Rotary Patents (Class 221/277)
  • Patent number: 9808995
    Abstract: A method for reinforcing a substrate or textile of a core structure of a component with the following method steps: a continuous semi-finished product is fed, via a feed means, into a cartridge of a conveying means which comprises a plurality of cartridges; the continuous semi-finished product is cut to length using a cutting means in order to produce a cut, reinforcing semi-finished product which is received in the cartridge; the cartridge is conveyed to a machining means; the cut, reinforcing semi-finished product is sharpened using the machining means; the cartridge is conveyed to a textile or substrate to be reinforced of a core structure; and the sharpened semi-finished product is shot into the textile or substrate of a core structure by a stud-shooting means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Gregor Christian Endres, Hans-Jurgen Weber
  • Patent number: 9511000
    Abstract: A medicine feeding device is configured by providing a first rotor that rotates around a first shaft, a second rotor that rotates around a second shaft, a partition wall extending from the second rotor towards the first rotor, a medicine discharge port provided on the outside of the second rotor, a medicine guide section located in the downstream of a movement section in the medicine transport direction, and a height regulator disposed between the movement section and medicine guide section. In addition, the width regulator that is disposed between the medicine guide section and the height regulator is further provided. Also, a medicine counting device is further provided with a medicine detection means for detecting the medicine that is supplied from the medicine discharge port, and a counting means (central control unit) for counting the medicines based on the detection performed by the medicine detection means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yuyama, Naoki Koike, Mitsuhiro Mitani, Masao Fukada
  • Patent number: 9269236
    Abstract: An RFID key dispenser. The tag dispenser has a simple mechanical construction that enables the tag dispenser to be located in unattended locations. The tag dispenser can, even with very simple construction, dispense a large number of tags between being restocked. Simple motions may be used to retrieve an individual tag for programming, move the tag to a programming station, and then route the tag to a dispensing portion of the tag dispenser or to a storage area for defective tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: 8D Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Sébastien Bettez, Raphaël Assénat
  • Patent number: 9242785
    Abstract: A medicine feeding apparatus includes a cylindrical body 8, a first rotating body 9, and a second rotating body 10. The first rotating body 9 is disposed on the inner side of the cylindrical body 8, and together with the cylindrical body 8, constitutes a medicine storage section 42 capable of storing medicine. The first rotating body 9 can reciprocate in the axial direction of the cylindrical body 8, and can rotate about a first rotary axis. The second rotating body 10 is disposed on the outer circumference of an opening of the cylindrical body 8, and can rotate about a second rotary axis. This configuration has a function of smoothly performing automatic dispensing depending on the remaining amount of stored medicine while storing a large amount of medicine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yuyama, Naoki Koike, Mitsuhiro Mitani, Masao Fukada
  • Patent number: 9004315
    Abstract: A medicine feeding device is configured by providing a first rotor that rotates around a first shaft, a second rotor that rotates around a second shaft, a partition wall extending from the second rotor towards the first rotor, a medicine discharge port provided on the outside of the second rotor, a medicine guide section located in the downstream of a movement section in the medicine transport direction, and a height regulator disposed between the movement section and medicine guide section. In addition, the width regulator that is disposed between the medicine guide section and the height regulator is further provided. Also, a medicine counting device is further provided with a medicine detection means for detecting the medicine that is supplied from the medicine discharge port, and a counting means (central control unit) for counting the medicines based on the detection performed by the medicine detection means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yuyama, Naoki Koike, Mitsuhiro Mitani, Masao Fukada
  • Patent number: 8998033
