Patents Examined by Mark Beauchaine
  • Patent number: 9886807
    Abstract: A money handling apparatus (for example, a money depositing and dispensing machine (100)) includes a reading unit (129) that reads change machine information that is information stored in a recording medium (304) about a money change machine (200) provided separately from the money handling apparatus; a dispensing unit that dispenses money; and a controlling unit (102) that controls the dispensing unit to cause the dispensing unit to dispense money that is to be replenished in the money change machine (200) based on the change machine information read by the reading unit (129).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventor: Yositaka Takami
  • Patent number: 9875593
    Abstract: Currency processing systems, coin processing machines, coin sorting and recycling assemblies, and methods of making and methods of using the same are presented herein. A currency processing system is disclosed which includes a housing with a coin input area for receiving coins and coin receptacles for stowing processed coins. A disk-type coin processing unit includes a rotatable disk for imparting motion to input coins, and a sorting head for separating and discharging coins from exit stations. An automated coin chute receives coins from one of the exit stations. The automated coin chute includes a movable diverter plate that selectively transitions between a first position, whereby coins received from the exit station of the disk-type coin processing unit are redirected through a coin-recycling output passage to a coin-recycling receptacle, and a second position, whereby coins received from the exit station are redirected through a coin-depositing output passage to a coin-depositing receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Adams, Glenn S. Gordon, Matthew J. Bochnak, Curtis W. Hallowell, John R. Blake, Mikhail B. Sobelevsky
  • Patent number: 9875595
    Abstract: A filter disk filters coins deposited into coin machines for counting, sorting, separating or processing coins to prevent the introduction or entry of foreign objects and debris into the coin machine, thus protecting and ensuring the proper functioning of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Cata Company
    Inventors: Deivid Henrique Coutinho, Vilmar Claudino Dos Santos Filho, Felipe Eugênio Dutra, Cristiano Scheidt Manoel
  • Patent number: 9870668
    Abstract: Currency processing systems, coin processing machines, and methods of imaging coins are presented herein. A currency processing system is disclosed which includes a housing with a coin input area for receiving coins and coin receptacles for stowing processed coins. A disk-type coin processing unit is coupled to the coin input area and coin receptacles. The disk-type coin processing unit includes a rotatable disk for imparting motion to the coins, and a sorting head having a lower surface adjacent the rotatable disk. The lower surface forms various shaped regions for guiding the coins, under the motion imparted by the rotatable disk, to exit channels through which the coins are discharged to the coin receptacles. A linear array of sensors is mounted to the sorting head and/or the rotatable disk. The sensors examine each coin on the rotatable disk and output a signal indicative of coin image information for processing the coin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: Tomasz M. Jagielinski, Matthew Tomor, Araz Yacoubian, David J. Mecklenburg, Danny D. Yang
  • Patent number: 9865114
    Abstract: A settlement system includes a register having a reception unit that receives a manual input of information corresponding to at least a part of deposited money from a customer and a transmission unit that transmits a sum amount of money corresponding to the purchased product and manually input information manually input through the reception unit to a cash settlement device and the cash settlement device that calculates an amount of inserted money by recognizing and counting the inserted money, calculates a total amount of the money deposited from the customer by using the amount of the inserted money and the manually input information received from the register, calculates an amount of change based on the total amount of money and the sum amount of money received from the register, and dispenses change money.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Doi, Minoru Higashiyama, Masatsugu Yokotani, Takayuki Kishibuchi
  • Patent number: 9865115
    Abstract: A coin processing device including: a material detection sensor including first and second coils facing each other with a coin passage interposed therebetween; an outer diameter detection sensor including ring-shaped third and fourth coils that surround the first and second coils, respectively; a first oscillation circuit connected to the material detection sensor that oscillates a first oscillation signal in an individual connection state and a series connected state and is connected to the material detection sensor and the outer diameter detection sensor; a second oscillation circuit connected to the outer diameter detection sensor that oscillates a second oscillation signal in the individual connection state; a switching unit that switches the individual connection state and the series connection state; a coin identification unit that detects an outer diameter of a coin using the second oscillation signal in the individual connection state or the first oscillation signal in the series connection state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: NIPPON CONLUX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasuyuki Kimura
