Electrical Control Patents (Class 221/129)
  • Patent number: 10611567
    Abstract: A pallet displacement system for a pallet storage assembly, including a pair of spaced apart rail assemblies, each rail assembly including a rail having plurality of rollers rotatably mounted thereon for supporting one or more pallet, a pallet engagement element slidingly engaged to the rail and a pair of springs operatively connecting the pallet engagement element to a front end of the rail on respective sides thereof. In use, the sequential positioning of a plurality of pallets onto the rail assemblies results in a first pallet engaging the pallet engagement elements, extending the springs and therefore accumulate potential energy. When one or more of the plurality of pallets is removed from the rail assemblies, the potential energy is transformed into kinetic energy, pulling the pallet engagement elements toward the front of the rail assemblies, which in turn displaces remaining pallets toward the front.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Xiaoyu Guo
  • Patent number: 10485452
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and methods for fall detection. Specifically, embodiments of the present invention are configured to provide fall detection, including fall prediction and fall prevention, in home health care settings for patients with Alzheimer's disease and related neurodegenerative conditions. In addition, embodiments of the present invention provide continuous fall prediction and detection, including alerts to caregivers, while allowing the patient the flexibility to move outside their home.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Leonardo Y. Orellano
  • Patent number: 10460548
    Abstract: An article dispensing apparatus includes: one article discharging apparatus; and another article discharging apparatus, the one article discharging apparatus and the other article discharging apparatus being capable of being combined in a back-to-back manner. The one article discharging apparatus includes: a driving source; an output gear configured to rotate by a driving force from the driving source when a discharging instruction has been given to the one article discharging apparatus; link levers where each link lever is provided rotatably about an axis of the link lever; and a controller configured to, when the output gear is rotated from the standby position by the discharging instruction, prohibit stopping of drive of the driving source to allow the rotation of the output gear until a preset prohibited time elapses from starting of the rotation of the output gear even when supply of electric power to the driving source is interrupted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shirou Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10365034
    Abstract: A refrigerator and a control method for the same are disclosed. A refrigerator includes a storage compartment, a drawer movably provided in the storage compartment and provided with a marker, a camera that photographs inside the drawer from outside the drawer, and a controller that senses a position of the marker in photographs taken through the camera at time intervals, and that determines state information about the drawer based on a change in position of the marker in the photographs. A method includes recognizing closing of the drawer by sensing a start of opening of the drawer; acquiring an image of the drawer interior using the camera; processing the image to recognize the marker from the image; tracing a movement of the marker; acquiring a final image of the drawer interior using the camera when closing of the drawer begins; and displaying the final image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hyungjoo Kang, Haemin Choi, Myoungho Sung, Ikkyu Lee, Myoungju Lee, Jeonghwan Kim
  • Patent number: 10255747
    Abstract: A product carry-out device of an automatic dispenser includes two sets of first stopper members and second stopper members corresponding to half-size products accommodated in two rows, a single driving device for driving the two sets of first stopper members and second stopper members, a link mechanism having link members corresponding to the first stopper members and second stopper members, a connection mechanism for connecting the single driving device and the link mechanism, and a switching device selectively connecting the connection mechanism and the link mechanism. The two sets of first stopper members and second stopper members are driven synchronously by connecting the connection mechanism and the link members. The connection mechanism and the one or another of the link members are separated from each other, thereby individually driving one or another of the two sets of first stopper members and second stopper members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tsutomu Iwako
  • Patent number: 10223503
    Abstract: An automatic prescription drug dispenser including a remote dispenser, a prescription entry system, and a communications network. The remote dispenser transmits and receives information from the communications network and dispenses prescription drugs to the patient. The prescription entry system transmits and receives information from the communications network and provides an input system for the prescriber to electronically enter individual prescriptions for each patient. The communications network coordinates communications between the doctor, insurance carrier, and the remote dispenser. The remote dispenser stores, retrieves, and labels prescription drug and over-the-counter products directly to patients through a remote automated dispenser, a prescription entry system, and a communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: InstyMeds Corporation
    Inventor: Ken Rosenblum
  • Patent number: 10144547
    Abstract: Provided is a labeling apparatus that generates a label for labeling a drug container at a healthcare facility. The labeling apparatus includes a code reader that reads a computer-readable code encoding a drug to be stored by the drug container and transmits a signal indicative of the identity of the drug in response to reading the computer-readable code. A non-transitory computer-readable memory stores a drug formulary comprising a plurality of drug entries. A processing component is configured to identify, from the formulary, the identity of the drug corresponding to the computer-readable code and receives a patient identity from a computer-accessible source. A printer is operable to print label content identifying the specific drug onto a label that is to be applied to the drug container. The label content includes the identity of the drug and the patient identity encoded by a label code that is computer-readable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: CODONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Gary Enos, Lawrence Srnka
