Surface Contact Only (i.e., Friction) Patents (Class 221/259)
  • Patent number: 10258518
    Abstract: A pack module includes a number of absorbent articles and at least one belt to which the absorbent articles can be releasably attached. The belt when placed in the pack module constitutes a gripping device which is intended to act on at least one of the articles and, at least partially, remove at least one absorbent article from the pack module when the gripping device is used. Removal of firmly compressed absorbent articles from a pack module without using additional material in the pack module is thus possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: ESSITY HYGIENE AND HEALTH AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventors: Henrik Carlén, Roy Hansson
  • Patent number: 10201237
    Abstract: A hygienic automatic electric utensil dispenser for use in eating establishments such as hospitals, schools, or other areas where large number of people are eating food in a central area. The dispenser can be refilled using prepackaged stacked plastic utensil in a self-sealing plastic bags without the user ever touching the utensil during the refilling process. The dispenser delivers the utensil in a sanitary method using a plurality of sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Max Packaging
    Inventors: Greg Snyder, Gary McFarland, Rhys McFarland, Rickey Burns, Dennis Ashley
  • Patent number: 10109136
    Abstract: The invention is a sensory enhancement system for a novelty item, such as a handheld projectile dispenser, used to dispense essentially planar object, such as small bills, paper, or other lightweight materials, such as coupons and the like. Furthermore, the sensory enhancement system includes visual enhancement features for a handheld projectile dispenser that provides rapid and wide dispersion of monetary bills and other dispensable materials. The sensory enhancement system may further compromise auditory enhancement features for additional sensory enhancement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Gary Richard McGowan
  • Patent number: 10093475
    Abstract: A card cassette device ensures elimination of measures for illegally opening a card outlet from the outside in a non-mounted state and makes it possible to open the card outlet according to the necessity in a mounted state, raising security level. A movable shutter for opening and closing a card outlet has a stopper member engaging hole and a lock member engaging hole. A stopper member is engaged with the stopper member engaging hole by a stopper member moving device, thereby fixing the shutter in its closed state in the non-mounted state. A lock member is engaged with the lock member engaging hole by a lock member moving device, thereby canceling the closed state of the shutter and locking the shutter in its open state in the mounted state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: ASAHI SEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Alex Massey, Marcus John Willis
  • Patent number: 9700153
    Abstract: A hygienic automatic electric utensil dispenser for use in eating establishments such as hospitals, schools, or other areas where large number of people are eating food in a central area. The dispenser can be refilled using prepackaged stacked plastic utensil in a self-sealing plastic bags without the user ever touching the utensil during the refilling process. The dispenser delivers the utensil in a sanitary method using a plurality of sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Gadsden Coffee Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Snyder, Gary McFarland, Rhys McFarland, Rickey Burns, Dennis Ashley
  • Patent number: 9311765
    Abstract: A banknote deposit apparatus includes: a storing box 70 configured to receive the banknote stacked in a stacking unit 60 so as to store the banknote; and a clamping and transporting mechanism 10 configured to clamp surfaces of the banknote stacked in the stacking unit 60 and to transport the banknote to a direction parallel to the surfaces of the clamped banknote so as to store the banknote in the storing box. A front opening 61 through which the stacked banknote is taken out from outside, and a front shutter unit 62 configured to open and close the front opening are disposed on a front surface of the stacking unit 60.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventors: Toru Akamatsu, Masaki Inoue, Masakazu Sakata
  • Patent number: 9248991
    Abstract: A media transport module comprising: a transport extending from a pick coupling area to a stacking port; and a retractable guide. The retractable guide is moveable to extend beyond the stacking port when media items are being stacked and thereby guide media items ejected from the stacking port onto a carriage plate. The retractable guide is also moveable to retract to the stacking port when media items have been stacked so that the carriage plate can close without touching the retractable guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: NCR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ken Peters, Gordon Burke, Michael Rennie
  • Patent number: 9240107
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are an apparatus for receiving and dispensing bills and a method for receiving and dispensing bills using the apparatus. The apparatus includes: a bill receiving or dispensing port which is provided in an ATM to receive or dispense bills; a carriage unit which clamps the bills received into the port or clamps the bills to be dispensed and transfers the bills to the port; a separation and piling unit which has a separation space in which the received bills wait for being separated individually from each other sheet-by-sheet, and a piling space in which the bills to be dispensed are piled; a carriage transfer unit which moves the carriage unit along a trajectory between the bill receiving or dispensing port and the separation and piling unit; and a controller which controls operation of the carriage unit, the separation and piling unit and the carriage transfer unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: NAUTILUS HYOSUNG INC.
