Rotary Patents (Class 453/57)
  • Patent number: 9934638
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a money item singulator and a money item validator. The money item singulator and the money item validator may each comprise a rotatable money item conveying element. The rotatable conveying elements may rotate synchronously so that money items are singulated on the rotatable element of the singulator and fed directly to be validated on the rotatable element of the validator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Crane Payment Innovations Limited
    Inventors: Robert James Blythin, Jeremy Jones
  • Patent number: 9875595
    Abstract: A filter disk filters coins deposited into coin machines for counting, sorting, separating or processing coins to prevent the introduction or entry of foreign objects and debris into the coin machine, thus protecting and ensuring the proper functioning of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Cata Company
    Inventors: Deivid Henrique Coutinho, Vilmar Claudino Dos Santos Filho, Felipe EugĂȘnio Dutra, Cristiano Scheidt Manoel
  • Patent number: 9202325
    Abstract: A coin dispensing apparatus capable of dispensing coins of a plurality of denominations quickly and capable of being fabricated at a low cost is provided. A plurality of coin dispensing units each including a rotary disk having apertures for receiving coins supplied from a coin source are used in combination. Coins received in the apertures are moved along a carrying path. The coins are moved through a dispensing opening from the carrying path toward a coin outlet. A common driving device commonly rotates the disks of the units. A transmission device transmits a driving force of the driving device to the disks. A passage blocking member is formed in a dispensing opening and is selectively positioned at the non-blocking position or the blocking position while simultaneously rotating the disks of the coin dispensing units, thereby dispensing the coins using rotation of the disks based on a dispensing instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: ASAHI SEIKO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masayoshi Umeda
  • Patent number: 9105140
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: ASAHI SEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Minoru Enomoto
  • Patent number: 9064361
    Abstract: A coin dispensing apparatus prevents excessive dispensing of coins without abruptly stopping a rotary disk. A movable guide member is provided in a carrying path of coins to be selectively located at a guiding position where the coins are guided toward a dispensing opening or a non-guiding position where the coins are not guided toward the dispensing opening. A movable stopper is provided in a dispensing passage communicating with the carrying path to be selectively located at a blocking position where the coins are blocked or a non-blocking position where the coins are not blocked to pass through the dispensing passage. During a dispensing operation, the guide member is located at the guiding position and the stopper is located at the non-blocking position. During a non-dispensing operation, the guide member is located at the non-guiding position and the stopper is located at the blocking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: ASAHI SEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masayoshi Umeda
  • Publication number: 20150140912
    Abstract: A coin hopper includes a coin-dispensing unit including a hopper defining a coin outlet, a rotating disk, a power drive, a sensor module and a circuit module for dispensing coins having different thicknesses, and a coin-delivering presser mounted in the hopper and including an elastic member and a float rotatably supported on the elastic member for pressing on one thick coin or thin coin in the rotating disk, enabling the coins to be individually and smoothly delivered to the coin outlet for dispensing and avoiding a coin stuck problem.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL CURRENCY TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tien-Yuan CHIEN, Dong-Ying YANG, Chia-Hung HU
  • Patent number: 8992292
    Abstract: A coin processing device includes a rotating member that has an annular rib provided annularly along a circumferential direction on the outer peripheral portion, which transports a coin upon a transport path using a cutout portion formed upon a lower portion of the annular rib. An open position intersects the annular rib. An opening and closing member, when positioned at the open position, is positioned adjacent to the annular rib in a radial direction of the rotating member so as to allow rotation of the rotating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuo Suetomi, Tatsuya Yano
  • Patent number: 8986083
    Abstract: A coin feeding device (70) includes: a rotary disc (72) that is inclined at a predetermined angle with respect to a vertical direction; a hopper member (74) configured to define a coin storage space (73) for storing coins between the hopper member (74) and a surface (72b) of the rotary disc (72); and a plurality of protruding members (78) disposed on the surface (72b) of the rotary disc (72). Coins in a lower area of the rotary disc (72) are transported by the respective protruding members (78) to an upper area of the rotary disc (72) along with a rotation of the rotary disc (72). A first guide member (80) is located nearer to a center of the rotary disc than the respective protruding members on the rotary disc (72), with a slight gap being defined between the first guide member and the surface (72b) of the rotary disc (72).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Glory Ltd.
