Patents by Inventor Keith W. Kudera

Keith W. Kudera 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: 6883681
    Abstract: A storage and dispensing system (10) for storing and dispensing pre-packaged pharmaceutical products (12) and other products. The system includes a cabinet (14); a plurality of product conveyors (16) mounted within the cabinet and each configured for holding at least one product; an infeed conveyor (18) for receiving products that are to be stored in the cabinet; an outfeed conveyor (20) for receiving products that are to be dispensed from the cabinet; and a transporter (22) moveable within the cabinet for transporting products between the product conveyors and the infeed and outfeed conveyors for storing products in or dispensing products from the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: ScriptPro LLC
    Inventors: Michael E. Coughlin, Arpita Banerjee, Lawrence E. Guerra, Keith W. Kudera, Ronald A. Leonard, Hamid Massali, David M. McDonald, Fred T. Steinbach, Tim Surgeon
  • Patent number: 6206590
    Abstract: A label printing assembly (10) that effectively eliminates labeling errors caused by pharmacists placing the wrong prescription labels on medicine vials or packages. The label printing assembly is preferably configured for use with an automated medicament dispensing control workstation (11) and broadly includes a label print head (12), a label supply assembly (14), a label peeler assembly (16), and a control assembly (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Assignee: Scripto LLC
    Inventors: Tracy I. Thomas, Keith W. Kudera, Lawrence E. Guerp
  • Patent number: 6161721
    Abstract: The preferred medicament dispensing cell (10) for use in an automatic dispensing machine (12) includes dual rotary platens (20,22). A storage platen (20) delivers medicament units (14) such as tablets and capsules from a storage section (86) to a discharge platen (22) in the discharge section (88) to deliver the units (14) to an outlet (50). In preferred forms, the platens (20,22) are sloped toward the respective peripheries in order to induce spreading of the units (14) into a single file for accurate counting during dispensing. The preferred embodiment also includes a discharge gate assembly (24) for receiving a medicament unit (14) in a gage chamber (108) to define the width of the discharge channel (110) leading to the outlet (50), and further includes an arcuate metering wall (26) shiftable into and out of the passage (84) between the storage and discharge sections (86,88) for metering medicament units (14) into the discharge section (88).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Scriptpro LLC
    Inventors: Keith W. Kudera, Lawrence E. Guerra, Ronald A. Leonard
  • Patent number: 5897024
    Abstract: A medicament dispensing cell for use in an automatic dispensing machine includes a housing defining a medicament storage section, a discharge section leading to an outlet, a passage between the sections, a rotatable platen and a dispensing assembly for dispensing medicament in single file from the storage section to the discharge section. A resilient, flexible bushing having outwardly extending fingers encloses the hub of the platen for conveying medicament through the passage. The platen includes a plurality of spirally configured conveying members defined on the surface thereof and the dispensing assembly includes a selectively adjustable passage wall for adjusting the breadth of the passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Assignee: Scriptpro LLC
    Inventors: Michael E. Coughlin, Claire P. Coughlin, Lawrence E. Guerra, Keith W. Kudera
  • Patent number: 5860563
    Abstract: A medicine vial dispensing apparatus includes a housing for storing medicine vials in a substantially axially horizontal storage orientation and a dispensing assembly for dispensing the vials in an upright orientation. The preferred embodiment includes a pair of spaced, resilient arms having respective, inwardly extending prongs that receive a vial therebetween. A slotted, rotating wheel receives a vial in the storage orientation and places it between the prongs. The closed end of the vial slips by one of the prongs while the other prong holds the interior surface of the open end until the vial attains a substantially upright orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Assignee: Scriptpro, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence E. Guerra, Keith W. Kudera, Clayton Mehnert
  • Patent number: 5798020
    Abstract: A medicine vial labeler includes a dispenser for printing and dispensing pressure sensitive labels and a label applicator assembly including a rotary drum and a pair of positioning arms. The positioning arms are shiftable from a release position to a holding position for positioning a vial in rotary contact with the drum in order to receive a label in the nip therebetween applying the label to the vial upon rotation of the drum. The positioning arms include a plurality of rollers of different diameters configured and spaced for holding and positioning vials of different diameters in rotary contact with the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Assignee: Scriptpro, LLC
    Inventors: Michael E. Coughlin, Ronald A. Leonard, Lawrence E. Guerra, Keith W. Kudera