With Endless Or Rotary Article Gripper Carrying Means Patents (Class 221/217)
  • Patent number: 10410238
    Abstract: Systems and methods for using wireless beacons in point of purchase (“POP”) displays to facilitate the delivery of consumer oriented content to mobile devices is disclosed herein. Wireless beacons may be used to broadcast wireless signals from POP displays, where the wireless signals include data packets with unique identifiers for the wireless beacons. A wireless signal from a POP display may be received by a wireless network gateway located at a retail location. The retail location of the wireless network gateway may be known to a remote server. The wireless network gateway may provide the unique identifier in the wireless signal to the remote server. The remote server may assess the location of the POP display based on the unique identifier for the wireless beacon being received from the wireless network gateway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Shelfbucks, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Walden
  • 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: 8727337
    Abstract: A vending machine system for stackable goods such as vehicle air fresheners includes a hopper and a reciprocating arm. The hopper is configured to hold a stack of the stackable goods. The hopper has an aperture formed in a base of the hopper for dispensing the stackable goods from the hopper. The reciprocating arm is disposed adjacent the aperture. The reciprocating arm is linearly movable between a retracted position and an extended position. One of the stackable goods is received by the reciprocating arm when the reciprocating arm is in the retracted position, and is pushed from the stack of stackable goods by the reciprocating arm when the reciprocating arm is in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Kenneth F. Flower
  • Patent number: 8678231
    Abstract: A medicine dispensing device capable of appropriately dispensing medicines independent of their form and having a compact structure. The medicine dispensing device has a device body (1) and a medicine conveyance member (3) for conveying, on one by one basis, medicines (D) arranged in rows in the device body (1). The medicine conveyance member (3) has a medicine holding member (40) reciprocatingly moving in the horizontal and vertical directions. The medicine holding member (40) has a support member (42), a forwardly/backwardly moving member (43) reciprocatingly moving in the forward and backward direction of the device body (1) while being supported by the support member (42), and a holding member (44) supported by the forwardly/backwardly moving member (43) so as to swing between a vertical position and a horizontal position and having a pair of holding sections (54) capable of holding a medicine (D).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Yuyama, Yasuhiro Shigeyama, Takayuki Fujikawa, Hiroyuki Kanda, Shigeyuki Sakai
  • Patent number: 8678232
    Abstract: A vending arrangement for computerized vending machines, retail displays, automated retail stores, utilizes a centralized, robotic gantry associated with companion modules for vending selectable products. The modularized design enables deployment of half-sized or full-sized machines. The robotic gantry is deployed in a centralized module disposed adjacent display and inventory modules. The inventory modules can be fitted to both gantry sides, and doors can be fitted to the gantry front or rear. The gantry comprises an internal, vertically displaceable elevator utilizing a central conveyor for laterally, horizontally moving selected items from associated display and inventory positions to a vending position. The inventory modules comprise dispensing modules adjustably configurable to adjust the storage density of items to be vended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Utique, Inc.
    Inventors: Darrell Scott Mockus, Mara Clair Segal
  • Patent number: 8651320
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing open-ended objects such as pharmaceutical vials includes: a housing having an internal cavity configured to house open-ended objects, the housing including a guide and a floor; a pick-up unit mounted to the housing, the pick-up unit including an endless member and at least one pick-up member attached to the endless member; and a drive unit. The endless member engages the drive unit and the guide for movement relative thereto. As the drive unit drives the endless member, the at least one pick-up member travels on a pick-up path, at least a portion of which is within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jody DuMond, Charles H. Guthrie, Joseph C. Moran, Jr., Demetris P. Young, George Raymond Abrams, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8651322
    Abstract: An article dispensing apparatus has a housing defining a first chamber and a second chamber that are divided by a dividing wall, a lid covering the second chamber and a cover covering the first chamber, with the first chamber holding a plurality of articles, and an opening provided in the dividing wall to allow an article to pass through to the second chamber. A figure is retained inside the second chamber, the figure having a pair of arms that are normally positioned adjacent the opening in the dividing wall to receive an article that is transferred from the first chamber via the opening in the dividing wall. An actuator is coupled to the figure to push the figure upwardly through the lid so that the figure, and the article held in the arms of the figure, are delivered outside the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Sweet N Fun, Ltd.
