With Non-dispensing Compartment Patents (Class 221/97)
  • Patent number: 9576419
    Abstract: The present application and the resultant patent provide a merchandiser. The merchandiser may include an ambient compartment with at least one ambient product therein, a temperature controlled compartment with at least one temperature controlled product therein, and a rotary internal transport system within the temperature controlled compartment so as to dispense a temperature controlled product in response to an ambient product being placed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Bart Carpentier, Jurgen Roekens, Joost Dessing
  • Patent number: 8998033
    Abstract: A material dispenser includes a base, a platen, a spring, a casing, a material pick-up mechanism, and a cap. The spring is connected in between the platen and the base, and the casing encloses the spring and the platen and removably attaches with the base. The material pick-up mechanism is rotatably connected with the casing opposite from the base. The cap attaches with the casing opposite from the base and positions adjacent with the material pick-up mechanism. The material dispenser includes stored materials in between the platen and the material pick-up mechanism. The casing provides a parameter wall for the stored materials. The users of the material dispenser can dispense an exact amount of the stored materials through a top opening of the casing by rotating the material pick-up mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Paul Maurice Huard
  • Patent number: 8985388
    Abstract: Present invention discloses a dispenser having means to dispense desired number of pills from a bulk supply of pills contained in the dispenser. The dispenser comprises of storage compartment having bulk supply of pills and having a discharge port emptying into counting compartment. The counting compartment contains first and second conveyors moving at first and second speed; wherein the second speed is greater than the first speed thereby enabling pill separation; the second conveyor discharges pills into dispensing compartment. Sensors are strategically placed along the conveyors to count pills discharged into dispensing compartment. A pill recovery system and apparatus is disposed inside the dispenser having means to recover pills remaining on first and second conveyors upon completion of a dispensation cycle and there after deposit recovered pills back into the storage compartment for use in future dispensation cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Nitesh Ratnakar
  • Patent number: 8960494
    Abstract: An integrated tissue dispensing apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes a hollow dispensing container configured to hold at least one tissue, the hollow dispensing container comprising a front face, a top face, a back face positioned opposite to the front face, a left side face, a bottom face, and a right side face positioned opposite to the left side face, and a foldable trash disposal receptacle formed with and fixedly adjoined to the hollow dispensing container and comprising a receptacle bottom wall connected to the back face of the dispensing container. The foldable trash receptacle is configured to fold between a closed position and an open position relative to the dispensing container. Also provided are embodiments including a multi-panel single semi-rigid foldable piece that when assembled forms a dispensing container and trash disposal receptacle. The device may be constructed of cardboard, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Adrian Gluck
  • Publication number: 20150008236
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for the dispensing and collection of objects in urban environments. More particularly, the disclosure provides systems and methods for dispensing and collecting helmets. The disclosure provides a self-sufficient, high-capacity, helmet dispensing system. In some embodiments, the system includes solar panels that provide the system with the requisite power needed to power the system. In some implementations, the system includes a vandal resistant return mechanism for the helmets. The system may also include communication modules, which may transmit system information to a backend server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Charles Mills, Jessica Artilles, Jose Avedillo, Kathryn Barnes, Ignacious Chen, Danielle Hicks, Shen Huang, Ron Perez, Laura Ware, Stephanie Whalen, Breanna Berry, Arni Lehto, Angela Chu, Manas Menon
  • Publication number: 20140367399
    Abstract: A system and method for optimizing the utilization of inventory space for articles dispensable from an article dispensing machine is provided. A subset of articles in the article dispensing machine may be targeted for removal for various purposes. Based on a list of the subset of articles, the article dispensing machine may move the subset of articles from a storage unit to a predetermined area, such as a merchandising zone of the storage unit or a separate article removal bin. The subset of articles may be removed from the predetermined area, followed by loading of new articles to the predetermined area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas Franklin Smith, William Martinka, Jim Polubinski
  • Patent number: 8906305
    Abstract: An instrument adapted to determine an analyte concentration of a fluid sample using a test sensor is disclosed. The instrument comprises a display adapted to display information to a user, a user-interface mechanism adapted to allow the user to interact with the instrument, a first test-sensor cartridge, and a body portion including at least a first opening and a second opening formed therein. The first opening is adapted to receive a test sensor from the first test-sensor cartridge. The second opening is adapted to store at least one additional test-sensor cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Bayer HealthCare LLC
    Inventors: Allen J. Brenneman, Huan-Ping Wu
  • Patent number: 8757434
    Abstract: The present application provides a merchandiser. The merchandiser may include an ambient compartment with at least one ambient product therein, a temperature controlled compartment with at least one temperature controlled product therein, and a vending module in communication with the temperature controlled compartment such that the vending module dispenses a temperature controlled product in response to an ambient product being placed in the vending module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Jurgen Roekens, Bart Carpentier, David Pas, Michael J. Kline
  • Patent number: 8757433