    Abstract: A material dispenser includes a base, a platen, a spring, a casing, a material pick-up mechanism, and a cap. The spring is connected in between the platen and the base, and the casing encloses the spring and the platen and removably attaches with the base. The material pick-up mechanism is rotatably connected with the casing opposite from the base. The cap attaches with the casing opposite from the base and positions adjacent with the material pick-up mechanism. The material dispenser includes stored materials in between the platen and the material pick-up mechanism. The casing provides a parameter wall for the stored materials. The users of the material dispenser can dispense an exact amount of the stored materials through a top opening of the casing by rotating the material pick-up mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Paul Maurice Huard
  • Publication number: 20150090733
    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: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: PharmRight Corporation
    Inventor: William Park
  • Publication number: 20150083745
    Abstract: A tablet cassette is provided that can easily adjust the depth etc. of a guide groove of a rotor depending on the size of a tablet to be dispensed. The tablet cassette includes movable pieces that are disposed movably in a radial direction of the rotor in the plurality of tablet guide grooves and form surfaces in the radial direction of the rotor in the tablet guide grooves, and a movable piece moving mechanism that moves the movable pieces in the radial direction of the rotor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Shoji YUYAMA, Naoki KOIKE
  • Publication number: 20150083746
    Abstract: A tablet cassette is provided that can easily adjust the width of a guide groove of a rotor depending on the size of a tablet to be dispensed. The tablet cassette includes a groove width adjustment mechanism that relatively moves both sides of each of the tablet guide grooves in a circumferential direction of the rotor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Shoji YUYAMA, Naoki KOIKE
  • Patent number: 8978927
    Abstract: Provided are an article advancing device and an article arrangement shelf, wherein the article advancing device has a flexible sheet on which articles can be arranged at a condition where the sheet is extended, a roller to which one end of the sheet is fixed and which winds the sheet in the reverse extension direction, a drive means which rotates the roller in the winding direction of the sheet, and a wall member with which the articles in the first row of the articles arranged on the sheet come into contact. When the articles are arranged on the sheet, the article advancing device stops the winding operation of the sheet by the drive means by the contact of the articles in the first row with the wall member. The article advancing device has a simple article advancing function which employs a horizontally extending shelf basically having no incline and which does not require energy, such as electric power, and can be used regardless of the packaging state of the articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignees: Arakawa Kinzoku Co., Ltd, Sekisui Plastics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Tatsuo Arakawa, Kazunori Nakaya, Koichi Yamazaki
  • Publication number: 20150063956
    Abstract: A laboratory vial transfer device for automatically transferring laboratory vials from a transport package containing a plurality of said vials, comprising: a vial feeder configured to connect to the transport package after the package has been opened, so as to feed vials directly from the package without manual contact, wherein the vial feeder comprises a rotatable carousel having a plurality of vial receiving positions located on the carousel each for receiving a single vial and adapted to collect the vials from the opened package into respective vial receiving positions upon operation of the carousel, wherein the carousel is operable to feed the vials from their respective vial receiving positions to an exit position
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Brian KING, Harald RITCHIE
  • Publication number: 20150048101
    Abstract: Embodiments generally relate to a pill box adapted for dispensing medication. In one embodiment, the pill box includes a base member, a carousel coupled to the base member and configured to rotate about the base member, one or more compartments, each compartment formed within the carousel and configured to store a single dose of medication with a lid configured to enclose the base and the carousel. The pill box ratchet advancement mechanism includes a resilient member and a stop member configured to facilitate motion of the carousel in a first direction and to restrict motion in a second direction, and a locking component configured to permit a pre-determined displacement of the carousel in the first direction and to limit further displacement in the first direction by locking the carousel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Abiogenix Inc.
