Fare Boxes Patents (Class 232/7)
  • Patent number: 9786099
    Abstract: Provided is a coinage identification device (6), comprising: a coinage sorting device (6A), which is configured to further comprise a first coinage guidance unit (9), and a second coinage guidance unit (10) which moves between a narrowing location which is close to the first coinage guidance unit (9) and a widening location which is separated from the first coinage guidance unit (9), and to cause a plurality of coins to fall in batches of a defined number from between the first coinage guidance unit (9) and the second coinage guidance unit (10); and a coinage intake (28a) which is disposed below the first coinage guidance unit (9) and the second coinage guidance unit (10), and which accepts the coins which fall from between the first coinage guidance unit (9) and the second coinage guidance unit (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: LECIP HOLDINGS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Matsuno, Yasuhiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8960529
    Abstract: Provided is a fare box which enables passengers to smoothly pay fares using bills without hesitation even when a bill transportation passage is disabled due to jamming of a bill or a breakdown. Two entrances, which are a bill normal receiving opening and a bill backup receiving opening, are provided as bill receiving openings of the fare box. Either of the bill normal receiving opening and the bill backup receiving opening is allowed to be selectively opened by a shutter member. At normal times, the bill normal receiving opening is put into operation with the shutter member positioned at a normal position. When a bill normal transportation passage has become jammed with a bill, the shutter member is shifted from the normal position to a bypass position on the basis of an operation performed on a bill receiving opening switch lever, whereby the bill backup receiving opening is opened instead of the bill normal receiving opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Lecip Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Kimoto, Yasuhiro Suzuki, Takashi Matsuno
  • Publication number: 20150028093
    Abstract: Provided is a fare box which enables passengers to smoothly pay fares using bills without hesitation even when a bill transportation passage is disabled due to jamming of a bill or a breakdown. Two entrances, which are a bill normal receiving opening and a bill backup receiving opening, are provided as bill receiving openings of the fare box. Either of the bill normal receiving opening and the bill backup receiving opening is allowed to be selectively opened by a shutter member. At normal times, the bill normal receiving opening is put into operation with the shutter member positioned at a normal position. When a bill normal transportation passage has become jammed with a bill, the shutter member is shifted from the normal position to a bypass position on the basis of an operation performed on a bill receiving opening switch lever, whereby the bill backup receiving opening is opened instead of the bill normal receiving opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Kenji KIMOTO, Yasuhiro SUZUKI, Takashi MATSUNO
  • Publication number: 20150021383
    Abstract: Provided is a fare box which enables passengers to smoothly pay fares using bills without hesitation even when a bill transportation passage is disabled due to jamming of a bill or a breakdown. Two entrances, which are a bill normal receiving opening and a bill backup receiving opening, are provided as bill receiving openings of the fare box. Either of the bill normal receiving opening and the bill backup receiving opening is allowed to be selectively opened by a shutter member. At normal times, the bill normal receiving opening is put into operation with the shutter member positioned at a normal position. When a bill normal transportation passage has become jammed with a bill, the shutter member is shifted from the normal position to a bypass position on the basis of an operation performed on a bill receiving opening switch lever, whereby the bill backup receiving opening is opened instead of the bill normal receiving opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Kenji KIMOTO, Yasuhiro SUZUKI, Takashi MATSUNO
  • Patent number: 8668134
    Abstract: Provided is a fare box which enables passengers to smoothly pay fares using bills without hesitation even when a bill transportation passage is disabled due to jamming of a bill or a breakdown. Two entrances, which are a bill normal receiving opening and a bill backup receiving opening, are provided as bill receiving openings of the fare box. Either of the bill normal receiving opening and the bill backup receiving opening is allowed to be selectively opened by a shutter member. At normal times, the bill normal receiving opening is put into operation with the shutter member positioned at a normal position. When a bill normal transportation passage has become jammed with a bill, the shutter member is shifted from the normal position to a bypass position on the basis of an operation performed on a bill receiving opening switch lever, whereby the bill backup receiving opening is opened instead of the bill normal receiving opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Lecip Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Kimoto, Yasuhiro Suzuki, Takashi Matsuno
