Closure Moves Ejector Patents (Class 221/249)
  • Patent number: 8657155
    Abstract: A cap for a container configured for dispensing single items, such as pills, held in said container. The cap channel extends from an upper surface to a lower end providing a passageway through the cap to allow for a predetermined quantity of items to be transferred through a port in an upper portion of the cap. The cap has a lid moveable from a closed position to an open position. In its closed position dispensing of items is prevented; in its open position at least one item is dispensed through the port. A gate is operable, in a first orientation to partially block the passageway and, in a second orientation, to unblock the passageway to allow a preset number of items, to pass through. Alternatively, a diverter is incorporated to control flow of the contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventors: Joshua Dwork, Hubert Yeung, Paul Dwork
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20110101015
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing apparatus is shaped like the torso of a sports figure with appropriate head gear. The head gear pivots between an open and closed position. Opening the head gear permits access to beverage containers stacked in rows in a dispensing chamber within the apparatus. A mechanical lifting mechanism is coupled to the head gear. The lifting mechanism lifts a new row of beverage containers upward for access as the head gear is pivoted closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventors: Matthias Bollmus, John Schlick
  • Patent number: 7823748
    Abstract: A drug filling apparatus capable of preventing drugs from being bridged to each other and reducing troubles. The drug filling apparatus functions to select specific tablets from various types of tablet groups and fill the selected tablets into a vial, and includes a storage cabinet, a drug supplying section, a drug halting section, a drug conveying section, a drug filling section, a vial storing section, and a vial carrying section. A drug dispenser is installed in the drug halting section. A receptacle of the drug dispenser is constituted by an outer receptacle portion and an inner receptacle portion. When a time for filling of tablets in the drug dispenser into the vial comes, a motor of a drive section rotates according to specified signals to rotate the inner receptacle portion; that is, the rotational orientation of the inner receptacle portion is changed to reverse the inner receptacle portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Yuyama, Hiroyuki Yuyama, Hiroshi Hashimoto, Katsunori Yoshina
  • Patent number: 7802699
    Abstract: For the entertainment of individuals and for the convenience of others a method to eject a can from a cooler is described. A refrigerated cooler that houses a plurality of cans will have the ability to eject a can through an opening in the top of the cooler using a remote control device. Once the can has been ejected a small electric motor in the interior of the device will automatically reset a catapult arm and will permit another can to be automatically loaded onto the cradle at the end of the catapult beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Inventor: Derek Hoy
  • Patent number: 7591396
    Abstract: A restrictor and dispensing system for dispensing sheet material is provided. The restrictor includes a restrictor body positioned on a top sheet of a stack of sheet materials which are positioned in a dispenser. The restrictor assists in one at a time dispensing from a dispensing assembly. The dispensing assembly includes the dispenser, which has a housing including a container and a lid, and the housing is configured to hold and dispense sheet material. The dispenser also includes a sheet mover mounted to the housing. The sheet mover is configured to move over at least a portion of a sheet material away from additional sheet materials for dispensing. The restrictor cooperates with the housing and sheet mover to dispense one sheet material at a time. The restrictor may be provided with the dispenser, or separately. Alternatively, the restrictor may be provided in a cartridge filled with a stack of sheet materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Francis Tramontina, Richard Paul Lewis, Guy William Provenzano
  • Patent number: 7484640
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for storing and providing stacked film pockets (10) filled with film-type or laminar materials (1). Said materials, e.g. lamellae (1), are individually packed in thin film pockets (10) which are embodied in the form of primary packaging. Said film pockets (10) are stacked in a form of so-called secondary packaging (30) in a gauged manner, the secondary packaging (30) being a lamella dispenser. Said dispenser is provided with a mechanism (61) by which means the individual film pockets (10) are directly released. During said process, the film pockets (10) are automatically opened and the individual lamellae (1) are administered for consumption. The present invention enables a device to be created for storing and providing stacked film-type or laminar materials (1), said device storing said stacked materials (1) from the first to the last withdrawal without any significant change in the aromatic properties of the materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: LTS Lohmann Therapie-Systeme AG
    Inventors: Christian von Falkenhausen, Markus Krumme, Christian Gutsche
  • Patent number: 7428978
    Abstract: A dispenser and system for dispensing sheet material is provided. The dispenser includes a housing including a container and a lid. The container and lid cooperate to provide an inner surface formed to include an internal compartment configured to hold sheet material. The housing includes an exit port for withdrawal of sheet material therefrom. The dispenser also includes a sheet mover mounted to the housing. A portion of the sheet mover is configured to move over at least a portion of a sheet material positioned in the housing such that at least the portion of the sheet material is moved away from additional sheet materials positioned adjacent thereto by the sheet mover. The portion moved away is positioned to be easily withdrawn through the exit port by a user. The system includes the dispenser having a sheet mover and a plurality of sheet materials disposed in the dispenser. A disposable, one-use dispensing system is provided as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Paul Lewis, Paul Francis Tramontina
