Combined Or Convertible Patents (Class 221/199)
  • Patent number: 10259006
    Abstract: An extensible adhesive dispensing gun system. A syringe has a piston for urging an adhesive out of a nozzle, and a first mount at a back end of the syringe. A gun body contains a mechanism for advancing a plunger from a front end of the body in response to a trigger, and a second mount is disposed on the front end. An extension tube assembly includes an outer tube having near and far end adapters. A third mount on the near end adapter engages the second mount on the gun body, and a fourth mount on the far end adapter engages the first mount on the syringe. An inner rod member is arranged inside the outer tube. When the gun plunger is urged against a back end of the rod member, a leading end of the member forces the syringe piston to urge the adhesive out of the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: OFS FITEL, LLC
    Inventor: Kelvin B Bradley
  • Patent number: 10196198
    Abstract: A lid for use with a container including stacked articles configured to facilitate the removal of an uppermost article from the stacked articles. The lid includes a grabbing apparatus configured to adhere to the uppermost article of the stacked articles and a grabbing apparatus platform configured to support the grabbing apparatus that is extendible allowing extension of the grabbing apparatus from the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Kleen Test Products Corporation
    Inventors: William T. Ahlborn, Jeffrey G. Maxon, Douglas J. Arnold, Mark A. Oman, Linnea L. Esberg, Keith S. Everson, Greg W. Gierach, Kelly R. Effert
  • Patent number: 10196171
    Abstract: A carton, formed from a blank, has an integrated pouch cup for meal preparation and consumption. The blank comprises a main panel, a first side panel adjoining the main panel along a first fold line, and a second side panel adjoining the main panel along a second fold line. A bottom panel adjoins the main panel along a third fold line. The bottom panel has first and second bottom sections having a crease in between. The bottom panel further comprising an attachment tab section which extends from the second bottom section. The bottom panel has a width which is less than the width of the main panel so as to form open edge portions at a bottom edge of the main panel on both sides of the bottom panel, the open edge portions extending to the first and second fold lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Malnove Incorporated
    Inventors: Ramsey Fisher, Leo Quinones, Mark Kocovsky, Anthony Shun, Donald L. Scott
  • Patent number: 9552703
    Abstract: An arcade target game uses an extendable extraction device to enter a tube of cards in a horizontal direction. The prizes are protected by the tube's outer wall that limits successful attempts to those tries that avoid the wall. A vacuum source allows the extraction device to capture the prize if the extraction device successfully enters the tube. The extraction device's effective radius can be adjusted by extending projections that reduce the tolerance between the disk and the tube's outer wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventor: Stephen P. Shoemaker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9440762
    Abstract: A wrap around case including: a case body that includes a top face panel and a bottom face panel, a front face panel and a back face panel, and a pair of side face panels, and that is formed with a perforated tear section running along a ridgeline formed by the top face panel and each of the pair of side face panels; and an overlap section that extends from the top face panel toward the bottom face panel side and overlaps the front face panel, and that is formed with a gap to an edge portion at the bottom face panel side of a cutout portion formed at a position offset to one end side or another end side of the center, along the facing direction of the side face panels, of an edge portion at the top face panel side of the front face panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Yusuke Kagawa, Nobuyuki Kimoto
  • Patent number: 9327469
    Abstract: The invention relates to a rotary tablet press comprising: a rotatingly drivable rotor, having a die plate comprising die holes and assigned to the die holes upper and lower punches, rotating synchronously with the die plate, whose axial movement is controlled by upper and lower control cams, having at least one filling station comprising at least one filling device for filling the die holes with material to be pressed, having at least one compression station disposed downstream of the filling station in the rotational direction of the rotor, comprising at least one pressing device which presses the upper and/or lower punches into the die holes when passing through the compression station in order to press the filled material in the die holes, and having at least one ejector station, disposed downstream of the compression station in the rotational direction of the rotor, comprising an ejector device for ejecting the pressed tablets in the die holes, characterized in that at least one vibration generator is pr
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: FETTE COMPACTING GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Heinrich, Ingo Schmidt, Jan Naeve
  • Patent number: 9308420
