Rotary Patents (Class 453/57)
  • Patent number: 7735622
    Abstract: A hopper for a coin processing machine has a turntable that receives coins and rotates in a first direction to discharge coins from the hopper. A circumferential wall surrounds the turntable, and includes a coin discharge opening and a second opening. A diverter plate extends away from the wall upstream of the second opening. The diverter plate blocks coins from entering the second opening when the turntable rotates in the first direction. The diverter plate directs any debris remaining on the turntable to the second opening when the turntable rotates in the opposite, second direction after discharging all the coins from the hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Inventor: Gregory F. String
  • Patent number: 7713113
    Abstract: A coin counter includes a base frame including a support board, a rotation unit including a rotation disk, a connecting unit including a mounting bracket, and a receiving unit including a receiving seat and a protective plate. Thus, the protective plate is located above the rotation disk of the rotation unit to protect the rotation disk of the rotation unit so as to prevent the coins in the receiving seat from directly contacting and hitting the rotation disk of the rotation unit. In addition, the protective plate of the receiving unit has two opposite sides each supported by the side edge of the receiving seat so that the protective plate of the receiving unit is supported by the receiving seat to bear the heavy load of the coins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Inventor: Chiu-Ming Chen
  • Patent number: 7704133
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Talaris Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Adams, Daniel J. Folger, Richard P. Uecker, Joseph P. Hanus
  • Publication number: 20100072024
    Abstract: Disclosed is a coin acceptor mechanism with a coin pick-up wheel for advancing coins in a radial path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventor: Kenneth J. O'BYRNE
  • Patent number: 7682230
    Abstract: A coin hopper includes a rotating disk provided obliquely upward at a predetermined angle; an outer covering unit covering at least a lower outer circumference of the rotating disk; a holding bowl continuing from the outer covering unit and holding coins; a circular supporting rack provided in a central region of an upper surface of the rotating disk; and coin stoppers being provided on the upper surface of the rotating disk and extending radially from the supporting rack in a circumferential direction to a periphery of the rotating disk at an equal interval. Coins are accepted one by one while a surface thereof is contacted with a holding surface of the upper surface of the rotating disk between the coin stoppers, are moved in one direction while a periphery thereof is held by the supporting rack, and are received from the coin stoppers during transportation by a coin receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko, Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Minoru Enomoto
  • Publication number: 20100062700
    Abstract: A coin depositing and dispensing machine prevents a foreign object mixed together with coins put in a coin receiving port from causing a malfunction, facilitates distinguishing coins of a depositing and transporting system from coins of a dispensing and transporting system, and facilitates removal of a coin jam. Coins received from a coin receiving port are fed separately by a feeding unit to a depositing and transporting unit. A rotary disc rotated at a position tilted at a predetermined angle is used for the feeding unit. By using the rotary disc, only coins are fed to the depositing and transporting unit, and foreign objects are eliminated. The depositing and transporting unit and a dispensing and transporting unit are arranged opposite to each other in a machine body, and the depositing and transporting unit is tilted together with the rotary disc. Coins in each unit are thereby easily distinguished from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2007
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: Glory Ltd.
    Inventors: Keisuke Nakazumi, Eisei Nishida, Takushi Ohno, Masashi Ito
  • Publication number: 20100062701
    Abstract: A coin depositing and dispensing machine having an accommodating and dispensing portion enabling coins to enter/exit a transporting unit, and the transporting unit can be used for both a depositing and a dispensing system. This enables the coin dispensing port, collection coin dispensing port and replenishment coin input slots to be flexibly arranged in a front face, rear face, and upper face or rear face, of a machine body respectively. Coins to be dispensed and coins to be collected can be dispensed from the collection coin dispensing port in the rear face of the machine body. Additionally, coins for replenishment are put into the replenishment coin input slot, and the accommodating and dispensing portion can be directly replenished with coins through a replenishment chute portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: Glory Ltd.
