Motor-operated Patents (Class 221/258)
  • Patent number: 10098787
    Abstract: Modular eye protection may include a frame, temples, and a frame, which may comprise temples and a top bar. The modular eye protection may also include a modular headband with a forehead pad, lens, and elastic band. Both embodiments of the modular eye protection may be assembled with eye shield lenses or face shields lenses. Dispensing units may also dispense the various components of the modular eye protection. The modular nature, method of assembly, and dispensers allow for minimal physical contact with objects, mitigating contact with pathogens in areas such as surgical rooms where cleanliness is important. The modular eye protection may also be disposable to further prevent spreading of pathogens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: TIDI Products, LLC
    Inventors: Katie Umentum, Curt Wentzel, Adam Poppert, Kurt J. Miller, Vincent E. Portelli, Rob Sweitzer, Brad Binder, William James Evans, Matt Presta
  • Patent number: 9892476
    Abstract: A medicine dispensing system capable of reliably managing the lot of medicines and the expiration period of medicines is provided. A dispensation data preparation section includes a lot change determination section and a data changing section. The lot change determination section determines, based on lot information, whether or not the lot of the medicines to be used may be changed while medicine dispensing apparatuses are in operation. The dispensation data preparation section is provided with an expiration period determination section to determine with reference to the unpacking date, rather than the dispensation date, whether or not medicines are effective for use. This reliably prevents medicines that were taken out of the medicine packing container from being provided to patients after a number of days have passed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: TOSHO, INC.
    Inventor: Yoshihito Omura
  • Patent number: 9728068
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods are provided for adherence monitoring, and devices, systems, and methods are provided for monitoring use of consumable dispensers. In general, the devices, systems, and methods can facilitate an individual's adherence to a schedule for consuming consumables and can facilitate monitoring and tracking of the individual's adherence to the schedule. The devices, systems, and methods can allow data regarding the individual's historical adherence to the schedule to be accessible via a computer system. In one embodiment, an accessory is provided that can be configured to attach to consumable dispensers. The accessory can be configured to be removably and replaceably coupled to the dispenser. The accessory can be configured to provide a notification to a user indicating that a certain event occurred and/or that a certain action needs to be taken. The accessory can be configured to sense attachment thereof to and removal thereof from the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Gecko Health Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Yechiel Engelhard, Mark Maalouf
  • Publication number: 20150096997
    Abstract: A merchandise dispensing apparatus for deterring theft includes a housing having a plurality of walls defining an interior space within the housing. At least one merchandise support module is mounted in the housing and includes an electro-mechanical ejector located adjacent a front end of the at least one module. The ejector includes an electrical motor with an output shaft, along with an ejector plate movably mounted in relation to the housing. A gear train connects the output shaft of the motor to the ejector plate. A relay selectively provides electrical power to the motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: Fasteners For Retail, Inc.
