Particular Supply Arrangement (e.g., Plural Sources Or Compartments) Patents (Class 700/242)
  • Patent number: 10216157
    Abstract: An order fulfillment system including a frame defining a passageway and a tray positioned in the passageway. The tray is movable between a first extended position wherein the tray is positioned at least partially outside the frame on a first side thereof and a second extended positioned wherein the tray is positioned at least partially outside the frame on a second, opposite side thereof. The tray includes a panel configured to generally block the passageway when the panel is positioned in or adjacent to the passageway. The system further includes a controller configured to selectively allow or block movement of the tray to or from at least one of the first or second extended positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: APEX INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin V. Savage, Kent V. Savage
  • Patent number: 10176507
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses and methods are provided herein for a self-service drug locator interface. In one embodiment, a method of providing a self-service drug locator includes, receiving, from a customer, one or more identifiers associated with one or more drugs through a customer self-service drug locator interface. The system then selects a plurality of pharmacies meeting one or more search parameters, wherein the one or more search parameters comprise a maximum distance from a location or a geographical region. Inventories of the plurality of pharmacies are queried to determine whether the one or more drugs are in stock in each of the plurality of pharmacies. A list of recommended pharmacies is generated based on the querying of the inventories of the plurality of pharmacies and provided to the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventor: J. Guadalupe Lopez
  • Patent number: 9809334
    Abstract: A vending machine provides a housing for enclosing a container unit, a printing unit, a bagging unit, and a retrieval bin. The units are connected to each other by a number of passages that allow stored products to be transported between the units. Customers interact with the vending machine via a terminal, which actuates other components based on customer inputs. The container unit serves as a primary storage, holding the product until a customer makes a purchase. The requested product is then funneled into a primary passage, either towards the bagging unit or forked to the printing unit if necessary. The bagging unit has a door that allows the product to drop into a bag. The bag itself is retrieved from a storage area and positioned below the door by a bag manipulating mechanism. It is then sealed and dropped into the retrieval bin to allow a customer access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventors: Mark A. Kramme, Christian Clark Kramme
  • Patent number: 9681520
    Abstract: A lighting control system for a light fixture has an ambient light sensor mounted therein. A switching circuit provides power for driving lighting sources. A controller receives signals from the light sensor and regulates switching frequencies based on desired lighting output level and the ambient light condition. An ambient lighting channel extends from the ambient light sensor to an aperture between outer and inner surfaces of the housing. The ambient lighting channel may include a fiber optic light pipe which extends from the aperture to surround the light sensor. The fiber optic light pipe may extend through the aperture from the ambient light sensor to an ambient light source external to the light fixture. The light sensor may mount on a shared PCB with respect to the lighting sources, such as an LED array, and transmit ambient lighting information to the controller via a feedback loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL LIGHTING TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Travis L. Berry, John Cavacuiti, Rob Mahaffey
  • Patent number: 9665691
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting a likely misuse of a medicament by a user. The system includes a computer communicatively coupled with a dispensing device. The computer receives a usage pattern of a medicament by the user as indicated by the dispensing device and a result of a test correlating with an actual consumption of the medicament by the user. Based on the usage pattern, the computer computes an estimated result of a test corresponding to the at least one predetermined test. Based on a comparison between the estimated result and the test result, a determination is made as to whether the user has likely misused the medicament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: MedicaSafe, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew J. Ervin
  • Patent number: 9643770
    Abstract: Various exemplary embodiments relate to a method, device, and non-transitory machine-readable storage medium encoded with instructions for execution by a user device, the medium comprising: instructions for displaying an indication of an incoming request to establish a communication session with a patient operating a medication dispenser; instructions for establishing a two-way communication session with the patient via the medication dispenser based on a physician user of the user device approving the incoming request; instructions for displaying a dispense user interface (UI) element during the two-way communication session; instructions for receiving a selection of the dispense UI element from the physician user; and instructions for transmitting, based on the selection, a command for the medication dispenser to dispense a medication to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Mylan Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Denny, Kevin Ostrander
  • Patent number: 9572550
    Abstract: Bodily fluid sample collection systems, devices, and method are provided. The device may comprise a first portion comprising at least a sample collection channel configured to draw the fluid sample into the sample collection channel via a first type of motive force. The sample collection device may include a second portion comprising a sample container for receiving the bodily fluid sample collected in the sample collection channel, the sample container operably engagable to be in fluid communication with the collection channel, whereupon when fluid communication is established, the container provides a second motive force different from the first motive force to move a majority of the bodily fluid sample from the channel into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Theranos, Inc.
