Self-compensating For Decreasing Supply Patents (Class 221/244)
  • Patent number: 8308026
    Abstract: An apparatus for picking up, holding and dispensing objects is disclosed. The apparatus has a storing device, a holding device, a retaining device, and an ejection device that enables pick up, holding and dispensing of a plurality of objects. The apparatus provides an improved method of picking up, holding and storing objects that heretofore required extreme dexterity and substantial periods of time. The apparatus can be used to pick up, hold and dispense a variety of objects including, but not limited to, crystals, nuts, confectionary pieces, pills, jewelry, and electronic components. The apparatus may be sold as a kit or as replacement parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Rapko Corporation
    Inventors: Darin Rapko, Norma Rapko
  • Publication number: 20110042406
    Abstract: A magazine for spot welding electrodes that stores mini chips and can feed the mini chips one by one. A mini chip storage portion and a cap chip storage portion slidably aligning and storing a plurality of mini chips and a plurality of cap chips are formed such that the mini chip storage portion and cap chip storage portion communicate with each other at one of their ends, where they open to the outside to serve as a supply port. When an arm is inserted into the supply port, a cap chip is mounted to the arm, as well as the cap chip presses the mini chip so that the mini chip is also mounted to the chip base. When the mounting operation is complete, a push-out member pushes the mini chips and cap chips so that the mini chips and cap chips are automatically fed to the supply port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicants: Shinkokiki Co., Ltd., P&C Company Limited
    Inventors: Toshio NAKAJIMA, Takeo Fukizawa
  • Patent number: 7753000
    Abstract: A hay feeder allows a horse to eat from the feeder at a controlled speed in order to help prevent choke as well as overeating. The feeder uses a receptacle that has one or more guide posts extending between a closed bottom and an open top. A plate has first openings that each receive a respective post in order to allow the plate to slide up and down within the receptacle, the plate also having a series of second openings. Hay is placed into the receptacle and the plate is positioned on top of the hay. The horse eats the hay through the series of second openings and the plate gravitationally falls with the depleting stock of hay guided downwardly along the posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Inventor: Julie Turner
  • Publication number: 20080257905
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the present invention a dispensing apparatus for a diagnostic test strip is provided. In another embodiment of the present invention a dispensing apparatus for medicine is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2006
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Giraud, Michel Zbirka
  • Patent number: 6644503
    Abstract: A publication vending device for vending a single publication per vend cycle. The single publication vending device includes a forward transport assembly located within a housing and connected to a carriage for reciprocating movement with the carriage. A the publication is advanced forward through a publication vend port, by operation of the forward transport assembly including. A first finger is positioned laterally to a first edge of the publication and a second finger is positioned laterally to a second edge of the publication. Each of the fingers is forwardly movable with forward operation of the carriage. Each of the fingers is configured for transpositional travel in a plane substantially coplanar to a plane of an interleaf of the publication and towards the centerline of the publication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Inventor: John Peterson
  • Publication number: 20030102325
    Abstract: A publication vending device for vending a single publication per vend cycle. The single publication vending device includes a forward transport assembly located within a housing and connected to a carriage for reciprocating movement with the carriage. A the publication is advanced forward through a publication vend port, by operation of the forward transport assembly including. A first finger is positioned laterally to a first edge of the publication and a second finger is positioned laterally to a second edge of the publication. Each of the fingers are forwardly movable with forward operation of the carriage. Each of the fingers are configured for transpositional travel in a plane substantially coplanar to a plane of an interleaf of the publication and towards the centerline of the publication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2001
    Publication date: June 5, 2003
    Inventor: John Peterson
  • Publication number: 20020195458
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a vending system wherein a monitoring system verifies that a product ordered by a vending customer is actually delivered through a delivery area to the customer. If the product ordered is unavailable either because of an out of stock situation or a blockage of the delivery path for that product, the present invention allows the customer to request a refund or order a second product. Additionally, the present invention helps to prevent theft of product from the vending system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2002
    Publication date: December 26, 2002
    Inventors: David B. Whitten, William Edwin Booth, Paul Kevin Griner, Brian Lee Duncan
  • Publication number: 20010032859
    Abstract: A napkin dispenser is provided which dispenses napkins, one at a time. The casing or housing of the napkin dispenser sits on a rotatable support platform. The dispenser assembly principally includes a roller and a follower. The roller engages and respectively ejects a napkin from a weighted napkin stack via the follower which urges napkins into engagement with the roller. The roller has a plurality of metal protrusions peripherally attached on its exterior surface for penetrably engaging with the material substrate of each respective napkin which enables reliable and efficient delivery of individual napkins for dispensing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2001
