With Transparent Inspecting Or Viewing Means Patents (Class 221/155)
  • Patent number: 10195611
    Abstract: A pipette tip orienting apparatus includes a hopper adapted for receiving one or more pipette tips. A first alignment comb is inserted thorugh the hopper for orienting pipette tips inside the hopper. A second alignment comb is inserted through the hopper for orienting the pipette tips for delivery to a pipette tip rack. The first and second alignment combs are positioned perpendicular to one another through the hopper. Pipette tips are delivered to wells in a pipette tip rack by removing the alignment combs sequentially from the hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: Chris Bostick, Emily Despeaux, Tyler Davis, Alice Han, William Mandler, Kelly Pisane
  • Patent number: 10145742
    Abstract: The instant disclosure provides a probe cover dispensing device including a base and an elastic element. The base includes a housing unit, a probe cover dispensing unit and a connection unit disposed between the housing unit and the probe cover dispensing unit. The probe cover dispenser unit can rotate between a first predetermined position and a second predetermined position relative to the housing unit through the connection unit. The elastic element is disposed in the housing unit to apply a pressure on a probe cover which is disposed in the housing unit. The probe cover is abutted by the elastic element and limited in the housing unit. When the probe cover dispensing unit rotates from the first predetermined position to the second predetermined position, a sliding groove may be formed between the housing unit and the probe cover dispenser unit for the probe cover to slide therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: RADIANT INNOVATION INC.
    Inventors: Tseng-Lung Lin, Chin-Hui Ku
  • Patent number: 10115945
    Abstract: A battery package includes a card, a cover attached to the card, and a tray positioned between the card and the cover. The cover includes an opening and a door. The door is movable between an open position and a closed position. The tray includes multiple receptacles. The battery package further includes multiple batteries and multiple tabs. Each battery is positioned within one of the receptacles. Each tab is removably attached to one of the batteries. The tray is rotatable relative to the card and the cover to selectively align one of the receptacles with the opening in a battery removal position. With the door in the open position, the tab attached to the battery in the receptacle in the battery removal position is accessible through the opening which provides an arc of access of at least 90 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: SPECTRUM BRANDS, INC.
    Inventors: William R. Dorr, Christopher A. Harris, Dave Young, Tom Anderson, Jason Lahaye, Marek Kokoszka, Dan R. Teteak
  • Patent number: 10106318
    Abstract: A bag dispenser having a housing adapted to receive plastic bags. The housing has a front end, a back end that is spaced apart from the front end, a top side, a bottom side that is spaced apart from the top side, a left side, a right side that is spaced apart from the left side, a front opening that is disposed at the front end, and a pair of back openings that are disposed at the back end. The housing defines an interior space adapted to removably hold the plastic bags. The bag dispenser also comprises a means for attaching the housing to another object. A method for removably holding plastic bags in a bag dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Bob Needham
  • Patent number: 10093469
    Abstract: A battery package includes a card, a cover attached to the card, a tray positioned between the card and the cover, batteries, and tabs. The cover includes an opening and a door. The door is movable between an open position to provide access to the opening and a closed position. The tray includes a plurality of receptacles in which are positioned the batteries. Each tab is removably attached to one of the batteries and is positioned between the cover and the battery. The tray is rotatable relative to the card and the cover about an axis of rotation to selectively align one of the receptacles with the opening in a battery removal position. With the door in the open position, the tab attached to the battery in the receptacle in the battery removal position is accessible through the opening from the front of the cover and the peripheral edge of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: SPECTRUM BRANDS, INC.