    Inventors: Goutam Reddy, Sara Cinnamon
  • 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: 8950386
    Abstract: A ball feeding arrangement (101) comprising: a rotor element (123) for pushing a ball (145); a transmission element (127) connected to the rotor element; and a drive element (130) for driving a rotational movement of the rotor element (123) via the transmission element (127), which drive element (130) is intended to be driven by a drive motor (122), wherein one of the drive element (130) and the transmission element (127) has at least one protrusion (140; 140a-b), and the other of the drive element and the transmission element (127) has a guiding surface (133) adapted to guide the at least one protrusion (140; 140a-b) during relative rotation between the drive element (130) and the transmission element (127), wherein the at least one protrusion (140; 140a-b) is yieldingly biased against the guiding surface (133), wherein the biasing force, a shape of the guiding surface (133) and a shape of the at least one protrusion are adapted to enable transfer of a rotational force of a given magnitude from the drive ele
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Daniel Hedberg Development AB
    Inventor: Daniel Hedberg
  • Publication number: 20150025680
    Abstract: A vending machine is disclosed. The vending machine may include a main body, a pathway, a shaft having a circular surface and a receiving space, a selection button, a sliding path, an opening, a plurality of merchandises and a payment managing system, wherein one or more merchandises are disposed in each pathway and the merchandises are supported by the circular surface of the shaft, wherein when the merchandise is selected and payment has been processed by the payment managing system, the shaft starts to rotate and the selected merchandise is received in the receiving space during the rotation of the shaft and dispensed to the sliding path and opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Sihui Han
  • Publication number: 20150021353
    Abstract: A dispensing device in a vending machine to prevent an accidental loss of goods when being operated by a customer includes a bracket, a shaft, a first mounting member, a second mounting member, and a sleeve. The first mounting member includes two first sidewalls. The second mounting member includes two second sidewalls. The sleeve is secured around the shaft. Each first sidewall and each second sidewall cooperatively define an installation opening rotatably receiving the shaft therein. The sleeve is limited between the first sidewalls and the second sidewalls, preventing the shaft from moving up and down.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (WuHan) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: YUN-LUNG CHEN, GANG SU, WEI-YONG MA, CHUAN LIN, JIANG-FENG JIAO
  • Publication number: 20150001245
    Abstract: An apparatus for storing and dispensing beads is provided. The apparatus includes a turn table located in a loading chamber and on which the beads are kept for dispensing, wherein the turn table includes a central opening and a plurality of protrusions that enable an agitation and a guidance of the beads towards the central opening during a spinning of the turn table, a wheel rotationally mounted in the housing that includes a cavity formed at a circumferential edge. The apparatus further includes an actuator for manually triggering a vertical rotation of the wheel so as to move the cavity from a first alignment position with the transition channel to a second alignment position with a dispensing hole to dispense there through one of the items stored in the cavity, and for triggering the spinning of the turn table to agitate and dispense the beads through the central opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Rebecca Kroll, Heather Rohllf, Matthew Sweeney
  • Patent number: 8924008
    Abstract: A medicine feeding device is configured by providing a first rotor that rotates around a first shaft, a second rotor that rotates around a second shaft, a partition wall extending from the second rotor towards the first rotor, a medicine discharge port provided on the outside of the second rotor, a medicine guide section located in the downstream of a movement section in the medicine transport direction, and a height regulator disposed between the movement section and medicine guide section. In addition, the width regulator that is disposed between the medicine guide section and the height regulator is further provided. Also, a medicine counting device is further provided with a medicine detection means for detecting the medicine that is supplied from the medicine discharge port, and a counting means (central control unit) for counting the medicines based on the detection performed by the medicine detection means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yuyama, Naoki Koike, Mitsuhiro Mitani, Masao Fukada
  • Publication number: 20140361032
