Chute Or Column Patents (Class 312/60)
  • Patent number: 7150375
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for storing slides in an angular, offset or fanning arrangement. The apparatus includes a base member and two support members. At least one of the base member, the first support member, and the second support member is arranged at an angle. With this configuration, the plurality of slides are angularly stacked on the base member and between the first and second support members. A bottom slide of the plurality of slides is dispensed through a slot defined between one of the lateral support members and the base member. The fanning arrangement can be a vertical fanning arrangement, a horizontal fanning arrangement, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Cytyc Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen L. Fichera
  • Patent number: 6820753
    Abstract: A disposable glove dispenser bracket includes a back panel with a magnetic pad attached thereto for supporting the dispenser and lateral side panels with flanges to grip and hold a glove dispenser box. A biasing spring maintains the glove dispenser box appropriately positioned within the dispenser bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: Lisle Corporation
    Inventors: Scotty R. Kurtz, Marvin C. Negley, Sandor Epstein
  • Patent number: 6705687
    Abstract: A storage and display unit for prepaid telephone calling cards, collectible cards, and the like which is made, at least in a major part, of a substantially transparent plastic having a reasonable amount of impact resistance to breakage, the unit being combinable with other units to assemble larger units, the unit providing one or more bins holding cards that are for sale, with the cards in view through the transparent portions of the unit, and arranged to have a key-lockable cover to at least deter unauthorized removal of cards. The unit also provides for display of a card's face to indicate the type of card in each card bin. The display can be arranged to be on the front or back of the unit, or both. When on the back, the unit is best oriented so that the display card seen through the transparent unit back is facing customers, and the locked cover is facing the clerk or other salesperson who has a key and is authorized to remove cards for sale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Inventor: Bruce Arnold McGraw
  • Patent number: 6520372
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing stacked folded sheets includes a housing defining an internal storage space for a supply of folded sheets, for example folded paper towels or tissues. The housing includes a cover member that is movable between an open position and a closed position. An overfill prevention device is configured within the housing and is actuated by movement of the cover from its closed position to its open position. The overfill prevention device reduces the storage space within the housing upon movement of the cover to its open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen L. Phelps
  • Publication number: 20010000643
    Abstract: A dispenser and method for attaching abrasive sheets to a backup pad. The dispenser conveniently centers on the backup pad an abrasive sheet that is larger than the backup pad. In a preferred embodiment, the dispenser comprises: a holder configured to receive circular abrasive sheets, the holder including a bottom, a top, front portion and a rear portion, wherein the rear portion extends farther from the bottom than the front portion, and wherein the bottom of the holder defines at least a 180 degree arc of a first circle having a first radius; a slider guide extending along the rear of the holder; and a spacer mounted in the guide, wherein the spacer is movable along the guide from a first portion within the front portion of the holder to a second position beyond the front portion of the holder, the spacer defining an arc of no more than 180 degrees of a second circle having a second radius smaller than the first radius.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2000
    Publication date: May 3, 2001
    Applicant: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: David C. Roeker, Jerome M. Fried, Frederick A. Magadanz, John R. Telischak
  • Patent number: 6193337
    Abstract: A dispenser and method for attaching abrasive sheets to a backup pad. The dispenser conveniently centers on the backup pad an abrasive sheet that is larger than the backup pad. In a preferred embodiment, the dispenser comprises: a holder configured to receive circular abrasive sheets, the holder including a bottom, a top, front portion and a rear portion, wherein the rear portion extends farther from the bottom than the front portion, and wherein the bottom of the holder defines at least a 180 degree arc of a first circle having a first radius; a slider guide extending along the rear of the holder; and a spacer mounted in the guide, wherein the spacer is movable along the guide from a first position within the front portion of the holder to a second position beyond the front position of the holder, the spacer defining an arc of no more than 180 degrees of a second circle having a second radius smaller than the first radius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: David C. Roeker, Jerome M. Fried, Frederick A. Magadanz, John Telischak, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6032799
    Abstract: A cartridge for electronic article surveillance labels comprising a housing shaped to hold a plurality of electronic article surveillance labels in a stack such that the electronic article surveillance labels can be removed individually from a first side of the housing and a system utilizing such housing and a plurality of electronic article surveillance labels that are at least semirigid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: Sensormatic Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Karen E. Bellum, Norman B. Hansen, Mark D. Krom, Barbara G. Motooka
  • Patent number: 5845791
