Slot Closure Patents (Class 194/351)
  • Patent number: 9959696
    Abstract: A dispenser which deters theft of packaged items includes an ejector. The ejector is resiliently biased to an extended position, and is selectively retracted to a retracted position. When so retracted, it can be released so that it can translate a static package into a dynamic state as quickly as possible to minimize the effect of drag and friction between the package being ejected and the package immediately behind it in a column of packages, as well as between the package and the portions of the housing which are initially contacted by the package. The first package is ejected in a short impulse so as to minimize a transfer of kinetic energy to a second package, thus minimizing the effect of static inertia of the second package on the first package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Fastners for Retail, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald Matthew Szpak, Thaddeus Brej, Shane Obitts, Gregory M. Bird
  • Patent number: 9734363
    Abstract: A card reader may include a card passage where a card inserted into an insertion port for the card is passed, a shutter member for closing the card passage, a magnetic head disposed on a rear side relative to the shutter member and structured to perform reading of magnetic data recorded in a magnetic stripe of the card and/or recording of magnetic data to the magnetic stripe, and a foreign matter detection mechanism which is structured to detect a foreign matter attached to the card passage. The foreign matter detection mechanism is disposed on a rear side relative to the shutter member and is disposed at a position in the width direction of the card where the magnetic stripe is passed. The foreign matter detection mechanism may be structured of an electrostatic capacitance sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shigeki Ozawa, Kazutoshi Ishikawa, Katsuhisa Higashi, Kazunori Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9305414
    Abstract: A safe unlocking machine includes a currency container that may be moved into and out of a container unit. The currency container includes a coin inlet, a bill inlet, and a lock-incorporated shutter that opens and closes a tag. When the shutter is operated to open, RFID wireless verification is performed between an antenna located in the container unit and the tag of the currency container. When predetermined conditions including accomplishment of the RFID verification are satisfied, rotation of a receiver handle is permitted. When the receiver handle is rotated once, a safe main body of a safe, which is located in the safe unlocking machine, is solely moved rearward. The currency in the safe main body falls down due to its own weight and is stored in the currency container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: LECIP HOLDINGS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Kimoto, Takeshi Matsuno
  • Patent number: 8919524
    Abstract: Provided are an object processing apparatus and a financial apparatus. The object processing apparatus comprises a motor, a shutter configured to close and open an object-entrance space, and a power transmission. The power transmission is configured to open or close the shutter according to operation of the motor and allow the shutter to be opened or closed by an external force when the motor is not operated. The power transmission transmits a driving force of the motor to the shutter without any electronic control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: LG Innotek Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 8919525
    Abstract: Disclosed is a gate mechanism (100) mounted on a side frame (210) of a financial automated machine cash slot (230a), wherein the gate mechanism comprises a gate (10), a driving mechanism (20) and a pair of locking mechanisms (30) controlling the gate (10), with the lower end of the gate (10) being connected with a front end (240a) of the frame side (240) in such a way as to be able to slide up and down, and the upper end of the gate (10) being connected with an upper end (240b) of the frame side (240) in such a way as to be able to slide back and forth, and the driving mechanism (20) driving the upper end of the gate (10) in sliding back and forth at the upper end (240b) of the frame side (240), while causing the lower end of the gate (10) to move up and down at the front end (240a) of the frame side (240), thus achieving opening and closing of the gate (10). The gate mechanism (100) can reduce the motion enveloping space of the gate (10) and has the advantage of a compact structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: GRG Banking Equipment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dongbo Liu, Shaohai Huang
  • Patent number: 8844705
    Abstract: A cash box system with a cash container for receiving cash is described. The cash container has an inlet opening which can be closed by a cover and a locking mechanism having a locked state in which the cover is locked in a position closing the inlet opening, and a release state in which the cover is unlocked and can be brought in a position to release the inlet opening. The locking mechanism is configured such that it is forcibly transferred from the locked state to the release state when the cash container is emptied. The cash box system is preferably for a vending machine in which the cash container is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: RTB GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Èrwin Braukmann, Sime Jovic
  • Patent number: 8839940
