Used Article Compartment Patents (Class 221/102)
  • Patent number: 10278550
    Abstract: A hand cleaning fluid dispenser for dispensing fluid onto a user's hand includes a time of flight sensor to determine a distance of a hand of a user below an outlet of the dispenser from which the dispenser when activated dispenses the fluid and a controller to activate the dispenser to dispense the fluid from the outlet when the hand is sensed to be within a predetermined range of distances below the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: OP-Hygiene IP GmbH
    Inventors: Heiner Ophardt, Albrecht Lang
  • Patent number: 10269022
    Abstract: A system for verifying an item in a package using a database comprises a database and a verifier. A package producer provides the database with an identifier for one or more items each of a type, wherein the package producer produces a package, where the package includes the one or more items each of the type with an associated one or more selected tag identifiers that are placed in a location on an item of the one or more items. The verifier verifies the one or more items of the type using 1) the associated one or more selected tag identifiers as detected using a spectral signature or 2) a tag characteristic as detected using an imager, and 3) the identifier retrieved from the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: TruTag Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. O'Neill, Peter Pearson, Ting Zhou, Timothy Learmonth
  • Patent number: 10187593
    Abstract: A pharmacy packaging system configured to dispense pharmaceuticals into a pharmaceutical pouch formed by a feed roll and including a verification system. The verification system includes a camera system configured to capture images in a visible spectrum and an infrared spectrum, a first light source configured to output an infrared spectrum light, a second light source configured to output a visible spectrum light, and a processor. The processor is operable to activate the first light source to illuminate the pharmaceutical pouch and capture a first image of the pharmaceutical pouch while illuminated by the first light source. The processor is also operable to activate the second light source to illuminate the pharmaceutical pouch and capture a second image of the pharmaceutical pouch while illuminated by the second light source. The processor is further operable to generate a third image based on the first image and the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: RXSAFE LLC
    Inventor: William K. Holmes
  • Patent number: 10032344
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems, apparatuses, and methods are provided herein for disposing and documenting the disposal of controlled substances. According to one embodiment, a waste containment apparatus is provided with a housing comprising a waste input port configured for receiving controlled substance waste doses deposited into the waste containment apparatus, and a collector securely disposed within the housing and coupled to the waste input port. The collector may generally include a plurality of single-dose containers, where each container is configured for receiving one of the controlled substance waste doses deposited into the waste containment apparatus via the waste input port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Vigilant Waste Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Nelson, Alfred Rafi Baddour, Wayne J. Wehrer
  • Patent number: 9823234
    Abstract: A dispensing device for holding and dispensing strip-like objects, like test strips for analyzing a sample of bodily fluid, wherein the dispensing device holds a stack of strips. The dispensing device includes a container portion for holding the stack of strips and a dispenser portion for dispensing strips from the dispensing device, one at a time. The dispenser portion includes a movable element for applying a rotation motion to a strip to be dispensed from a first orientation, in which the strip is enclosed in the dispensing device, to a second orientation, in which the strip is at least partially exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: CLARIANT PRODUCTION (FRANCE) S.A.S.
    Inventors: Valere Logel, Dominique Bois
  • Patent number: 9672226
    Abstract: Various embodiments relate to a method to identify an object comprising: receiving an image, the image having an object in front of a background; segmenting the image into a segmented image using a segmentation technique, the segmented image having a foreground component showing at least a part of the object and a background component showing at least a part of the background; determining at least one property of the foreground component of the segmented image; and matching the at least one property of the foreground component with a database of identified objects having the corresponding at least one property to identify the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Agency for Science, Technology and Research
    Inventors: Jiangbo Lu, Gang Wang
  • Patent number: 9477810
    Abstract: The present invention provides products, systems, and methods for the unique identification of individual drug dosage form units. The invention includes: random integrated optical identification marking of an individual drug unit; a lack of direct surface-to-surface contact between a marking instrument and the drug unit, i.e., deposition of a mark; drug unit image data based on the identification mark; a secondary product identifier associated with the individual drug unit; and comparing the marked drug unit to drug unit image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventor: David M. Prokop
  • Patent number: 9406127
    Abstract: A pill identification system includes a device which is configured to collect three-dimensional image data of surfaces of one or more pills, generate geometric features of the pill(s) from the three-dimensional image data, and identify the pill(s) using the geometric features. In some embodiments, the identified pills can be verified for patient administration by comparing the identified pills to prescription information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Mint Solutions Holding BV
    Inventors: Ivar S. Helgason, Gauti Thor Reynisson, Maria Runarsdottir
  • Patent number: 9302844
    Abstract: A blade dispenser for housing a plurality of unshelled blades and dispensing the blades one at a time therefrom. The dispenser includes a housing that has tracks forming a guide, a dispensing slot at one end of the housing and a filling end at the other end of the housing, a pusher that is mounted on the track within the housing, abuts the blades and is moveable from the filling end toward the dispensing slot to aid in dispensing the blades and a spring that is located within the housing and engages the pusher and the housing and biases the pusher and the blades toward the dispensing slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: ALLWAY TOOLS, INC.
