With Non-gravity Means To Remove Articles From Cells Patents (Class 221/87)
  • Patent number: 8999108
    Abstract: In the separation of a cover tape 15e from a carrier tape 15 performed by a cover tape separating mechanism 50, a cover tape 15e, which is separated from a base tape 15a by a separating blade edge 51f, comes into contact with a concave conical surface 52c, so that one side portion of a cover tape 15e is bent toward the other side portion; and the bent cover tape 15e is pressed against a guide surface 32s from below while the carrier tape 15 is guided to a pick-up position. Accordingly, the cover tape 15e is folded on the base tape 15a in a flat shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhide Nagao, Nobuhiro Nakai, Yutaka Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 8967378
    Abstract: A handheld toothpaste dispensing system that dispenses single serving portions of toothpaste in preformed shapes includes an outer housing surrounding an interior chamber. To load the dispensing system, a replaceable or refillable disk containing single serving portions of toothpaste assembled in spaced arrangement is inserted into the interior chamber of the dispensing device and is supported on a disk advancing mechanism. In operation, a button on the dispensing device is pressed to operate the disk advancing mechanism, thereby advancing the disk through a partial rotational movement and exposing the subsequent compartment on the disk within a dispensing opening on the housing of the device. The preformed shapes of toothpaste are removed from the disk for brushing by inserting the bristles of the user's toothbrush into the preformed shape of toothpaste and subsequently pulling the toothbrush away from the disk with the single serving toothpaste shape clinging to the bristles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventors: Edward Schapiro, Daniel M. Schapiro, Michelle Bacarella, Tom Ingolia, Steve Rittmanic
  • Patent number: 8955730
    Abstract: A tape feeder includes a guide part that guides a carrier tape and is detachably attached to a main body. The guide part includes: a lower member guiding the carrier tape and attached to and detached from the main body; an upper member pressing down the carrier tape from above; a tape introduction part guiding the carrier tape into the upper member at an upstream side thereof in a tape feed direction; a confirmation opening part disposed in the upper member for visually confirming that the carrier tape arrives at a pin engagement range; an open/close mechanism opening and closing the upper member with respect to the lower member; and a positioning mechanism fitting a positioning pin into a feed hole of the carrier tape in the guide part, thereby positioning the carrier tape relative to the guide part in the tape feed direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhide Nagao, Nobuhiro Nakai, Yutaka Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 8931674
    Abstract: A tape feeder includes a guide part that guides a carrier tape and is detachably attached to a main body. The guide part includes: a lower member guiding the carrier tape and attached to and detached from the main body; an upper member pressing down the carrier tape from above; a tape introduction part guiding the carrier tape into the upper member at an upstream side thereof in a tape feed direction; a confirmation opening part disposed in the upper member for visually confirming that the carrier tape arrives at a pin engagement range; an open/close mechanism opening and closing the upper member with respect to the lower member; and a positioning mechanism fitting a positioning pin into a feed hole of the carrier tape in the guide part, thereby positioning the carrier tape relative to the guide part in the tape feed direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhide Nagao, Nobuhiro Nakai, Yutaka Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 8794482
    Abstract: Dispensers for packaging solid unit dosage forms, e.g., tablets, are described herein, the dispensers employing a deformable elastomeric wiper seal between a cover and a base. The cover is linearly or rotatably slidable relative to the base to seal and/or expose the compartments of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: AndersonBrecon Inc.
