With Orienting Patents (Class 221/156)
  • Patent number: 9579256
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for automatically positioning a syringe in a target orientation suitable for withdrawing medication from a container, and for filling the syringe with the medication. The device comprises a syringe conveyor, which is configured to receive the syringe in an initial orientation, and to bring the syringe to a target orientation by being translated and rotated while holding the syringe in a steady orientation relative to the syringe conveyor. The device further comprises a supporting module, configured to support the syringe conveyor while allowing a translation and a rotation thereof. The device comprises a syringe holder configured to hold the syringe, and a gripper coupled to the syringe holder. The gripper is configured to engage the plunger and to enable the automatic displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: RESCUE DOSE LTD
    Inventors: Gilad Einy, Daniel Messinger
  • Patent number: 9352383
    Abstract: Fastener delivery apparatus for automatically selecting and delivering fasteners such as rivets to a setting tool. The fasteners are pre-loaded in a package and dispense via at least one fastener delivery tube that interconnects the setting tool to a fastener feeder device. The fastener feeder device releases selected fasteners from the package into the delivery tube. The fasteners are transportable individually or in groups in the tube from the feeder device to the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: HENROB LIMITED
    Inventors: Rupert Andrew Craythorn, Ralph Fuhrmeister, Shane Peter Matthews, Wojciech Gostylla, Stuart Edmund Blacket, Nicholas Richard Clew, Michael Butler
  • Patent number: 9314406
    Abstract: A tablet supplying portion of a medicine supply apparatus includes a tablet supplying portion body including a supply cell, a bottom plate, and a bottom plate supporting member. A lower opening portion of the supply cell is opened and closed by the bottom plate. The bottom plate supporting member can restrict a pivotal movement of the bottom plate. The tablet supplying portion body and the bottom plate supporting member are relatively movable in a horizontal direction. The bottom plate pivotally moves between a state where the lower opening portion is blocked from opening and an opened state, along with this relative movement. In a state where the bottom plate closes the lower opening portion, at least part of an upper surface of the bottom plate is located higher, whereas a lower surface in a periphery of the lower opening portion is located lower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Takazono Technology Incorporated
    Inventors: Masayuki Hironaga, Yu Kageyama, Naoya Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 8850685
    Abstract: Fastener delivery apparatus for automatically selecting and delivering fasteners such as rivets to a setting tool. The fasteners are pre-loaded in a package and dispense via at least one fastener delivery tube that interconnects the setting tool to a fastener feeder device. The fastener feeder device releases selected fasteners from the package into the delivery tube. The fasteners are transportable individually or in groups in the tube from the feeder device to the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Henrob Limited
    Inventors: Rupert Andrew Craythorn, Ralph Fuhrmeister, Shane Peter Matthews, Wojciech Gostylla, Stuart Edmund Blacket, Nicholas Richard Clew, Michael Butler
  • Patent number: 8770437
    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: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Richard D. Michelli
  • Patent number: 8706294
    Abstract: A dispensing system has a cartridge with a body having a plurality of bins and a plurality of attached lids that cover the respective bins when the lids are closed. The body has an external connector and the lids are opened by receipt of a command signal through the connector. The system also includes a cabinet with a docking location configured to accept a cartridge. The cabinet has a docking connector that connects to the cartridge connector when the cartridge is placed on the docking location. The cabinet also has a controller that sends the command signal through the docking connector to the cartridge to open one or more of the lids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Rahilly, Frank Dean Weber
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8366107
    Abstract: A media presenter is described. The media presenter comprises: a chassis including a central track; a nose coupled to the chassis at a nose end of the chassis; and a carriage. The nose includes a presenting end distal from the chassis, and a nose track arranged to couple to the central track to provide a presenting track extending from the chassis to the presenting end. The carriage is mounted on the presenting track for movement therealong, and comprises a carriage body and a carriage plate movable between an open position at which media items can be placed on the carriage plate, and a closed position for clamping media items between the carriage plate and the carriage body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Deas, Gordon Burke, Michael Rennie, Scott L. Colston
  • Patent number: 8360272
