And Scavenger Mechanism Patents (Class 194/345)
  • Patent number: 8496100
    Abstract: A coin processing device includes a temporary coin-withholding mechanism for driving coin withholding levers using a single driving device. The temporary coin-withholding mechanism includes a single driving mechanism, a first coin withholding lever for withholding/releasing a coin guided by a first coin sorting route, a second coin withholding lever for withholding/releasing a coin guided by a second coin sorting route, and a link mechanism including detecting whether a coin is withheld in the first coin sorting route. When the retention is detected, the first lever is shifted from the withholding position to the release position to allow the driving mechanism to drive only the first coin lever without driving the second coin lever. When the retention is not detected, the second lever is shifted from the withholding position to the release position to allow the driving mechanism to drive the second coin withholding lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Nippon Conlux Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lachlan Edward Fergusson
  • Patent number: 8381893
    Abstract: The invention proposes an insertion device for coins for transferring said coins to a coin tester or to a coin-operated machine, having an insertion slot and having a coin outlet, between which is arranged a rotatable drum having a receiving region for receiving a coin, wherein in a receiving position, the receiving region is accessible to a coin which can be inserted through the insertion slot, and the insertion slot can be closed off by means of rotation of the drum. The drum having the receiving region is covered by a flap which can be opened in a controlled fashion in an ejection position for ejecting foreign material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Walter Hanke Mechanische Werkstatten GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Christian Trenner, Andreas Fresenborg
  • Publication number: 20090283383
    Abstract: A check processing module (CPM) is provided for a self-service check depositing terminal. The CPM comprises a substantially U-shaped plastic guide including (i) first and second leg portions forming the substantially U-shape, (ii) a surface which forms an opening in the first leg portion, and (ii) a releasing member which is disposed on the second leg portion. The CPM further comprises a shaft assembly including (i) a plastic shaft having opposite end portions and a central portion between the opposite end portions, (ii) a number of drive rollers disposed on the central portion, (iii) a first plastic race bearing attached to one end portion of the plastic shaft and disposed in the opening of the plastic guide, and (iv) a second plastic race bearing attached to the other end portion of the plastic shaft and secured by the releasing member to the plastic guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventors: Fredrik L. Kallin, Frank B. Dunn, Robert J. Ross, Owen H. Wilson
  • Patent number: 6644456
    Abstract: An electronic coin checker is proposed which has a coin entry channel, in the region of which a sensor arrangement is disposed, and has a flap-shaped coin switch and a control device. In dependence on the signals of the sensor arrangement, the control device controls the coin switch to accept a coin running through the coin entry channel into an acceptance shaft, or into a return channel to return the coin. The flap-shaped coin switch has a sloping extension inclined towards the runway of the return channel, on which the coin slides away in the return position of the switch, alters its inclination and falls onto the runway of the return channel. The boundary wall, lying opposite the coin switch, of the return channel is configured inclined in the running direction, and thus a further alteration in inclination takes place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Walter Hanke Mechanische Werst├Ątten GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Dietmar Trenner
  • Patent number: 6615971
    Abstract: A coin sorter, wherein a front cover, a gate rail and a solenoid out of independent parts constituting the coin sorter are supported so that they can be detached with a snap action respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Nippon Conlux
    Inventors: Ryoji Yamagishi, Masato Yagi
  • Patent number: 6286653
    Abstract: A coin sorter, wherein a front cover, a gate rail and a solenoid out of independent parts constituting the coin sorter are supported so that they can be detached with a snap action respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Nippon Conlux
