Selective Separation From Supply Patents (Class 221/163)
  • Patent number: 8967428
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a gum dispenser for automatically dispensing gum by the vertical lifting of a gum case. Particularly, the present invention provides a container that has a self-sealing means, accurately dispenses a piece of gum one by one, prevents the generation of container defects, and provides ease of operation and molding. Currently, in the above operation structure, an inner case receiving gum therein is fitted in a lifting shaft of an outer case to be lifted or lowered so that a piece of gum is pushed up to an upper end of the lifting shaft, and then the gum is exposed to a dispensing hole perforated in a lid, which is coupled with the inner case, one by one for a user to enjoy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: ID Platech Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Kang Cheal Kim
  • 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: 8701932
    Abstract: A utensil dispensing tray that cooperates with a dispenser. The tray includes at least one feature that causes the utensil, such as a knife, fork, spork, or spoon, to rotate from a first orientation to a second orientation for presentation as the utensil drops into the tray. The tray also includes one or more features that result in the utensil being consistently positioned in its second orientation within a dispensing area of the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventors: Christopher M. Reinsel, Jamison J. Float, Jay F. Perkins, Eric M. Krouse, Michael T. Kopczewski, Shawn A. Oakes
  • 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: 8360273
    Abstract: A cutlery utensil dispenser having at least one utensil compartment and a dispensing mechanism is disclosed. Each utensil compartment is so dimensioned and configured to house a stack of utensils. The dispensing mechanism includes a drive member in operable communication with at least one driven member, each driven member being associated with a respective one of the compartments. Actuation of the drive member causes simultaneous actuation of each driven member that causes a utensil to be dispensed from each compartment in repeatable succession one at a time. Also disclosed is a cutlery utensil dispenser having an electric motor in operable communication with the dispensing mechanism, and a controller in operable communication with the motor. The controller includes a processing circuit responsive to computer executable instructions which when executed on the processing circuit facilitates dispensing of a utensil from the utensil compartment by operation of the motor on command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventors: Christopher M. Reinsel, Brian Durant, Stephen J. Drabant, Thomas J. Steimer
  • Patent number: 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: 8105535
    Abstract: The present invention is to present a pipette tip supplier which is capable of convey the pipette tip smoothly. The pipette tip supplier 30 comprises: container 31 for containing pipette tips 3; separator 36 for separating pipette tips one by one; transporting section 37 for transporting pipette tips separated by the separator 36, one by one, to a first position via a second position and for dropping the transported pipette tips from the first position, the pipette tips transported by the transporting section 37 comprising a preceding pipette tip and a following pipette tip transported after the preceding pipette tip; detector 40e for detecting the following pipette tip at the second position before the following pipette tip arrives at the first position; and controller 2a for controlling the transporting section 37 so as to suspend transporting operation when the detector 40e detects the following pipette tip at the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Sysmex Corporation
    Inventors: Takeo Kowari, Takayoshi Izumi
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20110180562
    Abstract: A utensil dispensing tray that cooperates with a dispenser. The tray includes at least one feature that causes the utensil, such as a knife, fork, spork, or spoon, to rotate from a first orientation to a second orientation for presentation as the utensil drops into the tray. The tray also includes one or more features that result in the utensil being consistently positioned in its second orientation within a dispensing area of the tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: DIXIE CONSUMER PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventors: Christopher M. Reinsel, Jay F. Perkins, Jamison J. Float, Eric M. Krouse, Michael T. Kopczewski, Shawn A. Oakes
  • Patent number: 7621390
    Abstract: A method and device for conveying articles on a continuously-operating machine for filling capsules with at least one pharmaceutical product, whereby each article is conveyed inside a respective seat on a transfer wheel, and is retained inside the seat by friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: MG 2 - S.r.l.
    Inventor: Angelo Ansaloni
  • 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: 20080245809
    Abstract: The device and method for storing and dispensing components uses storage and transport cases. The components have a head and a stem, the length of the component being greater than the width of the head. The device comprises a storage element adapted to house components individually housed in the cases; a step-by-step selecting device to allow the cases to pass one by one through an outlet; a sending unit with a housing adapted to support at least one case loaded with a component coming from the outlet; blowing means associated with the housing to provide the transport fluid to the inside of the case for the purpose of driving the component out of the case and into a transport tube; and an unloading device to unload the empty case from the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Applicant: SERRA SOLDADURA, S.A.
