Article Selection Indicator Patents (Class 221/5)
  • Patent number: 9038852
    Abstract: An automatic vending machine for vending a product selected by a user includes: an automatic vending machine cabinet having an opening that is opened and closed by a door: a plurality of product racks that is provided in the automatic vending machine cabinet, each product rack including a plurality of product storage columns each storing products ordered in a line; and a product storage device that allows a user to take out one product at a time by holding a body of the product, when the door is opened to open the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshio Yasaka
  • Publication number: 20150096997
    Abstract: A merchandise dispensing apparatus for deterring theft includes a housing having a plurality of walls defining an interior space within the housing. At least one merchandise support module is mounted in the housing and includes an electro-mechanical ejector located adjacent a front end of the at least one module. The ejector includes an electrical motor with an output shaft, along with an ejector plate movably mounted in relation to the housing. A gear train connects the output shaft of the motor to the ejector plate. A relay selectively provides electrical power to the motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: Fasteners For Retail, Inc.
    Inventors: Shane Obitts, Gerald Matthew Szpak, Christopher E. Bremenour
  • Patent number: 8859840
    Abstract: A multiple-use blotting device for blotting blood from a fingertip includes a substrate, and a blood absorbing pad secured to the substrate. The blood absorbing pad has a plurality of blood absorbing sections that are evenly spaced from one another. The blotting device includes a protective cover overlying the blood absorbing pad, the protective cover having a window formed therein for exposing the blood absorbing pad. The cover is coupled with the substrate and is adapted to rotate relative to the substrate and the blood absorbing pad for sequentially aligning the window of the cover with each of the blood absorbing sections for exposing, one at a time, each of the blood absorbing sections. After one section of the pad has been used to blot blood, the cover is rotated for exposing a clean, unused section of the pad, while covering the used, blood-soaked section of the pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Cynthia Katsingris
  • Patent number: 8708192
    Abstract: A container for dispensing dosages of multiple medications over time. The present invention includes a container which has a plurality of compartments each configured to contain a plurality of dosages of a different medication. A rotatable lid is attached on top of the container such that an opening in the lid may be selectively positioned in fluid communication with each of the plurality of compartments. A lid position detection device is provided for identifying which of the compartments the opening is presently addressing. A programmable computing device is provided to track dosages administered from each of the plurality of compartments. A display, controlled by the programmable computing device, conveys information regarding the medication contained within a selected compartment. The ability to transmit and receive information from an external device or the Internet, either by a data port or wirelessly, is provided for increased functionality of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventors: Mary E. Flowers, Arnett G. Flowers
  • Patent number: 8579116
    Abstract: Tamper evident devices and methods including devices that can be used with pill bottles and other packages to provide evidence of tampering by an unauthorized user are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Oneworld Design and Manufacturing Group, Ltd.
    Inventors: Fred Pether, Rich Costa
  • Patent number: 8430269
    Abstract: The tablet cassette includes a division block installed to be rotated by a drive motor to discharge tablets introduced from above through transfer passages indented in an outer circumferential surface thereof. Each of the transfer passage includes a separation recess for downward transfer of the tablets, a lower end of which is blocked by a prop, and a supply recess along which the tablets having passed through the separation recess are moved on the outer circumferential surface of the division block to thereby be discharged downward via rotation of the division block. The tablet cassette further includes a bottom ring provided around a lower end of the division block to transfer the tablets located in the separation recess into the supply recess via rotation of the division block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: JVM Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Young Hee Nam
  • Patent number: 8332066
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling removal of one or more receptacles from a receptacle tray are described herein, in which a removal indicator indicates which of the one or more receptacles to remove. Thereafter, the indicated one or more receptacles may be manually removed from the receptacle tray using a gripping mechanism. The receptacles are secured in the tray with two or more tangs protruding from a front face of the receptacle closest to a connector interface. The two or more tangs fit into respective mating units in the receptacle tray, and one or more protrusions toward the rear of the receptacle, with respect to the two or more tangs, mate with respective mating units in the receptacle tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Weber