  • Patent number: 7207463
    Abstract: A cigarette holding and dispensing apparatus includes a housing having a first and second dividing wall therein such that first, second and third compartment are defined within the housing. The first dividing wall has a vertical slot therein and into the first and third compartments. A covering is removably positioned on the housing. The covering has an aperture therein extending into the third compartment and an opening extending into said second compartment. A lighter may be positioned in the second compartment and a plurality of cigarettes may be positioned in the third compartment. An actuating assembly is mounted in the first compartment and extends into the third compartment through the first vertical slot for selectively lifting a cigarette upwardly through the aperture in the covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Inventor: Alexander Balko
  • Patent number: 7036681
    Abstract: An article retrieving container in which a novel container for storing articles such as confectionery allowing the articles to be retrieved one by one merely by a cover opening operation is provided, including a container body (3) and a cover body (5) installed on the container body (3), the container body (3) further including an article storage part (21) for storing a plurality of articles (X) such as the confectionery and an article retrieval part (37) having a communication part (41) with the article storage part (21) and an opening for retrieving the articles (X) to the outside, the cover body (5) rotatably installed on the container body (3) further including an article retrieving means (23) for retrieving the articles one by one installed on the inside thereof, whereby the article retrieving means (23) can retrieve the articles (X) by the opening operation of the cover body (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Sudax
    Inventors: Kazutake Suda, Chizuko Suda
  • Publication number: 20040065671
    Abstract: An article takeout container for discharging articles, e.g. cakes, stored while being stacked sequentially by means of a rotary member in which a part of the rotary member serves as a cover for closing a discharge port and preventing intrusion of dirt or dust into the container. The article takeout container (1) includes an article containing section (7) and an article takeout section (5), wherein the article containing section (7) can store a plurality of stacked articles. Means for urging one end of a stacked article (3) toward the other end thereof is also provided and the article takeout section (5) comprises a rotary member (11) for pushing out the article (3), and a port (13) for discharging an article thus pushed out, wherein a member abutting against the back part of the stacked article and pushing out the article is provided on the outer circumferential surface of the rotary member (11).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2003
    Publication date: April 8, 2004
    Inventors: Kazutake Suda, Chizuko Suda
  • Publication number: 20030132239
    Abstract: A magazine (3) for a tablet dispenser (1) for receiving and sequentially dispensing tablets (T) consists of a housing (4) which is substantially cuboid and is open on the longitudinal side (5), receives a longitudinally guided slider (6) and a helical spring (8) supported between the slider (6) and the housing floor (7) and comprises an output device (10) at the housing head (9) which is opposite of the housing floor (7), with the helical spring (8) engaging with its floor-side end (11) of the winding in a clamping gap (12) in the region of the floor of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2002
    Publication date: July 17, 2003
    Inventor: Helmuth Konig
  • Patent number: 6508380
    Abstract: A dispenser (1) for dispensing strip elements (4), having a supply chamber (3) for accommodating a strip-element stack (St), and having a discharging pusher (14) with a nose (16) for interacting with a first strip element (4′) of the strip-element stack (St), via a discharging slot (15) which is adapted to the thickness (y) of a strip element (4). In order to achieve a more functionally advantageous solution, the discharging pusher (14) has a pusher nose (16) which is made of elastically compliant material and, in the uninfluenced state, projects by more than the thickness (y) of the strip element (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Inventor: Alfred von Schuckmann
  • Patent number: 6494342
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for lifting a dispensed product in a vending machine includes a lift member positioned in the path of a vended item. A control member, manually movable between first and second positions, raises the lift member to in turn raise a vended item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Assignee: Inland Finance Company
    Inventors: Francis A. Wittern, III, Gary L. Walke
  • Patent number: 6230932
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dispensing machine for printed publications. The vending machine allows to dispense one copy at a time by providing a metering break above a dispensing channel. The vending machine has a hollow housing, within which a detachable module is slidable mounted. An operational portion of the machine includes a drive screw connected to a motor by a gear assembly. The printed publications are supported in an upright position on a bearing plate and are advanced towards the dispensing channel by a push plate connected to the drive screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Assignee: DPC, International, Inc.
