Printing On Or Of Dispensed Or Vended Article Patents (Class 700/235)
  • Patent number: 10275977
    Abstract: A medicine sorting apparatus includes a receiving part, an identifying part and a storing part. The storing part includes a plurality of storing trays arranged in multiple stages. A storing area for each of returned medicines is defined at the time of storing each of the returned medicines according to a size of each of the returned medicines identified by the identifying part. Each of the returned medicines is stored in the storing tray in a state that the storing area for each of the returned medicines is associated with identification information of each of the returned medicines so that each of the returned medicines can be taken from the storing tray by a scalar type robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: YUYAMA MGF. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akitomi Kohama, Yasuhiro Shigeyama, Hiromichi Tsuda, Takashi Ueno, Hidenori Tsuji, Mei Zhang
  • Patent number: 10207406
    Abstract: An operation instruction list including starting points and ending points of trajectories of a plurality of robot arms is generated (a trajectory definition data generation process). Order of generation of trajectories is determined in accordance with the operation instruction list (a generation order determination process). A trajectory of a specific robot arm included in the operation instruction list is generated in accordance with a starting point and an ending point such that the trajectory avoids obstacle spaces registered in the obstacle memory when trajectories of other robot arms are generated (a trajectory generation process). A sweeping space in which a structure of the arm sweeps when the robot arm is operated along the generated trajectory is added to the obstacle memory as an obstacle space to be avoided by the other robot arm (an obstacle registration process).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasuharu Maeda
  • Patent number: 10192322
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a medicine photographing apparatus for reducing time and effort of a user operation at the time of measuring shapes of medicines, and a medicine shape measuring apparatus and a medicine dispensing apparatus which include the medicine photographing apparatus. A medicine photographing apparatus 7 includes a medicine holding part 81, a lighting part 82, a photographing part 83, a housing 71 and a pivotally supporting part. The medicine holding part 81, the lighting part 82 and the photographing part 83 are contained in the housing having light shielding property. The medicine holding part 81 is provided between the lighting part 82 and the photographing part 83. Further, the medicine holding part 81 can hold a medicine with a portion having translucency and pivotally move due to the pivotally supporting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Koike, Masao Fukada
  • Patent number: 10071480
    Abstract: An interference check system capable of appropriately checking interference between a machine tool and a robot in real time even in the case where real-time properties of data communication are not secured in a system including a machine tool and a robot. The interference check system includes a machine tool controller configured to control a machine tool, a robot controller configured to control a robot, and an interference check execution unit configured to include shape model data or the like of a machine tool mechanical unit and a robot mechanical unit. The interference check execution unit checks presence/absence of interference between the machine tool mechanical unit and the robot mechanical unit based on the shape model data of the machine tool and the robot and time-series data generated by integrating the positions of the control axes of the machine tool and the robot, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroji Nishi, Masahiro Oyamada
  • Patent number: 9830521
    Abstract: Provided is a system for identifying a drug container that includes an image capture device configured to capture an optical image of a portion of a label provided to the drug container, and a non-transitory computer storage medium storing a plurality of features for each of a plurality of different drugs included in a database. The features associated with each of the plurality of different drugs are suggestive of an identity of a drug identity but do not, alone, positively identify the drug identity. A processing component is configured to receive data representing the optical image transmitted by the image capture device and to identify a candidate for the drug identity based on the plurality of features associated with the candidate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: CODONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Gary Keefe, Lawrence Srnka, Peter Botten
  • Patent number: 9754468
    Abstract: A system, passenger train, method and software product for assisting a passenger to monitor luggage and eventually issue an alarm. The system includes a luggage compartment with an RFID reader in connection with a train server aboard of the train. The train server is provided with information about an RFID tag attached to a piece of luggage of a specific passenger, and the train server is provided with information about the mobile device of this specific passenger. Upon detection of a piece of luggage with a registered RFID tag the train server notifies the mobile device of the passenger associated with the RFID tag and requests the passenger to confirm deposit of the luggage. The RFID reader seizes to protect the RFID tag of the deposited piece of luggage, the train server notifies the mobile device of the passenger associated with the RFID tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Trolex Aporta Limited
    Inventor: Jesper Bang-Olsen
  • Patent number: 9536369
    Abstract: A pharmacy medication verification system is particularly useful for verifying medications to be dispensed to hospital patients while minimizing or eliminating verification by a pharmacist. Typically, a technician or robot picks the medications from storage bins in accordance with a medical prescription or stocking order and uses various sensors to ensure that the correct medication was picked and enters a medication container. The system typically provides correct and incorrect medication indicators as well as correct and incorrect entry indicators. Error reports may be generated when appropriate to communicate any relevant errors to the pharmacist, who can then verify that the correct medications are in the container. In one aspect, the containers are in the form of patient drawers which fit within a cart for delivery to hospital rooms. A containment device may be used to secure the drawer or other container during the verification process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: MICRO DATASTAT, LTD.