    Inventors: Ryen Sack, Curtis A Knutson, Thomas Moyer
  • Patent number: 8764934
    Abstract: A container or array of containers that is are sealed with a peelable seal is transported via a conveyor along a processing path toward a desealing station at which an adhesive surface having a width substantially the same as or greater than the width of the seal is pressed against the upper surface of the peelable seal. A collection rod applies a downward pressure on the adhesive surface, pressing it against the seal and keeping the container or container array in position on the conveyor as the plate moves with the conveyor. As the leading edge of the seal passes the collection rod, the adhesive surface is rolled upward, away from the plane of the seal, pulling up on the leading edge of the seal to separate it from the container or container array while the container or container array is held down by the roller. The removed seal is then discarded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Brooks Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert K. Neeper, Rhett L. Affleck, Roger Howard
  • Patent number: 8764935
    Abstract: In a structure that exfoliation is performed in the pitch sending of a carrier tape (15) by making a cover tape exfoliating mechanism (50) intervene between joining surfaces of a base tape (15a) and a cover tape (15e), in an exfoliation start position where an exfoliating knife tip (51f) of an acuminate shape, which is provided at a front end, starts to exfoliate the joining surface, a lower guide member (40), which guides the carrier tape (15) from below, is pushed up from the bottom side by a lever member (44), and when the carrier tape (15) is installed, the carrier tape (15) is pushed up together with the lower guide member (40) to make the exfoliating knife tip (51f) in the exfoliation start position to be aligned to the joining surfaces and enter between the joining surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yutaka Kinoshita, Kazuhide Nagao, Nobuhiro Nakai
  • Patent number: 8715459
    Abstract: A positioning mechanism, which determines the relative position of a carrier tape 15 in a tape feed direction by fitting alignment pins 37 to feed holes 15d in a lower member 31, and a cover tape separating mechanism 50, which is provided on an upper member 32 and exposes electronic components 16 stored in component pockets 15b by separating a cover tape 15e from a base tape 15, are provided at non-interference positions that do not interfere with each other when the upper member 32 is closed to the lower member 31. Accordingly, when the cover tape 15e is separated from the carrier tape 15, the carrier tape 15 is aligned with the guide section 30.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhide Nagao, Nobuhiro Nakai, Yutaka Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 8715458
    Abstract: A method of operation of a micro device feeder system includes: adjusting a distance between a movable drive plate and a mounting plate for aligning a carrier tape carrying a micro device to a center line for pick-up of the micro device by external device handling equipment; and configuring a tape handling mechanism, having a sprocket assembly, to accommodate a predetermined width of the carrier tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Data I/O Corporation
    Inventor: Rossen Atanassov Rachkov
  • Publication number: 20120012605
    Abstract: A cassette designed for accommodating a payload. The cassette is exposed to an air flow when dispensed from a vehicle in motion. The cassette includes a base portion and a peripheral supporting portion connected to each other. The base portion and the peripheral supporting portion form a space for the accommodation of the payload. An opening is arranged in the cassette opposite the base portion. Through the opening the pay load can exit. The base portion includes at least one orifice through which the air flow will flow pressing against and separating the payload from the cassette when dispensed from the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: SAAB AB
    Inventors: Robert Melin, Martin Ringstedt, Gunnar Byström
  • Patent number: 8070013
    Abstract: A cutlery utensil dispenser has a dispensing tray with a floor and a region housing a cutlery utensil. The cutlery utensil has first and second portions and is moved by an engagement portion of an actuator from a first orientation to a second orientation. In the first orientation, the cutlery utensil rests on the floor in the region and is within the cutlery utensil dispenser, inaccessible to a user. In the second orientation, the second portion of the cutlery utensil projects from the cutlery utensil dispenser and is accessible to the user. A wall of the region has a fulcrum end dimensioned to engage the cutlery utensil. The cutlery utensil rotates about the fulcrum end responsive to the engagement portion toward an exit of the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventors: Christopher M. Reinsel, Patrick J. Smith
  • Patent number: 7971749
    Abstract: Apparatus for releasing tablets from a blister pack (3) having a plurality of tablets (41) contained in corresponding blisters (40), the apparatus comprising abutment means (30), receiving means (10, 26) for receiving a blister pack with any selected one of a plurality of blisters of the pack in registry with the abutment means, either one of the abutment means (30) and the receiving means (10, 26) being moveable to cause a collapsing force to be exerted on a selecting blister thereby to release a tablet from the blister, wherein the apparatus includes biasing means (14, 20) for urging the receiving means into engagement with the blister pack, and that the receiving means is so arranged that said engagement releasably retains, and locates, the blister pack in position relative to the abutment means prior to the release of the tablet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Gruenenthal GmbH
