Rotary Patents (Class 221/265)
  • Patent number: 10881493
    Abstract: Pellet delivery systems capable of reliably and precisely delivering pellets over a large area are disclosed. In some examples, the system can deliver one or more pellets in one delivery cycle using a slide chamber. In other examples, the system can deliver one or more pellets per delivery cycle using a rotating disk comprising one or more holes. In any of these examples, the system can eject the pellets using a projector and/or gravity. The pellet delivery system can, in various examples, be utilized in conjunction with a carrier such as an airborne, terrestrial or aquatic vehicle, or in other examples with a human or animal carrier. Examples of the disclosure are also directed to precise pellet delivery based on the location of the pellet deliver system, pellet delivery tracking, adjusting pellet delivery, and determining paths for efficient pellet delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignees: World Wildlife Fund, Inc., Government of the USA, as Represented by the U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service
    Inventors: Kurt Edward Kreiger, Marc Randolph Matchett
  • Patent number: 10737873
    Abstract: A flow-limiting device that controls the distribution of unitary products from a container for holding said unitary products includes at least one dispensing opening, a body made of a polymeric material with an entry side, a dispensing side and a peripheral side extending in an axial direction of the body. The peripheral side has a lower and an upper axial end, the entry side has at least in part, a concave shape when viewed onto the entry side with at least one guiding surface. The dispensing side has at least in part, a concave shape when viewed onto the dispensing side. The dispensing opening is at an axial position between and spaced from the axial positions of the lower and upper axial end, wherein the entry side and/or the dispensing side include a plurality of elevated regions, which are arranged to define the concave shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Clariant Healthcare Packaging (France) SAS
    Inventors: Jacquy Lebon, Dominique Bois
  • Patent number: 10643451
    Abstract: An activity monitor which can be pre-programmed at the factory, the doctor's office or the pharmacist, or that can be programmed by the user. The activity monitor is affixed to a medicine bottle or container and activity associated with the bottle or container, such as movement, opening, volume changes, etc. are monitored in view to the schedule. If the schedule indicates that a dose of medicine should be taken at a particular time, but the monitored activity does not determine that the medicine has been taken, an alert signal will be issued to alert the user that it is time to take the medicine. In addition, if the monitored activity indicates that the medicine bottle has been opened prior to a scheduled time, then a tamper alert can be triggered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Sam Johnson
  • Patent number: 10543126
    Abstract: An earplug dispenser is provided which dispenses earplugs directly into a user's hand upon turning of a knob in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. The earplug dispenser is designed for quick and efficient replacement of an empty container with a container full of earplugs. The internal delivery components are particularly designed to prevent earplug jamming or sticking and aid in the quick delivery of a desired number of earplugs directly into the user's hand. The design also allows the earplugs to be delivered without relying on a separate opening or port apart from the impeller thereby eliminating the need to use two hands to deliver or dispense the desired earplugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Radians, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis C. Pellerin, Shannon R. Owens
  • Patent number: 10482703
    Abstract: An earplug dispensing mechanism defining a longitudinal axis, and including separator and index assemblies. The separator assembly includes a platform, a guide wall and bores. The guide wall projects from the platform to define a well for receiving earplugs. The bores each extend from an entrance opening to an exit opening. The index assembly is rotatably coupled to the separator assembly, and includes a handle, a plate, and a mixing body. The plate is connected to the handle and defines a dispensing aperture. The mixing body has an upper end, a lower end, and an exterior surface defined by a cone portion and a paddle portion. The cone portion tapers in diameter. The paddle portion projects radially from the cone portion at the lower end. The exterior surface is asymmetrical to encourage earplug mixing within the well, and to impede earplugs from entering a bore open to the dispensing aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: David M. Rudek, Ralf F. Korte, Guenter M. Zilligen
  • Patent number: 10262490
    Abstract: Mechanisms for dispensing items such as medications and medical supplies. Different mechanisms may be tailored to dispensing different kinds of items, for example medications in single dose packages, vials, syringes, or other similarly-shaped items. The dispensers may be placed in a dispensing unit that includes a lockable restock drawer and a dispense drawer into which items are dispensed by the dispensing mechanisms. The various kinds of dispensing mechanisms may be installed in the restock drawer in any workable proportion and arrangement. The dispensing mechanisms include multiple sensing technologies for tracking and inventory of items and for accurate sensing of items as they are dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Omnicell, Inc.
