Follower Patents (Class 221/279)
  • Patent number: 8413843
    Abstract: A dispenser for packets comprises a plurality of horizontal rows comprising a plurality of side by said dispenser compartments. Each compartment defines a channel for receiving a horizontal stack of packets and comprises a front edge. A movement imparting assembly is mounted within each compartment and comprises a pusher member for engaging the horizontal stack of packets. The movement imparting assembly provides for the pusher member to selectively push forward the horizontal stack of packets so as to push at least one of the packets in the compartment off the edge thereof for retrieval. Sensor are mounted to the dispenser so as to detect dispensing of packets and to communicate this information to a controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventor: Antonio Vardaro
  • Patent number: 8401697
    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: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Exchange Services, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Templer, Mark Allsup
  • Publication number: 20130043272
    Abstract: A cutlery dispenser comprising a front cover, a housing, and a pushing assembly. The front cover further includes an opening and at least stop. The at least one stop is configured to cause a utensil, such as a knife, fork, spork, or spoon, to fan through the opening for retrieval by a user. The pushing assembly urges the utensils forward in the dispenser toward the stop and toward the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventor: Shawn A. Oakes
  • Publication number: 20130037562
    Abstract: A spring alignment mechanism utilizes a guide inserted into the rear of a retail-ready display carton. The guide is inserted below merchandise items, so that a spring-driven rear pull member engages the rear-most merchandise item. The pull member travels on the guide so that as items are removed from the carton, remaining items are pulled forward in the display carton. This system facilitates the use of retail-ready packaging, so that cartons of merchandise items may be placed on a shelf without removing the individual items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventor: James Garth Close
  • Patent number: 8366107
    Abstract: A media presenter is described. The media presenter comprises: a chassis including a central track; a nose coupled to the chassis at a nose end of the chassis; and a carriage. The nose includes a presenting end distal from the chassis, and a nose track arranged to couple to the central track to provide a presenting track extending from the chassis to the presenting end. The carriage is mounted on the presenting track for movement therealong, and comprises a carriage body and a carriage plate movable between an open position at which media items can be placed on the carriage plate, and a closed position for clamping media items between the carriage plate and the carriage body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Deas, Gordon Burke, Michael Rennie, Scott L. Colston
  • Publication number: 20130026178
    Abstract: A media cassette is described. The media cassette comprising: a media removal window at one end of the media cassette; a handle end at an opposite end of the cassette to the media removal window; and a pusher plate assembly. The pusher plate assembly includes: (i) a finger recess component, (ii) a pawl biased downwards to a low position, and (iii) an actuator coupled to both the pawl and the finger recess component and including a pivot. The actuator is moveable on insertion of a finger into the finger recess component to raise the pawl from the low position to a high position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Kenny Peters, Derek Pont
  • Publication number: 20130015198
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing apparatus is shaped like the torso of a sports figure with appropriate head gear. The head gear pivots between an open and closed position. Opening the head gear permits access to beverage containers stacked in rows in a dispensing chamber within the apparatus. A mechanical lifting mechanism is coupled to the head gear. The lifting mechanism lifts a new row of beverage containers upward for access as the head gear is pivoted closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventors: MATTHIAS BOLLMUS, John Schlick
  • Patent number: 8353425
    Abstract: A system for controlled advancement of product. Systems of this invention includes a pushing system having a track, a pusher, and an optional resistance mechanism. The resistance mechanism couples to the track and the pusher, controlling forward movement of the pusher along the track and thereby controlling the speed at which product is advanced for access by the consumer. Certain embodiments of the invention include additional mechanisms to further limit the forward progression of the pusher along the track, such as a stop mechanism or an indexing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Rock-Tenn Shared Services, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas A. Lockwood, Roger K. Miller
  • Publication number: 20130008918
    Abstract: A dispensing container is provided. The dispensing container includes an actuation cover; a dispensing cartridge and an outer shell. The dispensing cartridge includes a storage hopper. The storage hopper includes a first outlet. The storage hopper is configured for gravity feeding product adjacent the first outlet. The outer shell includes a central cavity and a second outlet. The dispensing cartridge is positioned within the central cavity. The dispensing cartridge is transitionable between an open orientation in which the first and second outlets are aligned providing a pathway through both the first and second outlets and a closed orientation wherein the first and second outlets are offset decreasing the size of the pathway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: J.L. Clark, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward P. Cronin