    Inventors: Nicholas Andrew Murray Drought, Stephen Blatcher, Michael Daines Gaylor, Mark Stacey Rowbotham
  • Publication number: 20100155411
    Abstract: A pill dispensing system, including a box with a plurality of compartments, a loader designed with loading channels sized and positioned to correspond with the compartments, an ergonomically-shaped handheld sorter, and a funneled feeder. Each loading channel of the loader is lined by two loading channel walls, said loading channel having a floor between said loading channel walls, said floor having a midline equidistant from said loading channel walls, and said floor descending from each loading channel wall toward said midline of said floor. Whereby for each loading channel, the end distal to said sorting section has a notch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventors: Ray Solari, Soren Solari
  • Publication number: 20100147867
    Abstract: The pill dispenser is a rotary container and dispenser for medications and the like. The pill dispenser includes a base having a lower wall and a plurality of radially extending inner walls mounted on an upper surface of the lower wall. The plurality of radially extending inner walls define a plurality of pill-receiving compartments therebetween. Additionally, a plurality of peripheral walls are mounted on the upper surface of the lower wall, with each peripheral wall partially extending between an adjacent pair of the plurality of radially extending inner walls to define an access opening therebetween. A cover, mounted on the base, includes an upper wall and a circumferential sidewall secured to a lower surface of the upper wall. An opening is formed in the circumferential sidewall. A locking device is further provided for selectively locking rotation of the cover with respect to the base, controlling access to the compartments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventor: Luis F. Villegas Estrada
  • Patent number: 7713376
    Abstract: A method of exposing components, which are carried by a carrier tape (2), arranged in sequence along the carrier tape (2) and covered by a cover (3). The cover is attached to the carrier tape having a lower surface facing the sequence of components. The method is performed by, while feeding the carrier tape towards the picking position, separating a first portion of the cover from a first portion (31) of the carrier tape. Thereafter, guiding a thus loosened portion of the cover towards the second side of the carrier tape. Performing said guiding such that before reaching the picking position, while being raised to an upright position, the cover is automatically gathered by being folded, so that at least two portions of the lower surface of the cover face each other, thereby reducing the height of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: MYData Automation AB
    Inventors: Andreas Larsson, Miladin Palalic
  • Patent number: 7588167
    Abstract: The system includes a bin hopper which temporarily stores a plurality of small elements, such as medications. The elements are moved out of the bin and singulated into a one-by-one sequence by a series of singulating conveyors. The resulting sequence of elements is moved onto a main system conveyor where the element is identified and then moved to a loading mechanism which arranges the item so it is ready to be gripped and stored. The system includes a mass storage apparatus comprising a series of four upstanding cylindrical drums, each having a plurality of individually accessible and addressable cell storage locations for the elements. A gripping apparatus removes the elements from the loading mechanism and transfers them to a selected location in a cylindrical drum. When an article is to be dispensed, the drum is rotated so that an ejection arm comes adjacent the desired location in the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Omnicell, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven N. W. Hunter, David M. Browning, Dennis J. Fuhrman, William C. Park, IV
  • Patent number: 7584869
    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: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Redbox Automated Retail, LLC
    Inventors: Michael DeLazzer, Franz Kuehnrich
  • Patent number: 7581657
    Abstract: A bandage dispenser comprising a housing having a magazine rotatably mounted therein; an advancement assembly for rotating the magazine and a pusher mechanism. The magazine including a plurality of sterile individual pie shaped compartments each receiving a sterile bandage assembly. The pusher mechanism sequentially penetrating the compartments and ejecting the bandage assembly therefrom after each compartment is aligned with the pusher mechanism by the advancement assembly. The advancement assembly including a ratchet mechanism on the magazine and an advancement solenoid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Inventor: Alexander J. Dickmann
  • Patent number: 7507375
