With Spaced Casing Patents (Class 221/286)
  • Patent number: 8973783
    Abstract: A label dispenser having a body and a hinged lid attached thereto. The lid is held in a closed position by way of magnets. The interior of the body has guides that hold label packs in a vertical arrangement. The labels and liner are passed between the body of the dispenser and the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Doug Clouser
  • Patent number: 8469228
    Abstract: A dispenser of containers. A carousel is rotatably mounted to a main frame about a vertical axis of rotation and has a plurality of container compartments arranged around the axis and along the length of the axis. A driver mounted to the main frame rotates the carousel around the axis in a single direction and a lock limits rotation of the carousel in any direction when engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: SLEEGERS Engineered Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph L. Adams
  • Publication number: 20130098938
    Abstract: A wipes dispenser for wet wipes comprises a cabinet with an exterior structure enveloping an interior space and with a roll back door providing access to the interior space by rolling between an opened position and a closed position. A wipes container within the cabinet houses a wipes bin in the interior space in the cabinet. A mounting structure is formed on the exterior structure of the cabinet. A mounting support is attached for affixing the mounting structure to a support surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventor: Sotiria Efthimiadis
  • Publication number: 20120181299
    Abstract: A pin dispensing apparatus including a dispenser configured to present a pin to a user, a transfer member configured to convey the pin to the dispenser, and a delivery mechanism configured to provide the pin to the transfer member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventors: Jilene A. Repp, David H. Weaver
  • Patent number: 8061559
    Abstract: A vending machine housing assembly includes a housing body having plural sides assembled one to the next in an end-to-end angular relationship so as to provide the housing body with a polygonal cross-sectional configuration. Each side define a wall portion and a corner portion in a one-piece construction in which the corner portion is rigidly and integrally connected to the wall portion and has an arcuate cross-sectional configuration determining the angular relationship between the sides of the housing body. The housing assembly also has an upper collar and a lower base respectively disposed above and below the housing body and having polygonal cross-sectional configurations like that of the housing body, and elements interconnecting and fixedly clamping the housing body between the upper collar and lower base to provide the housing assembly as a rigid construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: Kil Jae Chang
  • Patent number: 8016157
    Abstract: The dispenser is comprised of a first hollow body and a second hollow body. The second hollow body fits into the first hollow body. The second hollow body has a closure at the open end. The second hollow body is maintained in the first hollow body by means of an interference fit. There also is at least one vent between the first hollow body and the second hollow body. The second hollow body will contain a medicament. In use the first hollow body and the second hollow body are separated, the lid on the closure of the second hollow body opened and a tablet dispensed into the first hollow body. A liquid such as water is added to the first hollow body to dissolve the tablet. This dissolved medicament is ingested in the usual way and the second hollow body placed back into the first hollow body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Inventors: Joseph Thomas Norris, Jeffrey Mayers, Peter Stagl
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20100084423
    Abstract: A dispenser includes a base and a storage sleeve which contains a quantity of dental flossers. The dental flossers are maintained without any mutual entanglement. The base includes a dispenser slot, an operating arm and an operating button. Pressing the operating button causes the operating arm to engage a single dental flosser and push the single dental flosser through the dispensing slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Inventor: Joshua Zeitman
  • Patent number: 7644838
    Abstract: A food dispensing machine and method of use that includes separately loaded, conveyed, and heated first and second food portions. A first food portion, such as a hot dog, is dispensed from a chain of portions in an sealing film via a first dispensing device, which slices the film and expels the food portion. The first food portion is loaded onto a projecting component, which transports the first food portion to a first heating device and rotates the food portion during heating. Second food portions, such as buns, within containers attached to a film so as to form a chain, are dispensed by a second dispensing device, which separates each container from the film for placement onto a tray. The tray conveys the second food portions to a second heating device, and the heated first and second food portions are combined and dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: LHD Vending Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Leon Leykin, Leonid Khodor, Alex Kofman
  • Patent number: 7258249
    Abstract: The system for controlling and tracking medical items (830) includes a plurality of medical item storage cabinets (878). Each cabinet includes a plurality of doors (888-894). The doors control access to shelves (902, 904) and support modules (1210). Shelves and support modules include user interfaces (938, 1214). Authorized users desiring to take medical items from storage locations in cabinets for use in treating patients are enabled to provide inputs through a display terminal (880) adjacent to cabinets and/or interfaces to indicate the taking of medical items. Storage cabinets include visual indicators so that users may be guided to find a selected medical item for which information is input at an associated display terminal. Alternatively, authorized users gain access to the interior of the cabinet and indicate through appropriate inputs through interfaces the types and quantities of items being taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: AutoMed Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David T. Frederick, James A. Michael, R. Michael McGrady
  • Patent number: 7252209
