Feed Mechanisms Patents (Class 235/475)
  • Patent number: 10262176
    Abstract: An automatic object identification scanner is equipped with recognition units that provide detection results for objects and a controller that resolves potential conflicts in the results. One form of recognition unit detects product identifiers and flags in a digital payload that is encoded redundantly across packaging or labels applied to packaging. The controller gets detection results and evaluates them relative to a state data structure, which maintains state for identifiers obtained within a time interval, such as a timeout interval or waiting period after a detection result. Identifiers are reported to a POS system depending on logic that evaluates code priority and pending waiting periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Arthur L. Powell, Tony F. Rodriguez, Scott M. Long
  • Patent number: 10229293
    Abstract: A card handling device is provided comprising a housing having an entrance aperture through which a card can be delivered and an exit aperture from which the card can leave the housing, wherein the exit aperture is located lower than the entrance aperture. A floor member is provided within the housing, onto which a card is delivered after passing through the entrance aperture. The floor member is movable between a first orientation in which it extends towards the exit aperture such that a card can slide along the floor member, under the influence of gravity, towards the exit aperture, and a second orientation in which it extends away from said exit aperture so that in use a card can slide along the floor member under the influence of gravity away from the exit aperture. A control system is also provided for controlling movement of the floor member between the first orientation and the second orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: ASAHI SEIKO (EUROPE) LTD.
    Inventor: Marcus Willis
  • Patent number: 10110718
    Abstract: A mobile terminal stopper ejection system is described, and includes a bracket and a stopper body which may be placed in the bracket, wherein a limiting lug boss is arranged on an inner side of a sidewall of the bracket, the limiting lug boss is partially or totally a magnetic substance, the stopper body is provided with an accommodation space, a limiting groove corresponding to the limiting lug boss is formed in an outer wall of the stopper body, the stopper body is fixed in the bracket by clamping between the limiting lug boss and the limiting groove, an ejecting spring is arranged between the stopper body and the bracket, the ejecting spring is arranged to eject the stopper body, the system further includes a magnetic module, and the magnetic module is an electromagnetic module, and attracts the limiting lug boss to be separated from the limiting groove when being energized. The system for ejecting the stopper of the mobile terminal implements automatic ejecting of the stopper of the mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: XI'AN ZHONGXING NEW SOFTWARE CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Desheng Wang
  • Patent number: 10049311
    Abstract: A card reader may include a card insertion port; a card conveying passage; and a card lock mechanism structured to prevent drawing of the card from the card insertion port. The card lock mechanism may include a motor; a lock member comprising a prevention pawl structured to move between a contact position and a retreated position; and a power transmission mechanism structured to transmit power of the motor to the lock member. The power transmission mechanism may include a final gear which is disposed on a most lock member side in a transmitting direction of power from the motor to the lock member. The lock member may include a sector gear which is engaged with the final gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirofumi Kuwaki, Hiroshige Takeda, Shinya Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 10032094
    Abstract: A data card guide apparatus includes a card guide having a guide base and in some embodiments, a finger slot or channel to ease card usage. The card guide can be aligned in a horizontal plane and a vertical plane with a card slot for receiving a data card irrespective of the height and the position of the card slot. In some embodiments, a channel can be formed from channel walls located above the card guide to allow for holding of the data card with two fingers while the data card slides in or out of the card guide. Such a channel can be configured as an extension of the card guide and the height of the channel is equivalent to the height of the guide base. With either configuration, a user does not need to look at the card slot to slide in or remove the data card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Alok Kumar Pugalia, Wayne Fisher, Piyush Gangwal
  • Patent number: 9984258
    Abstract: A card reader for use with a card may include a card insertion part comprising an insertion port for the card; and an infrared sensor structured to detect a human body and detect movement of a person in front of the card reader. When an inserting direction side of the card inserted into the insertion port is referred to as a rear side and an opposite side to the inserting direction side of the card is referred to as a front side, the card insertion part may include a cut-out part which is cut out toward the rear side from a front end of the card insertion part. The infrared sensor may be disposed so as to face the cut-out part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shigeki Ozawa
