Printing On Or Of Dispensed Or Vended Article Patents (Class 700/235)
  • Patent number: 8438817
    Abstract: A system for packaging mass-customized items includes a computer system including a database containing item identification information unique to each item; (2) outer container identification apparatus that applies the item identification information received from the database to each outer container in a plurality of outer containers; (3) inner pack identification apparatus that applies the item identification information received from the database to each inner pack in a plurality of inner packs; and (4) inner pack filling apparatus that fills each inner pack with a specific item matched to that inner pack by the item identification information received from the database. Each item is associated with its unique item identification information and is inserted into an inner pack with matching item identification information, and each outer container is presented for loading with one or more inner packs matched to that outer container by the item identification information received from the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley E. Sankaran, Eric Kuo, Kevin M. Conlon, Josh Van Riper
  • Patent number: 8393075
    Abstract: A display change device is formed by connecting and thereby integrating an installation/removal device and a card display change device together. The card installation/removal device is configured to have at a back side thereof a pressure reception wall, at a further back side of which a position adjustment mechanism part is provided. The position adjustment mechanism part is configured to include a seat member, a moving part, and a drive part. The position adjustment mechanism part is configured to strike and move the card installation/removal device by an eccentric cam. The position adjustment mechanism part moves the eccentric cam far from the pressure reception wall under the condition that a reaction force Fr received by the eccentric cam becomes larger than a force Fa for pulling the moving part toward the pressure reception wall side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Yuyama MFG. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yuyama, Naoki Koike, Tatsuaki Kunimoto, Nobuyuki Fujishima
  • Publication number: 20130054014
    Abstract: Provided is an automatic drug dispenser by which the time required for dispensing a drug can be minimized, errors in writing patient's data in an indicator such as an electronic card can be reduced and leakage of patient's data to outsiders can be prevented. An automatic drug dispenser (101) which comprises: a non-filled tray unit (102) for holding vacant trays; a drug feeding unit (103) for feeding a stored drug to a tray in accordance with a pharmacist's instruction; a printer unit (104) for making a print and feeding the print to the tray; a filled tray unit (105) for holding the tray containing the drug and print having been fed thereto; and a tray-carrying unit (106), wherein the tray is provided with an electronic card (301), in which patient's data is written, and the printer unit (104) is provided, in the lower part thereof, with an electronic card-writing unit (401) for writing the patient's data in the electronic card (301).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventors: Naoshi Kainoh, Takumi Nishimura, Takanao Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8351190
    Abstract: The self-contained greeting card kiosk apparatus is fully self-contained and provides for a user to create fully customized greetings cards and to also input and retrieve personal card creations and information for same. The apparatus provides for the creation of both visual and audio visual greetings, whether in card form or in other printed formats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventors: James Sneed, Sabrina Sneed, Tracey Sneed
  • Publication number: 20130006415
    Abstract: A medication dispensing cabinet provides controlled access to medications and supplies stored in it. The cabinet may include at least one lockable storage compartment, and a controller that controls access to the at least one lockable storage compartment. The cabinet may include multiple printers integrated into the cabinet. The cabinet may include a camera operably coupled to the controller. The cabinet may include a set of cabinet electronics, and a power distribution and communications circuit board. The cabinet may include a radio frequency identification (RFID) reader, wherein the controller conditions access to the at least one lockable storage compartment on receipt of information from the RFID reader. Data may be stored in the controller according to an implementation of RAID technology. The controller may include multiple electronic communications network interfaces, and may include an out of band network communication channel. A dispensing cabinet may facilitate printing of labels for medications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: Omnicell, Inc.
