With Retractable Pusher Element Patents (Class 221/270)
  • Patent number: 9989419
    Abstract: An immersion device for disposable guiding tubes of a robotic immersion device includes a stack for the disposable guiding tubes, a feeding channel for feeding an optical fiber into the disposable guiding tube and for feeding the disposable guiding tube together with the optical fiber into a melt, and a transfer mechanism for transferring one disposable guiding tube from the stack into the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Heraeus Electro-Nite International N.V.
    Inventors: Guido Jacobus Neyens, Michel Thys, Frank Stevens
  • Patent number: 8978885
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system that allows an easy and quick exchange of small batteries of hearing devices as well as a method for exchanging a battery of a hearing device that combines the installation of a new battery into the hearing device with the deinstallation of the battery to be replaced from the hearing device in a single action using a single mechanism. The inventive battery exchange system comprises a carrier module 1, which features a hearing device receiving means shaped to receive a part of a hearing device 4 and a battery passage that traverses the carrier module 1, a battery dispensing module 2 adapted to accommodate at least one battery 7 and a battery ejection means 3 adapted to eject a battery 7 from the battery dispensing module 2 into the battery passage of the carrier module 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Phonak AG
    Inventor: Bruno Gabathuler
  • Patent number: 8898883
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for feeding a connecting element into a processing position of a joining apparatus. The apparatus includes a singulation slide for separating and feeding a connecting element. The singulation slide has a through-hole running in an axial direction for accommodating the connecting element, and the through-hole is partially defined by two leg segments. The singulation slide includes a base segment and the transition from the base segment to each of the leg segments is designed so that the leg segments are flexible in a radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Joachim Moeser, Christopher Beil
  • Patent number: 8758700
    Abstract: A disposable cartridge adapted to be used with a sensor-dispensing instrument comprises a housing, test sensors, a mechanical mechanism and moveable seals. The housing forms at least one opening therethrough. The test sensors are stacked in the housing. The test sensors are adapted to assist in testing at least one analyte. The mechanical mechanism is adapted to urge the test sensors in a first direction. One of the test sensors is positioned for ejection from the cartridge. The moveable seals is adapted to be in a closed position that seals the at least one opening so as to provide a substantially moisture-proof and a substantially air-tight cartridge, and one of the moveable seals is adapted to be in an open position that allows one of the test sensors to be moved therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Bayer HealthCare LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad A. Kheiri, D. Glenn Purcell
  • Patent number: 8727178
    Abstract: A condiment packet dispenser that includes a cylindrical shaped housing containing an open top with a plurality of radially partitioned chambers. Each chamber contains a cylindrical shaped container that stores individual condiment packets in a radial manner. The dispenser is operated by pushing a button which sends a signal to a motor control board. The motor control board powers a motor having a spur gear which turns the selected condiment container until the condiment packet is aligned with a drop chute. The packet then falls thru the drop chute and is available for picking up by the customer. There is also a cylindrical shaped top lid which is removable when new condiments need to be loaded to replenish the dispenser. The condiment dispenser sits on top of a base stand that may either be rigidly mounted or may be rotated to choose a condiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventors: Irene Carter, Roger Henry Gagnon
  • 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: 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: 8632730
    Abstract: In one aspect, a diagnostic test system includes a receptacle, optical detectors, and a logic circuit. Each of the optical detectors has a corresponding view in the receptacle and produces an electrical signal at a respective detector output in response to light from the corresponding view. The logic circuit includes logic inputs that are respectively coupled to the detector outputs and that produce an output logic signal corresponding to a logical combination of signals received at the logic inputs. In another aspect, respective detection signals are produced in response to light received from respective ones of multiple views of the test strip, and at least one output logic signal corresponding to a respective logical combination of the detection signals is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Alverix, Inc.