    Abstract: The present invention is a pill dispensing method and apparatus wherein a first rotor rotates pills about a rotation axis along a first part of a spiral path at a first rotational speed whereupon the pills move spirally away from the rotation axis. A second rotor receives the pills from the first rotor and rotates the pills about the rotation axis along a second part of the spiral path at a second, greater rotational speed whereupon the pills move spirally away from the rotation axis toward a discharge chute which dispenses the pills into a pill bottle or a storage container. A counter can be provided for counting pills that exit the discharge chute or opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Czarnek
  • Publication number: 20140339252
    Abstract: A pill cartridge for a medication packaging apparatus, and more specifically, the pill cartridge with a stopper whose height can be freely adjusted to a shape of a pill and be installed therein. An exemplary embodiment may include a rotor to have a plurality of gear members protruding at regular intervals along a circumference of the rotor and have insertion grooves formed between the gear members to thereby accommodate a pill; a case to include a collection chamber to accommodate the pill therein; a rotor housing portion at a lower portion of the collection chamber to house the rotor; and a dispensing opening formed on a lower portion of the rotor housing portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: INFOPIA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Byeong-Woo Bae, Keun-Young Kim
  • Patent number: 8869969
    Abstract: The subject matter of the application is a method of feeding beads in the tobacco industry system, in a unit for transferring a stream of beads (2), from receiving pockets (18) to outfeeding pockets (21, 21?), where the beads are transferred along guiding grooves (5A, 5B, 6A, 6B, 6C) disposed on guiding plates (5, 5?, 6, 6?), comprising the steps in which: the beads are fed to a guiding chamber (22, 22?, 22?) formed at the intersection of the guiding groove (5A, 5B) of the first guiding plate (5, 5?) and the guiding groove (6A, 6B, 6C) of the second guiding plate (6, 6?); at least one guiding plate is rotated relative to the second guiding plate, which forces the movement of the guiding chamber (22, 22?, 22?) so that the distance of the guiding chamber (22, 22?, 22?) to the axis of rotation of the guiding plates changes; the beads are conveyed from the guiding chamber (22, 22?, 22?) to the outfeeding pocket (21, 21?). The subject matter of the application is also a device for the implementation of the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: International Tobacco Machinery Poland Sp. z o.o.
    Inventors: Bartosz Cieślikowski, Jacek Figarski, Radoslaw Figarski, Kazimierz Makosa
  • Publication number: 20140305964
    Abstract: An automatic pill dispensing machine includes a dialing member, a dialing tray and a releasing member connected to each of the dialing member and the dialing tray. The dialing member includes a transmitting unit, a dialing unit, and a dialing pole movably mounted to dialing unit. At least one slot is defined in the dialing tray. An engaging portion is positioned on the releasing member. The transmitting unit is connected to the engaging portion. When the releasing member rotates, the engaging portion rotates the transmitting unit, the dialing pole drops in and resists against one side in the at least one slot so the dialing tray is rotated by the dialing pole, the dialing pole slides on the dialing member so the dialing member is rotated with the dialing pole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: KUO-MING LAI
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140291349
    Abstract: A dispensing assembly includes a mounting plate with a plurality of openings, a rotatable shaft located adjacent to the mounting plate, a plurality of blocking plates pivotably attached to the mounting plate, and a plurality of jacking members attached to the rotatable shaft. Lengths of the plurality of jacking members are different from each other. When the shaft is rotated to an initial position, the plurality of jacking members disengages away from the plurality of blocking plates, and the plurality of blocking plates are received in the plurality of openings. When the shaft is rotated to a working position, the plurality of blocking plates is rotated out of the plurality of openings to positions slanted relative to the mounting plate by the plurality of jacking members. Slanting angles of the plurality of blocking plates relative to the mounting plate are different from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (WuHan) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: CHAO LIU, ZHI-PING WU, TING-TING HE
  • Patent number: 8849450