  • Patent number: 9857297
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for classification and/or sorting of seeds with the help of terahertz time-domain spectroscopy, use of terahertz time-domain spectroscopy for classification and/or sorting of seeds and seeds classified and/or sorted with terahertz time-domain spectroscopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: KWS SAAT SE
    Inventors: Elke Hilscher, Frank Friedhoff, Christian Hirschmann
  • Patent number: 9852570
    Abstract: A cash processing device includes a cash inlet, a temporary reserving unit, storage units, a transport unit, and a control unit that controls a display of a deposit information screen, including a counting result obtained by the recognition unit, after the transport of the cash input to the cash inlet to the temporary reserving unit ends, and further configured to not instruct to open the opening and closing member when the first deposit method is selected and to instruct to open the opening and closing member when the second deposit method is selected, after receipt by the device of a confirmation that the counting result is correct, and before transport of the cash stored in the temporary reserving unit to the storage units ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kaoru Ono
  • Patent number: 9842455
    Abstract: A parking meter mechanism is described that may include a front housing, having a display opening for viewing a display through, connected to an internal structure. Additionally or alternatively the parking meter mechanism may include a contactless payment reader located behind the display. The parking meter mechanism may be secured to a lower housing. A back housing may be secured to the lower housing as well. The front or back housing may include a solar panel compartment and solar panel mounted therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: J.J. MACKAY CANADA LIMITED
    Inventors: George Allan MacKay, Gregory Emile Chauvin, Shamus John Angus McLarty, Ben Garvey
  • Patent number: 9842453
    Abstract: A banknote processing device includes: a plurality of storage units configured to store a banknote having a predetermined condition in a storage unit corresponding to the banknote among the plurality of storage units when the banknote is fed through a depositing port provided on a device main body; and a dispensing box configured to discharge the banknote through a dispensing port provided on the dispensing box by conveying the banknote, which is sent from the storage unit, to the dispensing box when a dispensing instruction is given. The dispensing box is configured to collect the banknote being stored in the storage units when a collecting instruction is given.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshinori Hemmi, Toshinori Shigeyama, Masao Nakayama, Masayuki Higashi
  • Patent number: 9842450
    Abstract: A banknote handling apparatus 100 includes: a taking-in unit 10 which takes banknotes in one by one; a transport unit 70 which transports each banknote from the taking-in unit 10; a recognition sensor 20 which obtains information related to the fitness of the banknote transported by the transport unit 70; and a memory unit 55 which stores a threshold value for an unfit note factor for determining the fitness of a banknote. A control unit 50 of apparatus 100 determines the fitness of the banknote by comparing the threshold value and a detected value of the unfit note factor based on the information obtained by the recognition sensor 20, and counts the number of times the unfit note factor has been used to determine the banknote as an unfit note. An output unit 35 outputs the unfit note factor and the number of times of reason.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventors: Kozen Nakai, Yoshiomi Nakashima, Toshihide Asada, Shinji Matsuura
  • Patent number: 9833815
    Abstract: Conveying system for transporting a material flow (M) comprising a large number of individual objects (O1, O2, . . . ), characterized in that with the conveying system, by means of optical detection of individual objects (O1, O2, . . . ) in the material flow (M), for these objects (O1, O2, . . . ) respectively the location position (x(t),y(t)) thereof at several different times (t?4, t?3, . . . ) can be determined and by means of the location positions (x(t),y(t)) for these objects (O1, O2, . . . ) determined at the different times (t?4, t?3, . . . ), respectively the location (xb(tb),yb(tb)) thereof at at least one defined time (tb) after the respectively latest of the different times (t?4, t?3, . . . ) can be calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
    Inventors: Robin Gruna, Kai-Uwe Vieth, Henning Schulte, Thomas Langle, Uwe Hanebeck, Marcus Baum, Benjamin Noack
  • Patent number: 9834950
    Abstract: Described herein is an earth auger and pole machine for automated installation of poles in earth banks of access roads to open-pit mines. The earth auger and pole machine is fitted with a mechanic boom comprised of a first link and a second link. The first link has an end attached to a base fixed to a conveyor vehicle, and the other end coupled to the second link. The second link comprises a magazine for loading the poles, an auger system to drill the ground, and an installer to place the poles into the hole. This document also describes a method for installing poles in sequence by using the earth auger and pole machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: VALE S.A.
