With Discharge Assistant Patents (Class 221/208)
  • Patent number: 9295470
    Abstract: A resection device comprising a cup-shaped cap for a shaft-type inserting means is disclosed which is fixed at the distal end of the shaft-type inserting means or is formed at the same and includes an expanding sleeve portion to which a spring-biased tissue clip is attached which can be withdrawn by means of a releasing or withdrawing device over the distal front edge of the cap. In accordance with the invention, inside the expanding sleeve portion a cutting device is arranged which is held at the inner wall of the expanding sleeve portion at a predetermined axial distance from the distal front edge of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Ovesco Endoscopy AG
    Inventors: Franziska Baur, Chi-Nghia Ho, Marc O. Schurr, Gunnar Anhoeck, Thomas Gottwald
  • Patent number: 8985388
    Abstract: Present invention discloses a dispenser having means to dispense desired number of pills from a bulk supply of pills contained in the dispenser. The dispenser comprises of storage compartment having bulk supply of pills and having a discharge port emptying into counting compartment. The counting compartment contains first and second conveyors moving at first and second speed; wherein the second speed is greater than the first speed thereby enabling pill separation; the second conveyor discharges pills into dispensing compartment. Sensors are strategically placed along the conveyors to count pills discharged into dispensing compartment. A pill recovery system and apparatus is disposed inside the dispenser having means to recover pills remaining on first and second conveyors upon completion of a dispensation cycle and there after deposit recovered pills back into the storage compartment for use in future dispensation cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Nitesh Ratnakar
  • Patent number: 8960496
    Abstract: The present invention is concerned with a basket processing apparatus that includes a basket storage portion in a form of a horizontal load rail (2). A plurality of slide storage baskets (4) can be located in series on the rail (2). Each basket is “side loading” and the side loading aperture of each basket can be selectively covered by a slide retaining bar (6). When the baskets (4) are placed on the load rail (2) (e.g. by hooking or clipping the baskets onto the rail), the basket can be moved along the horizontal rail by a basket moving means. The arrangement of the rail and the basket moving means is such that the baskets can be pushed together and move as a “train”. Baskets moved to the pick-up end (12) of the rail can then be removed from the rail and processed. A vertical lift mechanism can be used to remove the basket and transport it to a processing device, for example a coverslipper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Thermo Shandon Ltd
    Inventors: John Temple, Ian Kerrod, Alan Prile, Roger Smith, Stephen Hankey
  • Patent number: 8950626
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (D) for storing and dispensing parts (P) of the type that comprises a rigid parallelepiped container (100) receiving at least one winding of a flexible storage pipe (200), wherein at least one end (220) of said pipe (200) opens to the outside and said end (220) is provided with a dispensing head (300), while the other end (210) is supplied with movement fluid, characterized in that the pipe (200) used for storing the parts (P) is made of a polyether-based polyurethane of about 64 shore D.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Eris Sarl
    Inventors: Pierre Auriol, Jean-Marc Auriol
  • Publication number: 20150008237
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for the dispensing and collection of objects in urban environments. More particularly, the disclosure provides systems and methods for dispensing and collecting helmets. The disclosure provides a self-sufficient, high-capacity, helmet dispensing system. In some embodiments, the system includes solar panels that provide the system with the requisite power needed to power the system. In some implementations, the system includes a vandal resistant return mechanism for the helmets. The system may also include communication modules, which may transmit system information to a backend server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Charles Mills, Jessica Artilles, Jose Avedillo, Kathryn Barnes, Ignacious Chen, Danielle Hicks, Shen Huang, Ron Perez, Laura Ware, Stephanie Whalen, Breanna Berry, Arni Lehto, Angela Chu, Manas Menon
  • Publication number: 20140201972
    Abstract: An air-driven feeder tool is provided for presenting swagable collars one at a time for placement on the shanks of lockbolts and thereby made ready for the application of a swaging tool. The swaging tool breaks off a pintail from the lockbolt and a vacuum system draws the broken-off pintails through a vacuum device and into a receptacle for safe disposal. The feeder mechanism comprises a magazine holding a supply f side-by-side collars, a presentation piece holding a short working collars and a worker-actuable trigger mechanism between the two queues for transferring collars, one at a time, from the magazine to the presentation queue. Two embodiments of the feeder tool are disclosed, each with a unique trigger position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: GAGE BILT, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph BUTVIN, Bruce T. GODFREY, Brian H. LEIGH, Tony P. POTTS
  • Patent number: 8747782
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide an efficient and effective technique for storing and dispensing reagent beads. In one embodiment, an apparatus is provided for dispensing reagent beads contained in a bead storage device which includes a bead carrier having a plurality of wells; a plurality of reagent beads disposed in the wells; and a cover tape releasably attached to the bead carrier to cover the wells and retain the reagent beads in the wells. The apparatus comprises a channel in which to place the bead storage device with the bead carrier facing a support wall of the channel and the cover tape facing a stripping wall of the channel. The stripping wall includes a stripping gap disposed between a stripping edge and an opposite edge, and a dispense opening provided adjacent the opposite edge on a side of the stripping wall opposite from the stripping edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Cepheid
