the collection direction; a side guide that is attached inside the frame and that determines the size of the collection space in an intersecting direction intersecting with the collection direction; a positioning portion that positions an end portion of the side guide at one attachment position selected from a plurality of attachment positions; and a retention switching portion that switches between a retained state in which the end portion of the side guide is positioned, and a retention-released state in which the end portion of the side guide is not positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Madoka Wakabayashi, Kei Iwatsuki, Kousuke Moribayashi
  • Patent number: 9849590
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus capable of transporting a rotor from a first location to a second location, including: a holding device for engaging with a portion of the rotor at the first location so as to hold the rotor relative to the apparatus; a position determination device for determining the position of at least one component part of the rotor relative to another component part of the rotor or another body; a positioning device for positioning or repositioning said at least one component part of the rotor relative to another component part of the rotor or another body; and a movement device for moving the rotor from the first location to the second location. Also described is a method of loading a rotor into a balancing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Universal Balancing Limited
    Inventor: Steve Fowler
  • Patent number: 9852569
    Abstract: An apparatus for conveying money items, which is configured to singulate money items during conveyance, sense characteristics of money items during conveyance and eject money items from a conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventors: Kevin Mulvey, Robert Blythin
  • Patent number: 9842452
    Abstract: A banknote jam determination system and method, the determination system comprising a sensor unit (101), a banknote information storage unit (102), a banknote jam threshold computing unit (103) and a banknote jam status determination unit (104). The banknote jam threshold computing unit (103) can compute a threshold (M) according to an actual space (S) between the actual length (L) of the banknote and the sensor. The banknote jam status determination unit (104) uses a threshold (M) computed in real time to determine whether a banknote jam occurs, and therefore the banknote jam determination system and method are a dynamic banknote jam determination technique based on a varied threshold (M) of a banknote and a sensor, and can improve measurement precision and ensure reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventors: Fazhi Yin, Liang Xu, Zhiqiang Sun
  • Patent number: 9836909
    Abstract: Chip sorting devices may include at least one chip collection tube having at least one adjustable wall that at least partially defines an inner diameter of the at least one chip collection tube. The at least one adjustable wall may be at least partially rotatable to define different inner diameters. Chip sorting devices may include a chip hopper having a relief mechanism for clearing chips that become jammed between a chip chamber and a base plate of the chip hopper. Methods of sorting chips may include actuating the relief mechanism to increase a space between a top plate of the relief mechanism and the chip chamber. Methods of setting up a chip sorting device may include adjusting an inner lateral dimension of the at least one chip collection tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Shuffle Master GmbH & Co KG
    Inventor: Peter Krenn
  • Patent number: 9801476
    Abstract: A food service system is formed using a plurality of units capable of being interlocked together in a variety of customizable configurations. The units of the food service system include a food service bar with buffet pan chillers, a work table, a cashier station, and variety of connecting pieces for linking each of the units together. The food service bar comprises a sneeze guard that protects the food contained within the bar on three sides and can be broken down and folded down and into itself when the bar is being transported or stored. The buffet pan chillers are double sided and configured such that when frozen, may accommodate a shallow food pan on one side and then flipped over to accommodate a deep food pan on the other side while still maintaining the same serving height. Each unit is configured to receive multiple sizes of wheels or casters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Cambro Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Larry Maddux, Johannes Le, Jeff Nicholson
  • Patent number: 9799158
    Abstract: A coin processing machine includes a coin support plate having a coin support surface defining a coin path extending from an intake location to a coin removal station. Depressions formed in the coin path reduce the likelihood of coins, particularly wet coins, from adhering to and stopping along the coin path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: GCCM, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory F. String
  • Patent number: 9792754
    Abstract: A banknote handling apparatus 100 is configured to perform a sorting process of banknotes. The banknote handling apparatus includes: a taking-in unit 10 configured to take in a banknote one by one; a transport unit 70 configured to transport the banknote having been taken in from the taking-in unit 10; a recognition unit 20 configured to recognize the banknote transported by the transport unit 70; a control unit 50 configured to control the transport unit 70, such that the banknote having been recognized by the recognition unit 20 is transported to any one of a plurality of stacking units 60a to 60h, based on a sorting pattern; and a sorting-category receiving unit 40 configured to receive at least one sorting category. The control unit 50 is configured to create the sorting pattern by deciding types of banknotes to be stacked in the respective stacking units 60a to 60h, based on the number of the stacking units 60a to 60h and the sorting category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiomi Nakashima, Kozen Nakai, Toshihide Asada
  • Patent number: 9792753
    Abstract: A distributed system for tracking bank notes as they pass through an automated currency processing system is disclosed. The bank note processing system includes a conveyance device for transporting a bank note along a transport path and a detector module comprising a detector. The detector detects raw detector information from the bank note. The detector controller is communicatively coupled to the detector module and the raw detector information is communicated to the detector controller. A host controller is communicatively coupled to the detector controller. The detector controller processes the raw detector information to determine processed detector information. The detector controller then communicates the processed detector information to the host controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Toshiba International Corporation
