Follower Patents (Class 221/279)
  • Patent number: 10773873
    Abstract: A container enclosure for removably enclosing a container, the enclosure including a base component and a cap component configured to be removably coupled to the base component. The base component includes an outer shell having a base wall and a cylindrical sidewall extending upwardly therefrom, and an interior sleeve configured to be inserted within the outer shell. Further, the cap component includes an opening and a sliding tab configured to transition between a rearward position and a forward position to open and close the opening, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Camcal Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Callinan, Matthew T. Campbell
  • Patent number: 10602890
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing sheet products includes a housing configured to accommodate a stack of the sheet products and defines a dispensing opening, the housing having a housing body and a cover movably attached to the housing body so that the cover can be moved between an open refilling position and a closed use position, a support plate reciprocally movable within the housing body and having a support surface for supporting the stack of sheet products at one of opposite faces of the stack, a stop movable between an active position in which the stop cooperates with the support plate limiting the movability of the support plate within the housing in one direction and an inactive position, and a link movably mounted in the housing body and cooperating with the cover and the stop to move the stop into the active position upon moving the cover into the open refilling position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Essity Hygiene and Health Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Craig Billman, Eric Kemner, Jason Zerweck, Rui Zhang, Kevin Murphy
  • Patent number: 10424146
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing a product is provided, the apparatus including a housing for retaining a first dispensable product, the housing having a storage rack configured to hold the first dispensable product; a weight movably positioned within the storage rack, the weight being configured to exert a downward force on the first dispensable product; a coin assembly having a first coin slot, the coin assembly being configured to receive a coin; and a pushbutton associated with the coin assembly, the pushbutton being configured, upon activation, to cause the coin assembly to move from a first position to a second position after a coin has been placed within the first coin slot; and wherein the housing is configured to dispense the first dispensable product when the coin assembly is within the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Tranzonic Companies
    Inventors: Fred I. Morad, William P. Camp, Jr., Arnold G. Benecke, Robert A. Acosta
  • Patent number: 10327603
    Abstract: A product dispenser, such as for dispensing napkins, designed to be recessed in a countertop or wall, includes an elongated housing or chute for holding product, a faceplate assembly, and a collar for mounting the dispenser to the countertop or wall. The collar includes a locking arrangement for securing the collar in place without requiring any tools. The locking arrangement includes a thumb screw having a threaded shaft with a first end and a second end, a wing nut at the first end, and a flap at the second end. As the wing nut is rotated in a first direction, the flap is drawn upward until it engages a stop surface, such as the underside of the countertop or inside surface of a wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: San Jamar, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Young, Nicholas Stanford Blair, Jeffrey Alan Wierschke, Martin John Behling, II
  • Patent number: 10234220
    Abstract: A detachable box magazine includes a housing having a base; a follower; a biasing element biasing the follower away from the base; a spool member; a retraction member operatively connected to the follower and to the spool member; a winding member selectively engaged with the spool member, and, when engaged with the spool member, manipulated to rotate the spool member in a winding direction to wind the retraction member about the spool member and pull the follower toward the base against the biasing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Kent J. Myers
  • Patent number: 10172482
    Abstract: A shelf management device including a guide member having a front end and a rear end, and a pusher device guided for movement by the guide member. Wherein the pusher device includes a rotatable spool upon which is wound a flexible drive member, an end part of the drive member being secured to the guide member at or adjacent the front end thereof. A spring is provided to urge the spool for rotation to take up the drive member and thereby apply a load to the pusher device urging the pusher device towards the front end of the guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: James Pritchard
  • Patent number: 10035055
    Abstract: A golf club rack for transport and organization of golf clubs, via securement of the golf club rack to a cart, is provided, that includes lower and upper tubular horizontal members, end braces for each, and tubular vertical members extending between the end braces, the lower tubular horizontal members also including a plurality of sockets with openings for insertion of a golf club handle, and a platform attached to the upper tubular horizontal member and including clips for securing a golf club thereto, whereby respective golf clubs inserted into a respective socket opening, and extending toward the upper tubular horizontal member are securable to a respective clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventors: Steve Smith, Mason H. Smith
  • Patent number: 9452368