    Publication date: October 25, 2001
    Inventor: Eugene R. Coleman
  • Patent number: 6250500
    Abstract: An apparatus for individually dispensing printed articles such as newspapers comprises a housing and a movable table in the housing for carrying in readiness a stack of printed articles on the table. A removal device permits access to a printed article in respect of which payment has been made and a feed pushes a respective printed article out of the apparatus. An actuator is provided for activating the feed. A drive displaces the table by a desired travel length to the article-removal position, under the control of sensing and control device for controlling the travel length of the table. A braking and stopping means is operable to stop and release the drive in the operating cycle of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Inventor: Franz Schweiberer
  • Patent number: 6112941
    Abstract: A machine for vending printed products, in particular, newspaper and including a housing for storing the printed products, a coin mechanism associated with the housing for receiving payment for a printed product, and a delivery mechanism for delivery a paid-for printed product to a delivery slot provided in the housing. The delivery mechanism includes a transporting plate for printed products and a lift mechanism for lifting the transporting plate to a printed product delivery position. The delivery mechanism further includes an element which cooperates with the lift mechanism for automatically adjusting the height by which the transporting plate is lifted after the topmost product has been dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Inventor: Hans Wenner
  • Patent number: 5492213
    Abstract: A single copy publication dispenser having an enclosure with a suitable stationary, but adjustable, platform for retaining a stack of publications thereon. A publication discharge assembly overlies the platform and includes a discharge member which is slidable laterally between first and second positions against the force of springs for enabling selective discharge of a single publication, while the entire discharge assembly is slidable vertically under the force of gravity so that the discharge member abuts against the upper surface of the next publication for discharge. The discharge member includes a pivotable discharge bar operable between a first position at which it grips the publication adjacent an edge thereof as the pull bar is retracted under force of springs. An interlock mechanism is provided between a publication withdrawal pull bar and the coin mechanism for enabling actuation of the discharge assembly only when coins of the proper number and size are present in the mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1996
    Inventor: Chang D. Kim
  • Patent number: 5445294
    Abstract: A mechanical system opens a selected drawer in a multiple-drawer cabinet. The drawers are arranged in rows and columns. A selected drawer is unlatched by moving a rod which has protruding fingers, only one of which is positioned to engage a latch in a column of drawers. When the rod moves longitudinally, the selected drawer becomes unlatched. The unlatched drawer can open only to a distance determined by a cable which unwinds from a drum and passes around a pulley attached to the drawer. Thus, by controlling the rotation of the drum, the system can be programmed to open the drawer only to a distance which exposes the first non-empty compartment in the drawer. A computer controls the selection and opening of the drawers. The computer keeps a record of which compartments of each drawer have been emptied. Each time a drawer is opened, it is opened to the next non-empty compartment, allowing access to one and only one compartment in the drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1995
    Assignee: Lionville Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: John F. Gardner, Jane F. Laycock, Eric C. Norlin, Shelly I. Slogoff, E. Ford Williams, Tobin H. Williams
  • Patent number: 5392951
    Abstract: A mechanical system opens a selected drawer in a multiple-drawer cabinet. The drawers are arranged in rows and columns. A selected drawer is unlatched by moving a rod which has protruding fingers, only one of which is positioned to engage a latch in a column of drawers. When the rod moves longitudinally, the selected drawer becomes unlatched. The unlatched drawer can open only to a distance determined by a cable which unwinds from a drum and passes around a pulley attached to the drawer. Thus, by controlling the rotation of the drum, the system can be programmed to open the drawer only to a distance which exposes the first non-empty compartment in the drawer. A computer controls the selection and opening of the drawers. The computer keeps a record of which compartments of each drawer have been emptied. Each time a drawer is opened, it is opened to the next non-empty compartment, allowing access to one and only one compartment in the drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1995
    Assignee: Lionville Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: John F. Gardner, Jane F. Laycock, Eric C. Norlin, Shelly I. Slogoff, E. Ford Williams, Tobin H. Williams
  • Patent number: 5373963
    Abstract: A newspaper vending machine includes a newspaper let-off mechanism which is triggered to turn on a toothed on-way gyrostate causing it to send out one copy of the newspaper through a newspaper outlet when a coin is dropped in, and a sample copy release control mechanism which is triggered to release the sample copy when a coin is dropped in after the copies of the newspaper have been sold out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1994
    Inventor: Tsang-Hung Hsu
  • Patent number: 5251783