    Inventor: Candona Y. S. Fung
  • Patent number: 8651321
    Abstract: A gumball machine includes a gumball container that contains a plurality of gumballs, and a neck portion coupled to the gumball container. The gumball machine has an elongated transparent housing having an upper end coupled to the neck portion, and a base coupled to the lower end of the elongated housing. A speaker is positioned inside the base and is electrically coupled to a switch, a plurality of lighting elements are arranged inside the transparent housing and electrically coupled to the switch, and a power supply is housed inside the base and electrically coupled to the switch, the speaker and the lighting elements. When an actuator is actuated, the actuator turns on the switch to cause the lighting elements to flash, the speaker to broadcast sound and/or music, and a gumball to be dispensed from the gumball container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Sweet N Fun, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hoi Wai Fu
  • Patent number: 8646652
    Abstract: A card extracting device for use with a plurality of cards may include a card storage, a gate through which the cards pass toward an outside of the card storage, an extracting tab to engage with and extract one of the cards, a tab-moving mechanism to move the extracting tab, an extracting roller outside the card storage to further forward the extracted card, a motor to drive the tab-moving mechanism and the extracting roller, a card-extraction detecting section to detect that card extraction is completed, and a control section to control the motor. An engaging section may be formed in the extracting tab to abut a rear end portion of the card and extract the card. The control section may drive the motor forward to extract the card or drive the motor in reverse based on a detection result from the card extraction detecting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Nidec Sankyo Corporation
    Inventors: Keiji Ohta, Yasuhiro Kitazawa
  • Patent number: 8590738
    Abstract: A dispensing system that removes individual napkins from a stack of interfolded napkins in a manner that allows the number of napkins dispensed to be easily counted and controlled so that an appropriate number of napkins are dispensed. The counted napkins are collected in an easily manageable form and presented to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: SCA Tissue North America LLC
    Inventors: John S. Formon, Craig Billman, Jeffrey J. Brickl, John W. Grosz, Wayne Hansen, Matthew T. Woerpel, Edward A. Raleigh
  • 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: 8261936
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing open-ended objects such as pharmaceutical vials includes: a housing having an internal cavity configured to house open-ended objects, the housing including a guide and a floor; a pick-up unit mounted to the housing, the pick-up unit including an endless member and at least one pick-up member attached to the endless member; and a drive unit. The endless member engages the drive unit and the guide for movement relative thereto. As the drive unit drives the endless member, the at least one pick-up member travels on a pick-up path, at least a portion of which is within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jody DuMond, Charles H. Guthrie, Joseph C. Moran, Jr., Demetris P. Young, George Raymond Abrams, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8033375
    Abstract: Methods and systems for exchanging various forms of value, including coins, currency, credit, debit, and/or bank account funds, for prepaid cash cards, credit cards, phone cards, and the like. In one embodiment, a value exchange machine includes a coin input region, a coin sorting/counting apparatus, a card reader, and a communications facility configured to communicate with a remote computer network. In another embodiment, a value exchange system includes one or more of the value exchange machines connected to one or more remote computers via a communications link. A user wishing to purchase, for example, a prepaid cash card can visit one of the value exchange machines, select the desired transaction, and pay for the card with coins, currency, a credit card, a debit card, and/or bank account funds. After confirming payment, the value exchange machine dispenses the card to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Coinstar, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Doran, Douglas A. Martin, Scott A. Dean, Jessaca Jacobson, Kim P. Hanson, Kerry Smith
  • Patent number: 7980420
    Abstract: A card dispensing apparatus having a compact configuration has a housing to support a stack of cards on a fixed base. Openings in the base member can permit surfaces from a conveying member to extend into the housing and contact a surface of the lowest card. The conveyer member can move horizontal to a release point and retract beneath the base member to return to an initial position. A movement unit provides a cyclic looping movement of the conveyer member into and out of the housing for transporting cards. A feed unit positioned at the dispensing point of the cards can grasp and release the cards from the card dispensing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takahito Yamamiya
  • Publication number: 20100170911
    Abstract: A note presenter (51) and method is disclosed for dispensing notes at a plurality of dispensing locations that are spaced apart such that two or more persons (C) can be positioned at the dispensing locations at one time. The note presenter (51) is attached to a secure container (30) for receiving the cash at a single exit slot (38) and includes a rotatable mechanism (52) for repositioning the cash in alignment with either one of the two dispensing locations (59, 60), and a linearly moveable part to withdraw the notes from the exit slot (38) and to extend the notes to either one of the two dispensing locations (59, 60) to two or more persons (C) who can be positioned at the dispensing locations. Several different configurations are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Inventors: Robert E. Gunst, Michael Bielamowicz
  • Patent number: 7686184
