Progressively Destroyed Cellular Magazine-type Supply Source Patents (Class 221/25)
  • Patent number: 9974218
    Abstract: A component supply device loaded with a component supply tape for exposing and supplying an electronic component from the component supply tape with respect to a component mounting device mounting the electronic component on a substrate includes a replenishing unit performing replenishment of a new component supply tape when a preceding component supply tape is exhausted and a sensor senses exhaustion of the preceding component supply tape while a confluent portion where a channel for the preceding component supply tape and a channel for the new component supply tape join with each other is formed between the sensor and the replenishing unit. A buckling prevention mechanism moves in response to an operation of the preceding component supply tape or the new component supply tape for preventing buckling when the new component supply tape is transported to the component supply device by the replenishing unit is arranged on the confluent portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akito Tanokuchi, Tsutomu Yanagida, Kazuyoshi Ohyama, Yutaka Chida
  • Patent number: 9974217
    Abstract: A jam prevention mechanism includes a used tape guide with a guide surface along which a used tape fed out from a tape feeder is guided in a guide direction following a longitudinal direction of the used tape. A pressing member presses, against the guide surface, the used tape guided along the guide surface. A support member removably supports the pressing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yusetsu Kobayashi, Hiroshi Akiyoshi, Toshiyuki Kusunoki
  • Patent number: 9846766
    Abstract: A method for monitoring the filling of a medication dispenser that comprises a first and a second container for receiving a strip of medication packages. In the method a taking time of the first medication package of the second strip inserted into the second container is compared with a taking time of the last medication package of the first strip inserted into the first container, in order to determine if the delivery of medication packages can be continued after the first strip with the second strip. The invention also relates to a medication dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: EVONDOS OY
    Inventors: Mika Apell, Jyrki Niinistö
  • Patent number: 9743570
    Abstract: A component supplying apparatus includes a main tape entering port, a component supply port through which components are picked up from a carrier tape, a main tape path extending in a body part from the main tape entering port to the underside of the component supply port, a top tape removing part removing the top tape from the carrier tape on the main tape path upstream of the component supply port, a sub tape entering port, a sub tape path meeting a slope path portion of the main tape path at a meeting point upstream of the top tape removing part, and at least one sprocket wheels engaging with the carrier tape on the main tape path downstream of the meeting point. A length of the sub tape path is shorter than a length of the main tape path from the main tape entering port to the meeting point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Minoru Kitani, Kazunori Kanai, Kazuo Kido, Seikou Abe
  • Patent number: 9717653
    Abstract: A blister packaging including a blister card including a plurality of flexible blisters; and a backing sheet including blister backing portions and backing securing portions, wherein when the backing securing portions are secured to the blister card, the blister backing portions are aligned to each blister forming a plurality of compartments adapted to store a medicament, and wherein the backing includes two or more conductive first leads affixed to the backing, two or more conductive second leads affixed to the backing, and a plurality of conductive zones, wherein each conductive zone electrically connects one of the first leads to one of the second leads, and wherein each blister backing portion includes a conductive zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: James Wayne Harris
  • Patent number: 9493291
    Abstract: A packaged product assembly is provided. The packaged product assembly may include a packet received in a dispensing container. The packet may be a blister packet including units of a product received in sealed cavities. The dispensing container may include a top casing and a bottom casing. The upper casing may be pivotably connected to the lower casing such that the upper casing is moveable between a closed position in which access to the packet is substantially blocked, and an open position in which access to the packet is provided. The packet may be supported by a shoulder defined at an inner surface of sidewalls of the lower casing such that a receptacle is formed between the packet and a major wall of the lower casing. A unit of the product released from one of the sealed cavities may be received in the receptacle and dispensed via a dispensing aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Jerry Wayne Pipes, William P. Scott, Melissa Ann Clark, Wesley S. Jones
  • Patent number: 9445956
    Abstract: A dressing applicator that deposits a dressing pad and tape portion onto a surface. The dressing applicator comprises a lever-actuated mechanism that biases various arms in order to position and deposit the dressing pad and tape portion onto a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Inventors: Charles C. Trapani, E. Waightstill Avery