    Abstract: A device for storing and dispensing a plurality of articles, said device being comprised of an elongated body shaped to contain said plurality of articles in a stacked arrangement, said elongated body having a longitudinal axis with a predominantly vertical orientation, at least one wall of said elongated body including an aperture extending along a substantial portion of a length of said body, said aperture being sized to allow removable of at least one of said articles through said aperture, at least one removable clip being positioned inside said elongated body to provide separation of at least two groups of said articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Assignee: The Meyer Company
    Inventor: Raymond P. Kawolics
  • Patent number: 5323920
    Abstract: A tray and dispenser for holding and dispensing individual film packets from a stack of film packets provided in a tray. The tray comprises a bottom wall, an first end wall, a second end wall, and two substantially parallel side walls. The side and end walls extend upwardly from the bottom wall and terminate in an upper rim to define an open top and a recess for receiving a stack of film packets. The second end wall is provided with a support surface for supporting a stack of film packets placed in the recess when the tray is placed in the vertical position. The bottom wall of the tray is provided with ribs for spacing the stack of film packets a predetermined distance from the surface of the bottom wall and forming a rear space behind the bottom packet. The second end wall is also provided with an access opening for allowing access to the packet disposed on the bottom of the stack of film packets when the tray is placed in the substantial vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1994
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Clark E. Harris, David E. Foeller, Thomas A. Maurer, Robert P. Provencher
  • Patent number: 5295608
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a carton for storing, dispensing, and displaying adhesives, caulks, sealants, and other articles in tube form. The carton has two apertures, an upper aperture and a lower aperture. The upper aperture is used for loading the articles into the carton. The lower aperture opens into a trough into which the articles are dispensed and displayed. The bottom wall of the carton is inclined causing the articles stored therein to roll towards the lower aperture and be dispensed into a trough. The carton does not use an internal shelf or other channel which would require space that would otherwise be useful for the storage of articles to be dispensed. The carton uses a trough notch to allow easy removal of the articles from the trough. Preferably, the carton has a notch in the lower portion of the front wall to allow easy access to the articles to be dispensed in order to free jammed or otherwise displaced articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1994
    Assignee: Laporte Construction Chemicals North America, Inc.
    Inventors: John Blasko, Mark Longo
  • Patent number: 5228590
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a carton for storing, dispensing, and displaying adhesives, caulks, sealants, and other articles in tube form. The carton has two apertures, an upper aperture and a lower aperture. The upper aperture is used for loading the articles into the carton. The lower aperture opens into a trough into which the articles are dispensed and displayed. The bottom wall of the carton is inclined causing the articles stored therein to roll towards the lower aperture and be dispensed into a trough. The carton uses a trough notch to allow easy removal of the articles from the trough. Preferably, the carton has a notch in the lower portion of the front wall to allow easy access to the articles to be dispensed in order to free jammed or otherwise displaced articles. The carton also preferably has correspondingly positioned holes in the top, bottom, and side walls for receipt of a fastener means such that a series of two or more cartons may be securely affixed side by side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1993
    Inventors: John Blasko, Mark Longo
  • Patent number: 5044501
    Abstract: A device for storing and dispensing waste material containers and covers therefor is formed by a columnar member having two axially spaced storage compartments. The waste containers are stored in one compartment and the covers are stored in a second compartment. Each compartment is provided with a suitable opening for dispensing the container and/or cover. The device may stand freely on a planar surface or may be fixed to a wall or other support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1991
    Inventors: Holly J. Shaker, Norma J. Roberts
  • Patent number: 5038927
    Abstract: The present invention is a display case designed to show small objects which are suitable for card mounting. The case has a transparent conduit with a closed end and an open end. Cards on which jewelry or other merchandise is mounted are inserted into the conduit through the open end.In one preferred embodiment a clip having a slot is employed to hold the cards. In another preferred embodiment a second spaced apart slot is provided for insertion of a second set of cards which doubles the display capacity.Support for the card array is provided in one embodiment by one or more protrusions extend into the tube on which the card array rests. These protrusions extend into the tube and provide maximum distance to the wall of the tube which is less than the width of the card array. The protrusions provide support for the vertical array of cards and can be indentations in the wall of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1991
    Inventor: Robert J. Bell
  • Patent number: 4938382
    Abstract: A cabinet for dispensing a sheet of paper from a stack of paper sheets in the cabinet. Means are provided in the cabinet for restricting the length of the stack of paper that can be placed in the cabinet when the cabinet is open. The restricting means is movable to a pressure relieving position when the cabinet is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 3, 1990