    Inventor: David J. Wagner
  • Patent number: 9526920
    Abstract: A medical device includes a treatment module configured to apply a treatment to a patient. The medical device includes an interface configured to operatively connect to a removable storage device storing authorization data that identifies a level of treatment authorization. The medical device includes a processing device configured to perform operations in response to receiving user input indicating a treatment should be initiated. The operations include determining whether the removable storage device is valid for use with the medical device. If the removable storage device is determined to be valid, the authorization data is accessed. The processing device determines whether the treatment is authorized based on the accessed authorization data. If the treatment is determined to be authorized, the treatment module is controlled to apply the treatment. If the treatment is determined to not be authorized, the treatment module is controlled such that the treatment is not applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: SMITH & NEPHEW, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Tanis, Jin Zhang, Debra Ann Arrington, Kelly Ann Umstead
  • Patent number: 9495616
    Abstract: A system for monitoring coffee machines, comprising: a coffee machine (10) having an electronic circuitry (14, 40, 41) configured for collecting and storing usage parameters of the machine; and a display (12) connected to the electronic circuitry and configured for displaying information processed by the electronic circuitry (14, 40, 41) in the form bar codes of QR code type. The system includes a device (50) external to the machine (10) and configured for acquiring through photographs the processed information, in order to decode it and transmit it to a remote server (15). A method of for monitoring coffee machines is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Rancilio Group S.P.A.
    Inventor: Carlo Carbonini
  • Patent number: 9483794
    Abstract: A method includes: capturing or receiving at least one image of one or more identity documents (IDs) using a mobile device; determining identifying information from one or more of the IDs; building an ID profile based on the identifying information; storing the ID profile to a memory of the mobile device; invoking a workflow configured to facilitate a business transaction; detecting a predetermined stimulus in the workflow, the stimulus relating to the business transaction; providing at least a portion of the ID profile to the workflow in response to detecting the predetermined stimulus; and driving at least a portion of the workflow using the provided portion of the ID profile. Related systems and computer program products are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Kofax, Inc.