    Abstract: A self-locking type shutter device is provided. The device is arranged in a financial self-service equipment, so as to open or close a cash depositing/withdrawing port (1) of the financial self-help service equipment. The device comprises a frame (3) integrally welded, a gate (2) and a power transmission mechanism. The gate (2) is arranged on the frame (3) by a first rotation shaft (4) and can rotate around the first rotation shaft (4). The power transmission mechanism is fixed on the frame (3), so as to provide the gate (2) with rotation power. The power transmission mechanism comprises a motor (5) and at least one unidirectional folding linkage mechanism (70). The device can be self-locked via the unidirectionally folding linkage mechanism (70).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: GRG Banking Equipment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zeyan Guan, Xiaodian Chen, Dong Wei, Nian Wang
  • Publication number: 20140216890
    Abstract: Disclosed is a gate mechanism (100) mounted on a side frame (210) of a financial automated machine cash slot (230a), wherein the gate mechanism comprises a gate (10), a driving mechanism (20) and a pair of locking mechanisms (30) controlling the gate (10), with the lower end of the gate (10) being connected with a front end (240a) of the frame side (240) in such a way as to be able to slide up and down, and the upper end of the gate (10) being connected with an upper end (240b) of the frame side (240) in such a way as to be able to slide back and forth, and the driving mechanism (20) driving the upper end of the gate (10) in sliding back and forth at the upper end (240b) of the frame side (240), while causing the lower end of the gate (10) to move up and down at the front end (240a) of the frame side (240), thus achieving opening and closing of the gate (10). The gate mechanism (100) can reduce the motion enveloping space of the gate (10) and has the advantage of a compact structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: GRG Banking Equipment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dongbo Liu, Shaohai Huang
  • Patent number: 8794420
    Abstract: An apparatus, such as but not necessarily limited to a safe, is contemplated. The apparatus may be configured to secure a sorter, bill validator or other delivery mechanism separately from a storage area in order to permit removal of the delivery mechanism without compromising security of the storage area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Fire King Security Products, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Smith, Daniel Jones
  • Patent number: 8695778
    Abstract: Apparatus for preventing unauthorized removal of currency items from a currency handling apparatus is provided. A removable security gate mechanism (500) is provided that comprises a housing (501), a rotatable gate (510), a drive wheel and a positioning member. The positioning member is selectively engageable with the drive wheel for positioning the rotatable gate (510).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: MEI, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Clauser, Michael D. Nunn, Karen Marvin
  • Patent number: 8668134
    Abstract: Provided is a fare box which enables passengers to smoothly pay fares using bills without hesitation even when a bill transportation passage is disabled due to jamming of a bill or a breakdown. Two entrances, which are a bill normal receiving opening and a bill backup receiving opening, are provided as bill receiving openings of the fare box. Either of the bill normal receiving opening and the bill backup receiving opening is allowed to be selectively opened by a shutter member. At normal times, the bill normal receiving opening is put into operation with the shutter member positioned at a normal position. When a bill normal transportation passage has become jammed with a bill, the shutter member is shifted from the normal position to a bypass position on the basis of an operation performed on a bill receiving opening switch lever, whereby the bill backup receiving opening is opened instead of the bill normal receiving opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Lecip Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Kimoto, Yasuhiro Suzuki, Takashi Matsuno
  • Patent number: 8640849
    Abstract: A paper sheet processing apparatus capable of preventing an action of drawing out a paper sheet such as a bill is provided. A bill processing apparatus of the present invention has an insertion slot into which a bill is inserted and a traveling route through which the bill inserted into the insertion slot is conveyed. The traveling route has a first traveling route (3A) connected to the insertion slot and a second traveling route (3B) extending downstream from the first traveling route (3A) and being inclined relative to the first traveling route (3A). The second traveling route (3B) is provided with a shutter member (200) for preventing conveyance of the bill toward the insertion slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Universal Entertainment Corporation
    Inventor: Takao Nireki
  • Patent number: 8607957
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the present disclosure, a coin processing system includes a coin input area that receives coins from a user, a coin processing module that counts the received coins, and a foreign object detection system that detects a foreign object within the coin processing module subsequent to counting substantially all the received coins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: John R. Blake, Douglas U. Mennie, Samuel F. Collura, John S. Lykowski, Arthur J. Long
  • Publication number: 20130180821
    Abstract: Apparatus for preventing unauthorized removal of currency items from a currency handling apparatus is provided. A removable security gate mechanism (500) is provided that comprises a housing (501), a rotatable gate (510), a drive wheel and a positioning member. The positioning member is selectively engageable with the drive wheel for positioning the rotatable gate (510).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: MEI, INC.