  • Publication number: 20130299568
    Abstract: Provided is a fare box which enables passengers to smoothly pay fares using bills without hesitation even when a bill transportation passage is disabled due to jamming of a bill or a breakdown. Two entrances, which are a bill normal receiving opening and a bill backup receiving opening, are provided as bill receiving openings of the fare box. Either of the bill normal receiving opening and the bill backup receiving opening is allowed to be selectively opened by a shutter member. At normal times, the bill normal receiving opening is put into operation with the shutter member positioned at a normal position. When a bill normal transportation passage has become jammed with a bill, the shutter member is shifted from the normal position to a bypass position on the basis of an operation performed on a bill receiving opening switch lever, whereby the bill backup receiving opening is opened instead of the bill normal receiving opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: LECIP Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Kimoto, Yasuhiro Suzuki, Takashi Matsuno
  • Patent number: 7658270
    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: October 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: Steve Bochonok, Mark C. Munro, John R. Blake
  • Patent number: 7624914
    Abstract: A low cost fare collection system includes a removable farebox having an integral collection box. The farebox can be installed in a temporary installation at a fare collection location for the collection of fares and can be removed to a secure location for emptying and reconciliation. The farebox can include an integral collection box for receiving fares deposited in the farebox. The farebox can be configured such that the collected fares can be emptied only when the farebox is removed from the temporary installation to reduce tampering and theft. A fare validator can be used to verify the amount and value of a fare deposited in the farebox to eliminate human validation of fares. Electronic monitors can collect data relating to fares deposited, total revenue collected, time of fare collection, and other data items that can be retrieved when the farebox is removed and emptied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Brumfield, David Lapczynski
  • Patent number: 7469817
    Abstract: A low cost fare collection system includes a removable farebox having an integral collection box. The farebox can be installed in a temporary installation at a fare collection location for the collection of fares and can be removed to a secure location for emptying and reconciliation. The farebox can include an integral collection box for receiving fares deposited in the farebox. The farebox can be configured such that the collected fares can be emptied only when the farebox is removed from the temporary installation to reduce tampering and theft. A fare validator can be used to verify the amount and value of a fare deposited in the farebox to eliminate human validation of fares. Electronic monitors can collect data relating to fares deposited, total revenue collected, time of fare collection, and other data items that can be retrieved when the farebox is removed and emptied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Brumfield, David Lapczynski
  • Publication number: 20040238614
    Abstract: A connecting/holding machine 30 of a cash container according to the present invention holds a cash container 15 having a bottom portion 15a and a back face side portion 15d and provided with first terminal portions 22 and 23 and a fitting-in hole 47 in its back face side portion 15d. This connecting/holding machine 30 includes a holding base 70 in which a mounting portion 40 capable of mounting the cash container 15 and a back face portion 42 standting from the mounting portion 40 are constituted in conformity with an external shape of the cash container 15. The back face portion 42 includes second terminal portions 37 and 38 capable of being connected to the first terminal portions 22 and 23 at positions corresponding to the first terminal portions 22 and 23. The back face portion 42 also includes an engaging protrusion 45 capable of fitting in the fitting-in hole 47 at a position corresponding to the fitting-in hole 47.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2004
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Applicant: Aruze Corp.
