With Transparent Inspecting Or Viewing Means Patents (Class 221/155)
  • Patent number: 7819282
    Abstract: A newspaper vending machine includes a dispensing sled and an elevator supported by a frame within a housing. The elevator includes a base slidable between a rearward position, for loading a stack of newspapers, and a forward position. The dispensing sled engages the newspaper stack and is translatable between upper and lower positions to dispense the periodicals from an exit area. An actuation arm projects outwardly from a front panel for engagement by a user and is translated along a substantially vertical pathway as the dispensing sled is moved between its upper and lower positions. The frame of the vending machine is translatably supported on rails for movement between a retracted condition in which the frame is located within the interior and an extended condition in which the frame extends beyond a front end of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Inventor: Benjamin Israel
  • Patent number: 7784643
    Abstract: A vending machine messaging system for displaying messages within a vending machine. The vending machine messaging system generally includes a vending machine having a window, a display unit attached to an interior surface of the window and a server in communication with the display unit via a communications network. The server communicates various messages to be displayed by the display unit such as advertisements, stock quotes, news, weather, nutritional content of the merchandise and the like. The vendor is able to add their own messages for display on their vending machines by communicating with the server. Advertisers add various advertisements to the server which are then reviewed and disseminated to the appropriate vending machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventor: David T. Levine
  • Publication number: 20100213799
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for displaying lottery tickets consisting of a housing, rotatably installed display arms, a single motor able to synchronously rotation all the display arms and tension holders that allow for a multitude of tickets to exert tension on the tension holders thereby securing the position of the tickets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventors: Donald A. Tigner, Zachary O. Tigner
  • Publication number: 20100193541
    Abstract: Disclosed is a dispenser for items such as disposable cup closures that maintains a high degree of protection from air borne disease, contamination from adjoining surfaces or from contact with the hands of other patrons. The wide acceptance of clean technology depends on uncompromised convenience, productivity and cost as well as satisfying other needs of the store or restaurant proprietors including both dispenser appearance and low use of counter space. The present invention therefore provides clean dispensing of items like cup closures and packaged condiments in a device that is easy to maintain, clean and keep filled, mounts anywhere in a small space is aesthetically pleasing and can be customized to match any décor. Disclosed is a unique combination of a number of small details that together can play a crucial role in protecting the patrons from the spread of a pandemic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventors: Harvey James Tester, Lynn Ward Salts
  • Patent number: 7766145
    Abstract: A product transfer assembly includes separate transfer segments mounted in a vending machine such that they are disposed in spaced relationship above one another. Each transfer segment has a ramp of helical shape with an exit end and an entrance end spaced above the exit end such that the ramps of the transfer segments together define a path of travel taken by a product item down and in contact with the ramps which includes spaced apart portions helical in shape and reversing the direction of travel of the product item, relative to a generally vertical reference axis, going from one portion to the next portion of the path. Entrance and exit ends of each ramp are angularly displaced from corresponding ends of an adjacent ramp such that the object free-falls out of contact with any ramp between the exit and entrances ends of adjacent ramps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Inventor: Kil Jae Chang
  • Publication number: 20100187252
    Abstract: An after-market container that attaches with mating opposing members to a golf cart for holding golf balls for sequential dispensing from an interior cavity through an opening between a pair of opposing legs that each includes a projecting stop on an interior surface, with the legs flexible for moving from a first position for holding one of the golf balls retained by the projecting stops to a second outward position sufficient for the golf ball to pass by the projecting stops.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventor: Jason Smith
  • Publication number: 20100147869
    Abstract: A blade dispenser including a body comprising a housing and a cover. The housing is configured to store a plurality of new blades. The housing has an opening for receiving the blades. The cover is configured to close the opening. The blade dispenser further includes a blade ejector constructed and arranged to dispense blades through a slot in the body. The body comprises an attachment member configured to couple the blade dispenser to another blade dispenser to increase a storage capacity of new blades of the blade dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Applicant: THE STANLEY WORKS
    Inventors: Edward A. ILIFFE, Eric RANIERI
  • Patent number: 7735682
    Abstract: A wipes dispenser includes a generally tubular transparent housing adapted to be worn about a person's wrist with a plurality of wipes contained within the housing. The housing also has an opening through which the wipes are dispensed. In a second embodiment, the opening may be covered with a hinged resealable cap that may cover or uncover the opening as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Inventors: Stacy Cassel, Eileen Longo
