Movable Or Removable Relative To Dispensing Compartment Patents (Class 221/98)
  • Patent number: 9371681
    Abstract: An apparatus, and associated method, facilitates delivery of a package to a recipient. A personal package box is installed at a destination location. The box contains a locking device that permits a delivery person to secure the package, once delivered. An identifier is maintained at the personal package box. The delivery person records the delivery of the package, using the identifier to identify the location of the delivery. An indication of the delivery is sent to the recipient to alert the recipient of the delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventor: Blaine Kevin Tompkins
  • Patent number: 9245405
    Abstract: A cabinet system for securely storing items includes a cabinet housing, a controller, and at least one drawer unit. The cabinet housing has a locking mechanism, and the controller is in communication with the cabinet housing and configured to operate the locking mechanism. The drawer unit is designed to be releasably locked at least partially within the cabinet housing by the locking mechanism, and slidable within a portion of the cabinet housing when released by the locking mechanism. The drawer unit includes at least one storage compartment, a cover, memory, and a power source. The storage compartment is configured to store at least one item therein. The cover is movable to an open configuration and a closed configuration. When the cover is in the closed configuration, the cover limits access to the item of the storage compartment. The memory is powered by the power source and is configured to store data associated with a movement of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: AutoMed Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Michael
  • Patent number: 9119488
    Abstract: A system for controlling advancement of and access to product housed within a device. Systems and devices include a pushing assembly having a track, a pusher, and a stop for restricting forward movement of the pusher when the stop is engaged. The device also includes a door assembly that has an open position and a closed position, an engaging mechanism that engages the stop when the door assembly is in the open position, and a blocker mechanism that restricts consumer access to product located behind the door assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Rock-Tenn Shared Services, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas A. Lockwood, Roger K. Miller
  • 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
  • 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: 8668107
    Abstract: A modular recycling unit comprises a support for supporting a first container. The first container is tiltable between a first position where the interior of the container is accessible and a second position where the interior of the container is inaccessible. The first container is freely removable from the support. A second container is supported on the support such that it is in a stacked relationship relative to the first container. The second container is freely removable from the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Incorporated
    Inventors: Nicholas Decker, Bradley Hooley, David McNamara
  • Publication number: 20130306668
    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: July 23, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventors: Deborah Lowry, Roberta J. Royak, Paul Royak, Lawrence Hudson
  • Patent number: 8308414
    Abstract: A medication dispenser provides automation to the steps of locating and acquiring medications to be administered to a patient. The medication dispenser includes an enclosure providing a secure environment for storing medications in multiple sized medication storage bins. The medication storage bins are hung in storage racks located within the enclosure. A robot system is also provided within the enclosure for moving bins between the storage racks and a medication dispensing area. The medication dispensing area includes doors configured to open to define an opening for passing a selected bin through the enclosure. The medication storage bin includes a bulk bin loading drawing for loading medication storage bins into the medication dispensing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Cerner Innovation, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward J. Schifman, William A. Bedore
  • Patent number: 8251629
    Abstract: A medication dispenser provides automation to the steps of locating and acquiring medications to be administered to a patient. The medication dispenser includes an enclosure providing a secure environment for storing medications in multiple sized medication-storage bins. The medication storage bins are hung in storage racks located within the enclosure. A robot system is also provided within the enclosure for moving bins between the storage racks and a medication dispensing area. The medication dispensing area includes doors configured to open to define an opening for passing a selected bin through the enclosure. In some embodiments, the doors provide a variable-sized opening and, in some instances, the opening matches the size of a bin containing medications selected for dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Cerner Innovation, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward J. Schifman, William A Bedore
  • Publication number: 20110295416
    Abstract: A hand held medicine dosing and dispensing device (10) comprising a housing (12) including a storage chamber (14) to store discrete units of medicine (16). The dispensing device (10) further includes a feed assembly (18) located between the storage chamber (14) and a dispenser (20) to feed individual units of medicine (16) from the storage chamber (14) to the dispenser (20). An impacter (22) is operably associated with the storage chamber (14) to agitate units of medicine (16) stored in the storage chamber (14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventors: Sten-Magnus Aquilonius, Sören Nygren, Carl-Olof Sjöberg, Jan Kranse
  • Publication number: 20110108564
    Abstract: A dispensing method and vending machine (1) for products (2), whereby a drawer (7), defining a pickup compartment (8) for a selected product (2) in the vending machine (1), is maintained by a first force (F1) in a stable closed position to receive the selected product (2), and is then moved into an open position, in which the pickup compartment (8) is accessible from outside the vending machine (1), by imparting a work movement to an actuator (24), which simply moves into contact with the drawer (7) to exert on the drawer (7) a second force (F2) in opposition to and greater than the first force (F1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Applicant: N&W GLOBAL VENDING S.P.A.