    Inventor: Mitsuo Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8950566
    Abstract: A method for exchanging coins, the method including the acts of receiving in a self-service coin exchange machine a plurality of coins, processing the plurality of coins to determine a total value of the plurality of coins, and dispensing currency to the patron from a currency dispenser, the currency having a value related to the total value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Cummins Allison Corp.
    Inventors: Curtis W. Hallowell, John R. Blake, William J. Jones
  • Publication number: 20150024668
    Abstract: A coin dispensing apparatus prevents excessive dispensing of coins without abruptly stopping a rotary disk. A movable guide member is provided in a carrying path of coins to be selectively located at a guiding position where the coins are guided toward a dispensing opening or a non-guiding position where the coins are not guided toward the dispensing opening. A movable stopper is provided in a dispensing passage communicating with the carrying path to be selectively located at a blocking position where the coins are blocked or a non-blocking position where the coins are not blocked to pass through the dispensing passage. During a dispensing operation, the guide member is located at the guiding position and the stopper is located at the non-blocking position. During a non-dispensing operation, the guide member is located at the non-guiding position and the stopper is located at the blocking position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Masayoshi UMEDA
  • Patent number: 8932118
    Abstract: Replenishing coins in a coin store associated with a coin handling device includes feeding a batch of coins from a bulk coin store to a receptacle near the coin handling device, delivering coins from the receptacle to the coin handling device and routing at least some of those coins from the coin handling device to the coin store associated with the coin handling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: MEI, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Shuren, Neil M. Young, Andrew M. Yellop, David Michael Furneaux, Karen Aurelius
  • 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: 8747194
    Abstract: A device for singularising coins of different sizes and thickness with a housing which comprises an obliquely inclined base plate is suggested. A catch element for catching and conveying coins to a further processing is rotatably arranged above the base plate. The coins are randomly present at least in the lower region of the base plate on which a collection container is fastened. A flap is arranged in the base plate, which opens and closes synchronously with the driven coin catch element for leading a caught coin further.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Walter Hanke Mechanische WerkstÀtten GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Hugo Girrbach, Roland Griese, Christian Trenner
  • Patent number: 8734208
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Abe, Masayoshi Umeda
  • Patent number: 8720665
    Abstract: In a coin feeding machine 26 which uses a rotary disk 41 rotated at an inclined posture, a removal projection 59 for removing a smaller diameter coin is provided between a feeding projection 52 and a coin support portion 53 which are provided on a surface 41a of the rotary disk 41. The removal projection 59 is disposed to be positioned on the slightly outer side of the outer edge of a coin C when the coin C whose diameter is a lower limit value of a handling target range is brought into contact with the feeding projection 52 and the coin support portion 53. The side surface of the removal projection 59 is inclined relative to the surface of the rotary disk 41. When the coin is brought onto the inclined surface of this removal projection 59, the coin drops away from the surface 41a of the rotary disk 41. A coin C1 which is smaller than the lower limit value of the handling target range is brought onto the removal projection 59, so as to be dropped from the surface 41a of the rotary disk 41 and removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Glory Ltd.