    Assignee: Scott Paper Company
    Inventors: Alan D. Frazier, Richard P. Lewis, Richard O. Norman
  • Patent number: 4881787
    Abstract: A storage, display and dispensing apparatus for small regularly shaped packages is provided comprising a tray of generally box-like rectangular configuration having front, rear and side walls, the front wall being of transparent material and having a plurality of finger access notches formed therein. A partial bottom wall is provided extending forwardly from the rear wall and between the side walls to a forward edge at a point spaced rearwardly from the rear of the front wall to form a product or package removal aperture. A plurality of flexible fingers extend from the forward edge terminus of the bottom wall partially into the product removal space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1989
    Assignee: H. King and Associates
    Inventors: Michael King, Homer F. King
  • Patent number: 4769573
    Abstract: The present invention provides a tape cassette storage and dispensing unit with a transparent chute feeding down to a support tray and having a lower front edge terminating above the tray with recessed regions to either side of the chute at the lower front edge to provide a finger access for gripping and removing the cassettes from the unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1988
    Inventor: Michael Celik
  • Patent number: 4682826
    Abstract: An anti-theft shop display case, comprising a plurality of vertical magazines for containing a supply of vertically stacked articles, each magazine including a dispensing opening, a top opening for loading and a bottom opening for dispensing the articles, the case being provided with a lockable closure which, in its closed position, prevents access to the dispensing openings of the magazines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1987
    Assignee: Figos, Societe Anonyme
    Inventor: Jacques Mestdagh
  • Patent number: 4582222
    Abstract: A multi-chute bingo card dispenser having a solenoid-actuated pusher member disposed adjacent the bottom of each chute for stripping off a predetermined number of bingo cards from a stack of cards in the chute. A block and shims are mounted at the bottom of each chute to define the height between the bottom of the block on which the cards are supported and a stripper plate mounted above the chute bottom to precisely define the number of cards being stripped from the bottom of a stack when the pusher is actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1986
    Inventors: Robert E. Johnson, Jim S. Maddux
  • Patent number: 4396237
    Abstract: A cabinet for displaying and dispensing vertical stacks of small packages, such as packs of cigarettes, is adapted to be mounted over a store's check-out counter. The shopper's side of the package displaying dispenser is transparent, so that the shopper can see the merchandise. The clerk's side of the package displaying dispenser has an upper opening which permits loading of packages onto the stacks and a lower slot which permits the clerk to withdraw one package at a time from the bottom of any selected stack. A similar package displaying dispenser is mounted on the rear side of the one just described, so that the packages in the rear one can be seen through the one in front, and so that the clerk can withdraw packages from both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1983
    Inventor: Joseph D. Henry
  • Patent number: 4353481
    Abstract: Magazine for storing and supplying chip type circuit elements includes a tube having a bore formed therethrough in which the circuit elements are situated in stacked relationship for feeding toward an open supply end and wherein an elastic member is provided on the tube in the region of the supply end having a surface facing inwardly into the bore and wherein a keeper pawl extends inwardly from the free end of the elastic member into the bore at the supply end region, preferably slightly below the supply end, adapted to hold the leading circuit element under pressure prior to the same being supplied in one-by-one fashion and to prevent simultaneous supply of more than one circuit element from the supply end of the magazine and, additionally, to precisely locate each circuit element at the supply end. In one embodiment, longitudinally extending ribs protruding inwardly into the bore are formed on the bore defining surface of the tube which maintain the chip elements in precise mutual alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1982
    Assignee: Tokyo Denki Kagaku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shuichi Tando
  • Patent number: 4350264
    Abstract: A vending machine for thin flat sheet articles wherein the article release mechanism comprises two pairs of diametrically opposed swingable trap doors, the trap doors being mounted on respective door mounting blocks and wherein the door mounting blocks incorporate recesses for registering with the article magazine, and article guides automatically aligning with the lower end of the magazine and extending below the level of the doors, whereby to guide individual articles from the magazines through the trap doors to ensure a precisely regulated feeding of articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1982
    Inventor: Alois Muller
  • Patent number: 4346817
    Abstract: Material handling apparatus in which a rectangular laminar fixture for a segment of film is provided with asymmetrically positioned recesses. The fixtures are adapted to be loaded into, stored in, and removed from a magazine provided with projections around which the recesses of the fixture stored in the magazine slidably fit. Only fixtures having the correct orientation with respect to the magazine can be stored within the magazine. The recesses of the fixtures and the projections of the magazine prevent a fixture stored in the magazine from changing its orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1982
    Assignee: Honeywell Information Systems Inc.