    Inventor: Takushi Ohno
  • Patent number: 7666076
    Abstract: A pressing member having a body member with a first downwardly inclined plate and a second downwardly inclined plate is configured for mounting on a coin feeding apparatus to control the translation of coins on a rotary selector disk as they are released. The coins experience a downward force from the inclined plates to push them against the surface of the rotary disk to ensure that the coins remain within the predetermined translation path for the coins. A blocking plate can be extended upward from the body member adjacent the upstream downwardly extending plate, to prevent a rising of the coins to ensure the coins passes under the canopy of the pressing member across the translation path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Minoru Enomoto
  • Patent number: 7658668
    Abstract: A hopper coin feeder (1) comprises upper and lower hopper discs (18, 25). A flexible hopper wall (17) of diabolo shape cooperates with the upper disc (18) to control the feeding of coins by a coin pushing member (35) to the outer margin of the disc (18) where they are gripped between an annular band (33) and the disc (18) to be conveyed past a coin discriminator (61). Any coins or debris that drop from the edge of upper disc (18) are caught on the lower disc (25) and pass to a reject chute (132) and coin payout cup (12). An active coin delivery chute and diverter (80), FIG. 10, comprises a reciprocable plate (81) having a finger (82) which controls whether a coin fed from the upper disc (18) passes down the chute or is rejected onto the lower disc (25). Coins that pass down the chute enter a bowl (89) of a double-disc coin conveying assembly (5) that conveys a coin from the bowl (89) to a LIFO coin stacks (3) of a coin storage unit (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Scan Coin AB
    Inventor: Timothy William Hill
  • Publication number: 20100015903
    Abstract: A coin depositing and dispensing machine is provided where its transport mechanism is simplified and downsized while coins to be dispensed are subjected to the identifying action. A coin passage 32 is provided in an annular form along which a single annular transporting belt 43 remains supported for transporting the coins. An input feeding portion 34, denomination-specific accommodating and ejecting portions 35, a bulk escrow portion 36 are disposed at the inner side of the coin passage 32. The coin passage 32 has a receiving and transporting zone 39 for receiving the coins released from the input feeding portion 34, the denomination-specific accommodating and ejecting portions 35, and the bulk escrow portion 36 and a sorting and transporting zone 41 for sorting and delivering the coins to the input feeding portion 34, the denomination-specific accommodating and ejecting portions 35, and the bulk escrow portion 36.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Applicant: GLORY LTD
    Inventor: Eisei Nishida
  • Publication number: 20090325475
    Abstract: The coin feeding device includes a stationary guide member (1) and a rotary feed disc opposed to the guide member. The feed disc includes a rotating axis inclined relative to a horizontal plane, and a planar upper face. The guide member (1) has a bottom face (1b) opposed to the upper face of the feed disc, and a coin inlet opening (1a) formed centrally in the guide member. Formed on the bottom face are a coin entrance (11) facing a lower section of the inlet opening (1a) and a coin guide passageway (10) that selectively guides coins introduced from the inlet opening (1a) through the coin entrance and sliding against the bottom face (1b) of the guide member. The guide passageway (10) has an outlet (19a) thorough which the coins are fed one by one as the disc rotates. The coins that have been loaded into the inlet opening (1a) are introduced from the inlet (11) into a space between the guide member (1) and the rotary disc by means of gravitational force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Inventors: Yushi Hino, Daisuke Hoshino
  • Patent number: 7628685
    Abstract: A coin hopper is provided that can dispense coins of different diameters without any trouble. A rotating disk has coin stoppers that are upwardly inclined at a specified angle, and a circular supporting rack at the center of the upper surface thereof. The stoppers expand radially at regular intervals, from the supporting rack side to the circumferential direction. The rotating disk makes the coins contact a holding surface between the coin stoppers and receives the coins one by one, and supports them by the supporting rack and feeds them out. An outer covering unit covers at least the lower outer circumference of the rotating disk. A storing bowl stores coins in bulk following the outer covering unit. A coin receiving unit expands from the vicinity of the supporting rack to the circumferential direction of the rotating disk, wherein the coin stoppers are arranged in a state fixed to the rotating disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Minoru Enomoto