    Inventors: William R. Dorr, Christopher A. Harris, Dave Young, Tom Anderson, Jason Lahaye, Marek Kokoszka, Dan R. Teteak
  • Patent number: 9956813
    Abstract: A dispenser for opening a tape like packaging comprising first and second films releasably connected to each other, forming envelopes sealed around an object, and disposed sequentially with a predetermined pitch. The dispenser comprises a space for holding a container of the packaging, a separator through which the packaging can be passed, for spreading apart and separating the films at an outlet thereof when a pulling force is acting on said first and second films, thereby opening envelopes and releasing the objects contained therein, and means for winding up separated first and second films of the tape like packaging. The separator further comprises a cover member that is articulated to the dispenser to be movable between a closed position and an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Merck Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Gerard Muller, Mathieu Arrault, Jean-Jacques Richert
  • Patent number: 9954208
    Abstract: A battery package includes a card, a cover attached to the card, and a tray positioned between the card and the cover. The cover includes a body having an opening and a door with the door movable between an open position to provide access to the opening and a closed position in which the door closes the opening. The tray includes multiple receptacles arranged symmetrically about a central post. The front surface of the central post is spaced apart from the interior surface of the front portion of the cover by a distance. The battery package also includes multiple batteries and multiple tabs. The tray is rotatable to selectively align one of the receptacles with the opening in a battery removal position. With the door in the open position, the tab attached to the battery in the receptacle in the battery removal position is accessible through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: SPECTRUM BRANDS, INC.
    Inventors: William R. Dorr, Christopher A. Harris, Dave Young, Tom Anderson, Jason Lahaye, Marek Kokoszka, Dan R. Teteak
  • Patent number: 9908767
    Abstract: In many aspects, a system for a beverage dispenser can include a detector, a touch screen, and a control unit electrically coupled to the touch screen and detector. The control unit is configured to implement a method. In the method, a first graphical configuration is sent to the touch screen for display during an operational mode. A sleep mode is entered after detecting no motion events from the detector after a predetermined amount of time. A second graphical configuration is sent to the touch screen for display or the touch screen is turned off as a result of entering the sleep mode. A motion event is then detected in proximity to the detector, and as a result, the sleep mode is discontinued, and the operational mode is activated, and the first graphical configuration is sent to the touch screen for redisplay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Martindale, Thomas R. Hecht
  • Patent number: 9695005
    Abstract: A paper-sheet counting machine (10) includes: a recognition and counting unit (24) configured to count paper sheets; a stacking unit (26) configured to stack therein the paper sheets that have been counted by the recognition and counting unit (24), an opening being provided in a front face of the stacking unit (26); a rotary guide unit (28) provided to the stacking unit (26) and configured to allow the paper sheets that have been counted by the recognition and counting unit (24) to be stacked in the stacking unit (26); a shutter (40) configured to close the opening provided in the front face of the stacking unit (26); a shutter drive unit (50) configured to drive the shutter (40) to open and close the opening provided in the front face of the stacking unit (26); and a control unit (70) configured to control the shutter drive unit (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventors: Manabu Hirano, Fumiaki Koga, Tomoyasu Sato
  • Patent number: 9593811
    Abstract: A retrofit LED lamp assembly and retrofitting method for use in a vending machine. The retrofit LED assembly having a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) and a power connector adapted to connect to a source of power within a vending machine. A power regulating circuit adjustably controls the amount of power provided to the LEDs in response to control signals received by a communication circuit in the lamp assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: ELLENBY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Bob M. Dobbins, Louis J. Frontino, Philip R. Reger, Paul L. Mason
  • Patent number: 9390577
    Abstract: A system and method for optimizing the utilization of inventory space for articles dispensable from an article dispensing machine is provided. A subset of articles in the article dispensing machine may be targeted for removal for various purposes. Based on a list of the subset of articles, the article dispensing machine may move the subset of articles from a storage unit to a predetermined area, such as a merchandising zone of the storage unit or a separate article removal bin. The subset of articles may be removed from the predetermined area, followed by loading of new articles to the predetermined area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: REDBOX AUTOMATED RETAIL, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Franklin Smith, William Martinka, Jim Polubinski
  • Patent number: 9226598