    Inventor: Masashi Itou
  • Patent number: 8668559
    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: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Innovative Technology Limited
    Inventor: David Bellis
  • 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: 8517808
    Abstract: A coin hopper includes a coin pusher consisting of a container, a rotating disc and a power drive for dispensing coins, and a rack that defines therein a coin passage that extends upwardly from the coin pusher and consists of a bottom sloping segment, an intermediate arched segment and a top vertical segment for guiding out coins one by one and has floating rods transversely arranged therein to prohibit dispensed coins from backward displacement and to avoid coin stacking, track parts damage or motor overload.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: International Currency Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Chiao-Hao Chang, Tzu-Feng Tseng, Sung-Ching Lin
  • Patent number: 8517163
    Abstract: A system for handling coins employs a front end coin acceptor and validator that feeds a sorter mechanism. The sorter mechanism utilizes a substantially horizontal track module to load coins by denomination into an arrangement of bins. The coins are ejected by means of a solenoid onto the track module that provides a path according to the denomination of the coin into the proper bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Telequip Corporation
    Inventors: Victor A. Quattrini, Robert Pitman, Paul Stump, Jack J. Bisson, Jeff Janway, Hamlin Peterke, Don Stanley
  • Patent number: 8475242
    Abstract: A coin sorting plate for receiving and sorting a stream of coins by the diameter and hence the denomination of the coin has a number of coin recesses that extend along the path of the coin stream. Each coin recess is sized to receive a respective coin diameter. The coin recesses are arranged with the recess openings increasing in size in the downstream direction to progressively remove coins in order of increasing diameter. Each coin recess is bounded by a downstream wall that forces a coin in the recess to move off a peripheral edge of the coin sorting plate for collection or other processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventor: Gregory F. String
  • Patent number: 8465349
    Abstract: A coin depositing and dispensing machine includes a partition frame arranged in front of a denomination-specific coin accumulating and ejecting portion. A pooling hopper portion and a coin identifying and sorting passage are provided on the front face of the partition frame. The partition frame can be moved between a position at which the denomination-specific coin accumulating and ejecting portion is partitioned from the outside of the machine body 11 and a position at which it is exposed to the outside of the machine body. A lock locks the partition frame at a desired partition position. Coins located at pooling hopper portion or coin identifying and sorting passage can be freely accessed, while coins at the denomination-specific coin accumulating and ejecting portion may only be accessed by unlocking the lock. As a result, coins jammed near the pooling hopper portion or coin identifying and sorting passage may be readily cleared.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Glory Ltd.
    Inventor: Eisei Nishida
  • Patent number: 8439731
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masayoshi Umeda
  • Patent number: 8435102
    Abstract: A coin dispenser including a coin storing unit (1) and a coin extractor (3), the casing of which (4) demarcates a cylindrical chamber (5) with side outlet (6) for the exit of coins, in which there is housed a rotary driving disc (7) which has a series of cavities (8) closed, on the side opposite to that occupied by the coin storing unit, by a base disc (9) forming stops (14) opposite the rotation direction of the driving disc (7). The disc has retractable parts (13) which, together with the stops (23), control the exit of coins driven in the cavities (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Azkoyen, S.A.
    Inventors: Miguel A. Calleja LaFuente, Oscar Lacarra Fernandez, Alvaro Martinez Chavoy, Bernardo Sola Sanchez, Silvia Jimenez Zozaya, Juan Miguel Irurita Loyarte
  • Patent number: 8408979
    Abstract: The compact coin hopper for holding and dispensing coins in bulk includes a rotable disk for releasing individual coins to a sliding base beneath the rotable disk for ejection from the coin hopper. The upper surface of the rotable disk includes an upper step part and a lower step part connected by a riser part. The upper step part has a crescent arc shape with a radii smaller than the radius of the rotating disk in a planar view. One end of the crescent arc shape terminates adjacent an edge of the through hole while the other end of the crescent arc shape diverges away from the through hole and terminates adjacent a peripheral side edge of the lower step part. The configuration of the upper and lower step parts and the riser part assist in dispensing a coin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Abe, Toru Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 8381893
    Abstract: The invention proposes an insertion device for coins for transferring said coins to a coin tester or to a coin-operated machine, having an insertion slot and having a coin outlet, between which is arranged a rotatable drum having a receiving region for receiving a coin, wherein in a receiving position, the receiving region is accessible to a coin which can be inserted through the insertion slot, and the insertion slot can be closed off by means of rotation of the drum. The drum having the receiving region is covered by a flap which can be opened in a controlled fashion in an ejection position for ejecting foreign material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Walter Hanke Mechanische Werkstatten GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Christian Trenner, Andreas Fresenborg
  • Patent number: 8371911
    Abstract: A coin handling machine 11 is provided in which when coins jam in a transport path 67 during coin transportation, coins jamming in the transport path 67 are automatically taken out and the state can be restored. Coins pooled in a feeding portion 31 are fed one by one to the transport path 67, and the coins in the transport path 67 are pushed and transported one by one by projections of the deposit transporting belt 70 of the transport path 67. When coins jam in the transport path 67 during coin transportation, driving of the feeding portion 31 is stopped, the discharge gate of the feeding portion 31 is opened, and the deposit transporting belt 70 is rotated in a direction opposite to a transporting direction. Coins jamming in the transport path 67 are returned to the feeding portion 31 by the deposit transporting belt 70, discharged downward from the discharge gate 62 of the feeding portion 31, and returned to a tray 20 of a dispensing outlet 19.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Glory Ltd.
