Refund Devices And Coin Change Patents (Class 235/7A)
  • Patent number: 5777302
    Abstract: A token chute device is usable for a plurality of sizes of tokens, and includes: a main body formed with a token chute passage extending in a substantially vertical direction and having an original space width to allow a largest token among the plurality of sizes of tokens to pass; and a space width adjusting member having a width smaller than the original space width of the token chute passage, the space width adjusting, member being mountable on an inner side wall of the token chute passage to reduce the original space width of the token chute passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Assignee: Konami Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiaki Nakagawa, Hideo Tsumura
  • Patent number: 5756977
    Abstract: A money drawer of a cash register has a frame which supports a number of individual coin cups and note cups. A respective weighing device, supported on a base of the register, is provided for each cup. A positioning mechanism, for example, comprised of cam followers and cam surfaces is arranged to determine the position of the frame. The arrangement is such that on closing the money drawer, the frame is lowered to release each cup such that it is engaged with as associated weighing device whereby the weight of the cash or bills in each cup may be calculated. The weight signals may be used to determine the number of cash or bills in the cups and/or their value. A simple record of each determination may be kept so that if there are errors in the cash register at the end of a period the record can be scrutinized for irregularities. The information may also be provided to processing means for storage and/or processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Assignees: Tellermate Cashroom Systems Limited, Cash Bases GB Limited
    Inventor: Edgar L. Biss
  • Patent number: 5615759
    Abstract: Cash handling apparatus including an insertion mechanism for the insertion of cash into the apparatus by a customer for an article or articles, a container for holding the cash inserted into the apparatus, a detection mechanism for detecting the amount of cash inserted, a price infeed mechanism to notify to the apparatus a price of the article or articles, a calculation device for comparing the difference between the cash fed into the apparatus and the price of the article or articles, and a dispensing mechanism for dispensing cash equal to the difference in the price to be paid and the amount of cash inserted as detected by the detection mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1997
    Inventor: Matthew J. Cadbury
  • Patent number: 4959017
    Abstract: An electronic learning device (10) for teaching how to handle money is provided. A student provides input to the device, in a preferred embodiment, by a plurality of keys (40) which select the learning activity and its difficulty level. In certain activities, the device (10) requests (visually and/or auditorily) the student to engage in randomly selected currency identification/manipulation problems. The student's response is compared with the correct response, and the information concerning the appropriateness of the response is provided to the student. In the case of erroneous response, the correct response can be presented to the student both arally and visually. A speech synthesizer (28) (and/or visual display)) (20) serve to generate a reguest to the student concerning the student's response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 25, 1990
    Assignee: Tutor Toys, Inc.
    Inventors: Barbara J. Thompson, Jesse Ursery, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4607335
    Abstract: The invention is embodied, for example, as an electronic cash register (ECR). The ECR is at least provided with numerical keys and a buzzer. When data relating to the prices of goods to be registered is entered with use of the numerical keys, the total sum payable by the customer is calculated and stored in a memory. When a sum received is entered with use of the numerial keys, the sum is similarly stored in the memory. The ECR has a CPU which compares the received sum keyed in with a pattern predetermined based on data relating to the kinds of money in circulation and checks whether the received sum is acceptable relative to the total sum. The buzzer goes on when the received sum is not acceptable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1986
    Assignee: Omron Tateisi Electronics Co.
    Inventor: Shinichiro Mizuno
  • Patent number: 4526403
    Abstract: An improved method for using a calculator tape (12) in a roll (10) and redemption coupons (16) in combination is described. The method uses a novel tape roll (10) for a calculator or cash register (20), including a dried, moisture sensitive, adhesive (13) on one side of the tape which accepts printing from the calculator or cash register and including the coupons (16) provided on the other side (17) of the tape roll opposite the adhesive (13). The coupons can be pasted in a redemption booklet (23) by moistening the adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1985
    Inventor: Robert W. Park
  • Patent number: 4322796
    Abstract: There is provided a register apparatus. The register apparatus includes a key input device for successively entering commodity prices and the amount of money received from a customer by a keying operation; a note identifying device for identifying the denomination of the note received from the customer; an arithmetic control device adapted to add said commodity prices and to calculate the sum of said amount of money entered through said key input device and the amount of money identified by said note identifying device, said arithmetic control device being further adapted to compare the sum of said commodity prices and said sum of money with each other to calculate the amount of change; a display device adapted to display said sum of said commodity price, said sum of money received from the customer and said amount of said change; and a memory device adapted to memorize said sum of said commodity price, said sum of money received from the customer and said amount of said change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1980
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1982
    Assignee: Laurel Bank Machine Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Isamu Uchida, Shinya Uchida
  • Patent number: 4191999
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus provided with a device for figuring out a change amount and for automatically dispensing coins as part of said change, which further comprises a system of displaying to a customer an amount of that remainder of said change which is paid back to him in paper money.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1980
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshio Kashio
  • Patent number: 4070564
    Abstract: This invention relates to an anti-theft cash register of the type for use at the point of sale for calculating and collecting the total charges for the sale. The cash register includes a vault for storing money therein and a deposit system for receiving and inserting the money into the vault. The deposit system also generates a money deposit signal responsive to the money being deposited in the vault. An electronic computer is provided for processing data input signals to calculate a sales total, for comparing the money deposit signal with the total, and for generating change signals responsive thereto. A withdrawal system is also included for removing and disbursing the money from within the vault responsive to receiving the change signals from the computer. An alarm system is provided for generating warning signals in response to an unauthorized entry into the vault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1978
    Inventor: John S. Tucker
  • Patent number: 4031357
    Abstract: A receptacle is mounted on the front plate of a cash register to hold and receive paper money bills. A slidable arm extends through a slot in the vertical wall of the receptacle and cash register to contact a bill placed on the bottom shelf of the receptacle. After a transaction is completed, the "sale" button on the register is pressed to actuate a motor driven cam and linkage which draw the arm and bill through the slot to deposit the bill in the cash register. The receptacle may include a tray for holding various items such as pens and pencils. Display of the bill submitted by a customer during a transaction avoids errors and disputes concerning the denomination of the bill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1976
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1977
    Inventor: Wayne R. Brand