    Abstract: A medicine dispensing device capable of appropriately dispensing medicines independent of their form and having a compact structure. The medicine dispensing device has a device body (1) and a medicine conveyance member (3) for conveying, on one by one basis, medicines (D) arranged in rows in the device body (1). The medicine conveyance member (3) has a medicine holding member (40) reciprocatingly moving in the horizontal and vertical directions. The medicine holding member (40) has a support member (42), a forwardly/backwardly moving member (43) reciprocatingly moving in the forward and backward direction of the device body (1) while being supported by the support member(42), and a holding member (44) supported by the forwardly/backwardly moving member (43) so as to swing between a vertical position and a horizontal position and having a pair of holding sections (54) capable of holding a medicine (D).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Yuyama MFG. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Yuyama, Yasuhiro Shigeyama, Takayuki Fujikawa, Hiroyuki Kanda, Shigeyuki Sakai
  • Publication number: 20090212064
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a transport system for blister packages or the like, with a boom for mounting on a vertical wall or the like. Guided in the boom is a finite chain formed of hooks such that it is slidable by hand out of a lower groove section via a turning point into an upper groove section and vice versa, within guide grooves extending along the two groove sections and the turning point. Blister packages or the like which are suspended from the hooks can be removed by hand only in the region of the turning point. Preceding and following the turning point, there is formed between each pair of neighboring hooks a closed compartment which opens only in the region of the turning point for removal of a blister package or the like, so that only one blister package at a time can be removed from the chain. With the removal of each blister package or the like, the chain is advanced one step to the front, whereby a neat shelf profile is maintained automatically.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Applicant: CHECKPOINT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Kai Beilenhoff, Klaus Schmid, Oliver Stuke
  • Patent number: 7575721
    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: June 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Cepheid
    Inventors: Ronald Chang, Douglas B. Dority, Steven Michael Montgomery
  • Publication number: 20080179342
    Abstract: A fibrous material handling and feeding system is constituted by a casing and at least one rotating roller constituting the entire bottom of the casing. Fibers are fed directly to the top of the roller which dispenses them through spaces between the roller and the casing. It has been found that two rollers are particularly effective when dealing with polypropylene fibers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Inventors: Max Lynn Woods, Jimmy Dale Speakman, Greg Meadows
  • Patent number: 7213723
    Abstract: A bulk vending machine provides a dispensing conduit having a revolving mouth that floats on top of a heap of articles in the product bin. The mouth is movable between a horizontal orientation, in which the mouth can scoop articles off of the surface of the heap, and a vertical orientation in which a throat of the dispensing conduit opens to allow an article which has been scooped into the mouth to fall through the dispensing chute. Revolution of the dispensing conduit by turning the handle causes the mouth to revolve around the heap of articles, scooping up one or more articles in its path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Beaver Machine Corporation
    Inventor: Josef W. Schwarzli
  • 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: 6543639
    Abstract: An animated candy dispenser for tablet candy pieces including a magazine for storing the candy in a columnar manner, a finger actuated button mechanically linked to a dispensing assembly that includes a movable character with candy gripping extensions to grab and retain a piece of candy and withdraw it from the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: A & A Global Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Kovens
  • Patent number: 6539280
    Abstract: An improved merchandising method, system and apparatus are provided through the use of product displays having a track for aligning product packages in a linear fashion, and an electronic monitoring and transmitting device in the product displays that detects a linear position of one or more product packages with respect to the tracks and generates a signal representing the number of product packages still remaining on the shelf. The signal also preferably includes an identifier code, which may include a universal product identifier code (UPC) or a serial number of the track, that can be utilized to pinpoint the location of that particular track within the store. The signal may be transmitted wirelessly as a radio frequency signal that can be received by antennas permanently installed within the store and connected to an in-store inventory control system and database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Inventors: Carl A. Valiulis, Paul C. Blank
  • Patent number: 6477967
    Abstract: A seed planter is pulled behind a tractor and deposits seeds into an underlying trench in soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Inventor: Lyn A. Rosenboom
  • Patent number: 6343711
    Abstract: A medicament dispensing cell (12) is provided which is used in large, automated dispensing machines (10) to provide rapid and accurate dispensing of medicament dosage forms such as tablets (124), capsules, or pills. The cell (12) includes a housing (20) for storage of tablets (124) and includes a rotatable platen conveyor assembly (68) which moves the tablets (124) along a passageway (96) and through an outlet opening (36). The passageway (96) includes a restricted throat section (98) defined by a bushing (78) and an inclined roller (100). The roller (100) is oriented so as to prevent simultaneous passage of two tablets (124) through the throat section (98).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2002
    Assignee: Scriptpro, LLC
    Inventor: Shane P. Coughlin
  • Patent number: 6325571
    Abstract: A particulate object conveying apparatus for conveying particulate objects of indefinite shape, e.g., particulate polycrystalline silicon, one by one, comprises: a stagnating portion for stagnating particulate objects; a rotor having a plural number of grooves formed in and equidistantly arrayed on its outer circumference surface, when ascending, the grooves passing the stagnating portion; and object driving-out means for driving the particulate object out of each groove of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: Mitsui High-Tec Inc.
