Assorter Patents (Class 453/3)
  • Patent number: 10282931
    Abstract: In a coin depositing and dispensing machine 10, a plurality of storing and feeding apparatuses 50 disposed below a deposited-coin transport unit 20 are arranged vertically on plural levels. A transport direction in which a coin is transported by the deposited-coin transport unit and a feeding direction in which a coin is fed out from each storing and feeding unit are substantially perpendicular to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventor: Masato Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10026252
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a money dispensing device has a storage device, an attaching/detaching mechanism and a control device. The attaching/detaching mechanism detachably supports a storage bag. When the storage device to store money has overflowed, the money stored in the storage device is discharged to a storage bag. The control device outputs information indicating that the storage bag is not attached when the storage bag is not attached to the attaching/detaching mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takahiro Shimura
  • Patent number: 9530270
    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 27, 2016
    Assignee: Crane Payment Solutions Limited
    Inventors: Robert Blythin, Kevin Mulvey
  • Patent number: 9189906
    Abstract: A coin transport mechanism comprising: a first coin rotor including at least one coin receptacle for receiving a coin; a second coin rotor including at least one coin receptacle, the second coin rotor disposed proximal to the first coin rotor; wherein the first coin rotor is noncoplanar with the second coin rotor and includes a gated coin aperture, and wherein the second coin rotor is adapted to transport coins from a coin hopper to the first coin rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Innovative Technology Limited
    Inventor: Martin Sackfield
  • Patent number: 9064360
    Abstract: A coin counting device includes a mounting seat, a counting unit disposed removably on the mounting seat, a guiding unit, and a track unit. The mounting seat includes a first guide passage, and two retaining groove units located respectively at two sides of a central axis of the first guide passage. The counting unit is disposed selectively within one of the retaining groove units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: SHANG YANG INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD
    Inventor: Shu-Chuan Chung
  • Patent number: 9011214
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a coin sorter wherein a flexible rim (606) is used for engaging a coin (706) to be sorted and bring the coin in abutment with a circular border (620) of the coin sorter in a path across a plurality of circularly arranged coin openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Scan Coin, AB
    Inventors: Jerry Karlsson, Peter Gillstedt, Markus Jonasson, Robert Gustavsson
  • Patent number: 8992291
    Abstract: A coin sorting device comprising a housing and a first rotary disc in the housing and rotatingly drivable by a rotary drive for receiving coins to be sorted with different diameters, the first rotary disc is surrounded by a guide wall and a coin discharge area delimited by a wall section, coins on the first rotary disc arrive at a coin conveyor track connecting to the coin discharge area, a conveying device is provided for conveying coins, wherein the coin conveyor track is delimited by a guide edge, and wherein at least one opening is provided to the coin discharge area and/or along and/or next to the coin discharge track, through which the coins travel to an area below the first rotary disc, at least one additional rotary disc rotatingly drivable by a rotary drive is arranged below the first rotary disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Crane Payment Solutions GmbH
    Inventor: Wilfried Meyer
  • Patent number: 8986084
    Abstract: Device for receiving coins improved in such a way that large amounts of coins can be received as well as separated reliably and quickly and such that the adverse influence of foreign matters introduced along with the coins on the coin separating function and/or on the performance of the coin separating unit may be reduced. The device includes an aperture for charging coins, a unit for separating coins and a feed unit for feeding coins which is provided with a guide face giving support to the coins during the feeding process and which is an active type feeder having a feed module (5) that is operable with the aid of an actuator means to feed coins toward the coin separating unit and that is designed such that the coins are transported toward the coin separating unit along said guide face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Starke, Thorsten Neumann, Axel Grimm, Stig Goepel
  • Patent number: 8926412
    Abstract: The present invention provides a coin deposit and dispensing apparatus having a till filling distributor unit comprising a set of a plurality of releasably mounted till filling distributors, each till filling distributor comprising a wide upper opening, a narrow lower opening, and a pipe-like structure between these openings, where the till filling distributor unit is designed in such a way that in a dispensing operation a till filling distributor is located below each dispenser involved in the dispensing operation, whereby each till filling distributor is adapted for receiving coins from a dispenser located above said distributor into the wide upper opening of the distributor and to guide the coins through said narrow lower opening to a portable cash receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Scan Coin AB