    Inventors: Donald Gringer, Yuan Fang Cheng
  • Patent number: 9033184
    Abstract: A blade dispenser (100) has a blade supply container (110), a blade disposal container (120), and a detachable and reconnectable connecting means (130, 131, 132) that is embodied to connect the blade supply container (110) and blade disposal container (120) detachably to one another. The blade supply container (110) has a blade supply container upper side and a blade supply container underside, and is embodied to receive a blade stack (111) made up of multiple mutually abutting blades (112, 115). The blade supply container (110) also has a removal opening (116) through which at least one blade (112, 115) of the blade stack (111) is removable from the blade supply container (110). The blade disposal container (120) has a blade disposal container upper side and a blade disposal container underside, and is embodied to receive blades (120) to be disposed of.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: LEICA BIOSYSTEMS NUSSLOCH GMBH
    Inventor: Roland Walter
  • Publication number: 20150129604
    Abstract: An integrated tissue dispensing apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes a tissue dispensing container configured to hold at least one tissue, the tissue dispensing container comprising a front face, a top face, a back face positioned opposite to the front face, a left side face, a bottom face, and a right side face positioned opposite to the left side face and a disposal receptacle formed with and fixedly adjoined to the hollow dispensing container and comprising a receptacle bottom wall connected to the back face of the dispensing container, the receptacle bottom wall formed with and fixedly adjoined to a receptacle back wall of the disposal receptacle. The disposal receptacle is in a closed position covering the top face of the tissue dispensing container and is movable to an open position exposing the top face of the tissue dispensing container. The device may be constructed of cardboard, for example.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Adrian Gluck
  • Patent number: 8978925
    Abstract: A paper towel cabinet includes a first side wall and a second side wall, a pivotally mounted front wall defining a door, a back wall extending between the side walls, and a paper towel tray having an opening to provide access to paper towels. The paper towel cabinet also includes a module assembly comprising a first module having a front surface extending transversely relative to the first side wall and toward the second side wall. When the door is in an open position, the front surface prevents paper towels leaning toward the door from falling out of the cabinet. The cabinet also includes a bar mounted proximate to the opening and having a length extending between the side walls. The bar is positioned between a stack of paper towels and the opening when the stack of paper towels is placed on the paper towel tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: Dikran Babikian
  • Patent number: 8978885
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system that allows an easy and quick exchange of small batteries of hearing devices as well as a method for exchanging a battery of a hearing device that combines the installation of a new battery into the hearing device with the deinstallation of the battery to be replaced from the hearing device in a single action using a single mechanism. The inventive battery exchange system comprises a carrier module 1, which features a hearing device receiving means shaped to receive a part of a hearing device 4 and a battery passage that traverses the carrier module 1, a battery dispensing module 2 adapted to accommodate at least one battery 7 and a battery ejection means 3 adapted to eject a battery 7 from the battery dispensing module 2 into the battery passage of the carrier module 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Phonak AG
    Inventor: Bruno Gabathuler
  • Patent number: 8960494
    Abstract: An integrated tissue dispensing apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes a hollow dispensing container configured to hold at least one tissue, the hollow dispensing container comprising a front face, a top face, a back face positioned opposite to the front face, a left side face, a bottom face, and a right side face positioned opposite to the left side face, and a foldable trash disposal receptacle formed with and fixedly adjoined to the hollow dispensing container and comprising a receptacle bottom wall connected to the back face of the dispensing container. The foldable trash receptacle is configured to fold between a closed position and an open position relative to the dispensing container. Also provided are embodiments including a multi-panel single semi-rigid foldable piece that when assembled forms a dispensing container and trash disposal receptacle. The device may be constructed of cardboard, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Adrian Gluck
  • Patent number: 8939320