    Inventors: Jan W. Amtrup, Steven Kilby, Anthony Macciola
  • Patent number: 9436803
    Abstract: An automatic prescription drug dispenser including a remote dispenser, a prescription entry system, and a communications network. The remote dispenser transmits and receives information from the communications network and dispenses prescription drugs to the patient. The prescription entry system transmits and receives information from the communications network and provides an input system for the prescriber to electronically enter individual prescriptions for each patient. The communications network coordinates communications between the doctor, insurance carrier, and the remote dispenser. The remote dispenser stores, retrieves, and labels prescription drug and over-the-counter products directly to patients through a remote automated dispenser, a prescription entry system, and a communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: InstyMeds Corporation
    Inventor: Ken Rosenblum
  • Patent number: 9394071
    Abstract: Provided is a label affixing device to affix linerless labels having different lengths cut and dispensed at the correct position on an article. A label affixing device includes a label issuing unit for cutting and dispensing a linerless label sheet into an individual label, and a label affixer for affixing to an article the linerless label dispensed; the label issuing unit includes a label feeder that feeds the linerless label sheet, a label cutter that cuts the linerless label sheet, and a label cutter controller that controls the operation of the label cutter; and the label affixer includes an affixing unit that moves the linerless label towards an article, and an affixing unit controller that controls the movement of the affixing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: TERAOKA SEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kousaku Yamasita, Keiji Ishigami
  • Patent number: 9299213
    Abstract: An automated pill dispensing system includes an output chute configured to hold pill-containing vials and an optical sensor located at a predetermined location in the output chute. The optical sensor includes an optical emitter and an optical detector configured to be operated cooperatively to output a detection signal indicating a presence or absence of a vial at the predetermined location of the output chute. A controller is coupled to the optical sensor and is configured to receive the detection signal therefrom, detect the presence or absence of the vial at the predetermined location of the output chute in response to the detection signal, and control a next depositing event whereby a next vial is deposited in the output chute responsive to the detection. Related methods of operation are also discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Schedel, James Robert Rivenbark, Jr., Mark Alan Uebel, Thomas H. S. Gordon
  • Patent number: 9286593
    Abstract: A system and method for delivering a product such as a pharmacy bottle from a conveyor system to a delivery container via a delivery chute. A control system in communication with the components of the system detects when a product is ready for release into the chute for delivery based on information obtained by a scanner on the conveyor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: HUMANA INC.
    Inventors: Michael Mahar, Atin Kapadia, Toan Trinh
  • Patent number: 9129263
    Abstract: A method for automating interaction with a messaging system receives a first message from the messaging system, associates the first message with a topic, assigns the first message to an identity associated with the topic, maps content to the first message, creates a second message based on the content, and sends, via the identity, the second message to the messaging system. The first message may be screened for quality and assigned a quality score, and if the quality score does not exceed a predetermined threshold, then the second message will not be sent to the messaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Reiner Kraft, Farzin Maghoul
  • Patent number: 9053600
    Abstract: A kiosk for sale or rental of secure USB flash drives employing digital rights management to implement secure digital media storage such as that provided by encrypted storage utilizing content protection for recordable media (CPRM) or the like. Preferably, the form factor of the secure USB flash drives is that of a standard USB flash drive, and a standard USB connector is employed therein making the devices and their use familiar and comfortable to the average consumer. Further, the kiosk may employ an array of USB ports and support writing of content from one drive to another to advantageously adjust inventory to respond to demand. Light, simple kiosks may be designed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Phil Day, Andrew Colley, Jim Henderson
  • Publication number: 20150127145
    Abstract: Disclosed in the present invention is a medicine dispensing device comprising: a medicine storage portion for storing a medicine; a medicine discharge portion for discharging the medicine stored at the medicine storage portion; a communication module for communicating with a hospital server; and a control portion for controlling the operation of the medicine storage portion and the medicine discharge portion so as to allow the medicine to be discharged on the basis of prescription information of a prescription received from the hospital server through the communication module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: JVM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jun Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 8989895
    Abstract: A computationally implemented system and method that is designed to, but is not limited to: electronically receiving status information regarding a particular ingestible material portion as related to a first engagement of an automated dispensing system with at least one manufacture, the first engagement occurring during a first condition including the at least one manufacture being united with the particular ingestible material portion, the first engagement to facilitate access by the automated dispensing system to the particular ingestible material portion for dispensing of the particular ingestible material portion, the electronically receiving status information to receive status information influenced by whether any disengagements of the automated dispensing system from the at least one manufacture occur during the first condition prior to the first engagement, the at least one manufacture arranged to inhibit access to the particular ingestible material portion prior to any engagements of the automated d
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Elwha, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Holman, Royce A. Levien, Mark A. Malamud, Neal Stephenson, Christopher Charles Young
  • Patent number: 8983654
    Abstract: Systems and methods for delivering and packing medicines are described. The systems and methods allows for understanding relations between the medicines and a production-history information piece even if the medicines are having different production-history information pieces while being of the same type. A medicine dispensing apparatus includes a medicine delivery means, a medicine preparation means, a packing means, and a control means capable of controlling operations from delivery of the medicine to packing of the medicine according to prescription data and further specifying a production-history information piece of the medicine delivered from the medicine delivery means. The medicine dispensing apparatus further includes a printing means for printing the production-history information pieces on a packaging sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomohiro Sugimoto
  • Publication number: 20150066206
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for a medical pill dispensing system. A method involves accessing a plan. The plan indicates a first pill distribution for a first period of time, and a second pill distribution for a second period of time. The method also involves receiving an input, where the input indicates a change to the plan. The input indicates at least one pill to be distributed in the first period of time. The method also involves determining whether to modify one or more of the first pill distribution or the second pill distribution. The method involves, in response to a determination that the second pill distribution is to be modified, modifying the plan to indicate a change in the second pill distribution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: MEDITAB SOFTWARE INC.