    Inventors: Akbar Paydar, Stanley Kim, Chris Richardson, John Foot, Mahmoud Amini, Stuart Morita, Jennifer Cartright, Kyung-Hee Kang, Jeff Blank, Scott Gregg, Andrew Chai
  • Patent number: 8335995
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a display that displays a normal operational screen and information other than the normal operational screen; an event detecting unit that detects an event occurring; a memory that stores pairs of first events and second events which have been configured beforehand; and a display switching controller that switches what is displayed on the display to a normal operational screen, when the event detecting unit detects the occurrence of a first event stored in the memory during display of information other than the normal operational screen on the display, and switches what is displayed on the display to information other than the normal operational screen, when the event detecting unit detects a second event paired with the first event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kota Ohara
  • Publication number: 20120284184
    Abstract: A publicly-accessible self-service terminal is provided for enabling a self-service terminal user to purchase on-demand postage stamp labels in advance. The publicly-accessible self-service terminal comprises a user interface arranged to receive a request from a postage stamp buyer to purchase on-demand postage stamp labels in advance, and a payment acceptor arranged to receive payment from the postage stamp buyer for purchase of on-demand postage stamp labels in advance. The terminal also comprises a roll paper printer including (i) a print head, (ii) a roll of pre-printed self-adhesive media, (iii) a first transport mechanism arranged to feed a panel portion of the roll of pre-printed self-adhesive media from the roll to the print head, (iv) a second transport mechanism arranged to dispense a panel portion of the roll of pre-printed self-adhesive media from the print head to the postage stamp buyer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventors: Charlie McGivney, Jerry Butler, Mary Ann Wehr
  • Publication number: 20120253509
    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: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventors: Laurie K. Garda, Wendy Armstrong, Amy Blew, Jyotsna Rao
  • Patent number: 8275481
    Abstract: Computer assisted systems, methods and mediums for filling one or more orders. One embodiment of the present invention is a system that includes an order consolidation station configured to receive at least one bottle containing pills individually counted and/or at least one package containing pharmaceutical products without having been designated for any of the orders when the package was created and/or at least one literature pack optionally including patient specific information. The order consolidation station is further configured to combine automatically the received bottle and/or package and/or literature pack into a container to be sent to a recipient including, for example, mail order pharmacies, wholesalers and/or central fill dealers for subsequent distribution or sale including retailer distribution or sale. The bottle is specifically designated for the order, and the order generally includes at least one prescription for the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Medco Health Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Wayne Rice, James G. McErlean, E. Christian Hess, P. Thomas Shupert, Chih-Jen Leu, Robert G. Howell, Michael J. Szesko, Andrew P. Booler, Peter Monkhouse, Douglas W. Walton, Michael W. G. Bell, Christopher J. Lasher, Thomas P. Bonkenburg
  • Publication number: 20120239188
    Abstract: Provided is a medicine packing apparatus which is capable of packing of medicines so that relations between the medicines and production-history information pieces can be clearly understood even when the medicines prepared as one dose include medicines having different production-history information pieces while being of the same type. Control means (100) is capable of specifying production-history information pieces based on production histories of medicines delivered from medicine feeders (46). Thus, when medicines having different production-history information pieces while being of the same type are delivered from the medicine feeders (46), medicines to be packed as one dose are separately packed based on the different production-history information pieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: Tomohiro Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 8271138
    Abstract: Gripper devices for handling syringes and automated pharmacy admixture systems (APASs) that utilize such gripper devices. The gripper devices may include various gripper finger profiles, substantially tapered or angled gripping surfaces and/or gripper fingers interleaving to reduce radial distortion of the syringes to be grasped while opposing axial motion of the syringes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Intelligent Hospital Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Walter W. Eliuk, Ronald H. Rob, Richard L. Jones, Dustin Deck
  • Patent number: 8271624
    Abstract: A method for configuring a network device including an optical sensor includes activating the optical sensor of the network device to generate data representing an image in view thereof, and analyzing the data from the optical sensor to determine image information represented by the image. A network address is automatically assigned to the network device based on the image information represented by the image in view of the optical sensor. Related methods, systems, and apparatus are also discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Gary M. Owen
  • Patent number: 8239290
    Abstract: A graphical user interface, system and method are described for managing a contacts database within an online stationery service. For example, one embodiment of the invention comprises a graphical user interface comprising: a first region for displaying the listing of contacts received from the stationery service contacts manager, the contacts within the listing of contacts selectable via a user input device; a second region comprising a series of data field for entering a new contact via a user input device; a third region displaying a list of contacts to whom the online stationery service will mail stationery directly on behalf of the end user, the contacts within the third region selected from the first region or entered in the second region; and a print module to generate a print job to print the personalized stationery and envelopes containing the address information for the user-selected contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Shutterfly, Inc.