  • Patent number: 9755373
    Abstract: A smart card connection circuit of an electronic device which includes a card holder, a travel switch, and a switching unit; a contact of the travel switch is located in the card holder, and an output end of the travel switch is connected to a control end of the switching unit; and when a smart card at a preset position in the card holder leaves the preset position, the smart card leaves the contact of the travel switch, the travel switch controls the switching unit to switch to a second output end, and each signal cable pin on the card holder is grounded by using the switching unit before a power cable pin on the card holder is grounded by using the switching unit. The present invention is applied to electronic devices such as a mobile phone and a tablet computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: HUAWEI DEVICE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kedi Tang, Lin Hu, Zhonghui Peng
  • Patent number: 9729523
    Abstract: A method, network element, and mobile station (MS) are disclosed. The method includes: obtaining information that a plug-in card of the MS does not support a first encryption algorithm; deleting the first encryption algorithm from an encryption algorithm list permitted by a core network element according to the information that the plug-in card of the MS does not support the first encryption algorithm; sending the encryption algorithm list excluding the first encryption algorithm to an access network element, so that the access network element selects an encryption algorithm according to the encryption algorithm list excluding the first encryption algorithm and the MS capability information sent from the MS and sends the selected encryption algorithm to the MS. By using the method, network element, and MS, errors due to the fact that the plug-in card of the MS does not support an encryption algorithm may be avoided during the encryption process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jing Chen, Yongfeng Deng, Aiqin Zhang, Jun Qin
  • Patent number: 9688083
    Abstract: A printer for kiosks is disclosed that includes an anti-intrusion door that is movable between a normal closed position and an open position in which it respectively closes and opens a passage through which a printed document is guided, moving from the normal closed position to the open position by a thrust exerted by the exiting document and returning to the closed position through the effect of its weight after the printed document has been removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: CUSTOM S.P.A.
    Inventor: Alberto Campanini
  • Patent number: 9652640
    Abstract: A chip-enabled card is detected within a card reader. The card reader locks the chip-enabled card in the card reader until an indication is received indicating that a card transaction with the chip-enabled card has ended and preventing the chip-enabled card from being removed while the chip-enabled card is locked in the card reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph Arnold White
  • Patent number: 9626820
    Abstract: A card reader may include a card insertion port; a card passage; and a disturbing magnetic field generator. The disturbing magnetic field generator may include a core part including a core formed and a disturbing magnetic field generation coil wound around the core. The core part may include a first end face and a second end face which are disposed so as to face substantially the front side. The disturbing magnetic field generator may generate a disturbing magnetic field whose flux line changes into a direction from the first end face toward the second end face and a direction from the second end face toward the first end face. The direction of the magnetic flux lines are substantially parallel to the passing direction of the card. In a width and thickness direction of the card, the magnetic flux line crosses a position where the magnetic stripe is passed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirotaka Sakamaki, Yukihiko Takita
  • Patent number: 9445521
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an electronic card connection device and an electronic device. The electronic card connection device comprises a connector, an electronic card tray and a switch. The connector comprises a terminal housing and a shell, the shell and the terminal housing define a mating space. The electronic card tray being inserted in the mating space, the electronic card tray may comprise an electronic card receiving recess, a mounting block positioned in front of the electronic card receiving recess and an operating handle pivotally connected to the mounting block. The switch may be positioned alongside a rotation range of the operating handle, and partially protrudes into the rotation range allowing rotation of the operating handle to switch the state of the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Han Guan Tan, Kian Heng Lim
  • Patent number: 9424445