    Abstract: The present invention relates to device for quantitative and/or qualitative determination of the presence/absence of a substance in a body liquid comprising a rotatably arranged magazine containing a number of test electrodes intended to be brought into contact with a body liquid to be determined, an arm arranged to influence a test electrode to a relative movement relative to said magazine, whereby the arm comprises contact sheet metals arranged to releasably be fixed to said test electrode and arranged to return said test electrode to the magazine after a finished testing, as well as an arm contained in said device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Inventors: Gerhard Andersson, Eva Brink
  • Publication number: 20090020549
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a battery dispenser and a cartridge for dispensing batteries to a hearing aid. The battery dispenser comprises a housing having a compartment for accommodation of at least one battery, each battery having an air tab attached to a first surface of the battery, the compartment communicating with the surroundings through a battery outlet formed in the housing, a release member movably attached to the housing, an ejector member adapted for interaction with the release member in such a way that a battery in the housing is ejected through the battery outlet along an ejector axis substantially perpendicular to the first surface upon activation of the release member, and wherein the air tab of the battery is retained in the battery dispenser upon ejection of the battery from the battery dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2006
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Applicant: SPECTRUM BRANDS, INC
    Inventors: Simon Lyndegaard, Henrik Jeppesen, Nikolai Bisgaard, Magnus Goransson
  • Patent number: 7464741
    Abstract: A part feeding device capable of preventing the adhesive surface of a top tape from being exposed even if a pleat line is displaced and easily and collectively removing the top tape collected by winding on a reel body and a part feeding method, the device comprising a top tape transfer part (1) having raising rollers (6) raising the top tape (104) a specified amount by generally 90° with the adhesive surfaces thereof at both ends facing inside, a folding rollers (5) folding the raised top tape by falling on the unraised top tape, and a tape delivery part (18) feeding the folded top tape at a specified pitch, wherein the reel body collecting the peeled top tape can collectively push out the group of the wound top tape in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Kawaguchi, Teruo Kawaguchi, Kiyoshi Imai, Koji Okawa, Shuichi Kubota
  • Patent number: 7458484
    Abstract: A device for dislodging tablets from the interior of a blister comprises a cup having a circular side wall which can be comfortably gripped in the hand. The interior of the cup is provided with a central upward projection which extends above the cup side wall and has its free end shaped to rupture easily a foil backing to the blister so that the tablets can be dislodged from the blister by twisting the cup and fall into the cup from which they are readily recovered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Manrex Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: Gerard Stevens
  • Patent number: 7380581
    Abstract: Provided are tape feeding and recovering modules for a tape feeder, and a tape feeder including the tape feeding module and the recovering module. The tape feeding module feeds a tape storing a plurality of electronic components in a predetermined pitch by driving a sprocket which inserts its teeth into the tape. And the recovering module exposes the plurality of electrical components by removing a top cover from a top surface of the tape and discharges the top cover from the tape feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Samsung Techwin Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tommy Howard Ricketson
  • Patent number: 7296963
    Abstract: A carrier tape for a tape and reel machine includes at least one edge having a plurality of sprocket openings therein. The carrier tape also includes a first row of aperture cavities and a second row of aperture cavities. Electrical components are contained in the first and second row of aperture cavities. In some embodiments, the electrical components carried are the same, and in other embodiments, the electrical components carried in the first row differ from the electrical components carried in the second row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Juan P. Soto
  • Patent number: 7249688
    Abstract: The system includes a bin hopper which temporarily stores a plurality of small elements, such as medications. The elements are moved out of the bin and singulated into a one-by-one sequence by a series of singulating conveyors. The resulting sequence of elements is moved onto a main system conveyor where the element is identified and then moved to a loading mechanism which arranges the item so it is ready to be gripped and stored. The system includes a mass storage apparatus comprising a series of four upstanding cylindrical drums, each having a plurality of individually accessible and addressable cell storage locations for the elements. A gripping apparatus removes the elements from the loading mechanism and transfers them to a selected location in a cylindrical drum. When an article is to be dispensed, the drum is rotated so that an ejection arm comes adjacent the desired location in the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Omnicell, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven N. W. Hunter, David M. Browning, Dennis J. Fuhrman, William C. Park, IV