    Abstract: A single-serve, sanitary, gravity-feed cutlery dispensing system without moving parts that holds 4-to-5 times the cutlery in prior art dispensers. Its base unit holds multiple refillable dispensing modules each having a valley at the bottom of a vertically-extending storage channel with a length dimension shorter than the cutlery housed therein, thus stored utensils have angled stacking while moving downwardly toward the valley. When one end of the bottommost utensil engages the valley, it becomes locked into a horizontally-extending dispensing position with opposing end user accessible. The utensil in the dispensing position blocks removal of stacked utensils remaining in the channel. Only withdrawal of the bottommost utensil causes a next utensil to drop down into the locked dispensing position. This arrangement also prevents reinsertion of dispensed utensils. Cutlery of any design is usable with the dispensing system, and dispensing occurs equally well with the handle or opposite end engaging the valley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventors: William J Knope, Frank L Lenge
  • Patent number: 9016516
    Abstract: Pharmaceutical product dispensers (e.g., in the shape of a common ink pen) are operable to indicate information regarding a dosing schedule of a pharmaceutical product dispensable from the dispenser. Embodiments of the dispensers may include a plurality of dosing segments, each corresponding to a different dose of the pharmaceutical product. Actuation of an actuator may result in interaction between the actuator and the pharmaceutical product storage area such that a dose of pharmaceutical product contained in the pharmaceutical product storage area is dispensed, along with a corresponding advancement of the plurality of dosing segments. The dispenser may also include one or more locks to prevent unauthorized access to the pharmaceutical product (e.g., by a child or the like). Furthermore, the pharmaceutical product dispenser may include a disabling mechanism to permanently disable actuation of the actuator of the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Mallinckrodt LLC
    Inventors: Vernon D. Ortenzi, Robert J. Ziemba, Frank M. Lewis, Geoffrey S. Strobl
  • Patent number: 8978925
    Abstract: A paper towel cabinet includes a first side wall and a second side wall, a pivotally mounted front wall defining a door, a back wall extending between the side walls, and a paper towel tray having an opening to provide access to paper towels. The paper towel cabinet also includes a module assembly comprising a first module having a front surface extending transversely relative to the first side wall and toward the second side wall. When the door is in an open position, the front surface prevents paper towels leaning toward the door from falling out of the cabinet. The cabinet also includes a bar mounted proximate to the opening and having a length extending between the side walls. The bar is positioned between a stack of paper towels and the opening when the stack of paper towels is placed on the paper towel tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: Dikran Babikian
  • Patent number: 8955714
    Abstract: An apparatus for containing, transporting, dispensing and keeping an inventory of a plurality of same size cleco type fasteners has a tubular housing with an interior bore dimensioned to receive the plurality of cleco type fasteners through a proximal opening on the housing that is closed by a removable closure device. The distal end of the housing has a retention device that retains the forward most cleco type fastener inserted into the housing interior bore with a sufficient force that prevents the forward most cleco type fastener from being unintentionally removed from the housing distal end, but allows the forward most cleco type fastener to be manually grasped and pulled from the housing distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Mark Brzon, Brian Louis Trimmell
  • Patent number: 8820575
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure include a vending machine retrofitted with digital signage. According to an embodiment, a display panel is affixed to the window; a media player is coupled to the display panel; a cellular wide area network (WAN) radio is coupled to the media player; and a cellular antenna is coupled to the cellular WAN radio and affixed to the top surface of the vending machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Convergent Media Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Nicholson
  • Patent number: 8770436
    Abstract: A vending machine integrated table with a game function attached to automatically dispense product, or to sell product by causing the product to be acquired through manual operations by the user. The vending machine integrated table is provided with at least a top plate, and a vending machine beneath the top plate. The top plate is provided with one of either a displaying and accepting mechanism for displaying products that can be sold by the vending machine, and accepting instructions from users, or a window portion through which a product housing section that houses products can be visually confirmed. A product conveyor conveys product contained in the product housing section to a product dispensing slot provided at the product housing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: BLD Oriental, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasushi Ochi
  • Patent number: 8727178
