Assembling, Gathering, And Stacking Coins Or Similar Disclike Articles Patents (Class 53/532)
  • Patent number: 9003748
    Abstract: A wrapping unit for wrapping and forming a predetermined number of stacked coins into a coin-roll is arranged in a lower region of a machine body. A coin storing and feeding unit and sending unit are arranged side by side in a width direction of the machine body above the wrapping unit. Thus, the machine body is downsized in its width direction. In a state where a dispensing box attached to a dispensing box attachment unit is locked, coins are fed from the coin storing and feeding units, and the fed coins are recognized by a dispensing recognition unit, and sent to the dispensing box. If coins for dispensing sent to the dispensing box are normal coins, the dispensing box is unlocked. If an abnormal coin is recognized, a bottom plate of the dispensing box is opened. Coins dropping from the dispensing box are collected in a collection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Glory Ltd.
    Inventors: Jyun Hosoda, Kousaku Kayahara, Keiji Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8955295
    Abstract: The stacking unit is provided with a stacking space, which accepts coins transported by the transport unit from above and stacks the coins. In the stacking space, stack support portions which support coins to be stacked are provided movably up and down. Coins to be stacked are supported in an inclined state by the stack support portions. At a height in which the stack of coins supported by the stack support portions are stacked, an inclination maintaining portion in which the higher side of the inclination of a coin comes into contact with is provided. The inclinations of coins higher than a space portion are forcibly maintained by the inclination maintaining portion, the space portion being formed on the higher side of the inclination of the coin at a height in the stack of the coins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Glory Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Maetaka, Yusuke Inuki, Kazuma Sugahara, Yoshikatsu Ota
  • Patent number: 8499534
    Abstract: A system for packaging a plurality of tablets is disclosed that includes a container. The container comprises a generally elongated channel having a first end and a second end positioned below the first end. The first end has an aperture for receiving a plurality of tablets in series into the channel. The system also includes a container holding and vibration apparatus operable to hold the container and concurrently apply linear vibration in a direction to the container. A tablet delivery system is provided that is operable to deliver the tablets in series to the container in a direction that is substantially in alignment with the direction of linear vibration of the container. The linear vibration of the container provided is operable to align the tablets in a stacked formation within the channel of said container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Patheon Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Ernest Gosse, Kenneth James Woolley, Martin Vincent Waite
  • Patent number: 8430729
    Abstract: The present invention provides a coin handling machine the handling efficiency of which can be improved. On an operation unit 14, either a normal counting mode or a continuous counting mode is selected. Coins are counted by a count processing unit. A count abnormality in the count processing unit is detected by an abnormality detecting unit 68. In a case where a count abnormality is detected by the abnormality detecting unit 68 during count processing, when the normal counting mode is selected, a coin count value is cleared and a quantity error is prevented. In the case where a count abnormality is detected by the abnormality detecting unit 68 during count processing, when the continuous counting mode is selected, the coin count value is held, so that continuous processing is performed even if a count error occurs, so that the handling efficiency is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Glory Ltd.
    Inventors: Tasuku Nakamoto, Tomoyuki Kubo
  • Patent number: 8407973
    Abstract: A method and system for packaging products provides for initially, vertically stacking a plurality of products during production in a transfer canister, simultaneously removing a stack of the products from the transfer canister, reorienting the stack and horizontally loading the stack into a final product package cavity. The invention has applicability to a wide range of products, particularly food products, such as refrigerated dough products. In one embodiment of the invention, the product package cavity is thermoformed as part as an overall horizontal form, fill and seal system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: James W. Finkowski, Craig E. Gustafson, Mark E. Arlinghaus, Ralph Stenvik, Dennis B. Usgaard
  • Publication number: 20120216490
    Abstract: The system and apparatus for processing stackable articles transported in a set number of columns and rows on a conveyor is disclosed. The apparatus includes a receiver positioned to receive the articles discharged from the conveyor to form stacks of articles in the set number of columns. The stacks have a set number of articles per stack. A transfer device is positioned with respect to the receiver to transfer the stacks of articles while being able to continue to transport additional rows of stackable articles on the conveyor to form multiple columns and rows of stacks of articles within the transfer device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventors: Clay C. COOPER, Thomas MARCELLA, Scott A. WHEELER
