Of Discharge Assistant Operation Patents (Class 221/13)
  • Patent number: 10109145
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing ophthalmic lens packages having a pushing means and methods of its use are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward R. Kernick, Hamid A. Darabi, Daniel T. Wang
  • Patent number: 10071848
    Abstract: A lottery ticket dispenser array includes a plurality of separate bins, with each bin defined by a housing having a defined first internal space for receipt of a supply of interconnected lottery tickets. Each bin has an electronic ticket drive mechanism and a scanner disposed to read a sequential number code as the lottery tickets are dispensed from the bin. A control system is in communication with each scanner. Each bin includes a first electronic display at a front side thereof. The control system is configured for receipt of a scan signal from the scanner and, at the end of a ticket dispense cycle, to determine the lottery ticket number of a next lottery ticket to be dispensed from the bin and to transmit the next lottery number to the first electronic display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Scientific Games International, Inc.
    Inventors: Ajay J. Ghia, Kent Christensen, Sten Hallundbaek Mejenborg
  • Patent number: 10055798
    Abstract: A recycling kiosk for recycling and financial remuneration for submission of an electronic device such as a mobile phone is disclosed herein. The recycling kiosk includes electrical connectors and an inspection area with an upper chamber, a lower chamber, a transparent plate and at least one camera in order to perform a visual analysis and an electrical analysis of the electronic device for determination of a value of the electronic device. The recycling kiosk also includes a processor and a display for user interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: ecoATM, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Vincent Bowles, Thomas L. Tullie, John Andrew Beane, Jeff Ploetner, John Miller, Neil Vesco
  • Patent number: 10049188
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dispensing prescription medication from a medication-dispensing machine. In an embodiment, an identification of medication and patient information for an electronic prescription is received. A container of the identified medication is retrieved from a plurality of containers stocked within the machine. Each container comprises a first barcode. The first barcode is scanned, and a patient label is generated and applied to the retrieved container. An image of the retrieved container is captured and provided to a pharmacist over a network. After an approval is received over the network from the pharmacist, the retrieved container is released to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: MediFriend, Inc.
    Inventors: Pat P. Iantorno, Stefan Kanetis
  • Patent number: 9892232
    Abstract: An automated method is provided for recording contents of medication packages vended from a plurality of vending machines in electronic records, such as an electronic medication administration record (eMAR), that store records for a plurality of patients who are associated with respective vending machines. A vending event causes the electronic record to be populated. The contents of the medication packages vended from the vending machines are recorded in electronic records without communicating patient names or vended medications in the electronic message sent from the vending machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Medherent, LLC
    Inventors: Joel F. Feldman, Yeardley W. Green, Stanley I. H. Feldman, Jeffrey C. Sweeter
  • Patent number: 9843582
    Abstract: Systems and methods for authenticating the identity of a user prior to giving access to confidential data at a user interface via a network are described. In an exemplary implementation in an Internet environment, a server hosts an application providing selective access by the user to confidential data related to the user. The user provides initial data to the application as part of a request to access the confidential data. At least one database having the confidential data stored therein is accessed by the server to retrieve confidential data relating to the user located in the database based on the initial data received from the client interface. An exam creation function causes the server to create an exam comprising at least one question based at least in part on a portion of the confidential data relating to the user. This function creates the exam based on at least one exam definition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Trans Union LLC
    Inventors: Alka Mahendrakar, Kehang Chen, Luis Obregon
  • Patent number: 9539179
    Abstract: A kiosk according to an embodiment of the present invention includes a housing; a touch screen configured to receive input information from a user; a label printer configured to print output information from the kiosk; a pill drop opening; a pill chute; a drive tube having entry and exit openings, wherein the drive tube has an axis extending through a longitudinal axial centerline thereof, and has an inside surface comprising a helical flute, wherein the entry opening is in communication with the pill chute, and wherein the exit opening is higher than the entry opening such that the axial centerline of the drive tube is inclined; a motor configured to rotate the drive tube to separate and convey pills received through the pill drop opening and the pill chute; and an optical counter configured to count the pills as the pills fall from the exit opening of the drive tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: QUALANEX, LLC
