Means Removing Article From Movable Segregating Chamber Patents (Class 221/233)
  • Patent number: 8550294
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods for dispensing credit cards, phone cards, in-store gift cards, and the like from customer-operated kiosks and other machines. In one embodiment, a card dispensing apparatus can include a plurality of card hopper assemblies arranged in an array of two or more vertical columns, each column including two or more card hopper assemblies. Each card hopper assembly can include a card hopper configured to hold a vertical stack of horizontally oriented cards. Each card hopper assembly can further include a card ejector assembly configured to eject the bottom-most card from each card stack. The card dispenser can further include a movable card carriage that can be selectively positioned to receive a card from any of the card hoppers and read information from the card before dispensing the card to a customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Outerwall Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas A. Martin
  • Patent number: 8479476
    Abstract: The unit for supplying and inserting products (2) to and into container elements (3, 3A) advancing along a line of a packing machine (M) comprises a flat element (8) provided with a through-slit (10), and a disc (4) affording through-holes (6). The unit (1) is positionable with respect to the line of the packing machine (M) such that the slit (10) is arranged above the container elements (3, 3a). Products (2) are supplied onto the disc (4) which products (2) are to be inserted in the container elements (3, 3a), each through-hole (6) being of such a size as to be able to receive and house internally thereof a product (2). The disc (4) is mounted above the flat element (8) such that the products (2) housed in the through-holes (6) rest on the flat element (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: IMA SAFE S.r.l.
    Inventor: Ivano Baroncini
  • Patent number: 8469194
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure involve a pill-filtering article that is located and secured inside a pill container. Using one system, an assembly of articles distributes one pill at a time in the form of a single-pill dispensing apparatus that includes a pill-storage container and such a pill-filtering article. The container has an inner wall, an upper portion with a rim region where a cap may be secured, and a lower portion for containing pills. The pill-filtering article has a size and a shape that facilitates securing the article inside the pill-storage container near the inner wall, above the lower portion, and below the upper rim region, and also configured with a plurality of channel-defining regions including a first channel-defining region through which one-pill at a time passes and including a second channel-defining region through which one pill at a time passes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventors: Larry Johnson, Robert J. Crawford
  • Patent number: 8469230
    Abstract: A vending machine includes a cabinet having a product storage zone and a product delivery mechanism that transports a selected product to a consumer. The vending machine includes a door assembly pivotally mounted relative to the cabinet for selectively providing access to the product storage zone. The door assembly includes an outer, exposed surface and an inner surface that are spaced to define an inner door zone including a vertical drop zone that terminates in a delivery area. A portal is formed in the inner surface of the door assembly and leads from the product storage zone into the door zone. A discharge element is provided on the inner surface of the door assembly and cooperates with the product delivery mechanism to dispense the selected product through the portal as the product delivery mechanism moves past the portal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Crane Merchandising Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay F. Perkins, Michael T. Kopczewski, Jeffrey T. DeBord, Douglas G. Schaefer, Rainer B. Teufel, Charles W. Percy
  • Patent number: 8297472
    Abstract: A pellet loading apparatus includes a tablet pusher including a support surfaces including a pusher mechanism coupled thereto for vertical movement upon actuation. A tablet holder on the tablet pusher includes locations framed by sidewall members aligned in the vertical direction that form columns having open tops for holding a pellet stacks of mold component pellets. A pellet separator having a solid portion and apertures is sized to fit around a portion of a top mold pellet in the pellet stacks. The pellet separator includes a pellet drive for lateral moving the top mold pellets relative to under pellets so that after lateral movement the top mold pellets are laterally offset from the under pellets. A tablet lifter includes a pellet stopper having receiving positions for receiving top mold pellets upon receipt after a transfer actuation of the pusher mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Norbert Joson Santos, Edgar Dorotayo Balidoy, Anthony Steven Dominisac Panagan, Freddie Mariano Dela Cruz
  • Patent number: 8261940
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Steven C. Pfister, Craig J. Cochran, Kirk W. Charles
  • Patent number: 8096444
    Abstract: A product discharge and delivery system for a vending machine includes a product delivery cup including a carriage portion and a shroud portion having an open bottom section and a discharge element. After receiving a selected product, the product delivery cup is shifted toward a dispensing chamber causing the discharge element to engage with a discharge member mounted within the vending machine. Engagement of the discharge element and discharge member causes the shroud portion to pivot relative to the carrier portion exposing the open bottom section allowing a selected product to release into a dispensing chamber. A delivery port is mounted in the dispensing chamber that rotated between a product receiving position and a product delivery position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Crane Merchandising Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: John P. Ardern, Dan Bowen, Paul Miller, Charles Wayne Percy, Kevin A. Poyck, Denise Schmidt
  • Patent number: 7862772
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a test piece supplying device (1) comprising a container (4) for containing a plurality of test pieces, and also includes a movable body (3) moving relative to the container (4) with the test piece accommodated in a recess (30) so as to take the test piece out of the container (4). The container (4) includes a sweeping portion (41) for interfering with the test pieces, in the container (4), located above the test piece accommodated in the recess (30), when the movable body (3) moves relative to the container (4). When a warped test piece accommodated in the recess (30) is moved relative to the container (4), the interfering portion (41) flattens the test strip to be accommodated in the recess (30) so that the test piece is easily taken out of the container (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: ARKRAY, Inc.