    Inventors: Su Hyoun Yun, Chang Ho Park, Jin Young Hwang, Young Chul Lee
  • Patent number: 8998033
    Abstract: A material dispenser includes a base, a platen, a spring, a casing, a material pick-up mechanism, and a cap. The spring is connected in between the platen and the base, and the casing encloses the spring and the platen and removably attaches with the base. The material pick-up mechanism is rotatably connected with the casing opposite from the base. The cap attaches with the casing opposite from the base and positions adjacent with the material pick-up mechanism. The material dispenser includes stored materials in between the platen and the material pick-up mechanism. The casing provides a parameter wall for the stored materials. The users of the material dispenser can dispense an exact amount of the stored materials through a top opening of the casing by rotating the material pick-up mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Paul Maurice Huard
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8672181
    Abstract: A dispenser for administering strip-shaped substances, includes a housing having a chamber to store a stack of the strip-shaped substances and forming a removal opening for the strip-shaped substances that can be opened and closed again with a lid, said lid being joined to the housing, and being joined to a transport bar that can be moved together with the lid in order to transport the strip-shaped substances. The objective of designing and refining a dispenser of the above-mentioned type in such a manner as to allow a contamination-free and reliable transport of one single strip-shaped substance from the inside of the housing merely by moving the lid is characterized in that the transport bar is elastically pre-tensioned and mounted in the housing in such a way that it is at a distance from the stack when the removal opening is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: SANNER GmbH
    Inventor: Matthias Schneider
  • 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
  • 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: 20140027466
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a test strip analyzing apparatus having a wheel ejector. The test strip analyzing apparatus having a wheel ejector includes a body, a measurement unit, and an ejector. The measurement unit is disposed on one side of the body. The ejector is disposed in the measurement unit, and selectively inserts and discharges a test strip. Furthermore, the ejector includes a wheel that is rotatably mounted in the measurement unit so that a part of the wheel is exposed outside a top portion of the measurement unit and that selectively inserts and discharges the test strip using frictional force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: PHILOSYS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: In Hwan Choi, Jeong In Bag
  • 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: 8308025
    Abstract: A magazine for spot welding electrodes that stores mini chips and can feed the mini chips one by one. A mini chip storage portion and a cap chip storage portion slidably aligning and storing a plurality of mini chips and a plurality of cap chips are formed such that the mini chip storage portion and cap chip storage portion communicate with each other at one of their ends, where they open to the outside to serve as a supply port. When an arm is inserted into the supply port, a cap chip is mounted to the arm, as well as the cap chip presses the mini chip so that the mini chip is also mounted to the chip base. When the mounting operation is complete, a push-out member pushes the mini chips and cap chips so that the mini chips and cap chips are automatically fed to the supply port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignees: Shinkokiki Co., Ltd., P&C Company Limited
    Inventors: Toshio Nakajima, Takeo Fukizawa
  • Patent number: 8142733
    Abstract: A cartridge assembly is adapted to be used in a sensor-dispensing device. The cartridge assembly comprises an end cap, a disposable cartridge and a sealing mechanism. The end cap includes one opening. The disposable cartridge comprises an outer and inner cartridge. The inner cartridge contains sensors arranged in a stack therein. Each of the sensors carries a reagent sufficient to produce a signal in response to the analyte concentration in a fluid. The outer cartridge forms an opening of sufficient dimensions to permit a sensor to pass through the opening. The outer cartridge includes a holding mechanism that holds at least one of the sensors in place during movement of the inner cartridge. The sealing mechanism is adapted to form a substantially moisture-tight seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Bayer HealthCare LLC
    Inventor: John P. Creaven
  • Patent number: 8128083