    Inventors: Ryoji Yamagishi, Masato Yagi
  • Patent number: 6109417
    Abstract: An anti-corruption coin/token chute assembly is provided for use with conventional coin acceptance assemblies. The assembly includes a coin race having first and second side walls and a floor. The floor is provided with a plurality of apertures to facilitate release of foreign substances. An ejection member is movably coupled the coin race. The ejection member includes a coin race insert that, in the rest position, is nested in the coin race. The coin race insert also includes first and second side walls and a floor. The floor of the coin race insert is provided with a plurality of apertures and is advantageously positioned so that the apertures are in substantial alignment with the apertures of the floor of the coin race. Accordingly, unauthorized foreign substances, such as liquids, that are injected into the chute assembly are drained through the apertures before fouling the electronics of the coin acceptance assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Parkway Machine Corporation
    Inventors: Steven A. Kovens, Brian S. Kovens, Ronald P. Brown, Ronald F. Deuel
  • Patent number: 6098778
    Abstract: A coin collecting mechanism with top coin slot and coin return function is provided. The coin collecting mechanism has a main support onto which both a coin return mechanism and a coin comparison mechanism are mounted. The coin comparison mechanism is in a vertical position but inclined backward by about 15 degrees. The coin return mechanism includes a hood defining a downward opened chamber for the coin comparison mechanism to move up and down therein. The hood is provided at a lower front end with a horizontal rail inclined backward by about 15 degrees for catching an inserted coin vertically falling from the coin slot and guiding the coin into the coin comparison mechanism. The hood also has a spring-loaded member mounted thereto for pushing a jammed coin out of the inclined rail. A locating clamp is adjustably mounted on the hood for easily adjusting a size of the coin slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Inventor: Young-Chin Yeh
  • Patent number: 5954182
    Abstract: An improved coin receiving mechanism having a foreign object release device. The invention includes first and second chute walls having spaced apart inner surfaces which are substantially parallel to each other when the mechanism is in an unactivated state. The inner surfaces define the walls of a coin chute path through which a coin travels. The first and second chute walls each further have an upper chute wall portion, disposed adjacent an entrance to the coin chute path, and a lower chute wall portion, disposed adjacent to and in communicating relationship with an exit of the coin chute path. The first and second coin chute walls are hingedly mounted to a frame. The invention also includes provisions for moving the coin chute walls from the unactivated state to an activated state wherein the coin chute walls are first pivoted together until the lower chute portions of each of the first and second chute walls are no longer disposed in communicating relationship with the exit of the coin chute path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Tatung Telecom Corporation
    Inventor: Wenquan Wei
  • Patent number: 5915519
    Abstract: The present invention provides a coin chute for use with a coin changer in a vending machine. There is a coin entry path defined by a ramp mounted adjacent a main plate and a backplate. Upon activation of a coin reject lever accessible by a user, the one plate swings away from the other allowing an object jammed in the coin entry path to fall off of the coin entry path into a coin return chute. A kicker urges objects off of the ramp as the plates swing apart. The ramp is also tilted to allow fluid to drain off of the ramp through a gap between the ramp and a plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: L. M. Becker & Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Glaser
  • Patent number: 5829569
    Abstract: A coin reception mechanism includes a base fixed inside for example a pay phone to receive coins for operating the pay phone. The coin reception mechanism includes a chute assembly including a first plate and a second plate which are independent of each other and are both pivoted to the base in such a manner to form a spacing therebetween defining a coin chute leading to a coin collector container. The first plate has a coin slot formed thereon to be substantially in alignment with the coin chute for receiving and guiding a coin into the coin chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Karin Telecomm Corporation