    Inventors: Edith Wilson, Gerardo Moreno, Guillermo Trejo, Vikram Mehta, Herbert Lawson Fisher
  • Patent number: 10262114
    Abstract: Example embodiments of the present invention may provide an efficient method of identifying unit doses of medication, and more specifically, to dispensing, identifying, packaging, and labeling unit doses of medication for distribution. In particular, methods may include receiving medication information, causing identifying information related to the medication information to be printed to a web of material, where the identifying information is printed at regular intervals, and preparing a medication unit dose to be dispensed to a container. Methods may further include verifying that the medication unit dose corresponds to the identifying information printed to the web of material, and joining the web of material to the container in response to the dispensed unit dose corresponding to the identifying information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Aesynt Incorporated
    Inventor: Patrick J. Braun
  • Patent number: 10130118
    Abstract: Fruit-squeezing machine with automatic fruit (7) feeder (1) and cutting and squeezing means that have a pair of rotating assemblies of three fruit (7) receiving cups (4) and a cutting assembly (5) with a blade (10) and means for extracting the rinds after squeezing the fruit, and a pair of squeezing balls (6) below the cup assemblies (4). Additionally, the machine has a juice-collecting tray (2) with a fixed? filter (8), and rind-collecting means. The cup assemblies (4) rotate towards the inside of the machine, which has motor means that synchronize the continuous movements of the feeder (1) with the movement of the cutting and squeezing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: ZUMMO INNOVACIONES MECANICAS, S.A.
    Inventors: Eugenio Contell Albert, Jorge Martinez Roca
  • Patent number: 10098492
    Abstract: A juicing device for agricultural products of the type of citrus fruits and the like including at least one transfer rotor and at least one juicing rotor. The transfer rotor rotate about a first rotation axis and is provided externally with at least one seat for at least partial accommodation of at least one portion of an agricultural product, of the type of citrus fruits and the like. The at least one juicing rotor can rotate about a second rotation axis, which is parallel to the first axis. During respective useful portions of the rotation of the at least one seat and of the juicing rotor, the latter penetrates at least partially in the at least one seat, for the juicing of at least one portion of the agricultural product accommodated in the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: A.A.T. AGROINDUSTRY ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES S.P.A.
    Inventors: Marcello Nunzio Catalano, Salvatore Maria Vittorio Torrisi
  • Patent number: 10099806
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a drug cassette having a compact configuration which allows for drugs to be fed out one at a time using a first rotating body and a second rotating body, and also provide a drug packaging device. The following are arranged within a cassette main body of said drug cassette: a cylindrical body that accommodates the drugs; a first rotating body that is disposed on a bottom surface side of the cylindrical body, the first rotating body being rotatable around a first rotating shaft; and a second rotating body that is disposed on an outer periphery of an opening in the cylindrical body, the second rotating body being rotatable around a second rotating shaft. At least one drive unit, disposed in a remaining space within the cassette main body, to rotate and drive the first rotating body and the second rotating body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Koike, Katsunori Yoshina
  • Patent number: 10028889
    Abstract: A system for assisting patients in sorting and dispensing medication supplies comprises a storage tray having a number of storage compartments, and a communication system to identify a medication to be provided from a pill bottle and, based upon the identification and a known regime, automatically identify which compartments of the storage tray are to be filled with the identified medication from the pill bottle and perform the filling of the storage tray. In doing so, a patient can simply open and present any number of pill bottles to the system, and then allow the system to arrange the medication in the storage tray according to the known regimen. The regimen and regimen updates are communicated to the system by means of a wired or wireless transmission to the system from a remote location (e.g. pharmacy or doctor's office), by direct user input, or by reading such information from a barcode or similar information carrier affixed to the pill bottles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: BECTON, DICKINSON AND COMPANY
    Inventors: Mircea Stefan Despa, Theresa Forshey, Glenn Vonk, Dylan Wilson, Adam Martin, Sundeep Kankanala
