Central Control Of Plural Dispensing Units Patents (Class 700/241)
  • Patent number: 10163141
    Abstract: Techniques for authorizing fuel purchases based on vehicle available fuel tank capacity. The authorization may be performed on a transaction basis, such that each fueling event may be independently authorized. A current fuel tank capacity for the vehicle is obtained, and transmitted to an authorization entity. An authorization is obtained for dispensing a quantity of fuel that does not exceed the current fuel tank capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Thomas S. Fansler, Ronald Edward Konezny
  • Patent number: 10115071
    Abstract: Examples of distributed workload management are disclosed. In one example implementation according to aspects of the present disclosure, a partial data table is received from a main data table. A data view is generated in real time in response to a received data view request. The data view is based at least in part on a plurality of data view configuration properties and the partial data stored in the received partial data table. The partial data table stores data that represents at least a partial copy of main data stored in a main data table. The partial data table and the main data table are then synchronized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Manhattan Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Kayla Elizabeth Amaral, Anup K. G, Shashikala Maracharahalli Bhadraiah, Abhishek Jain, Suhas Prahlada Rao, Ranjith Krishnan Nadar, Vikas Aron, Baibhav Singh
  • Patent number: 9811837
    Abstract: A system and a method for determining at least one of availability and price of a product includes an electronic storage device having a database of merchant transactions stored therein; an access path for allowing access to information concerning the transactions, including when a given product has been sold and the price at which the product was sold, and a processor for assembling the information concerning at least one of sales of the given product and the price at which it was sold, to provide at least one of locations where the product is available, and the price at which the product was sold at the location or locations. A computer readable non-transitory storage medium stores instructions of a computer program which, when executed by a computer system, results in performance of steps of the method for determining at least one of availability and price of a product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Peter Groarke
  • Patent number: 9760878
    Abstract: An embodiment includes a system comprising a first vending machine (VM), the first VM comprising: an exterior chassis having a top, bottom, backside, front side, and first and second sides that couple the front side to the backside; a wireless short range communications node included in the chassis; and an actuator coupled to a compartment included in the chassis; wherein (a) the actuator provides a vended good to an aperture in the front side upon actuation, and (b) each of the front side and first and second sides includes no physically manipulatable consumer interface with which the consumer can control the first VM via direct physical manipulation of the first VM. Other embodiments are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Vendwatch Telematics, LLC
    Inventors: Alfonso Javier Barragán Treviño, Alfonso Javier Barragán Rodríguez, James J. Crow
  • Patent number: 9691212
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: C. Brad Green, William J. Moore, David O. Slagley, David R. Newman, Gregg Carpenter, Gene M. Farrell, Scott Cuppari, Cynthia D. Jones
  • Patent number: 9666012
    Abstract: A smoothie dispenser (20, 20S, 20A) comprises a frame (22); a smoothie receptacle storage section (24); and a receptacle conformed chiller section (26). The smoothie receptacle storage section (24) is provided within the frame (22) and configured to house plural smoothie receptacles (30) at a first temperature. The chiller section (26) is arranged to receive a selected smoothie receptacle released from the smoothie receptacle storage section and configured to crystallize contents of the selected smoothie receptacle. The receptacle conformed chiller section (26) is “receptacle conformed” in the sense that a surface of the chiller section is configured to conform to (e.g., have a surface of shape to mate with or to form substantially greater than linear contact with) at least a portion an exterior profile or periphery of the selected smoothie receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Enterprise Express, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Milan
  • Patent number: 9563893
    Abstract: Determining a fuel card usage exception with the use of a computer that receives fuel card transaction data responsive to a fuel purchase event. The fuel card transaction data identifies a quantity of fuel purchased for a vehicle using a fuel card. In addition, the computer receives first fuel level data and second fuel level data of the vehicle that identifies a quantity of fuel present in a fuel tank of the vehicle prior to a fuel purchase event and after a fuel purchase event respectively. The computer can determine an exception associated with the fuel purchase event based on the fuel card transaction data, the first fuel level data, and the second fuel level data. Responsive to detecting an exception associated with the fuel purchase event, the computer may generate an alert and transmit the alert for presentation by a computing device of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: FleetCor Technologies Operating Company, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Lamb, Jason C. Cole, Max L. Johnson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9449502
