Joseph L. Levasseur 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).
Abstract: A cassette having a plurality of coin stores for storing and dispensing coins in a coin changer, the coin stores arranged in a plurality of rows of coin stores, and a coin reject path for transporting coins that have been rejected by the coin changer, the coin reject path being disposed between rows of the coin stores.
July 16, 2007
Date of Patent:
March 25, 2014
Coin Acceptors, Inc.
Joseph L. Levasseur, Michael A. Nogin, Ian F. Murphy, Jack R. Hoffmann, Jr., Wayne T. Biermann, Chad P. Stuemke
Abstract: A system and method of delivering products from a vending machine having a number of selectable product storage locations comprising actively moving products using a product delivery mechanism associated with each of said selected product storage locations, driving an endless element having at least one engagement finger that is moved in a first direction by an actuator to engage one of a number of rotatable drive elements each connected to said product delivery mechanism, driving said endless element with said engagement finger in a second direction by reversing said actuator and going past said rotatable drive elements without engagement to provide for the selection of other products.
Abstract: A device for the payout of coins includes a plurality of coin payout tubes, a plurality of coin discharge members, and an endless element having an engagement pin. Each coin payout tube has a coin discharge member located at one end of the coin payout tube. The coin discharge members are each physically adapted to rotate about a pivot point such that when the coin discharge members are rotated in a first direction the coin discharge members cause a coin to be ejected from its respective coin payout tube. When the coin discharge members are rotated in a second direction a coin is not discharged from its respective coin payout tube. The endless element and engagement pin are physically arranged to allow the engagement pin to rotate the coin discharge members in the first direction when the endless element is rotated in a first direction and to rotate the coin discharge members in the second direction when the endless element is rotated in a second direction.
Abstract: A method of operating a coin changer comprising the steps of activating a visual display to show recommended operating levels for a plurality of coin stores and manually positioning level indicators associated with each of the plurality of coin stores to suggested operating levels displayed on the visual display.
Abstract: A bill validator for detecting the presence of a bill comprising a bill passageway having a first side and a second side, a light source positioned at the first side, the light source for emitting light across the passageway, a reflecting surface positioned at the second side, and a detector device positioned at the first side, the detector device for receiving light reflected from the reflecting surface.
Abstract: A system and method for controlling off-line credit vend transactions are provided, including a vending system having a vend selection and delivery portion operable off-line, an associated credit card reader, and a transaction controller operatively connected to the card reader to receive information read from an inserted credit card and operatively connected to the vend selection and delivery portion to enable operation thereof. The system is operable, while off-line, to determine acceptability of an inserted card and the current availability at such system of off-line credit for an acceptable credit card, to enable operation of the vend selection and delivery portion if credit is authorized, and to be responsive to vend completion by the vend selection and delivery portion to store transaction information for the credit vend. The credit vend transaction information can later be downloaded and utilized for credit billing purposes.
Abstract: A coin detection device for determining a size of a coin traveling along a coin track comprises a first inductive sensor positioned along the coin track, a second inductive sensor positioned above the first inductive sensor, a processing circuit connected to the first and second inductive sensors, each of the sensors for providing an output signal to the processing circuit and the processing circuit determining the size of the coin based upon a ratio of the output signals.
Abstract: An integrated credit/information exchange module includes a bill examination portion, a card examination portion, a display portion, and a data entry portion connected to and controlled by a processor portion. The integrated module also includes a modular housing and faceplate configured for simple retrofit installation into existing vending machines having bill acceptor slots to overcome the space limitations of such vending machines. The faceplate includes a bill insertion opening, a card insertion opening, a display screen, and a set of data entry keys located thereon. Bill examination, card examination, and advanced vending machine features such as data retrieval, reprogramming, card revaluation, smart message displays, and control operations are provided through programming of the processor portion.
Abstract: This optical scanner for testing the validity of a bill transported through a bill validator includes lower and upper members spaced to allow a bill to pass therebetween, at least one member including a light transmissive area. A light emitting element is arranged to direct light through the light transmissive area and a light receiving sensor is arranged to receive light from the light emitting element during passage of bill (B) therebetween. The light transmissive area includes a recessed portion to provide non-contact face portions of the light transmissive area spaced from the bill to preclude the transfer and build-up of dirt and abrasion of these areas.
Abstract: This credit card reader (10) with a liquid diverting system (50, 52) includes a reader housing having lower and upper housing portions (12) and (14) and having an outwardly disposed entry portion (36, 46) defining an opening leading to a credit card enclosure (16) retained within the housing and having an opening 70. The liquid diverting system (50, 52) includes a movable member (50) movable from a first position blocking the enclosure (16) and providing drainage, to a second, flexed position permitting entry of a credit card (SC) into the enclosure (16).
Abstract: An electrically controllable locking device includes a lock stud having at least one groove formed thereon. A motor assembly having a rotatable shaft extending therefrom is provided with a cam member mounted on the motor assembly shaft. The cam member includes a cam surface with a slot formed therealong. A latch member has a first portion which is biased toward the lock stud and engages the lock stud groove when the locking device is in a locked arrangement. The latch member also has a second portion which is biased toward the cam member and is positioned to contact at least a portion of the cam surface during rotation of the cam member. In one embodiment, the lock stud is a lock barrel of a T-handle lock assembly.
