Belt Or Chain Conveys Coins Through Assorter Patents (Class 453/11)
  • Patent number: 9536367
    Abstract: Chip sorting devices and methods of ejecting chips from chip wells are disclosed. In some embodiments, chip sorting devices may include at least one chip ejection unit including at least one finger member selectively movable between a first position outside of at least one channel of a chip conveying unit and a second position within the at least one channel. In additional embodiments, a chip sorting device may include a separating wheel comprising a plurality of chip wells, each chip well configured to hold a plurality of chips. In yet additional embodiments, methods of ejecting a chip from a chip well may include urging a selected chip out of the chip well with the at least one finger member and at least one wall segment of a trailing segmented wall of the chip well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Shuffle Master GMBH & CO KG
    Inventors: Ernst Blaha, Peter Krenn
  • Patent number: 9524603
    Abstract: An apparatus for conveying money items, which is configured to singulate money items during conveyance, sense characteristics of money items during conveyance and eject money items from a conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Crane Payment Solutions Limited
    Inventors: Robert Blythin, Kevin Mulvey
  • Patent number: 8998686
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for sorting coins, the diameter and thickness of which are within predefined size ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH
    Inventors: Arno Fischer, Bruno Gruenberger, Daniel Obermayr
  • Patent number: 8991584
    Abstract: A coin depositing and dispensing machine is provided where its transport mechanism is simplified and downsized while coins to be dispensed are subjected to the identifying action. A coin passage 32 is provided in an annular form along which a single annular transporting belt 43 remains supported for transporting the coins. An input feeding portion 34, denomination-specific accommodating and ejecting portions 35, a bulk escrow portion 36 are disposed at the inner side of the coin passage 32. The coin passage 32 has a receiving and transporting zone 39 for receiving the coins released from the input feeding portion 34, the denomination-specific accommodating and ejecting portions 35, and the bulk escrow portion 36 and a sorting and transporting zone 41 for sorting and delivering the coins to the input feeding portion 34, the denomination-specific accommodating and ejecting portions 35, and the bulk escrow portion 36.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Glory Ltd.
    Inventor: Eisei Nishida
  • Patent number: 8961275
    Abstract: A coin depositing and dispensing machine that enables reduction of the space required to be provided above the coin passage in order to transport coins, thereby enabling the machine body to be made more compact, or increasing the coin accommodating capacity of the accommodating and ejecting units by the amount equivalent to the volume of the reduction of the space. An endless transporting belt is provided above an identifying passage and a sorting passage. The transporting belt is stretched across a plurality of pulleys rotatably supported in a horizontal position by vertically extending shafts. As the space required to be provided above the coin passage to install the transporting belt can be reduced, it is possible to make the machine body more compact, or increase the coin accommodating capacity of the accommodating and ejecting units by the amount equivalent to the volume of the reduction of the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Glory Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Tanaka, Shinichi Chiba, Keita Toyama, Masao Hayashi, Atsushi Nagase
  • Patent number: 8961276
    Abstract: The present invention provides a coin feeding device in which coin jam can be easily eliminated and coins causing a coin jam can be easily removed. When a coin jam occurs between a transporting belt 57 and a separating roller 65, the separating roller 65 is moved by a moving unit 66 in a direction to expand a clearance 64 between the separating roller 65 and the transporting belt 57. By moving the separating roller 65, coin jam can be easily eliminated, and coins causing the coin jam can be easily removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Glory Ltd.