  • Patent number: 7131478
    Abstract: An apparatus for supplying a component carrier in the form of a tape is provided. The component carrier has a number of cavities formed on one surface thereof for containing components. A pair of spaced first and second guide plates that function to guide one surface of the component carrier. A movable guide plate is disposed between the first and second guide plates so that it can move back and forth between a first position adjacent to the first guide plate for defining a component pickup station and a second position adjacent to the second guide plate. The movable guide plate has an extension which extends along at least one longitudinal edge of the component carrier and opposes the one surface of the component carrier for preventing movement thereof when the movable guide plate takes the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichiro Endo, Takashi Andoh, Hiroyuki Fujiwara, Yuuji Nagasawa, Hironori Konno, Hiroaki Imagawa, Wataru Hirai
  • Patent number: 7100792
    Abstract: The system includes a bin hopper which temporarily stores a plurality of small elements, such as medications. The elements are moved out of the bin and singulated into a one-by-one sequence by a series of singulating conveyors. The resulting sequence of elements is moved onto a main system conveyor where the element is identified and then moved to a loading mechanism which arranges the item so it is ready to be gripped and stored. The system includes a mass storage apparatus comprising a series of four upstanding cylindrical drums, each having a plurality of individually accessible and addressable cell storage locations for the elements. A gripping apparatus removes the elements from the loading mechanism and transfers them to a selected location in a cylindrical drum. When an article is to be dispensed, the drum is rotated so that an ejection arm comes adjacent the desired location in the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Omnicell, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven N. W. Hunter, David M. Browning, Dennis J. Fuhrman, William C. Park, IV
  • Patent number: 6991110
    Abstract: A package for retaining at least one crystal for use with vacuum deposition processing apparatus includes a tray portion having at least one vertically disposed supporting slot sized for retaining a crystal and a cover portion overlaying the tray portion. The cover portion is rotated until a slotted opening of the cover portion is aligned with a vertical supporting slot, permitting removal of the crystal that is supported within the vertical slot only along its peripheral edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Inficon, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Flynn, Christopher W. Cipro, Jon Hughes, Paul Harold Lindsay
  • Patent number: 6964350
    Abstract: A handkerchief dispensing apparatus for containing and dispensing handkerchiefs for a user. The handkerchief dispensing apparatus includes a housing comprising a base wall and a perimeter wall. The perimeter wall and the base wall define a receiving space of the housing for receiving the handkerchiefs. The perimeter wall comprises a dispensing slot extending through the perimeter wall of the housing for permitting a portion of each of the handkerchiefs to extend through the perimeter wall when the handkerchiefs are positioned in the receiving space of the housing. A lid member is hingably coupled to the housing. The lid member selectively closes the open end of the receiving space when the lid member is positioned over the housing. A dispensing assembly is coupled to the housing. The dispensing assembly is designed for feeding one of the handkerchiefs through the dispensing slot when the dispensing assembly is actuated by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Inventor: Manuel Padilla
  • Patent number: 6948541
    Abstract: System for handling components in connection with circuit board assembly in a component mounting machine. The system comprises a number of component tapes provided on component tape reels, and a number of tape guides arranged for receiving component tapes of a given component tape width and for bringing the component tape in position for feeding of the component tape and for picking components from the component tape in the component mounting machine. The tape guides have a similar geometrical outline and basic configuration, and each tape guide comprises a component exposure device for exposing a component at a picking position by removing the portion of the cover tape covering the component. The tape guides are divided into sub-sets of tape guides, wherein the tape guides of each individual sub-set have component exposure devices of the same design, which design is dependent on the configurations of the component tapes intended for that sub-set of tape guides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Mydata Automation AB
    Inventors: Johan Bergstrom, Maria Liljegren, Johan Skaborn
  • Patent number: 6926797