    Inventors: Shane Obitts, Gerald Matthew Szpak, Christopher E. Bremenour
  • Patent number: 8950386
    Abstract: A ball feeding arrangement (101) comprising: a rotor element (123) for pushing a ball (145); a transmission element (127) connected to the rotor element; and a drive element (130) for driving a rotational movement of the rotor element (123) via the transmission element (127), which drive element (130) is intended to be driven by a drive motor (122), wherein one of the drive element (130) and the transmission element (127) has at least one protrusion (140; 140a-b), and the other of the drive element and the transmission element (127) has a guiding surface (133) adapted to guide the at least one protrusion (140; 140a-b) during relative rotation between the drive element (130) and the transmission element (127), wherein the at least one protrusion (140; 140a-b) is yieldingly biased against the guiding surface (133), wherein the biasing force, a shape of the guiding surface (133) and a shape of the at least one protrusion are adapted to enable transfer of a rotational force of a given magnitude from the drive ele
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Daniel Hedberg Development AB
    Inventor: Daniel Hedberg
  • Publication number: 20150008237
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for the dispensing and collection of objects in urban environments. More particularly, the disclosure provides systems and methods for dispensing and collecting helmets. The disclosure provides a self-sufficient, high-capacity, helmet dispensing system. In some embodiments, the system includes solar panels that provide the system with the requisite power needed to power the system. In some implementations, the system includes a vandal resistant return mechanism for the helmets. The system may also include communication modules, which may transmit system information to a backend server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Charles Mills, Jessica Artilles, Jose Avedillo, Kathryn Barnes, Ignacious Chen, Danielle Hicks, Shen Huang, Ron Perez, Laura Ware, Stephanie Whalen, Breanna Berry, Arni Lehto, Angela Chu, Manas Menon
  • Publication number: 20140312055
    Abstract: A metering device (24) for an agricultural planter (10) has a metering chamber (80) with a seed discharge (98) area has and a metering disc (66) rotatable within the metering chamber (80). The metering disc (66) h a plurality of seed pockets (68) for carrying seeds on the metering disc (66), the seed pockets (68) being disposed at mutually spaced locations about the metering disc (66). The metering disc also has a magnetic drive ring (136) in the outer periphery of the metering disc (66). The metering device also has a stator positioned adjacent the metering disc. The stator (132) interacts with the magnetic drive ring (136) to rotate the metering disc (66) within the metering chamber (80) such that the seed pockets (68) move successively in proximity to the discharge area (98) during rotation of the metering disc (66).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: AGCO Corporation
    Inventors: Monte J. Rans, Robert A. Matousek, Russell Secrest
  • Publication number: 20140312056
    Abstract: A golf bag includes at least one pouch for containing at least two golf clubs, each club having a shaft of length Lcg, a cross-section having an area of a given value, and a club head secured to one end of the shaft, the pouch being of oblong shape defined along a longitudinal axis and including a bottom and an opening situated at the end of the pouch remote from the bottom, substantially centered on the axis, the opening having a rim of given shape and an area greater than the sum of the two areas of the cross-sections of the two shafts, the depth of the pouch defined along the axis from the opening having a value that is not less than Lcg; a bearing surface; and elements for mounting the bearing surface in the pouch at a distance from the opening that is less than the value Lcg.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: BAGOLF Limited
    Inventor: Bertrand JACQUELOT
  • Publication number: 20140217111
    Abstract: A projectile dispenser apparatus used as a novelty device to aim and rapidly dispense multiple pieces of materials such as currency at a target under the exclusive actuation and control of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: Gary R. McGowan, Kwasi D. Sampson
  • Publication number: 20140190984
    Abstract: A goods transmission system in a vending machine includes a vending cabinet and a goods output mechanism. A supporting plate with a cutout blocks goods from falling in the cabinet. The supporting plate bears against an upwardly-inclined bottom plate which, with separating plates, carries a plurality of goods. A plurality of first resisting brackets and a plurality of second resisting brackets on an endless toothed belt extend from the drive member and the drive member drives the plurality of first resisting brackets and the second resisting brackets around. The action of the first resisting brackets and the second resisting brackets push the plurality of goods to move on the supporting plate until one of the plurality of goods is pushed to being above the cutout and the item drops from the cutout for the customer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (WUHAN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: ZHI-YONG GAO, YU-LIN LIU