    Inventor: Eisei Nishida
  • Patent number: 8839938
    Abstract: The coin receiving and dispensing machine of the present invention includes a plurality of storing and feeding parts provided for each of denominations, which dispense coins to a coin outlet as required, and each of the plurality of storing and feeding parts includes: a first storing part which receives coins that are input and classified by one of the denominations; a second storing part which is provided parallel to the first storing part in a horizontal direction, and stores coins separately from the first storing part; a first conveying part which separates and conveys the coins stored in the first storing part one by one; a differentiating part which differentiates the denominations of the coins conveyed by the first conveying part, and counts quantity of the coins; a coin switching part which switches the coins differentiated and counted by the differentiating part to either one of the coin outlet and the second storing part selectively; and a second conveying part which conveys the coins stored in the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Laurel Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tokuharu Shimizu, Hirohumi Haruna
  • Patent number: 7806756
    Abstract: A coin receiving device in a coin processing apparatus is provided with a flat belt stretched around a pair of rollers substantially horizontally. A reverse rotation roller is disposed above the flat belt so that it is parallel with the axial line of the rollers, and the lower circumferential face is separated from the flat belt by a distance which is larger than thickness of a coin. A movable restrictor is disposed above the reverse rotation roller, which extends upstream of the flat belt in substantially parallel with the flat belt. A distance between the movable restrictor and the top face of the flat belt is smaller than a diameter of a coin having the largest diameter. The movable restrictor is convex toward an upstream direction of the flat belt. The movable restrictor is replaceably attached to a frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Asaji Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masayoshi Umeda
  • Patent number: 7682228
    Abstract: A self-service change redemption machine (10) has a coin hopper area (41) for receiving batches of mixed coinage and a powered mechanism (43) for transporting them to an intake opening (44) into the machine (10) for sorting, counting and directing coins into a plurality of coin receptacles. The transport mechanism has a pivotable cover (46, 46a) for preventing access to a portion of the feed path leading into the machine (10) and, if the cover (46, 46a) is lifted, the powered mechanism (43) will be stopped. The mechanism (43, 46) is designed to prevent jamming of the coins in the hopper area (41) or along the feed path (45).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Talaris Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Gunst, Joseph P. Hanus, Thomas P. Adams
  • Patent number: 7559831
    Abstract: A coin separating unit of a compact configuration for separating coins of different thicknesses from a bulk supply includes a coin transporting unit such as a rotating belt having a support surface of a predetermined flexibility and friction characteristic. A separating roller unit is positioned above a support surface and rotates in a direction opposite to the movement of the belt. A supporter unit is operatively located upstream of the separating roller unit and can displace coins that are overlaid with each other. The belt has sufficient flexibility so that a gap between the surface of the belt and a separating roller unit can be increased to accommodate a particular thickness of coin as it passes beneath the separating roller unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masayoshi Umeda
  • Patent number: 7503840
    Abstract: The present invention provides a coin arranging/conveying apparatus that is capable of reliably conveying coins one at a time into a coin passage unit even if there is such a great difference in diameter or thickness of coins. A first gate portion is defined by a separation roller, an arranging/conveying surface of an arranging/conveying belt, and a movable roller. The movable roller faces the underside of the arranging/conveying surface of the arranging/conveying belt. A second gate portion is defined by a coin passage upstream end roller, and the portion of a transfer belt wrapped around the coin passage upstream end roller. Coins are arranged in a single layer in single file by means of the first gate portion, as well as the second gate portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Glory, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toyofumi Iwami, Mitsuhiko Muranaka
  • Patent number: 7350668
    Abstract: A disc dispensing apparatus operatively mounts to a disc passageway and includes a moveable guide hole member having a guide hole of an elongated shape and a guiding unit operatively mounted in the guide hole. A resilient unit biases the guiding unit against the movement of the discs and a moving unit is operatively attached to the moveable guide hole member for positioning the elongated guide hole at an angle to an axis of the disc passageway on one side of the disc passageway whereby a disc to be dispensed contacts the guiding unit and displaces the guiding unit along the elongated hole while receiving a counter force from the resilient unit to force the disc to be directed away from the guiding unit to one side of the disc passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masayoshi Umeda
  • Patent number: 7066807
    Abstract: A receiving and dispensing device for coins comprises a coin receiving device to receive the entry of coins of various denominations. The coins are segregated and verified as to authenticity. The coins are then transported along an upper and lower selecting section which are connected by appropriate guiding passageways to sets of upper and lower coin hoppers aligned in both a horizontal and vertical configuration to form a compact configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Abe, Masayoshi Umeda
  • Publication number: 20030216118