    Inventors: Li-Te Cheng, Sung-Min Lin
  • Patent number: 5806650
    Abstract: A currency counting and discrimination machine for rapidly counting and discriminating currency bills is set forth having a jam detection and clearing mechanism. The machine has a transport mechanism which engages and transports the currency bills, one at a time, along a transport path from an input receptacle to an output receptacle. A sensing device for scanning and counting the currency bills is adjacent a segment of the transport path. Several sensors along the transport path detect when a currency bill becomes jammed. Once a jammed currency bill is detected, the operation of the transport mechanism is interrupted. A portion of the transport mechanism is then adjusted to relieve pressure exerted on the jammed currency bill by the transport mechanism. The transport mechanism is then reactivated to remove the jammed currency bill from the transport path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: Douglas U. Mennie, Bradford T. Graves
  • Patent number: 5788047
    Abstract: A coin collecting machine including a coin sorting device and a sequential coin receiving device. The coin sorting device includes a coin way and coin detecting oscillators disposed on two sides of the coin way for identifying whether the coin is a true one or a false one. The coin sorting device further includes an adjustable shifting member pivotally disposed in a rear section of the coin way for guiding the true coin into a coin receiving passage of the sequential coin receiving device, while guiding the false coin into a coin returning passage thereof. The sequential coin receiving device includes a sequential coin receiving mechanism disposed on outer side of the coin receiving passage for operatively releasing the coins therein into a coin collecting box one by one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Inventor: Johnny Chung
  • Patent number: 5737402
    Abstract: A pay phone coin release mechanism includes a base plate fixed inside the pay phone casing and having a pivot pin extending therefrom to rotatably supported thereon a driven link having two opposite arms of which one has a pin formed thereon and the other one rotatably supports thereon a coin release roller adapted to cooperate with a conventional coin receiving mechanism. The base plate also has a hole through which a shaft rotatably extends to drivingly engage a driving link. The driving link has an elongated slot into which the pin of the driven link extends and drivingly engages. The shaft of the driving link extends outside the pay phone casing and connected to a user-actuateable lever so that by actuating the lever, the driving link is rotated to drive, through the connection between the elongated slot and the pin, the driven link to rotate about the pivot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Assignee: Karlin Telecomm Corporation
    Inventors: Li-Te Cheng, Sung-Min Lin
  • Patent number: 5713451
    Abstract: An automatic product dispensing device including a coin mechanism for the insertion of at least one coin, tokens or the like and a mechanism for discharging extraneous items. A mechanism is provided for checking correct operation acting upon a mechanism for controlling the discharge. The discharge mechanism is formed by a chute having a body formed by at least one portion including two flaps of which one is articulated. At least one electromagnet acts upon the articulated flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Assignee: Remy Lenfant Et Cie
    Inventor: Bernard Masse
  • Patent number: 5704463
    Abstract: A coin return mechanism for public telephones has a coin box 1 with an access door 13 and a cam 15. The access door 13 and cam 15 are mounted on a shaft 14 that turns when door 13 is pushed, and return to the their resting position when the door is no longer pushed. A pusher 3 includes a square section rod 35 having an angular deformation of 70.degree. at one end, and having a recess for housing a wheel 33 that rotates atop cam 15. The other end of the square section rod 35 has a drilled hole for receiving a shaft that supports a forked prismatic part 34 that turns about the shaft. The two arms of the forked part 34 and the rod 35 have drilled holes through which the shaft passes. A spring 36 situated on the shaft is fastened to the an end of the forked prismatic part 34 and to the rod 35. When the access door 13 is opened, cam 15 moves and causes pusher 3 to move upward and cause a cylindrical pin 67 in a coin inserting mechanism 4 to block a coin insertion slot 46.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Assignee: Telefonica De Espana, S.A.