    Abstract: A collapsible and expandable children's toy building block is described. The toy blocks may be made in various sizes and shapes. The toy block includes an internal frame. A cover is positioned over the internal frame to form the toy block. The toy block converts from a collapsed position to an expanded position, and the toy block converts from the expanded position back to the collapsed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventor: Cliff Dochtermann, III
  • Patent number: 9396604
    Abstract: A vending machine with selectable internal heating and internal cooling functions includes a cabinet and a heat transmitting system. The cabinet includes a heat source and a goods storage space. The heat transmitting system includes a first air inlet tube, a second air inlet tube, an air outlet tube, and a gas valve. The first air inlet tube connects the heat source to the gas valve. The second air inlet tube connects the goods storage space to the gas valve. The air outlet tube connects the gas valve to the outside of the vending machine. The gas valve can connect the first gas inlet tube to the second gas inlet tube to heat the goods storage space using heat generated by the heat source, or can connect the first gas inlet tube to the gas outlet tube to dissipate heat generated by the heat source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventors: Yun-Lung Chen, Chin-Wen Yeh, Yang Xiao, Kui Guo
  • Patent number: 9282830
    Abstract: A beverage container holder storage unit is described as having a housing having a first end and a second end, a support member extending across the first end of the housing, and a force delivering element. The housing defines an interior cavity to receive a plurality of beverage container holders. The housing has a discharge slot along a portion of the first end for removing the beverage container holders. The support member has a recess formed along one side and is configured to receive a bottom tab of the beverage container holders. The recess is aligned with the discharge slot, such that when a user positions the tab of a bottommost beverage container holder within the recess, the beverage container holder is removable through the discharge slot. The force delivering element is positionable within the interior cavity and is configured to deliver force to collapse the bottommost beverage container holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventor: Trimm Jones
  • Patent number: 9254049
    Abstract: A merchandise pusher tray is provided. The merchandise pusher tray includes a base structure. The base structure is configurable for bar or shelf mounting. The base structure includes a pair of load bearing members for supporting a floor of the base structure. The merchandise pusher tray also includes at least one divider mounted to and adjustable in a first direction relative to the base structure. The merchandise pusher tray includes an anti-sweeping security structure mounted to the base structure. The anti-sweeping security structure extends along a portion or the entirety of the merchandise channel and is adjustable in at least one of vertical and horizontal and is fixed rotationally over the merchandise channel. The merchandise pusher tray with the anti-sweeping structure includes a locking member pivotally attached to the reinforcement bar for securing the tray to the retail merchandise bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Southern Imperial, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas O. Nagel
  • Patent number: 9248950
    Abstract: A dispenser includes a body, the body including a product housing defining an interior for housing a plurality of products. The product housing has a dispensing portion defining a dispensing opening configured to permit the removal of at least one of the plurality of products from the interior. The body further includes a plunger movably engaged with the product housing and including a product support that moves within the interior to move the plurality of products towards the dispensing opening, the dispenser comprising a moisture tight seal between the plunger and the product housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: CSP Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Giraud
  • Patent number: 9207028
    Abstract: An ammunition magazine provides one or more rounds to a firearm, and can include a housing defining an ammunition cavity and an ammunition aperture, a follower disposed within the ammunition cavity, a first constant force extension spring, and a second spring. A follower can include a follower wall defining at least one extension spring cavity, within which the first constant force extension spring is disposed. The second spring is disposed between the follower and a bottom housing wall. The first constant force extension spring and second spring bias the follower towards an upper part of the housing to facilitate ejection of rounds via the ammunition aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventors: Jarret Christian Mock, George Roland Mock
  • Patent number: 9016516
    Abstract: Pharmaceutical product dispensers (e.g., in the shape of a common ink pen) are operable to indicate information regarding a dosing schedule of a pharmaceutical product dispensable from the dispenser. Embodiments of the dispensers may include a plurality of dosing segments, each corresponding to a different dose of the pharmaceutical product. Actuation of an actuator may result in interaction between the actuator and the pharmaceutical product storage area such that a dose of pharmaceutical product contained in the pharmaceutical product storage area is dispensed, along with a corresponding advancement of the plurality of dosing segments. The dispenser may also include one or more locks to prevent unauthorized access to the pharmaceutical product (e.g., by a child or the like). Furthermore, the pharmaceutical product dispenser may include a disabling mechanism to permanently disable actuation of the actuator of the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Mallinckrodt LLC