    Inventors: Kristian Bengtsson, Ali Obeid Ali, Yazin Kamal Al-Khayyt, Daniel Kihlbaum
  • Patent number: 8920223
    Abstract: A coin sorter comprising a housing and a rotary disc arranged in the housing and rotatingly drivable by a rotary drive for coins to be sorted, the rotary disc is surrounded by a guide wall and a coin discharge area delimited by a wall section is provided, through which coins on the rotatingly driven rotary disc arrive at a coin conveyor track connecting to the coin discharge area, a rotatingly driven conveyor belt progressing in section above the rotary disc for conveying the coins along the coin conveyor track is arranged above the coin conveyor track, wherein the coin conveyor track is delimited by a guide edge, along which the coins are conveyed by the conveyor belt, wherein the bottom of the coin discharge area next to the wall section delimiting the coin discharge area has a discharge hole, through which the coins conveyed against the wall section can fall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Crane Payment Solutions GmbH
    Inventor: Wilfried Meyer
  • Publication number: 20140335770
    Abstract: Coin processing apparatuses, such as consumer or commercial coin processing apparatuses for counting and/or sorting coins, are described herein. The apparatuses can include coin conveyors having a plurality of individual coin carriers linked together to form a chain. In some embodiments, each of the coin carriers includes a corresponding pocket that is configured to receive a coin from a coin hopper as the carrier chain passes through the coin hopper during its cycle. The coin carriers can carry the coins past one or more sensors for identification or “discrimination” of the coin denomination. After discrimination, the coins can be knocked from the carrier pockets and into, e.g., a selected coin chute for transfer to a collection bin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Douglas A. Martin
  • Publication number: 20140295744
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a coin sorter wherein a flexible rim (606) is used for engaging a coin (706) to be sorted and bring the coin in abutment with a circular border (620) of the coin sorter in a path across a plurality of circularly arranged coin openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: SCAN COIN AB
    Inventors: Jerry Karlsson, Peter Gillstedt, Markus Jonasson, Robert Gustavsson
  • Patent number: 8827776
    Abstract: A coin sensor arrangement to sense the different diameters of coins in a singulated stream of coins moving along a coin path includes a movable member that is displaced from a first position to a second position by passage of the largest-diameter coins moving along the coin path. When the member reaches the second position, the member actuates the coin sensor arrangement to signal the presence of the coin. Actuation of the coin sensor arrangement can take place spaced away from the coin stream where possible contaminants that might affect sensing are less likely to be present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: GCCM, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory F. String
  • Publication number: 20140199928
    Abstract: A disk sorting device includes a housing defining a disk transport path for conveying disks from a disk transferring device. A disk identifying device is located adjacent the disk transport path for identifying the type of disk passing along the transport path. A disk diverting mechanism in the disk transport path downstream of the disk identifying device is operable to divert disks in accordance with the type of the disk determined by the disk identifying device into a selected one of at least a return path in which a disk returns to the disk transferring device and a dispense path in which a disk is directed towards a dispense outlet. The disk transport path is oriented with a vertical component whereby disks pass along the path and the diverting mechanism under gravity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Marcus John WILLIS
  • Publication number: 20140194045
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for sorting coins, the diameter and thickness of which are within predefined size ranges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: WINCOR NIXDORF INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventors: Arno Fischer, Bruno Gruenberger, Daniel Obermayr
  • Publication number: 20140187134
    Abstract: A coin sorter machine including an encoder and a sensor assembly more accurately determines the position of coins in a coin sorting path to facilitate coin sorting. The coin sorter uses a coin size attribute to more accurately calculate the timing of interactions between coins on the coin sorting path and one or more components of the coin sorter. One such component is a diverter configured to perform an offsorting operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventors: Jon Stieber, Myron Spoehr, Robert Gunst, Zachery Erb
  • Publication number: 20140170948