    Inventors: C. Rankin Lowing, David Brown
  • Patent number: 5738246
    Abstract: A disposable cup dispensing device having an upper annular member and a bottom annular member connected together. A barrel is mounted on the upper annular member to hold a stack of disposable cups. A pivotable bottom cover is located at the bottom annular member. An endless cord is mounted in between the upper and the bottom annular member to hold a plurality of actuating plates located in radial grooves inside the upper and the bottom annular members. A link is connected between the bottom cover and one of the actuating plates. A spring with a curving upward tail is located on the inside of the bottom cover and pivoted therewith. When the bottom cover is opened, the link is lifted to twist the endless cord and to turn the actuating plates, thereby causing the plates to pull one of the disposable cup downwardly, permitting it to fall onto the curved tail of the spring member of the bottom cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1998
    Inventor: Chih-Wen Chung
  • Patent number: 5579952
    Abstract: A vending apparatus for dispensing trays of hot food is provided with a vertical stack of the compartments for storing and heating the trays of food. Each compartment has a lower support-shelf, under which is an electrical, coil-resistance heater for keeping the food in the tray at a temperature of about 150 degrees F. Opening of the door of a compartment causes the opening of a micro-switch associated with the selected compartment, which opening causes power to be shut off to the solenoid of the compartment. Operatively associated with each compartment is a push-mechanism that causes the selected tray to be partially pushed out of its compartment when the associated door is manually opened. Each push-mechanism has a push-rod coupled through suitable linkage to the door, which push-rod contacts the rear surface of the selected tray for pushing it out as the door is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1996
    Assignee: Automeal, Inc.
    Inventors: Armin Fiedler, Scott Fiedler
  • Patent number: 5460294
    Abstract: A subassembly for use in a computerized medicine dispensing station is disclosed. The station has a cabinet for housing openable drawers in stacked arrangement containing dispensable pharmaceutical items. The subassembly includes a drawer having a base plate, side walls, and a front panel defining an interior compartment. The drawer can be inserted into the cabinet. The interior compartment of the drawer is divided into subcompartments, each subcompartment defined by spaced apart side walls and a curved rear wall. Each subcompartment contains a movable magazine mounted therein for racetrack-like movement therein between the spaced apart side wall and the curved rear wall. The magazine includes individual open cups for containing single dispensable pharmaceutical items therein. The front panel has an aperture which is normally closed and locked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1995
    Assignee: Pyxis Corporation
    Inventor: David R. Williams
  • Patent number: 5454485
    Abstract: An improved access door for magnetic tape library systems and the like, including a pivotable cartridge-receiving receptacle for facilitating the insertion and removal of cartridges into and out of the system. The receptacle is pivotably mounted to be rotatable between a first position extending at least part way out of the system housing, and a second position wherein the receptacle is at least partially disposed within the housing. A trip lever actuated latch holds the receptacle in the second position, and a spring-loaded lifter rotates the receptacle away from the second position when the latch is released. A damping cam and resilient roller control the rotation of the receptacle and provide limit stops therefor. Optical sensors indicate receptacle position and the presence or absence of a cartridge in the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1995
    Assignee: Storage Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Warren L. Dalziel
  • Patent number: 5377866
    Abstract: A new and improved multiple-roll toilet paper dispenser rack for storing a plurality of rolls of toilet paper within the unused space of a bathroom cabinet and dispensing the rolls one at a time through an opening in the cabinet, the multiple-roll toilet paper dispenser rack comprising an elongated shallow pan having an inside width essentially the same as the width of a toilet paper roll, the shallow pan having a length substantially greater than the diameter of a toilet paper roll wherein a plurality of rolls may be placed, the shallow pan being fixedly mounted at a slight downward incline inside a bathroom cabinet adjacent to an opening through the cabinet wherethrough toilet paper rolls may be dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Inventor: William R. Watters, II
  • Patent number: 5115941
    Abstract: A newspaper vending machine has a newspaper holder with a dispensing housing that holds the newspaper in the holder. When the door of the vending machine is opened, the dispensing housing is mechanically moved from its closed position to an open position which allows a single newspaper to be dispensed down a delivery chute to a location adjacent the door for access by the customer. The dispensing housing is designed to inhibit more than one newspaper at a time from sliding down the chute. The closure of the door mechanically returns the dispensing housing to its closed position and allows another newspaper to load into the dispensing housing for delivery to the next customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1992