  • Patent number: 9298887
    Abstract: A medication management system (100) for controlling access to medication. The system (100) comprises of a portable, electronically locking cassette (102) and a docking station (104). The cassette (102) comprises at least one internal compartment (110) adapted for storing patient-specific medication, a cover (114) adapted for restricting access to said compartment (110), a locking mechanism (112) for securing said cover (114), and means for storing a cassette identifier associated with said cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: White Cell Rx Holdings Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Grant Thomas Clark, Paula Jane Clark
  • Patent number: 9289968
    Abstract: A method of handling an adhesive laminate, wherein the adhesive laminate is provided releasably adhered to a first web, comprising a plurality of cut or punched sections and wherein adjacent sections of the adhesive laminate remain joined to one another in the longitudinal direction of the web through one or more tie points. A first supporting structure and a second supporting structure adjacent to the first supporting structure are provided. The first web is led over the first supporting structure. A second web is provided and led over the second supporting structure, wherein the second web is oriented such that the release surface of the second web faces the first supporting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: John M. Sever, Gordon P. Knutson
  • Patent number: 9125795
    Abstract: The present invention is a system for managing blood sugar levels while on the go. A roll of water soluble sugar thin-film is contained within a specialized dispensing container. A sliding button is disposed on one side of the dispenser and actuates dispensing of a single sugar strip and advancement of a counter. Each sugar strip contains a predetermined dose of dextrose or other sugar in a rapidly dissolving oral film. Thus, diabetics and persons experiencing a blood sugar imbalance can rapidly dispense a measured dose of sugar that dissolves in saliva. A counter on the side of the dispenser tracks the number of remaining sugar strips, thereby ensuring that users who rely on ready availability of sugar strips are aware of their remaining supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Inventor: Tania Degian
  • Patent number: 9107461
    Abstract: A method for applying false eyelashes with an applicator for dispensing false eyelashes, which includes a supply wheel and a take-up wheel, the supply wheel comprising a tape having a plurality of pockets, where the pockets secure individual or clusters of false eyelashes until they are dispensed from a dispensing pivot. The spent tape is returned to the take-up wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: ELC Management LLC
    Inventors: Agostinho Martins, Charles Aaron Curtiss
  • Patent number: 9016516
    Abstract: Pharmaceutical product dispensers (e.g., in the shape of a common ink pen) are operable to indicate information regarding a dosing schedule of a pharmaceutical product dispensable from the dispenser. Embodiments of the dispensers may include a plurality of dosing segments, each corresponding to a different dose of the pharmaceutical product. Actuation of an actuator may result in interaction between the actuator and the pharmaceutical product storage area such that a dose of pharmaceutical product contained in the pharmaceutical product storage area is dispensed, along with a corresponding advancement of the plurality of dosing segments. The dispenser may also include one or more locks to prevent unauthorized access to the pharmaceutical product (e.g., by a child or the like). Furthermore, the pharmaceutical product dispenser may include a disabling mechanism to permanently disable actuation of the actuator of the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Mallinckrodt LLC
    Inventors: Vernon D. Ortenzi, Robert J. Ziemba, Frank M. Lewis, Geoffrey S. Strobl
  • Patent number: 8999108
    Abstract: In the separation of a cover tape 15e from a carrier tape 15 performed by a cover tape separating mechanism 50, a cover tape 15e, which is separated from a base tape 15a by a separating blade edge 51f, comes into contact with a concave conical surface 52c, so that one side portion of a cover tape 15e is bent toward the other side portion; and the bent cover tape 15e is pressed against a guide surface 32s from below while the carrier tape 15 is guided to a pick-up position. Accordingly, the cover tape 15e is folded on the base tape 15a in a flat shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhide Nagao, Nobuhiro Nakai, Yutaka Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 8955730
    Abstract: A tape feeder includes a guide part that guides a carrier tape and is detachably attached to a main body. The guide part includes: a lower member guiding the carrier tape and attached to and detached from the main body; an upper member pressing down the carrier tape from above; a tape introduction part guiding the carrier tape into the upper member at an upstream side thereof in a tape feed direction; a confirmation opening part disposed in the upper member for visually confirming that the carrier tape arrives at a pin engagement range; an open/close mechanism opening and closing the upper member with respect to the lower member; and a positioning mechanism fitting a positioning pin into a feed hole of the carrier tape in the guide part, thereby positioning the carrier tape relative to the guide part in the tape feed direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhide Nagao, Nobuhiro Nakai, Yutaka Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 8931674