    Abstract: In an electronic component feeding apparatus for feeding components with use of a taping component, a brushless motor is used as a drive motor in a tape sending mechanism that transports the taping component so as to improve productivity in an electronic component mounting apparatus equipped with the electronic component feeding apparatus. Also, an electronic component feeding apparatus is provided with a control part that automatically executes initial processing such as sending of the taping component, as well as detects and reports a sending failure of the taping component when the electronic component feeding apparatus is installed in the electronic component mounting apparatus, which makes it possible to provide an electronic component feeding apparatus enabling easy and prompt detection of the sending failure of the taping component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Okawa, Shuuichi Kubota, Takao Kashiwazaki, Tadashi Endo, Satoshi Kawaguchi, Shiro Oji, Masato Tanino, Hirofumi Obara
  • Patent number: 6910514
    Abstract: An apparatus 101 for supplying a component carrier in the form of a tape is provided. The component carrier 102 has a number of cavities 116 formed on one surface thereof for containing components 115. A pair of spaced first and second guide plates 106 and 107 guide one surface of the component carrier. A movable guide plate 109 is disposed between the first and second guide plates so that it can move back and forth between a first position adjacent to the first guide plate for defining a component pickup station 111 and a second position adjacent to said second guide plate. The movable guide plate has an extension 112 which extends along at least one longitudinal edge of the component carrier and opposes to said one surface of said component carrier for preventing movement thereof when the movable guide plate takes the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichiro Endo, Takashi Andoh, Hiroyuki Fujiwara, Yuuji Nagasawa, Hironori Konno, Hiroaki Imagawa, Wataru Hirai
  • Patent number: 6814256
    Abstract: A system for accessing small items that are stored in a secure manner for controlled access thereto by access mode or access code, which system is based upon a series of modules having a plurality of storage cartridges therein, which modules are disposed in a box and a plurality of boxes are housed in a cabinet. The cabinet and specific cartridge are accessed by an access mode such as a coin, bill, credit card, access code as by keypad or computer generated among others. A signal is sent to a solenoid which impacts a latch which moves downwardly and releases from engagement with the cartridge. A latch spring returns the latch to its original position. An ejection spring kicks the cartridge forward for the user to gain access to the contents thereof. Reinsertion of the cartridge reverses the procedure to re-engage the latch with the cartridge's down hanging metal strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Inventor: Claude L. Clark
  • Patent number: 6773542
    Abstract: System for handling components in connection with circuit board assembly in a component mounting machine. The system comprises a number of component tapes provided on component tape reels, and a number of tape guides arranged for receiving component tapes of a given component tape width and for bringing the component tape in position for feeding of the component tape and for picking components from the component tape in the component mounting machine. The tape guides have a similar geometrical outline and basic configuration, and each tape guide comprises a component exposure device for exposing a component at a picking position by removing the portion of the cover tape covering the component. The tape guides are divided into sub-sets of tape guides, wherein the tape guides of each individual sub-set have component exposure devices of the same design, which design is dependent on the configurations of the component tapes intended for that sub-set of tape guides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: Mydata Automation AB
    Inventors: Johan Bergstrom, Maria Liljegren, Johan Skaborn
  • Patent number: 6705376
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for supplying electronic components to a pick-up position, for example for automatically picking up and mounting said components on a printed circuit board by means of a mounting device, at least two supply carriers (8a,8b) being movable towards said pickup-position (7) by transport means, which carriers are each provided with recessed portions (9a,9b) containing respective electronic components, while said recessed portions are shielded off by means of a covering (10a,10b) which is removable during use. The invention aims to provide a tape-feeder of this kind with multiple tape supplies, wherein the mounting device can handle more electronic components whilst maintaining the width of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Ernst Paul Van Der Rijst
  • Patent number: 6699355
    Abstract: A method and means for exposing components (13) positioned in sequence in a carrier tape (7) and covered by a cover tape (8), in order to release and lift the cover tape from the carrier tape and expose the components in a picking position (12) for subsequent picking by a pick-up head in a component mounting machine. Comprising steps and means for continuously directing and discharging any released debris such that accumulation of debris is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Mydata Automation AB
    Inventor: Niclas Yman
  • Publication number: 20040016763
    Abstract: Apparatus for dispensing pills packaged in a pack comprising a base and a top rotatably mounted on the base and defining a housing for the pill pack, a plunger mounted in the housing operable between inner and outer limit positions and having means for discharging one of the pills in the pack during cycling of the plunger between limit positions, means for rotating the pack only one pill increment at a time and child resistant means normally preventing cycling of the plunger between limit positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2003