    Abstract: A bottle return station preferably with a dispensing station provides for the receipt of empty bottles. Bottles are provided through an acceptor which accepts bottles having a particular configuration while not accepting others. The empty bottle returns are guided to a receiving station where they can be retrieved by an operator. Meanwhile a dispensing station can be accessed by users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: DS Waters of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodger Piersant, Richie Morrison, Andy Michaud, Jim Gibbons
  • Patent number: 8335588
    Abstract: A cartridge for use in a dispensing system is disclosed. The cartridge includes a body having an exterior and a plurality of bins. A plurality of lids are movably attached to the body and are configured to cover a bin. A release mechanism is movable along an axis. A plurality of latches are movably attached to the body. Each latch is configured to secure the respective lid when in a first position and to release the respective lid when in a second position. The release mechanism will not cause a latch to move to the second position when the release mechanism is moving along the axis in a first direction. The release mechanism will cause a single latch to move to the second position while leaving the remaining latches in the first position when the release mechanism is moving along the axis in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Rahilly, Frank Dean Weber
  • Patent number: 8240506
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing pharmaceutical articles includes a housing assembly and an adjustment system. The housing assembly includes a first inlet wall and a second inlet wall that is moveable relative to the first inlet wall. The housing assembly defines a hopper chamber that houses pharmaceutical articles, and a dispensing channel fluidly connected to the hopper chamber. The dispensing channel has an inlet and an outlet and defines a flow path. The inlet is defined at least in part by the first and second inlet walls. The adjustment system is operable to adjust the position of the second inlet wall relative to the first inlet wall to adjust the size of the inlet to singulate the pharmaceutical articles passing through the inlet. The adjustment system includes an input mechanism and an operator feedback mechanism. The input mechanism is selectively operable by an operator to selectively move the second inlet wall relative to the first inlet wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Kurt Kulberg, Bryan Patrick Farnsworth, Richard D. Michelli, Stanley R. Buisman
  • Patent number: 8162172
    Abstract: A method and device for the removal of balls from a supply is disclosed. The device has a horizontal plate having one or a plurality of circular orifices of identical size in the form of transcurrent orifices running vertically from the upper side to the lower side. The plate on its upper side exhibits a depression around each orifice, in conjunction with which the base of the depression are curved, the periphery of the depression exhibits an elliptical, oval or spindle-shaped form at the level of the surface of the plate, the mid-point of the orifice in each case lies on the mid-point of the longitudinal axis and the transverse axis of the periphery of the depression, and the base of the depression is inclined towards the mid-point of the orifice along the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter Eberle, Peter Guenzl, Peter Hloch, Christoph Hundt, Thomas Lindner
  • Publication number: 20120048876
    Abstract: A media presenter is described. The media presenter comprises: a chassis including a central track; a nose coupled to the chassis at a nose end of the chassis; and a carriage. The nose includes a presenting end distal from the chassis, and a nose track arranged to couple to the central track to provide a presenting track extending from the chassis to the presenting end. The carriage is mounted on the presenting track for movement therealong, and comprises a carriage body and a carriage plate movable between an open position at which media items can be placed on the carriage plate, and a closed position for clamping media items between the carriage plate and the carriage body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Deas, Gordon Burke, Michael Rennie, Scott L. Colston
  • Patent number: 8113382
    Abstract: A bottle return station preferably with a dispensing station provides for the receipt of empty bottles. Bottles are provided through an acceptor which accepts bottles having a particular configuration while not accepting others. The empty bottle returns are guided to a receiving station where they can be retrieved by an operator. Meanwhile a dispensing station can be accessed by users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: DS Waters of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodger Piersant, Richie Morrison, Andy Michaud, Jim Gibbons
  • Patent number: 8048379
    Abstract: An air freshener includes a housing having at least a first compartment and a second compartment, each of the first and second compartments having vents. The air freshener includes a first fan unit disposed within the first compartment and a second fan unit disposed within the second compartment. The air freshener also includes a first fragrance emitting substance disposed within the first compartment proximate the first fan unit and a second fragrance emitting substance disposed within the second compartment proximate the second fan unit. A programmable processor is operatively connected to a power source and the first and second fan units and configured to drive at least one of the first and second fan units so as to promote discharge of one of the first and second fragrance emitting substances from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Hyso Technology LLC