    Inventors: Mikeshkumar Ishwarbhai Patel, Feros Khan Seyed Yousuf Khan, Sergey Shkapov
  • Publication number: 20150066205
    Abstract: Example embodiments of the present invention may provide an efficient method of identifying unit doses of medication, and more specifically, to dispensing, identifying, packaging, and labeling unit doses of medication for distribution. In particular, methods may include receiving medication information, causing identifying information related to the medication information to be printed to a web of material, where the identifying information is printed at regular intervals, and preparing a medication unit dose to be dispensed to a container. Methods may further include verifying that the medication unit dose corresponds to the identifying information printed to the web of material, and joining the web of material to the container in response to the dispensed unit dose corresponding to the identifying information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: McKesson Automation Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick J. Braun
  • Patent number: 8948912
    Abstract: A service providing system according to an embodiment includes a robot unit, an interface that receives input of order input information, and a control unit that is connected to the robot unit and the interface, and causes the robot unit to execute an operation based on the order input information input with the interface. Furthermore, the service providing system receives input of the order input information with the interface, causes the robot unit to execute the processing operation based on the order input information input with the interface, and provides a product on which the processing operation has been performed by the robot unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Yaskawa Denki
    Inventors: Zenta Nakamoto, Makoto Umeno, Kenji Matsukuma
  • Publication number: 20150025679
    Abstract: An automatic prescription drug dispenser including a remote dispenser, a prescription entry system, and a communications network. The remote dispenser transmits and receives information from the communications network and dispenses prescription drugs to the patient. The prescription entry system transmits and receives information from the communications network and provides an input system for the prescriber to electronically enter individual prescriptions for each patient. The communications network coordinates communications between the doctor, insurance carrier, and the remote dispenser. The remote dispenser stores, retrieves, and labels prescription drug and over-the-counter products directly to patients through a remote automated dispenser, a prescription entry system, and a communications network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: InstyMeds Corporation
    Inventor: Ken Rosenblum
  • Publication number: 20150019008
    Abstract: A vending machine, in communication with a remote station, delivers a labeled container to a user from storage holding containers of different sizes and shapes and containing different products such as medicaments. A control system is operable to select a specific unlabeled container from among the other containers in storage, and to move the selected unlabeled container to a labeling module where a label is applied after the position of the label and/or the selected unlabeled container are/is adjusted so as to result in the label being applied at a desired position and angular orientation with respect to the selected unlabeled container. The control system is further operable to move the labeled container to a delivery zone accessible to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: MedAvail, Inc.
    Inventors: Wes van Ooyen, Derek Bessette, Duane Lindner
  • Patent number: 8918432
    Abstract: A system for managing drug labeling information includes a repository comprising a network accessible database, the repository having an upload portion and a download portion, the repository being accessible to a plurality of users via client computers coupled to a wide area network. The repository includes drug labeling information on a plurality of drugs stored therein. The upload portion of the repository is accessible by a first set of users while the download portion of the repository is accessible by a second set of users. In one preferred aspect of the invention, drug manufactures are able to upload new or revised PDF files containing drug labeling information. The new or revised PDF files are then available for download by pharmacists or other authorized users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Cerner Innovation, Inc.
