Smallest First Patents (Class 453/9)
  • Patent number: 8984761
    Abstract: A battery identification device which sorts a specialty battery requiring replacement initially by diameter then subsequently by thickness through the interaction of an open channel and ridges which include progressively larger ridges that project into the channel to form zones of progressively diminished thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Plastics Plus, Inc
    Inventors: Christopher Brooks, Adrian Fournier, Jeremy Mallo, Carl Toti
  • Publication number: 20070232214
    Abstract: A coin storing apparatus with overflow chute apparatus is supplied with coins from a slot-shaped replenishing port to a coin storing portion and stores the coins in piles in the coin storing portion. The coins overflow via a downward overflow chute having a width equal to or larger than a diameter of a coin, when an amount of the coins in the coin storing portion reaches a predetermined amount. A downward slope wider than the diameter of the coin is disposed below the replenishing port. A guide rail is continuous with the downward slope and has a predetermined width narrower than a radius of the coin. A downward overflow chute extends at a predetermined angle to the guide rail and has a width equal to or larger than the diameter of the coin and is provided below the guide rail. The guide rail is disposed on the downward slope adjacent to a downstream side of the overflow chute.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Inventor: Toru TAKEUCHI
  • Publication number: 20070224927
    Abstract: A coin sorting apparatus is provided. The coin sorting apparatus includes a main body, a coin sorting unit, a transport unit, a casing tube, a coin tube, and a pressing unit. The coin sorting unit is disposed in an upper portion of the main body. The transport unit is disposed in a lower portion of the main body. The casing tube is transported by the transport unit. The coin tube is made of transparent plastic and placed within the casing tube. The pressing unit is disposed in a front portion of the main body. The present invention makes it possible to improve a functionality and usability of the coin sorting apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Publication date: September 27, 2007
    Applicant: MIRTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jong S. Lee
  • Patent number: 7234582
    Abstract: A coin guiding channel receives coins dispensed from a coin hopper. A base plate, a first spacer, a second spacer, and a supporting plate have surfaces defining a somewhat rectangular coin guiding channel along a longitudinal axis of the base plate. The supporting plate has a first protruding section extending toward the coin guiding channel and extending along the longitudinal axis of the base plate for providing increased strength and resistance to physical distortion of the coin guiding channel. A portion of the coin guiding channel is oriented vertically and guides the received coins to a position above the coin hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masayoshi Umeda
  • 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: 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: 6648747
    Abstract: A device for sorting coins of a set of coins with a coin feed device 1, with a coin sorting plate 2 joining the coin feed device 1, which has a guide edge 3, a guide strip 4 extending along the guide edge 3 as well as a series of sorting openings 5 graduated for different coin diameters with cross sections increasing in the direction of conveying. The sorting plate 2 is designed as an interchangeable sorting plate 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: F. Zimmermann GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Thomas Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 6638157
    Abstract: A coin bank includes a housing having a coin receiving area for receiving unsorted coins, a coin sorting area for sorting the unsorted coins and a coin storage area for storing sorted coins. The coin storage area includes a drawer slidably mounted in the housing and a coin tube support movably mounted in the drawer between a first position, when the drawer is fully retracted into the housing and a second position, when the drawer is fully extended from the housing. A plurality of coin tubes is mounted in the coin tube support for holding sorted coins. The plurality of coin tubes is inclined in relation to a vertical axis for receiving sorted coins when the drawer is in a retracted position. A reservoir is located directly above each of the coin tubes for holding at least one additional coin above a stack of coins completely filling the coin tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignee: Mag-Nif Incorporated
    Inventor: Jerzy Perkitny
  • Patent number: 6626752
    Abstract: A machine for the sorting of coins and the placement of the coins into coin wrapper sleeves, containers or bags according to their type. A coin feed device in the form of a rotating table (1) feeds coins to a sorting plate (2) having a plurality of sorting openings (3), wherein each sorting opening corresponds to a particular denomination or size of a coin or disk. Each sorting opening (3) feeds into a corresponding coin outlet channel (4,4′) which conducts coins passing through the sorting opening (3) to a corresponding sleeve container (5). Each corresponding sleeve container (5) is connected to the corresponding outlet channel part (4′) by means of a bayonet-type connector. Each sleeve container (5) has a carrying bracket (8) to support a coin wrapper sleeve (6) while it is being filled with coins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: F. Zimmermann GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Thomas Zimmermann, Gerhard Röhrs