  • Patent number: 7731085
    Abstract: A display for two or more products having two or more three-dimensional visual aspects providing visual information about two or more products. The visual aspect has a first visual product, a second visual product, a first sampling aspect for the first visual product, a second sampling aspect for the second visual product, product samples associated with both the first and the second sampling aspects, and a dispenser for dispensing the product samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: The Procter + Gamble Company
    Inventors: Brian John Gillespie, Patricia Ann (Kennedy) Kulich
  • Publication number: 20100116837
    Abstract: Disclosed is a medicine discharge device of an automatic medicine packing machine, which is used to discharge a medicine, fed from a medicine cassette based on a medical prescription, into a medicine packing device. The medicine discharge device includes a medicine input unit installed under a medicine cassette mount to receive the medicine fed from the medicine cassette, a frame provided with a gate unit, the gate unit including gate members to be opened or closed by a drive unit so as to control movement of the medicine discharged from the medicine input unit, a plate installed under the frame and having an accommodation portion to receive the medicine and a recess to allow the medicine to be moved from the gate members to a discharge passage, a vibrator to vibrate the plate, and a medicine transfer unit to discharge the medicine, having passed through the recess, into a hopper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicant: JVM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jun-Ho KIM
  • Patent number: 7712628
    Abstract: Advertising apparatus for vending machines, mainly of the type of those which have a glass front which allows the products to be seen presented in the different compartments of the plurality of storage trays and from which compartments they are delivered to a reception tray formed in an ascending/descending body, by way of an elevator, for their carriage to the delivery box for collection by the user, so that to the ascending/descending body (7), proximate to the internal face of the glass door (2) of the machine (1), is fastened, by one of its sides, a laminar element (9) that holds publicity, which laminar element (9) on its opposing side is fastened to and wound on a winding roller (10), which is driven by a spring tending to cause its rotation and the winding of the laminar element (9), the laminar element (9) in the unwinding thereof remaining abutting on the internal face of the glass front (3) of the machine door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Jofemar, S.A.
    Inventor: Felix Guindulain Vidondo
  • Publication number: 20100087953
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in dispensing containers of liquid includes a dispensing device having a container dispensing location and a plurality of container storage locations. A light source is disposed at the dispensing location. Light from the light source is transmitted through the bottom of a container at the dispensing location, through liquid disposed in the container, and through an outer side surface of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
  • Patent number: 7665659
    Abstract: A display includes a visual aspect and, in certain embodiments, a sampling aspect. The visual aspect displays items of visual interest to a consumer. Product samples are associated with the sampling aspect for dispensing to a consumer such that the consumer may sample the product. Upon depletion of the product samples, the display retains value as a visual display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Brian J. Gillespie, Patricia A. Kennedy
  • Publication number: 20100025418
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed relating to the provision of a video display device within an article vending machine, such video display being used to provide one or more of an “entertainment”, “advertising” and/or an “interactive product selection” enhancement to the vending machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventor: Munroe Chirnomas
  • Patent number: 7588166
    Abstract: A portable carrying case for personal care absorbent articles, particularly feminine hygiene care products, includes a body defining an internal enclosure for receipt of a plurality of the stacked personal care absorbent articles. An opening is defined in the body at a location so as to expose an upper one of the absorbent articles for dispensing without generally exposing underlying absorbent articles. A lid is movably disposed relative to body from a closed position to an open position wherein access is provided to the absorbent articles through the opening. A manual push structure is defined in the body generally opposite from the opening. The push structure allows a user to push on the bottommost one of the stacked absorbent articles so as to move the uppermost one of the stack of articles towards the opening for grasping and retrieval by the user. A biasing element may bias the articles towards the push structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Mary L. McDaniel, Herb F. Velazquez, William Reeves
  • Publication number: 20090194552