    Inventor: Simon Sassoon
  • 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
  • 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: 7988017
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing pharmaceutical articles includes a housing assembly and an adjustment system. The housing assembly includes a first inlet wall and a second inlet wall that is moveable relative to the first inlet wall. The housing assembly defines a hopper chamber that houses pharmaceutical articles, and a dispensing channel fluidly connected to the hopper chamber. The dispensing channel has an inlet and an outlet and defines a flow path. The inlet is defined at least in part by the first and second inlet walls. The adjustment system is operable to adjust the position of the second inlet wall relative to the first inlet wall to adjust the size of the inlet to singulate the pharmaceutical articles passing through the inlet. The adjustment system includes an input mechanism and an operator feedback mechanism. The input mechanism is selectively operable by an operator to selectively move the second inlet wall relative to the first inlet wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Kurt Kulberg, Bryan Patrick Farnsworth, Richard D. Michelli, Stanley R. Buisman
  • Patent number: 7980419
    Abstract: A device for singulating open-ended caps includes: a housing configured to retain a plurality of open-ended caps, the housing having an open lower end; an outer ring positioned below the housing; a drum fixed to and positioned within the outer ring to form a drum assembly, the drum including a hub having a substantially circular wall and a platform that extends radially outwardly from the wall to contact the outer ring, the hub and outer ring forming a circular gap therebetween, the platform being positioned below much of the gap and including a discontinuity; a mounting structure with an exit aperture fixed relative to the housing; and a rotary drive unit mounted to the drum that rotates the drum assembly about an axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Parata Systems, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Demetris P. Young, George Raymond Abrams, Jr., Joseph C. Moran, Jr., Jeffrey P. Williams
  • Publication number: 20110166700
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for controlling dispensing of medication are provided. A dispenser device used, for example, in the systems and methods can include a housing for storing units of medication. A dispensing well can reside within the housing with the dispensing well having an opening therein to permit removal of units of medication therefrom. The dispenser device can include a first slide having an opening therein that is configured to funnel a unit of medication toward the opening in the dispensing well. The dispenser device can also include a second slide disposed between the opening in the dispensing well and the first slide. The second slide can have an opening therein that is alignable with the opening in the dispensing well and the opening in the first slide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Inventor: Lawrence A. Dunn
  • Patent number: 7912582
    Abstract: A self-contained, fully automated system for dispensing medicants into vials. Prescriptions are entered using a built-in workstation. Vials of several sizes are each contained in preloaded cassettes. Upon command from a computer, a vial is released and labeled with the prescription information. A robotic system moves the labeled vial to the output chute of one of many automated dispensing units that has previously been commanded to count a predetermined number of tablets, pills, or capsules. The filled vial is robotically moved to an optional capping station where a cap is applied if needed. The vial is then moved to an output region where it is sorted with other prescriptions for a customer. The prescription may be checked using the built-in computer workstation. Optionally, the automated dispensing system may be linked to pharmacy control software.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Innovation Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce E. Holtje, James McGonigal
  • Patent number: 7870973
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing solid articles includes a dispensing channel, a housing and an article supply regulation system. The dispensing channel has an inlet and an outlet and defines a dispensing path therebetween. The housing defines a hopper chamber to hold the articles. The hopper chamber is in fluid communication with the inlet of the dispensing channel. The housing includes a floor. The article supply regulation system includes a first divider wall, a second divider wall and a third divider wall configured and positioned in the hopper chamber to define, in combination with the housing: a front region between the inlet and the first divider wall; a first rear region between the first divider wall and the second divider wall; a second rear region between the second divider wall and the third divider wall; and a third rear region on a side of the third divider wall opposite the second rear region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: PARATA Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Richard D. Michelli, Andrew Kirk Dummer, Bryan Patrick Farnsworth, Christopher Todd Hilliard
  • Publication number: 20110000760