Abstract: A mechanism for mounting on a vending control device used for paying back change to a customer for a deposit in excess of the amount of a selected vend including a coin storage device located at a higher elevation than the payback coin tube, the coin storage device when energized releasing one or more coins from the bottom end thereof when it is determined that the number of coins available in the payback coin tube is less than the amount needed for a payback, and a passageway communicating the lower end of the coin storage device with the upper end of the payback coin tube for guiding coins released from the coin storage device to move into the payback coin tube.
Abstract: A device for sensing predetermined characteristics of an object such as a coin in order to determine the validity or genuineness of the coin and in some cases also the size and/or denomination of the coin, the device including a combination of optical sensors and an associated electro-magnetic sensors which operate together to expose the coin in different positions to the field produced by the electro-magnetic sensors so that if there are variations in the coin such as variations in the materials from with the coin is made these can be sensed and used to determine the coin's validity.
Abstract: A device and method for controlling change payout from a plurality of coin tubes of a vending machine, each of which plurality of coin tubes has a particular coin type stored therein, including a processor for processing data and controlling vend operations, and coin level sensors for indicating the level of coins stored in each of the plurality of coin tubes, the processor programmed to determine the amount of change payback and whether one or more predetermined conditions are satisfied, including whether a first payout routine has been disabled, and if the first payout routine has been disabled, to execute a global payout routine which includes steps to effect an attempt to payout one coin only from a full coin tube, and steps to effect, if a coin is not paid out from a full coin tube, an attempt to payout one coin from a coin tube storing a coin denomination which cannot be evenly divided into the next highest coin denomination stored in one of the plurality of coin tubes.
March 21, 1995
Date of Patent:
March 4, 1997
Joseph L. Levasseur, Ronald A. Hoormann
Abstract: The present invention relates, in one form thereof, to making a coin payout from a vending machine having a processor for processing data and a plurality of coin tubes for storing coins, each coin tube having one coin denomination type stored therein. The machine further includes coin counter, coupled to the coin tubes and to the processor, for determining when a coin is deposited in each coin tube and when a coin is removed from each coin tube. In one form of the present invention, the processor is programmed to determine whether certain conditions are satisfied for a particular vend and, if such conditions are satisfied, paying out at least one coin selected on the basis of predetermined criteria.
March 13, 1995
Date of Patent:
November 26, 1996
Coin Acceptors, Inc.
Ronald A. Hoormann, Joseph L. Levasseur
Abstract: A coin sensor device for determining the authenticity of a coin traveling along a predefined path including a first sensor device such as an optical sensor device located along the path, a second sensor device such as a second optical sensor device spaced a predetermined distance from the first sensor device along the path, the first and second sensor devices producing signal responses when a coin moves thereby, and a processing device connected to the first and second sensor devices for measuring two distinctive time intervals, the first time interval beginning when the trailing edge of the coin is sensed by the first sensor device and continuing until the trailing edge is sensed by the second sensor device, the second time interval beginning when the leading edge of the same coin is sensed by the second sensor device and continues until the trailing edge is sensed by the second sensor device, the processing device determining the ratio of the two time intervals and based on a determination of a predetermine
Abstract: Apparatus for more accurately distinguishing between metal objects including coins based on the affect of the object or coin on the electrical characteristics of a pair of tank circuits when the tank circuits are subjected to a charging pulse which ends at a time when the object or coin is in the field thereof. The tank circuits can be connected into different configurations with the fields of their respective coils positioned to be subjected to the object or coin to be distinguished. The tank circuits can have similar or different characteristics and the coils of the tank circuits can be arranged in an aiding or in an opposing relationship. The present apparatus may also include apparatus to provide automatic tuning and self adjustment using a comparison between a portion of a signal produced by ringing one or more tank circuits and a fixed reference voltage level.
Abstract: The present invention comprises an apparatus for controlling the vending and payback of change in a vending machine and includes a device for establishing a list of permissible payback amounts from the vending machine and for adding each of the permissible amounts to a vend price established by a customer selecting a particular vend, and a payback storage device from which change is paid back including apparatus for determining the availability of coins in the payback storage device to satisfy the permissible amount for payback.
Abstract: This coin guiding device (10) includes a coin delivery passage (12), three coin discharge passages (38, 62, and 64). A pivoted gate (24) is disposed in the coin delivery passage (12) having a coin guiding upper edge (32) and opposed coin guiding faces (34 and 36). A gate actuator (M1) selectively moves the gate (24) a first position in which the gate upper edge (32) guides a coin into the first discharge passage (38), a second position in which one of the opposed faces (34) guides a coin into the second discharge passage (62) and a third position in which the other opposed face (36) guides a coin into the third discharge passage (64). In one embodiment a second, similar gate (132) is disposed in first discharge passage (38) for further directing a coin in one of three directions.
Abstract: A coin tube monitor and control device for monitoring and controlling the number of coins in a coin tube by determining the time between when a coin enters a coin tube and when it strikes the stack of coins that has accumulated therein. The device includes an acoustic sensor for responding to certain movements of the coins.