    Inventors: Kazuei Yoshioka, Jun Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 6070146
    Abstract: The server, which has the preliminarily stored customer data file, issues a radio card by employing the radio card issuing machine, reads out a customer name from the radio card presented to the automatic ticket examination machine at the entrance, retrieves the customer name in the customer data file, permits entrance when the customer name is retrieved, displays the entrance of the customer on the monitor in a department (area) corresponding to the retrieved customer, and outputs it from the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Yoshinobu Mimata
  • Patent number: 5944254
    Abstract: A savings coin box with controllable music box which includes a body, a music box, a control device and other elements. The music box is transversely positioned on the supporting disk on the cylindrical body, and a control device is installed above the music box. According to this structure, when a coin is thrown from a guiding rail, the extending rod of the control device is driven so that the music box will not be confined and the potential power is released. When the control disk of the control device is rotated through a predetermined angle, the music box is again limited by the extending rod, and then it is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Inventor: Jack Liu
  • Patent number: 5857417
    Abstract: A coin vault assembly for a self service air machine for gasoline stations. The coin vault assembly is part of a vertical base of the air machine. There is a recess in the vertical base which houses the coin vault assembly at a depth which can not be actively tampered by hacksaw, chisel, etc. The coin vault assembly has a rectangular shape with an open end covered by a pivoted removable door that pivots in a slot in the coin vault. There is a lock extension which passes thorough a slot in the door to receive a padlock. A crescent shaped lock protector further protects the lock from tampering or forced action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1999
    Inventor: Arthur T. Hart
  • Patent number: 5612684
    Abstract: A transmitter circuit and a receiver circuit couple inductively to allow data communication between a mass transit vehicle farebox and an external computer. Data communication may be performed simultaneously with removal of coins from the farebox via a vacuum hose. Two mating connectors each carry a wire coil; one coil is connected to the transmitter circuit and the other is connected to the receiver circuit. Furthermore, the same connectors that carry the coils may be used to form the vacuum hose connection. A modulated signal representing encoded binary data is applied to the transmitter coil to cause corresponding flux changes. When placed in close proximity to one another, the magnetic flux changes across the gap induce a corresponding modulated signal in the receiver coil. The induced signal in the receiver coil is then decoded to recover the original binary data. The coils thus function as halves of a transformer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Assignee: Cubic Automatic Revenue Collection Group
    Inventors: Guy M. Kelly, Charles J. Ingram
  • Patent number: 5574441
    Abstract: A transmitter circuit and a receiver circuit couple inductively to allow data communication between a mass transit vehicle farebox and an external computer. Data communication may be performed simultaneously with removal of coins from the farebox via a vacuum hose. Two mating connectors each carry a wire coil; one coil is connected to the transmitter circuit and the other is connected to the receiver circuit. Furthermore, the same connectors that carry the coils may be used to form the vacuum hose connection. A modulated signal representing encoded binary data is applied to the transmitter coil to cause corresponding flux changes. When placed in close proximity to one another, the magnetic flux changes across the gap induce a corresponding modulated signal in the receiver coil. The induced signal in the receiver coil is then decoded to recover the original binary data. The coils thus function as halves of a transformer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1996
    Assignee: Cubic Automatic Revenue Collection Group
    Inventors: John B. Roes, Guy M. Kelly, Charles J. Ingram
  • Patent number: 5509602
    Abstract: A savings bank with a music bell is disclosed and comprises a control stick, a control lamella and other components. The locating end of the control stick and the control lamella is rotated by a coin deposited in the guide rail, and is located so as to lock the fly wheel again after the drive gear installed on the music bell has rotated by one revolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1996
    Inventor: Jian H. Liu
  • Patent number: 5058966
    Abstract: A plastic vault liner for use in paystations for the purpose of providing a spacer underneath the coin receptable. Two versions are shown: a standard one piece plastic version and a high security version which provides a stainless steel anti-drill plate as an integral part of the liner. The liner is designed as a bevel spring to insure positive upward pressure on various coin enclosures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1991