    Abstract: A dispenser automatically dispenses beverage cans. A housing has a conveyor along which cans are conveyed by gravity to a removal opening. A dispensing flap is on the removal opening and can be pivoted between a closed position, in which it prevents the removal of products through the removal opening, and a removal position. The dispensing flap has two trough-shaped receptacles lying at right angles to the conveyor section for one can, and is pivotal such that in the closed position a can is conveyed from the conveyor section into the first receptacle positioned to the inside of the housing, removal of the can from the first receptacle being prevented. In the removal position the can rolls from the first receptacle into the second receptacle, at the same time a new can is prevented from being conveyed from the conveyor into the first receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Gastro-Cool GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Christian Machers
  • Patent number: 8757431
    Abstract: Wipe dispenser and collector unit particularly for use in gents' toilets, with a storage cabinet (2) for batches of wipes (24), with an aperture for the bottom wipe (24) located at the center of an angled bottom at an acute angle with the horizontal; the cabinet has a wall-mounting rear cover (3) and a front panel (5) connected to it that can be tilted forward in order to open it, with those two components forming the interior of the closed wipe storage cabinet (2), with a waste container at a specific distance underneath, which also has a wall-mounting rear cover (30), whose storage space, open at the top, is defined by the rear cover (30) and the front unit that can be tilted against it, with the bottom of the front unit connecting to the holes (14) at the bottom of the rear cover (30) with matching bolts (15), which can be released when the unit is tilted forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Andras Fodor
  • Patent number: 8712586
    Abstract: A method of dispensing restricted products includes providing: a dispenser containing an inventory of restricted goods and a communication link to an authorized vendor; means to enable the vendor to verify the purchaser as an approved purchaser; an inventory system including storage for products in rows and columns; an identification system that identifies the location of each product by row and column; a product section device enabling verification that the selected product is correct and moves the product to a printing location, a viewing location, and/or an issue tray; a visual viewing means for the vendor to view the product; a payment transaction system to verify payment for the product; at least two collection trays remaining locked until the vendor releases product to the purchaser; a product reject hopper to collect product not approved for collection; and reject system to securely remove product to the reject hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Bluepoint International Pty Ltd
    Inventor: John Clive Allinson
  • Patent number: 8706292
    Abstract: An apparatus for receiving and dispensing cards automatically includes a card receiving and dispensing main body (1000) and a card dispensing box (1001) removably installed on said main body (1000). Said card dispensing box (1001) includes a card dispensing box body, a card outlet (141) and a card gate (90) configured on said card dispensing box body. Said card dispensing box (1001) also includes a card gate locking device for controlling the opening and closing of said card gate (90). Said apparatus also includes an identification and unclocking device, which controls the activity of the card gate locking device on the card dispensing box (1001) associated with the card receiving and dispensing main body (1000) to open the card gate (90) of the card dispensing box (1001).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: IME Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Qing Xiao
  • Patent number: 8517213
    Abstract: A system and method for directing a consumer through a vending machine transaction. The system and method include a UI guide comprising visual cues to direct a consumer to insert a minimum amount of money, make a production selection and confirm the product selection. The system and method provide for the consumer to cancel the transaction and request that return of inserted coins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Crane Merchandising Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ray Melton Lazalier, Jack Edward Anderson, Martin Shawn Egan, David Aguirre, Gerald Joseph Podgorny, Sachin Gopal Nagane, Ignacio Santa Cruz, Ronald Henry Krob, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8418880
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of a probe cover dispenser includes a storage member for accommodating stacked probe covers and a retaining unit with a pair of supporting arms for holding or releasing one of the stacked probe covers. A slide connects the retaining unit. A linking rod with a protrusion portion and a recess portion connects the slidable access member. The linking rod is moved upwardly or downwardly and the protrusion portion or the recess portion is moved to a position corresponding to the slide such that a force is applied to push or pull the supporting arms to release or hold the one of the stacked probe covers in the storage member, while the slidable access member is moved upwardly or downwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Mesure Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chu-Yih Yu
  • Patent number: 8387823
    Abstract: An automatic dispensing apparatus system and method for dispensing predetermined objects is disclosed. More particularly, the invention is an automatic bottled water dispensing apparatus system and method having a housing which houses various sizes of bottled water and a conveyor system for transporting the bottled water to a dispensing member for a customer. The dispensing apparatus system also includes a return machine for returning empty bottles, a plurality of selection members, a payment member and an inventory monitoring member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventor: Clifford H. Davis, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130035785
    Abstract: A pill dispenser for dispensing pills of various sizes includes a pill storage section, a dispensing section located at a lower end of the storage section, an optical sensor, a memory and a controller. The dispensing section includes a device for adjusting a variable size cavity configured to adjust to various pill sizes. The controller adjusts the variable size cavity of the dispensing section depending on the individual pill specifications, and determines if the optical sensor has sensed presence of the pill to be dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Applicant: Medical Intuition Inc.