    Publication date: January 29, 2004
    Inventor: Brian Lee Hilliard
  • Patent number: 6652706
    Abstract: The present invention is a method and apparatus for supplying components, via a carrier tape having a cover tape thereon and a plurality of pockets retaining components therein, for retrieval by an automated insertion machine, including a carrier tape reel support, a tape feed path with a peel edge, about which to peel the cover tape from the carrier tape prior to the component being presented for retrieval at the pick location, and a cover tape path preferably having a V-bar and O-ring drive system for directing the travel of the cover tape in a rearward and downward direction to facilitate disposal beneath the tape feeder. Such a system provides a cover tape disposal path that enables the use of spliceable carrier tapes on such feeders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean E. MacNeil, John DeLorme, Raymond Bray
  • Publication number: 20030059350
    Abstract: A storage container for holding analytical devices, the storage container being made of a rigid material and containing separate chambers in each of which at most one analytical device can be accommodated, wherein the chambers are in a regular geometric arrangement in relation to one another and each of the chambers has at least two opposite openings each sealed by a foil, wherein at least one of the chambers comprises a means for fixing the position of an analytical device in the chamber. In addition the invention concerns a system for storing analytical devices containing a storage container according to the invention and two or more analytical devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2002
    Publication date: March 27, 2003
    Inventor: Klaus-Dieter Sacherer
  • Publication number: 20030039584
    Abstract: A method and a device for removing an analytic consumable product, in particular a test element, from a storage container having chambers which are sealed by foils from which the consumable product is pushed out by means of a plunger (7) can be optimized in that the magnitude of the thrusting force exercised by the plunger (7) during its forward motion can be controlled in dependence on the plunger (7) position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2002
    Publication date: February 27, 2003
    Inventors: Michael Schabbach, Karl Miltner, Thomas Klemm, Rolf Baumann, Meinrad Dilger
  • Publication number: 20030027343
    Abstract: A method and a device for removing an analytic consumable product, in particular a test element, from a storage container having chambers which are sealed by foils from which the consumable product is pushed out by means of a plunger (7) can be optimized in that the magnitude of the thrusting force exercised by the plunger (7) during its forward motion can be controlled in dependence on the plunger (7) position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2002
    Publication date: February 6, 2003
    Inventors: Michael Schabbach, Karl Miltner, Thomas Klemm, Rolf Baumann, Meinrad Dilger
  • Patent number: 6497845
    Abstract: A storage container for holding analytical devices, the storage container being made of a rigid material and containing separate chambers in each of which at most one analytical device can be accommodated, wherein the chambers are in a regular geometric arrangement in relation to one another and each of the chambers has at least two opposite openings each sealed by a foil, wherein at least one of the chambers comprises a means for fixing the position of an analytical device in the chamber. In addition the invention concerns a system for storing analytical devices containing a storage container according to the invention and two or more analytical devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2002
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics GmbH
    Inventor: Klaus-Dieter Sacherer
  • Patent number: 6475436
    Abstract: A method and a device for removing an analytic consumable product, in particular a test element, from a storage container having chambers which are sealed by foils from which the consumable product is pushed out by means of a plunger (7) can be optimized in that the magnitude of the thrusting force exercised by the plunger (7) during its forward motion can be controlled in dependence on the plunger (7) position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Schabbach, Karl Miltner, Thomas Klemm, Rolf Baumann, Meinrad Dilger
  • Patent number: 6415950
    Abstract: The invention concerns a distribution installation for packets with an operating device (1) and compartments (4) located beside and/or above one another in which the packets (3) to be selected can be arranged, in which transport means (9) controlled by the said device (1) are provided which enable a selected packet (3) to be transferred from the exit (8) of a particular compartment (4) to be dispensing hatch (6), and in certain compartments (4) a conveyor belt (7) is mounted which is directly of indirectly controlled from the operating device (1) and which enables the packets (3) concerned to be brought one by one to the exit (8) of the compartment (4) as far as the said transport means (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Assignee: New Distribution Systems N.V.
