With Size Adjusting Means Patents (Class 221/241)
  • Patent number: 10493358
    Abstract: A card shuffler or other card handling apparatus defines a card receiving and/or dispensing area that accepts cards of multiple sizes. In one embodiment, structural elements such as sidewalls and an end-wall cause the card receiving/dispensing area to have a first size for accommodating cards of a first size. One or more spacers may be removably located in the card receiving/dispensing area, thus causing the card receiving/dispensing area to reduce the effective size of the receiving/dispensing area, such as to reduce its width, so as to accept or accommodate cards of a second size which is smaller than the first size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: AGS LLC
    Inventors: Nasr Faisal Sattar, Carlos Luis, Jr., Michael Nicholas Skorzov
  • Patent number: 9986876
    Abstract: An in-counter or in-wall dispenser including a product housing and a cover is disclosed. The cover is pivotally mounted so as to pivot between an open position providing access to the interior volume defined by the product housing for loading a new stack of sheet products and a closed position so that the sheet products are only accessible through a dispensing opening in the cover for one at a time dispensing of sheet products from the product housing. First and second tab-like members project from an interior surface of the product housing into the interior volume. With the cover open, the first and second tab-like members engage in a margin or border area of a front face of the sheet products positioned closest to the dispensing opening to hold at least the engaged part of the sheet products spaced from an interior surface of the anterior cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Brickl, Edward A. Raleigh
  • Patent number: 9902105
    Abstract: Objects, such as, for example, preforms for producing PET bottles, are feedable to silo as bulk material by a bulk material feeding device. A fill level sensor of the silo is connected to the control device. The control device actuates the feed drive in order to refill the silo with objects in dependence on the determined fill level of the silo. Connected downstream of the silo is an overhead conveyor and downstream of the overhead conveyor a separating-into-singles system. Both the overhead conveyor and the separating-into-singles system comprise sensors and drives, all the sensors being connected to the control device and the control device controlling all the drives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: M. Tanner AG
    Inventor: Marcel Tanner
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140305963
    Abstract: A medicine container cap for use with a bottle containing a plurality of pills includes a casing having a pill dispensing opening. A pill dispensing track assembly is removably coupled to the casing and includes a pill ramp for delivering pills to the pill dispensing opening and an insert that includes a pill dispenser slot that receives pills from the pill ramp and is open to the pill dispensing opening. The insert is detachably from the pill ramp and is insertable through an opening in the casing for being attached to the pill ramp. The pill ramp includes an adjustable member that modifies a characteristic of the pill ramp based on at least one characteristic of the insert that is selected, inserted through the opening in the casing and coupled to the pill ramp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: COMPLIANCE MEDS TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Moses Zonana, Ben Way, Daniel Garcia, Rodrigo Ferreira, Werner Blumenthal
  • Patent number: 8862266
    Abstract: A pill dispensing apparatus has a pill delivery station, a pill receiving station, and a pill singulator. The singulator receives and supports pills delivered from the delivery station and is spun to drive pills supported on the tray around the tray axis. A wiper guide guides the driven pills towards the pill receiving station and at the same time singulates the pills by establish spacing between them. The singulated pills are then deflected to a pill drop zone where they drop into a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: MedAvail, Inc.