    Abstract: A ball retrieving apparatus is formed with a tubular storage chamber on which is mounted a gateway mechanism at the lower end thereof. The gateway mechanism is formed of a cylindrical housing having a passageway therethrough for alignment with the tubular storage chamber engaged therewith. The housing incorporates a ring of spring-loaded detent balls that are biased to project into the passageway to restrict the effective diameter thereof. Balls being retrieved are pressed into the housing to retract the detent balls against the biasing force until the ball has passed the ring of detent balls. The biasing force on the detent balls will retain the collected balls within the tubular storage chamber until the chamber is emptied. The ball retrieving apparatus can be sized to receive any type of sports activity ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventor: Brett Davis
  • Patent number: 8870023
    Abstract: A cup rack includes a cup rack body for receiving multiple cups in a stack, and a base for supporting the storage cups in the cup rack body and defining an access port for finger access to pick up the cups individually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Dongguan Master United Plastic & Hardware Products Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsung-Yu Tsai
  • Publication number: 20140305959
    Abstract: A pill dispenser includes a main body, a pillbox, and a cleaning member. The main body includes an arm, a first air pipe, a second air pipe, and a filter. The suction nozzle is located on the arm, and the suction nozzle is connected to the filter by the first air pipe. The pillbox receives a number of pills. The suction nozzle is moveable into the pillbox by the arm to vacuum the pills. The cleaning member cleans the suction nozzle before the suction nozzle is moved into the pillbox to vacuum the pill, and impurities is suctioned into the filter via the first air pipe and the suction nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: PEI-YI CHAN, SZU-HAI HUANG
  • Patent number: 8684228
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a mobile and self-contained sanitizing wipe dispensing system that dispenses discreet sheets of sanitizing wipes for hand or surface sanitization. The system is configured to facilitate the consistent dispensing of individual wipes, preferably from a roll of perforated but attached wipes, such that each wipe is separated at the point of perforation and the leading edge of the following sheet for easy access of each successive wipe. Means are provided to dispense wipes from a wall that is incorporated into the system, a plurality of walls forming an enclosure. The enclosure functions as a storage device for its own wipe refills and provides an integrated receptacle for used wipes. One embodiment comprises walls that are like-configured for ease in production and assembly and for reducing the cost of production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Handago, LLC
    Inventor: Kimberly A Parker
  • Publication number: 20140033603
    Abstract: Apparatuses and techniques for subterranean placement or positioning of one or more items are provided. In one aspect, an apparatus is configured to form a hole in the ground and subsequently provide a pathway for positioning one or more items in the hole. In one form, the items that may subterraneously placed or positioned using the apparatus may include agricultural products such as seeds or delivery vehicles that include one or more fertilizers or pesticides or combinations of these materials, just to provide a few non-limiting examples. Further embodiments, forms, objects, features, advantages, aspects, and benefits shall become apparent from the description and drawings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Dow AgroSciences LLC
    Inventor: Ronald L. Cassell
  • Publication number: 20130292403
    Abstract: Among other things, we describe an apparatus that includes a tubular body elongated along a longitudinal axis and having an interior cavity and a first open end, the interior cavity extending along the longitudinal axis and sized to receive multiple pharmaceutical pills, the interior cavity having a largest cross-sectional dimension perpendicular to the longitudinal axis that is sized to fit a single pharmaceutical pill within the cavity, the first open end sized to admit a pharmaceutical pill into the interior cavity, and a device to selectively allow insertion and removal of pills from the interior cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: CapsulePen LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Cote, Minhao Shi
  • Publication number: 20130264353
    Abstract: A smoothie dispenser (20, 20S, 20A) comprises a frame (22); a smoothie receptacle storage section (24); and a receptacle conformed chiller section (26). The smoothie receptacle storage section (24) is provided within the frame (22) and configured to house plural smoothie receptacles (30) at a first temperature. The chiller section (26) is arranged to receive a selected smoothie receptacle released from the smoothie receptacle storage section and configured to crystallize contents of the selected smoothie receptacle. The receptacle conformed chiller section (26) is “receptacle conformed” in the sense that a surface of the chiller section is configured to conform to (e.g., have a surface of shape to mate with or to form substantially greater than linear contact with) at least a portion an exterior profile or periphery of the selected smoothie receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventor: Michael MILAN
  • Patent number: 8554363
