Ejector Cooperating With Article Direction Changing Deflector Patents (Class 221/261)
  • Patent number: 9616478
    Abstract: Provided are a bending apparatus and a bending method. According to an aspect of the present invention, there is provided a bending apparatus including a guide portion configured to guide a movement and a bending of a flexible substrate so that the flexible substrate is bent and moved, a first fastening portion configured to fix one side of the flexible substrate that is bent along the guide portion, a second fastening portion configured to fix an other side of the flexible substrate, and a driving portion configured to move at least one of the first fastening portion and the second fastening portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tae Woong Kim, Young Ki Hong, Hyun Woo Koo, Young Gug Seol
  • Patent number: 9070906
    Abstract: A battery assembling apparatus is disclosed. The battery assembling apparatus comprises: first and second rotary tables arranged to face each other at points on respective outer circumferences and rotate in forward directions relative to each other; a battery holding part provided on the outer circumference of the first rotary table to hold a battery; a frame holding part provided on the outer circumference of the second rotary table to hold a frame; a battery supplying part for supplying batteries to the battery holding part at a position different from a facing position between the first and second rotary tables; a frame supplying part for supplying frames to the frame holding part at a position different from the facing position; and a discharging part for taking out an assembly of a battery and a frame assembled together from the facing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazutoshi Syuto, Tsuyoshi Yano, Koji Tamaru, Yuta Nemoto, Shogo Shibai, Hirokuni Sasaki, Shigeki Ishii
  • Patent number: 8944283
    Abstract: The multiple magazine self dispensing container is designed to dispense a plurality of partially ejected firearm magazines to the operator in proper orientation to facilitate rapid reloading of a firearm. The container is designed to replace a traditional magazine carrying system or supplement one with extra magazine capacity. A constant force member forces the magazines to come into contact with an incline plane opposite a magazine ejection port. The magazine then partially ejects out the port where it can be removed by the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Aaron C. Shiell
  • Patent number: 8862266
    Abstract: A pill dispensing apparatus has a pill delivery station, a pill receiving station, and a pill singulator. The singulator receives and supports pills delivered from the delivery station and is spun to drive pills supported on the tray around the tray axis. A wiper guide guides the driven pills towards the pill receiving station and at the same time singulates the pills by establish spacing between them. The singulated pills are then deflected to a pill drop zone where they drop into a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: MedAvail, Inc.
    Inventors: Wes van Ooyen, Todd Willick, Derek Bessette, Richard Panetta
  • Patent number: 8757433
    Abstract: A dispenser automatically dispenses beverage cans. A housing has a conveyor along which cans are conveyed by gravity to a removal opening. A dispensing flap is on the removal opening and can be pivoted between a closed position, in which it prevents the removal of products through the removal opening, and a removal position. The dispensing flap has two trough-shaped receptacles lying at right angles to the conveyor section for one can, and is pivotal such that in the closed position a can is conveyed from the conveyor section into the first receptacle positioned to the inside of the housing, removal of the can from the first receptacle being prevented. In the removal position the can rolls from the first receptacle into the second receptacle, at the same time a new can is prevented from being conveyed from the conveyor into the first receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Gastro-Cool GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Christian Machers
  • Patent number: 8651320
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing open-ended objects such as pharmaceutical vials includes: a housing having an internal cavity configured to house open-ended objects, the housing including a guide and a floor; a pick-up unit mounted to the housing, the pick-up unit including an endless member and at least one pick-up member attached to the endless member; and a drive unit. The endless member engages the drive unit and the guide for movement relative thereto. As the drive unit drives the endless member, the at least one pick-up member travels on a pick-up path, at least a portion of which is within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jody DuMond, Charles H. Guthrie, Joseph C. Moran, Jr., Demetris P. Young, George Raymond Abrams, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8646649