  • Patent number: 8015777
    Abstract: A plurality of flat tablets are held in containing holes (211) by pinching the circumferential edge of the flat tablet (t) at the lowermost position at the lower end of the containing hole, and then pinching state of the tablet (t) at the lowermost position is released thus dropping the plurality of flat tablets (t) under a flat state into a capsule body (m) arranged below. The capsule body can be surely filled with a predetermined number of flat tablets under a flat state by preventing occurrence of flat tablets under a standing state effectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Qualicaps Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Motohiro Yagyu, Ryota Kurimoto, Hideo Okamoto, Tetsuhisa Ishida
  • Publication number: 20110154786
    Abstract: The present invention provides a coin wrapping machine which can reliably lean coins C accepted in a stacking unit 21 from a transport unit 20 and stack the coins C without disorder, and can neatly wrap the stacked coins C. The stacking unit 21 is provided with a stacking space 41 which accepts coins C transported by the transport unit 20 from above and stacks the coins. In the stacking space 41, stack support portions 47 which support coins C to be stacked are provided movably up and down. On the upper surfaces of the stack support portions 47, stack support surfaces 48 are provided, and coins C to be stacked in the stacking space 41 are supported in an inclined state by the stack support surfaces 48. The stack support portions 47 lower each time a coin C is stacked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventors: Takeshi Maetaka, Yusuke Inuki, Kazuma Sugahara, Yoshikatsu Ota
  • Patent number: 7958700
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system has components that include A) an interface to receive a signal associated with a point-of-sale transaction, the signal further indicating coins to be given to a customer in accord with the point-of-sale transaction; B) a first dispenser to access a number of coins in accord with the signal; and C) a packager to package the accessed coins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventor: Scott Allen Weitzel
  • Patent number: 7934980
    Abstract: Apparatuses for stacking chips include a container for receiving unstacked chips, a carrier comprising a channel for carrying a chip stack, a transport system for transporting chips from the container towards the carrier, and at least one ejector system for ejecting or moving chips from the transport system into the channel of the carrier. Chip stack cutter devices may include an elongated displacement member, which may extend from an actuating lever member movably coupled to a base member configured to slide along a channel of a chip stack carrier. In additional embodiments, the cutter device may include an energy-responsive device configured to selectively move an elongated displacement member for displacing a number of chips in a chip stack carried in a channel of a chip stack carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Shuffle Master GmbH & Co KG
    Inventors: Ernst Blaha, Peter Krenn
  • Patent number: 7810300
    Abstract: An apparatus is situated downstream of a stickpack manufacturing machine with multiple dropping channels for forming a same number of stickpacks, which are distanced from one another by an interaxial measurement which is more than twice the width of the stickpacks. The apparatus comprises a ring-wound conveyor line, in which two batteries of walled compartments are provided, which batteries are driven independently from each other so that each battery is alternately situated either upstream or downstream; the number of compartments of each is a multiple of the number of dropping channels; the compartments are distanced by a step which is equal to half the interaxial measurement. A robotic handler is provided upstream of the conveyor line, which handler collects the stickpacks exiting from the machine and piles the stickpacks in the compartments of the battery waiting there; first the compartments in odd order, i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Marchesini Group S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Monti
  • Patent number: 7698880
    Abstract: A coin wrapping machine includes a discrimination unit which detects images of the front face and rear face of coins during conveyance, and which discriminates the coins, a sorting unit which sorts the coins to one of a first side and a second side based on the discrimination results of the discrimination unit, a stacking unit which stacks the coins sorted to the first side by this sorting unit into columnar form with a prescribed number of coins, a wrapping unit which wraps stack of coins in columnar form, and a controller which controls the sorting unit based on the discrimination results so that at least one of an outside face of a coin at one end of the stack of coins and a second outside face of a coin at the other end of the stack of coins is the rear face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Laurel Precision Machines Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hisato Kasahara, Yasuyuki Nakagawa, Kiichiro Ikedaka
  • Patent number: 7600359
    Abstract: A disk cassette is provided with opposed side walls having ribs configured to facilitate merging pairs of disks. In most instances, the disks will be single-sided hard memory disks. The final position of the disks in the disk cassette will be in spaced pairs, with the disks forming each pair being in surface-to-surface contact and, preferably, with the perimeter edge of each disk concentrically aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventor: Gerardo Buitron