  • Patent number: 8152020
    Abstract: A container for dispensing dosages of multiple medications over time. The present invention includes a container which has a plurality of compartments each configured to contain a plurality of dosages of a different medication. A rotatable lid is attached on top of the container such that an opening in the lid may be selectively positioned in fluid communication with each of the plurality of compartments. A lid position detection device is provided for identifying which of the compartments the opening is presently addressing. A programmable computing device is provided to track dosages administered from each of the plurality of compartments. A display, controlled by the programmable computing device, conveys information regarding the medication contained within a selected compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventors: Mary E. Flowers, Arnett G. Flowers
  • Patent number: 8025181
    Abstract: A dispensing device for beverage cup lid which prevents excessive human contact with the lid prior to insertion upon the beverage cup, the device providing an externally threaded central rotary rod attached to a direct drive bidirectional electrical motor and suspended within a lid cabinet with a stacked plurality of lids retained upon the rotary rod through a central bore in each lid, the lids urged downward by a traveling press plate having a central threaded hole engaging the external threads of the rotary rod, the rotation of the rotary rod causing the press plate to move up and down the rotary rod, pressing against the uppermost lid on the rotary rod against the stacked plurality of lids in increments programmed to release only the lowermost lid from the end of the rotary rod in a receiving area below the retaining rod. The device is operated by the activation of a presence sensor, either a beverage cup or a clean hand, which causes the incremental dispensing of a single lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Inventors: Terry Horn, Jerry Horn
  • Patent number: 7970490
    Abstract: An article dispensing system is provided which can be customized to selectively store and dispense multiple desired articles to suitable containers. The system of the invention is particularly relevant for items which can be stored on hangers in a vertical format and dispensed therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Integration and Automation Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene E. Fellows, Lawrence C. Hardy
  • Patent number: 7878367
    Abstract: A blister pack system has an upper part and a bottom part, between which a blister pack is disposed. Pouches of the blister pack are aligned with corresponding ejection openings of the upper part and corresponding ejection openings of the bottom part. Every ejection opening of the upper part is associated with an individual contact surface that can be connected to a control/computing unit via an individual strip conductor. The system includes an ejection device, which at a top section has an electrical contact, and at a peg section an additional electrical contact which is electrically connected to the electrical contact of the top section. The individual contact surfaces and the individual strip conductors associated therewith, as well as a common contact surface and a common strip conductor associated therewith or a subsection thereof extend in surfaces of the upper part that are electrically isolated from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Inventors: Udo Simon, Ernst-Rudolf Radtke
  • Publication number: 20100312383
    Abstract: The invention relates to an interactive system comprising of a primary device interacting with user and working in conjunction with at least one other multifunctional device providing authentication of a package containing a product and optionally one or more of package registration, product dispensation and recording real-time product dispensation information and facilitating user compliance with a pre-determined regime.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: BILCARE LIMITED
    Inventors: Praful Ramachandra Naik, Mohan Harakachand Bhandari
  • Patent number: 7837058
    Abstract: A product delivery system for a vending machine includes first and second guide rails and a carriage rail. The guide rails are fixedly mounted in the vending machine spaced from and parallel to each other and extend along respective first and second axes. The carriage rail extends along a third axis and includes first and second ends that are slidably connected to the respective ones of the first and second guide rails. A carrier member is slidably mounted to the carriage rail for movement along the third axis. A first drive belt is coupled to the carriage rail and a first drive motor to selectively shift the carrier member along the third axis. A second drive belt, extending in multiple axes, is connected to each of the first and second ends of the carriage rail and a second drive motor. The second drive motor selectively shifts the carriage rail along the first and second axes upon driving the second drive belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Crane Merchandising Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Alan Collins, Paul Hayward Kelly, Aron Phillip Lewis, Charles Wayne Percy, Joshua Robert Powell, William E. Roe
  • Patent number: 7774096