    Abstract: Coins in a storing chamber are stirred and dropped into through holes by the rotation of a sorting board, become a surface contact state on a coin holding plate, and are held in coin holding space. The coin in the coin holding space is rotated together with the rotation of the sorting board. At a specified phase, the coin is pushed out to a circumferential-direction passage, which is continued to the coin holding space and extending in the circumferential direction of the sorting board, by a pusher, which moves to the coin holding space. The coin is pushed against a coin receiver, which is arranged to be adjacent to the sorting board, by a pusher constituting an end part of the circumferential-direction passage. In this state, pushing is switched to that by a rotating pushing piece, and the coin is finally fed out by the pushing piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: ASAHI SEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Minoru ENOMOTO
  • Publication number: 20140106656
    Abstract: A coin sorter comprising a housing and a rotary disc arranged in the housing and rotatingly drivable by a rotary drive for coins to be sorted, the rotary disc is surrounded by a guide wall and a coin discharge area delimited by a wall section is provided, through which coins on the rotatingly driven rotary disc arrive at a coin conveyor track connecting to the coin discharge area, a rotatingly driven conveyor belt progressing in section above the rotary disc for conveying the coins along the coin conveyor track is arranged above the coin conveyor track, wherein the coin conveyor track is delimited by a guide edge, along which the coins are conveyed by the conveyor belt, wherein the bottom of the coin discharge area next to the wall section delimiting the coin discharge area has a discharge hole, through which the coins conveyed against the wall section can fall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Crane Payment Solutions GmbH
    Inventor: Wilfried Meyer
  • Publication number: 20140106655
    Abstract: A coin sorting device comprising a housing and a first rotary disc in the housing and rotatingly drivable by a rotary drive for receiving coins to be sorted with different diameters, the first rotary disc is surrounded by a guide wall and a coin discharge area delimited by a wall section, coins on the first rotary disc arrive at a coin conveyor track connecting to the coin discharge area, a conveying device is provided for conveying coins, wherein the coin conveyor track is delimited by a guide edge, and wherein at least one opening is provided to the coin discharge area and/or along and/or next to the coin discharge track, through which the coins travel to an area below the first rotary disc, at least one additional rotary disc rotatingly drivable by a rotary drive is arranged below the first rotary disc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Crane Payment Solutions GmbH
    Inventor: Wilfried Meyer
  • Patent number: 8695416
    Abstract: A method of examining a coin for determining the validity of its denomination, comprises the steps of moving a coin through a passageway, sensing said moving coin in said passageway with one or more sensors to interact with said moving coin and provide at least two values indicative of the said coin, calculating two or more coin features by using said at least two values, determining that said coin features values lie between predetermined minimum and maximum stored values, applying predetermined coefficients of weighted-error to each of said coin features, calculating weighted-error correlation coefficients using two or more of the said coin feature values, and determining validity when the said calculated weighted-error correlation coefficient is above predetermined minimum stored values, or when said coefficient is the maximum of all calculated coefficients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Coin Acceptors, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric S. Fortin
  • Patent number: 8678164
    Abstract: An apparatus for receiving and sorting disks includes a wheel having at least one well for receiving a disk, a motor coupled to the wheel, a collecting device positioned relative to the wheel, a disk sensor, an ejector, and a controller. The collecting device has at least a first collector and a second collector configured for receiving disks. The disk sensor is configured to detect a value of a parameter of a disk received in the well and generate a parameter value signal. The ejector is coupled to the wheel proximate the well and configured to eject a disk from the well in a plane parallel to a bottom surface of the wheel in response to an eject signal. The controller is operably coupled with the disk sensor and the ejector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Shuffle Master GmbH & Co KG
    Inventors: Peter Wolfgang DeRaedt, Ludo DeMeutter
  • Publication number: 20140080395
    Abstract: In a coin depositing and dispensing machine 10, a plurality of storing and feeding apparatuses 50 disposed below a deposited-coin transport unit 20 are arranged vertically on plural levels. A transport direction in which a coin is transported by the deposited-coin transport unit and a feeding direction in which a coin is fed out from each storing and feeding unit are substantially perpendicular to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: GLORY LTD.