    Inventor: Yugen Tsubota
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120295528
    Abstract: In a coin feeding machine 26 which uses a rotary disk 41 rotated at an inclined posture, a removal projection 59 for removing a smaller diameter coin is provided between a feeding projection 52 and a coin support portion 53 which are provided on a surface 41a of the rotary disk 41. The removal projection 59 is disposed to be positioned on the slightly outer side of the outer edge of a coin C when the coin C whose diameter is a lower limit value of a handling target range is brought into contact with the feeding projection 52 and the coin support portion 53. The side surface of the removal projection 59 is inclined relative to the surface of the rotary disk 41. When the coin is brought onto the inclined surface of this removal projection 59, the coin drops away from the surface 41a of the rotary disk 41. A coin C1 which is smaller than the lower limit value of the handling target range is brought onto the removal projection 59, so as to be dropped from the surface 41a of the rotary disk 41 and removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventor: Masashi Itou
  • Publication number: 20120276829
    Abstract: A coin dispenser including a coin storing unit (1) and a coin extractor (3), the casing of which (4) demarcates a cylindrical chamber (5) with side outlet (6) for the exit of coins, in which there is housed a rotary driving disc (7) which has a series of cavities (8) closed, on the side opposite to that occupied by the coin storing unit, by a base disc (9) forming stops (14) opposite the rotation direction of the driving disc (7). The disc has retractable parts (13) which, together with the stops (23), control the exit of coins driven in the cavities (8).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: AZKOYEN, S.A.
    Inventors: Miguel A. Calleja Lafuente, Oscar Lacarra Fernandez, Alvaro Martinez Chavoy, Bernardo Sola Sanchez, Silvia Jimenez Zozaya, Juan Miguel Irurita Loyarte
  • Publication number: 20120231721
    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: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: WINCOR NIXDORF INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventors: Christian Starke, Thorsten Neumann, Axel Grimm, Stig Goepel, Wilfried Meyer
  • Patent number: 8251198
    Abstract: A self-service change redemption machine (10) has an intake area (18) for receiving batches of mixed coinage and conveying the coins to a coin sorter (22) for sorting, counting and directing coins into a plurality of coin chutes (26). From there, the coins are routed to coin receptacles such as bags (60). Multiple bags are provided for certain denominations. To fill multiple bags for a given denomination, repositionable diverter mechanisms (30) are provided between the chutes (26) and pluralities of bags for the respective denominations. The bags are held by bag holders (34) which extend downward from a substantially rigid one-piece chassis (40), which also supports the diverter mechanisms (30). The machine (10) has buttons (80) responsive to inputs from a user to turn on the machine, to process coins that are input through the intake area (18) and to issue the voucher or other form of credit. Instructions for using the machine (10) and other information are displayed on a screen display (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Talaris Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Zwieg, Thomas P. Adams, Jon R. Stieber, Myron W. Spoehr, Daniel J. Folger, Robert E. Gunst
  • Patent number: 8210336
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Glory Ltd.
    Inventor: Eisei Nishida
  • Publication number: 20120156977
    Abstract: A coin hopper includes a coin pusher consisting of a container, a rotating disc and a power drive for dispensing coins, and a rack that defines therein a coin passage that extends upwardly from the coin pusher and consists of a bottom sloping segment, an intermediate arched segment and a top vertical segment for guiding out coins one by one and has floating rods transversely arranged therein to prohibit dispensed coins from backward displacement and to avoid coin stacking, track parts damage or motor overload.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: International Currency Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Chia-Hao Chang, Tzu-Feng Tseng, Sung-Ching Lin
  • 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: 20110269385
    Abstract: The compact coin hopper for holding and dispensing coins in bulk includes a rotable disk for releasing individual coins to a sliding base beneath the rotable disk for ejection from the coin hopper. The upper surface of the rotable disk includes an upper step part and a lower step part connected by a riser part. The upper step part has a crescent arc shape with a radii smaller than the radius of the rotating disk in a planar view. One end of the crescent arc shape terminates adjacent an edge of the through hole while the other end of the crescent arc shape diverges away from the through hole and terminates adjacent a peripheral side edge of the lower step part. The configuration of the upper and lower step parts and the riser part assist in dispensing a coin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventors: Hiroshi Abe, Toru Takeuchi
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7992699