  • Publication number: 20120325840
    Abstract: A stacker, dispenser, and carrier for pizza boxes has a rectangular parallelepiped formed with a front opening for withdrawing boxes and a rear opening for temporarily sliding the lowermost box off stops on which the stack is mounted. The lowermost box can be pushed rearward through the opening, have its front lowered, and than be withdrawn through the frontal opening of the box. A resilient band across the rear opening allows passage of the lowermost box therethrough only in response to pressure exerted during removal of the lowermost box from the stack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventor: Rusty A. Restaino
  • Publication number: 20120285979
    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: May 8, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: ROCK-TENN SHARED SERVICES, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas A. Lockwood
  • Publication number: 20120285982
    Abstract: In a dispensing device for extruding cartridges, with a piston rod and a preferably manually-driven feed mechanism, whereby the feed mechanism has an operating lever, that is moved against a holding lever for squeezing in an extrusion direction (A), and a retaining mechanism that engages with the piston rod to prevent movement of the piston rod against the feed direction (R), it is envisaged that an unlocking mechanism is provided that engages with the retaining mechanism and releases this, whereby the unlocking mechanism may be so selectively coupled with the operating lever that a movement of the operating lever in the extrusion direction (A) releases the retaining mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventors: Rainer Strobel-Schmidt, Christian Hefele, Peter Ostermeier, Hans Peter Lederle
  • Patent number: 8308026
    Abstract: An apparatus for picking up, holding and dispensing objects is disclosed. The apparatus has a storing device, a holding device, a retaining device, and an ejection device that enables pick up, holding and dispensing of a plurality of objects. The apparatus provides an improved method of picking up, holding and storing objects that heretofore required extreme dexterity and substantial periods of time. The apparatus can be used to pick up, hold and dispense a variety of objects including, but not limited to, crystals, nuts, confectionary pieces, pills, jewelry, and electronic components. The apparatus may be sold as a kit or as replacement parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Rapko Corporation
    Inventors: Darin Rapko, Norma Rapko
  • Patent number: 8302784
    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: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Trion Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas O. Nagel, Joseph F. Kologe
  • Publication number: 20120234851
    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: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventors: Matthew E. Zacherle, Laurel Thomas, Bradford J. Walling
  • Publication number: 20120232473
    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: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: ACELRX PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Poutiatine, Bruce Edwards, Charles Rampersaud
  • Publication number: 20120211511
    Abstract: This invention relates to a goods feeding system for mounting on a goods receiving arm and for orienting goods that are received on the goods receiving arm at an end of the goods receiving arm, with the following features: a feeding means that is guided to slide along the goods receiving arm in a feeding direction (V) to feed the goods, an attaching means that can be attached at the free end, and a spring that acts in the feeding direction (V) between the attaching means and the feeding means, characterized in that the feeding means comprises a first folding section and a second folding section that can be folded together with the first folding section, whereby the goods receiving arm can be received guided to slide between the first folding section and the second folding section in an operating position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventor: Lars Brügmann
  • Publication number: 20120209426
    Abstract: A system for controlling advancement of and access to product and for generating data associated with such advancement and access. Systems of this invention include a pusher system having a track, a pusher, and mechanisms for generating data relating to the movement of the pusher. Certain embodiments of the invention include a door assembly, which controls consumer access to product located behind the door assembly, a stop for limiting the forward progression of the pusher along the track, and mechanisms for generating data relating to when and/or for how long the door assembly is open.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: Rock-Tenn Shared Services, LLC.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Lockwood, Roger K. Miller, Scott H. Stapleford, Gary N. Stapleford
  • Patent number: 8235248