    Inventor: Gayle Lee
  • Patent number: 9371219
    Abstract: A method and system for managing the dispensing of beverages from an automatic beverage dispensing unit. The beverages may be comprised of a single or multiple ingredients, including a first plurality of liquids, a second plurality of liquids, and/or a combination of one or more first and second plurality of liquids. In addition, garnishes and sides may be included in the beverage. The beverages are dispensed according to a pouring schema. The pouring schema may be a beverage recipe and may be preprogrammed by a system manager, or alternatively, be chosen by a consumer during operation of the system. The first plurality of liquids may include liquors and the second plurality of beverages may include mixers which are mixed with the liquors to create the beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Smart Bar USA LLC
    Inventors: William Metropulos, Tim Knecht
  • Patent number: 9342658
    Abstract: A dynamic refill level is used for determining medication refill requirements for a medication at a medication dispensing apparatus. A quantity of medication likely needed from the medication dispensing apparatus until a next scheduled refill is determined. A dynamic refill level is set for the medication based on the quantity of medication likely needed. A current count for the medication in the medication dispensing apparatus is compared against the dynamic refill level. If the current count satisfies the dynamic refill level, there is no need to refill the medication. However, if the current count does not satisfy the dynamic refill level, there is a need to refill the medication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: CERNER INNOVATION, INC.
    Inventors: Todd Reed Henderson, Mark David Gromowsky
  • Patent number: 9278053
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing medications, including: a dispensing device storing prescription information including: identification of each medication included in a first plurality of medications; a respective dosage for each medication; and a plurality of time spans, including respective points in time, for dispensing the first plurality of medications; a cassette installed in the dispensing device and including a plurality of sealed compartments, each compartment in the plurality of sealed compartments configured to store at least one respective pill for each medication in a second plurality of medications; and at least one dispensing port. The dispensing device is configured to, within each time span in the plurality of time spans and when the second plurality of medications is in compliance with the prescription information: access each compartment via the at least one dispensing port; and extract every at least one first pill from each compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Steven R. Moore, Paul R. Austin, Linn C. Hoover
  • Patent number: 9260245
    Abstract: A system for automatic storage and withdrawal of products, including a storage facility with a plurality of storage locations arranged in rows and columns. A picking arrangement is selectively movable between the plurality of storage locations and a delivery location to pick one or more products contained in selected storage locations and deliver the product(s) to the delivery location according to a selected order. A computer is provided to control movement of the movable picking arrangement according to an order sequence. A number of adjacent storage locations are enclosed in an armored module having armored back, side, and top wall and a front access opening closed by a movable closure which is normally closed and which is selectively opened when the picking arrangement is to pick one or more products contained in any one of the adjacent storage locations within the armored module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: SWISSLOG ITALIA S.P.A.
    Inventors: Flavio Este, Lorenzo Spagna, Roberto Vecchi
  • Patent number: 9235689
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting a likely misuse of a medicament by a user. The system includes a computer communicatively coupled with a dispensing device. The computer receives a usage pattern of a medicament by the user as indicated by the dispensing device and a result of a test correlating with an actual consumption of the medicament by the user. Based on the usage pattern, the computer computes an estimated result of a test corresponding to the at least one predetermined test. Based on a comparison between the estimated result and the test result, a determination is made as to whether the user has likely misused the medicament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: MEDICASAFE, INC.