    Abstract: A card reader for a point-of-sale system that is configured to accept both magnetic strip-type and integrated circuit (IC) chip-type payment cards. The card reader is a component of a point-of-sale system including a portable computing device in communication with the card reader that is configured to present a first graphical user interface (GUI) when a magnetic stripe-type card is detected and a second GUI when an IC chip-type card is detected in the card reader. The card reader comprises a slot configured to receive the payment card, a magnetic reading device and an IC chip reading device. The card reader also includes a discriminator contact disposed within the slot that is configured to conduct across a surface of a metal pad of the IC chip-type card prior to the CI chip reading device making contact with the IC chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Lamfalusi, Kartik Lamba
  • Patent number: 9361487
    Abstract: A card reader may include a card passage, a magnetic head to abut with a magnetic stripe of the card, and an IC contact block having IC contact springs to contact with external connection terminals of an IC chip of the card. The magnetic head is disposed in a front side portion of the card reader so that a gap of the magnetic head faces the card passage from a lower side, and the IC contact block is disposed in a rear side portion of the card reader so that the IC contact springs face the card passage from an upper side. The card passage is formed in a straight shape but is inclined to a lower side as going to the rear side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Aiyoshi, Toshio Tatai, Takeki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9342761
    Abstract: Swinging open the upstream-side cover part (31) and downstream-side cover part (32) of the check scanning apparatus (1) on a common support pivot (33) opens a U-shaped check transportation path (5). The check transportation path (5) can be opened with a simple single-action operation to remove checks (4) jammed in the check transportation path (5) and for maintenance of the magnetic head (84) and contact image sensors (82 and 83). When the task is completed, the open check transportation path (5) can also be returned to the original closed position by a simple single-action operation. If only those parts that require maintenance are exposed when the check transportation path is open, tasks that require opening the transportation path can be done without damaging other parts and without soiling the operator's fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiki Kinoshita, Hideki Furihata, Toru Takami, Akira Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 9293854
    Abstract: Provided is a memory card. The memory card includes interconnection terminals for electric connection with an external electronic machine. The interconnection terminals may be spaced from the front side of the memory card by a distance greater than the lengths of the interconnection terminals. Alternatively, the memory card may include other interconnection terminals between its front side and the former interconnection terminals. The former and latter interconnection terminals may be used for electric connection with different kinds of electronic machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: JinTae Kang, Kisun Kim, Dongyang Lee, Doil Kong, Sunghoon Lee
  • Patent number: 9275259
    Abstract: Systems and methods for verifying character(s) on a personalized document, and electronically verifying a magnetic stripe and a smartcard chip of the personalized document, are provided. A quality assurance station is located downstream of personalization stations of a document personalization system. The quality assurance station can provide automated, in-line verification and quality assurance for personalized documents. The quality assurance station integrates a vision verification sub-station, a magnetic stripe sub-station, and a smartcard sub-station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: ENTRUST DATACARD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Cory Wooldridge, Michael Robertson, Joan Cummings, Stu Bodmer, Dean Nichols, Mike Conroy
  • Patent number: 9258474
    Abstract: The TDI sensor includes: a light receiving unit including pixel rows each having a plurality of image capturing elements arranged in a first direction and generating and holding electric charges corresponding to respective exposure amounts, and electric charge holding rows each having a plurality of electric charge holding sections having only a function of holding the electric charges and arranged in the first direction so as to correspond to respective image capturing elements of the pixel rows, one of the pixel rows and one or a plurality of the electric charge holding rows being alternately arranged in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction; and a transfer unit that sequentially, on a row-by-row basis, transfers electric charges held by the image capturing elements and the electric charge holding sections to adjacent rows, and outputs a signal corresponding to electric charges finally accumulated by the transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Haruyasu Fujita, Mamoru Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9214048
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system (10) for removing banknotes from at least one banknote transporting unit (12) and/or for feeding banknotes to the banknote transporting unit (12). The system (10) has a docking station (14) comprising a receiving area (16) secured by a safe for receiving the banknote transporting unit (12) and a control unit (28) for controlling the docking station (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH
    Inventors: Dirk Brexel, Oliver Dietz, Dietmar Molitor, Frank Lenzner, Yvonne Stoeckle
  • Patent number: 9183487
