Gravity Reverse Checks Patents (Class 232/62)
  • Patent number: 9652921
    Abstract: A coin chute for a vending machine may include one or more anti-fishing assemblies located in the vicinity of the coin chute's opening for receiving coins. The anti-fishing assemblies may include one or more rotatable anti-fishing fingers that project into a coin channel. The anti-fling fingers may rotate out of the coin channel to allow inserted coins to pass. In addition, the anti-fishing fingers prevent withdrawal of inserted coins out of the coin channel. The anti-fishing assemblies may be in addition to anti-pull back assemblies that prevent inserted coins from being withdrawn back past a coin discriminator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventors: George Allan MacKay, Darren Scott Cameron, Donald Stacy Sinclair
  • Patent number: 9494922
    Abstract: A parking meter with an antenna for radio frequency (RF) communication is provided. An antenna for the parking meter may be located in order to transmit the RF signals through a transmission path comprising at least a portion of the parking meter that provides a low attenuation of RF signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventors: George Allan MacKay, Gregory Emile Chauvin, Neil Stuart Erskine, Darren Scott Cameron, Donald Wesley Church, Ben Garvey, Josh Michael Bablitah, Matt Gonia, Glenn Eric Pederson, Robert Thomas Buczkiewicz
  • Patent number: 9443236
    Abstract: A parking meter mechanism is described that may include a front housing, having a display opening for viewing a display through, connected to an internal structure. Additionally or alternatively the parking meter mechanism may include a contactless payment reader located behind the display. The parking meter mechanism may be secured to a lower housing. A back housing may be secured to the lower housing as well. The front or back housing may include a solar panel compartment and solar panel mounted therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventors: George Allan MacKay, Gregory Emile Chauvin, Shamus John Angus McLarty, Ben Garvey
  • Patent number: 9406056
    Abstract: A parking meter is described that comprises components for providing parking meter functionality and a display for displaying parking information and a metal housing for protecting the parking meter components from an environment that has a display aperture through which the display is visible. The parking meter also comprises an antenna for a contactless payment reader arranged in or on the parking meter in close proximity to the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventors: George Allan MacKay, Gregory Emile Chauvin, Adrian Ignatius O'Neil
  • Patent number: 8616359
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a security grate for limiting access to a coin bin is disclosed. The security grate comprises a plurality of generally parallel upper slats and a plurality of generally parallel slats disposed below the upper slats. The plurality of first slats receives coins and directs coins moving under the force of gravity in a first direction. The plurality of lower slats receive coins from the upper slats and direct the coins moving under the force of gravity in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: Steve Bochonok, Mark C. Munro, John R. Blake
  • Patent number: 8400324
    Abstract: An apparatus for alerting shoppers at a checkout register having a bagging station with a rotating member having at least one bag support that is capable of pivoting between a first position, wherein the support is disposed prior to loading a merchandise into an at least one bag supported on the at least one bag support, and a second position wherein the at least one bag support is tilted outwardly relative to the bagging station. The apparatus includes at least one switch in contact with the bag support and an indicator in electrical communication with the switch for indicating that the at least one bag support is disposed in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventor: Arthur W Jaeger
  • Patent number: 8397933
    Abstract: A lid covering an interior of a medical waste receptacle base. The lid includes an intermediate waste repository connected to the cover. The repository is moveable between a holding position adapted for holding waste segregated from the receptacle base interior, and a dumping position adapted for biasing waste by gravity into the receptacle base interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Mark Brian Finnestad
  • Patent number: 6540601
    Abstract: A cash box includes a housing with a bill storage compartment located in the housing. A coin sorter mechanism is supported by the housing for sorting coins of different denominations. A plurality of coin storage compartments are located in the housing for storing sorted coins. Each coin storage compartment stores coins of a common denomination. The plurality of coin storage compartments communicate with the coin sorter mechanism. The bill storage compartment includes a plurality of sections, each intended to hold a bill of a particular denomination. The housing preferably includes a base which accommodates the plurality of coin storage compartments as well as the coin sorter, and a door which accommodates the several sections of the bill storage compartment. A lift out bill tray may also be accommodated in the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Mag-Nif Incorporated
    Inventors: John R. Nottingham, John W. Spirk, William J. Knox, Jr., Patrick W. Brown
  • Patent number: 5560512
    Abstract: An anti-scavenging device for deterring scavenging of goods from collection bins and receptacles, includes a frame mounted in an opening of a collection bin and a blocking member moveable between one position limiting access to the interior of the bin when the bin is positioned substantially upright, and another position blocking the opening when the bin is substantially inverted. In the preferred embodiment, the blocking member comprises two angularly-offset angular portions which freely drop into the two positions as facilitated by sliding supports engaging the frame. The blocking member are provided with supports to engage the frame, the supports being specially configured to prevent the blocking member from pivoting or tilting about its central axis as it moves between the two positions. Stabilizing bars may also be provided to maintain overall configuration of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1996
    Inventor: Hoon Hahn