    Abstract: Disclosed is an automatic tablet packing apparatus having sliding racks, wherein tablets received in a plurality of tablet cassettes are successively packed on a per dose basis based on a medical prescription. Each of the sliding racks includes a pair of left and right partition walls, a tablet discharge passage to guide the tablets discharged from the tablet cassettes being defined by facing inner surfaces of the left and right partition walls. Cassette pedestals are attached to outer surfaces of the left and right partition walls and in turn, the tablet cassettes are detachably arranged on the cassette pedestals. The left and right partition walls are able to be individually pulled out from a body of the apparatus. As the left or right partition wall is pulled out, the tablet discharge passage is revealed to the outside thus enabling easy cleaning thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: JVM Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun-Ho Kim
  • Publication number: 20120193372
    Abstract: A medical dispenser for storing and dispensing electrodes includes a housing having a front member and a back member, at least one electrode strip disposed between the front member and the back member of the housing and an actuator mounted to the front member of the housing and adapted to engage the at least one electrode strip. The electrode strip includes a strip member and a plurality of electrodes mounted to the strip member. The actuator is movable relative to the front member such that movement of the actuator results in corresponding movement of the at least one electrode strip to dispense an electrode from the housing. The actuator may be adapted to engage an electrode of the at least one electrode strip. In one embodiment, the actuator is adapted to engage a male terminal of the electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Scott Coggins, Rachel Starr, Scott Holmes, Steve T. Wilson, David R. Swisher, David T. Middleton, JR., Michael W. Konieczny, Robert L. Naas, Paul Eric Carlson
  • Patent number: 8215520
    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 one only pusher assembly may be activated to dispense a product at one time. In some embodiments, a door assembly may be provided as an additional theft deterrent mechanism so that access to additional product not yet dispensed by the pusher assembly is restricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Rock-Tenn Shared Services, LLC
    Inventors: Roger K. Miller, Paul Dowd, Patrick Davey Shealey
  • Publication number: 20120132665
    Abstract: A media cassette comprises: a base on which a stack of media items may be placed, a pusher plate biased towards the base and a plurality of drive rollers located beneath the profiled surface and partially protruding through apertures defined in the profiled surface. The base includes a profiled surface extending from a central low region disposed along an axis of the base to higher regions on opposing sides of the central low region. The pusher plate is operable to urge a stack of media items onto the profiled surface. The plurality of drive rollers are operable to drive a media item in contact with the profiled surface out of the media cassette.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: NCR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Robert Suttie
  • Publication number: 20120104019
    Abstract: A sensor-dispensing instrument adapted to handle a sensor pack contains sensors and performs a test using one of the sensors. The instrument includes an outer housing and a mechanical mechanism for rotating the sensor pack and ejecting one of the sensors from the sensor pack and through a sensor slot on the housing. The instrument also includes a sensor actuator to engage with a sensor disposed in the sensor slot, and a sensor release that is movable to disengage the sensor actuator from the sensor disposed in the sensor slot and permit the discharge of the sensor. The sensor release activates a sensor release mechanism that has a sensor release aid arm, a mounting block, and a pivot pin. The sensor release aid arm contacts the sensor disposed in the sensor slot to assist removal of the sensor from the sensor slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: Bayer HealthCare LLC
    Inventors: Bruce A. Flora, John P. Creaven, Russell J. Micinski
  • Publication number: 20120080392
    Abstract: A product dispensing system including a container that defines an internal volume and an opening into the internal volume, the container housing a plurality of products within the internal volume, and a push member extending through the opening, the push member being biased into engagement with the products in the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventors: John Gelardi, Ryan Bailey
  • Publication number: 20120074163
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, there is provided a deployment device that is operative to deploy Special Material (SM) to protect the vehicle when an enemy infrared (IR) threat is present. The deployment device constructed in accordance with the present invention comprises at least one, and preferably a pair of canisters which are each filled or loaded with SM, then factory sealed to prevent oxidation or contamination. Each of the canisters included in the deployment device includes an input shaft which, when rotated, is operative to transmit the rotary motion to each of four threaded rods. The rods have two primary functions, which are to advance a piston thereby preloading the SM within the canister toward the open end thereof, and to turn rotary metering devices which are located at the open end of the canister. The advancing piston maintains consistent compression in the SM stack within the canister.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventors: Roger D. Brum, Mark A. Imhoof
  • Publication number: 20120067917