    Abstract: A smart card assembly with at least two chips. In some embodiments, the at least two chips are on the same major surface and define mutually-perpendicular, respective directions of insertion with respect to a standard reciprocating card reader. In some embodiments, the at least two chips are respectively mounted on opposite major surfaces of the smart card body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Chandrasekara Aiyer, Andrew J. Bernoth, Harish Rajagopal
  • Patent number: 9038904
    Abstract: A card reader may include a card conveying mechanism structured to convey the card; a magnetic head which is structured to abut with the card and performs at least one of reading of magnetic data recorded on the card and recording of magnetic data on the card; a head moving mechanism structured to move the magnetic head in a longitudinal direction of the card; and an abutting part structured to abut with one end of the card in the short-side direction of the card. The head moving mechanism may be configured such that, while the card conveying mechanism holds the card in a state that the one end of the card in the short-side direction of the card is pressed against the abutting part, the magnetic head is moved in the longitudinal direction of the card to perform at least one of reading and recording of magnetic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazutoshi Ishikawa, Kazunori Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20150136855
    Abstract: A media processing device enables reading second media that do not bend easily from the device front with the same ease of use as processing first media that bend easily. The media processing device has a media conveyance path that guides first media inserted from a media insertion opening toward the back and then again toward the front on the front-back axis to the media exit. A straight conveyance path that angles to the inside on the device width axis is formed at a part connected to the media exit, and a second media insertion path that extends straight to the front from the straight conveyance path is connected to the media exit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Toshiyuki SASAKI, Shogo MIZUYAMA
  • Publication number: 20150122888
    Abstract: Swinging open the upstream-side cover part (31) and downstream-side cover part (32) of the check scanning apparatus (1) on a common support pivot (33) opens a U-shaped check transportation path (5). The check transportation path (5) can be opened with a simple single-action operation to remove checks (4) jammed in the check transportation path (5) and for maintenance of the magnetic head (84) and contact image sensors (82 and 83). When the task is completed, the open check transportation path (5) can also be returned to the original closed position by a simple single-action operation. If only those parts that require maintenance are exposed when the check transportation path is open, tasks that require opening the transportation path can be done without damaging other parts and without soiling the operator's fingers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Yoshiki Kinoshita, Hideki Furihata, Toru Takami, Akira Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 8960553
    Abstract: Swinging open the upstream-side cover part (31) and downstream-side cover part (32) of the check scanning apparatus (1) on a common support pivot (33) opens a U-shaped check transportation path (5). The check transportation path (5) can be opened with a simple single-action operation to remove checks (4) jammed in the check transportation path (5) and for maintenance of the magnetic head (84) and contact image sensors (82 and 83). When the task is completed, the open check transportation path (5) can also be returned to the original closed position by a simple single-action operation. If only those parts that require maintenance are exposed when the check transportation path is open, tasks that require opening the transportation path can be done without damaging other parts and without soiling the operator's fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiki Kinoshita, Hideki Furihata, Toru Takami, Akira Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 8955753
    Abstract: A media processing device enables reading second media that do not bend easily from the device front with the same ease of use as processing first media that bend easily. The media processing device has a media conveyance path that guides first media inserted from a media insertion opening toward the back and then again toward the front on the front-back axis to the media exit. A straight conveyance path that angles to the inside on the device width axis is formed at a part connected to the media exit, and a second media insertion path that extends straight to the front from the straight conveyance path is connected to the media exit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Sasaki, Shogo Mizuyama
  • Patent number: 8915421
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to the process method of transferring/linking/binding specimen tube label barcode information (such as unique accession number along with other useful laboratory information such as test code information, testing department, specimen temperature) using an RFID Specimen Transport Puck moving continuously on a continuously moving conveyor belt and an RFID Reader/Writer that writes the information onto the RFID chip on the RFID Specimen Transport Puck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Lear Sirous Lavi