    Inventors: Masato Takeuchi, Shuji Onishi, Minoru Higashiyama, Masatsugu Yokotani, Kazuhiro Doi, Keiju Nakagawa
  • Publication number: 20140057542
    Abstract: A coin-separating and feeding device receives coins of different dimensions, sorts them in a sorting recess positioned on a rotating disk. A moving member is positioned within a sorting recess groove and reciprocates linearly between a sorting position for receiving a coin and a pushing-out position to feed for subsequent processing. The bulk coins are stored in a container that houses the rotating disk and an arc-shaped restrictor can surround an outer periphery of at least a portion of the rotating disk to maintain the separated coin within the sorting recess. A driving device comprising a ring shaped cam is fixedly arranged relative to the rotating disk and a pair of can followers mounted on the moving member can control the speed of the mover member including accelerating and decelerating the speed from a push-out position to a coin receiving position within the sorting recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Abe, Masayoshi Umeda
  • Publication number: 20140030972
    Abstract: The present invention provides a coin deposit and dispensing apparatus having a till filling distributor unit comprising a set of a plurality of releasably mounted till filling distributors, each till filling distributor comprising a wide upper opening, a narrow lower opening, and a pipe-like structure between these openings, where the till filling distributor unit is designed in such a way that in a dispensing operation a till filling distributor is located below each dispenser involved in the dispensing operation, whereby each till filling distributor is adapted for receiving coins from a dispenser located above said distributor into the wide upper opening of the distributor and to guide the coins through said narrow lower opening to a portable cash receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventors: Kristian Bengtsson, Ali Obeid Ali, Yazin Kamal Al-Khayyt, Daniel Kihibaum
  • Publication number: 20130322730
    Abstract: Systems and associated methods for optical coin discrimination are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a method for discriminating coins includes obtaining a digital image of a coin, identifying the outline of the coin using a suitable algorithm, and determining the diameter of the coin using the outline of the coin. The method of this embodiment further includes generating a rectangular image of the coin using, for example, a log-polar transform, generating a series of, for example, Fourier transforms from the rectangular image, and identifying spectral peak locations and intensities in the Fourier transform results. The diameter of the coin, spectral peak location, spectral peak intensity of the coin and/or other aspects of the coin can then be compared to known values for different coins to discriminate the coin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Borg, Douglas A. Martin, Timothy P. Harrington
  • Publication number: 20130205723
    Abstract: A method of recycling coins includes the acts of processing mixed coins received at a first business using a coin processing device, packaging coins into a deliverable currency package at the first business using a currency packaging device, and holding the deliverable currency package at the first business for pick-up by a requestor requesting the deliverable currency package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventor: Cummins-Allison Corp.
  • Publication number: 20130199422
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (10) for handling coins comprising a first supply unit (26) at a first side (22) of the device (10) for the input of coins, at least one coin processing unit (30) for processing the coins supplied via the first supply unit (26), comprising a coin storage system (32) that comprises at least two coin storages (54 to 68) for storing coins, wherein the coin processing unit (30) sorts the supplied coins at least according to one sorting criterion in the coin storages (54 to 58), and comprising a dispensing unit (28) provided at the first side (22) for dispensing the coins removed from the coin storage system (32). At a second side (42) a second supply unit (50) for the input of coins is provided, wherein the coins input via the second supply unit (50) can be supplied to the coin processing unit (30).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: WINCOR NIXDORF INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventors: Christian STARKE, Thorsten NEUMANN
  • Patent number: 8498736
    Abstract: The present invention provides a coin handling machine 11 which can properly and effectively use the capacities of the coin storing units 25. Coins to be transported in the deposit transport unit 22 are recognized by a recognition unit 23, sorted by sorting by a plurality of sorting units 24 using electric driving units according to recognition results, and stored in coin storing units 25 of a plurality of stackers 26. Each stacker 26 is provided with two coin storing units 25 with different capacities. To coins with a large diameter or thickness or coins of a sort the handling amount of which is large, a coin storing unit 25 with a large capacity is assigned to prevent capacity shortage. To coins with a small diameter or thickness or coins of a sort the handling amount of which is small, a coin storing unit 25 with a small capacity is assigned to prevent the capacity from becoming excessive. The capacities of the coin storing units 25 can be properly and effectively used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Glory Ltd.
