With Follower Patents (Class 206/556)
  • Patent number: 9521913
    Abstract: Quick-load retail merchandising product pusher systems and methods dispense retail products, wherein the systems and methods have a fixed portion having a front end, a rear end located opposite with respect to the front end of the fixed portion, a top side and a bottom side located opposite with respect to the top side of the fixed portion. Further, the systems and methods have a movable track movably connected to the top side of the fixed portion, wherein the movable track has a front end, a rear end located opposite with respect to the front end of the movable track, a top side and a bottom side located opposite with respect to the top side of the movable track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: MARKETING IMPACT LIMITED
    Inventors: Michael Vogler, Joel Pollock, David G Waddell, Martin Gil
  • Patent number: 9316348
    Abstract: A positioning device positions an ejection device for ejecting a movably mounted part of a piece of furniture from a closed end position in relation to a body of a piece of furniture. The ejection device can be fixed in relation to the body of the piece of furniture by an adapter plate. The adapter plate includes at least two guides, one of the guides being respectively connectable to a bearing part fixed to the body. The at least two guides can be used to position the ejection device in at least two different depth positions on or in the body of the piece of furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: JULIUS BLUM GMBH
    Inventor: Thomas Francz
  • Patent number: 8646621
    Abstract: A product dispensing system including a container that defines an internal volume and an access opening into the internal volume, at least one product received in the internal volume and a biasing assembly extendable into the internal volume to urge the product toward the access opening, wherein the container is engaged with the biasing assembly when the biasing assembly extends into the internal volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew E. Zacherle, Laurel Thomas, Bradford J. Walling
  • Patent number: 8561793
    Abstract: A container for consumer goods comprising an outer shell, an inner housing and a resilient member arranged between the outer shell and the inner housing. The inner housing has an opening and is mounted within the outer shell for rotational movement relative thereto between a closed position, in which the opening is covered by the outer shell and an open position in which the opening is at least partially exposed. The inner housing is resiliently biased towards the closed position by the resilient member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventor: Lucas Chatelain
  • Patent number: 8490828
    Abstract: A package for product pieces includes a housing having a plurality of walls forming an interior adapter to hold a plurality of product pieces. The housing has a dispensing opening in communication with the interior. A resilient member is disposed in the housing interior and is adapted to urge the product pieces toward the dispensing opening. The housing has an aperture formed in one of the plurality of walls disposed adjacent the dispensing opening to permit the product piece to be engaged and moved out of the interior through the dispensing opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Kaiser, Francis G. Schiro, Allen Aldridge
  • Publication number: 20120205281
    Abstract: A sliding panel gift card holder includes a panel mounted within a sleeve, pouch or bag, the panel being hingedly connected to a draw flap and then to a cover flap. Upon opening the cover flap, the draw flap draws the panel out of the sleeve to reveal a gift card secured upon the panel, thereby presenting the gift card to a recipient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: Gift Card Impressions, LLC
    Inventors: Brett R. Glass, Nicole E. Glass
  • Patent number: 7802696
    Abstract: The invention is a portable device designed to hold and dispense wafers used in the containment and disposal of spent chewing gum. The device is small and can be sized to fit in a person's pocket. The wafers are stacked, loaded, and housed in a chamber. When loading, the hinged lid is opened and a stack of wafers are inserted. An elevation spring and associated elevation pad propel the wafers in a position to be dispensed. The wafers are then dispensed by the user who pulls them through a lid opening. Once dispensed, the user wraps the wafer around the spent chewing gum and then disposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Inventor: Dianne Mae Moore
  • Publication number: 20090236251
    Abstract: A device for emptying a mail item container that is open at the top and serves for transporting mail items. The mail item container has sidewalls and a container underside. The device has a lifting device for moving the mail items relative to the sidewalls. In order to enable postal articles, such as, for example, letter mail items, to be emptied from a mail item container in an ergonomically favorable and efficient manner without adversely affecting its mechanical stability to too great an extent, it is proposed that the lifting device is provided for passing through the underside of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2007
