Delivery Of A Distinct Number Of Plural Coins From A Single Source Patents (Class 453/29)
  • Patent number: 8757349
    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 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Shuffle Master GmbH & Co KG
    Inventors: Ernst Blaha, Peter Krenn
  • Patent number: 8657655
    Abstract: A device for the delivery of coins from a coin dispensing station to a mobile supply device or from the mobile supply device to a coin receiving module. The coin reservoir of the mobile supply device is designed such that the coins collected in the coin reservoir are delivered in portions to the coin inlet of the coin receiving module, depending on a supply request. An inventory memory unit is assigned to a control unit. The particular advantage of the device consists in that only one mobile supply device is required for supplying and/or filling a number of coin receiving modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignees: Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH, Crane Payment Solutions GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Starke, Thorsten Neumann, Axel Grimm, Stig Goepel
  • Patent number: 8535125
    Abstract: A feed unit for filling a coin module with coins improved in such a way that a plurality of coin modules can be filled or loaded with just one feed unit. The coin feed unit is a coin drum which is rotatable inside a shell. A coin stock compartment is provided into which coins can be filled via a charge aperture. A dispensing compartment is provided inside the coin drum from which coins can be taken out via the discharge aperture. A passage is arranged in such a way that coins get from the stock compartment into the dispensing compartment as the coin drum rotates around a pivot pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Starke, Thorsten Neumann, Axel Grimm, Stig Goepel, Wilfried Meyer
  • Patent number: 8336699
    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: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Shuffle Master GmbH & Co KG
    Inventors: Ernst Blaha, Peter Krenn
  • Patent number: 8216032
    Abstract: A coin dispensing device having a mechanism to reliably dispensing a predetermined number of coins. Coins are accommodated on a surface side of a rotary disc rotating at a position tilted at a predetermined angle. A dispensing and transporting passage guides coins dispensed by rotation of the rotary disc to a coin inlet/outlet. A gate member for opening/closing the coin inlet/outlet is provided at the coin inlet/outlet. A projection is provided at the dispensing and transporting passage. When coins are dispensed, the projection retracts under the dispensing and transporting passage according to opening operation of the gate member, allowing the coins to be transported. When no coin is dispensed, the projection projects from the dispensing and transporting passage according with closing operation of the gate member to regulate transportation of coins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Glory Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Komoto
  • Patent number: 8187906
    Abstract: A method is provided for producing an electro-optic device having at least one optically transparent conducting layer with low electrical resistance. The method includes providing a composite substrate that includes an optically transparent and electrically insulating base substrate and an electrically conducting grid disposed in grooves located in the base substrate. Also provided is an electro-optical module having at least one transparent conducting layer. The composite substrate is attached onto the electro-optic module such that electrical contact is established between the grid and the transparent conducting layer of the electro-optic module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Sunlight Photonics Inc.
    Inventors: Sergey Frolov, Michael Cyrus
  • Patent number: 8092284
    Abstract: A hopper coin feeder (1) comprises upper and lower hopper discs (18, 25). A flexible hopper wall (17) of diabolo shape cooperates with the upper disc (18) to control the feeding of coins by a coin pushing member (35) to the outer margin of the disc (18) where they are gripped between an annular band (33) and the disc (18) to be conveyed past a coin discriminator (61). Any coins or debris that drop from the edge of upper disc (18) are caught on the lower disc (25) and pass to a reject chute (132) and coin payout cup (12). An active coin delivery chute and diverter (80), FIG. 10, comprises a reciprocable plate (81) having a finger (82) which controls whether a coin fed from the upper disc (18) passes down the chute or is rejected onto the lower disc (25). Coins that pass down the chute enter a bowl (89) of a double-disc coin conveying assembly (5) that conveys a coin from the bowl (89) to a LIFO coin stacks (3) of a coin storage unit (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Scan Coin AB
    Inventor: Timothy William Hill
  • Patent number: 8069967
    Abstract: A downstream side of a chute associated with at least one sorting hole is branched into a first chute and a second chute, through which coins ejected from the sorting hole are guided into first and second temporary storages, respectively. A route-switching mechanism is also provided that switches, between the two chutes, a route of the coins ejected from the sorting hole. The following control is conducted for the coins of a denomination to be ejected from the sorting hole. (i) Switching the route of the coins ejected from the sorting hole from the first chute to the second chute in appropriate timing to ensure that the last coin (CN) to be received into the first temporary storage enters the first chute, and (ii) controlling an ejection mechanism to eject, among coins following the last coin, all coins that have reached the ejection mechanism (6a) earlier that the above route-switching operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Glory Ltd.