    Abstract: A tape feeder includes a guide part that guides a carrier tape and is detachably attached to a main body. The guide part includes: a lower member guiding the carrier tape and attached to and detached from the main body; an upper member pressing down the carrier tape from above; a tape introduction part guiding the carrier tape into the upper member at an upstream side thereof in a tape feed direction; a confirmation opening part disposed in the upper member for visually confirming that the carrier tape arrives at a pin engagement range; an open/close mechanism opening and closing the upper member with respect to the lower member; and a positioning mechanism fitting a positioning pin into a feed hole of the carrier tape in the guide part, thereby positioning the carrier tape relative to the guide part in the tape feed direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhide Nagao, Nobuhiro Nakai, Yutaka Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 8869794
    Abstract: An aerosolization apparatus comprises a housing defining a chamber having one or more air inlets. The chamber is sized to receive a capsule which contains an aerosolizable pharmaceutical formulation. A puncturing mechanism is provided within the housing and comprising a puncture member. The puncture member comprises a forward end shaped to form a cutting edge that is effective in cutting the wall of the capsule to create an opening into the capsule. The puncture member also comprises a trailing end shaped so that it has a non-cutting surface that does not cut the wall of the capsule when the trailing end is inserted into the opening created by the forward end. An end section is associated with the housing. The end section is sized and shaped to be received in a user's mouth or nose so that the user may inhale through the end section to inhale aerosolized pharmaceutical formulation that has exited the capsule through the opening created in the capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Novartis Pharma AG
    Inventors: Jon David Tuckwell, Thomas Christopher St. Quintin
  • Patent number: 8776788
    Abstract: A sheet driver for use in a drug dispenser where the sheet driver includes a shaft with a shaft cavity co-axial with a rotational axis of the shaft and a hub that defines a hub aperture, where within the shaft cavity there is an indicator pin having a side member and an indicator pin head that may project through the hub aperture, where within the shaft cavity there is a spring for biasing said indicator pin out of the shaft cavity, and where an engagement member may selectively engage said side member of the indicator pin to prevent movement of the engagement member upon the occurrence of an fault condition of the sheet driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Glaxo Group Limited
    Inventors: Michael Birsha Davies, Robert William Tansley
  • Patent number: 8764934
    Abstract: A container or array of containers that is are sealed with a peelable seal is transported via a conveyor along a processing path toward a desealing station at which an adhesive surface having a width substantially the same as or greater than the width of the seal is pressed against the upper surface of the peelable seal. A collection rod applies a downward pressure on the adhesive surface, pressing it against the seal and keeping the container or container array in position on the conveyor as the plate moves with the conveyor. As the leading edge of the seal passes the collection rod, the adhesive surface is rolled upward, away from the plane of the seal, pulling up on the leading edge of the seal to separate it from the container or container array while the container or container array is held down by the roller. The removed seal is then discarded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Brooks Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert K. Neeper, Rhett L. Affleck, Roger Howard
  • Patent number: 8764935
    Abstract: In a structure that exfoliation is performed in the pitch sending of a carrier tape (15) by making a cover tape exfoliating mechanism (50) intervene between joining surfaces of a base tape (15a) and a cover tape (15e), in an exfoliation start position where an exfoliating knife tip (51f) of an acuminate shape, which is provided at a front end, starts to exfoliate the joining surface, a lower guide member (40), which guides the carrier tape (15) from below, is pushed up from the bottom side by a lever member (44), and when the carrier tape (15) is installed, the carrier tape (15) is pushed up together with the lower guide member (40) to make the exfoliating knife tip (51f) in the exfoliation start position to be aligned to the joining surfaces and enter between the joining surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yutaka Kinoshita, Kazuhide Nagao, Nobuhiro Nakai
  • Publication number: 20140158704