    Inventors: David MacVittie, William F. King, IV
  • Patent number: 8360273
    Abstract: A cutlery utensil dispenser having at least one utensil compartment and a dispensing mechanism is disclosed. Each utensil compartment is so dimensioned and configured to house a stack of utensils. The dispensing mechanism includes a drive member in operable communication with at least one driven member, each driven member being associated with a respective one of the compartments. Actuation of the drive member causes simultaneous actuation of each driven member that causes a utensil to be dispensed from each compartment in repeatable succession one at a time. Also disclosed is a cutlery utensil dispenser having an electric motor in operable communication with the dispensing mechanism, and a controller in operable communication with the motor. The controller includes a processing circuit responsive to computer executable instructions which when executed on the processing circuit facilitates dispensing of a utensil from the utensil compartment by operation of the motor on command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventors: Christopher M. Reinsel, Brian Durant, Stephen J. Drabant, Thomas J. Steimer
  • Patent number: 8348878
    Abstract: A dispensing device deposits cream onto a strip of gauze by housing a roll of gauze that is unrolled and pulled through a user-fillable reservoir of cream. The amount of cream deposited on the gauze is regulated by applying pressure to various parts of the device. Cream laden gauze is then used in the conventional manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: AB Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Eric L Black, David S Asbery
  • Patent number: 8348094
    Abstract: A singulating disc, carried by a housing, has a plurality of openings around its periphery. The disc rotates vertically through a pickup chamber of a hopper carried by the housing. A vacuum is pulled through the openings by a pump which is connected to the disc. Items are placed in the hopper and, via gravity, fall to the bottom of the hopper where they contact the periphery of the rotating disc. The vacuum at the openings attaches an item and holds it while the disc rotates. At the top of the discs rotation, a diverter directs the item into a path depending on the results of a fragment detection and/or counting mechanism. Items that are allowed to pass by the diverter are scraped off the disc into another path by a scraper. Negative pressure is used to singulate and count a multitude of sizes and shapes of items with no calibration. Retractable paddles, a vacuum management system, and RFID tags may be incorporated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Steven J. Remis, Adam Hahn, Raymond Rhodes, John Volkar
  • Publication number: 20120285977
    Abstract: A product dispensing system including a dispenser frame having a front end longitudinally opposed from a rear end, the dispenser frame including a support deck extending at least partially between the front end and the rear end, the support deck having an upper surface and defining a channel below the upper surface, the channel having an entrance opening and an exit opening, and a product display area positioned below the support deck, and a catch element connected to the dispenser frame proximate the entrance opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventors: Aaron L. Bates, John Gelardi, Laurel Thomas
  • Publication number: 20120215726
    Abstract: Systems and methods for setting the prices of merchandise in vending machines are provided. According to some implementations, an electrical circuitry may be provided for vending merchandise. The electrical circuitry may comprise an actuator driver configured to control a dispensing mechanism associated with a vending unit for dispensing merchandise from the vending unit to a buyer. The electrical circuitry may also include an electronic price setting circuit configured to individually set the price for the merchandise of the vending unit. The electronic price setting device may include at least one manually adjustable component associated with each vending unit. A currency acceptor of the electrical circuitry is configured to accept currency from the buyer. An electronic control unit may be arranged in electrical communication with the actuator driver, electronic price setting circuit, and currency acceptor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: GENESIS MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventor: Ming Ip
  • Publication number: 20120195798
    Abstract: The present invention is a pipette tip supplying apparatus which comprises: a storing section configured to store a plurality of pipette tips; a supplying section configured to supply at least one of the plurality of pipette tips stored in the storing section outside the storing section; a detector configured to detect a pipette tip assembly in which one pipette tip and another pipette tip are piled up with a distal end of the one pipette tip inserted into the another pipette tip; and a discharging section configured to discharge the pipette tip assembly from the storing section, when the detector has detected the pipette tip assembly in the storing section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Inventors: Takeo Kowari, Makoto Ueda
  • Publication number: 20120160861
