Follower Patents (Class 221/279)
  • Patent number: 7228988
    Abstract: A medicine supply apparatus to discharge a medicine into packing paper having a nozzle for discharging a medicine from a tablet case and a shutter rotatably provided in the nozzle for opening/closing a medicine drop path. The shutter includes a first rotatable shutter plate of a size capable of closing the inside of the nozzle, a second shutter plate swingably connected to the tip of the first shutter plate, and a guide for swinging the second shutter plate in a direction opposite to the direction of rotation of the first shutter plate in a final stage of the medicine discharge while the first shutter plate is opened. The tip of the second shutter plate is located in a position to narrow an outlet of the medicine drop path when the first shutter plate is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignees: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd, Sanyo Electric Biomedical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsuo Inamura
  • Patent number: 7086561
    Abstract: A tubular golf ball-dispensing container holds multiple golf balls for individual distribution. The container includes a biased lid for selectively loading and unloading of golf balls. A spring loaded compression system presses the stack of golf balls into the lid for continuous dispensing of individual balls. Upon removal of a ball from the container, the biased lid closes and the next ball is forced into the dispensing cup in the lid. The container may be attached to other gold equipment including golf bags, golf carts, and pull carts. With the addition of a support structure, the container may stand alone, a usefully configuration for use at a driving range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Inventor: Steven Charles Bosanac
  • Patent number: 7083512
    Abstract: An improved coin and token organizing, holding and dispensing apparatus comprises a lower housing for organizing, holding and dispensing a pre-determined number of coins and tokens of varying sizes and denominations. The lower housing has a substantially rectangular shape having a taper along its length so that the apparatus fits conveniently in pocket or purse and is comfortable to hold. The apparatus is well suited for visually and physically impaired individuals as it permits the ready identification and handling of coins based on the tapered shape of the apparatus and the ability to distinguish by touch one coin from another. The lower housing has a substantially open top surface, a closed flat bottom surface; and, closed vertical sides. Within the lower housing is a plurality of linearly disposed cylindrical wells. Each well is adapted to receive a coin or token of a predetermined size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Inventors: Marc Auguste, Jr., Marc B. Auguste, Sr., Jacqueline A Johnson-Auguste
  • Patent number: 7036716
    Abstract: A carton is disclosed. In this carton, a first connection plate is connected to an upper plate, a second connection plate is connected to the first connection plate, and a partition plate is connected to the second connection plate. When the partition plate is pulled outward from the opening, the partition plate moves in the same direction, and is pulled out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shino Kanamori, Kazuhiro Tokuda
  • Patent number: 7032775
    Abstract: A tape dispenser/applicator device for dispensing and applying tape to packages. The tape dispenser/applicator device includes a housing member having side walls and open top and bottom ends; and also includes a tape cartridge being removably disposed in the housing member and being adapted to store a stack of strips of adhesive tape therein; and further includes a plunger assembly being removably mounted to the housing member and being adapted to dispense the strips of adhesive tape from the tape cartridge and to apply the strips of adhesive tape selectively; and also includes a holder member being removably mounted upon the bottom end of the housing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Inventors: Mussa A. Almeer, Amy K. Gieson
  • Patent number: 7004111
    Abstract: An animal reward dispensing apparatus for attaching to an animal trainer's forearm, the apparatus having a dispensing tube defined about a longitudinal axis, the dispensing tube having at least a first and second attaching straps for attaching the dispensing tube to the animal trainer's forearm. The dispensing tube also having a first and second spaced apart ends defining an interior cavity, and a spring located inside the interior cavity of the dispensing tube and positioned between the first and second ends of the dispensing tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Inventor: Keryl Olson
  • Patent number: 6923365