    Inventor: Keisuke Nakazumi
  • Publication number: 20130183892
    Abstract: An automatic coin sorting device is provided. The sorting device may include a housing having a hopper configured for receiving coins, a coin tray coupled to the housing, wherein the coin tray is moveable from a first position to a second position, and a plurality of tubular coin receiving members removably secured to the coin tray, wherein each tubular coin receiving member is configured for receiving a different-sized coin. Each tubular coin receiving member includes an angled opening near one face of the coin receiving member to prevent jamming or back-filling of the coins when the coin receiving member is filled to capacity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: MerchSource, LLC
    Inventor: MerchSource, LLC
  • Publication number: 20130102236
    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: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: Shuffle Master GmbH & Co KG
    Inventor: Shuffle Master GmbH & Co KG
  • Publication number: 20130090048
    Abstract: A coin processing device includes a temporary coin-withholding mechanism for driving coin withholding levers using a single driving device. The temporary coin-withholding mechanism includes a single driving mechanism, a first coin withholding lever for withholding/releasing a coin guided by a first coin sorting route, a second coin withholding lever for withholding/releasing a coin guided by a second coin sorting route, and a link mechanism including detecting whether a coin is withheld in the first coin sorting route. When the retention is detected, the first lever is shifted from the withholding position to the release position to allow the driving mechanism to drive only the first coin lever without driving the second coin lever. When the retention is not detected, the second lever is shifted from the withholding position to the release position to allow the driving mechanism to drive the second coin withholding lever.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: Kabushiki Kaisha Nippon Conlux
    Inventor: Lachlan Edward Fergusson
  • Publication number: 20130052925
    Abstract: An apparatus for receiving and sorting disks includes a wheel having at least one well for receiving a disk, a motor coupled to the wheel, a collecting device positioned relative to the wheel, a disk sensor, an ejector, and a controller. The collecting device has at least a first collector and a second collector configured for receiving disks. The disk sensor is configured to detect a value of a parameter of a disk received in the well and generate a parameter value signal. The ejector is coupled to the wheel proximate the well and configured to eject a disk from the well in a plane parallel to a bottom surface of the wheel in response to an eject signal. The controller is operably coupled with the disk sensor and the ejector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicants: Shuffle Master GmbH & Co KG
    Inventors: Shuffle Master GmbH & Co KG, Peter Wolfgang DeRaedt, Ludo DeMeutter
  • Publication number: 20120238196
    Abstract: A compact inexpensive coin separating and transferring apparatus can separate coins and reliably delivering each one to a rotating transferring body. Coins or tokens are contacted by a holding surface on a pusher unit formed so as to project from an upper surface of a rotary disk to permit the coins to be sorted one by one and stored. The coins are each pushed by the pusher unit along a circumferential-direction of a fixed guiding ledge positioned above the rotary disk. The coin reaches a stationary state at a predetermined delivery position on a delivery support ledge. A holding ledge has a predetermined diameter formed at an outer perimeter edge of the pusher. The coin is removed by a rotary transferring body from the delivery position, and physical properties can be detected by a sensor while moved along a sensor-part guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: Masayoshi Umeda
  • Publication number: 20120231719
    Abstract: Device for receiving coins improved in such a way that large amounts of coins can be received as well as separated reliably and quickly and such that the adverse influence of foreign matters introduced along with the coins on the coin separating function and/or on the performance of the coin separating unit may be reduced. The device includes an aperture for charging coins, a unit for separating coins and a feed unit for feeding coins which is provided with a guide face giving support to the coins during the feeding process and which is an active type feeder having a feed module (5) that is operable with the aid of an actuator means to feed coins toward the coin separating unit and that is designed such that the coins are transported toward the coin separating unit along said guide face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: WINCOR NIXDORF INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventors: Christian Starke, Thorsten Neumann, Axel Grimm, Stig Goepel
  • Publication number: 20120156976