    Inventors: Ronald Chang, Douglas B. Dority, Steven Montgomery
  • Patent number: 8662088
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for filling under gravity from a hopper (9), a storage device (2) for articles that has the form of a columnar cavity between opposed side walls with a mass flow of mutually parallel rod-shaped articles descending from the hopper, a cavity-filling device (12) that alternates in use between a closed configuration that blocks a downward flow of the said articles through the device and an open configuration that allows flow of the articles through the device, the device being movable in translation, in alternate upward and downward strokes within the cavity, being in the closed configuration on the downward stroke and in the open configuration on the upward stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: International Tobacco Machinery Poland SP . Z O.O.
    Inventors: Radoslaw Owczarek, Adam Gielniewski
  • Patent number: 8635805
    Abstract: A single small elastic disk, which may or may not include a central perforation, is dispensed from the storage cavity of the device into a holding channel at the edge thereof so that it can be threaded onto a fishhook to serve as a bait retainer. The lateral movement of the hook from the edge of the dispenser removes the retainer from the channel, so that is placing firmly on the shaft of the fishhook. The central portion, being opened by the fishhook tip before removal from the dispenser, will exert a gripping force when disposed on the shaft or shank portion of a fish hook. Preferably, the disk portion of one such retainer when placed against adjacently threaded bait or lures will retain them on the hook during use until the bait or lure is intentionally removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: William Henry Schmunk
  • Publication number: 20140005507
    Abstract: A system and method for receiving and ejecting a test strip of a fluid testing device. The system includes parallel first and second guide rails defining a rail cavity between the guide rails. A sled includes a sled post and opposed first and second side leg sets each having at least one deflectable leg. Each of the deflectable legs is externally slidably engaged to one of the guide rails limiting the sled to only sliding motion in either a loading direction or an opposite ejection direction. An actuator arm is rotatably connected to a mechanism assembly. The sled post is received in an actuator arm slot. Actuator arm rotation in a loading rotational direction displaces the sled in the loading direction in a sliding motion. Subsequent opposite rotation of the actuator arm in an ejection rotational direction displaces the sled in the ejection direction and ejects the test strip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: ROCHE DIAGNOSTICS OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: James R. Hanson, Derek C. Lotarski, Matthew C. Sauers, Anthony J. Uberta, III
  • Patent number: 8608022
    Abstract: An automated dispenser device for medical items such as hospital isolation gowns and methods of dispensing the medical equipment using these dispensers are disclosed. The dispenser optionally includes a touch-less dispensing mechanism to reduce the potential for contamination. The invention also includes a hospital isolation gown adapted for use with the automated dispenser device and various arrays or assemblies of such gowns for bulk loading into the automated dispenser device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Pierre D. Kory
  • Patent number: 8556119
    Abstract: A system and method for discharging a selected product into a dispensing chamber of a vending machine are provided. In the system and method of this disclosure, a selected product from a vending machine is received in a product delivery cup. The product delivery cup is moved to a dispensing chamber of the vending machine. Near the dispensing chamber, the product delivery cup moves in a horizontal direction which causes or activates a delivery cup sleeve within the product delivery cup to pivot or move from a non-dispensing position to a dispensing position. The dispensing position of the delivery cup sleeve releases the selected product from the delivery cup sleeve to the dispensing chamber where a consumer is able to access the selected product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Crane Merchandising Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Ihn, Marlene Skavnak
  • Publication number: 20130233875
    Abstract: An automatic bill discharging device includes a storing unit which stores a plurality of sheets of bills, a temporary storing unit which includes a bottom plate for supporting a bottom side of the bills in a standing position and temporarily stores the bills therein, a discharging port which is arranged above the temporary storing unit, a conveying mechanism which conveys the bills to the temporary storing unit from the storing unit, and an inclining mechanism which inclines the bills in the temporary storing unit such that a first end of the bills is set higher than a second end of the bills.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinichi Tokunaga
  • Publication number: 20130213994
    Abstract: A gumball machine has a gumball container that holds a plurality of gumballs, a neck portion coupled to the gumball container and having an actuator and a gumball dispensing assembly that is coupled to the actuator for simultaneously releasing a plurality of gumballs from the gumball container when the actuator is actuated. The gumball machine also has a plurality of cylindrical supports, each having an upper end coupled to the neck portion, and a lower end having a side opening. A base is coupled to the lower end of each cylindrical support and has a bottom portion that is seated on a surface. Each side opening of each cylindrical support is positioned adjacent a ramp such that a gumball travelling through the cylindrical support is dispensed via the side opening to the ramp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: SWEEN N FUN LTD.