    Abstract: A condiment packet dispenser that includes a cylindrical shaped housing containing an open top with a plurality of radially partitioned chambers. Each chamber contains a cylindrical shaped container that stores individual condiment packets in a radial manner. The dispenser is operated by pushing a button which sends a signal to a motor control board. The motor control board powers a motor having a spur gear which turns the selected condiment container until the condiment packet is aligned with a drop chute. The packet then falls thru the drop chute and is available for picking up by the customer. There is also a cylindrical shaped top lid which is removable when new condiments need to be loaded to replenish the dispenser. The condiment dispenser sits on top of a base stand that may either be rigidly mounted or may be rotated to choose a condiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventors: Irene Carter, Roger Henry Gagnon
  • Publication number: 20140131377
    Abstract: The concept of “POOP-UP” is a pet leash retractor with a reflective leash. This device would be similar in construction to a standard retractable leash, with spring-loaded retracting unit. The unit would measure approximately 9 to 10 inches long, 3 inches wide, and 6 inches high, with a rear handle and release trigger. However the leash itself would feature a reflective or glowing design. In addition the unit would feature a button storage chamber that could store a battery-operated waste bag dispenser. The dispenser with feature a window to allow the user to see when the bags need refilled, and would have a top activation that would allow user to easily dispense a single bag. To use the POOP-UP the owner would simply attach the leash to the Pets collar as normal. The owner could then take the pet for a walk at night while secure knowledge that he/she and the pet could be easily be seen by motorist, bicyclists, and other. pedestrians.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Selma Rogers
  • Publication number: 20140124527
    Abstract: An automated produce department has a housing at least partially enclosing a display area and a window for viewing the display area. A plurality of produce supports each support a plurality of packages of produce in a vertical stack. The produce supports are disposed in a horizontal array such that the supports cooperate to display produce as a horizontal display viewable through the viewing window. Each of the produce supports have a vertically adjustable platform such that the platforms may be adjusted to position an uppermost package of produce in each of the vertical stacks at a display level generally in a display plane, and the uppermost packages are viewable through the viewing window. A retrieval system retrieves a package of produce from any of the produce supports and delivers the package to an output area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: South Essex Fabricating Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Quiring, David Knelsen Dyck
  • Patent number: 8712833
    Abstract: The subject application is directed to a system and method for selective control of advertising messages on distributed document processing devices. Device identification data is first received corresponding to the identity of networked document processing devices available for display of selected advertising content. Device selection data representing a selected subset of the networked document processing devices is then received, with the selection made in accordance with the received identification data. Next, customization data is received corresponding to a selected display parameter associated with the selected advertising content. The selected advertising content and the received customization data are then communicated to each of the networked document processing devices in the selected subset. Each of the document processing devices then commences the display of the selected advertising content in accordance with the customization data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tony T. Quach, Peter Tran
  • Patent number: 8646650
    Abstract: Dispensing systems and methods are disclosed that provide controlled advancement of product and provide controlled access to product stored within the system. Embodiments include a product pushing device having a track and a pusher that urges product stored on the track forward. Certain embodiments include mechanisms to limit the forward progression of the pusher along the track, such as a brake mechanism, and certain embodiments include mechanisms to block access to product located on the track. Some embodiments include mechanisms for providing a time delay in between the vending of products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Rock-Tenn Shared Services, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas A. Lockwood, Roger K. Miller
  • Patent number: 8640915
    Abstract: A gumball machine has a gumball container that holds a plurality of gumballs, a neck portion coupled to the gumball container and having an actuator and a gumball dispensing assembly that is coupled to the actuator for simultaneously releasing a plurality of gumballs from the gumball container when the actuator is actuated. The gumball machine also has a plurality of cylindrical supports, each having an upper end coupled to the neck portion, and a lower end having a side opening. A base is coupled to the lower end of each cylindrical support and has a bottom portion that is seated on a surface. Each side opening of each cylindrical support is positioned adjacent a ramp such that a gumball travelling through the cylindrical support is dispensed via the side opening to the ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Sweet N Fun, Ltd.