    Inventors: John F. Petrilla, Daniel B. Roitman
  • Patent number: 8609037
    Abstract: A disposable cartridge adapted to be used with a sensor-dispensing instrument comprises a housing, test sensors, a mechanical mechanism and moveable seals. The housing forms at least one opening therethrough. The test sensors are stacked in the housing. The test sensors are adapted to assist in testing at least one analyte. The mechanical mechanism is adapted to urge the test sensors in a first direction. One of the test sensors is positioned for ejection from the cartridge. The moveable seals is adapted to be in a closed position that seals the at least one opening so as to provide a substantially moisture-proof and a substantially air-tight cartridge, and one of the moveable seals is adapted to be in an open position that allows one of the test sensors to be moved therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Bayer HealthCare LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad A. Kheiri, D. Glenn Purcell
  • Patent number: 8588967
    Abstract: An Internet-accessible apparatus for dispensing a pet treat using a remote Internet-accessible electronic device includes: (a) a treat dispensing unit including a treat rack, a delivery plate, a base plate, and an actuator or other mechanism for sliding the delivery plate over the base plate; (b) a control circuit electronics portion in communication with the sliding mechanism and with a local computer or router with a built-in Domain Name System client, which is in communication with at least one remote Internet-accessible electronic device; and (c) at least one video camera portion in communication with the local computer or router; wherein the treat dispensing unit includes a dispensing position in which cutouts in the plates are substantially aligned, and a parked position in which the plate cutouts are not aligned. This simplified abstract is not intended to limit, and should not be interpreted as limiting, the scope of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventors: Dominic Anthony Carelli, Dominic Matthew Carelli
  • Patent number: 8588968
    Abstract: A system and method for remotely dispensing a pet treat using an Internet-accessible treat dispensing apparatus includes: (1) providing a dispensing apparatus including: a treat dispensing unit with a mechanism for sliding a delivery plate over a stationary base plate; a control circuit electronics portion in communication with the sliding mechanism and with a router or a local computer, which is in communication with at least one remote Internet-accessible electronic device; and video camera portion(s); (2) providing a webpage or website that can be viewed using the local computer or the Internet-accessible electronic device; (3) displaying a prompt on the webpage for inputting user information; (4) displaying a control block with a treat button for dispensing the treat; (5) initiating a video camera view; (6) displaying a delay button for delaying the treat; and (7) sending a signal to initiate the sliding mechanism, followed by automatically dispensing the treat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventors: Dominic Anthony Carelli, Dominic Matthew Carelli
  • Publication number: 20130292399
    Abstract: An apparatus for plugging a hole, the apparatus including: a chamber for housing a plurality of plugs which are sized to fit the hole, the chamber having a feed channel to permit passage of plugs under gravity to a feed location at or near an end of the apparatus; a plug exit; a guide for positioning the apparatus such that the plug exit is at an entrance to, or is within, the hole; and a push rod for driving a plug from the feed location through the plug exit into the hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicants: Paraterm Pty. Ltd.
    Inventors: Paul J. Barrot, Helen Hatzistavros, Paraterm Pty. Ltd.
  • Patent number: 8548623
    Abstract: Dispensing devices and systems for oral transmucosal administration of small volume drug dosage forms to the oral mucosa are provided. The dispensing device may be a single dose applicator (SDA), or an electromechanical device comprising a means for patient identification such as a wrist worn RFID tag and annular bidirectional antenna together with a lock-out feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Poutiatine, Bruce Edwards, Charles Rampersaud, Pamela Palmer, Bradley Blackwood, Benjamin K. Yaffe
  • Publication number: 20130228590
    Abstract: A machine (400) particularly adapted for dispensing light items (407) packaged in pliable pouches or packets having a machine graspable crowned carrier (415). The items are propelled in a queue (401) through a tubular cartridge along a C-shaped track (409) having a ratcheting mechanism to be individually dispensed. The heads of the package carriers (415) are propelled by the alternating back-and forth motion (408,480) of a crenelated drive rack (410) successively pushing a sled (405) at the rear of the package queue. A self-engaging brake impedes backward movements of the sled and packages during a return stroke of the drive rack. The brake is disengaged by rearward movement of a weight (492) on a swing arm (490) so that the sled can be manually moved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventor: Anton K. Simson
  • Patent number: 8523011