    Inventor: Francis M. Arcega
  • Publication number: 20130193159
    Abstract: A dispenser includes a housing; and an adapter within the housing and configured to be removably coupled to a container, the adapter having a base having a substantially planar surface and an arm extending from the surface; a collar on the aim and movable with respect to the arm; and a sleeve on the arm and contacting the collar, wherein the adapter can be moved between an insertion orientation in which the sleeve has a first outer diameter and a coupling orientation in which the sleeve has a second outer diameter that is greater than the first outer diameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventor: Gerard Anthony Cahalan
  • Patent number: 8469014
    Abstract: A bullet loader for inserting toy bullets into a magazine is disclosed to include a housing having a bullet chamber, opposing inlet and outlet and a bullet passage in communication between the bullet chamber and the outlet, a press-control device having a press knob and a plunger extended from the press knob and inserted into the bullet chamber and terminating in a repeatedly curved lower plunger portion for pushing toy bullets out of the bullet passage into the outlet, a movable block coupled to the plunger in and horizontally reciprocatable by the repeatedly curved lower plunger portion to turn over storage toy bullets upon a vertical reciprocating motion of the plunger relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Shih-Che Hu
  • Patent number: 8409530
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide an efficient and effective technique for storing and dispensing reagent beads. In some embodiments, an apparatus is provided for dispensing reagent beads contained in a bead storage device which includes a bead carrier having a plurality of wells; a plurality of reagent beads disposed in the wells; and a cover tape releasably attached to the bead carrier to cover the wells and retain the reagent beads in the wells. The apparatus comprises a channel in which to place the bead storage device with the bead carrier facing a support wall of the channel and the cover tape facing a stripping wall of the channel. The stripping wall includes a stripping gap disposed between a stripping edge and an opposite edge, and a dispense opening provided adjacent the opposite edge on a side of the stripping wall opposite from the stripping edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Cepheid
    Inventors: Ronald Chang, Douglas B. Dority, Steve Montgomery
  • Patent number: 8409531
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide an efficient and effective technique for storing and dispensing reagent beads. In some embodiments, an apparatus is provided for dispensing reagent beads contained in a bead storage device which includes a bead carrier having a plurality of wells; a plurality of reagent beads disposed in the wells; and a cover tape releasably attached to the bead carrier to cover the wells and retain the reagent beads in the wells. The apparatus comprises a channel in which to place the bead storage device with the bead carrier facing a support wall of the channel and the cover tape facing a stripping wall of the channel. The stripping wall includes a stripping gap disposed between a stripping edge and an opposite edge, and a dispense opening provided adjacent the opposite edge on a side of the stripping wall opposite from the stripping edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Cepheid
    Inventors: Ronald Chang, Douglas B. Dority, Steve Montgomery
  • Patent number: 8393818
    Abstract: An assembly structured to restrict contamination of individuals from association with the heads of stethoscope comprising a housing including a path of travel along which the head portion passes. Different embodiments include the dispensing of cleaning fluid or the delivery of protective barriers onto predetermined portions of the stethoscope heads, while passing along the path of travel. A dispenser assembly and a cooperatively disposed activating assembly are manually operated by moveable, driving engagement with the head portion passing through the housing. The activating assembly is thereby operatively positioned to activate the dispenser assembly when engaged by a head passing along the path of travel. Differently structured dispenser assemblies function to either deliver the cleaning fluid or individually dispense the barriers onto different heads, so as to either facilitate the cleaning or protective covering of exposed surfaces of the stethoscope heads, dependent on the embodiment utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Seedlings Life Science Ventures, LLC.