    Inventors: Derek Cano, Donald W. Stark, Alan Lewis Dubois
  • Patent number: 9468218
    Abstract: An apparatus for handling food products comprises an alignment trough disposed at an incline for holding a stack of the food products at an incline. The alignment trough defines a portion of a passage upon which the food products travel. The stack defines a bottom food product. At least one movable member extends into the passage to control the separation of the bottom food product from the remainder of the stack by moving to provide clearance fro the food product to pass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC
    Inventors: Mark E. Malenke, Gary S. Rusch, Tod W. Heleniak, Brian Adamski, Larry D. Wierschke, Scott A. Adler
  • Patent number: 9405992
    Abstract: There is provided a method for identifying and sorting randomly distributed waste containers (1) containing different types of refuse sorted at source, wherein the identification is based on an image analysis of a pattern (2) arranged on each container (1). The method for identifying and sorting comprises the following steps: capturing at least one image of each container (1), analyzing the image by determining following characteristics: a shade and/or color of the pattern; a type of the pattern arranged on the container; calculating a sorting value based on the determined characteristics; comparing the calculated sorting value to a predetermined limit value or predetermined range of sorting values in order to classify the type of refuse contained in the container for sorting thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Envac Optibag AB
    Inventors: Sven Bådholm, Christian Toräng, Stefan Holmertz
  • Patent number: 9398739
    Abstract: A planter is described which utilizes individual seed meter motor drives at each row unit. motor controllers control each seed meter drive motor. Each individual row seed meter can be individually started, stopped and operated at a unique rate. Prior to planting, the meters can be operated to fill the meters and ensure that the meters are primed and ready to start dropping seed as soon as the planter begins operation to plant seed. When a seed delivery system is used with each meter to move seed from the meter to the soil, the delivery system is also primed with seed before operation of the planter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Carl Silbernagel, David J. Rylander, James R. Peterson, Michael E. Frasier
  • Patent number: 9361431
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide systems and methods to provide safe, secure and accurate point-to-point delivery of prescription and non-prescription drugs in the long-term home care or ambulatory care environment. More specifically, embodiments of the present invention provide for a low-cost, easy-to-use system comprised of a secure drug dispensing unit and medication enclosure combined with wireless connectivity and software based on smart mobile phone technology. Such systems and methods, referred to herein as a Secure, Control, and Enhance Medication Adherence (SCEMA) system, can mitigate the aforementioned risks associated with the use of prescription and non-prescription drugs. These risks can be significantly reduced for the elderly in the homecare environment, as well as the general public, without disrupting, or a significantly increasing the cost, to the existing prescription and non-prescription drug distribution infrastructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: GEN-9, INC.
    Inventor: Mark A. Fauci
  • Patent number: 9237687
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus are disclosed for selecting an agricultural input. First and second seed meters selectively meter seed from first and second sources, respectively, into a common planting trench. In some embodiments the seed meters are selectively operated by electric motors controlled with reference to a seed type prescription. In some embodiments the first and second seed meters deposit seeds along a common plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Precision Planting LLC
    Inventors: Derek Sauder, Dale Koch, Troy Plattner
  • Patent number: 9122972
    Abstract: A card storage device for storing payment cards, such as credit and debit cards or other media in an orderly fashion. The device may be used at a food and/or drink establishment. The device securely stores a number of cards for a number of patrons who wish to open a tab at a bar, pub, restaurant, or other service environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: J.D. CONN, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph D. Conn, Atha Jamar Neal, III
  • Patent number: 9105142
    Abstract: The present invention provides a random access and random load dispensing unit including a housing, at least one support located in the housing and defining a first axis, a plurality of platforms movable along the support along the first axis, a plurality of bins supported on the platforms, the bins being movable with the platforms, and a shuttle assembly movable along the first axis and further movable along a second axis substantially perpendicular to the first axis between the plurality of platforms to access and retrieve products stored in the bins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Asteres, Inc.