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dispenser, particularly a refillable single-hand dispenser, having a sleeve (13) comprising an opening (23) at the top thereof, and a base part (27) opposite the top. A receptacle (15) for receiving tablets (22), lozenges, or the like is accommodated in the sleeve (3) such that it can be displace in the longitudinal direction. The receptacle (15) can be pulled out of the sleeve (15), the base being biased in the direction of the receptacle top by a zigzag spring (19). The zigzag spring (19) passes through the receptacle (15) through an opening in the base and is supported at the base (27) of the sleeve (13). A tablet package (20) comprising a tubular packaging (65) is disposed in the receptacle (15). The package wall (65) encloses the tablets (22). The sliding base (21) has exterior dimensions that correspond at most to the interior dimensions of the tubular packaging (65).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventors: Eduard Haas, Otto Ziegler
  • Patent number: 8464900
    Abstract: A machine particularly adapted for dispensing light items packaged in pliable pouches or packets having a machine graspable crowned carrier. The items are propelled in a queue through a tubular cartridge along a track having a ratcheting mechanism to be individually dispensed. A motorized reciprocation bolt engages the mechanism at the back of the cartridge. Multiple cartridges can be grouped together in an expandable array using an interlocking bar and T system to form a removable magazine. Each cartridge can be selectively addressed and activated by its dedicated motorized bolt. In a preferred embodiment of the ratcheting mechanism, the heads of the package carriers are held within a C-shaped track and propelled by the alternating back-and forth motion of a crenelated drive rack successively pushing a sled at the rear of the package queue. A self-engaging brake impedes backward movements of the sled and packages during a return stroke of the drive rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventor: Anton K. Simson
  • Publication number: 20130126550
    Abstract: A knife blade dispenser including a plurality of knife blades, a frame, a cover coupled the frame to define a storage volume between the cover and the frame for the plurality of knife blades, a spacer assembly positioned within the storage volume to separate the storage volume into a new knife blade region for the plurality of knife blades to be stored and a used knife blade region configured to store a plurality of used knife blades that is in communication with the used blade slot, and a shuttle to dispense at least one of the plurality of knife blades from within the storage volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
  • Patent number: 8425176
    Abstract: The rack has an inclined bottom, a slightly angled upstanding back wall, a right endwall and a short front wall defining a media cassette receiving area. Upon activation by a manually operated handle a withdrawal mechanism disposed behind the back wall, containing a carriage having a finger selectively protruding therethrough urges the rearmost media cassette in the rack along the back wall until it may be grasped by an operator. Subsequent cassettes settle backward against the back wall upon withdrawal of the rearmost media cassette. Cassettes may be added to the rack forward of any media cassettes currently therein. In this way a FIFO queue is maintained regardless of the number or mix of media cassettes stored in the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Alex Forcina
  • 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: 8397947
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dispenser apparatus for goods, said apparatus comprising a storage unit (1) for storing goods in a number of storage passages (7), a unit (8) for conveying one or more goods from the storage unit (1) to a conveyor unit (2, 20), said conveyor unit (2, 20) conveying, via an air pressure, goods to a dispensing station, wherein the storage passages (7) of the storage unit (1) forms an angle to the horizontal which is larger than or smaller than 90°, and wherein the unit (8) in the form of a fetcher mechanism comprises one or more ejectors for pushing one or more goods conveyed into one or more transfer chambers (19) into a conveyor pipe (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: House of Prince A/S
    Inventor: Ole Cramer Nielsen
  • Patent number: 8263019
    Abstract: A measurement system is provided which comprises an analysis device with at least one of a measurement function and a sample collection function, and also at least one magazine configured to receive at least one consumer element therein. The magazine comprises a magazine housing having a pair of openings. The magazine is designed as an exchangeable magazine that can be selectively operatively connected to the analysis device. The analysis device further comprises a closure mechanism having at least one sealing element which is designed to convey at least one consumer element from one of the openings. The sealing element is further configured to sealingly close the openings of the magazine when the sealing element is disposed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Hans List, Stephan-Michael Frey, Volker Zimmer
  • Patent number: 8251254
    Abstract: A device for handling workpieces. The device has a magazine (12) for holding at least one workpiece, and a delivery location (10). The device is retainable in the magazine by a retainer (s) (43) in the delivery location and displaceable to a position in which the workpiece because of its shape releases the retainer (s) so that the workpiece is free for being removed from the magazine. The device may provide for easy handling of workpieces and may be manufactured cost effectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: 3M Innovatives Properties Company
    Inventors: Sebastian Guggenmos, Michael Knee
  • Publication number: 20120152971