    Inventors: Kelly Berger, Adnan Asar, Kevin Chang, Krys Taylor, Bryan Wu, Dimitre Piskyulev
  • Patent number: 8229885
    Abstract: A pharmaceutical administrative system with a pharmacy and a service center network for preparing and dispensing medication. The pharmacy network prepares orders for medication from various customers for various patients. By retrieving information from a global database in the service center network, the pharmacy network conveys patient, customer and formulary information to users of the pharmacy network. Also, the pharmacy network prepares medication specific labels to identify and verify the contents of the medication. Furthermore, the pharmacy network provides additional safeguards and information, including balancing orders and displaying and/or generating hardcopies of solubility curves, to a health care provider using the pharmacy network with the additional ability to customize the medication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: B. Braun Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Eric K. Steen, William John Brandon, Thomas J. Wilverding, Michael A. Koch, Jean Pfeiffer
  • Patent number: 8209051
    Abstract: A robotic system that includes a remote controlled robot. The robot may include a camera, a monitor and a holonomic platform all attached to a robot housing. The robot may be controlled by a remote control station that also has a camera and a monitor. The remote control station may be linked to a base station that is wirelessly coupled to the robot. The cameras and monitors allow a care giver at the remote location to monitor and care for a patient through the robot. The holonomic platform allows the robot to move about a home or facility to locate and/or follow a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Intouch Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yulun Wang, Keith Phillip Laby, Charles S. Jordan, Steven Edward Butner, Jonathan Southard
  • Patent number: 8112858
    Abstract: An apparatus, a system and a method transform a container into an article. The apparatus, the system and the method operate as a vending machine that allows a user to deposit the container and/or money into the vending machine. After receiving the container and/or the money, a shape of the container, a barcode on the container, and/or a weight of the container are analyzed to determine whether to accept the container or to reject the container. If the container is rejected, the container and/or the money are returned to the user. If the container is accepted, the apparatus, the system and/or the method cuts, washes and/or dries the container. The apparatus, the system and/or the method further cuts, presses, flanges and/or wraps the container into an article. The article may be a toy car and/or other novelty item. A window allows the user to observe the container transformed into the article. A decal may be delivered to the user to decorate the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Inventor: Jorge Ledesma Robles
  • Patent number: 8091213
    Abstract: A display change device is formed by connecting and thereby integrating an installation/removal device and a card display change device together. The card installation/removal device is configured to have at a back side thereof a pressure reception wall, at a further back side of which a position adjustment mechanism part is provided. The position adjustment mechanism part is configured to include a seat member, a moving part, and a drive part. The position adjustment mechanism part is configured to strike and move the card installation/removal device by an eccentric cam. The position adjustment mechanism part moves the eccentric cam far from the pressure reception wall under the condition that a reaction force Fr received by the eccentric cam becomes larger than a force Fa for pulling the moving part toward the pressure reception wall side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yuyama, Naoki Koike, Tatsuaki Kunimoto, Nobuyuki Fujishima
  • Publication number: 20120004770
    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: June 30, 2011
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Inventors: Wes Van Ooyen, Derek Bessette, Duane Lindner
  • Publication number: 20110295418
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments are directed, generally, to a ticket printing and issuing (e.g., vending) system and associated operations for vending such a ticket in conjunction with promotional material in the form of printed, audio and/or video advertising content, and/or electronic data. This enables distribution of promotional material in conjunction with the generation and distribution of a ticket in a manner that also distributes “disruptive promotional material” to a ticket recipient so as to provide an improved advertising effect in association with the distributed promotional material. In accordance with at least one embodiment of the invention, the ticket is a parking ticket issued in conjunction with a recipient's parking of their automotive vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventors: Christopher F. Devine, Richard J. Bonick
  • Publication number: 20110295417
    Abstract: One embodiment of the vending machine of the present disclosure provides a housing defining a product holding area, a frame positioned in the product holding area, a plurality first product holders removably attached to the frame and configured to hold a first type of product package, a plurality different second product holders configured to hold a second different product package, a plurality of RFID sensors, each RFID sensor attached to a different one of the product holders, a door attached to the housing, a first electronic combination display device and input device attached to the door, a second electronic display device attached to the door and configured in one mode to display advertising or other content, a physical product display area in the door, a signage display area in the door, a payment receiver in the door, a product retrieval area in the door, a lock configured to lock the door to the housing, and a computer control system including at least one processor configured to control various func