    Inventors: Wes van Ooyen, Todd Willick, Derek Bessette, Richard Panetta
  • Patent number: 8763854
    Abstract: A cup dispenser includes a body defining a storage region adapted for receiving for an associated stack of cup-shaped articles. The body includes an open end that provides access to the storage region. Multiple fingers are connected to the body for restricting the open end of the body. An adjustment ring is connected to the body and is movable relative to the body. Movement of the adjustment ring relative to the body alters a position of each of the fingers relative to the body. The adjustment ring includes a plurality of adjustment slots and the fingers each include an adjustment stud located in one of the adjustment slots. When the adjustment ring is rotated, the adjustment slots act as cams and the adjustment studs act as cam followers such that the fingers are simultaneously and uniformly adjusted in terms of their radial position relative to the body wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: The Meyer Company
    Inventors: Michael H. Meyer, Michael A. Kolar
  • Patent number: 8752728
    Abstract: A portable, time-release, dosage form dispensing assembly is provided. A hopper holds a supply of like, loose and randomly oriented dosage forms. The hopper including a bottom portion having an opening sized and shaped for receiving one of the dosage forms. An electromechanical apparatus dispenses the dosage forms from the hopper through the opening. The apparatus is adapted to dispense the dosage forms to a dispensing area one dosage form at a time. A programmable controller generates a set of control signals to control the apparatus to dispense a preselected number of dosage forms at a preselected time of day or time interval. A communication apparatus wirelessly communicates a first set of data to the controller to program the controller. The first set of data represents the preselected number and the preselected time of day or time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Orbital Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Jason S. Tignanelli, Matthew K. Winget
  • Patent number: 8733586
    Abstract: [Problem] To provide a drug-sorting device for dispensing multiple drugs. [Solution] This drug-sorting device is equipped with multiple receiving parts that have an opening and are arranged side-by-side in the longitudinal direction, a conveyor means for conveying drugs into the respective receiving parts, and a first adjustment means for changing the width of the openings. Said first adjustment means is provided with a rail that extends in the longitudinal direction, multiple partitioning parts that partition two adjacent receiving parts and are slidable along the rail, and a rotatable width adjustment drum. On the width adjustment drum, multiple guide grooves are arranged side-by-side at equal intervals in the longitudinal direction and extend so as not to be parallel to each other in the circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Nakasu Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Uno, Hada Hong
  • Patent number: 8727180
    Abstract: A medicine container cap for use with a bottle containing a plurality of pills includes a casing having a pill dispensing opening. A pill dispensing track assembly is removably coupled to the casing and includes a pill ramp for delivering pills to the pill dispensing opening and an insert that includes a pill dispenser slot that receives pills from the pill ramp and is open to the pill dispensing opening. The insert is detachably from the pill ramp and is insertable through an opening in the casing for being attached to the pill ramp. The pill ramp includes an adjustable member that modifies a characteristic of the pill ramp based on at least one characteristic of the insert that is selected, inserted through the opening in the casing and coupled to the pill ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Compliance Meds Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Moses Zonana, Ben Way, Daniel Garcia, Rodrigo Ferreira, Werner Blumenthal
  • Patent number: 8712587
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and system that utilizes one or more cassettes or trays that hold medicaments for dispensing. In one embodiment a medicaments container includes control logic configured to enable the medicaments container to operate with an apparatus; control logic configured to determine whether the medicaments container is authorized for operation with the apparatus; and control logic configured to generate an alert if the medicaments container is not authorized for operation with the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Handfield, Helene Laliberte
  • Patent number: 8666543
    Abstract: A pill dispenser for dispensing pills of various sizes includes a pill storage section, a dispensing section located at a lower end of the storage section, an optical sensor, a memory and a controller. The dispensing section includes a device for adjusting a variable size cavity configured to adjust to various pill sizes. The controller adjusts the variable size cavity of the dispensing section depending on the individual pill specifications, and determines if the optical sensor has sensed presence of the pill to be dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: DoseSmart, Inc.
    Inventors: David MacVittie, William F. King, IV
  • Patent number: 8655486
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing canisters used to automatically dispense medication are provided. Canisters are configurable via a design process and a build process to accurately dispense a variety of medications. Design profiles are created and stored by a canister management system, and are federated to workstations used to build and fill the canisters, and to workstations used to dispense the medication. Information related to the build process, the fill process, and the dispense process is also federated by the system. The system also enables the transmission of other types of messages between client applications on the workstations and the canister management system. The system is useful to federate data regardless of a structure of a supply chain used to design, build, distribute, and use the canisters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Talyst Inc.