    Inventor: Aristide Roncari
  • Publication number: 20100327005
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for dispensing cards and other items. In one embodiment, a card dispensing apparatus includes at least first and second card hoppers and a movable card carriage. The card carriage is movable between a first position proximate to the first card hopper and a second position proximate to the second card hopper. The card carriage is configured to receive a first card from the first card hopper when in the first position and a second card from the second card hopper when in the second position. In one aspect of this embodiment, the card carriage can dispense at least the first card into a card outlet chute when the first card has been sufficiently read by a card reader. Alternatively, the card carriage can dispense the first card into a card escrow chute when the first card has not been sufficiently read by the card reader.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: Coinstar, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas A. Martin, Scott A. Dean, Mark L. Waechter, Gregory P. Winters
  • Patent number: 7703637
    Abstract: An automated method for dispensing pharmaceuticals, particularly tablets and capsules, and other small discrete objects, includes: receiving prescription information, selecting a container, labeling the container, dispensing the tablets or capsules into the labeled container, applying a closure to the filled, labeled container, and offloading the container to a designated location. Preferably, the tablets are dispensed with high speed dispensing bins that employ forced air to agitate and singulate the tablets. The other functions within the system are typically carried out at stations designed to offer speed, flexibility and precision to the dispensing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Parata Systems, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Richard D. Michelli
  • Patent number: 7630789
    Abstract: A system and apparatus are described in which modular receptacles are filled and transported to automated dispensing machines for later retrieval and distribution. A system of the present invention includes the loading, refilling, and replacement of the modular receptacles at various stages in the process of the invention. The present invention results in a more efficient and easier to manage system for distribution of such items as medical supplies and drugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: CareFusion 303 Inc.
    Inventors: Laird Broadfield, Patricia M. Lee, Paul M. Seelinger, David T. Heffron, Albert W. Dibelka, John J. Rodenrys, Robert J. Feeney, Joseph M. Calabro, William Conrad
  • Publication number: 20080302812
    Abstract: A dispenser assembly for dispensing small items such as pieces of candy or gum is disclosed herein. The dispenser assembly includes a first container including a first storage chamber for storing small items, a second container including a second storage chamber for storing small items, the second container including a dispenser opening, the second container movable between a dispensing position and a storage position, wherein the dispenser opening is in communication with the second storage chamber in the dispensing position and the dispenser opening is blocked off from the second storage chamber in the storage position, wherein the second container is removably attachable to the first container and refillable with small items from the first storage chamber of the first container when the second container is still attached to the first container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Inventors: Fusu Thao, Thomas Kramer, Alan Webb, Dustin Charles Rgnonti
  • Patent number: 7344048
    Abstract: A dispensing device is described that comprises a base, a chip attaching member which is provided movably with respect to the base and to which a dispensing chip is attached removably, a first elastic member for suppressing a movement of the chip attaching member with respect to the base, a second elastic member serving to suppress the movement of the chip attaching member with respect to the base and having a greater elastic constant than an elastic constant of the first elastic member and a detector for detecting that the chip attaching member is moved with respect to the base. An analyzing apparatus is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Sysmex Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Ueda, Kazuyuki Sakurai, Hiroaki Tobimatsu
  • Patent number: 7040504
    Abstract: A system and apparatus are described in which modular receptacles are filled and transported to automated dispensing machines for later retrieval and distribution. A system of the present invention includes the loading, refilling, and replacement of the modular receptacles at various stages in the process of the invention. The present invention results in a more efficient and easier to manage system for distribution of such items as medical supplies and drugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Cardinal Health 301, Inc.
