Largest First Patents (Class 453/5)
  • Patent number: 11514743
    Abstract: Currency processing systems, coin processing machines, coin sorting and recycling assemblies, and methods of making and methods of using the same are presented herein. A currency processing system is disclosed which includes a housing with a coin input area for receiving coins and coin receptacles for stowing processed coins. A disk-type coin processing unit includes a rotatable disk for imparting motion to input coins, and a sorting head for separating and discharging coins from exit stations. An automated coin chute receives coins from one of the exit stations. The automated coin chute includes a movable diverter plate that selectively transitions between a first position, whereby coins received from the exit station of the disk-type coin processing unit are redirected through a coin-recycling output passage to a coin-recycling receptacle, and a second position, whereby coins received from the exit station are redirected through a coin-depositing output passage to a coin-depositing receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Adams, Glenn S. Gordon, Matthew J. Bochnak, Curtis W. Hallowell, John R. Blake, Mikhail B. Sobolevsky
  • Publication number: 20090305620
    Abstract: The coin sorting system includes a feed unit (A), a sorting unit (B), and a passageway member (P). Each unit (A; B) has a rotary disc (2; 4) and a stationary member (1; 3) opposed to the disc. Each disc (2; 4) has a rotating axis inclined relative to a horizontal plane. A guide passageway (10) with an outlet (19a) thorough which coins are fed one by one as the disc (2) rotates is formed on the stationary member (1) of the feed unit (A). Provided on the stationary member (3) of the sorting unit (B) are a conveying passageway (32) with an inlet (34) thorough which the coins fed from the outlet (19a) are introduced one by one and multiple sorting devices (6a, 6b; 5a to 5e) each for selectively ejecting the coins. A rolling-coin passageway (7) is formed on the passageway member (P) extending aslope to cause the coins to roll from the outlet (19a) to the inlet (34) under own weight thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Inventors: Yushi Hino, Daisuke Hoshino
  • Publication number: 20090047889
    Abstract: A two disk coin handling machine and method for offsorting with a feeding disk (11) for feeding coins to a sorting disk (62) having at least one opening (15-20) for receiving valid coins of different denominations, a drive member (71) disposed above the sorting disk (62) with narrowed fins (62) for moving the coins along an outside reference edge (64, 65, 66), a diverter member (74) disposed along the reference edge (64, 65, 66) to project into the coin track (63) to move a coin (14) selected for offsorting away from the reference edge (64, 65, 66) and off of a narrow rail portion (81) of the coin track (63) into an offsort opening (76), which causes the coin to tip up, and a deflector 77 for deflecting larger, tipped-up coins into the offsort opening (76).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventors: Thomas P. Adams, Daniel J. Folger, Richard P. Uecker, Joseph P. Hanus
  • Publication number: 20080139098
    Abstract: The spontaneous rolling channel (9) is combined with an opposed gauging plate or “gauge” (12) with stepped edge on which the rolling coins rest laterally and roll, to drop selectively into differentiated paths (14A-14D) as a function of the diametric dimensions thereof; the gauge (12) has two opposed stepped edges (12A-12D and 12E-12H) and can be positioned overturned to activate one or other of the stepped edges the number of steps are approximately half the number of the denominations of coins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventor: Graziano Azzurri
  • Patent number: 7004831
    Abstract: A coin sorting apparatus includes a stationary member and a rotary disk member arranged under the stationary member. The stationary member has a guide structure for guiding coins, and the guide structure includes a coin passage and at least one coin-sorting guide. Each coin-storing guide has a step arranged so that a peripheral portion of a coin having a diameter greater than a reference diameter runs up onto the step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Glory Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yushi Hino, Masaharu Tochio, Daisuke Hoshino
  • Patent number: 6758736
    Abstract: A coin or token sorting apparatus is disclosed. In this apparatus, a hopper within which coins are placed is provided with a floor, the floor also serving as a dispenser for spreading the coins out in generally across the floor. From one side of the floor the coins are provided to a plurality of V-shaped troughs being bisected longitudinally so as to create a coin path down each inner side of each trough. Coins are oriented in a single file as they move down each side of a respective trough. After being so oriented, the coins enter a region of a respective trough having a slot in a bottom thereof, with the coins riding along a narrow ridge of the slot. For each diameter of coin or token, a diverter is provided along the slot so that a coin to be sorted engages the diverter and is lifted off the ridge and directed through the slot. As such, larger coins are sorted first, with smaller coins moving unaffected past a diverter for a larger coin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Inventors: Victor G. Ristvedt, Mark E. Ristvedt
  • Patent number: 6739965
    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 plate. The other coins drop through the plate and fall onto a conveyor to be transferred to the next sorting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Inventor: Floyd K. String
  • Patent number: 6017270
    Abstract: A coin sorter wherein there area plurality of side-by-side V-shaped, elongated tracks. These tracks are on a slope and are fed from a common coin feeder and the tracks are terminated at lower ends by coin diverters varied in configuration to progressively divert, and thus sort coins in a descending order of diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Inventors: Victor G. Ristvedt, Mark E. Ristvedt
  • Patent number: 5860855