    Abstract: A vending machine system for stackable goods such as vehicle air fresheners includes a hopper and a reciprocating arm. The hopper is configured to hold a stack of the stackable goods. The hopper has an aperture formed in a base of the hopper for dispensing the stackable goods from the hopper. The reciprocating arm is disposed adjacent the aperture. The reciprocating arm is linearly movable between a retracted position and an extended position. One of the stackable goods is received by the reciprocating arm when the reciprocating arm is in the retracted position, and is pushed from the stack of stackable goods by the reciprocating arm when the reciprocating arm is in the extended position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventor: Kenneth F. Flower
  • Patent number: 8153080
    Abstract: A disposable cartridge adapted to be used with a sensor-dispensing instrument comprises a housing, test sensors, a mechanical mechanism and moveable seals. The housing forms at least one opening therethrough. The test sensors are stacked in the housing. The test sensors are adapted to assist in testing at least one analyte. The mechanical mechanism is adapted to urge the test sensors in a first direction. One of the test sensors is positioned for ejection from the cartridge. The moveable seals is adapted to be in a closed position that seals the at least one opening so as to provide a substantially moisture-proof and a substantially air-tight cartridge, and one of the moveable seals is adapted to be in an open position that allows one of the test sensors to be moved therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Bayer HealthCare LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad A. Kheiri, D. Glenn Purcell
  • Patent number: 8052943
    Abstract: A compact biosensor cartridge in which biosensors can be set with simple operation so that they can be tested one by one, and which protects the biosensors from moisture until they are set. A biosensor dispensing device is also disclosed. A biosensor cartridge (6) to be installed in a biosensor dispensing device (1) includes a pushing member (31) and a pushing rotating member (34) both used for ejecting biosensors (10) stacked in a case one by one and ejecting each sensor (10) through a sensor ejecting port (26). This structure presents the biosensor cartridge (6) to be made small and thin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshinori Amano, Toshiaki Iio, Kouichi Matsuda
  • Patent number: 8033424
    Abstract: An automatic prescription drug dispenser including a remote dispenser, a prescription entry system, and a communications network. The remote dispenser transmits and receives information from the communications network and dispenses prescription drugs to the patient. The prescription entry system transmits and receives information from the communications network and provides an input system for the prescriber to electronically enter individual prescriptions for each patient. The communications network coordinates communications between the doctor, insurance carrier, and the remote dispenser. The remote dispenser stores, retrieves, and labels prescription drug and over-the-counter products directly to patients through a remote automated dispenser, a prescription entry system, and a communications network. The remote dispenser transmits and receives information from the communications network and dispenses drugs to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: InstyMeds Corporation
    Inventor: Ken Rosenblum
  • Publication number: 20110233229
    Abstract: A dispenser for utility-knife blades has a longitudinally elongated housing having a longitudinally forwardly open front end and a pair of transversely confronting inner faces each formed with a flat front portion terminating at the open front end and a flat rear portion. Each front portion is offset transversely outward from the respective rear portion and forms therewith a respective longitudinally forwardly directed shoulder. A slide in the housing is formed with a transversely throughgoing compartment adapted to hold a stack of the utility knife blades. The slide is shiftable between a rear position with the stack of blades resting by gravity on the rear portion of whichever inner face is directed upward and a front position with the stack resting on the front portion of the upwardly directed inner face and forward of the shoulder of the upwardly directed inner face. The offset is equal generally to a thickness of a single blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventor: Peter Schekalla
  • Patent number: 8006865
    Abstract: A disc feeding apparatus comprises a supporting base, a pusher and an electric driving device. The pusher is driven by the electric driving device to back and forth, such that one edge of the disc is protruded out of the first protruding portion of the supporting base, and the other edge of the disc is limited by the avoiding groove of the second protruding portion and will be pushed by the pusher. Thereby, the disc will fall out of the disc feeding apparatus, thus finishing the feeding of the disc. The present invention can use the precise control electric driving device to cooperate with other structures. With the simplified structure design, the present invention can perform the disk feeding operation efficiently and precisely for a long tome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Inventor: Shu-Yuan Lee
  • Patent number: 8003052
    Abstract: A diagnostic tape cassette especially for blood sugar tests comprises a test tape which is provided with a plurality of test fields for analysing body fluid, and a housing for receiving the test tape. The housing may have at least one housing part formed from a metal support and moulded-on plastic with integrated functional elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operation, Inc.