    Inventor: Lear Sirous Lavi
  • Patent number: 8905308
    Abstract: A card medium processing device is controlled by means of the control method including: a first judgment step for judging whether or not a card medium having been inserted is detected by a first detection means for detecting the card medium having been inserted; a second judgment step for judging whether or not the card medium having been inserted is detected by a second detection means for detecting the card medium having been inserted, the second detection means being placed at a position behind the first detection means further away toward a rear side in an inserting direction for the card medium; and a processing step for carrying out a predetermined process, supposing that the first detection means has an error, under a situation where the first judgment step does not detect the card medium having been inserted while the second judgment step detects the card medium having been inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Nidec Sankyo Corporation
    Inventor: Tsutomu Orii
  • Publication number: 20140312117
    Abstract: A device (10) for reading a magnetic stripe card and/or smart card (22) comprising a slot (12) for feeding the magnetic stripe card and/or smart card (22). A rotary unit (18) for rotating a fed magnetic stripe card and/or smart card (22) from the feeding plane (24) into a reading plane (32) extending at a predetermined angle (W1) relative to the feeding plane (24) is arranged behind the slot (12) as viewed in feed direction (P1). Further, the invention relates to a method for preventing skimming attacks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH
    Inventor: Lutz NEUBAUER
  • Patent number: 8844709
    Abstract: A card-shaped medium processing device may include an insertion port to which a card-shaped medium is inserted, a medium feeder capable of abutting with a card-shaped medium inserted from the insertion port to carry the card-shaped medium, and a motor for driving the medium feeder. A taking-in maximum value which is the maximum value of an output of the motor at the time of a taking-in operation of a card-shaped medium inserted from the insertion port is set to be smaller than an ejecting maximum value which is the maximum value of an output of the motor at the time of an ejecting operation of the card-shaped medium toward the insertion port. A control method for a card-shaped medium processing device may include the same relationship, i.e., the taking-in maximum value is set to be smaller than the ejecting maximum value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Nidec Sankyo Corporation
    Inventors: Mamoru Mizawa, Keiji Hoson, Shinya Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 8833658
    Abstract: An improved document or ID card scanner for imaging documents and decoding coded indicia such as bar codes and magnetic strips is disclosed. The scanner incorporates an internal motor and automatic multi-pass scanning function to quickly and accurately capture all data on a document. During these passes the document is imaged under a number of different lighting conditions and a magnetic strip is read multiple times. The document scanner can perform scans as the document moves in forward and reverse directions; and each scan occurs at a speed optimized to the particular scanning method and direction of the current pass. During the multiple passes, the document is scanned and or read at varying speeds for reliability and for different purposes as detailed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: E-Seek, Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Lebaschi, Haksoo Kim, Chung Yong Suh
  • Patent number: 8807436
    Abstract: A card processing unit that enables increasing a degree of freedom of a location of a communication antenna between pad rollers and simplifying a structure of the card processing unit itself. Specifically, a card processing unit equipped with a communication antenna for communicating with a non-contact IC card. The processing unit includes: two transfer rollers for transferring the non-contact IC card through contacting a surface of the non-contact IC card; pad rollers so placed as to face and bias themselves to the transfer rollers; fixed shafts protruding at both sides of each of the pad rollers in the axial direction for supporting the pad roller so as to be rotatable; and coil springs for biasing the fixed shafts at both the sides of the pad roller 16 in the axial direction so as to press the pad roller toward a corresponding one of the transfer rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Nidec Sankyo Corporation
    Inventors: Takeki Watanabe, Keiji Ohta
  • Patent number: 8733661
    Abstract: An apparatus for positioning a workpiece carrier with respect to a workstation can include a workpiece carrier movable relative to the workstation and having an encoder strip, at least one encoder reader located at the workstation for generating a signal in response to interaction with at least one encoder strip, and a drive engaging the workpiece carrier for moving the carrier relative to the workstation, the drive responsive to the signal from the encoder reader. A closed loop feedback control system can be provided for receiving the signal from the encoder reader, and for generating an output signal in response to the signal from the encoder reader in accordance with a program stored in memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Comau, Inc.
