Patents by Inventor Bob M. Dobbins

Bob M. Dobbins has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20190156612
    Abstract: A smart vend motor is described which may be deployed in a standard snack and candy vending machine, a coin and bill dispensing machine, or the like. Each smart vending motor has a local smart control able to determine if its corresponding smart vending motor has been selected for energization from a signal sent to multiple vend motors. This smart controller can also control operation of multiple additional devices, such as LEDs to light products, consumer information displays, and product drop detectors. In some applications, vending of multiple vend motors at the same time is supported.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Bob M. Dobbins, Aaron H. Dobbins, Robert D. Ross, Scott Barnes
  • Patent number: 9947166
    Abstract: A readily reconfigureable cash dispensing system for providing change, such as coins of different values and bills or currency of different denominations needed by a retail store, grocery store, busy convenience store, or the like. A tray or trays for storing and delivering multiple rolls of coins or bills of a first value, as well as, a tray or trays for storing and delivering stacks of bills are described herein. A bill acceptor may be employed to accept bills used to purchase rolls of coins and stacks of bills, and a system controller can sense restocking and dispensing events to maintain an accurate inventory of cash in the bill acceptor, as well as, the total cash stored in the form of coin rolls or rolls bills, as well as, bill stacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Ellenby Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Bob M. Dobbins, Philip Rene Reger, Scott Barnes, Thomas Carullo
  • Publication number: 20180089968
    Abstract: A device designed to validate and transport paper currency in a protected fashion. While being transported, the device monitors for tampering or break-in attempts and subsequently generates warning notifications, or sounds an alarm depending on configuration and the type of tampering detected. The transport case provides end-to-end cash accountability from a location where a bill is inserted into the case, to the bank or cash destination, where the transport case is delivered. Additionally, a docking station accessory is described in which the transport case can be securely fixed while at a point of sale.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Inventors: Aaron H. Dobbins, Bob M. Dobbins, Thomas Carullo
  • Publication number: 20180066453
    Abstract: An electronic lock with an electronic sensing arrangement to accurately sense relative positions of a bolt which mechanically locks a door, such as a door of an electronic drop safe, and to also sense an electronically controlled plunger which locks the bolt in place. The arrangement provides a mechanism for sensing a variety of mechanical malfunctions, as well as, potential fraud or tampering situations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Inventors: Aaron H. Dobbins, Bob M. Dobbins, James Henry
  • Patent number: 9816673
    Abstract: A vending machine includes a controller with an interface to control vending machine peripherals including an integrated LED lamp assembly having a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) and a DC power connector to connect to a source of DC power within the vending machine. A power regulating circuit adjustably controls the amount of power provided to the LEDs in response to vending machine control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: ELLENBY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Bob M. Dobbins, Louis J. Frontino, Philip Rene Reger, Paul L. Mason
  • Patent number: 9799179
    Abstract: A device designed to validate and transport paper currency in a protected fashion. While being transported, the device monitors for tampering or break-in attempts and subsequently generates warning notifications, or sounds an alarm depending on configuration and the type of tampering detected. The transport case provides end-to-end cash accountability from a location where a bill is inserted into the case, to the bank or cash destination, where the transport case is delivered. Additionally, a docking station accessory is described in which the transport case can be securely fixed while at a point of sale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: ELLENBY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Aaron H. Dobbins, Bob M. Dobbins, Thomas Carullo
  • Publication number: 20170236356
    Abstract: A readily reconfigureable cash dispensing system for providing change, such as coins of different values and bills or currency of different denominations needed by a retail store, grocery store, busy convenience store, or the like. A tray or trays for storing and delivering multiple rolls of coins or bills of a first value, as well as, a tray or trays for storing and delivering stacks of bills are described herein. A bill acceptor may be employed to accept bills used to purchase rolls of coins and stacks of bills, and a system controller can sense restocking and dispensing events to maintain an accurate inventory of cash in the bill acceptor, as well as, the total cash stored in the form of coin rolls or rolls bills, as well as, bill stacks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventors: Bob M. Dobbins, Philip Rene Reger, Scott Barnes, Thomas Carullo
