Patents by Inventor Thomas P. Adams

Thomas P. Adams 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: 7682228
    Abstract: A self-service change redemption machine (10) has a coin hopper area (41) for receiving batches of mixed coinage and a powered mechanism (43) for transporting them to an intake opening (44) into the machine (10) for sorting, counting and directing coins into a plurality of coin receptacles. The transport mechanism has a pivotable cover (46, 46a) for preventing access to a portion of the feed path leading into the machine (10) and, if the cover (46, 46a) is lifted, the powered mechanism (43) will be stopped. The mechanism (43, 46) is designed to prevent jamming of the coins in the hopper area (41) or along the feed path (45).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Talaris Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Gunst, Joseph P. Hanus, Thomas P. Adams
  • Publication number: 20100017017
    Abstract: A cash redemption and dispensing machine (10) has a housing (12), a first intake area (19) for receiving a batch of unsorted coins, an output device (55) for providing the customer with a credit for the coins deposited in the machine (10), a dispensing area formed on a back side of the housing (10) for receiving a portable receptacle (22) into which the coins are dispensed in a sorted condition, a coin processing mechanism (21, 30, 29, 46, 50) for processing the coins that are deposited into the machine through the first intake area so that the coins can be dispensed by denomination through the dispensing area in the back side of the machine, and a controller (53) electronically connected to the coin processing mechanism (21, 30, 29, 46, 50) for calculating a first total for an amount of coins received through the first intake area, the controller (53) also being electrically connected to the coin processing mechanism (21, 30, 29, 46, 50) to track a second total for the coins being dispensed to the employee.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventors: Thomas P. Adams, Robert E. Gunst
  • Patent number: 7522880
    Abstract: A wireless networked cash management system includes a coin handling device (13, 14, 17) for performing at least one of the operations of coin counting, coin sorting, coin dispensing and cash redemption, a currency handling device (15, 16, 17) for performing at least one of the operations of note counting, note dispensing, note sorting and cash redemption, and a control unit (12) for performing at least one of the operations of monitoring cash handling, accounting for cash dispensing, providing for cash settlement, monitoring maintenance information and providing commands for controlling operation one of the cash handling devices (13, 14, 15, 16, 17) and a wireless communication network operating in a range of frequencies made available for locally distributed wireless networks for allowing communication of data between the control unit (12) and the cash handling devices (13, 14, 15, 16, 17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Talaris Inc.
    Inventors: Jon R. Stieber, Thomas P. Adams, Robert L. Zwieg, William R. Kirkman
  • Publication number: 20090047889
    Abstract: A two disk coin handling machine and method for offsorting with a feeding disk (11) for feeding coins to a sorting disk (62) having at least one opening (15-20) for receiving valid coins of different denominations, a drive member (71) disposed above the sorting disk (62) with narrowed fins (62) for moving the coins along an outside reference edge (64, 65, 66), a diverter member (74) disposed along the reference edge (64, 65, 66) to project into the coin track (63) to move a coin (14) selected for offsorting away from the reference edge (64, 65, 66) and off of a narrow rail portion (81) of the coin track (63) into an offsort opening (76), which causes the coin to tip up, and a deflector 77 for deflecting larger, tipped-up coins into the offsort opening (76).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventors: Thomas P. Adams, Daniel J. Folger, Richard P. Uecker, Joseph P. Hanus
  • Publication number: 20090045031
    Abstract: A method and system for prevention of dust accumulation on a coin sensor assembly (67) in a coin handling machine (60), includes a lower optical element (83, 90) positioned below a coin track (63) and then either, or both of, 1) blowing off dust that tends to accumulate on the cover (83) for the lower optical element (90) and 2) coating the cover (83) for the lower optical element (90) with a transparent conductive coating (83a) that is electrically grounded to prevent accumulation of dust due to static electrical attraction. A fan unit (82) is positioned adjacent the cover (83) for blowing dust off the cover (83) during operation of the coin handling machine (60). The method and system is preferably a optical reflector system with an upper optical element in the form of a reflector (86, 87) and a transparent conductive coating of material (87a) is also provided on the reflector (86, 87).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventors: Robert E. Gunst, Thomas P. Adams, Jason R. Parpart, Myron W. Spoehr
  • Publication number: 20090048803