    Abstract: An apparatus for the dispensing of product is provided. The apparatus includes a dispenser that is configured for dispensing product and a sensor in communication with an electrical circuit carried by the dispenser. The sensor is configured for detecting identification information about the product when the electrical circuit is completed by the product. Additional exemplary embodiments are also provided in which the sensor operates through optical detection, smell, physical contact with the product, or vibration instead of or in addition to the completion of an electrical circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles H. Goerg, Joseph Mitchell, Dixon Ng, Ronald R. Padak, Cheryl L. York
  • Patent number: 7755478
    Abstract: The present invention relates to assisting patients in the taking of medication, and to assisting third parties in accumulating information regarding patient medication intake. The invention may be embodied a system including a portable medication monitor used in association with an instrumented medication package to provide intake data acquisition and patient support functions. The system may further be connected to a computer or computer network allowing information distribution between the medication monitor and third parties, such as physicians or pharmacists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Infologix - DDMS, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Niemiec, Louis M. Heidelberger
  • Publication number: 20090255947
    Abstract: An article dispensing system is provided which can be customized to selectively store and dispense multiple desired articles to suitable containers. The system of the invention is particularly relevant for items which can be stored on hangers in a vertical format and dispensed therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Applicant: Integration and Automation Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene E. Fellows, Lawrence C. Hardy
  • Patent number: 7565782
    Abstract: An automated method for dispensing pharmaceuticals particularly tablets and capsules, and other small discrete objects, includes: receiving prescription information, selecting a container, labeling the container, dispensing the tablets or capsules into the labeled container, applying a closure to the filled, labeled container, and offloading the container to a designated location. Preferably, the tablets are dispensed with high speed dispensing bins that employ forced air to agitate and singulate the tablets. The other functions within the system are typically carried out at stations designed to offer speed, flexibility and precision to the dispensing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Williams, Richard Michelli, Jasper Pollard, Simon Kelly, David Newcomb, Jess Eberdt, Pete Klein
  • Patent number: 7564349
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for indicating a position of an item to be processed from a shelf is disclosed. An embodiment of the apparatus includes a frame member and an indicator moveable on the frame member. The indicator is positionable in front of the item to be processed from the shelf. In an embodiment of a method for indicating a position of an item to be processed from a shelf, the method includes moving the indicator on the frame member such that the indicator is positioned in front of the item to be processed from the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Bellheimer Metallwerk GmbH
    Inventor: Timothy Robey
  • Publication number: 20090037217
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a multi-functional package system. This integrated package system integrates the aspects authentication, prompting the consumer to consume a product from the package as per a prescribed plan including appropriate patient feedback from clinical trials and/or collection of pharmacovigilance data, real time recording of the history of product dispensed from the package, communicating/interacting with an external device, establishing and converting the package into a non-authentic package after the validity period/expiry period has elapsed or the package has been tampered with or after the entire contents of the package has been dispensed. This multi-functional capability is achieved by the synergistic combination of a tailored coupling/decoupling of the dispensing system, product sensing system, data processing system and communicating/interacting with an external device/system along with the unique identification information provided on the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Applicant: BILCARE LIMITED
    Inventors: Praful Ramachandra Naik, Mohan Harakchand Bhandari
  • Patent number: 7440818
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and system that utilizes one or more cassettes or trays, which hold one or more types of medicaments, the cassettes or trays being configured for intelligent dispensing of the medicaments. In one embodiment, a smart tray for dispensing medicaments includes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Animatronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Handfield, Helene Laliberte
  • Publication number: 20080230552
    Abstract: An automated method for dispensing pharmaceuticals particularly tablets and capsules, and other small discrete objects, includes: receiving prescription information, selecting a container, labeling the container, dispensing the tablets or capsules into the labeled container, applying a closure to the filled, labeled container, and offloading the container to a designated location. Preferably, the tablets are dispensed with high speed dispensing bins that employ forced air to agitate and singulate the tablets. The other functions within the system are typically carried out at stations designed to offer speed, flexibility and precision to the dispensing operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Williams, Richard Michelli, Jasper Pollard, Simon Kelly, David Newcomb, Jess Eberdt, Pete Klein