  • Patent number: 6524179
    Abstract: A coin bank (A) having one or more coin holders (70A-70D) removably aligned with one or more coin chutes (56A-56D) for receiving coins therefrom. The coin bank (A) preferably includes a coin sorter assembly (32) for sorting coins by diameter, a separator assembly (30) for conveying coins one at a time to the coin sorter assembly (32), a coin chute assembly (54) including the one or more coin chutes (56A-56D) each accommodating coins of a respective maximum diameter. The one or more coin chutes (56A-56D) each include at least one finger for abutting the top edge of the corresponding coin holder (70A-70D) for maintaining the alignment. An overflow passage (62) is defined in the wall of at least one of the coin chutes (56A-56D) for allowing coins to pass therethrough when the associated coin holder (70A-70D) is filled with coins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: Mag-Nif Incorporated
    Inventors: Jerzy Perkitny, William J. Knox, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6443829
    Abstract: A coin sorting apparatus (A) includes a hopper (10) into which a plurality of unsorted coins are deposited. A push-button switch (30) is positioned adjacent the open mouth of the hopper (10) and is operable in a one-handed manner by an operator of the apparatus (A) simultaneously with the action of depositing unsorted coins into the hopper. A coin separating mechanism dispenses coins from the hopper onto a ramp (20) upon which the coins roll downward and pass through one of a plurality of apertures (22) formed through the ramp according to their diameter. Coins that pass through each aperture (22) are deposited onto one of a plurality of coin chutes (40a-40d) . A plurality of sorted coin wrappers (W) are positioned respectively adjacent lower edges of the chutes (40a-40d) , respectively. The wrappers are supported at their open upper ends (70) by a collar assembly (50) and at their constricted lower ends (72) by a base assembly (60).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Inventor: Jerzy Perkitny
  • Publication number: 20020111129
    Abstract: A coin sorting apparatus includes a housing and a coin transport assembly that receives individual associated coins from an entrance and moves the coins upwardly in the housing from a first elevation to a higher elevation relative to a support surface. A coin sorting assembly includes an inlet positioned to receive coins from the transport assembly. The coin sorting assembly includes a coin sorter that classifies coins according to their diameter. A plurality of coin chutes are located to receive coins from the coin sorter and convey received coins to a plurality of sorted coin chambers. A manual drive system is operably coupled to the coin transport assembly. A movable member is externally connected to the housing and is coupled to the manual drive system so that it moves between first and second positions in response to operation of the manual drive system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2001
    Publication date: August 15, 2002
    Inventors: William J. Knox, John R. Nottingham, John W. Spirk, Patrick W. Brown
  • Patent number: 6283267
    Abstract: A coin selector assembly includes a frame member having an upper entrance opening for receiving a coin and a plurality of coin ejection openings. A passageway extends through the frame member from the upper entrance opening to a plurality of ejection openings. The entrance passageway has an arcuation entrance portion to contact a peripheral surface of a coin and to change its direction through the frame member. A replaceable roller unit can assist in sorting the coins. The frame member has a vertical height approximating a horizontal length to facilitate a vertical mounting in a coin operated machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshinobu Tanaka
  • Patent number: 6165063
    Abstract: A coin sorting apparatus includes a coin hopper (24) having a coin exit aperture (30) and a ramp (32) located adjacent thereto. The ramp (32) includes an upper end (34) and slopes downward to a lower end (36). A plurality of apertures (38a-38d) are formed through the ramp (32). The apertures (38a-38d) are sized and arranged such that coins of differing diameters sliding down the ramp (32) pass through one of the apertures (38a-38d). A coin container assembly (50) located below the ramp (32) includes first and second sets (54,56) of coin containers (52). Each set (54,56) includes a plurality of coin containers (54a-d,56a-d), respectively. The containers (56a-d) of the second set (56) are positioned adjacent the containers (54a-d) of the first set (54). When one of the containers (54a-d) of the first set (54) is filled with coins, additional coins slide into a corresponding container (56a-d) of the second set (56). A coin separator mechanism (90) dispenses coins from the coin hopper (24) onto the ramp (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Mag-Nif, Incorporated
    Inventor: Jerzy Perkitny
  • Patent number: 6099401