    Inventor: Yasuhito Murata
  • Patent number: 7832447
    Abstract: A specification-attaching apparatus includes a transferring unit for transferring a specification fed from a specification-feeding unit to an attaching unit that includes a suction member movable, in response to rotation of a pivot rod, in sequence among angularly spaced sucking, standby and releasing positions. The suction member is operable so as to switch from a non-sucking state to a sucking state when at the sucking position, thereby sucking the specification transferred from the transferring unit and to switch from the sucking state to the non-sucking state when at the releasing position, thereby releasing the specification sucked thereby. A container sprayed with glue by a glue-spraying unit is conveyed by a motor-driven container conveying unit to move in synchronization with and contact the suction member during movement of the suction member from the standby position to the releasing position so that the specification is attached to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: CVC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Sheng-Hui Yang
  • Patent number: 7066351
    Abstract: A sanitized dispensing mechanism mounted to a vending machine includes a receptacle, a barrier and an actuating device. The receptacle has an interior chamber and a rear opening behind the interior chamber through which an item discharged from an exterior opening of the vending machine is received into the interior chamber. The barrier is mounted across the receptacle above a bottom opening below the interior chamber and, in response to a user moving the actuating device between first and second positions, is moved between receiving and dispensing positions. In the receiving position, the barrier receives and retains the item in the interior chamber blocking it from dropping through the bottom opening. In the dispensing position, the barrier releases the item from the interior chamber allowing it to drop through the bottom opening onto a user's hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Inventor: Kil Jae Chang
  • Patent number: 6427867
    Abstract: A sewing pin dispensing device for placing the head of a stick pin in an upright position. The sewing pin dispensing device includes a housing. A cavity is in the housing. A first opening in the housing allows for the entry of pins to be dispensed into the housing. A pin bin formed in the housing is in communication with the first opening and the cavity. A second opening in the housing for dispensing of the pins extends downwardly into the cavity. A wheel moves the pins from the pin bin to the second opening. The wheel is rotatably mounted in the cavity. The wheel has an exterior surface. A gear is fixed to the wheel. The gear is fixedly coupled to an end of the wheel for turning the wheel. An annular slot in the wheel is in the exterior surface of the wheel and extends around the wheel. The annular slot is generally adjacent to an end of the wheel. A plurality of linear slots in the wheel each receives one of the pins. Each of the linear slots is in the exterior surface of the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Inventors: Thomas G. Frebes, Patricia Frebes
  • Patent number: 6203249
    Abstract: A particulate object conveying device is provided, and the conveying device includes a stagnating portion. A rotor has an outer circumference having a plurality of grooves formed equidistantly about the outer circumference, the grooves being of a size and shape to hold a single one of the particles of predetermined size. The rotor rotates within the stagnating portion. A discharge path is provided for discharging the particles from the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: Mitsui High-tec Inc.