    Abstract: A golf ball container and dispenser for use in storing and dispensing golf balls is constructed of a tube, bottom, spring, spring pad, wire ball catch, opening, bag clip. The bottom is beveled to prevent damage to golf clubs contained in the golf bag and to the device itself. The bottom is also removably attached to facilitate cleaning and maintenance of the interior components of the device. The device may be freestanding or may be inserted in a receptacle molded into the interior of a golf bag to provide further protection from damage to golf clubs and other accessories contained therein as well as to the golf bag itself.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventors: Stephen M. Jeremias, William J. Milnazik
  • Publication number: 20090178942
    Abstract: The present invention provides a golf tee container and dispenser having an elastomeric body with a plurality of apertures through which golf tees can be dispensed. Also provided by the invention are ready-packs of dispensable golf tees, as well as methods for containing and dispensing golf tees.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Inventor: John Balazs
  • Patent number: 7556176
    Abstract: A vending machine with adjustable merchandise receiving hole comprises a body; a tank and a rotary disk; a stop plate being installed between the tank and the rotary disk; the stop plate having a notch corresponding to and above the output hole of the tank; a lifting unit being formed by a base and a lifting seat; the base being locked to a bottom of the tank; the base being installed with a buckle; a spring being installed between the buckle and the base; the lifting seat having at least one supporting rod; the supporting rod being formed with a recess for buckling with the buckle; an upper end of the supporting rod extending into the tank to be pivoted to a bottom of the stop plate; at least one reduced hole seat capable of being installed upon the receiving hole of the rotary disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Inventor: Shen-Hao Yao
  • Publication number: 20090090738
    Abstract: An exterior housing, which can be mounted directly to a real estate sign, provides an interior cavity for the storage of a supply of real estate brochures. A hand actuated wheel allows users to remove a single brochure from the holder by means of a shaft and rollers. The supply of brochures maintains contact with the rollers by means of a spring assembly. Dispensed brochures are pushed upwards and out a dispensing slot which is sized sufficiently to reduce the ability of bugs entering the cavity. The dispensing slot also keeps the elements from entering into the interior cavity and from ruining the supply brochures. The front of the housing contains a window which allows the realtor to always maintain one sheet visible to customers even when the supply of flyers is empty.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Publication date: April 9, 2009
    Inventor: Paul A. Knight
  • Publication number: 20090039101
    Abstract: A portable sign system utilizing lights and sounds to enhance the message or image displayed of signs provided with the system or pre-existing signs and increase their usefulness beyond daylight hours. The sign system provides an adjustable frame capable of accommodating a plurality of sign dimensions. The adjustable frame is capable of housing the lights utilized to illuminate and enhance the sign as well as accommodate the source of auditory enhancement. A means of attachment and a means of providing power which is appropriate to the location in which the sign will be utilized is provided. In another embodiment the portable sign system affixes the lights, means of power, means of attachment, means of auditory enhancement, directly to the sign without the use of a frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2006
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventor: Nicholas Alcov
  • Patent number: 7481393
    Abstract: Produce bags are delivered with less waste and in more sanitary condition through a container holding a roll of bags having overlapping but separate ends. Adhesion between the bags and ultimate separation of the bags may be flexibly controlled with an interfolding of the bags and control of an orifice which applies drag to the bags and compression as they are removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Inventors: Thomas Trinko, Dominic Trinko
  • Publication number: 20090020550
    Abstract: A rack includes a loading chute into which products are loaded in a generally horizontal face-down orientation, and a dispensing chute defining a dispensing aperture at the front side of the rack. A cam is disposed at the rear end of the loading chute to tilt a product into an upright orientation and to position the upright product with the front face facing forward. The cam also slopes downwardly in a lateral direction so as to move the upright product onto the rear end of the dispensing ramp with the front face still facing forward. The product slides down the dispensing ramp and is stopped by a stop positioned adjacent the dispensing aperture. By virtue of the rack's design, facilitated by the specially designed cam, the upright product is positioned with its front face facing forward such that a consumer can view any indica thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2007
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Inventors: Rick Fincher, David Fraser, Gary Norton
  • Patent number: 7472802
    Abstract: A system for optimally filling an apparatus for dispensing a zigzag folded web of towel material is provided. The system includes a holder that is disposed in a housing for receiving a first stock of zigzag folded web of towel material. The holder also includes a fill meter having a division into at least three areas each having its own coding. The first upper coding indicates that no refilling is required, a second coding below the first indicates that refilling with a refill stock that has a coding equal to the second coding, and each further coding indicates refilling with an increasingly thicker refill stock that has a corresponding coding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Vendor B.V.
