Friction Roller Patents (Class 221/43)
  • Patent number: 8998055
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing paper toweling. The dispenser including a towel support that is positionable in a first dispensing position when a drive roller rotates in a first direction, and that is positionable in a second auto-loading position when the drive roller rotates in a second direction. Rotation of the drive roller in the first and second directions automatically loading the paper toweling for subsequent dispense.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Wausau Paper Towel & Tissue, LLC
    Inventors: Mark W. Henson, Adam T. Elliott
  • Patent number: 8998033
    Abstract: A material dispenser includes a base, a platen, a spring, a casing, a material pick-up mechanism, and a cap. The spring is connected in between the platen and the base, and the casing encloses the spring and the platen and removably attaches with the base. The material pick-up mechanism is rotatably connected with the casing opposite from the base. The cap attaches with the casing opposite from the base and positions adjacent with the material pick-up mechanism. The material dispenser includes stored materials in between the platen and the material pick-up mechanism. The casing provides a parameter wall for the stored materials. The users of the material dispenser can dispense an exact amount of the stored materials through a top opening of the casing by rotating the material pick-up mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Paul Maurice Huard
  • Patent number: 8662346
    Abstract: A removing mechanism is disclosed for removing the bottom or top sheet from a stack of sheets; a delaying member for a delay of a predetermined time between the dispensing of two successive sheets; and an actuating mechanism for driving the removing mechanism, wherein the actuating mechanism is driven via a physically supplied mechanical drive force of an operator of the dispensing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Infostop, B.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Christina Langen, Herman Josef Langen
  • Publication number: 20120152973
    Abstract: A device allows dispensing of wipe material and comprises a machine for dispensing the material and the wipe material. The wipe material has, along all or part of its length, at least one marking area which has imprints on both sides that are arranged and laid out to ensure meshing. The dispensing machine comprises a mechanism having a pressure roller arranged and shaped with an imprint that has a shape that is the reverse of that of the imprints provided on the material. The imprints formed on the material and on the pressure roller fulfil a mechanical drive function by meshing. The pressure roller is operative when the strip of material is loaded and is then subsequently deactivated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventor: Maurice Granger
  • Patent number: 8128083
    Abstract: An automated banking machine (10) includes a sheet picking mechanism (210). The sheet picking mechanism includes a rotatable picking member (212). With each rotation an end sheet (266) can be picked from a stack (264) of sheets. The picking member (212) has an outer surface section that includes a high friction portion (256) axially adjacent to a low friction portion (258). The low friction portion comprises an arcuate projecting portion that reduces risk of damage to a leading edge area of the end sheet due to opposed picking and stripping forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Diebold Self-Service Systems division of Diebold, Incorporated
    Inventors: H. Thomas Graef, Kenneth C. Kontor, Michael Harty, Brian Jones
  • Patent number: 8052011
    Abstract: A device and method for dispensing a bag from a stack of bags, the device including a plate having a frame, a rotatable shaft coupled to the frame, at least one roller non-rotatably affixed to the shaft and arranged to engage a bag of the stack of bags, means for rotating the shaft, and means for automatically stopping rotation of the shaft after a single bag has been dispensed, wherein the stack of bags is held against one side of the plate, and the single bag is dispensed to an opposite side of the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Inventors: Doron Tam, Ari Bichler, Yossi Bichler
  • Publication number: 20110114660
    Abstract: A dispenser of absorbent articles in a stack or a roll. At least a portion of each absorbent article is covered by a cover wrapper. The dispenser includes a housing, the housing including, inter alia, a friction element which is arranged to make contact with the cover wrapper of a leading absorbent article and deliver it towards the outlet of the dispenser. The friction element has a friction material including that surface of the friction element which is arranged to make contact with the cover wrapper. The friction material has a static coefficient of friction against the surface of the cover wrapper which has a minimum value, so that effective and reproducible dispensing of the absorbent articles is achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventor: Charlotte Johansson
  • Patent number: 7770753
    Abstract: In combination, a vending machine for newspapers which includes a storage area for newspapers, a dispensing device, and an output device through and from which the newspapers fall downwards and an output chute including a lower newspaper-receiving support slot having a rearwardly angled lower wall, an upper wall extending generally parallel with the lower wall and spaced thereabove, a base wall and side walls which together form the generally rectangular box shape of said lower newspaper-receiving support slot. The lower and upper walls extend at an angle between 10° and 40° from vertical, and the lower wall has a height of between one-half inch and three inches less then the height of the newspaper such that upon the newspaper being dropped therein, a graspable portion of the newspaper protrudes whereby the newspaper is easily removable from said lower newspaper-receiving support slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Inventor: Gerald Blankenau
