Patents by Inventor Henri J. A. Charmasson

Henri J. A. Charmasson 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).

  • Patent number: 8459496
    Abstract: A machine particularly adapted for dispensing light items (19) packaged in symmetrical, frustum-shaped containers. The items are propelled through a tubular cartridge (3) by compressed air, and in the absence of any solid pushing, pulling or carrying device, then individually dispensed. A flow of compressed air generated by a blower (28) is s fed to the back of the cartridge. The items are dispensed under control of a toggling dual-gate mechanism (26, 27) at the front end of the cartridge. The dual-gate mechanism of a removable magazine (2) grouping a number of cartridges can be selectively addressed and activated by means of a solenoid-driven cross-bar assembly (38).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventors: Anton K. Simson, Henri J. A. Charmasson
  • Patent number: 7981054
    Abstract: A device for collecting, shipping and analyzing a pathological specimen comprises a collector stick projecting from the inside of the stopper of a first tubular vessel containing a solution. The bottom of the vessel has a hole sealed by a frangible barrier. When the first vessel is inserted into a second vessel containing a signaling element and having a pintle projecting inwardly from its bottom, the frangible barrier is broken by the pintle and part of the solution flows into the second vessel where it contacts the signaling element. A pin projecting from the inside of a cover for the second vessel punctures the stopper of the first vessel facilitating the flow of solution from the first to the second vessel. The analytical process can be performed in the absence of any contacting or manipulating of the first vessel and specimen collector by simply screwing the cap to its farthest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Inventors: Phuong Nguyen, Henri J. A. Charmasson
  • Publication number: 20100161114
    Abstract: A method for centralized mass processing of substitutable, good-holding magazines used in conjunction with computer-controlled vending machines. A memory-chip-mounting smart-card is used, not only to enter into the machines the magazine location and price of the various goods, but also to carry a sales transaction record of the replaced magazine, thus avoiding the need for magazine locking mechanisms and other security measures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventors: Frank Ruskin, Anton K. Simson, Henri J.A. Charmasson, Peter C. Brusso
  • Patent number: 7660647
    Abstract: A method for centralized mass processing of substitutable, good-holding magazines used in conjunction with computer-controlled vending machines. A memory-chip-mounting smart-card is used, not only to enter into the machines the magazine location and price of the various goods, but also to carry a sales transaction record of the replaced magazine, thus avoiding the need for magazine locking mechanisms and other security measures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Inventors: Frank Ruskin, Anton K. Simson, Henri J. A. Charmasson, Peter C. Brusso
  • Publication number: 20090057333
    Abstract: A machine particularly adapted for dispensing light items (19) packaged in symmetrical, frustum-shaped containers. The items are propelled through a tubular cartridge (3) by compressed air, and in the absence of any solid pushing, pulling or carrying device, then individually dispensed. A flow of compressed air generated by a blower (28) is s fed to the back of the cartridge. The items are dispensed under control of a toggling dual-gate mechanism (26, 27) at the front end of the cartridge. The dual-gate mechanism of a removable magazine (2) grouping a number of cartridges can be selectively addressed and activated by means of a solenoid-driven cross-bar assembly (38).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventors: Anton K. Simson, Henri J.A. Charmasson
  • Publication number: 20090024055
    Abstract: A device for collecting, shipping and analyzing a pathological specimen comprises a collector stick projecting from the inside of the stopper of a first tubular vessel containing a solution. The bottom of the vessel has a hole sealed by a frangible barrier. When the first vessel is inserted into a second vessel containing a signaling element and having a pintle projecting inwardly from its bottom, the frangible barrier is broken by the pintle and part of the solution flows into the second vessel where it contacts the signaling element. A pin projecting from the inside of a cover for the second vessel punctures the stopper of the first vessel facilitating the flow of solution from the first to the second vessel. The analytical process can be performed in the absence of any contacting or manipulating of the first vessel and specimen collector by simply screwing the cap to its farthest position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Inventors: Phuong Nguyen, Henri J.A. Charmasson
  • Patent number: 7367472
    Abstract: A machine particularly adapted for dispensing light items packaged in symmetrical, frustum-shaped container. The items are propelled through a tubular cartridge and individually ejected by a flow of air generated by a blower under control of a toggling dual-gate mechanism at the dispensing end of the cartridge. The dual-gate mechanism of a removable magazine grouping a number of cartridges can be selectively addressed and activated by means of a solenoid-driven cross-bar assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Inventors: Anton K. Simson, Henri J. A. Charmasson
  • Patent number: 7108180