  • Patent number: 9908686
    Abstract: Pill dispensers including a housing, a bottom cap that engages an open bottom end of the housing, and a base that engages the bottom cap such that the bottom cap is spaced from the base. The bottom cap is adapted to facilitate movement of pills into a transport member, which is moveable with respect to the remainder of the bottom cap from a first position aligned with an upper opening in the bottom cap to a second position aligned with a lower opening in the bottom cap, through which a pill is dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: AMEIZEN LLC
    Inventors: Qiongyi Wang, Ian White, Joseph Jackson, Ian McDermott
  • Patent number: 9834367
    Abstract: A medicine bottle cap includes a flip-top assembly and an outer cap pivotably attached to the flip top assembly and having an interior wall of the side wall that includes gear teeth. The medicine bottle cap further includes a pill delivery gear having gear teeth that engage the gear teeth in the outer cap and an inner cap having a slot for receiving a tab from the pill delivery gear for rotation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: Douglas Veltri
  • Patent number: 9775746
    Abstract: An earplug dispenser is provided which dispenses earplugs directly into a user's hand upon turning of a knob in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. The earplug dispenser is designed for quick and efficient replacement of an empty container with a container full of earplugs. The internal delivery components are particularly designed to prevent earplug jamming or sticking and aid in the quick delivery of a desired number of earplugs directly into the user's hand. The design also allows the earplugs to be delivered without relying on a separate opening or port apart from the impeller thereby eliminating the need to use two hands to deliver or dispense the desired earplugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Radians, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis C. Pellerin, Shannon R. Owens
  • Patent number: 9730860
    Abstract: A pill dispensing assembly for dispensing a pill from a pill bottle includes a first layer having a pill exit passage. A second layer is operatively connected to the first layer, and includes a pill entry passage horizontally offset from the exit passage. A pill dispensing layer is positioned between the first and second layers, is movable with respect to the first and second layers, and includes a holding chamber sized to receive the pill. The holding chamber is horizontally movable from a first loading position in which the holding chamber is aligned with the entry passage and is horizontally offset from the exit passage to receive the pill, to a second dispensing position in which the holding chamber is aligned with the exit passage and is horizontally offset from the entry passage to dispense the pill through the exit passage. Pill dispensing may be timed or time monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: PSCAP, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Bruce Hamilton
  • Patent number: 9663260
    Abstract: A rotor rotates, thereby sequentially making pockets reach a drug discharging outlet, so that tablets held therein are sequentially discharged through the drug discharging outlet. When each pocket reaches the drug discharging outlet, an upper opening of the pocket is closed by a separating member, which prevents new tablets from dropping in the pocket. An apex of a block with a protrusion has a height that is able to contact a lower face of a main body of the separating member. The apex strokes the lower face of the main body of the separating member upon rotation of the rotor. Only branches with which the apex of the block with a protrusion is brought into contact bend and deform upwardly. The deformed branches are successively replaced, so as to proceed as waves running. The tablets are pushed by the waves so as to proceed forward in the rotational direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Morita, Shinya Akamatsu
  • Patent number: 9550619
    Abstract: Devices dispense medicine and dietary supplements in solid dosage form. The dimensions of the selection slots for the solid dosage forms in a device can be customized in depth by adding or subtracting spacers, and in width by adding or subtracting thickness inserts, or otherwise by employing components of suitable dimensions. Also, structures and methods for resolving jams of solid dosage forms are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: PharmRight Corporation
    Inventor: William C Park, IV
  • Patent number: 9481482
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing sorbent canisters into containers includes a first wheel and a second wheel, disposed to rotate with each other. A first plate is disposed between the first and second wheels and a second plate is disposed on a side of the second wheel opposite the first wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Multisorb Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Brug, Brian D. Kamas, Jason L. Kerkeslager