    Inventors: Linda J. Pinney, John A. Beane, Angus R. Colson, David R. Williams, Keith Kopitzke, Keith W. Reynolds, Erik Howard Barnes
  • Publication number: 20150129603
    Abstract: This drug-supplying device is provided with: a rotator that discharges drugs towards the outer diameter by being rotated; a drug shape-specifying unit for specifying the shape of the drug; and a control unit that rotates the rotator at a rotational speed specified, on the basis of a speed table that correlates drug shape to rotator rotational speed, by the shape that has been specified by a drug-detecting unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Naoki Koike, Mitsuhiro Mitani, Masao Fukada
  • Publication number: 20150096998
    Abstract: A merchandise dispensing apparatus for deterring theft has at least one merchandise support module which includes a covering defining an interior space within the module. A support member and a dispensing member are mounted to the module, the dispensing member being mounted adjacent to the support member. A lockout device is also mounted to each module and connected to the dispensing member. The lockout device includes a housing with a user input member accessible from outside the housing. The user input member communicates with the dispensing member. A controller, which includes a memory and a processor, electrically communicates with the user input member. A sensor electrically communicates with the controller and senses the dispensing of an associated packaged item mounted on the support member. A signaling device electrically communicates with the controller to provide a notification upon the dispensing of the associated packaged item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: FASTENERS FOR RETAIL, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory M. Bird, Shane Obitts, Gerald Matthew Szpak
  • Patent number: 8960495
    Abstract: A straw dispenser that hold two individual straws, sequentially selected from an inventory of straws. The upper straw is staged in a position to fall, and the lower straw is in a position made available to a person. The person grasps the available straw and pulls the same, which moves a lower movable part of the dispenser. The forward movement of the lower movable part allows the upper staged straw to fall downwardly to a transitory position, and during backward movement of the lower movable part the straw moves from the transitory position and is made available. At the same time a successive straw is selected from the inventory and held in the staged position. The person need not touch any other part of the dispenser or touch other straws to be dispensed. A subsequent straw cannot be dispensed until the available straw has been removed from the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Antonio Domit
  • Publication number: 20150039124
    Abstract: An automatic medication dispensing device for dispensing medication to a patient including a medication dispensing unit having at least one tablet dispensing cartridge for receiving and retaining a plurality of tablets. The cartridge is electronically controlled by a computer system configured to receive a signal and activate the cartridge to dispense a tablet. The cartridge has a tablet receiving space for receiving and retaining a plurality of tablets in a vertical stack and a tablet dispensing opening to allow for at least one tablet to be dispensed from the cartridge. A moveable ram is associated with the cartridge to engage a single tablet in the vertical stack and expel the single tablet from the cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Ronald Justin Mistovich, Patrick Daniel Kichinosuke Miller
  • Publication number: 20150028048
    Abstract: An automatic pill grasping apparatus includes an enclosure, a control chip, a pill grasping mechanism, and a pill storage mechanism. The enclosure includes a base. The pill grasping mechanism includes a grasping arm, a nozzle, and a driving mechanism. The nozzle being is engaged with the grasping arm, and the driving mechanism is attached to the base. The pill storage mechanism includes a plurality of pill storage cases for storing pills and an actuating mechanism attached to the base. The control chip is configured to control the actuating mechanism to rotate the plurality of pill storage cases in a first plane substantially parallel to the base and control the driving mechanism to rotate the grasping arm in a second plane perpendicular to the first plane, for rotating the nozzle to stretch into the one of the plurality of pill storage cases to pick a pill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: SZU-HAI HUANG, KUO-MING LAI, PEI-YI CHAN, JENG-CHE CHEN, TUI-CHIEN WU, PAO-HENG SHEN, CHAO-WEN SHIH, KING-LUNG HUANG, LAP-SHUN HUI
  • Publication number: 20150021348