  • Publication number: 20090215374
    Abstract: A device for intermediate storage, collection and dispensing of coins contains at least one magazine for controlled reception, intermediate storage and controlled return of the coins and also an overflow for dispensing coins when the magazine is filled into a collection container. Furthermore, an additional storage space is provided for controlled reception of coins inserted during an insertion process, alternatively to reception in the magazine, and for controlled dispensing of the received coins of the one insertion process either to a return device or into the collection container. Preferably the coins are conducted, during disturbance-free operation, into the magazine and, upon a disruption in the magazine, into the storage space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2006
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Inventor: Franz Wingerter
  • Patent number: 7568972
    Abstract: A coin counter includes a receptacle disposed on a stand and defining a space for coins. A rotary plate assembly is disposed in the space, and is driven by a drive assembly to eject the coins out of the receptacle. A rigid push rod forms a spacing with the rotary plate assembly that is substantially equal to a coin thickness. A counter counts the coins that are ejected. The counter includes a sensing element, an interrupting element, and a resilient element having ends coupled to the interrupting element and the stand. The interrupting element is in a path of ejection of the coins at a first position, and is displaced by a coin being ejected at a second position. The sensing element detects displacement of the interrupting element. The resilient element is pre-tensioned when the interrupting element is at the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Shang Yang Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shu-Chuan Chung
  • Patent number: 7553223
    Abstract: A coin sorter has a separator strip disposed outside of an exit area of a stationary plate in which a line of coins of mixed denominations are indexed against a spirally extending ridge in a single layer and single file. The strip has a series of incremental segments defined in a side facing the center of a resilient disc which enables the coins to be captured. An edge area of the strip is configured to immediately re-capture coins as they are released at the exit area and to hold the coins until they pass by a segment of the strip that is far enough away from the indexing line of the coins that they are no longer captured, but are freely released. The released coins then proceed outward along a specific path defined for a particular coin denomination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Ristvedt, LLC
    Inventors: Victor G. Ristvedt, Mark E. Ristvedt
  • Patent number: 7553224
    Abstract: A coin sorting apparatus is provided. The coin sorting apparatus includes a coin separating unit for separating coins depending on kinds of the coins, and a coin receiving unit. The coin receiving unit continues to automatically operate until a plurality of coin receiving tubs are all full. Therefore, the number of coins that can be separated by one-time operation is increased, thereby improving a user's convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Royal Sovereign, Inc.
    Inventors: Hun Choi, Dae Seung Woo, Han Sung Park, Un Ki Kim
  • Publication number: 20090135426
    Abstract: A coin dispensing apparatus, which ejects coins by squeezing them substantially chordally between an element on a rotor and an ejector, has a variable height rotor (3), an improved two-part coin ejector (10a, 10b). A optical sensor for detecting coins being ejected positive detects both the presence and absence of coins in a coin path. Also, a payout device comprising a first coin dispensing device (61) including a dispensed coin type detector and a second coin dispensing device (62). The first coin dispensing device (61) is used to store coins of plurality of large denominations and is used initially for paying out an amount. The second coin dispensing device (62) is used for a single low denomination coin type and coins are dispensed from the second coin dispensing device (62) after the first coin dispensing device has been used as much as possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Inventors: Malcolm Reginald Hallas Bell, Phil Richardson, Peter Crossan, David F. Ellwood
  • Patent number: 7497769
    Abstract: The invention promotes a smooth agitation and efficient transport of coins by setting the rotation direction of the agitator in the same direction as the rotary disc to move a center of rotation of the agitator to a location where most coins are collected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Abe, Takashi Inozuka
  • Publication number: 20090029638