  • Patent number: 7503155
    Abstract: A process and apparatus for packaging a tape substrate are provided. A first chip is encapsulated to a first side of a tape substrate to form a first capsule in a first segment of the tape substrate. The first segment of the tape substrate is secured to a first clamping element. A second segment of the tape substrate adjacent the first segment is secured to a second clamping element. At least one of the first segment and the second segment is moved to stack the second segment over the first capsule. The first clamping element and second clamping element can move independently of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Inventor: John G. Meyers
  • Patent number: 7131248
    Abstract: An injection molded container for storing and transporting wafers includes a base having a wafer area upon which to place a stack of a plurality of wafer assemblies, wherein each wafer assembly includes a wafer frame upon which is mounted a wafer. A protective wall apparatus is positioned around the wafer area, and includes at least one wall contour artifact. Each wafer frame according to the invention includes a corresponding opposite/mating artifact. The wall apparatus and wafer frame are configured so that the wafer frame must be oriented to mate the wall and frame artifacts in order for the wafer frame to be installed in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Peak Plastic & Metal Products (Int'l) Limited
    Inventors: James D. Pylant, Scott C. Bradley
  • Patent number: 7028450
    Abstract: A system for automatically forming several parallel rows of disk-like objects on a conveyor into stacks and packing those stacks into boxes is disclosed along with a method of operating the system. The system includes a stacker receiving the disk-like objects as they fall of the conveyor, a buffer receiving stacks from the stacker in groups of a first number, a transfer device for removing the stacks from the buffer in groups of a second number, and a packer for packing the stacks into boxes. The second number can be less than, greater than, or equal to the first number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: F.R. Drake Company
    Inventors: Colin R. Hart, Kenneth M. Welborn
  • Patent number: 6973764
    Abstract: A protector for sheet metal coil is formed of plastic with a flange and sleeve which are joined together at a ridge portion. The protectors incorporate symmetrically disposed groupings of stacking features or components which include a finger within a stacking access opening, a stacking tab, and a stacking opening. The fingers are employed to resiliently engage the inner surface of a core of a coil and incorporate a receiver surface for freely abuttable engagement with a stacking tab of a second protector when arranged in mutual stacking relationship. The stacking openings function for stacking purposes to receive the protruding finger of a next stack protector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: ITW Fleetwood-Signode
    Inventors: Paul G. Bordner, Bret D. Bordner, Jeffrey G. Kellermann
  • Patent number: 6640523
    Abstract: A system for continuously packaging or sorting fragile articles having varying thicknesses in a stack includes a plurality of proportional shifters coupled to each of a plurality of stripping devices in an article infeed assembly. Each proportional shifter has an article gauge for measuring the height of a stack having a set or desired number of fragile articles, such as crackers or cookies. An article stripping device may be quickly and accurately adjusted in-process to measure the thickness of a set number of stacked articles contained in a given batch coming from an article infeed. The article gauge provides a measure of the height of a stack of a set number of articles sampled from an article infeed. The stack height is equivalent to the height of the stack of articles stripped by the strip feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore E. Jones, Jr., William A. Blain, Steve A. Ramos, Edward Drake, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6637178
    Abstract: An improved can end bagging system comprises four subassemblies: (1) the end gathering and stick assembly apparatus, (2) the bag feeding, opening, and loading apparatus which places a predetermined number of stacked can ends into an open end bag, (3) the vertical positioner apparatus for moving the bagged sticks into a folding device, and (4) the bag folding, closing and transfer apparatus. The loading mechanism includes a servo controlled pusher which is driven with controlled acceleration and deceleration to avoid tipping of the ends making up a stick, to avoid bursting of the bags during filling, and to assure complete and uniform filling of each bag. Sponginess which results primarily from variations in compression of the rims of the ends pressing against each other in the gathering and counting process is avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignee: Dayton Systems Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven T. Cook, Brian W. Clark, Steffen W. Kracis, Dennis F. Moore, Jr., William E. Schneberger, Timothy A. Whitehead
  • Publication number: 20030178330