    Abstract: A telemeter system in which information that has an effect on a state of communication between a terminal device and a central device can be readily and accurately reported from the terminal device to the central device. When a central device transmits a request signal for prescribed measurement result information to a terminal device, a terminal control component of the terminal device extracts the measurement result information from a measurement component, and transmits the measurement result information to the central device. When a communication component of the central device receives the measurement result information, a center control component stores the received measurement result information in a storage component. The state of communication between the terminal device and the central device is reported to an administrator as necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Mitsutaka Hata
  • Patent number: 9412279
    Abstract: A device receives a request for a flight path for a UAV to travel from a first location to a second location, and determines capability information for the UAV based on component information of the UAV. The device calculates the flight path based on the capability information, identifies multiple recharging stations located on or near the flight path, and selects a recharging station from the multiple recharging stations based on one or more factors. The device generates flight path instructions, for the flight path, that instruct the UAV to stop and recharge at the recharging station. The device provides the flight path instructions to the UAV to permit the UAV to travel from the first location to a location of the recharging station, stop and recharge at the recharging station, and travel from the location of the recharging station to the second location via the flight path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Igor Kantor, Ashok N. Srivastava, Douglas M. Pasko, Hani Batla, Gurpreet Ubhi
  • Patent number: 9317989
    Abstract: A system for receiving and auditing objects according to an embodiment of the invention includes a housing having a front panel, a receiving area, an auditing area, and a drop chute, wherein the receiving area includes a shelf, the front panel includes an opening, a door assembly having a pushing wall and a second pushing wall and assembly moveable between an open position in which an object can be inserted through the opening and into the receiving area, and a closed position in which the door assembly prevents access to the receiving area, wherein the pushing wall moves the object from the shelf into the auditing area as the door assembly closed; and a control system coupled to a camera and switch, wherein the door assembly activates the switch when it is in the closed position, the control system images the object with the camera in response to switch activation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Kiosk Information Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger H. Grow, Richard L. Malone, Charles Newsom
  • Patent number: 9311834
    Abstract: Disclosed is a display module including a transparent display panel and a frame to fix a side of the transparent display panel, wherein the frame has a communication unit to receive data from the outside, a controller to process the received data and to output a drive command corresponding to the processed data and a display drive unit to drive the transparent display panel in response to the drive command from the controller. A display system includes a system body and a display module detachably mounted in the system body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Joo-yeon Lee, Sang Chul Lee, Jong Seo Lee, Se Yong Kim
  • Patent number: 9240007
    Abstract: An embodiment includes a system comprising a first vending machine (VM), the first VM comprising: an exterior chassis having a top, bottom, backside, front side, and first and second sides that couple the front side to the backside; a wireless short range communications node included in the chassis; and an actuator coupled to a compartment included in the chassis; wherein (a) the actuator provides a vended good to an aperture in the front side upon actuation, and (b) each of the front side and first and second sides includes no physically manipulatable consumer interface with which the consumer can control the first VM via direct physical manipulation of the first VM. Other embodiments are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Vendwatch Telematics, LLC
    Inventors: Alfonso Javier Barragán Treviño, Alfonso Javier Barragán Rodríguez, James J. Crow
  • Patent number: 9158892
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods are described for remotely managing items that are configured to be stored in at least one dispensing device. This includes receiving user identification information at a host computer system from an electronic device that is remotely located from the dispensing device. This also includes transmitting from the host computer system to the electronic device a disposition of at least one item, wherein the at least one item is associated with a patient. Further, this includes receiving, at the host computer system from the remote electronic device, information about the item originating from the dispensing device, wherein the information includes a further disposition of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: OMNICELL, INC.
    Inventors: Cynthia Levy, Richard Caldwell, Jennifer Cartright, Ray Vrabel, Brad Blackwell, John Vahlberg
  • Patent number: 9159054
    Abstract: A system and method for providing guidance to persuade a caller is provided. A call is received from a caller into a call center and an offer is provided to the caller. A likelihood of the caller to accept the offer is measured by analyzing voice input of the caller during the call. One or more paralinguistic voice characteristics in the voice input are determined. A stage of persuasion is assigned to the caller based on the paralinguistic voice characteristics and a recommendation is made for guidance to persuade the caller to accept the offer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Intellisist, Inc.