  • Publication number: 20140183216
    Abstract: A vending machine with reliable delivery of a bought item of goods includes a cabinet, a motor secured in the cabinet, a helical element, and a pressing member secured to the cabinet. The cabinet includes a bottom plate. A first end of the helical element is secured to the motor and is rotated by the motor. A gap is defined between the pressing member and the bottom plate to allow free rotation of the helical element thereunder. The pressing member is located within and above some coils of the helical element to carry items of goods being bought and ensures that no bought items of goods are snagged or caught by the second end of the helical element as it rotates helical element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicants: Hon hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (Wuhan) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: YUN-LUNG CHEN, WEI-YONG MA, REN-XI DOU
  • Patent number: 8733587
    Abstract: An automatic part feeder includes a base, a rotatable disk covering the base, a part delivering devices, and a rotatable disk driving device received in the base. Each of the part delivering devices includes a ring-shaped receiving room opening toward a first end surface of the base, a first driving motor having a first rotatable shaft, and an ejector pole having one end extending through the ring-shaped receiving room and another end threadedly engaged with the first rotatable shaft. The rotatable disk driving device has a second driving motor having a second rotatable shaft. The rotatable disk includes receiving holes, and the second rotatable shaft engages with the rotatable disk and is configured for driving the rotatable disk to rotate to align the receiving holes with the respective ring-shaped receiving rooms to receive the parts ejected from the ring-shaped receiving rooms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hou-Yao Lin
  • Patent number: 8727337
    Abstract: A vending machine system for stackable goods such as vehicle air fresheners includes a hopper and a reciprocating arm. The hopper is configured to hold a stack of the stackable goods. The hopper has an aperture formed in a base of the hopper for dispensing the stackable goods from the hopper. The reciprocating arm is disposed adjacent the aperture. The reciprocating arm is linearly movable between a retracted position and an extended position. One of the stackable goods is received by the reciprocating arm when the reciprocating arm is in the retracted position, and is pushed from the stack of stackable goods by the reciprocating arm when the reciprocating arm is in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Kenneth F. Flower
  • Publication number: 20140131378
    Abstract: An automatic pill dispenser includes a chassis, a pill dispensing box located on the chassis, a pill box located on the chassis for a plurality of pills, and a pill fetching assembly. The pill fetching assembly is located on the chassis. The pill fetching assembly includes a driving device and a fetching device. The fetching device includes a boom and an arm assembly. The arm assembly is located on an end of the boom to fetch the plurality of pills from the pill box. The driving device includes a cam adjacent to the boom. The fetching device rotates relative to the chassis in a horizontal plane. The cam urges the fetching device to rotate within a vertical plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventors: CHAO-WEN SHIH, KUO-MING LAI, PEI-YI CHAN
  • Patent number: 8714406
    Abstract: A container denester apparatus which overcomes, among other problems, the problems identified above. The denester apparatus positively controls the flanges of the container so as to individually denest a lowermost container from a stack of containers. The apparatus protects the container by spreading the force required to denest the container along much of the flange structure. In addition, the stack of containers above the lowermost container are retained, again along much of the flange structure of the immediately adjacent container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Lakewood Process Machinery
    Inventors: Dale Miedema, Randy Miedema
  • Publication number: 20140103109
    Abstract: An automatic banking machine operates responsive to data read from data bearing records corresponding to authorized user or financial account data. The machine includes a card reader for reading data from user cards. The automated banking machine causes financial transfers related to financial accounts that correspond to data read from user cards. The automated banking machine also includes devices that control the supply of power to included devices to avoid exceeding power supply capacity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Diebold Self-Service Systems, division of Diebold, Incorporated
    Inventor: Songtao MA
  • Publication number: 20140061223