  • Publication number: 20100114366
    Abstract: Dispensers and method for controlled dispensing of products, preferably paper products, are discussed in this patent disclosure. Various embodiments of the present invention can comprise a housing, a separating assembly, a feed mechanism, and an advancing mechanism. The housing can support inner components of the dispenser. The housing can hold a stack of paper product to be dispensed. The separating assembly can comprise a separating member. The separating member can separate one or more napkins from the stack. The separating member can be controlled by a controller for controlled dispensing operations. The feed mechanism can move the separated napkin or napkins toward a dispensing slot for dispensing. The advancing mechanism can advance the stack of napkins such that, as the stack is depleted from one end of the stack, a remainder of the stack is advanced toward the separating member for dispensing. Other aspects, embodiments, and features are also claimed and described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventors: ABBY C. CASE, Daniel J. Geddes, Bret A. Kuehneman, Michael Ray Kilgore, Christopher M. Reinel, Antonio M. Cittadino
  • Publication number: 20100025415
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for dispensing plastic bags from a stack of bags, one at a time, for use in stores and shopping areas. According to a preferred embodiment of the invention, the device includes at least one conveyor belt mounted about at least two rollers and is adapted and configured to engage a plastic bag from the stack of bags, a pressure mechanism for pressing at least one bag against the belt so as to cause the belt to engage the bag, means for rotating one of the rollers so as to cause it to drag an engaged plastic bag upwards to a dispensing area, and means for automatically stopping rotation of said belt after a single bag has been dispensed. If desired, the rate at which the bags are dispensed can also be set and controlled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2007
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventors: Ari Bichler, Doron Tam, Yossi Bichler
  • Patent number: 7654412
    Abstract: In a dispensing system and process for dispensing a warm wet wipe, a wet has an aqueous solution and microencapsulated delivery vehicles including a temperature change agent capable of generating a temperature change upon contact with the aqueous solution. An activating device facilitates rupturing of the microencapsulated delivery vehicles as the wet wipe is removed from a wet wipe container to allow contact between the temperature change agent and the aqueous solution of the wet wipe to thereby dispense a warm wet wipe. In another embodiment the wet wipe in the container has an aqueous solution. A lotion having the microencapsulated delivery vehicles is disposed in a lotion container free from contact with the wet wipe. An applicator in communication with the lotion is operable to apply the lotion to the wet wipe while the wet wipe is disposed at least in part within the wet wipe container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: John David Amundson, Frank P. Abuto, Timothy P. Clare, Michael Joseph Nelson, James Dell Milner, Wael R. Joseph, Duane Lyle McDonald, Herb Flores Velazquez
  • Patent number: 7648046
    Abstract: In a dispensing system for dispensing wet wipes, a wet wipe has an aqueous solution and microencapsulated delivery vehicles including a temperature agent, and is disposed in a wet wipe container. A cartridge is held in assembly with the wet wipe container and has an activating device that facilitates rupturing of the microencapsulated delivery vehicles as the wet wipe is removed from the dispensing system to allow contact between the temperature change agent and the aqueous solution of the wet wipe to thereby dispense a warm or cooled wet wipe. In another embodiment, the wet wipe has an aqueous solution and a lotion having the microencapsulated heat delivery vehicles disposed in the cartridge free from contact with the wet wipe. The cartridge also has an applicator that is operable to apply the lotion to the wet wipe as the wet wipe is removed from the wet wipe container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald Sosalla, Paul R. Schmidt, James Dell Milner, Wael R. Joseph, Duane Lyle McDonald
  • Publication number: 20090272755
    Abstract: An information sheet dispensing device including a housing having a front side, a back panel, an open top end and a bottom end closed by a bottom sloping at a downward angle from the back panel to the front side, a dispensing slot formed in the housing proximate the bottom end, and a cap movable between an engaged position closing the open top end of the housing and a disengaged position allowing access through the open top end. A dispensing mechanism is carried within the housing and includes a roller assembly rotatably carried within the housing above the bottom, a dispensing control coupled to the roller assembly for rotating the roller assembly to dispense information sheets singly; and a cassette pivotally carried within the housing at an offset pivot point and having an open top end and an open lower end, the open lower end positioned rearward of and above the roller assembly, the offset pivot point biasing the open bottom end of the cassette forwardly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
  • Publication number: 20090218364