  • Patent number: 9382141
    Abstract: An apparatus for the continuous treating of a water well with chlorine or hydrogen peroxide includes an inlet pipe, which is mounted in the cover on a water well and an elongated tube extending downwardly from the bottom end of the pipe into the well, preferably beyond any pitless adaptor, for depositing chlorine pellets or chlorine or hydrogen peroxide solution in the well. The pellets or solution are added roughly on a weekly basis which prevents a chlorine or hydrogen peroxide smell in the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventor: George Raymond Field
  • Patent number: 9299211
    Abstract: A tablet division feeder includes a moving unit to move a tablet T, a fixing blade located in a movement path of the tablet T, and a support plate extending from the fixing blade such that divided tablets T2 on the fixing blade are transferred and kept onto the support plate. The fixing blade divides the tablet T into upper and lower divided tablets as the tablet T is moved in such a manner that the lower divided tablet T1 is discharged and the upper divided tablet T2 is transferred from the fixing blade to the support plate by the moving unit and kept on the support plate. The upper divided tablet T2 is discharged from the support plate as the upper divided tablet T2 is further moved by the moving unit in such a manner that the upper divided tablet T2 is discharged from the moving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shoji Yuyama, Naoki Koike, Mitsuhiro Mitani, Masao Fukada
  • Patent number: 9275508
    Abstract: An electronic container vending machine is provided. Including at least one modular vending unit capable of incrementally rotating and locking in predetermined positions, and includes multiple discrete storage volumes each configured to contain a single container, an access means for accessing the interior of the rotatable container storage and dispensing unit, that is capable of switching between a locked state and an unlocked state, and that is configured to cooperate with the rotatable storage and dispensing unit. The modular vending unit also includes a control unit for communicating with a user and the at least one modular vending unit. The control unit also includes an electronic selection means configured to allow the acquisition or return of a container. The electronic selection device may be a multi-touch screen display. The electronic payment interface may include a credit card payment interface or an NFC payment interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Air Liquide Advanced Technologies U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Lavra, Giuseppe Liberati
  • Patent number: 9240093
    Abstract: A tablet division feeder includes a moving unit to move a tablet T, a fixing blade located in a movement path of the tablet T, and a support plate extending from the fixing blade such that divided tablets T2 on the fixing blade are transferred and kept onto the support plate. The fixing blade divides the tablet T into upper and lower divided tablets as the tablet T is moved in such a manner that the lower divided tablet T1 is discharged and the upper divided tablet T2 is transferred from the fixing blade to the support plate by the moving unit and kept on the support plate. The upper divided tablet T2 is discharged from the support plate as the upper divided tablet T2 is further moved by the moving unit in such a manner that the upper divided tablet T2 is discharged from the moving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shoji Yuyama, Naoki Koike, Mitsuhiro Mitani, Masao Fukada
  • Patent number: 9211232
    Abstract: There is provided a cartridge for a medication dispensing apparatus having an auto locking function, the cartridge including a cartridge case; a drum; a cartridge base; and a driving means, wherein a hollow cylinder having a coupling groove drilled therein is formed at a center of a bottom of the drum, a lifting body having an elastic protrusion elastically coupled to the coupling groove is inserted into the cylinder, wherein, when a rotation shaft of the driving means is inserted into the cylinder, the lifting body moves upward and then the elastic protrusion is separated from the coupling groove, whereas, when the rotation shaft of the driving means is separated from the cylinder, the lifting body moves downward and then the elastic protrusion is coupled to the coupling groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Infopia Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Byeong-Woo Bae, Keun-Young Kim
  • Patent number: 9181017