    Inventor: MEI, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8485339
    Abstract: When depositing processing is performed, a banknote guide section and a bill press are separated from each other such that a banknote accommodation space formed between the banknote guide section and the bill press is positioned below a banknote depositing and dispensing port, a upper guide section is moved towards a pickup roller side and a input port shutter is opened. After the input port shutter has been closed, the upper guide section is moved towards a bill press side, and by moving the banknote guide section and the bill press towards the pickup roller side, the pickup roller, which is projected out into the accommodation space through a cutout in the banknote guide section, and which makes contact with the banknote, feeds the banknote out towards a conveying path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuhide Ugajin
  • Patent number: 8485338
    Abstract: A paper money processor according to the present invention includes a transaction slot where paper money is at least either inserted or dispensed with an orientation such that one of lengthwise ends of the paper money is positioned at a side of a first lengthwise end of the transaction slot. The transaction slot includes a main opening which opens on a second lengthwise end of the transaction slot, and a lateral opening which is continuous with the main opening, and opens on a first widthwise end of the transaction slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Laurel Precision Machines Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masashi Oba, Wataru Iida, Taki Ohishi, Keisuke Sato, Masahiro Hagiwara, Hiroki Nagahama
  • Patent number: 8459437
    Abstract: A financial self-help service device for preventing plugging by foreign objects and damage by mucilage glue is provided. It has a panel, and a cash inlet-outlet (1) is set on the panel. The financial self-help service device further includes a gate (2) for opening or closing the cash inlet-outlet (1). POM (polyoxymethylene) plastic convex points (9) are provided at the edge of the gate (2) matched with the cash inlet-outlet (1), so as to form a flow guide gap between the gate (2) and the panel when the gate (2) closes the cash inlet-outlet (I).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: GRG Banking Equipment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zeyan Guan, Xiaodian Chen, Dong Wei, Nian Wang
  • Patent number: 8313100
    Abstract: A paper sheet or bill processing apparatus capable of reliably detecting a paper sheet or bill present in a traveling route. The paper sheet or bill processing apparatus includes: a motor for a paper sheet or bill conveyance mechanism which can be driven to convey a paper sheet or bill along a traveling route; a discharge sensor which detects whether or not the paper sheet or bill is present in the traveling route; and control means which carries out a redetection process to detect whether or not the paper sheet or bill is present in the traveling route again by the discharge sensor after the motor is driven if the paper sheet or bill is not detected by the discharge detection sensor in a detection process in a condition that driving of the conveyance mechanism is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Universal Entertainment Corporation
    Inventor: Takao Nireki
  • Patent number: 8308055
    Abstract: A container for receiving coins and/or documents of value having a container housing with at least one feed opening, a sealing element which is movable between a sealing position to block the feed opening and an open position in which the feed opening is opened to allow the feeding of coins or documents of value, and a biasing element which biases the sealing element in the direction of the sealing position in the open position. The container also includes an actuating opening that receives an actuating element to move the sealing element out of the sealing position into the open position, a catch device which has a catch element, and a closing device that enables the catch device to be displaced out of the catch state into the ready state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
    Inventor: Rupert Wallmann
  • Patent number: 8210335
    Abstract: A compact size bill and coin acceptor for use in an automatic vending machine or game machine is disclosed to include a face panel having a bill slot, a coin slot and a coin-return slot, a first housing that comprises a bill passage, a power drive mechanism adapted for transferring an inserted bill from the bill slot through the bill passage and a bill recognition module adapted for recognizing the authenticity and value of an inserted bill, and a second housing that comprises a coin passage in communication with the coin slot, a coin sensor module and an optical recognition device adapted for sensing the authenticity and value of an inserted coin, a driven gear set for assisting transfer of an inserted bill through the bill passage, a coin-return passage in communication with the coin-return slot and a gate movable by an electromagnetic valve to open the passage between the coin passage and the coin-return passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: International Currency Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Yu-Tsung Chang
  • Patent number: 8151967
    Abstract: A banknote storage apparatus for easily removing banknotes stored therein includes a push bar, placed in an input port into which a banknote is inputted in a perpendicular direction, for providing stroke-operating toward a target storage part into which the banknote is determined to be stored; a driving motor for driving the stroke operation of the push bar; a pair of push plates for applying a pressure toward the input port in order to hold the banknotes perpendicularly stored according to the stroke operation of the push bar; and a detecting part for detecting an opening status of the door so that the driving motor is controlled to make the push bar move into a removing position for either one of the storage parts when detecting the opening status of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Nautilus Hyosung Inc.