    Inventor: DeWayne E. Karcher
  • Patent number: 4305628
    Abstract: A cabinet for manually dispensing various brands of cigarettes or other packaged product wherein each package is stacked in individual compartments and dispensed from the rear of the cabinet to the front thereof by using a finger of the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1981
    Assignee: Dynagraphic Merchandising Corp.
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Glasener
  • Patent number: 4296980
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an automatic apparatus for dispensing or vending food and drink or other products having a rather small volume. The locking mechanism of the apparatus is based on the utilization of gravity. An electromagnetically actuated locking bolt is used to hold a segmented, serially folding door in a desired position, the door being so constructed that whenever the bolt is withdrawn, the door moves downwards due to gravity. As it moves downward, the lower segments of the door serially fold down into a magazine located below the locking mechanism and the upper segment of the door opens a space in which food or drink or other products are located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1979
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1981
    Inventor: Tauno K. Takaniemi
  • Patent number: 4191467
    Abstract: A dual purpose document and copy sheet receptacle for reproducing apparatus pivotally mounted at the copy output end of the apparatus and capable of acting as a copy catch tray in a first position or mode of operation and when pivotted to second position as a document catch tray in a second mode of operation. The dual purpose tray provides the reproducing apparatus in a first mode of operation with the ability to copy extra long documents such as fan fold sheets or rolled copy paper onto fan fold paper or rolled copy paper and neatly stacks the fan fold or collects the rolled paper at the output end of the apparatus and in the second mode of operation with the ability to copy extra long single document and catch them in a large catch tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1980
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Richard A. Schieck
  • Patent number: 4170325
    Abstract: A dispensing carton for relatively flat, rectangular articles comprises elongate side walls of generally rectangular disposition closed by end walls. Dimensions of the side walls are such that the articles in stacked array assume an angular disposition in the carton. An endmost article is presented at and partially protrudes through a dispensing slot provided in a side wall of the carton. Removal of the article through the slot permits the succeeding adjacent article to drop and tilt into position partially protruding through the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1978
    Date of Patent: October 9, 1979
    Assignee: American Can Company
    Inventors: Thomas D. Pawlowski, George L. Meyers
  • Patent number: 4132329
    Abstract: A dispenser for plastic cards is shown, which provides a sanitary protection to the cards yet enables the cards to be dispensed singly. The dispenser comprises a generally rectangular housing having an open bottom. The side panels of the dispenser are all made of transparent plastic material so that the contents are visible. A sliding panel is slidably provided at the open bottom. The sliding panel has a length shorter than the length of the open bottom whereby a free end of the sliding panel is spaced from the lower edge of one side panel of the housing to provide a predetermined gap therebetween. The lower edge of this side panel has a slanted portion sloping upwardly away from said open bottom to provide a guiding opening in the side panel. The plastic cards are fully enclosed by the housing and they may be removed therefrom one at a time through the open bottom and the guiding opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1977
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1979
    Inventor: Ronald G. Harrison
  • Patent number: 4043485
    Abstract: A magazine into which a plurality of fixtures holding integrated circuit chips can be inserted serially by a machine and from which the fixtures can be removed serially by a machine. The fixtures are loaded through an opening in the bottom of the magazine and are removed from the magazine through the same opening. The magazine provides protection to the fixtures and chips held by the fixtures during storage and handling encountered in the typical manufacturing environment for electronic systems. The magazine facilitates automating the processes of accumulating fixtures holding integrated circuits of a given type and of assembling in one magazine the desired number of fixtures holding integrated circuit chips of the appropriate types preparatory to mounting the chips on a multilayer substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1977
    Assignee: Honeywell Information Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Boyd Tippetts
  • Patent number: 3977565
    Abstract: A container has an end wall and a stack of assemblies each composed of an adhesive film splice and a protective cover for the same, is accommodated in the container. The container has an opening in its end wall of a width which corresponds to the width of the assemblies so that the latter can be withdrawn individually from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1974
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1976
    Assignee: AGFA-Gevaert, A.G.
    Inventor: Hermann Muller