    Abstract: A vending apparatus and method of vending a product. Embodiments of a vending apparatus include a dispense mechanism configured to dispense a product, the dispense mechanism including a chamber that is rotatable relative to an opening of the dispense mechanism for aligning the product with the opening and dispensing the product therethrough. Further embodiments of a vending apparatus include a coin mechanism for receiving at least one coin before the vending apparatus dispenses a product, the coin mechanism including a delay mechanism configured to slow movement of an actuating device for avoiding jamming of the at least one coin in the coin mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Inventors: Nancy LaCroix-Toyne, Raffi Mekhitarian, Dikran Babikian, Jacobus Marcus Berkhout, Robert Riccomini, William Conway, Peter Hues
  • Patent number: 7849579
    Abstract: Fastener delivery apparatus for automatically selecting and delivering fasteners such as rivets to a setting tool. The fasteners are pre-loaded in a package and dispense via at least one fastener delivery tube that interconnects the setting tool to a fastener feeder device. The fastener feeder device releases selected fasteners from the package into the delivery tube. The fasteners are transportable individually or in groups in the tube from the feeder device to the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Henrob Limited
    Inventors: Rupert Andrew Craythorn, Ralph Fuhrmeister, Shane Peter Matthews, Wojciech Gostylla, Stuart Edmund Blacket, Nicholas Richard Clew, Michael Butler
  • Patent number: 7581658
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) is provided for feeding capsules (4), preferably single-use capsules for the preparation of beverages, infusions and the like, for beverage vending machines. The apparatus includes a storage chamber (2, 22) for storing capsules (4) in a random arrangement, pick-up means (10, 210) for picking up the capsules (4), a capsule transfer device (13, 213) provided with one or more compartments (14, 214) for the capsules (4), at least an unloading conveyor (19, 219) for unloading the capsules (4). The apparatus is characterized in that, between the storage chamber (2, 22) and the at least an unloading conveyor (19, 219), the apparatus (1) comprises a first orientating device (8, 28), which is adapted to orientate the capsules (4) according to at least a substantially horizontal-axis position, and a second orientating device (20, 220) which is adapted to arrange the capsules (4) according to a same vertical-axis position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: N & W Global Vending S.p.A.
    Inventors: Claudio Mosconi, Silvano Personeni
  • Publication number: 20090108018
    Abstract: An automated dispenser for radiopharmaceuticals is mainly for a platform to have a moving mechanism being able to move three-dimensionally back and forth, a syringe holder and a bottle holder. The syringe holder is for holding a plural number of syringes. The bottle holder has a reverse drug bottle. The moving mechanism has a syringe clamp rotatable around a horizontal axis and a syringe driving mechanism. The syringe clamp is activated to hold a syringe and move it to where the syringe needle is inserted to the drug bottle. The syringe driving mechanism and the syringe clamp are simultaneously associated with the syringe for drug-withdrawing action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventors: MING-HSIN LI, WUU-JYH LIN, TAIN-SHI ZEN
  • Patent number: 7487583
    Abstract: Fastener delivery apparatus for automatically selecting and delivering fasteners such as rivets to a setting tool. The fasteners are pre-loaded in a package and dispense via at least one fastener delivery tube that interconnects the setting tool to a fastener feeder device. The fastener feeder device releases selected fasteners from the package into the delivery tube. The fasteners are transportable individually or in groups in the tube from the feeder device to the tool. A transfer station attached to the tool or the delivery tube transfers a fastener from the delivery apparatus into the tool, the transfer station being moveable between a first position in which an exit of the transfer station is adjacent to the tool so that a delivered fastener may be inserted by the transfer station into the tool and a second position in which it is clear of the tool so as to permit the tool or a portion thereof to move towards a workpiece to insert a loaded fastener. The delivery tube has wear resistant elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Henrob Limited
    Inventors: Rupert Andrew Craythorn, Ralph Fuhrmeister, Shane Peter Matthews, Wojciech Gostylla, Stuart Edmund Blacket, Nicholas Richard Clew, Michael Butler
  • Publication number: 20090014461
    Abstract: A sliding surface having a gentle slope for carrying pharmaceutical products such as infusion bottles (20) is formed by a row of rollers (15) extending in the direction of slope. An ejecting member (14) for sequentially ejecting the products (20) is formed as a series of a flat plate (14a) and a curved plate (14c). The flat plate (14a) is pivotably supported such that the pivot center is on an extension of the sliding surface. The curved plate (14c) is provided below the flat plate (14a), maintaining a constant distance from the pivot center. An actuator such as an electric motor (12) for pivotally moving the ejecting member (14) is provided beneath the sliding surface. Since the pharmaceutical product at the head of a queue assists the pivotal movement, it is ensured that a small actuator serves the purpose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2005
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Applicant: TOSHO INC.