    Abstract: A carton and blank for forming a carton for accommodating one or more articles which carton is provided with an access structure for the removal of articles from within the carton. The access structure comprises a closure panel hinged to a carton wall for forward and backward pivotal movement and a movable platform hinged to the closure panel for moving the contents of the carton forward for their removal in response to the forward pivotal movement of the closure panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Auclair, Alain Saulas
  • Patent number: 6923587
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a gel-form lipstick dispenser which may discharge gel-form lipstick materials with very high viscosity safely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Inventor: Jong Chul Lee
  • Patent number: 6845881
    Abstract: Device for handling, transporting and storing capillaries, method for the production thereof and individual capillary dispenser therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Assignee: Hirschmann Laborger├Ąte GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Hans J├╝rgen Bigus, Reinhard Frey, Hans Rieker
  • Patent number: 6840402
    Abstract: A probe cover dispenser comprises a main body, an elastic component, and a separation board. The main body has a receiving groove therein. A groove is disposed at the top end of the main body. The elastic component is disposed in the receiving groove. One end of the elastic component is fixed at the bottom of the receiving groove, and the other end thereof is connected with a separation sheet. A plurality of probe covers are stacked in the receiving grooves above the separation sheet. The separation board is disposed in the groove at the top end of the main body. One end of the separation board is pivotally connected with the top end of the main body so that the separation board can be screwed into the groove at the top end of the main body to separate the first probe cover from the second probe cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignee: Radiant Innovation Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Lin, Chu-Chung Yin
  • Patent number: 6824009
    Abstract: A self-facing merchandise pusher system for use in retail stores. Numerous products in a retail store are merchandised on shelves and a biased pusher is used to urge products toward the front edge of the shelf. The width of the pusher corresponds generally to the width of the narrowest product to be pushed. A removable divider extends vertically between each pusher. When pushing products that are multiples of the width of the narrowest product, dividers may be removed to create a larger pushing surface. Removing a divider locks two adjacent pushers together thereby causing the two pushers to push in unison and prevents product from slipping between the adjacent pushers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: RTC Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Neal Hardy
  • Patent number: 6799695
    Abstract: A dispensing device is provided for sanitary napkins of various shapes and sizes. The device is conveniently and efficiently packaged for optimal placement and utility within the private facilities of a home. The device includes a hinged lid allowing ready placement of the sanitary napkins within the device housing. When closed, a latch secures the lid. On one or more sides of the housing, a door is provided near the bottom that allows the user to retrieve a sanitary napkin from the bottom of the housing. The door or doors are hinged with a spring providing a bias to the closed position. Attached to the lid is a spring, the spring having an attached compression plate. When the lid is closed, the spring forces the compression plate against the sanitary napkins within the housing, thus maintaining the sanitary napkins in the proper position and orientation for grasping by the user, through the door. Hooks are provided to support a disposal bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Inventor: Miguel Borrero
  • Patent number: 6796455
    Abstract: A blade dispenser assembly includes a housing and an integrally formed shuttle mechanism which functions to dispense one blade at a time from the bottom of a stack of blades held within the housing. The shuttle mechanism is configured to engage a bottommost blade in the stack when in a closed position and to carry the engaged blade with it when the shuttle mechanism is moved to an opened position. In the opened position, the shuttle mechanism is partially extended from the housing and securely holds and displays the withdrawn blade. An exemplary preferred shuttle mechanism is pivotally coupled to the housing and includes an arm portion that allows a person to pivot the shuttle mechanism away from the housing while keeping the person's hand safely away from the blade being withdrawn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Pacific Handy Cutter, Inc.