    Inventor: Francis M Arcega
  • Publication number: 20140014675
    Abstract: A hygienic container having a transport configuration and a service configuration. The hygienic container is made up of multiple individual parts (2,3,4,5,6,7) and the packing volume of the hygienic container in the transport configuration is less than or equal to 50% of the packing volume of the hygienic container in the service configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Fabian Ingvarsson, Viktor Andersson
  • Patent number: 8527089
    Abstract: A dispensing machine for dispensing items to customers comprising a cabinet having at least one window, a plurality of supports for supporting a plurality of different items to be dispensed to customers, a pointing device for selecting a desired item from the plurality of items, an indicator associated with the pointing device and operable to provide an indication, visible through the window, of which item is being selected by the pointing device without dispensing said selected item, and a dispensing mechanism for dispensing the selected item in response to a dispensing instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Mars, Inc.
    Inventors: David Meacock, Neil Harrington
  • Publication number: 20130213994
    Abstract: A gumball machine has a gumball container that holds a plurality of gumballs, a neck portion coupled to the gumball container and having an actuator and a gumball dispensing assembly that is coupled to the actuator for simultaneously releasing a plurality of gumballs from the gumball container when the actuator is actuated. The gumball machine also has a plurality of cylindrical supports, each having an upper end coupled to the neck portion, and a lower end having a side opening. A base is coupled to the lower end of each cylindrical support and has a bottom portion that is seated on a surface. Each side opening of each cylindrical support is positioned adjacent a ramp such that a gumball travelling through the cylindrical support is dispensed via the side opening to the ramp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: SWEEN N FUN LTD.
    Inventor: Francis M. Arcega
  • Patent number: 8443854
    Abstract: Two components slide with respect to one another, and hold a stack of cards. A first component includes three members extending into a chamber formed by its C-shaped cross-section. When the components are slid apart, the first card in the stack is partially exposed. The card is pushed back past the outer members providing resistance to prevent the cards from moving while allowing only the top card to be pushed past the outer appendages to expose the next card. When the components are pushed together, a bump on an L-shaped component assures that the cards are aligned in a stack. The two outer members include tangs at their terminations that retain a stack of cards within the chamber and prevent them from sliding past. Between the outer members, a central spring extends in an angled configuration into the chamber and presses against the cards and frictionally retains them in position within the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Long
  • Patent number: 8417376
    Abstract: A method and device utilizing touch screen transparent LED means is shown for viewing a number of products, selecting one or more for investigation by displaying information concerning the selected items, choosing one for removal from the display of items and delivering the chosen item to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventor: Christopher M. Smolen
  • Publication number: 20120298688
    Abstract: A robotic retail wall is presented allowing for the dispensing of merchandise within a retail location. The robotic wall includes commodity products and robotics that pick and deliver products to consumers in response to input at a kiosk. The robotics and products are separated from a retail space by a transparent barrier, allowing consumers in the retail space to view the actions of the robotics in retrieving a product. Behind the robotic wall is a product stocking area, where commodity products can be added to the robotic wall with assistance from the robotics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: BBY SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Chad Stiernagle
  • Publication number: 20120298687
    Abstract: A gumball machine includes a gumball container that holds a plurality of gumballs, a neck portion coupled to the gumball container, the neck portion having a coin slot for receiving a coin, and a gumball dispensing assembly that releases a gumball from the gumball container when a coin is inserted into the coin slot. The gumball machine further includes an elongated housing having an upper end coupled to the neck portion, the housing holding coins that have been inserted through the coin slot. A base is coupled to the lower end of the housing and has a bottom portion that is seated on a surface. A spiral ramp has a mouth coupled to the neck portion, the spiral ramp connected around the housing for allowing a dispensed gumball to roll downwardly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventor: Chi Yin Yeung
  • Publication number: 20120286038