    Inventor: Elisabeth Joanna van Riel
  • Publication number: 20080314918
    Abstract: Vending machines for freshly cut and prepared-to-order salads, including containers containing produce products, salad additives and salad dressings. A vending machine can provide a user with a salad of vegetables and/or fruits, that are freshly cut and prepared, and that is made-to-order. Freshly cut and prepared salads preserve their nutritional value, taste and the user selects only items to his liking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventor: Eran Nuriely
  • Publication number: 20080308572
    Abstract: A display for two or more products having two or more three-dimensional visual aspects providing visual information about two or more products. The visual aspect has a first visual product, a second visual product, a first sampling aspect for the first visual product, a second sampling aspect for the second visual product, product samples associated with both the first and the second sampling aspects, and a dispenser for dispensing the product samples.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventors: Brian John Gillespie, Patricia Ann (Kennedy) Kulich
  • Publication number: 20080296313
    Abstract: A device to contain, display, and dispense documents may be made from translucent plastic material. The device has a generally convex shaped front face and a generally concave shaped back face that serves to create a generally crescent shaped chamber for holding documents. The front and back faces are in a substantially sealed relationship to protect the documents from exposure to harmful moisture. The device is adapted to be stably secured to a holder at the top and bottom portions of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventors: Damon Giglio, Robert LoMonaco
  • Patent number: 7447605
    Abstract: A system and method for calibrating a vending apparatus is provided. A vertical base reference position of a selector arm is stored, wherein the vertical base reference position corresponds to one of a plurality of rows in a cylindrical storage device. A horizontal base reference position is stored, wherein the horizontal base reference position corresponds to a compartment identifier identifying a compartment within each of the plurality of rows. A position of the selector arm corresponding to a media storage compartment is also stored, wherein the position comprises a vertical position and a horizontal position. A motor is initiated to move the selector arm along a vertical axis, wherein a movement of the selector arm results in one of an increment and/or a decrement to the vertical position of the selector arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Redbox Automated Retail, LLC
    Inventor: Franz Kuehnrich
  • Publication number: 20080245812
    Abstract: A device for dispensing gloves used to protect from germs and the like has a housing forming a substantially vertically extending inner chamber and configured for accommodating a stack of packages each containing gloves, a rotatable transporting element having one portion extending outwardly of the housing to be activated by a user and another portion extending inwardly into the housing such that when a stack of packages with gloves is introduced into the inner chamber it rests on the transporting element, a dispensing window providing in the housing, so that when the transporting member is turned by a user a lower most one of the packages with gloves is transported by the transporting element from the inner chamber of the housing through the dispensing opening outwardly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Inventors: Mark Rogow, John Mattera
  • Publication number: 20080156612
    Abstract: The invention relates to an article-dispensing machine. The inventive machine comprises: a structure (1), a removable container (2) for articles, and a dispensing mechanism on the base of the container (2), which is actuated by an actuation shaft that is coupled to the shaft of a coin or token selector (6) which is mounted in the structure (1) in order to dispense one or more articles from the container (2) through a delivery outlet (7) following the introduction of one or more coins or tokens. According to the invention, when the door (15) is in the closed position, a single closure device (55), which is associated with said door (15), can be used to lock the container (2), the coin selector (6) and a coin or token collection box (52) in the respective operating positions thereof. When the aforementioned door (15) is open, the container (2) can be refilled or removed, the coin selector (6) can be removed and the collection box (52) can be accessed without the use of tools.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2005
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Inventors: Joan Carlos Jimenez, Miguel Delgado, Antoni Vilagines, Xavier Clua, Carles Marti
  • Patent number: 7377402
    Abstract: An article transfer device which transfers articles using hanger rods each of which includes helical ridges or helical grooves, wherein the article transfer device can ensure a sufficient number of articles to be suspended without increasing depth of the housing. In an article transfer device which include hanger rods, each of which forms helical ridges and has a length sufficient to allow the suspending of articles therefrom, a support which supports the respective hanger rods for rotation about respective axe, a driver which rotates the respective hanger rods, and a housing which accommodates the respective hanger rods, the support and the driver therein. Each hanger rod has a pitch enlarged portion where pitch of the helical ridges is larger than in other portions so the direction of the suspended article can be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Aruze Corp.