    Inventor: Alfred Fustel I Gascon
  • Patent number: 7390158
    Abstract: A handling device for electronic chip components includes an indexing table having a plurality of cavities for holding electronic chip components therein and a circulatory feeder for supplying the electronic chip components to the indexing table. One or more cavities are simultaneously disposed at a location which comes close to the circulatory feeder and, by performing a suction operation in the cavities, the electronic chip components are directly put into the cavities, without moving the electronic chip components along the main surface of the indexing table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yutaka Takagi, Eiji Karino
  • Patent number: 7357275
    Abstract: In a machine for filling capsules, a hopper containing the capsules is mounted to rotate about a respective first axis of rotation, so as to move about the first axis a number of feed channels, each of which receives the capsules successively from the hopper, and has a longitudinal second axis forming an angle of other than 90° with a reference plane perpendicular to the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: MG2 S.r.l.
    Inventor: Ernesto Gamberini
  • Patent number: 6695698
    Abstract: A dispensing game system includes a prize capsule storage hopper above two automatic hopper loaders that replenish the game below with prize capsules as needed. Two Ferris wheels carry free swinging gondolas that receive and hold the prize capsules from the loaders. Two or more player-activated actuator arms located next to the outer edge of the Ferris wheels are used to hit targets attached to the moving gondolas, in turn causing the gondolas to tip forward and release the prize capsule, which then falls down and rolls into the prize opening for the player to collect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Pixy Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Python Anghelo, Bryan Hansen, William Pfutzenreuter
  • Patent number: 6685052
    Abstract: A feed lever is lowered, correspondingly to the load input of a chip mounter. A rotary drum is intermittently moved through a conversion mechanism, intermittently in one direction. Chip components placed in a component accommodation chamber are aligned and discharged. When a rotation resistance larger than a predetermined value acts, a belt is slid, and breaking of a chip component is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Nemoto, Shigeki Takahashi, Nihei Kaishita, Mitsuhiro Namura
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20020153385
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing a fully threaded bobbin to an operator upon the depositing of an empty bobbin into the apparatus. The apparatus comprises a housing defining a storage compartment for storing the bobbins. The housing has a first opening for depositing the empty bobbins therein and a second opening for dispensing the full bobbins therefrom. A tray is mounted to the housing within the storage compartment for orienting and feeding fully threaded bobbins and a top and bottom slide are provided for transporting the full bobbins from the tray to the second opening. An actuator lever is slidably coupled to a lever channel for activating the apparatus. A release hinge is mounted to the top slide and operatively coupled to the acutator lever for releasing a single full bobbin from the top slide and to the second opening in response to the actuator lever being activated from a fully extended position to an actuated position and an empty bobbin being deposited into the first opening and lever channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2002
    Publication date: October 24, 2002
    Inventors: Thomas G. Kish, Ramiro Ramirez, Francisco Medellin, Richard Quintela
  • Patent number: 6443326
    Abstract: A component transfer mechanism transfers chip components along a liner passage by applying an inhaling pressure or a discharging pressure of an air bag or an air cylinder directly to the chip components in the liner passage, or by operating a component transfer member through an air actuator by the inhaling pressure or the discharging pressure. A component take-in mechanism stirs chip components in a storage chamber and takes them into a feeding passage by applying the inhaling pressure or the discharging pressure of the air bag or the air cylinder directly to the chip components in the storage chamber, or by operating a component stirring member through the air actuator by the inhaling pressure or the discharging pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Saito, Taro Yasuda
  • 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: 6290095
    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: May 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Saito, Taro Yasuda, Hiroyuki Matsui
  • Patent number: 6098838
    Abstract: In a bulk feeder, chips, stored randomly in a storage chamber, are fed one by one into a pipe extending vertically downwardly from the bottom of the storage chamber, and are further sequentially fed to a pickup position. In order to prevent the incomplete feeding of the chips into the pipe, an outer tube is provided in a manner to insert the pipe into the outer tube, and two projections are formed around an outer peripheral surface of the outer tube, and a pin is received between the two projections. The pin is rotated by a motor in eccentric relation to a horizontal axis of rotation of this motor, and the outer tube, while rotating, moves upward and downward, so that an upper end portion of the outer tube projects upwardly beyond an upper end of the pipe. As a result, the outer tube breaks into and disperses the group of chips residing above the pipe, so that the chips can be fed one by one into the pipe, and then the chips are fed sequentially to the pickup position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidehiro Saho, Yuji Tanaka
  • Patent number: 6089796
    Abstract: A component feeder being capable of supplying flat and minute components stably and rapidly. The component feeder comprises an agitation room 111 in which the components 102 are stirred by air, and a component conveying path 113 connected to the front of the agitation room 111 into which the components 102 of certain posture are blown, where they are aligned and transferred by air toward a given component feeding position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Ando, Yoshihisa Naitoh