    Inventor: Klaus-Dieter Sacherer
  • Patent number: 7784644
    Abstract: A vending machine includes first and second integrated dispensing systems mounted at front portions of adjacent product shelf dividers establishing at least first, second and third product queues. Each of the first and second dispensing systems includes first and second release mechanisms having a plurality of hinged plates supported by a frame. The plurality of hinged plates are selectively shifted into and out of corresponding ones of the first, second and third product queues, such that each product queue has associated therewith two opposing release mechanisms. Preferably, at least one of the first and second release mechanisms for each dispensing system includes a queue spacing member which is mounted to one of the hinged plates and projects into the product queue to establish a desired spacing between the release mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Dixie-Narco, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard T. Albert, Dan Bowen, Bryan Alan Collins, Aron Phillip Lewis, Paul Miller, Charles Wayne Percy, John Robinson, William E. Roe, Russell Watts
  • Publication number: 20100147869
    Abstract: A blade dispenser including a body comprising a housing and a cover. The housing is configured to store a plurality of new blades. The housing has an opening for receiving the blades. The cover is configured to close the opening. The blade dispenser further includes a blade ejector constructed and arranged to dispense blades through a slot in the body. The body comprises an attachment member configured to couple the blade dispenser to another blade dispenser to increase a storage capacity of new blades of the blade dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Applicant: THE STANLEY WORKS
    Inventors: Edward A. ILIFFE, Eric RANIERI
  • Patent number: 7673773
    Abstract: The current invention is a lid dispensing device and method of use comprising a base unit, a lid holder operatively connected to the base unit, a blade operatively mounted to the base unit which moves between a first position and a second position, a docking ring secured to the base unit to accept a cartridge of stacked lids, the blade supporting a stack of lids by engaging a first lid in the stack of lids while the blade is in the first position, and the blade allowing the first lid to fall through an aperture in the blade away from the stack of lids, and still support the remaining stack of lids as the blade moves to the second position. The lid cartridge may be capped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Kennik Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Nicolas R. Walsh, Kenneth T. Walsh
  • Publication number: 20090241247
    Abstract: Devices for dispensing toilet treatment tablets into toilet bowls when a button is actuated are disclosed. In one version, the device includes: (i) a toilet cover; (ii) a dispenser mounted to the cover; (iii) a plurality of solid tablets stored in the dispenser so as to be dispensable therefrom, wherein at least one of the tablets includes a toilet treatment chemical; and (iv) an actuator for moving a tablet from a ready position of the dispenser to a release position. In another version, the invention provides a handheld device including a body having a cover and a hollow wall connected to the cover. The cover and the wall define an interior space in the body, and the cover includes a dispensing slot. The device also includes a removable tablet holder suitable for holding a plurality of solid tablets. A tablet retainer of the tablet holder is located within the cover when the tablet holder is installed within the body. The tablet retainer retains a tablet in a ready position for dispensing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Inventors: Matthew N. Thurin, Douglas A. Soller, Michael C. Fryan, Kevin L. Askling
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20090108020
    Abstract: A disc-discharging apparatus comprises a supporting base, an annular pusher, a drive element and a disc storage base. The annular pusher can be moved to push one end of the disc to fall into a recess of the supporting base, and meanwhile the other end of the disc is limited by a limit groove. At this moment, the disc is in an inclined state and stuck in the space of the limit groove. After the annular pusher returns to its original position, the end of the disc, which is limited by the limit groove, will be pushed by annular pusher to fall into the recess of the supporting base, finally finishing a discharging operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventor: Shu-Yuan Lee
  • Patent number: 7523841
    Abstract: A magazine (3) for a tablet dispenser (1) for receiving and sequentially dispensing tablets (T) consists of a housing (4) which is substantially cuboid and is open on the longitudinal side (5), receives a longitudinally guided slider (6) and a helical spring (8) supported between the slider (6) and the housing floor (7) and comprises an output device (10) at the housing head (9) which is opposite of the housing floor (7), with the helical spring (8) engaging with its floor-side end (11) of the winding in a clamping gap (12) in the region of the floor of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: PEZ International AG
    Inventor: Helmuth König
  • Publication number: 20090020549
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a battery dispenser and a cartridge for dispensing batteries to a hearing aid. The battery dispenser comprises a housing having a compartment for accommodation of at least one battery, each battery having an air tab attached to a first surface of the battery, the compartment communicating with the surroundings through a battery outlet formed in the housing, a release member movably attached to the housing, an ejector member adapted for interaction with the release member in such a way that a battery in the housing is ejected through the battery outlet along an ejector axis substantially perpendicular to the first surface upon activation of the release member, and wherein the air tab of the battery is retained in the battery dispenser upon ejection of the battery from the battery dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2006
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Applicant: SPECTRUM BRANDS, INC
    Inventors: Simon Lyndegaard, Henrik Jeppesen, Nikolai Bisgaard, Magnus Goransson
  • Patent number: 7469799
    Abstract: A measuring instrument (A) includes a pressurizing mechanism (C) which moves at least one of a measuring article (S) and a connector (4) toward and into pressing contact with the other when the measuring article (S) is placed at a measuring position (P). This prevents improper connection between the connector (4) and the measuring article (S) caused by wear of the connector (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Arkray, Inc.