    Abstract: A dispenser and disposal assembly including a receptacle having a base, a front wall, a rear wall, and two side walls, wherein the walls extend from the base in a first direction and thereby form a cavity into which a divider is configured to be seated, thereby forming a first cavity and a second cavity. Additionally, a door is connected to the base of the receptacle, wherein the door is movable between a closed position and an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Professional Disposables International, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Robert Schiering, Robert P. Julius, Jerry Carstens, Gerard Anthony Cahalan
  • Publication number: 20150001238
    Abstract: A tissue dispenser includes a tissue container having a plurality of walls forming a rectangular-shaped hollow interior space for holding clean tissues and a dispensing opening for removing the clean tissues from the interior space, and a plastic bag having an interior cavity separate from the interior space and an access opening for inserting soiled tissues into the interior cavity. The plastic bag is secured to the container and lays flat against an exterior surface of the container when the plastic bag is empty. At least a portion of the plastic bag is stretchable so that the plastic bag elastically expands when the soiled tissues are inserted into the plastic bag to hold and retain the soiled tissues within the plastic bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Linda R. Franklin
  • Patent number: 8906305
    Abstract: An instrument adapted to determine an analyte concentration of a fluid sample using a test sensor is disclosed. The instrument comprises a display adapted to display information to a user, a user-interface mechanism adapted to allow the user to interact with the instrument, a first test-sensor cartridge, and a body portion including at least a first opening and a second opening formed therein. The first opening is adapted to receive a test sensor from the first test-sensor cartridge. The second opening is adapted to store at least one additional test-sensor cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Bayer HealthCare LLC
    Inventors: Allen J. Brenneman, Huan-Ping Wu
  • Publication number: 20140346185
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a user-friendly and a user-interactive cellular mobile phone console, allowing a user to interactively replace a malfunctioning cellular mobile phone with a functioning mobile phone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: CELLOMAT ISRAEL LTD.
    Inventors: Itzik Chayun, Meir Rabinovitch, Hanan Samet, Rafael Poran, Roshel Borachov, Ron Nabarro, Rafi Bhrami
  • Patent number: 8893920
    Abstract: The vehicle tissue dispenser is a combination tissue dispenser, waste receptacle and air freshener for a vehicle. The vehicle tissue dispenser includes a hollow base portion having a lower end adapted to be received within a vehicle cup holder. An inner annular wall of an upper portion thereof defines an open central portion. The hollow base portion receives waste therein through a waste opening formed through an annular rim. When full, the user may remove the waste from the open central portion. A hollow upper portion includes a base releasably secured to the inner annular wall such that the base of the upper portion releasably covers the open central portion. The hollow upper portion stores tissues, which are removable through a slot formed therein. A hollow cover releasably covers the open upper end of the hollow upper portion. The hollow cover is adapted for receiving an air freshener therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Hussain Y. A. M. Mothaffar
  • Patent number: 8875940
    Abstract: A prophylactic kit apparatus configured to be used with only a single patient includes a plurality of sealed modules and a housing configured to contain those sealed modules such that only one of the plurality of sealed modules can be removed from the housing at a time. Each of the plurality of sealed modules contains at least one prophylactic agent to be used in service of the patient. These sealed modules are to be used in a particular order and the housing is further configured to facilitate the removal of the sealed modules in only that particular order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer E. Danchisin, Tom Gregory, Steve Hennkson, Deborah Adler
  • Patent number: 8757431
    Abstract: Wipe dispenser and collector unit particularly for use in gents' toilets, with a storage cabinet (2) for batches of wipes (24), with an aperture for the bottom wipe (24) located at the center of an angled bottom at an acute angle with the horizontal; the cabinet has a wall-mounting rear cover (3) and a front panel (5) connected to it that can be tilted forward in order to open it, with those two components forming the interior of the closed wipe storage cabinet (2), with a waste container at a specific distance underneath, which also has a wall-mounting rear cover (30), whose storage space, open at the top, is defined by the rear cover (30) and the front unit that can be tilted against it, with the bottom of the front unit connecting to the holes (14) at the bottom of the rear cover (30) with matching bolts (15), which can be released when the unit is tilted forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Andras Fodor
  • Patent number: 8757434