    Abstract: An adjusting apparatus includes a driver, a drive shaft attached to the driver, an adjusting wheel, and a clipping member. The clipping member is engaged with the adjusting wheel. The adjusting wheel and the clipping member are configured to clamp a release member together. The adjusting wheel relative to the drive shaft has a first position and a second position. When the adjusting wheel is in the first position, the adjusting wheel is engaged with the drive shaft. The drive shaft with the clipping member and the release member are rotated by the driver together. When the adjusting wheel is in the second position, the adjusting wheel disengages from the drive shaft and is rotatable relative to the drive shaft rotating the release member. The release member is configured to push out merchandise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: YUN-LUNG CHEN, CHUNG CHAI, DA-LONG SUN, YU-GUI CHEN, NIAN-YUAN YANG
  • Publication number: 20140054311
    Abstract: An automatic vending machine includes a chassis and a moving mechanism attached to the chassis. The chassis defines a channel configured for receiving products. The moving mechanism includes a moving member received in the channel, a driving assembly, and a mounting member attached to the driving assembly. The driving assembly is configured to rotate the moving member and includes a claw member. The claw member includes a plurality of clawers. The moving member moves the products when rotated by the driving assembly. The mounting member is moveable relative to the claw member between a first position to a second position. When the mounting member is located in the first position, and the moving member is located among the plurality of clawers. When the mounting member is located in a second position, the plurality of clawers are resiliently deformed by the mounting member to clamp the moving member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (WUHAN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: YUN-LUNG CHEN, CHUNG CHAI, DA-LONG SUN, SHENG-HE LI
  • Publication number: 20140054312
    Abstract: A goods delivery assembly for a vending machine includes a motor, a shaft, a first gear, a second gear, and a coil to hold goods. Peripheral teeth and a shallow ball joint between the two gears enables the second gear to continue to be rotated by the first driving gear at angles which are not coaxial with the first gear, to achieve adjustability of the mounting angle of the coil for holding different goods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (WUHAN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: YUN-LUNG CHEN, CHUNG CHAI, DA-LONG SUN, SHENG-HE LI
  • Patent number: 8651325
    Abstract: The present invention aims to provide a dispensing apparatus for dispensing individual tissue cassettes from a stack of cassettes, the apparatus includes a hopper for receiving a stack of tissue cassettes, the hopper having an aperture through which cassettes are dispensable; ejection means for ejecting a cassette through the aperture; and retention means for retaining all but one of the cassettes in the stack as an individual cassette is ejected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Thermo Shandon Ltd.
    Inventors: Ian Kerrod, Richard Clarkson, Basil Gaynor
  • Publication number: 20140042179
    Abstract: An automatic vending machine includes a chassis and a moving mechanism. The chassis defines a channel configured for receiving products. The moving mechanism is attached to the chassis and includes a moving member, a driving assembly, and a mounting member. The moving member is received in the channel and configured for moving the products. The mounting member is secured to the driving assembly and is rotated by the driving assembly. The mounting member defines a plurality of mounting slots. The moving member is located in different positions relative to the mounting member when engaged in different mounting slots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (WUHAN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: YUN-LUNG CHEN, CHUNG CHAI, DA-LONG SUN, SHENG-HE LI
  • Patent number: 8646652
    Abstract: A card extracting device for use with a plurality of cards may include a card storage, a gate through which the cards pass toward an outside of the card storage, an extracting tab to engage with and extract one of the cards, a tab-moving mechanism to move the extracting tab, an extracting roller outside the card storage to further forward the extracted card, a motor to drive the tab-moving mechanism and the extracting roller, a card-extraction detecting section to detect that card extraction is completed, and a control section to control the motor. An engaging section may be formed in the extracting tab to abut a rear end portion of the card and extract the card. The control section may drive the motor forward to extract the card or drive the motor in reverse based on a detection result from the card extraction detecting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Nidec Sankyo Corporation
    Inventors: Keiji Ohta, Yasuhiro Kitazawa
  • Publication number: 20140021217