    Inventors: Ron Sanders, Harpreet Singh, Frank Mckeown, Paul Richardson, John M. Manning, Darcy O. Clarke
  • Patent number: 8602226
    Abstract: A vending machine includes a tray, at least one partition plate, and a mounting member pivotably attached to the at least one partition plate. The tray includes a base panel, a side panel extending from the base panel, and at least one tab extending from the base panel. A gap is defined in the side panel. The at least one partition plate is pivotably attached to the at least one tab. The mounting member is rotatable between a latched position, where the mounting member is engaged with the gap, and the at least one partition plate is secured in an upright position that is substantially perpendicular to the base panel, and a released position, where the mounting member is disengaged from the gap, and the at least one partition plate is rotatable away from the upright position to enlarge a space beside the at least one partition plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (WuHan) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yun-Lung Chen, Chin-Wen Yeh, Yang Xiao, Dun-Jun Zhou
  • Publication number: 20130184856
    Abstract: A digital media rental and return kiosk includes a store arranged to store physical digital media items. The kiosk further includes a user interface (i) having a dispense and return slot, and (ii) arranged to enable a customer to interact with the kiosk to either rent a digital media item or return a digital media item through the slot. The kiosk also includes a delivery system arranged to (i) transport a digital media item to be rented from the store to the slot, and (ii) transport a digital media item to be returned from the slot to the store. The kiosk further includes a gate mechanism including a gate which is (i) movable from a closed position to a first opened position to allow a digital media item to be rented to be dispensed through the slot to a customer, and (ii) movable from the closed position to a second opened position which is different from the first opened position to allow a digital media item to be returned to be inserted through the slot by the customer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventor: Dave Gregerson
  • Patent number: 8365950
    Abstract: A medicine dispensing device has a device body (1), shelf members (2) arranged in the vertical directions in the device body (1), and a medicine conveyance member (3) for conveying medicines (D), received in the shelf members (2), on one by one basis from the front face side of the device body (1). A shelf member (2) has cassettes (26) in which medicines (D) are received in line, a pusher (31) for pushing the medicines in the cassettes (26) toward the front face side of the device body (10), and a constant load spring (32) for applying a constant load to the medicines (D) received in the cassettes (26) through the pusher (31). To fill the cassettes (26) with the medicines (D), the shelf member (2) can be pulled out from the front face side of the device body (1) and then positioned by pivoting the shelf member (2) so as to face obliquely downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Yuyama, Hiroyuki Kanda
  • Patent number: 8267491
    Abstract: Apparatus including a vending machine compartment including a dispensing door openable to permit removal of merchandise from the compartment, the compartment being pivotedly connected to a box assembly, and wherein the dispensing door includes a link element that is constrained to move along a track formed in the box assembly such that the dispensing door is not openable at a first portion of the track and is openable at a second portion of the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Hotel Outsource Management International, Inc.
    Inventor: Eyal Artsiely
  • Patent number: 8204621
    Abstract: There is provided a tablet discharging method capable of discharging a vial to an outlet corresponding to a size of the vial even if the size of the vial is changed. The tablet discharging method is related to removing a vial from a stocker accommodating a large number of vials according to a prescription data, dispensing tablets into the vial to fill the vial and discharging the vial filled with the tablets. The tablet discharging method includes the following steps of: determining a vial of an appropriate size according to a prescription data; checking for a stock of the determined vial; fixing a size by changing the determined vial to a vial of a size larger than that of the determined vial when the vial of the determined size is out-of-stock; and discharging the vial filled with the tablets to an outlet holding the vial of the fixed size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg., Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takafumi Imai, Akira Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 8146777
    Abstract: There is provided a medicine feeding device which can apply uniform tension to wrapping paper wound in a roll state to wrap a medicine. The medicine feeding device comprises a tablet case which stores a medicine, and the wrapping paper wound in the roll state, wraps a medicine discharged from the tablet case in wrapping paper 72, and comprises a tension application mechanism 113 which applies predetermined tension to the continuously pulled-out wrapping paper. This tension application mechanism is constituted to freely move up-and-down, and to apply tension to the pulled-out wrapping paper by its own weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsuo Inamura