    Inventor: Velibor Kilibarda
  • Patent number: 8720776
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to security systems that utilize electromagnetic radiation. The security system includes an authentication security document, an authentication system, and a process for authenticating security documents. The security document includes a document body with an RFID and body information pertinent to the security document. The RFID inlay includes a radiopaque material or other material that is opaque to ranges of electromagnetic radiation. The authentication system for secured documents includes an electromagnetic scanning device, a document with a document body, and the RFID device. The scanning device includes a secured device inlet suitable to accept the document body and a display that shows the results of the electromagnetic bombardment of the document body. The process for authenticating security documents includes positioning within the scanning device the security document to create a radiated image thereof that displays the inlay information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Paul Llewellyn Greene
  • Patent number: 8690052
    Abstract: A banking system operates responsive to data read from data bearing records. The system includes an automated banking machine comprising a card reader. The card reader includes a movable read head that can read card data along a magnetic stripe of a card that was inserted long-edge first. The card reader includes a card entry gate. The gate is opened for a card that is determined to be properly oriented for data reading. The card reader can encrypt card data, including account data. The card data is usable by the machine to authorize a user to carry out a financial transfer involving the account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Diebold Self-Service Systems, division of Diebold, Incorporated
    Inventors: David N. Lewis, Jeffery Enright, Natarajan Ramachandran, Mark A. Douglass, Tim Crews, Songtao Ma, Randall Jenkins, H. Thomas Graef, Sathish M. Irudayam, Klaus Steinbach
  • Patent number: 8690058
    Abstract: A card reader with magnetic heads, an anterior frame, a main body frame, a control board and a sealing member formed to be annular. The main body frame has a head arrangement in which the magnetic heads are positioned, a sac-like card cage in which the rear end of the inserted card is housed, and a seal arrangement which is formed between the head arrangement and the card cage and in which the sealing member is arranged. The anterior frame has a substantially cylindrical cylinder portion formed to connect to a front face portion. A rear end side portion of the cylinder portion (crushing portion) crushes the sealing member in the radial direction from the outer circumferential side of the sealing member. The control board is arranged outside the card cage, and the inner circumferential face of the seal crushing portion is formed in a tapered shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Nidec Sankyo Corporation
    Inventors: Takeki Watanabe, Koji Oguchi, Toshio Tatai
  • Patent number: 8657202
    Abstract: In a card reader having a card pulling-preventing function, provided is a card reader that can achieve energy savings. More specifically, a card reader 1 is equipped with a card moving passage 6 in which a card is moved, a pulling-preventing member 9 which is configured to be capable of turning to a closed position to close the card moving passage 6 and to an open position to open the card moving passage 6 and which prevents the pulling of the card at the closed position, an urging member 10 for urging the pulling-preventing member 9 to the closed position, a turning-regulating member which regulates the turning of the pulling-preventing member 9 by abutting on the pulling-preventing member 9 at the closed position, and a solenoid 12 which moves the turning-regulating member 11 to a turning-regulating position at which the turning of the pulling-preventing member 9 is regulated and to a turning position at which the turning of the pulling-preventing member 9 is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Nidec Sankyo Corporation
    Inventors: Takeki Watanabe, Toshio Tatai
  • Patent number: 8646652
    Abstract: A card extracting device for use with a plurality of cards may include a card storage, a gate through which the cards pass toward an outside of the card storage, an extracting tab to engage with and extract one of the cards, a tab-moving mechanism to move the extracting tab, an extracting roller outside the card storage to further forward the extracted card, a motor to drive the tab-moving mechanism and the extracting roller, a card-extraction detecting section to detect that card extraction is completed, and a control section to control the motor. An engaging section may be formed in the extracting tab to abut a rear end portion of the card and extract the card. The control section may drive the motor forward to extract the card or drive the motor in reverse based on a detection result from the card extraction detecting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Nidec Sankyo Corporation
    Inventors: Keiji Ohta, Yasuhiro Kitazawa
  • Publication number: 20140021260
    Abstract: An automated checkout system and method including a conveyor system that automatically transports objects along an item path through a read zone of a data reader (such as a portal data reader, tunnel scanner or other type of automated reader) and to an exit zone, an indicator system disposed in or along the exit zone that provides indication as to whether an item has been identified by the portal data reader. In one example, the indicator system includes lights at an indicator location that are selectively alighted a given color for the duration of the item passing the indicator location depending upon whether the reader successfully read the item (e.g., color green) or unsuccessfully read the item (e.g., color red).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: Craig D. Cherry, Michael P. Svetal