    Abstract: Systems, methods and devices for processing coins are presented herein. A coin processing system is disclosed which includes a housing with a coin input area for receiving a batch of coins, a controller with a communication interface operatively attached to the housing, and a coin processing unit for counting, discriminating, and/or valuing coins received from the coin input area. The coin processing system also includes a mobile coin receptacle removably disposed within the housing and configured to receive coins from the coin processing unit. The mobile coin receptacle is configured to wirelessly communicate information to the communication interface of the controller. The mobile coin receptacle can include one or more electrical contacts that mate with one or more electrical contacts on the housing to wirelessly communicate the information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventors: John R. Blake, Curtis W. Hallowell, Marianne Krbec, William J. Jones, Thomas P. Adams
  • Patent number: 8162124
    Abstract: A currency changer device is adapted to be used with a point of sale terminal and includes a housing, a coin accepting tray carried by the housing for accepting a plurality of coins in bulk, and a bill accepter carried by the housing for accepting and sorting a plurality of bills in bulk. The currency changer device may also include a respective plurality of first and second currency changer device hardware components. The plurality of second currency changer device hardware components are identical to the respective plurality of first currency changer device hardware components. Both the first and second plurality of currency changer device hardware components include a first and a second coin sorter each in communication with the coin accepting tray, a first and a second plurality of respective coin bins in communication with the respective first and second coin sorters, and a first and a second plurality of bill cassettes in communication with the bill accepter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Bruce M. Tabachnik
  • Publication number: 20110306284
    Abstract: A casino chip-sorting device may comprise a transport disc, a drive, an ejector, a cam, and a blade. The drive may be operably coupled to the transport disc, for rotating the transport disc, and the transport disc may have multiple recesses for collecting individual chips. The ejector may be extendable into a recess from beneath the transport disc to move a disc that is in the recess and the cam may be selectively rotatable by the drive to push the ejector into the recess. The blade may have an upper surface positioned to receive a casino chip moved by the ejector. Additionally, a processor associated with the casino chip-sorting device may be programmed to recognize a jam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Applicant: SHUFFLE MASTER GMBH & CO KG
    Inventors: Ernst Blaha, Peter Krenn
  • Publication number: 20110281513
    Abstract: A compact recycling coin changer device for simultaneously serving a plurality of users includes a housing with a plurality of coin inlet and outlet slots. Individual coin lift units deliver coins for sorting and distributing to common coin denomination hoppers are arranged in parallel rows. A common duct, centrally located in the housing, can receive released coins from the hoppers and deposit them on a common coin-distributing device that operatively interconnects with the respective coin outlets, for example on opposite exterior housing walls. The coin changer device can be operatively associated with the dispensing of products, for example at a gas station or other retail outlets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventors: Hiroshi Abe, Masayoshi Umeda
  • Publication number: 20110263190
    Abstract: A bulk coin dispenser bin holds nonaligned coin inventory even when removed from a base containing drive mechanisms and control electronics. A rotor assembly at the bin outlet retains coin inventory during separation, with a rotating disk dispensing coins through a discharge slot in a controlled manner. Optional adjustment of the rotor assembly's angular positioning changes the coin size/denomination dispensed by the bin. Uniqueness required to dispense coins of a given size/denomination is embodied in the bin, such that any base may operate with the bin without adjustment other than update of bin denomination in the dispensing system controller. Bin location and the combination of coin denominations dispensed may thus be readily altered within the dispensing system. Optional bin memory and optical level sensing improve inventory management functionality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: TELEQUIP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Paul O. Stump, Jeffrey M. Janway, Michael Thibedeau, Victor A. Quattrini
  • Publication number: 20110223847