    Inventor: Jose Manuel Garcia Morales
  • Patent number: 5647469
    Abstract: The coin sorting device is equipped with a coin passage which guides coins that are inserted via a coin insertion opening, a gate plate for opening and closing the coin passage, a coin jamming detection sensor which is installed at an intermediate point in the coin passage, for detecting the jamming of coins passing through the coin passage, and a gate plate opening mechanism which is actuated by a detection signal from the detection sensor, and which automatically opens and closes the gate plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1997
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Nippon Conlux
    Inventors: Ryoji Yamagishi, Yukio Itou
  • Patent number: 5596630
    Abstract: An anti-stuffing lead-in-chute device for coin acceptor on a payphone, having an assembly of a multi-angled lead-in-chute which communicates at its top gripping point with a draw bar on a lever. Said lever, in response to manual operation of the coin return release, pulls down said gripping point on top of said lead-in-chute assembly so that an outside plate opens up from its bottom. In the meantime, an arm, sitting between two panels, pushes center plate which in turn kicks out stuffing when a conventional plate on coin mechanism pops out in response to manual operation of coin return release. Also in response to manual operation of the coin return release, a thin spring hook rotates up and around an axis to facilitate clearance of stuffing near the coin slot. The entire assembly returns to its normal working position after releasing stuffed tissue, cloth or similar material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1997
    Inventor: Chen-yun Hsu
  • Patent number: 5524745
    Abstract: A coin acceptor which accepts authentic coins includes a main plate and a side plate corresponding to the main plate for allowing coins to pass therebetween. A plastic film hinge pivotally attaches the side plate to the main plate. A spring biases the side plate against the main plate. The film hinge is formed from polyoxymethylane. The film hinge has a film section and V-shaped film edges on either side of the film section. The film hinge is mounted at an angle approximately 30 degrees off of a vertical line. The spring is hairpin shaped with first and second shanks and the side plate has a supporting member for receiving the spring. The second shank detachably engages the main plate for biasing the side plate against the main plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1996
    Inventor: Ekhart Wohlrab
  • Patent number: 5524744
    Abstract: A coin acceptor which accepts authentic coins includes a main plate and a side plate pivotally attached to the main plate for allowing coins to pass therebetween when the side plate is in a first position. An opening lever is pivotally attached to a pivot pin formed from the main plate. Upon rotation, the opening lever pivots the side plate into a second position. A leaf spring biases the opening lever into a rest position corresponding to the side plate being in the first position. The opening lever has a shoulder which moves in rotation with the opening lever. The main plate has a slot for passing the shoulder therethrough to the other side of the plate. The leaf spring engages the shoulder for biasing the opening lever into the rest position. The shoulder also engages a switch arm of an electrical switch for switching the switch upon rotation of the opening lever from the rest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1996
    Assignee: National Rejectors, Inc. GmbH
    Inventor: Ekhart Wohlrab
  • Patent number: 5513738
    Abstract: A coin handling system prevents jamming of the coin chutes of coin operated machines and keeps foreign objects out of coin validators and other internal mechanisms of coin operated machines. A coin chute 15 guides coins into the coin validator 24. An exit end of coin chute 15 is moved from a rest position above the coin validator 24 to a position above a return chute 25. Coin chute 15 then separates into two pieces, causing large foreign matter to fall out of the coin chute 15. Foreign objects that are pushed into coin chute 15 are forced out of coin chute 15 by slots 30 formed on the back edge of coin chute 15. Foreign objects are thus prevented from going further into coin chute 15 and coin validator 24. A bevelled edge 29 is formed on an edge of chute piece 23, one of two pieces forming coin chute 15. Foreign objects are pushed into coin chute 15, it impacts bevelled edge 29, causing coin chute 15 to separate into two chute pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1996
    Assignee: Intellicall, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Hird, Mark E. Kerr
  • Patent number: 5449058
    Abstract: A coin testing device comprising two parts carrying coin sensor elements, the two parts being capable of relative movement apart from each other for access to the space between them. When the parts are closed, their relative positioning is defined by features at four positions. At three of those positions the features are such as to determine the spacing between the two parts and at two of those positions the features are such as to prevent relative translational and rotational movement of the two parts in their own plane. A loose hinging arrangement is provided so that only the features of those four positions, and not features of the lid, determine the relative position of the two closed parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1995