    Abstract: A wet wipe dispenser is provided that includes a support having an open area adapted to be juxtaposed with the cover portion of a container of wet wipes in an inverted orientation, and a base portion supporting the support above a surface on which the base portion is placed. In one embodiment the wet wipes dispenser includes a lower support and an upper support connected by means of a hinge. A wipes package is inserted between the upper and lower supports in juxtaposition with a slot within the lower support. The package has an inverted orientation within the slot such that wipes are downwardly dispensed, which allows for removal, and preferably also heating of the wipes, without a high rate of moisture loss occurring from the package. The downward force of the upper support can compress the package as wipes are sequentially dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Assignee: Nice-Pak Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert P. Julius
  • Patent number: 7118008
    Abstract: A label tag dispenser has a base, a cassette mount for placing a paster cassette and two semi-shells symmetrical with each other. The cassette has an outer periphery and at least one groove is defined in the outer periphery. Each semi-shell has an open end, an inner periphery, at least one rib formed on the inner periphery to match with the at least one groove and a cutout defined at the open end. By engaging the groove and the rib, the two semi-shells can be individually mounted on the cassette mount. One semi-shell is mounted and then the paster cassette can be received inside the label tag dispenser with its first paster sheet extending upward through the cutout. Then, the other semi-shell is mounted to achieve the label tag dispenser. Thereby, the label tag dispenser is conveniently reloaded with a new paster cassette without nuisance concerning slippage of the paster sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Inventor: Nick Hsu
  • Patent number: 7004435
    Abstract: A bracket for supporting a container of absorbent sheet products includes first and second side walls each having a flange section perpendicular thereto for mounting to a substantially vertical mounting surface. A cross member extends between the first and second side walls as a front member. At least one bottom portion extends between the first and second side walls perpendicular to the cross member. The bottom portion is structured and arranged to be spaced apart from the mounting surface so that various containers of absorbent sheets can be arranged in the bracket to be dispensed from the top, bottom or front depending on the particular container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: SCA Tissue North America LLC
    Inventor: John Formon
  • 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: 6769565
    Abstract: A dispensing system that includes a housing and a cartridge which is to be inserted into the interior area of the housing. The housing includes a plurality of intersecting exterior sidewalls, a first end wall defining a dispensing throat, a second end wall, and a means for securing a cartridge within the housing. The cartridge includes a flexible bag, a plurality of products compressed within the flexible bag in the dispensing direction, a means for restraining the cartridge within the housing, and a means for releasing the products from the flexible bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Francis Tramontina, Jan Byron Charles Spencer, Leonard Wesley Smith, Jr., Janet Lee Watson
  • Patent number: 6189730
    Abstract: The invention comprises a wall or door-mounted container for cleansing wipes having two separate compartments, one for holding readily available packet stacks (or rolls) of dry paper towel wipes of standard size, and one for holding a sealed containers of pre-moistened paper towelette wipes. The latter containers also may be found in retail and wholesale outlets everywhere and comes in generally cylindrical tubs of two or three standard sizes. A slot is provided in the bottom of the first container compartment for permitting egress of the dry paper towels, as is common. A new aperture is provided in the bottom of the second compartment for providing egress to the wet towelettes, in cooperative placement with respect to the cross slit aperture found in the lid of a towelette tub. A one-piece hinged and locked transparent front panel gives ready access to both compartments for instant refilling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Inventor: Arnold J. McClymonds
  • Patent number: 5899358
    Abstract: The invention concerns an apparatus for dispensing cylindrical objects, the apparatus having a dispensing device comprising a device housing having a dispensing opening, a storage magazine disposed within the device housing for storing the objects, and a dispensing drum rotatably borne in the device housing and having a recess for accepting the objects, the recess communicating with the storage magazine and the dispensing opening. The drum has an axis of rotation substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the objects, and teeth disposed at the recess to push objects seating on the drum away from the drum. The apparatus is particularly well-suited for dispensing rolls of coins without damage to same and without jamming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Assignee: HESS SB-Automatenbau GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Daumueller
  • Patent number: 5526955
    Abstract: Described is a dispenser for sheets received in a cavity in the dispenser that are pulled through an outlet opening in a top wall of the dispenser. The dispenser has access openings that afford inspection of the number of sheets remaining in the dispenser and facilitate engagement of a persons finger with the end portion of one of the sheets that projects through the outlet opening; a cover for the top wall when the dispenser is not in use; and separable portions that allow sheets to be positioned in the cavity. The dispenser can be included in an assembly further including a support member along which the dispenser is releasably attached, which support member can support one or more such dispensers together with dispensers for other items such as tape flags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1996
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: David C. Windorski, James A. Wilson
  • Patent number: 5509571
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dispenser for sanitary-hygiene items, such as bags which can be folded up, handkerchiefs, or the like, comprising a box-type housing and a container of a flexible material, such as cardboard, which is exchangeably arranged in the housing and contains the sanitary-hygiene items, the housing of which dispenser comprises at least one projection which projects into the interior of said housing, and the container is provided, in the region of the projections, with predetermined breaking points for puncturing by the projections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1996