    Inventors: Migaku Ishida, Akikazu Higuchi
  • Patent number: 5865342
    Abstract: A medication filling apparatus is equipped with a tablet case for holding medications and a dispensing drum which lets the medications fall through an outlet from the tablet case as it rotates, thereby dispensing the medications; it is further equipped with a plurality of grooves into which the medications from the tablet case are fed and which let the medications fall therefrom when they are aligned with the outlet; and a separating member which is provided in such a manner that it juts out into or over the groove aligned with the outlet. The separating member is composed of a material which has predetermined lateral and longitudinal dimensions and also certain flexibility; the separating member is capable of securely retaining a medication thereon. Furthermore, since the separating member has certain flexibility, it does not scratch medications even if the medications bump against it, and it also prevents a dispensing failure caused by the medications being caught.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichi Ito, Toshiyuki Niijima
  • Patent number: 5758798
    Abstract: An improved machine and method for properly orienting two or more sets of parts having different lengths. An escapement mechanism and a length adjusting rod are employed in conjunction with a reciprocating shuttle block. The shuttle block houses a single orientor shaft and parts receiving nest. A sensing mechanism, preferably employing photoelectric fibre optic sensors, is used to control the flow of parts into and away from the orientor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Assignee: Nylok Fastener Corporation
    Inventors: Richard J. Duffy, Eugene D. Sessa
  • Patent number: 5722470
    Abstract: The invention provides methods and apparatus for transporting articles held within a liquid medium from one location to another. Apparatus according to the invention comprise a hopper having a top end, a bottom end, and at least one side wall extending therebetween. The bottom end includes an opening therein, and the hopper is adapted to receive the articles and the liquid medium. A means is provided for injecting an amount of the liquid medium into the hopper to fluidize the articles while held within the liquid medium. The apparatus further includes a container which may be aligned with the opening at the bottom end of the hopper. The container is sized to receive a known quantity of at least one of the articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Assignee: Glaxo Group Limited
    Inventors: Haim Kedar, Robert M. Gavin, Jeffrey H. Sugarman, Donald T. Roth
  • Patent number: 5702224
    Abstract: An IC package transfer mechanism for transferring molded IC packages to and from a flat tray with a large number of IC holder nests in an array and an IC magazine adapted to accommodate a large number of IC packages in a row within a tubular housing to be turned into a tilted position in loading and unloading operations to let IC packages slide into or out of the cylindrical housing automatically by gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Assignee: Hitachi Electronics Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshihiro Kubota
  • Patent number: 5624054
    Abstract: A compact and lightweight ball bearing feeding device for use in connection with a production process. The device is easily adapted to be mounted at any point along such production process and includes a canister for maintaining a supply of ball bearings, a loading tube for transferring ball bearings from the canister to a two-position loading device, the loading device which places an individual ball bearing in an ejecting position and a delivery tube through which a ball bearing may be delivered to a desired production point. The device does not require any electrical power, employs pneumatic actuation for its operation, automatically senses when a supply of ball bearings is running low and minimizes the introduction of contaminants and magnetism into the ball bearings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1997
    Assignee: Wes-Tech Automation Systems
    Inventor: James Buns
  • Patent number: 5570812
    Abstract: A component supply apparatus includes a component feeding device for feeding components to a component feeding path, with the components arranged in a row while the components are being agitated by air, and a path forming member having a curved path extending from the component feeding path to a component supply position, for guiding the components fed from the component feeding path to the component supply position by changing a direction of each of the components by a predetermined angle. A plurality of air supply holes are provided at plural portions of the curved path for feeding the components fed to the curved path to the component supply position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1996
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Ando, Shuuichi Kubota, Yoshihisa Tachiyama, Kazuhiko Narikiyo, Takao Naito
  • Patent number: 5519981
    Abstract: A twist-wrapping machine comprising an aligner for aligning candies in compartments of a rotary disk, a takeout means having a pushup member adapted to pass through the compartments and take out the candy in an upward direction, a paper feeder which supplies wrapping paper on top of the candy so taken out, a fork means adapted to grip the candy and accompanying wrapping paper, a twister which twists open ends of the wrapping paper and a discharge means which ejects the twist-wrapped candy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1996
    Assignee: Tenchi Kikai Kabushiki
    Inventor: Hiroaki Fukusaki
  • Patent number: 5344043
    Abstract: A dispenser for medication units such as pills, tablets, caplets, and capsules which allows dispensing of a single medication unit upon the simple push of a button or verbal request includes a control system which allows convenient changes, optionally responsive to instructions from a physician or other medical personnel via a modem over telephone lines, in the frequency and dosage of one medication in a regimen, without altering the schedule for other medications. The dispenser includes at least one elongated plastic band possessing at least one facing surface covered by a compressible material, such as elastomer foam, cloth, or brush bristles, having medication units sandwiched between the layers of the band or bands wound in abutting overlying relation on a storage reel. In order to dispense the medication units, rotating mechanisms unwind the band or bands from the storage reel onto separate take-up reel or reels, causing the dispensed medication units to fall and interrupt a light beam detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1994
    Assignee: Thomas S. Moulding
    Inventors: Thomas S. Moulding, Donald G. Ellis
  • Patent number: 5259531