    Assignee: Mars, Incorporated
    Inventors: Martin Kotler, Michael D. Nunn
  • Patent number: 5441138
    Abstract: A coin handling system comprising an improved coin chute (115) for guiding coins in a coin operated machine is provided comprising a first chute piece (122) and a second chute piece (123), each forming an opposite sidewall of the chute (115). An internal bevelled surface (129) is formed on the backwall (140) of one of the chute pieces (122, 123) so that foreign objects forced into the chute (115) and impacting the backwall (140) will cause the chute (115) to separate into the chute pieces (122, 123) and thereby cause the foreign object to leave the chute (115). Additionally, external bevelled surfaces (144, 148) are formed on the chute pieces (122, 123) so that if a foreign object impacts the outside of the chute (115), the chute (115) separates 15 into the chute pieces (122, 123) and allows continued movement of the foreign object. Thus, the foreign object does not become caught in the coin chute (115). In another aspect of the invention, ridges (130) are formed on the backwall (140) of the chute (115).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1995
    Assignee: Intellicall, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Hird, Mark E. Kerr
  • Patent number: 5388680
    Abstract: A coin handling system comprising an improved coin chute (115) for guiding coins in a coin operated machine is provided comprising a first chute piece (122) and a second chute piece (123), each forming an opposite sidewall of the chute (115). An internal bevelled surface (129) is formed on the backwall (140) of one of the chute pieces (122, 123) so that foreign objects forced into the chute (115) and impacting the backwall (140) will cause the chute (115) to separate into the chute pieces (122, 123) and thereby cause the foreign object to leave the chute (115). Additionally, external bevelled surfaces (144, 148) are formed on the chute pieces (122,123) so that if a foreign object impacts the outside of the chute (115), the chute (115) separates into the chute pieces (122, 123) and allows continued movement of the foreign object. Thus, the foreign object does not become caught in the coin chute (115). In another aspect of the invention, ridges ( 130) are formed on the backwall (140) of the chute (115).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1995
    Assignee: Intellicall, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Hird, Mark E. Kerr
  • Patent number: 5322153
    Abstract: Procedure for detecting the operation of the coin return mechanism in coin selectors, especially in selectors having a passage through which the coins pass, which can be opened for the recovery thereof, and having at least one coin passage detector, the operating conditions of which are sensitive to the passage of the coins and to the opening of the passage. The procedure consists of detecting the alterations in the operating conditions of the said detector caused by the opening of the channel. These alterations result in changes of amplitude and frequency which are measured, for example, by the microprocessor of the selector, and differentiated from the alterations due to the passage of a coin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1994
    Assignee: Azkoyen Industrial, S.A.
    Inventors: Jesus E. Ibarrola, Jose Insausti
  • Patent number: 5316120
    Abstract: The present housing for coin selectors is provided with an electronic circuit wherein are included elements for measuring the variation of the field produced by the passage of coins through a magnetic field generated by a group of coils, said housing being provided, on one of its faces (9) corresponding to the paths of coins, with various ribs (10) parallel to each other and parallel with the rolling ramp for the coins, preferably three ribs, with self-cleaning effect which avoids the deposition of dirt entrained by the coins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1994
    Assignee: Azkoyen Industrial, S.A.
    Inventor: Jesus E. Ibarrola
  • Patent number: 5299673
    Abstract: The invention is a coin receiving mechanism having a foreign object release device for use with a coin receiving machine having a coin acceptor/counter device. The invention has a pair of hinged coin chute walls with planar sections arranged in a zigzag manner which define the coin path. The coin chute walls also have a section angled from the zigzagged sections. A cam member is connected by linking arms to the coin chute walls. A coin return lever on the outline of the machine is connected to a drive arm inside the machine. When turned, the coin return lever turns the cam member and causes the coin chute walls to flip open and eject any foreign objects contained therebetween. The drive arm is connected to the coin return lever through a clutch mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1994
    Assignee: Tatung Telecom Corporation
    Inventor: Edward S. Wu
  • Patent number: 5293981