    Abstract: A merchandise dispensing apparatus for providing theft deterrence includes a housing defining an interior space adapted to hold a plurality of associated products. A vending door is mounted to the housing for selectively allowing access to the interior space. A bar is provided on which the associated products are supported, the bar extending in the interior space of the housing. An advancing assembly is disposed in the housing for urging product supported on the bar in a direction towards the vending door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventors: Shane Obitts, Gregory M. Bird, Gerald Szpak
  • Publication number: 20120048875
    Abstract: A media presenter is described. The media presenter comprises: a chassis including a nose coupled thereto, and including (i) a presenting end distal from the chassis, and (ii) a presenting track extending from the chassis to the presenting end. The media presenter also includes a carriage mounted on the presenting track for movement therealong, and comprising a carriage body coupled to a carriage plate by a linkage, the carriage plate including a cam follower. The media presenter also includes a cam block defining a cam track and being operable to engage with the cam follower to move the carriage between an open position at which media items can be placed on the carriage plate, and a closed position for clamping media items between the carriage plate and the carriage body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Deas, Ken Peters
  • Publication number: 20120053725
    Abstract: A retail merchandise dispensing system is provided. The retail merchandise dispensing system includes at least one dispensing unit. The dispensing unit has an input interface to facilitate the purchase of items from the retail merchandise dispensing system. The dispensing unit or groups of dispensing units can be fixedly mounted in a retail environment using various mounting bracket configurations. The dispensing unit or groups of dispensing units also communicate with an inventory management system. The inventory management system is configured to track inventory levels, communicate with various security systems, and communicated remotely with store employees via a mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: SOUTHERN IMPERIAL, INC.
    Inventors: Joerg Niederhuefner, Stanley C. Valiulis
  • Patent number: 8113383
    Abstract: Disclosed is a biased paper dispensing device for dispensing paper. The dispensing device has a housing with an elongated body for containing paper. The housing has a lift system which may include a tray for holding the paper, a pulley system having pulleys, and elastic tubing. The tray holds the paper horizontally in the housing, and is moved vertically within the housing to dispense the paper. The lift system is used to lift or lower the paper and to bias the paper within the housing toward the lid or opening. A paper guide device for guiding paper into alignment with the opening may be provided. The opening may include at least one lateral opening portion permitting paper exposed in the opening to be withdrawn laterally therefrom. Flanges for holding the paper within the opening, and for allowing easy insertion of paper into the housing, are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Ideastream Consumer Products, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Joseph DeCarlo, Curtis Patrick Taylor, Jonathan George Erbacher, David George Hudak
  • Publication number: 20120024885
    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: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventor: Anton K. Simson
  • Publication number: 20120024882
    Abstract: A dispenser comprises a housing defining a chamber to receive a charge of smoking articles coupled by a belt and such that the longitudinal axis of each smoking article extends between first and second ends of die housing. The dispenser includes a mechanism to advance the belt in a lateral direction so as to move a smoking article of the belt into alignment with an aperture in said first end of the housing. The mechanism is also operable to push said aligned smoking article from the belt and eject it in a longitudinal direction from the housing through said aperture. A belt for use in such a dispense!, and a method of filling such a dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventors: Chris Houghton, Ian McKinnon
  • Patent number: 8104640
    Abstract: A system for dispensing ammunition magazines. The system includes a housing for holding the magazines with an open region defined in the housing; a spring-loaded follower imparting a force against the magazines to move a first magazine into a dispensing position for removal from the housing through the open region. A user can access the first magazine through the open region, exerting a force on the first magazine and withdrawing the first magazine through the open region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventor: Michael D. Selvetti
  • Publication number: 20120016519
    Abstract: A method for dispensing and detecting solid pharmaceutical articles includes: forcing an article through a dispensing channel and past a sensor configured and positioned to detect the article passing through the dispensing channel, wherein the article includes one of the solid pharmaceutical articles; generating a detection signal using the sensor responsive to the article passing through the dispensing channel, wherein the detection signal indicates a time that the article takes to traverse the sensor; and determining whether the article is a complete article or an article fragment responsive to a comparison of the time indicated by the detection signal and an article fragment travel time representing an expected travel time for a complete article to traverse the sensor that is determined independent of physical attributes of the solid pharmaceutical articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventor: James Robert Rivenbark, JR.