    Abstract: There is provided a medicament dispenser for use with plural elongate form medicament carriers, each having multiple distinct medicament dose portions carried thereby, the dispenser having a dispensing mechanism for dispensing the distinct medicament dose portions carried by each of the plural medicament carriers. The mechanism comprises a receiving station for receiving each of the plural medicament carriers; a release for releasing a distinct medicament dose portion from each of the plural medicament carriers on receipt thereof by the receiving station; an outlet, positioned to be in communication with the distinct medicament dose portions releasable by said a release; and an indexer for individually indexing the distinct medicament dose portions of each of the plural medicament carriers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Glaxo Group Limited
    Inventors: Gregor John McLennan Anderson, Stanley George Bonney, Michael Birsha Davies, Daniel Thomas Lintell, Alan Anthony Wilson
  • Patent number: 8715459
    Abstract: A positioning mechanism, which determines the relative position of a carrier tape 15 in a tape feed direction by fitting alignment pins 37 to feed holes 15d in a lower member 31, and a cover tape separating mechanism 50, which is provided on an upper member 32 and exposes electronic components 16 stored in component pockets 15b by separating a cover tape 15e from a base tape 15, are provided at non-interference positions that do not interfere with each other when the upper member 32 is closed to the lower member 31. Accordingly, when the cover tape 15e is separated from the carrier tape 15, the carrier tape 15 is aligned with the guide section 30.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhide Nagao, Nobuhiro Nakai, Yutaka Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 8715458
    Abstract: A method of operation of a micro device feeder system includes: adjusting a distance between a movable drive plate and a mounting plate for aligning a carrier tape carrying a micro device to a center line for pick-up of the micro device by external device handling equipment; and configuring a tape handling mechanism, having a sprocket assembly, to accommodate a predetermined width of the carrier tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Data I/O Corporation
    Inventor: Rossen Atanassov Rachkov
  • Patent number: 8694161
    Abstract: A collaborative robotized system comprises: a mobile platform furnished with running device, with an electric motor propulsion assembly, and with a longitudinal mechanical linkage assembly comprising an articulation; an electrical power source; manual control device of the system; remote control device of the system; a computer assembly of at least one computer; hardware-incorporating device suitable for integrating sensors and effectors, and software-incorporating device suitable for integrating software elements; and management device for managing integrated sensorimotor behaviors, suitable for arbitrating implementations of several sensorimotor behaviors in parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Thierry Deveze, Joël Morillon, Laurent Vasseur
  • Patent number: 8678065
    Abstract: A carrier tape feeder is provided. The carrier tape feeder includes a unit for loading a carrier tape, a picking-up unit where chips are picked up, and a driving unit. The pick-up unit includes a knife portion, a folding-guiding portion, and an inversion-guiding portion. The knife portion separates a cover tape from a base tape in a first adhesive portion. The folding-guiding portion is spaced from one lateral side of the knife portion to induce folding of the cover tape separated by the knife portion in the lengthwise direction in a state in which the cover tape is partially attached to the base tape in a second adhesive portion. The inversion-guiding portion extends in an oblique direction from the knife portion and the folding-guiding portion toward the outside of the carrier tape to induce inversion of the upper and lower surfaces of the cover tape folded in the folding-guiding portion so as to be superimposed on the base tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: STS Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young Soo Hwang, Yong Sung Kim, Su Hong Park, Hee Jong Kim
  • Patent number: 8655488
    Abstract: A position control method for controlling a position of a movable portion, includes: performing control of allowing the movable portion to approach a predetermined position by moving the movable portion; and performing control of moving the movable portion to the predetermined position by moving the movable portion and detecting a relative position of the movable portion with respect to the predetermined position by using an imaging unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Izumi Iida
  • Patent number: 8616408
    Abstract: A paper towel dispenser includes a housing for holding a stack of interfolded towels. The housing includes a front wall, a rear wall, two outer side walls, an upper wall and a support surface for the stack of towels, the stack of towels being located adjacent and parallel to at least the front wall. The front wall extends a predetermined distance below the support surface. A dispensing opening is located between the front wall and the support surface, and at least one guide element is arranged to support a leading panel of a first towel adjacent the front wall and a leading edge of the leading panel parallel to the lower edge of the front wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Eva-Li Saarvali, Mikael Linden, Anders Aberg
  • Patent number: 8579116
    Abstract: Tamper evident devices and methods including devices that can be used with pill bottles and other packages to provide evidence of tampering by an unauthorized user are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Oneworld Design and Manufacturing Group, Ltd.