    Inventors: Jae Hoon Kwak, Woo Ho Lee, Hee Chang Lee
  • Patent number: 8123112
    Abstract: A self-locking security mechanism for coin-operated machines. This mechanism consists of two units. The first unit mounts inside a coin-operated machine in alignment with the coin chute for receiving coins passing through the first unit. A second unit has a flexible bag secured thereon into which the coins are stored after passing through the second unit. This second unit also includes a door, which slides to an open condition by two teeth from the first unit when the second unit is connected by sliding into the first unit. The door is pushing the pivoting arm, which passes the snap stops and stays in preset condition. A pivoting arm is attached to the pivoting stopper with a spring between them. When the second unit is removed from the first unit, the door slides to a closed condition and releases the stopper. The spring lifts the stopper and blocks the door from sliding to an open condition. Only an authorized person can unlock the locked coin receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventor: Alexander Nikon
  • Patent number: 8100251
    Abstract: A highly secure bill handling device that can essentially prevent bill removal includes a bill container for storing a bill inserted through a bill insertion slot, an exit through which the bill container projects out of a housing, an openable/closable shutter for closing the exit, a shutter drive module for opening and closing the shutter, a lock member movably supported between a locked position where the shutter is not allowed to open and an unlocked position where the shutter is allowed to open, and a lock member moving module for moving the lock member between the locked position and the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Universal Entertainment Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuei Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 8096400
    Abstract: A security gate mechanism for a currency handling apparatus having a currency passageway includes a rotatable gate having a slit therein. The slit is aligned with the currency passageway when the rotatable gate is in an initial position. A drive wheel is coupled to the rotary gate for driving the rotatable gate in first and second directions, wherein the second direction is opposite the first direction. A positioning member is selectively engageable with the drive wheel for positioning the rotatable gate in the initial position such that the slit in the rotatable gate is substantially aligned with the passageway. The positioning member is arranged to be engageable with the drive wheel when the drive wheel rotates the rotatable gate in the second direction, but it is not engageable with the drive wheel when the drive wheel rotates the rotatable gate in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: MEI, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Shuren, Robert J. Clauser
  • Patent number: 7950513
    Abstract: A coin drop mechanism comprises a support member movably connected to a channel member. A contoured channel configured to receive at least one coin is formed on at least one of the members and defines a coin slot when the members are in contact with each other. The channel is configured to guide the at least one coin to a desired location aligned with an actuator opening on the members. The mechanism further comprises an actuator. The actuator comprises a actuation member configured to travel through the actuator opening, engage the at least one coin against a surface of the channel member, and displace the channel member relative to the support member causing a selected product to be dispensed from a product receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: James G. Horian
  • Patent number: 7926639
    Abstract: A cash transaction machine that can prevent paper media from not being collected due to the wind is provided. The cash transaction machine may provide a mold guide to a dispensing device and provide a bracket to a housing, in order to prevent the paper media from moving backward into the dispensing device due to the strong wind blowing from the outside. Since the mold guide and the bracket are overlappingly coupled with each other, it is possible to prevent the paper media from moving backward into the dispensing device due to the strong wind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Nautilus Hyosung Inc.
