Follower Patents (Class 221/279)
  • Publication number: 20110118645
    Abstract: A wound dressing applicator (10) for applying hydrocolloid dressings, compositions for tissue regeneration and the like to a patient's skin. Known wound dressing applicators do not effectively protect against contamination of the wound dressing and/or can be fiddly and difficult to operate and be rendered unusable by unwanted premature separation of the various layers of material adhered to one another. The present applicator comprises a rigid body (20) having a rigid body enclosure (30) for receiving a wound dressing, and an ejector (40) for ejecting the wound dressing from the rigid body enclosure and onto a patient's wound. This enables effective and aseptic handling of a wound dressing and application of the wound dressing onto a patient's wound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: DFB TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Ian Dera, Dimitrios Scoutas, Matthew Hannant, Graeme Maisey, Philip Dunn, Barry Sandbank, Sushma Jassal
  • Publication number: 20110108566
    Abstract: A golf ball dispenser is disclosed comprising a cavity for storing a plurality of golf balls. The dispenser comprises an exit opening through which the balls are dispensed and an ejection lever for ejecting a golf ball through the exit opening when activated. The dispenser and lever are configured so that as the lever is moved towards the exit opening so as to dispense a first ball the lever clamps the next ball to be dispensed within the dispenser so as to prevent the next ball from moving towards the exit opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventor: Tony Read
  • Patent number: 7918048
    Abstract: A revolver cartridge assembly storing device, that sequentially delivers cartridge assemblies to a consistent point for extraction. The device consists of a guide rail suspended by its ends on a mainframe which is mounted to a user's torso. The cartridge assemblies sit on said guide rail where they are propelled by a means of force to either a left or right extraction point. There they may be freely retrieved to augment the reloading of the revolver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Inventor: James Allen Austin
  • Patent number: 7909207
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of determining a status condition of a medicament container having a memory contained therein for storing medicament effect data, such as, for example, drug interaction, side effect, and other information for determining the status condition of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Inventors: Michael Handfield, Helene Laliberte
  • Patent number: 7896172
    Abstract: A compactable display is presented using a compactable pusher system constructed from folded sheet material using an elastic band as a biasing element. A unique polygon construction is described for generating increased tension on an elastic band as the polygon is compressed to generate forward biasing of objects in the compactable display. Construction and assembly of the unit is described with a two part construction that is held together by the elastic band using easily accessible connection points for quick assembly with additional access apertures provided for removal of the elastic band for easy disassembly of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventor: Thomas F. Hester
  • Publication number: 20110042406
    Abstract: A magazine for spot welding electrodes that stores mini chips and can feed the mini chips one by one. A mini chip storage portion and a cap chip storage portion slidably aligning and storing a plurality of mini chips and a plurality of cap chips are formed such that the mini chip storage portion and cap chip storage portion communicate with each other at one of their ends, where they open to the outside to serve as a supply port. When an arm is inserted into the supply port, a cap chip is mounted to the arm, as well as the cap chip presses the mini chip so that the mini chip is also mounted to the chip base. When the mounting operation is complete, a push-out member pushes the mini chips and cap chips so that the mini chips and cap chips are automatically fed to the supply port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicants: Shinkokiki Co., Ltd., P&C Company Limited
    Inventors: Toshio NAKAJIMA, Takeo Fukizawa
  • Publication number: 20110024440
    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: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Applicant: CADBURY ADAMS USA LLC
    Inventors: Richard J. Kaiser, Francis G. Schiro, Allen Aldridge
  • Publication number: 20110017768
    Abstract: A dispenser for packets comprising a housing defining a channel, an outlet opening in communication with the channel and a platform movably mounted to the housing through the outlet opening. The channel provides for receiving a vertical stack of packets. The platform comprises lower and upper level portions thereof and is movable between an outward position and an inward position. In the outward position, the lower level portion is positioned outwardly of the housing and the upper level portion is positioned in the channel. In the inward position, the lower and upper level portions are positioned in the channel. When the platform is in the outward position, the vertical stack rests on the upper level portion. When the platform is moved to the inward position, the vertical stack drops on the lower level portion and when the platform is returned to the outward position, the lower level portion moves the lowermost packet of the vertical stack outwardly of the housing therewith through the outlet opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Inventor: Antonio VARDARO