    Inventors: Sebastião Carlos De Alvarenga, Magno Papa Vitalino, Airton De Souza, Áquila Capele Caldeira Pereira
  • Patent number: 9830762
    Abstract: The method according to some embodiments comprises a coin processing machine depositing a plurality of the coins from the coin processing machine through an upper opening of a generally rigid and elongated tubular body of a coin receptacle sleeve and into the coin sleeve until a top level of coins within the sleeve is adjacent to a top of a coin bag; and continuing to deposit additional coins through the upper opening and into the sleeve until a top level of coins within the sleeve is adjacent a full coin height level and above the top of the coin bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: John R. Blake, Curtis W. Hallowell, Marianne Krbec, William J. Jones, Thomas P. Adams, Glenn S. Gordon
  • Patent number: 9824521
    Abstract: A drawer 72 includes a coin container receiving unit 74 and a plurality of types of coin containers 76a, 76b having different shapes, each of the coin containers 76a, 76b can be placed in the coin container receiving unit 74, and wherein a number of the coin containers 76a, 76b installed in the drawer 72 is changeable according to a combination of the types of the coin containers 76a, 76b placed in the coin container receiving unit 74.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuo Nagoya, Kazuhiko Takahashi, Kenichiro Akita
  • Patent number: 9815654
    Abstract: A sheet processing system comprising: a sheet processing apparatus; and a sheet counting apparatus, wherein the sheet processing apparatus includes: a conveying unit for conveying a sheet to be processed; a determination device for determining the sheet conveyed by the conveying unit; and an accumulation unit for accumulating a rejected sheet on the basis of a determination result given by the determination unit, wherein the sheet counting apparatus includes a counting device for counting the paper sheet, and the paper sheet counting apparatus counts the rejected sheet accumulated on the accumulation unit of the sheet processing apparatus, and having a transmitting unit that transmits an information about the counting result to a receiving unit of the paper sheet processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Masahiro Shishikura
  • Patent number: 9811963
    Abstract: A money item conveyor comprising a plurality of money item conveying members configured to convey money items around a looped path, wherein the plurality of conveying members each comprise first and second money item support surfaces configured to simultaneously support a main face of a money item on the conveying member, the support faces being separated by an articulation region to allow relative movement of the support surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Crane Payment Innovations Ltd.
    Inventors: Stephen L. Hough, Michael J. Rigby, Robert James Blythin
  • Patent number: 9805259
    Abstract: A method for making available measuring data of a value-document processing apparatus for processing value documents includes feeding individual value documents in real time, measuring data for the value documents are captured by means of a sensor device and stored in an intermediate memory, such that feeding of individual value documents and/or the capturing of measuring data the current utilization of the intermediate memory is compared to a predetermined limit utilization, dependent on the comparison. The feeding of value documents is interrupted and measuring data from the intermediate memory are permanently stored in a permanent memory, and during the permanent storing and/or after the permanent storing of the measuring data in the permanent memory the intermediate memory is released again. After release of the intermediate memory the feeding of individual value documents and capturing and storing of measuring data for the fed value documents in the intermediate memory is restarted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: GIESECKE+DEVRIENT CURRENCY TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Matthias Hecht, Klaus Vrana, Karl-Dieter Forster
  • Patent number: 9802760
    Abstract: In an automated warehouse, if a controller receives an instruction to retreat a first carrier and if the first carrier is holding an article or if an article is housed in a housing shelf corresponding to an isolation region that is a retreat destination, the controller causes the first carrier to carry the article to a housing shelf to and from which a second carrier is able to transfer an article, then causes the first carrier to retreat, and then drives the second carrier within a range of a track except for the isolation region. When it is detected that one of first doors corresponding to the isolation region has been opened, the controller continues driving the second carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventors: Naruto Adachi, Nobuhiko Baba
  • Patent number: 9795263
    Abstract: A collection and sifting device provides a flexibly resilient truncated funnel shaped body having a top circumferential edge extending around an open top portion, and a spaced apart bottom circumferential edge extending about a diametrically smaller closed bottom portion with a sidewall extending between the top circumferential edge and the bottom circumferential edge. A plurality of spacedly arrayed through holes are defined in the bottom portion and in the sidewall proximate the bottom portion. Each spacedly arrayed through hole has a diameter smaller than a diameter of a U.S. dime. A bottom cap is releasably securable to the body to optionally obstruct the plurality of through holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Todd Perkins