    Abstract: An apparatus for writing data to and dispensing one or more of solid-state devices may comprise a write port engageable with a solid-state storage device within the one or more solid-state storage devices to write the data to the solid-state device; a chamber for holding the solid-state storage device as the solid-state storage device engages with the write port; and a transfer assembly for moving the solid-state storage device from the chamber to dispense the solid-state storage device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Inventor: Lisbeth Moreira Fletcher
  • Patent number: 8205770
    Abstract: A system and method for directing a consumer through a vending machine transaction. The system and method include a UI guide comprising visual cues to direct a consumer to insert a minimum amount of money, make a production selection and confirm the product selection. The system and method provide for the consumer to cancel the transaction and request that return of inserted coins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Crane Merchandising Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ray Melton Lazalier, Jack Edward Anderson, Martin Shawn Egan, David Aguirre, Gerald Joseph Podgorny, Sachin Gopal Nagane, Ignacio Santa Cruz, Ronald Henry Krob, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20120091163
    Abstract: Systems and methods related to dispensing food (e.g., fruit) or other items in a “first-in, first-out” manner are discussed. The system can include a base having one or more cavities therein and a plurality of chutes configured to align within a subset of the cavities. Each of the chutes can include an inlet that can provide access to an open interior for storage of items, and the plurality of chutes can dispense the plurality of items in a “first-in first out” manner. An ice chest capable of cooling the plurality of chutes can be included, as can a drip tray or other mechanism for separating the fruit from its juices to prolong its useful lifespan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventors: Deborah Lowry, Roberta J. Royak, Paul Royak, Lawrence Hudson
  • Patent number: 8113382
    Abstract: A bottle return station preferably with a dispensing station provides for the receipt of empty bottles. Bottles are provided through an acceptor which accepts bottles having a particular configuration while not accepting others. The empty bottle returns are guided to a receiving station where they can be retrieved by an operator. Meanwhile a dispensing station can be accessed by users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: DS Waters of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodger Piersant, Richie Morrison, Andy Michaud, Jim Gibbons
  • Patent number: 8096414
    Abstract: A medical implement dispensing and disposal system. The medical implement dispensing and disposal system comprises a container having an open end with a dispensing chamber and a disposal chamber defined within the container. A cover is configured to substantially close the open end of the container. The cover defines a disposal opening in communication with the disposal chamber. A dispensing opening is defined in either the container or cover and in communication with the dispensing chamber. A biasing assembly is positioned in the dispensing chamber and configured to provide a biasing force toward the dispensing opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Mark Brian Finnestad, Michael Sansoucy
  • Publication number: 20120000927
    Abstract: The present application and the resultant patent provide a merchandiser. The merchandiser may include an ambient compartment with at least one ambient product therein, a temperature controlled compartment with at least one temperature controlled product therein, and a rotary internal transport system within the temperature controlled compartment so as to dispense a temperature controlled product in response to an ambient product being placed therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Applicant: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventors: Bart Carpentier, Jurgen Roekens, Joost Dessing
  • Publication number: 20110301750
    Abstract: An apparatus for receiving and dispensing cards automatically includes a card receiving and dispensing main body (1000) and a card dispensing box (1001) removably installed on said main body (1000). Said card dispensing box (1001) includes a card dispensing box body, a card outlet (141) and a card gate (90) configured on said card dispensing box body. Said card dispensing box (1001) also includes a card gate locking device for controlling the opening and closing of said card gate (90). Said apparatus also includes an identification and unclocking device, which controls the activity of the card gate locking device on the card dispensing box (1001) associated with the card receiving and dispensing main body (1000) to open the card gate (90) of the card dispensing box (1001).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: IME ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Qing Xiao
  • Publication number: 20110259907
    Abstract: The invention relates to a multifunction system comprising a first module (1) for the automatic distribution of articles and a second module (21) for recovery of used or unusable tennis balls and/or empty tubes of tennis balls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventor: Gerard Kuma
  • Publication number: 20110259910