  • Publication number: 20080164274
    Abstract: A vending machine automatically detects the size of a customer-selected container or cup placed in the dispensing area of the vending apparatus to receive a dispensed beverage. A plurality of sensors positioned proximate the container receiving area detects the container's size (e.g., small/large; small/medium/large). In response, the vending machine conveys or illuminates to the customer one or more of the available beverage selections (provided by the vending machine) indicating which of the beverage selections is available based on the detected cup size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Inventor: Gregory G. Stettes
  • Patent number: 7350667
    Abstract: On each of a plurality of disposed racks, an injection drug storing container is each detachably mounted. The injection drug storing container includes a transportation device for transporting a stored injection drug in one direction. The injection drug transported by the transportation device is housed in each housing portion formed on a circumferential portion of a rotating body one by one. The injection drug in each housing portion is sequentially delivered one by one by rotation of the rotating body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shoji Yuyama
  • Patent number: 7249687
    Abstract: A medicament dispenser for use with a medicament carrier having multiple distinct medicament doses carried thereby and an internal mechanism for dispensing the distinct medicament doses carried by the medicament carrier. The mechanism comprises receiving means for receiving the medicament carrier; release means for releasing a distinct medicament dose from the medicament carrier on receipt thereof by the receiving means; an outlet, positioned to be in communication with the medicament dose releasable by the release means; indexing means for individually indexing the distinct medicament doses of the medicament carrier; and counting means for counting each time a distinct medicament dose of the medicament carrier is indexed by the indexing means. The counting means is a distinct electronic counter unit that is reversibly receivable by the medicament dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Glaxo Group Limited
    Inventor: Gregor John McLennan Anderson
  • Patent number: 7198173
    Abstract: A holding device for pharmaceutical blisters has an upper part and a lower part between which a pharmaceutical blister is disposed. Ejection openings are disposed in both the upper part and the lower part in a pattern that corresponds to the pattern of the contained dragées. An ejection device that can execute a linear movement and/or a rotary movement in relation to the upper part has an ejection ram, which optionally can be guided into a certain ejection opening of the upper part to remove a corresponding dragée. The ejection device has a contact element, which in the desired ejection position short-circuits a pair of contact points with a contact field to display the desired ejection position. The contact field for each possible ejection position short-circuits only one pair of contact points corresponding to the desired ejection position through the contact field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Inventor: Udo Simon
  • Patent number: 7142944
    Abstract: A cabinet suitable for use in storing items. The cabinet includes a drawer having a base. A plurality of cassettes are arranged within the drawer. Each cassette is individually movable in a direction that is substantially perpendicular to the base. A plurality of locking mechanisms cooperate to inhibit movement of each of the plurality of cassettes. A controller is operable to actuate one or more locking mechanisms to release one of the plurality of cassettes for movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: SupplyPro, Inc.
    Inventors: William Holmes, Kent V. Savage, Charles A. Tyack
  • Patent number: 7118006
    Abstract: An automated method for dispensing pharmaceuticals particularly tablets and capsules, and other small discrete objects, includes: receiving prescription information, selecting a container, labeling the container, dispensing the tablets or capsules into the labeled container, applying a closure to the filled, labeled container, and offloading the container to a designated location. Preferably, the tablets are dispensed with high speed dispensing bins that employ forced air to agitate and singulate the tablets. The other functions within the system are typically carried out at stations designed to offer speed, flexibility and precision to the dispensing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Parata Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Williams, Richard Michelli, Jasper Pollard, Simon Kelly, David Newcomb, Jess Eberdt, Pete Klein
  • Patent number: 6438975
    Abstract: An apparatus for the selection and automatic dispensing of products, such as food products. The products are stored in a storage cabinet, where a detachment device cuts them into a dispensable form for dispensing. An operating panel enables the consumer to make selections simple and quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Assignee: Veroost Innovatie B.V.