    Abstract: A product receiving structure is located in a vending machine and includes a cabinet. The cabinet includes a bottom plate and a plurality of shelves located on the bottom plate. Each adjacent two of the plurality of shelves are configured for receiving a plurality of products. A plurality of strengthening pieces is located on the bottom plate and arranged in a substantially wave shaped for strengthening the bottom plate. Each of the plurality of strengthening pieces extends in a direction substantially perpendicular to the plurality of shelves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (WuHan) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yun-Lung CHEN, Chin-Wen YEH, Yang XIAO, Dun-Jun ZHOU
  • Publication number: 20140021218
    Abstract: A vending machine has a set of shelves for products to be dispensed, which are moved by a transportation means comprising dividers with variable distance in such manner to exactly contain products of various size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventor: Gjon Bisha
  • Publication number: 20140001044
    Abstract: A test strip ejector system for receiving and ejecting a fluid testing medical device test strip includes a mechanism assembly supported by the device whereby user actuation of the mechanism assembly induces displacement of the test strip in at least a test strip ejection direction to eject the test strip. The mechanism assembly includes a power source and an electric motor such as a piezo-electric linear micro motor connected to the power source. The electric motor has an armature displaced when the electric motor is energized. A digital display/user interface is provided. Selection of an ejection function presented on the digital display/user interface initiates operation of the electric motor and displacement of the armature thereby displacing the test strip in the ejection direction. An operating system including a microprocessor is connected to the display/user interface. The microprocessor controls direction of operation and operating speed of the motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: ROCHE DIAGNOSTICS OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Clint A. Ecoff, Bryan Rolfs, Anthony J. Uberta, III
  • Patent number: 8590737
    Abstract: The apparatus and process of the present invention provides for the automated, singulated dispensing of articles, particularly solid oral medication in predetermined quantities. The apparatus of the invention is a canister which houses a screw having a channel of a certain width and depth that corresponds to the dimensions of a particular pill type. The screw is removably mounted within a canister, such that screws having channels of various dimensions, corresponding to a particular pill to be dispensed, can be substituted into the canister. Upon rotation of the screw, the articles to be dispensed travel along a sidewall, pass under a singulation ramp, and exit from an aperture on the proximal end of the canister. A rotational driver-coupling is mounted to the proximal end of the screw, allowing for activation of the canister by engaging the screw. The present invention further describes methods of dispensing articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Talyst Inc.
    Inventors: Darcy Clarke, Kameron Bumb, Michael Sherrod, Geoffrey Wathen
  • Publication number: 20130292405
    Abstract: A card vending machine includes a machine base, a motor, a gear unit, a transmission roller and a pair of output rollers. The machine base includes a card storage trough and a middle partition. The output rollers include upper and lower rollers. The motor drives the gear unit to turn the transmission roller and the output rollers, so that the cards in a card storage recess are outputted one by one.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: SAINT-FUN INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventors: Jenq-Huey Shyu, Wei-Chieh Hsu
  • Patent number: 8556119
    Abstract: A system and method for discharging a selected product into a dispensing chamber of a vending machine are provided. In the system and method of this disclosure, a selected product from a vending machine is received in a product delivery cup. The product delivery cup is moved to a dispensing chamber of the vending machine. Near the dispensing chamber, the product delivery cup moves in a horizontal direction which causes or activates a delivery cup sleeve within the product delivery cup to pivot or move from a non-dispensing position to a dispensing position. The dispensing position of the delivery cup sleeve releases the selected product from the delivery cup sleeve to the dispensing chamber where a consumer is able to access the selected product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Crane Merchandising Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Ihn, Marlene Skavnak
  • Patent number: 8554363
    Abstract: An apparatus configured to dispense a plurality of connected inflatable structures is provided. The apparatus may include a motor which is configured to advance a dispensing device to thereby advance the connected inflatable structures. A sensor is configured to detect a pulling force applied to the dispensing device and configured to output a signal corresponding to the pulling force. A controller is configured to receive the signal and output a control signal to direct the motor to advance the dispensing device in response to the signal to thereby dispense the connected inflatable structures. A related system includes the apparatus in addition to an inflation device configured to inflate the connected inflatable structures and an accumulation bin configured to store the connected inflatable structures. A related method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation
    Inventors: Laurence Sperry, Christopher DiTonno, Jason Lepine
  • Publication number: 20130248546
    Abstract: A container denester apparatus which overcomes, among other problems, the problems identified above. The denester apparatus positively controls the flanges of the container so as to individually denest a lowermost container from a stack of containers. The apparatus protects the container by spreading the force required to denest the container along much of the flange structure. In addition, the stack of containers above the lowermost container are retained, again along much of the flange structure of the immediately adjacent container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventors: Dale Miedema, Randy Miedema
  • Publication number: 20130248548
    Abstract: A container denester apparatus which overcomes, among other problems, the problems identified above. The denester apparatus positively controls the flanges of the container so as to individually denest a lowermost container from a stack of containers. The apparatus protects the container by spreading the force required to denest the container along much of the flange structure. In addition, the stack of containers above the lowermost container are retained, again along much of the flange structure of the immediately adjacent container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: LAKEWOOD PROCESS MACHINERY
    Inventor: Andrew Dale Miedema
  • Patent number: 8534494
    Abstract: A vending machine includes a product detection system for signaling a vending controller that a selected product has released from a product support shelf. The vending machine includes a product delivery device that, upon initiation of a vending operation, transports the selected product from the product support shelf towards a delivery area. Upon initiation of a vending operation, a motor moves a product delivery device to a position adjacent the selected product. A dispensing mechanism then releases the selected product which falls into the delivery device, imparting a downward force which is sensed at the motor. A sensor detects the downward force and signals the vending controller that the product has been received by the product delivery device. At this point, the vending controller continues with the vending operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Crane Merchandising Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Talbert James Black, Jr., Thomas Roger Meinardi
  • Patent number: 8459496
    Abstract: A machine particularly adapted for dispensing light items (19) packaged in symmetrical, frustum-shaped containers. The items are propelled through a tubular cartridge (3) by compressed air, and in the absence of any solid pushing, pulling or carrying device, then individually dispensed. A flow of compressed air generated by a blower (28) is s fed to the back of the cartridge. The items are dispensed under control of a toggling dual-gate mechanism (26, 27) at the front end of the cartridge. The dual-gate mechanism of a removable magazine (2) grouping a number of cartridges can be selectively addressed and activated by means of a solenoid-driven cross-bar assembly (38).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventors: Anton K. Simson, Henri J. A. Charmasson
  • Patent number: 8430269
    Abstract: The tablet cassette includes a division block installed to be rotated by a drive motor to discharge tablets introduced from above through transfer passages indented in an outer circumferential surface thereof. Each of the transfer passage includes a separation recess for downward transfer of the tablets, a lower end of which is blocked by a prop, and a supply recess along which the tablets having passed through the separation recess are moved on the outer circumferential surface of the division block to thereby be discharged downward via rotation of the division block. The tablet cassette further includes a bottom ring provided around a lower end of the division block to transfer the tablets located in the separation recess into the supply recess via rotation of the division block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: JVM Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Young Hee Nam
  • Patent number: 8418881
    Abstract: The present invention aims to provide a dispensing apparatus for dispensing individual tissue cassettes from a stack of cassettes, the apparatus includes a hopper for receiving a stack of tissue cassettes, the hopper having an aperture through which cassettes are dispensable; ejection means for ejecting a cassette through the aperture; and retention means for retaining all but one of the cassettes in the stack as an individual cassette is ejected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Thermo Shandon Ltd.