    Inventors: Sung Jin Moon, Won Joon Lee, Dong Sik Lee
  • Patent number: 7740121
    Abstract: A coin changer having a funnel portion, a coin changer body, and an acceptor removably mounted to the coin changer body. The funnel portion has a front funnel portion, two side funnel portions and a rear funnel portion. The rear funnel portion is attached to the coin changer body and the front funnel portion is attached to the acceptor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Coin Acceptors, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne T. Biermann, Michael A. Nogin
  • Patent number: 7703592
    Abstract: A bill acceptor includes a main body attached with a bill box at the back side, a transmission mechanism for carrying a bill or license into a passage in the main body for examination by a recognition unit inside the main body and returning the rejected bill or examined license and carrying the examined bill to the bill box, and a face panel, which is fastened to the front side of the main body and has an insertion slot for the insertion of a bill/license into the passage and a finger guide portion disposed at one lateral side of the insertion slot for the insertion of a finger to bias a jammed license out of the insertion slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: International Currency Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Cheng-Kang Yu, Wei-Jr Chen, Shih-Chia Chen
  • Patent number: 7703593
    Abstract: A structure adjusts a gap between a paper money discriminating sensor and paper money feed rollers in a paper money discriminating apparatus. The structure includes a lower body and an upper body upwardly rotating about a hinge shaft to open a conveyance path. The structure includes a paper money discriminating sensor that is provided in the upper body and discriminates whether a paper money to be conveyed along the conveyance path is counterfeit money, paper money feed rollers that are rotatably provided in the lower body facing the paper money discriminating sensor and are spaced from each other at a predetermined interval, and gap adjusters that are provided between the paper money discriminating sensor and the paper money feed rollers and adjust a gap between the paper money discriminating sensor and the paper money feed rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Nautilus Hyosung, Inc.
    Inventor: Jun Young Kim
  • Patent number: 7604107
    Abstract: The invention concerns a service and/or product dispensing apparatus comprising a coin-receiving device, a coin-storage box (5) and said chute (7) transferring coins from the receiving device to the box (5). The invention is characterised in that said chute (7) co-operates with a closing device (8) comprising a trap (82) mobile between a position closing and a position opening said chute (7), said device (8) co-operating with control means (40) adapted to trigger the displacement of the trap (82) into its closing position when at least part of the coin-receiving device (4) is being dismantled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Parkeon
    Inventors: Thierry Richard, Jean Escalier
  • Publication number: 20090218191
    Abstract: A cash receiver installed in an amusement machine for controlling the operation of the machine, including a face panel that has a coin slot, a coin-return slot and a vertical bill slot, a coin receiver unit that is affixed to the rear side of the face panel and has a coin entrance passage connected to the coin slot and a coin-return passage connected to the coin-return slot, and a bill receiver unit that is affixed to the rear side of the face panel and abutted against one side of the coin receiver unit and has a bill passage connected to the vertical bill slot. The client can insert a coin or a bill into the cash receiver to play the amusement machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Publication date: September 3, 2009
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL CURRENCY TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chih-Hsu Tsai, Chen-Yen Chiu, Hung-Yi Chang, Po-An Chen
  • Patent number: 7537516
    Abstract: A coin receptacle includes a cup, a slot within the cup, a channel within the cup having one or more sides to direct coins placed in the cup into the slot, and one or more ledges located on the one or more sides of the channel. A method for providing singularized coins into a slot including depositing coins into a cup, directing the coins toward a channel within the cup, singularizing the coins at the channel, and providing singularized coins from the channel to a slot located within the cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: SPX Corporation
    Inventor: Paul W. Jenrick
  • Patent number: 7503446
    Abstract: There is provided a highly secure bill handling device that can essentially prevent bill removal. The bill handling device according to the invention includes a bill container for storing a bill inserted through a bill insertion slot, an exit through which the bill container projects out of a housing, an openable/closable shutter for closing the exit, a shutter drive module for opening and closing the shutter, a lock member movably supported between a locked position where the shutter is not allowed to open and an unlocked position where the shutter is allowed to open, and a lock member moving module for moving the lock member between the locked position and the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignees: ARUZE Corp., Seta Corp.