    Inventors: Magdy A. Eletreby, Mohamed N. Eletreby
  • Patent number: 8914147
    Abstract: A service providing system according to an embodiment includes a robot unit, an interface that receives input of order input information, and a control unit that is connected to the robot unit and the interface, and causes the robot unit to execute an operation based on the order input information input with the interface. Furthermore, the service providing system receives input of the order input information with the interface, causes the robot unit to execute the processing operation based on the order input information input with the interface, and provides a product on which the processing operation has been performed by the robot unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Yaskawa Denki
    Inventors: Zenta Nakamoto, Makoto Umeno, Kenji Matsukuma
  • Patent number: 8892249
    Abstract: A substance control dispensing system which receives containers of ingestible material for use in dispensing ingestible products individually or in combination with other ingestibles available to the system. A container is sealed at a point of origin and maintains information regarding the origin, integrity of the container since packing, or substance contained by the containers among other types of information. The system is configured to acquire the information from the container upon the container being inserted into the system, and the information may be used to prepare a display of available selections which includes a status related to the information from the container or its insertion into the system, increasing confidence toward the integrity in labeling of ingestible products to be dispensed. Other sorts of ingestible products can include but are not limited to food bars, meal replacements, snacks, full meals, plant and/or animal based products, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, smoothies, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Paul Holman, Royce A. Levien, Mark A. Malamud, Neal Stephenson, Christopher Charles Young
  • Publication number: 20140337211
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for an automated teller machine (“ATM”) currency stamper are provided. The currency stamper may be configured to mark currency retracted by the ATM. The mark may include one or more attributes of the currency. The mark may include transaction information associated with a dispensing and/or retraction of the currency. Marked currency may be stored in the ATM. Marked currency may be scanned. A scanning of marked currency may read the attributes of the currency and the transaction information included in the mark. The scanning of the marked currency may erase the mark. A value of the marked currency may be calculated. The value may be determined based on the currency attributes and transaction information included in the mark applied to the currency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Kristy M. Crist, Terrelle Carswell, JR., Eric McConnell, Rahul Puri, Devin D. Rhodes, James D. Goodwin
  • Patent number: 8849449
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus is provided for dispensing drugs quickly, conveniently, securely, and accurately and at relatively less cost than traditional pharmacy-based dispensing systems. A script for a drug prescribed to a user is generated comprising a human readable description of the drug and the user or a machine readable description of the drug and the user. The script is provided to a robotic prescription dispensary operable to recognize either the human readable description or the machine readable description, and validate and dispense the drug accordingly. The robotic prescription dispensary includes a user interface, a tele conferencing or video conferencing means enabling communication between the user and a human validation agent, and a scanning means for capturing an image of the script. A method for managing inventory and distribution of drugs is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: MedAvail, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Craig Waugh, James Brandon Parrott, Peter Gaspard Suma, Michael Graves Mansell
  • Patent number: 8838482
    Abstract: A method of making a printed article of clothing of fabric, characterized by the following steps: (a) a computer (4) of a customer (2) is connected for data exchange with a computer (12) of a producer; (b) the customer (2) sets the design of a desired article of clothing via the customer computer (4)/producer computer (12) connection by setting for a plurality of design parameters (e.g. basic design, color, size) a respective selection target from several selection targets possible; (c) based on data from said design setting, several print parts are printed on a printing medium by means of a printer (12), said printing medium being either directly a fabric panel or an intermediate medium the print of which is transferred to fabric later on; (d) fabric pieces (24a; 24b) (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Owayo GmbH
    Inventors: Bastian Schindler, Francisco Jose Gennes Sanchez, Paul Marek
  • Patent number: 8798788