  • Publication number: 20170138544
    Abstract: A vending machine includes a controller with an interface to control vending machine peripherals including an integrated LED lamp assembly having a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) and a DC power connector to connect to a source of DC power within the vending machine. A power regulating circuit adjustably controls the amount of power provided to the LEDs in response to vending machine control signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: Ellenby Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Bob M. Dobbins, Louis J. Frontino, Philip Rene Reger, Paul L. Mason
  • Patent number: 9619957
    Abstract: A readily reconfigurable cash dispensing system for providing change, such as coins of different values and bills or currency of different denominations needed by a retail store, grocery store, busy convenience store, or the like. A tray or trays for storing and delivering multiple rolls of coins or bills of a first value, as well as, a tray or trays for storing and delivering stacks of bills are described herein. A bill acceptor may be employed to accept bills used to purchase rolls of coins and stacks of bills, and a system controller can sense restocking and dispensing events to maintain an accurate inventory of cash in the bill acceptor, as well as, the total cash stored in the form of coin rolls or rolls bills, as well as, bill stacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: ELLENBY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Bob M. Dobbins, Philip Rene Reger, Scott Barnes, Thomas Carullo
  • Patent number: 9593811
    Abstract: A retrofit LED lamp assembly and retrofitting method for use in a vending machine. The retrofit LED assembly having a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) and a power connector adapted to connect to a source of power within a vending machine. A power regulating circuit adjustably controls the amount of power provided to the LEDs in response to control signals received by a communication circuit in the lamp assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: ELLENBY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Bob M. Dobbins, Louis J. Frontino, Philip R. Reger, Paul L. Mason
  • Patent number: 9406208
    Abstract: A device designed to transport paper currency in a protected fashion. While being transported, the device monitors for tampering or break-in attempts and subsequently generates warning notifications, devalues currency with indelible ink, or sounds an alarm depending on configuration and the type of tampering detected. Further, techniques are described for transferring indelible ink efficiently and reliably to a cash compartment area of the transport case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Ellenby Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron H. Dobbins, Bob M. Dobbins, Thomas Carullo, Robert D. Ross
  • Publication number: 20160210801
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for providing an improved electronic safe are described. An electronic safe is provided with both a drop safe mode of operation in which cash is determined to be acceptable by a bill acceptor or validator and then stacked in a cash storage device internal to the safe, and an acceptability test mode in which cash is tested for acceptability and then returned to a user with an indication of the outcome of that test.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Publication date: July 21, 2016
    Applicant: ELLENBY TECHNOLOGIES, INC
    Inventor: Bob M. Dobbins
  • Publication number: 20160110939
    Abstract: A locking system for safes is described. An electronic lock is described having an electronic actuator mounted independent of a door of the safe. Power is delivered to the electronic actuator by a door independent power delivery system so that no battery is required in the door, no electrical wires go to the door and no other power arrangement is needed to provide power to the door. The electronic activator when activated interacts with a door mounted mechanical feature, such as passing through a lock tongue hole, and then engage a lock clearance hole or slot which is also mounted independently of the safe door. This approach allows one safe design employing an electronic lock to be used with a different door to include a further mechanical lock to provide a two lock approach or a single door with an unlocked handle where two different locks are not desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Publication date: April 21, 2016
    Applicant: ELLENBY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Bob M. Dobbins, Thomas Carullo
  • Publication number: 20160076707
    Abstract: A vending machine includes a controller with an interface to control vending machine peripherals including an integrated LED lamp assembly having a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) and a DC power connector to connect to a source of DC power within the vending machine. A power regulating circuit adjustably controls the amount of power provided to the LEDs in response to vending machine standard control signals received from the vending machine via a communication circuit compatible with the vending machine controller interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Publication date: March 17, 2016
