Patents by Inventor Robert Terzini

Robert Terzini 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: 20180332969
    Abstract: A multi-dimensional rotation and translation apparatus includes a base frame, a yaw frame mounted on the base frame to rotate about a yaw axis, a pitch frame mounted on the yaw frame to rotate about a pitch axis, a roll frame mounted on the pitch frame to rotate about a roll axis, and an occupant support slidably mounted on the roll frame. The base frame may be mounted to translate along a translation frame. The yaw, pitch, and roll axes intersect at a selected location relative to an occupant of the occupant support. A yaw motor is engaged between the base and yaw frames; a pitch motor is engaged between the yaw and pitch frames; and a roll motor is engaged between the pitch and roll frames. The motors are selectively activated to cause relative rotation of the respective frames.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Inventors: Robert Terzini, Joshua L Flowers
  • Patent number: 9844846
    Abstract: A carrier for receiving and restraining a container against rotation during an automated filling and capping operation includes an array of modular container housings. A bumper is disposed below the housing and projects outwardly to cushion the carrier against impact. The bumper is supported by a base. Structure extends from the housing through the bumper and into the base to secure the carrier. One housing module includes a recess having container abutment surfaces and angled surfaces at the opening to guide a container into engagement with the abutments. One housing module includes a recess having ribs separated by relief vents to relieve air pressure as a container is loaded into the carrier. One housing module includes a container holder having a pair of upright supports separated by side openings. The bumper and the base each including a weight positioned at a selected location to uphold the filled container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: TENSION INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Robert Terzini
  • Patent number: 9697669
    Abstract: A removable, adjustable product magazine for use in an article dispensing system includes a central support member including a back wall connected to a base, first and second sidewalls, and a follower. The central support and the sidewalls cooperatively define a product compartment having a front opening. The sidewalls include fastener slots for connecting the follower to one of the sidewalls. Advancement of the follower adjusts the depth of the compartment. Each of the sidewalls has front, rear, and bottom flanges for retaining products within the magazine, connecting the sidewalls to the back wall and base. The base and backwall have fastener slots for adjustable connection of the sidewalls, thereby enabling adjustment of the width of the compartment. The sidewall front flanges terminate above the base to provide a product exit port. The back wall includes an ejector port for providing access to an ejector cylinder to expel product units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Tension International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Terzini
  • Patent number: 9665688
    Abstract: A system for dispensing product-filled containers in which the containers are filled prior to labeling, so that any container may filled at any dispensing station. The system includes multiple dispensing stations, both manual and automated, disposed adjacent a conveyor. Automated dispensing stations include quantities of products, fillable product containers, and a labeling assembly. Each dispensing station dispenses a predetermined quantity of products into a container and labels the container for transport via an exit conveyor to the main conveyor. Carriers are delivered via the main conveyor into a container carrier queue lane, where a sensor reads the RFID before a filled, labeled container is deposited into the carrier. A sensor reads the label bar code and transmits the bar code and RFID information to the computer database, mating the carrier with the filled container. System software load balances the components of an order by routing them to different dispensing stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Tension International Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Terzini, Brian Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9483897
    Abstract: A universal escapement is provided that is configured to receive inventory products of different shapes from a dispensing system carrier unit in substantially the same orientation, and to read informational indicia on the inventory product. The escapement includes a slide plate having an integral glass portion, a reader disposed behind the glass portion to read indicia on the inventory products and scan images of the inventory products before labeling, a plurality of imaging devices configured to read informational indicia on the sides and ends of the products, and an imaging device configured to read informational indicia on a label after it is applied to the inventory product. The escapement includes a shuttle assembly having a plurality of imaging devices configured to read information indicia on the bottom of the inventory products. The escapement also includes first and second guide members movably disposed for receiving inventory products of various sizes therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Tension International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Terzini
  • Patent number: 9037291
    Abstract: An automated dispenser receives a canister of small objects secured atop the dispenser using a bar-code matched gate operated by a central controller. A hopper below the gate directs small quantities of objects into a charge block which urges them into a circular counter and atop a movable plate forming the bottom of the counter. The plate bears slots around its perimeter adjacent the cylindrical walls of the counter. The central controller operates a servo motor to rotate the plate in measured increments, urging a precise count of objects into a port through which they fall one at a time into a receptacle. Means on the cylinder walls orients objects so that only a single one at a time may fall into each slot, thereby preventing overfilling. An exit sensor counts the objects as they fall to verify quantity and guard against under-filling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: TENSION INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Robert Terzini
  • Patent number: 8973338
    Abstract: A pneumatic container transport system conveys specialized, cylindrical containers between stations within an automated container filling system. Low-pressure, high-velocity air moving through plastic tubing propels the containers through switching gates, air impellers and deceleration devices from one station to another. Annular ridges around the circumference of the containers minimize contact with the inside tube walls and deter scuffing of paper labels which carry machine readable indicia upon which the container filling system relies for directing the containers. The air impellers include at least one aperture for adjusting the air pressure and velocity. Actuator-operated gates in the tubing system respond to control signals from management software to direct each container to its next station. At selected stations, decelerators slow the containers upon arrival to cushion their impact upon arrival and to protect the contents from damage due to jarring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Tension International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Terzini