  • Publication number: 20110015781
    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: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventor: Antonio VARDARO
  • Publication number: 20110011884
    Abstract: A pill dispenser includes a housing having front, rear, and side walls defining a hollow interior. A pill holding member is removably coupled to the housing front wall and defines a frontward bore configured to receive a pill and being in operative communication with the housing front opening. An elongate plunger shaft having proximal and distal ends is positioned extends through the housing. The shaft is movable between a retracted configuration in which the distal end extends from the housing rear wall and an actuated configuration in which the distal end is adjacent the housing rear wall. A spring is positioned in the dispenser housing and operatively connected to the plunger shaft for selectively moving the plunger shaft between the retracted and actuated configurations so as to eject a pill from the holding member. The shaft may be retracted to selected positions before being spring actuated to dispense a pill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventor: Charles Edward Kindel
  • Publication number: 20100327006
    Abstract: A magazine dispensing and housing apparatus for firearms incorporates a housing and a biasing apparatus. The housing comprises a first side wall, a second side wall, a front wall, a rear wall, a top wall, and a bottom wall. The biasing apparatus is disposed at the rear wall of the housing. The biasing apparatus is comprised of a biasing member and a biasing element. The biasing member is affixed with the biasing element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventor: Michael Andrew Campo
  • Patent number: 7857148
    Abstract: A jar dispenser includes a housing defining a row that accommodates multiple jars of baby food in single file atop a planar floor. A pushplate is configured for movement along the row. A biasing member is in communication with the pushplate to bias the pushplate from a housing back side toward a housing front side. The device includes a door adjacent the row at the housing front side, the door being pivotal to restrict access to the row when at a closed position and to allow access to the row when at open and load positions. A first biasing member biases the door toward the closed position. A door catch is positioned to interact with the door when the door is at the load position. A second biasing member biases the door to bias the door to interact with the door catch when the door is at the load position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Inventor: Pauline R. Roeske
  • Publication number: 20100280655
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, and system of dispensing merchandise packaged with a hole at the top. An inventory of merchandise packaged with a hole at the top to be vended are supported on a horizontal surface. The horizontal surface is selectively actuated to provide controlled movement of each item to a dispensing location. The surface is a helically shaped member contained within a dispensing module. An electrical system operatively connects each dispensing module to a controller. The controller can be programmed to actuate movement of the surface. It can also optionally require an authorization input and/or identification input, and keep track of each dispension. This information can be stored in a manner to track usage to individuals and control inventory in the dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: FAWN ENGINEERING CORPORATION
    Inventors: ROGER L. WILSON, FRANCIS A. WITTERN, III
  • Patent number: 7823749
    Abstract: A positioning mechanism for a vending machine is provided to properly align product containers for vending purposes. The vending machine includes a cabinet that establishes a product storage zone, a product delivery zone and a dispensing chamber. Arranged within the product storage zone are a plurality of shelves which include dividers that separate the shelves into a plurality of product queues. Each product queue includes an dispensing mechanism that releases a selected product from the product queue for delivery to the dispensing chamber. In addition, each product queue includes a positioning mechanism to align products in the product queue. The positioning mechanism includes a support member secured to the divider and a spacer bar pivotally secured to the support member. The spacer bar automatically adjusts to a width of a product container placed in the product queue in order to assure proper alignment of the product for dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Crane Merchandising Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Hayward Kelly
  • Patent number: 7819281
    Abstract: A unitary extractor system of products for vending machines, which products are to be found stored in compartments or ducts of different trays, includes a traction belt mounted in the open central part of the base of each compartment or duct, to which belt are joined a diversity of separator pieces for the products. The traction belt (5) incorporates a plurality of small pieces (6), with a slight inclination towards the rear part, joined to respective teeth, and a support body (7) for the last product (2) to dispense, with its support surface slightly inclined towards the rear part. The body (7) is secured to the teeth of the traction belt (5) as it advances, and in such a way that it is pulled on the lateral surfaces (4) making up the base of the compartment or duct (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Jofemar, S.A.