    Inventor: G. Gerry Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20040155053
    Abstract: A medical device dispenser as disclosed wherein the medical device is typically cylindrical in shape, and contains a stent on a platform. The stent is maintained in a sterile position prior to release from the medical device dispenser. The stent on the platform is held in place by a release mechanism which prevents a spring mechanism from activating. Once activated, the spring mechanism forces the stent out of the package so it may be used in conjunction with a catheter. Other types of medical devices are also contemplated, such as filters, distal protection devices and other cylindrical elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2003
    Publication date: August 12, 2004
    Inventor: Khiro M. Sanchez
  • Patent number: 6772908
    Abstract: A cup dispenser includes a blow-molded plastic storage tube and a blow-molded plastic cup pushing member or follower positioned within the tube. The pushing member is optionally spring-biased toward an open first end of the tube away from a closed, second end of the tube. A resilient diaphragm is positioned over the open end of the cup storage tube or another suitable cup retainer is employed for releasably retaining a telescopically interfitted stack of cups in the storage tube. An annular collar is arranged coaxial with and fitted to the storage tube in the region of the open end. The cup storage tube and the cup pushing member are preferably blow-molded together in a single operation as a one-piece construction. The cup pushing member is separated from the cup storage tube for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: The Meyer Company
    Inventors: Henry G. Roethel, Raymond P. Kawolics, Michael H. Meyer
  • Patent number: 6745918
    Abstract: An elevating dispenser to lift and suspend fragile foodstuffs from within an upright canister for serving. A column of wafers (13) rest on an elevating dispenser (10) inside a canister (11). When wafers have been removed to the point that they are no longer easily obtainable from the canister aperture, the user lifts the dispenser and engages notches (10c) integral to the dispenser on the canister rim (11b), thus suspending wafers nearer the canister aperture to make them more easily obtainable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Inventor: Roger Lee Greene
  • Publication number: 20040094565
    Abstract: A tubular golf ball-dispensing container holds multiple golf balls for individual distribution. The container includes a biased lid for selectively loading and unloading of golf balls. A spring loaded compression system presses the stack of golf balls into the lid for continuous dispensing of individual balls. Upon removal of a ball from the container, the biased lid closes and the next ball is forced into the dispensing cup in the lid. The container may be attached to other gold equipment including golf bags, golf carts, and pull carts. With the addition of a support structure, the container may stand alone, a usefully configuration for use at a driving range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2003
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Inventor: Steven Charles Bosanac
  • Patent number: 6715636
    Abstract: An improved vending machine having a plurality of vertically inclined racks therein for dispensing products is disclosed. Each rack within such vending machine has an open end and closed end, wherein the open end thereof is provided with a mechanical stop or gate having essentially no mechanical moving parts, for control of the dispensing of products from such racks in response to customer demand for product from such rack. In the preferred embodiments of this invention, the mechanical stop or gate is formed of a resilient deformable material (e.g. natural or synthetic rubber or an equivalent elastomer), and includes means for engagement of a complimentary recess or slot at the end of the product dispensing rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Thomas Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald H. Beauregard
  • Patent number: 6698615
    Abstract: A golf tee holder and dispenser in a rectangular form holds a vertical stack of tees lying one on another horizontally, with successive tees alternating the orientation of their heads and their points. The golf tee holder and dispenser housing includes inner chambers that encase springs that allow straight-line movement as well as an inner center chamber to prevent tees from becoming disarranged while dispensing. A pusher plate maintains even pressure from dual spring movement against a snub point to hold golf tees in a stationary position until release through a top aperture using a teeter action once a downward pressure is applied to small end of tee by user. A molded element that has a memory retentive factor allows user to attach golf tee holder and dispenser to belt, pocket, golf bag, or golf cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Inventor: Thomas Dee Knightlinger
  • Patent number: 6695167
    Abstract: An improved product holding and dispensing a container for housing and dispensing products is provided. The container having a moveable product frame, wherein a consumer is enabled to move the frame, as product units are removed, to maintain the product in its packaged order. The container comprises: a base having a front wall, a back wall and side walls a moveable frame adapted to support the products inside the base. The frame includes a back wall and a member, wherein an area of the member extends through the base to allow the member to be grasped and pulled to cause the back wall of the frame to move away from the back wall of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Harold Bennett, Ed Thompson
  • Patent number: 6691891
    Abstract: An automatic product advance mechanism for dispensing merchandise on vending machines shelves is presented. A combination of electronic and mechanical components enables the disclosed system to automatically adjust for dispensing different product packaging formats and dimensions. Protected by a front clear gate-shield the products are loaded on an upright position on top of a base-rack, escorted by interchangeable column dividers and supported by a sliding carrier back-sled. The system operates by energizing a gear motor pivot ably connected to a crank-slider mechanism driving eccentrically a ratcheting pawl assembly that pushes the carrier back-sled towards the front end of said base-rack and simultaneously opens the clear gate-shield until the first product loaded to the furthermost position is dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Inventor: Alexandre Maldonado
  • Patent number: 6684126
    Abstract: A medicine storage apparatus includes a cassette having an inlet-outlet opening for delivering/receiving items of medicine therethrough and adapted to store items of medicine arranged in array while a force is applied to the items of medicine toward the inlet-outlet opening; a support mechanism for supporting the cassette while the inlet-outlet opening is exposed; and a counting mechanism for counting the number of items of medicine stored in the cassette. A user takes out items of medicine stored in the cassette from the inlet-outlet opening in an arrayed sequence when the medicine is to be used. Among the delivered items of medicine, unused items of medicine are pushed back into the cassette from the inlet-outlet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Tosho, Inc.