    Inventors: Vernon D. Ortenzi, Robert J. Ziemba, Frank M. Lewis, Geoffrey S. Strobl
  • Publication number: 20150108122
    Abstract: A selectable volume container for dispensing an article includes a surrounding sidewall with a first end portion and an opposing second end portion with the sidewall having an interior. Further included is an element having an outer periphery, wherein the outer periphery is slidably engaged to the sidewall interior inner surface such that the element dispenses the article form the interior. Also included in the selectable volume container is a planar member that is affixed to the outer periphery on one end and extends outside the interior on the other end. Operationally on the selectable volume container the article is disposed within the interior and in contact with the element, wherein a manual pulling of the planar member results in the element moving with the article being transported from the interior toward an external environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Ronald C. Jimdar, Glen D. Brown
  • Publication number: 20150083747
    Abstract: A toothbrush includes a brush head having a capsule receiving zone sized to receive a dentrifice capsule. A plurality angled bristles may retain the capsule in such zone. Loading of such toothbrush with a capsule may be performed with a dispenser including a toothbrush manipulation element adapted to move a retention structure associated with the brush head, and dispensation element adapted to deliver the capsule into the receiving zone. Such dispenser may include a desiccant material disposed to receive moisture from a capsule storage container. A dispenser may further include a plurality of toothbrush insertion apertures each adapted to receive a portion of a different toothbrush, so as to enable multiple users each having different toothbrushes to use the same dispenser without requiring contact between multiple brushes and single capsule interface surface of the dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Lise W. Noble, Patrick T. Noble
  • Publication number: 20150083744
    Abstract: Modular manual lift dispenser security systems and methods store and dispense at least one retail product. The systems and methods have a dispenser body having a floor and walls extending above the floor, wherein the walls of the dispenser body define an interior of the dispenser body that is sized to receive one or more retail products. Further, the systems and methods have a locking lid assembly slidably connected to a top edge of each side wall of the dispenser body via at least one fastener and a pusher paddle located within the interior of the dispenser body, wherein the pusher paddle is spring-loaded and configured to move one or more retail products towards the front wall of the dispenser body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Vogler, Joel Pollock
  • 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: 20150060480
    Abstract: Disclosed is a dispenser for controlling access to product, such as but not limited to bottles, housed within the dispenser. In some embodiments, the dispenser includes an opening having a contour that generally mirrors the shape and/or dimensions of the product stored within the dispenser plus a relatively small amount of clearance and also includes a tunnel within the interior of the device. The configuration of the opening and/or the tunnel feature prevents a user from accessing product stored behind the opening within the dispenser. In some embodiments, the dispenser includes a pusher system that provides a time delay between the dispensing of products into a receiving area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas A. Lockwood
  • Patent number: 8955714
    Abstract: An apparatus for containing, transporting, dispensing and keeping an inventory of a plurality of same size cleco type fasteners has a tubular housing with an interior bore dimensioned to receive the plurality of cleco type fasteners through a proximal opening on the housing that is closed by a removable closure device. The distal end of the housing has a retention device that retains the forward most cleco type fastener inserted into the housing interior bore with a sufficient force that prevents the forward most cleco type fastener from being unintentionally removed from the housing distal end, but allows the forward most cleco type fastener to be manually grasped and pulled from the housing distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Mark Brzon, Brian Louis Trimmell
  • Publication number: 20150041484
    Abstract: The present application provides a cutlery dispenser for use with a number of cutlery utensils. The cutlery dispenser may include a housing and a front cover. The front cover may include a dispensing opening and a spring loaded retainer such that the cutlery utensils may be loaded through the front cover and may be dispensed therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Shawn Allen Oakes
  • Publication number: 20150008239
    Abstract: This invention relates to the re-design of the original Ideal Dispensing apparatus, U.S. Pat. No. 2,174,712, (1939) and U.S. Pat. No. 2,637,612, (1953). Stated patent design was a single serving, slideable type container dispensing apparatus, manually operated horizontally through slideable guideways that were permanently welded fixed, one size, guideways that included a simple pan/tray for containers, cans and cartons. The new design gives the all-around versatility with the new all metal individual interchangeable and adjustable guideway blades and a saw tooth trough tray that accommodates majority of sizes, and shapes cans, cartons and beverage containers to include neck-less, and tapered designs in todays marketplace. This said new apparatus with new trough tray magnifies a novel and unobvious design combining and optimizing the utilization of space and versatility, with ease of installation and adjustment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffrey Michael Perkins