    Abstract: A high-speed, high-volume coin sorter includes a coin feed device and a coin sorting device. The coin sorting device includes a number of stationary sorting plates, each plate associated with a respective coin denomination. Coins are successively driven along each sorting plate, with coins associated with the sorting plate discharged at the end of the s plate. The other coins drop through the plate and fall onto a conveyor to be transferred to the next sorting plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2002
    Publication date: November 20, 2003
    Inventor: Floyd K. String
  • Patent number: 6626752
    Abstract: A machine for the sorting of coins and the placement of the coins into coin wrapper sleeves, containers or bags according to their type. A coin feed device in the form of a rotating table (1) feeds coins to a sorting plate (2) having a plurality of sorting openings (3), wherein each sorting opening corresponds to a particular denomination or size of a coin or disk. Each sorting opening (3) feeds into a corresponding coin outlet channel (4,4′) which conducts coins passing through the sorting opening (3) to a corresponding sleeve container (5). Each corresponding sleeve container (5) is connected to the corresponding outlet channel part (4′) by means of a bayonet-type connector. Each sleeve container (5) has a carrying bracket (8) to support a coin wrapper sleeve (6) while it is being filled with coins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: F. Zimmermann GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Thomas Zimmermann, Gerhard Röhrs
  • Publication number: 20030019716
    Abstract: A token count/sort apparatus includes a rotary disc (10) for supporting tokens (11) and is manually rotatable, an arcuate transfer track (23) extending along the periphery of the disc and formed with one token transfer inlet (24). A plurality of sorting holes are formed in the transfer track for successively sorting and dropping the tokens in the order of increasing diameters as the tokens are transferred upstream toward downstream in the transfer direction. An endless transfer belt (30) rotates in synchronism with the rotary disc (10) by intermediate gears (40), (41) and (42), thereby transferring the tokens (11) in a pressed condition. A token discerner (31) is provided between the token transfer inlet (24) and the sorting hole located at the most upstream position in the transfer direction for counting the tokens and determining the diameters of the tokens. In a batch processing mode, the token discerner determines whether the preset value for the token count or sum is attained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2002
    Publication date: January 30, 2003
    Inventors: Katsumi Sugai, Nobuyuki Nakatani, Masanari Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20020144878
    Abstract: A machine for the sorting of coins and the placement of the coins into coin wrapper sleeves, containers or bags according to their type. A coin feed device in the form of a rotating table (1) feeds coins to a sorting plate (2) having a plurality of sorting openings (3), wherein each sorting opening corresponds to a particular denomination or size of a coin or disk. Each sorting opening (3) feeds into a corresponding coin outlet channel (4,4′) which conducts coins passing through the sorting opening (3) to a corresponding sleeve container (5). Each corresponding sleeve container (5) is connected to the corresponding outlet channel part (4′) by means of a bayonet-type connector. Each sleeve container (5) has a carrying bracket (8) to support a coin wrapper sleeve (6) while it is being filled with coins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2001
    Publication date: October 10, 2002
    Inventors: Thomas Zimmermann, Gerhard Rohrs
  • Patent number: 6379239
    Abstract: Unassorted tokens of different types are supplied into a coin inlet portion 16 of an upper casing 3, so that the numbers of respective types or total amount of discharged tokens are calculated and displayed. A rotary disk 5 and a disk follower 6 are arranged at an upper surface of a main case 2, with a belt 12 extending around their circumferences, so that they are rotated by a handle 14. An upper casing 3 is attached to the main case 2 in a manner enabling opening and closing movement. A lower surface of the upper casing 3 is formed with a guide passage 19. The upper casing 3 is provided with detection holes 23 above which a coin sensor is provided that is capable of calculating the diameters and transit number of tokens. The main case 2 is provided with a light source from which light is emitted for irradiating the coin sensor. The supplied tokens are shifted from the outer edge of the rotating rotary disk 5 onto the belt 12 in the guide passage 19.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignees: Sugai General Industries Ltd., Wing Design Co., PREV.
    Inventors: Katsumi Sugai, Nobuyuki Nakatani, Masanari Nakamura
  • Patent number: 6021884
    Abstract: A coin selecting apparatus which can change for coin sizes simply. The coin selecting apparatus includes a plate which has a vertical length opening for throwing a coin thereinto, a diameter gage slidably disposed on this plate and having a guide portion to partially seal the length of the opening, and a thickness gage slidably disposed on said plate to partially seal the width of the opening. The coin selecting apparatus has a front part, which is made of a plastic formed product having a rectangular plate form, base part which made of a plastic formed product having an approximately rectangular plate form, a chute cover part made of a plastic formed product having an approximately tail-fin-shaped form and a door part made of a plastic formed product having a slightly small rectangular plate form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tamotsu Tsuchida
  • Patent number: 6003652
    Abstract: A money receiving-paying machine of an integral structure includes a thin compact circulation type bill receiving-paying process portion and a thin compact circulation type coin receiving-paying process portion aligned side by side. The circulation type bill receiving-paying process portion includes a circulation type bill housing portion for sequentially housing bills regardless of their denominations, and a returning-bill transferring path for returning a bill to the circulation type bill housing portion by a first changeover gate when a bill has been identified as not necessary even if the bill is discharged in circulation. The bills are transferred in a bill short-side direction. The circulation type bill receiving-paying process portion includes rotation type coin receiving cylinders according to denominations positioned in an inclined bill or substantially horizontal state, so that upright coins can be housed therein in an orderly stacked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: Fuji Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Susumu Murata, Tetsuji Kawasaki, Toshinori Henmi