    Abstract: An automated banking machine (10) includes a sheet picking mechanism (210). The sheet picking mechanism includes a rotatable picking member (212). With each rotation an end sheet (266) can be picked from a stack (264) of sheets. The picking member (212) has an outer surface section that includes a high friction portion (256) axially adjacent to a low friction portion (258). The low friction portion comprises an arcuate projecting portion that reduces risk of damage to a leading edge area of the end sheet due to opposed picking and stripping forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Diebold Self-Service Systems division of Diebold, Incorporated
    Inventors: H. Thomas Graef, Kenneth C. Kontor, Michael Harty, Brian Jones
  • Publication number: 20120024883
    Abstract: A treat dispenser for a pet animal enclosure, the treat dispenser allowing a user to selectively release a treat into the enclosure without having to open the enclosure. The treat dispenser may include a top with an opening into which a user may place a treat for the pet animal. The treat dispenser may include a user actuated mechanism to release a treat into a tube extending from the top to a bottom, the bottom including an opening to deliver the treat to the pet animal within the enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventor: Allyson Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8052011
    Abstract: A device and method for dispensing a bag from a stack of bags, the device including a plate having a frame, a rotatable shaft coupled to the frame, at least one roller non-rotatably affixed to the shaft and arranged to engage a bag of the stack of bags, means for rotating the shaft, and means for automatically stopping rotation of the shaft after a single bag has been dispensed, wherein the stack of bags is held against one side of the plate, and the single bag is dispensed to an opposite side of the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Inventors: Doron Tam, Ari Bichler, Yossi Bichler
  • Patent number: 7887757
    Abstract: An apparatus for storing and dispensing a test strip includes a container configured to store a stack of test strips. The container maintains appropriate environmental conditions, such as humidity, for storing the test strips. An engaging member is disposed in the container and is adapted to contact one test strip of the stack of test strips. An actuator actuates the engaging member to dispense the one test strip from the container. Since one test strip is dispensed at a time, the remaining test strips are not handled by the user. Accordingly, the unused test strips remain free of contaminants such as naturally occurring oils on the user's hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventor: Victor Chan
  • Patent number: 7770753
    Abstract: In combination, a vending machine for newspapers which includes a storage area for newspapers, a dispensing device, and an output device through and from which the newspapers fall downwards and an output chute including a lower newspaper-receiving support slot having a rearwardly angled lower wall, an upper wall extending generally parallel with the lower wall and spaced thereabove, a base wall and side walls which together form the generally rectangular box shape of said lower newspaper-receiving support slot. The lower and upper walls extend at an angle between 10° and 40° from vertical, and the lower wall has a height of between one-half inch and three inches less then the height of the newspaper such that upon the newspaper being dropped therein, a graspable portion of the newspaper protrudes whereby the newspaper is easily removable from said lower newspaper-receiving support slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Inventor: Gerald Blankenau
  • Patent number: 7677409
    Abstract: The cartridge comprises a housing, a plurality of test sensors, a mechanical mechanism, and a pusher assembly. The housing forms at least one opening therethrough. The plurality of test sensors is stacked in the housing. The plurality of test sensors is adapted to assist in testing at least one analyte. The mechanical mechanism is adapted to urge the plurality of test sensors in a first direction. One of the plurality of test sensors is positioned for extraction from the cartridge. The pusher assembly is adapted to push one of the plurality of test sensors from the cartridge. The pusher assembly includes a ferromagnetic material or a magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Bayer HealthCare LLC
    Inventor: Jeffery S. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 7661555
    Abstract: Moving a lid dispenses single thin films from a container. A pad coated with TPE, rubber or silicone rotates downward and contacts the top thin film strip. The pad moves the strip toward a front opening. When the lid is fully opened, the strip has been ejected far enough for the user to remove it. A sliding top and lever dispense a strip. The user slides back the top of the container, causing lever with a living hinges and links to flex downward. A pad rotates downward towards the top strip and outward towards an opening exposed in the front of the container and the strip is ejected out this opening. The pad is connected to a lever on a gear. Sliding the top of the container rotates the gear. The pad contacts the strip and moves the strip through the uncovered front dispensing opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Union Street Brand Packaging