  • Publication number: 20150001246
    Abstract: An output structure of an automatic vending device includes an output box and a pushing device. The output box includes a box body. The box body includes a bottom panel and two side panels. The bottom panel includes a panel body. The panel body defines an output opening. The pushing device includes two racks mounted to the corresponding side panels, a pushing panel mounted between the two side panels, a connecting shaft secured to the pushing panel, and a two gears secured to the connecting shaft. The connecting shaft is slidably mounted between the two side panels. The gears engage with the corresponding racks. The gears are driven to rotate along the two racks to drive the pushing panel to push a product located between the two side panels to move toward the output opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: CHIN-WEN YEH, YANG XIAO
  • Patent number: 8910827
    Abstract: Disclosed is a dispenser for controlling access to product, such as but not limited to bottles, housed within the dispenser. In some embodiments, the dispenser includes an opening having a contour that generally mirrors the shape and/or dimensions of the product stored within the dispenser plus a relatively small amount of clearance and also includes a tunnel within the interior of the device. The configuration of the opening and/or the tunnel feature prevents a user from accessing product stored behind the opening within the dispenser. In some embodiments, the dispenser includes a pusher system that provides a time delay between the dispensing of products into a receiving area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Rock-Tenn Shared Services, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas A. Lockwood
  • Publication number: 20140361034
    Abstract: A dispensing container for flat objects (1), such as boxcutter blades, includes a container body (2) in which is housed a sliding support (3) designed to move between a rear face (4) and a front face (5) of the container, for which the objects are stacked between the sliding support (3) and the front face (5) of the container, the sliding support pushing the objects (1) against the front face under the action of at least one elastic element (6, 6?), the elastic element being designed to pull the sliding support from the rear face to the front face of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: MURE ET PEYROT
    Inventor: Jean-Claude PEYROT
  • Patent number: 8887951
    Abstract: Unitary extractor system for products in dispensing machines for food and drinks, the products being deposited in corresponding compartments of a series of trays, which present a centrally open laminar base, with a belt provided with a plurality of toothed projections being fitted in relation to the open central part of the laminar base, the unitary extractor system for the product to dispense being defined by a single pusher (10) secured to a belt (5) provided with a plurality of projections, this securing being materialized by means of a rotary arm of the pusher restrained by a spring, with its lower end being positioned between two curved projections of the belt (5), the pusher (10) remaining in its initial position backed on to the product (11) that is most internal of all the products aligned in the corresponding compartment (3) of a tray (2), each of the compartments (3) presenting in its upper part a pair of lateral strips (6) converging towards the center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Jofemar, S.A.
    Inventor: Félix Guindulain Vidondo
  • Publication number: 20140299623
    Abstract: A dispenser includes a body, the body including a product housing defining an interior for housing a plurality of products. The product housing has a dispensing portion defining a dispensing opening configured to permit the removal of at least one of the plurality of products from the interior. The body further includes a plunger movably engaged with the product housing and including a product support that moves within the interior to move the plurality of products towards the dispensing opening, the dispenser comprising a moisture tight seal between the plunger and the product housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Giraud
  • Patent number: 8851326
    Abstract: The present invention provides a dispenser for folded sheets having an overfill prevention device, which effectively prevents the dispenser from being overfilled with folded sheet material. The result of the present invention is that a maintainer of the dispenser will have a difficult time overfilling the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Francis Tramontina, Jonathan Green, Wolfgang Heich
  • Patent number: 8757431
    Abstract: Wipe dispenser and collector unit particularly for use in gents' toilets, with a storage cabinet (2) for batches of wipes (24), with an aperture for the bottom wipe (24) located at the center of an angled bottom at an acute angle with the horizontal; the cabinet has a wall-mounting rear cover (3) and a front panel (5) connected to it that can be tilted forward in order to open it, with those two components forming the interior of the closed wipe storage cabinet (2), with a waste container at a specific distance underneath, which also has a wall-mounting rear cover (30), whose storage space, open at the top, is defined by the rear cover (30) and the front unit that can be tilted against it, with the bottom of the front unit connecting to the holes (14) at the bottom of the rear cover (30) with matching bolts (15), which can be released when the unit is tilted forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Andras Fodor