    Inventors: Yushi Hino, Shungo Yoshino, Yoshikatsu Oota, Tatsuya Oonishi
  • Publication number: 20100190427
    Abstract: A coin apparatus (100) includes a central housing (102) with a coin holding interior (104). An upper funnel/distributor section (114) facilitates removal of excess coins when said interior is being filled with a predetermined number of coins. The coin apparatus (100) also includes coinage selectors (121), each having an allocation slot (122). Extending inwardly towards the center of the allocation slot (122) is a resilient arm (124) having a button (126) at the end thereof Each button (126) has an inner edge (127) which is capable of securely abutting edges (128) of one or more of the coins (126) when forces are exerted by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventor: Norman R. BYRNE
  • Patent number: 7658668
    Abstract: A hopper coin feeder (1) comprises upper and lower hopper discs (18, 25). A flexible hopper wall (17) of diabolo shape cooperates with the upper disc (18) to control the feeding of coins by a coin pushing member (35) to the outer margin of the disc (18) where they are gripped between an annular band (33) and the disc (18) to be conveyed past a coin discriminator (61). Any coins or debris that drop from the edge of upper disc (18) are caught on the lower disc (25) and pass to a reject chute (132) and coin payout cup (12). An active coin delivery chute and diverter (80), FIG. 10, comprises a reciprocable plate (81) having a finger (82) which controls whether a coin fed from the upper disc (18) passes down the chute or is rejected onto the lower disc (25). Coins that pass down the chute enter a bowl (89) of a double-disc coin conveying assembly (5) that conveys a coin from the bowl (89) to a LIFO coin stacks (3) of a coin storage unit (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Scan Coin AB
    Inventor: Timothy William Hill
  • Publication number: 20100029188
    Abstract: A coin dispensing device having a mechanism to reliably dispensing a predetermined number of coins. Coins are accommodated on a surface side of a rotary disc rotating at a position tilted at a predetermined angle. A dispensing and transporting passage guides coins dispensed by rotation of the rotary disc to a coin inlet/outlet. A gate member for opening/closing the coin inlet/outlet is provided at the coin inlet/outlet. A projection is provided at the dispensing and transporting passage. When coins are dispensed, the projection retracts under the dispensing and transporting passage according to opening operation of the gate member, allowing the coins to be transported. When no coin is dispensed, the projection projects from the dispensing and transporting passage according with closing operation of the gate member to regulate transportation of coins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Applicant: Glory Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Komoto
  • Publication number: 20090139829
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for sorting coins, tokens, chips and the like having a chute which has at least one inlet and a plurality of outlets and which possesses a flat, substantially rectangular cross-section, in which a movable shunt is associated with at least one of the outlets, the shunt being movable between a channeling away position engaging into the chute and a passage position. It is proposed to provide the chute with at least three or also more outlets and to arrange them in a special manner in order to achieve a compact construction without any larger height losses despite the increased number of outlets. The chute has at least two flat side outlets which are arranged above one another in the falling direction through the chute and which branch off the chute at a flat side of the chute and which also have a base outlet which substantially branches off the chute in the falling direction, with a respective shunt being associated with the flat side outlets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Inventors: Johann F. Graf, Marek Gawel
  • Patent number: 7497769
    Abstract: The invention promotes a smooth agitation and efficient transport of coins by setting the rotation direction of the agitator in the same direction as the rotary disc to move a center of rotation of the agitator to a location where most coins are collected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Abe, Takashi Inozuka
  • Publication number: 20090047888
    Abstract: A compact coin depositing and dispensing machine is provided with a cyclic conveying device. The conveying device conveys, one by one, coins, accepted in a coin acceptance port, in a depositing and conveying direction, and conveys, one by one, coins, to be ejected to a coin ejection port, in a dispensing and conveying direction reverse the depositing and conveying direction. A plurality of accommodating and ejecting units are disposed along the conveying device. Because each accommodating and ejecting unit outputs and inputs coins to and from the conveying device through the same coin outlet/inlet, a depositing and conveying path and a dispensing and conveying path of the conveying device can be arranged as a common path. Each accommodating and ejecting unit accommodates coins in a non-aligned state and ejects accommodated coins one by one to the conveying device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2006
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Applicant: Glory Ltd.