    Abstract: In order to provide a card case in which cards can be securely discharged one by one to the last one, it comprises a storage case which has a card insertion inlet and a card discharging opening, can accommodate several cards inside and comprises a lower case and an upper case; a card push-up piece for pushing up the stored cards as a whole toward the upper case; a card discharging unit with a component with a locking part for locking the uppermost one of the several cards and provided on the upper case so as to be slidable toward the card discharging opening; a guide part provided close to the card discharging opening so as to incline the tip of the card obliquely downward; and a stopper provided close to the card discharging opening so as to prevent the second and lower cards (from the uppermost one) of the several cards from being pushed out of the card discharging opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Katoh Electrical Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinichi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8636172
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for controlling dispensing of medication are provided. A dispenser device used, for example, in the systems and methods can include a housing for storing units of medication and a dispensing well having an opening therein to permit removal of units of medication therefrom. The dispenser device can include first and second slides having openings therein that are configured to funnel a unit of medication toward the opening in the dispensing well. The opening in the first slide can be configured to funnel a unit of medication to the opening of the second slide upon movement of the first slide, while the second slide can be configured to funnel the unit of medication to the opening in the dispensing well upon movement of the second slide into a position that is aligned with the opening in the dispensing well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: Lawrence A. Dunn
  • Patent number: 8608024
    Abstract: A dispenser (10) is disclosed for dispensing a single object (22, 24) at a time, such as a tablet or the like. The dispenser includes a reservoir (26) to contain tablets and an opening in the reservoir sized to pass the tablets. A chute (30) is defined by a wall adjacent to the opening in the reservoir, and defines a dispensing path (39). The movable dispensing guide (32) has a retracted position that does not prevent the advance of tablets along the dispensing path, and an advanced position that intersects the dispensing path between the first and second tablets (22, 24) in the dispensing path. When advanced, the movable dispensing guide allows the first tablet in line to be dispensed from the path, and prevents the second tablet in line from advancing. An actuator is operable to move the movable dispensing guide from its retracted position to its advanced position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: CSP Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Giraud, Michel Zbirka
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120234854
    Abstract: Disclosed is a packaging system (10) for containing and dispensing loose filled product units. An inverted tray (20) is sealed to a backer board (40) with a guide insert disposed there between defining an interior chamber that is also filled with product units. The guide insert may include a base flange (38), a pair of side flanges for funneling product units into the truncated area that defines a next dispensing position. A flexible bridge (34) includes at least one high point and a fence portion that can descend into the base flange upon application of sufficient pressure to the at least one high point. This allows a product unit to advance to a dispensing position such that product units can be dispensed one at a time through user manipulation of the flexible bridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: MEADWESTVACO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryan A. Bailey
  • Patent number: 8261936
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing open-ended objects such as pharmaceutical vials includes: a housing having an internal cavity configured to house open-ended objects, the housing including a guide and a floor; a pick-up unit mounted to the housing, the pick-up unit including an endless member and at least one pick-up member attached to the endless member; and a drive unit. The endless member engages the drive unit and the guide for movement relative thereto. As the drive unit drives the endless member, the at least one pick-up member travels on a pick-up path, at least a portion of which is within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jody DuMond, Charles H. Guthrie, Joseph C. Moran, Jr., Demetris P. Young, George Raymond Abrams, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8070013
    Abstract: A cutlery utensil dispenser has a dispensing tray with a floor and a region housing a cutlery utensil. The cutlery utensil has first and second portions and is moved by an engagement portion of an actuator from a first orientation to a second orientation. In the first orientation, the cutlery utensil rests on the floor in the region and is within the cutlery utensil dispenser, inaccessible to a user. In the second orientation, the second portion of the cutlery utensil projects from the cutlery utensil dispenser and is accessible to the user. A wall of the region has a fulcrum end dimensioned to engage the cutlery utensil. The cutlery utensil rotates about the fulcrum end responsive to the engagement portion toward an exit of the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventors: Christopher M. Reinsel, Patrick J. Smith
  • Publication number: 20110108567