    Assignee: Quadrum Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerald B. McGough
  • Patent number: 5026972
    Abstract: An improved automatic toll receiving apparatus of the throwing-in type installed so as to allow a driver sitting in an automotive vehicle to pay a specified rate of toll, which apparatus includes a large hopper into which the driver can easily throw coins, a determining mechanism for determining whether the received coins are true coins or false coins and discriminating the kind of coins, a counting unit for counting a value of the coins which are determined as true coins, a returning unit for returning to the driver the coins which are determined as false coins, a temporary coin holder for temporarily holding the coins at shortest for a period of time until a processing for the preceding vehicle is completed, so as to allow him to visually confirm the coins through a transparent side wall of the temporary coin holder by the driver while they are arranged side by side, and an actuator for rotating the partition of the temporary coil holder at the bottom thereof 45 degrees as to enable a processing for the nex
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1991
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koichi Kanehara, Kazumi Fukuda, Kouichi Uenishi
  • Patent number: 4998610
    Abstract: A coin detector and counter comprising a coreless oblong transmitter coil and a coreless oblong receiver coil spaced apart on opposite sides of a coin path arranged to cause the entire diameter of each coin to pass between the coils. The maximum peak voltage generated in the receiver coil upon passage of each coin is measured as a determination of the conductance of each coin. By comparing the measured conductance of each coin with the known conductance of coins, each coin is thereby identified and counted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1991
    Inventors: Adil S. Said, Leo J. Higdon
  • Patent number: 4977502
    Abstract: A bus farebox that conducts transit fare transactions accepts magnetically-encoded farecards, currency bills or tickets, or coins or tokens tendered for fare. Fare processing is conducted on the basis of a selected one of a set of fare tables electrically stored in the farebox. The farebox has provision for accumulating audit information based upon a plurality of fare transactions. The accumulated audit data and a cashbox are released from the farebox in response to commands received by the farebox from a communication system located at a bus terminal station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 11, 1990
    Inventors: Joseph R. Baker, Wesley A. Golland, Paul A. Mullens, Roger B. Trimble, Charles W. Giebelhausen
  • Patent number: 4960196
    Abstract: An automatic toll collector of a throw-in type is installed in toll roads, parking places and other tollgates so that a driver can pay a toll while the driver sits on a driver's seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 2, 1990
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koichi Kanehara, Kazumi Fukuda
  • Patent number: 4955532
    Abstract: An automatic toll collector for a toll road includes a cashbox receiving a toll thrown into a toll receiving inlet. Trigger holes, address holes and identification number holes are disposed on the bottom surface of the cashbox in a predetermined pattern in an insertion direction of the cashbox and are detected by proximity sensors disposed in the direction perpendicular to the insertion direction of the cashbox to recognize the identification number of the cashbox. Since the identification number is recognized by the correspondence between data of the address holes and data of the identification number, the identification number can be recognized exactly even if the cashbox is retried to be inserted several times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 11, 1990
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Jukogyo K.K.
    Inventors: Koichi Kanehara, Kazumi Fukuda, Masashi Sato, Toshiaki Shimeno
  • Patent number: 4896826
    Abstract: A tamper-deterrent box for collecting travel fees on board of a bus. It has a case at the top of which are two distinct slots for feeding paper money through one and coins to the other. Beneath each slot is a fee gathering container where the fees may be received and view for control through a window at the front of the case. The gathering containers comprise pivotable guide slides brought against the front wall of the case. A lever, operable from outside the case, may cause pivoting of the guide slides to allow the fees to fall into individual chutes and thence into one of two compartments of a fee receptacle located in a housing at the bottom part of the case. The receptacle has a door at the top connected to a first lock that allows its opening only when the receptacle is in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1990
    Inventor: Denis Bernier
  • Patent number: 4877179
