With Separate Inlet For Replenishment Or Access Patents (Class 221/281)
  • Patent number: 10045642
    Abstract: A guide assembly for a displaying a plurality of products is disclosed. The guide assembly includes a base, a first lateral wall and a second lateral wall. The base includes a product-supporting surface defining a longitudinal axis. Each lateral wall includes a plurality of support members and a rail. The support members extend upwardly from a lateral side of the base. The rail is spaced above the base and extends along portions of the support members. A proximal-most support member of the first lateral wall is longitudinally offset from a proximal-most support member of the second lateral wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Display Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Howard, Stephen J. Cress
  • Patent number: 9723933
    Abstract: A guide assembly for a displaying a plurality of products is disclosed. The guide assembly includes a base, a first lateral wall and a second lateral wall. The base includes a product-supporting surface defining a longitudinal axis. Each lateral wall includes a plurality of support members and a rail. The support members extend upwardly from a lateral side of the base. The rail is spaced above the base and extends along portions of the support members. A proximal-most support member of the first lateral wall is longitudinally offset from a proximal-most support member of the second lateral wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Display Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Howard, Stephen J. Cress
  • Patent number: 9327298
    Abstract: Femtoliter to milliliter volumes of one or a plurality of different fluids of varied properties, semisolids or solids are energized electrically in an inductive or optionally an inductive-conductive manner, with one or a plurality of either analogue or digital energy sources of uni or multi-polar nature using high or optionally low DC, AC or RF voltage or energy supplies in programmed, coordinated manner with other devices (e.g., pumps or all types, syringes, pipettes, capillaries, scientific instruments, etc.) using special hardware to energize and direct matter from gaussian surfaces or multiple nested gaussian surfaces to produce and optionally fly drops or optionally sprays, to targets of all types, yielding matter directed with high precision and accuracy in volumetric, spatial and temporal terms, as the matter is optionally treated, measured, metered via current, optical, thermal or other measurement technologies with feedback, one or N channels at a time creating a digital record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Inventor: Andrew Daniel Sauter, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9251638
    Abstract: A bracket supporting apparatus includes a side plate, two fixing brackets, a first mounting bracket defining a first through hole, and a second mounting bracket defining a second through hole. Each of the two fixing brackets includes a connection portion defining a fixing hole. Two supporting portions extend from two sides of the connection portion. A mounting portion extends from one side of each of the two supporting portions. The two supporting portions of each of the two fixing brackets are substantially parallel to the first mounting bracket and the second mounting bracket. The mounting portions are fixed to the side plate. A first fastener passes through each of the first through holes, the second through holes, and the fixing holes to fix the first mounting bracket and the second mounting bracket to each of the two fixing brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignees: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (WuHan) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chao Liu, Zhi-Ping Wu
  • Patent number: 9101531
    Abstract: The disclosed pill bottle allows for timed dispensing of medicine, as programmed by a doctor, pharmacist, or caregiver. The device has a slot for pill entry in any one of the walls, the slot being sealable and lockable. In an unlocked and open condition, the slot is a portal from the outside of the bottle into an inner cavity, the cavity being adapted for pill storage and extending between the slot/opening for pill entry and an exit tube. The exit tube is sized for single-file passage of a plurality of pills. A spring-loaded member is adapted to apply pressure in the exit tube on a single pill of the plurality of pills such that the pressure prevents exit of the single pill and the single pill blocks other pills of the plurality of pills from exiting. A button extends through a wall, such as the side wall, and is configured to release the pressure (defined as changing the static nature of the pill and spring placement) on the single pill, allowing it to fall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Song
  • Patent number: 9016516