    Abstract: A sanitary dispensing device for dispensing and storing products is disclosed. The sanitary dispensing device comprises a product display area for displaying products or pictures of products, product selection switches for selecting a product for purchase, a payment exchange area for receiving payment, and a product retrieval area for retrieving purchased products. The sanitary dispensing device further comprises a removable display for displaying information such as product information, instructional information, or dynamic advertising. The sanitary dispensing device further comprises an ultraviolet light module for performing sterilization procedures on the products, product packages, and currency. The sanitary dispensing device further comprises a hands sterilization module for sterilizing a user's hands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventor: Ming-Yuan WU
  • Publication number: 20120255968
    Abstract: A carton for dispensing consumable wrapped products, such as cereal bars, power bars, granola bars or other snacks. The carton may include a front panel, a back panel, opposing side panels, a top panel and a bottom panel. The carton may include a perforated opening portion that is removable from the carton and defines an opening through which one or more products may be dispensed. The carton may also include an inventory window that allows visual access to one or more products within the carton.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Applicant: THE QUAKER OATS COMPANY
    Inventors: ALLISON NICOLE KARAY, JULIE ALLYSON SALIBA, LINDSAY MARIE DELANEY, RACHEL LEVIN FIELY
  • Publication number: 20120199601
    Abstract: A container device for storing, singulating and dispensing rigid and semi-rigid strips such as diagnostic test strips. A plurality of strips is contained and protected within a transparent container having an internal capture element for capturing and positioning a single strip adjacent a narrow normally-closed dispensing aperture. The aperture is exposed by rotating a spring-loaded container top cap to an open position. A detachable container base cap contains a desiccant and is replaceable. An optional stand stores the device in an upright position, and incorporates a tool to facilitate removal of the base cap for replenishing the container's contents or replacing the desiccant. A radio frequency identification (RFID) tag can be incorporated for electronic inventory control. The device can also be used as an integrated test strip container/single strip dispensing means for an automated analyte meter module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventor: Kevin G. Sawa
  • Publication number: 20120193372
    Abstract: A medical dispenser for storing and dispensing electrodes includes a housing having a front member and a back member, at least one electrode strip disposed between the front member and the back member of the housing and an actuator mounted to the front member of the housing and adapted to engage the at least one electrode strip. The electrode strip includes a strip member and a plurality of electrodes mounted to the strip member. The actuator is movable relative to the front member such that movement of the actuator results in corresponding movement of the at least one electrode strip to dispense an electrode from the housing. The actuator may be adapted to engage an electrode of the at least one electrode strip. In one embodiment, the actuator is adapted to engage a male terminal of the electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Scott Coggins, Rachel Starr, Scott Holmes, Steve T. Wilson, David R. Swisher, David T. Middleton, JR., Michael W. Konieczny, Robert L. Naas, Paul Eric Carlson
  • Patent number: 8170713
    Abstract: An improved method and apparatus for selection of vendible products provides designated product reference areas at a refrigerated double glass front vending machine for making viewable product selections thereon by applying a light tap at its outer glass pane and sensing the tap location by three or more spaced apart resilient members each having its first portion attached at the inner glass pane. The resilient member's second portion suspends an inertia mass that reciprocates at a predetermined rate due to the inertia mass weight and the resiliency of the suspending member. A sensor senses the reciprocating movement in response to the light tap. The location of the tap is determined by measuring the arrival time of each predetermined signal produced by the first resonating alternation of its attached resiliently suspended inertia mass during the first rearward movement of the inner glass pane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Coin Acceptors, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Levasseur, Mark Leibu
  • Publication number: 20120067917
    Abstract: A merchandise dispensing apparatus for providing theft deterrence includes a housing defining an interior space adapted to hold a plurality of associated products. A vending door is mounted to the housing for selectively allowing access to the interior space. A bar is provided on which the associated products are supported, the bar extending in the interior space of the housing. An advancing assembly is disposed in the housing for urging product supported on the bar in a direction towards the vending door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventors: Shane Obitts, Gregory M. Bird, Gerald Szpak
  • Publication number: 20120048878
    Abstract: The invention relates to a modular automated tool dispenser comprising at least one tool delivery module with at least one tool compartment containing a plurality of tools that are combined to form tool classes and with a plurality of tool conveying devices, each device being associated with one of the tool classes and conveying tools of one class to a tool delivery point. Each tool class is defined by the tool type, tool size and/or the tool weight as a tool parameter. The dispenser also comprises a tool selection device for selecting the desired tool class and the number of tools to be delivered and for activating the tool conveying device that is associated with the selected tool class.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: Guehring OHG