    Abstract: A coin sensor and method of identifying coins by size and also discriminating invalid coins includes a portion of a coin track (63) over which coins (14) pass in a single file, an illumination source (92) for illuminating at least portions of the coins (14) as the coins move along the coin track (63), an optical detector (95) spaced from the coin track (63) for detecting a size of at least a portion of each coin passing the coin sensor along the coin track, and a telecentric lens (94) positioned between the optical detector (95) and the coin track (63), such that the portion of each coin passing the optical detector (95) is seen to have an apparent size and configuration independent of a variation in distance of the coin from the telecentric lens (94) as each coin moves along the coin track (63). The optical sensor and detector (90) can be angled to assist in preventing stray light from the bottom of the coins from being transmitted to the detector (95).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventors: Robert L. Zwieg, Daniel Brandle, John P. Grajewski, Jon R. Stieber, Thomas P. Adams
  • Patent number: 7244175
    Abstract: A coin recycling machine (10) for receiving, sorting and dispensing coins, comprising a coin dispenser having a rotatable coin magazine (23) for holding respective denominations of coins and having an electronic control (100, 107), said electronic control (100, 107) being operable in response to a commanded total to control position of said coin magazine (23) to selectively dispense coins to provide the commanded total, a queuing device (52) for receiving the coins and arranging the coins in a queue, the queuing device (52) having an exit (66) directed towards said coin magazine (23) and having associated sensors (65, 72) for identifying a denomination of a next coin to pass through the exit (66) and the electronic control being responsive to the sensors (65, 72) associated with the queuing device for positioning the coin magazine such that coins are sorted into the coin magazine (23) by denomination as the coins exit the queuing device (52).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: De La Rue Cash Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Adams, Robert L. Zwieg
  • Patent number: 6983836
    Abstract: A cash recycling machine (11) is connected in a network with a computer (10) and other recycling equipment (12), the cash recycling machine (11) having an input device (18) for receiving cash, a sorter (31) for sorting the cash into a plurality of hopper assemblies (26–29), a controller (21) responsive to inputs from a user in a first operating cycle of the machine to cause the hopper assemblies (26–29) to dispense an amount of sorted cash to a cash drawer and to store the amount of dispensed cash in memory in association with a user account number, the controller (21) being responsive to input of a batch of cash and the user account number in a second cycle to count the cash received, and to compare the amount of cash received with the amount of cash dispensed to determine a net amount of cash associated with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: De La Rue Cash Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Adams, Jon R. Stieber, Robert L. Zwieg
  • Publication number: 20040231956
    Abstract: A cash recycling machine (10) has an input hopper (19) for feeding batches of mixed coinage to a coin sorter (21) for sorting, counting and directing coins into a plurality of bulk coin storage receptacles (31, 32, 33, 34). From there, the coins are fed into a plurality of smaller dispensing hoppers (46, 47, 48, 49) equipped with sensors (88) for counting the coinage as it is dispensed. A controller (80) is responsive to inputs from a user in a first operating cycle of the machine to cause the dispensing hoppers (46, 47, 48, 49) to dispense an amount of sorted coinage into one of several receptacles including a cash drawer (15) or coin bags (40). A controller (80) is responsive to inputs from a user in a second operating cycle of the machine to receive, sort and count a batch of coins that is loaded into the input hopper (19) and stored in the bulk coin storage receptacles (31, 32, 33, 34).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2004
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Inventors: Thomas P. Adams, Robert E. Gunst, Robert L. Zwieg, Robert F. Fredrick, Joseph P. Hanus, Jon R. Stieber
  • Publication number: 20040200690
    Abstract: A cash recycling machine (11) is connected in a network with a computer (10) and other recycling equipment (12), the cash recycling machine (11) having an input device (18) for receiving cash, a sorter (31) for sorting the cash into a plurality of hopper assemblies (26-29), a controller (21) responsive to inputs from a user in a first operating cycle of the machine to cause the hopper assemblies (26-29) to dispense an amount of sorted cash to a cash drawer and to store the amount of dispensed cash in memory in association with a user account number, the controller (21) being responsive to input of a batch of cash and the user account number in a second cycle to count the cash received, and to compare the amount of cash received with the amount of cash dispensed to determine a net amount of cash associated with the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2003
    Publication date: October 14, 2004
    Inventors: Thomas P. Adams, Jon R. Stieber, Robert L. Zwieg
  • Patent number: 6733380