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Applicant: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Peter Berdelle-Hilge, Thomas Buckenmaier, Dietmar Oexle, Armin Zimmermann
  • Publication number: 20080265043
    Abstract: A tender separator for placement in a section of a till, such that tenders can be separated within the section by placing a first form of tender below the separator and a second form of tender above the separator. Preferably, the tender separator is movable in a vertical direction to accommodate varying amounts of the first form of tender. Optionally, the tender separator may be adapted for placement in one or more tracks of a back of the section, such that the tender separator is movable, in a vertical direction, in the one or more tracks. As another option, more than one separator may be placed in one section of the till, such that multiple forms of tender can be separated within the section by placing the tender separators between the multiple forms of tender. The tender separators may be tabbed and/or flexible (e.g., for easier access to tenders placed therebeneath).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2008
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Robert S. Hoblit
  • Patent number: 6454107
    Abstract: A tray-shaped shipping and display container has a support surface for supporting items for display. A pusher member is mounted for sliding movement on the support surface, and is elastically biased in a forward direction so that it continually urges items forward in the container to replace items removed from the front of the container by customers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: International Paper Company
    Inventors: Leon Belanger, Patricia Tumminia, Stacie Santomango, Dan Marinone
  • Publication number: 20020074246
    Abstract: The invention provides a three-dimensional card case including a cavity surrounded by two sidewalls, a rear wall and an opening on the side opposite the rear wall. The cards are inserted into slots at the opening of the cavity until they flush with an ejector tab at the rear wall. This allows a card to be individually ejected by the tab mechanism, which is linked to actuator buttons located on the exterior of the case. Each button is labeled to identify and select a specific card.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2001
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Inventors: James Allen Tiscione, Anthony Tiscione
  • Patent number: 6378702
    Abstract: The invention concerns a moisture-impermeable, tightly sealable storage container for use with a plurality of test elements. The storage container includes a housing sized to hold the test elements, a guide element, a spacer positioned between the guide element and a first test element to be withdrawn, and a transport mechanism for the test elements, the transport mechanism being positioned in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics GmbH
    Inventor: Hans Kintzig
  • Patent number: 6286827
    Abstract: A high capacity copy sheet supplying system for reproduction apparatus, in which a large and heavy stack of copy sheets may be much more easily and accurately loaded therein, by a sheet supplying container insertable into the sheet supply input. This container has sheet stack confining side walls, a bottom wall with plural spaced apertures, and a false bottom tray insert loosely overlying that bottom wall on which the stack of copy sheets is supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Murray O. Meetze, Jr., John D. Gramlich
  • Patent number: 6217019
    Abstract: A recording sheet package containing a pile of recording sheets in a box-shaped casing. The casing has a paper feed-out opening formed in one end thereof, and a feed roller entrance formed through a top wall of the casing in connection to the paper feed-out opening, for allowing feed rollers to access a topmost one of the piled recording sheets. The recording sheets are piled up on the movable bottom plate that is disposed on a bottom wall of the casing, so as to be able to flap up and down relative to the bottom wall. A push-up plate entrance is formed through the bottom wall in connection to the paper feed-out opening, for allowing a push-up plate of a paper feeding cassette to push up the movable bottom plate and press the topmost recording sheet onto the feed roller. A pressing plate is disposed under the top wall so as to be able to flap up and down relative to the top wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshio Ishiduka, Yasushi Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 5996805
    Abstract: A lead frame casing for housing a stack of lead frame strips. The casing includes a central volume-defined between substantially rigid members and resilient members. The former define at least one reference plane and the latter are deflected toward the former when a lid is placed over the casing to align the strips of the stack against the reference plane and immobilize the stack to prevent damage during transport and handling of the casing and to facilitate handling of the lead frames by automated equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Sven Evers