  • Patent number: 5853108
    Abstract: When feeding parts (102) to a mounting machine (A) by using a parts feed cassette (B), prior to parts feed, air is preliminarily supplied to the parts feed cassette (B) to put the parts (102) in neat order, and the parts (102) are preliminarily sent up to a final position in a parts feed route (113). Accordingly, if the parts (102) cannot be securely sent up to the parts feed position (114) in the parts feed route (113) by supplying air (1b) only for a specific limited time for feeding parts (102), the parts (102) can be preliminarily sent forward in neat order, and by the supply of air (1b) for parts feed, the parts (102) can be fed quickly, securely, and stably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1998
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Ando, Yoshihisa Tachiyama, Yoshimi Ohara, Tsukasa Tanihara, Akio Yamagami, Kazuyuki Nakano, Shigeki Imafuku
  • Patent number: 4921106
    Abstract: A selection device for candy, in which confections are dispensed loose onto a first table turning at relatively low speed and spiralled around a fixed guide before being scattered onto a second, annular table that is concentric and coplanar with the first and rotates at higher speed; this second table is encompassed by a cylindrical pan, rotated at the same higher speed about an axis angled away from the axis of the tables to the extent that corresponding peripheral stretches of the second table and the top edge of the pan are made to converge in the same plane. The top edge of the pan is castellated with tapered radial sockets that are designed to accommodate the confections singly, conveying them through a circular path and into contact with a number of fixed cam profiles by which they are deflected from the sockets in such a way as to enable centrifugal ejection at respective selection and reject stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1990
    Assignee: G.D. Societa per Azioni
    Inventors: Mario Spatafora, Antonio Gamberini
  • Patent number: 4913335
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for die bonding, comprising the steps of arranging a wafer having a multiplicity of mutually separated semiconductor chips vertically and near a lead frame which is conveyed horizontally, and picking up each of the semiconductor chips from the wafer and bonding the same onto the lead frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1990
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masaharu Yoshida
  • Patent number: 4801044
    Abstract: A chip separation and alignment apparatus capable of accurately and readily accomplishing separation and alignment of chips with a simple construction. The apparatus includes a chip separation and alignment section and a chip separation section. The chip separation and alignment section includes a chip cassette formed into a flat rectangular box-like shape, in which are formed a chip storage chamber, a chip alignment hole provided with an upper end opening through which the chip alignment hole is communicated with a lower portion of the chip storage chamber and a lower end opening, and at least one air ejection port arranged near the upper end opening to intermittenly eject air therethrough. The chip separation section is arranged at the lower end opening of the chip alignment hole to separate chips one by one and to successively supply the separated chips to a subsequent step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1989
    Assignee: Nitto Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shigeru Kubota, Shoji Kanou, Masahiro Kubo
  • Patent number: 4469709
    Abstract: Products such as small chocolate bars, intended to be uniformly aligned on other products passing on a conveyor, such as pieces of dough in the manufacture of chocolate-filled cookies, are placed in a hopper having resiliently mounted walls. Beneath the hopper is a feeder comprising a cylindrical-sector-shaped feeder part. The feeder part includes a slot through which the chocolate bars can be disposed on the pieces of dough. By means of a motor-driven main crank assembly and a supplementary crank assembly, a perturbed sinusoidal motion is imparted to the feeder part, thus ensuring that the chocolate bars are consistently introduced into the feed slot, particularly in the vicinity of the walls of the hopper. A blocking and release mechanism, connected to the feeder and controlled by a sensor unit, ensures that only one chocolate bar drops on each piece of dough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1982
    Date of Patent: September 4, 1984
    Assignee: Seewer AG, Maschinenfabrik
    Inventor: Karl Schrauf
  • Patent number: 4091915
    Abstract: In the packaging of dispensing spoons with bottles in containers, the spoons are oriented by means of protuberances on shank portions thereof extending normal to the shank in the same direction as the hollow side of the spoon bowl. The spoons are tilted longitudinally either while falling off the end of a conveyor or by a downwardly curved conveyor section. Properly oriented spoons are caught by a wire extending above the conveyor during the tilting to hang the spoons on the wire in a single orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1976
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1978
    Inventor: Antonius Bernardus Claasen
  • Patent number: 4058236
    Abstract: A fragile article handling and orientating apparatus comprises a disoriented supply of the articles. Pick-up means associated with the supply and adjacent thereto are actuatable into engagement with the supply whereby the pick-up means engages a plurality of the articles. Further means are then provided for moving the pick-up means to a delivery zone. Positioned intermediate the supply and the delivery zone is a stripper means for stripping off all but one article, and insuring that the remaining article has a particular, desired orientation. At the delivery zone means are provided for removing the article therefrom and delivering it to a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1976
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1977
    Assignee: GTE Sylvania Incorporated
    Inventor: Raymond J. Brennan