  • Patent number: 8132691
    Abstract: A dispensing system for a vending machine includes a vend motor, a cradle, a load bar and a push arm. Upon selection of a particular product, the vend motor rotates the cradle, causing the product to emerge from the vending machine. The cradle is designed to accommodate a wide array of container sizes. The dispensing system incorporates a rotation sensor, a position sensor, and a lift arm. The sensors enable accurate rotation of the cradle through a plurality of vend angles depending upon the particular product being vended, while the lift arm cooperates with the push arm and load bar to refill the cradle after a series of product containers have been dispensed. In addition, the vend motor includes a soft start control that prevents instantaneous rotation of the output shaft so as to prolong an overall operational life of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Crane Merchandising Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Talbert James Black, Jr., Thomas Roger Meinardi, Edmund Scott Richardson, Terring M. Ware
  • Patent number: 8100292
    Abstract: A vending machine includes a plurality of column walls that collectively define an associated plurality of stack areas for storing product containers. The column wall includes various, vertically spaced and fore-to-aft extending stiffeners embossed into the column wall. The integral stiffeners eliminate the need for any additional discrete stiffener parts and fasteners. In addition, the integral stiffeners advantageously permit thinner material to be employed in forming the column walls, thereby improving the entire manufacturing process. Preferably, one of the stiffeners constitutes a decoupling member which isolates a bottom portion of the column wall from a top portion and substantially prevents bow forces from transferring into a dispensing region of the column wall. Furthermore, each of the column walls is integrally formed with an alignment member or louver structure in the form of a guide element or flange which provides for proper product positioning through a vending area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Crane Merchandising Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Hayward Kelly, Edmund Scott Richardson, Terring M. Ware
  • Patent number: 8061555
    Abstract: An automatic product vending machine is provided where the user can withdraw the selected product directly from the machine, the storage area for the products is a rack and the dispensing device of the single product is a frame on which a pusher is mounted which causes the selected product to fall into a tray, which positions the product at an opening which permits its withdrawal by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Daint S.R.L.
    Inventors: Roberto Guglielmi, Antonio Scapin
  • Patent number: 8052010
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a helical coil dispenser (4) for vending machines, which dispenser comprises a frame (5), a plurality of helical coils (6) mounted on the frame (5) and a plurality of motors (15), each connected to a respective helical coil (6), to determine rotation of the helical coil (6) about a longitudinal axis (X) and moving forward of the goods (P) supported by the helical coil (6). The dispenser (4) further comprises adjusting means (18) interposed between each motor (15) and the frame (5), said adjusting means (18) enabling shifting of the motors (15) along a rear side (12) of the frame (5) perpendicular to the longitudinal axes (X) and locking of said motors (15) onto the frame (5), to allow installation of a different number of motors (15) and helical coils (6) and/or installation of helical coils (6) of different sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Damian S.R.L.
    Inventor: Paolo Borra
  • Patent number: 7988015
    Abstract: A vending machine includes at least one width-adjustable storage rack, the storage rack having a fixed wall and a movable wall connected to the fixed wall by at least one connecting link; and an adjustment mechanism constructed and adapted to position the movable wall relative to the fixed wall and to thereby vary an interior width between the fixed and movable walls. Two movable walls can be connected to a single fixed wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Automated Merchandising Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Paul L. Mason, II, David A. Sprankle
  • Patent number: 7882981
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device for storing and dispensing (D) parts such as rivets comprising a frame (100) provided with zones for receiving (100?) cartridges (200) for storing parts such as rivets displaced by a transporting fluid. The invention is characterized in that it comprises a mobile dispensing head (300) for gripping and evacuating in single units parts stored in the cartridge (200) in front of which it is urged to be placed, said mobile head being associated with a plurality of dispensing tubes (310) whereof the diameter corresponds to the type of parts to be dispensed. The invention is applicable to storage and dispensing of parts such as rivets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignees: F2 C2 System
    Inventors: Jean Marc Auriol, Philippe Bornes
  • Patent number: 7857164