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: INTERACTIVE VENDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: George W. Smith, III, Mark W. Sprenger
  • Patent number: 8060248
    Abstract: There is provided an automated prescription filling system using a robotic arm in combination with an automatic pharmaceutical dispenser having a plurality of individual pill-counting units, each under the control of its own microprocessor. The automatic pharmaceutical dispensers are modified for use with the robotic arm. Because tablet counting is completely independent of the robotic arm, system throughput is higher than in systems of the prior art. Unlike systems of the prior art, each individual pill-counting unit can be removed from behind the pharmaceutical dispenser so that the system need not be stopped for such service. The fact that counting operations are divorced from robotic arm movements allows the arm movements to be optimized and multiple prescriptions to be processed simultaneously. Controller software optimizes movement of the robotic arm based upon such factors as the fullness of the vial being transported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Innovation Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph H. Boyer, James G. McGonigal, Bruce Edward Holtje, Timothy William Limer, James Patrick Boyer, Mark Andrew Fisher, Todd Edward Bower, Michael J. Hostetler
  • Patent number: 8050796
    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: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: TagWorks, LLC
    Inventors: George Lynn Hagen, Ryan Hamblin, Carl Ito, Kenneth C. Booth
  • Patent number: 7988049
    Abstract: A system and method for calibrating a vending apparatus is provided. A vertical base reference position of a selector arm is stored, wherein the vertical base reference position corresponds to one of a plurality of rows in a cylindrical storage device. A horizontal base reference position is stored, wherein the horizontal base reference position corresponds to a compartment identifier identifying a compartment within each of the plurality of rows. A position of the selector arm corresponding to a media storage compartment is also stored, wherein the position comprises a vertical position and a horizontal position. A motor is initiated to move the selector arm along a vertical axis, wherein a movement of the selector arm results in one of an increment and/or a decrement to the vertical position of the selector arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Redbox Automated Retail, LLC
    Inventor: Franz Kuehnrich
  • Patent number: 7983412
    Abstract: A method and system for automating customer slamming and cramming complaints includes an automated reporting system having one or more receiving devices and a complaint module. Customers who want to report a slam or cram access the automated reporting system and report the complaint without having to speak with a customer service representative. The complaint module obtains the customer telephone number and retrieves customer account information using the customer telephone number. Using the customer account information, the complaint module extrapolates a type of complaint for the customer complaint and prompts the customer for information regarding the customer complaint and the type of the complaint. The customer provides customer responses to the prompts and the complaint module provides an indication to the customer regarding each customer response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Kurt M. Joseph, Robert R. Bushey, Benjamin A. Knott, John M. Martin
  • Patent number: 7983792
    Abstract: A method and system for generating a customized, printed, three-dimensional object accesses a data record for a selected recipient and prints objects on a substrate based on the data record. The method and system then generates die lines based on the data record, and finishes the substrate by cutting, perforating, creasing, folding or otherwise finishing the substrate along the die lines to yield a customized, three-dimensional printed object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Barry Glynn Gombert, Philip Crane Rose, Sri Hemanth Prakhya
  • Publication number: 20110172815
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides medicine management apparatuses that stores various kinds of medicines and permits the stored medicines to be dispensed according to prescriptions. More particularly, the present disclosure provides medicine management apparatuses that ensure stable medicine management and security while providing efficiency in stock management and preparation of medicines. The medicine management apparatus includes a plurality of shelves rotatably coupled to a vertically disposed circular rotary carousel and a plurality of bins seated on the shelves and accommodating medicines. The apparatus further includes a main door that opens and closes an inlet/outlet port formed at a front side of a housing of the medicine management apparatus; and a shelf assistant door that opens or closes an opened front part of each of the shelves exposed through the inlet/outlet port and is provided with a lock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: JVM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jun Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 7970490