    Inventors: Shiro Omura, Hideaki Hirobe
  • Publication number: 20030192906
    Abstract: A golf tee holder and dispenser in a rectangular form holds a vertical stack of tees lying one on another horizontally, with successive tees alternating the orientation of their heads and their points. The golf tee holder and dispenser housing includes inner chambers that encase springs that allow straight-line movement as well as an inner center chamber to prevent tees from becoming disarranged while dispensing. A pusher plate maintains even pressure from dual spring movement against a snub point to hold golf tees in a stationary position until release through a top aperture using a teeter action once a downward pressure is applied to small end of tee by user. A molded element that has a memory retentive factor allows user to attach golf tee holder and dispenser to belt, pocket, golf bag, or golf cart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2002
    Publication date: October 16, 2003
    Inventor: Thomas Dee Knightlinger
  • Publication number: 20030146238
    Abstract: An improved vending machine having a plurality of racks therein for dispensing products is disclosed. Each rack within such vending machine comprises a vertical, rectilinear, product dispensing channel equipped with an elevator assembly for support of product and means for elevating said support within said channel in response to consumer demand for the product. The preferred elevator assembly of this invention comprises a product cradle of unique design, which design imparts improved stability of the cradle within the channel and simplified operation as to the number and type of springs needed to effect its upward movement within the vertical channel of the dispensing rack. The unique angular slope of the cradle permits presentation of a product selection at the open end of the rack in a manner to facilitate removal of such product by a consumer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2002
    Publication date: August 7, 2003
    Inventor: Ronald H. Beauregard
  • Patent number: 6601498
    Abstract: A bread storage device for keeping bread fresher for longer periods of time. The bread storage device includes a container having top, back, bottom and side walls, and also having an open front; and also includes a door being removably closed over the open front of the container; and further includes a bread support assembly including a board member, a plurality of rollers being attached to a bottom side of the board member, and a handle being attached to the board member for the movement thereof in and out of the container through the open front; also includes a bread retaining member being disposed in the container and being adapted to engage a loaf of bread to allow a user to slice the loaf of bread; and further includes a freshness seal being disposed in the top wall of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Inventor: Michael J. O'Brion
  • Publication number: 20030132239
    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: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2002
    Publication date: July 17, 2003
    Inventor: Helmuth Konig
  • Patent number: 6585133
    Abstract: A land marking device is disclosed. The land marking device is capable of physically marking a point on the ground for the air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: Top Link Ltd.
    Inventor: Frans P. Brouwer
  • Patent number: 6578732
    Abstract: A chewing gum stick dispenser includes a generally box-shaped container having a slot therein for dispensing a single stick of gum. A scissoring pair of swing arms utilizes tensioning means for urging the contained sticks of gum toward an operator wall. The operator wall retains a slidable operator having a seat adapted to engage a single stick of gum and push it partially through the dispensing slot. The container further includes a pivoted cap which can be opened to provide easy refilling of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Inventor: Hellen Mabry
  • Publication number: 20030094462
    Abstract: A self-facing merchandise pusher system for use in retail stores. Numerous products in a retail store are merchandised on shelves and a biased pusher is used to urge products toward the front edge of the shelf. The width of the pusher corresponds generally to the width of the narrowest product to be pushed. A removable divider extends vertically between each pusher. When pushing products that are multiples of the width of the narrowest product, dividers may be removed to create a larger pushing surface. Removing a divider locks two adjacent pushers together thereby causing the two pushers to push in unison and prevents product from slipping between the adjacent pushers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2003
    Publication date: May 22, 2003
    Applicant: RTC Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Neal Hardy
  • Publication number: 20030089731
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for storing and dispensing articles, one at a time, from the bottom of a stack of like articles. The articles are yieldably supported in at least one upright stack above an outlet, e.g., a resilient choke, sized to pass the articles if forced therethrough. Articles are dispensed by pressing downwardly on the stack with sufficient force and for sufficient duration to overcome the yieldable supporting force and move the lowest article through the outlet. Sensors may be provided for sensing when an article is dispensed, when the tube is empty, and the type of article in the holder. The method and apparatus are especially useful in a vial-based automated system for processing multiple specimens of biological fluid, wherein a filter assembly must be dispensed into a filtration chamber associated with each specimen vial.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2002
    Publication date: May 15, 2003
    Applicant: MONOGEN, INC.