  • Patent number: 8622297
    Abstract: An anti-skimming assembly for a card reader device includes, for example, a displacement bar mountable on a front plate of a card reader device proximate a card entry opening formed in the front plate, which displacement bar has first and second legs. The displacement bar is mountable on the front plate with the first leg aligned with an internal read head inside the card entry opening of the card reader device. An infrangible fastener is connectible to the first leg through a first fastener opening formed in the front plate, and a non-conductive frangible or breakable fastener is connectible to the second leg through a second fastener opening formed in the front plate. In addition, first and second electrically conductive leads are carried by the non-conductive frangible fastener electrically connected to one another via an electrically conductive spring and connectible to an alarm circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Citigroup Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Randy Yokomoto, Ian Kidman, Nhut Trung Ha, Joseph Butryn
  • Patent number: 8622296
    Abstract: A magnetic stripe card reader assembly and method includes a panel having portions defining a card entry opening of a card entry path provided for receiving a magnetic stripe card with the magnetic stripe disposed perpendicular to the card entry path. A card swipe path in communication with the card entry path is provided for swiping the card with the magnetic stripe disposed parallel to the card swipe path, and a magnetic stripe read head is disposed proximate the card swipe path for reading only a pre-determined segment of the magnetic stripe. The panel is also provided with portions defining a card withdrawal opening of a card withdrawal path in communication with the card swipe path and partly overlapping the card entry opening for withdrawal of the card with the magnetic stripe disposed perpendicular to the card withdrawal path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Citigroup Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Randy Yokomoto, Ian Kidman, Nhut Trung Ha, Joseph Butryn
  • Patent number: 8511556
    Abstract: A card reader may include a reader-side non-contact communication antenna, a transfer path through which a card is transferred, a transfer mechanism to transfer the card, a controller to control the transfer mechanism, and a regulator to regulate transfer of the card. The reader-side antenna may be provided proximate to the transfer path. The regulator may be positioned such that the reader-side antenna can communicate with a card-side antenna on the card. The controller may control the transfer mechanism to move the card closer to the regulator or away from the regulator after the card has stopped once, so as to enable communication between the reader-side antenna and the card-side antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Nidec Sankyo Corporation
    Inventor: Junro Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 8479977
    Abstract: A method of receiving and paying out bills including the steps of providing a bill passage in about the central portion of an elongate casing that extends along one side of a bill receiving chamber having a bill payback: outlet; providing a bill conveying apparatus for conveying a bill delivered to said bill passage to a predetermined position for receiving it; utilizing a bill pushing member being capable of moving in a reciprocating motion across said passage to bill receiving chamber when the bill located at said predetermined position in said passage to be received, effects receiving of the bill by pushing it with a surface of said bill pushing member across from said passage; disengaging the rearmost bill from said bill receiving chamber by operating bill extracting apparatus in the reverse direction by a predetermined amount while said bill pushing member is activated causing it to extract away and pull out from a rearmost bill leading edge retainer which holds the remaining bills in position; and, oper
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Coin Acceptors, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger O. Claghorn, Michael E. Schneidman
  • Patent number: 8464932
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for filling a customer order with plurality of products each containing a pharmaceutical. The apparatus and method automatically verify a product barcode on each of the product, print a patient label with a patient barcode for each product, apply the patient labels to at least some of the products, and independently verify that the product barcode matches the proper patient barcode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Omnicare Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Szesko, Bradley Carson, Derek C. Campbell, Richard A. Lees
  • Publication number: 20130134223
    Abstract: Swinging open the upstream-side cover part (31) and downstream-side cover part (32) of the check scanning apparatus (1) on a common support pivot (33) opens a U-shaped check transportation path (5). The check transportation path (5) can be opened with a simple single-action operation to remove checks (4) jammed in the check transportation path (5) and for maintenance of the magnetic head (84) and contact image sensors (82 and 83). When the task is completed, the open check transportation path (5) can also be returned to the original closed position by a simple single-action operation. If only those parts that require maintenance are exposed when the check transportation path is open, tasks that require opening the transportation path can be done without damaging other parts and without soiling the operator's fingers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