    Abstract: One of a number of automatic vending machines run by one or more operators accepts payment for the goods it dispenses by creditable and debitable cash card, also called smart card. The machine includes a currency acceptor that writes on the card the sum in bank notes received by the currency acceptor. With each purchase, the given price of selected and dispensed goods is deducted from the card. The amount of payment received by the currency acceptor and the price charged are recorded by the machine and communicated to an account clearing house that debits the operator's account with the sum received and credits it by the charged price. A large number of goods and service providers using this type of automatic vending machines can accept the same universal card for the convenience of their customers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Inventors: Peter C. Brusso, Henri J. A. Charmasson
  • Patent number: 6845880
    Abstract: A container for holding and dispensing articles such as beverage cans and bottles wherein a first set of said articles are laid horizontally in a row over a slanted floor, and are retained therein by a vertically movable plate resting upon said row. A barrier projects downwardly from the front edge of the plate against the lowermost article in the first set and prevents the entire set from rolling toward an opening at the base of the slanted floor. A second set of articles is similarly positioned upon the plate. The weight of the second set prevents the plate and barrier from moving upward and freeing the first set until all the articles in the first set have rolled toward the opening. Additional plates and sets of articles can be superimposed above the first and second sets. A control gate is provided to allow the articles to be dispensed one by one through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Inventors: Henri J. A. Charmasson, John D. Buchaca
  • Publication number: 20040108329
    Abstract: A method for centralized mass processing of substitutable, good-holding magazines used in conjunction with computer-controlled vending machines. A memory-chip-mounting smart-card is used, not only to enter into the machines the magazine location and price of the various goods, but also to carry a sales transaction record of the replaced magazine, thus avoiding the need for magazine locking mechanisms and other security measures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2003
    Publication date: June 10, 2004
    Inventors: Frank Ruskin, Anton K. Simson, Henri J.A. Charmasson, Peter C. Brusso
  • Publication number: 20040050856
    Abstract: A container for holding and dispensing articles such as beverage cans and bottles wherein a first set of said articles are laid horizontally in a row over a slanted floor, and are retained therein by a vertically movable plate resting upon said row. A barrier projects downwardly from the front edge of the plate against the lowermost article in the first set and prevents the entire set from rolling toward an opening at the base of the slanted floor. A second set of articles is similarly positioned upon the plate. The weight of the second set prevents the plate and barrier from moving upward and freeing the first set until all the articles in the first set have rolled toward the opening. Additional plates and sets of articles can be superimposed above the first and second sets. A control gate is provided to allow the articles to be dispensed one by one through the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2002
    Publication date: March 18, 2004
    Inventors: Henri J.A. Charmasson, John D. Buchaca
  • Patent number: 6644495
    Abstract: A method for centralized mass processing of substitutable, good-holding magazines used in conjunction with computer-controlled vending machines. A memory-chip-mounting smart-card is used, not only to enter into the machines the magazine location and price of the various goods, but also to carry a sales transaction record of the replaced magazine, thus avoiding the need for magazine locking mechanisms and other security measures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Distributed Vending Company
    Inventors: Frank Ruskin, Anton K. Simson, Henri J. A. Charmasson, Peter C. Brusso
  • Patent number: 6478187
    Abstract: A vending machine is housed in a light, yet sturdy enclosure made of an external sheet metal shell and an internal seamless plastic liner between which a volume of expanded synthetic foam material is injected. One or more good-holding magazines are removably held within the enclosure. A keypad, alpha-numerical display and card reader are packaged in the door closing the front of the enclosure. A driving motor module and a coin acceptor are removably mounted against the inside liner. Due to the absence of complex or delicate structure, the machine can be serviced, cleaned and sanitized within minutes. A pair of vending machine, one holding snack food, the other beverage cans are coupled to work together and dispense combinations of items from a single control panel. Both the beverage and snack food holding magazines are driven from the same type of motor module mounted inside the liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Inventors: Anton K. Simson, Frank Ruskin, Henri J. A. Charmasson, Todd A. Simson
  • Publication number: 20020153382
    Abstract: A method for centralized mass processing of substitutable, good-holding magazines used in conjunction with computer-controlled vending machines. A memory-chip-mounting smart-card is used, not only to enter into the machines the magazine location and price of the various goods, but also to carry a sales transaction record of the replaced magazine, thus avoiding the need for magazine locking mechanisms and other security measures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2002