    Abstract: An apparatus configured to dispense a plurality of connected inflatable structures is provided. The apparatus may include a motor which is configured to advance a dispensing device to thereby advance the connected inflatable structures. A sensor is configured to detect a pulling force applied to the dispensing device and configured to output a signal corresponding to the pulling force. A controller is configured to receive the signal and output a control signal to direct the motor to advance the dispensing device in response to the signal to thereby dispense the connected inflatable structures. A related system includes the apparatus in addition to an inflation device configured to inflate the connected inflatable structures and an accumulation bin configured to store the connected inflatable structures. A related method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation
    Inventors: Laurence Sperry, Christopher DiTonno, Jason Lepine
  • Publication number: 20130240557
    Abstract: A display including a first panel connected to a second panel along a seam, wherein the first panel includes a first edge opposed from the seam and the second panel includes a second edge opposed from the seam, at least one first tab connected to the first panel along the first edge, and at least one second tab connected to the second panel along the second edge, wherein the first panel is folded relative to the second panel along the seam such that the first tab is engaged with the second tab such that engagement between the first tab and the second tab fixedly aligns the first panel relative to the second panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Outta The Box Dispensers, LLC
    Inventor: Michael J. Emoff
  • Patent number: 8538580
    Abstract: Sheet product dispensers and methods for controlling the dispensers are provided. A sheet product dispenser includes a housing and a dispensing assembly disposed in the housing. The dispensing assembly is configured to hold a roll of sheet product thereon and to dispense a portion of the roll of sheet product. The sheet product dispenser further includes an ultraviolet light source disposed on the housing. The ultraviolet light source is configured to emit ultraviolet light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventor: Warren R. Brownlee
  • Patent number: 8505770
    Abstract: An animal waste bag dispenser wherein a roll of waste bags with the leading waste bag protruding from the center is inserted into a holder with an aperture on one end, and the holder is inserted into a plush animal with a second aperture aligned with the first aperture so that waste bags may be dispensed therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Four Paws Products, Ltd.
    Inventor: Barry Askinasi
  • Publication number: 20130184859
    Abstract: A tracking device for assisting in traceability of grain includes a plastic body, an RFID chip disposed within the plastic body, and a weight comprised of a ferromagnetic material disposed within the plastic body. A method provides for dispensing tracking devices into a stream of grain so as to associate identifying information with the stream of grain. A system includes a dispensing device configured to singulate and dispense tracking devices into a flow of grain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: AG LEADER TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: Dennis Sell
  • Publication number: 20130158702
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for dispensing at least one item of media from one of a plurality of possible media dispensing ports. The apparatus includes a user interface comprising a user display, an intermediate display adjacent to the user display and a port location display adjacent to the intermediate display and adjacent to a plurality of possible media dispensing ports. Each display is arranged to selectively display a visual cue to direct a user to a selected one of the possible media dispensing ports.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: NCR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Andrew Colley
  • Patent number: 8444010
    Abstract: A food dispensing device having a frame with first and second sidewalls in spaced parallel relation that house a heating board and a slant board. The slant board is positioned below the heating board and both slope downwardly. Specifically, the heating board has a plurality of slots therein such that juice from a food product flows through the slots and onto the slant board. Adjacent and below the heating board and slant board is a flange that is positioned such that when a food product is placed on the heating board the food product rolls toward the flange and simultaneously juice flows from off the slant board into a juice tray disposed below the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Benchmark USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Tom S. Berger
  • Publication number: 20130116818
    Abstract: A pill dispensing assembly for dispensing a pill from a pill bottle includes a first layer having a pill exit passage. A second layer is operatively connected to the first layer, and includes a pill entry passage horizontally offset from the exit passage. A pill dispensing layer is positioned between the first and second layers, is movable with respect to the first and second layers, and includes a holding chamber sized to receive the pill. The holding chamber is horizontally movable from a first loading position in which the holding chamber is aligned with the entry passage and is horizontally offset from the exit passage to receive the pill, to a second dispensing position in which the holding chamber is aligned with the exit passage and is horizontally offset from the entry passage to dispense the pill through the exit passage. Pill dispensing may be timed or time monitored.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph Bruce Hamilton