  • Publication number: 20110315708
    Abstract: An automatic teller machine includes a box and a cash dispensing device received in the box. A positioning members is located on one side of the cash dispensing device. A sliding mechanism is secured to the box and the positioning members, to slidably secure the cash dispensing device to the box. The positioning mechanisms includes a locking member located on the positioning member. The locking member includes a first state, in which the locking member is stably fixed to the positioning member, and a second state, in which the locking member is slidable relative to the positioning member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: CHIH-KUN SHIH, YANG-JIE LUO, WAN-CHENG LUO, SI-LONG LI, XIANG-XIONG XIAO, WEI ZENG
  • Publication number: 20110315706
    Abstract: A system for controlling advancement of and access to product housed within a device. Systems and devices include a pushing assembly having a track, a pusher, and a stop for restricting forward movement of the pusher when the stop is engaged. The device also includes a door assembly that has an open position and a closed position, an engaging mechanism that engages the stop when the door assembly is in the open position, and a blocker mechanism that restricts consumer access to product located behind the door assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Inventors: Thomas A. Lockwood, Roger K. Miller
  • Patent number: 8083098
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods of supplying needle covers to be used to cover or shield the sharp and contaminated ends of used syringe-needles. The devices, systems and methods can include a delivery mechanism sized and configured to supply a plurality of needle-shielding members arranged to automatically advance into a preferred position as each individual needle-shielding member is engaged and subsequently removed from the delivery mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Schaffer
  • Publication number: 20110303692
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a medicine dispenser, which can detect the number of medicines such that an accurate number of medicines can be discharged for packing, a medicine discharging method, and an automatic packing machine including the medicine dispenser. The medicine dispenser includes a frame and a medicine transfer unit attached to the frame and transferring medicines one pill at a time to an outside of the medicine dispenser. The medicine transfer unit includes a detection unit that detects the number of medicines dropping from a medicine container to be packed, and a transfer unit that pushes the medicines, the number of which is detected by the detection unit, into a packing passage connected to a packing unit to transfer the medicines to the packing unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Applicant: JVM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jun Ho Kim
  • Publication number: 20110299568
    Abstract: An ear cap supplying device, an ear cap and an ear cap set are provided. The ear cap supplying device includes a movable containing device and an output device. The movable containing device is used for containing at least one ear cap. The output device is used for exporting the ear cap(s). When the movable containing device is moved to a predetermined position, the movable containing device activizes the output device to export the ear cap(s). Whereby, problem that the ear cap(s) is/are obstructed during exporting process can be improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventors: Yi-Hsin HUANG, Chih-Chiang YANG
  • Publication number: 20110284571
    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: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventors: Thomas A. Lockwood, Roger K. Miller
  • Patent number: 8061561
    Abstract: A product hold down unit has a vertical column of a carousel and a vertical row of spaced-apart engageable elements on the column. The column has a compartment open at opposite top and bottom ends and adapted to receive product items in a vertical stack. The row of engageable elements extends between the top and bottom ends of the column, enabling restriction of items in the compartment to moving from top to bottom ends of the compartment but not vice versa. The unit also has an anchor resting on top of, and supported by, the stack in the column compartment as the anchor engages adjacent ones of the engageable elements on the column so as to prevent it from moving upwardly in the compartment while allowing it to move downwardly by gravity as product items are dispensed from the stack thereof at the bottom end of the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: Kil Jae Chang
  • Publication number: 20110272426
    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: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: MALLINCKRODT INC.