    Abstract: A vending machine comprises a robotic arm and a pick mechanism that is coupled to the robotic arm. The pick mechanism is configured to retrieve a vendible product in the vending machine, and the robotic arm is configured to locate the pick mechanism at a location with a x-y coordinate that corresponds to the vendible product. The pick mechanism comprises a first roller, a second roller, and a belt that mechanically links the first and second rollers by forming a loop around the first and second rollers. The belt has a first portion and a second portion on opposing sides of the loop, and the second portion of the belt is coupled to the robotic arm. The pick mechanism further comprises a motor that is configured to rotate the first roller in order to translate the first and second portions of the belt in opposite directions to each other. The pick mechanism further comprises a picker arm extending in the z direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Philip Stinson
  • Publication number: 20140353327
    Abstract: An atypical pill dispensing apparatus. The atypical pill dispensing apparatus may include a pill depository, a pill transporter, and a controller. The pill depository accommodates atypical pills. The pill transporter includes: a housing including an inlet opening formed on one side to be provided with the atypical pills from the pill depository, and a discharging opening formed on the other side to discharge the atypical pills; a screw with one end disposed corresponding to the inlet opening and the other end disposed corresponding to the discharging opening so as to transport the atypical pills along a spiral when rotating; and a screw driver to rotate the screw. The controller enables the pill transporter to control the transportation of the atypical pills.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: INFOPIA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Byeong-Woo Bae, Keun-Young Kim
  • Publication number: 20140246451
    Abstract: A medicine feeding apparatus includes a cylindrical body 8, a first rotating body 9, and a second rotating body 10. The first rotating body 9 is disposed on the inner side of the cylindrical body 8, and together with the cylindrical body 8, constitutes a medicine storage section 42 capable of storing medicine. The first rotating body 9 can reciprocate in the axial direction of the cylindrical body 8, and can rotate about a first rotary axis. The second rotating body 10 is disposed on the outer circumference of an opening of the cylindrical body 8, and can rotate about a second rotary axis. This configuration has a function of smoothly performing automatic dispensing depending on the remaining amount of stored medicine while storing a large amount of medicine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: YUYAMA MFG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yuyama, Naoki Koike, Mitsuhiro Mitani, Masao Fukada
  • Patent number: 8805575
    Abstract: A method for delivering fasteners to a remote installation tool is provided. The method includes delivering a first fastener of a first type to a remote installation tool in response to receiving a request for a fastener of the first type from an operator and staging a second fastener of the first type for delivery to the remote installation tool. The staging begins prior to receiving a request for another fastener of the first type from the operator. The staging includes retrieving the second fastener of the first type from a storage location and transferring the second fastener of the first type from the storage location to a staging location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Daniel David Bloch, Robert E. Bender
  • Publication number: 20140197191
    Abstract: There is provided a vending machine that prevents a commodity receptacle from being damaged and a commodity from slipping out thereof by a shock due to falling even if a commodity receptacle undergoes free fall without requiring a complicated structure for preventing the commodity receptacle from undergoing free fall. When it is detected that the fall velocity of a bucket 60 falling due to disconnection of power supply to a second motor 72a of a bucket moving mechanism 70 is equal to or greater than a predetermined speed, a braking force for decelerating the fall velocity of the bucket 60 is intermittently generated and thereby the bucket 60 can be lowered to the lowest point at a speed slower than free fall. This configuration prevents the bucket 60 from being damaged and a commodity from slipping out thereof by a shock due to falling and does not require a complicated structure for preventing the bucket 60 from undergoing free fall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: SANDEN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masaru Ohkubo
  • Publication number: 20140150376
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is provided for handling loose objects having different physical characteristics, such as pharmaceutical drugs including, without limitation, oral solids in the form of pills, tablets, capsules and the like. Loose objects are loaded into individual canisters. A tooling assembly, comprising at least one canister drive mechanism, imaging sensor and package handler is mounted to a gantry assembly, can be translated through the cabinet via the gantry assembly to engage with particular canisters in accordance with unique and dynamic control parameters. Objects are dispensed from a canister directly to the desired packaging, such as a vial or “blister pack.” Additionally, a beneficially stronger blister pack container is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventor: Monroe T. Milton