    Inventors: Hans Bürger, Steffen Klaus Lang
  • Publication number: 20120012607
    Abstract: A product dispenser particularly suited for relatively thin products such as packs of gum incorporates a housing with a front wall that pivots downwardly to allow the interior to be stocked with the product. The front wall includes a slot opening and a tray extends through the slot opening to dispense product. The handle of the tray is pulled away from the unit causing the tray to push the lowest most product through the slot pushed by a raised rear portion of the tray. The raised rear portion also prevents the next lowest product from falling on the tray when it is in extended position. The tray is then retracted by a spring, and the next lower product drops on the tray and is ready for dispensing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventors: James J. Kopco, Joseph L. Walton
  • Publication number: 20110315707
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing tissue paper, in particular kitchen paper, kitchen towels, facial tissues, toilet paper and/or napkins. The dispenser includes an inner core for receiving the tissue paper to be dispensed. The inner core has a dispensing opening for dispensing the tissue paper. The dispenser includes an outer shell arranged to receive the inner core. The outer shell has a dispensing opening which is aligned with the dispensing opening of the inner core when received in the outer shell. The outer shell has at least one long side and at least one short side. The outer shell has at least one open side situated perpendicular to the wall carrying the dispensing opening of the outer shell and is situated in the long side. The inner core is insertable into the outer shell in a direction perpendicular to the long side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventor: Stina Kleinhuber
  • Publication number: 20110315706
    Abstract: A system for controlling advancement of and access to product housed within a device. Systems and devices include a pushing assembly having a track, a pusher, and a stop for restricting forward movement of the pusher when the stop is engaged. The device also includes a door assembly that has an open position and a closed position, an engaging mechanism that engages the stop when the door assembly is in the open position, and a blocker mechanism that restricts consumer access to product located behind the door assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Inventors: Thomas A. Lockwood, Roger K. Miller
  • Patent number: 8061557
    Abstract: A golf ball dispenser which attaches to the exterior surface of a golf bag that is upright, rectangular, and capable of holding a plurality of golf balls, is herein disclosed. The dispenser is made of a durable yet flexible plastic material. Stored balls are added through the top of the dispenser through an upper opening. The balls can either be inserted one (1) at a time or in “as-purchased” quantities. In use, to remove a golf ball, the lowest ball is forced upward through a flexible retaining tab, thus releasing the ball through a bottom aperture. The dispenser is attachable to a golf bag with a fastening means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: Joshua Torrance
  • Patent number: 8061559
    Abstract: A vending machine housing assembly includes a housing body having plural sides assembled one to the next in an end-to-end angular relationship so as to provide the housing body with a polygonal cross-sectional configuration. Each side define a wall portion and a corner portion in a one-piece construction in which the corner portion is rigidly and integrally connected to the wall portion and has an arcuate cross-sectional configuration determining the angular relationship between the sides of the housing body. The housing assembly also has an upper collar and a lower base respectively disposed above and below the housing body and having polygonal cross-sectional configurations like that of the housing body, and elements interconnecting and fixedly clamping the housing body between the upper collar and lower base to provide the housing assembly as a rigid construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: Kil Jae Chang
  • Publication number: 20110272426
    Abstract: Pharmaceutical product dispensers (e.g., in the shape of a common ink pen) are operable to indicate information regarding a dosing schedule of a pharmaceutical product dispensable from the dispenser. Embodiments of the dispensers may include a plurality of dosing segments, each corresponding to a different dose of the pharmaceutical product. Actuation of an actuator may result in interaction between the actuator and the pharmaceutical product storage area such that a dose of pharmaceutical product contained in the pharmaceutical product storage area is dispensed, along with a corresponding advancement of the plurality of dosing segments. The dispenser may also include one or more locks to prevent unauthorized access to the pharmaceutical product (e.g., by a child or the like). Furthermore, the pharmaceutical product dispenser may include a disabling mechanism to permanently disable actuation of the actuator of the dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: MALLINCKRODT INC.