    Inventors: Vernon D. Ortenzi, Robert J. Ziemba, Frank M. Lewis, Geoffrey S. Strobl
  • Patent number: 8052011
    Abstract: A device and method for dispensing a bag from a stack of bags, the device including a plate having a frame, a rotatable shaft coupled to the frame, at least one roller non-rotatably affixed to the shaft and arranged to engage a bag of the stack of bags, means for rotating the shaft, and means for automatically stopping rotation of the shaft after a single bag has been dispensed, wherein the stack of bags is held against one side of the plate, and the single bag is dispensed to an opposite side of the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Inventors: Doron Tam, Ari Bichler, Yossi Bichler
  • Publication number: 20110253734
    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: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventors: Sebastian Guggenmos, Michael Knee
  • Patent number: 8038016
    Abstract: To reliably bias drugs to a rotor side without upsizing a device, with little layout limitations, and without damaging the drugs. Biasing means that biases drugs stored in a cassette 3 to a rotor 23 side to arrange the drugs includes: a casing 35; a constant load spring 36 provided in the casing 35 and having a spring part 41 fixed to the rotor 23 side of the cassette 3 at its tip; a locking plate 42 provided in the casing 35 and having a gear part 46 that engaged with and disengaged from a locking rack 26 formed in the cassette 3; and a pressing block 43 projected so as to be pressed from the contact surface of the casing 35 in contact with the drugs and rotating the locking plate 42 by pressing to release the gear part 46 from the locking rack 26.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Yuyama, Akira Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 8025181
    Abstract: A dispensing device for beverage cup lid which prevents excessive human contact with the lid prior to insertion upon the beverage cup, the device providing an externally threaded central rotary rod attached to a direct drive bidirectional electrical motor and suspended within a lid cabinet with a stacked plurality of lids retained upon the rotary rod through a central bore in each lid, the lids urged downward by a traveling press plate having a central threaded hole engaging the external threads of the rotary rod, the rotation of the rotary rod causing the press plate to move up and down the rotary rod, pressing against the uppermost lid on the rotary rod against the stacked plurality of lids in increments programmed to release only the lowermost lid from the end of the rotary rod in a receiving area below the retaining rod. The device is operated by the activation of a presence sensor, either a beverage cup or a clean hand, which causes the incremental dispensing of a single lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Inventors: Terry Horn, Jerry Horn
  • Publication number: 20110226799
    Abstract: An assembly for holding cup-shaped objects. The assembly includes an outer retaining tube, an inner retaining tube having a diameter smaller than that of the outer retaining tube, wherein the inner retaining tube engages the outer retaining tube in a telescoping manner, a spring positioned inside the tubes, a piston positioned at a first end of the spring, and a head assembly that engages the outer retaining tube, the head assembly containing a ring assembly operably connected to a plurality of flippers that, in response to rotation of the ring assembly, provide a varying diameter within the head assembly. The telescoping feature provides for adjustable length of the assembly while the varying diameter of the head assembly provides for cups of various diameters to be used in the assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: NIRO-PLAN AG
    Inventors: Jeffrey Craig Watson, Steven Alan Haug, Guo De Huang
  • Publication number: 20110198367
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are electrochemical sensor dispensing methods and apparatus. The sensors dispensers can include an elongate body having a proximal end and a distal, the elongate body including a proximally positioned dispensing surface with an opening for dispensing a sensor. A storage chamber having a series of connected sensors is positioned distally and can feed a proximally positioned sensor feeder mechanism. The feeder mechanism includes an elongate member having a first end and second end, the second end adapted to pivot between a sensor engaging position and a sensor feeding position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Applicant: LIFESCAN, INC.
    Inventor: Jerry T. Pugh
  • Publication number: 20110132780
    Abstract: A grenade dispensing system having a magazine for retaining and dispensing grenades that is removably coupled to a holder for retaining the magazine in a predetermined location, such as on a combat vest. The magazine includes a spring and an associated follower positioned within the cavity for urging additional grenades toward the opening when a grenade is removed by a user. The magazine includes a pivoting latch for releasably engaging and mating with a receiving slot formed into the holder and the holder includes a clip for attaching to a conventional combat vest systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventor: William D. Marconi
  • Patent number: 7954480
    Abstract: A pellet gun feeder aligns at least one pellet with the breech of a pellet gun, such as a pellet pistol or a pellet rifle, and places at least one pellet in the pellet gun for use or to be discharged therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Du-Bro Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Dewey O. Broberg, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20110127226
    Abstract: A merchandise dispensing apparatus providing theft deterrence includes a product support defining a pathway for supporting a plurality of products in at least one column, and a dispenser mounted to an accessible portion of the product support for selectively presenting an associated lead product in the at least one column for removal from the product support. The dispenser is moveable between a first position blocking access to the product support, and a second position permitting access to the associated lead product in the at least one column while restricting access to any remaining associated products in the at least one column. The dispenser, when moved from the first position to the second position, is configured to move the associated lead product in a direction away from the product support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventors: James J. Rataiczak, III, Gregory M. Bird, Michael Robert Verdile