    Abstract: A fare box has two separate chambers connected together by a connecting opening, with a fare receiving module in one of the chambers for receiving deposited fares and transporting them to the connecting opening, and a cashbox in the other chamber for receiving fares deposited in the connecting opening. A locking device is associated with the fare receiving module for releasably retaining it in the first chamber, and a security shutter in the housing is moveable between a first position blocking the connecting opening and a second position in which the opening is unblocked. The security shutter and locking device are linked together so that the connecting opening is blocked whenever the fare receiving module is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1989
    Assignee: Cubic Western Data Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph R. Baker, Wesley A. Golland, Paul A. Mullens, Roger B. Trimble
  • Patent number: 4829296
    Abstract: An electronic lock system adapted for use with receivers, such as parking meters, that include storage means and an electronically operable actuator for providing access to material such as coins contained within the storage means in response to an electronic actuation signal. The electronic lock system comprises an access device and an electronic lock associated with each receiver. The access device includes means for storing a plurality of access codes such that each access code is associated with a unique identification code. Each electronic lock comprises means for storing a particular identification code and a passcode, and identification code means for providing the particular identification code. The access device also includes access code means for receiving the particular identification code and for providing the associated particular access code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1989
    Assignee: Carey S. Clark
    Inventors: Carey S. Clark, Gordon B. Winch
  • Patent number: 4795087
    Abstract: A fare box includes a first coin receiving opening in an upper surface of the outer shroud and a second paper receiving opening also in the upper surface and defined by a horizontal surface over which the paper is fed. The feed system comprises a first elastomeric roller divided into three separate coaxial parts and cooperating with a first central narrow roller and a pair of belts on either side of the narrow roller for grasping the paper and directing it from the horizontal surface downwardly into an inspection zone. The inspection zone has a dump platter controlled by a time delay and a manually operable switch with the time delay being reset by the manually operable switch, by a switch responsive to the receipt of the fare and by a manually operable delay switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1989
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Procak
  • Patent number: 4756406
    Abstract: A container for money, tokens or savings stamps, which container comprises a body portion for retaining the money, tokens or savings stamps, and a feed member through which the money, tokens or savings stamps are fed to the body portion, the feed member having a funnel section which leads to a slot through which the money, tokens or savings stamps pass, and the feed member having a baffle positioned in spaced apart relationship to the slot and remote from the funnel section, the baffle being such that it allows money, tokens or savings stamps to pass through the slot and into the body portion whilst substantially preventing money, tokens or savings stamps from being taken from the body portion through the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1988
    Inventor: Alan F. Grounds
  • Patent number: 4732317
    Abstract: A security container comprises two halves which can be slid together longitudinally to close the container and locked in the longitudinally closed position. Each half comprises a channel member and an associated end cap which is of a size to cover the whole of the end of the container. Edges of the side panels of each channel member include u-shape formations so that the two halves interlock for a longitudinal movement. A money compartment is defined in the bottom of the rear half by a transverse plate parallel to the lower end cap. A drawer is mounted in the compartment and can be locked by rotating a threaded rod into engagement with a nut welded on the rear face of the rear channel member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1988
    Inventor: Jacob R. Wiebe
  • Patent number: 4729509
    Abstract: A coil collecting apparatus including a coin container defining a receiver housing. The housing is designed to receive a coin box taken from a parking meter or vending apparatus, and the box defines a closure which opens when the box is received in the housing and rotated. The housing defines a passage adapted to register with the coin box opening upon such rotation whereby the coins in the box can be discharged into the coin container. A cover is provided for the receiver housing, and the cover carries a coin box engaging head which engages the box when it is located in the housing and when the cover has been closed. A rotatable cover handle is provided for rotating the head and the engaged box. A locking bar is operatively connected to the cover, and this bar interfits with a blocking sleeve located within the receiver housing to hold the blocking sleeve in blocking position when the cover is open and until the cover is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1988
    Assignee: Qonaar Corporation