    Abstract: The present application provides a merchandiser. The merchandiser may include an ambient compartment with at least one ambient product therein, a temperature controlled compartment with at least one temperature controlled product therein, and a vending module in communication with the temperature controlled compartment such that the vending module dispenses a temperature controlled product in response to an ambient product being placed in the vending module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Jurgen Roekens, Bart Carpentier, David Pas, Michael J. Kline
  • Patent number: 8752729
    Abstract: The present invention fulfills the above and other objects by providing a combination dispensing and disposal container (1) having a dispensing end (2) with a dispensing opening (3) for dispensing new items, such as facial tissue, wet wipes, candy, etc. On the opposite end of the container is a disposal end (4) with a disposal opening (5) for accepting trash. A bladder (6) located inside of the container separates a storage compartment (7) where new items are held from a disposal compartment (8) where trash is held. In addition to or in lieu of a bladder, a rigid partition (9) may also separate the storage compartment from the disposal compartment. One or more lids (10, 11) keeps the dispensing and end and the disposal end sealed when not in use. An additional feature is a strap (12) that allows a user to attach the tissue container to his or her wrist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Susan C. Maccario
  • Patent number: 8668107
    Abstract: A modular recycling unit comprises a support for supporting a first container. The first container is tiltable between a first position where the interior of the container is accessible and a second position where the interior of the container is inaccessible. The first container is freely removable from the support. A second container is supported on the support such that it is in a stacked relationship relative to the first container. The second container is freely removable from the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Incorporated
    Inventors: Nicholas Decker, Bradley Hooley, David McNamara
  • Publication number: 20140048555
    Abstract: Described is a needle assembly magazine comprising of a housing adapted to contain a plurality of needle assemblies and a slider movably disposed within the housing. The housing has a first opening providing access to an unused needle assembly and a second opening for receiving into the housing a used needle assembly. The slider separates the housing into a first region for unused needle assemblies and a second region for used needle assemblies. Movement of the slider advances the unused needle assemblies within the housing toward the first opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: SANOFI-AVENTIS DEUTSCHLAND GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Dasbach, Verena Hofmann, Gunnar Jung, Peter Nober, Leo Zeimetz
  • Publication number: 20140034665
    Abstract: A blade dispenser (100) has a blade supply container (110), a blade disposal container (120), and a detachable and reconnectable connecting means (130, 131, 132) that is embodied to connect the blade supply container (110) and blade disposal container (120) detachably to one another. The blade supply container (110) has a blade supply container upper side and a blade supply container underside, and is embodied to receive a blade stack (111) made up of multiple mutually abutting blades (112, 115). The blade supply container (110) also has a removal opening (116) through which at least one blade (112, 115) of the blade stack (111) is removable from the blade supply container (110). The blade disposal container (120) has a blade disposal container upper side and a blade disposal container underside, and is embodied to receive blades (120) to be disposed of.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Leica Biosystems Nussloch GmbH
    Inventor: Roland WALTER
  • Patent number: 8561837
    Abstract: An upright, tubular floor stand wipes dispenser is disclosed having a body portion containing an upper compartment from which the wipes are dispensed through an orifice and a lower compartment housing a container such as a waste basket for used wipes. A cover plate conforming to the body portion and having an opening through which used wipes are deposited into the waste basket hangs from an upper edge of the body portion by clips arranged along the top edge of the plate. The stand is readily serviceable from the front and does not have to be moved when removing the used wipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Robert L. Giammanco
  • Publication number: 20130228589
    Abstract: A dispenser device for tissue and like materials embodies a disposal receptacle is provided and includes a means for releasably retaining sheets of the material. The sheets of the material are readily retrievable and can be arranged for retrieval in an aesthetically pleasing manner. The dispenser avoids the necessity for the use of cardboard dispensers while providing a storage system for soiled tissues and like materials, thus creating a hygienic and less wasteful device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventor: Shannon L. Nickerson
  • Publication number: 20130146501