    Inventors: Shiro Omura, Yoshihito Omura, Hideaki Hirobe, Shunji Ogaya
  • Publication number: 20080099503
    Abstract: A shotgun shell storage and dispenser in the form of a hollow elongated housing to hold the shells in vertical array for dispensing through a lower end of the housing. Shotgun shells are positioned by structure on a rear wall of the housing which also contains a biased follower to urge the shotgun shells toward the lower end of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2006
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Applicant: DPA Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Altieri, Andrew M. Truxel
  • Patent number: 7334699
    Abstract: A filler assembly capable of filling unit-of-use medication containers or dispensers. In an embodiment, the filler assembly includes a generally trough-shaped top with a generally horizontal bottom including apertures surrounded by multiple sidewalls. Further, a body including a plurality of sides and ends is coupled to the top for transferring medication from the top to the medication dispenser. The plurality of sides includes a plurality of chutes covered by a transparent cover. Additionally, a base for supporting the filler assembly is included. The base bottom includes a plurality of apertures and positioners. The plurality of apertures extend through the base whereby each aperture aligns with one of the plurality of chutes. Moreover, a slide is coupled to at least one of the body and the base for controlling the dispensing of medication by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Inventors: Mark G. Keffeler, David P. Keffeler
  • Patent number: 6655547
    Abstract: A chip component take-in apparatus takes in and guides downward prismatic chip components stored in a bulk state in a storage chamber one by one in a predetermined direction. When a first take-in member and a second take-in member are relatively moved up and down in each flat face contact state, the chip components in face contact with the flat faces of the take-in members are gradually guided to a center along guide ways. The guided chip components in the longitudinal direction thereof are taken into a passage constituted by grooves and are moved downward along the passage by self-weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Assignee: Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Saito, Taro Yasuda, Hiroyuki Matsui
  • Patent number: 6637621
    Abstract: An object assembly device automatically assembles a collection of rolling objects of identical size and shape. The assembly device includes an assembly housing having an inlet for receiving rolling objects and an outlet through which the rolling objects are discharged. A rotary feed cone is rotatably mounted within the housing between the inlet and the outlet. The feed cone defines a single-line travel channel having an entrance end and an exit end. The width of the travel channel is sufficient to accommodate no more than a single line of rolling objects moving downstream in succession from the entrance end of the channel to the exit end. A stationary cone base is located within the collection housing, and has a conical interior wall adapted for receiving the rotary feed cone. The cone base has an object discharge opening operatively aligned with the exit end of the travel channel to allow passage of objects outwardly through the cone base in an assembled single-line condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Inventor: Brendan N. Leather
  • Patent number: 6631826
    Abstract: A singulating and counting device includes a bulk housing for storing a plurality of substantially identical articles, an exit channel, and in the exit channel, forwardly- and rearwardly-directed jet apertures, each of which is fluidly connected to a positive pressure source. A forwardly-directed jet generated by the positive pressure source through the forward jet aperture can accelerate singulated articles in the exit channel, thereby increasing the interval between individual articles and rendering them more easily and accurately counted. A rearwardly-directed jet generated by the positive pressure source through the rearwardly-directed jet aperture can cause articles in the exit channel to return to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jasper Pollard, Richard D. Michelli, Charles A. Pell, Ryan Moody, Jeff Williams
  • Publication number: 20030186446