    Abstract: Pharmaceutical product dispensers (e.g., in the shape of a common ink pen) are operable to indicate information regarding a dosing schedule of a pharmaceutical product dispensable from the dispenser. Embodiments of the dispensers may include a plurality of dosing segments, each corresponding to a different dose of the pharmaceutical product. Actuation of an actuator may result in interaction between the actuator and the pharmaceutical product storage area such that a dose of pharmaceutical product contained in the pharmaceutical product storage area is dispensed, along with a corresponding advancement of the plurality of dosing segments. The dispenser may also include one or more locks to prevent unauthorized access to the pharmaceutical product (e.g., by a child or the like). Furthermore, the pharmaceutical product dispenser may include a disabling mechanism to permanently disable actuation of the actuator of the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Mallinckrodt LLC
    Inventors: Vernon D. Ortenzi, Robert J. Ziemba, Frank M. Lewis, Geoffrey S. Strobl
  • Patent number: 8960435
    Abstract: A stackable and linkable container system that includes a container having a cavity; an entry slot formed in at least an upper portion of the front wall; an exit slot formed in at least a lower portion of the front wall; a cover; one or more vertical stack aligning tabs extending from a top surface of the cover; one or more ribs extending from an outer surface of the bottom wall; at least one horizontal aligning dovetail extending from the first side wall; at least two, spaced apart, horizontal aligning pins extending from the second side wall, wherein at least one horizontal aligning dovetail socket is defined between the spaced apart horizontal aligning pins, and wherein the horizontal aligning dovetail is formed so as to be at least partially received within the horizontal aligning dovetail socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Caleb D. Rideout
  • Patent number: 8955714
    Abstract: An apparatus for containing, transporting, dispensing and keeping an inventory of a plurality of same size cleco type fasteners has a tubular housing with an interior bore dimensioned to receive the plurality of cleco type fasteners through a proximal opening on the housing that is closed by a removable closure device. The distal end of the housing has a retention device that retains the forward most cleco type fastener inserted into the housing interior bore with a sufficient force that prevents the forward most cleco type fastener from being unintentionally removed from the housing distal end, but allows the forward most cleco type fastener to be manually grasped and pulled from the housing distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Mark Brzon, Brian Louis Trimmell
  • Patent number: 8827111
    Abstract: A set of panels having chutes therebetween. The chutes being defined by curvilinear rails on such panels. The curvilinear rails having stops thereon for stopping the products for viewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Gamon Plus, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry J. Johnson, Travis O. Johnson, John Schoemer
  • Patent number: 8770438
    Abstract: A container for carrying and dispensing at least one zip tie includes a housing having an outer wall and opposing upper and lower walls defining a substantially hollow interior. An inner wall is formed inside the housing to divide the housing interior into an inner cavity and an outer cavity, and the inner wall has at least one slot formed therein to define a passage between the inner cavity and the outer cavity. A flexible orifice is provided in the upper and lower walls. Another embodiment provides a container for zip ties that also includes a housing having an outer wall and opposing upper and lower walls defining a substantially hollow interior. A dispensing slot formed in the outer wall, and a friction fit passage formed on the outer wall adjacent to the dispensing slot. Yet another embodiment provides a container that combines the features of the first two embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel A. Cahill
  • Patent number: 8727178
    Abstract: A condiment packet dispenser that includes a cylindrical shaped housing containing an open top with a plurality of radially partitioned chambers. Each chamber contains a cylindrical shaped container that stores individual condiment packets in a radial manner. The dispenser is operated by pushing a button which sends a signal to a motor control board. The motor control board powers a motor having a spur gear which turns the selected condiment container until the condiment packet is aligned with a drop chute. The packet then falls thru the drop chute and is available for picking up by the customer. There is also a cylindrical shaped top lid which is removable when new condiments need to be loaded to replenish the dispenser. The condiment dispenser sits on top of a base stand that may either be rigidly mounted or may be rotated to choose a condiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventors: Irene Carter, Roger Henry Gagnon
  • Patent number: 8523011