    Abstract: An article dispensing system is provided which can be customized to selectively store and dispense multiple desired articles to suitable containers. The system of the invention is particularly relevant for items which can be stored on hangers in a vertical format and dispensed therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Integration and Automation Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene E. Fellows, Lawrence C. Hardy
  • Patent number: 7904390
    Abstract: A management apparatus, a charging object apparatus and a management system and method by which a product of an object of use can be used in an efficiency as high as possible when it is used commonly by a plurality of people.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuji Yui
  • Publication number: 20110046777
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in cooperation with operation of a fuel vending device; the fuel vending device delivering at least one fuel product; the delivering being effected by exercising an actuator element; includes: (a) a control unit for controlling the apparatus in dispensing at least one item having value after the exercising; (b) a providing unit for effecting the dispensing; the providing unit being coupled with the control unit and responsive to the control unit; and (c) a link coupling the apparatus and the actuator element for effecting the cooperation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventors: Spencer Andrew Meister, David Alan Tracy
  • Patent number: 7894935
    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: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: TagWorks, LLC
    Inventors: George Lynn Hagen, Beth Cooperrider, Ronald E. Mundt, Darren L. Kessner, Steven J. Gardner, Adrian Spucces, Kenneth C. Booth
  • Patent number: 7886507
    Abstract: One method embodiment herein inputs a package size and a package wrap pattern. The method calculates a sheet size corresponding to the package size, and prints the sheet of package wrap. The sheet of package wrap has the package wrap pattern and can have fold markings corresponding to corners of the package. The sheet of package wrap has dimensions equal to the sheet size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: William F. McGuinness, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20110004338
    Abstract: A vending system and a method for counting for small articles, such as jewelry items, involves an array of bins for the items. The unique identification is placed on each bin. The identification is scanned with a scanner when a selected article is removed from the bin. The selected article may then be correlated with a price for the selected article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Inventor: James S. Bianco
  • Patent number: 7853353
    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 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Tagworks, LLC
    Inventors: George Lynn Hagen, Ronald E. Mundt, Darren L. Kessner, Steven J. Gardner, Adrian Spucces, Kenneth C. Booth
  • Patent number: 7797078
    Abstract: There is provided a sticky note supply device that separates an uppermost sticky note from a stacks of sticky note one by one so as to discharge to the outside of the device from a discharge section. The sticky note supply device includes a transport unit that separates the sticky note to discharge the sticky note to the outside of the device from the discharge section, a control unit that controls the drive of the transport unit, and a detecting unit that is provided in the discharge section so as to detect whether the sticky note is present or not. When a next sticky note starts to be transported after the sticky note is completely transported by the transport unit and the detecting unit detects the presence, the control unit prohibits the transport unit from being driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Publication number: 20100228566
    Abstract: A portable vital statistics monitoring and medication dispensing system that provides personal healthcare management and daily prescription routines. The medication dispenser and vital statistics monitor combination incorporates a medication dispenser, a blood testing system, and other vital sign monitoring into a portable wireless device with customizable features. The medication dispenser and vital statistics monitor combination has the capability of notifying the user of the correct times to take medication and automatically dispensing the accurate prescription dosage. The medication dispenser and vital statistics monitor combination communicates the patient information using an onboard display, transmits the information to a local or distributed network, or prints/embosses/etches the information onto patient information cards, wristbands, or other information sheets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventors: Gloria Taylor, Emerson Naylor, Deliena Stone, Evan Anderson
  • Publication number: 20100191369
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for managing a vending machine using wire and wireless two-way communication, and providing and acquiring various intangible knowledge information items, and a method of managing a vending machine, and providing and acquiring intangible knowledge information using the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2006
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventor: Yeong-Ae Kim
  • Publication number: 20100180547