    Inventors: Gilad Odinak, Thomas Veatch
  • Patent number: 9138096
    Abstract: A method for preventing shortage at a customer location (5,5?) of consumable ingredient capsules for use in a machine (10,10?) for preparing a beverage by receiving a capsule in a capsule extraction unit, circulating a carrier liquid, such as water in particular heated water, through said capsule in the extraction unit and by dispensing a resulting beverage, the beverage preparation machine at the customer location being distant from a capsule supplier (40) and in data-exchange connection (20) with a server (50) of the capsule supplier to form a network (1), such method comprising: —supplying from the capsule supplier a stock of consumable ingredient capsules to the customer location; —automatically monitoring via the network consumption of the consumable ingredient capsules in the beverage preparation machine; and —whenever the automatic monitoring detects a reaching of a shortage of consumable ingredient capsules at the customer location, generating automatically by the supplier server an instruction: a) to
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Alfred Yoakim
  • Publication number: 20150148945
    Abstract: A data processing device is provided between a cash processing terminal cluster in a local network and an external network outside the local network. The data processing device includes a data acquisition section that acquires, in the local network, serial numbers obtained from banknotes read by a cash processing terminal configuring the cash processing terminal cluster, a storage controller that stores the serial numbers in a storage section, a condition acquisition section that acquires conditions of decommissioned note serial number, and a serial number notification section that acquires a serial number satisfying the conditions from the storage section and provides notification of the serial number to any of cash processing terminal configuring the cash processing terminal cluster or to a cash processing terminal in a local network different to the local network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshinari Kobayashi, Akihiro Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9043015
    Abstract: Present invention discloses a dispenser having means to dispense desired number of pills from a bulk supply of pills contained in the dispenser. The dispenser comprises of storage compartment having bulk supply of pills and having a discharge port emptying into counting compartment The counting compartment contains first and second conveyors moving at first and second speed; wherein the second speed is greater than the first speed thereby enabling pill separation; the second conveyor discharges pills into dispensing compartment. Sensors are strategically placed along the conveyors to count pills discharged into dispensing compartment. A pill recovery system and apparatus is disposed inside the dispenser having means to recover pills remaining on conveyors upon completion of a dispensation cycle and deposit recovered pills back into the storage compartment for use in future dispensation cycles. A docking station having receptacles to accommodate dispenser is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Nitesh Ratnakar
  • Patent number: 9031690
    Abstract: This invention relates to a process and a device for automatically delivering and retrieving singular medication from a plurality of containers or product blister packages, storing and recording medication transactions for each patient, and the crushing of designated medications. This invention also relates to medication control, delivery, consumption verification and monitoring within institutional entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Dennis Cotner
  • Patent number: 8996162
    Abstract: An article vending machine in a network of article vending machines capable of exchanging an inoperable rental article received from a user for an operable replacement article. The article dispensing machine checks customer identification information against one or more customer rental criteria to determine if the customer is eligible to exchange an inoperable article for an operable one. The article vending machine searches for an identical replacement article within an inventory of the machine itself and within inventories of the networked article vending machines. Alternatively, the article vending machine may provide a refund for the inoperable article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Redbox Automated Retail, LLC
    Inventors: J. Mitchell Lowe, Eric Hoersten, Christopher A. Kapcar
  • Publication number: 20150088307
    Abstract: An inventory distribution system and method of providing a plurality of items to a plurality of kiosks is provided. The inventory distribution system may maintain and update a plurality of inventory records associated with the plurality of items provided by the plurality of kiosks, which can be used to determine and update quantities of the plurality of items at specific kiosks. To provide the plurality of items to the plurality of kiosks, the inventory distribution system can provide deliveries to a plurality of distribution agents, where the distribution agents are assigned to a subset of kiosks to maintain and distribute one or more select items to the subset of kiosks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Neil Scott Ackerman
  • Patent number: 8972050