    Inventors: Fred Pether, Rich Costa
  • Patent number: 8511304
    Abstract: There is provided a medicament dispenser for use with plural elongate form medicament carriers, each having multiple distinct medicament dose portions carried thereby, the dispenser having a dispensing mechanism for dispensing the distinct medicament dose portions carried by each of the plural medicament carriers. The mechanism comprises a receiving station for receiving each of the plural medicament carriers; a release for releasing a distinct medicament dose portion from each of the plural medicament carriers on receipt thereof by the receiving station; an outlet, positioned to be in communication with the distinct medicament dose portions releasable by said a release; and an indexer for individually indexing the distinct medicament dose portions of each of the plural medicament carriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Glaxo Group Limited
    Inventors: Gregor John McLennan Anderson, Stanley George Bonney, Michael Birsha Davies, Daniel Thomas De Sansmarez Lintell, Alan Anthony Wilson
  • Publication number: 20130175286
    Abstract: A medication drawer, a related medication packaging strip, and a related method of handling a medication packaging strip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: ADVANTAGE PHARMACY SERVICES LLC
    Inventor: Advantage Pharmacy Services LLC
  • Patent number: 8452449
    Abstract: A position control method for controlling a position of a movable portion, includes: performing control of allowing the movable portion to approach a predetermined position by moving the movable portion; and performing control of moving the movable portion to the predetermined position by moving the movable portion and detecting a relative position of the movable portion with respect to the predetermined position by using an imaging unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Izumi Iida
  • Patent number: 8353424
    Abstract: A component feeder capable of enhancing productivity is provided by that the component feeder includes a tape feeding device intermittently feeding a component housing tape constituted of a carrier tape having component housing parts formed with predetermined interval to contain respective electronic components, and a cover tape covering the component housing parts to prevent the components from jumping out from the component housing parts while the component housing tape wound on a housing tape reel is sequentially fed to a component extracting position, and an electronic component exposing device exposing the electronic components in the component housing parts to be allowed to be extracted, wherein the tape feeding device is constituted of a first feeding device and a second feeding device, and the electronic component exposing device is provided between the first feeding device and the second feeding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Tech Instruments Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ikeda, Yoshinao Usui, Kazuyoshi Oyama, Tsutomu Yanagida, Isao Takahira
  • Publication number: 20120305585
    Abstract: In the separation of a cover tape 15e from a carrier tape 15 performed by a cover tape separating mechanism 50, a cover tape 15e, which is separated from a base tape 15a by a separating blade edge 51f, comes into contact with a concave conical surface 52c, so that one side portion of a cover tape 15e is bent toward the other side portion; and the bent cover tape 15e is pressed against a guide surface 32s from below while the carrier tape 15 is guided to a pick-up position. Accordingly, the cover tape 15e is folded on the base tape 15a in a flat shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhide Nagao, Nobuhiro Nakai, Yutaka Kinoshita
  • Publication number: 20120292336
    Abstract: A sheet driver for use in a medicament dispenser including a medicament carrier having a plurality of pockets for containing medicament wherein the pockets are spaced along the length of and defined between first and second sheets secured to each other and separable by drivable pulling action, the sheet driver comprises a hub having a hub surface which is adapted to provide an initial effective winding surface which provides uniform indexing of the medicament carrier, and the tensioning of a torsion spring compensates for an increase in the effective winding surface of the hub caused by receipt of the sheet of the medicament carrier about the hub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventors: Christopher John Jones, James John May, Daniel Thomas De sausmarez Lintell, Mark Gregory Palmer, Robert William Tansley
  • Patent number: 8196773
    Abstract: A component suction method including feeding components accommodated in component storage spaces of a tape base to a predetermined position, lowering a nozzle capable of sucking the components supplied to the predetermined position, stopping the nozzle at a predetermined distance from an upper surface of the tape base, pushing an undersurface of the component up when the nozzle is at a bottom dead center position or a position adjacent to the center, vacuum-sucking the component by the nozzle at the bottom dead center position or at the position adjacent to the center, and moving the component sucked by the nozzle to a predetermined position of a board after the vacuum-sucking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hideo Suzuki, Mamoru Inoue, Takashi Ando