    Inventors: Migaku Ishida, Akikazu Higuchi
  • Patent number: 6322066
    Abstract: A lottery ticket dispensing device is provided with a ticket drawing wheel having thereon a plurality of friction surfaces and smooth surfaces, which are arranged alternately so as to bring about an intermittent movement of a lottery ticket which is drawn out by the ticket drawing wheel. A fast-delivery roller of the dispensing device is provided with a gear engageable with a gear of the auxiliary roller of the dispensing device so as to cause the fast-delivery roller and the auxiliary roller to rotate synchronously to facilitate the prompt dispensing of the lottery tickets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Inventor: Chern-Bao Rong
  • Patent number: 6311867
    Abstract: Equipment is provided for issuing IC cards packed in transparent films, etc. without damaging the card or the packaging. The equipment includes a dispenser which can be loaded with s large number of cards in simple and at short time. An elevator for the card bodies is provided with a flexible rack a driving mechanism for moving the rack in up and down directions, a movable base which arranged at the bottom end, for carrying card bodies. The dispenser includes the elevator with the movable base as well as a fan for taking up the top most card body on the movable base and a tire or wheel for sending out the card body which is taken up at the fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takahito Yamamiya
  • Patent number: 6276564
    Abstract: The sorting magazine serves for the supply of loose small parts (1) such as rivets, eyes, press fasteners and so forth. It includes a trough-shaped storage container (2) which has a front wall (3) and a magazine base plate (4), with a filling opening (5) for the small parts (1) and, in the base plate (4), an aperture (8) which adjoins an inclined bottom wall (9). The small parts can be guided by way of the aperture int ark adjoining rotary magazine comprising a drum-like rotary member (6) which is mounted rotatably about a substantially horizontal axis (7) and which serves for separating and orienting the small parts (1) for further processing thereof by machine. In order conveniently to provide for complete emptying, the magazine base plate (4) has a plate section (12) which is formed with the walls (3, 9) delimiting the storage container (2) to form a unit. That unit is movable from a closed operative position into an open position permitting the removal of all small parts, and vice-versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Assignee: Stocko Fasteners GmbH
    Inventor: Holger Reich
  • Patent number: 6098840
    Abstract: A card-dispensing device has a mechanism for forcibly modifying the attitude of the slide during the forward run of the slide from a horizontal attitude in which the slide is pushing a card forward to an attitude which is inclined through a fixed angle, and then forcibly returned to its initial horizontal attitude during the backward run.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Nippon Conlux
    Inventors: Yukio Ito, Yoshihisa Hirayama, Hideo Tanaka, Takashi Imaizumi
  • Patent number: 5716492
    Abstract: Disclosed is a tape cutter and self-adhesive label peeler which associates a tape cutter stand with an engaging arm assembly so that it may not only cut an ordinary adhesive tape but also peel self-adhesive labels off from an under layer thereof. To use the device as a self-adhesive label peeler, put a roll of such tape into the cutter stand with a length of the tape from a front end thereof pulled beyond a front stop member, push the engaging arm assembly backward to attach to the cutter stand so that the front stop member is shifted upward to be between a front shaft and a leading member. At this position, an under layer of the tape is bent down to pass beneath the leading member while the harder self-adhesive labels on the under layer are not bent and are conveniently and quickly separated from the under layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Inventor: Po Wen Li
  • Patent number: 5377867
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a seed meter for corn. The seed meter comprises a stationary casing with two rotatably mounted discs. The casing is provided with a seed receiving zone in communication with a inlet, and a seed discharge zone in communication with an outlet. The casing is also provided with a stationary camming surface. The first disc is provided with a plurality of spring biassed selector pins. Each pin has an engagement surface and a cam follower surface. The cam follower surface engaging the camming surface. The second disc which rotates with and is parallel to the first disc is provided with a plurality of seed cells corresponding to the selector pins. A flexible and resilient membrane covers the seed cells. In operation, the discs are continuously rotated through the seed receiving and discharge zones. As a selector pin is driven towards the corresponding seed cell by the camming surface, the pin traps a single seed in the membrane covered seed cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Schick, James I. Lodico
  • Patent number: 5305699