  • Patent number: 9811965
    Abstract: An article ejecting device of an automatic vending machine includes an article storage rack having an article storage passage for storing articles while being laid sideways, a base board forming one side of the article storage passage, a first stopper member movable between a protruding position in which the first stopper member protrudes toward the article storage passage and a retractable position in which the first stopper member is retracted from the article storage passage, a second stopper member movable between a protruding position in which the second stopper member protrudes toward the article storage passage and a retractable position in which the second stopper member is retracted from the article storage passage, and an outlet adjustment member forming another side of the article storage passage. The first stopper member includes an article placement surface having a holding portion holding the first vending article in a rolling manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hajime Erikawa, Katsuhiko Fukuda, Tsutomu Iwako
  • Patent number: 9811966
    Abstract: A dispensing assembly includes a mounting plate with a plurality of openings, a rotatable shaft located adjacent to the mounting plate, a plurality of blocking plates pivotably attached to the mounting plate, and a plurality of jacking members attached to the rotatable shaft. Lengths of the plurality of jacking members are different from each other. When the shaft is rotated to an initial position, the plurality of jacking members disengages away from the plurality of blocking plates, and the plurality of blocking plates are received in the plurality of openings. When the shaft is rotated to a working position, the plurality of blocking plates is rotated out of the plurality of openings to positions slanted relative to the mounting plate by the plurality of jacking members. Slanting angles of the plurality of blocking plates relative to the mounting plate are different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignees: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (WuHan) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chao Liu, Zhi-Ping Wu, Ting-Ting He
  • Patent number: 9790730
    Abstract: Container comprising a first element 2 and at least a second element 3 movable relative to the first element 2 between a closed position and an open position, and a drive device 5 for moving the second element 3, wherein at least one deformation measuring unit 6 is provided with a deformation sensor 11 on at least one of the elements 2, 3 for detecting a force exerted on one of the elements 2, 3 and wherein a control unit 12 is provided for receiving and evaluating a deformation signal transmitted by the deformation measuring unit 6 and is provided for actuating the drive device 5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Kessebohmer Holding e.K.
    Inventor: Rene Barkau
  • Patent number: 9779573
    Abstract: Breakage of electrical components inside is prevented when live wire insertion-and-removal is performed after inhibition of an increase in costs. A coin processing device 1 includes a coin sorting unit 3, a coin housing unit 2, and a harness 4. The coin housing unit has a first connector 21 including a first terminal TH2, a second terminal TL1, and a first ground terminal TG1. The coin sorting unit includes: a second connector 31 coupled to the first connector through the harness, the second connector 31 including the third terminal TH4 to which a high voltage is supplied through the first terminal, a fourth terminal TL2 configured to supply a low voltage to the second terminal, and a second ground terminal TG2 grounded through the first ground terminal; a low-voltage power source circuit 32 configured to generate the low voltage from the high voltage supplied to the third terminal, and configured to output the low voltage from a low-voltage output terminal 32t; and a switch circuit 34.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: NIPPON CONLUX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akihiro Nobuhara, Kunio Iwakawa
  • Patent number: 9520013
    Abstract: A product dispensing device includes: product accommodating passages; a dispensing mechanism which regulates a product from moving toward the downstream side in a standby state, and dispenses a product positioned at the most downstream side; a disc-shaped member which rotates in one or another direction; link members each of which has a standby attitude in a normal state to cause the dispensing mechanism to be in the standby state, and causes the dispensing mechanism to be driven when swinging from the standby attitude to have a dispensing attitude; and a hook member which causes the link member to swing to have the dispensing attitude when the disc-shaped member rotates in the one direction so that the distal end abuts against the link member, and retreats from the radially outer region when the disc-shaped member rotates in the other direction so that the distal end abuts against the link member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hajime Erikawa
  • Patent number: 9501615
    Abstract: A system for managing drug labeling information includes a repository comprising a network accessible database, the repository having an upload portion and a download portion, the repository being accessible to a plurality of users via client computers coupled to a wide area network. The repository includes drug labeling information on a plurality of drugs stored therein. The upload portion of the repository is accessible by a first set of users while the download portion of the repository is accessible by a second set of users. In one preferred aspect of the invention, drug manufactures are able to upload new or revised PDF files containing drug labeling information. The new or revised PDF files are then available for download by pharmacists or other authorized users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Cerner Innovation, Inc.