    Inventor: Kazuei Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 7270599
    Abstract: A coin outlet unit is disclosed to include a casing having a coin outlet, and an adjustment structure for adjusting the size of the coin outlet. The adjustment structure positioning spaces arranged in a line perpendicular to the extending direction of the coin outlet, locating holes arranged in parallel to the positioning spaces, an adjustment block, which has a bottom rod selectably inserted into one of the positioning spaces and a plurality of adjustment holes, and a locking member insertable through the adjustment holes into the locating holes to lock the adjustment block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: International Currency Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Chia-Hung Hu, Ting-Kuo Lin
  • Patent number: 7007789
    Abstract: A plate for attachment to an interior side of the housing of a vending machine to overlie the bill validator. The plate including a mask portion protruding to an exterior of the housing for covering a mouth portion of the bill validator exposed to the public. The mask portion includes an entrance aligned with a bill slot in the mouth portion of the bill validator. A bill passageway defined by a first guide flange and a second guide flange is disposed between the bill slot and the entrance for directing bills into an out of the bill validator. The guide flanges terminate in the mouth portion of the bill validator so that bills may reliably pass from the entrance through the bill passageway into the bill slot, and from the bill slot outwardly through the bill passageway to the entrance during bill rejection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Inventor: Eugene G. Singleton, III
  • Patent number: 6983635
    Abstract: A coin press (10) includes a die (20) and an anvil (22) that abut and counter-rotate to nip and press a coin. The coin press (10) has a timing device (80) with a coin slot (84) and a gate (92) rotatable about a gate axis parallel to the width of the coin slot (84). The gate (92) rotates between a closed position to obstruct the coin slot (84) and an open position that allows the coin to pass gravitationally by the gate (92). A timing ring (130) rotates with one of the die (20) and the anvil (22) and has at least one lobe (132) that activates a trip lever (122) to rotate the gate (92) and gravitationally drop the coin between the anvil (22) and an image on the die (20). The die (20) and the anvil (22) are removably and replaceably mounted by sliding into a slot (46) and another slot (48) on a frame (40). First and second adjusters (62, 64) allow adjustment of pressure between the die (20) and the anvil (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Inventor: Rocky Rockholt
  • Patent number: 6854581
    Abstract: A coin sorting and counting machine and a method for operating it to automatically dispense cash vouchers based on the value of the counted coins, manufacturers' coupons and store coupons. Coins are placed in a hopper tray angled downward from the horizontal. When the hinged tray is lifted, the coins travel over a peak structure, through a waste management system and into the coin sorting and counting apparatus. The value of the coins and the number of coins within each denomination are displayed as the coins are counted. The coins fall into a storage area and the user is issued a cash voucher and a series of manufacturer coupons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: Coinstar, Inc.