    Inventors: Michael Perlman, James M. Sellers, Keith Rubin, Mathew Cardinali, Michael R. Cole, Sidney Perlman
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120303207
    Abstract: A golf ball tracking system comprising at least one golf ball including an RFID device, wherein the RFID device contains golf ball information, such as a unique identifier. The system includes an RFID reader capable of reading the golf ball information from the RFID device. A positioning system, such as GPS, is associated with the reader and is capable of determining the location of the reader. A computer is interconnected with the RFID reader and the positioning system that is capable of receiving the golf ball information from the reader and location information from the positioning system. The computer is operative to record the golf ball information and associated location information. The system may further comprise a plurality of readers separated by at least one blocker that is made of metal screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventor: Kinch Robert Reindl
  • Publication number: 20120277904
    Abstract: An automated vending or merchandizing machine includes an elevator sub-assembly which moves a dispensing bin or elevator tray vertically along the fronts of plural vertical levels of product dispensers in the vending machine. A controller tracks the vertical position of the elevator tray. This allows the controller to send the elevator tray to the vertical level of the dispenser of the product selected by a customer, at that level receive and confirm dispensing of the selected product into the elevator tray, and return the elevator tray holding the dispensed product down to a customer delivery or access door or opening in the vending machine that can below the vertical levels of dispensers. Features can include coordination of locking and unlocking of a customer access door and actuating an anti-cheat security baffle with the position of the elevator tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: FAWN ENGINEERING CORPORATION
    Inventors: GRANT PRITCHARD, JEFFREY W. MAYOROS, SANTOSH LAD
  • Publication number: 20120226380
    Abstract: A device for storing and outputting objects includes a storage container, holders, an output shaft, and a controllable holding and releasing device. The holders comprise stationary insertion shafts, in which insertion tags connected to the objects are inserted. The insertion tags can be locked or released in the insertion shafts by the controllable holding and releasing device. Upon release, the insertion tags can be transferred independently from the insertion shafts into the output shaft under gravitational force and/or spring force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Inventors: Anatoli Stobbe, Wilfried Herrmann
  • Patent number: 8220658
    Abstract: A system for evaporating excess water from a source includes a housing having: an air inlet, the air inlet directing air in a first direction; an air outlet; a plurality of channels arranged generally perpendicular to the first direction, the channels having undulations; and a water reservoir that feeds water into the channels. In some embodiments, baffles are created with walls that depend from the ceiling of the housing and that are interdigitated with dividers that separate the channels. This configuration can remove water generated by the source (such as an external compressor unit) in a quick and efficient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Cora, Matthew P. Daniels
  • Publication number: 20120168456
    Abstract: A label dispenser assembly for individually dispensing labels from a pad is disclosed. The label dispenser assembly includes rotatably accommodated retention members urged towards a surface of the dispenser for securing a pad of labels in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventor: James E. NASH
  • Publication number: 20120145740
    Abstract: Currently, pharmaceutical tablets are distributed in bottles that must be opened and closed; the pill-dispenser presented here aims to simplify the process for taking pills by releasing a tablet at the click of a button. Additional features of the dispenser are child-resistant capabilities, which may be considered a distinct claim, and use of click-pen mechanisms; furthermore, it can be used as a conventional open/close medication bottle, but doing so will disable its dispensing function. The purpose of this document is to lawfully protect future work on the design, development, and production of this device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventor: Benjamin Chu
  • 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: 20120080444
    Abstract: A configuration of disposable cutlery comprises a plurality of disposable cutlery pieces suitable for loading in a disposable cutlery dispenser, wherein the plurality is not constrained by a cartridge when loaded into the cutlery dispenser, wherein the plurality is in a substantially unfanned orientation after loading of the plurality into a cutlery dispenser, and wherein each piece comprises a solid handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Applicant: DIXIE CONSUMER PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventors: Patrick J. Smith, Andy L. Kirkpatrick, Michael R. Kilgore, David G. Honan
  • Publication number: 20120067917
    Abstract: A merchandise dispensing apparatus for providing theft deterrence includes a housing defining an interior space adapted to hold a plurality of associated products. A vending door is mounted to the housing for selectively allowing access to the interior space. A bar is provided on which the associated products are supported, the bar extending in the interior space of the housing. An advancing assembly is disposed in the housing for urging product supported on the bar in a direction towards the vending door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventors: Shane Obitts, Gregory M. Bird, Gerald Szpak
  • Publication number: 20120055948
    Abstract: For safe storage and simple and safe administration of tablets T by a user, a cartridge 900 is provided that can be inserted into a medicament dispenser 1 for solid medicament portions T and that is designed with a reservoir for receiving the medicament portions T, and a medicament dispenser 1 for this cartridge 900 is also provided. According to the invention, the cartridge 900 comprises a singulation device 910 that is designed to dispense defined medicament portions T and that comprises a movable mechanism 940 for separating a defined medicament portion T from the reservoir and for dispensing it from the medicament dispenser 1, wherein the singulation device 910 is designed to produce an operative connection to an actuating device 14, 220, 224, 226; 15, 210; 230 in the medicament dispenser 1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2009