    Abstract: A hollow vertical cylinder has a closed vertical side wall and closed upper and lower ends. The cylinder has an upper region for receiving pills and a lower region from which pills are dispensed. A portion of the upper region is removable. The lower region has a first opening in its lower end which is adapted to pass a pill therethrough and has at least one second opening in its side wall. A thin horizontal partition disposed in the cylinder defines a bottom horizontal surface for the upper region and a top horizontal surface for the lower region and also separates each of the regions from the other. The partition has a third opening adapted to pass a pill therethrough, the third opening being out of alignment with the first opening. A structure disposed in the lower region adjacent the partition has a lever extending outwardly through a second opening in the side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1993
    Assignees: Marybeth Proshan, Russel O. Stewart
    Inventor: Robert A. Bennett
  • Patent number: 5193717
    Abstract: A rivet feed system which includes a base feeder assembly (28), having a rivet passageway (30) extendign lengthwise therethrough. The base feeder assembly (28) includes cutout regions to receive rivet injectors (24) which are moved in operation between a first position and a second position. In the first position, an opening (80) in the injectors (24) forms a part of the passageway (30) through the base feeder assembly (28), while in the second position, the opening (80) is positioned directly beneath a vertically oriented rivet cartridge (22) to receive a rivet therefrom. The passageway (30) is connected to a source of pressurized air (32) which moves rivets therealong to a rivet machine or the like. The plurality of cartridges (22) positioned along the base feeder assembly contain rivets of various selected sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Assignee: Electroimpact, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip A. Rink, Peter B. Zieve
  • Patent number: 5160940
    Abstract: An ink jet printing machine for elongate cylindrical articles such as tubes or straws for biological fluids, includes an automatically controlled ink-jet printing station. The printing station includes a printing head, handling apparatus for the straws or tubes comprising an admission passage for receiving, guiding and feeding straws or tubes, a wall panel, a suction port disposed in the wall panel at a downstream end of the admission passage and connected to a source of vacuum, a transfer plunger mounted for reciprocating along the wall panel between the suction port and a conveyor, the leading straw or tubes being transferred from the suction port to the conveyor by displacement of the transfer plunger toward the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1992
    Inventors: Robert Cassou, Maurice Cassou, Bertrand Cassou
  • Patent number: 5048226
    Abstract: A seeding machine has a drum and roller urged together to define a seed trough. Bristles close one end of the trough and a hopper adjacent that end feeds a continuous supply of seeds to the trough. The seeds flow along the length of the trough and are discharged at the opposite end of the trough which is open. A funnel collects the discharged seeds and returns them to the hopper. The drum is provided with a series of axially extending rows of holes which are coupled to a vacuum source as each row passes through the tumbling seeds in the trough. A single seed is attracted to each hole and is carried by the drum to a discharge location where the hole in question is disconnected from the vacuum source and instead connected to a source of pressure which then acts to eject the seed from the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1991
    Assignee: T W Hamilton Design Limited
    Inventor: Thomas W. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 5044350
    Abstract: A machine for pitching baseballs includes two discs which are mounted on independently rotatable shafts. The discs have urethane at their peripheries. The spacing between the shafts can be adjusted in order to set the width of a gap between the discs. A ball feed mechanism inserts balls into the gap between the discs, which then fling the balls outward in a pitching style which depends upon the orientation of the pitching machine and the relative rotational speeds of the discs. In one embodiment, the ball feed mechanism employs a tubular feed body having a tapered outlet end which is positioned adjacent the gap. A piston in the feed body reciprocates to push the balls out. In another embodiment, the ball feed mechanism is mounted on a chassis having casters and is connected via a flexible hose to a feed nozzle positioned adjacent the gap. A reciprocating slider transfers balls from a storage chamber to an inverted-T tube arrangement, whence they are blown pneumatically through the hose to the feed nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1991
    Assignee: Nagao Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Shigeru Iwabuchi, Aritsune Sato, Haruo Ueno
  • Patent number: 5014876
    Abstract: A fastener driving apparatus is disclosed which comprises a vibrating feed hopper, a fastener feed assembly for receiving the fasteners from the hopper and serially delivering the fasteners to a discharge tube which leads to an automatic screwdriver. The fastener feed assembly comprises a body member which mounts a slide for transverse sliding movement between a first position wherein the fastener is received in a notch in the slide, and a second position where the fastener is delivered to a discharge opening which leads to the discharge tube and to the screwdriver. A first air line system is provided for moving the slide toward the first or fastener receiving position, and for concurrently injecting air into the discharge opening to move a fastener previously positioned in the tube to the screwdriver. A second air line is provided for directing a stream of air into contact with the fastener at the second position so as to positively move the fastener into the discharge opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1991
    Assignee: Design Tool, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfred Young, Fred E. Church
  • Patent number: 5007161
    Abstract: An apparatus for feeding and transferring discrete coupling elements successively one at a time for attachment onto a stringer tape comprises a feed unit including a vertically disposed feed chute and a transfer unit including first and second slides both supported on a base for horizontal movement effected by a cam. The thickness of the first slide is substantially equal to the height of the leg portions of the element. A pocket is formed in the junction of the first and second slides for receiving an element from the chute and communicates with a slit in the base which provides a suction air for facilitating the fall by gravity of a leading element apart from an ensuing element. The base includes a transfer chute for receiving one element from the pocket and transferring same onto the tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1991
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K. K.