    Abstract: A tablet cartridge includes a rotor, a tablet stopper, a case, and a stopper cover. The rotor has a plurality of guide-teeth protruding at regular intervals along a circumference of the rotor, and has tablet insertion grooves formed between the guide-teeth. The tablet stopper is disposed to close a top of one of the tablet insertion grooves. The case includes a dispensing opening formed at a position on a lower portion of the rotor housing portion, corresponding to a position of the tablet stopper, and a stopper insertion hole of a length that allows for the tablet stopper to adjust its height while being inserted into the stopper insertion hole. The stopper cover is coupled to the case to close the stopper insertion hole, and has the tablet stopper mounted thereon at an adjusted height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Infopia Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Byeong-Woo Bae, Keun-Young Kim
  • Patent number: 9004261
    Abstract: A method and device for feeding beads in a tobacco industry system including a bead container, a bead feeding unit having a plurality of channels for supplying a plurality of bead streams, a unit for transferring the beads to the filter material, where the beads are fed from holding pockets of the bead feeding unit to receiving pockets of the bead transfer unit, in which the beads are supplied from the bead container to a plurality of channels of the bead feeding unit which form holding pockets; the beads are fed from the holding pockets of the bead feeding unit to the receiving pockets of the bead transfer unit and to a delivery wheel by a movable feeding device; the beads are picked up from the receiving pockets by a movable guiding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: International Tobacco Machinery Poland Sp. z o.o.
    Inventors: Bartosz CieĊ›likowski, Jacek Figarski, Radoslaw Figarski, Kazimierz Makosa
  • Patent number: 8960495
    Abstract: A straw dispenser that hold two individual straws, sequentially selected from an inventory of straws. The upper straw is staged in a position to fall, and the lower straw is in a position made available to a person. The person grasps the available straw and pulls the same, which moves a lower movable part of the dispenser. The forward movement of the lower movable part allows the upper staged straw to fall downwardly to a transitory position, and during backward movement of the lower movable part the straw moves from the transitory position and is made available. At the same time a successive straw is selected from the inventory and held in the staged position. The person need not touch any other part of the dispenser or touch other straws to be dispensed. A subsequent straw cannot be dispensed until the available straw has been removed from the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Antonio Domit
  • Patent number: 8950625
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing sorbent canisters into containers includes a first wheel and a second wheel, disposed to rotate with each other. A first plate is disposed between the first and second wheels and a second plate is disposed on a side of the second wheel opposite the first wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Multisorb Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Brug, Brian D. Kamas, Jason Kerkeslager
  • Patent number: 8887603
    Abstract: A tablet T is divided without moving a cutter and divided tablets T1, T2 are fed one by one. A rotor 24 is installed in a container 21 receiving the tablets T. A rotor receiving part of the container has a barrel shape with a bottom section formed with a discharge port 27, and a fixing blade 33 is installed outside the rotor receiving part. Recesses 25 are formed on an entire lateral side of the rotor at a regular interval to receive a tablet. A peripheral groove is formed on the entire lateral side of the rotor and a fixing blade and a support plate are inserted into the peripheral groove. The fixing blade divides the tablet, which is accommodated in the recess and move while being guided along an inner wall of the rotor receiving part as the rotor rotates. A lower divided tablet T1 is discharged to the discharge port 27 and an upper divided tablet T2 is kept on the fixing blade. The upper divided tablet is discharged as the rotor further rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Yuyama, Naoki Koike, Mitsuhiro Mitani, Masao Fukada
  • Publication number: 20140239006
    Abstract: A bead feeder serially delivering beads to a downstream location comprises a bead supply wheel connected to rotate about a vertical axis. The bead supply wheel includes a bead supply bowl and a plurality of radially and outwardly extending bead passageway connected to rotate with the bowl and dimensioned to receive a single line of beads. A plurality of openings in the bead supply bowl is spaced around a lower portion thereof with the openings in alignment with the radially and outwardly extending passageways each of which has an outer exit end. A metering plate is connected to rotate about the same vertical axis as the bead supply wheel, and metering plate has a plurality of equally spaced apart openings directly below the outer ends of the passageways for receiving the lowermost beads in the passageways.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: PHILIP MORRIS USA INC.