    Inventor: Jozef Robrechts
  • Publication number: 20020030062
    Abstract: A product dispenser comprising a cover, a slidable push element, a base and a landing is provided. The cover and the base are rotatable with respect to each other about a common axis. The cover comprises a roof opening in which the push element slides in opposing directions, advancing product from the interior of the cover onto the landing. In a preferred embodiment, the dispenser houses miniature zinc air batteries, secured to the base using an adhesive layer. When a cell is advanced from the interior of the cover onto the landing, the cell is separated from the adhesive layer, allowing air to pass into the cell and the cell to be activated. The landing preferably comprises a magnet for releasably securing product. The dispenser is then used as an inserter for orienting and placing the product in position in a device. The product is not directly handled during its removal from the dispenser or during its insertion into a device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2001
    Publication date: March 14, 2002
    Inventors: Steven S. Garrant, Jonathan W. Hedman, Mark A. Ferguson, Jeffrey P. Pirro, David A. Furth, Richard H. Chapman
  • Patent number: 6340094
    Abstract: A lock mechanism for a hook in which a premium suspended in a hook can be taken out at a predetermined drop position within a casing is provided. The mechanism comprises a base member (40), a hook (10) fixed to the base body (40), and a lock portion (20) for closing an open portion in the hook (10) at the portion other than the predetermined drop position, the lock portion (20) comprises a support point portion (21) axially supported to the base body (40), a rotating piece (22) capable of rotating to both of normal and inverse directions around the support point portion (21) and an operating portion (50) for rotating the rotating piece (22), and the rotating piece (22) is structured such that an end portion thereof is brought into contact with the hook (10) at the position other than the predetermined drop position and at the predetermined position, the rotating piece (22) is rotated so that the premium (60) can move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Assignee: Sammy Corporation
    Inventor: Kozo Kawamura
  • Patent number: 6325241
    Abstract: Disclosed is a tablet dispenser for consecutive administering of tablets, the dispenser having a circular container (21) in which tablets are stored in a number of compartments (24) along the perimeter of the container, and a circular lid (22) concentric with the container, which lid (24) covers the compartments (24) and has a dispensing opening allowing access to one compartment at the time when the lid is rotated relative to the container. A cylindrical surface on the container part forms a pawl wheel provided with teeth (32) each having a ramp shaped and a steep edge and the lid (22) is provided with elongated, flexible pawls (30) which are at one end fixed to the lid (22) and follows a chord of the circular device to engage the teeth (32) of the pawl wheel by its other free end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: Novo Nordisk A/S
    Inventors: Kristian Garde, Steve McGugan, Peter Lykke
  • Patent number: 6321817
    Abstract: In an electronic component supply device electronic components are accommodated within cavities formed in a carrier tape of which surface is covered with a top tape. A peeling portion for peeling off the top tape from the carrier tape includes a peel-away cutout portion cut into a tape transfer direction. A thin plate has an angled portion having a rounded portion. A concavity, in which the thin plate operates, is formed in the tape pressing member downstream of the peel-away cutout portion in the tape transfer direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuichi Kubota, Takao Kashiwazaki, Koji Okawa, Tadashi Endo, Masato Tanino, Akira Kabeshita
  • Patent number: 6318437
    Abstract: A tape feeder for a part mounter including a guide frame into which first through third guide portions and a stripper are incorporated, a driving motor installed on the rear surface of the guide frame, first through third gears for transmitting the power of the driving motor, a sprocket coaxially installed on the third gear, the sprocket having teeth formed on the outer circumferential surface to be inserted into grooves formed on the tape having parts attached thereto and a plurality of slots formed along the circumference of the sprocket, a cover take-up apparatus assembly having a first pulley installed on one gear among the first and second gears, a belt hung on the first pulley, a second pulley which rotates by a driving force transmitted via the belt, and a take-up reel installed coaxially with respect to the second pulley, a cover tension apparatus assembly having an axle gear interlocked with the third gear, a peel roller which is installed coaxially with the axle gear and rotates, and a pinch roller
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Assignee: Samsung Aerospace Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong-hee Yoo, Byung-ho Chang
  • Patent number: 6315157
    Abstract: A coin operated device for the distribution of items includes a target array of tubular members containing items. A ram attached to and extending from a support member. The support member providing for movement of the ram within a plane. The ram is employed to force the items from the selected tubular member of the target array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Assignee: Benchmark Entertainment LC
    Inventor: Ronald D. Halliburton