Single Ejecting Means For All Cells Patents (Class 221/88)
  • Patent number: 9953480
    Abstract: The present application provides a merchandiser. The merchandiser may include a temperature controlled compartment, a product input system adjacent to the temperature controlled compartment, and a multi-chute product dispensing mechanism positioned within the temperature controlled compartment. The multi-chute product dispensing system may include a number of product chutes in communication with a dispense activation mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Jurgen Roekens, Abram C. Knip, Jacobus P. M. Dessing
  • Patent number: 9679287
    Abstract: A kiosk gift card system and method for purchasing and redeeming gift cards is disclosed. The system/method includes a gift card distribution kiosk that provides a user with access to a multitude of different forms of gift cards that may be purchased and printed onto customizable gift card stock. The kiosk includes a kiosk processor interface, a gift card dispenser, a card reader, and gift card management server connected to a network. The gift card management server, through the kiosk processor interface, provides vendor options to users to select and pay via the card reader. The kiosk may be used to redeem unused user gift cards for a reduced value user selected gift card, reduced cash value, full value store card, rewards points, bank debit, and/or an electronic code (eCode) towards online user purchases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: ARCH HOLDINGS, LP
    Inventor: James Robert Curtis
  • Patent number: 9492922
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and/or system for providing an action with respect to a mobile device using a robotic device that tracks the user and that interacts with a charging management engine. In accordance with at least one embodiment, a request to perform an action with respect to an electronic device is received. Information may be sent to one or more robotic devices within a proximity of the electronic device. A robotic device of the one or more robotic devices may be selected to perform the action. An indication may be received from the robotic device that indicates that the user has interacted with the robotic device. Instructions may be sent to the robotic device to perform the action with respect to the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Edwin Johnson, Michael Brian Stoops, Benjamin Schwartz, Nathan Eugene Masters, Shiblee Imtiaz Hasan
  • Patent number: 8762209
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the invention, products and processes are disclosed for receiving, via a point-of-sale terminal that is not a vending machine, an indication of a set of products which a customer desires to purchase. At least one product is offered to the customer via the point-of-sale terminal, and an acceptance of the offer is received. Thereafter a request to receive the product is received. A unit of the product is dispensed via the vending machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Inventor Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Jonathan Otto, Daniel E. Tedesco
  • Patent number: 8528780
    Abstract: A dispenser comprises a housing defining a chamber to receive a charge of smoking articles coupled by a belt and such that the longitudinal axis of each smoking article extends between first and second ends of die housing. The dispenser includes a mechanism to advance the belt in a lateral direction so as to move a smoking article of the belt into alignment with an aperture in said first end of the housing. The mechanism is also operable to push said aligned smoking article from the belt and eject it in a longitudinal direction from the housing through said aperture. A belt for use in such a dispense!, and a method of filling such a dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: British American Tobacco (Investments) Limited
    Inventors: Chris Houghton, Ian Mckinnon
  • Patent number: 8459496
    Abstract: A machine particularly adapted for dispensing light items (19) packaged in symmetrical, frustum-shaped containers. The items are propelled through a tubular cartridge (3) by compressed air, and in the absence of any solid pushing, pulling or carrying device, then individually dispensed. A flow of compressed air generated by a blower (28) is s fed to the back of the cartridge. The items are dispensed under control of a toggling dual-gate mechanism (26, 27) at the front end of the cartridge. The dual-gate mechanism of a removable magazine (2) grouping a number of cartridges can be selectively addressed and activated by means of a solenoid-driven cross-bar assembly (38).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventors: Anton K. Simson, Henri J. A. Charmasson
  • Patent number: 8397946
    Abstract: A cartridge based dispensing system includes a cartridge having a rotatable compartmentalized receptacle for supporting a plurality of items in separate compartments along with a housing for removably supporting the cartridge. The housing includes an opening for enabling dispensing of an item from an aligned separate compartment and a mechanism is provided for rotating the receptacle within the cartridge in order to align compartments with the housing opening. The mechanism may be configured for causing different discrete angular rotations of the receptacle corresponding to compartment size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventor: Nathaniel G. Portney
  • Publication number: 20130039733