    Inventors: Magdy A. Eletreby, Mohamed N. Eletreby
  • Patent number: 9251639
    Abstract: A product selection system for a vending machine is provided which is immune to human misbehavior or uncertainty. The system includes a main controller and a plurality of product selection panels connected to the main controller. Each product selection panel includes a plurality of keys, each of which is associated with a type of product stored in the vending machine. When a product selection panel detects a first key-down event, the main controller broadcasts a suspending command to the product selection panels so each product selection panel suspends the detection of any further key-down event in response to receiving the suspending command, until after a product-dispensing routine has been completed or the expiry of a predetermined period of time. A product selection method for a vending machine is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignees: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (WuHan) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jian Zhao, Chong He, Xiao-Hui Wang, Wen-Jun Hu
  • Patent number: 9230390
    Abstract: A point of sale battery distribution system includes a cabinet in which batteries may be stored, a user interface for facilitating selection and purchase of batteries, and doors which may be secured and freed to be opened based upon purchase transactions. Batteries stored in the cabinet may be charged by a charging system until purchase. The charging system may provide one or more charging voltages and regimes, and output of the charging system may be disabled by a control system when a door is open or freed to be open. An inventory management system may detect batteries stored in the cabinet and convey inventory information to remote systems for replenishment of the cabinet based upon purchases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventor: Dale A. Gospodarek
  • Publication number: 20150096997
    Abstract: A merchandise dispensing apparatus for deterring theft includes a housing having a plurality of walls defining an interior space within the housing. At least one merchandise support module is mounted in the housing and includes an electro-mechanical ejector located adjacent a front end of the at least one module. The ejector includes an electrical motor with an output shaft, along with an ejector plate movably mounted in relation to the housing. A gear train connects the output shaft of the motor to the ejector plate. A relay selectively provides electrical power to the motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: Fasteners For Retail, Inc.
    Inventors: Shane Obitts, Gerald Matthew Szpak, Christopher E. Bremenour
  • Publication number: 20150089751
    Abstract: Novel systems and methods for performing treatment (e.g., coloration) of keratinous fibers are disclosed. The methods and systems utilize one or more of a dispensing device which is configured to provide customized composition for treating keratinous fibers (e.g., a coloring composition), optionally formed from tablets; an optical reader, for obtaining sufficient characteristics of the keratinous fibers to make a realistic prediction of the outcome of a treatment (e.g., coloring treatment); a computational units for predicting an outcome of a treatment, optionally being interfaced with the dispensing device and for selecting a customized treatment; and tablet formulations which are useful in preparing customized composition for treating keratinous fibers. Further disclosed are rapidly disintegrating tablets for use in the preparation of compositions for treating keratinous fibers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Benzion Landa, Efraim Miklatzky, Sagi Abramovich, Yacov Mazuz, Anton Krassilnikov, Eliyahu Benny, Gilad Davara, Chen Ofek, Elena Ishkov, Lior Shahar, Daniel Mandelik, Uri Zadok
  • Patent number: 8955713
    Abstract: An automated magazine feeder device is provided for supplying a manufacturing operation with elongate members of varying sizes in an assembly order dictated sequence. An apparatus for dispensing elongate members may include a magazine and a rotatable support member. The magazine may contain a plurality of elongate members including an elongate member in a first location and an elongate member in a second location immediately adjacent the elongate member in the first location. The first rotatable support member may include a first arm and a second arm. The first arm of the first rotatable support member supports the elongate member in the first location when the first rotatable support member is in a first position. The elongate member in the first location is ejected from the magazine by the second arm of the first rotatable support member in response to the first rotatable support member being rotated from the first position to a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald Edward Findley
  • Patent number: 8893922