    Inventors: Martin T. Garthaffner, Dwight D. Williams
  • Patent number: 8747782
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide an efficient and effective technique for storing and dispensing reagent beads. In one embodiment, an apparatus is provided for dispensing reagent beads contained in a bead storage device which includes a bead carrier having a plurality of wells; a plurality of reagent beads disposed in the wells; and a cover tape releasably attached to the bead carrier to cover the wells and retain the reagent beads in the wells. The apparatus comprises a channel in which to place the bead storage device with the bead carrier facing a support wall of the channel and the cover tape facing a stripping wall of the channel. The stripping wall includes a stripping gap disposed between a stripping edge and an opposite edge, and a dispense opening provided adjacent the opposite edge on a side of the stripping wall opposite from the stripping edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Cepheid
    Inventors: Ronald Chang, Douglas B. Dority, Steven Montgomery
  • Patent number: 8712587
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and system that utilizes one or more cassettes or trays that hold medicaments for dispensing. In one embodiment a medicaments container includes control logic configured to enable the medicaments container to operate with an apparatus; control logic configured to determine whether the medicaments container is authorized for operation with the apparatus; and control logic configured to generate an alert if the medicaments container is not authorized for operation with the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Handfield, Helene Laliberte
  • Patent number: 8657156
    Abstract: A feeding device for a balls-sorting machine serves to guide balls to a rotary ball-carrying disc disposed in a housing, the ball-carrying disc is formed with a plurality of ball-falling holes. The feeding device comprises: a feeding hopper, a dividing device, and a control unit. The feeding hopper includes a feeding hole and a feeding passage connected to the housing. The dividing device is abutted against the ball-carrying disc and formed with a receiving space, and a sub-inputting hole and a sub-outputting hole which are in communication with the receiving space, the sub-inputting hole is connected to the feeding passage, and the sub-outputting hole is located corresponding to the ball-falling holes of the ball-carrying disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventors: Ya-Chen Hsu, Fang-Chih Tien, Yi-Ji Chen
  • Patent number: 8651321
    Abstract: A gumball machine includes a gumball container that contains a plurality of gumballs, and a neck portion coupled to the gumball container. The gumball machine has an elongated transparent housing having an upper end coupled to the neck portion, and a base coupled to the lower end of the elongated housing. A speaker is positioned inside the base and is electrically coupled to a switch, a plurality of lighting elements are arranged inside the transparent housing and electrically coupled to the switch, and a power supply is housed inside the base and electrically coupled to the switch, the speaker and the lighting elements. When an actuator is actuated, the actuator turns on the switch to cause the lighting elements to flash, the speaker to broadcast sound and/or music, and a gumball to be dispensed from the gumball container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Sweet N Fun, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hoi Wai Fu
  • Patent number: 8622241
    Abstract: For a dispenser (1) comprising the components of a reservoir (5) having a plurality of compartments (6), and a positioning disc (16) having a plurality of exit orifices (15), a solution shall be provided which allows realizing such a dispenser in a smaller sized configuration and which allows to dispense capsules or pills stored therein in a unit dose manner. This is achieved by additionally providing the component of a guiding member (56, 56a) being rotatably arranged in between the reservoir (5) and the positioning disc (16) and respectively connecting one compartment (6) with one dedicated exit orifice (15) in dispensing communication by accomplishing a rotary/rotational step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: CSP Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Josephus Geboers, Guy De Sevaux, Jean-Pierre Giraud, Michel Zbirka
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130320033
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing sorbent canisters into containers includes a first wheel and a second wheel, disposed to rotate with each other. A first plate is disposed between the first and second wheels and a second plate is disposed on a side of the second wheel opposite the first wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: Multisorb Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Brug, Brian D. Kamas, Jason Kerkeslager
  • Patent number: 8579116
    Abstract: Tamper evident devices and methods including devices that can be used with pill bottles and other packages to provide evidence of tampering by an unauthorized user are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Oneworld Design and Manufacturing Group, Ltd.