    Inventors: Laird Broadfield, Patricia M. Lee, Paul M. Seelinger, David T. Heffron, Albert W. Dibelka, John J. Rodenrys, Robert J. Feeney, Joseph M. Calabro, William Conrad
  • Patent number: 6760643
    Abstract: The invention provides methods and apparatus for dispensing items from a dispensing unit. According to the invention, the dispensing unit comprises a plurality of locations in which the items are held, a processor in which records corresponding to the items on the unit are stored, and a plurality of item switches corresponding to the locations in which the items are held. The item switches are connected to the processor so that a user of the dispensing unit can input records of items removed from the unit into the processor. The apparatus described is particularly suited for dispensing medical supplies although the apparatus will be usable for other types of items as well. Preferred embodiments will include a plurality of visual indicators, typically in the form of light emitting diodes, corresponding to the locations in which the items are held.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: Omnicell, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall A. Lipps
  • Patent number: 6679409
    Abstract: Dispenser for rolls of a web-shaped material, such as paper, said dispenser having space for at least two rolls, at which one space is located adjacent the outlet opening (14) and is intended for a first roll in a use position and the second space is located above the first space and is intended for a roll in standby position. A lock (24, 25;27) is intended to keep the second roll in standby position. The disk plate is spring-loaded (23) and cooperates with the lock such that when a roll is located in place in the disk plate the lock (24, 25;27) prevents the standby roll from falling down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventor: Tor Petterson
  • Patent number: 6675986
    Abstract: A cold care bag system that includes a housing for holding tissues and the like that is provided with a mechanism for dispensing cold care bags from the roll; each cold care bag being impregnated with disinfectant material such that a user may use a tissue and dispose of the tissue by putting it in a disinfectant impregnated cold care bag, tearing the cold care bag from the roll, sealing the cold care bag, and throwing the sealed cold care bag into the garbage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Inventor: Karin L. Spencer
  • Patent number: 6385505
    Abstract: The invention provides methods and apparatus for dispensing items from a dispensing unit. According to the invention, the dispensing unit comprises a plurality of locations in which the items are held, a processor in which records corresponding to the items on the unit are stored, and a plurality of item switches corresponding to the locations in which the items are held. The item switches are connected to the processor so that a user of the dispensing unit can input records of items removed from the unit into the processor. The apparatus described is particularly suited for dispensing medical supplies although the apparatus will be usable for other types of items as well. Preferred embodiments will include a plurality of visual indicators, typically in the form of light emitting diodes, corresponding to the locations in which the items are held.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Omnicell.com
    Inventor: Randall A. Lipps
  • Patent number: 6116461
    Abstract: A system and apparatus are described in which modular receptacles are filled and transported to automatic dispensing machines for later retrieval and distribution. A system of the present invention includes the loading, refilling, and replacement of the modular receptacles at various stages in the process of the invention. A preferred embodiment of the present invention relates to a method for distribution of items such as medical supplies and drugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Pyxis Corporation
    Inventors: Laird Broadfield, Patricia M. Lee, Paul M. Seelinger, David T. Heffron, Albert W. Dibelka, John J. Rodenrys, Robert J. Feeney, Joseph M. Calabro, William Conrad
  • Patent number: 6056150
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing articles such as tickets and cards includes a cabinet. A plurality of article dispensing assemblies are disposed inside the cabinet. Each article dispensing assembly includes a base and a frame for enclosing the articles to be dispensed in a stack. The bases are mounted on a pair of vertical support plates. A gate is disposed behind each frame for receiving articles from its associated frame and allowing only one article at a time to pass through. A toothed blade is disposed underneath each frame and a motor driven rack and pinion is coupled to the toothed blade for bringing the toothed blade into engagement with the lowermost article in the stack, moving said toothed blade so that the lowermost article is transported from the stack into the gate, bringing the toothed blade out of engagement with the article and then moving the toothed blade back to engage the next article in the stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Assignee: Algonquin Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Kazmier J. Kasper
  • Patent number: 6029852
    Abstract: A device for dispensing card-like media, referred to as "cards", from a stack of such cards has a front-loading magazine for storing and dispensing the cards, the magazine being received within a primary aperture of a housing. The magazine has a casing formed by two lateral walls and a base and having a mechanism for biasing the stack of cards towards its front opening. A front cover, attached to the casing near its front end, retains the stack of cards within the casing and provides a slot shaped to facilitate manual removal of a single card from the stack. The front cover is displaceable between a closed position in which the front cover closes most of the front opening and an open position in which the front cover allows front loading of the cards into the casing. The open position is such that the front cover forms a partial obstruction to the front opening so as to retain the stack of cards within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Inventor: Marc Rochman
  • Patent number: 5678727
    Abstract: A diaper dispenser apparatus includes a housing having an interior region. The housing includes a front panel formed to include an aperture therein. The apparatus also includes a spring loaded platform located in an interior region of the housing. The platform is configured to support a stack of diapers and to locate a top diaper on the stack in alignment with the aperture in the front panel of the housing to permit removal of the top diaper through the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1997
    Inventor: William W. Rice
  • Patent number: 5443178
    Abstract: A tablet dispensing system includes a container and an arcuate housing for containing a supply of tablets. The arcuate housing is configured for being removably attached around a generally cylindrical container and has sufficient length to extend around a majority of the perimeter of the container. The arcuate housing may be shipped in a single circular piece with a perforation therein for separating the arcuate housing and in order to removably dispose same on the cylindrical container. An open end of the arcuate housing is provided for dispensing the tablets therefrom, and a resilient outer wall of the arcuate housing enables one-by-one dispensing of tablets in a carrier therefrom without dispensing of tablets sequentially held in the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1995
    Assignee: Allergan, Inc.