    Abstract: A pressing member having a body member with a first downwardly inclined plate and a second downwardly inclined plate is configured for mounting on a coin feeding apparatus to control the translation of coins on a rotary selector disk as they are released. The coins experience a downward force from the inclined plates to push them against the surface of the rotary disk to ensure that the coins remain within the predetermined translation path for the coins. A blocking plate can be extended upward from the body member adjacent the upstream downwardly extending plate, to prevent a rising of the coins to ensure the coins passes under the canopy of the pressing member across the translation path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventor: Minoru Enomoto
  • Publication number: 20090017739
    Abstract: An apparatus for the payout of coins from a pair of neighbouring coin tubes, in which one stack of coins at a time is supported on the bottom of a coin tube, with a payout disc below the coin tubes, which is rotatably mounted around an axis parallel to the axis of the coin tubes and which has a payout element on the side facing the coin tubes, which is moved along a curved slit in the bottom of the respective coin tube in an angular rotation of the payout disc, in order to capture the respective lowermost coin and to push it out, with an electric drive motor for the payout disc and a control device, which triggers the drive motor such that departing from a rest position, the payout disc is rotated at option about a limited rotational angle up to a final position, and is consecutively turned back into the rest position, wherein the payout disc has an extension in the rotational direction by which the stack of coins rests on the payout element in the final position of the payout disc, characterised in that on t
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Applicant: National Rejectors, Inc. GmbH
    Inventors: Dieter Wenskus, Torsten Schneider
  • Patent number: 7458887
    Abstract: A remaining coin amount detecting apparatus is provided for a coin hopper, disposed on a lower portion of a cylindrical storing bowl. The coin hopper dispenses coins one by one using a rotary disk fixed on a rotary shaft rotated by a driving apparatus. At least a part of a surface of the rotary disk includes a conductor, and the conductor is electrically connected to a detecting terminal disposed inside the storing bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Company Ltd.
    Inventor: Motoharu Kurosawa
  • Patent number: 7445545
    Abstract: A coin dispensing apparatus is provided that has features to easily adjust the distance between the base plate and the rotating disk and to adapt to the thickness of the coins. The coin dispensing apparatus includes a disk (102) which separates coins one by one. A coin base (104) supports the coins which are moved by the disk. A body (100) includes the base and a step section (149) which provides different distances to the base to adapt to the thickness of the coins. A rotating shaft member (160) is selectively attached to the step section and can be adjusted to the body. The rotating shaft member for rotating the disk is selectively attached at the step section in stages. Therefore the distance between the disk and the base is adjusted to adapt the thickness of coin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Abe, Yasuo Irie
  • Publication number: 20080261506
    Abstract: A device for the payout of coins includes a plurality of coin payout tubes, a plurality of coin discharge members, and an endless element having an engagement pin. Each coin payout tube has a coin discharge member located at one end of the coin payout tube. The coin discharge members are each physically adapted to rotate about a pivot point such that when the coin discharge members are rotated in a first direction the coin discharge members cause a coin to be ejected from its respective coin payout tube. When the coin discharge members are rotated in a second direction a coin is not discharged from its respective coin payout tube. The endless element and engagement pin are physically arranged to allow the engagement pin to rotate the coin discharge members in the first direction when the endless element is rotated in a first direction and to rotate the coin discharge members in the second direction when the endless element is rotated in a second direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2006
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventors: Joseph L. Levasseur, Michael A. Nogin
  • Patent number: 7429213