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicant: BAYER SCHERING PHARMA AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Sabine Leifeld, Tom Reinhold, Sven Filler, Uwe Karla, Peter Weber, Nina Voege, Nat Jarvis, Benjamin Holch, James Whittaker
  • 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
  • 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: 20120024883
    Abstract: A treat dispenser for a pet animal enclosure, the treat dispenser allowing a user to selectively release a treat into the enclosure without having to open the enclosure. The treat dispenser may include a top with an opening into which a user may place a treat for the pet animal. The treat dispenser may include a user actuated mechanism to release a treat into a tube extending from the top to a bottom, the bottom including an opening to deliver the treat to the pet animal within the enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventor: Allyson Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20120012606
    Abstract: A system for storing and dispensing discrete doses of pharmaceuticals includes: a housing with an internal cavity having a front wall with first and second windows; multiple storage locations positioned within the housing; and a carrier assembly positioned and movable within the housing. The carrier assembly is configured to receive a pharmaceutical dose package loaded into either the first or second window and convey the pharmaceutical dose package to one of the storage locations for storage therein, and is further configured to retrieve a pharmaceutical dose package from one of the storage locations and return the pharmaceutical dose package to the first or second window for dispensing therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventors: Mark Longley, Bradley Kenneth Smith, Craig Steven Davis, Matthew P. Daniels, George Raymond Abrams, JR., Mark I. Perisich, Jeffrey J. Schedel, Gerald Cooper Ushery, JR., Michael Richard Floyd, Weldon Curl, JR., Nanette Kirsch, Craig Hooker, Timothy Ulm, Daniel Gardiner
  • Publication number: 20120012604
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide vending dispenser assemblies for beverage dispensers. In particular, embodiments of the invention can provide a beverage dispenser with a manually operated vending dispenser assembly that consumes little or no additional electrical power to dispense a beverage container using the assembly. Embodiments of a vending dispenser assembly can be used with a heated or chilled compartment associated with a beverage dispenser. Furthermore, embodiments of a vending dispenser assembly can operate in conjunction with a relatively small dispenser opening to limit heat transfer loss via the dispenser opening. One embodiment can provide a dispenser for dispensing a number of products. The dispenser can include at least one storage column adapted to dispense a number of products, and a product selection device operable to permit one of the number of products to advance from the storage column, wherein the advanced product can be dispensed from the dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventors: Steven C. Pfister, Craig J. Cochran, Kirk W. Charles
  • Publication number: 20110301747
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for automatic pill dispensing are disclosed herein. An exemplary automatic pill dispensing device includes a temporary storage compartment, a lateral transport assembly, a feeding assembly, a dispensing route, a plurality of optical sensors, and a controller. The temporary storage compartment stores pills to be dispensed. The lateral transport assembly transports pills from the temporary storage compartment to the feeding assembly, which can move or stop the flow of pills into the dispensing route, where the plurality of optical sensors counts the pills as they pass by the light beams thereof. The controller receives a count from the plurality of optical sensors and stops the feeding assembly when a predetermined count of pills has been reached. Systems and methods utilizing the pill dispensing devices include incorporating a centralized computer and a conveyor belt system to accurately and efficiently dispense a plurality of pill types into pill bottles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventor: Timothy Chambers
  • Patent number: 8025181
    Abstract: A dispensing device for beverage cup lid which prevents excessive human contact with the lid prior to insertion upon the beverage cup, the device providing an externally threaded central rotary rod attached to a direct drive bidirectional electrical motor and suspended within a lid cabinet with a stacked plurality of lids retained upon the rotary rod through a central bore in each lid, the lids urged downward by a traveling press plate having a central threaded hole engaging the external threads of the rotary rod, the rotation of the rotary rod causing the press plate to move up and down the rotary rod, pressing against the uppermost lid on the rotary rod against the stacked plurality of lids in increments programmed to release only the lowermost lid from the end of the rotary rod in a receiving area below the retaining rod. The device is operated by the activation of a presence sensor, either a beverage cup or a clean hand, which causes the incremental dispensing of a single lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Inventors: Terry Horn, Jerry Horn
  • Publication number: 20110146826
    Abstract: A device and a process reduce losses of fluid in transport conduits, caused by the installation of branches connected directly to conduits. The process includes injecting in the current of the fluid geometric elements of diverse materials and forms, in particular spheres, with densities similar to that of the fluid, by a special doser. The elements are circulated through the fluid, and because of hydraulic effects, the obstruction of the branches prevents or hinders extraction of the product. Recovery of the geometric elements at the end of the conduit uses a filter as a trap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: ECOPETROL S.A.