    Inventors: Christopher T. Evans, Christopher Gieda
  • Patent number: 7640851
    Abstract: An apparatus for storing both coffee in a reservoir and nested stacks of cup-shaped coffee filters, and then automatically filling individual filters with selected amounts of coffee and brewing the coffee while protecting the reservoir. Through a series of gears, an electric motor rotates an elastic projection with teeth and a disengaging curved tooth against the topmost filter in the stack, dragging it into a filter well beneath a coffee storage receptacle and then dropping it. Simultaneously, a rotating coffee dispenser fills with a selectable quantity of coffee and then dumps the coffee into the filter. The apparatus also includes a stirring device for insuring the stored coffee falls to the bottom of the coffee receptacle. A hot water dispenser operates in conjunction with a valve means for cutting off steam from the coffee reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Inventors: Joseph Allen Blair, Larry Moore Moore
  • Publication number: 20090302048
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device, such as a box, for storing and dispensing in single-units objects in the form of sheets, wafers, thin strips or platelets, with planar geometry in particular square, rectangular, polygonal, circular, elliptical, enabling said objects to be dispensed individually in single units, comprising: a) storage means such as a container with a lid, containing the objects to be dispensed, stored stacked on one another on a storage surface, said storage means including a surface for guiding the objects to be dispensed and a dispensing opening enabling the objects to be dispensed individually in single units; b) dispensing means bade of a flexible, deformable, mobile driving element, having one of its ends in contact with the object to be driven, along at least one transverse tangential contact line, and whereof the longitudinal cross-section is S- or nearly U-shaped.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Inventors: Roger Nobilet, Benoit Portier
  • Publication number: 20090277923
    Abstract: A substantially moisture-proof, airtight dispenser for both storing and dispensing several flattened articles such as diagnostic test strips. The inventive dispenser includes a novel pivotable housing that a user need merely grab and squeeze to eject a test strip. Independent movement of the user's fingers to push a button or turn a knob is unnecessary to dispense a strip, which makes the present invention well suited for diabetics suffering from nerve damage in their extremities and other complications resulting from the disease. The invention includes a novel flexible arm member and pusher head that engage and push an article from the dispenser as the two parts of the housing are pivoted together. The articles are dispensed through an exit that is configured with a novel flexible seal that maintains the dispenser substantially airtight. Several inventive seal embodiments and methods of making the same are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Inventors: Tom Funke, Abner David Joseph, Peter L. Arnold, James Meador, Thomas Miller, Randy Edward Yoder, Daniel Paul Casler
  • Publication number: 20090261118
    Abstract: A device (10) for automatically dispensing and ejecting products (B), includes at least one tray (P) having a series of channels (C), which are separated by a partition (34), stop elements (40) and a series of controlled ejection members, characterized in that each partition is a separation plate (34) which can occupy an active separation position and a retracted position so as to constitute a modular device (10) having an adjustable number of channels (C) of different transverse widths, and in that the device (10) includes elements which are able to supply signals representative of the presence of each separation plate (34) in the active position, these signals being able to be processed by a dispensing control unit associated with the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Inventors: Rupert Katritzky, Bruce Piggott, David Painter, Luc Hasenfratz, Guillaume Nogues, Jérémy Fontenay, Jean-Louis Connier
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20090152288
    Abstract: An automatic product vending machine is provided where the user can withdraw the selected product directly from the machine, the storage area for the products is a rack and the dispensing device of the single product is a frame on which a pusher is mounted which causes the selected product to fall into a tray, which positions the product at an opening which permits its withdrawal by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventors: Roberto Guglielmi, Antonio Scapin
  • Publication number: 20090120953