    Abstract: An automatic coin aligning apparatus including a coin storing unit, a chute section, and a dispensing control unit. The chute section is disposed above the coin storing unit and has an upper portion and a lower portion. The chute section upper portion extends to receive coins from a plurality of coin hoppers, the chute section lower portion extends to a coin storing section. The coin storing unit includes a plurality of coin storing sections. Each coin storing section can receive a predetermined quantity of coins from a coin hopper. Each coin hopper can store a bulk quantity of coins of a predetermined denomination and dispense coins in a one by one manner. The dispensing control unit controls the coin dispensing quantity of the plurality of coin hoppers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Minoru Enomoto, Shigeo Kawauchi
  • Patent number: 7427230
    Abstract: A resilient pad for a disc-type coin processing machine is provided with a first portion with a property having a first value and a second portion with the property having a second value, wherein the first value of the property is different than the second value of the property. The property may include, for example, stiffness or coefficient of friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: John R. Blake, David J. Wendell
  • Patent number: 7396277
    Abstract: A coin counter includes a chassis supporting a rotary disk and a chute extending from the disk. An operation device is arranged below one side of the chute and includes first and second plates coupled to an adjusting valve. First and second posts extend from ends of the first and second plates, respectively and are fixed to the chassis. A thickness adjusting mechanism is fixed to and supported by the second post, while a coin forwarding mechanism is fixed to and supported by the first post. Such a construction allows the thickness adjusting mechanism and the coin forwarding mechanism to be individually removable from the chassis as individual sub-assemblies, which facilitates ready mounting/dismounting and thus easy maintenance and repairing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Origo Klebe Technik Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Li-Hui Kao
  • Patent number: 7381126
    Abstract: A device for dispensing bulk-loaded coins including a transport unit having a transport unit frame, an electric motor driving a drive gear, a rotor and a transport slide. The drive gear further includes a drive pin. The rotor agitates coins located within a bin of a bulk-loaded coin hopper when rotated in a first direction and relaxes coins within the bin when rotated in a second direction. The rotor is rotatable by an associated drive gear. The transport slide includes a central bore and flexible member. The flexible member defines a home position deflection ramp and a home position clearance path. The home position deflection ramp and home position clearance path are located in a position such that the drive pin causes the transport slide to reciprocate when the drive gear is operated in a first direction and to remain stationary when the drive gear is operated in a second, different direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: COIN Acceptors, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven M. Zychinski
  • Publication number: 20080090509
    Abstract: A coin hopper is provided that can dispense coins of different diameters without any trouble. A rotating disk has coin stoppers that are upwardly inclined at a specified angle, and a circular supporting rack at the center of the upper surface thereof. The stoppers expand radially at regular intervals, from the supporting rack side to the circumferential direction. The rotating disk makes the coins contact a holding surface between the coin stoppers and receives the coins one by one, and supports them by the supporting rack and feeds them out. An outer covering unit covers at least the lower outer circumference of the rotating disk. A storing bowl stores coins in bulk following the outer covering unit. A coin receiving unit expands from the vicinity of the supporting rack to the circumferential direction of the rotating disk, wherein the coin stoppers are arranged in a state fixed to the rotating disk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Inventor: Minoru ENOMOTO
  • Publication number: 20080039004
    Abstract: A hopper for a coin processing machine has a turntable that receives coins and rotates in a first direction to discharge coins from the hopper. A circumferential wall surrounds the turntable, and includes a coin discharge opening and a second opening. A diverter plate extends away from the wall upstream of the second opening. The diverter plate blocks coins from entering the second opening when the turntable rotates in the first direction. The diverter plate directs any debris remaining on the turntable to the second opening when the turntable rotates in the opposite, second direction after discharging all the coins from the hopper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2007
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Inventor: Gregory F. String
  • Publication number: 20070287372
    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: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Publication date: December 13, 2007
    Applicant: COIN ACCEPTORS, INC.