    Inventor: Felix Guindulain Busto
  • Publication number: 20100258583
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dispenser or similar discharging container, particularly for tablets or similar bulk material (3), having a housing (1) and a gate (2) disposed in the housing (1) in a movable fashion, a dispensing opening (4) for individual pieces of material (3) being released by activating the gate (2), and a ramp (9) for conducting the material (3) in the direction of the dispensing opening (4) being established on part of the dispenser 92), wherein the dispenser is characterized in that the ramp (9) is movable relative to the part (2) of the dispenser for changing the position of the material (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2008
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Inventor: Werner Schick
  • Patent number: 7806293
    Abstract: A shotgun shell storage and dispenser device in the form of a hollow elongated housing to hold the shotgun shells in vertical array, the housing adjusted for loading and dispensing shotgun shells through a loading end of the housing. Shotgun shells are positioned by structural elements on a rear wall of the housing and constant force springs in conjunction with a follower to urge the shotgun shells toward a loading and discharge end of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Inventors: Daniel P. Altieri, Andrew M. Truxel
  • Publication number: 20100237093
    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: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventors: Thomas A. Lockwood, Roger K. Miller
  • Patent number: 7798362
    Abstract: A hold down mechanism includes a shaft, ring-shaped member, latch device fixed to the member and latchable with teeth thereon to permit unassisted movement of the member and latch device downward along the shaft due to the influence of gravity on the member but not upwardly along the shaft by manually lifting the member without unlatching the latch device from the shaft, support arms fixedly spaced apart on and extending inwardly from the member, platens independently reciprocally mounted below support arms, and a spring mounted between platens and support arms exerting a weak downward force on platens independently so as to bias platens to move downwardly away from support arms and against items in stacks aligned under platens while at the same time yieldable to permit platens to move upwardly toward support arms to accommodate differences in stack heights as items are successively dispensed therefrom. Optionally, the mechanism may be used without the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Inventor: Kil Jae Chang
  • Patent number: 7789268
    Abstract: An assembly for dispensing sterile lancets one at a time from a clip holding a plurality of lancets is described. The assembly is configured to dispense the lancets easily and conveniently under laboratory conditions where the lancet user is gloved and must manipulate the dispenser using only one hand while holding the animal being bled in the other. The assembly and its components are made of polycarbonate and rubber and are therefore capable of being sterilized by steam autoclaving methods or by other means of sterilization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: William T. Golde, Peter Gollobin
  • Patent number: 7784644
    Abstract: A vending machine includes first and second integrated dispensing systems mounted at front portions of adjacent product shelf dividers establishing at least first, second and third product queues. Each of the first and second dispensing systems includes first and second release mechanisms having a plurality of hinged plates supported by a frame. The plurality of hinged plates are selectively shifted into and out of corresponding ones of the first, second and third product queues, such that each product queue has associated therewith two opposing release mechanisms. Preferably, at least one of the first and second release mechanisms for each dispensing system includes a queue spacing member which is mounted to one of the hinged plates and projects into the product queue to establish a desired spacing between the release mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Dixie-Narco, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard T. Albert, Dan Bowen, Bryan Alan Collins, Aron Phillip Lewis, Paul Miller, Charles Wayne Percy, John Robinson, William E. Roe, Russell Watts
  • Publication number: 20100212995
    Abstract: A protective cover for a stethoscope head and an apparatus for quickly and easily interconnecting the protective cover with the stethoscope head. The apparatus includes a cover-positioning device that positions the protective cover so that it can be quickly and easily interconnected with the stethoscope head. The cover positioning device includes a base having a planar portion and an upstanding rim connected to the planar portion. Following examination of the patient using the stethoscope with the protective head covering, the protective covering can be quickly and easily removed from the stethoscope head and suitably disposed of so as to prevent skin bacteria and like contaminants that may have contaminated the protective cover during patient examination, from undesirably being transmitted to the next patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventors: Samvel Hmayakyan, Vahen Joakim
  • Publication number: 20100187271
    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: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2009
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventor: Michael D. Selvetti
  • Publication number: 20100170915
    Abstract: A cutlery utensil dispenser has a dispensing tray with a floor and a region housing a cutlery utensil. The cutlery utensil has first and second portions and is moved by an engagement portion of an actuator from a first orientation to a second orientation. In the first orientation, the cutlery utensil rests on the floor in the region and is within the cutlery utensil dispenser, inaccessible to a user. In the second orientation, the second portion of the cutlery utensil projects from the cutlery utensil dispenser and is accessible to the user. A wall of the region has a fulcrum end dimensioned to engage the cutlery utensil. The cutlery utensil rotates about the fulcrum end responsive to the engagement portion toward an exit of the dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Applicant: DIXIE CONSUMER PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventors: Christopher M. Reinsel, Patrick J. Smith