  • Publication number: 20120104014
    Abstract: Herein are disclosed methods for liberating one or more packaged devices from a packaging web, and a dispenser for performing such methods. The packaging web is separated into first and second waste webs which are co-wound onto a common collection spool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Hamer, Ken F. Teeters, Ravi Thomas, Andrew Linton, Tim Stern, Mark White
  • Patent number: 8147426
    Abstract: A system for diagnostic testing may include a meter for performing a diagnostic test on a sample applied to a test media and a container configured to contain test media compatible with the meter. The meter may include a closure portion for selectively closing the opening of the container. The system may also provide mechanisms to disable a power source, an auto-on function of the meter, a diagnostic testing function of the meter, or other function of the meter when it has been determined that a triggering event has occurred. The system may further provide mechanisms to reconfigure the meter to perform a new function when it has been determined that the triggering event has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Nipro Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary T. Neel, Brent E. Modzelewski, Cameron Scott Casterline
  • Patent number: 8100290
    Abstract: A spooled adhesive bandage dispenser includes a case, a replaceable cartridge and an activation wheel. The cartridge is disposed within the case and includes a bandage roll and a waste core. The bandage roll includes a strip of bandage packages sealed between two strips of packaging. The activation wheel is at least partially exposed outside the case. By rotating the activation wheel, the packaging strips are pulled apart and the bandage package is forced out of the case through a slot. At the same time, the packaging strips are wound around the waste core. When the bandage roll is gone, the entire cartridge may be replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Edison Nation, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Lee Bizzell, David Berglund, Jerry Shew, Carole Ruffin, Ian Kovacevich
  • Publication number: 20110309100
    Abstract: A hand operated pill dispenser for dispensing a pill from a blister pack, comprises a base and a dispensing handle pivotally mounted at a pivot at one end of the base. At least one of the base and handle can be provided with a pill retaining cavity, and the other of the base and handle can be provided with a pill dispensing protrusion adjacent the pivot. A blister pocket locator can be provided between the cavity and the protrusion. The handle can comprise a hand grip distal from the pivot and the pill dispensing protrusion. The dispenser in one form is operative such that the locator locates a blister pack pocket adjacent the protrusion by engaging the blister pack pocket, depression of the handgrip moving the handle such that the protrusion engages the blister pack pocket to dispense a pill from the blister pack pocket into the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Anthony Reynolds
  • Patent number: 8066957
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a test strip container which provides easy access to test strips. The test strip container includes a lower housing, an upper housing, and a retaining member configured to releasably retain the test strips in a nested configuration. The nested configuration of the test strip container provides easy access to test strips by arranging the test strips so that they extend radially outward from the retaining member. The radial arrangement of the test strips operates to separate the test strips so that test strip users may easily select a single test strip from a plurality of test strips. Alternatively, the test strip container includes a lower housing, an upper housing, and a retaining member configured to releasably retain the test strips in a longitudinal configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank A. Chan, Chris Wiegel
  • Publication number: 20110272428
    Abstract: A pharmaceutical product supply including primary packaging (e.g., a blister card) having a plurality of receptacles and pharmaceutical product (e.g., one or more pills, capsules, etc.) enclosed within at least one of the receptacles. Heating the pharmaceutical product supply to at least an activation temperature of a heat-activated encapsulation material associated with the supply may encapsulate the pharmaceutical product to reduce the likelihood that the pharmaceutical product can thereafter be administered, and thereby facilitates disposal of the pharmaceutical product. In one embodiment, a tray of a primary packaging is constructed of the heat-activated encapsulation material. In another embodiment, primary packaging may be disposed within a cavity of secondary packaging (e.g., carton), and the heat-activated encapsulation material may be in the form of a layer that is also located within the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: MALLINCKRODT INC.