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for packaging compact discs for portable storage. A walled enclosure is provided, the walled enclosure having a floor and a wall enclosing an extremity of the floor. A compact disc storage plate adaptable for holding a compact disc is also provided. The compact disc storage plate is pivotally mounted within the walled enclosure. The walled enclosure may have a floor with a floor recess adaptable for holding a first compact disc and a wall enclosing the extremity of the floor, the floor having hinge slots therethrough adjacent the wall. A compact disc storage plate may also be provided having a plate recess adaptable for holding a second compact disc and having hinge tabs at a plate end. The compact disc storage plate may then be pivotally mounted to the floor at the hinge slots by engaging the hinge tabs into the hinge slots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2003
    Publication date: September 25, 2003
    Inventors: Bruce Dowdy, Lawrence Self
  • Patent number: 6606842
    Abstract: The apparatus for packing cash in a change pack based on input change data of the present invention comprises: a contractor register for registering a contractor; a store register for registering a store of the contractor; a cash-register register for registering a cash register of the store; and a data input device for registering change data by at least one of store and cash register and by day.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Assignee: Laurel Bank Machines, Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mizuo Ohshita
  • Patent number: 6598376
    Abstract: The apparatus for dispensing change and packing cash in a change pack, according to the present invention, comprises: a data input device for inputting change data; a change data divider for calculating an amount of cash corresponding to the change data based on the change data input from the data input device, comparing the calculated amount of cash with a predetermined reference value, and dividing the change data into a plurality of pack data so that the amount of cash corresponding to each divided change data is below the reference value, when the calculated amount of cash exceeds the reference value; and a change pack producer for producing the change pack based on the change data when the change data is not divided, and producing the change pack based on the divided pack data when the change data is divided by the change data divider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Assignee: Laurel Bank Machines Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mizuo Ohshita
  • Patent number: 6578344
    Abstract: An apparatus for charging tubular canisters in a charging direction with a stack of face-to-face oriented flat items, includes a conveyor for supporting and positioning an item stack thereon; a canister holder for supporting and positioning a canister; an arrangement for advancing the item stack in an item feeding direction from the conveyor into the canister positioned by the canister holder; an elongated guide member movable parallel to the feeding direction for introduction into and withdrawal from the canister positioned by the canister holder; a holding plate supported at an end of the guide member and being pivotal into a first position in which it projects into a feed path of the item stack for engaging a leading item of the item stack and into a second position in which it is clear of the feed path; and a drive for moving the guide member parallel to the feeding direction and for rotating the holding plate into the first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: SIG Pack Systems AG
    Inventor: René Fluck
  • Publication number: 20030041558
    Abstract: A the compact disk packing machine includes a base having a box providing device for move empty boxes to a box opening device which opens the empty boxes one by one. A transferring device transfers the opened boxes to a disk providing device and a disk positioning device to put a compact disk in each of the opening boxes. A sheet putting device puts a sheet of commercial in the open boxes and a closing device closes the boxes. The boxes having a compact disk and a sheet of commercial are transferred to a collection device and piled up.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Publication date: March 6, 2003
    Inventors: Chen Hsien Chang, Chia Wen Liu, Mao Lung Chien, Ching Chuan Kuo
  • Publication number: 20020189205
    Abstract: A system for automatically forming several parallel rows of disk-like objects on a conveyor into stacks and packing those stacks into boxes is disclosed along with a method of operating the system. The system includes a stacker receiving the disk-like objects as they fall of the conveyor, a buffer receiving stacks from the stacker in groups of a first number, a transfer device for removing the stacks from the buffer in groups of a second number, and a packer for packing the stacks into boxes. The second number can be less than, greater than, or equal to the first number.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2002
    Publication date: December 19, 2002
    Inventors: Colin R. Hart, Kenneth M. Welborn
  • Patent number: 6494238
    Abstract: Foaming apparatus for displacing the remaining air volume in a container, particularly bottles (2), filled with filling material using foaming, with the apparatus comprising a nozzle arrangement which comprises at least one injection nozzle (12) disposed above a transport conveyor (4) and which apparatus is provided for the displacement of the remaining air volume and is configured to impact the bottle with a jet of a gaseous or liquid foaming medium. It is thereby provided that the foaming medium is guided through a protection gas space (40) into the bottle opening, with the protection gas space being configured in part in the ambient air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Assignee: KHS Maschinen-und Anlagenbau AG