    Inventor: Kengo Takeda
  • Patent number: 7353079
    Abstract: A vending system for personalized pet collars. The vending system allows a user to conveniently personalize pet collars with letter, number, and design charms. The user may select a pet collar along with any charms. The user may also select the placement of each charm so that letter and number charms may be combined to indicate the pet's name or the pet owner's phone number and/or address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Inventor: William Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 7287669
    Abstract: An article transfer device which transfers articles using hanger rods each of which includes helical ridges or helical grooves, wherein the article transfer device can ensure the sufficient number of articles to be suspended even when a depth of a housing is narrowed and, at the same time, can facilitate the observation of a front surface of each article. An article transfer device includes a plurality of hanger rods each of which forms helical ridges thereon and has a length sufficient to allow the suspending of a plurality of articles therefrom, a driver which rotates the respective hanger rods on the respective axes thereof, and a housing which accommodates the respective hanger rods, and the driver therein, wherein the respective hanger rods have axes thereof arranged obliquely with respect to the front-to-rear direction of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Aruze Corp.
    Inventor: Kengo Takeda
  • Patent number: 7287668
    Abstract: A soap holding and dispersing assembly includes a housing that has a bottom wall, a top wall and a peripheral wall that extends between and is attached to the top and bottom walls. The peripheral wall includes a front wall, a back wall, a first side wall and a second side wall. The front wall has an opening therein positioned adjacent to the bottom wall that extends between the first and second side walls. A coupler is attached to the housing. The coupler attaches the housing to a horizontally orientated upper edge of a door. A plurality of bars of soap is positioned in the housing and each is extendable outwardly through the opening in the front wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Inventor: Richard Renaud
  • Patent number: 7249689
    Abstract: A clip fastener (10) comprises a housing and a releasable cartridge (12) to hold a plurality of clips (20). There is a truck (14) having a pair of guide rails (50, 52) to receive the clips (20). There is a mechanism (76, 78) to vary the distance between the guide rails (50, 52). There is a ram (68) to )move a clip (20) along the track (14). There is a depressor (90) to slightly open the loops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Inventor: John E Hakala
  • Patent number: 7128239
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for vending products, and particularly beverage containers, of varied sizes, shapes and configurations. The products to be vended are aligned in selectable ordered queues within a vending machine that can include a transparent front panel. A container release assembly is positioned at the end of the vend queue to vend a container upon activation. The container release assembly acts on the first-in-line container to be vended and on the second-in-line container, by retaining the second-in-line container while the first is being released. The container release assembly acts on the containers from two opposite sides of the containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: Automatic Products International, Ltd.