    Abstract: An automated method for dispensing pharmaceuticals particularly tablets and capsules, and other small discrete objects, includes: receiving prescription information, selecting a container, labeling the container, dispensing the tablets or capsules into the labeled container, applying a closure to the filled, labeled container, and offloading the container to a designated location. Preferably, the tablets are dispensed with high speed dispensing bins that employ forced air to agitate and singulate the tablets. The other functions within the system are typically carried out at stations designed to offer speed, flexibility and precision to the dispensing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Williams, Richard Michelli, Jasper Pollard, Simon Kelly, David Newcomb, Jess Eberdt, Pete Klein
  • Patent number: 8781623
    Abstract: A system for dispensing a bulk product includes an interactive display. The system may be linked to another system which selects a variety of the bulk product and automatically causes the dispenser to dispense the selected variety. The dispensing system may also include a container associated with a remote carrier, so that the bulk product may be dispensed into the container in which the user wishes to store the bulk product long term.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Leech, Derek A. Fitchett, Jung Gyu Moon
  • Patent number: 8774962
    Abstract: An automated method for dispensing pharmaceuticals particularly tablets and capsules, and other small discrete objects, includes: receiving prescription information, selecting a container, labeling the container, dispensing the tablets or capsules into the labeled container, applying a closure to the filled, labeled container, and offloading the container to a designated location. Preferably, the tablets are dispensed with high speed dispensing bins that employ forced air to agitate and singulate the tablets. The other functions within the system are typically carried out at stations designed to offer speed, flexibility and precision to the dispensing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Williams, Richard Michelli, Jasper Pollard, Simon Kelly, David Newcomb, Jess Eberdt, Pete Klein
  • Patent number: 8749359
    Abstract: A tablet holder with an alert system for reminding individuals to take their medications featuring a base with seven compartments. Each compartment has a separate lid, and a base lid covers all the compartment lids. Compartment LEDs are disposed in each compartment lid. A touch screen display, a speaker, a vibrating component, and a microprocessor are each disposed in the base. The microprocessor is connected to a time keeping system that keeps the date and time. The microprocessor can be programmed to be activated at various dates and times. When the microprocessor is activated, the microprocessor activates the LEDs, the speaker, and the vibrating component to alert the user to take his/her medicine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Ruta Wilson
  • Patent number: 8749356
    Abstract: An automated system and associated method for storing medical items comprises a medication cabinet having at least one refrigerated drawer having a thermo-electric cooling (TEC) device and a non-refrigerated drawer. The refrigerated drawer design is such that cooling gradients throughout the drawer are minimized. Faraday cages are provided about each drawer to support separate RFID readers to monitor the medical items in each drawer. An automatic RFID data detection system determines the temperature requirements of medical items in the refrigerated drawer and controls the TEC device to maintain the required temperature. A temperature logging system for the refrigerated drawer is provided. A separate RFID reader determines if a temperature-controlled item has been placed in a non-refrigerated drawer and if so, an alert is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: MEPS Real-Time, Inc.
    Inventors: Shariq Hussain, Paul M. Elizondo, Timothy Golde, Jimmy Caputo
  • Patent number: 8739840
    Abstract: A method for managing orders and dispensing products into a container. The method may include the steps of prompting a user selection of a product type at an order entry station, printing indicia on the container indicating at least the product type selected, reading the indicia at a product dispensing station, and dispensing the product type selected into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Louis Mattos, Jr., Qiuchen Peter Zhang, Nilton Antonio Moreira Mattos, Arthur G. Rudick, H. Brock Kolls
  • Patent number: 8738177
    Abstract: A vending machine, in communication with a remote station, delivers a labeled container to a user from storage holding containers of different sizes and shapes and containing different products such as medicaments. A control system is operable to select a specific unlabeled container from among the other containers in storage, and to move the selected unlabeled container to a labeling module where a label is applied after the position of the label and/or the selected unlabeled container are/is adjusted so as to result in the label being applied at a desired position and angular orientation with respect to the selected unlabeled container. The control system is further operable to move the labeled container to a delivery zone accessible to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: MedAvil, Inc.