    Inventor: Mattijn Godewijn De Graaf
  • Patent number: 6401009
    Abstract: A sundry article vending apparatus, in structural and functional cooperation with a fully automatic vehicle-related product and/or service providing apparatus, for the on-site storage and vending of sundry articles, wherein the payment for the sundry articles may be accomplished through cash payment to a cash box integrated into the structure of the product and/or service providing apparatus, or through an on-line banking or payment facility, using the keypad, card reader and banking or billing system for the product and/or service providing apparatus. The vehicle-related product/service vending device may be a service station fuel pump, an automated or self-service car wash device,.or a compressed air vending device, among other vehicle-related vending devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Inventor: Suzette M. Chandonnet
  • Patent number: 6226564
    Abstract: A drug dispensation method and apparatus significantly reduces the likelihood that a nurse or other health care personnel will inadvertently administer the wrong drug to a patient. The method and apparatus identify a classification and a characteristic of a drug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Inventor: John C. Stuart
  • Patent number: 6182857
    Abstract: The preferred embodiment of the present invention is an integrated product supply network comprised of a computer network linked through a variety of methods to a plurality of intelligent vending or dispensing machines and each component of the overall product supply network. The intelligent vending or dispensing machine is comprised of a combination of dispensing mechanisms including one type that it allows for both vertical and horizontal displacement of products to allow a wider variety of products to be offered for sale. In particular, the dispensing mechanism allows paper and art supplies to be dispensed. The intelligent dispensing machine is particularly useful in catering to small offices that need supplies any time, day or night.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Inventors: Doug A. Hamm, William O. Swift
  • Patent number: 6138866
    Abstract: This invention relates to a substantially circular tablet dispenser component system which may be adapted for a variable day start of a prescribed periodic tablet regimen. Also provided are a tablet dispenser kit, a tablet packge adapted for filling the tablet dispenser system, methods of filling the tablet dispenser of the invention and methods of administering a prescribed regimen of medication using the tablet dispenser system of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence E. Lambelet, Jr., Henry Passarotti, Gary E. McQuay
  • Patent number: 6062420
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing pills from a blister pack in which cavities containing pills are distributed, comprises a lower part for supporting the pack in a ring-shape and an upper part fitting onto the lower part and surrounding the blister pack together with the lower part. The lower part and/or upper part includes at least a passage opening with which a pill to be dispensed can be aligned. A push out element can be positioned in line with the various pills in the blister pack and the passage opening and is operable for pushing out the pill to be dispensed through the passage opening. The lower and upper parts are substantially ring-shaped and the push out element is positioned on the inner side of the ring and is moveable outwardly for the push out action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: NPK Industrial Design BV
    Inventors: Peter J. W. Krouwel, Marlies Van Dullemen, Johannes H. Witte, Erik W. Van der Hout
  • Patent number: 5975347
    Abstract: This invention relates to a substantially circular tablet dispenser component system which may be adapted for a variable day start of a prescribed periodic tablet regimen. Also provided are a tablet dispenser kit, a tablet packge adapted for filling the tablet dispenser system, methods of filling the tablet dispenser of the invention and methods of administering a prescribed regimen of medication using the tablet dispenser system of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Ortho Pharmaceutical, Corp.
    Inventors: Lawrence E. Lambelet, Jr., Henry Passarotti, Gary E. McQuay
  • Patent number: 5905652
    Abstract: A system for guiding the taking of medicine having a host computer, a personal computer connected to the host computer, and a color printer connected to the personal computer producing a document or a medicine bag with guiding instructions for taking medicine prepared by the system printed thereon. The host computer is used for inputting prescription information for a patient by a doctor. The input information are transmitted to the personal computer from the host computer. The pharmacist edits the information received from the host computer to prepare the medicine bag and/or document by printing the edited guiding instructions for taking medicine inclusive of visual image of each drug thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Asahi
    Inventor: Nobuaki Kutsuma
  • Patent number: 5850937
    Abstract: A pill dispenser with means is provided for alerting a user when medication must be taken. The dispenser includes a housing having a top face with at least one compartment formed therein and a lid having a first orientation for allowing access to the corresponding compartment and a second orientation for precluding access thereto. A real time clock is situated within the interior space of the housing for tracking a present time. Memory is included for storing a plurality of medication time. Further provided is a selector mechanism including a plurality of buttons for allowing the entering and storage of a plurality of medication times within the memory by a user. A plurality of alarm mechanisms are included and adapted to alert a user upon the actuatin thereof. Finally, a control mechanism is included for actuating at least one selected alarm mechanism upon the matching of the present time and at least one of the medication times within the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1998