    Inventor: Robert R. Diekhoff
  • Patent number: 4720041
    Abstract: A telescoping coin vault box for a coin-operated machine defined by telescoping cylindrical first and second box portions having a slot for admitting coins into the coin box. The box portions are telescopically slidable relative to each other between extended and contracted positions to fit different size coin vaults.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1988
    Assignee: Medeco Security Locks, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald D. Swenson, James N. Seaborn
  • Patent number: 4673368
    Abstract: A toy bank having a coin discriminating mechanism for discriminating between coins of varying diameters. The mechanism includes a housing having a coin slot, the slot having two generally flat, spaced walls and two relatively narrow spaced sides, the sides defining the breadth of a coin passageway. A movable slide is disposed within the passageway and normally biased toward a resting position at least partially obstructing the breadth of the passageway. The slide is movable in response to insertion of a coin. Electronic circuitry is provided to detect movement of the slide and translate that movement into information relating to the denomination of the coin. Preferably the slide is movable in a direction not parallel to a line defined by a first point of contact between a coin and the slide, and a second point of contact between the coin and the first side of the passageway, said points of contact being identified when the slide is maximally displaced by the coin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1987
    Assignee: Playtronics Corporation
    Inventor: Vincent N. Bush
  • Patent number: 4553694
    Abstract: The compartments (3) of a compartment ring (1) rotatable stepwise about its horizontal axis (2) are bounded at the ring end faces by circular-ring walls (6, 7), at the outer ring circumference by a cylindrical annular wall (19) exhibiting at the top an inlet opening (23) leading into respectively one compartment (3a), and at the inner ring circumference by a conical annular wall (20) exhibiting at the top an outlet opening (24) offset with respect to the inlet opening (23) in a direction of rotation (17) of the ring, this outlet opening leading into a coin return channel (26) and into a coin overflow channel (27). Upon rotation of the ring in this direction (17), the last-received coins drop into the coin return channel (26). Upon rotation in the opposite direction (18), respectively one coin is received while another coin, exceeding the capacity of the compartment ring (1), drops into the coin overflow channel (27).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1985
    Assignee: Autelca AG.
    Inventor: Fritz Siegenthaler
  • Patent number: 4540117
    Abstract: The fare box contains an elongate, vertically disposed chute, the upper end of which registers with a slot formed in the top of the box for inserting paper currency into the chute. The chute has a cross sectional area substantially greater than that of a dollar bill, so that once the bill has been inserted into the chute, whether rolled or folded, it could fall by gravity downwardly through the chute to a space provided therefor in the bottom of the box. An endless belt is mounted adjacent the chute to be driven unidirectionally in a path which causes one run of the belt to travel vertically downwardly in a groove formed in one side of the chute. At equi-spaced intervals along its length the belt carries a plurality of transverse tine-supporting bars, which carry a plurality of spaced, parallel tines or fingers that project part way into the bore of the chute as the support bars travel downwardly in the chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1985
    Inventor: Brian J. Landry
  • Patent number: 4524904
    Abstract: The specification describes a paper-currency vault for use in a vehicle such as a taxi cab for storing paper-currency in excess of a predetermined amount during the normal shift of the taxi cab driver so as to discourage robbery attempts on taxi cab drivers, the vault being formed with a housing adapted to be rigidly secured to a support surface in the vehicle, the housing having a chamber adapted to slidably receive a paper-currency receptacle and a slot opening into the chamber and the receptacle when the receptacle is in a closed position, and a key operated lock for selectively locking the receptacle in its closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1985
    Inventors: Lionel Masse, Richard L. Boisvert
  • Patent number: 4453667
    Abstract: A revenue receiving farebox having a mechanism for receiving and transporting bills and tickets includes a first conveyor mechanism disposed adjacent a bill receiving slot for engaging bills and transporting same along a guide to a second conveyor mechanism. The first conveyor mechanism is disposed relative to the second conveyor mechanism such that a bill will simultaneously be engaged by each. The speed of the first conveyor mechanism is less than that of the second conveyor mechanism so as to accelerate a first bill relative to a second overlapping bill to effectuate a separation of the bills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1984
    Assignee: Qonaar Corporation