    Abstract: A waste product disposal system for sanitary removal and disposal of waste product that avoids contact with the waste product and fluids or particles on the waste product, and provides a system to minimize contact with other discarded waste product during disposal. Further, the system allows easy dispensing of covering materials for handling the waste product and discarding of the waste matter. The disposal system generally includes the covering material used to enclose the waste product, a dispenser to dispense the covering material, and a waste receptacle to safely dispose of the covered waste product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventors: Kathryn H. Zusmanis, Eriks A. Zusmanis
  • Patent number: 8387823
    Abstract: An automatic dispensing apparatus system and method for dispensing predetermined objects is disclosed. More particularly, the invention is an automatic bottled water dispensing apparatus system and method having a housing which houses various sizes of bottled water and a conveyor system for transporting the bottled water to a dispensing member for a customer. The dispensing apparatus system also includes a return machine for returning empty bottles, a plurality of selection members, a payment member and an inventory monitoring member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventor: Clifford H. Davis, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8360272
    Abstract: A bottle return station preferably with a dispensing station provides for the receipt of empty bottles. Bottles are provided through an acceptor which accepts bottles having a particular configuration while not accepting others. The empty bottle returns are guided to a receiving station where they can be retrieved by an operator. Meanwhile a dispensing station can be accessed by users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: DS Waters of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodger Piersant, Richie Morrison, Andy Michaud, Jim Gibbons
  • Patent number: 8302810
    Abstract: A tissue dispenser for use with a cup holder having a body including a lower portion dimensioned for being received within an inner wall associated with the cup holder. An opening is provided in the body for withdrawing successive tissues. A waste storage compartment is configured within the body separate from the opening for storing used tissues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventors: Elie Mulhem, Miguel A. Linares
  • Publication number: 20120173016
    Abstract: A bottle return station preferably with a dispensing station provides for the receipt of empty bottles. Bottles are provided through an acceptor which accepts bottles having a particular configuration while not accepting others. The empty bottle returns are guided to a receiving station where they can be retrieved by an operator. Meanwhile a dispensing station can be accessed by users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventors: Rodger Piersant, Richie Morrison, Andy Michaud, Jim Gibbons
  • Patent number: 8195328
    Abstract: A system and method related to dispensing and disposing medical items is provided. The dispensing portion is generally configured to dispense medical items stored within compartments based on dispensing instructions. The disposal portion is generally configured to sort waste items into a plurality of containers according to applicable rules and regulations governing the handling and/or disposal of such items. In some embodiments, a system comprises sorting stations each of which houses a number of disposable containers. Each station can identify an item of waste, determine the most appropriate container for the item, and facilitate disposal of the item in the appropriate container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Vesta Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Scott R. Mallett, Randall C. Danta, James R. Benson, Alan D. Corey, Alan A. Davidner, Peter Regla
  • Publication number: 20120072018
    Abstract: A dispensing system including a dispenser for dispensing a product and a waste receptacle for receiving a used product. A triggering connection is present between the dispenser and the waste receptacle. The triggering connection is suitable to trigger in response to a dispensing action an encouraging action of the waste receptacle to encourage use of the waste receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventors: Cecilia Norlund, Anna Nelvig, Gunilla Himmelmann
  • Patent number: 8113382
    Abstract: A bottle return station preferably with a dispensing station provides for the receipt of empty bottles. Bottles are provided through an acceptor which accepts bottles having a particular configuration while not accepting others. The empty bottle returns are guided to a receiving station where they can be retrieved by an operator. Meanwhile a dispensing station can be accessed by users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: DS Waters of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodger Piersant, Richie Morrison, Andy Michaud, Jim Gibbons
  • Patent number: 8113349