  • Publication number: 20140151391
    Abstract: Disclosed are an apparatus for managing shelf control information for a multi-vending machine and a method thereof. The apparatus includes a shelf recognizing unit for recognizing whether a shelf is mounted; a column detecting unit for detecting whether a column mounted on the shelf exists; a column kind detecting unit for detecting a kind of columns; and a control unit for generating product control information based on information about the shelf, the column and the kind of columns detected by the shelf recognizing unit, the column detecting unit and the column kind detecting unit and storing the product control information in a memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: LOTTE ALUMINIUM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sung Chul JO
  • Publication number: 20140138398
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus for dispensing articles includes a housing and a drive system. The housing defines a hopper chamber to hold the articles, a dispensing outlet, and a dispensing path between the hopper chamber and the dispensing outlet. The drive system includes a belt and a belt actuator operable to drive the belt. The dispensing apparatus is configured such that articles disposed in the hopper chamber are directed onto the belt and the belt, when driven by the belt actuator, conveys the articles received from the hopper chamber in a dispensing direction along the dispensing path toward the dispensing outlet to be dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew P. Daniels, Steve Bouchelle, Mark I. Perisich
  • Publication number: 20140097195
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a remote automated dispensing unit (ADU) may include an enclosed cabinet, one or more locking mechanisms to keep the cabinet secure, one or more doors on the cabinet to allow access to the internal components, and a computer system that manages the dispensing of inventory. The ADU may include a mechanism for the dispensing of medications for individual patients including: one or more canisters for storing medications, one or more canister base stations for securing the one or more canisters to the ADU, and a chute and funnel system for the guidance of medications as they fall from the canisters into a packaging station for packaging medications into packages for particular patients. One or more sensors may be used to detect misdispensing of medications, and a combination of sensors and operating sequences may be used to reduce the amount of misdispensed medication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Alixa Rx LLC
    Inventors: Philip M. Anthony, Huan Nguyen, Ronald Silva, Larry Deans, Maryann Tomechko
  • Publication number: 20140097194
    Abstract: An automatic pill dispenser includes a chassis, a top cover located on the chassis, a fetch box, a pill box, and a pill fetching device. The pill fetching device includes a rotation arm and a picker. The rotation arm can move into the pill box to fetch a pill and move the picker from the pill box to the fetching box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventor: KUO-MING LAI
  • Publication number: 20140069951
    Abstract: The invention pertains to an electric apparatus with a sensor detection system for detecting the presence and/or movement of human beings within a predetermined proximity of the electric apparatus, the sensor detection system generating an electric output signal for controlling the electric apparatus. The sensor detection system comprises at least two sensors wherein a first sensor is designed for monitoring gross parameters of presence and/or movement and wherein a second sensor is designed for monitoring precise parameters of presence and/or movement. The second sensor is electrically post-connected to the first sensor such that the second sensor is activated depending on a first sensor signal of the first sensor upon gross detection of presence and/or movement by the first sensor, and generating a second sensor signal upon precise detection of presence and/or movement, the second sensor signal constituting the output signal of the sensor detection system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: EnOcean GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Schmidt, Jim O'Callaghan, Eugene You
  • Patent number: 8651320
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing open-ended objects such as pharmaceutical vials includes: a housing having an internal cavity configured to house open-ended objects, the housing including a guide and a floor; a pick-up unit mounted to the housing, the pick-up unit including an endless member and at least one pick-up member attached to the endless member; and a drive unit. The endless member engages the drive unit and the guide for movement relative thereto. As the drive unit drives the endless member, the at least one pick-up member travels on a pick-up path, at least a portion of which is within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jody DuMond, Charles H. Guthrie, Joseph C. Moran, Jr., Demetris P. Young, George Raymond Abrams, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8631967