  • Patent number: 8387519
    Abstract: A roasting apparatus is provided which includes a shaft having a first end adapted to receive an edible wafer via an internal opening in the wafer, a second end, and a retaining portion near the second end that is adapted to removably retain the edible wafer to the shaft. The first end has a first shape adapted to enable the wafer to travel along the first end of the shaft towards the retaining portion with the retaining portion having a second shape different from the first shape and adapted to removably engage the wafer when moved from the first end to the retaining portion such that the shaft may be tilted down relative to the second end without the wafer traveling due to gravity beyond the retaining portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventor: Michael McGuigan
  • Publication number: 20130043271
    Abstract: An interactive vending machine comprising a touch screen interactive display, where the display provides a visual and audio information concerning goods within the vending machine upon activation by the consumer; a purchasing means, where the purchasing means includes a credit card acceptor, a bill receiver and a coin receiver; a dispensing door, where the dispensing door enables access to the goods after purchase; and a payment receipt dispenser. The touch screen includes a video display to display advertisements pertaining to the goods within the vending machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventors: Audra South, Nicole Crowe, Bonita Crowe
  • Patent number: 8360236
    Abstract: A ball carrier having a hollow tubular support member for holding a plurality of balls stacked axially therein and a ball release tab configured to release one ball at a time from an open end of the hollow tubular support member. The ball release tab may have a first stopper portion, a second stopper portion, and a manipulation portion. The ball release tab may be biased in a first position in which the first stopper portion impedes exit of the balls and may be actuated via the manipulation portion to a second position in which the first portion is rotated away from the balls and the second stopper portion impedes exit of the balls. When the ball release tab moves from the second position to the first position, the second stopper portion rotates away from the balls, allowing the ball resting on the second stopper portion to drop out of the ball carrier, while the first stopper portion rotates back toward the balls, impeding the next ball from dropping out of the ball carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventors: Michael Young, Gordon Arthur Young, Richard Bloomer
  • Publication number: 20130020342
    Abstract: An apparatus for storing, transporting and dispensing balls, specifically golf balls. The apparatus has a tube with a spring at one end to force balls towards the second end, the second end having an opening and a restraint to keep the golf balls from inadvertently exiting the apparatus. The apparatus further has a cap that is selectively secured to the apparatus over the opening, thereby enclosing the golf balls within the apparatus. In an alternate embodiment, the apparatus is dimensioned to store soda cans, and the apparatus comprises insulating material to keep the soda cans in a temperature-controlled environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventor: Carlos Cardoso
  • Publication number: 20130001240
    Abstract: An apparatus for writing data to and dispensing one or more of solid-state devices is enclosed. A preferred device herein comprises a write port engageable with a solid-state storage device within a chamber via a hopper. The chamber is further provided for holding the solid-state storage device as the solid-state storage device engages with the write port. Additionally a transfer assembly is provided for moving the solid-state storage device from the chamber to dispense the solid-state storage device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventors: Gordon P. Fletcher, Lisbeth M. Fletcher
  • Publication number: 20120323360
    Abstract: The disclosure relates generally to methods and devices for taking care of elderly, disabled, or other dependents. The devices and methods may be useful for dependents that are not willing or able to live in an environment which has a caretaker physically present. Example devices and methods can facilitate communication between a caretaker and a dependent. Devices and methods can optionally facilitate disbursing medications remotely.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventor: Lisa M. Lavin
  • Publication number: 20120305589
    Abstract: A personal hygiene storage unit, particularly that functions both as a hanging storage/dispensing unit and as a personal hygiene travel pack includes: (a) a hollow body with a bottom, upwardly projecting walls and an open top; (b) a top connected to the bottom and having closing mechanism to fix the top in a closed position; and, (c) a pair of opposing elongated hanging hooks connected to at least one of the main housing, the back hatch top and the front hatch top, for attachment to a toilet paper roll rod and hinges for folding the hooks to create a compact travel pack and positioned for ergonomically beneficial tilting for access when under a roll of toilet paper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventors: Nancy J. Gerschwiler Steck, Paul K. Steck