    Abstract: In a coin sorting device which rolls a coin along a sorting passage and which carries out a sorting operation for the coin during movement of the coin, it is readily possible to remove unnecessary material from the sorting passage. The unnecessary material may be surface material which is separated from the coin. If the unnecessary material is left in the sorting passage, it becomes one of factors which cause an error in the sorting operation. Inasmuch as the unnecessary material can be readily removed from the sorting passage, reliability is improved as regards the sorting operation. For removing the unnecessary material, a plurality of through holes may be made to a bottom of the sorting passage. A roller member may be used at the bottom of the sorting passage instead of making the through holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1994
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Abe, Yoshinobu Tanaka
  • Patent number: 5255770
    Abstract: A coin handling system prevents jamming of the coin chutes of coin operated machines and keeps foreign objects out of coin validators and other internal mechanisms of coin operated machines. A coin chute 15 guides coins into the coin validator 24. An exit end of coin chute 15 is moved from a rest position above the coin validator 24 to a position above a return chute 25. Coin chute 15 then separates into two pieces, causing large foreign matter to fall out of the coin chute 15. Foreign objects that are pushed into coin chute 15 are forced out of coin chute 15 by slots 30 formed on the back edge of coin chute 15. Foreign objects are thus prevented from going further into coin chute 15 and coin validator 24. A bevelled edge 29 is formed on an edge of chute piece 23, one of two pieces forming coin chute 15. Foreign objects are pushed into coin chute 15, it impacts bevelled edge 29, causing coin chute 15 to separate into two chute pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1993
    Assignee: First City, Texas-Dallas
    Inventors: John A. Hird, Mark E. Kerr
  • Patent number: 5165511
    Abstract: A holder for coin validation devices is comprised of a one piece injection molded body (1) of plastic material having therein a first inclined passage (29) for receiving coins or tokens above the validation device, a second passage (30) of rectangular cross section below the validation device for receiving accepted coins therefrom, a third passage of rectangular cross section (31) for receiving rejected coins or tokens and directing the rejected coins or tokens toward a return (32), side walls on the body (1) forming a prismatic rectangular recess (40) communicating with the three passages and having a width and depth and height sufficient to receive and house a validation device for coins and tokens, and a set of supplementary elements (51) of T-shaped cross section for selective insertion at one side of the second passage (30), the elements (51) having different sized ribs (54) for adjusting the coin gap in the second passage (30) for adapting the device to handle different size coins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1992
    Assignee: Industrias Lorenzo, S.A.
    Inventor: Angel Lorenzo Regidor
  • Patent number: 5099975
    Abstract: A coin control mechanism for use with a periodical dispensing device, the device comprising a first coin chute capable of allowing the passage of nickel, dime, and quarter denomination coins therethrough but which rejects dollar coins, a second coin chute capable of allowing passage of dollar coins therethrough; a diverter in the first coin chute, weight and size responsive, and will reject dollar coins into the second coin chute; and levers (704) and (242), responsive to the passage of coins through the two coin chutes, to operate the totalizer (268) to advance the totalizer from a non-dispensing position to a predetermined dispensing position as coins pass through the chutes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1992
    Assignee: Kaspar Wire Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph J. Ullman, Eugene Kazmir
  • Patent number: 5090548
    Abstract: A coin handling system is provided to prevent the jamming of coin chutes used in coin operated machines and to keep foreign objects forced into coin chutes out of coin validators and other internal mechanisms of coin operated machines. The invention comprises a coin chute 15 for guiding coins into a coin validator 24 in which the exit end of coin chute 15 can be moved from a rest position above the entry to coin validator 24 to a position above a return chute 25. The coin chute can then be separated into two pieces, causing lodged coins and foreign matter to fall out of the coin chute. In another aspect of the invention, foreign objects like coat hangers that are pushed into coin chute 15 are forced out of coin chute 15 by slots 30 which are formed on the back edge of coin chute 15. Coat hangers or other objects are thus prevented from going further into coin chute 15 and coin validator 24.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1992
    Assignee: Intellicall, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Hird, Mark E. Kerr
  • Patent number: 5088587
    Abstract: A coin chute includes a coin entrance, clear-out apparatus, coin processing apparatus, a return chute and a coin ejector. The clear-out apparatus is positioned between the coin entrance and the coin processing apparatus. It comprises a cavity for trapping unwanted material stuffed into the coin entrance and a pair of sidewalls (inner and outer) that move in response to the operation of the coin ejector. A deflector plate, positioned within the cavity, assists in trapping the unwanted material. The outer sidewall permits trapped material to fall into the return chute while the inner sidewall pushes this material into the return chute. The coin ejector includes an actuator that is operatively connected to the sidewalls of the clear-out apparatus by a helical spring whose restorative force is sufficient to urge material trapped within the cavity into the return chute, but not sufficient to damage the coin ejector when excessive force is applied to the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1992