  • Publication number: 20150057797
    Abstract: A universal escapement is provided that is configured to receive inventory products of different shapes from a dispensing system carrier unit in substantially the same orientation, and to read informational indicia on the inventory product. The escapement includes a slide plate having an integral glass portion, a reader disposed behind the glass portion to read indicia on the inventory products and scan images of the inventory products before labeling, a plurality of imaging devices configured to read informational indicia on the sides and ends of the products, and an imaging device configured to read informational indicia on a label after it is applied to the inventory product. The escapement includes a shuttle assembly having a plurality of imaging devices configured to read information indicia on the bottom of the inventory products. The escapement also includes first and second guide members movably disposed for receiving inventory products of various sizes therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Terzini
  • Patent number: 8875865
    Abstract: A linear dispensing system is provided that includes a plurality of channels, a pair of parallel rails, a plurality of carriers and a plurality of linear motor modules. The channels are configured to hold inventory products at an orientation. The pair of parallel rails is disposed at a bottom portion of the channels. The carriers are slidably disposed on the rails and have a conveyor unit configured to pick the inventory product from the channels while substantially maintaining the same geometric orientation as in the channel. The linear motor modules are disposed between the parallel rails and aligned end to end. The linear motor modules are coupled with the carriers and configured to pass the carriers to an adjacent linear motor module. Each carrier delivers a plurality of selected products of varying shapes to a universal escapement structure where the products are labeled, imaged, verified and dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Tension International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Terzini
  • Publication number: 20140250829
    Abstract: An automated dispensing system includes a container dispensing module for storing and discharging a plurality of small object containers, a printer applicator for printing selected information on a label and positioned to apply the label to a container as it is discharged from the dispensing module, a plurality of product dispensing modules for storing and dispensing a selected number of small objects into a labeled container, a container transport unit, a conveyor assembly for transporting filled containers away, and a control unit for coordinating and controlling operation for the dispensing system. A container transport unit picks a labeled container from the container dispensing module, transports it along a track to a selected product dispensing cell, and travels back along the track to the container dispensing module while the product dispensing module fills and ejects the filled container onto an adjacent conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Tension Envelope Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Terzini
  • Patent number: 8745961
    Abstract: A multi-pharmaceutical dispensing station includes a circular platform around which a plurality of individual dispensers is arrayed at a convenient loading height. Each dispenser accepts a single bulk canister containing one pharmaceutical. Cylindrical, empty prescription containers carry labels bearing indicia of the patient and pharmaceutical to be dispensed into each container. Sensors detect the indicia and direct the containers to the proper dispenser which fills them with the type and quantity of a pharmaceutical according to the indicia. Incident containers first drop into a dispersion wheel which translates them around the circular station and aligns them with a vertical chute leading to the correct dispenser. After filling, the containers are urged onto a moving, circular table which conveys them to automatic closing and sealing apparatus. Once closed and sealed, the containers exit the dispenser station through pneumatic tubing which conveys them to verification, sorting and shipping stages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Tension International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Terzini
  • Patent number: 8734061
    Abstract: Cylindrical prescription containers are propelled through a pneumatic transport system at high speeds by low pressure, high-velocity air. Upon arrival at destination stations within the transport system, curvilinear decelerators slow them by directing them through a plurality of curved paths where they dissipate momentum. Once slowed, the containers are deposited upon a moving conveyor to be staged into the next processing station at an even pace. The decelerators comprise curved vanes surrounding the container path, the vanes being held in a fixed, curvilinear relation to each other and the container by a series of yokes surrounding and engaging the vanes. The conveyor is driven by a servo motor controllable by the transport system to pace containers as needed by the next processing station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Tension International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Terzini
  • Publication number: 20140117037
    Abstract: A removable, adjustable product magazine for use in an article dispensing system includes a central support member including a back wall connected to a base, first and second sidewalls, and a follower. The central support and the sidewalls cooperatively define a product compartment having a front opening. The sidewalls include fastener slots for connecting the follower to one of the sidewalls. Advancement of the follower adjusts the depth of the compartment. Each of the sidewalls has front, rear, and bottom flanges for retaining products within the magazine, connecting the sidewalls to the back wall and base. The base and backwall have fastener slots for adjustable connection of the sidewalls, thereby enabling adjustment of the width of the compartment. The sidewall front flanges terminate above the base to provide a product exit port. The back wall includes an ejector port for providing access to an ejector cylinder to expel product units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Tension International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Terzini
  • Publication number: 20130310969