    Inventor: Eisei Nishida
  • Publication number: 20080261505
    Abstract: A mechanism for separating single coins from a plurality of coins provided within a coin dispensing apparatus. The mechanism comprises a housing defining a coin dispensing path, coin transport means for urging coins along the coin dispensing path; and first and second biased coin stripping members located adjacent each other and disposed successively in the coin dispensing path at an outlet of the coin dispensing mechanism. The first and second stripping members together comprise a double outlet gate and each member is movable independently of the other by each urged coin to effect, in use, alignment and stripping of coins being dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2006
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventor: David Bellis
  • Patent number: 7207881
    Abstract: A device for transferring a flow of disc-shaped objects, such as coins, from a reservoir to a delivery location at a higher level. This device is provided with a coin guiding passage that has its bottom positioned in an inclined plane, said passage being connected to the reservoir through a passage position that has its longitudinal axis directed substantially horizontally and merging into a position that rises towards said delivery location through a curved action of substantially 90°. To prevent coins in the curved section from jamming or blocking, an upper wall portion is provided in the curved section, on coin thickness level above the bottom of the coin guiding passage, said upper wall position being capable of yielding relative to the passage bottom and being preferably in the form of a disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Suzo International (NL) B.V.
    Inventors: Leonardus Albertus Patrick Suverein, Cornelis Martinus Suverein, Edwin André´ Roodenburg
  • Patent number: 7201649
    Abstract: A coin dispensing device is provided that prevents a returning of a first coin to prevent a clink noise. The coin dispensing device has a rotating disk that dispenses coins to a guiding unit one by one. The dispensed coins are guided upwards by the guiding unit in a line. A coin return preventing unit prevents the first coin going backward which is located adjacent to the rotating disk. The first coin dispensed by the rotating disk is prevented from moving backwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Abe
  • Patent number: 7186176
    Abstract: The first purpose of this present invention is to provide a coin dispensing safe assembly with a safe system which can prevent coins being stolen. The second purpose of this invention is to provide a coin dispensing safe assembly with a safe system which can prevent coins being stolen, also it is easy and inexpensive. A coin dispensing safe assembly with a safe system includes a coin dispensing safe assembly having a rotating disk with through holes which is located at the bottom of a coin storing bowl with an upper opening and which is rotated by a motor. A safe housing, which is built to enclose said coin dispensing safe assembly and which can be detached from a coin handling apparatus, includes a dispensing slot for dispensing coins and a disabling unit for the coin dispensing safe assembly, when the safe housing is detached from the coin handling apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masayoshi Umeda
  • Patent number: 7172503
    Abstract: A coin dispensing apparatus for automatically directing coins from a coin escalator includes a coin dispensing unit such as a non-metallic roller that is rotatable about a bearing shaft which can be aligned to minimize forces that can shorten the life of a coin dispensing assembly. A guide unit can operatively move the coin dispensing unit at an acute angle to a centerline of a guiding passageway coin exit. A resilient unit can operatively bias the coin dispensing unit to an initial position for contacting coins attempting to exit a coin exit while permitting movement along a guide length with a major biasing force exerted toward the exiting coin to reduce wear on the guide unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masayoshi Umeda
  • Patent number: 6709324
    Abstract: An adjustable escalator device is provided in a gaming terminal for receiving singulated coins from a gaming terminal output hopper and outputting coins at a higher level. The escalator can be adjusted to define a coin path of adjustable width and/or adjustable thickness and accommodate a range of coin or token sizes. In one aspect, a leaf spring or other flexible member can be moved to define a curved coin path portion with adjustable width and a preferably contiguous rail can be laterally transposed to adjust a width of a second portion of the coin path. Coin path thickness can be adjusted using different rail thicknesses, using shims and/or using screw adjustments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: John Leagh Beadell
  • Patent number: 6620583
    Abstract: The present invention features a method for identifying genes or proteins important in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM). The genes or proteins are useful in identifying IDDM-susceptible individuals, and in identifying and testing potential therapeutic agents for the treatment of IDDM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: Boston Medical Center Corporation
    Inventors: Barbara E. Corkey, Nicholas R. Husni
  • Patent number: 6547663
    Abstract: A gaming machine, and a method of operating a gaming machine, including a set of spinning reels having a plurality of symbols thereon, a stepper motor for spinning and stopping said reels to display symbols on a payline and a processor operating according to a game program for controlling the stepper motor, said processor randomly selecting symbols to be displayed by said spinning reels, determining if the selected symbols constitute a winning combination, and, if so, a corresponding prize amount, and paying out said prize as a plurality of credits, the processor adjusting the rate the credits are consecutively dispensed during a credit payout as controlled by a player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: WMS Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger A. Delott, Alfred Thomas