    Inventor: Arthur S. Zerfahs
  • Patent number: 4372478
    Abstract: A fare collection system using a bus fare box that receives and counts paper currency and paper transfers and tickets into a paper collection chamber and receives and counts coins into a coin collection chamber and receives and collects operating data into a data storage unit, the operating data including fare classification, bus identification and mileage; a secure coupling is made to the fare box chambers and the data storage unit after satisfying mechanical and pneumatic and electrical security devices so as pneumatically to convey from the chambers the papers and coins therein to a central processing unit and to convey the data stored in the data storage unit to a data collection center; the paper is first conveyed in an air stream and separated from the air stream and deposited into a storage vault therefor, after which the coins are conveyed to a coin slowdown device and then discharged to a sorter-counter-recorder for coins and then to a secure storage vault, the air stream being pulsed during conveyin
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 8, 1983
    Assignee: General Railway Signal Company
    Inventors: Jim H. Gomez, Jose E. Davila
  • Patent number: 4201333
    Abstract: An apparatus for receiving currency which includes a housing having a deposit section and a recess for removably receiving a box for holding the currency. Passages for the currency are defined within the deposit section, and entries are defined by the box communicating with the passages. The box includes a blocking plate normally closing the entries with first and second locking means holding the plate in blocking position to prevent access. Lock operating means are positioned within the housing recess, and one lock is associated with the box to unlock the blocking plate when the box is properly positioned within the recess. A second lock on the box must be unlocked to enable operation of the lock operating means within the recess. The passages for the currency comprise at least two passages for separately receiving bills and coins, and the entries to the box comprise separate openings communicating with the respective passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1980
    Assignee: Qonaar Corporation
    Inventors: G. Robert Oslin, Clarence Seamans
  • Patent number: 4130238
    Abstract: A fare box for use in a public transport system fitted with a first slot in the upper section of the housing for receipt of coins and fitted with a second slot in the side of the housing for receipt of paper bills. A pair of engaged rollers are mounted in the housing adjacent the second slot with the rollers driven by a pulley from a motor for feeding paper bills, pushed into the slot, into the interior of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1977
    Date of Patent: December 19, 1978
    Inventor: John B. Williams
  • Patent number: 3979052
    Abstract: A keyhole-less magnetically actuated lock, the key having magnets borne on concentric rings rotatable by a dial, the lock having magnetically responsive switches (for example, reed switches) within the lock actuatable by the key, some of the switches providing a series GO function and some providing a parallel NOGO function. In one form, the GO function powers an electric motor within the lock to withdraw the lock bolts, and in another form the actuator is a thermo electric device. Several NOGO techniques are shown, including a toggled circuit breaker and a bucking coil in the motor. A circuit is shown for inverting the GO and NOGO functions to change the combination of the lock, and one embodiment shows placement of two magnets on one ring in the key to render the key unique. Another embodiment shows use of a covert grid of locator marks to direct correct placement of the key against the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1974
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1976
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph R. Dettling, John P. Barry
  • Patent number: 3966116
    Abstract: A construction for securing valuables such as currency wherein the currency is deposited in a housing which removably holds a storage box for the valuables. The storage box is provided with a door which is normally locked in the closed position but which is unlocked and movable to an open position when associated with the housing. Movement of the door between open and closed positions is controlled by a pivotally mounted arm which is freed for movement when the storage box is located in the housing. The arm is controlled by a handle exposed on the exterior of the storage box, and the locking means provided determine the capability of handle movement. A separate acceptance receptable is provided for the discharge of valuables from the storage box into the receptacle. The operation of a separate storage box door is controlled by drive mechanisms associated with the acceptance receptacle, and the locking means of the storage box also determine the capability of movement of the drive means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1974
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1976
    Assignee: Qonaar Corporation
    Inventors: George G. Dominick, Ronald J. Lugowski, Phillip D. Goodrich, Kenneth Erickson