    Abstract: A method for preventing recalibration of an automated product dispenser, a sensor protector for a product dispenser, and a product dispenser including a housing having a sensor area, a capacitive sensor adjacent a first surface of the sensor area of the housing, where the sensor has a target sensing area extending through the first surface and beyond a second surface of the housing opposite the first surface in a direction away from the first surface and a sensor protector which includes a plurality of spaced apart projections extending from the second surface in the direction away from the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: Dikran Babikian
  • Publication number: 20140001195
    Abstract: The cup singulation device of the present disclosure is an automated device, thus eliminating problems associated with users not able to extract single cups at a time, or destroying product by using too much force when doing so. A controller controls a cup holding table to present stacks of cups to an gripping device that grips and removes a single cup. A latch mechanism on the cup holder can hold the remainder of the stack in place to make sure that only one cup is removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: Manitowoc Foodservice Companies, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas PATTERSON, Kenneth LUNDBERG
  • Publication number: 20130334243
    Abstract: A medicine feeding device is configured by providing a first rotor that rotates around a first shaft, a second rotor that rotates around a second shaft, a partition wall extending from the second rotor towards the first rotor, a medicine discharge port provided on the outside of the second rotor, a medicine guide section located in the downstream of a movement section in the medicine transport direction, and a height regulator disposed between the movement section and medicine guide section. In addition, the width regulator that is disposed between the medicine guide section and the height regulator is further provided. Also, a medicine counting device is further provided with a medicine detection means for detecting the medicine that is supplied from the medicine discharge port, and a counting means (central control unit) for counting the medicines based on the detection performed by the medicine detection means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
  • Publication number: 20130334244
    Abstract: A medicine feeding device is configured by providing a first rotor that rotates around a first shaft, a second rotor that rotates around a second shaft, a partition wall extending from the second rotor towards the first rotor, a medicine discharge port provided on the outside of the second rotor, a medicine guide section located in the downstream of a movement section in the medicine transport direction, and a height regulator disposed between the movement section and medicine guide section. In addition, the width regulator that is disposed between the medicine guide section and the height regulator is further provided. Also, a medicine counting device is further provided with a medicine detection means for detecting the medicine that is supplied from the medicine discharge port, and a counting means (central control unit) for counting the medicines based on the detection performed by the medicine detection means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
  • Publication number: 20130334242
    Abstract: A medicine feeding device is configured by providing a first rotor that rotates around a first shaft, a second rotor that rotates around a second shaft, a partition wall extending from the second rotor towards the first rotor, a medicine discharge port provided on the outside of the second rotor, a medicine guide section located in the downstream of a movement section in the medicine transport direction, and a height regulator disposed between the movement section and medicine guide section. In addition, the width regulator that is disposed between the medicine guide section and the height regulator is further provided. Also, a medicine counting device is further provided with a medicine detection means for detecting the medicine that is supplied from the medicine discharge port, and a counting means (central control unit) for counting the medicines based on the detection performed by the medicine detection means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
  • Patent number: 8610574
    Abstract: An item storage facility that includes a resident programmable subcontroller, at least one stand, a one circuit board having a plurality of elongated openings therein supported on the stand, and a plurality of connectors resident on the circuit board and in communication with the subcontroller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Gerald Isaac Kestenbaum