    Abstract: A dispenser is disclosed for dispensing a single object at a time, such as a tablet or the like. The dispenser includes a reservoir to contain tablets and an opening in the reservoir sized to pass the tablets. A chute is defined by a wall adjacent to the opening in the reservoir, and defines a dispensing path. The movable dispensing guide has a retracted position that does not prevent the advance of tablets along the dispensing path, and an advanced position that intersects the dispensing path between the first and second tablets in the dispensing path. When advanced, the movable dispensing guide allows the first tablet in line to be dispensed from the path, and prevents the second tablet in line from advancing. The actuator is operable to move the movable dispensing guide from its retracted position to its advanced position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Giraud, Michel Zbirka
  • Patent number: 7823733
    Abstract: An article display tray is provided with a movement guide device, wherein cylindrical articles can move more smoothly in a communication portion of the article display tray, via which the pair of storage chambers are communicatively connected to each other, and further wherein an increase in size of the article display tray can be avoided. A pair of left-right force-applied portions and an arraying guide surface positioned between the pair of force-applied portions are formed on a rocking member positioned inside the rear-end communication portion of an article display tray. When one of the pair of force-applied portions is pushed rearward by a cylindrical article that is placed in one of a pair of left-right storage chambers, the other force-applied portion pushes forward a cylindrical article that is placed in the other storage chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: System Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: Minoru Futori
  • Patent number: 7669733
    Abstract: A cassette device for an automatic medicine packaging apparatus includes a cassette main body that contains medicine, a dispensing block that aligns medicine for dispensing according to a prescription and a partitioning member that blocks medicine from discharging from the cassette main body and allows medicine to be discharged only when the partitioning member is controlled to discharge medicine according to the prescription. The partitioning member includes a non-deforming portion and a deforming portion that is connected to the non-deforming portion. The non-deforming portion contacts medicine aligned in the dispensing block. The deforming portion deforms when as external force is applied whereby the non-deforming portion can be displaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Inventor: Jun Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 7556177
    Abstract: A slide ejector mechanism for automatically removing a slide from a slide stack is set forth. The slide ejector mechanism comprises an ejector blade adapted to engage a longitudinal edge of the slide and an ejector drive. The ejector drive is connected to rotate the ejector blade through a curved ejection path. During this rotation, the ejector blade engages the longitudinal edge of the slide to remove the slide from the slide stack and place the slide at an output position for subsequent manipulation. In accordance with a further enhancement, the slide ejector mechanism may include structures that render the apparatus self-cleaning of broken slides. Such structures may include a platen having an opening therethrough along at least a portion of the ejection path. The opening has a width that is slightly less than a length of the slide so that the slide spans the opening and is supported at its edges by the platen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Beckman Coulter, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Domack
  • Patent number: 7299942
    Abstract: The present invention defines a system (100) for one-at-a-time paper clip dispensing. The system includes a housing (102), and a retrieval receptacle (114) disposed somewhere along the exterior of the housing. A storage component (104) is disposed along or within the housing, and is adapted to receive loose paper clips. A gate component (106) is operably coupled to the storage component, and a sorting component is incorporated within the storage or gate component(s). An actuating system (110) is disposed somewhere within or along the housing. A retrieval system (112) is disposed between the receptacle and the storage component. The retrieval system is adapted to retrieve a single paper clip from the gate component, and deliver the paper clip to the receptacle, responsive to activation of the actuating system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Inventors: Michelle O. Edens, Ronald W. Burns
  • Patent number: 6978536
    Abstract: An applicator for applying, to a plurality of sheets, spring-wire clips made of bent spring-wire having first and second end sections joined together by an elastically-deformable wire juncture section. The applicator includes a holder for holding a plurality of the spring-wire clips to feed them sequentially to a sheet-clipping station, with the wire juncture section facing one side of the station; a driving member at one side of the sheet-clipping station for engaging the clip and for driving the clip towards another side of the sheet-clipping station; and at least one deflector located to engage at least one of the end sections of the clip driven by the driving member. The deflector deflects the engaged end section away from the other end section to receive the sheets at the other side of the sheet-clipping station to be clipped by the driven clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: E-Clips Pro-Office Ltd.