    Abstract: Pick and place tape release techniques and tools that allow thin, fragile semiconductor dies to be removed from wafer tape with reduced tape release forces applied to the semiconductor dies. For example, a method for removing semiconductor die from wafer tape includes mounting a wafer ring having wafer tape and one or more dies attached to the wafer tape, and aligning an ejector pin assembly under a target die to be removed from the wafer tape. The ejector pin assembly includes a vacuum housing, an ejector pin, a suction plate, and an aperture formed in the suction plate in alignment with the ejector pin. A vacuum is generated in the vacuum housing to draw the tape against a surface of the suction plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Bucknell C. Webb
  • Publication number: 20120312833
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system that allows an easy and quick exchange of small batteries of hearing devices as well as a method for exchanging a battery of a hearing device that combines the installation of a new battery into the hearing device with the deinstallation of the battery to be replaced from the hearing device in a single action using a single mechanism. The inventive battery exchange system comprises a carrier module 1, which features a hearing device receiving means shaped to receive a part of a hearing device 4 and a battery passage that traverses the carrier module 1, a battery dispensing module 2 adapted to accommodate at least one battery 7 and a battery ejection means 3 adapted to eject a battery 7 from the battery dispensing module 2 into the battery passage of the carrier module 1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: PHONAK AG
    Inventor: Bruno Gabathuler
  • Patent number: 8214078
    Abstract: A kiosk and a method for dispensing items therefrom. In various embodiments, the kiosk comprises a shelf system for holding items to be dispensed from the kiosk and a gripper capable of transporting items from the shelf system to a dispenser. The shelf system preferably comprises a series of parallel shelves, each shelf capable of holding one dispensable item. When not in operation, the shelves of the shelf system remain in an inclined position, thereby preventing the items situated thereon from falling off the shelves. To dispense an item, the shelves are rotated into a substantially horizontal position so the gripper may engage the selected item and transport the item to a dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Romy Michael A. Sta. Cruz, Bryan Lee Cabatingan
  • Patent number: 8121727
    Abstract: The invention is an article vending machine comprising a plurality of article storage compartments covered by displaceable thermal barriers that are opened by an opener. The invention further comprises a cooling unit, an article extractor for extracting selected articles from the storage compartments, and a control center. Each article storage compartment has a displaceable thermal barrier that is opened and closed by an opener. Each displaceable thermal barrier is capable of being opened and closed independently of all other displaceable thermal barriers. During the vending cycle, only the displaceable thermal barrier covering the storage compartment accessed by the article extractor is opened, which prevents ambient air from mixing with cooled air in storage compartments not accessed by the article extractor. If a displaceable thermal barrier cannot be opened because it has frozen shut or the opener has broken, the remaining displaceable thermal barriers with functioning openers still can be opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Thomas R. Mosey
  • Patent number: 8046898
    Abstract: Fastener clearing systems and methods for a fastener delivery system are provided. In one embodiment, a system includes an extractor tool having one or more vacuum generators in fluid communication with a catcher for retaining fasteners during transport. The vacuum generators are selectively activated to draw fasteners into the catcher. A backflow port is formed in the extractor tool and introduces pressurized air into the catcher to dislodge fasteners that adhere to the catcher after the vacuum generators have been deactivated. The backflow port may be formed in a fitting positioned between vacuum generators and securing the vacuum generators to one another. The vacuum generators and fitting may define a common fluid channel opening into a fastener seat adapted to receive a portion of a fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Daniel D. Bloch, Robert E. Bender
  • 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
  • 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: 20090039100
    Abstract: A portable hand-held bandage dispenser includes a cartridge containing a multiplicity of self-adhesive bandages, and a dispenser with an end slot housing the bandages. In addition, a feeding mechanism is disposed within and outside the dispenser housing for advancing the uppermost self-adhesive bandage into contact with an ejection device. The ejection device engages a top surface of the bandages and pushes it at least partially to the exterior of the dispenser housing. A spring disposed within the dispenser housing returns the feeding mechanism to a neutral position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventor: James King
  • 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: 7431160