    Inventors: William J. Mayer, Lucien J. Wroblewski
  • Patent number: 6515590
    Abstract: Book Organizing Device with A flat, horizontally disposed shelf like member, a fixed, vertical end panel attached to one end of the shelf member, a slidable vertical panel having a constant force spring centrally attached under the shelf member, the slidable vertical panel exerting approximately one pound of force inwardly towards the fixed end panel, the constant force spring having an encoder ring mounted to the spring reel, a photo diode placed to read said encoder ring that provides a signal any time said ring is rotated, said signal triggering one of a plurality of short recorded messages to be broadcast from a speaker located on the underside of said book shelf, said messages being stored and selected by a digital programmable microprocessor designed for such purposes, and Said shelf member also having a rear book retaining bracket to prevent books from being pushed too far to the rear of the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Inventor: James Lauria
  • Patent number: 6502719
    Abstract: A washer supply device includes a retaining tube connected to a side of a power nailer and a slot is defined longitudinally through the retaining tube. A pile of washers are received in the retaining tube. A washer supply device is connected between a lower end of the retaining tube and a nose of the power nailer. A first member is movably received in the tubular tube and a second member is fixedly connected to an inner periphery of the retaining tube. A biasing band is connected between the first member and the second member. A pressing member is connected to the first member and presses the washers by the biasing band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: Besco Pneumatic Corp.
    Inventor: Chen-Fa Huang
  • Publication number: 20020096536
    Abstract: A washer supply device includes a retaining tube connected to a side of a power nailer and a slot is defined longitudinally through the retaining tube. A pile of washers are received in the retaining tube. A washer supply device is connected between a lower end of the retaining tube and a nose of the power nailer. A first member is movably received in the tubular tube and a second member is fixedly connected to an inner periphery of the retaining tube. A biasing band is connected between the first member and the second member. A pressing member is connected to the first member and presses the washers by the biasing band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2001
    Publication date: July 25, 2002
    Inventor: Chen-Fa Huang
  • Patent number: 6357624
    Abstract: A lid dispenser for storing and dispensing plastic drink lids. The dispenser has an elongated body within which the lids are stacked upside down and a dispensing slot in a sidewall facing a user. A gravity biased finger rides in a vertical trackway in a sidewall opposite the dispensing slot. The finger contacts the stack of drink lids, clamping the uppermost lid against the next-to-uppermost lid and tilting the uppermost lid at an angle towards the user. The uppermost lid can be grasped by the user and snapped through the dispensing slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Inventor: Anthony P. Brown
  • Patent number: 6318591
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dispensing machine for printed publications. The vending machine allows to dispense one copy at a time by providing a metering break next to a dispensing channel. The vending machine has a hollow housing, within which a detachable module is slidably mounted. An operational portion of the machine includes a motor controlled by a microchip that constantly adjusts the speed of the motor depending on the thickness of the dispensed publication. A paper speed sensor sends a signal to the motor to facilitate adjustment in the speed control. Printed publications rest in an upright position on moving endless belts that are connected to the motor for advancing the publications toward the dispensing channel. One or more torsion springs support the front face of the forwardmost publication immediately prior to dispensing to prevent premature opening of an unfolded edge of the publication and jamming of the dispensing channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Assignee: DPC International, Inc.