    Abstract: A self-contained pill dispenser is disclosed. A housing is provided and a hopper for containing a plurality of pills is supported by the housing. A transport tube is operatively connected to the hopper for receiving pills therefrom, the transport tube having an input aperture. A microcontroller is electrically connected to the hopper, the transport tube, and the input aperture. A mechanism accepts a desired number of pills to be delivered by the transport tube by an operator. The microcontroller is adapted to determine whether the actual average number of pills delivered by the transport tube is equal to the desired number of pills specified by the operator. If the actual average number of pills is greater than the desired number, the microcontroller decreases the opening of the input aperture. A mechanism connected to the inlet aperture controls opening and closing operations thereof, pursuant to instructions transmitted by the microcontroller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Innovation Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Prashanth Balasubramanian, Joseph H. Boyer, James Boyer, Mark Jones, Christopher Mayes, George Plesko, Edwin T. V. Quigley, Joseph Scott, Joseph Sienko, James Worthington, Alban Yee
  • Patent number: 8839988
    Abstract: A medicine feeding device is configured by providing a first rotor that rotates around a first shaft, a second rotor that rotates around a second shaft, a partition wall extending from the second rotor towards the first rotor, a medicine discharge port provided on the outside of the second rotor, a medicine guide section located in the downstream of a movement section in the medicine transport direction, and a height regulator disposed between the movement section and medicine guide section. In addition, the width regulator that is disposed between the medicine guide section and the height regulator is further provided. Also, a medicine counting device is further provided with a medicine detection means for detecting the medicine that is supplied from the medicine discharge port, and a counting means (central control unit) for counting the medicines based on the detection performed by the medicine detection means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yuyama, Naoki Koike, Mitsuhiro Mitani, Masao Fukada
  • Patent number: 8833602
    Abstract: A self-contained pill dispenser is disclosed. A housing is provided and a hopper for containing a plurality of pills is supported by the housing. A feed chute is operatively connected to the hopper for receiving pills therefrom. The feed chute has an outlet and controllable aperture. A vibrating plate is disposed proximate the outlet. A drive mechanism is connected to the vibrating plate for imparting vibration thereto. The drive mechanism has a mechanism for abruptly stopping the vibration of the vibrating plate. A microcontroller is also operatively connected to the hopper, the feed chute, and the drive mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Innovation Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Prashanth Balasubramanian, Joseph H. Boyer, James Boyer, Mark Jones, Christopher Mayes, George Plesko, Edwin T. V. Quigley, Joseph Scott, Joseph Sienko, James Worthington, Alban Yee
  • Publication number: 20140217111
    Abstract: A projectile dispenser apparatus used as a novelty device to aim and rapidly dispense multiple pieces of materials such as currency at a target under the exclusive actuation and control of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: Gary R. McGowan, Kwasi D. Sampson
  • Patent number: 8789724
    Abstract: A tray for product vending machines, the tray having at least one channel with an outlet; a conveying device extending along the channel to support a column of products and feed the products to the outlet; and a release device for selectively allowing the products through the outlet, and having an independent passive retaining member, which extends across the channel to intercept a top portion of the first product in the column, and is moved by the first product from a normal withdrawn position to a forward position, in which the passive retaining member is located at least partly past the outlet in the travelling direction of the conveying device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: N & W Global Vending S.p.A.
    Inventor: Aristide Domenico Roncari
  • Publication number: 20140203036
    Abstract: There is provided a cartridge for a medication dispensing apparatus having a roll-rotating drum, the cartridge including a cartridge case having an open outlet formed on a bottom thereof so as to dispense medication; a drum installed inside of the cartridge case so as to selectively open and/or close the outlet; and a cartridge base having the cartridge case installed thereto, wherein projections projected downward and grooves recessed upward are formed on a bottom of the drum, alternatively, and a concave-convex part having protruding portion protruding upward are formed on a bottom surface of the cartridge case at intervals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: INFOPIA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Byeong-Woo BAE, Keun-Young KIM
  • Publication number: 20140190985
    Abstract: An automatic vending machine with a stabilizing support for stocked items of merchandise includes a cabinet, a driving member secured in the cabinet, a helical element, and a pressing member secured to the cabinet. The cabinet includes a bottom plate. The helical element is secured to the driving member and moveable by the driving member. The pressing member is located within the coils of the helical element and runs the length of the helical element to support items of merchandise and reliably deliver an item of merchandise when bought.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (WUHAN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: YUN-LUNG CHEN, JIANG-FENG JIAO, YU-MING XIAO