    Inventor: Siegmar Sindermann
  • Patent number: 6443689
    Abstract: The apparatus comprises a screw device (10) arranged to deliver the articles one at a time, in a manner spaced from the others, after withdrawing them from a vertical pile resting on it, means for counting the articles delivered by the screw device (10) and, downstream thereof, a continuous track (20) along which the articles slide in a stacked arrangement and which leads the stacks containing a predetermined number of articles to a final station (50) in which the stacks are positioned horizontally or inclined; finally a rotary device (30) accompanies the stacks of articles of predetermined number and urges them one at a time along said track (20) from the point in which they leave the screw device (10) to the final station (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: Clevertech S.R.L.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Reggiani
  • Patent number: 6397565
    Abstract: The apparatus for dispensing change of the present invention comprises: a data input device for inputting change data; a base sheet supplier for supplying a base sheet; a top sheet supplier for supplying a top sheet; a cash deliverer for delivering cash based on the change data input to the data input device; and a change pack producer for producing a change pack by packing the cash delivered by the cash deliverer between the base sheet supplied by the base sheet supplier and the top sheet supplied by the top sheet supplier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: Laurel Bank Machines Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mizuo Ohshita
  • Publication number: 20020023415
    Abstract: A coin wrapping machine includes an operation mode selector for selecting a counting mode for counting coins or a wrapping mode for wrapping coins, a coin passage, a first coin sensor provided in the coin passage for detecting physical properties of coins, a second coin sensor provided in the coin passage downstream of the first coin sensor for detecting physical properties of coins different from those to be detected by the first coin sensor, a first coin sorter provided in the coin passage downstream of the second coin sensor for sorting, a second coin sorter provided in the coin passage downstream of the second coin sensor for sorting coins, a third coin sorter provided in the coin passage downstream of the second coin sensor for sorting coins, and a discriminator for discriminating, based on the physical properties detected by the first coin sensor and the second coin sensor, whether or not a coin is acceptable, the denomination of the coin and whether or not the denomination of the coin coincides with th
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2001
    Publication date: February 28, 2002
    Applicant: LAUREL PRECISION MACHINES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mitsuharu Kagami
  • Patent number: 6206173
    Abstract: Device ensuring maximum coverage of an area in which identical cylindrical objects such as bottles or cans transported by a conveyor line accumulate. The device including, a vibrating table over which the bottles advance in short skips after being deposited on the table by the conveyor, and, an oscillating hoe formed by two integral, longitudinally extending bars. The friction between the bottles and the surface of the vibrating table being fairly small. The oscillating hoe performing a transverse alternate motion, during which each longitudinally extending bar alternately pushes the mass of bottles, causing them to slide over the vibrating table. One application of the device is for loading freeze drying vessels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Assignee: Societe d'Utilisation Scientifique et Industrielle du Froid - Usifroid
    Inventor: Patrick Gallet
  • Patent number: 6182814
    Abstract: An in line feed method and apparatus for forming slugs of incoming items, which are standing on edge and aligned front-to-back is disclosed. The process uses a conveyor belt and a vacuum chamber aligned end to end for separating the flow of items and creating slugs. The items introduced to the system are on a conveyor belt. The belt is periodically stopped and the items blocked from being sucked into the vacuum chamber. While the product is blocked from entering the vacuum chamber a moving finger which travels through the chamber is introduced at the mouth of the vacuum chamber and the items are released from the conveyor belt such that they are sucked into the vacuum chamber but are limited by and stack up against the finger. In this manner slugs are formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: SIG Pack, Inc., Doboy Division
    Inventor: Philip A. Koehler
  • Patent number: 6068550
    Abstract: A coin packaging device has a table, to which a mass of coins of identical denomination may be supplied, and a plurality of cylinders, each cylinder being arranged to receive coins one by one through an open end, thereby stacking a predetermined number of coins thus received into a pile of coins. Furthermore, the device has means for distributing the coins across the table. The table is provided with a plurality of openings large enough for allowing the coins to pass therethrough. The open end of each respective cylinder is arranged to receive coins from a respective one of the openings in the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: Scan Coin AB