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for the packaging and dispensing of solid shaped bodies, especially oral tablets or/and capsules, which device has a container sealed with a cap suitable for storing shaped bodies, a dispensing opening, and tools forwarding the shaped bodies from the inside of the container to the dispensing opening. The container (5) is constructed in a house (1) in a way that it can be moved like a piston against elastic returning force. The dispensing opening (35) is situated in the bottom (2a) of the house (1); when the device is in a position when it is not used for dispensing, the end-part of the container (5), with an opening (20) for releasing one shaped body at a time situated opposite the end of the container (5) sealed with a cap, fits into the dispensing opening (35) by sealing it, and it is constructed in a way that in the course of the dispensing operations it makes it possible to dispense favourably one shaped body at a time outside of the house (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventors: Zoltan Erdelyi, Zoltan Bencz, Janos Mezei
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20080197143
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an ejecting roller assembly for use in an automatic document feeder to adaptively adjust the nip force between the follower roller and the driving roller in response to input and output of the paper sheet, there effectively preventing the paper sheet from getting jammed. The ejecting roller assembly includes a swing lever, a follower roller, a friction-generating element and a driving roller. The swing lever is coupled to the follower roller for adaptively adjusting the nip force. The friction-generating element is arranged between the swing lever and the follower roller for facilitating increasing the friction force between the swing lever and the follower roller. The driving roller is used for controlling input and output of the paper sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Applicant: Primax Electronics Ltd.
    Inventor: Tung-Wen Tu
  • Publication number: 20080173665
    Abstract: A printed card dispensing assembly is provided wherein the dispensing mechanism is a self-contained lower unit and the printed cards are self-contained in an upper unit. The dispensing mechanism is a battery operated motor, gear train and friction wheel drive wherein the rotation of friction wheel is controlled by an optical sensor with a time delay that reads the reflection off a printed strip on the underside of the printed card. The entire apparatus is housed in a printed carton that incorporates a graphic identification and/or trademark.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventors: Candace Oshinski, James E. Richardson
  • Publication number: 20080142540
    Abstract: A card-holding case has a case body provided with a card dispenser. The case body has a cavity to receive cards, and a dispensing hole. The cavity is closed by a cover having an aperture and a slide rail unit. The card dispenser includes a slide disposed over the aperture and mounted slidably to the slide rail unit, and a pusher arm connected to the slide and extending into the cavity through the aperture. The pusher arm has a push end to contact the cards. The slide is slidable relative to the cover to move the push end toward the dispensing hole so that the push end pushes one of the cards outward from the dispensing hole. The card-holding case may be hung on the user's body when a hanging string is attached to the case body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Inventor: Shen-Wei Chang
  • Patent number: 7320413
    Abstract: A disposable container for holding and dispensing one oral care, candy and/or medicinal strip at a time, without the need to open the package or to insert one's dirty fingers into the package, thereby eliminating the contamination of the remaining strips, and allowing the use of only one hand to dispense a strip directly on to the tongue, thereby eliminating the need to place ones dirty hand into the mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Inventor: John C. Fusi
  • Patent number: 7287666
    Abstract: A device for packaging and dispensing stacked items may include, a box including: a first portion, in particular a cover; and a second portion, in particular a drawer, that is movable relative to the first portion between a retracted position and an extended position; and a stack of items disposed in the second portion; the first portion including a drive member configured to press against the stack of items while the second portion is being moved toward the retracted position, and to entrain an item in contact therewith relative to a remainder of the stack in order to enable the item to be grasped by a user; and the second portion and the drive member also being configured in such a manner as to prevent the drive member from pressing against the stack of items over at least a fraction of the stroke of the second portion from the retracted position toward the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Vincent De Laforcade
  • Patent number: 7249761