  • Publication number: 20140190986
    Abstract: A drug dispensing device capable of preventing clogging of a drug is provided. The drug retrieval device includes a motor, a torque limiter connected to the motor, and a rotor of a cassette connected to the torque limiter. The motor can rotate the rotor in a first rotation direction and a second rotation direction opposite to the first rotation direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: TAKAZONO TECHNOLOGY INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Hideyuki Kikuchi
  • Publication number: 20140183217
    Abstract: A dispensing mechanism for a vending machine includes a first side plate, a second side plate, a bottom plate, and a rotary baffle. The second side plate and the first side plate cooperatively define a vertical space for accommodating items. The bottom plate is connected to a bottom edge of the first side plate and supports the items. The rotary baffle is located above the bottom plate and is rotatable about a horizontal axis. When item delivery is required, the rotary baffle moves through a predetermined angle to allow one item to be pushed through the rotary baffle and out by the weight of the remaining items in the vertical stack, which allows the delivery of purchased items individually.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: CHEN-LIANG GENG
  • Publication number: 20140183218
    Abstract: A goods transmission apparatus includes a goods output member and a goods accommodating member. A supporting plate is fixed in the goods output member. An accommodating opening is defined in the supporting plate. The goods accommodating member includes a base plate and a fixing bracket fixed on the base plate. A spring is received in the base plate. A plurality of accommodating spaces is defined between coils of the spring for holding sale items. A driving member is fixed on the fixing bracket. The driving member includes a motor and a pivoting axle. A pivoting hole is defined in the pivoting axle. One end of the spring passes through the pivoting hole to fix the spring to the goods accommodating member. The motor is powered on and drives the spring to rotate by the pivoting axle. A sale item in the spring drops to the goods output member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicants: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: PING SUN
  • Publication number: 20140175118
    Abstract: A dispensing device includes a bracket, a base, and a tray. The base is rotatably mounted to the bracket and rotatable about a horizontal axis. A product may be placed on the base. The tray is located beneath the base and rotatable about a vertical axis. When the tray is rotated about the vertical axis to a first position, the tray supports the base thereby preventing the product from dropping down from the base. When the tray is rotated about the vertical axis to a second position, the tray releases the base, allowing the base to rotate about the horizontal axis and allowing the product to drop down from the base under the action of the gravity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: YUN-LUNG CHEN, CHUNG CHAI
  • Publication number: 20140175116
    Abstract: A dispensing device includes a bracket, a base, a tray, a blocking plate, and a jacking member. The tray holds the base to keep a plurality of products on the base. The tray is rotatable to release the base, allowing one item of the products to drop down from the base. The bracket includes a first mounting plate, a first limiting piece extending from the first mounting plate, a second mounting plate, and a second limiting piece extending from the second mounting plate. The first limiting piece defines a first cutout, the second limiting piece defines a second cutout, and the first cutout and the second cutout cooperatively form a receiving hole rotatably receiving the receiving hole therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: YUN-LUNG CHEN
  • Publication number: 20140175117
    Abstract: A dispensing device for a vending machine includes at least one bracket, base, tray, blocking plate, and jacking member. A plurality of trays holds a plurality of bases level, one item of products being kept on one level base. The tray is rotatable to release the base, allowing only one item of products to drop down by gravity for the customer, and the jacking member is rotated out of the bracket with the tray to rotate the first blocking plate to hold the remaining and unpurchased products on their respective bases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (WUHAN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yun-Lung CHEN, Wen-Lin XIE, Jia-Fu LI
  • Patent number: 8727337