    Abstract: A sharps dispensing and disposal system includes a sharps dispensing container and a sharps disposal container within the sharps dispensing container. In one embodiment, the sharps disposal container is mounted at least partially within the sharps dispensing container, with a chamber surrounding at least a portion of the sharps disposal container. In another embodiment, a sharps dispensing and disposal system includes a sharps disposal container having an inner wall and an inlet for depositing used sharps into the sharps disposal container. The sharps dispensing container includes an outer wall that surrounds at least a portion of the sharps disposal container and forms a buffer zone. In another embodiment, a sharps dispensing and disposal system includes at least one elastic support member that elastically suspends a sharps disposal container in the interior of a sharps dispensing container. A cover detachably couples the sharps disposal container with the sharps dispensing container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Michael Sansoucy, M. Brian Finnestad
  • Patent number: 8096414
    Abstract: A medical implement dispensing and disposal system. The medical implement dispensing and disposal system comprises a container having an open end with a dispensing chamber and a disposal chamber defined within the container. A cover is configured to substantially close the open end of the container. The cover defines a disposal opening in communication with the disposal chamber. A dispensing opening is defined in either the container or cover and in communication with the dispensing chamber. A biasing assembly is positioned in the dispensing chamber and configured to provide a biasing force toward the dispensing opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Mark Brian Finnestad, Michael Sansoucy
  • Publication number: 20110266299
    Abstract: Wipe dispenser and collector unit particularly for use in gents' toilets, with a storage cabinet (2) for batches of wipes (24), with an aperture for the bottom wipe (24) located at the centre of an angled bottom at an acute angle with the horizontal; the cabinet has a wall-mounting rear cover (3) and a front panel (5) connected to it that can be tilted forward in order to open it, with those two components forming the interior of the closed wipe storage cabinet (2), with a waste container at a specific distance underneath, which also has a wall-mounting rear cover (30), whose storage space, open at the top, is defined by the rear cover (30) and the front unit that can be tilted against it, with the bottom of the front unit connecting to the holes (14) at the bottom of the rear cover (30) with matching bolts (15), which can be released when the unit is tilted forward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventor: Andras Fodor
  • Patent number: 8011533
    Abstract: A fluid-containing system includes an enclosure that houses a fluid that is contained in a bladder coupled to a spigot and houses a sleeve that is inclined relative to the bottom of the enclosure. The spigot protrudes through a spigot opening in the enclosure, while the sleeve contains dispensable items that can be fed through a dispensable item opening in the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Teresa A. Reineccius, Gary L. Sotebeer
  • Patent number: 8006864
    Abstract: Portable wipe dispensers are provided. In one form the wipe dispenser can be used to spray a cleaning liquid onto a wipe being dispensed from the device. Alternatively the outlet may be directed against a surface external to the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Fryan, Douglas A. Soller, Rakesh K. Popli, Frank J. Steer, Evan A. Sparks
  • Patent number: 7958994
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for receiving an article of personal hygiene to be disposed of, especially a sanitary tampon, comprising a receptacle (1) made of recycling material and formed with a hold space (3) for the article and a storage space (4) for packings (14) which is separate from the hold space (3) and takes up the article for disposal, a wall (9) of the receptacle (1) being formed with a dump opening (6) adapted to be closed and through which the article can be thrown into the hold space (3), and with a withdrawal opening through which the packings can be taken out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventor: Gerold Weinmann
  • Publication number: 20110121012
    Abstract: A reusable towel dispenser includes a reusable towel holding compartment internal to the reusable towel dispenser and a reusable towel output of the reusable towel holding compartment, the reusable towel output being configured to enable a reusable towel to be removed from the reusable towel holding compartment. The dispenser also includes a reusable towel input of the towel holding compartment, the reusable towel input being configured to allow reusable towels to be loaded in the reusable towel holding compartment. The dispenser further includes a reusable towel holding structure external to the reusable towel holding compartment and configured to hold a reusable towel outside of the reusable towel dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventors: Steven Krengel, Kenneth Krengel
  • Publication number: 20110095043