    Abstract: A coin classification apparatus and method which is adaptable to a purse, wallet or as a separate coin purse. The apparatus comprises a plurality of stacked troughs, equalling the number of coin sizes to be classified. Each trough is equipped with a plurality of restriction apertures which restrict the passage of coins larger than the aperture but allow the passage of all other coins, the apertures on a given trough are the same size. The top trough has the largest apertures while the bottom trough has no apertures. Loose coins are deposited in the top trough and coins are classified in separate troughs as smaller coins pass successively through apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Inventor: Jerome Jean Andre Alberti
  • Patent number: 5830054
    Abstract: A coin handling system having a coin sorting system which singularizes, counts and sorts coins or similar disk-shaped objects and has a plurality of sorting outlets in combination with a coin safe which features a plurality of coin bins. The coin bins are each associated with one coin sorting outlet and have a coin-specific dispensing unit. The coin dispensing units of each coin bin are connected to a spatial distribution unit which enables the dispensing of a predetermined number of a specific coin type to be fed to one of a plurality of coin compartments located on a coin cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Standardwerk Eugen Reis GmbH
    Inventor: Bernd Petri
  • Patent number: 5112275
    Abstract: For reducing trouble in a coin selecting part coupled to a plurality of coin paths (21, 22, 23, 24), a coin separator comprises a discharge arrangement for discharging an erroneous coin from a particular one (21) of the coin paths to another coin path (42). As a result, the erroneous coin does not remain in the particular coin path. Therefore, the coin selecting part is protected from the trouble thereof even if the erroneous coin is supplied to the particular coin path. The coin separator may be constituted so that the particular coin path is closed by the selecting part after the erroneous coin is detected in a storing part (46) which is coupled to the particular coin path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1992
    Assignee: Sanden Corporation
    Inventor: Naoto Sato
  • Patent number: 4995848
    Abstract: In a coin sorter of the inclined ramp type the inclined ramp has the usual support surface (2) along which the edges of the coins roll, and the usual coin face support surface (3). The support surface (3) is provided both with apertures (6, 7, 8, 9) of progressively increasing size going down the ramp, for coins of the appropriate size to fall through, and with a set of peeler knives (14, 15, 16, 17) at varying distances from the edge support surface (2) for tipping other coins, according to their size, from the ramp. This arrangement facilitates a much shorter ramp, and thereby a more compact machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1991
    Assignee: Scan Coin AB of Jagershillgatan 26, S-213
    Inventor: David Goh
  • Patent number: 4987990
    Abstract: A visually interesting coin sorter and bank receives a group of random coins in a coin receiving chamber and ejects the coins one-at-a-time to roll to the bottom of a rotatable transparent spiral elevator plate or wheel. The spiral wheel lifts the rolling coins toward the center of the wheel until caught by size restrictions in the spiral to be then moved through an arc and to drop through a proper slot to form sorted stacks of coins. The spiral wheel is driven through an electric motor which is automatically turned on as soon as one or more coins are dropped in the chamber. Aftet the last coin is sorted the motor is automatically turned off. A coin sensing lever in the coin receiving chamber releases a cycle timer to close a switch to start the motor. The rotating spiral wheel drives an ejector slide to eject the coins one-at-a-time from the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1991
    Assignee: Mag-Nif, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerzy Perkitny
  • Patent number: 4874347
    Abstract: A coin separator includes first and second coin passages separated and defined in part by a plate having an elongated hole disposed lengthwise in the downward direction of coin movement. The diameter of the elongated hole is less than large diameter coins and greater than smaller diameter coins which are to be sorted. The plate is attachable to and detachable from the casing for cleaning and repair purposes, and a lower portion of the elongated hole has arcuate cutouts on both sides of a lower portion of the plate which projects upwardly in opposite relationship to downward coin movement. The peripheries of the arcuate cutouts and the upwardly projecting plate portion are tapered upwardly in cross-section which in conjunction with a tongue having a lower end movable into and out of the elongated hole assure that bent and/or deflected coins of small diameter pass through the appropriate coin passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1989
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Nippon Conlux
    Inventors: Osamu Kobayashi, Koji Yukimoto, Mitsugu Mikami
  • Patent number: 4747478
    Abstract: A coin sorter is described for sorting coins of different denominations by means of ramps and flaps, the sorted coins being directed to different chutes, one chute being provided for each coin denomination, the chutes and coin exit openings at the ends of chutes as well as the ramps being formed in two complementary parts of the coin sorter. The sorter may be provided either in a coin operated assembly for use in an existing coin operated vending machine or in a new machine and in either case is best used in conjunction with a coin totalizer having a ratchet wheel, a price cam and at least two circular cams, the price cam and circular cams being rotatable with the ratchet wheel when the latter is rotated by a trip wire-lever, the degree of rotation being determined by the chute through which a given coin passes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1988
    Assignee: Evelyn Friedman
    Inventors: Evelyn Friedman, William R. Carswell, Martin A. Borho, Nicholas J. Frandino