    Abstract: Apparatus for releasing tablets from a blister pack has a tray, a lid pivotally mounted on the tray and a peg slidably mounted on the lid. A base is formed integrally with side walls of the tray, a raised floor for receiving the blister pack extends across the tray and is spaced from the base to define a cavity. A partition wall extends between the side walls at one end of the floor and includes a raised portion which defines a gap between the wall and floor which enables the cavity to communicate with an end receptacle defined by the floor and a part circular end wall. The peg is movable into registry with any selected blister and the floor is provided with apertures to allow released tablets to pass through the floor into the cavity and from the cavity into the end receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Gruenenthal GmbH
    Inventors: Nicholas Andrew Murray Drought, Stephen Blatcher, Ian Michael Daines Gaylor, Mark Stacey Rowbotham
  • Patent number: 7353969
    Abstract: Tamper and child proof dispenser for a solid dosage product such as tablets and capsules that may be contained in a blister sheet. Dispenser comprises a dispensing assembly (3) for holding and dispensing the product, a slidably or hingedly connected outercover (1) for covering the assembly to prevent access to the product, and tamper indication means (7) of an elongate removable tag for indicating a prior displacement of the outer cover. The dispenser has an external child proof button (9) supported on a tongue (10). The dispensing assembly has an ejection means of a slide actuation mechanism (57) including an actuation arm (59) upon which is mounted a slidable rider member (61) with an abutment to engage and eject the solid dosage product. The outer cover has four separable portions (67) which are individually removed to enable a particular actuation mechanism (57) to be moved for dispensing a product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: IN VIVO Systems Limited
    Inventor: Roy Neil McHutchinson
  • Patent number: 7108153
    Abstract: A medication access control device having a high-strength, high-impact cover and base that allows manual advancing and actuated dispensing of tablets, capsules, or pills of virtually all sizes from a medication cartridge, having penetrable seals, through a dispensing hole located at the base of the device housing. The medication cartridge rests on a cartridge driver rotatably connected to the bottom half of the device housing. A battery powers a timing device and solenoid to draw a locking lug from steps on the cartridge driver. A spring advances a lug lock to hold the locking lug open until the medication cartridge is rotated. As the medication cartridge is rotated a cartridge device tooth advances a trigger, which releases the locking lug and locks the cartridge driver from rotating. A rewind protection lock prevents the cartridge driver from rotating backwards. A switch resets the timer as the cartridge driver is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Inventor: Brad Wood
  • Patent number: 7104417
    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: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Comar, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Lee Hilliard
  • 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: 6874652
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods for dispensing of tablets from an apparatus constituting a dispenser for tablets contained in a blister pack. The invention also relates to such apparatuses and to uses of such apparatuses. The invention makes use of an apparatus the operating of which greatly increases the facility of using the apparatus, increases the resistance towards tampering the apparatus and facilitates reducing the size of the apparatus when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Assignee: Bang & Olufsen Medicom A/S
    Inventors: Henrik Bondgaard Christensen, Henrik Hougaard Vilstrup, Ole Hangaard, Keld Sloth Christensen, Kim Bisgaard Sorensen
  • Patent number: 6860402
    Abstract: An automatic single object dispenser has storage elements provided with a drum with a horizontal axis on the periphery of which are formed receptacles radially oriented to receive each an object through an opening and a delivery zone whereat the user can collect the selected object, the drum being driven in rotation to bring the selected object to the delivery zone. The dispenser includes elements for ejecting the selected object when it reaches the delivery zone. The dispenser is useful for selling or renting out articles and in particular video cassettes or compact discs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Inventor: Juan Blas Casuccio
  • Patent number: 6742673
    Abstract: A mobile vending machine for transporting and vending a number of products. The mobile vending machine includes a storage compartment for storing the products, a dispensing mechanism for dispensing the products, and a drive mechanism. The storage compartment is positioned about the drive mechanism for movement therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: William S. Credle, Jr., John P. Giles, James Michael Watson
  • Patent number: 6688489
    Abstract: A portable fastener delivery system is provided that comprises an automated unloading mechanism that removes fasteners from a fastener storage device and delivers the fasteners through a delivery conduit to a work station. Generally, the portable fastener delivery system is mobile throughout a production facility so that fasteners may be delivered to a plurality of work stations. In operation, a signal is transmitted to a control system requesting a specific fastener configuration, and the control system causes positioning of the unloading mechanism adjacent the fastener storage device. A pneumatic source is then activated to cause the unloading mechanism to remove a fastener from the fastener storage device using a vacuum generator, and once the fastener is removed, the fastener is transported through a delivery conduit to the work station using pressurized air from the pneumatic source through a flexible fastener delivery tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Daniel D. Bloch, Roy L. Barr, Edward E. Fiekert, David McCoy, Kevin J. Sitton, Ernst A. Oswald