    Abstract: A coin handling machine (10) having sorting openings from which respective denominations of coins are sorted prior to exiting the coin handling machine (10), includes a plurality of coin tubes (20) for holding coin wrappers (24) for respective denominations in a substantially upright position for receiving coins of respective denominations. The coin tubes (20) are mounted to one or more chutes (16) on the coin handling machine (10) for receiving coins of respective denominations that pass through the sorting openings. The coin tubes have portions (22, 23) with a shape for directing said coins into respective coin wrappers (24). Pivotable clips (26) are mounted in the lower end of the coin tubes (20) to support the lower end of the coin wrappers (24). Several specific embodiments having different types of attachment to coin handling machines are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: De La Rue Cash Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Cory A. Kohls, Myron Spoehr, Thomas P. Adams
  • Patent number: 6729461
    Abstract: A coin sorting apparatus and method uses a light source (50) disposed on one side of the coin path (23); a coin moving member (21) of light transmissive material; a coin path insert (41) having at least a portion the is light transmissive; an optical detector (55) disposed on an opposite side of the coin path (23) from the light source (50) for detecting coin size as a coin (14) passes the coin path insert (41); a coin core alloy composition sensor (42); a coin surface alloy composition sensor (43); an edge sensor (46) disposed along a reference edge (45) along the coin path; and a plurality of processors (90, 94, 95, 107, 96) for receiving data developed from signals from the optical detector (55), the coin core alloy sensor (42), the coin surface (43) alloy detector, and the coin edge sensor (46), the data being for comparison with stored values for a plurality of denominations to determine the denomination of the coin (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: De La Rue Cash Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Brandle, Klaus Muller, Robert L. Zwieg, Thomas P. Adams, John P. Grajewski
  • Publication number: 20040040820
    Abstract: A coin recycling machine (10) for receiving, sorting and dispensing coins, comprising a coin dispenser having a rotatable coin magazine (23) for holding respective denominations of coins and having an electronic control (100, 107), said electronic control (100, 107) being operable in response to a commanded total to control position of said coin magazine (23) to selectively dispense coins to provide the commanded total, a queuing device (52) for receiving the coins and arranging the coins in a queue, the queueing device (52) having an exit (66) directed towards said coin magazine (23) and having associated sensors (65, 72) for identifying a denomination of a next coin to pass through the exit (66) and the electronic control being responsive to the sensors (65, 72) associated with the qeueing device for positioning the coin magazine such that coins are sorted into the coin magazine (23) by denomination as the coins exit the queueing device (52).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2003
    Publication date: March 4, 2004
    Inventors: Thomas P. Adams, Robert L. Zwieg
  • Patent number: 6685551
    Abstract: A coin dispenser (20) has a base (25) for supporting an integrally formed coin magazine (23) with coin channels (24) rotating along a coin path (49). A coin ejector (80) is located at a single coin ejection location and proximate to said coin path (49) to eject coins from the bottom of the coin channels (24) into a change cup (28). Electronic sensors (45, 46) are provided for anticipating the approach of the coin channels to the coin ejector (80) and to a low coin sensing station (50). An electronic control (90) is responsive to position signals from the position monitors (45, 46) for coordinating operation of the coin ejector (80) and the low coin sensor (51). A coin exit sensor (48) is positioned in a coin exit channel (27) just before the change cup (28) to send a signal to the electronic control (90) to confirm the ejection of each coin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: De La Rue Cash Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Adams, Robert L. Zwieg, Jon R. Stieber, Richard P. Uecker, Daniel J. Folger
  • Patent number: 6540602
    Abstract: A coin dispenser includes a rotatable magazine and a stationary actuator. The rotatable magazine rotates about a rotation axis and includes a plurality of coin receptacles extending substantially parallel to the rotation axis. Each coin receptacle holds a stack of coins therein. The stationary actuator includes a coin-ejection member that moves linearly in a direction substantially parallel to the rotation axis of the rotatable magazine. When in an extended position, the coin-ejection member will contact an edge of at least a lowermost coin in a specified one of the coin receptacles as the magazine rotates to move that coin receptacle into alignment with the coin-ejection member, thereby ejecting that coin from the coin dispenser. When the coin-ejection member is in its retracted position, the coin receptacles will travel past the coin ejection member without any engagement occurring between the coin-ejection member and the coins within the receptacles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: De La Rue Cash Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Adams, Robert Zwieg, Joseph Hanus
  • Publication number: 20020115404