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dispenser, particularly a refillable single-hand dispenser, having a sleeve (13) comprising an opening (23) at the top thereof, and a base part (27) opposite the top. A receptacle (15) for receiving tablets (22), lozenges, or the like is accommodated in the sleeve (3) such that it can be displace in the longitudinal direction. The receptacle (15) can be pulled out of the sleeve (15), the base being biased in the direction of the receptacle top by a zigzag spring (19). The zigzag spring (19) passes through the receptacle (15) through an opening in the base and is supported at the base (27) of the sleeve (13). A tablet package (20) comprising a tubular packaging (65) is disposed in the receptacle (15). The package wall (65) encloses the tablets (22). The sliding base (21) has exterior dimensions that correspond at most to the interior dimensions of the tubular packaging (65).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventors: Eduard Haas, Otto Ziegler
  • Patent number: 8517214
    Abstract: Systems and methods related to dispensing food (e.g., fruit) or other items in a “first-in, first-out” manner are discussed. The system can include a base having one or more cavities therein and a plurality of chutes configured to align within a subset of the cavities. Each of the chutes can include an inlet that can provide access to an open interior for storage of items, and the plurality of chutes can dispense the plurality of items in a “first-in first out” manner. An ice chest capable of cooling the plurality of chutes can be included, as can a drip tray or other mechanism for separating the fruit from its juices to prolong its useful lifespan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Inventors: Deborah J. Lowry, Roberta Royak, Paul Royak, Lawrence Hudson
  • Patent number: 8490828
    Abstract: A package for product pieces includes a housing having a plurality of walls forming an interior adapter to hold a plurality of product pieces. The housing has a dispensing opening in communication with the interior. A resilient member is disposed in the housing interior and is adapted to urge the product pieces toward the dispensing opening. The housing has an aperture formed in one of the plurality of walls disposed adjacent the dispensing opening to permit the product piece to be engaged and moved out of the interior through the dispensing opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Kaiser, Francis G. Schiro, Allen Aldridge
  • Patent number: 8397948
    Abstract: A dispensing device may include a main body including a wall having a dispensing mouth defined in the wall; a storage portion, wherein the storage portion is retained by the main body; and a conveyance path providing communication between the storage portion and the dispensing mouth. In addition, the dispensing device may include a conveyor disposed in the conveyance path; a drive motor mechanically coupled to the conveyor; and a sensor, wherein the sensor is directly or indirectly electrically coupled to the drive motor and the sensor is in optical communication with the environment proximate to the dispensing mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen B. Mills, Stevenson Tom
  • Patent number: 8365950
    Abstract: A medicine dispensing device has a device body (1), shelf members (2) arranged in the vertical directions in the device body (1), and a medicine conveyance member (3) for conveying medicines (D), received in the shelf members (2), on one by one basis from the front face side of the device body (1). A shelf member (2) has cassettes (26) in which medicines (D) are received in line, a pusher (31) for pushing the medicines in the cassettes (26) toward the front face side of the device body (10), and a constant load spring (32) for applying a constant load to the medicines (D) received in the cassettes (26) through the pusher (31). To fill the cassettes (26) with the medicines (D), the shelf member (2) can be pulled out from the front face side of the device body (1) and then positioned by pivoting the shelf member (2) so as to face obliquely downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Yuyama, Hiroyuki Kanda
  • Publication number: 20120318273
    Abstract: A method of making a face mask is disclosed. The method includes providing an elastic nonwoven web continuous in a machine direction, the elastic nonwoven web having a central lane extending in the machine direction; bonding a filtering web to the central lane of the elastic nonwoven web to provide a layered web, the filtering web being continuous in the machine direction and having a cross-web width that is substantially the same as the cross-web width of the central lane; and stamping a face mask into the layered web. A face mask and a continuous layered web having a plurality of face masks disposed thereon are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventor: Alexander C. Tsuei
  • 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: 8261939
    Abstract: A dual-reservoir canister for dispensing pills includes a dispensing reservoir and a backup reservoir. Pills (solid medications such as pills, capsules and caplets) are stored in both reservoirs but dispensed only from the dispensing reservoir until the dispensing reservoir is empty, at which time, the dual-reservoir canister is tilted to pour the pills from the backup reservoir into the dispensing reservoir. An access door is provided to refill the backup reservoir and, in some embodiments, the access door includes an extension that prevents pills from accidentally falling into the dispensing reservoir while the backup reservoir is refilled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: QEM, Inc.