  • Patent number: 7721914
    Abstract: The invention relates to a medicaments dispensing container (e.g., a cassette or tray), which hold one or more types of medicaments, and configured for secure and intelligent dispensing of the medicaments. In one embodiment, a container for dispensing medicaments includes: a housing for storing an aggregate of medicament units stored loosely with respect to one another; an outlet defined in the housing to dispense the medicament units; and a compressible medium located within the housing and configured to expand so as to move the medicament units toward the outlet for dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Inventors: Michael Handfield, Helene Laliberte
  • Patent number: 7712630
    Abstract: A cigarette case includes a cigarette casing including a corner outlet; a double-layer hinged cover including a first slit proximate the outlet and a second slit proximate the adjacent other corner; and a spring biased ejection means within the cover and including a pivotal L-shaped ejector, a pivotal trigger, a pivot bar, a link moveable in the first slit and including an end pusher extending through the first slit, the link having the other end pivotably secured to one portion of the ejector, and a sliding member moveable in the second slit and pivotably secured to the other end of the pivot bar, the sliding member including a door extending through the second slit to block the outlet when the case is closed. Pivoting the trigger will pivot the pivot bar to move the sliding member and the link to cause the pusher to eject a cigarette from the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Inventor: Wen-Tian He
  • Publication number: 20100089688
    Abstract: A protective cover for a stethoscope head and an apparatus for quickly and easily interconnecting the protective cover with the stethoscope head. The apparatus includes a cover-positioning device that positions the protective cover so that it can be quickly and easily interconnected with the stethoscope head. The cover positioning device includes a base having a planar portion and an upstanding rim connected to the planar portion, the upstanding rim defining an opening for receiving the stethoscope head therethrough. Following examination of the patient using the stethoscope with the protective head covering, the protective covering can be quickly and easily removed from the stethoscope head and suitably disposed of so as to prevent skin bacteria and like contaminants that may have contaminated the protective cover during patient examination, from undesirably being transmitted to the next patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventors: Samvel Hmayakyan, Vahen Joakim
  • Patent number: 7686185
    Abstract: A tray for a product vending machine including a flat base upon which product to be vended may be placed. A plurality of walls are attached to the base which define rows into which product is organized. A channel within the flat base houses a threaded shaft. The threaded shaft threadingly attaches to a product drive member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Coin Acceptors, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven M. Zychinski
  • Patent number: 7641072
    Abstract: Systems for deterring theft of retail products. Systems of this invention provide theft deterrent cabinets for dispensing products and may incorporate theft deterrent measures including mechanical deterrents, time delays and sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Rock-Tenn Shared Services, LLC
    Inventors: Kirk Vlastakis, Roger K. Miller, Thomas A. Lockwood
  • Patent number: 7635068
    Abstract: A self-facing merchandise pusher system for use in stores. Numerous products in a store are merchandised on shelves and a biased pusher is used to urge products toward the front edge of the shelf. The pusher includes ends that may be independently biased. The pusher system also includes removable dividers that separate product channels and also limit the amount of product that may be removed at a time from the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: RTC Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Neal Hardy
  • Publication number: 20090277853
    Abstract: A system of retail store fixtures having downwardly mounted spring feeding pusher devices for pushing products toward the front of shelves. In one embodiment, the pusher devices extend downward from shelves and push products in open tray type of bulk product shipment containers on a lower shelf forward toward the consumer. In another embodiment, the pushers and product trays are in a self-contained module for placement on shelves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Inventor: Jamie Bauer
  • Publication number: 20090277924
    Abstract: A merchandising and product display system includes a space defined between a pair of generally parallel dividers. At a rear end of each divider, a rear loading gate is mounted to permit product containers to be inserted through the rear into the opening and to prevent products from being pushed from within the space through the rear of the space. The loading gate includes a pair of wings extending less than halfway across the width of the opening. The wings are hingedly mounted to a central portion permitting the wing to be deflected forward and rearward, and include a rearward extending bulkhead that engages the central portion. The engagement of the bulkhead and the central portion prevents the wings from being deflected sufficiently to permit a product container from passing the gate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Inventors: Fredrick L. Kottke, Allen Johnson
  • Publication number: 20090261119
    Abstract: A shotgun shell storage and dispenser device in the form of a hollow elongated housing to hold the shotgun shells in vertical array, the housing adjusted for loading and dispensing shotgun shells through a loading end of the housing. Shotgun shells are positioned by structural elements on a rear wall of the housing and constant force springs in conjunction with a follower to urge the shotgun shells toward a loading and discharge end of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Applicant: DPA INNOVATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel P. Altieri, Andrew M. Truxel