  • Publication number: 20140166691
    Abstract: A dispensing mechanism in a vending machine includes a rack, a first sliding rail, a second sliding rail, and a goods carrier. The first sliding rail is slidably mounted to the rack and the second sliding rail is slidably mounted to the first sliding rail. The goods carrier is secured to the second sliding rail. The goods carrier defines a space for accommodating goods and horizontal movements thereof allow the delivery of purchased goods individually.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: YUN-LUNG CHEN, LIANG TU
  • Publication number: 20140158706
    Abstract: A vending machine to dispense purchased goods includes a frame, a dispensing member, a controlling member, a blocking member and a driving member. The controlling member can slide a limiting shaft between a latched position and a releasing position. The driving member is a spring which is partly uncoiled and which constantly pulls the dispensing member, and thus a line of goods, towards the blocking member. When the limiting shaft is in the latched position, the limiting shaft prevents the blocking member rotating, so holding back the line of unpurchased goods. When the limiting shaft is retracted to the releasing position, the pressure of the line of goods rotates the blocking member through ninety degrees to allow one of the goods to pass out of the goods channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventors: YUN-LUNG CHEN, ZHI-JUN FU
  • Patent number: 8733587
    Abstract: An automatic part feeder includes a base, a rotatable disk covering the base, a part delivering devices, and a rotatable disk driving device received in the base. Each of the part delivering devices includes a ring-shaped receiving room opening toward a first end surface of the base, a first driving motor having a first rotatable shaft, and an ejector pole having one end extending through the ring-shaped receiving room and another end threadedly engaged with the first rotatable shaft. The rotatable disk driving device has a second driving motor having a second rotatable shaft. The rotatable disk includes receiving holes, and the second rotatable shaft engages with the rotatable disk and is configured for driving the rotatable disk to rotate to align the receiving holes with the respective ring-shaped receiving rooms to receive the parts ejected from the ring-shaped receiving rooms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hou-Yao Lin
  • Patent number: 8725290
    Abstract: A device for storing and dispensing tobacco products includes a housing configured to store tobacco product packages, a tracking system, and an electronic system. The housing may contain a plurality of chambers, each configured to store a different brand of tobacco product packages. The tracking system is configured to track the number of tobacco product packages in each chamber as tobacco product packages are dispensed from the chambers and to include one or more light emitting elements and one or more light detection elements. The electronic system is configured to enable dispensing of the tobacco product packages from the chambers and to store information related to the dispensing of the packages from the chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Exchange Services, Inc.
    Inventors: John Wesley Templer, Mark Allsup
  • Publication number: 20140043162
    Abstract: A tobacco product display for monitoring inventory and aiding in theft prevention. A position sensor tracks the quantity of products on the display. A scanner, such as a barcode reader, tracks the identification of products removed from the display. A proximity and identity sensor detects authorized removal of products from the display and identifies persons removing the products. An alarm is triggered in the case of unauthorized product removal. Product inventory information is printed, sent to a network, computing device, smart phone, or similar device to alert authorized personnel of inventory reports and alarms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Siciliano, Michele P. Burns
  • Patent number: 8646650
    Abstract: Dispensing systems and methods are disclosed that provide controlled advancement of product and provide controlled access to product stored within the system. Embodiments include a product pushing device having a track and a pusher that urges product stored on the track forward. Certain embodiments include mechanisms to limit the forward progression of the pusher along the track, such as a brake mechanism, and certain embodiments include mechanisms to block access to product located on the track. Some embodiments include mechanisms for providing a time delay in between the vending of products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Rock-Tenn Shared Services, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas A. Lockwood, Roger K. Miller
  • Patent number: 8646621
    Abstract: A product dispensing system including a container that defines an internal volume and an access opening into the internal volume, at least one product received in the internal volume and a biasing assembly extendable into the internal volume to urge the product toward the access opening, wherein the container is engaged with the biasing assembly when the biasing assembly extends into the internal volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew E. Zacherle, Laurel Thomas, Bradford J. Walling
  • Publication number: 20140027465