    Inventor: Matthew J. Ervin
  • Patent number: 9052992
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method for use in delivery of items to a storage unit. The storage unit may include one or several storage receptacles and a control unit that controls and monitors the status of the one or several storage receptacles. The storage unit may be included in a storage unit system that may include one or several storage units and a central control unit. The central control unit may communicate with the one or several storage units, and may receive status and availability updates from the one or several storage units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Donald E. Irwin, Nan K. McKenzie, William A. Tartal, Victoria K. Stephen, Michael J. Amato
  • Patent number: 9043234
    Abstract: A system for locating goods stored in a storage area includes a computer, radio frequency transceivers and modular hangers. Ordered goods are placed in storage units that each have addresses at a central filling center. The filled storage units are shipped to local storage areas where they are coupled to hook units to form modular hangers and stored on rails. The identifications of the goods and the electronic addresses for corresponding hangers are stored on a local computer database. When a user wants to pick up goods stored in the containers, the user inputs the identification or order information for the goods and the computer will cause the radio frequency transmitter to emit a data packet that includes a search address and illumination data. The hangers compare the search address to the electronic address. If there is a match, the hanger is illuminated so the ordered goods can be found.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Maxor National Pharmacy Services Corp.
    Inventors: Kevin C Delaney, Kendrick S Lim, Robert G Guillermo
  • Patent number: 9043019
    Abstract: In a preferred embodiment, an Automated Pharmacy Admixture System (APAS) may include a manipulator system to transport medical containers such as bags, vials, or syringes in a compounding chamber regulated to a pressure below atmospheric pressure. In a preferred implementation, the manipulator system is configured to grasp and convey syringes, IV bags, and vials of varying shapes and sizes from a storage system in an adjacent chamber regulated at a pressure above atmospheric pressure. Various embodiments may include a controller adapted to actuate the manipulator system to bring a fill port of an IV bag, vial, or syringe into register with a filling port at a fluid transfer station in the chamber. A preferred implementation includes a sanitization system that can substantially sanitize a bung on a fill port of a vial or IV bag in preparation for transport to the fluid transfer station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Intelligent Hospital Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Walter W. Eliuk, Ronald H. Rob, Lance R. Mlodzinski, Alex H. Reinhardt, Thom Doherty
  • Patent number: 9037291
    Abstract: An automated dispenser receives a canister of small objects secured atop the dispenser using a bar-code matched gate operated by a central controller. A hopper below the gate directs small quantities of objects into a charge block which urges them into a circular counter and atop a movable plate forming the bottom of the counter. The plate bears slots around its perimeter adjacent the cylindrical walls of the counter. The central controller operates a servo motor to rotate the plate in measured increments, urging a precise count of objects into a port through which they fall one at a time into a receptacle. Means on the cylinder walls orients objects so that only a single one at a time may fall into each slot, thereby preventing overfilling. An exit sensor counts the objects as they fall to verify quantity and guard against under-filling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: TENSION INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Robert Terzini
  • Publication number: 20150134108
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing medications, including: a dispensing device storing prescription information including: identification of each medication included in a first plurality of medications; a respective dosage for each medication; and a plurality of time spans, including respective points in time, for dispensing the first plurality of medications; a cassette installed in the dispensing device and including a plurality of sealed compartments, each compartment in the plurality of sealed compartments configured to store at least one respective pill for each medication in a second plurality of medications; and at least one dispensing port. The dispensing device is configured to, within each time span in the plurality of time spans and when the second plurality of medications is in compliance with the prescription information: access each compartment via the at least one dispensing port; and extract every at least one first pill from each compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Steven R. Moore, Paul R. Austin, Linn C. Hoover
  • Patent number: 9026245
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus describing a convenience beverage vending machine and its operation are described. An embedded computer interface allows consumers to create their own drinks or choose from a menu of drinks. Drinks are dispensed in a re-usable container. The beverages may be made from hot water, cold water or carbonated water that is mixed with various flavors of syrup, sweeteners and nutritional supplements. Identification may be presented and the computer recognizes the consumer and pulls up that consumer's account to determine funds available and previous drink selections and mixtures. The machine may incorporate an automatic cleaning cycle for both the valves and the dispense area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Ecowell, LLC
    Inventors: Donald E. Tilton, Cameron T. Wheeler, Brian L. Boler, Andrew C. Whitaker, Reid A. Schilperoort, Preston F. David
  • Patent number: 9007875
    Abstract: A medicine station or stand-alone alert device has a processor having access to memory, wherein the memory stores a control module, and the processor is configured to execute the modules stored in the memory. The medicine station or stand-alone alert device also includes one or more indicators. The control module is configured to periodically check for an external notification from a primary alert device that it is time to take a medication. Upon receiving the external notification, the control program is configured to cause the medicine station or stand-alone alert device to enter an amplified alert mode with respect to the primary alert device via the one or more indicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventors: Lloyd Cleveland Nurse, Darien Okinza Nurse
  • Patent number: 9002510