    Abstract: Device for selection of capsules containing a food product from a, stack of capsules contained in a container, comprising a body (10) which delimits a passage (20) through which the capsules pass by gravity; first stop means (30, 31, 32, 33) for selectively retaining and releasing said first capsule (90); actuating means (8) for actuating said stop means (3, 30, 31, 32, 33) between a stop position and a release position. The first stop means (3, 30, 31, 32, 33) are distributed about the circumference of the passage (20) and are able to move by turning transversely, and simultaneously, towards the inside of the passage to a stop position in order to form several support points distributed under the capsule (90).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Christian Jarisch, Alfred Yoakim
  • Patent number: 7835819
    Abstract: A device for dispensing items comprises a cabinet having an interior for storing items. A dispenser frame is coupled to the cabinet and is configured to be accessed, such as by pulling the dispenser frame from the cabinet. The dispenser frame includes a plurality of dividers that are configured to hold the plurality of dispensing mechanisms that each hold multiple items within the storage area. Further, the dividers are reconfigurable to permit the arrangement of the dispensing mechanisms to be adjusted. A lockable door is coupled to the front of the cabinet in front of the dispenser frame. The door may be opened to provide access to the interior of the cabinet and to the dispenser frame. A dispense drawer is positioned below the storage area so that items dispensed from the dispensing mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Omnicell, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Kevin Duncan, Scott L. Kidney, Brian R. Arnold
  • Patent number: 7806293
    Abstract: A shotgun shell storage and dispenser device in the form of a hollow elongated housing to hold the shotgun shells in vertical array, the housing adjusted for loading and dispensing shotgun shells through a loading end of the housing. Shotgun shells are positioned by structural elements on a rear wall of the housing and constant force springs in conjunction with a follower to urge the shotgun shells toward a loading and discharge end of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Inventors: Daniel P. Altieri, Andrew M. Truxel
  • Patent number: 7735683
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and system that utilizes one or more containers (e.g., cassettes or trays), which hold one or more types of medicaments, the containers being configured for automatic and accurate dispensing of the medicaments. In one embodiment, a container for dispensing medicaments includes: a housing; a chamber within the housing to store the medicament units; an outlet defined in the housing to dispense the medicament units; and a movable medium within the housing and defining at least one compartment (e.g., radial groove) configured to hold and carry at least one medicament unit from the chamber to the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Inventors: Michael Handfield, Helene Laliberte
  • Patent number: 7641438
    Abstract: A tray denesting apparatus is provided comprising a receptacle for holding at least one nested stack of packing trays. A conveyer belt is further provided for receiving each of the packing trays upon release from the receptacle. The denesting apparatus has at least one set of soft flexible suction cups disposed below the conveyer belt and which are disposed on a bellows assembly which is moveable between a first position and a second position so that at least one of the soft flexible suction cups may adhere to a first one of the packing trays, and successive packing trays. The tray denester further may include an automatic adjustment apparatus to correspond with selected size parameters of the trays being utilized. As a result, an individual tray may be removed from the receptacle, deposited on the conveyer belt and the conveyer belt then advancing the selected tray to the required area of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Keyes Fibre Corporation
    Inventors: Jerry Jaspers, Robert Simpson, Carl Van Doren, David Reed
  • Patent number: 7575129
    Abstract: A vial supply apparatus comprises: a vial supply part having a plurality of storage portions which store vials having different heights according to size, each storage portion comprising a rotatable endless member disposed at a predetermined interval from a partition wall, partitioning members disposed at predetermined intervals on the endless member, endless member driving means, and a supply port for dispensing a vial stored between adjacent partitioning members; a chute portion for dropping the vial dispensed from the supply port such that an opening of the vial faces upward; a robot arm for holding the vial supplied from the chute portion; and an adjustment table disposed below the robot arm, for adjusting an opening height of the vial supplied from the chute portion in accordance with the height of the vial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg., Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Yuyama, Katsunori Yoshina, Takafumi Imai, Masahito Miyashita
  • Patent number: 7571024