  • Publication number: 20120305588
    Abstract: A personal hygiene storage unit that functions both as a hanging storage/dispensing unit and as a personal hygiene travel pack includes: (a) a hollow body with a bottom, upwardly projecting walls and an open top; (b) a back hatch top hingeably connected to the back wall of the bottom and having closing mechanism to fix the back hatch top in a closed position; (c) a front hatch top hingeably connected to the front wall of the bottom; and, (d) a pair of opposing elongated hanging hooks connected to at least one of the main housing, the back hatch top and the front hatch top, for attachment to a toilet paper roll rod and hinges for folding the hooks to create a compact travel pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventors: Nancy J. Gerschwiler Steck, Paul K. Steck
  • Publication number: 20120285978
    Abstract: The subject matter disclosed herein relates to systems and methods for providing image projection and entertainment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Mark A. Reichow, Thomas Frasier LaDuke, Steve Kosakura, R. Christopher Biggs
  • Patent number: 8297471
    Abstract: A use-activated cup dispenser capable of sensing the manual removal of individual cups therefrom is provided. Manual removal is understood to include physical contact between a hand and a cup and extraction of the cup from the cup dispenser by the user. The invention includes a decorative cover including a housing disposed between first and second covers, at least one switch mechanism, a control circuit, and at least one active element including light elements, motor elements, scent dispensers, and/or audio elements. The decorative cover further includes an opening along one end. One or more switch mechanisms are provided along the first cover adjacent to the opening. The functionality of switch mechanisms includes direct contact, indirect contact, and non-contact between the cup and an optical or mechanical switch. The control circuit could be disposed on a circuit board and controls the functionality of the active elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventors: Christopher P. Dooley, Loren Tayior, Paul S Nielsen, Gwen Nielsen, legal representative
  • Publication number: 20120271453
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a kiosk that dispenses products with no moving parts. The kiosk can dispense a rental product, and the rental product can be returned via a mail service, or it can be retained for a purchase price. The kiosk comprises a removable cartridge containing the products, and the cartridge can be readily replaced with a new cartridge to replenish the inventory of products in the kiosk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: VIGIX, Inc.
    Inventor: Eduardo Alvarez
  • Publication number: 20120261436
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing a paper product and another item comprises a body defining a slot therein. The slot is configured to receive a bar therethrough. The body comprises a back and an adjustment assembly. A portion of the adjustment assembly is positioned within the slot and is biased away from the back. The body comprises a top comprising a tab extending therefrom. The tab is configured to engage a portion of a container configured to receive one or more of the items. The apparatus comprises a paper product hanger extending from the body. The paper product hanger is configured to receive a paper product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventor: Michael Sean Farrell
  • Publication number: 20120248136
    Abstract: A station combines a toilet paper dispenser, dispenser for dispensing hand wipes, a dispenser for dispensing surface antibiotic wipes, and a deodorant feature. The station includes a toilet paper dispenser made from a plastic type material and the toilet paper dispenser may be a single or double roll dispenser. The station cover houses a battery-operated fan that pulls air from inside the dispenser. A tray inside the dispenser holds a fragrance cup holding a quantity of deodorant. The base holds one or two rolls of commercial toilet paper, each of which rolls on a hollow plastic axle to hold a bottle containing wipes. A microswitch may be integrated in the cover to disengage the fan when the cover of the unit is open.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: KELLYCRAFT INNOVATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Leigh A. Meyers
  • Publication number: 20120241463
    Abstract: Distribution and dispensing modalities are provided for reusable medical gowns which involves generally loose handling thereof. Dispensing containers have a collapsible sidewall structure extending between opposite ends and defining therebetween an interior when un-collapsed or erected, at least one of the ends defining an opening through which clean, reusable medical gowns can be loaded, a closure repeatably manipulatable to open and close the opening, and a controllable access aperture at least a portion, or all, of which is spaced from the opening through which to selectively remove a clean, reusable medical gown. The loaded dispensing container may be transported to or around a healthcare facility and placed where needed for ready access at the point-of-use to clean, reusable medical gowns through the controllable access aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: STANDARD TEXTILE CO., INC.