  • Patent number: 8441679
    Abstract: There is provided an image forming device that includes a conveyor section, an image forming section, an accessing section and a control unit. The conveyor section conveys recording media in a conveying path, the recording media including a recording medium having a data storage unit attached thereto and a recording medium with no data storage unit attached thereto, the data storage unit storing data or being capable of storing data. The image forming section forms an image on the recording medium. The accessing section is disposed at an access position along the conveying path and accesses the data storage unit to execute an access operation to write data into or read data from the data storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toru Tsuzuki
  • Patent number: 8418917
    Abstract: A banking system operates responsive to data read from data bearing records. The system includes an automated banking machine comprising a card reader. The card reader includes a movable read head that can read card data along a magnetic stripe of a card that was inserted long-edge first. The card reader includes a card entry gate. The gate is opened for a card that is determined to be properly oriented for data reading. The card reader can encrypt card data, including account data. The machine also includes a PIN keypad. The card reader can send encrypted card data to the keypad. The keypad can decipher the encrypted card data. The keypad can encrypt both deciphered card data and a received user PIN. The card data and the PIN are usable by the machine to authorize a user to carry out a financial transfer involving the account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Diebold Self-Service Systems
    Inventors: David N. Lewis, Jeffery M. Enright, Natarajan Ramachandran, Mark A. Douglass, Tim Crews, Songtao Ma, Randall W. Jenkins, H. Thomas Graef, Sathish M. Irudayam, Klaus Steinbach
  • Patent number: 8397980
    Abstract: A card identifying apparatus according to one embodiment of the invention has a light-receiving portion that reads a card on a pixel basis of a predetermined area as a unit including color information having brightness, RAM that stores image data comprised of a plurality of pixels read by the light-receiving portion, an image data thinning processing section that makes the number of read pixels lower in another direction than in one direction to vary the number of pixels of the image data when the reading means reads the card, and an judgment processing section that identifies authentication of the card based on the image data varied by the image data thinning processing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Universal Entertainment Corporation
    Inventor: Takao Nireki
  • Patent number: 8381986
    Abstract: Swinging open the upstream-side cover part (31) and downstream-side cover part (32) of the check scanning apparatus (1) on a common support pivot (33) opens a U-shaped check transportation path (5). The check transportation path (5) can be opened with a simple single-action operation to remove checks (4) jammed in the check transportation path (5) and for maintenance of the magnetic head (84) and contact image sensors (82 and 83). When the task is completed, the open check transportation path (5) can also be returned to the original closed position by a simple single-action operation. If only those parts that require maintenance are exposed when the check transportation path is open, tasks that require opening the transportation path can be done without damaging other parts and without soiling the operator's fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiki Kinoshita, Hideki Furihata, Toru Takami, Akira Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 8328101
    Abstract: A camera unit includes a display for displaying an image to be captured; an image sensor for digitally capturing the displayed image; a card reader having a linear scanner for scanning a surface of a removable card to sense a plurality of dots printed on the surface of the removable card, the plurality of dots representing a bit pattern encoding a program script; a card interface for receiving a signal from the card reader indicative of the sensed plurality of dots printed on the surface of the card, and decoding the sensed plurality of dots into the program script; and a printer configured to print a distorted image on print media, the distorted image being a version of the captured image distorted in accordance with the program script. The card reader comprises a molding housing therewithin a plurality of light sources, the molding being transparent to light from the light sources and shaped to focus the light on the removable card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Kia Silverbrook, Simon Robert Walmsley
  • Patent number: 8328084
    Abstract: An apparatus for accepting and/or dispensing payment and/or for processing value documents having a housing in which there is disposed a control device for controlling at least one part of the apparatus, the housing having a housing body with a housing opening, a housing element movable relative to the housing body, and a housing element holding device that holds the housing element movably on at least one part of the housing body, and a display device controlled by the control device for displaying operating and servicing information which is held on the housing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
    Inventors: Nikolai Lipkowitsch, Thomas Schönberger