    Abstract: A device for dispensing items comprises a cabinet having an interior for storing items. A dispenser frame is coupled to the cabinet and is configured to be accessed, such as by pulling the dispenser frame from the cabinet. The dispenser frame includes a plurality of dividers that are configured to hold the plurality of dispensing mechanisms that each hold multiple items within the storage area. Further, the dividers are reconfigurable to permit the arrangement of the dispensing mechanisms to be adjusted. A lockable door is coupled to the front of the cabinet in front of the dispenser frame. The door may be opened to provide access to the interior of the cabinet and to the dispenser frame. A dispense drawer is positioned below the storage area so that items dispensed from the dispensing mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Omnicell, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Kevin Duncan, Scott L. Kidney, Brian R. Arnold
  • Publication number: 20090188935
    Abstract: A system for storing a plurality of solid objects and dispensing the solid objects into a plurality of containers. The system comprises non-automated dispensing cells, physically actuated to dispense solid objects one at a time into one of the containers, and automated dispensing cells, electrically actuated to dispense solid objects from a holding tank simultaneously in bulk into one of the containers. The automated dispensing cells may independently dispense objects into the holding tank one at a time while a manipulator arm of the system simultaneously brings a container to one of the non-automated or automated dispensing cells. Then, when the manipulator arm brings a container to one of the automated dispensing cells, the solid objects may be dispensed into the container in bulk by simply opening a gate mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Applicant: SCRIPTPRO LLC
    Inventors: Michael E. Coughlin, Shane P. Coughlin, Timothy A. Giebler, Lawrence Guerra
  • Patent number: 7513391
    Abstract: Article retrieval equipment (1) having a portion used by customers arranged at the front of a device body and a portion used by sales persons arranged at the rear of the device body and particularly suitable for use while the sales persons and customers are positioned face-to-face with each other, comprising an article storage chamber (3) for storing articles (A) and a control room (5) for storing a power transmission means (95) and a coin selector (100), wherein a rotary disk (36) for feeding the articles (A) to an article outlet (72) is fitted to the bottom wall (6) of the article storage chamber (3), the article outlet (72), an operation part (81) for rotating the rotary disk (36), and a coin inlet (102) are formed at the front of an equipment body (2), a controlling opening (60) for controlling the power transmission means (95) and allowing a coin storage case (115) to be withdrawn and an access opening (16) for accessing the articles (A) in the article storage chamber (3) are formed at the rear of the eq
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Bandai Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuyuki Nakanishi
  • Publication number: 20090045215
    Abstract: A positioning mechanism for a vending machine is provided to properly align product containers for vending purposes. The vending machine includes a cabinet that establishes a product storage zone, a product delivery zone and a dispensing chamber. Arranged within the product storage zone are a plurality of shelves which include dividers that separate the shelves into a plurality of product queues. Each product queue includes an dispensing mechanism that releases a selected product from the product queue for delivery to the dispensing chamber. In addition, each product queue includes a positioning mechanism to align products in the product queue. The positioning mechanism includes a support member secured to the divider and a spacer bar pivotally secured to the support member. The spacer bar automatically adjusts to a width of a product container placed in the product queue in order to assure proper alignment of the product for dispensing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventor: Paul Hayward Kelly
  • Publication number: 20090008406
    Abstract: An adjustable pusher tray mountable on a top of a shelf for holding objects thereon. The tray includes a platform adapted to be mounted on the top of the shelf; and at least one pushing device adapted to be mounted on the platform for pushing the objects towards a front of the tray. Each pushing device has a longitudinal plate adapted to be mounted on the platform, a pusher tab slidably mounted on the longitudinal plate, and a coiled spring having one end mounted on the pusher tab and another end mounted on the longitudinal plate for biasing the pusher tab against the objects positioned between the pusher tab and the front of the tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2007
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Inventors: Enzo Vardaro, Nicola Vardaro
  • Patent number: 7461760
    Abstract: A battery dispenser and a refill for a battery dispenser are provided. In one embodiment the battery dispenser includes a disk that supports a plurality of batteries, a cover that has an opening, a grip ring that rotates the disk to align the batteries with the opening of the cover, and a push element capable of advancing batteries from inside the cover to a landing external to the cover. The disk rotates relative to the grip ring between a load position and a dispensing position, and the disk is removable from the grip ring when the disk is in the load position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: Eveready Battery Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Ferguson, Todd B. Abernethy, Jon Gauthier, John M. Dupnik