    Abstract: Devices for containing at least one test strip and dispensing a single test strip at a time and methods of using the same are provided. The subject devices are characterized by having a housing that includes a slit configured to be permissive of a single test strip at a time and at least one planar surface to align a test strip with the slit when the device is appropriately agitated. In the subject methods, a subject device with at least one test strip therein is provided and agitated in a manner that causes the at least one test strip to be positioned in an appropriate orientation relative to the slit, wherein a single test strip is caused to exit the housing through the slit as a result of the agitation. Also provided are kits that include at least one subject device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2002
    Publication date: October 2, 2003
    Inventor: Jerry Pugh
  • Publication number: 20030080139
    Abstract: An inline feeder for delivering oriented parts, said inline feeder including a hopper section including a vibratory hopper for storing parts and transporting parts to an elevator section including an inclined elevator for receiving parts from said vibratory hopper and depositing said parts onto a linear feeder. Said inline feeder further including a part sensor for sensing flow of parts along said linear feeder, said sensor sensing flow and orientation of said parts on said linear feeder; and a an air fitting/valve for applying a burst of compressed gas against a part for rejecting and removing said part from said linear feeder, wherein said air valve operably in communication with said part sensor means for triggering a part rejection due to misorientation or jammed parts from said linear feeder and allowing properly oriented parts to be delivered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2002
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Inventors: Jeff Davies, Paul Davies
  • Patent number: 6511061
    Abstract: A fastener injector (18) includes a plurality of tubes (86) operable to transfer a plurality of different sizes and types of fasteners (20) in a desired orientation. The injector also includes a receiver (88) operable to receive the fasteners (20) in the desired orientation from the tubes (86). The receiver (88) includes a plurality of receiver fingers (90) operable to receive the fasteners (20) from the tubes (86) and retain the fasteners (20) in the desired orientation. An injector blade (106) is operable to transfer the fasteners (20) in the desired orientation from the receiver (88) to a fastener installation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Assignee: VoughtAircraft Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Laszlo Ferenczi, Mark A. Turner, James E. Woods
  • Patent number: 6405894
    Abstract: A object assembly device automatically assembles a collection of rolling objects of identical size and shape. The assembly device includes a collection hopper having an inlet for receiving rolling objects, and an outlet below the inlet for discharging rolling objects. An object assembler is rotatably mounted within the hopper between the inlet and the outlet. The assembler defines a single-line travel channel having an entrance end and an exit end, and a width sufficient to accommodate no more than a single line of rolling objects moving downstream in succession from the entrance end of the travel channel to the exit end. Objects entering the travel channel from the inlet of the hopper are discharged through the outlet of the hopper in an assembled single-line condition. A drive shaft is provided for rotating the object assembler relative to the collection hopper to avoid obstructing accumulation of rolling objects at the entrance end of the travel channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Inventor: Brendan N. Leather
  • Patent number: 6196414
    Abstract: A fastener injector (18) includes a plurality of tubes (86) operable to transfer a plurality of different sizes and types of fasteners (20) in a desired orientation. The injector also includes a receiver (88) operable to receive the fasteners (20) in the desired orientation from the tubes (86). The receiver (88) includes a plurality of receiver fingers (90) operable to receive the fasteners (20) from the tubes (86) and retain the fasteners (20) in the desired orientation. An injector blade (106) is operable to transfer the fasteners (20) in the desired orientation from the receiver (88) to a fastener installation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Assignee: Vought Aircraft Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Laszlo Ferenczi, Mark A. Turner, James E. Woods
  • Patent number: 6138868