  • Publication number: 20020108835
    Abstract: A snack dispenser and coin bank is disclosed. The assembly includes a housing and a shaft member making up a portion of the housing. A first storage area is located in the housing for storing associated snacks and a dispenser is movably mounted in the shaft for selectively dispensing the associated snack. A depositing member is movably mounted in the housing for selectively allowing the deposit of associated coins in the housing, the depositing member being operatively connected to the dispenser. An actuator is mounted on the dispenser, and when the actuator is moved to one position, it actuates the dispenser and the depositing member. A method of saving coins and receiving a snack is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2001
    Publication date: August 15, 2002
    Inventors: William J. Knox, Paul Tamulewicz
  • Patent number: 5443193
    Abstract: A combination carrying case for a portable electronic pager and a coin dispenser includes an upright case body in which the front wall and one side wall have a reduced height, so that the pager is easily inserted into the receptacle defined by the case body. The coin dispenser includes a vertical coin chute integral with one side wall of the case body so that the chute has a relatively large coin capacity. Coins are extracted from the chute through a coin slot at the lower end of the chute. A spring clip is provided on the rear wall of the case for detachably mounting the case on the user's belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1995
    Inventor: Mark D. Lenard
  • Patent number: 5429362
    Abstract: This invention enables coins, discharged from a discharge outlet after inserting a paper money, to be received effectively by a paper cup taken out from the storage portion without touching coins by hands. A coin dispenser for a slot machine which enables discharging desired number of coins from a discharge outlet 2 after inserting paper money into a paper money inlet 1. A supporting plate 4 is provided under an outlet 3a of a tray 3 located beneath said discharge outlet 2. A storage portion 5 which enables storage of many paper cups A is provided in a housing. The coins are enabled to discharge after the cup A is set on the supporting plate 4, furthermore the paper cup A can be manually or automatically moved from the storage portion 5 to the supporting plate 4. The outlet 3a of the tray 3 is freely opened and shut by lever operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1995
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Ace Denken
    Inventors: Takatoshi Takemoto, Kazunari Kawashima
  • Patent number: 5167571
    Abstract: An improved coin handling machine of the type having a rotating coin bowl and coin stripper is presented which allows a coin to be stabilized prior to exiting the machine, reducing jamming of the machine and subsequent maintenance. Improvements include the provision of a set of coin pushers on the underside of the drum wheel disk, a coin guide for helping the coins remain in their respective coin receiving spaces and one or more pressure pads placed strategically above the coin stripper for discharging the coins out of the machine, the pressure pad(s) preventing the coins from gravitationally dropping over the coin stripper as the coins move toward the coin exit chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1992
    Assignee: International Game Technology
    Inventor: Daniel J. Waller
  • Patent number: 5056645
    Abstract: A coin operated telephone payment device is provided for use in public telephones. The device includes a provisional receptacle (7) for the coins (12) inserted, formed by a cylindrical body provided with a series of open radial compartments (11) blocked at the bottom by a body (9) provided with an inclination towards the outside. The body is capable of turning slightly so as to allow the coins located in the compartments to pass to the return box (8). The compartments have an operable payment door (6) so that the coin to be paid goes to the definitive coin box (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1991
    Assignee: Jofemar, S.A.
    Inventor: Felix G. Vidondo
  • Patent number: 4893706
    Abstract: A mechanism for the reception and collection of coins in coin-operated machines includes a frame that can be moved along guides, located immediately beneath the coin selector or entry, which frame is divided into a series of identical vertical chambers, open at the top and bottom and on one of their transverse walls, with apertured plates for opening and closing the bottom and the side wall. The mechanism can be moved along the guides so that the open tops of the chambers are successively positioned under the exit of the selector. The mechanism for driving the frame, as well as the mechanism that drives gates that open and close the chambers, are controllable by a microprocessor, based on the information provided concerning the chamber in which each coin is located and the position of the frame at any given moment, which is provided by a decoder that is part of the frame and a reader that is stationary with respect to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1990
    Assignee: Azkoyen Industrial, S.A.
    Inventor: Jesus E. Ibarrola
  • Patent number: 4884992
    Abstract: Coin-dispensing apparatus having a general shape of a hand gun and provided with a trigger for manually advancing an endless belt formed with coin receptacles or pockets for receiving coins as they are fed by gravity from a reservoir, such advancing endless belt moving such coins to an outlet of the apparatus where such coins are directed into a coin-receiving machine such as a slot machine or the like. The apparatus is attachable to such coin-receiving machine and includes an adjustable cam member whereby the number of coins dispensed by the apparatus with a single actuation of the trigger can be varied within limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1989
    Inventor: Michael L. Grimes