    Inventors: Fred Pether, Rich Costa
  • Patent number: 8479476
    Abstract: The unit for supplying and inserting products (2) to and into container elements (3, 3A) advancing along a line of a packing machine (M) comprises a flat element (8) provided with a through-slit (10), and a disc (4) affording through-holes (6). The unit (1) is positionable with respect to the line of the packing machine (M) such that the slit (10) is arranged above the container elements (3, 3a). Products (2) are supplied onto the disc (4) which products (2) are to be inserted in the container elements (3, 3a), each through-hole (6) being of such a size as to be able to receive and house internally thereof a product (2). The disc (4) is mounted above the flat element (8) such that the products (2) housed in the through-holes (6) rest on the flat element (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: IMA SAFE S.r.l.
    Inventor: Ivano Baroncini
  • Patent number: 8469228
    Abstract: A dispenser of containers. A carousel is rotatably mounted to a main frame about a vertical axis of rotation and has a plurality of container compartments arranged around the axis and along the length of the axis. A driver mounted to the main frame rotates the carousel around the axis in a single direction and a lock limits rotation of the carousel in any direction when engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: SLEEGERS Engineered Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph L. Adams
  • 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: 8424717
    Abstract: Hand-held placement dispenser element (6) and automated dispenser elements (18) are provided for placement of items such as metal domes or the like onto a placement position (21), such as right-side-up or upside-down, perhaps by allowing only a single item or predetermined number of items to eject from a dispenser element at a time. A dispenser element may include a trigger (7) allowing for non-complication in use. A dispenser element could accept a cartridge (1), such as a slotted cartridge (3). A dispenser element and cartridge may be interchangeable. Once a cartridge is empty, it may be desirable to remove the empty cartridge and replace it with a full one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Snaptron, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin N. Albertsen, Troy Diaz, Josh Lowery, Earl R. Tatman, Brett A. Tatman
  • Patent number: 8409530
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide an efficient and effective technique for storing and dispensing reagent beads. In some embodiments, an apparatus is provided for dispensing reagent beads contained in a bead storage device which includes a bead carrier having a plurality of wells; a plurality of reagent beads disposed in the wells; and a cover tape releasably attached to the bead carrier to cover the wells and retain the reagent beads in the wells. The apparatus comprises a channel in which to place the bead storage device with the bead carrier facing a support wall of the channel and the cover tape facing a stripping wall of the channel. The stripping wall includes a stripping gap disposed between a stripping edge and an opposite edge, and a dispense opening provided adjacent the opposite edge on a side of the stripping wall opposite from the stripping edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Cepheid
    Inventors: Ronald Chang, Douglas B. Dority, Steve Montgomery
  • Patent number: 8409531
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide an efficient and effective technique for storing and dispensing reagent beads. In some embodiments, an apparatus is provided for dispensing reagent beads contained in a bead storage device which includes a bead carrier having a plurality of wells; a plurality of reagent beads disposed in the wells; and a cover tape releasably attached to the bead carrier to cover the wells and retain the reagent beads in the wells. The apparatus comprises a channel in which to place the bead storage device with the bead carrier facing a support wall of the channel and the cover tape facing a stripping wall of the channel. The stripping wall includes a stripping gap disposed between a stripping edge and an opposite edge, and a dispense opening provided adjacent the opposite edge on a side of the stripping wall opposite from the stripping edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Cepheid
    Inventors: Ronald Chang, Douglas B. Dority, Steve Montgomery
  • Patent number: 8397948
    Abstract: A dispensing device may include a main body including a wall having a dispensing mouth defined in the wall; a storage portion, wherein the storage portion is retained by the main body; and a conveyance path providing communication between the storage portion and the dispensing mouth. In addition, the dispensing device may include a conveyor disposed in the conveyance path; a drive motor mechanically coupled to the conveyor; and a sensor, wherein the sensor is directly or indirectly electrically coupled to the drive motor and the sensor is in optical communication with the environment proximate to the dispensing mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen B. Mills, Stevenson Tom