  • Patent number: 7404501
    Abstract: A positioning mechanism for a vending machine is provided to properly align product containers for vending purposes. The vending machine includes a cabinet that establishes a product storage zone, a product delivery zone and a dispensing chamber. Arranged within the product storage zone are a plurality of shelves which include dividers that separate the shelves into a plurality of product queues. Each product queue includes an dispensing mechanism that releases a selected product from the product queue for delivery to the dispensing chamber. In addition, each product queue includes a positioning mechanism to align products in the product queue. The positioning mechanism includes a support member secured to the divider and a spacer bar pivotally secured to the support member. The spacer bar automatically adjusts to a width of a product container placed in the product queue in order to assure proper alignment of the product for dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: Dixie-Narco, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Hayward Kelly
  • Patent number: 7270599
    Abstract: A coin outlet unit is disclosed to include a casing having a coin outlet, and an adjustment structure for adjusting the size of the coin outlet. The adjustment structure positioning spaces arranged in a line perpendicular to the extending direction of the coin outlet, locating holes arranged in parallel to the positioning spaces, an adjustment block, which has a bottom rod selectably inserted into one of the positioning spaces and a plurality of adjustment holes, and a locking member insertable through the adjustment holes into the locating holes to lock the adjustment block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: International Currency Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Chia-Hung Hu, Ting-Kuo Lin
  • Patent number: 7246719
    Abstract: A vending machine includes at least one width-adjustable storage rack, the storage rack having a fixed wall and a movable wall connected to the fixed wall by at least one connecting link; and an adjustment mechanism constructed and adapted to position the movable wall relative to the fixed wall and to thereby vary an interior width between the fixed and movable walls. Two movable walls can be connected to a single fixed wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Automated Merchandising Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Paul L. Mason, II, David A. Sprankle
  • Patent number: 7234611
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a more robust article dispensing apparatus that is relatively simple in construction and usage for dispensing articles in a clean and protective environment. More specifically, the apparatus accepts, separates, and dispenses articles from a nested stack of articles such as beverage cup lids one at a time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas R. Hecht
  • Patent number: 7232041
    Abstract: A battery dispenser and a refill for a battery dispenser are provided. In one embodiment the battery dispenser includes a housing that has an opening, a landing, and a push element capable of advancing batteries from inside the housing to the landing external to the housing. The position of at least one of the push element and the landing is adjustable to enable the battery dispenser to dispense batteries that are one of at least two distinct physical sizes. A refill for the battery dispenser includes a base, a plurality of batteries disposed on the base and a retainer that contacts the batteries and is connected to the base. The refill base can cooperate with the dispenser to adjust the height of the landing or the push element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: Eveready Battery Company
    Inventors: Mark A. Ferguson, Richard H. Chapman, Todd B. Abernethy, Jon Gauthier, John M. Dupnik
  • Patent number: 7228988
    Abstract: A medicine supply apparatus to discharge a medicine into packing paper having a nozzle for discharging a medicine from a tablet case and a shutter rotatably provided in the nozzle for opening/closing a medicine drop path. The shutter includes a first rotatable shutter plate of a size capable of closing the inside of the nozzle, a second shutter plate swingably connected to the tip of the first shutter plate, and a guide for swinging the second shutter plate in a direction opposite to the direction of rotation of the first shutter plate in a final stage of the medicine discharge while the first shutter plate is opened. The tip of the second shutter plate is located in a position to narrow an outlet of the medicine drop path when the first shutter plate is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignees: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd, Sanyo Electric Biomedical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsuo Inamura
  • Patent number: 7134571
    Abstract: A napkin dispenser has a container body for holding a stack of napkins, and a pair of interchangeable face plates each connectable to the container body. One of the face plates has a first elongated dispensing opening exposing a bottom region of the napkin stack, for one-by-one dispensing, and the other face plate has a second elongated dispensing opening exposing an edge region of the napkin stack, for dispensing a plurality of napkins simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: SCA Tissue North America LLC.