    Abstract: Item-management systems, apparatus, and methods are described, preferably for management of items such as medicaments. In embodiments, an item-management system comprises a holder defining plural cells, a docking station configured to receive the holder, at least one indicator selectively-operable to indicate the holder cell into which an item is to be loaded, and at least one controller operable to selectively operate each at least one indicator to indicate the cell into which the item is to be received. In embodiments, indicators are provided on the holder. In other embodiments, the indicators may by on a guide associated with the docking station to assist the user in loading the holder. The contents of the loaded holder may be easily loaded, for example, into an automated dispensing machine for packaging and subsequent administration to a patient or for another use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Chudy Group, LLC
    Inventors: Duane S. Chudy, Larry Montgomery, James T. Spernow
  • Patent number: 8996164
    Abstract: A control system for a common access cabinet having a plurality of drawers and electrically controlled latches. Each latch corresponds to one drawer and is configured to receive an electrical signal. The electrical signal contains an address assigned to a particular drawer. When a latch receives a signal that defines the address of the drawer to which that latch corresponds, the latch unlocks that corresponding drawer. The latches receive the signals over an asynchronous serial interface bus. A user input device receives user identification data that is processed by a processor device to determine if the user is authorized to access any of the drawers. If the user is authorized, the processor device generates a signal that contains an address that corresponds to a drawer identified in the user identification data. The signal is converted to an asynchronous serial signal which is routed to the asynchronous serial interface bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Plug-In Storage Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralf Maroney, Andrew Asim Ardaman, Marc Karpel
  • Patent number: 8996163
    Abstract: Disc dispensing device for dispensing discs impregnated with antibiotics onto a culture dish. The device comprises a stationary support on which a magazine is removably mounted. The magazine holds a plurality of tubular containers each containing a stack of discs to be dispensed. A moving means moves one disc from a bottom end of a tubular container to a pick-up position. From the pick-up position a transfer means picks up said one disc and transfers it to the culture dish where it is dispensed. The removable culture dish is supported by a moveable carriage which is mounted on the stationary support. The carriage is moveable relative to the magazine from a starting position to an operating position and vice versa. Control means control the operation of the device. The plurality of tubular containers is rotatable around a magazine center under control of the control means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: BD Kiestra B.V.
    Inventors: Jetze Botma, Martijn Kleefstra, Trienko Marten van der Kaap, Martijn Xander Berntsen, Jan Bart van der Vijver
  • Patent number: 8985388
    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 first and second conveyors upon completion of a dispensation cycle and there after deposit recovered pills back into the storage compartment for use in future dispensation cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Nitesh Ratnakar
  • Patent number: 8989896
    Abstract: A system, method and corresponding apparatus are provided for packaging, storing, tracking, and dispensing pharmaceuticals in unit doses in a highly efficient manner. In particular, a method of packaging pharmaceuticals within a ribbon having a plurality of adjacent segments each containing a unit dose of a pharmaceutical and having associated data indicia for efficient and uniform transport, tracking, storage and dispensing is provided. Pharmaceuticals are loaded into an automated dispenser that is networked with computers for accepting prescriptions and dispensing pharmaceutical accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Arthur E. Brown
  • Patent number: 8983664
    Abstract: A receptacle adapted for removable placement on a retention tray is disclosed. The receptacle includes a lid having a closed position and a lid hook. The receptacle includes a latching apparatus with a lid latch configured to engage the lid hook when the lid is in the closed position. The latching apparatus also has a tray latch configured to engage a tray hook that is coupled to the retention tray when the receptacle is placed on the retention tray. The latching apparatus has an actuator configured to selectably release either the lid hook or the tray hook, thus eliminating a need for a second set of actuators in the retention tray to releasably secure the receptacles to the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Carefusion 303, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Rahilly
  • Patent number: 8983654
    Abstract: Systems and methods for delivering and packing medicines are described. The systems and methods allows for understanding relations between the medicines and a production-history information piece even if the medicines are having different production-history information pieces while being of the same type. A medicine dispensing apparatus includes a medicine delivery means, a medicine preparation means, a packing means, and a control means capable of controlling operations from delivery of the medicine to packing of the medicine according to prescription data and further specifying a production-history information piece of the medicine delivered from the medicine delivery means. The medicine dispensing apparatus further includes a printing means for printing the production-history information pieces on a packaging sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomohiro Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 8983655
    Abstract: Automated dispensing systems and mechanisms for queuing output from an automated dispensing system are provided for the dispensing of articles. The automated dispensing system may increase efficiency of the automated dispensing system by reducing cycle time, increasing throughput, and reducing the time required for the unloading process. A system for dispensing articles may include a carousel including a plurality of stations, a plurality of carrier holders, each configured to be received at a respective station, and a robot configured to retrieve a carrier holder from the carousel. The robot may further be configured to move the carrier holder proximate the location of a first article, load the first article onto the carrier holder, and return the carrier holder to a station of the carousel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Aesynt Incorporated
    Inventors: Patrick J. Braun, Robert S. Snyder
  • Patent number: 8983653
    Abstract: An electromechanical latch and ejector to selectively unlatch and eject an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Advantage Pharmacy Services LLC
    Inventors: John Todd Barrett, Fred P. Schoville
  • 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.