    Inventor: Stephen J. Rauche
  • Patent number: 5848593
    Abstract: A system for monitoring and dispensing medical items, includes a data terminal (76) which is connected through a local area network (82) to at least one remote computer (84) including a processor and the data store. The data store includes data representative of medical items which may be stored in dispensing devices (96, 100) or in storage locations external to said dispensing devices. The data store further includes data representative of information concerning patients. The data store further includes information concerning kits which kits include more than one of the available medical items. The items in each kit are used in the course of a medical procedure. A user is enabled to interface with the data terminal to select a patient and a kit for use by the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1998
    Assignee: Diebold, Incorporated
    Inventors: R. Michael McGrady, Sean M. McCune
  • Patent number: 5819981
    Abstract: A computer controlled dispensing system including a first unit having a plurality of compartments for containing articles to be dispensed. A second unit includes larger compartments for containing articles of a size larger than the dimensions of the compartments in the first unit. Each compartment of the second unit including a locking mechanism. Some of the compartments of the first unit being programmed to receive and dispense means to operate the locking mechanisms to gain access to articles stored in the compartments of the second unit. A key pad associated with the first unit. A computer. Means are provided for inputting codes to the computer via the key pad to access the contents of a selected compartment of the first unit to dispense one of the means to operate a selected one of the locking mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Inventor: Wiley N. Cox
  • Patent number: 5799821
    Abstract: This invention relates to a substantially circular tablet dispenser component system which may be adapted for a variable day start of a prescribed periodic tablet regimen. Also provided are a tablet dispenser kit, a tablet packge adapted for filling the tablet dispenser system, methods of filling the tablet dispenser of the invention and methods of administering a prescribed regimen of medication using the tablet dispenser system of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: Ortho Pharmaceutical Corporation
    Inventors: Lawrence E. Lambelet, Jr., Henry Passarotti, Gary E. McQuay
  • Patent number: 5775536
    Abstract: This invention relates to a substantially circular tablet dispenser component system which may be adapted for a variable day start of a prescribed periodic tablet regimen. Also provided are a tablet dispenser kit, a tablet packge adapted for filling the tablet dispenser system, methods of filling the tablet dispenser of the invention and methods of administering a prescribed regimen of medication using the tablet dispenser system of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Assignee: Ortho Pharmaceutical Corp.
    Inventors: Lawrence E. Lambelet, Jr., Martin Link, David G. DuHaime
  • Patent number: 5664697
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a self-actuating dispenser for a regimen of pills satisfying the needs discussed herein above. A self-actuating dispenser having the features of the present invention comprises a base, a pill container, and a means for cyclically indexing the pill container with respect to the base. The base has a pill exit aperture. The pill container, which houses the pills in individual compartments or cells, is movably attached to the base such that any pill cell can be aligned with the pill exit aperture. The pill cells are provided with open bottoms for loading and dispensing which are covered over by the base when attached thereto. The means for cyclically indexing provides that each pill cell in turn is brought into alignment with the pill exit aperture thereby singly dropping the resident pills in a series of dispensing cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1997
    Assignee: Ortho Pharmaceutical Corporation
    Inventors: Lawrence E. Lambelet, Jr., Thomas A. Frazier
  • Patent number: 5630525
    Abstract: A dispenser for consecutive dispensing of tablets in a fixed order comprising a cylindrical body defining along its periphery a number of juxtaposed vertical chutes each accommodating a number of tablets piled on edge radially oriented in the body, a cup shaped dispensing part comprising a bottom plate having an upstanding cylindric wall and forming a stop at the lower end of the chutes. An opening in the cylindric wall allows a tablet on edge to pass from the outside of the cup into the inner space thereof. Above the opening a protrusion extends radially outwards from the cylindric wall into the space between a tablet abreast of the opening and a possible overlying tablet in the chute, and a wall adjacent to the opening extends into the lower ends of the chutes. A detent mechanism makes the body and dispensing part stepwise unidirectionally rotatable in relation to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1997
    Assignee: Novo Nordisk A/S
    Inventors: Peter Bender Christoffersen, Ib Hansen
  • Patent number: 5625334
    Abstract: The invention provides a device that cautions the user of medication, for example, by visual change and/or surface contour change of a part of a medicine container, that a preset time since an event, such as since the last prior use or application of the medication, has not transpired. The medicine container cover or an indicating element of the container or cover changes visually or dimensionally to signal the user that it is not advisable to administer the next dose of the medication. The device shuts itself down upon changing to a permissive configuration, and requires no power input until it is again activated by accessing the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1997
    Inventor: Karen A. Compton
  • Patent number: 5570810