    Abstract: A coin sorting apparatus (A) includes a hopper (10) into which a plurality of coins are deposited. A push-button switch (30) is positioned adjacent the hopper (10) and is operable in a one-handed manner by an operator simultaneously with the action of depositing unsorted coins into the hopper. A coin separating mechanism dispenses coins from the hopper onto a ramp (20) upon which the coins roll downward and pass through one of a plurality of apertures (22a-d) formed through the ramp according to their diameter. Coins that pass through each aperture (22a-d) are deposited onto one of a plurality of coin chutes (40a-40d). A plurality of sorted coin wrappers (W) are positioned respectively adjacent lower edges of the chutes (40a-40d), respectively. Coins from each chute (40a-40d) are deposited directly into the appropriate one of the plurality of coin wrappers, without the need for any intermediate or additional sorted coin containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Mag-Nif Incorporated
    Inventor: Jerzy Perkitny
  • Patent number: 5988349
    Abstract: A coin separator/rejector system includes a plurality of coin races which are disposed in a coin separator and rejector body. The races have at least one protrusion along their length so as to deflect downwardly traveling coins and force these coins to alter both their attitude and direction of travel to encounter apertures formed between successive coin races. Coins of a selected diameter travel downwardly along any given coin race for ultimate deposit or credit. Coins of other than the selected diameter are directed into alternative races for rejection or return to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: Imonex Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Philemon L. Bruner, David Carlton Bugge
  • Patent number: 5976006
    Abstract: A motorized coin bank for sorting and storing coins of varying diameters comprising a coin receiver hopper for receiving unsorted coins; a plurality of coin storage containers for storing sorted coins; a straight ramped coin path located between the coin storage containers and the coin receiver, a drum-shaped separator, located in a plane which is perpendicular to the horizontal base of the coin bank and adjacent to the coin receiver hopper, for sorting individual coins one at a time from the receiver and depositing each coin in the straight ramped coin path such that each coin rolls edgewise along the ramped coin path; a plurality of coin apertures of varying size, each being sized to permit passage of only coins having a size less than or equal to a predetermined diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Etna Products Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Snyder
  • Patent number: 5902178
    Abstract: A coin sorting apparatus includes a coin hopper (24) having a coin exit aperture (30) and a ramp (32) located adjacent thereto. The ramp (32) includes an upper end (34) and slopes downward to a lower end (36). A plurality of apertures (38a-38d) are formed through the ramp (32). The apertures (38a-38d) are sized and arranged such that coins of differing diameters sliding down the ramp (32) pass through one of the apertures (38a-38d). A coin container assembly (50) located below the ramp (32) includes first and second sets (54,56) of coin containers (52). Each set (54,56) includes a plurality of coin containers (54a-d,56a-d), respectively. The containers (56a-d) of the second set (56) are positioned adjacent the containers (54a-d) of the first set (54). When one of the containers (54a-d) of the first set (54) is filled with coins, additional coins slide into a corresponding container (56a-d) of the second set (56). A coin separator mechanism (90) dispenses coins from the coin hopper (24) onto the ramp (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Assignee: Mag-Nif Incorporated
    Inventor: Jerzy Perkitny
  • Patent number: 5827117
    Abstract: A device for stacking coins, including at least one coin stacking well and a wedge positioned at a bottom of the coin stacking well. In one embodiment, the device sorts and packages different sized coins in coin wrappers using: (1) an input chute for receiving the coins into a hopper, (2) a guide for guiding the coins from the hopper along a predetermined path, the guide having a bottom surface with multiple apertures in the bottom surface, substantially coinciding with the predetermined path and each of the apertures becoming progressively larger in one direction; (3) a plurality of coin stacking wells for receiving the coins; (4) a plurality of coin chutes for directing coins from a respective aperture into a respective coin stacking well; and (5) a wedge positioned at the bottom of each coin stacking well. The wedge may be formed with a platform section and an angled section such that the end of an unfolded coin wrapper surrounds the bottom of the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Assignee: Mag-Nif Incorporated
    Inventor: Robert L. Naas
  • Patent number: 5688165
    Abstract: A mechanism for mounting on a vending control device used for paying back change to a customer for a deposit in excess of the amount of a selected vend including a coin storage device located at a higher elevation than the payback coin tube, the coin storage device when energized releasing one or more coins from the bottom end thereof when it is determined that the number of coins available in the payback coin tube is less than the amount needed for a payback, and a passageway communicating the lower end of the coin storage device with the upper end of the payback coin tube for guiding coins released from the coin storage device to move into the payback coin tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Assignee: Coin Acceptors, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph L. Levasseur
  • Patent number: 5597061