    Assignee: DRL Hygiene-Systeme GmbH
    Inventor: Franz Weber
  • Patent number: 5368190
    Abstract: An apparatus for vending work objects having a main frame; a vend mechanism; a subframe, composed of a plurality of modules defining at least one work object storage area, mounted on the main frame; a mount releasably mounting the vend mechanism in vending relation to work objects received in the work object storage area; and a control system for operating the vend mechanism selectively to vend the work objects from the work object storage area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1994
    Inventors: Larry E. Hieb, Toshiyuki Takamura
  • Patent number: 5333754
    Abstract: Frozen products housed in a rack are retained in a spiral wire and is guided by plastic guide pieces formed at portions necessary to hold the products. The guide pieces are fixed onto fitting supports attached to the rack, so that ice deposition spaces are created between the guide pieces and a rack surface (12). Thus, the ice formed in the rack is accumulated in the spaces, thereby reducing its effect on the products. In the invention, damage to the wrapping of a bagged product and deformation thereof are prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1994
    Assignee: Fuji Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 5273184
    Abstract: Dispenser apparatus for roll products such as paper towels which includes a housing and a dispenser nozzle through which projects the lead end of a roll product disposed within the housing. The apparatus includes an internal shield located in the interior of the housing to protect the roll product from water or other liquid entering the housing. An external shield is disposed about the dispenser nozzle to protect the dispenser nozzle and the roll product lead end from water or other liquid and allow manual access to the lead end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1993
    Assignee: James River Paper Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Jack A. Rizzuto
  • Patent number: 5096088
    Abstract: Automatic dispensing apparatus for articles, comprising an outer casing (1), a sliding door (6) movable vertically on associated slide guides (7) fixed to the outer casing, there being provided below the sliding access door a movable wall (11), equipped along its lower edge with a hinge (12) in engagement with the outer casing (1), equipped with blocking devices (13) with associated drive structure (21, 22), movable between a closure position which interferes with the sliding of the sliding door and an opening position which does not interfere with said door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1992
    Inventor: Lucio Grossi
  • Patent number: 4995530
    Abstract: An adjustable dispenser container for holding boxes of plastic bags that are usually stored on a roll or packed individually side-by-side within a box to be dispensed from the box via a slot including a housing having sidewalls, a bottom, a top and a longitudinal axis intersecting the bottom and top. One of the walls includes a longitudinally extending slot. The slot is generally parallel to the longitudinal axis of the box. An adjusting spring in the form of a pair of spaced apart leafs is provided interiorly of the body for frictionally holding the box with respect to the body in a position that registers the slot of the box with the longitudinal slot of the housing so that plastic bags can be dispensed simultaneously through both the first and the second slots and the springs deforming when the box is placed in the housing so that boxes of varying sizes can be used in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1991
    Inventor: Carroll Tabor
  • Patent number: 4905869
    Abstract: A flexible container of bread slices has bellows-like foldable longitudinal sides, having a closed end and an open end. It is located within a somewhat larger casing provided with a closable lid, an open end of the flexible container being effectively sealable by a flexible soft cushion mounted to an inside surface of the lid of the outer casing. A small breathing aperture is provided in the lid, and the cushion allows passage of air or vapors through the breathing aperture to let the stored bread slices breathe with little evaporation from the bread slices. A manually movable platen plate supported within the outer casing biases a closed end of the flexible bread container toward the lid. Individual bread slices are dispensed when the casing lid is opened, with additional bias provided by moving the platen plate forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 6, 1990
    Inventors: David E. Grigsby, Stanley J. Polidori
  • Patent number: 4648529
    Abstract: An apparatus and process for storing beads in a liquid medium and for draining and dispensing said beads essentially in the absence of said liquid medium is described. In one embodiment, the apparatus is designed so that the liquid medium in which the beads are stored can be captured in a separate compartment from the bead-containing compartment and the beads can be delivered without the liquid medium when the apparatus in inverted. This apparatus is designed so that the liquid medium will join with the beads for storage in the bead-containing compartment when the apparatus is upright. In another embodiment, the apparatus includes a bottle with a removable, threaded inner container which is used to drain the liquid medium from the beads prior to attachment to a separate bead dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1987
    Assignee: Cetus Corporation
    Inventors: Judith I. Blakemore, Mark S. Hanamoto, Fred G. Williams
  • Patent number: 4497265
    Abstract: A seeding implement which includes a cylindrical container having a bottom with a centrally located opening therein. A metering plate is located beneath said container, preferably defining a plurality of different sized orifices that are locatable beneath and concentric to the bottom wall opening of the container. An elongated, adjustable seed metering rod is provided which includes a flattened tip that resides within said bottom wall opening, and eccentric thereto, and with the rod being mounted for oscillatory motion. Removable mounting of a plurality of seeding implements on a soil renovating implement is also disclosed and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1983
    Date of Patent: February 5, 1985
    Assignee: Clemson University
    Inventors: Clarence E. Hood, Jr., Thomas R. Garrett, Charles R. DuBose