    Abstract: A pharmaceutical dispensing system includes a frame having first and second opposed sides, a plurality of cells configured to house pharmaceutical pills, a first touch screen display on the frame first side, and a second touch screen display on the frame second side. The pharmaceutical dispensing system includes a processor and memory coupled thereto. A computer program resides in the memory and is executable by the processor for displaying a cell inventory graphical user interface (GUI) within the first touch screen display, and a prescription order processing GUI within the second touch screen display that include status information about a prescription order at a respective stage of completion by the pharmaceutical dispensing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Johnson, Harold Lindsey, Megan Dunigan, Justin Lallinger, John Kirk Hammond, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8972051
    Abstract: A multi-pocket step-drawer is disclosed that includes a dispensing drawer and a control module. The dispensing drawer has a body comprising at least one fixed wall forming at least two open-top compartments that are arranged along an axis parallel to the front-to-back axis and a ladder fixedly coupled to the body. The ladder has a plurality of cross arms arranged along an axis parallel to the front-to-back axis. The control module includes a housing and a latching element coupled to the housing and disposed proximate to the ladder. The latching element has a first position wherein the latching element engages one of the plurality of cross-arms so as to prevent the dispensing drawer from moving toward the front and a second position wherein the latching element allows the dispensing element to move toward the front.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Rahilly, Hao Ton-That
  • Patent number: 8972047
    Abstract: A pharmaceutical dispensing system includes a frame having first and second opposed sides, a plurality of cells configured to house pharmaceutical pills, a first touch screen display on the frame first side, and a second touch screen display on the frame second side. A plurality of dispensing shelves configured to receive filled pill containers are accessible from the second side of the frame for removal of pill containers therein. The pharmaceutical dispensing system includes a processor and memory coupled thereto. A computer program resides in the memory and is executable by the processor for displaying a cell inventory graphical user interface (GUI) within the first touch screen display, and a series of GUIs within the second touch screen display that include status information about a prescription order at a respective stage of completion by the pharmaceutical dispensing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Johnson, Harold Lindsey, Megan Dunigan, Justin Lallinger, John Kirk Hammond, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150057797
    Abstract: A universal escapement is provided that is configured to receive inventory products of different shapes from a dispensing system carrier unit in substantially the same orientation, and to read informational indicia on the inventory product. The escapement includes a slide plate having an integral glass portion, a reader disposed behind the glass portion to read indicia on the inventory products and scan images of the inventory products before labeling, a plurality of imaging devices configured to read informational indicia on the sides and ends of the products, and an imaging device configured to read informational indicia on a label after it is applied to the inventory product. The escapement includes a shuttle assembly having a plurality of imaging devices configured to read information indicia on the bottom of the inventory products. The escapement also includes first and second guide members movably disposed for receiving inventory products of various sizes therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Terzini
  • Patent number: 8960176
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus, for metered ball delivery. An apparatus includes a secure enclosure housing a reservoir of tennis balls, a battery power supply and a battery powered portable tennis ball machine, the secure enclosure and tennis ball machine communicating via a wireless network to determine a location of the portable tennis ball machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Ball Buddie LLC
    Inventor: Rachel Baumel
  • Patent number: 8965569
    Abstract: Methods and systems for preventing fraud by a customer at a fuel dispenser within a retail fueling environment are disclosed. According to one method, an authorization to access programming mode (AAPM) signal is received at the fuel dispenser from an authorization terminal coupled to the fuel dispenser. A request is received at the fuel dispenser to enter a programming mode of operation (PMO). The PMO is entered at the fuel dispenser to allow fuel dispenser settings of the fuel dispenser to be changed after receiving the AAPM signal and the request to enter the PMO.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin Tasso Siler
  • 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: 20150005934
    Abstract: A smart carrier has a housing comprising one or more docking locations configured to accept a secure receptacle, a wireless interface module disposed within the housing, and a processor disposed within the housing and operatively coupled to the one or more docking locations and the wireless interface module. The processor is configured to communicate with an external device through the wireless interface module and with a secure receptacle that is mated with one of the one or more docking locations. The smart carrier also has a battery disposed within the housing and configured to provide all operational power to the processor, the wireless interface module, and the one or more docking locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Gary Bell, Gary John Latorraca, Brendan Burgess
  • Publication number: 20150005933