    Inventors: Arin George, Sohail Kayani
  • Patent number: 9786112
    Abstract: A paper sheet handling machine 100 comprises an upper unit 10 having a paper sheet take-in apparatus 120 adapted for taking therein paper sheets, one by one, from the exterior, an upper transport mechanism 201a adapted for transporting the paper sheets taken in by the paper sheet take-in apparatus 120, one by one, and a recognition unit 220 adapted for recognizing each paper sheet transported by the upper transport mechanism 201a; a lower unit 20 located below the upper unit 10 and having a lower transport mechanism 201b provided to receive the paper sheets transferred from the upper transport mechanism 201a, one by one, and then further transport the transferred paper sheets, and a plurality of stacking units 106, each adapted for stacking therein the paper sheets transported by the lower transport mechanism 201b and sorted based on results obtained by the recognition unit 220. In this case, at least a part of a bottom portion of the upper unit 10 is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventors: Osamu Ito, Masakazu Miwa, Kouichi Maekawa, Fumiaki Koga
  • Patent number: 9786169
    Abstract: An on-vehicle information providing device for providing information to a driver based on information sent from an information providing center is disclosed. When a vehicle leaves an off-street facility having multiple exits to enter a road, the on-vehicle information providing device performs a first process of sending the information providing center vehicle-side information including information obtained based on starting time and exiting time of the vehicle and information identifying one of the exits selected for the vehicle to leave the facility; and performs a second process of receiving from the information providing center exit status information including exit time lengths calculated for the respective exits by the information providing center based on the vehicle-side information received from multiple vehicles and providing information to the driver based on the received exit status information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventors: Toshio Inoguchi, Tomoyuki Zaitsu, Yasuhiro Tooyama
  • Patent number: 9779573
    Abstract: Breakage of electrical components inside is prevented when live wire insertion-and-removal is performed after inhibition of an increase in costs. A coin processing device 1 includes a coin sorting unit 3, a coin housing unit 2, and a harness 4. The coin housing unit has a first connector 21 including a first terminal TH2, a second terminal TL1, and a first ground terminal TG1. The coin sorting unit includes: a second connector 31 coupled to the first connector through the harness, the second connector 31 including the third terminal TH4 to which a high voltage is supplied through the first terminal, a fourth terminal TL2 configured to supply a low voltage to the second terminal, and a second ground terminal TG2 grounded through the first ground terminal; a low-voltage power source circuit 32 configured to generate the low voltage from the high voltage supplied to the third terminal, and configured to output the low voltage from a low-voltage output terminal 32t; and a switch circuit 34.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: NIPPON CONLUX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akihiro Nobuhara, Kunio Iwakawa
  • Patent number: 9761077
    Abstract: A bank note processing system having a combined florescence and phosphorescence detection system. The bank note processing system includes a detection module which has a detector housing having a first compartment and a second compartment separated by a light baffle. An illumination source and a first sensor module are disposed in the first compartment of the detector housing and a second sensor module is disposed in the second compartment of the detector housing. The illumination source directs light to the bank note and the first sensor module measures the bank note's florescence at a first point in time. The second sensor module measures the bank note's phosphorescence at a second point in time and the detection module determines whether the bank note is a counterfeit bank note using the measured florescence and the measured phosphorescence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Toshiba International Corporation
    Inventor: Sohail Kayani
  • Patent number: 9734648
    Abstract: A media handler for detecting counterfeit media is described. The media handler comprises: a plurality of discrete sensors distributed along a transport path operable to transport a media item, and a controller operable to receive signals from the plurality of discrete sensors. The controller is also operable to make a decision on validity of the transported media item based on the received signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Robin Angus, Gary Ross
  • Patent number: 9721414
    Abstract: A document acceptor for authenticating and storing documents includes a document validator, a document cassette and a displacement actuator. The document validator is for authenticating received documents. The document cassette is for storing the documents received by the document validator. The displacement actuator is adapted to change a position of the document cassette from a first position to a second position to mate the document cassette with the document validator. Related apparatus, systems, techniques, and articles are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Crane Payment Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexandre Francois Ledoux, David Adam Blasko, Donald Lee Seagle
  • Patent number: 9710989
    Abstract: An automatic teller machine includes a guide, shafts and rollers. The guide extends in a conveyance direction along which papers are conveyed and includes a conveyance surface on which the papers are conveyed. The shafts are retained in the guide, and the rollers are turnably supported by the shafts. The guide includes a roller slot in which the rollers are disposed, and pairs of shaft slots that are opposingly formed to sandwich the roller slot. Each pair of shaft slots retains two ends of one of the shafts. The guide may include protrusion portions in the shaft slots that protrude in a direction orthogonal to the conveyance surface, and the shafts may include holes through which the protrusion portions are inserted when the shafts are retained in the shaft slots. Projection portions may be formed at the guide, projecting from predetermined positions of inner faces of the shaft slots, and the projection portions may abut against the shafts when the shafts are retained in the shaft slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Gentaro Matsuoka