    Abstract: There is provided a coin handling system including: a reception unit configured to receive a coin that has been put therein, a recognition unit configured to recognize the coin that has been received by the reception unit, a storing unit having a plurality of cassettes configured to store the coin that has been recognized by the recognition unit, a coin guiding unit configured to guide to any of the cassettes the coin that has been recognized by the recognition unit, a storage unit for storing a plurality of storing patterns of the coin into the plurality of cassettes, a selecting unit for selecting a specific storing pattern among the plurality of storing patterns, and a control unit configured to control the coin guiding unit in such a manner that the coin that has been recognized by the recognition unit is stored in a corresponding cassette, in accordance with the selected storing pattern, when a specific storing pattern is selected among the plurality of storing patterns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventors: Yusuke Inuki, Fumio Yamaguchi
  • Publication number: 20110195649
    Abstract: An end of a detection body provided contactable with an upper side peripheral surface of a coin rolling on a coin path hooks into reeding of the coin, and thus the detection body is moved to a moving direction. The movement of the detection body moves a receiving portion in the same direction, and rotates in a predetermined direction an axis support integrally provided with the receiving portion. The rotation of the axis receiver retracts from the coin path a sorting body projecting to the coin path. A release body proceeds to the coin path. The retraction of the sorting body from the coin path allows the coin to further roll on the coin path, press the release body, rotate the axis support reversely, and return the detection body and the sorting body to a standby position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Applicant: ASAHI SEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi ABE, Takahito YAMAMIYA
  • Publication number: 20110189932
    Abstract: An elastic coin moving disk assembly (23) for moving coins across a coin sorting and coin collection member (13) in a coin handling machine (10), in which the coin sorting and coin collection member (13) has openings (28) of varying size to receive coins (14) of respective denominations, the coin moving disk assembly (23) having an annular disk body with a groove (32) and an outer rim (35) having a cavity (33) in a bottom surface; and a fin ring (39) molded into the cavity (33) in the bottom surface, the fin ring (39) comprising planar fingers (42) extending downward and substantially perpendicular to the bottom surface of the rim (35) when first manufactured, and later taking on an angular “set” after an initial break-in period, which is compensated for by a user-removable shim (43).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2008
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventors: Thomas P. Adams, Richard P. Uecker, Daniel J. Folger, Robert L. Zwieg
  • Publication number: 20110151759
    Abstract: A coin processing apparatus according to the present invention includes: a coin conveying section that conveys coins on a coin passage; an identifying section that identifies coins on the coin passage; at least one discharging section that discharges normal coins that are identified as normal by the identifying section from the coin passage; at least first and second removing sections that remove abnormal coins that are identified as abnormal by the identifying section from the coin passage; and a control section that distributes abnormal coins to either one of the first and second removing sections in order to remove the abnormal coins, in accordance with identification factors of the abnormal coins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventors: Nobushige HORIGUCHI, Shoichi UDA, Mitsumasa TSURUDA, Yasuyuki NAKAGAWA
  • Publication number: 20110039487
    Abstract: The present invention provides a coin handling machine 11 which can handle a large amount of coins, has a transportation structure which can be simplified, reduced in size and cost, and can reduce the occurrence of trouble such as coin jams. The coin handling machine 11 includes a depositing and dispensing unit 13 which processes depositing and dispensing of coins, and a replenishing and collecting unit 14 which replenishes coins to the depositing and dispensing unit 13 and collects coins from the depositing and dispensing unit 13. The depositing and dispensing unit 13 includes a depositing and dispensing transport path 25, a depositing and feeding unit 31, a plurality of storing and feeding units 32, and an escrow unit 38.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventors: Eisei Nishida, Kazuhiro Koumoto
  • Publication number: 20100312378
    Abstract: The present invention provides a coin handling machine 11 which can properly and effectively use the capacities of the coin storing units 25. Coins to be transported in the deposit transport unit 22 are recognized by a recognition unit 23, sorted by sorting by a plurality of sorting units 24 using electric driving units according to recognition results, and stored in coin storing units 25 of a plurality of stackers 26. Each stacker 26 is provided with two coin storing units 25 with different capacities. To coins with a large diameter or thickness or coins of a sort the handling amount of which is large, a coin storing unit 25 with a large capacity is assigned to prevent capacity shortage. To coins with a small diameter or thickness or coins of a sort the handling amount of which is small, a coin storing unit 25 with a small capacity is assigned to prevent the capacity from becoming excessive. The capacities of the coin storing units 25 can be properly and effectively used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Inventor: Keisuke Nakazumi