    Abstract: A coin dispenser (20) has a base (25) for supporting an integrally formed coin magazine (23) with coin channels (24) rotating along a coin path (49). A coin ejector (80) is located at a single coin ejection location and proximate to said coin path (49) to eject coins from the bottom of the coin channels (24) into a change cup (28). Electronic sensors (45, 46) are provided for anticipating the approach of the coin channels to the coin ejector (80) and to a low coin sensing station (50). An electronic control (90) is responsive to position signals from the position monitors (45, 46) for coordinating operation of the coin ejector (80) and the low coin sensor (51). A coin exit sensor (48) is positioned in a coin exit channel (27) just before the change cup (28) to send a signal to the electronic control (90) to confirm the ejection of each coin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2001
    Publication date: August 22, 2002
    Inventors: Thomas P. Adams, Robert L. Zwieg, Jon R. Stieber, Richard P. Uecker, Daniel J. Folger
  • Publication number: 20020115403
    Abstract: A coin dispenser includes a rotatable magazine and a stationary actuator. The rotatable magazine rotates about a rotation axis and includes a plurality of coin receptacles extending substantially parallel to the rotation axis. Each coin receptacle holds a stack of coins therein. The stationary actuator includes a coin-ejection member that moves linearly in a direction substantially parallel to the rotation axis of the rotatable magazine. When in an extended position, the coin-ejection member will contact an edge of at least a lowermost coin in a specified one of the coin receptacles as the magazine rotates to move that coin receptacle into alignment with the coin-ejection member, thereby ejecting that coin from the coin dispenser. When the coin-ejection member is in its retracted position, the coin receptacles will travel past the coin ejection member without any engagement occurring between the coin-ejection member and the coins within the receptacles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2001
    Publication date: August 22, 2002
    Applicant: De La Rue Cash Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Adams, Robert Zwieg, Joseph Hanus
  • Publication number: 20020111157
    Abstract: A wireless networked cash management system includes a coin handling device (13, 14, 17) for performing at least one of the operations of coin counting, coin sorting, coin dispensing and cash redemption, a currency handling device (15, 16, 17) for performing at least one of the operations of note counting, note dispensing, note sorting and cash redemption, and a control unit (12) for performing at least one of the operations of monitoring cash handling, accounting for cash dispensing, providing for cash settlement, monitoring maintenance information and providing commands for controlling operation one of the cash handling devices (13, 14, 15, 16, 17) and a wireless communication network operating in a range of frequencies made available for locally distributed wireless networks for allowing communication of data between the control unit (12) and the cash handling devices (13, 14, 15, 16, 17).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2001
    Publication date: August 15, 2002
    Inventors: Jon R. Stieber, Thomas P. Adams, Robert L. Zwieg, William R. Kirkman
  • Publication number: 20020100660
    Abstract: An electronically controlled cash handling device (12) has a CPU (21), a program memory (23), a cash handling functions I/O portion (25), a radio transceiver (24) operating according to the Bluetooth specification and an antenna (26). The device (12) can communicate through wireless communication to a peripheral cash handling device (13) which supplements the cash handling functions of the base machine (12). The cash handling device (12) can also communicate through the wireless network with computer peripheral I/O devices (14), such as a printer (18), batch display (20) and scanner (22) to enhance the capabilities of the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2001
    Publication date: August 1, 2002
    Inventors: Jon R. Stieber, Thomas P. Adams, Robert L. Zwieg, William R. Kirkman
  • Publication number: 20020074210
    Abstract: A coin sorting apparatus and method uses a light source (50) disposed on one side of the coin path (23); a coin moving member (21) of light transmissive material; a coin path insert (41) having at least a portion the is light transmissive; an optical detector (55) disposed on an opposite side of the coin path (23) from the light source (50) for detecting coin size as a coin (14) passes the coin path insert (41); a coin core alloy composition sensor (42); a coin surface alloy composition sensor (43); an edge sensor (46) disposed along a reference edge (45) along the coin path; and a plurality of processors (90, 94, 95, 107, 96) for receiving data developed from signals from the optical detector (55), the coin core alloy sensor (42), the coin surface (43) alloy detector, and the coin edge sensor (46), the data being for comparison with stored values for a plurality of denominations to determine the denomination of the coin (14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2001
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Inventors: Daniel Brandle, Klaus Muller, Robert L. Zwieg, Thomas P. Adams, John P. Grajewski