  • 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: 8965570
    Abstract: A system for dispensing media discs includes a storage system comprising a plurality of shelves for storing the media discs, a dispense system for dispensing the media discs to consumers, a disc transfer system for moving the media discs from the disc storage system to the dispense system, a control system operably connected to the disc transfer system to selectively activate the disc transfer system to move the media discs from the disc storage system to the dispense system, and a user interface system operably connected to the control system. The shelves are configured to store uncovered media discs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Alan T. Rudy
  • Publication number: 20150051730
    Abstract: A pill dispensing system includes an electronic mobile communication device with a wireless transmitter and receiver. A pill cartridge has a cartridge body storing a plurality of pills, where the cartridge body includes an electronic tag storing data. A pill cartridge dispenser is configured to receive at least one of the pill cartridge and configured to electromechanically control dispensing of the plurality of pills from the cartridge body, where the pill cartridge dispenser is configured to be in wireless communication with the electronic mobile communication device. The electronic mobile communication device is configured to wirelessly read the data stored on the electronic tag or wherein the pill cartridge dispenser is configured to wirelessly read the data stored on the electronic tag. The electronic mobile communication device wirelessly communicates with the pill cartridge dispenser to dispense at least one pill from the plurality of pills within the pill cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Nathaniel G. Portney, Valdemar Portney
  • Patent number: 8954190
    Abstract: Invention describes apparatus automating pharmacy operations. Apparatus includes portable vending cartridges, cartridge transport components, automatic vending modules, controllers. Cartridge contains conveyor transporting containers with medications secured inside carriers. Cartridges slide-into receptacles inside vending module. Controllers monitor in real-time presence of cartridges, inventory of carries and containers with medications, and execute controls, including: indexing conveyors; loading and/or unloading medications in/from carriers; maintaining medications within specifications—environment, handling, safety with reports confirming compliance. Controllers execute in real-time optimization algorithm to achieve required performance: rates of medications loading/unloading, power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Zachary Leonid Braunstein
  • Patent number: 8944280
    Abstract: A tablet dispenser includes a device body and a plurality of tablet cassettes disposed on one face of the device body. Each tablet cassette is capable of accommodating a plurality of types of tablets and of dispensing the tablets contained therein in a lateral direction. A plurality of chutes are in communication with the plurality of tablet cassettes. Each chute is disposed on the one face of the device body, adjacent to a corresponding tablet cassette. Each chute retains tablets dispensed from the corresponding tablet cassette and dispenses the tablets in a downward direction into a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Yuyama, Naoki Koike, Takafumi Imai, Yoshinori Kumano, Akira Maeda, Mitsuhiro Mitani
  • Patent number: 8942480
    Abstract: A system is provided to correlate a medication package with a prescribed medication for a patient. The medication package accommodates an intended patient medication. The system includes an optical imager adapted to read an encoded symbol character comprising encoded patient information and further adapted to image an attribute of the medication package. The optical imager comprises a two-dimensional image sensor array and an imaging lens for focusing an image on the two-dimensional image sensor array. The two-dimensional image sensor array has a plurality of pixels formed in a plurality of rows and columns of pixels. The optical imager further includes a digital link to transmit a segment of data. The segment of data includes the patient information encoded in the encoded symbol character and the attribute of the medication package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Metrologic Instruments, Inc.