    Inventors: Wes van Ooyen, Derek Bessette, Duane Lindner
  • Publication number: 20140114470
    Abstract: The inventions disclosed herein generally relate to methods and systems for dispensing ordered medication as well as methods and systems for conveniently and rapidly providing patients with information regarding their prescribed medications. The present inventions improve the productivity and efficiency of pharmacy department personnel and reduce the incidence of medication errors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: Rashid Pharmacy, P.L.C.
    Inventor: Joseph G. Rashid
  • Publication number: 20140067112
    Abstract: A coded sealing device for a medicine bottle includes a substantially solid structure comprising a first sidewall, a first top surface, and a first concavity. A label is located on at least one of the first sidewall and first top surface, and the first concavity is for receiving a medicine bottle. In at least one embodiment, at least one of the first sidewall, first top surface, and label may include a color coding and/or other indicia. The label containing information relevant to the patient may be located on at least one of the first sidewall and first top surface. The coded sealing device also includes various alternative embodiments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Medco Health Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis Wayne Rice
  • Patent number: 8661100
    Abstract: A method for configuring a network device includes activating a sensor of the network device to receive data. The data from the sensor is analyzed to determine physical location information indicated thereby. A network address is automatically assigned to the network device based on the physical location information indicated by the data from the sensor. Related methods, systems, and apparatus are also discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Gary M. Owen
  • Patent number: 8626338
    Abstract: Implementations of a public use tag marking kiosk. Aspects associated with particular implementations of a tag marking kiosk comprise, among others, automatically marking two sides of a tag within the kiosk, receiving the tag to be marked from the customer, providing a closeable door between the marking implement and the customer while the tag is being marked, ejecting the tag from a tag holder after the tag is marked, and aligning the tag so that a desired tag side is required to be initially facing up on the tag holder. Housing for the kiosk may surround all of the system parts or may be split into a housing shell and a marking unit that fits inside the shell. Marking implements may be laser, mechanical stylus, paint, or others. Tags may be suspended in a cantilevered manner during marking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: The Hillman Group, Inc.
    Inventors: George Lynn Hagen, Beth Cooperrider, Ronald E. Mundt, Darren L. Kessner, Steven J. Gardner, Adrian Spucces, Kenneth C. Booth
  • Patent number: 8600546
    Abstract: Implementations of a public use tag marking kiosk. Aspects associated with particular implementations of a tag marking kiosk comprise, among others, automatically marking two sides of a tag within the kiosk, receiving the tag to be marked from the customer, engaging and aligning the tag to be marked, providing a closeable door between the marking implement and the customer while the tag is being marked, ejecting the tag from a tag holder after the tag is marked, and aligning the tag so that a desired tag side is required to be initially facing up on the tag holder. Housing for the kiosk may surround all of the system parts or may be split into a housing shell and a marking unit that fits inside the shell. Marking implements may be laser, mechanical stylus, paint, or others. Tags may be suspended in a cantilevered manner during marking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: The Hillman Group, Inc.
    Inventors: George Lynn Hagen, Ryan Hamblin, Carl Ito, Kenneth C. Booth
  • Publication number: 20130310969
    Abstract: A system for dispensing product-filled containers in which the containers are filled prior to labeling, so that any container may filled at any dispensing station. The system includes multiple dispensing stations, both manual and automated, disposed adjacent a conveyor. Automated dispensing stations include quantities of products, fillable product containers, and a labeling assembly. Each dispensing station dispenses a predetermined quantity of products into a container and labels the container for transport via an exit conveyor to the main conveyor. Carriers are delivered via the main conveyor into a container carrier queue lane, where a sensor reads the RFID before a filled, labeled container is deposited into the carrier. A sensor reads the label bar code and transmits the bar code and RFID information to the computer database, mating the carrier with the filled container. System software load balances the components of an order by routing them to different dispensing stations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: Tension International, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Terzini, Brian Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8588964
    Abstract: Storage devices, systems, methods, and computer program products are provided for dispensing medication. The storage devices include a container dispensing device for providing users with containers that can be used to securely transport (i.e., in a closed, identifiable container) medications dispensed from the storage device for a single selected patient. In this way, a single user may be able to dispense medications for multiple patients during a single user interaction with a storage device, while keeping medications for different patients separate and easily identifiable so as to provide secure transport between the storage device and the different patients' bedsides. Thus, a printing device may be provided for printing a summary of details, such as in the form of a label and/or a receipt. A sensor may also be provided for detecting the receipt of medications into the container as a check that the correct medications were dispensed by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: McKesson Automation Inc.