    Abstract: A reusable towel dispenser includes a reusable towel holding compartment including multiple reusable towels stored in a non-structured manner. The dispenser also includes a reusable towel output of the reusable towel holding compartment, the reusable towel output being configured to enable a reusable towel of a group of non-structured reusable towels to be accessed and pulled, from the reusable towel holding compartment, out of the reusable towel dispenser. The dispenser further includes a reusable towel input of the reusable towel holding compartment, the reusable towel input being configured to allow a group of non-structured reusable towels to be concurrently loaded in the reusable towel holding compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventors: Steven Krengel, Hyung Seok Lee, Marianne Grisdale, James Dangora
  • Publication number: 20110079603
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dispenser (1) for wipes. A dispenser (1) comprises a bridging member (10) adapted to be secured to a support member, a first chamber (20) adapted to receive a container of wipes (‘X’), and first releasable connection means (23,11,12) adapted to connect the first chamber (20) to the bridging member (10). Dispenser (1) also comprises a second chamber (30) adapted to receive a container of wipes (‘Y’) or a soiled wipe storage device, and a second releasable connection means (33,13,14) adapted to connect the second chamber (30) to the bridging member (10). In use a dispenser can be created by connecting the first and/or second chamber to the bridging member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Inventor: Michael John Gordon
  • Patent number: 7909206
    Abstract: An automatic dispensing apparatus system and method for dispensing predetermined objects is disclosed. More particularly, the invention is an automatic bottled water dispensing apparatus system and method having a housing which houses various sizes of bottled water and a conveyor system for transporting the bottled water to a dispensing member for a customer. The dispensing apparatus system also includes a return machine for returning empty bottles, a plurality of selection members, a payment member and an inventory monitoring member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Inventor: Clifford H. Davis, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20110011881
    Abstract: A sharps dispensing and disposal system includes a sharps dispensing container and a sharps disposal container within the sharps dispensing container. In one embodiment, the sharps disposal container is mounted at least partially within the sharps dispensing container, with a chamber surrounding at least a portion of the sharps disposal container. In another embodiment, a sharps dispensing and disposal system includes a sharps disposal container having an inner wall and an inlet for depositing used sharps into the sharps disposal container. The sharps dispensing container includes an outer wall that surrounds at least a portion of the sharps disposal container and forms a buffer zone. In another embodiment, a sharps dispensing and disposal system includes at least one elastic support member that elastically suspends a sharps disposal container in the interior of a sharps dispensing container. A cover detachably couples the sharps disposal container with the sharps dispensing container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Applicant: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Michael Sansoucy, M. Brian Finnestad
  • Patent number: 7815046
    Abstract: A sharps dispensing and disposal system includes a sharps dispensing container and a sharps disposal container within the sharps dispensing container. In one embodiment, the sharps disposal container is mounted at least partially within the sharps dispensing container, with a chamber surrounding at least a portion of the sharps disposal container. In another embodiment, a sharps dispensing and disposal system includes a sharps disposal container having an inner wall and an inlet for depositing used sharps into the sharps disposal container. The sharps dispensing container includes an outer wall that surrounds at least a portion of the sharps disposal container and forms a buffer zone. In another embodiment, a sharps dispensing and disposal system includes at least one elastic support member that elastically suspends a sharps disposal container in the interior of a sharps dispensing container. A cover detachably couples the sharps disposal container with the sharps dispensing container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Michael Sansoucy, M. Brian Finnestad
  • Patent number: 7669731
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing healthcare products comprising at least one dispenser section having at least one dispensing orifice and one disposal section having a disposal opening. The disposal section has fully compressed and fully uncompressed positions and is capable of remaining positioned in any position between the fully compressed and uncompressed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Inventor: Christopher B. Hewett
  • Publication number: 20090321466
    Abstract: A hygienic door operating device comprising a dispensing means arranged to contain a plurality of gripping handles and adapted to dispense a separate handle to each person operating the door, the gripping handle being adapted to engage a formation secured to the door whereby the door can be operated by manual engagement of the gripping handle and disposal means to transfer the gripping handle to a collection receptacle after use
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicant: ANSUTA PTY LTD
    Inventor: Paul Shannon