    Inventors: Sagi Gershgoren, Uri Klauzner
  • Patent number: 6412654
    Abstract: A vending machine for vending articles such as cassettes or boxes is disclosed which has a touch screen (18) for receiving user input commands, a key pad (26) and credit card or coin payment devices (22, 24). A control system (FIGS. 11 to 13 and 23) controls operation of the machine. A vending unit (14) has a carriage (70) mounted for movement below a storage compartment (46) which is divided into a plurality of sections (74). The compartment (46) stores cassettes or boxes which can be stacked one above the other and released into the carriage (70) so that the carriage (70) can move to dispense the article through an outlet (58). A latch (80) controls movements of the cassettes or boxes (75) into the carriage (70). The latch (80) is pivotally mounted and movable from a position where abutment (196) engages a cassette or box (75) or releases the cassette or box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Assignee: Australian Central Finance Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Keith Francis Cleeve
  • Patent number: 6267370
    Abstract: A card dispensing device has a mechanism for preventing double feeding of cards. The double feed preventing mechanism can be card attitude correction rollers, which adjoin the leading edges of the cards within the card dispensing unit and thickness screws to regulate the vertical dimension of the card feed route. The double feed preventing mechanism can be a plate having a leading edge extending into the card feed route to regulate the vertical dimension of the card feed route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Nippon Conlux
    Inventors: Yukio Ito, Yoshihisa Hirayama, Hideo Tanaka, Takashi Imaizumi
  • Patent number: 6264060
    Abstract: An auxiliary dispenser for a merchandise vending machine of the type comprising a cabinet, a delivery bin at the front of the cabinet, near the bottom, and means in the cabinet above the bin for dispensing merchandise to the bin, the dispenser adapted to be mounted behind the bin, below the dispensing means. The dispenser comprises a bank of at least one generally inverted-J shaped magazine for holding articles. The bank is preferably pivotally mounted at its upper end to pivot upwardly to facilitate filling. Each magazine has a generally vertically extending straight portion and a forwardly extending curved dispensing portion. A spring-biased guide member urges articles in the magazine upwardly toward the curved dispensing portion, the guide member can be releasably locked at the end of the magazine to facilitate filling. An ejector member is mounted for reciprocal motion generally transverse to the magazine to push an article upwardly out an opening in the top of the magazine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Assignee: Crane Co.
    Inventors: Gerald J. Podgorny, Leonard A. Ficken, Frank W. Krockenberger
  • Patent number: 5356033
    Abstract: A beverage can dispensing method and apparatus for use in a refrigerator comprising three angularly disposed shelves, two said shelves being angularly disposed from front to rear to enable cans to roll from front to rear. A third shelf angularly disposed in a downward direction from the rear to the front to allow cans to descend from said first two shelves to the third shelf and ultimately to the position of ejectment from the front of the dispenser and means cooperable therewith to raise a can for ejectment by reason of the pressure of other cans on said third shelf against a can in the ejectment position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Inventor: David Delaney
  • Patent number: 5105980
    Abstract: An apparatus for transferring a deck washer from a storage magazine containing a stack of deck washers to a deck for installation. The transfer is accomplished by a reciprocating trolley which retrieves a washer from the stack and whose reciprocation urges the washer down a ramp on the trolley in to a holding chamber for installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1992
    Assignee: Construction Fastners, Inc.