  • Patent number: 5989118
    Abstract: A coin receiving and dispensing machine includes a plurality of dispensable coin storing units for storing coins for dispensation in accordance with their denominations, each of the plurality of dispensable coin storing units including a conveyor belt inclined so that a feed-out end portion from which coins are fed out is disposed upward, a separation roller disposed above the conveyor belts in the vicinity of the feed-out end portions of the plurality of dispensable coin storing units so that a clearance between the conveyor belts and itself is a predetermined distance and rotatable in a direction reverse to a coin convey direction of the conveyor belts, a support plate for receiving coins from the feed-out end portions of the plurality of dispensable coin storing units and supporting them on an upper surface thereof, a plurality of dispensing rollers provided so as to correspond to the plurality of dispensable coin storing units, disposed above the support plate so that clearances between the support plate
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: Laurel Bank Machines Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Chiba, Hideyuki Ebihara, Mitsuo Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 5911622
    Abstract: A coin line-up device includes a rotary cylinder having an upper opening as a coin receiving inlet, the rotary cylinder being laid substantially horizontally with a central axis thereof inclined with a predetermined angle, and a unit for rotating the rotary cylinder. The predetermined angle of the central axis is in a range of from 30.degree. to 30.degree., and the following expression is satisfied: d<D<{(d+t).sup.2 +d.sup.2 /4}/(d+t) where d is the diameter of a coin to be stood up, t is the thickness of the coin, and D is the inside diameter of the rotary cylinder. The speed of rotation of the rotary cylinder is in a range of from 2 rps to 5 rps. Also, a device for receiving and dispensing coins separately according to monetary denominations includes the above coin line-up device. Further, a circulation-type coin take in and out machine includes the above coin line-up device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Assignees: Fuji Electric Co., Ltd., Wing Design Co., Priv.
    Inventors: Shigefumi Kinoshita, Tosio Hara, Koshi Hatanaka, Nobuyuki Nakatani
  • Patent number: 5908351
    Abstract: A coin sorting apparatus comprising a combination of a separating device unit and a cover device unit, the cover device unit being operative to guide sorted coins separately and in a substantially standing position but with a slant along a path for sorting and collection The separating device unit includes a guide wall for guiding the coins and having a plurality of adjustable sized windows for selectively receiving the coins for sorting and collection The cover device unit has a motor-driven belt that with the guide wall defines the path and is oscillated to open and close a gap between the moving belt to effect movement of coins of variable size along the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshinobu Tanaka
  • Patent number: 5899804
    Abstract: A coin receiving and dispensing machine includes a coin discriminating and counting section for discriminating whether or not coins are acceptable and the denominations of the acceptable coins and counting the coins, coin sorting sections for sorting coins based on the result of the discrimination made by the coin discriminating and counting section, a coin temporary storing section for temporarily storing acceptable coins sorted by the coin sorting sections in accordance with their denominations, a dispensable coin storing section for receiving coins temporarily stored in the coin temporary storing section and storing them in accordance with their denominations, a safe for collecting coins, and a chute for feeding coins from the dispensable coin storing section to the safe. According to the thus constituted coin receiving and dispensing machine, it is possible to easily collect coins after the completion of business with a compact structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Assignee: Laurel Bank Machines Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Chiba, Hideyuki Ebihara, Mitsuo Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 5722882
    Abstract: An automatic coin discharge apparatus includes a housing which has a coin-receiving opening and a coin discharge opening, a coin-storing unit which extends in the horizontal direction in the housing and stores a plurality of coins of the same denomination in a piled-up state in one line in the horizontal direction with side surfaces of the coins facing each other, a coin-urging member which urges the plurality of coins in the coin line in the coin-storing unit toward one end portion of the coin-storing unit in a direction along the coin line, a coin transporting unit which extends in the housing from the coin-receiving opening toward the one end portion of the coin-storing unit and transports coins received by the coin-receiving opening toward the one end portion of the coin-storing unit, a coin inserting unit which inserts coins transported toward the one end portion of the coin-storing unit by the coin transporting unit, into a position nearest to the one end portion of the coin-storing unit in the coin lin
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha TEC
    Inventors: Kyouichi Kashiwagi, Masakazu Tanaka, Hironobu Makino
  • Patent number: 5501631