    Inventor: Daisuke Matsumoto
  • Publication number: 20080302817
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a lid dispenser for lids which fit on disposable cups used for soda, milkshakes, coffee and the like. The dispenser receives a stack of lids in a lid stack holder mounted on a lid dispensing block. The lid stack holder has a hole in its base allowing the stack of lids to rest on the floor of the lid dispensing block. The block has an ejection arm which when activated dispenses one lid through an exit port onto a tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Inventor: C. Robert Arndt
  • Patent number: 7448514
    Abstract: A container for storing dental devices includes a container body adapted to hold the dental devices and a dispensing mechanism configured to dispense one of the dental devices when the dispensing mechanism is triggered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Huafeng Wen
  • Patent number: 7422127
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus for dispensing a lid from a stack of lids each having a lid periphery includes a load platform having a main floor on which to place a stack of lids, the main floor sloping downward from an apex in a rearward direction, the load platform having a forward slope inclined downward from the apex in a forward direction. A parallelogram mechanism is mounted to move in a linear direction forward to a dispense position and rearward to a home position. A hinge is coupled to the parallelogram mechanism and has a handle with a distal end oriented upward and forward to contact an inner surface of a lid periphery of a bottommost lid of the stack of lids when the parallelogram mechanism moves forward from the home position toward the dispense position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Redi-Lid LP
    Inventors: Steve Christoffersen, Thomas R. Hecht, Scott Thompson, Michael E. Simi
  • Patent number: 7418774
    Abstract: An automatic rivet loading module which includes a pusher mechanism, a gripper mechanism, a mandrel receptacle, mechanisms for moving mandrels in the mandrel receptacle, and a tool activation device. The gripper mechanism receives a rivet, and a mandrel is moved through the rivet such that the rivet threads onto the mandrel. The gripper mechanism moves out of the way while the pusher mechanism pushes the mandrel down. The pusher mechanism then retracts, and the gripper mechanism closes and is ready to receive another rivet. This process is repeated until the mandrel is full of rivets. The mandrel receptacle is rotatable such that the loaded mandrel swings to a position under the tool activation device to be loaded into a rivet tool. As the loaded mandrel is swung under the tool activation block, a new mandrel is swung under the gripper mechanism, in position for loading with rivets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: Acument Intellectual Properties, LLC
    Inventors: James W. Joseph, Wim Bouman
  • Publication number: 20080181818
    Abstract: This invention relates to a test sensor cartridge assembly that dispenses test sensors individually while shortening the distance of the lateral movement required to eject the sensor. A stationary gear rack is affixed to a surface with a moveable gear rack positioned parallel to the stationary gear rack. The moveable gear rack is adapted to engage the test sensor. A gear is positioned between and contacts the stationary gear rack and the moveable gear rack. The lateral movement of the gear in a first direction generates rotational movement by the gear. Both the lateral and rotational movement move the moveable gear rack laterally in the first direction. The lateral movement of the gear rack in the first direction ejects a test sensor from a test sensor cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2005
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Inventor: Tieming Ruan
  • Patent number: 7398896
    Abstract: A vehicle body clinch nut feeder (22) includes a dispensing head (54) having an inlet passage (60) through which oriented clinch nuts (26) are fed single file. The leading clinch nut is moved laterally to between clamping portions (64a, 66a) of a pair of clamp members (64, 66) of a clamp (62) where a second feed actuator (80) subsequently moves the clamped clinch nut downwardly to an opening (78) in a delivery member (76) where a robot end effector (32) receives the clinch nut in preparation for a clinching operation. An alignment mount (58) supports the dispensing head (54) on a support (56) for a horizontal movement in perpendicular horizontal directions to insure alignment of the robot end effector (32) with the clinch nut (26) to be received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: Utica Enterpries, Inc.