    Inventor: Norman D. Knoth
  • Patent number: 8256614
    Abstract: Interconnected and on-site severable deck clips with cooperating installation tool for joining two adjacent decking planks to an underlying support structure. The deck clips are interconnected and on-site severable, are attached to the underlying support structure, and engage the two adjacent decking planks so as to fasten the two adjacent decking planks to the underlying support structure without a need for nails or screws to pass through the two adjacent decking planks. The installation tool is hand-held, removably receives a number of the deck clips, and feeds the deck clips one at a time to fasten to the underlying support structure, and when a deck clip is fastened to the underlying support structure, the deck clip is severed from the other deck clips in the installation tool and a next deck clip is feed by way of the installation tool and attached to the underlying support structure to engage the two adjacent decking planks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Inventor: Keven R. Wadsworth, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20120138624
    Abstract: A device provides connection elements such as rivets or the like from a storage unit via at least one outlet for at least one connection element application, and a connection element is provided at an inlet by a further device for providing connection elements, to pass through to the outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Inventor: Mathias Voelz
  • Patent number: 8186544
    Abstract: A dispensing device may include a main body including a wall having a dispensing mouth defined in the wall; a storage portion, wherein the storage portion is retained by the main body; and a conveyance path providing communication between the storage portion and the dispensing mouth. In addition, the dispensing device may include a conveyor disposed in the conveyance path; a drive motor mechanically coupled to the conveyor; and a sensor, wherein the sensor is directly or indirectly electrically coupled to the drive motor and the sensor is in optical communication with the environment proximate to the dispensing mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen B. Mills, Stevenson Tom
  • Publication number: 20120080444
    Abstract: A configuration of disposable cutlery comprises a plurality of disposable cutlery pieces suitable for loading in a disposable cutlery dispenser, wherein the plurality is not constrained by a cartridge when loaded into the cutlery dispenser, wherein the plurality is in a substantially unfanned orientation after loading of the plurality into a cutlery dispenser, and wherein each piece comprises a solid handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Applicant: DIXIE CONSUMER PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventors: Patrick J. Smith, Andy L. Kirkpatrick, Michael R. Kilgore, David G. Honan
  • Patent number: 8113381
    Abstract: A pet waste bags dispenser provided for dispensing animal waste bags, having a collapsible container, a dispenser cavity cover and a dispensing means, wherein the dispensing means allows waste bags placed within the waste bags dispenser to be dispensed to a user easily and conveniently. The collapsible waste bags dispenser is made of a collapsible material, such that the dispenser is easy to store, light in weight, simple to manufacture, and has the flexibility to contain different amounts of waste bags within the collapsible container, wherein rolls of or individually wrapped waste bags are allowed to be dispensed. The collapsible waste bags dispenser further has external connecting means for connecting the waste bags dispenser to a foreign object, so as to facilitate the user to easily obtain a waste bag from the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Inventor: Peter H Che
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8100292
    Abstract: A vending machine includes a plurality of column walls that collectively define an associated plurality of stack areas for storing product containers. The column wall includes various, vertically spaced and fore-to-aft extending stiffeners embossed into the column wall. The integral stiffeners eliminate the need for any additional discrete stiffener parts and fasteners. In addition, the integral stiffeners advantageously permit thinner material to be employed in forming the column walls, thereby improving the entire manufacturing process. Preferably, one of the stiffeners constitutes a decoupling member which isolates a bottom portion of the column wall from a top portion and substantially prevents bow forces from transferring into a dispensing region of the column wall. Furthermore, each of the column walls is integrally formed with an alignment member or louver structure in the form of a guide element or flange which provides for proper product positioning through a vending area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Crane Merchandising Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Hayward Kelly, Edmund Scott Richardson, Terring M. Ware
  • Patent number: 8055380
    Abstract: The daily pill dispensing apparatus has a front section connected to a back section, a top hinge disposed on the top between the front section and the back section, a dispenser lid connected to the top hinge and pivotally covering the front section, a septet of top doors disposed atop the back section, each top door pivotally covering a separate compartment of the back section via the top hinge, a day indicia disposed atop each top door, a dispensing door hingedly separating each compartment from the front section, each dispensing door opening into the front section, a display disposed atop the dispenser lid, a controls disposed in the front section bottom, the controls in communication with the display and with each dispensing door, whereby each dispensing door sequentially opens, each dispensing door opening only one day per week, and battery power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Inventors: Vandana Verma, Ravindra Kumar
  • Patent number: 8025180
    Abstract: The present invention refers to an apparatus for dispensing capsules, preferably single-use, disposable capsules for the production of beverages, brews and the like, intended for use in connection with automatic food-product vending machines. The inventive capsule dispensing apparatus includes a plurality of receptacles adapted to accommodate capsules in a stacked arrangement, at least a rotary pick-up device provided with two or more compartments distributed about the axis of rotation thereof for removing the capsules from the receptacles, and a conveyor. The capsule dispensing apparatus is characterized in that between the at least a pick-up device and the conveyor there is arranged a distribution tray including a plurality of guide partitions adapted to enable the capsules to undergo a rotary motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: N & W Global Vending S.p.A.