    Abstract: A contact lens dispensing apparatus may include a container with a lid that removably seals the container, a cradle that cradles a contact lens, and a lifting mechanism connected to the cradle and the lid. The container and lid may collectively form a blister pack with the contact lens sealed therein. The lid may protect the contact lens from foreign matter including bacteria while the contact lens is stored in the container. The lifting mechanism may lift the cradle from a storage position within the container to a dispensing position above the container in response to opening the lid of the container. The cradle may cradle a contact lens placed thereon and enable a user to slide the contact lens off of the cradle. The lifting mechanism and the cradle may be a laminar emergent mechanism that is integrally formed from a planar sheet of material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventors: Larry L. Howell, Spencer P. Magleby, Holly C. Greenberg, Samuel E. Wilding
  • Publication number: 20140008382
    Abstract: According to some example embodiments, systems, apparatus, methods, computer readable media, and computer program products are provided for implementing an item pusher apparatus with channel-based shuttle displacement detection, One example method includes determining a position of a channel engagement member affixed to a shuttle, where the shuttle is movable and configured to at least exert a force on an item to urge the item towards a stopping member. The channel engagement member is configured to at least physically interface with as channel defined such that movement of the shuttle alone, to defined movement path causes movement of the channel engagement member in a direction that is nonparallel to the defined movement path in at least one plane. Example systems apparatuses, methods, computer readable media, and computer program products are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: David P. Christianson
  • Publication number: 20140005507
    Abstract: A system and method for receiving and ejecting a test strip of a fluid testing device. The system includes parallel first and second guide rails defining a rail cavity between the guide rails. A sled includes a sled post and opposed first and second side leg sets each having at least one deflectable leg. Each of the deflectable legs is externally slidably engaged to one of the guide rails limiting the sled to only sliding motion in either a loading direction or an opposite ejection direction. An actuator arm is rotatably connected to a mechanism assembly. The sled post is received in an actuator arm slot. Actuator arm rotation in a loading rotational direction displaces the sled in the loading direction in a sliding motion. Subsequent opposite rotation of the actuator arm in an ejection rotational direction displaces the sled in the ejection direction and ejects the test strip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventors: James R. Hanson, Derek C. Lotarski, Matthew C. Sauers, Anthony J. Uberta, III
  • Patent number: 8608023
    Abstract: A sheet product dispenser includes a body portion defining an inner cavity arranged to support a stack of sheet products and a faceplate attached to the body portion. The faceplate portion is arranged to support and dispense the sheet products, has an opening comprising a rectangular portion with a centrally disposed arcing triangular portion having a centrally disposed arced apex, the rectangular portion extends from an upper edge of the faceplate to the arced apex, the opening is arranged to expose a plurality of the sheet products on one end of the body portion through the rectangular portion and to expose a planar surface of a single sheet product through the arcing triangular portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Abby C. Case, Matthew K. F. Williquette
  • Patent number: 8596457
    Abstract: This invention provides a holder for a sandwich that covers and protects the sandwich, and that allows an end of the sandwich to be exposed to the user while gripping the shell/housing. The holder includes an advancing mechanism that allows the sandwich end to be variably directed through an open end of the holder's shell/housing so that a portion to be eaten is exposed exclusively, while the remainder of the sandwich remains covered and isolated from the user's hands. In an illustrative embodiment, the holder and advancing mechanism is particularly suited to a small child's hands and associated motor skills. A flexible strip can extend from an actuation mechanism, such as a roller spool with an external knob assembly, around a plurality of guides to form a sling around a sandwich-holding base. Rotating the knob in an advance direction cause the strip to be drawn in, thereby raising the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventors: Hope Goblirsch, Michael J. Strasser, Imraan Aziz
  • Publication number: 20130313280
    Abstract: A dispensing device includes a rigid coil, a mounting member, and a motor. The rigid coil includes a helical portion, a proximal end, and a connecting portion connecting the proximal end to the helical portion. The helical portion includes a plurality of resilient spiral coils. Each adjacent two of the plurality of resilient spiral coils configured for clamping a product. The mounting member defines a latching slot and an inserting slot along an axial direction, and further defines a securing slot along a redial direction. The motor includes a rotating shaft. The proximal end is engaged in the latching slot. The connecting portion is engaged in the securing slot. The rotating shaft is inserted in the inserting slot. The rotating shaft is rotatable along the axial direction to rotate the rigid coil through the mounting member. The helical portion is rotatable to push the product out of a product channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
  • Publication number: 20130292403