    Inventors: Robert J. Ziemba, Vernon D. Ortenzi
  • Publication number: 20110272426
    Abstract: Pharmaceutical product dispensers (e.g., in the shape of a common ink pen) are operable to indicate information regarding a dosing schedule of a pharmaceutical product dispensable from the dispenser. Embodiments of the dispensers may include a plurality of dosing segments, each corresponding to a different dose of the pharmaceutical product. Actuation of an actuator may result in interaction between the actuator and the pharmaceutical product storage area such that a dose of pharmaceutical product contained in the pharmaceutical product storage area is dispensed, along with a corresponding advancement of the plurality of dosing segments. The dispenser may also include one or more locks to prevent unauthorized access to the pharmaceutical product (e.g., by a child or the like). Furthermore, the pharmaceutical product dispenser may include a disabling mechanism to permanently disable actuation of the actuator of the dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: MALLINCKRODT INC.
    Inventors: Vernon D. Ortenzi, Robert J. Ziemba, Frank M. Lewis, Geoffrey S. Strobl
  • Publication number: 20110272427
    Abstract: A blister dispenser for unitary dosage forms such as tablets having a housing formed of side walls and a bottom and having a closeable lid with a plurality of cavities to hold the unitary dosage forms. The unitary dosage forms can be sealed into the cavities by a breakable film. The housing has a dispensing opening, and a unitary dosage form may dispensed by pressing the cavity to force the unitary dosage form through the film into the enclosed area defined by the housing and closed lid and then manipulating the housing to direct the unitary dosage form through the dispensing opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventor: Sébastien Lucien Fily
  • Patent number: 8052009
    Abstract: A bandage dispensing device dispenses bandages with an upper protective layer of its packaging removed so that a person can dispense a bandage using only one hand. A separator placed near an opening in a wall of the housing of the device separates the upper protective layer from a roll of interconnected bandages so that only a bandage and a lower protective layer emerge from the housing of the device. The separator has at least one arm that protrudes from the side wall of the housing in a perpendicular direction and separates an upper protective layer of the packaging. The upper protective layer that has been separated by the separator gathers inside of the housing. In the roll of packaged bandages, the upper protective layer is releasably attached to the lower protective layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Inventors: Walter Blum, Nico Roger
  • Patent number: 7971749
    Abstract: Apparatus for releasing tablets from a blister pack (3) having a plurality of tablets (41) contained in corresponding blisters (40), the apparatus comprising abutment means (30), receiving means (10, 26) for receiving a blister pack with any selected one of a plurality of blisters of the pack in registry with the abutment means, either one of the abutment means (30) and the receiving means (10, 26) being moveable to cause a collapsing force to be exerted on a selecting blister thereby to release a tablet from the blister, wherein the apparatus includes biasing means (14, 20) for urging the receiving means into engagement with the blister pack, and that the receiving means is so arranged that said engagement releasably retains, and locates, the blister pack in position relative to the abutment means prior to the release of the tablet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Gruenenthal GmbH
    Inventors: Nicholas Andrew Murray Drought, Stephen Blatcher, Michael Daines Gaylor, Mark Stacey Rowbotham
  • Patent number: 7963201
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for dispensing prepackaged medication packages includes an apparatus having a body with an internal cavity and an opening. A central processing unit operably communicates with an actuator within the cavity to regulate and monitor the dispensation of the packages, while the actuator operably communicates with a feed mechanism within the cavity to dispense the packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Concept Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Wallace Willoughby, David Walter Wright, Lee William Travis, Jeffrey Clyne Garland
  • Patent number: 7946449