    Inventors: Claes Breitholtz, Jerry Karlsson, Ulf Mossberg
  • Patent number: 6052969
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for stacking and loading disc-like objects into receptacles is provided. The apparatus includes a lane combining conveyor which receives multiple lanes of product and combines one or more of the outer lanes into the remaining lanes. A stack former is provided for forming individual stacks of patties which are side supported onto rails. The rails can be pivoted down to divert patties for clearing jams. After the product is formed on the stack formers, a stack transfer mechanism transfers the stacks of products formed on the stack forming rails to the matrix former. Matrix former receives individual rows of multiple stacks from the stack transfer mechanism. A stripper mechanism is used to ensure that the stacks are not scrambled during this transfer. Once the matrix former is filled with product, a case rollover mechanism is rotated to the matrix former.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: F. R. Drake
    Inventors: Colin R. Hart, Jimmy L. Meyer
  • Patent number: 5970683
    Abstract: A coin wrapping machine includes a coin denomination selecting device for selecting the denomination of coins to be wrapped, a coin discrimination and counter device for discriminating and counting the coins to be wrapped, a coin stacking device for stacking a predetermined number of coins, a coin wrapping device for wrapping a wrapping paper around the stacked coins and crimping both ends of the wrapping paper, and a speed setting device for setting the operating speed of wrapping rollers to a predetermined speed and setting the moving speed of a crimping device to a predetermined speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Laurel Bank Machines Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Miyamoto, Nobushige Horiguchi, Syouichi Uda
  • Patent number: 5902179
    Abstract: A coin releasing device of a coin stacking machine, including a rotary mechanism and a transmission mechanism locked therewith. The rotary mechanism is rotated to drive a transmission plate of the transmission mechanism, whereby the pushing plates on two sides of the transmission plate can stack and push out the coins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Assignee: Entropy International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Henry Yeh
  • Patent number: 5863177
    Abstract: A lid handling system employs a lid alignment assembly for aligning lids randomly placed on a rotating input disc, a lid separation assembly for separating lids spinning on a pair of horizontal spin bars into a counted stack, a vacuum pickup assembly for picking up a counted stack of lids, a pick and place assembly for transporting and placing stacks of lids into trays having upwardly bent side members, and a conveyor for conveying filled trays toward a carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Assignee: CBW Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: David E. Carson, Darrell B. Johnson, Donald L. Powell
  • Patent number: 5809745
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for continuously counting, stacking, and packaging relatively rigid and stackable articles, such as frozen meat patties, is provided. The apparatus includes a bottom stacker for stacking stackable articles in a column, a stack mover for moving the stack of articles to a packaging station, and a packager for packaging the stack of articles. The packager can provide an open plastic bag without injecting air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Assignee: Excel Corporation
    Inventor: Charles Reinert
  • Patent number: 5765337
    Abstract: A packaging system includes a stacking apparatus which utilizes a supplemental stacking member on a transfer mechanism for receiving at least one article from a conveying mechanism while the transfer mechanism is transferring a stack, such that a new stack is begun prior to completing the transfer of the first stack. This permits a substantially constant supply of articles to be provided continuously to the stacking apparatus without having to interrupt or slow down the flow of articles to the apparatus. The packaging system also includes a boxing apparatus which relies on pneumatically-actuated positioning mechanisms to move stacks of articles to discrete positions within boxes. Both the position and the velocity of the pneumatic mechanisms are utilized as feedback to provide increased speed without compromising positioning accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Assignee: Forpak, Inc.
    Inventors: Lloyd E. Lodewegen, David J. Seavey, Darrin J. Harder, David R. Brownson, Jason S. Lewis
  • Patent number: 5752366
    Abstract: Thin and lightweight baked products such as crackers and the like are dispensed from a stack and placed into a compartment of a packaging tray or the like. An escapement gate assembly supports the product as it falls into a accumulator opening and before it drops into the compartment of the packaging tray. This engagement need be for only a small fraction of a second, long enough to dissipate virtually all of the horizontal velocity components imparted to the products during handling of the products prior to dropping into the compartment. A preferred application moves a sub-stack of crackers from a larger stack and into the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1998
    Assignee: Kraft Foods, Inc.