    Abstract: A coin processing apparatus comprises a coin selecting unit for determining whether put-in coins are genuine or not and denominations of the coins determined as genuine and guiding false coins to a predetermined coin path assigned for the false coin and the genuine coins to corresponding predetermined coin paths in accordance with their denominations, a coin accommodating unit for accommodating the genuine coins selected by the coin selecting unit for the respective denominations, and a coin payment unit for paying out coins having denominations corresponding to an amount of change from the coin accommodating unit, in which the coin selecting unit, the coin accommodating unit and the coin payment unit are inseparably provided as an integrated unit within a single housing. The coin selecting unit includes a liquid collector, a discharge path and a guide groove for rapidly discharging liquid poured into a coin slot to the outside of the coin processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1997
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Nippon Conlux
    Inventors: Kenji Nishiumi, Shusuke Sumi
  • Patent number: 5562536
    Abstract: A coins receiving and dispensing apparatus suitable for food shops or restaurants allows precise transfer and reception of various coins without error and confirmation of the balance of the coin. When coins received from customers are inserted into this apparatus, the coins are immediately sorted by a sorting mechanism with respect to the denominations of the currency and stored at the respective storage portions. When the coins are paid out as change, the coin feeder operates based on a dispensing command signal produced corresponding to the differences between the sold amount inputted in the register and the received amount from the customers to feed the coins of the wanted denomination in the necessary number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1996
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshio Uchida, Noboru Ichihara
  • Patent number: 5474496
    Abstract: A coin bank which sorts coins and deposits them in containers is disclosed. A coin or a group of coins is dropped into a coin receiver. Each coin is removed one at a time from the coin receiver and dropped into a helical coin path by a motorized separator mechanism. The coins roll on edge along the coin path where they encounter apertures of varying sizes. When a coin encounters an aperture larger than its diameter, it falls out of the path to a container. A mechanical coin sensor mechanism is provided to start the separator when a coin is sensed in the coin receiver. The sensor mechanism also delays the shut-off of the motor when coins are no longer sensed in the coin receiver. The housing and most parts of the bank are transparent to permit viewing of the sensor mechanism and the coin path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1995
    Inventor: Jerzy Perkitny
  • Patent number: 5462286
    Abstract: An amusement device contains a playing area housed inside a cabinet which is visible from outside the cabinet. The device contains a coin feeder which allows only coins of a particular size to pass and to drop down into the playing area. The playing area contains at least one horizontal platform positioned in the playing area so that the coins dropping down from the coin feeder land on the platform. The coins landing on the platform accumulate in a random pile and occasionally spill over the platform and a portion of them are discharged to the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1995
    Inventor: Edward Roberts
  • Patent number: 5441139
    Abstract: In a coin sorting device which rolls a coin along a sorting passage and which carries out a sorting operation for the coin during movement of the coin, it is readily possible to remove unnecessary material from the sorting passage. The unnecessary material may be surface material which is separated from the coin. If the unnecessary material is left in the sorting passage, it becomes one of factors which cause an error in the sorting operation. Inasmuch as the unnecessary material can be readily removed from the sorting passage, reliability is improved as regards the sorting operation. For removing the unnecessary material, a plurality of through holes may be made to a bottom of the sorting passage. A roller member may be used at the bottom of the sorting passage instead of making the through holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1995
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Abe, Yoshinobu Tanaka
  • Patent number: 5106337
    Abstract: A coin sorter and dispenser includes side-by-side vertical coin chambers for sorted coins. The stacks of coins are supported on respective friction wheels which are exposed at the bottom so that a user may engage the bottom of a selected wheel and rotate it so that the top of the wheel slides the lowermost coin in a stack through an exit clearance to drop into the hand of the user. The friction wheels engage the stacks near the front edge and the rear edge of the stack is supported on sloping ramps to ensure that the lowermost coin slides forwardly through the clearance. Coins are fed through a top slot to be size sorted into the respective chambers. The sorter is formed of injection molded snap together front and back parts with a snap-on cover plate over the slightly inclined upper sorting portion of the front part. The front part is transparent so the number of coins in each chamber may be seen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1992
    Assignee: Mag-Nif, Inc.