  • Patent number: 6651840
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing pills comprises at least one ring-shaped blister pack, in which cavities containing pills are distributed, such that the openings of the cavities therein are directed outwardly, as well as a flat pocket dispenser. It has a first part for receiving the pack in a ring shape, and a second part fitting onto the first part and encasing the blister pack together with the first part. The first part and/or the second part comprises at least one passage opening with which a pill to be dispensed can be aligned. A push-out means can be positioned in line with the respective pills of the blister pack and with the passage opening and be operated for pushing out the pill to be dispensed through the passage opening. There are provided means for rotatably positioning the blister pack stepwise relative to the part of the apparatus including the push-out means. The blister pack itself and the part containing the push-out means comprise the means for the stepwise positioning of the blister pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: Akzo Nobel NV
    Inventors: Marlies Van Dullemen, Mark Herman Hendrik Schulte
  • Publication number: 20030173373
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlled dispensing of a plurality of objects, the apparatus comprising a housing and frame assembly, a track assembly comprising a pair of parallel spaced apart tracks shaped in a convoluted closed loop shape to optimize space and volume, and a plurality of tubes disposed within the track assembly and able to move within the tracks. A dispensing assembly has a pneumatic ram for ejecting an object placed in the tube, and an indexing assembly for advancing the tube after ejection of its object. A ratchet assembly permits one directional movement of the tubes and prevents tubes from moving backward to the dispensing assembly. At least one assist advancing assembly has a pneumatic ram for pushing the tubes within the track in one direction. Photosensors used in conjunction with a microprocessor controller enable the apparatus to detect low object load, speed and system error. A user display provides for control of the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2002
    Publication date: September 18, 2003
    Applicant: PSI Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: David Edward Bliek, Grant Duane Beasley
  • Patent number: 6612461
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for storing and for reminding/recording the intake of drugs, arranged in a drug packaging, which is designed as individual packaging segments, which form individual pockets, holding individual drug dosages (tablets, pills, powder dosages, liquid dosages), and which are made of foil and lie in succession in the longitudinal direction. The drug packaging is guided in the device and can be transported by means of a feed in the device. The device 1 exhibits guide elements, which are arranged along the line of a peripheral guide track 6; and there are drive elements, by means of which the drug packaging 2 can be fed incrementally to a removal-ejecting mechanism 5, in which a drug dosage can be ejected through a removal window 7 at essentially right angles to the guide track 6 by means of an ejecting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Inventors: Hans Layer, Udo Simon
  • Patent number: 6581799
    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 platform. When a cell is advanced from the interior of the cover onto the landing, the cell is separated from the adhesive platform, 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: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Assignee: Eveready Battery Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven S. Garrant, Jonathan W. Hedman, Mark A. Ferguson, Jeffrey P. Pirro, David A. Furth, Richard H. Chapman
  • 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: 20030031595
    Abstract: A sensor dispensing instrument adapted to handle a sensor pack containing a plurality of sensors and to perform a test using one of the sensors, wherein the sensor dispensing instrument includes an electronics assembly for performing the test and displaying test results. The electronics assembly includes a printed circuit board having electrical components, at least one button, and a liquid crystal display mounted thereon. The electronics assembly is formed and tested prior to assembling the electronics assembly into the outer housing of the sensor dispensing instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2002
    Publication date: February 13, 2003
    Inventors: G. Lamar Kirchhevel, Michael K. Brown
  • Publication number: 20030032190
    Abstract: A sensor dispensing instrument adapted to handle a sensor pack containing a plurality of sensors and to perform a test using one of the sensors. The sensor dispensing instrument includes an outer housing and a mechanical mechanism contained therein for rotating the sensor pack and ejecting one of the sensors from the sensor pack and through a sensor slot on the housing. The mechanical mechanism of the sensor dispensing instrument is operated by first moving a disk drive pusher in a first direction to rotate the sensor pack, and then moving the disk drive pusher in a second direction to eject a sensor from the sensor cavity and through the sensor slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Publication date: February 13, 2003