  • Publication number: 20130284755
    Abstract: A medicine feeding device is configured by providing a first rotor 23 that rotates around a first shaft 24, a second rotor 35 that rotates around a second shaft, a partition wall 18 extending from the second rotor 35 towards the first rotor 23, a medicine discharge port 73 provided on the outside of the second rotor 35, a medicine guide section 65 located in the downstream of a movement section 37 in the medicine transport direction, and a height regulator 41 disposed between the movement section 37 and medicine guide section 65. In addition, the width regulator 52 that is disposed between the medicine guide section 65 and the height regulator 41 is further provided. Also, the medicine counting device is further provided with a medicine detection means 70 for detecting a medicine that is supplied from the medicine discharge port 73, and a counting means (central control unit 83) for counting the medicines based on the detection by the medicine detection means 70.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yuyama, Naoki Koike, Mitsuhiro Mitani, Masao Fukuda
  • Patent number: 8556120
    Abstract: Disclosed is a technology of discharging, from a drug cartridge, a drug instructed to discharge, while managing a plurality of drugs stored in a drug cartridge. The technology makes it possible to correctly discharge the drugs even when the dosing order of the drugs is changed. A medical agent dispenser has: a main body case (1); an annular drug cartridge (2) which is housed in the main body case (1) and has a plurality of holders (3) at equal intervals in the longitudinal direction; a discharge mechanism (7) which discharges the drugs from the holders (3); and an input interface (6) which receives operations of leading the drug to be discharged. Based on the number of operations the input interface (6) has received, gears (4a, 4b), i.e., rotating mechanisms which rotationally transfer the drug cartridge (2), are controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ando, Kaoru Shigematsu, Toshiki Matsumoto, Yuichi Sugiue
  • Patent number: 8558659
    Abstract: A medical supply station is disclosed. The medical supply station includes a securable compartment configured to hold medical supplies, and a controller. The controller is responsive to access information and is configured to selectively permit access to the securable compartment when the access information indicates the securable compartment is authorized for access, and restrict access to the securable compartment when the access information indicates the securable compartment is not authorized for access. The medical supply station also includes a critical access module configured to, upon actuation, bypass the access information required by the controller and permit substantially immediate access to the securable compartment. The medical supply station further includes an image capturing device, coupled to the critical access module, configured to capture at least one image of an area proximal to the medical supply station in response to actuation of the critical access module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventor: Graham Ross
  • 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: 8499967
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing solid articles includes a housing and at least one vacuum source. The housing defines a hopper chamber to hold the articles and a dispensing channel fluidly connected to the hopper chamber. The dispensing channel has an inlet and an outlet defining a dispensing flow path therebetween. The vacuum source is adapted to provide a vacuum pressure and induce a gas flow in the housing. The apparatus is configured to generate a forward drive gas flow from the vacuum pressure and induced gas flow, and the forward drive gas flow conveys articles through the dispensing channel along the dispensing flow path in a direction from the inlet to the outlet to dispense the articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Richard D. Michelli
  • Publication number: 20130186908
    Abstract: A feeding apparatus of capsules to a brewing device of an automatic beverage vending machine; the feeding apparatus comprising two stores for respective types of capsules; an outlet device, common to the two stores, to feed the capsules to the brewing device; and, for each store, dispensing means of the respective capsules one by one; and orientating means configured to give the capsules a determined final orientation before they are dispensed to the brewing device; the feeding apparatus also comprising detecting means to detect whether or not a capsule is present inside the outlet device; and control means for stopping the dispensing means of both stores and preventing further capsules from being dispensed in response to a capsule-presence signal emitted by the detecting means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: N&W GLOBAL VENDING S.p.A.
    Inventor: N&W GLOBAL VENDING S.p.A.