    Abstract: Systems and methods for brewing coffee and producing other hot beverages are included herein. An automated coffee vending kiosk configured in accordance with one embodiment includes a coffee brewing unit for brewing coffee and a cup dispensing portion. The cup dispensing portion can include a motor and a door operably coupled to the motor. The door can be moveable between a closed position and an open position to provide access to a cup storage area having a plurality of cups. A coffee dispensing portion can be positioned to dispense the coffee into an individual cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventors: Lawrence David Azzano, Daniel Phillips, Doug Edward Coppenbarger, Kenneth J. Redding, James Michael Craig, Manolito Adan
  • Patent number: 8574510
    Abstract: In some aspects, an analyte sensor is provided for detecting an analyte concentration level in a bio-fluid sample. The analyte sensor has a base with first and second ends, a concave recess in the first end, a second end receiving surface, and a sidewall extending between the ends. An electrode may be provided on the receiving surface with an electrochemically-active region coupled to the electrode. A conductor in electrical contact with the electrode may extend along the sidewall and may be adapted to be in electrical contact with a first contact of an analyte meter. Manufacturing methods and systems utilizing and dispensing the analyte sensors are provided, as are numerous other aspects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Bayer Healthcare LLC
    Inventors: Igor Gofman, Robert S. Sams
  • Patent number: 8543417
    Abstract: A system for providing pharmaceutical manufacturers marketing data related to the provision of samples includes an automated sample dispensing unit, a collateral materials printing device, a product information communication device, related prescription data flow information management services, companion wireless devices, robotic dispensing techniques, and bar code scanning capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Inventor: Delvin Ray Jackson
  • Patent number: 8534494
    Abstract: A vending machine includes a product detection system for signaling a vending controller that a selected product has released from a product support shelf. The vending machine includes a product delivery device that, upon initiation of a vending operation, transports the selected product from the product support shelf towards a delivery area. Upon initiation of a vending operation, a motor moves a product delivery device to a position adjacent the selected product. A dispensing mechanism then releases the selected product which falls into the delivery device, imparting a downward force which is sensed at the motor. A sensor detects the downward force and signals the vending controller that the product has been received by the product delivery device. At this point, the vending controller continues with the vending operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Crane Merchandising Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Talbert James Black, Jr., Thomas Roger Meinardi
  • Patent number: 8413842
    Abstract: A glove incorporating a roll of waste bags and ties on a rotatable spool contained within a pocket integrated on a palm side of the glove. The spool pocket is proximate a pathway having a first and second opening through which the waste bags may be individually pulled and removed from the spool for utilization as a package for solid animal waste. The ties may extend through the pathway or may extend through an opening in the pocket for access by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventor: Jean Clou
  • Patent number: 8365950
    Abstract: A medicine dispensing device has a device body (1), shelf members (2) arranged in the vertical directions in the device body (1), and a medicine conveyance member (3) for conveying medicines (D), received in the shelf members (2), on one by one basis from the front face side of the device body (1). A shelf member (2) has cassettes (26) in which medicines (D) are received in line, a pusher (31) for pushing the medicines in the cassettes (26) toward the front face side of the device body (10), and a constant load spring (32) for applying a constant load to the medicines (D) received in the cassettes (26) through the pusher (31). To fill the cassettes (26) with the medicines (D), the shelf member (2) can be pulled out from the front face side of the device body (1) and then positioned by pivoting the shelf member (2) so as to face obliquely downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Yuyama, Hiroyuki Kanda
  • Patent number: 8360273