    Abstract: A system for dispensing product-filled containers in which the containers are filled prior to labeling, so that any container may filled at any dispensing station. The system includes multiple dispensing stations, both manual and automated, disposed adjacent a conveyor. Automated dispensing stations include quantities of products, fillable product containers, and a labeling assembly. Each dispensing station dispenses a predetermined quantity of products into a container and labels the container for transport via an exit conveyor to the main conveyor. Carriers are delivered via the main conveyor into a container carrier queue lane, where a sensor reads the RFID before a filled, labeled container is deposited into the carrier. A sensor reads the label bar code and transmits the bar code and RFID information to the computer database, mating the carrier with the filled container. System software load balances the components of an order by routing them to different dispensing stations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: Tension International, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Terzini, Brian Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20130214469
    Abstract: A carrier for receiving and restraining a container against rotation during an automated filling and capping operation includes an array of modular container housings. A bumper is disposed below the housing and projects outwardly to cushion the carrier against impact. The bumper is supported by a base. Structure extends from the housing through the bumper and into the base to secure the carrier. One housing module includes a recess having container abutment surfaces and angled surfaces at the opening to guide a container into engagement with the abutments. One housing module includes a recess having ribs separated by relief vents to relieve air pressure as a container is loaded into the carrier. One housing module includes a container holder having a pair of upright supports separated by side openings. The bumper and the base each including a weight positioned at a selected location to uphold the filled container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: Tension International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert TERZINI
  • Patent number: 8511478
    Abstract: A multi-pharmaceutical dispensing station includes a circular platform around which a plurality of individual dispensers is arrayed at a convenient loading height. Cylindrical, empty prescription containers bearing indicia of the patient and pharmaceutical to be dispensed into each container. Incident containers first enter an entraining column, where sensors detect the indicia and determine the proper dispenser to which to direct the container. The containers then drop into a dispersion wheel which translates them around the circular station and aligns them with a vertical chute leading to the designated dispenser. Slidable gates cover the chutes until the transport system determines they are above the proper dispenser, then open to drop the containers into the designated dispenser. The dispersion wheel may be used in other applications, such as container content verification, and may include container processing stations along its perimeter for processing the containers before sending them on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Tension International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Terzini
  • Patent number: 8392020
    Abstract: A small object dispenser adapted to receive a canister of objects such as pills, the canister being coupled atop it through a secure, bar-code matched gate operated by a central controller. A hopper below the gate directs smaller quantities of objects into a charge block adapted to measure out a select number of objects into an angularly disposed, circular counter where they accumulate atop a movable plate forming the bottom of the counter. The plate bears slots around its perimeter adjacent the cylindrical walls of the counter. As the central controller operates a servo motor to rotate the plate in measured increments, it urges a precise count of objects from the bottom of the counter to a port through which they fall one at a time into a receptacle such as a prescription bottle. Orientation means on the interior of the walls orient objects so that only a single object may fall into each slot, thereby preventing overfilling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Tension International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Terzini
  • Publication number: 20120228083
    Abstract: A linear dispensing system is provided that includes a plurality of channels, a pair of parallel rails, a plurality of carriers and a plurality of linear motor modules. The channels are configured to hold inventory products at an orientation. The pair of parallel rails is disposed at a bottom portion of the channels. The carriers are slidably disposed on the rails and have a conveyor unit configured to pick the inventory product from the channels while substantially maintaining the same geometric orientation as in the channel. The linear motor modules are disposed between the parallel rails and aligned end to end. The linear motor modules are coupled with the carriers and configured to pass the carriers to an adjacent linear motor module. Each carrier delivers a plurality of selected products of varying shapes to a universal escapement structure where the products are labeled, imaged, verified and dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: TENSION ENVELOPE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Robert Terzini
  • Publication number: 20110153066
    Abstract: A multi-pharmaceutical dispensing station includes a circular platform around which a plurality of individual dispensers is arrayed at a convenient loading height. Cylindrical, empty prescription containers bearing indicia of the patient and pharmaceutical to be dispensed into each container. Incident containers first enter an entraining column, where sensors detect the indicia and determine the proper dispenser to which to direct the container. The containers then drop into a dispersion wheel which translates them around the circular station and aligns them with a vertical chute leading to the designated dispenser. Slidable gates cover the chutes until the transport system determines they are above the proper dispenser, then open to drop the containers into the designated dispenser. The dispersion wheel may be used in other applications, such as container content verification, and may include container processing stations along its perimeter for processing the containers before sending them on.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventor: Robert Terzini
  • Publication number: 20110146212
    Abstract: A multi-pharmaceutical dispensing station includes a circular platform around which a plurality of individual dispensers is arrayed at a convenient loading height. Each dispenser accepts a single bulk canister containing one pharmaceutical. Cylindrical, empty prescription containers carry labels bearing indicia of the patient and pharmaceutical to be dispensed into each container. Sensors detect the indicia and direct the containers to the proper dispenser which fills them with the type and quantity of a pharmaceutical according to the indicia. Incident containers first drop into a dispersion wheel which translates them around the circular station and aligns them with a vertical chute leading to the correct dispenser. After filling, the containers are urged onto a moving, circular table which conveys them to automatic closing and sealing apparatus. Once closed and sealed, the containers exit the dispenser station through pneumatic tubing which conveys them to verification, sorting and shipping stages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventor: Robert Terzini