    Abstract: A coin handling system comprises a coin-driving member having a resilient surface and a stationary coin-guiding member having a coin-guiding surface opposing the resilient surface of the coin-driving member. The coin-guiding surface is positioned generally parallel to the resilient surface and spaced slightly therefrom. The resilient surface of the coin-driving member moves coins along the coin-guiding surface of the coin-guiding member. The coin handling system uses a lubrication distribution system to reduce friction between the coins and the coin-guiding surface of the coin-guiding member. The lubrication distribution system includes at least one cavity formed in the coin-guiding surface of the coin-guiding member. A reservoir stores a lubrication fluid, and a supply tubing is used to convey the lubrication fluid from the reservoir to the cavity. A control system regulates the flow of the lubrication fluid from the reservoir to the cavity via the supply tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1996
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: Douglas U. Mennie, George A. Rokos, Joseph J. Geib
  • Patent number: 5474495
    Abstract: A coin handling device for handling a plurality of coins comprises a coin-driving member having a resilient surface and a stationary coin-guiding member having a coin-guiding surface opposing the resilient surface of the coin-driving member. The coin-guiding surface is positioned generally parallel to the resilient surface and spaced slightly therefrom. The resilient surface of the coin-driving member is constructed and arranged to move the coins along the coin-guiding surface of the coin-guiding member. The coin-guiding member includes lubricant-filled cavities, self-lubricating inserts, or a gall-resistant coating to reduce friction between the coins and the coin-guiding surface of the coin-guiding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1995
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Geib, Juan J. Malave, Donald E. Raterman, George A. Rokos
  • Patent number: 5382191
    Abstract: A coin queuing device for receiving coins of the same or mixed denominations and delivering the coins to a fixed feed station in single file, in a single layer, and with one edge of each coin positioned at a common reference location. The device comprises a rotatable disc with a resilient upper surface, a drive means for rotating the rotatable disc, coin feed means for feeding coins to the resilient upper surface of the rotatable disc, a coin containment wall extending around the outer periphery of the disc to prevent coins from flying off the disc when the disc is rotated, and a stationary head positioned over a portion of the rotatable disc for engaging the upper surfaces of coins carried beneath the stationary head by the rotatable disc. The stationary head includes a channel for receiving coins which are carried on the surface of the rotatable disc beneath the stationary head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1995
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventor: James M. Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 5207611
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus for sorting various kinds of coins into various categories of coins. To this end, the invention includes a semicircular member having a plane surface and an arc surface. The semicircular member is capable of rotating between a first position wherein the plane surface is disposed substantially in the plane defined by a guiding edge and the arc surface is disposed within a guide rail and a second position wherein the plane surface is disposed normal to the guiding edge and the arc surface faces towards the upstream of the coin feeding direction. The semicircular member rotates from the first position to the second position when a first group coin is fed to collide with the semicircular member so as to diverge the coin away from the guiding edge so that the circumferential end of the coin closest to the guiding edge is disposed on a sort-out opening. The semicircular member returns to the first position when the coin passes the semicircular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1993
    Assignee: Laurel Bank Machines Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuo Ueda, Tatsuo Okita, Mikio Suzuki, Yasunori Ikemoto, Hiroyuki Shibao
  • Patent number: 5163868
    Abstract: A sorter for mixed denominations of coins has an inclined feeding disc which carry coins on flights from a hopper to the entrance of an inclined track having a referenced edge comprises a rail with a lip on the rear of the rail. The surface of the inclined track is defined by a series of adjustable gates which define openings with the rail that are sized to the respective diameters of the coins to be sorted. Coins entering the track are engaged by an endless of belt or series of belts having projections, such as inclined fingers, that are spaced from the surface of the track a distance less then the thinnest coin. When the coins distort the projections upon entering the track, they are forced against the rail and are thereafter carried by the belt along the track until they reach their respective opening. At the opening, the release of the distorted projections imparts a force which lifts the coins over the lip and through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1992
    Inventors: Thomas P. Adams, John H. Winkelman
  • Patent number: 5059153
    Abstract: A coin receiving and dispensing machine comprising a discriminating and counting sensor for discriminating at least the denominations and genuineness of deposited coins and counting their value, a coin sorter for sorting the deposited coins in accordance their denominations, a plurality of temporary storing cylinders for receiving the coins sorted by the coin sorter from an upper opening thereof and temporarily storing the received coins as stacked separately in accordance with their denominations and a plurality of dispensing coin storing cylinders for receiving and storing the coins stored in the plurality of temporary storing cylinders as dispensing coins separately in accordance with their denominations, the coin receiving and dispensing machine further including a coin collector for, in the case where it is judged based upon the result of the discrimination and counting made by the discriminating and counting sensor that at least one of the dispensing coin storing cylinders is full of coins, collecting t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1991
    Assignee: Laurel Bank Machines Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kouichi Goi