    Abstract: A cutlery utensil dispenser having at least one utensil compartment and a dispensing mechanism is disclosed. Each utensil compartment is so dimensioned and configured to house a stack of utensils. The dispensing mechanism includes a drive member in operable communication with at least one driven member, each driven member being associated with a respective one of the compartments. Actuation of the drive member causes simultaneous actuation of each driven member that causes a utensil to be dispensed from each compartment in repeatable succession one at a time. Also disclosed is a cutlery utensil dispenser having an electric motor in operable communication with the dispensing mechanism, and a controller in operable communication with the motor. The controller includes a processing circuit responsive to computer executable instructions which when executed on the processing circuit facilitates dispensing of a utensil from the utensil compartment by operation of the motor on command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventors: Christopher M. Reinsel, Brian Durant, Stephen J. Drabant, Thomas J. Steimer
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8297473
    Abstract: A cutlery dispenser comprises a storage chamber adapted to retain a plurality of cutlery therein; an ejector for sequentially ejecting the plurality of cutlery from the storage chamber; an actuator for driving the ejector; and a sensor for triggering the actuator in response to an event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventor: Patrick J. Smith
  • Patent number: 8215520
    Abstract: Systems for deterring theft of retail products. Systems of this invention provide theft deterrent dispensing modules for dispensing products and may incorporate theft deterrent measures including mechanical deterrents, time delays and sound. The dispensing modules may include one or more pusher assemblies for dispensing product. Certain systems of this invention may also include a lockout feature, so that one only pusher assembly may be activated to dispense a product at one time. In some embodiments, a door assembly may be provided as an additional theft deterrent mechanism so that access to additional product not yet dispensed by the pusher assembly is restricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Rock-Tenn Shared Services, LLC
    Inventors: Roger K. Miller, Paul Dowd, Patrick Davey Shealey
  • Patent number: 8123071
    Abstract: Improvements to increase the speed at which a vending machine can dispense articles are disclosed. In various embodiments, the machine defines plural first arrays of receptacles for receiving articles with the first arrays stacked so that adjacent receptacles in the first arrays form second arrays. A separate user door closes each first array of receptacles, a slot door assembly provides a plurality of receptacle doors operative to open a particular receptacle when the user door is unlocked, and a slot access mechanism provides access to a particular receptacle. The machine waits a specified time period after dispensing to detect whether a subsequent user request is received. If a subsequent user request is received, the machine moves the slot access mechanism directly to a receptacle where the articles are available. Additional improvements include procedures for avoiding problems caused by misaligned doors and procedures for providing optimal article stocking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventors: Robert M. Fitzgerald, Ward P. Broom, Keith Stallings, Kyle Joiner
  • Patent number: 8083078
    Abstract: A vibration-assisted ejection cassette includes: outer plates 11 which align PTP-packaged drugs 20 for storage; a top frame 12 which is provided above an open front and which prevents accommodated drugs from being falling forward; an inner plate 13 which carries the accommodated drugs and advances the drugs when vibrated; and a vibrating member 15 which vibrates the inner plate 13. Thereby, vibration is exploited to maintain the drugs 20 in alignment with each other, advance the drugs while maintaining the drugs in alignment and eject them one by one. Additionally, a retention member 18 for retaining an ejected drug is provided in front of the open front. A control circuit 17 activates or stops activating the vibrating member 15 in accordance with whether or not an ejection detecting member detects that a drug is being retained. In this way, it is ensured that drugs are either manually picked up one by one or ejected by an automatic mechanism in an equally easy and stable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Tosho Inc.
    Inventors: Shiro Omura, Yoshihito Omura, Hideaki Hirobe
  • Patent number: 7950206
    Abstract: A device for dispensing pills includes a set of pill canisters, each having a machine-readable canister identifier. The device for dispensing pills further includes a reader adapted to read the machine-readable canister identifier and a selector interfaced to the reader. An active pill canister from the plurality of pill canisters is selected by the selector using data from the reader to determine which of the plurality of pill canisters is at a target location. A control is provided for releasing a desired quantity of pills from the selected pill canister at a target location into a target package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: QEM, Inc.