    Abstract: An ampule feeder which can discharge ampules one by one with high efficiency without the possibility of clogging. It includes an ampule container having a bottom plate pivotable in one direction. Ampules stored randomly in the container are moved onto an inclined top surface of an ampule receiver and raised. When the ampule receiver rises to its highest level, the ampules slide on its surface and drop onto a conveyor belt of a dispenser provided outside of the side wall of the ampule container. Ampules are thus discharged by the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Yuyama Seisakusho
    Inventors: Shoji Yuyama, Naoki Koike, Yasuhiro Shigeyama
  • Patent number: 6109475
    Abstract: The present invention includes a parts feeder system capable of being used in either a first mode without an auxiliary hopper or in a second mode with and auxiliary hopper. The parts feeder system includes an enclosure having an opening therein. In the first or manual-feed mode, the parts feeder system is replenished my manual filling thereof, and in the second or auxiliary hopper-feed mode the opening in the enclosure accommodates an auxiliary hopper. When the auxiliary hopper is used, the dispensing chute of the auxiliary hopper is positioned over the supply of the parts feeder. Additionally, the enclosure of the parts feeder system is configured with grooves so that it can be secured by a minimal number of fixation elements and can therefore be easily attached and removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Inventor: S. Neal Graham
  • Patent number: 5735408
    Abstract: A cassette storing electronic components, which is employed for supplying a plurality of electronic components to an apparatus for mounting electronic components, comprises a plurality of electronic components and a case having a storage space provided in its interior for storing the electronic components and a discharge port communicating with the storage space for discharging the electronic components. In this cassette storing electronic components, the case is provided with a plurality of plate type baffle walls for partially blocking the storage space. Consequently, movement of the electronic components in the case can be suppressed by the baffle walls even if the cassette is extremely moved in a state attached to a mounting machine. Thus, the electronic components as well as the case can be inhibited from reduction in quality, while the number of reusable times of the case can be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichi Fukuda, Toshikuni Hisaki
  • Patent number: 5474208
    Abstract: A coil of an interconnected chain of open bags is provided in which the coil has a center opening having a diameter at least as great as the transverse dimension of the bags. A dispenser is provided on which a coil of bags is mounted. An end of the chain is pulled from the center opening and fed around a tapered mandrel and thence over a feed control mandrel oriented in angular relationship with the tapered mandrel. The web is then fed to a bagging machine for dispensing, loading and closing of the bags. The table on which the coil is mounted is rotatable so that the orientation of a span of bags running from the coil to the tapered mandrel remains substantially constant as the web is fed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1995
    Assignee: Automated Packaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph F. Ball
  • Patent number: 5465868
    Abstract: The system includes a buffer magazine connected to each riveting machine and comprising a bundle of tubes, each of which contains a certain amount of preoriented rivets or like fasteners deliverable one-by-one to the riveting machine, and a stationary main feed station for supplying all of the buffer magazines with rivets. Each buffer magazine contains the entire inventory of rivets used by the riveting machine and quickly satisfies any request for rivets from the riveting machine. The floor-mounted main feed station is activated when the level of rivets in a tube of a buffer reaches a minimum level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1995
    Assignee: Bears S.r.l.
    Inventor: Giovanni B. Bonomi
  • Patent number: 5464119
    Abstract: An automatic machine for dispensing an ice cream portion comprises, in combination, a dispenser (10) for dispensing cones (18) or the like in an inverted position, and a seat (20) arranged to receive the cone (18) in an upright position and to convey it to an ice cream delivery mouth (27). Between the cone dispenser (10) and the seat (20) there is provided a cone (18) overturning and feed device (12) arranged to receive a cone (18) in an inverted position, to overturn it into an upright position and to feed it automatically into the seat (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1995
    Assignee: Universal Ice Cream Machines S.r.l.