    Inventor: Alessandro Magno
  • Patent number: 7975875
    Abstract: An entirely mechanical gas bottle dispensing machine that allows to either only dispense by gravity a filled bottle upon insertion of a first token or dispense a filled bottle with return of an empty bottle upon insertion of a second token.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Inventor: Andrzej Borzym
  • Patent number: 7931170
    Abstract: A pet waste bags dispenser includes a pouch body, a pouch cover, means for detachably attaching the front cover edge of the pouch cover on the front wall of the pouch body, and a bag dispenser, wherein the bag dispenser allows waste bags placed within the waste bags dispenser to be dispensed to a user easily and conveniently. The pet waste bags dispenser is made of a collapsible material, such that the dispenser is easy to store, light in weight, simple to manufacture, and has the flexibility to contain different amounts of waste bags within the pouch body, wherein rolls of or individually wrapped waste bags are allowed to be dispensed. The pet waste bags dispenser further includes a pouch carrier for the pouch body to be carried around, so as to facilitate the user to easily obtain a waste bag from the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Inventor: Peter H. Che
  • Patent number: 7905370
    Abstract: A simple, inexpensive, reliable and maintenance-free dispenser in which the stored products are offered automatically on the outside of the dispenser where they can be grasped by a hand without further manipulation. The dispenser includes housings in which the products, stacked in a column, are stored and moved by gravity and, at the base of each housing in front of the first product of the column, outlet orifices are closed by a closing membrane with slits. A slope is provided, in the lower rear part of each housing, to automatically advance the first product a predetermined distance through the outlet orifice so that the product partially emerges and can be grasped by hand on the outside of the dispenser. The dispenser can be used to automatically dispense consumable products, such as drinks, without prepayment, and for all types of industrial, commercial, home and other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Inventor: Philippe Leonetti
  • Publication number: 20100230432
    Abstract: A forward leaning, hinged-lid storage and dispensing box is described, suitable for use with flat, stacked articles such as index or playing cards, dry stiff articles and pads such as cleaning or burnishing pads, or the like. Minimally the box of the present invention comprises in combination; a back panel; side panels; a bottom panel; a front panel; a top panel; and, a lid hinged to the front panel that forms at least a portion of both the front and top panels of the closed box, and wherein the lid drops and opens forward on at least one hinged connection, and wherein the front panel is angled forward from vertical at least a few degrees. In this way, stacked flat articles loaded into the box will necessarily lean against and parallel to the inside surface of the front wall, ready for easy reach and removal one-at-a-time by the consumer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Applicant: The Dial Corporation
    Inventors: Keith Cardinal, Mark Snyker, Dan Perez, Susan Ng Williams
  • Publication number: 20100193541
    Abstract: Disclosed is a dispenser for items such as disposable cup closures that maintains a high degree of protection from air borne disease, contamination from adjoining surfaces or from contact with the hands of other patrons. The wide acceptance of clean technology depends on uncompromised convenience, productivity and cost as well as satisfying other needs of the store or restaurant proprietors including both dispenser appearance and low use of counter space. The present invention therefore provides clean dispensing of items like cup closures and packaged condiments in a device that is easy to maintain, clean and keep filled, mounts anywhere in a small space is aesthetically pleasing and can be customized to match any décor. Disclosed is a unique combination of a number of small details that together can play a crucial role in protecting the patrons from the spread of a pandemic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventors: Harvey James Tester, Lynn Ward Salts
  • Patent number: 7757890
    Abstract: A system for dispensing cylindrical containers is disclosed. In an embodiment, a housing with an upper opening and a lower opening includes a track that connects the upper and lower openings. A drawer is mounted in the lower opening so that containers placed in the upper opening may travel along the track until they reach the drawer. In an embodiment opening the drawer allows a single container to be removed. A plurality of tracks connecting a plurality of upper and lower openings may be provided so that different types of containers may be dispensed. In an embodiment the drawer may be lockable and a cover that may include a lock may be mounted to the housing so as to cover the upper opening. In an embodiment, a sensor may be included to detect the opening of the drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: RTC Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Alton E. Alford, Randall G. Singer, Lance Mastalka, Guillermo Bangit, Jeff Fridrich, John Ward