    Inventor: James E. Skavnak
  • Patent number: 7121427
    Abstract: A medicament storage and dispensing system (10) operable for storing and dispensing products (12) such as pre-packaged pharmaceutical boxes and/or bottles and broadly includes a cabinet (14); a plurality of product shelves (16) mounted within the cabinet; an infeed conveyor (18) for transporting products into the cabinet; an outfeed conveyor (20) for transporting products out of the cabinet; a transporter (22) moveable within the cabinet for transporting products between the shelves and the infeed and outfeed conveyors; and a control system (24) for controlling operation of the conveyors and the transporter in response to prescriptions received from a host computer (26). The shelves having a plurality of vertical walls (56) upon which the products rest and between which tines (130) of the transporter slide in order to retrieve products from and place products upon the shelves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: ScriptPro LLC
    Inventor: Lawrence E. Guerra
  • Patent number: 7106014
    Abstract: A lectern incorporating a support member having a recess that can receive a control panel or laptop or notebook computer, for use with the by a speaker or other presenter. The support member defines an interior, and includes a keyboard tray slidably received within the interior and connectable to the monitor or computer positioned within the recess such that an individual can enter information directly from the keyboard into the device positioned within the recess. The lectern also includes a pair of sliding panels that can be used to cover or expose the device positioned within the recess. The lectern further includes a vertical adjustment mechanism for raising or lowering the height of the lectern as necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Krueger International, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Mastalir, Lon D. Seidl
  • Patent number: 7086198
    Abstract: A machine for vending floral arrangements is described including stack of generally circular carousels each for supporting a plurality of floral arrangements; and a generally cylindrical exterior housing surrounding the carousels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Inventor: Lisa Renee Hayden
  • Patent number: 7077287
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing packets particularly, but not exclusively cigarette packets is disclosed. The dispenser comprises a number of magazines for holding a plurality of packets standing in an upright position and a pusher for moving the plurality of packets towards a dispensing end of the magazine. There is a column at the dispensing end of the magazine. An arrangement is provided for lifting the front packet of the plurality upwards out of the magazine and there is a latch for preventing the lifted packet from dropping back down the column. The lifting arrangement comprising an endless element entrained around guides so as to provide a vertical run. There is at least one lifting lug carried by the endless element which is driven so that the lug lifts the front packet into the column. In another form the packets are horizontal and in a vertical stack. The endless element is below the stack and, when driven, strips the lowermost packet off the stack and pushes into the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Vinallti (Proprietary) Limited
    Inventor: Klaus Heinrich Lanz
  • Patent number: 7017777
    Abstract: An automated vending machine is adapted to vend vacation-related goods. The vending machine is constructed as an enlarged reproduction of a conventional traffic control signal. The vending machine includes a rectangular enclosure in which is housed a storage and vending assembly. The enclosure includes a plurality of illuminated, colored lamps. A plurality of circular cavities are provided for visually displaying goods. A coin and bill counter with coin return is provided for receiving a customer's consideration. The vending machine further includes a dispensing chute having a discharge hopper into which goods are delivered. A plurality of push-buttons facilitate communication between a customer and internal circuitry of the storage and vending assembly to facilitate dispensing of a good selected by customer after correct amount of consideration is inserted in coin and bill counter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Inventor: Carolyn S. Dixon
  • Patent number: 7011381
    Abstract: A relatively tall embodiment of a lottery ticket dispenser with a small footprint is fitted onto the countertop of a check-out counter of a retail store. The dispenser includes a housing, the top of which is flat so as to provide a convenient place for customers to write checks with the tickets being displayed immediately below being highly visible to the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: GIECH Corporation
    Inventors: Brian J. Roberts, David B. Petch
  • Patent number: 7007820
    Abstract: A dental hygiene vending machine comprises a housing having multiple dispensing compartments. A dispensing coil is rotatably connected to the housing and is capable of actuation. A cover is hingedly connected to the housing. The cover has multiple cutouts that substantially align with the housing dispensing compartments. An item window is attached to the cover. Multiple dispensing switches are slidably connected to the cover. A change counter is connected to the housing and has a coin slot. The change counter is electrically connected to the dispensing switches and is capable of actuating the dispensing coil when a predetermined value of change is received in the coin slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Inventor: Judith A. Cumer
  • Patent number: 6980886
    Abstract: A vending machine capable of selecting any one of a first of a fourth mode which make it possible to carry out a commodity and a prize and a fifth mode which makes it possible to carry out only a commodity by a mode selecting device. In a state in which the fifth mode is selected, an ordinary commodity sale in which a selected commodity is executed based on insertion of coins or paper money, and pushing a commodity selecting button 4 is executed. In a state in which any one of the first to the fourth mode is selected, carrying-out of the prize from a prize carrying-out unit is executed in parallel with carrying-out of the commodity or independently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Sanden Corp.