    Inventors: Matt D. Wilfong, Peter V. Doll, Gregory J. Risse
  • Patent number: 5669482
    Abstract: An article hold-up assembly for use with an article handling apparatus to maintain at least one article defining a trailing end of a group of articles in an abutting orientation with a group as the group is moved by a conveyor along an elongated lane. The article handling apparatus includes an elongated lane defining an axis of elongation for merging a finite series of articles defining a group of articles with a generally continuous series of articles defining an outfeed stream of articles. The article handling apparatus includes a conveyor for moving articles through at least a portion of the lane. The article hold-up assembly includes an air supply device, a plenum chamber communicating with the air supply device, and a plurality of apertures in the plenum chamber. The air supply device provides positive air flow into the plenum chamber. The plenum chamber and the apertures therein are positioned spaced away from the axis of elongation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Assignee: Fleetwood Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew E. Mojden, Paul M. Ross
  • Patent number: 5613346
    Abstract: A packing material removal apparatus for removing a packing material from a package including combined articles herein and supplying the combined articles to a next process by a supplying unit, comprises a cutting unit having a suction opening for sucking the packing material to form a slack section, and a cutter for cutting the slack section, a removal unit having a pair of removal rollers which rotate in opposite directions to each other and on which the package cut by the cutting unit is put, and a drop unit having a transferring board, a shutter board for preventing the combined articles from being transferred to the supplying unit and permitting the combined articles to be sent to the supplying unit, an operation device for moving the shutter board upwardly and downwardly with respect to the transferring board, and side boards for supporting both ends of the combined articles on the transferring board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1997
    Assignee: Kirin Beer Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takahiro Yamamichi, Hiroshi Shibata
  • Patent number: 5557908
    Abstract: A coin processing machine comprises a rotatable disk receiving deposited coins and feeding out the received coins to a coin sorting passage by a centrifugal force produced by rotation thereof. The coin sorting passage has a pair of guide members. The denomination of coins to be processed is selected, and the coins which are fed out to the coin sorting passage are processed in accordance with the denomination selected. The coin processing machine further comprises data storage of data concerning the denomination of coins to be processed. The coin data is input into the data storage. A controller reads out the coin data from the data storage in accordance with the denomination selected so as to control the coin processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1996
    Assignee: Laural Bank Machine Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masamichi Ozeki, Mamoru Takasaki, Katsuyuki Miyamoto, Mitsumasa Tsuruda
  • Patent number: 5540031
    Abstract: A coin stacker for stacking coins to be wrapped includes a pair of stacking blocks each being movable relative to the other perpendicular to a vertical plane including the center line of a coin sorting passage for passing coins of a predetermined denomination therethrough. The first stacking block includes a first inner wall section lying at an angle X to the direction in which the coin sorting passage extends and a second inner wall section lying at an angle -X to the vertical plane including the center line of the coin sorting passage. The second inner wall section is higher than the first inner wall section in the direction in which the coins are stacked. The second stacking block includes a first inner wall section and a second inner wall section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1996
    Assignee: Laural Bank Machines Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masamichi Ozeki, Mamoru Takasaki, Katsuyuki Miyamoto, Mitsumasa Tsuruda
  • Patent number: 5513481
    Abstract: A coin handling machine includes a rotatable disk for receiving deposited coins and feeding out the received coins to a coin sorting passage by the centrifugal force produced by rotation thereof, the coin sorting passage having a pair of guide members for passing only coins of a denomination to be handled therethrough, a denomination selector for selecting the denomination of coins to be handled and passage width adjusting cams for adjusting the spacing between the pair of guide members of the coin sorting passage in accordance with the denomination selected by the denomination selector, the passage width adjusting cams including first and second cams having different cam profiles, a motor for rotating the first cam and the second cam and a controller for controlling the motor, the controller being adapted for selectively transmitting a driving force of the motor to the first cam or the second cam, thereby adjusting the spacing of the pair of guide members of the coin sorting passage so as to coincide with co
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1996
    Assignee: Laurel Bank Machines Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masamichi Ozeki, Mamoru Takasaki, Katsuyuki Miyamoto, Mitsumasa Tsuruda
  • Patent number: 5487252
    Abstract: A coin wrapping machine includes a coin stacking device for stacking coins. A coin support post receives the stacked coins at a post waiting position immediately below the coin stacking device and supports them on a upper surface thereof. A coin wrapping device includes a plurality of wrapping rollers for winding a wrapping film around the stacked coins and produces a wrapped coin roll. A support post moving mechanism moves the coin support post between the post waiting position, a post wrapping position where the supported coins can be wrapped by the coin wrapping device, and a post retracted position where the coin support post is retracted from between the wrapping rollers. A mode selector selects a counting mode which causes the coin wrapping machine to only count coins or a wrapping mode which causes it to count and wrap coins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1996