    Assignee: AT&T Bell Laboratories
    Inventors: Robert R. Goodrich, James D. York
  • Patent number: 5082099
    Abstract: An apparatus for accepting two kinds of coins comprises a coin diameter discriminating passage unit having a coin passage adapted for discriminating diameters of coins and being openable downwards for dropping an unacceptable coin from the coin passage, a vertically extending coin returning chute arranged below the coin diameter discriminating passage unit for receiving the unacceptable coin dropped therefrom and two coin material discriminating units arranged at both sides of the coin returning chute, respectively. The coin diameter discriminating passage unit has two opposed side outlets adapted for introducing acceptable coins into the respective coin material discriminating units. Thus, the apparatus has a reduced width and thickness and a high flexibility owing to possibility of exchanging the coin diameter discriminating passage unit and/or the coin material discriminating unit for various kinds of coins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1992
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Abe
  • Patent number: 4911280
    Abstract: A coin separator/rejector system includes a plurality of coin races which are disposed in a compact coin receiver body. The races have at least one protrusion along their length so as to deflect downwardly traveling coins and force these coins to alter both their attitude and direction of travel to encounter apertures formed in the receiver body between successive coin races. Coins of a selected diameter travel downwardly along any given coin race for ultimate deposit or credit. Coins of less than the selected diameter are directed into an alternate direction and path of travel along an alternate or secondary race where they are either credited or rejected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1990
    Inventor: Philemon L. Bruner
  • Patent number: 4899371
    Abstract: A new coin slot structure for coin call telephone apparatus includes photodetectors set to identify the coins inserted therein, so as to allow three kinds of coins of different value be continuously inserted into the apparatus through the slot to extend the connection time, wherein the additional coins inserted will be automatically returned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1990
    Inventor: Lih-Chuan Su
  • Patent number: 4889221
    Abstract: The vending machine comprises a housing (17) with a dispensing slot in its front panel (2,3). A table (24) is vertically displaceable and pulled upwards by spring urged chains on either side passing over interconnected sprockets (26). A stack (36) of newspapers (37) is placed on the table (24) and abuts adjacent one of its front corners against a post. An arm (57) containing a pivotable gripper element with gripper needles is pivotable about the vertical axis of the post. The needles are kept retracted until the correct amount has been inserted into a coin slot (7). Then they are released and engage the topmost newspaper (37). When now a handle (12) is operated it pivots the arm (57) about its axis. The newspaper (37) swings about the post until one corner extends through a dispensing slot where it can be pulled out. The machine is particularly constructed to prevent tampering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1989
    Assignee: Journomat AG.
    Inventor: Alois Schlumpf
  • Patent number: 4881630
    Abstract: A plurality of plate members are provided to be aligned with each other in order to define a plurality of coin paths in units of denominations which are aligned with each other and capable of communicating with a common path along which all inserted coins pass. Selectors are provided at a position immediately upstream from two successive aligned coin paths. Each selector is driven by a solenoid operative in accordance with a detection result from a coil for detecting denominations of coins. An inserted coin is directed to a corresponding coin path by the selector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1989
    Assignee: Nippon Conlux Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Osamu Kobayashi, Osamu Sugimoto, Yonezou Furuya, Takeshi Ishida, Masanori Tanaka, Jun Ishii
  • Patent number: 4741427
    Abstract: A coin acceptor which receives coins in a slanted coin chute with a final size gauge system. The coin is first rebounded against a tapered wall and enters a first zone. All three coin sizes enter the first zone and then the lightest weight one passes down a tapered ramp which is spring loaded, but the lightest weight coins will not depress the ramp and therefore such coins are diverted into a second zone. The heavier different sized coins pass down and trip the tapered ramps, both a first and second one, and then the widest of the coins continues downwardly in the first zone to be processed and sized for diameter. The largest diameter coin is trapped between two pins where it is then tilted off of a ramp onto a diverter and passes into a third zone for processing. As all of the coins reach the bottom of their three separate zones, they enter into a final size gauge system which has three coin chutes sized precisely to reject any coin which is bent, burred, or oversized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1988