  • Patent number: 7648044
    Abstract: A sheet product dispenser includes a housing adapted to house sheet products therein, the housing having an arching wall, a first planar wall disposed in contact with the arching wall, and a second planar wall disposed in contact with the arching wall and the first planar wall; an opening disposed in the first planar wall or the second planar wall, the opening having a size sufficient to allow dispensing of the sheet products there-through; and an access panel forming a portion of the arching wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Christopher M. Reinsel, Michael R. Kilgore, Rachel DeSmidt, Frances Alexay
  • Publication number: 20090236952
    Abstract: A single hand paper towel dispenser and towel is disclosed having a plurality of generally flat longitudinally stacked paper towels. The stacked paper towels include a first paper towel, a second paper towel, and a securing element. The first paper towel has a first end portion, an opposing second end portion, a first side, and a second side. The second paper towel is a completely separate paper towel having a first end portion, an opposing second end portion, a first side, and a second side. The securing element secures one end of the first paper towel to one end of the second paper towel in order to form a bond therebetween. The paper towel dispenser is sized to house the plurality of paper towels. The dispenser includes a slot having a width sized such that a single paper towel may extend therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Inventor: Michael De Giulio
  • Publication number: 20090212066
    Abstract: A product holding, displaying and dispensing assembly includes a dispenser housing having a feed channel and a dispensing location together with a pre-packed, shipping cartridge holding a plurality of product units. The cartridge is inserted and held within the dispenser housing as the product units move within the cartridge to the dispensing location where a consumer can access and remove one or more product units. Unlike more conventional dispensers, the assembly of the present invention is configured so that the pre-packed cartridge is loaded into and remains within the housing as the product units are dispensed and advance forward within the dispenser. After insertion, the cartridge is locked in place by an arrangement of the feed track when one or more cans remain in the cartridge, but can be removed easily when the cartridge is empty. A forward facing surface also provides an additional advertising medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Inventor: Jamie Bauer
  • Publication number: 20090178942
    Abstract: The present invention provides a golf tee container and dispenser having an elastomeric body with a plurality of apertures through which golf tees can be dispensed. Also provided by the invention are ready-packs of dispensable golf tees, as well as methods for containing and dispensing golf tees.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Inventor: John Balazs
  • Patent number: 7516596
    Abstract: A product and method for producing a string of individual sealed, filled packages separated by perforations. A string of separate packages optionally may be enclosed in a cardboard or other container designed to sit in a pantry or other location for dispensing of individual units. Perforations in the packaging film between separate packages provide a tear point to aid in separating one package from the next. There are several advantages to this format including easy placement of the string of packages into a carton for shipping or dispensing, and the ability to hang a string of packages in locations without the need to attach the packages to a backing strip. The perforations between packages facilitate the packaging and transportation of the entire string or bandolier, and facilitate the removal and use of a separate package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Thomas Henderson, Garrett William Kohl, Steven Kenneth Tucker
  • Patent number: 7427003
    Abstract: The disk feeder removes disks from the bottom of a stack of disks by pushing them one at a time with a ram traveling back and forth under a tower holding the stack of disks. The tower has a gap at the base for allowing one disk at a time to be pushed out by the ram. The tower may be tilted to provide for a stack of disks, which rest partly on a wall of the tower to reduce the weight of the stack on the bottom disk. The workstation fed by the disk feeder can be a disk destroyer, a printer, a writer or any other disk processing device. Combinations of disk feeders and workstations can produce batches of copies of disks with labels printed on them. The disk feeder provides a low cost reliable way to feed disks to work stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: Condre, Inc.