    Inventors: Michael K. Brown, Russell J. Micinski, Robert C. Whitson
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20020148848
    Abstract: The present invention is to make a towel material for forming a wet towel, that is made by a drying, compressing or evacuating manner into compact units having a winding bar shape, or block shape. The units are connected by connecting members into a strap, so that the towel material strap may be stored in the chamber of the manufacturing apparatus. After the user emits the using signal, the towel material strap is serially drawn out by a control wheel member, and the connecting member is wound by the winding roller, so that the units may fall into the output member or the article outlet. The units are wet or immersed in the liquid, so that the units may be expanded into a wet towel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2001
    Publication date: October 17, 2002
    Inventor: Chien-Jung Chen
  • Patent number: 6446832
    Abstract: An improved card feeding apparatus and associated method for feeding plastic cards to a printer. The apparatus can be used in any system where plastic cards are fed into a printer, but has particular use in a self-service, automated card issuance kiosk. The apparatus includes a support structure, and a card cassette is mounted on the support structure for holding a plurality of cards. The card cassette is moveable relative to the support structure, with the card cassette defining a discrete position for each card. A card picker is mounted on the support structure, with the card picker being capable of picking any one of the plurality of cards from the card cassette. Since each card has a discrete position within the card cassette, the card cassette can be moved past the card picker and any one of the cards within the card cassette can be picked by the card picker, and subsequently fed to a printer to personalize the card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Assignee: Datacard Corporation
    Inventors: Henry V. Holec, Cory Dean Wooldridge, Gary Paul Mattila, Jeffrey J. Rust
  • Patent number: 6431399
    Abstract: A pill dispenser allows for alternating removal of two or more solid forms of pharmaceutical medications, such as tablets, film tablets, coated tablets, or capsules. The pill dispenser has a housing, a baseplate, at least two storage containers for receiving and storing a solid form of medication, and a dosing slide. The baseplate is attached to the bottom end of the housing and has at least one ejecting opening. The storage containers are adapted for receiving and storing solid forms of medications. Each storage container has a bottom opening. A dosing slide is movably mounted between the storage containers and the baseplate and has receiving openings arranged in the dosing slide so that each of the receiving openings can be positioned under a bottom opening of a storage container and above an ejecting opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics GmbH
    Inventors: Rolf-Dieter Gabel, Jörn Möckel
  • 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: 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
  • Patent number: 6125082
    Abstract: A timed cigarette dispenser for limiting the number of cigarettes available to a smoker to assist the smoker in reducing the number of cigarettes smoked over an interval of time, and/or to assist the smoker in quitting smoking. The dispenser includes a housing having a storage chamber therein for containing a quantity of cigarettes, and a solenoid operative to extend a plunger to engage a single cigarette and eject it partially from the housing where it may be grasped and withdrawn. An electronic timing circuit is connected with the dispensing solenoid to energize the solenoid upon the expiration of predetermined time intervals. A cover is latched closed over the storage compartment to prevent access to the storage compartment except when the storage compartment is empty. When the storage compartment is empty, a latch solenoid is automatically energized to disengage the latch and permit the cover to be opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Inventor: Adonis M. Reid
  • Patent number: 6098835
    Abstract: The present invention is a child resistant rotating disk pill dispenser with a main housing to receive a circular pill package and pill package tray for rotation. The tray contains annularly arranged pill-drop orifices, and hold in place a circular pill package with a plurality of pills arranged to coincide with the pill-drop orifices. The tray has ratchets for engagement with a rotating knob for advancement thereof and the knob is connected to a said main housing central shaft so as to be selectively rotatable and reciprocally movable, with a first vertical position upwardly relative to the pill package tray and a second vertical position downwardly toward the pill package tray. When the knob is in its first vertical position, it is not in rotatable engagement with the ratchets, and when it is in its second vertical position it is in rotatable engagement therewith. A plunger is included for pushing pills through a pill package, through a pill-drop orifice and out the dispensing orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Valley Design Inc.