    Abstract: Systems and methods for users of an automated retail store, vending unit, digital signage or interactive retail display (self-service units) to interact with such display/unit, collectively referred to in this text as a machine, directly and/or simultaneously using a one or more mobile devices. In addition, system and methods are provided that can recognize registered users within a set proximity to the machine and broadcast messages and notifications such as machine information, inventory information, rewards, discounts and free products, all of which could be tailored to the specific user based on understanding gathered through analysis of prior interactions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Darrell Scott Mockus, Mara Clair Segal
  • Publication number: 20150005935
    Abstract: A central dispensing management system, which includes an integrated management server and a plurality of dispensing management clients. The integrated management server transmits dispensing data of prescription drugs to the plurality of dispensing management clients in conjunction with a prescription server. The plurality of dispensing management clients control dispensers to automatically dispense medicines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: INFOPIA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Byeong-Woo Bae, Keun-Young Kim
  • Publication number: 20140379125
    Abstract: There is provided an apparatus and a method of maintaining, repairing and/or optimizing a banknote validator using a network. The apparatus includes a banknote validator configured to count banknotes or determine genuineness or fitness of the banknotes, a wired or wireless network connection unit configured to relay or transmit one or more first data items and/or software, first data items and software updating, maintaining and/or repairing the banknote valuator and including security information, and a server configured to receive one or more second data items and software version information from the banknote validator and optionally transmit maintenance and repair results to the banknote validator through the wired or wireless network connection unit. The wired or wireless network connection unit may comprise a predetermined smart device or a web adjuster.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: Kisan Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Oh Hyun KWON, Changho Ko
  • Patent number: 8918206
    Abstract: Synchronization of activities requiring coordinated timing across a bank of vending machines, such as harmonious actuation of illumination elements, is performed by specifying, in an application layer (e.g., Zigbee) of a network protocol, actions to be synchronized to a distributed timing event and distributing notice of the specified timing event using physical and media access control layers of the network protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Crane Merchandising Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Canter, William C. Royal, Jr., Steven Blachman
  • 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: 8903545
    Abstract: An agricultural seeding implement has a seed hopper that is weighed continuously during field operations as the seed volume in the hopper progressively diminishes. The weight information is used to perform ongoing control functions on the implement. One embodiment uses the weight information to reduce the down pressure on compaction wheels of a wing section of the machine as a function of the diminishing weight of the hopper on the main section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Great Plains Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob R. Riffel, Verne A. Hubalek
  • Patent number: 8868300
    Abstract: The invention provides a system, device and method that can control the rates of seed dispensation and fertilizer application as a function of forward speed as well as across all rows. Thus, the system and control device allow control of each individual row unit, whereby dispensation and application are effected, by a central controller which controls a plurality of pulse width modulation valves, each of which controls a hydraulic motor with an integrated rpm reduction and which drives a stub drive shaft which rotates at the proper speed in order to provide the desired seed and fertilizer metering. Each of the stub drive shafts may rotate at completely different speeds and/or may be shut down while the remaining stub drive shafts rotate at the desired speed. The integrated rpm reduction within each hydraulic motor allows very fine rotational control of the dispensation and application rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Raven Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jared E. Kocer, Jesse L. Wagers, Charlie R. Schoenfelder, Brent Bast
  • Publication number: 20140309773
    Abstract: A system for filling a prescription order for a patient includes a plurality of trays each having an RFID tag for storing a unique identifier corresponding to the prescription order, and a plurality of workstations operatively linked to one another, each workstation having an antenna for detecting the unique identifier in one of the plurality of trays, where the detecting is operative to trigger displaying of a profile of at least one prescription item for the corresponding prescription order.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Duane S. Chudy, David A. Schulz
  • Publication number: 20140297029
    Abstract: A parallel addressing method includes selectively addressing, according to a wrap-around addressing scheme, a first sub-set of a plurality of dispensers for parallel addressing of the first sub-set adjacent to a first area of a row; and then selectively address, according to the wrap-around addressing scheme, a second sub-set of the plurality of dispensers that is different from the first sub-set for parallel addressing of the second sub-set adjacent to a second area of the same row that is different than the first area. A computer program product and a multi-channel dispenser system are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPEMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventor: Kevin F. Peters