    Abstract: An improved portable seeder particularly adapted for agricultural cultivation of seedlings is characterized in its turning plate driven by a transmission mechanism having a two-section structure including a concentrically disposed inner and outer section; and a base mount disposed under the turning plate is provided with a number of through holes in correspondence to the outer section of the turning plate so as to prevent the turning plate from getting stuck in operation by the seeds. The present seeder employs a dispelling stick which is actuated to move to and fro by the transmission mechanism; and the base mount provided with a plurality of through holes thereon is disposed under the turning plate so as to permit seeds falling under the turning plate to be expelled without getting the same stuck in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1994
    Assignee: Fwu Tien Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Suian Wu
  • Patent number: 5296080
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for applying an elastic waistband to disposable diapers utilizing canted pin-equipped wheels where an elastic patch is applied to the wheels when the wheel peripheries are close together and then stripping the patches from the pins and applying them to a diaper component web when the wheels are further apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1994
    Assignee: Paper Converting Machine Company
    Inventors: John Merkatoris, James Hertel
  • Patent number: 5169283
    Abstract: A stack of baskets carrying frozen chickens or the like are mounted on a dolly which is wheeled into a denester having spaced apart vertical side walls. Each of the side walls carries a vertically moving conveyor having spaced hooks adapted to be moved inwardly to engage the baskets. As the conveyors move upwardly, the top basket is lifted from the top of the stack. As the conveyors continue to move, the next basket is lifted and this continues until all of the baskets are lifted off of the dolly and are spaced apart from each other. A horizontal conveyor is then interposed beneath the lowermost basket. The vertical conveyors are moved downwardly until the lowermost basket rests on the horizontal conveyor and the conveyor hooks are removed therefrom. This basket is then conveyed horizontally to make room for the next lowermost basket and the process continues until all of the baskets have been denested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1992
    Inventor: William J. Covert
  • Patent number: 5029843
    Abstract: To hold and transport folded printed products, a belt (18), for example a steel ribbon, has separating and holding elements (19), for example flat metal plates or sheets secured thereto. The transport belt (18) with the separating elements thereon is guided about a curved guide surface (20), for example a roller, whereupon the separating elements will spread or fan out from the underlying transport belt. In this spread or fanned out position, they can accept one sheet element (11) of a spread apart folded product (1), the separating element (19) gripping that sheet element (11) between itself and the transport belt. The folded products can then be transported, in scale-like or imbricated or shingled form, to a storage position, for example by rolling up the steel ribbon (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1991
    Assignee: MAN Roland Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventor: Ingo Kobler
  • Patent number: 4544314
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for dividing a single stick of can ends into a pair of can end sticks. The apparatus includes a pair of driven groved roll wheels between which the can ends are separated and fed in a pair of intermeshed star wheels for receiving the can ends and separating them into two separate can end sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1984
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1985
    Assignee: Reynolds Metals Company
    Inventor: Edward S. Partyka
  • Patent number: 4440101
    Abstract: An apparatus for high-speed transfer of plants from an array arranged in ranks and rows to a transplanting location. The apparatus incorporates structure which positively locates and stabilizes the individual plants during their path of travel from the array to their predetermined transplanting location as well as structure which permits each rank of the array to be removed as a unit for transfer to the path of travel. The apparatus is also designed to eliminate the top growth of each plant from interfering with individual placement and movement of the plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1984
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Bryant Edwards, Stanley R. Krogman, Edward J. McArdle
  • Patent number: 4106669
    Abstract: A sugar cane planter cart having a circular plate rotatably mounted in a vertical plane within the cart adjacent a load of sugar cane stalks. The plate has a plurality of V-shaped elements about its periphery to engage a stalk with the V and drive the stalk downwardly and rearwardly from the load. The plate is carried on the end of a boom mounted on the cart having both horizontal and vertical movement to engage the exposed layer of stalks. The V-shaped elements can be detachably mounted and are generally made of mild steel with a buna-type rubber sheathing. The plate is rotated by a hydraulic motor means. The boom has a counter-balancing weight for ease of vertical movement control and a hydraulic assembly for horizontal movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1978
    Inventor: Sidney E. Longman