    Abstract: Pill dispensing container with an outer housing, a pill holding chamber, a pill pulling member, a pill catch cup, an activation button, a vertical activation arm, a vertical locking post, a horizontal locking pin, a locking spring, a pill push spring, and a pill chamber closure. Pills are stacked in the chamber and held by the spring and closure cap. The user presses on the activation button causing the pinned activation arm to rotate and causing the pill pulling member to slide one pill over so that can exit through an aperture in the housing bottom. The locking pin prevents accidental dispensing. The pill drops into the catch cup which can be tilted to let the pill fall into the user's hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventor: David E. Knudsen
  • Publication number: 20110226797
    Abstract: A cutlery utensil dispenser has a housing that includes a first zone for holding a utensil to be dispensed, a second zone for receiving the utensil during dispensing, and a third zone for delivering the dispensed utensil to a user. The first, second and third zones are cooperatively configured and adapted to maintain, and present to the user, one end of the utensil ahead of an opposing end of the utensil during a dispensing operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: DIXIE CONSUMER PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventors: Christopher M. Reinsel, Brian M. Durant, Michael R. Kilgore, Matthew K. F. Williquette
  • Patent number: 8020725
    Abstract: A medicine dispensing apparatus which allows a prescribed quantity of medicines to be reliably taken out based on prescription data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Yuyama, Masahiko Kasuya, Akitomi Kohama, Masatoshi Warashina
  • Patent number: 8016157
    Abstract: The dispenser is comprised of a first hollow body and a second hollow body. The second hollow body fits into the first hollow body. The second hollow body has a closure at the open end. The second hollow body is maintained in the first hollow body by means of an interference fit. There also is at least one vent between the first hollow body and the second hollow body. The second hollow body will contain a medicament. In use the first hollow body and the second hollow body are separated, the lid on the closure of the second hollow body opened and a tablet dispensed into the first hollow body. A liquid such as water is added to the first hollow body to dissolve the tablet. This dissolved medicament is ingested in the usual way and the second hollow body placed back into the first hollow body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Inventors: Joseph Thomas Norris, Jeffrey Mayers, Peter Stagl
  • Publication number: 20110186591
    Abstract: An on demand consumable product heating and/or cooling dispenser that relatively quickly adjusts the temperature of a consumable product to a desired temperature is provided. Fluid circulates around the consumable product in a heat transfer device. The heat transfer device controls the motion of the product to maximize heat transfer. The dispenser delivers the product to the heat transfer device, to a storage compartment, and/or to a consumer. The dispenser senses the product temperature and controls the circulation of a fluid until the desired temperature is reached. Also provided is an on demand consumable product heating and/or cooling dispenser that maintains a relatively small queue of consumable product at a desired temperature in an insulated storage device. Consumable product at an ambient temperature is transferred to the insulate storage device as conditioned consumable product is dispenser to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventor: Steve Pfister
  • Publication number: 20110147400
    Abstract: An entertainment media rental and return system comprises a rental terminal at which a customer can either rent entertainment media or return entertainment media which has been previously rented from the rental terminal, a return terminal at which a customer can only return entertainment media which has been previously rented from the rental terminal, and a removable storage bin interchangeable between the terminals and arranged to (i) receive entertainment media which has been returned by a customer at the return terminal when the bin is installed in the return terminal, (ii) receive entertainment media which has been returned by a customer at the rental terminal when the bin is installed in the rental terminal, and (iii) provide entertainment media which is available to be rented to a customer at the rental terminal when the bin is installed in the rental terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventors: Rafael Yepez, Jason A. Mastry
  • Publication number: 20110114640
    Abstract: A dispensing device deposits cream onto a strip of gauze by housing a roll of gauze that is unrolled and pulled through a user-fillable reservoir of cream. The amount of cream deposited on the gauze is regulated by applying pressure to various parts of the device. Cream laden gauze is then used in the conventional manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventors: ERIC L. BLACK, David S. Asbery
  • Publication number: 20110084089