  • Publication number: 20140278508
    Abstract: A system enables dispensing, tracking, storage, processing, analysis, management, fulfillment and/or commerce relating to dispensables, such as consumables. The system may include packages that hold consumables and function either independently or in concert with numerous smart configuration devices, such as table top machines or mobile machines, as well as remote servers, databases, and other cloud-based resources. A distributed software layer ties all devices and packages together and adds advanced interactivity, communication, analysis, and self-regulation functionality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Makefield LLC
    Inventors: Kutadgu Akdogan, Kalyan C. Vepuri, Christian Von Heifner
  • Publication number: 20140277710
    Abstract: A system enables dispensing, tracking, storage, processing, analysis, management, fulfillment and/or commerce relating to dispensables, such as consumables. The system may include packages that hold consumables and function either independently or in concert with numerous smart configuration devices, such as tabletop machines or mobile machines, as well as remote servers, databases, and other cloud-based resources. A distributed software layer ties all devices and packages together and adds advanced interactivity, communication, analysis, and self-regulation functionality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Makefield LLC
    Inventors: Kutadgu Akdogan, Kalyan C. Vepuri, Christian Von Heifner
  • Publication number: 20140277709
    Abstract: A medication storage and dispensing workstation for use in a medication management system administering the inventory and distribution of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies in a healthcare environment is disclosed. The workstation incorporates a linear drawer assembly having a plurality of discrete, removable, storage modules for containing medications and/or other medical supplies. The storage modules are arranged in a linear array extending longitudinally along the travel path of the linear drawer assembly. Each storage module, in turn, comprises a drawer that is extensible laterally relative to the linear arrangement of the storage modules. As such, the drawer assemblies comprise a compartmentalized “drawer-in-drawer” arrangement that provides an efficient use of storage space and enables a user to utilize the workstation in a workspace having a smaller footprint that traditional storage cabinet apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: INTERMETRO INDUSTRIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Olson, Scott Curtis Miller, James Leo Kilgallon, Tobin H. Williams, Paul Prickett, Karl Haiden, Scott Harshbarger, Adam Troup, Patrick Sweeney
  • Patent number: 8827063
    Abstract: A cash hander can be coupled with multiple vending machines or other devices to enable the vending machines to accept cash. Through various interactions, the cash handler can provide status updates to the vending machines and relinquish control a particular vending machine to accept cash for that vending machine. The cash handler can also maintain a queue to manage and/or prioritize requests from vending machines to accept cash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventor: Gavin R. Smith
  • Patent number: 8814000
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for providing a selectable beverage from a post-mix beverage dispenser are provided. In one embodiment, the method for providing a beverage having a separately selected color front a post-mix beverage dispensing system comprises: (a) providing at least two beverage bases for dispense from the post-mix beverage dispensing system; (b) separately storing at least two colorants in the post-mix beverage dispensing system; (c) receiving a request for a selected beverage base and the separately selected color with a computer processor; and (d) in response to the selection of the selected beverage base and the separately selected color, automatically dispensing through a single faucet of the post-mix beverage dispensing system, continuously in a predetermined ratio for any volume of the beverage dispensed, the selected beverage base and at least one of the colorants to provide the beverage having the separately selected color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: Arthur G. Rudick
  • Patent number: 8805578
    Abstract: A system for filling a prescription order for a patient includes a plurality of trays each having an RFID tag for storing a unique identifier corresponding to the prescription order, and a plurality of workstations operatively linked to one another, each workstation having an antenna for detecting the unique identifier in one of the plurality of trays, where the detecting is operative to trigger displaying of a profile of at least one prescription item for the corresponding prescription order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: AutoMed Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Duane S. Chudy, David A. Schultz
  • Patent number: 8805577
    Abstract: A method for dispensing at least two medications to a patient, the method comprising the steps of: automatically dispensing at least one first medication to a patient according to a predetermined dosage level; receiving (203) a request from the patient for a second medication; determining (207, 215) the total dispensed dosage of the at least one first medication and the second medication for the patient; providing (209, 211, 213, 217, 219, 223) an indication if the determined dispensed dosage is equal to or greater than a predetermined maximum dosage; and dispensing (225) the requested second medication if the determined dispensed dosage is less than or equal to the predetermined maximum dosage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Harm Jacob Buisman, Georgio Mosis
