Patents by Inventor Toshitomo Kuwabara

Toshitomo Kuwabara 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: 6607063
    Abstract: In a coin mechanism to which the present invention is applied, a coin of five hundred yen whose holding is released is distributed by a fifth distributing device to a return passage or a coin containing passage. The coin of five hundred yen distributed by the fifth distributing device is distributed by an eighth distributing device to a coin tube or a coin box. As mentioned above, the coin whose holding is released is distributed to a change outlet, the coin box, or the coin tube at a front stage of entering the coin containing part. Accordingly, it is unnecessary to provide another distributing device at a part of the coin tube like the prior art, and the number of coins to be contained in the coin tube is increased. Furthermore, it is possible to set the number of coins to be contained in the coin tube at a small number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Assignee: Sanden Corporation
    Inventors: Toshitomo Kuwabara, Hideaki Yanagisawa, Tetsuya Mashimo
  • Patent number: 6565427
    Abstract: In a coin pay-out device to which the present invention is applied, the rotary arm of the second change slide is extended to a space between adjacent first change slides and the rear end side of the rotary arm is used as a stopper for disabling the rotation of the rotary arm. Consequently, it is possible to dispose the solenoids of the second change slide and the solenoids of the first change slides side by side. As a result, the disposition space of each solenoid can be reduced both in the transverse direction, as well as in the front-rear direction, thereby the whole size of the coin pay-out device can be reduced. Furthermore, because the second change slide is the rotary arm that turns around the fixed supporting member having a movable supporting member at its tip, which is to be fit in the guide groove of the pay-out link, the second change slide is simplified in structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Assignee: Sanden Corporation
    Inventors: Toshitomo Kuwabara, Tetsuya Mashimo, Hideaki Yanagisawa
  • Publication number: 20020189918
    Abstract: In a coin pay-out device to which the present invention is applied, the rotary arm of the second change slide is extended to a space between adjacent first change slides and the rear end side of the rotary arm is used as a stopper for disabling the rotation of the rotary arm. Consequently, it is possible to dispose the solenoids of the second change slide and the solenoids of the first change slides side by side. As a result, the disposition space of each solenoid can be reduced both in the transverse direction, as well as in the front-rear direction, thereby the whole size of the coin pay-out device can be reduced. Furthermore, because the second change slide is the rotary arm that turns around the fixed supporting member having a movable supporting member at its tip, which is to be fit in the guide groove of the pay-out link, the second change slide is simplified in structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2001
    Publication date: December 19, 2002
    Inventors: Toshitomo Kuwabara, Tetsuya Mashimo, Hideaki Yanagisawa
  • Publication number: 20020011394
    Abstract: In a coin mechanism to which the present invention is applied, a coin of five hundred yen whose holding is released is distributed by a fifth distributing device to a return passage or a coin containing passage. The coin of five hundred yen distributed by the fifth distributing device is distributed by an eighth distributing device to a coin tube or a coin box. As mentioned above, the coin whose holding is released is distributed to a change outlet, the coin box, or the coin tube at a front stage of entering the coin containing part. Accordingly, it is unnecessary to provide another distributing device at a part of the coin tube like the prior art, and the number of coins to be contained in the coin tube is increased. Furthermore, it is possible to set the number of coins to be contained in the coin tube at a small number.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2001
    Publication date: January 31, 2002
    Inventors: Toshitomo Kuwabara, Yanagisawa Hideaki, Mashimo Tetsuya
  • Patent number: 5494146
    Abstract: A coin selector for use in a coin mechanism of vending machines and the like is disclosed. The coin selector includes a device which determines whether a deposited coin is real or fake, and a movable gate which selectively conducts the deposited coin into a real coin chute or a fake coin chute in response to an operational result of the determining device. A detector is positioned upstream of the entrances to the real coin chute and the fake coin chute, and outputs an electrical signal which is dependent upon the position of the gate and the moving condition of the coin as it passes by the detector. The coin selector further includes a judging circuit which receives the output from the detector and determines whether the gate is in position to conduct the coin into the real coin chute or the fake coin chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1996
    Assignee: Sanden Corporation
    Inventors: Hironobu Kurosawa, Toshitomo Kuwabara, Kazuo Shimizu