    Abstract: This invention relates to a substantially circular tablet dispenser component system which may be adapted for a variable day start of a prescribed periodic tablet regimen. Also provided are a tablet dispenser kit, a tablet package adapted for filling the tablet dispenser system, methods of filling the tablet dispenser of the invention and methods of administering a prescribed regimen of medication using the tablet dispenser system of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1996
    Assignee: Ortho Pharmaceutical Corporation
    Inventors: Lawrence E. Lambelet, Jr., Henry Passarotti, Gary E. McQuay
  • Patent number: 5562231
    Abstract: This invention relates to a substantially circular tablet dispenser component system which may be adapted for a variable day start of a prescribed periodic tablet regimen. Also provided are a tablet dispenser kit, a tablet package adapted for filling the tablet dispenser system, methods of filling the tablet dispenser of the invention and methods of administering a prescribed regimen of medication using the tablet dispenser system of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1996
    Assignee: Ortho Pharmaceutical Corporation
    Inventors: Lawrence E. Lambelet, Jr., Henry Passarotti, Gary E. McQuay
  • Patent number: 5529206
    Abstract: A game machine is provided with an automatic gift ejecting function of selecting gifts, even if in different forms, through game-like operations and automatically ejecting the gifts without using special capsules or the like by using devised gift display, gift selection and selection indication methods. The game machine has a gift display portion including a plurality of vertically arranged tiers each having a plurality of gifts placed horizontally, a selection indicating device for indicating gift display positions respectively corresponding to the gifts, a tier selection device for selecting one of the plural tiers, a horizontal position selection device for selecting one of the gift display positions of the horizontally arranged gifts, and an automatic gift ejecting device for automatically ejecting one of the gifts selected by the tier selection device and the horizontal position selection device into a gift outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1996
    Assignee: Able Corporation Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshinori Kumagai
  • Patent number: 5472116
    Abstract: Apparatus for dispensing a service against payment. Values of at least a first set of parameters are displayed for determining the service, and a single control member is adapted, firstly, to allow selection of the desired value for the parameter and, secondly, to confirm the choice which has been made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1995
    Assignee: Schlumberger Industries
    Inventors: Serge Barbe, Thierry Brusseaux, Didier Lehoux
  • Patent number: 5464118
    Abstract: In the apparatus for removing solid medications from blister packs, comprising a shell-shaped bottom part and a hood-shaped top part, the bottom part (2) is provided with an axle (13). It further exhibits recesses (10), which are disposed concentrically to the axle (13). The one end of the axle (13) is configured as a rotational axis and translational guide for the top part (1). The top part (1) reaches over the bottom part (2) and exhibits a hub (15), which is supported on the axle (13) by means of a spring (6). Parallel to the hub (15) on the top part (1) there is disposed a ram (8), which, given an appropriate setting of the top part (1) relative to the bottom part (2), is aligned with respectively one of the recesses (10). The other end of the axle (13) is provided with a journal (11) for receiving a bearing plate (7) for the blister pack (5). The bearing plate (7) exhibits holes (9), which form with the recesses (10) of the bottom part (2) passages for the ram (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1995
    Assignee: Hoechst Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Ulrich Grau, Gunter Ziegert
  • Patent number: 5400838
    Abstract: An automatic packaging machine is provided which has a chute for directing objects such as cooked french fries into the interior of a rotatable loading drum. The drum is rotated by a motor about a horizontal axis at a speed to cause the french fries to first be carried upwardly and then to fall through a predetermined path within the drum. A staging carousel is provided for carrying a supply of varying sized packaging containers such as cups. The carousel can be rotated to a dispensing position where a single selected size container will be dispensed to an index carousel. The index carousel will move the container to a position within the drum to intercept the falling french fries to fill the container. A detector is provided for sensing when the container has been filled. Once the container is filled it is moved via various transfer mechanisms to a deposit or storage area which can accommodate a plurality of containers and has a mechanism for clearing space to receive additional containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1995
    Assignee: Gas Research Institute
    Inventors: William N. Schjerven, Ramojus P. Vaitys
  • Patent number: 5360134
    Abstract: A multiple-product merchandising machine having a cylindrical drum mounted within a cabinet. The drum is divided into a plurality of horizontal shelves each of which is divided by a plurality of vertical walls into separate compartments from which the product can be dispensed. These compartments can be brought into alignment with access doors associated with each level and the doors, which are normally maintained locked, can be opened upon the insertion of adequate currancy in the machine to remove the product. The access door locking system prevents more than one door from being opened at one time. The drum is rotatable in either direction by a reversible motor. A viewing area is provided in the front of the machine which allows a prospective customer to see the product as it passes by. The drum is divided into sections with opaque walls which prevent viewing from the viewing area of more than half of the compartments on a shelf when the drum is in its rest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1994
    Assignee: Unidynamics Corporation
    Inventors: Leonard P. Falk, Paul K. Griner