  • Patent number: 8774963
    Abstract: Some embodiments are associated with receiving, by a vending machine, a request from a customer to initiate a communication session, establishing a first communication link between the vending machine and a device associated with the customer, and establishing a second communication link between the vending machine and a remote network device, such that a communication session is established between the device associated with the customer and the remote network device. Some embodiments are associated with receiving, by a vending machine, an indication of a selection of a product sold by the vending machine, receiving, from a customer, payment for the selected product, dispensing the product to the customer, the product comprising an indication of a communication session activation code, receiving, by the vending machine, an indication of the communication session activation code, and establishing a communication session between a device associated with the customer and a remote network device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Inventor Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Signorelli, Sih Y. Lee, Paul T. Breitenbach, Daniel E. Tedesco, Dean P. Alderucci
  • Publication number: 20140180475
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods are described for remotely managing items that are configured to be stored in at least one dispensing device. This include receiving user identification information at a host computer system from an electronic device that is remotely located from the dispensing device. This also includes transmitting from the host computer system to the electronic device a disposition of at least one item, wherein the at least one item is associated with a patient. Further, this includes receiving, at the host computer system from the remote electronic device, information about the item originating from the dispensing device, wherein the information includes a further disposition of the item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: MV Circuit Design, Inc.
    Inventors: Markos Paradissis, Cindy Levy, Richard Caldwell, Jennifer Cartright, Ray Vrabel, Brad Blackwell, John Vahlberg
  • Patent number: 8760296
    Abstract: Systems and associated methods for monitoring and/or controlling access to interior portions of consumer-operated kiosks and other enclosures are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a consumer-operated kiosk includes an enclosure having a door movable between a closed position that prevents access to the enclosure and an open position that permits access to the enclosure. In this embodiment, an identifier, such as an RFID transponder or tag, is mounted to one of the enclosure or the door, and a reader, such as an RFID reader, is mounted to the other of the enclosure or the door. When the door is closed, the reader detects the identifier. Conversely, when the door moves away form the closed position, the reader ceases to detect the identifier and can generate/send a signal indicating that the door is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Outerwall Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas A. Martin
  • Patent number: 8762166
    Abstract: A medication dispensing compliance device with interconnectivity to common vital sign monitoring devices such as blood pressure cuffs, glucometers, weight scales, pulse oximeters, heart rate monitors, body temperature, respirometers and other vital sign monitoring apparatus and a system for the aggregation of medication management and clinical vital signs to monitor patient compliance and efficacy of prescribed medications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: iMPak Health, LLC
    Inventors: Salvatore Richard Inciardi, Sandra D. Elliott
  • Patent number: 8761924
    Abstract: The invention relates to an interactive fuel dispenser system having a plurality of fuel dispensers operating in conjunction with a local server. Each dispenser generally has two fueling positions, each with a graphical user interface through which a customer interacts. In contrast with efforts to turn fuel dispensers into super computers, applicants' provide a dispenser architecture that need only be sufficient to establish interactivity with a server to create multimedia applications and carry out POS functions with a browser interface. Each fueling position acts as a client of a local server at the fuel station store. In the preferred embodiment, each fueling position client also may access remote servers connected to the same network in which the fueling position clients and the local server are connected. Preferably, this network is connected to the Worldwide Web of the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Gilbarco, Inc.
    Inventors: Russel D. Leatherman, William C. Royal, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140163726
    Abstract: A group of locking medical storage are connected together using a daisy-chain connection based on i2C protocol. Each of the storage cabinets has one or more locking compartments. A control PC computer is connected to a first one of the cabinets, and that cabinet is connected to each of the other cabinets using i2C daisy chain cabling. The cabinets each have a control circuit module that controls locking and unlocking of doors and drawers, and sensors to detect open or closed status and locked or unlocked status. RFID readers detect which items or medications have been removed from the cabinet. Each cabinet is assigned a unique independent address for identification when it is joined to the daisy chain, which can include an unlimited number of cabinets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventors: Norman A. Shoenfeld, Christopher Childs