    Inventors: Parker B. Condie, William P. Morgan
  • Publication number: 20070254582
    Abstract: A coin dispensing device and method is capable of insuring the dispensing of coins from a coin hopper even if a limited number of coins are stored. The coins in the hopper can be monitored and a control unit can direct the rotation of a rotary disc. Monitors can determine the dispensing and reception of coins including the amount of coins in the coin hopper. The control unit can cause the rotary disc to operate in a first direction for dispensing coins and in a second direction for agitating the coins and insuring receipt of coins by the rotary disc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Publication date: November 1, 2007
    Inventors: Yutaka Sato, Shigeo Kawauchi
  • Patent number: 7244175
    Abstract: A coin recycling machine (10) for receiving, sorting and dispensing coins, comprising a coin dispenser having a rotatable coin magazine (23) for holding respective denominations of coins and having an electronic control (100, 107), said electronic control (100, 107) being operable in response to a commanded total to control position of said coin magazine (23) to selectively dispense coins to provide the commanded total, a queuing device (52) for receiving the coins and arranging the coins in a queue, the queuing device (52) having an exit (66) directed towards said coin magazine (23) and having associated sensors (65, 72) for identifying a denomination of a next coin to pass through the exit (66) and the electronic control being responsive to the sensors (65, 72) associated with the queuing device for positioning the coin magazine such that coins are sorted into the coin magazine (23) by denomination as the coins exit the queuing device (52).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: De La Rue Cash Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Adams, Robert L. Zwieg
  • Patent number: 7206666
    Abstract: An actuator unit is applied to joints, each movable along two or more axes, such as a hip joint, a knee joint, or an ankle joint of a legged mobile robot. All the moving portions of a power-supply and control-signal harness are accommodated inside the actuator unit, and an electric contact of the actuator unit is on the free end of an output shaft so that a multi-axis robot is easily achieved. The actuator unit has two orthogonal shafts, and is useful to robots having various kinds of joint structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Katsuhisa Ito
  • Patent number: 7144319
    Abstract: A coin dispensing unit includes rotating disk assembly having a plurality of apertures therein of the size to pass coins stored in a storage bowl. A guide plate below and offset from the rotable disk provides a sliding support surface for coins. A rotable roller unit is positioned at the bottom of the rotable disk adjacent a downstream edge of the aperture for relative rotation with a respective coin sliding on the guide plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Abe, Motoharu Kurosawa
  • Patent number: 7144318
    Abstract: A carrying disk device of coin dispenser mainly includes a machine frame, a carrying disk and a guide arm. The carrying disk and the guide arm are connected to the machine frame. The carrying disk has a plurality of posts arranged in a plurality of radial rows on the coin-carrying surface thereof. The posts are fixed on and protrude from the coin-carrying surface. A plurality of coin-holding spaces are formed between the plurality rows of the posts. The guide arm covers a portion of the coin-carrying surface of the carrying disk, and has a guide lateral and a plurality of curvilinear grooves on the bottom thereof. The curvilinear grooves extend to the guide lateral of the guide arm to allow the posts to pass under the guide arm when the carrying disk rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: Paokai Electronic Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ming-Shan Wei
  • Patent number: 7104880
    Abstract: A coin feeder (A) comprises a drum-shaped rotating body capable of feeding not only a single size of coins but also different sizes of coins within an allowable range. A coin receiving part (6) and a coin pressing projection (12) pressing a coin (CN) against the coin receiving part (6) are provided at the inner surface of the peripheral wall (2) of the drum-shaped rotating body (1) capable of rotating vertically with a number of coins (CN)(CN) . . . accommodated therein. A coin pressing projection (12) is operated according to the rotation of the dram-shaped rotating body (1) so as to press-hold the coin (CN) against the inner surface of the peripheral wall (2) and release the pressing of the coin at the upper position. Immediately before the coin press-hold state is released, a coin striking member strikes the coin (CN) and the coin pressing projection (12) urges the coin (CN) so as to eject the coin (CN) toward the side of the drum-shaped rotating body (1), i.e., the front of the coin feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: HIMECS Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tadanori Maki
  • Patent number: 7066335
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and systems for receiving and distributing currency. In particular, the present invention provides a novel apparatus for the inflow and outflow of a variety of currency. The systems of the present invention are capable of recycling a variety of currency from multiple countries and multiple denominations. The systems of the present invention have the added advantage of compact size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Pretech AS
    Inventors: Per Christian Aas, John-Haakon Lippert