    Inventor: Duane Ellis
  • Patent number: 8939365
    Abstract: A registering and counting system operated in response to information included on data bearing records is used for maintaining inventory records related to narcotics items. Data corresponding to users is read through record reading devices. Authorized users are allowed access to a narcotics vault. Narcotics holding containers are removable from storage locations in drawers. Wireless transmitters on the containers operate in conjunction with wireless readers in the storage locations to enable a computer to track the use of the narcotics items and operating parameters of the registering and counting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Diebold, Incorporated
    Inventor: Rodney J. Reese
  • 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
  • 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: 8869370
    Abstract: A system and method for sequencing component part delivery for use in assembling vehicle bodies arranged in a substantially random assembly sequence. The system and method includes a plurality of kit carts that are loaded or stocked with vehicle specific parts in a sequence or staging area of an assembly facility. The vehicle specific stocked carts are arranged and positioned to a coordinated vehicle to assemble the vehicle using the kit carts that move along in sequence with the vehicle as the vehicle is assembled along an assembly line. As the carts are depleted of parts, the carts are returned for restocking and assigned to a subsequent vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Comau, Inc.
    Inventor: Velibor Kilibarda
  • Patent number: 8812153
    Abstract: A medication dispensing cart having a computer and monitor, a work surface with pull out keyboard, and plural drawers arranged as a vertical series of cassettes that can be added as needed. The battery powered device uses software and pass codes for controlling access to each drawer, and requires a second pass code for any drawer designated to contain narcotics. Records can be kept of who dispenses what medication and when for each cart in a system of carts. The cart in the system is in wireless communication with a system administrator. Emails alerting the system administrator of low battery power, of a cart switching to off, of an attempted break-in, and of inventory and usage data are sent automatically by email.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Omnicell, Inc.
    Inventor: Ray Reckelhoff
  • Patent number: 8805571
    Abstract: In a method for need-based order-picking of medicine portions, several medicine portions of a defined type are firstly identified in several blister packs of different dimensions having receiving chambers and are placed in an automated storage facility. Data identifying the blister packs are saved in association with designations of their storage locations. A dispensing pack is then made ready at an automatic filling station and is filled as needed. Finally, the filled dispensing pack is placed in the same or another automated storage facility, if the dispensing pack is not yet intended to be distributed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Rowa Automatisierungssysteme GmbH
    Inventor: Rudolf M. Wagner
  • Publication number: 20140222196
    Abstract: A cabinet for securely storing items includes a drawer enclosure, a drawer, a cover, an electric actuator, and a switch. The drawer is slidable at least partially into and out of the enclosure, and includes a compartment. A cover which is configured as a metal belt is designed to selectively block access to the compartments of the drawer when the cover is in a first configuration, and to allow access to the compartment when the cover is in a second configuration. The electric actuator is designed to move the cover from the first configuration to the second configuration in one of two directions. The actuator selects the direction to reduce the time required to make such movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: AutoMed Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Michael
  • Publication number: 20140222195
    Abstract: A vending machine is provided. The vending machine includes a number of bins, with each bin sized to contain a consumable product. The vending machine also includes a consumable product collection area, with the consumable product collection area accessible by a vending machine user. A conveyor communicates at least a portion of each of the bins, with the conveyor positioned to receive the consumable product from the bin and transport the consumable product to the consumable product collection area. The vending machine also includes an interface structured to receive a currency from the vending machine user to purchase at least one of the consumable products and a controller that activates the conveyor to transport the consumable product to the consumable product collection area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: Robert BRUCK, Christopher GERDING
  • Patent number: 8798367
    Abstract: A system is provided to correlate a medication package with a prescribed medication for a patient. The medication package accommodates an intended patient medication. The system includes an optical imager adapted to read an encoded symbol character comprising encoded patient information and further adapted to image an attribute of the medication package. The optical imager comprises a two-dimensional image sensor array and an imaging lens for focusing an image on the two-dimensional image sensor array. The two-dimensional image sensor array has a plurality of pixels formed in a plurality of rows and columns of pixels. The optical imager further includes a digital link to transmit a segment of data. The segment of data includes the patient information encoded in the encoded symbol character and the attribute of the medication package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Metrologic Instruments, Inc.