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Matsuda
  • Patent number: 4953749
    Abstract: A chip separation and alignment apparatus capable of accurately and readily accomplishing separation and alignment of chips with a simple construction. The apparatus includes a chip separation and alignment section and a chip separation section. The chip separation and alignment section includes a chip cassette formed into a flat rectangular box-like shape, in which are formed a chip storage chamber, a chip alignment hole provided with an upper end opening through which the chip alignment hole is communicated with a lower portion of the chip storage chamber and a lower end opening, and at least one air ejection port arranged near the upper end opening to intermittently eject air therethrough. The chip separation section is arranged at the lower end opening of the chip alignment hole to separate chips one by one and to successively supply the separated chips to a subsequent step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 4, 1990
    Assignee: Nitto Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shigeru Kubota, Shoji Kanou, Masahiro Kubo
  • Patent number: 4881919
    Abstract: A bulk coin hopper has an angled rotating disk positioned at the bottom of a chamber. A circumferential edge of the rotating disk communicates with an exit slot, from which coins are ejected. Overlapping such disk at the opening is a dispensing disk which is adapted for engaging coins carried by the first-named disk and ejecting the same from the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1989
    Assignee: Ardac, Inc.
    Inventor: Stanley P. Dabrowski
  • Patent number: 4830547
    Abstract: A rivet manifold feed device (10) including a manifold body (12) that receives a rivet feed passageway (22). The manifold body (12) includes a plurality of rivet feed members or spools (14, 16, 18, 20), a plurality of air feed ports (84), and a plurality of rivet feed ports (82). A separate air feed port (84) and a separate rivet feed port (82) is positioned adjacent each respective feed spool. Each spool reciprocates back and forth between a first and a second position, wherein each spool includes a separate passageway (70, 72) that is in registration with the rivet feed passageway in each position. A rivet placed in one of the passageways (72) is delivered into the rivet feed passageway when a spool shifts into one of the positions and the air feed port adjacent that spool blasts the rivet downstream through the rivet feed passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1989
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Douglas J. Boob, David L. Wagner
  • Patent number: 4813573
    Abstract: A shuttle-actuated singulation apparatus (10) for use in handling integrated circuit devices (16). A shuttle (39), acting to isolate or singulate an individual integrated circuit device (16) for transfer to a test apparatus, is included. A shuttle assembly (30) is carried by a splined shaft (34) for rotational movement of shuttle (39) carried thereby. The assembly (30), additionally, is moved laterally by means of a drive cable (36). Rotation of a shuttle barrel (32) and associated upward pivoting of shuttle projectiles (42) carried by barrel (32) effects engagement of a bell crank (70) which, in turn, engages a belt drive mount (82) carrying a drive belt (80). The drive belt (80), thereafter, is engaged with an integrated circuit device (16) to impel the device (16) out of a track (12) in which it is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1989
    Assignee: Micro Component Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard D. Anderson
  • Patent number: 4790451
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing and conveying capsules to a printer for receiving indicia comprises a sloping ramp and a complementary guide which define a conveying passageway having an inlet and an outlet. A vertically movable slide member is associated with the outlet and is movable between a first position wherein the slide member receives a capsule from the outlet of the conveying passageway and a second position wherein a portion of the slide member seals the outlet of the conveying passageway. The slide member when in its second position further defines with the complementary guide a horizontally extending passageway for conveying the capsule to the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1988
    Inventors: Robert Cassou, Maurice Cassou, Bertrand Cassou
  • Patent number: 4664289
    Abstract: A drug dispensing apparatus includes a drug dispensing unit and a control unit. The apparatus dispenses an individual drug dose or doses to a common collection area from one or more drug dispensing cartridges for packaging. The drug dispensing unit of the apparatus is internally provided with a plurality of shelves, each arranged one upon another. A plurality of drug dispensing cartridges are removably disposed side by side on each of the shelves. Each drug dispensing cartridge accommodates a plurality of individual identical drug doses. Each dosage is discharged from the cartridge, one at a time, through rotation of rotary members in compliance with input information from the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1987