  • Patent number: 5836454
    Abstract: A lead frame casing for housing a stack of lead frame strips. The casing includes a central volume defined between substantially reference members and resilient members. The substantially rigid member define at least one reference plane and the resilient members are deflected toward the substantially rigid members when a lid is placed over the casing to align the strips of the stack against the reference plane and immobilize the stack to prevent damage during transport and handling of the casing and to facilitate handling of the lead frames by automated equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Sven Evers
  • Patent number: 5458232
    Abstract: An article lifting container (10) is provided which includes an outer housing (50) with a lift (100) within an interior thereof supporting a shelf (150). The lift (100) automatically adjusts a position of the shelf (150) vertically depending on a weight of articles (30) placed upon the shelf (150). The lift (100) includes a base (110) supported by the housing (50) and which in turn supports a spring (130) between the base (110) and the shelf (150). An alignment post (120) aligns the shelf (150) to motion only vertically away from and toward the base (110). A sleeve (140) is fixedly attached to the shelf (150) and surrounds the alignment post (120). The sleeve (140) prevents the shelf (150) from pivoting due to uneven loads of articles upon the shelf (150).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Assignee: Albert Michael Evans
    Inventors: Gregory J. Novak, Albert M. Evans
  • Patent number: 5365289
    Abstract: A system for facilitating the handling of overhead projector transparencies on an overhead projector of the type including an upwardly facing projector platen. The system includes a frame assembly to provide a support surface adjacent the projector platen. A transparency storage cassette is supported on the support surface in alignment with the projector platen and generally includes a housing defining a closed chamber. An upwardly biased follower plate is mounted within the chamber to support a stack of transparencies. An access door allows loading of the transparencies into the chamber. Between the door and the follower plate is a cam arrangement to move the follower plate downwardly against the bias when the door is moved to an open position to thereby facilitate the loading of the transparencies into the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Inventor: Steven A. Zilber
  • Patent number: 5253757
    Abstract: A drawing receptacle can be adapted for use with the drawing output of such computer-directed printers, such as a laser printer. Such drawing receptacles can comprise a base, drawing retention means located about the base forming an open receptacle top and being adapted to retain drawings inserted into the open receptacle top, and a receptacle floor which is yieldably carried by the drawing receptacle above its base and within the drawing retention means and which is adapted to support drawing stacks of variable quantity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1993
    Assignee: Ball State University
    Inventor: James S. Locker
  • Patent number: 5207347
    Abstract: A Postal Tray Adjustable Organizer, comprising a translucent framework comprising an upright portion, and a flat bottom portion, slideably affixed into the inner cavity of a Postal Tray, the Postal Tray being either of the flexible, or of the solid side structure, the translucent framework having a spring loaded, sidewardly extending shaft, affixed onto the bottommost peripheral of the upright portion of the translucent framework. For use in a Postal Tray fabricated of a flexible, less costly design, the translucent framework having a flat metal strip affixed along the uppermost peripheral of the upright portion, the metal strip being bent downwardly along the outside side of the flexible Postal Tray, thereby trapping the side material of the flexible Postal Tray between the flat metal strip, and the spring loaded shaft ends. In this manner, the remaining mail in the Postal Tray is secured in the upright position, as the mail is delivered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1993
    Inventor: James R. Wilkey
  • Patent number: 5125505
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a card holder for holding a card. The card holder comprises a card holding member, a latch and an urging member disposed inside a card case body and a hook provided on one of first and second plate-like members of the card base body, characterized in that an inserted card is pressed against the urging force of an urging member so as to be held in a card accommodating position, and the card is further pressed from the card accommodating position so as to release the same from being held at the card accomodating position, thereby forcing out the card into a card insertion slot of a card case body by the urging force of the urging member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1992
    Assignee: Nifco Inc.