    Abstract: A vending machine system for stackable goods such as vehicle air fresheners includes a hopper and a reciprocating arm. The hopper is configured to hold a stack of the stackable goods. The hopper has an aperture formed in a base of the hopper for dispensing the stackable goods from the hopper. The reciprocating arm is disposed adjacent the aperture. The reciprocating arm is linearly movable between a retracted position and an extended position. One of the stackable goods is received by the reciprocating arm when the reciprocating arm is in the retracted position, and is pushed from the stack of stackable goods by the reciprocating arm when the reciprocating arm is in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Kenneth F. Flower
  • Patent number: 8714406
    Abstract: A container denester apparatus which overcomes, among other problems, the problems identified above. The denester apparatus positively controls the flanges of the container so as to individually denest a lowermost container from a stack of containers. The apparatus protects the container by spreading the force required to denest the container along much of the flange structure. In addition, the stack of containers above the lowermost container are retained, again along much of the flange structure of the immediately adjacent container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Lakewood Process Machinery
    Inventors: Dale Miedema, Randy Miedema
  • Patent number: 8684227
    Abstract: A merchandise display hook for displaying items of merchandise includes a support rod and a helix disposed about the support rod and extending along at least a lengthwise portion of the support rod. The support rod includes mounting structure for mounting the display hook to a display fixture and has a first end adjacent the mounting structure and a second end opposite the first end adjacent the helix for loading the items of merchandise onto the support rod and for dispensing the items of merchandise from the support rod. The merchandise display hook further includes a time delay mechanism attached to the helix adjacent the second end of the support rod so as to define a space therebetween for loading and dispensing the items of merchandise. The time delay mechanism includes a gear assembly configured for permitting the items of merchandise to be loaded onto the support rod at a rate that is faster than the rate at which the items of merchandise can be dispensed from the support rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Justin A. Richardson, David N. Berglund, Larry K. Hooks, Gregory C. Schultz
  • Publication number: 20140076921
    Abstract: A dispensing assembly for a vending machine includes a rigid coil carrying goods, a motor and shaft, and an adjusting member. The adjusting member is mounted on the rotating shaft of the motor and carries the rigid coil. With the motor stopped, the adjusting member is rotatable by hand in the normal direction of rotation by virtue of a pair of spring-crushed and opposing teeth sets. The release of the adjusting member allows the teeth sets to mesh together again at a new desired starting position, to take up wear and accumulated errors in the starting position of the rigid coil. A dispensing device is further disclosed with the dispensing assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventors: YUN-LUNG CHEN, CHUNG CHAI, DA-LONG SUN, YU-GUI CHEN, QIANG LIU
  • Patent number: 8671857
    Abstract: An agricultural metering device with a variable geometry meter roller is provided. The agricultural metering device includes a meter roller having a plurality of flutes. An aggregate cross sectional area of the flutes increases along a longitudinal axis of the meter roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: CNH Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Trevor Lawrence Kowalchuk, Jack Donald Turner
  • Publication number: 20140061224
    Abstract: An automatic vending machine includes a base, a support rail, and a locking member. The base defines a mounting hole. The support rail includes a support plate, a positioning piece and a mounting assembly extending from two opposite ends of the support plate. The locking member is secured to the base. The support plate is adapted for placing merchandise. The positioning piece defines a positioning slot. The mounting assembly is supported by the base and includes an elastically deformable resilient piece and a protrusion protruding from the elastically deformable resilient piece. The protrusion is engaged in the mounting hole. The locking member is engaged in the positioning slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (WUHAN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: YUN-LUNG CHEN, CHUNG CHAI, DA-LONG SUN, WEI-YONG MA
  • Publication number: 20140061226
    Abstract: A vending machine has a base, a securing member, and a rail for supporting merchandise as a motor-driven coil rotates to push out merchandise. The rail is supported at the motor-driven end of the coil by a single screw from which the rail can be simply lifted and pulled away, and supported at the other end of the coil by a spring-loaded clip, enabling rapid assembly and disassembly of the rail without demounting any other component of the vending machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (WUHAN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yun-Lung Chen, Mao-Lin Xu
  • Publication number: 20140061228