    Inventors: Edelmira Afanador Rey, Gerardo Santos Castañeda, Gonzalo Leal Diaz, Guillermo Latorre Cortes, Hector Danilo Ordoñez Lozano, Jairo Humberto Guzman Mejia
  • Publication number: 20110121013
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dispenser device for dispensing components designed for enabling parts to be assembled together. The device comprises: a main storage magazine for storing the components; an extraction plate for extracting components, which plate has an inclined edge that is arranged to come to bear on the components; actuation means for actuating the plate so as to drive it in up-and-down vertical reciprocating motion, and so as to remove the components upwards; and a temporary storage system for temporarily storing the components, which system has an upstream portion arranged to come into register with the edge when the plate is in the high position, and to enable components to be transferred from the plate into said storage system, which system is provided with transfer means arranged to convey the components from the upstream portion towards a downstream portion that is designed to enable the components to be extracted in succession from the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventor: Jean Yves Delattre
  • Patent number: 7942597
    Abstract: An assembly structured to restrict contamination of individuals from association with the heads of stethoscope comprising a housing including a path of travel along which the head portion passes. Different embodiments include the dispensing of cleaning fluid or the delivery of protective barriers onto predetermined portions of the stethoscope heads, while passing along the path of travel. A dispenser assembly and a cooperatively disposed activating assembly are manually operated by moveable, driving engagement with the head portion passing through the housing. The activating assembly is thereby operatively positioned to activate the dispenser assembly when engaged by a head passing along the path of travel. Differently structured dispenser assemblies function to either deliver the cleaning fluid or individually dispense the barriers onto different heads, so as to either facilitate the cleaning or protective covering of exposed surfaces of the stethoscope heads, dependent on the embodiment utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Seedlings Life Science Ventures, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Perlman, James M. Sellers, Keith Rubin, Mathew Cardinali, Michael R. Cole, Sidney Perlman
  • Publication number: 20110060457
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dispenser, especially for dispensing solid preparations, comprising a housing having a dispensing orifice, and a collar member having a receiving opening, and a passage member, having a receiving chamber, which should be improved in respect to proper dispensing a single unit dose of a substance when required.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Inventors: Gerhardus Johannes Antonius De Vrught, Josephus Johannes Antonius Geboers
  • Patent number: 7900797
    Abstract: A beverage container lid separator and dispenser is provided which allows individual beverage container lids to be dispensed in a neat and sanitary manner. The invention generally includes a vessel and an actuator, wherein a stack of lids is maintained in the vessel optionally within a housing. The vessel has an aperture at its lower end for dispensing the lids therefrom. The actuator is positioned below the vessel and extending up through a horizontal floor below the vessel, the floor supporting the lids thereon. In operation, the vessel preferably pivots to allow a bottom-most lid within the vessel to be pulled from underneath the vessel by the actuator. The vessel catches and maintains the remaining stack of lids for later dispensing by a subsequent user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Inventor: Daryl Dean Witcraft
  • Publication number: 20110017761
    Abstract: A method and device for transferring products in a vending machine, whereby a selected product is transferred from a relative fixed tray of the machine to a catch bin by a transfer member movable along a chute and designed to selectively assume two configurations, a first of which is a concave configuration to control the position of the selected product as it moves down the chute, and a second of which is a configuration allowing the selected product to drop freely along the chute, and which leaves the chute clear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Applicant: N & W GLOBAL VENDING S.P.A.