    Inventor: Norman D. Knoth
  • Patent number: 7886932
    Abstract: A vending machine has a support part that has a first support member extending in the right and left direction on the inside of a commodity storage chamber and a second support member extending in the front and rear direction on the inside of the commodity storage chamber, and supports a commodity column so that the commodity column is movable in the front and rear direction on the first and second support members. In the vending machine, when a support receiving part is detached from the first support member, the commodity column can be moved in the front and rear direction via the second support member, so that replenishment of commodities to the commodity column and maintenance of the commodity column can be accomplished. Both of the first support member and the second support members are located under the commodity column, and support the commodity column from the downside. Therefore, spaces for arranging support members at the right and left of the commodity column are unnecessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Sanden Corporation
    Inventors: Yuuki Yanagisawa, Takeshi Onda, Toshihiko Kurihara, Masaru Tsunoda, Yoshitaka Watanabe
  • Patent number: 7802700
    Abstract: A product discharge and delivery system for a vending machine includes a product delivery cup including a carriage portion and a shroud portion having an open bottom section and a discharge element. After receiving a selected product, the product delivery cup is shifted toward a dispensing chamber causing the discharge element to engage with a discharge member mounted within the vending machine. Engagement of the discharge element and discharge member causes the shroud portion to pivot relative to the carrier portion exposing the open bottom section allowing a selected product to release into a dispensing chamber. A delivery port is mounted in the dispensing chamber that rotated between a product receiving position and a product delivery position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Crane Merchandising Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: John P. Ardern, Dan Bowen, Paul Miller, Charles Wayne Percy, Kevin A. Poyck, Denise Schmidt
  • Patent number: 7793769
    Abstract: The present invention provides a vending machine that converts a force applied from a manual operation means into an electric power, and operates by utilizing the electric power as a source of power. A drive force generation/transmission mechanism includes a generator (45) that generates the electric power by utilizing the force applied from the manual operation means (9) and motors (49-55) driven by the electric power generated by the generator (45). Article moving mechanisms (63-69) are constructed to operate by utilizing the output of the motors (49-55) as the operation source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Kumabe, Minoru Honjo
  • Patent number: 7787987
    Abstract: A system and method for communicating vending information for a digital video disc is provided. A plurality of vending transaction data is received, wherein each of the plurality of data comprises a transaction timestamp and corresponds to a rental transaction for a digital video disc. The plurality of vending transaction data is stored in a memory of a vending apparatus, and is encrypted. It is determined whether a predetermined period of time has elapsed since a first transmission of transaction data from the vending apparatus, and a communication request is transmitted upon such determination to a remote control center. A signal is received at the vending apparatus from a control center in response to the communications request, and a plurality of vending transaction data is transmitted to the remote control center in response to receiving the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Redbox Automated Retail, LLC
    Inventors: Franz Kuehnrich, Gregg Kaplan
  • Publication number: 20100109115
    Abstract: Integrated circuits are made by bonding to a substrate one or more slices of material, and forming circuits using the slices of material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: Michael J. Ure
  • Patent number: 7686185
    Abstract: A tray for a product vending machine including a flat base upon which product to be vended may be placed. A plurality of walls are attached to the base which define rows into which product is organized. A channel within the flat base houses a threaded shaft. The threaded shaft threadingly attaches to a product drive member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Coin Acceptors, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven M. Zychinski
  • Publication number: 20090321472
    Abstract: A device for dispensing pills includes a set of pill canisters and a control for releasing a desired quantity of pills from a selected pill canister at a target location. A frame is situated beneath the target location. The frame is adapted to accept and hold a selected platen of a set of platens and to move the selected platen in both an X axis and a Y axis. The selected platen holds and supports a target container into which the desired quantity of pills is deposited.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicant: QEM, INC.