    Abstract: A goods delivery assembly for a vending machine includes a rotatable shaft, a shell movably mounted on the shaft, and a transmitting member mounted in the shell. A hard coil is mounted on the shell. The transmitting member is engaged with the rotatable shaft. The shaft rotates in a first direction to rotate the shell for the delivery of goods and, to allow for wear and the accumulation of errors in the starting position, configured to rotate in a second direction with respect to the shell to cancel the effects of wear and any accumulated positioning errors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: YUN-LUNG CHEN, CHUNG CHAI, DA-LONG SUN, YU-GUI CHEN, NIAN-YUAN YANG
  • Publication number: 20140061225
    Abstract: A vending machine includes a frame and a dispensing assembly. The frame includes a first rigid coil and a second rigid coil which rotate to dispense goods. The dispensing assembly includes a dispensing, a first mounting member, and a second mounting member. Each of the first and second mounting members is rotatably secured to the frame and each supports a rigid coil of opposite helical twist. The dispensing member can rotate clockwise and anticlockwise. When the dispensing member is rotated clockwise, a pawl and ratchet arrangement on the first mounting member engages to rotate dispensing the first rigid coil, whilst an opposing pawl and ratchet arrangement on the second mounting member simply rides over the teeth of the second mounting member and causes no rotation. When the dispensing member is rotated anticlockwise, the roles are reversed dispensing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (WUHAN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: YUN-LUNG CHEN, ZHI-JUN FU
  • Publication number: 20140061227
    Abstract: A goods driving mechanism for a vending machine includes a driver, an angle adjuster, and a release member. The angle adjuster is detachably secured to the driver and defines a plurality of diametrically-opposed through holes. A tip end of the release member extends through any diametrically-opposed pair of though holes thereby mounting the tip end of the release member to the angle adjuster. The release member is rotatable about its central axis to move goods in a direction along the central axis of the release member driven by the driver, and the starting angle of the release member can be adjusted very easily, to ensure effective delivery of any goods selected by a customer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (WUHAN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: YUN-LUNG CHEN, CHUNG CHAI, DA-LONG SUN, CHUAN LIN
  • Publication number: 20140061229
    Abstract: A vending machine has a base, a helical pushing member secured to the first side panel, and a loading member. The loading member is installed within the coils of the helical pushing member and includes a strip on which goods are supported. A positioning tab and a resilient securing structure extend from the loading member. The resilient securing structure includes an engaging portion which engages in a lower opening. A handle portion is operable to disengage the engaging tab from the lower opening enabling easy and fast mounting and dismounting of the loading member of the vending machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: YUN-LUNG CHEN, CHUNG CHAI, DA-LONG SUN, SHENG-HE LI, WEI-YONG MA
  • Publication number: 20140054313
    Abstract: A vending machine includes a chassis and an adjusting apparatus mounted in the chassis. The adjusting apparatus includes a casing, a driving implement attached to the casing, and a driving shaft attached to the driving implement. The driving implement is capable of driving the splined driving shaft to rotate and the starting angle of the helical element which pushes out a product is capable of adjustment by virtue of the splines on the driving shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (WUHAN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: YUN-LUNG CHEN, CHUNG CHAI, DA-LONG SUN, SHENG-HE LI
  • Publication number: 20140053821
    Abstract: A ball feeding arrangement (101) comprising: a rotor element (123) for pushing a ball (145); a transmission element (127) connected to the rotor element; and a drive element (130) for driving a rotational movement of the rotor element (123) via the transmission element (127), which drive element (130) is intended to be driven by a drive motor (122), wherein one of the drive element (130) and the transmission element (127) has at least one protrusion (140; 140a-b), and the other of the drive element and the transmission element (127) has a guiding surface (133) adapted to guide the at least one protrusion (140;140a-b) during relative rotation between the drive element (130) and the transmission element (127), wherein the at least one protrusion (140;140a-b) is yieldingly biased against the guiding surface (133), wherein the biasing force, a shape of the guiding surface (133) and a shape of the at least one protrusion are adapted to enable transfer of a rotational force of a given magnitude from the drive eleme
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: DANIEL HEDBERG DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventor: Daniel Hedberg