    Inventor: Ira N. Zimmerman
  • Publication number: 20120187141
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing solid articles includes a manifold assembly. The manifold assembly includes a manifold and a door assembly. The manifold has a plenum and an inlet port in fluid communication with the plenum. The door assembly includes a door panel and a shield. The door panel is selectively moveable between a closed position, wherein the door panel restricts airflow through the inlet port, and an open position, wherein the door panel permits airflow through the inlet port. The shield defines a pocket to receive the door panel in the open position and thereby reduce or restrict flow of air behind the door panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventors: Demetris P. Young, Bradley Kenneth Smith, Deborah H. Heller
  • Publication number: 20120175381
    Abstract: A gumball machine includes a gumball container having a housing that contains a plurality of gumballs, and a dispensing section that has a knob for controlling the dispensing of a gumball. The gumball machine also includes a base having a bottom portion that is seated on a surface, the base having a body with an opening through which a gumball is dispensed. A plurality of novelty modules are removably connected to each other, with each module having a different novelty feature. The plurality of novelty modules includes an upper module that is removably connected to the dispensing section, and a lower module that is removably connected to the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventor: Hoi Wai Fu
  • Publication number: 20120160861
    Abstract: An apparatus for writing data to and dispensing one or more of solid-state devices may comprise a write port engageable with a solid-state storage device within the one or more solid-state storage devices to write the data to the solid-state device; a chamber for holding the solid-state storage device as the solid-state storage device engages with the write port; and a transfer assembly for moving the solid-state storage device from the chamber to dispense the solid-state storage device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Inventor: Lisbeth Moreira Fletcher
  • Publication number: 20120152972
    Abstract: A portable, medication dispensing device which dispenses prepackaged pill strands of medication from a secure, storage compartment through a mechanism which physically limits the quantity dispensed per a pre-programmed protocol. The device has a detachable storage component which can be filled by trained clinical or pharmacy staff, which can be locked. The device has a dispensing mechanism, which employs a user-powered, hub to advance a pill strand of pre-packaged medications, when appropriate. This advancing hub is secured from advancing inappropriately by a locking mechanism where a sturdy piston is moved into and out of recesses in the rounded surface of the hub. The device also contains standard electronic components, including a power source, central processing unit (CPU), visual and auditory outputs, and communications ports.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventor: Matthew I. Joslyn
  • Publication number: 20120118907
    Abstract: The provision of the table that vending machines were united. The present invention to achieve the problem is a Vending machine-integrated table, comprising: a main body of table having at least top; and a vending machine under the top. One of a displaying and receiving means and window part is provided to the top. The displaying and receiving means is provided to the top, displaying a product which can be sold with the vending machine, and accepting an instructions from a user. The window part is viewing a product receiving area accommodated the product. And a product transporting means is provided to the vending machine, transporting the product accommodated by the product receiving area into a product takeoff opening provided in the product receiving area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: BLD ORIENTAL, CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasushi Ochi
  • Publication number: 20120116578
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to a sales kiosk, a kiosk system and a process for dispensing or ordering one or more target products or samples of the target products. This disclosure is further directed to a kiosk system having a plurality of the sales kiosks connected via wired or wireless connections. The sales kiosks can be particularly useful for dispensing samples of sales products, such as furniture, typically not suitable to dispense at the sales location; or customized products that need to be customized. The sales kiosk can further be useful for ordering sales products. The sale kiosks can provide advantages for seeing and experiencing the sales products even the sale products cannot be directly displayed or dispensed. The kiosk can be modular and can comprise one or more modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventor: Junfang Zhang
  • Publication number: 20120097699
    Abstract: A dispenser can include a charge collector, an arc gap and a ground, where the arc gap is between the charge collector and the ground. The arc gap provides high impedance and can be set to a distance of from about 0.1 to about 0.01 inches. The technology operates by collecting charge from at one charge generating site with at least one charge collector and sending the charge to ground through the arc gap, the arc gap being between the at least one charge collector and the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: SCA TISSUE NORTH AMERICA LLC
    Inventors: John S. FORMON, Russell G. WIESER, Joseph WIESER
  • Publication number: 20120095593
    Abstract: The apparatus and process of the present invention provides for the automated, singulated dispensing of articles, particularly solid oral medication in predetermined quantities. The apparatus of the invention is a canister which houses a screw having a channel of a certain width and depth that corresponds to the dimensions of a particular pill type. The screw is removably mounted within a canister, such that screws having channels of various dimensions, corresponding to a particular pill to be dispensed, can be substituted into the canister. Upon rotation of the screw, the articles to be dispensed travel along a sidewall, pass under a singulation ramp, and exit from an aperture on the proximal end of the canister. A rotational driver-coupling is mounted to the proximal end of the screw, allowing for activation of the canister by engaging the screw. The present invention further describes methods of dispensing articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventors: Darcy Clarke, Kameron Bumb, Michael Sherrod, Geoffrey Wathen