    Inventor: Phillip J. I. Morgan
  • Patent number: 7360669
    Abstract: Spherical articles such as breath mints are released one at a time from a container by depressing a button, which simultaneously opens a first flow regulator and closes a second flow regulator in series with the first. When the button is released, the first flow regulator opens and the second flow regulator closes. The first flow regulator is preferably a pair of opposed weirs, and the second flow regulator is preferably a pair of parallel pillars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Inventor: Cornell Drajan
  • Patent number: 7341166
    Abstract: A gravity-feed dispenser includes an internal blocker assembly to prevent folded sheet from falling away from the dispensing aperture. A preferred embodiment includes a spring biased blocker arm which cooperates with a spring biased guide plate to maintain the napkins in position throughout dispensing of the stack, especially when the stack is depleted and of insufficient weight to urge the remaining sheets into position. In a preferred embodiment, the dispenser is provided with a convertible support, suitable for mounting the dispenser on either a wall or a countertop with a quick release mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Christopher M. Reinsel, Robert J. Aloisi
  • Patent number: 7311222
    Abstract: A drug dispenser which can easily align drugs when filling it with the drugs. In a drug dispenser in which a lowermost drug of a plurality of drugs (100) stacked in a vertical direction and contained in a drug case (1) is pushed out in a horizontal direction to dispense it, a door (7) is provided on the front surface of the drug case (1). A drug aligning device (second door 11) is provided on the inner surface of the door (7), the drug aligning device pushes the front ends of the plurality of drugs (100) contained in the drug case (1) to align the rear ends thereof when the door (7) is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Shigeyama, Hiroyuki Kanda
  • Patent number: 7273158
    Abstract: A golf ball dispensing and retrieving system for efficiently assisting a golfer in practicing putting. The golf ball dispensing and retrieving system includes an elongated tube having a lower opening, a clamp extending from a side of the tube for removably attaching to a shaft of a putter, a retrieval member attached within the tube near the lower opening, and an ejector member movably positioned within the tube for ejecting a lower golf ball from the lower opening. A bias member is attached to the ejector member for applying a return force to the bias member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Inventor: Ronald G. Dean
  • Publication number: 20070215635
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing gloves is provided which includes a housing having an exit port, the housing also formed to include a compartment which is configured to hold a plurality of gloves therein. The dispenser includes a glove pusher movably coupled to the housing. At least a portion of the glove pusher is configured to move within the compartment of the housing and push at least a portion of a glove disposed in the compartment through the exit port. A cartridge configured to be disposed into a compartment of a dispenser is disclosed. The cartridge is formed to permit a portion of a dispenser to move into the internal compartment of the cartridge to move at least one of the plurality of gloves at least partially through the at least one opening in the cartridge. A dispensing assembly also may include a stack of gloves or a cartridge containing a plurality of gloves. A method of using a glove dispenser is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Publication date: September 20, 2007
    Inventor: Paul Francis Tramontina
  • Patent number: 7264139
    Abstract: A sensor dispensing device (1) comprises a cartridge (2) having an outer casing (11) and a plurality of sensors (6) arranged one upon another in a stack. The cartridge has a first dispensing end (13) and a second opposing end (14) spaced a fixed distance apart, and the cartridge includes a first aperture (15) for the ejection of a sensor closest to the first end and a second aperture (16) opposed to the first aperture, for access by a pushing member (25). The first aperture and the second aperture are each provided with compliant sealing means (17) which are at least partly disposed outside the outer casing. The sealing means have first and second sealing surfaces which are capable of co-operating to releasably form a substantially moisture-tight seal when acted upon by suitable clamping forces. The device has a housing (34) for receiving the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Hypoguard Limited
    Inventors: David Brickwood, Graeme Maisey, Stuart Richard May