    Inventor: Ricardo Gueretta
  • Patent number: 5076193
    Abstract: This invention pertains to an elongated tubular receptacle adapted and arranged to contain one or more essential accouterments available on pleasure boats, such as signal flares and compressed gas cylinders, and the receptacle includes mechanism to secure the receptacle suitably to a support member on a boat deck or wall, such as a vertical stanchion and includes mechanism adapted to readily remove the accouterments from the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Keim
  • Patent number: 4967909
    Abstract: A cartonboard container for housing and facilitating removal of sheet products one at a time. The container includes a receptacle for housing a stack of individual sheet products. The receptacle has a top wall, bottom wall and a side wall encompassing and connecting the top wall to the bottom wall forming an enclosure. A sliding closure member is disposed about the receptacle which is selectively reciprocally slideable axially along the receptacle between a closed position covering the dispensing aperture and an open position. A pair of interior hinged panels attached to the sliding closure member extend inwardly into the container to elevate one end of the stack of sheet products when the sliding closure member is moved toward the open position. This allows for easy grasping of the transverse edge of one sheet product for removal through the dispensing aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1990
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Gary E. McKibben
  • Patent number: 4955506
    Abstract: A device for individually removing newspapers from an inclined stack, including a movable carriage which is placed over the stack, the carriage having an endless conveyor carrying spaced-apart grippers, the conveyor being connected to drive mechanisms to grip a topmost newspaper and feed it along the incline through a withdrawal slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 11, 1990
    Inventor: Franz Schweiberer
  • Patent number: 4700869
    Abstract: A single item vending machine, particularly for vending only a single newspaper for each vend operation, is disclosed. The machine has a slot, which is adjustable in height, in the front of the frame of the machine through which the newspaper is vended. A door on the front of the machine prevents access to the slot unless the door is opened. The door cannot be opened unless the required coins are placed in a coin mechanism, thus releasing a door lock. Mounted inside the machine is a base plate. Mounted on top of the base plate are ball bearings. Resting on the ball bearings is a transfer plate which has a raised rear portion which is approximately 1/2 inch higher than a lower front portion of the transfer plate. When the machine is in the closed and locked position, the newspapers are stacked on the lower front portion of the transfer plate. The transfer plate, which is connected to the door by at least one hinge and lever arm, slides forward when the door is opened by the purchaser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1987
    Inventor: Erwin Bogner
  • Patent number: 4558803
    Abstract: A coin operated vending machine delivers single newspapers and/or similar articles from the upper end of a stack of articles out a vending slot. A roller engages the article and moves it part of the way out the slot so that it can be grasped by the customer and pulled the remaining distance. An actuator, such as the access door used on vending machines currently in the field, is linked with the roller to revolve it in a dispensing direction, but the motion transmission mechanism for the roller does not transmit rotation in the opposite direction and permits the roller to revolve independently of the motion transmission mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1985
    Assignee: Reed T. Draper
    Inventors: Reed T. Draper, Kenneth J. Pol
  • Patent number: 4331261
    Abstract: Single newspaper security dispenser structure retrofits within a presently conventional newspaper-dispensing rack. The dispenser includes a sliding table within a housing which fits and floats within the newspaper rack. The table rests on the top newspaper, slides out of the housing when the rack door is opened and draws a single newspaper out underneath with the table and through a front opening in the housing. The relative height of the dispenser table and housing, and the length of the paper-pulling tongue are adjustable in accordance with paper thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1982
    Inventor: Kelly G. S. Brown
  • Patent number: RE43013
    Abstract: A cigarette holding and dispensing apparatus includes a housing having a first and second dividing wall therein such that first, second and third compartment are defined within the housing. The first dividing wall has a vertical slot therein and into the first and third compartments. A covering is removably positioned on the housing. The covering has an aperture therein extending into the third compartment and an opening extending into said second compartment. A lighter may be positioned in the second compartment and a plurality of cigarettes may be positioned in the third compartment. An actuating assembly is mounted in the first compartment and extends into the third compartment through the first vertical slot for selectively lifting a cigarette upwardly through the aperture in the covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Alexander Balko