    Inventor: Chris Martin
  • Patent number: 6290115
    Abstract: A quick-release device for a pneumatic nail gun with a magazine has a base, a pusher plate, a spring and a button. The base has a through hole defined in the top of the base. The pusher plate has a first end that normally extends into the channel of the magazine and a second end. The spring abuts the second end of the pusher plate. The button is moveably mounted in the base and extends out from the through hole. The button abuts the second end of the pusher plate, such that the pusher plate can be pivoted by pressing the exposed button. The finger of the user does not extend into the device. Consequently, the operation of the quick-release device is simplified, and the finger of the user will not be injured during the process of clearing jammed nails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Rexon Industrial Corp., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ruey-Zon Chen
  • Patent number: 6290096
    Abstract: An article of manufacture has a base plate, a bias pusher plate for supporting at least one object thereon and a stripper plate having a removed section. A source of fluid is provided for urging a top most object from the support plate and through the removed section of the stripper plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: John A. Spina, John DePoint, Jr., Marion T. Juskiewicz
  • Patent number: 6283326
    Abstract: A newspaper dispenser is provided including a housing having an opening formed thereon. Also included is a support plate slidably mounted within the housing with a plurality of newspapers stacked thereon. A money acceptor is provided for raising the support plate an incremental amount when a predetermined amount of money is accepted. As such, only one newspaper is capable of being removed via the opening at a time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Inventor: Danny E. Lindsey
  • Patent number: 6270006
    Abstract: This invention relates to an improved container which may be used to store ten parcels arranged end to end and in two rows, one on top of the other. The container includes a top wall, a bottom wall, opposing side walls, and opposing front and rear walls respectively. The container also includes an advancement mechanism for advancing the rearmost parcels in the container so as to fill the void created by the removal of the foremost parcels. The advancement mechanism includes an enlarged end portion located behind the rearmost parcels and an intermediate portion located intermediate to the two rows of parcels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Inventors: Stephen James Bright, Ron Hartley Ford
  • Patent number: 6270072
    Abstract: A top card feeder feeds cards into a receiving device from the top, the top card feeder having a card holder for holding a stack of cards, a door pivotally mounted near the bottom of the top card feeder, an elastic means adapted to pull the card holder upward, a locking mechanism adapted to lock the door and to rotate a pulley assembly in response to the movement of the door, the pulley assembly being coupled to the card holder for moving the card holder vertically within a chamber of the top card feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Assignee: ZIH Corporation
    Inventor: Danny Louie
  • Patent number: 6269285
    Abstract: A freezer chest for storing and displaying frozen foods such as packaged ice cream products for sale to retail customers includes a modular storage bin in which a product stack plate is mounted on a helical support spring. Packaged ice cream products are loaded onto the product stack plate. The product stack plate, urged by the helical spring, advances the stack of frozen products to the top of the storage bin as products are removed by customers. A permanent magnet mounted on the product stack plate generates a magnetic field that couples with position sensors mounted in a vertical array along the storage bin. Each sensor produces an output signal in response to coupling alignment of the magnetic field with the sensor as the stack plate moves through the storage bin. The helical support spring extends the stack plate incrementally in proportion to the weight load removed as each packaged product is unloaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Inventor: Daniel R. Mignault
  • Patent number: 6264062
    Abstract: A solder preform with predisposed flux to be located adjacent to a gap formed between multiple solderable surfaces such that upon heating, the flux wicks into and prepares the solderable surfaces prior to the solder melting and wicking into the freshly prepared gap. In plumbing applications, this invention can be located inside a pipe fitting adjacent to the end of an inserted pipe. Upon heating, this invention will make a sound solder joint by wicking into the annular region formed between the fitting and the pipe. This invention includes a dispenser for solder preforms that has features to align a solder preform with the centerline of the receiving pipe fitting into which it is to be inserted. In addition, the dispenser has features to insure the solder preforms are released one-at-a-time into the receiving fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Inventors: Craig D. Lack, Peter R. Pratt
  • Patent number: 6250501
    Abstract: A method for storing and dispensing thin, flimsy objects such as end disks that form the ends of light-tight packages for photosensitive materials. The thin, flimsy objects are loaded onto a hub member and supported by a biased pusher plate that urges the objects one at a time through a stripper plate that has a removed section slightly smaller in dimensions than the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: John A. Spina, John DePoint, Jr., Marion T. Juskiewicz
  • Patent number: 6241121
    Abstract: There is provided an article storage device for an automatic vending machine, which is capable of properly storing and dispensing articles without causing any deformation or breakage thereof and, compact in construction, and at the same time capable of reliably detecting whether articles are sold out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., LTD
    Inventor: Yoshio Yasaka
  • Patent number: 6230932
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dispensing machine for printed publications. The vending machine allows to dispense one copy at a time by providing a metering break above a dispensing channel. The vending machine has a hollow housing, within which a detachable module is slidable mounted. An operational portion of the machine includes a drive screw connected to a motor by a gear assembly. The printed publications are supported in an upright position on a bearing plate and are advanced towards the dispensing channel by a push plate connected to the drive screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Assignee: DPC, International, Inc.