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a blister pack device for dispensing a dosage unit from a blister pack. The blister pack has at least one blister and a lid foil. The device comprises a first arm and a second lever arm hingedly connected to each other, the first arm comprises an aperture through which the dosage unit can be ejected. The lever arm comprises a protruding member for pressing out a dosage unit from the blister when the lever arm is lowered down onto the blister positioned on the first arm. The protruding member comprises a first section for applying a pressing force on the dosage unit inside the blister to initiate the breaking of the lid foil of the blister pack and a second section for distributing the pressing force over the dosage unit and for ejecting the dosage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: AstraZeneca AB
    Inventors: Maria Benktzon, Sofia Jacobsson, Anders Löfgren, Thomas Nilsson, Ulrika Vejbrink
  • Patent number: 7946448
    Abstract: A pill dispenser is provided for removing a pill from a blister pack having one or more foil sealed compartments in a plastic sheet, each containing a single pill. The pill dispenser includes a generally planar stage in generally horizontal orientation, a press assembly and a post. An opening is provided in the stage. The post extends upward, from the stage and the press assembly is rotatably coupled to the post. The press assembly includes a punch, configured such that the press assembly may be rotated to advance the punch through the opening. The blister pack may be loaded on the stage, with a compartment aligned with the opening and the foil adjacent to the stage. The press assembly may be operated to collapse the compartment, rupture the foil, and force the pill through the opening. A tray may be provided below the stage, for catching the pill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Inventor: John Madey
  • Patent number: 7878367
    Abstract: A blister pack system has an upper part and a bottom part, between which a blister pack is disposed. Pouches of the blister pack are aligned with corresponding ejection openings of the upper part and corresponding ejection openings of the bottom part. Every ejection opening of the upper part is associated with an individual contact surface that can be connected to a control/computing unit via an individual strip conductor. The system includes an ejection device, which at a top section has an electrical contact, and at a peg section an additional electrical contact which is electrically connected to the electrical contact of the top section. The individual contact surfaces and the individual strip conductors associated therewith, as well as a common contact surface and a common strip conductor associated therewith or a subsection thereof extend in surfaces of the upper part that are electrically isolated from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Inventors: Udo Simon, Ernst-Rudolf Radtke
  • Publication number: 20100270324
    Abstract: A bandage dispensing device dispenses bandages with an upper protective layer of its packaging removed so that a person can dispense a bandage using only one hand. A separator placed near an opening in a wall of the housing of the device separates the upper protective layer from a roll of interconnected bandages so that only a bandage and a lower protective layer emerge from the housing of the device. The separator has at least one arm that protrudes from the side wall of the housing in a perpendicular direction and separates an upper protective layer of the packaging. The upper protective layer that has been separated by the separator gathers inside of the housing. In the roll of packaged bandages, the upper protective layer is releasably attached to the lower protective layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventors: Walter Blum, Nico Roger
  • Patent number: RE42280
    Abstract: A bun dispensing device for a hot dog dispensing machine operative for dispensing buns from a bun containing element which includes a plurality of individual bun containers and a common film to which the bun containers are releasably attached one after the other, the device has a unit for pulling the bun containing element, a unit for separating the bun containers with buns accommodated therein from the film of the bun containing element and located upstream of the pulling a unit, and a unit for guiding the bun containing element and located upstream of the separating unit, the separating unit being formed so that each of the bun containers with the bun accommodated therein is individually separated from the film under the action of the separating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: LHD Vending Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonid Leykin, Aleksandr Kofman