    Abstract: A system for dispensing items comprises trays each adapted to support items to be dispensed. A casing comprises a restocking volume receiving trays with items thereon for subsequent storage. A storage volume accommodates the trays in storage. An outlet is used to dispense any selected items on the trays. An arm displaces trays within the casing, and displaces items from the trays to the outlet. A controller unit receives an identification of each item in the trays when positioned in the restocking volume, and monitors a position of each identified item within the trays in the casing to control the actuation of the arm to dispense items through the outlet as a function of an order entered through the user interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Inventors: Pierre Foucher, Daniel Cassivi
  • Patent number: 7721099
    Abstract: A printer that prints encrypted information in a document can be the key authority for that document. A document containing encrypted information and a source reference can be printed by a printer associated with a key module. The key module contains the key for decrypting the information. A scanner scanning the document obtains the source reference and the encrypted information. The scanner can use the source reference to send a key request to the printer and the printer can respond with the appropriate key. A decryption module associated with the scanner can use the key to decrypt the information. The decrypted information can be incorporated into a second document that can be electronically stored or printed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis C. DeYoung, Devin J. Rosenbauer
  • Publication number: 20100100238
    Abstract: A customizable gift card that may be designed using a plurality of design templates that have modifiable fields and layouts. The gift cards may be designated for use at one or more stores based on contract arrangements between the stores and a vendor of the gift card. The gift card may be adapted to be used exclusively at the designated stores. At least one template field of at least a portion of a plurality of design templates is modifiable by a customer based on a vendor based rule set. A user provided photo is printed on the gift card and is selected by the user from either a digital photo album on the Internet, one or more user provided photos inputted via a scanner, or one or more user provided photos stored on a computer-readable medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Applicant: WALGREEN CO.
    Inventor: Jennifer M. Torian
  • Patent number: 7668619
    Abstract: A customizable gift card that may be designed using a plurality of design templates that have modifiable fields and layouts. The gift cards may be designated for use at one or more stores based on contract arrangements between the one or more stores and a vendor of the gift card. The gift card may be adapted to be used exclusively at the one or more designated stores. A point of sale terminal such as a kiosk may be used to reduce shelf space and provide a greater variety of gift card design options to a customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Walgreen Co.
    Inventor: Jennifer M. Torian
  • Publication number: 20100017296
    Abstract: A system for dispensing a plurality of customized doses of pharmaceuticals includes: a housing; a customer interaction station; a customized packaging station configured to selectively package individual doses of medication into customized packaging, the medications being selected responsive to input from the customer input station; and a controller connected to the customer interaction station and the customized packaging station, the controller configured to control the customized packaging based on customer input from the customer interaction station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventors: Robert G. Spignesi, JR., Mark Longley
  • Patent number: 7636718
    Abstract: A pharmaceutical administrative system with a pharmacy and a service center network for preparing and dispensing medication. The pharmacy network prepares orders for medication from various customers for various patients. By retrieving information from a global database in the service center network, the pharmacy network conveys patient, customer and formulary information to users of the pharmacy network. Also, the pharmacy network prepares medication specific labels to identify and verify the contents of the medication. Furthermore, the pharmacy network provides additional safeguards and information, including balancing orders and displaying and/or generating hardcopies of solubility curves, to a health care provider using the pharmacy network with the additional ability to customize the medication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: B. Braun Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Eric K. Steen, William John Brandon, Thomas J. Wilverding, Michael A. Koch, Jean Pfeiffer
  • Publication number: 20090277815
    Abstract: A personalized blister pack (20) for the automated packaging of an individually defined product composition, particularly drugs, of a defined person, particularly a patient, for a defined time period comprises a plurality of receiving compartments (22), each closed by a film (25), for the products of the product composition, wherein the receiving compartments (22) are each associated with a defined usage time within the defined time period and disposed in matrix form, comprising a number of lines for usage days and columns for usage times during the day, and a memory device (50) for storing the usage data of the products of the product composition of the defined person for the defined time period, comprising a device (58) for generating a usage reminder signal as a reminder of a defined product usage time based on the stored usage data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Inventor: Edwin Kohl
  • Publication number: 20090276089