  • Patent number: 8186544
    Abstract: A dispensing device may include a main body including a wall having a dispensing mouth defined in the wall; a storage portion, wherein the storage portion is retained by the main body; and a conveyance path providing communication between the storage portion and the dispensing mouth. In addition, the dispensing device may include a conveyor disposed in the conveyance path; a drive motor mechanically coupled to the conveyor; and a sensor, wherein the sensor is directly or indirectly electrically coupled to the drive motor and the sensor is in optical communication with the environment proximate to the dispensing mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen B. Mills, Stevenson Tom
  • Patent number: 8141727
    Abstract: A solid dosage preparation is provided with a bottle of water. The solid dosage preparation is housed in a compartment of a closure applied to the bottle of water. The solid dosage preparation is capable of being dispensed in a single-handed manipulation of a roller-like chamber. The roller-like chamber is provided with a means for indicating any tampering of the enclosed solid dosage preparation, which is maintained in a protective environment between the chamber and the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventors: Eric William Gruenwald, Lawrence Lambelet, Patrick James Mulligan
  • Patent number: 8096444
    Abstract: A product discharge and delivery system for a vending machine includes a product delivery cup including a carriage portion and a shroud portion having an open bottom section and a discharge element. After receiving a selected product, the product delivery cup is shifted toward a dispensing chamber causing the discharge element to engage with a discharge member mounted within the vending machine. Engagement of the discharge element and discharge member causes the shroud portion to pivot relative to the carrier portion exposing the open bottom section allowing a selected product to release into a dispensing chamber. A delivery port is mounted in the dispensing chamber that rotated between a product receiving position and a product delivery position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Crane Merchandising Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: John P. Ardern, Dan Bowen, Paul Miller, Charles Wayne Percy, Kevin A. Poyck, Denise Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8061559
    Abstract: A vending machine housing assembly includes a housing body having plural sides assembled one to the next in an end-to-end angular relationship so as to provide the housing body with a polygonal cross-sectional configuration. Each side define a wall portion and a corner portion in a one-piece construction in which the corner portion is rigidly and integrally connected to the wall portion and has an arcuate cross-sectional configuration determining the angular relationship between the sides of the housing body. The housing assembly also has an upper collar and a lower base respectively disposed above and below the housing body and having polygonal cross-sectional configurations like that of the housing body, and elements interconnecting and fixedly clamping the housing body between the upper collar and lower base to provide the housing assembly as a rigid construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: Kil Jae Chang
  • Patent number: 7988400
    Abstract: A vial conveyance device which includes, in order to hold and release a vial, at least two arms that can be opened and closed, an urging member that urges the arms in an opening direction, a frame body for opening and closing the arms, and a frame body stopper that stops the frame body in a state in which the arms are closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shoji Yuyama
  • Patent number: 7980419
    Abstract: A device for singulating open-ended caps includes: a housing configured to retain a plurality of open-ended caps, the housing having an open lower end; an outer ring positioned below the housing; a drum fixed to and positioned within the outer ring to form a drum assembly, the drum including a hub having a substantially circular wall and a platform that extends radially outwardly from the wall to contact the outer ring, the hub and outer ring forming a circular gap therebetween, the platform being positioned below much of the gap and including a discontinuity; a mounting structure with an exit aperture fixed relative to the housing; and a rotary drive unit mounted to the drum that rotates the drum assembly about an axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Parata Systems, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Demetris P. Young, George Raymond Abrams, Jr., Joseph C. Moran, Jr., Jeffrey P. Williams