  • Publication number: 20120074162
    Abstract: Provided is a blood collection tube storage box which performs an operation of preparing a blood collection tube in advance in a blood collection step as a pre-step of a blood collection test. The blood collection tube storage box includes a transferring belt (2), which is brought into abutment with an outer peripheral side surface of a blood collection tube main body (4A) to transfer the blood collection tube main body (4A), a side surface support plate (11), which is brought into point contact with an outer peripheral side surface of the blood collection tube main body (4A) on an opposite side of the transferring belt (2) to support the blood collection tube main body (4A) so that the side surface support plate (11) is opposed to the transferring belt (2), and an inclined support plate (3), which is brought into point contact with a lower end surface edge portion of a blood collection tube cap (10) on the transferring belt (2) side to support the blood collection tube cap (10) in a suspended manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: AFC Limited
    Inventor: Nobuo Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20120074160
    Abstract: A product dispensing container including a plurality of walls that define an internal volume, at least one of the walls including an access door panel, a priming area and a severance line, and a plurality of products received in the internal volume, wherein the priming area is displaceable relative to the wall to form a free edge, and wherein the access door panel is at least partially defined by the free edge and the severance line when the priming area is displaced relative to the wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventors: Laurel Thomas, Aaron L. Bates, John Gelardi
  • Publication number: 20120067918
    Abstract: A dispenser arrangement for interfolded napkins, the dispenser including a container having a bottom wall and side walls surrounding the bottom wall and extending from the bottom wall in a direction generally perpendicular thereto and defining a dispensing opening opposite the bottom wall. The bottom wall includes a supporting surface for supporting a rectangular stack of interfolded napkins. At least one weight is placed in the container, the weight having a projected surface on the bottom wall which is less than or equal to one third of the stack supporting surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventor: Cecilia Nordlund
  • Publication number: 20120072016
    Abstract: An apparatus configured to dispense a plurality of connected inflatable structures is provided. The apparatus may include a motor which is configured to advance a dispensing device to thereby advance the connected inflatable structures. A sensor is configured to detect a pulling force applied to the dispensing device and configured to output a signal corresponding to the pulling force. A controller is configured to receive the signal and output a control signal to direct the motor to advance the dispensing device in response to the signal to thereby dispense the connected inflatable structures. A related system includes the apparatus in addition to an inflation device configured to inflate the connected inflatable structures and an accumulation bin configured to store the connected inflatable structures. A related method is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventors: Laurence Sperry, Christopher DiTonno, Jason Lepine
  • Publication number: 20120048879
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing a pallet sleeve beneath a load comprises a conveyor component including conveyor elements configured to convey the load thereon in a first direction, one or more stations spaced apart along the first direction and a mechanism for changing the relative vertical positions of the conveyor elements and the stations. The apparatus further includes a pallet sleeve dispenser adjacent the conveyor component and configured for storing pallet sleeves in spaced apart sections aligned with a corresponding station. A drive element associated with each of the stations is configured to engage a pallet sleeve to drive the pallet sleeve from the dispenser to the conveyor component in a second direction substantially perpendicular to the first direction. A retention mechanism is provided to support a stack of pallet sleeves above a lowermost sleeve being driven from the dispenser to the position underneath the load on the conveyor component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: SYSTEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher Harris, Sean Finley
  • Publication number: 20120025981
    Abstract: An item tracking apparatus includes a tag interrogator that transmits an interrogation signal and receives a signal emitted by a tag affixed to an item in response to the tag receiving the interrogation signal, wherein the tag and item are part of a bio-compatible consumable dosage delivery unit and a controller that determines a state of the item based on the received signal. A consumable dosage delivery unit includes a dosage form and a bio-compatible wireless communications tag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: ANALOGIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sorin Marcovici
  • Patent number: 8103379
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment includes a cabinet having at least one drawer with selectable access for storing items, such as medications. A slidable cover with a first opening allows for closure and/or access to items in an interior of the drawer. The cabinet further includes an actuator coupled to the cover and a controller coupled to the actuator to control movement of the first opening relative to the drawer interior in response to signals generated from a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: AutoMed Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott I. Biba, Randall S. Koplin, Daniel J. Lee, Kathy L. Soukup, James A. Michael