    Inventor: Duane Ellis
  • Patent number: 8798788
    Abstract: An automated method for dispensing pharmaceuticals particularly tablets and capsules, and other small discrete objects, includes: receiving prescription information, selecting a container, labeling the container, dispensing the tablets or capsules into the labeled container, applying a closure to the filled, labeled container, and offloading the container to a designated location. Preferably, the tablets are dispensed with high speed dispensing bins that employ forced air to agitate and singulate the tablets. The other functions within the system are typically carried out at stations designed to offer speed, flexibility and precision to the dispensing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Williams, Richard Michelli, Jasper Pollard, Simon Kelly, David Newcomb, Jess Eberdt, Pete Klein
  • Patent number: 8788091
    Abstract: A modular vending and display system and a method of operation of the system, which is especially applicable to high-value and pilfer-prone products such as prestige fragrances, and to self-service shopping environments. The system enables shoppers to self-sample various scents and self-dispense fragrance product packages for later purchase. The system uses a plurality of modules which, upon actuation by a shopper, convey a package toward the shopper within individual enclosures such that only one package can be removed at a time, and then de-activate for a time delay period to prevent rapid removal of multiple packages from the module. The modules may interact, so that once a shopper has selected a product at one module in the system, other modules are also de-activated during the delay period. This reduces pilferage by making it difficult to remove more than one package during the delay period from a group of modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Giraffx Design, LLC
    Inventor: Jamie D. Bauer
  • Patent number: 8774962
    Abstract: An automated method for dispensing pharmaceuticals particularly tablets and capsules, and other small discrete objects, includes: receiving prescription information, selecting a container, labeling the container, dispensing the tablets or capsules into the labeled container, applying a closure to the filled, labeled container, and offloading the container to a designated location. Preferably, the tablets are dispensed with high speed dispensing bins that employ forced air to agitate and singulate the tablets. The other functions within the system are typically carried out at stations designed to offer speed, flexibility and precision to the dispensing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Williams, Richard Michelli, Jasper Pollard, Simon Kelly, David Newcomb, Jess Eberdt, Pete Klein
  • Patent number: 8774964
    Abstract: A medicament dispensing cabinet includes a frame, at least one controller, and a plurality of drawers each movably carried by the frame and each defining a plurality of dispensing cells. A plurality of dispensing devices is provided with each one carried by one of the dispensing cells. Each of the dispensing cells further comprises a motor for providing rotary motion to one of the removable dispensing devices in response to the controller, a sensor operating in conjunction with the controller for counting medicament dispensed from one of the removable dispensing devices, a chute for receiving medicament dispensed from one of the removable dispensing devices and a chute gate for controlling access to the chute. The cabinet may additionally comprise a chute gate release responsive to the controller for controlling the chute gate and a chute gate sensor connected to the controller and responsive to the position of the chute gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Randall Shows, Robert Parks, Ryan Kaintz, Eric Lamont Holmes, Matthew Goodworth, Stuart Morgan, Matthew Stuart Beale, Michael A. Bergeron, Stan Jankowski
  • 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: 8754769
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for determining whether and/or when a patient is taking his or her medication and, when appropriate, providing reminders and/or alerts to the patient to improve adherence to a medication regimen. In some embodiments, a medication container is provided that includes a capacitance sensor for sensing the contents of the medication container (e.g., pill count or quantity of liquid medication). The capacitance sensor may include interleaved or interdigitated electrodes oriented vertically, horizontally, or angularly (e.g., diagonally) relative to an axis of the medication container. Reminders and/or alerts to the patient may be triggered based at least in part on the contents of the medication container, when a cap of the container was last opened and/or closed, the location of the medication container, and/or the container's surroundings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignees: AdhereTech Inc., The Board Of Trustees Of The University Of Alabama, For And On Behalf Of The University Of Alabama In Huntsville
    Inventors: Joshua Stein, John Langhauser, Michael Morena, Emil Jovanov