    Inventors: Robert C Hochtritt, Andrew M Conger
  • Patent number: 7086558
    Abstract: A tool vending machine which permits human access to only a single size compartment of a plurality of different sized compartments at a time so that the user is only able to extract a tool that is contained within that single compartment and does not permit access to any other compartment. The particular compartment is to be manually selected by the human user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Autocrib, Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen M. Pixley, Charles J. Schurter, James J. McMahon
  • Patent number: 6975922
    Abstract: A device for dispensing items comprises a cabinet having an interior for storing items. A dispenser frame is coupled to the cabinet and is configured to be accessed, such as by pulling the dispenser frame from the cabinet. The dispenser frame includes a plurality of dividers that are configured to hold the plurality of dispensing mechanisms that each hold multiple items within the storage area. Further, the dividers are reconfigurable to permit the arrangement of the dispensing mechanisms to be adjusted. A lockable door is coupled to the front of the cabinet in front of the dispenser frame. The door may be opened to provide access to the interior of the cabinet and to the dispenser frame. A dispense drawer is positioned below the storage area so that items dispensed from the dispensing mechanisms fall into the dispense drawer, where they may be accessed by pulling open the dispense drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Omnicell, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Kevin Duncan, Scott L. Kidney, Brian R. Arnold
  • Patent number: 6966454
    Abstract: A dispenser for cup-shaped articles includes a housing defining a storage portion adapted to receive an associated stack of nested cup-shaped articles. The housing includes an open end that communicates with the storage portion. A cup retainer mounting base is located adjacent the open end of the housing. The mounting base defines an opening that communicates with the open end of the housing. The mounting base also defines a first plurality of mounting openings and a second plurality of mounting openings. A cup retainer is connected to the mounting base and restricts the opening of said mounting base. The cup retainer is movable between at least first and second operative positions wherein the cup retainer restricts the opening of the mounting base more in the first operative position as compared to the second operative position. The cup retainer is defined as separate stud members each including a resilient finger or as an annular band including a plurality of resilient fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: The Meyer Company
    Inventors: Raymond P. Kawolics, Henry G. Roethel, Michael H. Meyer
  • Patent number: 6945427
    Abstract: The disclosed invention is a dispensing apparatus and method for dispensing product from a vending machine. The invention employs a product vend detector to sense when products are dispensed. A controller compares the occurrences of products actually dispensed to the product depth setting assigned to a product dispensing assembly. When vend-completed signals do not match the assigned product setting, the controller initiates a learning mode to determine the actual product depth of the product dispensing assembly and resets the product depth setting to the correct value. The present invention eliminates the need for manual adjustments and eliminates the need to use additional electromechanical components, such as timing cams and switches that are normally used by prior product dispensing systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: The Vendo Company
    Inventor: Larry E. Hieb
  • Patent number: 6851294
    Abstract: A clip disk assembly according to the invention includes an adapter hub which attaches to the motor of an existing crimping machine and a plurality of clip disks, each being removably attachable to the adapter hub. Each clip disk is provided with a different sized peripheral notches to accommodate a different sized eyelet. According to the presently preferred embodiment, the adapter hub has four threaded peripheral studs and the clip disks have four corresponding holes. Four wing nuts are used to removably attach the clip disks to the adapter hub. Preferably, one stud has a larger boss than the others and one hole in the clip disks is correspondingly larger. The assembly permits changing of clip disks in about one minute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: Edwin B. Stimpson Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce M. Campbell, Hershell P. Sablowski
  • Patent number: 6824009
    Abstract: A self-facing merchandise pusher system for use in retail stores. Numerous products in a retail store are merchandised on shelves and a biased pusher is used to urge products toward the front edge of the shelf. The width of the pusher corresponds generally to the width of the narrowest product to be pushed. A removable divider extends vertically between each pusher. When pushing products that are multiples of the width of the narrowest product, dividers may be removed to create a larger pushing surface. Removing a divider locks two adjacent pushers together thereby causing the two pushers to push in unison and prevents product from slipping between the adjacent pushers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: RTC Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Neal Hardy