    Abstract: A cash recycling machine (10) has an input hopper (19) for feeding batches of mixed coinage to a coin sorter (21) for sorting, counting and directing coins into a plurality of bulk coin storage receptacles (31, 32, 33, 34). From there, the coins are fed into a plurality of smaller dispensing hoppers (46, 47, 48, 49) equipped with sensors (88) for counting the coinage as it is dispensed. A controller (80) is responsive to inputs from a user in a first operating cycle of the machine to cause the dispensing hoppers (46, 47, 48, 49) to dispense an amount of sorted coinage into one of several receptacles including a cash drawer (15) or coin bags (40). A controller (80) is responsive to inputs from a user in a second operating cycle of the machine to receive, sort and count a batch of coins that is loaded into the input hopper (19) and stored in the bulk coin storage receptacles (31, 32, 33, 34).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Talaris Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Adams, Robert E. Gunst, Robert L. Zwieg, Robert F. Fredrick, Joseph P. Hanus, Jon R. Stieber
  • Patent number: 7963382
    Abstract: An method for determining the denomination of a coin with a disk-type coin processing system comprises moving a coin along a coin path with a rotatable disk, generating an encoder pulse for each incremental movement of the rotatable disk, directing a light beam transverse the coin path, detecting the light beam with a light detector, developing a signal at the light detector indicating the presence of a coin in the coin path, counting a number of encoder pulses occurring while developing the signal at the light detector, and comparing the counted number of encoder pulses to a plurality of stored numbers of encoder pulses corresponding to the particular coin denominations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: David J. Wendell, John R. Blake, Joseph J. Geib, John C. Peklo, Richard A. Mazur, David J. Mecklenburg
  • Publication number: 20110130083
    Abstract: A coin feeding device (70) includes: a rotary disc (72) that is inclined at a predetermined angle with respect to a vertical direction; a hopper member (74) configured to define a coin storage space (73) for storing coins between the hopper member (74) and a surface (72b) of the rotary disc (72); and a plurality of protruding members (78) disposed on the surface (72b) of the rotary disc (72). Coins in a lower area of the rotary disc (72) are transported by the respective protruding members (78) to an upper area of the rotary disc (72) along with a rotation of the rotary disc (72). A first guide member (80) is located nearer to a center of the rotary disc than the respective protruding members on the rotary disc (72), with a slight gap being defined between the first guide member and the surface (72b) of the rotary disc (72).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventor: Mitsuo Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20110117827
    Abstract: A coin hopper includes a coin dispensing unit having a hopper body, a coin outlet, a rotating disc mounted in the hopper body and a power drive for rotating the rotating disc to dispense coins out of the hopper body through the coin outlet, and a rack having a coin passage upwardly extending from the coin outlet for guiding coins out of the coin outlet one by one and a plurality of anti-backward devices arranged along the length of the coin passage, each anti-backward device having a floating member movable up and down in the coin passage for allowing forward movement of coins one by one along the coin passage and avoiding jamming or backward movement of dispensed coins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventors: Chia-Hao CHANG, Tzu-Feng Tseng, Sung-Ching Lin
  • Patent number: 7926638
    Abstract: Disclosed is a coin acceptor mechanism with a coin pick-up wheel for advancing coins in a radial path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Transtoll Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Kenneth J. O'Byrne
  • Patent number: 7922569
    Abstract: A coin counter includes a base unit, an adjusting plate adjustably mounted on the base unit, and a coin outlet port mounted on the base unit. The adjusting plate has a first end provided with an adjusting slot and a second end provided with a micro-adjusting slot. The adjusting plate has a mediate portion provided with a guide slot located between the adjusting slot and the micro-adjusting slot. Thus, by provision of the micro-adjusting slot of the adjusting plate, the pitch angle of the adjusting plate can be slightly adjusted to slightly adjust and control the projecting distance of each of the coins so that each of the coins can be projected onto the coin outlet port exactly to facilitate collection of the coins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Inventor: Chiu-Fang Li
  • Publication number: 20100311315
    Abstract: A coin handling machine 11 is provided in which when coins jam in a transport path 67 during coin transportation, coins jamming in the transport path 67 are automatically taken out and the state can be restored. Coins pooled in a feeding portion 31 are fed one by one to the transport path 67, and the coins in the transport path 67 are pushed and transported one by one by projections of the deposit transporting belt 70 of the transport path 67. When coins jam in the transport path 67 during coin transportation, driving of the feeding portion 31 is stopped, the discharge gate of the feeding portion 31 is opened, and the deposit transporting belt 70 is rotated in a direction opposite to a transporting direction. Coins jamming in the transport path 67 are returned to the feeding portion 31 by the deposit transporting belt 70, discharged downward from the discharge gate 62 of the feeding portion 31, and returned to a tray 20 of a dispensing outlet 19.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2008