    Abstract: An ATM includes a currency note dispenser having a currency cassette, a note picker, a note transporter, and a note presenter. A cassette tambour door automatically opens during insertion of the cassette into the dispenser. The picker can pick notes through the opening. A spring loaded housing wall tab retains the picker shaft in mating connection with a drive pin. The transporter can move notes vertically and horizontally. The transporter includes belts between an idle shaft and a drive shaft. The idle shaft is vertically movable relative to a drive shaft to maintain belt tension. The transporter also includes convexly tapered rollers that automatically recenter a loose belt. A presenter gate is at a note dispensing outlet of the ATM. The gate is opened by actuating a lever linked with an arm connected to the gate. The gate opens by moving a pin upward in an angled slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Diebold Self-Service Systems division of Diebold, Incorporated
    Inventors: H. Thomas Graef, Damon J. Blackford, Michael S. Johnson, Kenneth Kontor, Thomas A. VanKirk
  • Patent number: 7112130
    Abstract: Disclosed is a coin change which comprises a coin sort section 50 for sorting coins C discharged from an input hopper 21, and a coin storage section 60 for storing the coins C sorted by the coin sort section 50 on a coin type by type basis. The coin storage section 60 includes a plurality of coin storage grooves 63 provided respectively to the plural coin types and disposed parallel to each other. Each of the coin storage grooves has a width dimension slightly greater than the diameter of a corresponding one of the types of coins and extends approximately horizontally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Inventors: Kazuya Nishimura, Hiroaki Yamauchi, Nobuo Takashima
  • Patent number: 6926168
    Abstract: In the case of a dispensing unit for dispensing individual sheets, in particular banknotes, having a box-like container for accommodating a sheet stack, which can be moved with a stack end surface in the direction of the front end wall of the container, having an accommodating module for accommodating the container, and having a withdrawal device for withdrawing individual sheets from the stack end surface through a dispensing opening of the container, the withdrawl device having a drivable withdrawal roll, which is intended for butting against the stack end surface, a transporting roll, which is arranged parallel to the withdrawal roll and can be driven in the same direction as the latter, and a counter-rotating roll, which is assigned to the transporting roll, can be driven in the opposite direction to the latter and forms a nip with the transporting roll, at least the withdrawal roll is arranged within the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH
    Inventors: Richard Duesterhus, Martin Landwehr, Ulrich Nottelmann, Reimund Selke
  • Patent number: 6832697
    Abstract: A paper dispenser generally comprises a chassis, an actuating member, a driven member, a paper pusher, an elastic member and a cover as a whole mounted to a paper box. The above-mentioned parts are assembled together so as to provide an interactive effect by pushing actions and paper pusher may push sheets smoothly, such that the user may take out the sheets easily and quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Inventor: Tun Lai
  • Patent number: 6595387
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for dispensing individual sheets of stack of adhesive coated sheets is disclosed. The apparatus is comprised of a carriage for receiving the stack of adhesive coated sheets; reciprocating means for intermittently driving the carriage from a first rest position to a second rest position and vice versa; and guiding means for directing the distal edge of a sheet from a guide input to a guide output as the carriage is driven by the reciprocating means from the first rest position to the second rest position or vice versa. The invention is useful for dispensing said sheets without requiring that each sheet be pulled through or drawn out the guide output under the force of the releasable adhesive bond between adjacent sheets. Using the invention, one may cause a sheet to be dispensed to a position where it is accessible to the user only when the sheet is actually needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Inventors: Harold M. Zimmermann, Michael Waters, Gary Reuther
  • Publication number: 20030121932
    Abstract: A dispenser for flat articles comprises a container holding the flat articles and a driving means on the container operated by a user for engaging and dispensing the article. The apparatus allows the user to dispense with the typical manipulations required to obtain access to a wrapped article such as chewing gum and the like. The preferred driving means includes a roller that can frictionally engage a flat article and be rotated by the user to dispense the article through a slot in the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2001
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Inventor: Krystyna Wajda
  • Publication number: 20030106900