  • Publication number: 20100273408
    Abstract: According to the invention, a coin processing system comprises a coin verifier (2) and a ring-shaped coin magazine (1), in particular a coin magazine (1) which forms an annulus. The coin magazine (1) comprises a coin input (4) fed by the coin verifier (2), a plurality of coin supports (7.1 . . . 7.5) for separately storing a plurality of coins (12.1 . . . 12.3) and a coin output (15). The coin processing system is further characterised in that the coin verifier (2) is at least partly situated within the cavity (13) defined by the ring-shaped coin magazine (1). Further a method for feeding a ring-shaped coin magazine (1) is presented, whereas the coin magazine (1) defines a cavity (13). In particular a method for feeding a coin magazine (1) which forms an annulus is disclosed, wherein the coin magazine (1) comprises a coin input (4) fed by a coin verifier (2), a plurality of coin supports (7.1 . . . 7.5) for separately storing a plurality of coins (12.1 . . . 12.3) and a coin output (15).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: ACS Solutions Switzerland AG
    Inventors: Alberto Martinez, Christoph Streit
  • Publication number: 20100210200
    Abstract: A coin mechanism comprises a coin entry point (2) to receive coins (1), a coin exit point (19), a coin acceptor (5) having an inlet (7) for coins to be tested, a sensor and processing arrangement configured determine the acceptability of coins under test that enter the inlet, an coin accept path (10) for acceptable coins and a non-accept path (12) for non-acceptable coins. A first coin conveyor runs along first coin feed path (6) from a coin receiving portion that receives coins from coin entry path (3) to deliver coins in succession to the inlet (7) of the coin acceptor. A second coin conveyor runs along a second coin feed path (17) from a coin receiving portion that receives coins from the non-accept path of the acceptor to the coin, to deliver coins to the coin exit point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: Money Controls Limited
    Inventors: Malcolm Bell, Graham Jones, Nicholas Aspinall, Robert Blythin
  • Publication number: 20100203817
    Abstract: A machine (10) for accepting and distributing coins (M1, M2) comprising a housing (11) adapted in turn to contain: —an acceptance apparatus (12) of coins of a type (M1) paid in by a user; —a store (HP) of coins of type (M2); —a dispensing device (BC) of coins (M1, M2); —a pick-up device (20) adapted to pick up the coins of type (M2) from the store (HP) and send them to the dispensing device (BC); and—an electronic control board (CC) of the functions performed by the apparatus (12) and by the devices (HP, BC, 20). In the machine (10), the pick-up device (20), after having picked the coins up from the store (HP), sends the coins of type (M2) to the same acceptance apparatus (12) of the coins of type (M1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2008
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Inventor: Fabrizio Rigo
  • Publication number: 20100136894
    Abstract: A coin storage device, which can be inserted in a coin testing device or in a cash register system, is described. The coin storage device comprises at least two opposing walls, wherein between the walls a shaft having a width is configured, and a track disposed in the shaft is provided. Of the two opposing walls, at least one is at least partially displaceable, and the width of the shaft can thus be varied. The track is arranged displaceably, and at least one retaining rail is provided, wherein the retaining rail is displaceably disposed above the track in the shaft. Such a coin storage device can be used to sort out foreign objects based on gravity. A coin storage device is possible for a coin testing device, and congestion by coins or foreign objects can be eliminated due to the variable width of the shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: Walter Hanke Mechanische Werkstatten GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Roland Griese, Christian Trenner
  • Publication number: 20100121485
    Abstract: A wrapping unit for wrapping and forming a predetermined number of stacked coins into a coin-roll is arranged in a lower region of a machine body. A coin storing and feeding unit and sending unit are arranged side by side in a width direction of the machine body above the wrapping unit. Thus, the machine body is downsized in its width direction. In a state where a dispensing box attached to a dispensing box attachment unit is locked, coins are fed from the coin storing and feeding units, and the fed coins are recognized by a dispensing recognition unit, and sent to the dispensing box. If coins for dispensing sent to the dispensing box are normal coins, the dispensing box is unlocked. If an abnormal coin is recognized, a bottom plate of the dispensing box is opened. Coins dropping from the dispensing box are collected in a collection unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventors: Jyun Hosoda, Kousaku Kayahara, Keiji Nakamura