    Inventor: Mutsuo Kurosaki
  • Patent number: 5123546
    Abstract: A merchandiser assembly is provided for storing and displaying products in a shelf-like manner. The merchandiser assembly greatly facilitates stock rotation, is self-facing, and automatically maintains an organized and properly positioned stock of products. A product tray is slidably mounted with respect to a support member, and a product follower that is slidably mounted with respect to the product is limited in the extent of its forward movement in order to provide free space for the refilling of the merchandiser assembly with fresh products which the merchandiser assembly is in a fill mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1992
    Assignee: Oscar Mayer Foods Corporation
    Inventor: Peter Crum
  • Patent number: 5012936
    Abstract: A merchandiser assembly is provided for storing and displaying products in a shelf-like manner. The merchandiser assembly greatly facilitates stock rotation, is self-facing, and automatically maiintains an organized and properly positioned stock of products. A product tray is slidably mounted with respect to a support member, and a product follower that is slidably mounted with respect to the product is limited in the extent of its forward movement in order to provide free space for the refilling of the merchandiser assembly with fresh products when the merchandiser assembly is in a fill mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1991
    Assignee: Oscar Meyer Foods Corporation
    Inventor: Peter Crum
  • Patent number: 5012966
    Abstract: A holder for receiving articles, such as greeting cards, magazines, or the like. The holder is mountable within the basket of a shopping cart and has a vertical first panel and a vertical second panel and vertical sides on at least one of the panels for defining an open top. The holder also has a horizontal floor locatable between the panels, the floor being movable between a lower receipt orientation and an upper discharge orientation. The floor has a finger for effecting the movement of the floor between its orientations, and means for coupling the panels together and the holder to a shopping cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1991
    Inventors: Winnie M. Turner, Elmer E. Sawyer, Marie Sawyer
  • Patent number: 4967909
    Abstract: A cartonboard container for housing and facilitating removal of sheet products one at a time. The container includes a receptacle for housing a stack of individual sheet products. The receptacle has a top wall, bottom wall and a side wall encompassing and connecting the top wall to the bottom wall forming an enclosure. A sliding closure member is disposed about the receptacle which is selectively reciprocally slideable axially along the receptacle between a closed position covering the dispensing aperture and an open position. A pair of interior hinged panels attached to the sliding closure member extend inwardly into the container to elevate one end of the stack of sheet products when the sliding closure member is moved toward the open position. This allows for easy grasping of the transverse edge of one sheet product for removal through the dispensing aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1990
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Gary E. McKibben
  • Patent number: 4907707
    Abstract: A merchandiser assembly is provided for storing and displaying products in a shelf-like manner. The merchandiser assembly greatly facilitates stock rotation, is self-facing, and automatically maintains an organized and properly positioned stock of products. A product tray is slidably mounted with respect to a support member, and a product follower that is slidably mounted with respect to the product is limited in the extent of its forward movement in order to provide free space for the refilling of the merchandiser assembly with fresh products when the merchandiser assembly is in a fill mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 13, 1990
    Assignee: Oscar Mayer Foods Corporation
    Inventor: Peter Crum
  • Patent number: 4881653
    Abstract: A filing unit includes a drawer and a compressor mounted by the drawer for sliding movement lengthwise thereof between drawer contents compressing and released positions and for pivotal movement for purposes of releasably locking the compressor in a desired position lengthwise of said drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1989
    Assignee: American Locker Group Incorporated
    Inventor: Allen R. Norton
  • Patent number: 4852727
    Abstract: A device designed to receive a plurality of credit cards and/or bank check cards comprises a case which contains a drawer for each card. Associated with each drawer is a spring and a detent and when the detent is released, the drawer is pushed out of the case as far as an extraction stop by the force of the spring. With the drawer pushed out, the card can easily be removed. After use, the card is replaced in the drawer and this is pushed back into the case. A button is provided on the outside of the case for each drawer in order to release the detent. In order to receive the card securely, each drawer has a rib on its surface which is formed, at one place, as a freely swinging web bent inwards which serves as a card clip and prevents the card from falling out of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1989
    Assignee: Ferob, A.G.