    Abstract: A utility blade dispenser for dispensing and disposing utility or razor type blades (5) is disclosed. A disposable transparent thermoplastic housing (1) shaped to correspond with the shape of the utility blade (5) to be dispensed is provided. The housing (1) is hinged to allow the blades (5) and a blade carrier (18) to be inserted in the housing (1) at the time of manufacture, and then be sonically welded. Dispensing (14) and guide (16) slots are provided to guide blades (5) from inside the housing (1) out through the dispensing slot (14). The blades (5) are supported in the housing (1) on a blade carrier (18) which is upward and downward moveable in the housing (1). The blade carrier (18) includes a support hole (21) for mounting the dispenser on a wall. The rear (6) of the housing (1) includes a track of ratcheting teeth (26) which engage a pawl member (28) on the rear of the blade carrier (18) to minimize movement between the housing (1) and carrier (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1993
    Assignee: Allway Tools, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald Gringer
  • Patent number: 5244115
    Abstract: Apparatus for storing one or more stacks of paper slips and for sequentially dispensing single slips from a stack as needed. The apparatus may include a protective housing having one or more compartments in which is disposed a flat plate on which a stack of paper slips may be placed. The plate is free to move upwardly or downwardly in the compartment and is biased upwardly. A roller assembly carried at one end of the housing for frictional engagement with the uppermost paper slip in a stack is selectively rotatable by a persons hand to dispense the uppermost slip through an opening in the end of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1993
    Inventor: Joel C. Huck
  • Patent number: 5205437
    Abstract: A single article dispensing apparatus adapted for newspaper vending captures a bundle of newspapers between opposing support plates with one movable plate being spring biased toward the stationary plate. Newspaper engaging pins extend beyond the stationary support plate and into the space between the opposing support plates to engage the back edge of a newspaper of the bundle. Upon deposit of the necessary coins and pulling of a dispensing handle, the newspaper engaging pins slide the newspaper from the bundle and out through an output door of the vending machine. When all newspapers in the bundle are dispensed and the support plates come to direct face-to-face opposition, a last copy of the newspaper held behind a display window is automatically dispensed upon the next actuation of the dispensing handle. The vending machine restricts access to the inventory of newspapers and allows a purchaser but one copy of the newspaper for payment of one copy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1993
    Assignee: Univend, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Elder, Norman C. Locati, R. Wayne Fields
  • Patent number: 5199600
    Abstract: A dispenser for stackable articles such as dishes and the like. The dispenser comprises a housing having an opening in its top, a carriage for supporting a generally vertical stack of the articles, mechanism for biasing the carriage vertically upwardly in the housing to dispense the articles from the top of the housing, a plurality of elongate guide members in the housing, and apparatus for mounting the guide members. The carriage is moveable within the housing along a generally vertical central axis of the housing. The guide members are spaced about the periphery of the carriage for retaining the articles in a generally vertical stack. Each guide member has a vertically extending guide surface for slideably abutting marginal edge portions of the articles stacked on the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1993
    Assignee: Duke Manufacturing Co.
    Inventor: Kim C. Fietsam
  • Patent number: 5009328
    Abstract: An article cassette for a vending machine has a horizontal conveyor for supporting articles one behind another in a row behind an outfeed station and for feeding the articles step by step towards the outfeed station. The outfeed station at its forward end has an access opening provided with a cover mounted for rotation between a closed position and an opened position. In the opened position the cover provides access to the outfeed station for removal of an article therefrom. The cover also carries a screen for blocking off the outfeed station from the conveyor when the cover is opened, the screen being in the form of an extension at one end of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1991
    Inventor: Curt A. Bergsten
  • Patent number: 4942980
    Abstract: For a vending machine for dispensing parallelepiped products, which are arranged in horizontal product stacks, a dispensing device is provided, which separates the first product package to be dispensed by tipping the package away from the product stack, with the remaining product stack being held in place. It is furthermore provided that the product package falls onto an inclined plane when tipped, from which it slides down under its own weight and reaches the dispensing opening of the vending machine. It is further provided that the dispensing device follows the product stack as the products are dispensed, or that the product stack be made so that it can move towards the dispensing device. The dispensing device is arranged on horizontal guide rails and several dispensing devices can be provided within one product row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 24, 1990
    Assignee: Harting Elektronik GmbH
    Inventors: Eberhard Hellermann, Hans-Jurgen Welsch
  • Patent number: 4941591