    Inventor: Keith R. Peterson
  • Publication number: 20070241129
    Abstract: A container that holds the golf balls for sequential dispensing of golf balls from an interior cavity through an opening between a pair of opposing legs and a projecting stop movable from a first position for holding one of the golf balls between the legs and retained by the projecting stops to a second outward position sufficient for the golf ball to pass by the projecting stops. A method of holding and sequentially dispensing golf balls for play is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2006
    Publication date: October 18, 2007
    Inventor: Jason Smith
  • Patent number: 7234609
    Abstract: An article dispensing machine and article transport storage unit are shown that permit articles slated for inventory to be delivered in secure manner from a centralized inventory supply center to an article dispensing machine forming part of an article distribution system. The article transport storage unit is locked during transport from the supply center to the machine and does not become unlocked until fully installed within the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Redbox Automated Retail, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Michael DeLazzer, Franz Kuehnrich
  • Patent number: 6951292
    Abstract: A container (10) with a hinged lid comprises a container body (11), a hinged lid (23) hinged on the container body (11), and a bottom wall (12) tightly covering the open lower end of the container body (11). A rubber plate 50) is provided between the hinged lid (23) and the container body (11). The container body (11) has an upper wall (27) provided with an opening (24), and a side wall (13). The hinged lid (23) is supported on the side wall (13) of the container body (11). Since the hinged lid (23) is supported on the side wall (13), the hinged lid (23) can be formed in a large shape. The container body (11) is provided with a catching projection (33) for catching a locking projection (32) formed on the hinged lid (23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignees: Uni-Charm Corporation, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Bando, Yoshikazu Tanaka, Katsumi Kameda, Masaho Hayashi, Norikazu Shinogi
  • Patent number: 6920999
    Abstract: A dispenser is provided for dispensing stacked folded sheets. The dispenser includes a housing defining an internal storage space for the stack of sheets. A cover member is pivotally attached to the housing and is movable between an open position and a closed position for loading a stack of folded sheets into the housing. A device, such as a mechanical stop system, is provided and located such that the device must be manually operated with both hands while closing the cover member. In this way, an individual is prevented from using a free hand to compress the stack of folded sheets within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Antwain D. Taylor, Victoria L. Bischoff, Robert C. Ziegenfuss
  • Patent number: 6868985
    Abstract: A small-sized automatic vending machine for snack confectionery is provided, which is capable of being fitted to a side surface of an already installed automatic vending machine for drinks, or the like, and which enables machine size reduction, commodity protection, and a first-in first-out operation for commodities. The small-sized automatic vending machine comprises a base frame (4), which is capable of being fitted to a mounting surface (2), and a cabinet (6). The cabinet (6) comprises a commodity vending opening (10), which is located at an upper region, and a commodity accommodating section, which is located within the cabinet (6) and accommodates a plurality of commodities (CA, CB) laid-up on commodity carriers (26A, 26B). A lower region of the cabinet (6) is pivotably supported on the base frame (4) via a hinge (8), such that the cabinet (6) is capable of being set in a sideways fallen state, in which the commodity accommodating section is exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: Mars Incorporated
    Inventors: Kichihei Mori, Yasuhiro Ota
  • Publication number: 20040262326
    Abstract: A selectively cascadeable storage unit allows a variable number of containers to be stored and dispensed in a first-in, first-out manner. The storage unit includes a receiving area, a storage track, a dispensing area, and a selectively engageable stop. The storage track conveys containers from the receiving area to the dispensing area, where the selectively engageable stop either holds the containers or passes the containers to a cascaded storage unit. In one embodiment, multiple storage units are substantially overlapped such that containers may be selectively passed from the dispensing area of one unit to the receiving area of the connected unit. The present invention facilitates better utilization of storage facilities and simplifies inventory management of a variety of containers such as barrels, bottles, boxes, cans, cartons, casks, crates, drums, jars, kegs, packages, sacks, tins, and tubs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2003
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Inventor: Coston L. Christensen
  • 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: 6722526
    Abstract: A cracker dispenser for dispensing individual crackers in a sanitary manner such as at public cooking events and at wine and cheese tasting events. The cracker dispenser includes a plastic housing for receiving a plurality of stacked crackers from a standard size roll of crackers. The housing is of elongate rectangular shape with a horizontal lower wall of a rectangular shape slightly larger than the individual crackers. Three upstanding walls include a rear wall and opposing side walls which extend from the lower wall to retain the plurality of crackers into a cracker receiving interior chamber defined by the housing in a stacked position. A movable door in the form of a sliding door or a latching hinged door is connected to the housing to selectively cover a cracker roll receiving opening formed at the front of the housing between the two side walls to admit crackers from the roll thereof and closing to cover the cracker roll receiving opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Inventor: Valentino Passetti
  • Publication number: 20040069795
    Abstract: A vending machine comprising a housing and a service chassis. The housing has an interior, a front face and a rear door pivotally connected to the housing. The front face of the housing includes at least one front opening for allowing a vended product to be removed from the housing. The service chassis is at least partially located within the housing and includes at least one money collecting container. The service chassis can be slid into and out of the interior of the housing for allowing access to the at least one money collecting container. A method of loading the vending machine is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2002
    Publication date: April 15, 2004
    Inventor: Gary L. Sams
  • Patent number: 6708841
    Abstract: Glove dispenser having a back plate, a cover, a angled rack for securing a pre-packaged box of gloves within the device at an angle with respect to the back plate, and an aperture in the cover through which gloves can be dispensed at an ergonomic angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Safety Today, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven W. Baughman