  • Patent number: 7591397
    Abstract: The invention concerns a reliable, simple, economical and ergonomic dispensing machine requiring little maintenance, for example of bottled mineral water sold in pack or carboy, enabling a novel dispensing circuit to be set up which combines the practical aspect for the consumer by being closer to his residence with the ecological aspect for centralized recycling of empty packs, while promoting sales for water producers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Staake Investment & Consulting GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Philippe Leonetti
  • Patent number: 7571834
    Abstract: A magazine for holding a quantity of blind rivets ready for use in an automatic rivet setting tool. The rivets are connected together in spaced relation along the length of an elongated rivet carrying strip or ribbon of flexible material by having a distal portion of each mandrel inserted or pierced therethrough. The magazine includes longitudinal panels connected together in a preferably even, spaced, radially extending arrangement forming a spool. The longitudinal panels each define an outer distal longitudinal edge, all of which are preferably substantially parallel one to another and to a central spool axis. Each rivet carried on the flexible strip, when the flexible strip is spiral-wound around said longitudinal distal edges, is positioned in somewhat radially oriented fashion between adjacent longitudinal panels with the head of each rivet positioned inwardly toward the spool axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Sartam Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: James Hopkins, Dallas B. Perkins
  • Publication number: 20090188936
    Abstract: An improved chip dispensing container for distributing, storing and serving tube-stacked chip articles includes a rigid tubular case, a sling inside the case, a, handle outside the case and cables connecting the sling to the handle. The cables pass in contact with bearings near the rim of the container on their courses between sling and handle such that moving the handle downward from an initial position near the rim, pulls on the cables and thereby hoists the sling upward from an initial position near the bottom of the container. Conversely the sling is lowered by moving the handle upward. The stack of chips resting on the sling can thus be raised or lowered by manipulating the handle to controllably access all of the chips in a tube-stacked chip array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventor: Thomas Marando
  • Publication number: 20090184130
    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: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Inventors: Roger K. Miller, Paul Dowd, Patrick Davey Shealey
  • Patent number: 7556167
    Abstract: An apparatus for selectively elevating objects stored in a container, the apparatus comprising a lift that includes a base, at least one guide having a first end coupled to the base, and an outer ring, wherein the at least one guide includes a second end coupled to the outer ring, whereby the outer ring may be vertically adjusted along a container sidewall surface resulting in vertical adjustment of the base within the container interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Inventors: Panipal Giwargis, Ninos Youkhana
  • Patent number: 7546934
    Abstract: A gravity-feed dispenser includes an internal blocker assembly to prevent folded sheet from falling away from the dispensing aperture. A preferred embodiment includes a spring biased blocker arm which cooperates with a spring biased guide plate to maintain the napkins in position throughout dispensing of the stack, especially when the stack is depleted and of insufficient weight to urge the remaining sheets into position. In a preferred embodiment, the dispenser is provided with a convertible support, suitable for mounting the dispenser on either a wall or a countertop with a quick release mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Product LP
    Inventors: Christopher M. Reinsel, Robert J. Aloisi
  • Patent number: 7523841
    Abstract: A magazine (3) for a tablet dispenser (1) for receiving and sequentially dispensing tablets (T) consists of a housing (4) which is substantially cuboid and is open on the longitudinal side (5), receives a longitudinally guided slider (6) and a helical spring (8) supported between the slider (6) and the housing floor (7) and comprises an output device (10) at the housing head (9) which is opposite of the housing floor (7), with the helical spring (8) engaging with its floor-side end (11) of the winding in a clamping gap (12) in the region of the floor of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: PEZ International AG
    Inventor: Helmuth K├Ânig
  • Patent number: 7506781
    Abstract: The golf ball positioning dispenser for putting practice comprises a hollow tube for holding golf balls. A stop mechanism attached to a body block near the bottom end of the tube dispenses balls one at a time. The stop mechanism includes a pivotally attached biased lever that controls movement of a ball release pin and a ball retention pin into the tube in alternating cycles. The body block is attached to a travel wheel for circumferential travel around a practice hole. A telescoping radial arm is provided to keep travel of the travel wheel a predetermined user selected radial distance from the hole. Cams attached to the wheel engage the biased lever to dispense the golf balls from the tube at predetermined intervals of arc along a circumference of travel. A stand is included to stabilize the tube in an upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Inventor: John G. Roberts
  • Patent number: 7487878