    Publication date: October 24, 2002
    Inventors: Frank Ruskin, Anton K. Simson, Henri J.A. Charmasson, Peter C. Brusso
  • Publication number: 20020117510
    Abstract: A vending machine is housed in a light, yet sturdy enclosure made of an external sheet metal shell and an internal seamless plastic liner between which a volume of expanded synthetic foam material is injected. One or more good-holding magazines are removably held within the enclosure. A keypad, alpha-numerical display and card reader are packaged in the door closing the front of the enclosure. A driving motor module and a coin acceptor are removably mounted against the inside liner. Due to the absence of complex or delicate structure, the machine can be serviced, cleaned and sanitized within minutes. A pair of vending machine, one holding snack food, the other beverage cans are coupled to work together and dispense combinations of items from a single control panel. Both the beverage and snack food holding magazines are driven from the same type of motor module mounted inside the liner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2001
    Publication date: August 29, 2002
    Inventors: Anton K. Simson, Frank Ruskin, Henri J.A. Charmasson
  • Patent number: 6367653
    Abstract: A centralized method for selling items through a plurality of vending machines installed at various companies' sites comprises using vending machines having a substitutable goods-holding magazines from which goods can be extracted only when fully installed inside a vending machine and only by use of a special key when the magazines are outside their machines. The magazines are filled at the supply center and distributed along pre-established delivery routes. The servicing of each machine consists essentially of opening the machine, removing the previously installed magazine, substituting a new full magazine and securely locking the machine without any accounting of goods or currency or any other maintenance work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Inventors: Frank Ruskin, Anton K. Simson, Henri J. A. Charmasson, John D. Buchaca
  • Patent number: 6330958
    Abstract: A light and compact vending machine suitable for use on a table or counter top, uses interchangeable magazines that can be preloaded with goods at a service center and quickly and conveniently installed on or removed from the machine. Each magazine has good-holding stations that differ in numbers and sizes. Each station has an access port on the front of the magazine toward which a spiral rack driven by a mechanism mounted in the machine moves goods. The currency accepted in payment for the goods is automatically dropped into a sealed receptacle at the bottom of the magazine. Each magazine is secured by a door that opens automatically only when the magazine is in place and the machine door has been locked. Personnel servicing the machine by replacing an empty one with a loaded one need not handle the goods or the cash. In some alternate embodiments of the invention, packaged goods and beverage cans slide down along slanted channels toward dispensing gates under their own weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2001
    Inventors: Frank Ruskin, Anton K. Simson, Peter C. Brusso, Henri J. A. Charmasson, John D. Buchaca
  • Patent number: 5906882
    Abstract: Atomized metal particles distributed within a resin matrix form a composite that can be selectively heated by exposure to microwave radiations. The composites can also be formed into non-electrically conductive but thermally conductive dielectric and magnetic structures by appropriate selection of metal particles and matrix materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1999
    Inventors: Thomas J. Valente, Henri J. A. Charmasson
  • Patent number: 5789064
    Abstract: Atomized metal particles distributed within a resin matrix form a composite that can be selectively heated by exposure to microwave radiations. The composites can also be formed into non-electrically conductive but thermally conductive dielectric and magnetic structures by appropriate selection of metal particles and matrix materials. In other applications, metal particles are gradually distributed within a layer of resin matrix to create an electro magnetic radiation-absorbing medium used in the fabrication of anechoic and shielding structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Inventors: Thomas J. Valente, Henri J.A. Charmasson
  • Patent number: 5582128
    Abstract: A hand-operated device in the form of a slide rule or disk computer for giving play-by-play instructions about the most appropriate next move in a team game, based upon the current status or position of the players and other game conditions. The device comprises a stationary frame with at least two sets of windows through which markings on a slidable or rotatable member can be displayed. A first set of windows is used to dial the position or the roles of the players or of a team on the field such as the loading of the bases in a baseball game. A second set of windows displays one or more instructions about the recommended next move. A plurality of movable members may be used in connection with the same frame, each member corresponding to a player's or team's role or position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Assignee: Wollan, Pennant-Jones, & Dostart
    Inventors: Donald N. Wollan, John G. Pennant-Jones, Paul J. Dostart, Henri J. A. Charmasson