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Inventor: Yugen Tsubota
  • Patent number: 7802669
    Abstract: A coin or token image acquiring apparatus includes a coin moving unit for receiving coins in a sequential manner and translating each coin to a predetermined station. A time sensor unit detects the position of the respective coins in the coin moving unit and provides a timing signal that can activate an image apparatus unit positioned at the predetermined station. A light emitting apparatus is positioned to illuminate the coin face at the predetermined station so that the image apparatus can capture an illuminated image of the face of the coin. A storage unit can store a reference image of an authenticated coin image where by a comparator unit can compare the captured image of the coin with the authenticated coin image to provide an authenticated output signal when the respective image is matched. A separator unit can separate false coins from authenticated coins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasuo Irie
  • Patent number: 7798304
    Abstract: A coin dispensing apparatus is provided which can detect a dispensed coin without lowering a dispensation speed of coins, even dispensed small-diameter coins without lowering a dispensation speed without damaging a coin detecting device. The coin dispensing apparatus has a throwing-out device and a noncontact type detecting device. A rebound member is provided against which the coin thrown out by the throwing-out device strikes, to rebound in a predetermined direction. The noncontact type coin detecting device continuously detects a coin before the coin strikes against the rebound member and after the coin rebounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toru Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 7775863
    Abstract: A method and device for dispensing coins from a compact coin dispensing device while fully utilizing the storage capacity of a retaining bowl. The coin dispensing device or devices can be installed in a coin recycling machine where coins are retained by specific denominations. Detectors monitor the coins that are dispensed and the coins that are accepted into the retainer bowls and a control unit can appropriately coordinate and automatically drive a motor in a reverse direction for a predetermined movement and/or predetermined time after a coin dispensing operation and/or a coin depositing operation into a retainer bowl to prevent coin stacking and to maximize the storage capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yutaka Sato, Shigeo Kawauchi
  • Patent number: 7771258
    Abstract: A device for dispensing coins comprising a plurality of hoppers arranged adjacent a sloped coin ramp. The hoppers are located to eject coins from the hopper onto the coin ramp. At least one hopper is mounted on a hopper shim such that the hoppers are installed at a plurality of heights. The hoppers further arranged in at least two rows with the coin ramp disposed therebetween and at least one hopper including a hopper bin that is of extended height with respect to another hopper bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Coin Acceptors, Inc.
    Inventors: Parker B. Condie, William P. Morgan
  • Patent number: 7743902
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the present invention, a method for determining the denomination of a coin with a disk-type coin processing system comprises moving a coin along a coin path with a rotatable disk, generating an encoder pulse for each incremental movement of the rotatable disk, directing a light beam transverse the coin path, detecting the light beam with a light detector, developing a signal at the light detector indicating the presence of a coin in the coin path, counting a number of encoder pulses occurring while developing the signal at the light detector, and comparing the counted number of encoder pulses to a plurality of stored numbers of encoder pulses corresponding to the particular coin denominations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: David J. Wendell, John R. Blake, Joseph J. Geib, John C. Peklo, Richard A. Mazur, David J. Mecklenburg
  • Patent number: RE44689
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the present invention, a method for determining the denomination of a coin with a disk-type coin processing system comprises moving a coin along a coin path with a rotatable disk, generating an encoder pulse for each incremental movement of the rotatable disk, directing a light beam transverse the coin path, detecting the light beam with a light detector, developing a signal at the light detector indicating the presence of a coin in the coin path, counting a number of encoder pulses occurring while developing the signal at the light detector, and comparing the counted number of encoder pulses to a plurality of stored numbers of encoder pulses corresponding to the particular coin denominations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: David J. Wendell, John R. Blake, Joseph J. Geib, John C. Peklo, Richard A. Mazur, David J. Mecklenburg