    Abstract: Apparatus for the dispensing of film-like thin strips consisting of food- or refreshment-stuff from a packaging container, which is having a box-shaped bottom member containing a stack of the film-like thin refreshment-stuff-strips and further a cover closing the bottom member. The cover for opening and closing a dispensing slot or ?opening is reciprocably slidable with respect to the bottom member. At the cover there is provided an actuatable gripping means by the means of which a friction-type connection can be created between the cover and the top film-like strip. The friction-type connection is such that during the closing movement of the cover the top film-like strip of the stack is pushed forward through the dispensing slot from the bottom member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2002
    Publication date: June 12, 2003
    Inventor: Achim Storz
  • Patent number: 6491186
    Abstract: The invention is a business card dispenser that dispenses a single card using a sliding button which has a card counter and a means of indicating when the business card dispenser is empty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Inventor: Curtis D. Wiggins
  • Patent number: 6457605
    Abstract: A napkin dispenser is provided which dispenses napkins, one at a time. The casing or housing of the napkin dispenser sits on a rotatable support platform. The dispenser assembly principally includes a roller and a follower. The roller engages and respectively ejects a napkin from a weighted napkin stack via the follower which urges napkins into engagement with the roller. The roller has a plurality of metal protrusions peripherally attached on its exterior surface for penetrably engaging with the material substrate of each respective napkin which enables reliable and efficient delivery of individual napkins for dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Inventor: Eugene R. Coleman
  • Patent number: 6398069
    Abstract: Label applicator apparatus for applying a self-adhesive label to a surface which is movable relative to the apparatus. The label is carried on an elongate backing web having a plurality of labels adhered to one side thereof in longitudinally spaced relationship. The apparatus includes an edge over which the web is drawn whereby, when a force is applied along the web which exceeds a peeling threshold, the web is peeled away from the label and the label is dispensed at the edge. The apparatus includes pressing means located a set distance from the edge for pressing the label against the surface as it is dispensed, thereby adhering the label to the surface, and means for applying a peeling force which is greater than the peeling threshold during dispensing of at least an initial portion of the label which spans the set distance to initiate dispensing of the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Inventor: Peter James O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20020063138
    Abstract: A device for controlling a discharge drop position of rod wire coils transportable by a horizontal conveyor and stackable in a vertical bundle build-up chute located beneath an end of the transporting conveyor and behind the transporting conveyor end in a transporting direction, with the device including friction brake element for impacting an outer circumference of the rod wire coils and located opposite the transporting conveyor end at a distance therefrom and beneath a charging opening of the bundle build-up chute in a drop region of the rd wire coils.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2001
    Publication date: May 30, 2002
    Inventors: Rudiger Grimmel, Karl Keller
  • Patent number: 6273293
    Abstract: A completely enclosed coffee filter housing capable of storing a plurality of filters therein, a cover with an adhesive tipped rod, centrally located, extending below the underside of the cover to engage an individual filter when the cover is depressed, and extract the filter when the cover is removed. A plunger extends above and below the cover, the lower end arranged around the adhesive tipped rod and the upper end terminated with a cap. When the plunger is depressed, the individual filter is detached from the rod and inserted into a coffee maker receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Inventor: Ronald B. Carlson
  • Patent number: 6196415
    Abstract: An access door provided in a dispenser, for access by a delivery person to an interior of the dispenser where a stack of newspapers are stored. A coin box is provided on a top wall of the dispenser. The coin box operates in a known manner to permit operation of a pull bar after the correct amount of payment has been received into the coin box. The pull bar urges against the top-most one of the newspapers when a customer pulls the pull bar, thus pushing the newspaper onto a dispensing tray and through a slot in the dispenser, thus presenting the newspaper to the customer. The customer may then take the newspaper for his or her use. When the newspaper is pushed forward, a hinged security flap rotates upward to permit the newspaper to pass through the slot. A platform is positioned within the interior of the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Inventor: Melvin N. Sullivan