    Inventors: Nathan Choderker, Carl E. Dorman
  • Patent number: 4721197
    Abstract: A manually operated coil vending machine device is described which has a rod tipped with a pressure sensitive adhesive movable along a slot in the device to a storage bin area where articles for sale are stored and displayed. Once in the bin area, the rod is lowered until it sticks to the article selected, after which the rod is raised and moved back along the slot until it reaches an area accessible to the operator-purchaser. At such point, the purchased article is grasped and removed. The device can only be operated after predetermined coins equal to the purchase price of the articles have been inserted in the device, thereby permitting removal of a rod blocking first projection over the slot by pressure of the rod as it moves along the slot to the storage bin area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1988
    Inventor: Arlan Hoffman
  • Patent number: 4717007
    Abstract: A coin acceptance shuttle for electronic parking meters adapted to receive coins, one at a time, from a predetermined family of permitted coins and to laterally transport such coins to the channel inlet of the electronic coin acceptance apparatus. The shuttle includes a manually operated plunger having a coin recess therein defined between the body of the plunger and a pivotally mounted gate. Coins enter the recess through a replaceable housing slot member selected in accordance with the family of coins to be used. The gate member pivots to facilitate full and proper coin exit from the shuttle plunger in the event of a coin jam or the premature return travel of the plunger. The gate includes an offset pivot axis and opposed coin stop bosses whereby the gate may be installed in alternative orientations according to the preselected family of coins to be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1988
    Assignee: Qonaar Corporation
    Inventor: John W. Van Horn
  • Patent number: 4706795
    Abstract: A coin discriminator for discriminating good coins from bad coins among a plurality of different types of coins and sorting the coins by denomination has a cradle for selecting the coins in accordance with their diameter, and a swing lever which is urged in a direction toward the space between the two ends of the cradle. The swing lever biases a small coin so as to cause it to pass the space between the two ends of the cradle. A large coin urges the swing lever and is removed from the cradle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1987
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Nipponcoinco
    Inventors: Mitsugu Mikami, Kougi Yukimoto, Jun Ishii
  • Patent number: 4690263
    Abstract: A coin refund signal generator includes a coin sorting sensing circuit which is normally in a quiescent state but which generates a sensing signal of a first duration in response to the deposit of a genuine coin and of a second duration in response to the actuation of a coin return requesting device. A detection circuit determines the duration of the sensing signal and generates a coin refund signal if the duration of the sensing signal equals or exceeds the second duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1987
    Assignee: Fuji Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinji Yokomori
  • Patent number: 4687090
    Abstract: The coins roll along track surfaces (1, 2, 3) merely supporting the bottoms of the coins, these track surfaces each being associated with respectively one steep guide surface supporting the coins along one side. The guide surfaces are formed on plates (11, 19, 24) that can be spread apart by pivoting. Beside the end of a first track surface (1) oriented toward a baffle surface (8), a second track surface (2) begins that extends in the opposite direction, on which the coins roll into a steadying chamber (15) having a V-shaped bottom cross section (35, 36), from which emanates a third track surface (3) on which the previously steadied coins pass through a coin checking station (20) at a velocity independent of the speed with which the coins have reached the steadying chamber (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1987
    Assignee: Autelca AG.
    Inventor: Hans Ramseier
  • Patent number: 4662501
    Abstract: The invention relates to a coin acceptor mechanism in which a coil (101) is wound on a former (102) having a central opening (104) of a shape corresponding to the outline of a coin (103) to be checked and mounted with the plane of the opening at an angle to the horizontal. The opening (104) has, towards its lower side, a cross member (106) located below the transverse center line of the coil (101) so that a coin (103b) can momentarily rest on the cross member with its plane in the plane of the coil and can then turn about the cross member under its own weight and pass edge-wise through the opening in the former.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1987
    Assignee: Starpoint Electrics Limited
    Inventor: David Partridge