    Inventor: Klaus Hofmann
  • Patent number: 5104000
    Abstract: A permanent wave end paper dispenser allows a beauty operator to dispense permanent wave end papers from a housing in a one at a time manner, utilizing only one hand. The dispenser includes a rectangular housing with an inclined ramp disposed adjacent a paper discharger opening formed in a front wall. The ramp has a V-shaped notch to allow an operator to grasp an end paper dispensed through the discharge opening. A paper supply drawer is removably received in a feed opening formed in a back wall of the housing, to allow refilling of the dispenser. A push button on the front wall of the housing is in abutment with a first end of a horizontally disposed plunger rod. The second end of the plunger rod and a first end of a coil spring are connected to a lowermost extension member of a vertically extending rotatable post. A second end of the coil spring is connected to the front housing wall, biasing the post and plunger rod to a return position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1992
    Inventor: Lois S. Goff
  • Patent number: 5067873
    Abstract: A row of components on a supply track are displaced by gravity to a separation station. A stop stops the row with one component at a presentation position. A separation mechanism separates the remainder of the row from the component at the presentation position by displacing the remainder of the row in a direction opposite the supply direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1991
    Assignee: U.S. Philips Corporation
    Inventor: Herman C. Lalesse
  • Patent number: 4962867
    Abstract: An auxiliary dispenser for a merchandise vending machine of the type comprising a cabinet, a delivery bin at the front of the cabinet, near the bottom, and a merchandise dispensing apparatus in the cabinet above the bin for dispensing merchandise to the bin, the dispenser adapted to be mounted behind the bin, below the dispensing apparatus. The dispenser comprises a bank of at least one generally inverted-J shaped magazine for holding articles. The bank is preferably pivotally mounted at its upper end to pivot upwardly to facilitate filling. Each magazine has a generally vertically extending straight portion and a forwardly extending curved dispensing portion. A spring-biased guide member urges articles in the magazine upwardly toward the curved dispensing portion, the guide member can be releasably locked at the end of the magazine to facilitate filling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1990
    Assignee: Unidynamics Corporation
    Inventors: Leonard A. Ficken, Robert L. Stadler
  • Patent number: 4942980
    Abstract: For a vending machine for dispensing parallelepiped products, which are arranged in horizontal product stacks, a dispensing device is provided, which separates the first product package to be dispensed by tipping the package away from the product stack, with the remaining product stack being held in place. It is furthermore provided that the product package falls onto an inclined plane when tipped, from which it slides down under its own weight and reaches the dispensing opening of the vending machine. It is further provided that the dispensing device follows the product stack as the products are dispensed, or that the product stack be made so that it can move towards the dispensing device. The dispensing device is arranged on horizontal guide rails and several dispensing devices can be provided within one product row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 24, 1990
    Assignee: Harting Elektronik GmbH
    Inventors: Eberhard Hellermann, Hans-Jurgen Welsch
  • Patent number: 4673104
    Abstract: A device for applying molded plastic clips to unattached containers to form multiple container packages which includes a container alignment device for aligning the unattached containers for application of the clips by generating uniform forces between the unattached containers during the application of the clips. This is accomplished by a series of star wheels that generate a predetermined downstream force and a predetermined upstream force by adjusting the predetermined phase angle between the star wheel means. This results in a substantially zero resultant force which ensures uniform expansion and precise alignment of the containers during application of the clips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1987
    Assignee: Adolph Coors Company
    Inventor: James S. Bader
  • Patent number: 4375856
    Abstract: A guide unit (9) for the flat objects, the unit includes a plurality of guide paths (12,15,16) and movable along one side of a magazine for holding flexible flat objects transversely to the one side in locations spaced along the one side of the magazine, it being thus possible to place a first such guide path (12) opposite a first such location (6), the other guide paths of the guide unit, which diverge away from the first guide path being placed simultaneously opposite the locations (5,7) adjacent the first location.An ejection device (10) moves any flat objects (8) contained in the neighbouring locations (5,7) outward from the one side of the magazine into the divergent paths (15,16) of the guide unit to provide a clear opening before an object is inserted in the first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1983