    Inventor: Jens H. Molbak
  • Patent number: 6854640
    Abstract: Briefly, in accordance with the foregoing, the invention is related to a removable coin storage apparatus being used in a coin processing device, which comprises a bin, a cover, a gate, and a sloped floor. The bin comprises a first opening and a second opening, wherein a cover is used for the first opening. To allow the placement of coins inside the bin, the cover is movable between a closed position wherein the cover substantially covers the first opening, and an open position wherein the cover at least partially uncovers the first opening. The gate is proximate the second opening, and is movable between an up position and a down position, the up position at least partially uncovering the second opening to allow the coins to be discharged from the bin, the down position substantially covering the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventor: John C. Peklo
  • Publication number: 20040238321
    Abstract: The first purpose is to provide a coin selector which can be easily set up the standard data without putting coins into the coin selector. The second purpose of this invention is to provide both a coin selector and a outside setting unit which are not easily changed in the standard data. A coin selector comprises of; plural standard data memory for memorizing standard data, a selecting means which can be effective a selected standard data memory based on a direction from an outside setting unit, a distinguishing means which compares the memorized data of said selected standard data memory and the outputting data of a coin sensor and outputs an authenticity signal, a gate controlling means which controls a gate based on an output from the distinguishing means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2004
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Inventor: Hiroshi Otomo
  • Patent number: 6823977
    Abstract: The present invention provides a coin dispensing apparatus for storing and dispensing coins through a dispensing slot that can be selectively controlled to prevent unauthorized access. A dispensing device dispenses coins through a coin passageway connected to a dispensing slot. A motor can activate the dispensing device to transport coins to the coin passageway which are in turn counted by a counting sensor unit. A control unit can provide signals for coordinating the operation of the motor and the activation of a shutting device for controlling access to the dispensing slot. A shutter can be spring biased and connected to a solenoid for automatically opening and closing the dispensing slot to prohibit intrusion of an exterior object into the coin passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Abe
  • Patent number: 6758316
    Abstract: A coin sorting and counting machine and a method for operating it to automatically dispense cash vouchers based on the value of the counted coins, manufacturers' coupons and store coupons. Coins are placed in a hopper tray angled downward from the horizontal. When the hinged tray is lifted, the coins travel over a peak structure, through a waste management system and into the coin sorting and counting apparatus. The value of the coins and the number of coins within each denomination are displayed as the coins are counted. The coins fall into a storage area and the user is issued a cash voucher and a series of manufacturer coupons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: Coinstar, Inc.
    Inventor: Jens H. Molbak
  • Patent number: 6732848
    Abstract: A tamper-resistant device retrofits onto an existing parking meter or other coin accepting machine to increase the exterior security of the parking meter at the point where the coins are deposited into the parking meter. Accordingly, potential thieves and vandals would not have direct access to the internal components of the parking meter, thereby eliminating the possibility of intentionally stuffing and blocking the coin track by inserting objects other than coins into the coin track. The tamper-resistant device provides a deposit slot spaced apart from the original coin slot for depositing one coin at a time into the parking meter. By relocating the deposit slot, the tamper-resistant device prevents vandals from inserting hard objects directly into the parking meter, thereby damaging the internal components of the parking meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Inventor: Armen David Hovanessian
  • Publication number: 20030111318
    Abstract: A paper currency receiving system is constructed to include a paper currency take-up unit adapted for taking up paper currency inserted therein, a paper currency verification unit inserted into the paper currency take-up unit at a bottom side and adapted for verifying authenticity of inserted paper currency, the paper currency verification unit having two coupling spring plates adapted for securing the paper currency verification unit to the paper currency take-up unit, and a paper currency storage cabinet attached to the paper currency take-up unit at a back side and adapted to collect paper currency from the paper currency take-up unit, the paper currency take-up unit having a spring latch adapted for locking the paper currency storage cabinet and a control button adapted for disengaging the spring latch from the paper currency storage cabinet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2001
    Publication date: June 19, 2003
    Inventor: Shang-Ter Chou
  • Publication number: 20030111317
    Abstract: A paper currency receiving system mounting arrangement includes a housing defining an upper open chamber and a lower open chamber, a paper currency transferring unit inserted into the upper open chamber, the paper currency transferring unit having two spring plates, which are forced into engagement with respective retaining holes of the housing to lock the paper currency transferring unit after insertion of the paper currency transferring unit into the upper open chamber, a paper currency receiving cabinet detachably inserted into the lower open chamber, and a locking structure adapted for locking the paper currency receiving cabinet, the locking structure including two stub rods fixedly bilaterally provided at the paper currency receiving cabinet, two spring-supported locking plates pivoted to the housing at two sides and adapted for hooking the stub rods to lock the paper currency receiving cabinet, and two push bars adapted for moving the locking plates from the locking position to the unlocking position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2001