    Abstract: A spooled adhesive bandage dispenser includes a case, a replaceable cartridge and an activation wheel. The cartridge is disposed within the case and includes a bandage roll and a waste core. The bandage roll includes a strip of bandage packages sealed between two strips of packaging. The activation wheel is at least partially exposed outside the case. By rotating the activation wheel, the packaging strips are pulled apart and the bandage package is forced out of the case through a slot. At the same time, the packaging strips are wound around the waste core. When the bandage roll is gone, the entire cartridge may be replaced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Publication date: September 3, 2009
    Applicant: EDISON NATION, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Lee Bizzell, David Berglund, Jerry Shew, Carole Ruffin, Ian Kovacevich
  • Publication number: 20090117305
    Abstract: A bundle of sticky notes that includes: a pile of sticky notes including a plurality of sticky notes whose one end portions are peelably adhered to one another; and a base member adhered to the pile of sticky notes via the lowermost sticky note. In the bundle, an outer periphery of the base member is partially protruded from the pile of sticky notes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventor: Hideki SAKANO
  • Patent number: 7472802
    Abstract: A system for optimally filling an apparatus for dispensing a zigzag folded web of towel material is provided. The system includes a holder that is disposed in a housing for receiving a first stock of zigzag folded web of towel material. The holder also includes a fill meter having a division into at least three areas each having its own coding. The first upper coding indicates that no refilling is required, a second coding below the first indicates that refilling with a refill stock that has a coding equal to the second coding, and each further coding indicates refilling with an increasingly thicker refill stock that has a corresponding coding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Vendor B.V.
    Inventor: Elisabeth Joanna van Riel
  • Patent number: 7234610
    Abstract: An automatic napkin dispenser includes a housing having a rotatable feed roller with protrusions on an outer surface thereof for engaging a topmost napkin on a stack of napkins, and displacing the topmost napkin between a pair of counterrotating nip rollers that dispense the topmost napkin to a customer. The housing includes a motion translating assembly coupled to the feed roller and moving the feed roller back and forth relative to at least one of the nip rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Northern Products Development Group LLC
    Inventors: Thomas S. Skarda, David L. Jones, John E. Carter, Carl E Treankler
  • Patent number: 7172091
    Abstract: A flat mop dispenser having a container comprising a holding pan and at least one roller proximate the pan. The roller is positioned proximate to a stack of flat mops in the pan and the roller rotates to engage a flat mop and dispense the flat mop out of the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Sweports Limited
    Inventor: George Clarke
  • Patent number: 6789694
    Abstract: A napkin dispenser is designed with a flat base to rest on a horizontal surface. A substantially perpendicular flat front plate is mounted on the base, and a stack of napkins, resting on their edges on the base, is biased toward engagement with the front plate. The front plate carries a movable friction member, which may be in the form of a rotating device or a reciprocally mounted member, for engaging a napkin adjacent the front plate and moving it upwardly to remove it from the stack of napkins. The dispenser may be designed in kit form with different removable front plates, each carrying a different type of friction member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Inventor: Wilburn L. McCullough
  • Patent number: 6089401
    Abstract: A braking arrangement for dispensers of continuous material particulary paper dispensers includes a first gearwheel arranged for rotation about a first axis, and second gearwheel arranged for rotation about a second axis. The second gearwheel is arranged for displacement relative to the first gearwheel such that the second axis remains parallel to the first axis. In addition, the second gearwheel is biased towards the first gearwheel to partially intermesh therewith such that a variable gap is defined between the first and second gearwheel for passage of a continuous material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Paper AB
    Inventor: Allan Sal.ang.ker
  • Patent number: 5630581
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing individual thin sheet-like articles from a supply stack of articles includes a supply magazine, and a base closing off the supply magazine. The base includes a dispensing assembly which includes a reciprocatably driven roller upon which the article supply stack rests on. Two openings are located on opposite sides of the roller so that the bottommost article may be bent into one opening as the roller is driven in one direction to free it from the supply stack. Rotation of the roller in the opposite direction urges the bottommost article against a curved deflector plate out of the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1997
    Assignee: Rodesch Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Rodesch
  • Patent number: 5577634
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing sheets of paper towelling from a tubular roll of paper towelling that has perforated lines across it at spaced-apart intervals dividing the towelling into joined together sheets. The dispenser has a base on which one end of the towelling roll sits and an opening in the base through which one end of the towelling, from within the roll, is passed in the form of a spiral tail. This tail is then passed through gripping members beneath the base which both flatten the towel into a band-like strip and grip the strip so that when the strip is pulled beneath the gripping means, the outermost sheet of towelling is torn away along a line of perforations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1996
    Assignee: G. H. Wood & Wyant, Inc.