    Abstract: An apparatus for selectively elevating objects stored in a container, the apparatus comprising a lift that includes a base, at least one guide having a first end coupled to the base, and an outer ring, wherein the at least one guide includes a second end coupled to the outer ring, whereby the outer ring may be vertically adjusted along a container sidewall surface resulting in vertical adjustment of the base within the container interior. The base may be configured to provide for insertion of objects through an opening in the base, allowing objects to be inserted into the container through the opening and prior to closing the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Inventors: Panipal Giwargis, Ninos Youkhana
  • Patent number: 7481313
    Abstract: A display apparatus for displaying and dispensing a plurality of items, the apparatus including a box having a front wall, a back wall, a first side wall, a second side wall, and a bottom wall. A dispensing mechanism is slidably disposed within the box and moveable along a longitudinal axis between the box front wall and the box back wall. A biasing device has a first portion secured adjacent the box front wall and a second portion secured adjacent the dispensing mechanism such that the biasing device biases the dispensing mechanism toward the box front wall as the items are removed from between the dispensing mechanism and the box front wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: The Hammer Corporation
    Inventors: Armand Kramedjian, Robert A. Davis
  • Publication number: 20080250943
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a housing defining a chamber with a first chamber end and a second chamber end, the chamber configured to hold food components. A pressure mechanism is in communication with the chamber and is configured to push the food components toward the second chamber end. The apparatus includes a cutting mechanism coupled to the housing and configured to cut the food components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2008
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Inventors: Hugues Francois Malandain, Andrew Kohm, Stuart Smolen
  • Patent number: 7404501
    Abstract: A positioning mechanism for a vending machine is provided to properly align product containers for vending purposes. The vending machine includes a cabinet that establishes a product storage zone, a product delivery zone and a dispensing chamber. Arranged within the product storage zone are a plurality of shelves which include dividers that separate the shelves into a plurality of product queues. Each product queue includes an dispensing mechanism that releases a selected product from the product queue for delivery to the dispensing chamber. In addition, each product queue includes a positioning mechanism to align products in the product queue. The positioning mechanism includes a support member secured to the divider and a spacer bar pivotally secured to the support member. The spacer bar automatically adjusts to a width of a product container placed in the product queue in order to assure proper alignment of the product for dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: Dixie-Narco, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Hayward Kelly
  • Publication number: 20080149661
    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: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventor: Randy D. Sines
  • Patent number: 7374065
    Abstract: A dispenser is provided for dispensing stacked folded sheets. The dispenser includes a housing configured to hold the stack of sheets within an internal storage space. A cover member is pivotally attached to the housing and is movable between an open position wherein access is provided to the storage space, and a closed position wherein the cover defines a front panel of the dispenser. A dispensing opening is provided through which the folded sheets are dispensed when the cover is in its closed position. An overfill prevention device is configured within the housing. This device includes a stop member that is movably configured with a back wall of the housing and is movable between a restricting position when the cover is in its open position, and a relief position when the cover is closed. A latch mechanism is disposed in the housing in a position so as latch the stop member in its restricting position when the cover is in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Antwain D. Taylor, Stephen L. Phelps, Debra N. Welchel, Victoria L. Bischoff, Robert C. Ziegenfuss
  • Patent number: 7353970
    Abstract: A food and beverage article dispenser is provided which is adapted to be surface mounted. The apparatus is adapted to dispense disposable or nondisposable cups and plates. The apparatus includes a paper towel roll holder, a storage drawer, and a fold-away utensil organizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Inventor: Daneen Y. Harrison-Coats
  • Patent number: 7341166
    Abstract: A gravity-feed dispenser includes an internal blocker assembly to prevent folded sheet from falling away from the dispensing aperture. A preferred embodiment includes a spring biased blocker arm which cooperates with a spring biased guide plate to maintain the napkins in position throughout dispensing of the stack, especially when the stack is depleted and of insufficient weight to urge the remaining sheets into position. In a preferred embodiment, the dispenser is provided with a convertible support, suitable for mounting the dispenser on either a wall or a countertop with a quick release mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Christopher M. Reinsel, Robert J. Aloisi
  • Patent number: 7316328
    Abstract: A device for dispensing medicine includes a dispensing device body (1), a cassette (2) fixed removably to the dispensing device body in order to contain medicines while arranging, and a pushing mechanism (18) for pushing out the medicines in the cassette (2) toward one end side. The cassette (2) includes a cover (6) and a stopping/receiving part (17) disposed internally in the longitudinal direction. The pushing mechanism (18) includes an abutting part (19a) contained in the cassette (2) and abutting against the medicines, a biasing part (20) for biasing the abutting part (19a) against the medicine, and a stopping part (21) stopping at the stopping/receiving part (17) of the cassette (2) only when the cover (6) is opened. Consequently, the cassettes (2) can be arranged at a high density and a desired number of medicines can be dispensed surely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Yuyama, Yasuhiro Shigeyama