    Inventor: Alix A. Holmes
  • Patent number: 5397017
    Abstract: A pill dispenser includes at least one closeable chamber for storing pills therein, and threads for attaching the pill dispenser to the opening of a drinking fluid container such that the dispenser serves as a cap for the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1995
    Inventors: Robert Muza, Merry Muza
  • Patent number: 5344046
    Abstract: A control panel drawer for a consumer-operated vending machine of a type having a cabinet defining an internal volume in which vendable products are held for selectable vending, a front display at which vendable products are designated with price and selection indicia and a money acceptance and product selection panel at which an amount of money corresponding to the price of a desired product selection and instructions for dispensing the desired product selection are entered by the consumer and an operatively associated vending mechanism connected through an electronic circuit to vend the selected product to the consumer in response to insertion of money and instructions from a consumer to the control panel drawer includes a drawer which is slidably connected to the vending machine cabinet having a first position at which the drawer is inserted within the vending machine cabinet adjacent to the internal product holding volume and a second position slidably extended forward of the front display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1994
    Assignee: C-Power Companies, Inc.
    Inventors: Algert J. Maldanis, Walter L. Koch, David K. Giegerich, Andris C. Sloss
  • Patent number: 5129546
    Abstract: Storage container for button-shaped batteries with a minimum of one channel, which is dimensioned to fit the cross section of the battery and which has an entrance and an exit opening, a slide, which is located inside the channel and which is secured against being pushed out of the channel by means of limit stops at the entrance and exit openings, and locks which permit the passage of the button-shaped batteries only in the direction of the exit opening. The storage container serves to store new and used button-shaped batteries, with the latter being able to be inserted only into the entrance opening, while, at the same time a new button-shaped battery is dispensed at the exit opening. After all new batteries have been used up and the storage container is filled with used button-shaped batteries, the passage is blocked so that no further button-shaped batteries can be inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1992
    Assignee: Eveready Battery Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Walter R. Thielmann
  • Patent number: 5000343
    Abstract: A combination cracker dispenser and entertainment center is provided and consists of a housing that will contain a lazy susan tray near the bottom to hold crackers, a mechanism to dispense one cracker at a time, a dish near the top to hold dip therein to be used for the crackers and a built-in radio placed within a transparent middle portion of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1991
    Inventor: Sharon M. Allen
  • Patent number: 4648529
    Abstract: An apparatus and process for storing beads in a liquid medium and for draining and dispensing said beads essentially in the absence of said liquid medium is described. In one embodiment, the apparatus is designed so that the liquid medium in which the beads are stored can be captured in a separate compartment from the bead-containing compartment and the beads can be delivered without the liquid medium when the apparatus in inverted. This apparatus is designed so that the liquid medium will join with the beads for storage in the bead-containing compartment when the apparatus is upright. In another embodiment, the apparatus includes a bottle with a removable, threaded inner container which is used to drain the liquid medium from the beads prior to attachment to a separate bead dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1987
    Assignee: Cetus Corporation
    Inventors: Judith I. Blakemore, Mark S. Hanamoto, Fred G. Williams