    Inventor: Ferdinand Oberle
  • Patent number: 4805801
    Abstract: Fluted coffee or other beverage filters, generally formed of paper, or paperboard, are so stacked in containers in which they are sold that it is not easy to lift off and remove a single filter paper for application. The practice has been to transfer the filters to a dispenser therefor, but generally such dispensers are fabricated of a polymer material, are reasonably expensive, and are not for disposable usage, or ease of application. Herein, the container and beverage filter dispenser of this invention may be solid and marketed with a supply of filters, and thrown away after application and usage. In addition, the invention contemplates a blank from which the container, and spring for biasing the filters upwardly within the container, may be fabricated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1989
    Inventor: Edward J. Knopf
  • Patent number: 4802586
    Abstract: A disposable carton is disclosed which is adapted to hold a stack of copy sheets equivalent to a plurality of reams for a printing machine. The carton is constructed of portions which are sequentially removed to expose the stack and permit the operator to carry the stack to a sheet supply platform without disrupting the stack. A remaining portion of the carton which serves to permit the operator to place the stack upon the platform is adapted to be slideably removed from under the stack thus effecting the loading of the stack in the printing machine preparatory to the sheet feed operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1989
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Clifford L. George
  • Patent number: 4789065
    Abstract: The invention discloses a box-like container open on one side thereof. A removable wall is slidably received through the open face of the box-like container, the wall being smaller than the open face, and having extending tongues on each of the ends that are larger than the open face. Slots are provided in the walls of the box confronting the tongues, and the wall is retained in the box by engaging the tongues in corresponding openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1988
    Inventor: Ray Roy
  • Patent number: 4770301
    Abstract: A disposable carton is disclosed which is adapted to hold a supply of copy sheets equivalent to a plurality of reams for a printing machine. The carton is constructed of two main portions which is removed to expose the stack and permit the operator to carry the stack to a sheet supply platform without disrupting the stack. The remaining portion of the carton which serves to permit the operator to place the stack upon the platform is adapted to be slideably removed from under the stack thus effecting the loading of the stack in the printing machine preparatory to the sheet feed operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1988
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Richard H. Nagel
  • Patent number: 4585145
    Abstract: A dispenser for bill straps has an integrally-formed presser extending upward from the bottom of the dispenser to urge one end of a stack of such bill straps upward to a site at which the straps can be withdrawn. Rubber-like edge guides keep the stack aligned and provides pressure on the edges of the bill straps in the stack to facilitate withdrawal of individual straps. Another embodiment provides such apparatus with multiple stations for storage and dispensing of straps preprinted in several different denominations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1986
    Inventor: Pravin G. Pitroda
  • Patent number: 4580695
    Abstract: A portable towel dispenser that dispenses towels from an open top portion of a hollow rectangular shaped container. A slider is provided with a retainer portion for holding the towels down and a lifter portion for successively lifting each towel. Further provided on the slider is two parallel spaced plates forming a groove therebetween which fits in a slot in the front wall of the container and is vertically displaceable through a plurality of positions. Due to the binding action of the plates on the edges of the slot when the container is turned over, the towels will not fall out of the container when it is turned over.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1986
    Inventor: Thomas Y. J. Lum
  • Patent number: 4473154
    Abstract: The container for photographs of the same size comprises a housing from which a slide can be pulled out. In the housing there is a spring arrangement which presses the photographs against a viewing window of the housing. The spring arrangement comprises leaf springs which, when the slide is pulled out, are pressed away from the viewing window by control edges moulded to the slide, directly at the start of pulling out of the viewing window, and remain pressed away during further pulling out of the slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 25, 1984
    Assignee: Licinvest AG
    Inventor: Peter Ackeret
  • Patent number: 4415079
    Abstract: A holder for accommodating a variable number of photographic prints comprises a housing having a viewing window against which the uppermost print is resiliently biased. The holder includes a slide which may be partially withdrawn therefrom to gain access to the prints, the resilient bias being suppressed during withdrawal of the slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1983
    Assignee: Licinvest AG
    Inventor: Peter Ackeret
  • Patent number: 4185745
    Abstract: A packaging arrangement for a stack of sheets which includes a container surrounding the stack on all sides and adapted to the contour of the stack of sheets. The container is provided with predetermined separating zones whereby, upon separation of the container along the predetermined separating zones, a portion of the container can be removed and the stack of sheets partially uncovered thereby permitting access of the stack of sheets to a further processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1977
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1980
    Assignee: Fa. Develop KG, Dr. Eisbein and Co.
    Inventors: Kurt Moser, Heinrich Kaufmann