    Inventor: Michel Morand
  • Patent number: 5388724
    Abstract: A coffee filter storage and dispensing canister includes a container body having an interior compartment storing an inverted stack of coffee filters and one end with a dispensing opening for dispensing coffee filters therefrom, a cover removably fitted on an opposite end of the container body, a hold-down member disposed over the inverted stack of coffee filters, and a plurality of biasing elements disposed between the cover and hold-down member causing the hold-down member to exert a hold-down force on the inverted stack of coffee filters biasing the stack toward the dispensing opening of the container body. The canister also includes a filter separator crank and a filter retainer arm installed adjacent to the dispensing opening of the container body and extending within the interior compartment thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1995
    Inventors: Tracy F. Adams, Pamela S. Adams
  • Patent number: 5335817
    Abstract: An improved sealed dispenser for sequentially dispensing filters utilizing a band tangentially contacting a portion of the periphery of a wheel thereby providing a frictionalized surface. Filters may be added to the top of the dispenser in a prepackaged set and the packaging becomes a sealing top to the dispenser. A single filter can be drawn from a stack of filters positioned in the dispenser by rotating the wheel using an externally attached knob, which passes a single filter by friction between the wheel and the band. The filter exits the dispenser via a pivotably closable door located at the lower part of the front of the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1994
    Inventor: Ernest G. Powers
  • Patent number: 4981235
    Abstract: A dispenser for sequentially dispensing one sheet at a time from a stack of sheets. A housing encloses a drive and a lift roller, and each roller has a longitudinal axis arranged in parallel aligned relationship respective to one another and spaced from the one another an amount to bring the outer peripheral surfaces thereof into rolling contact with one another. A holding post is aligned in parallel relationship with respect to the rollers and is spaced therefrom for enabling a stack of sheets to be held against the holding post and lift roller, with one outermost sheet having a marginal edge portion thereof urged against the lift roller and the opposed marginal edge portion thereof is urged against the holding post. The outer peripheral surface of the drive roller is made of high friction material while the lift roller has a relatively small segment of its outer peripheral surface made of high friction material and the remainder of the peripheral surface made of low friction material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1991
    Assignee: Targa Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael G. Ferrini, John Delio
  • Patent number: 4781305
    Abstract: A single sheet paper dispenser having a tray to hold a stack of paper and a drive assembly which operates as the top sheet of the stack is manually withdrawn to move another single sheet of paper into a feed position whereby it is partly projecting through the open dispensing side of the tray. The dispenser may be used in either a horizontal or a vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1988
    Inventor: Gerald O. Carberry
  • Patent number: 4732255
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus 10 for elongate flat articles such as newspapers is described. The mechanism uses a rachet or pawl mechanism 36 or 36a to control a roller 23 or 23a rotatably mounted on a shaft 24 or 51 for dispensing the articles with the shaft and roller locked together. The roller has a cylindrical cross-section in continuous contact with the uppermost article to be dispensed by turning a crank handle 53 or by pulling a pull bar 28. The rachet or pawl mechanism and support plate 18 for the articles P are constructed to be rugged and reliable in dispensing the articles. Self lubricating bearings 18a are mounted on the plate for movement on multiple posts 12. The rachet mechanism engages indentations 38 on the end 37 of the roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1988
    Inventor: Wade A. Bullard
  • Patent number: 4662536
    Abstract: A dispenser for sequentially dispensing filters has a band that passes in contact with a friction wheel. The band has relatively low frictional characteristics downstream from the wheel and where it contacts the wheel. The band has relatively high friction characteristics upstream of the wheel where a stack of filters may be stowed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1987
    Inventor: Ernest G. Powers
  • Patent number: 4324345
    Abstract: This invention relates to dispensers, primarily the dispensing of permanent wave tissue sheets and other flexible sheet members.It is the object of this invention to provide an improved and simple automatic sheet dispenser capable of dispensing individual flat sheets from a stack. The principal advavtageous feature of the invention is the unique automatic combination driving roll and sheet stop construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1982
    Inventor: Manuel M. Martinez