  • Patent number: 7059957
    Abstract: A miniaturized coin hopper device is provided so as to have a lower height. The device has an electric motor which is arranged such that the projection end of a rotated axis thereof is located at a lower side. A first gear is fixed on this projection end of rotated axis. A disk for discharging coins one by one is provided at the bottom of a hopper which stores the coins. A second gear rotates this disk. A gear train connects this second gear and the first gear. The problem of a true coin being disbursed when a pseudo-coin was stored in a hopper device and the return button was pushed is also addressed. A distinguishing element checks the money kind of a deposited coin. A reserve temporarily holds the coin distinguished by this distinction element. A storage for coins of same money kind and a disbursing element is provided for the the coin in this storage to return the coin reserved in the temporary reservation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Motoharu Kurosawa, Hiroshi Abe
  • Patent number: 7018285
    Abstract: A guiding structure for discs is disclosed. The guiding structure includes a hopper that dispenses discs one at a time, a guiding device that guides and aligns the dispensed discs, and a holding device for the discs that is located at the lower section of the guiding passageway. The guiding device may be detachably attached to the hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Minoru Enomoto
  • Patent number: 6981913
    Abstract: A cylindrical body is rotated about a rotation axis interconnecting a center point of a top circle thereof and a center point of a bottom circle thereof. The cylindrical body having an outer peripheral face formed with at least one token-groove. An outer wall member covers the outer peripheral face of the cylindrical body to form a gap between an inner face of the outer wall member and the token-groove such that a single gaming token in an upright attitude is held therein. The gaming token held in the gap is ejected toward a tangent direction of an outer peripheral circle of the cylindrical body in accordance with a rotary action of the cylindrical body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: Konami Corporation
    Inventors: Masaharu Shirasawa, Yoshikazu Tomioka
  • Patent number: 6776703
    Abstract: A coin dispensing device provides a housing frame that can be mounted within a predetermined space within a machine that requires dispensing coins in more than one denomination. A plurality of coin hoppers for respectively different denominations of coins can be stacked in vertical alignment within the housing frame for dispensing the coins. A cover member can provide a common passageway connected to the coin hoppers. The coin hoppers can be slid out of the housing frame for servicing and slid back into the housing frame for engagement with a transmission assembly to permit selective driving of a coin hopper dispensing unit from a power source such as a single motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Abe, Motoharu Kurosawa
  • Patent number: 6743087
    Abstract: A coin dispensing apparatus having a coin hopper for storing bulk coins in a rotating disk coin selector mounted at a lower portion of coin hopper is provided. An overload prevention support member can extend above and across the rotating coin selector unit, and can be vertically movable, while being supported by the vertical walls of the coin hopper. A plurality of support members can be mounted within the coin hopper. An agitator member can be mounted to extend upward from the rotating disk coin selector to agitate the stored coins, and, in one embodiment, to contact the overload prevention support members and drive them upward to assist in removing a bearing weight from the rotating disk coin selector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Abe, Masayoshi Umeda
  • Patent number: 6712688
    Abstract: A series of staggered, overlapping coin carousels with coin stalls that receive coins, drive motors that operate to rotate the carousels and position the coin stalls so that the coins can be transferred between the carousels, and coin transfer mechanisms with gates that operate to move the coins between the carousels. An electronic controller is programmed to keep track of the positions and values of the coins in the coin stalls, and to determine and operate the appropriate drive motors and transfer gates for transferring coins between the carousels and for returning change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: Qvex, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph R. McGinty, Steven M. Faes
  • Patent number: 6709324
    Abstract: An adjustable escalator device is provided in a gaming terminal for receiving singulated coins from a gaming terminal output hopper and outputting coins at a higher level. The escalator can be adjusted to define a coin path of adjustable width and/or adjustable thickness and accommodate a range of coin or token sizes. In one aspect, a leaf spring or other flexible member can be moved to define a curved coin path portion with adjustable width and a preferably contiguous rail can be laterally transposed to adjust a width of a second portion of the coin path. Coin path thickness can be adjusted using different rail thicknesses, using shims and/or using screw adjustments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: John Leagh Beadell
  • Publication number: 20040048566