    Inventors: C. Rankin Lowing, David Brown
  • Patent number: 6189727
    Abstract: A semi-automated pharmaceutical dispensing arrangement has a drug cabinet in which a control mechanism permits opening of the front door for an authorized attendant and permits the attendant to obtain the pre-filled bottles or containers of medication for a patient's prescription order. An array of linear dispensing modules each hold a front-to-back row of filled containers, which can be manually lifted out one at a time. A pusher mechanism in the module pushes the containers forward, so that containers are pushed into position for removal. These may be spring actuated. Each of the modules also has an associated signaling device, such as an LED that lights up to guide the attendant to the appropriate dispensing module. A controller processor, e.g., a computer, is associated with the cabinet for inputting patient-medication information and lighting the signaling LEDs for the modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: S&S X-Ray Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Norman A. Shoenfeld
  • Patent number: 6189732
    Abstract: A golf ball carrier and dispenser in the form of a tube in which balls are stacked and biased to one end by spring action where an end opening smaller than the balls restrains the endmost ball from release. A side dispensing opening for release of ball is located adjacent the end of the tube so that when pressure is applied through the end opening, the endmost ball of the stack can be pushed downwardly and toward the exit opening for release of the endmost ball over the next underlying ball in the stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Inventors: Douglas J. Althaus, Daniel J. Althaus
  • Patent number: 6161697
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for dispensing thermoplastic inserts, or other identical pieces, in a manner in which orientation of the individual inserts is properly maintained. The apparatus includes a hollow tube having an internal cavity for housing and guiding a plurality of the inserts aligned one after another therein. The hollow tube has a central axis. A receiving assembly is positioned at an inlet end of the hollow tube and has at least one pivotable blocking member for selectively blocking the inlet end of the hollow tube. A weight assembly is positioned within the hollow tube. The weight assembly has a lower contact surface spanning substantially the entire width of the cavity and abutting against the one of the inserts nearest the inlet end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Howard J. Van Laeken
  • Patent number: 6129218
    Abstract: A surface mounted display device for serially stacked products, the display device including a first support member, a second support member and at least one divider member removably mounted between the two support members. The divider member has a web to which a pusher plate is movably attached. A guide arrangement is provided on the web for guiding the pusher plate. A spring biases the pusher plate toward one end of the display. Products are stacked between the pusher plate and the first support. When a product is removed, the pusher plate, being biased toward the first support member, advances the next product to the front of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric F. Henry, Michael Senetra
  • Patent number: 6112940
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing, receiving or storing packaged integrated circuit devices using at least one vertically-oriented, removable, tubular magazine disposed above a controllably-driven, rod-like indexing element extending from a drive below the magazine. A magazine, with an associated indexing element and drive, is configurable as an individual magazine module. The indexing element, under power of the drive, raises or lowers a vertical stack of devices to a desired level adjacent the top of the magazine to dispense or receive an individual device from a feed mechanism, such as a pick-and-place mechanism. A number of magazine modules may be assembled in a multi-module array, which is particularly suitable for binning tested devices, with a sort category being directed to each magazine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: Micron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Canella