  • Patent number: 8467899
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing solid pharmaceutical articles includes a housing, a drive mechanism and a sensor system. The housing defines a dispensing passage having a dispensing inlet and a dispensing outlet downstream of the dispensing inlet. The drive mechanism serves to force the articles along a path through the dispensing passage between the dispensing inlet and the dispensing outlet. The sensor system includes first and second sensors operative to detect articles passing through the dispensing passage and a controller to receive and use detection signals from the first and second sensors to monitor dispensing performance of the apparatus. The first and second sensors are spaced apart along the dispensing channel such that the second sensor is located downstream of the first sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: PARATA Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Edward Joseph Karwacki, Jr., Richard D. Michelli, David Newcomb
  • Patent number: 8453874
    Abstract: A dispenser (200) and method for dispensing pills to patients from cartridges (224) featuring downloadable remotely programmable timer (1B) and network communications links (504), alerting timer, databasing, printer, and battery (60).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventors: Edwin C. Simpson, Mary Carson
  • Patent number: 8424716
    Abstract: The present invention concerns apparatus for efficiently dispensing and applying a wristband identification bracelet that is meant for attachment around an extremity of an animal or person. The apparatus is provided with a supply of identity bands that are adapted to become a bracelet by having a first portion of the band affixed to a second portion to form a continuous loop around the extremity. The extremity is positioned within a receptacle in the apparatus, permitting the identification band to be wrapped closely around the extremity by the band fixing mechanism of the apparatus. The identification band is fixed to itself to form a bracelet, so as to prevent its removal from the extremity without damaging the integrity of the bracelet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: RFID n Print Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Bruce Ian Hegan, Leigh H. Turner
  • Publication number: 20130092700
    Abstract: Invention describes apparatus automating pharmacy operations. Apparatus includes portable vending cartridges, cartridge transport components, automatic vending modules, controllers. Cartridge contains conveyor transporting containers with medications secured inside carriers. Cartridges slide-into receptacles inside vending module. Controllers monitor in real-time presence of cartridges, inventory of carries and containers with medications, and execute controls, including: indexing conveyors; loading and/or unloading medications in/from carriers; maintaining medications within specifications—environment, handling, safety with reports confirming compliance. Controllers execute in real-time optimization algorithm to achieve required performance: rates of medications loading/unloading, power consumption.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventor: Zachary Leonid Braunstein
  • Patent number: 8417378
    Abstract: A portable, medication dispensing device which dispenses prepackaged pill strands of medication from a secure, storage compartment through a mechanism which physically limits the quantity dispensed per a pre-programmed protocol. The device has a detachable storage component which can be filled by trained clinical or pharmacy staff, which can be locked. The device has a dispensing mechanism, which employs a user-powered, hub to advance a pill strand of pre-packaged medications, when appropriate. This advancing hub is secured from advancing inappropriately by a locking mechanism where a sturdy piston is moved into and out of recesses in the rounded surface of the hub. The device also contains standard electronic components, including a power source, central processing unit (CPU), visual and auditory outputs, and communications ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventor: Matthew I. Joslyn
  • Patent number: 8397948
    Abstract: A dispensing device may include a main body including a wall having a dispensing mouth defined in the wall; a storage portion, wherein the storage portion is retained by the main body; and a conveyance path providing communication between the storage portion and the dispensing mouth. In addition, the dispensing device may include a conveyor disposed in the conveyance path; a drive motor mechanically coupled to the conveyor; and a sensor, wherein the sensor is directly or indirectly electrically coupled to the drive motor and the sensor is in optical communication with the environment proximate to the dispensing mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen B. Mills, Stevenson Tom
  • Patent number: 8393495
    Abstract: Provided are an automatic tablet dispenser of an automatic medicine packing machine, and a tablet supply method thereof, which are capable of automatically packing various-shaped tablets, and accurately, cleanly and rapidly distributing the tablets without missing any. The automatic table dispenser which is installed in a medicine packing machine for automatically packing tablets, includes: a body including a space for containing the tablets therein and a guide track for guiding the tablets contained in the space upward from a bottom of the body; and a driver vibrating the body so that the tablets contained in the space of the body are transferred upward along the guide track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Cretem Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ho-yeon Kim