    Inventors: Ian Kerrod, Richard Clarkson, Basil Gaynor
  • Patent number: 8366107
    Abstract: A media presenter is described. The media presenter comprises: a chassis including a central track; a nose coupled to the chassis at a nose end of the chassis; and a carriage. The nose includes a presenting end distal from the chassis, and a nose track arranged to couple to the central track to provide a presenting track extending from the chassis to the presenting end. The carriage is mounted on the presenting track for movement therealong, and comprises a carriage body and a carriage plate movable between an open position at which media items can be placed on the carriage plate, and a closed position for clamping media items between the carriage plate and the carriage body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Deas, Gordon Burke, Michael Rennie, Scott L. Colston
  • Patent number: 8360273
    Abstract: A cutlery utensil dispenser having at least one utensil compartment and a dispensing mechanism is disclosed. Each utensil compartment is so dimensioned and configured to house a stack of utensils. The dispensing mechanism includes a drive member in operable communication with at least one driven member, each driven member being associated with a respective one of the compartments. Actuation of the drive member causes simultaneous actuation of each driven member that causes a utensil to be dispensed from each compartment in repeatable succession one at a time. Also disclosed is a cutlery utensil dispenser having an electric motor in operable communication with the dispensing mechanism, and a controller in operable communication with the motor. The controller includes a processing circuit responsive to computer executable instructions which when executed on the processing circuit facilitates dispensing of a utensil from the utensil compartment by operation of the motor on command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventors: Christopher M. Reinsel, Brian Durant, Stephen J. Drabant, Thomas J. Steimer
  • Publication number: 20130018505
    Abstract: An electromechanical latch and ejector to selectively unlatch and eject an object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: Advantage Pharmacy Services LLC
    Inventors: John Todd Barrett, Fred P. Schoville
  • Publication number: 20120261434
    Abstract: The application relates to money item dispensing apparatus having a money item acceptor and a hopper arrangement. The application further relates to money item dispensing apparatus having sorting means operable to selectively direct a money item to one of a first money item store and a second money item store, to money item dispensing apparatus having two hopper arrangements, to a money item acceptor having a self-clearing mechanism, to a money item conveyor, to a method of purging the money items in a money item dispensing apparatus, to money item dispensing apparatus having means for ejecting a money item from a receptacle through an outlet via a first path to a return tray and via a second path into a cashbox, to a method of filling a money item dispensing apparatus and filling apparatus for filling a money item dispensing apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: Money Controls Limited
    Inventor: Malcolm Reginald Hallas Bell
  • Publication number: 20120259458
    Abstract: Apparatuses to facilitate administering of medication. Cassettes of the apparatuses include several novel aspects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Applicant: ADVANTAGE PHARMACY SERVICES LLC
    Inventors: John Todd Barrett, Fred P. Schoville, Spencer K. Barrett
  • Patent number: 8272534
    Abstract: The processes of the present invention provides for the automated, singulated dispensing of articles, particularly solid oral medication in predetermined quantities. The dispensing of an article is effected by at least activating a driver-coupling connected to a screw having a channel of a predetermined width and depth corresponding to the dimensions of said article; rotating said screw until detection of an article drop; removing a second article from said channel; and stopping the rotation of said screw upon detection of an article drop. The methods of the present invention further include embodiments in which the rotation of the screw is subsequently reversed. Furthermore, the present invention permits for the dispensing of articles to be stopped upon having a predetermined number of articles dispensed or a detection of increased torque applied to the screw. The present invention provides for accurate pill dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Talyst Inc.
    Inventors: Darcy Clarke, Kameron Bumb, Geoffrey Wathen
  • Publication number: 20120181299
    Abstract: A pin dispensing apparatus including a dispenser configured to present a pin to a user, a transfer member configured to convey the pin to the dispenser, and a delivery mechanism configured to provide the pin to the transfer member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventors: Jilene A. Repp, David H. Weaver
  • Publication number: 20120152972
    Abstract: A portable, medication dispensing device which dispenses prepackaged pill strands of medication from a secure, storage compartment through a mechanism which physically limits the quantity dispensed per a pre-programmed protocol. The device has a detachable storage component which can be filled by trained clinical or pharmacy staff, which can be locked. The device has a dispensing mechanism, which employs a user-powered, hub to advance a pill strand of pre-packaged medications, when appropriate. This advancing hub is secured from advancing inappropriately by a locking mechanism where a sturdy piston is moved into and out of recesses in the rounded surface of the hub. The device also contains standard electronic components, including a power source, central processing unit (CPU), visual and auditory outputs, and communications ports.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventor: Matthew I. Joslyn