    Inventor: Norman D. Knoth
  • Patent number: 7584869
    Abstract: An article dispensing machine and article transport storage unit are shown that permit articles slated for inventory to be delivered in secure manner from a centralized inventory supply center to an article dispensing machine forming part of an article distribution system. The article transport storage unit is locked during transport from the supply center to the machine and does not become unlocked until fully installed within the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Redbox Automated Retail, LLC
    Inventors: Michael DeLazzer, Franz Kuehnrich
  • Patent number: 7570786
    Abstract: A system for automatic counting of non-overlapping objects irrespective of shape, size, and color is provided by imaging and computer subsystems. Objects to be counted are placed on a transparent surface disposed on a diffusing surface uniformly irradiated by electromagnetic radiation sources. Low intensity object shadows and high intensity object background regions are digitally imaged. The digital image is converted by a computing unit to a binary image and subjected to the Distance Transform to determine a count of the objects. Object identification verification is provided by comparing identification information obtained from a bar code associated with a supply container of the objects and identification information obtained from a digitally imaged written request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Inventor: Antoun Ateya
  • Publication number: 20090084807
    Abstract: Improvements to increase the speed at which a vending machine can dispense articles are disclosed. In various embodiments, the machine defines plural first arrays of receptacles for receiving articles with the first arrays stacked so that adjacent receptacles in the first arrays form second arrays. A separate user door closes each first array of receptacles, a slot door assembly provides a plurality of receptacle doors operative to open a particular receptacle when the user door is unlocked, and a slot access mechanism provides access to a particular receptacle. The machine waits a specified time period after dispensing to detect whether a subsequent user request is received. If a subsequent user request is received, the machine moves the slot access mechanism directly to a receptacle where the articles are available. Additional improvements include procedures for avoiding problems caused by misaligned doors and procedures for providing optimal article stocking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Applicant: Innovative Product Achievements, LLC
    Inventors: Robert M. Fitzgerald, Ward P. Broom, Keith Stallings, Kyle Joiner
  • Publication number: 20080245820
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide vending dispenser assemblies for beverage dispensers. In particular, embodiments of the invention can provide a beverage dispenser with a manually operated vending dispenser assembly that consumes little or no additional electrical power to dispense a beverage container using the assembly. Embodiments of a vending dispenser assembly can be used with a heated or chilled compartment associated with a beverage dispenser. Furthermore, embodiments of a vending dispenser assembly can operate in conjunction with a relatively small dispenser opening to limit heat transfer loss via the dispenser opening. One embodiment can provide a dispenser for dispensing a number of products. The dispenser can include at least one storage column adapted to dispense a number of products, and a product selection device operable to permit one of the number of products to advance from the storage column, wherein the advanced product can be dispensed from the dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2007
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Applicant: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventors: Steven C. Pfister, Craig J. Cochran, Kirk W. Charles
  • Publication number: 20080178627
    Abstract: A refrigerator dispenser includes a dispenser assembly housing that is accommodated by a door surface hole having a sizing ratio that is defined by dividing a height with a width of the door surface hole. The dispenser assembly housing is configured to define a dispenser assembly cavity in at least a portion of the dispenser assembly housing. The dispenser assembly cavity has an opening at a front surface of the dispenser assembly housing and has a sizing ratio that is defined by dividing a height with a width of the dispenser assembly cavity along the opening. A control panel extends along at least one of a horizontal and vertical dimension of the front surface of the dispenser assembly housing proximate to the opening. The sizing ratio of the door surface hole is different than the sizing ratio of the dispenser assembly cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2007
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Applicant: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Heon-Jae Jang, Seung-Beom Chae, II-Wook Joung, Sang-Ho Park, Yong-Chul Kwon, Hyeon-Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 7395841
    Abstract: A medicament tablet dispensing system and method dispenses any selected number of tablets, up to a maximum number, with minimal dispensing delays. During fill operations, a preset number of tablets are counted and stored in dedicated storage compartments. Dispensing operations are performed in response to dispense request commands. The fill operations are performed in a manner independent from the quantity of tablets identified by the dispense request commands. During the dispensing operations for a particular dispense request command, the preset number of tablets are emptied from one or more of the dedicated storage compartments, thereby avoiding delays associated with counting all of the dispensed tablets. Moreover, the fill operations and the dispensing operations may be performed in parallel for high-throughput dispensing applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Kirby Lester, LLC