    Publication date: June 19, 2003
    Applicant: International Currency Technologies Corp
    Inventor: Shang-Ter Chou
  • Patent number: 6578696
    Abstract: A coin escrow apparatus for use with a pay telephone includes a frame defining accept and reject coin paths, and including a toggle mechanism for the temporary storage of coins independent of coin size and thickness, a coin accept gate mechanism, a coin release gate mechanism that allows coins to be either refunded or cashed out, a cash and/or refund gate mechanism, a coin reject path, a foreign object return path, and a coin deposit path. The toggle mechanism includes pairs of toggles that pivot to selectively block the coin accept path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: British Telecommunications public limited company
    Inventor: Steven M. Faes
  • Publication number: 20020134645
    Abstract: A coin collecting cart for collecting coins from parking meters. A plurality of bins are used, each bin being limited to a certain quantity of coins which quantity of coins is electronically sensed. When the first of the bins is full of coins, the coins pass to the second of the bins and so on. When the bins are full, they are individually removable from the cart and mountable within a frame located remotely from the cart. The bins are unloaded by manually rotating the frame together with the bin about an axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2001
    Publication date: September 26, 2002
    Applicant: CITY OF VANCOUVER and CYPRESS SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Dennis Alexander, Gil Somerville, Bruce Larsen, Matthew Murnaghan
  • Patent number: 6382387
    Abstract: A manual currency operated vending machine includes a mechanism for preventing customers from depositing a currency into the vending machine when the machine is out of product. The vending machine comprises two parallel vertical magazines for containing flat packages and tubular packages. A currency operated dispensing mechanism includes a currency operating knob connected to a blocking mechanism through a rotatable shaft. The blocking mechanism is positioned at the bottom of each magazine for supporting the articles and preventing them sliding out, and also for allowing the lowest article out of the magazine and into a trough at the vending opening slot. When the currency operating knob is turned, it allows a currency to be deposited into the vending machine. The knob turns the rotatably shaft which in turn moves the blocking mechanism into an unobstructed position allowing the lowest article out of the magazine and into the trough at the vending opening slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Worldwide Integrated Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred I. Morad, James G. Horian
  • Patent number: 6286755
    Abstract: A coin retrieval device for a pay phone includes a panel having a shaft with a retrieval lever extending radially therefrom. A guide device is pivotably connected to the panel about two pins on two ends of the guide device. The guide device includes a guide plate and a jam plate pivotably connected to the end plate of the guide plate. A gap is defined between the guide plate and the jam plate for coins passing therethrough via a coin slot defined through the guide plate. One of the two pins has a torsion spring mounted thereto which has two ends respectively connected to the retrieval lever and the guide plate. The guide device can be pivoted relative to the panel by lifting the retrieval lever, and a distal end of the jam plate is pivoted toward the coin slot to prevent coins from being inserted into the coin slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Inventors: Li-Der Cheng, Yi-Rong Lee
  • Patent number: 6250451
    Abstract: A shopping cart rental system for renting shopping carts and encouraging returning of shopping carts to designated areas. The shopping cart rental system includes a plurality of rental assemblies. Each of the rental assemblies comprises a housing. The housing comprises an upper portion. A lower portion is couplable to the upper portion. A plurality of coin slots are located on a front face of the upper portion. A key slot is formed through a rear face of said upper portion. A key is for inserting into the key slot. The key is coupled to the upper portion of the housing. A key retaining assembly is for retaining the key in the key slot. A coin operated assembly for actuating the key retaining assembly. The coin operated assembly is operationally coupled between the coin slot and the key slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Inventor: Andre' Thirkill
  • Patent number: 6179110
    Abstract: A bill validator is provided which comprises a rotator with a slit and being rotatably attached to the bill validator, the slit being capable of aligning with a passageway when the rotator is in an initial position; a driving device for rotating the rotator; and a validator control circuit for judging authenticity of the bill by outputs of detective sensors and for controlling the driving device. The validator control circuit produces outputs to operate the driving device and thereby to rotate the rotator so as to wind some pulling string connected to the bill around the rotator after the bill passes the slit of the rotator, and the circuit evaluates the rotation rate of the rotator, and detects the unauthorized pulling string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Japan Cash Machine Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsutoshi Ohkawa, Yuuki Saito, Yasumasa Suzuki, Kazuhiko Okamoto