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for dispensing a luggage recognition label having an RFID or GPS device associated therewith that allows a passenger and/or a passenger carrier to identify and track their luggage during travel, provide access to a secure network for storing customer information and travel information including a luggage inventory and itinerary information, and the ability to purchase travel insurance in association with the luggage recognition label.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Inventor: Julie Robin Bartholomew
  • Patent number: 7606632
    Abstract: The invention is a method and apparatus for dispensing an activated electronic monitoring device (EM device), such as a data logger. The invention can activate an EM device and verify activation before dispensing the EM device. The invention comprises a receptacle for storing a plurality of unactivated EM devices, a separator for separating an indivdual EM device, a reader for activating and verifying activation of the EM device, and a sorter for dispensing activated EM devices into an accept container that is readily accessible. EM devices that fail to activate can be dispensed into a reject container. In some embodiments, the apparatus includes a controller that typically comprises a microprocessor having stored instructions. The controller can typically communicate with the EM device via the reader to activate the EM device and verify activation. The controller may also be used to program or write instructions to the EM device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventor: William Peyton Roberts
  • Patent number: 7522973
    Abstract: A method for preparing both main label and warning label portions for a container useful in dispensing drugs by a pharmacist in which the main label portion contains specific drug or patient information and the warning label portion contains one or more warnings specific to the drug or patient information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: ABP Patent Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Richard W. Foote, Carlos R. Young
  • Patent number: 7483766
    Abstract: A system and method of prescribing and conveying regulated pharmaceuticals. Prepackaged pharmaceuticals are kept in a vending machine. Upon the completion of a patient's diagnosis, a physician may prescribe a regulated pharmaceutical. The physician enters the prescription into a terminal. The prescription is read by a central processing unit that controls the vending machine. The central processing unit identifies the location of the pharmaceutical in the vending machine and awaits a proper vending code. Once a physician enters a prescription into the system, the physician hands the patient an electronic key card. The key card is encoded with the vending code needed to activate the vending machine. The patient carries the key card to the vending machine. If the code on the key card matches the prescription code previously entered by a physician, the vending machine vends the prepackaged pharmaceutical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Inventor: Mark E. Frankel
  • Patent number: 7472910
    Abstract: The present invention enables relatively easy animation display without requiring a special resource, and facilitates easy generation of the animation. When an image to be displayed as animation is constructed with a background, leg, body and head, these images are distributed as a layer. For each layer, a timing schedule is set with attribute data which includes display update timing and display effects. According to the schedule, display for each layer is updated at the scheduled timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignees: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, Canon Aptex Kabushiki Kaisha, Tacmi Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masao Okada, Katsuhiko Kondo, Isao Maruoka, Akihiro Yokota
  • Patent number: 7474937
    Abstract: A vending machine comprises a first product dispensing unit configured for dispensing packaged pizza crust product, a second product dispensing unit configured for dispensing packaged pizza topping product, and an information processing apparatus coupled to the first product dispensing unit and the second dispensing unit. The information processing apparatus is configured for facilitating input and processing of a customer-configured pizza preparation kit order. The first product dispensing unit is a frozen product dispensing unit configured for enabling different types of packaged pizza crust product to be selectively dispensed. The second product dispensing unit is a refrigerated product dispensing unit configured for enabling different types of packaged pizza topping product to be selectively dispensed. The information processing apparatus includes an user interface arrangement, an order processing arrangement and a kit component management arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Inventor: David Odell Simmons
  • Patent number: RE43549
    Abstract: A writing device for display members is provided which can erasably writing patient information on a display member carried on the side of a drug carrier and automatically attach and detach it to and from the carrier. The writing device has an attach/detach/transfer unit for detaching, attaching and transferring a rewrite card to a carrier carrying the rewrite card, and a writing means connected to the attach/detach/transfer means for writing and displaying patient information on the rewrite card. The respective means are controlled based on prescription information to attach and detach the rewrite card to and from the side of the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Yuyama Seisakusho
    Inventors: Noaki Koike, Takafumi Ikeda