  • Publication number: 20120152971
    Abstract: A vending machine system for stackable goods such as vehicle air fresheners includes a hopper and a reciprocating arm. The hopper is configured to hold a stack of the stackable goods. The hopper has an aperture formed in a base of the hopper for dispensing the stackable goods from the hopper. The reciprocating arm is disposed adjacent the aperture. The reciprocating arm is linearly movable between a retracted position and an extended position. One of the stackable goods is received by the reciprocating arm when the reciprocating arm is in the retracted position, and is pushed from the stack of stackable goods by the reciprocating arm when the reciprocating arm is in the extended position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventor: Kenneth F. Flower
  • Publication number: 20120097700
    Abstract: A bill processing apparatus is provided that can reduce the frequency of occurrences of removal of a leaf shaped medium (dispensed bill) being forgotten. Processing a medium handover port where a leaf shaped medium is handed over, and a medium handover port mechanism provided at the medium handover port and successively raising and lowering the leaf shaped medium, fed out from inside the machine (the automated teller machine), inside the medium handover port. The medium handover port mechanism notifies a user of the position of the leaf shaped medium with a visible action by successively raising and lowering the leaf shaped medium inside the medium handover port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: OKI ELECTRIC INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Ito
  • Publication number: 20120101631
    Abstract: A low cost compact kiosk for media disc vending or rental is described. Reduced height and an effective disc drop arrangement allow gravity fed dispensing of media discs simplifying design by eliminating complex robotics requiring trained personnel for maintenance. One such kiosk is approximately 76 cm (30 inches)×58 cm (23 inches)×15 cm (6 inches) and can hold at least 375 standard 1.2 mm thick by 12 cm diameter DVDs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Rafael Yepez
  • Publication number: 20120095593
    Abstract: The apparatus and process of the present invention provides for the automated, singulated dispensing of articles, particularly solid oral medication in predetermined quantities. The apparatus of the invention is a canister which houses a screw having a channel of a certain width and depth that corresponds to the dimensions of a particular pill type. The screw is removably mounted within a canister, such that screws having channels of various dimensions, corresponding to a particular pill to be dispensed, can be substituted into the canister. Upon rotation of the screw, the articles to be dispensed travel along a sidewall, pass under a singulation ramp, and exit from an aperture on the proximal end of the canister. A rotational driver-coupling is mounted to the proximal end of the screw, allowing for activation of the canister by engaging the screw. The present invention further describes methods of dispensing articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventors: Darcy Clarke, Kameron Bumb, Michael Sherrod, Geoffrey Wathen
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120072016
    Abstract: An apparatus configured to dispense a plurality of connected inflatable structures is provided. The apparatus may include a motor which is configured to advance a dispensing device to thereby advance the connected inflatable structures. A sensor is configured to detect a pulling force applied to the dispensing device and configured to output a signal corresponding to the pulling force. A controller is configured to receive the signal and output a control signal to direct the motor to advance the dispensing device in response to the signal to thereby dispense the connected inflatable structures. A related system includes the apparatus in addition to an inflation device configured to inflate the connected inflatable structures and an accumulation bin configured to store the connected inflatable structures. A related method is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventors: Laurence Sperry, Christopher DiTonno, Jason Lepine
  • Patent number: RE43756
    Abstract: A rapid feed paintball loader for use upon a conventional paintball gun. The rapid feed paintball loader includes a container for holding a plurality of paintballs. At a bottom portion of the container is a rotatable drive cone having a plurality of vertical fins. Each fin forms a gap with an adjacent fin large enough to accommodate a paintball. At the bottom of the container is an exit tube which exits from the bottom portion of the container and leads to an inlet tube of the paintball gun. A tube extension is mounted on an interior surface of the container adjacent to the sloped exit portion of the exit tube. The tube extension is mounted at a height which is above the top feed surface of the fins, and which is approximately equal to the radius of a paintball. A pivotable deflector is also mounted on an interior surface of the container adjacent the tube extension to prevent paintball jams from occurring within the interior of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: KEE Action Sports I LLC
    Inventors: James T. Christopher, Albert Schilling, Chris Goddard