    Inventors: Vernon D. Ortenzi, Robert J. Ziemba, Frank M. Lewis, Geoffrey S. Strobl
  • Patent number: 8047399
    Abstract: A dispenser places transdermal devices and packaged transdermal devices in an electrically charged state. The dispenser is particularly suitable for transdermal devices that include electrically actuatable components, such as transdermal, drug-delivery patches that include microporator circuitry. A controller can be operatively coupled to a power circuit of the dispenser to control the times that transdermal devices can be charged, thereby providing a measure of control over use and misuse of the transdermal devices to be dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Purdue Pharma L.P.
    Inventor: Frederick A. Sexton
  • Patent number: 8041102
    Abstract: A tablet storing/retrieving device which stores a plurality of kinds of medicines, and delivers as many tablets of such descriptions as designated by prescription data into a vial (3) and retrieves it. An imaging device (400) is provided for photographing the interior of the vial before a cap is applied to the vial (3) after tablets are dispensed into the vial (3). Accordingly, a quick and easy auditing process is possible without removing the cap of a retrieved vial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Yuyama, Yoshinori Kumano
  • Patent number: 8020725
    Abstract: A medicine dispensing apparatus which allows a prescribed quantity of medicines to be reliably taken out based on prescription data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Yuyama, Masahiko Kasuya, Akitomi Kohama, Masatoshi Warashina
  • Patent number: 8016156
    Abstract: A cleansing wipe container includes a bottom panel, a front panel, a rear panel, a pair of side panels and a lid. The cleansing wipe container may be filled with a plurality of cleansing wipes that are contained in a cartridge. The cartridge and container interact such that a message is displayed on or through a panel of the container. The message is based on the cartridge of wipes and may include a type of wipe, a list of ingredients of the wipes, and/or instructions for using the wipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Philip Andrew Sawin, Kilian John O'Neill, Yolanda Christina Kennish
  • Publication number: 20110198367
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are electrochemical sensor dispensing methods and apparatus. The sensors dispensers can include an elongate body having a proximal end and a distal, the elongate body including a proximally positioned dispensing surface with an opening for dispensing a sensor. A storage chamber having a series of connected sensors is positioned distally and can feed a proximally positioned sensor feeder mechanism. The feeder mechanism includes an elongate member having a first end and second end, the second end adapted to pivot between a sensor engaging position and a sensor feeding position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Applicant: LIFESCAN, INC.
    Inventor: Jerry T. Pugh
  • Patent number: 7896193
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus can be placed between the money acceptor and the operative components of a gaming or vending machine to award a bonus based on predetermined utilization rates of the machine. The apparatus may incorporate dip switches to permit the number of bonuses to be varied and to change the frequency at which the bonuses are awarded. In gaming machines the bonus can be in the form of additional credits or increased play, while in vending machines the bonus can be in the form of additional credits or the dispensing of bonus product with the product purchased from the machine. Alternatively, the bonus award system can be incorporated into the money acceptor. In vending machines, a sensor may be incorporated to sense the dispensing of product from the vending machine to ascertain the utilization rate of the machine for the awarding of bonuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Spadafora
  • Patent number: 7850257
    Abstract: A lottery ticket dispenser which may include a housing having a bottom support structure, a pair of side walls extending upwardly from the bottom support structure, and a front wall hinged adjacent its bottom edge to the bottom support structure at a first side so as to swing outwardly and downwardly. The lottery ticket dispenser may also include a transparent cover hinged to the bottom support structure that includes a space shaped to contain a plurality of arrays of tickets in strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Inventors: Brian J. Roberts, David B. Petch