    Inventor: Stuart W. DeJonge
  • 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: 6019247
    Abstract: A rolled coin dispensing apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus includes a rotatable dispensing wheel that holds coin rolls, a rotary drive mechanism for rotating the dispensing wheel to a dispense position, and an ejecting mechanism for ejecting a predetermined number of coin rolls from the dispensing wheel. The dispensing wheel has outer and inner wheel structures that support divider members which receive rolled coin cassettes therebetween. The ejecting mechanism includes pusher arms arranged exteriorly of each dispensing wheel and ejector bars, fixed to each arm, that are located interiorly of the outer wheel structure to be pushed into a cassette disposed at the dispense position to obtain coin rolls therefrom. The ejector bars and cassette located at the dispense position are arranged nonradially with respect to the axial center of their cassette wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignee: Hamilton Safe Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Lowell Scott
  • Patent number: 5931340
    Abstract: A dispenser is provided comprising a housing, a plurality of storage trays, a retriever module, a user interface, and a controller in communication with the user interface. The controller is operative to cause the retriever module to move towards a selected storage tray in response to a selection signal. Further, a dispensing module is provided comprising a housing arranged to permit insertion of the housing into an existing storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: Vertex Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent Vickers Savage, Richard Mathias Alden, Kenneth John Pfeiffer
  • Patent number: 5868086
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an automatic transplanter. More specifically, the invention relates to a mechanism for transferring seedlings or plants from plant trays or flats in which they have been grown or propagated onto a conveyor for delivering to means for effecting transplanting into a field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Assignee: Speedling, Inc.
    Inventor: Geoffrey Allan Williames
  • Patent number: 5854074
    Abstract: A sensor dispensing instrument is adapted to receive a generally circular sensor pack containing a plurality of blood glucose sensors. Each of the sensors are disposed in sensor cavities, each of which is in fluid communication with a corresponding desiccant cavity and has a support wall that assists in directing the sensor as its being ejected from the cavity. The sensor pack is loaded on an indexing disk in the instrument such that when a slide actuator on the instrument is moved toward a testing position, a feed mechanism engaged by the slide actuator moves a knife blade thereon toward one of the sensor cavities. The knife blade pierces a portion of a foil covering the sensor cavity and engages the sensor disposed in the cavity to thereby eject the sensor from the sensor cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1998
    Assignee: Bayer Corporation
    Inventors: Steven C. Charlton, Anne T. Miller, Joseph L. Moulton, Matthew A. Schumann, Dennis Slomski, Frank W. Wogoman
  • Patent number: 5791514
    Abstract: A dispenser having a housing for dispensing candies therefrom and having a rotatable raceway therein with a plurality of turntables disposed within the housing and on the raceway, with each of the turntables including a compartment sized to accommodate a candy to be dispensed, and a drive motor for driving the raceway and coupled to the turntables for rotating the turntables and for revolving the turntables within the housing to transport the candies to a dispensing station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Assignee: Cap Toys, Inc.
    Inventors: Karl D. Kirk, III, Paul Mulhauser, Diego Fontayne
  • Patent number: 5733093
    Abstract: A stack tube type feeder is designed to be versatile to dispense a variety of parts. The part dependent components of the feeder can be either selectively interchanged or adjusted to accommodate a wider variety of parts. Specifically, a part feeder includes a tube guide assembly for holding a plurality of part supply tubes. Within the tube guide assembly removable front and rear stops prevent longitudinal movement of the part supply tube in the feed position. Included is a removably mounted guide track element having a guide track as part of the feed guide path. The changeover mechanism of the present invention includes removable front and rear tube supports for supporting the part supply tube in the feed position, and removable and adjustable front and rear singulator elements for supporting a next fed tube in a staging position. Preferably, a pusher mechanism includes a pusher tape and pusher element which are driven to advance the parts from the part supply tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1998
    Assignee: Robodyne Corporation
    Inventors: Troy T. Palm, Tim J. Hartman, Kevin J. Barr
  • Patent number: 5644999
    Abstract: A transplanter for transferring seedlings from plant trays to a planting position includes a special plant tray having a series of longitudinal indexing grooves and a transverse alignment groove for engagement with indexing rods and support rings that are joined together to form an indexing drum. The indexing drum is mounted adjacent a loading frame for guiding the plant trays into position for ejection of the plant seedlings and includes an integrally internally mounted plug ejector subassembly which moves relative to the indexing drum at each of a number of successive indexing positions of the drum for ejection of seedlings from the plant tray. The indexing grooves and transverse alignment groove on the plant tray provide datum surfaces for ensuring accurate positioning of the plug ejector subassembly relative to the seedlings in the plant tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1997
    Assignee: Speedling, Inc.
    Inventor: Geoffrey Allan Williames