    Abstract: An office-type stationery set, which comprises a basic box seat to be placed on the desk, and an upright paper holder seat, to be covered with a cover made of transparent or enlarged-functional material, and connected with the rear wall of the basic box seat. The basic box seat includes a pen-stand seat, pen-stands, paper deposit box and paper dispensing device. The paper dispensing device is upright set on the lid of the paper deposit box comprising a button, a connecting rod, a pushing rod, and a pushing wheel. When the button is pressed, the driving rod will be oriented downwards and therefore push the connecting rod, to be responsive in movement to make the pushing rod which is pivoted on its front end, to move forward. The pushing wheel on the rear end of the pushing rod will not roll, as a ratchet is set to be an obstruction, but will rub on the paper and by frictional force push it out of the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 17, 1990
    Assignee: Shuh-Chin Lin
    Inventors: Shuh-Chin Lin, Min-Ling Li
  • Patent number: 4887739
    Abstract: A compact business or calling card dispenser which includes a casing in which a plurality of cards are stacked in a vertical array on a card support plate that is resiliently urged so as to align the cards relative to a discharge slot or opening in the casing and which includes an ejector mechanism which interacts with the card support plate to insure uniform card dispensing characteristics with each stack of cards carried within the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 19, 1989
    Inventor: Robert J. Parker
  • Patent number: 4846793
    Abstract: A device for subcutaneous implantation of a plurality of solid, elongated medicinal pellets. The device includes a needle-like, hollow cannula within a barrel. The hub has a manually engageable knob thereon so that the hub and cannula may be easily moved with respect to the barrel with the thumb of one hand during the implantation process. An obturator extends from the rear of the barrel into the proximal end of the cannula. The obturator is composed of two or more sections which allow it to telescope during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1989
    Assignee: Endocon, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Leonard, S. Mitchell Harman
  • Patent number: 4781305
    Abstract: A single sheet paper dispenser having a tray to hold a stack of paper and a drive assembly which operates as the top sheet of the stack is manually withdrawn to move another single sheet of paper into a feed position whereby it is partly projecting through the open dispensing side of the tray. The dispenser may be used in either a horizontal or a vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1988
    Inventor: Gerald O. Carberry
  • Patent number: 4770321
    Abstract: A dispensing machine for use in dispensing publications such as magazines and newspapers is disclosed. It is comprised of a housing having a storage area for storing a plurality of publications, a cover for accessing the storage area, and an opening to allow the publication to be dispensed from the house. An adjustable support in the storage area is used for supporting the publications. A dispensing mechanism positioned above the support is adapted to dispense, through the opening, a publication. A mechanism is used for activating the dispensing mechanism and for adjusting the position of the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1988
    Inventor: Raymond L. Anderson
  • Patent number: 4566581
    Abstract: A coin operated vending machine is provided for delivering the uppermost of a stack of generally horizontally disposed article such as newspapers, out a delivery opening or vending slot. The machine employs an upright pedestal with a top wall for supporting a stack of the articles to be dispensed, and an enclosing cabinet shell is telescopingly received over the upper end of the pedestal and has an article engaging dispensing slot. The pedestal supports the cabinet shell in telescopic position which changes incrementally each time a newspaper is vended. The article is rotated through an arc in the dispensing of the newspaper and a latch bar associated with the dispensing mechanism is movable to latched or unlatched position, dependent on whether or not proper coins have been inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1986
    Assignee: Draper Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis R. Martin
  • Patent number: 4527711
    Abstract: An article dispensing machine, such as a newspaper vending machine, operable in response to insertion of an appropriate coin, or plurality of coins, has a mechanism which edge engages and dispenses one uppermost article, such as a newspaper, to the purchaser when a mechanism actuator unlocked by insertion of the coins, is manually operated. Upon return to its original position after dispensing one newspaper the actuator cannot be operated again until unlocked by another insertion of appropriate coins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1985
    Assignee: News Vend 1, Inc.
    Inventor: Bob G. Harrell
  • Patent number: 4324345
    Abstract: This invention relates to dispensers, primarily the dispensing of permanent wave tissue sheets and other flexible sheet members.It is the object of this invention to provide an improved and simple automatic sheet dispenser capable of dispensing individual flat sheets from a stack. The principal advavtageous feature of the invention is the unique automatic combination driving roll and sheet stop construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1982
    Inventor: Manuel M. Martinez
  • Patent number: 4139120
    Abstract: The apparatus comprises a platform for supporting a substantially vertical stack of articles, such as newspapers, magazines and the like, with the articles inclined downwardly and forwardly. Article hold-back apparatus, positioned alongside the platform, extends upwardly therefrom and is adapted to engage and extend across forward edges of the articles in the stack to restrain the same from forward sliding movement from the stack, and a carriage mounted for substantially vertical movement alongside the forward edges of the articles in the stack, is operatively connected to the article hold-back apparatus to successively effect disengagement of the article hold-back apparatus with the uppermost article in the stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1976
    Date of Patent: February 13, 1979
    Assignee: Chris Combis
    Inventor: Harry O. Moore