    Assignee: Laurel Bank Machines Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masamichi Ozeki, Mamoru Takasaki, Katsuyuki Miyamoto, Mitsumasa Tsuruda
  • Patent number: 5471822
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for packaging articles, such as container ends, using a product having a plurality of interconnected compartments formed in two continuous superposed sheets by a lengthwise extending seam and a plurality of spaced apart widthwise extending seams so that each compartment has one open end, by moving one of the compartments to a predetermined location, gripping the widthwise extending seams of the one compartment, moving one of the gripped seams toward the other of the gripped seams, applying a force to the open end to move apart the portions of the superposed strips forming the one compartment, holding a plurality of articles at a location aligned with the open end, pushing the articles into the one compartment, at least partially closing the open end to form a partially closed compartment having articles confined therein, moving the partially closed compartment to move another compartment into the predetermined location and repeating the process to form a plurality of interconnected partia
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1995
    Assignee: Coors Brewing Company
    Inventors: Larry M. Dugan, LeRoy J. Haverland, Ronald L. Moore
  • Patent number: 5435113
    Abstract: A coin wrapping apparatus that includes a denomination setting dial, a wrapping film width detector, a plurality of wrapping rollers for winding the wrapping film around a predetermined number of stacked coins, a coin support post, a coin support post moving mechanism for moving the coin support post between a waiting position, a wrapping position and a retracted position. The coin wrapping apparatus further includes a wrapping position adjusting mechanism for separately adjusting the vertical position of the coin support post and a controller for driving the wrapping position adjusting mechanism based upon the denomination of coins to be wrapped which is set with the denomination setting dial and the width of the wrapping film as detected by the wrapping film width detector, so that a vertical center of the stacked coins coincides with the widthwise center of the wrapping film at the wrapping position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1995
    Assignee: Laurel Bank Machines Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshio Oikawa
  • Patent number: 5435777
    Abstract: A coin packaging apparatus facilitates a change operation of the type of coins processed, can correspond to any type of coin, and is an apparatus which feeds coins one by one from a circular plate and conveys them along a coin passage and in which required processing, such as totaling and separation of the coins to be packaged, is performed. The coins are fed to a coin stacking portion where a required number of coins are stacked and packaged by a coin packaging portion. A coin passage width adjustment device steplessly adjusts the width of the coin passage, a coin passage height adjustment device steplessly adjusts the height of the coin passage, and a coin stacking portion inner diameter adjustment device steplessly adjusts the inner diameter of the coin stacking portion. A coin information input portion receives coin information, including at least the diameter and thickness of coins to be proposed. A coin information coin passage width information P.sub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1995
    Assignee: Glory Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ichiro Takatani, Yusuke Inuki, Yoshinobu Kobayashi, Masanori Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 5414978
    Abstract: An improved machine is disclosed for stacking a plurality of flat objects. The improved machine for stacking is suitable for use with a packaging machine such as a shrink wrap packaging machine for packaging the plurality of flat objects with a heat shrinkable film. An input conveyor individually conveys each of the plurality of flat objects to the stacker. The stacker forms a vertical stack of the flat objects from the plurality of flat objects. The stacker may be used in conjunction with a wrapper to form the heat shrinkable film into a film tube with the vertical stack of flat objects disposed therein. An input oven transport transfers the vertical stack of flat objects to a heat shrink oven to form a heat shrink package thereby. The invention is also incorporated into a shrink wrap package having an electrostatic seal enabling an operator to twist the heat shrink package to fracture the electrostatic seal for removing the stack of flat objects therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1995
    Inventor: Jean L. Limousin
  • Patent number: 5403056
    Abstract: A robotic hand on a robot is capable of picking-up several generally flattened articles in a stack form in a gentle non-damaging manner. The robotic hand has a manifold for directing controlled pressure air and a set of gripper finger assemblies extending therefrom. Each finger assembly has a rigid finger support member and an inflatable bladder extending along its length. The bladders are in communication with the chamber of the manifold and an external source of positive and negative pressure air. The robotic hand is capable of positioning itself over an article to be picked-up with the set of gripper finger assemblies encompassing the article. Pressurized air is directed through the manifold and into the bladders of the finger assemblies. The bladders expand sufficiently to grasp sides of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1995
    Assignee: Planet Products Corporation
    Inventor: Gary L. Wallace