    Abstract: Among other things, we describe an apparatus that includes a tubular body elongated along a longitudinal axis and having an interior cavity and a first open end, the interior cavity extending along the longitudinal axis and sized to receive multiple pharmaceutical pills, the interior cavity having a largest cross-sectional dimension perpendicular to the longitudinal axis that is sized to fit a single pharmaceutical pill within the cavity, the first open end sized to admit a pharmaceutical pill into the interior cavity, and a device to selectively allow insertion and removal of pills from the interior cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: CapsulePen LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Cote, Minhao Shi
  • Patent number: 8561818
    Abstract: A tray for the display and dispensing of products in blister packages. Side guide elements, of wire or sheet material, are provided in forward portions thereof with retaining elements formed integrally and in one piece therewith. The retaining elements engage side margins of a forwardmost package well below the tops of the packages and preferably below the tops of the blisters thereof. A forwardmost package is gripped by its exposed and unobstructed upper portions and pulled forwardly to remove a package. Integral, one-piece construction of the side guide elements and the retaining elements provides for economical manufacture with superior performance. Optionally, space may be provided in front of the retaining portions to accommodate return of packages by a customer who has changed his or her mind. In one embodiment, a wire retaining portion of inverted U-shaped configuration is positioned with wire ends concealed and protected by the tray side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Trion Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas O. Nagel, Joseph F. Kologe
  • Patent number: 8523013
    Abstract: Containers for contents in a liquid bath, which are resealable and have an elevating lift therein. The lift is preferably operated by an operator that fits within the container. The lift engages both a feature on the operator and a feature on the container. A slope differential exists between the operator feature and the container feature. Rotation of the operator relative to the container results in longitudinal movement of the lift within the container. The lift can be moved toward an upper position to raise at least a portion of the contents out of the liquid bath to facilitate dispensing of the contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: Randy D. Sines
  • Publication number: 20130206787
    Abstract: The multiple magazine self dispensing container is designed to dispense a plurality of partially ejected firearm magazines to the operator in proper orientation to facilitate rapid reloading of a firearm. The container is designed to replace a traditional magazine carrying system or supplement one with extra magazine capacity. A constant force member forces the magazines to come into contact with an incline plane opposite a magazine ejection port. The magazine then partially ejects out the port where it can be removed by the operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventor: Aaron C. Shiell
  • Publication number: 20130193156
    Abstract: A security dispenser for the display and dispensing of merchandise items, having an elongate housing for storing a row of merchandise items, a rear end, a front delivery end, and a lid. An incremental feed device is disposed in the security dispenser, comprising a pusher assembly for advancing merchandise items to the front delivery end, and a stop mechanism allowing the pusher assembly to achieve its travel in a plurality of predetermined increments. When the pusher assembly is engaged with the stop mechanism, an actuator operably connected to the stop mechanism and having an engagable component, must be actuated by a user wishing to dispense a merchandise item, causing the pusher assembly to temporarily disengage the stop mechanism, thereby allowing the pusher assembly to travel in one of the predetermined increments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: HAMLON PTY LTD
    Inventors: Radek KALETA, Lars BRUEGMANN
  • Patent number: 8490828
    Abstract: A package for product pieces includes a housing having a plurality of walls forming an interior adapter to hold a plurality of product pieces. The housing has a dispensing opening in communication with the interior. A resilient member is disposed in the housing interior and is adapted to urge the product pieces toward the dispensing opening. The housing has an aperture formed in one of the plurality of walls disposed adjacent the dispensing opening to permit the product piece to be engaged and moved out of the interior through the dispensing opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Kaiser, Francis G. Schiro, Allen Aldridge
  • Patent number: 8485391
    Abstract: Systems for deterring theft of retail products. Systems of this invention provide theft deterrent dispensing modules for dispensing products and may incorporate theft deterrent measures including mechanical deterrents, time delays and sound. The dispensing modules may include one or more pusher assemblies for dispensing product. Certain systems of this invention may also include a lockout feature, so that only one pusher assembly may be activated to dispense a product at one time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Rock-Tenn Shared Services, LLC
    Inventors: Kirk A. Vlastakis, Roger K. Miller, Thomas A. Lockwood
  • Publication number: 20130168407
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing incontinence products includes a base defining a base axis and having an internal chamber, and a support disposed within the internal chamber of the base. The support is arranged to support at least two incontinence products in superposed relation. The support is dimensioned and adapted to translate within the internal chamber along the base axis to direct the incontinence products toward an access opening associated with the base to permit individual and/or sequential removal of the incontinence products through the access opening by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: Jeff Silagy