    Applicant: ELLENBY TECHNOLOGIES, INC
    Inventors: Bob M. Dobbins, Louis J. Frontino, Philip R. Reger, Paul L. Mason
  • Publication number: 20160035173
    Abstract: A readily reconfigureable cash dispensing system for providing change, such as coins of different values and bills or currency of different denominations needed by a retail store, grocery store, busy convenience store, or the like. A tray or trays for storing and delivering multiple rolls of coins or bills of a first value, as well as, a tray or trays for storing and delivering stacks of bills are described herein. A bill acceptor may be employed to accept bills used to purchase rolls of coins and stacks of bills, and a system controller can sense restocking and dispensing events to maintain an accurate inventory of cash in the bill acceptor, as well as, the total cash stored in the form of coin rolls or rolls bills, as well as, bill stacks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Inventors: Bob M. Dobbins, Philip Rene Reger, Scott Barnes, Thomas Carullo
  • Patent number: 9142079
    Abstract: A readily reconfigurable cash dispensing system for providing change, such as coins of different values and bills or currency of different denominations needed by a retail store, grocery store, busy convenience store, or the like. A tray or trays for storing and delivering multiple rolls of coins or bills of a first value, as well as, a tray or trays for storing and delivering stacks of bills are described herein. A bill acceptor may be employed to accept bills used to purchase rolls of coins and stacks of bills, and a system controller can sense restocking and dispensing events to maintain an accurate inventory of cash in the bill acceptor, as well as, the total cash stored in the form of coin rolls or rolls bills, as well as, bill stacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Ellenby Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Bob M. Dobbins, Philip Rene Reger, Scott Barnes, Thomas Carullo
  • Publication number: 20150181673
    Abstract: A vending machine includes a controller with an interface to control vending machine peripherals including an integrated LED lamp assembly having a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) and a DC power connector to connect to a source of DC power within the vending machine. A power regulating circuit adjustably controls the amount of power provided to the LEDs in response to vending machine standard control signals received from the vending machine via a communication circuit compatible with the vending machine controller interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: June 25, 2015
    Applicant: ELLENBY TECHNOLOGIES, INC
    Inventors: Bob M. Dobbins, Louis J. Frontino, Philip R. Reger, Paul L. Mason
  • Publication number: 20140368343
    Abstract: A device designed to transport paper currency in a protected fashion. While being transported, the device monitors for tampering or break-in attempts and subsequently generates warning notifications, devalues currency with indelible ink, or sounds an alarm depending on configuration and the type of tampering detected. Further, techniques are described for transferring indelible ink efficiently and reliably to a cash compartment area of the transport case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: Ellenby Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron H. Dobbins, Bob M. Dobbins, Thomas Carullo, Robert D. Ross
  • Publication number: 20140368345
    Abstract: A device designed to validate and transport paper currency in a protected fashion. While being transported, the device monitors for tampering or break-in attempts and subsequently generates warning notifications, or sounds an alarm depending on configuration and the type of tampering detected. The transport case provides end-to-end cash accountability from a location where a bill is inserted into the case, to the bank or cash destination, where the transport case is delivered. Additionally, a docking station accessory is described in which the transport case can be securely fixed while at a point of sale.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: ELLENBY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Aaron H. Dobbins, Bob M. Dobbins, Thomas Carullo
  • Patent number: 8905579
    Abstract: A vending machine includes a controller with an interface to control vending machine peripherals including an integrated LED lamp assembly having a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) and a DC power connector to connect to a source of DC power within the vending machine. A power regulating circuit adjustably controls the amount of power provided to the LEDs in response to vending machine standard control signals received from the vending machine via a communication circuit compatible with the vending machine controller interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Ellenby Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Bob M. Dobbins, Louis J. Frontino, Philip R. Reger, Paul L. Mason