    Abstract: A coin feeder (A) comprises a drum-shaped rotating body capable of feeding not only a single size of coins but also different sizes of coins within an allowable range. A coin receiving part (6) and a coin pressing projection (12) pressing a coin (CN) against the coin receiving part (6) are provided at the inner surface of the peripheral wall (2) of the drum-shaped rotating body (1) capable of rotating vertically with a number of coins (CN)(CN) . . . accommodated therein. A coin pressing projection (12) is operated according to the rotation of the dram-shaped rotating body (1) so as to press-hold the coin (CN) against the inner surface of the peripheral wall (2) and release the pressing of the coin at the upper position. Immediately before the coin press-hold state is released, a coin striking member strikes the coin (CN) and the coin pressing projection (12) urges the coin (CN) so as to eject the coin (CN) toward the side of the drum-shaped rotating body (1), i.e., the front of the coin feeder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2003
    Publication date: March 11, 2004
    Inventor: Tadanori Maki
  • Patent number: 6695690
    Abstract: The size of a coin hopper on the whole is reduced, particularly providing fewer coin holes for discharging and accepting a coin. A container or coin hopper head generally of a cylindrical form stores a plurality of coins in a bulk condition. A disk is freely rotatably arranged within the bottom of this head, for releasing said coins. The disk has a one coin passage opening for accepting and releasing said coins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Motoharu Kurosawa
  • Patent number: 6685552
    Abstract: A coin hopper is provided with a disk for dispensing petals-shaped coins smoothly. Particularly the discharging of coins for 20 Euro cents occurs with a smooth pay out using the disk in rotation, accepting a plurality of coins which are stored in a bulk condition. The disk has an opening for accepting and for releasing these coins one by one. The disk has a primary protrusion (23) which is formed on an underside of this disk (21), near the axis line of rotation and at a trailing side edge of the opening (22). A curved second protrusion (24) is formed near this primary protrusion and formed from the trailing side edge of said opening toward a further trailing position. A large curved third protrusion is formed from near trailing position of this second protrusion along the fringe area of the disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomokazu Nomura
  • Patent number: 6663482
    Abstract: A coin handling and sorting device includes a plurality of coin handling modules which are interconnectable by a user, as desired, to define a coin travel path. Each module is easily assembled by a user without use of tools. To facilitate assembly, bases, gears, retaining clips, and other components of different coin handling modules are interchangeable. The housing and other components of each module are assembled using a plurality of C-clips. Each module is typically manually operated to increase a user's interaction with the device. A clutch mechanism prevents accidental reverse operation of each module by a user. To facilitate interconnection of coin handling modules in any desired order, each has an inlet at a common height with other coin module inlets and an outlet at a common height with other coin module outlets. Each module also utilizes identical interchangeable modified spur/bevel gears that are shaped to accommodate co-planar engagement or angular displacement between engaged pairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: Mag-Nif Incorporated
    Inventors: John R. Nottingham, William J. Knox, Jr., John W. Spirk, Nicholas E. Stanca, Douglas A. Gall
  • Patent number: 6640956
    Abstract: A coin handling machine (10) has a coin sorting member (12) with a plurality of sorting openings (15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20) by which respective denominations of coins (14) are sorted, having a coin driving member (21) with webs (22) for moving the coins to the coin sorting openings (15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20), having a motor (60) coupled to the coin driving member (21), and having a brake (65) for stopping the motor (60), the coin handling machine (10). A coin imaging sensor (40) optically images at least a portion of a coin (14) and for transmitting dimensional data for identifying coins by denomination. A main controller (120) receives said dimensional data and counts each coin for bag stopping purposes separate from the counts maintained for totalizing the sorted coins. The controller (120) transmits signals to at least reduce the speed of the motor (60) when a bag count limit is reached for a respective denomination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: De La Rue Cash Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Zwieg, Robert F. Fredrick, John P. Grajewski, John A. Kressin, Thomas S. Murphy, Jon R. Stieber
  • Patent number: 6626751
    Abstract: The present invention provides a compact transmission assembly for use in a coin storage and dispensing apparatus. The transmission assembly can connect the rotational output of a reversible electrical motor to a link unit that supports a switching gear unit. A helical gear unit can be mounted adjacent to the link unit and can be driven axially along a shaft to contact a mounting unit to receive a thrust force and to drive the link unit in a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction depending upon the rotation of the reversible motor. The switching gear unit is radially mounted at an offset position on the link unit and can appropriately contact output gears connected to output shafts for providing a selective dual power output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Co., LTD
    Inventor: Masayoshi Umeda