    Assignee: Societe Anonyme dite: Compagnie Generale d'Automatisme
    Inventor: Alain Chappot
  • Patent number: 4305691
    Abstract: A machine for feeding individual flexible trays from an inclined nested stack to a conveyor or other appropriate surface below the stack. Vacuum heads are mounted to arms that pivot about a horizontal axis spaced from an upper transverse edge of an inclined hopper holding the nested stack. The lower end of the inclined hopper is open for engagement by vacuum heads at the ends of the pivoted arms. The vacuum heads are pivoted by the arms to engage successive trays adjacent a lower transverse edge of the hopper. The arms are then pivoted back with the vacuum heads adhered to a tray, stripping the tray from the stack and pivoting it to a substantially horizontal position where it is released to fall to a surface below. A guide may be employed to direct movement of the tray downwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1981
    Assignee: R. A. Pearson Company
    Inventor: Jack J. Mayer
  • Patent number: 4214673
    Abstract: A holder for a stack of fluted, cup-shaped coffee filter papers having a cover including a reciprocable, single paper dispenser arm secured in the cover, and a filter contact on the dispenser arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 29, 1980
    Assignee: Olman Heath Company
    Inventors: Forrest D. Heath, Rodney K. Hoctor
  • Patent number: 4182231
    Abstract: A frozen patty feeder for a group of individual patties and especially for use with a broiler having a horizontal conveyor run advancing in a predetermined direction includes a first upstanding wall extending transversely of the direction of conveyor advance with the lower margin of the first wall spaced above the conveyor run an amount only slightly more than the thickness of an individual frozen patty. The feeder also includes a second wall extending transversely of the direction of conveyor advance and disposed between a level about even with that of the conveyor and a somewhat higher level, the second wall being inclined in the direction of conveyor advance when considered from the top of the wall downwardly, the first and second walls being spaced apart far enough in the direction of advance to admit of patties of a predetermined diameter when the patties are superimposed upon each other in a staggered, shingled or offset fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 8, 1980
    Assignee: NPI Corporation
    Inventors: Edward D. Baker, Nils Lang-Ree, John S. Brown
  • Patent number: 4171752
    Abstract: An improved locking system for a vending machine of the type comprising a plurality of vertical magazines each consisting of an endless belt having a plurality of spaced trays thereon. A receiving tray mounted below each of the belts has a lock lever associated therewith. The lock lever is normally biased into a first position which prevents unauthorized rotation of the receiving tray to prevent the dispensing of a product held thereon. Rotation of the endless belt forward causes one of the trays thereon to engage the lock lever to move it to a second position to unlock the receiving tray and thereafter engages the receiving tray to pivot such tray to a dispensing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1978
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1979
    Assignee: Gross-Given Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Raymond W. Pertinen
  • Patent number: 4171066
    Abstract: An automatic vending machine which selectively delivers a cold stored canned food such as canned coffee, juice, soup and so on as it is or canned food after being heated by an induction heating coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1979
    Assignee: Matsushita Reiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Hirose
  • Patent number: 4077539
    Abstract: A plurality of lengths of wires in a hopper are fed to a drum having spaced slots which receive the wires and advance them to a station at which a terminal is attached to the end. Difficulty is experienced when moving a length of wire from the group in the hopper and delivering it to a slot in the drum. A driven belt forms the wall at the rear of the hopper for rolling the lengths of wire downwardly about a feed wheel which has a passage thereabout defined by a face of a pawl. The bottom and outer surfaces of the pawl are urged by the ends of spring pressed plungers toward the feed wheel so as to be full-floating in the plane of the belt and laterally thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1976
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1978
    Assignee: Microdot Inc.
    Inventor: Malcolm E. Buffaloe
  • Patent number: 3970195
    Abstract: A light weight, portable device for removably storing a number of needles of various transverse cross section but of substantially the same length, which needles have crochet hooks defined on first ends thereof, and the device capable of being used to selectively dispense any desired one of the needles therefrom by a simple manual operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1975
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1976
    Inventor: Veatrice Franklin