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyasu Shimizu, Atsuo Inamura, Manabu Haraguchi
  • Patent number: 4650093
    Abstract: Apparatus for separating and distributing granular goods includes a housing and a bucket wheel rotatable in the housing, the bucket wheel having an outer receiving side and an inner side along with a plurality of spaced-through holes extending between the inner side and the receiving side. An intake on the housing supplies granular goods to the receiving side of the bucket wheel and a discharge on the housing discharges the granular goods from the housing, the discharge being circumferentially spaced from the intake. An ejector is disposed within the bucket wheel and faces the inner side of the bucket wheel while a conduit supplies compressed air to the ejector, the ejector having a compressed air outlet directed toward the inner side of the bucket wheel such that the compressed air passing through the outlet acts on the through holes during rotation of the bucket wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1987
    Assignee: Karl Becker GmbH u. Co. KG Maschinenfabrik
    Inventor: Jurgen Meyer-Bosse
  • Patent number: 4567997
    Abstract: Stick delivery mechanism especially for but not limited to use in a candy floss machine for delivering a stick from a storage facility to a feed position from which the stick can enter a device which rotates the stick about its own axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1983
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1986
    Assignee: North Eastern Timber (USA) Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander Portyansky
  • Patent number: 4526269
    Abstract: A rotary turntable has an upward step and a peripheral rim divided into pockets by upstanding radial walls. Objects deposited at random near the center of the turntable move by centrifugal force and some gravitional pull toward the step. They are individually separated by vertically reciprocating radial walls and are lifted up to the step and to the rim by lifters vertically reciprocating in time with the radial walls as the turntable revolves. A peripheral wall or band engages the outer ends of the partitions to retain objects in the pockets except for a small part of the periphery through which the pocketed objects are singly discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1985
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Jerald M. Henderson, Burford J. Furman
  • Patent number: 4516690
    Abstract: An apparatus for planting seeds in drills at predetermined intervals is adapted to transport the seeds one by one by means of spoons (8) from a seed store to an outlet duct (10). To ensure a reliable, selective discharge of the seeds from the spoons (8), a compressed-air nozzle (13) is arranged to direct a flow of compressed air from a location opposite the inlet opening (11) of the outlet duct (10) towards each individual spoon (8) as it passes between the nozzle and the inlet opening (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1985
    Inventor: Alf H. Andersson
  • Patent number: 4511058
    Abstract: A dispenser is provided having a reservoir, a knife driven with a vertical reciprocal translational movement, and an inclinded ramp feeding the spokes into abutment against a drum provided with peripheral grooves. The rotation of the drum feeds the spokes one by one into a guide device comprising two inclined surfaces, the supper surface having a smooth surface and the lower surface being made of an adherent material. A spoke slides between the two surfaces and is discharged to a spoke holder of a spoke fitting machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1985
    Assignee: Centre de Production Mecanique
    Inventor: Julien Carminati
  • Patent number: 4463889
    Abstract: A screw feed mechanism includes a pivoting magazine positioned in a housing. The magazine includes a single throughbore which receives a single screw from a feeder hose and then pivots into alignment with a drive tool. The magazine is driven by a pneumatic cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1982
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1984
    Assignee: The Aro Corporation
    Inventor: Bernard C. Sartran
  • Patent number: 4458401
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for securing a tubular member onto a post extending from the body of a jewelry piece supported at a work station wherein the member is positioned with its axis parallel to a preselected axis at the work station and, in response to the positioning of the member, the post is releasably engaged to align it with the first axis and wherein force is applied between the positioned member and the aligned post, thereby bringing the member into surrounding relationship with the post and causing the post to be released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1981
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1984
    Assignee: Avon Products, Inc.