    Inventors: Caccia Giuseppe, Airoldi Luigi
  • Patent number: 5460296
    Abstract: For the transportation and storage of cigarettes (10), containers (11), which are open on a large-area front side and which, furthermore, have a downwardly directed emptying orifice (17), are used. This emptying orifice (17) is directed upwards before the emptying operation. In order to guarantee a regular fault-free emptying of the container (11), with the emptying orifice (17) directed downwards, there can be introduced into the container (11) pressure member (25) which extends over the entire length of a cigarette level (24) and which exerts slight pressure on the cigarettes (10). An exact horizontal cigarette level (24) is thereby established. The pressure member (25) rests on the cigarettes (10) over the entire length of the latter. To introduce the pressure member (25) into the container (11) in an upper position, the pressure member (25) s displaceable by a transversely movable actuating member, especially by a crosshead (60).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1995
    Assignee: Focke & Co (GmbH & Co.)
    Inventors: Heinz Focke, Hugo Mutschall
  • Patent number: 5458260
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a modular display for merchandising tubular cartridges containing adhesives, caulks, sealants or similar flowable elastomeric materials, where each cartridge contains a narrow dispensing nozzle at one end of the cartridge. The modular display unit comprises structural means for automatically aligning the cartridges horizontally and orientating the nozzles forwardly while stacking the cartridges in vertical rows by gravity feed. The internal structure includes a slotted front panel where the slot engages the narrowed nozzles but prevents passage of the enlarged tube end of the cartridge. The display unit enables the consumer to remove cartridges from the bottom and to reinsert cartridges at the top along with maintaining the intended forward orientation and horizontal alignment in the vertically stacked cartridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Assignee: The Glidden Company
    Inventors: Anthony Sainato, Thomas Conway, Scott Padiak
  • Patent number: 5417264
    Abstract: A dowel transfer station in a dowel driving device which includes a dowel separating and conveying unit and a manually operated driving gun to which dowels are supplied through a hose line. The dowel transfer station is arranged between the dowel separating and conveying unit and the hose line conducted to the driving gun. The dowel transfer station includes a reciprocating dowel holder which receives a dowel emerging from the dowel separating and conveying unit and supplies the dowel to the opening of the hose line conducted to the driving gun. For eliminating dowels which do not have the appropriate size, the dowel holder has a bore for receiving a dowel, wherein the depth of the bore is adjustable and the inner end of the bore is connected to a compressed air line which can be switched on and off by a valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Inventor: Erwin Ganner
  • Patent number: 5325578
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for automatically installing a clamp made from a flat blank on an object to be fastened thereby, in which individual blanks are separated from a supply of such blanks, are fed as individual blanks to a deformation station where the flat blank is deformed into circular shape, the thus-deformed clamp is transferred from the deformation station to the object to be fastened thereby where it is placed over the object, and the clamp is thereafter tightened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1994
    Assignee: Hans Oetiker AG Maschinen- und Apparatefabrik
    Inventor: Hans Oetiker
  • Patent number: 4979640
    Abstract: An apparatus for aligning/supplying electronic component chips comprises an aligning passage for guiding and moving a plurality of electronic component chips in a state aligned with each other along a prescribed direction, and a chamber which communicates with the aligning passage for storing a plurality of electronic component chips. The chamber at least comprises a small chamber which is formed in the vicinity of an inlet of the aligning passage and a large chamber which communicates with the small chamber. A gradient plane or a rounded face is formed in at least a part of the wall surfaces defining the small chamber when viewed in cross-section according to a plane which is parallel to a direction across the aligning passage, thereby preventing inadvertent retention of electronic component chips between the wall surface within the small chamber and facilitating their movement from the small chamber to the aligning passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1990
    Assignee: Murata Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Konishi, Kenichi Fukuda
  • Patent number: 4934560
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tangential distributor for stoppers of a given length and diameter. The distributor comprises a pair of rotating coaxial plates separated by a vertical distance which is slightly more than one stopper diameter. Between these plates is formed a passageway between a central portion of the plates and a peripheral area. Properly aligned stoppers are removed from this peripheral area. A baffle is formed into the passageway to orient the stoppers and allow only those oriented tangentially to the plates to pass into the peripheral area. A guide around the peripheral area retains the stoppers in the peripheral area until they are removed. The plates may be rotated at variable velocities for control of the rate of removal and orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1990
    Assignee: S.A.R.L. Proto Gamma
    Inventor: Marc Bouyer