    Abstract: The present invention fulfills the above and other objects by providing a combination dispensing and disposal container (1) having a dispensing end (2) with a dispensing opening (3) for dispensing new items, such as facial tissue, wet wipes, candy, etc. On the opposite end of the container is a disposal end (4) with a disposal opening (5) for accepting trash. A bladder (6) located inside of the container separates a storage compartment (7) where new items are held from a disposal compartment (8) where trash is held. In addition to or in lieu of a bladder, a rigid partition (9) may also separate the storage compartment from the disposal compartment. One or more lids (10, 11) keeps the dispensing and end and the disposal end sealed when not in use. An additional feature is a strap (12) that allows a user to attach the tissue container to his or her wrist.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventor: Susan C. Maccario
  • Patent number: 7909206
    Abstract: An automatic dispensing apparatus system and method for dispensing predetermined objects is disclosed. More particularly, the invention is an automatic bottled water dispensing apparatus system and method having a housing which houses various sizes of bottled water and a conveyor system for transporting the bottled water to a dispensing member for a customer. The dispensing apparatus system also includes a return machine for returning empty bottles, a plurality of selection members, a payment member and an inventory monitoring member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Inventor: Clifford H. Davis, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20110056977
    Abstract: A dispenser for water-activated compressed articles is formed from a container for receiving the water-activated compressed articles in a stacked configuration and an activation chamber connected to the container. The activation chamber can hold water and is accessible to a user for receiving a compressed article removed from the container. The container is adapted to dispense a one compressed article at a time. The dispenser provides a way to dispense and activate a compressed article, even when a water source is not immediately available.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Inventor: Donald Spector
  • Publication number: 20110042403
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods for dispensing credit cards, phone cards, in-store gift cards, and the like from customer-operated kiosks and other machines. In one embodiment, a card dispensing apparatus can include a plurality of card hopper assemblies arranged in an array of two or more vertical columns, each column including two or more card hopper assemblies. Each card hopper assembly can include a card hopper configured to hold a vertical stack of horizontally oriented cards. Each card hopper assembly can further include a card ejector assembly configured to eject the bottom-most card from each card stack. The card dispenser can further include a movable card carriage that can be selectively positioned to receive a card from any of the card hoppers and read information from the card before dispensing the card to a customer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventor: Douglas A. Martin
  • Publication number: 20110017761
    Abstract: A method and device for transferring products in a vending machine, whereby a selected product is transferred from a relative fixed tray of the machine to a catch bin by a transfer member movable along a chute and designed to selectively assume two configurations, a first of which is a concave configuration to control the position of the selected product as it moves down the chute, and a second of which is a configuration allowing the selected product to drop freely along the chute, and which leaves the chute clear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Applicant: N & W GLOBAL VENDING S.P.A.
    Inventor: Aristide Domenico Roncari
  • Publication number: 20110000760
    Abstract: A vending apparatus and method of vending a product. Embodiments of a vending apparatus include a dispense mechanism configured to dispense a product, the dispense mechanism including a chamber that is rotatable relative to an opening of the dispense mechanism for aligning the product with the opening and dispensing the product therethrough. Further embodiments of a vending apparatus include a coin mechanism for receiving at least one coin before the vending apparatus dispenses a product, the coin mechanism including a delay mechanism configured to slow movement of an actuating device for avoiding jamming of the at least one coin in the coin mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Inventors: Nancy LaCroix-Toyne, Raffi Mekhitarian, Dikran Babikian, Jacobus Marcus Berkhout, Robert Riccomini, William Conway, Peter Hues
  • Patent number: 7860604
    Abstract: A method for controlling access to and segregating items dispensed from a vending machine having a stock of said items, said method comprising: vending an item only when a control procedure is satisfied; storing a record indicating said vended item has been dispensed; if said vended item is not distributable to an authorized recipient; quarantining said vended item including inserting said vended item into a port on an exterior of said vending machine that conveys said inserted vended item to a secure repository in the interior of said machine; and updating said record to indicate said vended item has been returned to said machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: QUIQ, LLC
    Inventor: Mark E. Frankel
  • Patent number: 7860605