    Inventor: William W. Knox
  • Patent number: 5030165
    Abstract: Coin assorting device having a disc (12) mounted for rotation on a bottom plate (10) to pass below a coin supply tube (19). The rotatable disc includes two pairs of recesses (16) for receiving a coin in each recess, the bottom plate having a discharge opening (20) for coins the diameter of which is less than a predetermined maximum diameter of the coins supplied. The discharge opening (20) extends beneath the mouth of the coin supply tube (19) and is shaped with an upper chamfered edge (24). Opposite sides of the wings (14) of the rotatable disc (12) are shaped in the form of blunt edges having a thickness which substantially corresponds to the thickness of the thinnest occurring coin. Circuitry is associated with the rotatable disc (12) for momentarily reversing the rotational movement of the disc when a coin jamming is sensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1991
    Assignee: Scan Coin AB
    Inventors: Bengt G. Nilsson, Bengt G. Lindahl
  • Patent number: 4995848
    Abstract: In a coin sorter of the inclined ramp type the inclined ramp has the usual support surface (2) along which the edges of the coins roll, and the usual coin face support surface (3). The support surface (3) is provided both with apertures (6, 7, 8, 9) of progressively increasing size going down the ramp, for coins of the appropriate size to fall through, and with a set of peeler knives (14, 15, 16, 17) at varying distances from the edge support surface (2) for tipping other coins, according to their size, from the ramp. This arrangement facilitates a much shorter ramp, and thereby a more compact machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1991
    Assignee: Scan Coin AB of Jagershillgatan 26, S-213
    Inventor: David Goh
  • Patent number: 4943257
    Abstract: Coin assorting device having a disc (12) mounted for rotation on a bottom plate (10) to pass below a coin supply tube (19). The rotation disc includes two pairs of recesses (16) for receiving a coin in each recess, the bottom plate having a discharge opening (20) for coins the diameter of which is less than a predetermined maximum diameter of the coin supplied. The discharge opening (20) extends beneath the mouth of the coin supply tube (19) and is shaped with an upper chamfered edge (24). Opposite sides of the wings (14) of the rotatable disc (12) are shaped in the form of blunt edges having a thickness which substantially corresponds to the thickness of the thinnest occurring coin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 24, 1990
    Assignee: Scan Coin AB
    Inventors: Bengt G. Nilsson, Bengt G. Lindahl
  • Patent number: 4911280
    Abstract: A coin separator/rejector system includes a plurality of coin races which are disposed in a compact coin receiver body. The races have at least one protrusion along their length so as to deflect downwardly traveling coins and force these coins to alter both their attitude and direction of travel to encounter apertures formed in the receiver body between successive coin races. Coins of a selected diameter travel downwardly along any given coin race for ultimate deposit or credit. Coins of less than the selected diameter are directed into an alternate direction and path of travel along an alternate or secondary race where they are either credited or rejected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1990
    Inventor: Philemon L. Bruner
  • Patent number: 4844230
    Abstract: An installation for sorting out reject slugs out of the slug channel of an automatic coining machine with a slug control mechanism, whereby the reduction of the reaction time for the rejection of slugs to be sorted out permits a considerable increase of the number of coining strokes of the automatic coining machine, without the need for a further additional intermediate storage of slugs. The reject channel for rejected slugs is thereby kept closed by shaped members in the manner of shutters and is opened up in case of need whereby also the desired dimensions for the slugs are determined by the shaped members. Such a slug control mechanism is needed in the slug channel of an automatic coining machine in order to separate good slugs from reject slugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1989
    Assignee: L. Schuler GmbH
    Inventors: Albert Ludwig, Karl-Heinz Philipp, Gerhard Hartl, Berthold Jarosch, Horst Greger
  • Patent number: 4687089
    Abstract: In the stacking chamber (9) of a stacking box (50) for superimposed coins (2, 3), a stack carrier (11) supporting the stacked coins is arranged, the top surface (18) of which is inclined with respect to the horizontal (c). For the stacking of coins, the stack carrier (11) is lowered so that the uppermost (3) of the stacked coins (2, 3) is in each case closely below the upper stacking box rim (19). For issuing coins, the stack carrier (11) is lifted, during which step respectively the uppermost (3) of the coins (2, 3) stacked in an oblique position slides along the coin lying therebelow and downwards over the upper stacking box rim once this uppermost coin has been lifted above this rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1987
    Assignee: Autelca AG.
    Inventor: Werner Wuethrich
  • Patent number: RE37662
    Abstract: A coins receiving and dispensing apparatus suitable for food shops or restaurants allows precise transfer and reception of various coins without error and confirmation of the balance of the coin. When coins received from customers are inserted into this apparatus, the coins are immediately sorted by a sorting mechanism with respect to the denominations of the currency and stored at the respective storage portions. When the coins are paid out as change, the coin feeder operates based on a dispensing command signal produced corresponding to the differences between the sold amount inputted in the register and the received amount from the customers to feed the coins of the wanted denomination in the necessary number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshio Uchida, Noboru Ichihara
  • Patent number: RE36966
    Abstract: A coin bank which sorts coins and deposits them in containers is disclosed. A coin or a group of coins is dropped into a coin receiver. Each coin is removed one at a time from the coin receiver and dropped into a helical coin path by a motorized separator mechanism. The coins roll on edge along the coin path where they encounter apertures of varying sizes. When a coin encounters an aperture larger than its diameter, it falls out of the path to a container. A mechanical coin sensor mechanism is provided to start the separator when a coin is sensed in the coin receiver. The sensor mechanism also delays the shut-off of the motor when coins are no longer sensed in the coin receiver. The housing and most parts of the bank are transparent to permit viewing of the sensor mechanism and the coin path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Inventor: Jerzy Perkitny