    Inventor: Aristide Domenico Roncari
  • Patent number: 7823733
    Abstract: An article display tray is provided with a movement guide device, wherein cylindrical articles can move more smoothly in a communication portion of the article display tray, via which the pair of storage chambers are communicatively connected to each other, and further wherein an increase in size of the article display tray can be avoided. A pair of left-right force-applied portions and an arraying guide surface positioned between the pair of force-applied portions are formed on a rocking member positioned inside the rear-end communication portion of an article display tray. When one of the pair of force-applied portions is pushed rearward by a cylindrical article that is placed in one of a pair of left-right storage chambers, the other force-applied portion pushes forward a cylindrical article that is placed in the other storage chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: System Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: Minoru Futori
  • Patent number: 7793796
    Abstract: A device for storing and dispensing hair accessories having a cylinder with a plurality of compartments formed by the cylinder and elongated, curved elements attached to the cylinder. The curved element extend beyond the bottom of the cylinder and sit on a base with a short vertical wall with a release slot in it. The cylinder contains a shaft with blades attached to it. The blades fit within the interstices of the compartments. When the shaft is rotated, the blades force the cylinder to rotate. When the shaft is rotated such that a compartment containing items aligns with the release slot in the wall of the base, an item will be dispensed through the release slot in the wall. The device may also have a carrying handle, lock ears for holding the lid and shaft together, and a screw for holding the shaft and base together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Inventor: Constance Evans
  • Publication number: 20100224648
    Abstract: A golf ball dispensing apparatus includes a tube configured to receive at least one golf ball, at least one leg configured to attach to said tube, means for releasing a golf ball from said tube, means for supplying power configured to engage said means for releasing a golf ball, an arm configured to receive a golf ball from said tube wherein said arm is configured to engage said tube at a hinge, and means for sensing motion configured to engage said means for releasing a golf ball.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventors: Ed Nugent, David Hollis, Peter Beames, C. J. Mansfield
  • Patent number: 7753230
    Abstract: A nut feeder having a piston with a rod attached thereto disposed within a chamber of a cylinder. A rod air passage extending through the rod between a rear port at a groove circumscribed around a back end of the rod and a front end of the rod. A ring disposed within the groove and free to slide axially within the groove to cover and uncover the rear port. An air nozzle at the front end of the rod. One or more piston air passages extending through the piston to the groove. A stop at a front end of the chamber positioned to stop forward movement of the ring and cause the ring to cover the rear port. The air nozzle includes one or more apertures aimed backwards and the air nozzle may be in a pin at the front end of the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Inventor: Mikio Kusano
  • Patent number: 7712630
    Abstract: A cigarette case includes a cigarette casing including a corner outlet; a double-layer hinged cover including a first slit proximate the outlet and a second slit proximate the adjacent other corner; and a spring biased ejection means within the cover and including a pivotal L-shaped ejector, a pivotal trigger, a pivot bar, a link moveable in the first slit and including an end pusher extending through the first slit, the link having the other end pivotably secured to one portion of the ejector, and a sliding member moveable in the second slit and pivotably secured to the other end of the pivot bar, the sliding member including a door extending through the second slit to block the outlet when the case is closed. Pivoting the trigger will pivot the pivot bar to move the sliding member and the link to cause the pusher to eject a cigarette from the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Inventor: Wen-Tian He
  • Publication number: 20100096403
    Abstract: A compact biosensor cartridge in which biosensors can be so set with simple operation that they can be tested one by one and which protects the biosensors from moisture until they are set. A biosensor dispensing device is also disclosed. A biosensor cartridge (6) to be installed in a biosensor dispensing device (1) has therein a pushing member (31) and a pushing rotating member (34) both used as sensor send-out means for sending out the biosensors (10) stacked in a case one by one and ejecting the sensor (10) through a sensor ejecting port (26) opened at the case. With this, the biosensors (10) are discharged to outside the case when the sensor sending out means is driven by a sensor sending out mechanism outside the biosensor cartridge (6). The biosensor cartridge (6) is made small and thinner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshinori Amano, Toshiaki Iio, Kouichi Matsuda
  • Publication number: 20100089938
    Abstract: Discussed herein are methods and devices for storing, handling, loading or dispensing of pipette tips. Some embodiments allow repetitive loading of an array of multiple pipette tips that are stored in a nested configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventor: Arta Motadel