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system for controlling access to and segregating dispensable items comprises a vending machine that contains the dispensable items to be vended. The vending machine includes an access control mechanism responsive to selection of one of the dispensable items for causing the vending machine to activate and vend the selected item. Transaction information associated with each of the vended items is stored in memory. The vending machine further includes a port on an exterior of the machine and adapted to receive items previously vended from the vending machine for return. A repository is located on the interior of the machine and operably connected to the port for quarantining the returned items, whereby the returned items are separated from the items to be vended. A sensor may be provided for sensing the returned items and causing the system to update transaction information to indicate that the sensed item has been returned to the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Quiq, LLC
    Inventor: Mark E. Frankel
  • Patent number: 7837060
    Abstract: A standalone portable dispenser assembly for sanitary items includes a base portion that provides resistance to the dispenser assembly against being tipped from an upright condition, an extension portion extending upwardly from the base portion, an upper cover portion attached to the extension portion above the base portion and a dispensing unit below the upper cover portion. One or more dispensing devices are disposed upon or within the dispensing unit for dispensing at least one sanitary item, such as hand towels and liquid hand soaps. The dispensing unit is at least partially shielded from weather by the upper cover portion, and the assembly is provided in a modular configuration for the convenient replacement of damaged components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: PolyJohn Enterprises Corporation
    Inventors: Rodney M. Mullett, Vaughan D. Smith, II, Jamie P. Kostelyk
  • Publication number: 20100264158
    Abstract: A pill dispensing apparatus has a pill delivery station, a pill receiving station, and a pill singulator. The singulator receives and supports pills delivered from the delivery station and is spun to drive pills supported on the tray around the tray axis. A wiper guide guides the driven pills towards the pill receiving station and at the same time singulates the pills by establish spacing between them. The singulated pills are then deflected to a pill drop zone where they drop into a container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventors: Wes van Ooyen, Derek Bessette, Todd Willick, Richard Panetta
  • Publication number: 20100237089
    Abstract: There is provided a medicine packing device, which prevents a free end of a bottom plate of a tablet dispensing measure from tilting due to its own weight. A bottom plate 43 is provided at a lower opening of a tablet dispensing measure 42. The bottom plate 43 includes a pin 44 at its base end. A leading end of the bottom plate is a free end. When the tablet dispensing measure 42 reaches corresponding stepped portions 37a to 37d by a movement of a tablet dispensing member 36, an opening protrusion 144b of a fixed plate 37 is fitted to an opening recess 43c of the bottom plate 43 and thus the bottom plate 43 pivots about the pin 44 from a closed position to an open position. If the bottom plate 43 moves to the open position, then tablets in the tablet dispensing measure 42 drop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Applicant: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Kodama, Katsunori Yoshina, Koji Yamashita
  • Publication number: 20100193541
    Abstract: Disclosed is a dispenser for items such as disposable cup closures that maintains a high degree of protection from air borne disease, contamination from adjoining surfaces or from contact with the hands of other patrons. The wide acceptance of clean technology depends on uncompromised convenience, productivity and cost as well as satisfying other needs of the store or restaurant proprietors including both dispenser appearance and low use of counter space. The present invention therefore provides clean dispensing of items like cup closures and packaged condiments in a device that is easy to maintain, clean and keep filled, mounts anywhere in a small space is aesthetically pleasing and can be customized to match any décor. Disclosed is a unique combination of a number of small details that together can play a crucial role in protecting the patrons from the spread of a pandemic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventors: Harvey James Tester, Lynn Ward Salts
  • Publication number: 20100176146
    Abstract: A physical distribution system for distributing prescribed medications ordered by physicians from a storeroom via a pharmacy to patients in a hospital department in a secure and reliable manner. The physical distribution system comprises a container with compartments, and dispensers. Each of the compartments is associated with an electronic lock associated with an opening code uniquely associated with a physician, a patient and prescription data. Each of the plurality of dispensers is associated with a unique patient related code. Each electronic lock is arranged to enable entering the prescribed medications into the associated compartment upon identification of the associate opening code. Each electronic lock is arranged to enable disposing prescribed medications from compartments into the dispenser upon identification of a patient related code on the dispenser corresponding to patient data in the opening code. The prescribed medications are associated with their prescription data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventor: Shimon Ben-Dor