    Inventors: Laurie K. Garda, Wendy Armstrong, Amy Blew, Jyotsna Rao
  • Publication number: 20130282169
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention can include systems and methods for providing a combined product for dispensing from a product dispenser. In one embodiment, a system can provide a combined product for dispensing from a product dispenser. The system can include a code generation module operable to receive data associated with a plurality of product recipes; and generate a machine readable item with a combined recipe including the plurality of product recipes, wherein the machine readable item configures a product dispenser to dispense the combined recipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventors: William J. Moore, Brad Green, David O. Slagley, David R. Newman, Gregg Carpenter, Gene Farrell
  • Patent number: 8565916
    Abstract: A method of printing indicia on a container to control a product dispenser. The method may include the steps of printing indicia on the container, the indicia controlling access to dispense from the product dispenser, reading the indicia about the product dispenser, determining if the container is authorized to use the product dispenser, and allowing a user to dispense a selected product type into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Qiuchen Peter Zhang, Nilton Antonio Moreira Mattos, Louis Mattos, Jr., Arthur G. Rudick, H. Brock Kolls
  • Publication number: 20130226337
    Abstract: A system for dispensing a bulk product includes an interactive display. The system may be linked to another system which selects a variety of the bulk product and automatically causes the dispenser to dispense the selected variety. The dispensing system may also include a container associated with a remote carrier, so that the bulk product may be dispensed into the container in which the user wishes to store the bulk product long term.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Leech, Derek A. Fitchett, Jung Gyu Moon
  • Publication number: 20130226338
    Abstract: The present application provides an automated beverage dispenser using a number of cups and a number of lids. The automated beverage dispenser may include a lid stack with the number of lids, a lidding mechanism, and a positioning device for maneuvering the lidding mechanism so as to remove one of the number of lids from the lid stack and to attach the lid to one of the number of cups.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventors: Sean Pickett, Kenneth Andrew Nicoll, Mark David Rob, Andrew Mark Angus, Mark Brian Dockrill, Ravisha Sellahewa, Stephen Houghton, Scott Alexander Anderson
  • Publication number: 20130151005
    Abstract: Automated pill dispensing apparatus for filing prescriptions in a retail pharmacy. The pill dispensing apparatus can automatically dispense pill form medicines from dispenser units into vials to fill customer prescription orders and place the filled vials in a smart tote assigned to that customer order. The smart totes can include a display listing the automatically filled and manually prescriptions required to complete the customer order assigned to that smart tote. A plurality of smart totes can be positioned on a conveyor arranged to transport the smart totes to one side of the pill dispensing apparatus and a return conveyor. The pill dispensing apparatus can include a controller, a plurality of storage locations for dispenser units, one or more vial feed modules, one or more labeler modules, a vial transport module and an order database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventors: William Olin Gerold, William Jason Gerold
  • Publication number: 20130131862
    Abstract: A dispensing station comprises beneficial products for patients of a health care provider. An inventory database tracks inventory available in the dispensing station. A patient is associated with a prescription record, which specifies a prescribed beneficial product. The patient may provide patient identifying information to the dispensing station, such as credentialed payment information, which may be used to identify a prescription record, authenticate the patient, transfer a payment, and/or dispense the prescribed beneficial product to the patient. The prescription record may be valid for a limited time period, may be restricted to fulfillment within a particular location, and/or may be restricted to one or more specified dispensing stations. The dispensing station may validate the beneficial products before dispensing the products to the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: VENDRX, INC.
    Inventor: VendRx, Inc.