    Inventors: George W. Graham, Richard P. McCally
  • Patent number: 4278184
    Abstract: A fluid operated reciprocal slide picks off fasteners, one at a time, from a delivery slide and delivers the fasteners to a flexible conduit. The same fluid that moves the aforementioned slide drives the fastener into the flexible conduit and on to an automatic fastener insert mechanism. The fluid drive is selectively activated by the trigger at the automatic fastener insert mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1979
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1981
    Inventor: Clyde P. Willis
  • Patent number: 4228901
    Abstract: A separator device for separating from a succession of objects in a conveying path those objects having less than a desired length in the conveying direction, including an input channel via which the objects are conveyed to the separator device, an abutment member located downstream of the input channel for limiting movement of each object leaving the channel, a discharge path located below the input channel for conveying objects away from the device, and a mechanism which transfers each object in turn from the input channel to the discharge path while separating out each object which immediately follows an object being thus transferred and which has less than the desired length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1978
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1980
    Assignee: SIG Schweizerische Industrie-Gesellschaft
    Inventors: Roland Watzka, Henri Bartholme
  • Patent number: 4137854
    Abstract: A planting apparatus is shown having a drive wheel for turning a drive belt connected to an axis extending through a hopper. Inside the hopper, a pickup wheel having individual spokes extending radially outward is rotated by the axis. Each spoke there has an indentation just large enough to receive a seed therein upon rotation through to the bottom of the hopper having seed therein. Upon further rotation, the seed is carried by the spoke to the top of the hopper before being dropped into a funnel shaped flue. A spring loaded tapping mechanism strikes the spokes to insure that the seeds will drop from the spokes into the flue. The individual spokes may be removed for varying the space therebetween, or replaced by other spokes having different sized holes therein for the planting of different sized seeds. The seeds drop through the flue and are delivered to a furrow made by a planting foot and covered by a planter wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1976
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1979
    Inventor: Michael E. Lattin
  • Patent number: 4111429
    Abstract: A game apparatus having random gamepiece selection for a number of players. The game apparatus has a hopper for holding a plurality of coded gamepieces and player controlled mechanisms for random selection of the gamepieces and troughs for holding the gamepieces so selected. Each player has a coded game board for positioning and holding corresponding selected gamepieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1978
    Assignee: Janys Designs Limited
    Inventor: Jane Waski
  • Patent number: 4035989
    Abstract: A machine for erecting, filling and closing rectangular cartons, comprises a magazine for storing a plurality of flat folded cartons in a stack which has a bottom discharge opening for individual removal of each carton. A support bar located below the discharge opening defines a first station to which each carton in succession is moved past deflection means which effect a preliminary erection of the carton by deflecting side walls upwardly from the bottom. The shifting member is movable backwardly and forwardly over the support bar and has means for maintaining the carton in an upright erected condition while moving it and while it is being filled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1976
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1977
    Inventor: Wilhelm Schuster
  • Patent number: 4017003
    Abstract: An article dispensing machine, of the type which has a conveyor including holders provided with a multiplicity of open-ended cavities for receiving the articles to be dispensed and for dispensing them by gravity discharge on tilting of the holders, is provided with ejectors for forcibly discharging any stuck articles which do not discharge by gravity. The ejectors are operative on the holders while tilted and are inserted through cooperating openings provided into the cavities to eject such stuck articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1975
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1977
    Assignee: The Lakso Company, Incorporated
    Inventor: Richard N. Heino
  • Patent number: 3977160
    Abstract: A machine for delivering different chocolates or other objects to selected positions on trays comprises, for each type of chocolate, a distribution head receiving chocolates along a waiting line. Yokes of an intermittent chain conveyor laterally displace a number of chocolates to be delivered to a tray, and these chocolates are blown down respective channels leading to the selected positions, where they are taken up by vertically moving suction cups and lowered into the respective position in a tray carried by an intermittently driven conveyor. Synchronized drive of the various members is provided by a directly-linked kinematic chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1975
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1976
    Assignee: SAPAL Societe Anonyme des Plieuses Automatiques
    Inventors: Telesforo Klug, Armin Hofmann