    Inventors: Aleksandr Geltser, Vladimir Gershman, Michael R. Gomez
  • Patent number: 7383862
    Abstract: A discrete object dispensing system and method dispenses any selected number of objects, up to a maximum number, without a substantial delay associated with counting all of the tablets. A preset number of objects are counted and stored in dedicated primary chambers. Furthermore, an overflow chamber is provided for temporarily storing and then dispensing tablets which are fed to the primary chamber after the primary chambers are filled with their respective number of tablets. In addition, a direct feed channel is provided for dispensing individually counted tablets. The chambers and direct feed channel can together dispense the selected number. It is also preferable that the chambers have subchambers, and that more than one subchamber be capable of being emptied during a single dispensing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Kirby Lester, LLC
    Inventors: Aleksandr Geltser, Vladimir Gershman
  • Publication number: 20080121650
    Abstract: A cutlery dispenser comprises a storage chamber adapted to retain a plurality of cutlery therein; an ejector for sequentially ejecting the plurality of cutlery from the storage chamber; an actuator for driving the ejector; and a sensor for triggering the actuator in response to an event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Applicant: DIXIE CONSUMER PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventor: Patrick J. Smith
  • Patent number: 7317966
    Abstract: Tablets are delivered from a tablet storage case (3) mounted on a case support table (4), and when the tablets are passed through a delivery passage (9), formed in the case support table (3), quantity of the passed tablets is counted by a counting means (10). A start state of mounting of the tablet storage case (4) on the case support table (3) is detected by case detection means (8, 19), and the counting sensor (10) is kept in off state until the start state of mounting of the photon-electron conversion region is detected by the case detection (8, 19) and is set to On state after the detection. This ensures prevention of erroneous operation due to the mounting and dismounting of the tablet storage case (4) on and from the case support table (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nakaji Takeda, Hirokazu Amano, Noriyuki Hboshi, Yuji Takenaka
  • Patent number: 7221115
    Abstract: A control for stopping the rotation of the output shafts of a plurality of multiplexed motors configured in columns and rows with the first connector of each motor in a given column connected in parallel and with the second connector of each motor of a given row of motors connected in parallel. Each motors includes a switch positioned to be actuated when the output shaft of the motor is in its home orientation. One contact of the switch is connected to a first contact of the motor and therefor receives power when the switch for the column is energized. The second connector of each switch in a given row are connected in parallel to a detector for detecting a change in electric potential. The detector will detect a change in potential when the rotating shaft of an energized motor rotates its output shaft to its home position thereby closing its associated switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Inventors: Jack Chen, Kenneth Such, Eric Gonzales, Jeremy Waldrop, Milan Sebek
  • Patent number: 7213721
    Abstract: An automated personal pill dispenser has one or more chambers for holding a supply of pills. A feed mechanism is associated with each chamber and is selectively operable to dispense an incremental number of pills from each respective chamber. A programmable controller is coupled to control and operate the feed mechanism. The controller has a timer, a memory and an input means and is programmably operable by the user and/or by remote input from a smart card, PDA or various networks such as one having access to data from a pharmacy. The programming presets at least one of a time and a number of pills to be dispensed from each chamber. The controller operates an alarm to alert the user and operates the feed mechanism to dispense pills at the preset time and number, also detecting the user's access to obtain the dispensed pills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Antioch Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Gazi Abdulhay, Chadwick E. Dean
  • Patent number: 7124791
    Abstract: A medicament tablet dispensing system and method dispenses any selected number of tablets, up to a maximum number, with minimal dispensing delays. During fill operations, a preset number of tablets are counted and stored in dedicated storage compartments. Dispensing operations are performed in response to dispense request commands. The fill operations are performed in a manner independent from the quantity of tablets identified by the dispense request commands. During the dispensing operations for a particular dispense request command, the preset number of tablets are emptied from one or more of the dedicated storage compartments, thereby avoiding delays associated with counting all of the dispensed tablets. Moreover, the fill operations and the dispensing operations may be performed in parallel for high-throughput dispensing applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: Kirby Lester, LLC
    Inventors: Aleksandr Geltser, Vladimir Gershman, Michael R. Gomez