    Inventors: Toru Shimoda, Takashi Harada, Shigeo Hakoda
  • Publication number: 20040217122
    Abstract: Produce bags are delivered with less waste and in more sanitary condition through a container holding a roll of bags having overlapping but separate ends. Adhesion between the bags and ultimate separation of the bags may be flexibly controlled with an interfolding of the bags and control of an orifice which applies drag to the bags and compression as they are removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2004
    Publication date: November 4, 2004
    Inventors: Thomas Trinko, Dominic Trinko
  • Publication number: 20040195258
    Abstract: A screening apparatus comprises a discharge chute, a transport table, a screening table, and at least one air exhaust device, so that it realizes screening of works that are completed in inspection by an inspection apparatus. A plurality of work holding spaces are arranged at prescribed pitches therebetween in a circumferential direction of the transport table, wherein a leap inhibiting wall for inhibiting the work from leaping outside is arranged between the discharge chute and the work holding space. As the transport table rotates, the works sequentially transported via the discharge chute are forced to automatically fall into the work holding spaces independently. Then, as the screening table rotates, it receives the works from the transport table so as to discharge them into the corresponding boxes by means of the air exhaust device in response to inspection results thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2004
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventors: Takuya Hara, Toru Ishii, Takeshi Ito
  • Patent number: 6794634
    Abstract: For ensuring that a vending machine motor will continue to operate until a product has descended through a vending space or an established time interval has elapsed, an optical beam is established across the vend space through which a product must drop. A change in beam intensity is detected. By preference infra red light is emitted at one focal point of an elliptical reflector, and detected at the other focal point. The light is emitted in pulses in the preferred embodiment, and the optical sensing system has automated calibration and error detecting functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Automated Merchandising Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Hair, III, Kyriakos P. Spentzos
  • Patent number: 6722526
    Abstract: A cracker dispenser for dispensing individual crackers in a sanitary manner such as at public cooking events and at wine and cheese tasting events. The cracker dispenser includes a plastic housing for receiving a plurality of stacked crackers from a standard size roll of crackers. The housing is of elongate rectangular shape with a horizontal lower wall of a rectangular shape slightly larger than the individual crackers. Three upstanding walls include a rear wall and opposing side walls which extend from the lower wall to retain the plurality of crackers into a cracker receiving interior chamber defined by the housing in a stacked position. A movable door in the form of a sliding door or a latching hinged door is connected to the housing to selectively cover a cracker roll receiving opening formed at the front of the housing between the two side walls to admit crackers from the roll thereof and closing to cover the cracker roll receiving opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Inventor: Valentino Passetti
  • Patent number: 6708841
    Abstract: Glove dispenser having a back plate, a cover, a angled rack for securing a pre-packaged box of gloves within the device at an angle with respect to the back plate, and an aperture in the cover through which gloves can be dispensed at an ergonomic angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Safety Today, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven W. Baughman
  • Patent number: 6698615
    Abstract: A golf tee holder and dispenser in a rectangular form holds a vertical stack of tees lying one on another horizontally, with successive tees alternating the orientation of their heads and their points. The golf tee holder and dispenser housing includes inner chambers that encase springs that allow straight-line movement as well as an inner center chamber to prevent tees from becoming disarranged while dispensing. A pusher plate maintains even pressure from dual spring movement against a snub point to hold golf tees in a stationary position until release through a top aperture using a teeter action once a downward pressure is applied to small end of tee by user. A molded element that has a memory retentive factor allows user to attach golf tee holder and dispenser to belt, pocket, golf bag, or golf cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Inventor: Thomas Dee Knightlinger
  • Publication number: 20040000558
    Abstract: A blister pack hook display case with a manual security dispensing system comprised of a display case with a transparent door and lock that has a blister pack dispenser on each hook, wherein the dispenser dispenses a blister pack each time the pulley located in the front is pulled. It will dispense the chosen blister through the transparent door, which will reach the cashier for payment and withdrawal by means of a slide below; the car dispensing the blister packs has a number of blades depending on the space available and the size of the blister pack that oscillates forward only to raise the paddles when the car is released backwards without moving the next blister pack backward. They then fall into position to dispense a new blister pack. The blades do not oscillate backwards so that when it is pulled forward, the first blister pack is moved until it falls off the hook and all others then move one step forward to continue the sequence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2003
    Publication date: January 1, 2004
    Inventor: Andres Horacio Ahumada Parra