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20130043265METHOD OF DISPENSING PAPER SHEET BY SHEET FROM A STOCK AND A PAPER DISPENSER - A method and a dispenser dispense a sheet of paper through a bottom outlet gap from a stock. A sensor activates, upon detection of a person, an electric drive which delivers a portion of paper from the outlet gap so that the sheet of paper can be torn off by hand. When the delivered sheet of paper is torn off, a switch is actuated. Actuation of the switch puts the dispenser in an operational readiness for delivery of another portion of paper.02-21-2013
20100089936PATIENT COMPLIANT MEDICATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - A patient compliant medication management system and method is described. The patient compliant medication management system comprises a dispenser, a drive element, and compliance indicia. The dispenser has a plurality of medicament containers wherein each of the medicament containers includes medication associated with a dosage regimen. The dispenser also includes an aperture that allows the medicament containers to exit the dispenser through the aperture. The drive element is mounted on the dispenser and mechanically interfaces with the medicament containers. The drive element is configured to advance when the medicament containers advance towards the aperture. The compliance indicia are located on the drive element. The compliance indicia are associated with the medicament containers within the dispenser and are configured to verify that medicament containers have exited the aperture.04-15-2010
20080257902Method and System for High-Speed Tablet Counting and Dispensing - A medicament tablet dispensing system and method dispenses any selected number of tablets, up to a maximum number, with minimal dispensing delays. During fill operations, a preset number of tablets are counted and stored in dedicated storage compartments. Dispensing operations are performed in response to dispense request commands. The fill operations are performed in a manner independent from the quantity of tablets identified by the dispense request commands. During the dispensing operations for a particular dispense request command, the preset number of tablets are emptied from one or more of the dedicated storage compartments, thereby avoiding delays associated with counting all of the dispensed tablets. Moreover, the fill operations and the dispensing operations may be performed in parallel for high-throughput dispensing applications.10-23-2008
20080257901CONTROLLED DISPENSING SYSTEM WITH MODULAR CAROUSEL - A dispensing device and method including a housing defining an opening. A door is movable relative to the housing from a closed position to a maximum open position. The door and the housing defining an access portion of the opening. A tray is disposed within the housing and is supported for movement relative to the housing. The tray is configured to support dispensable items within a plurality of segments of the tray. An access control mechanism is configured to locate the tray relative to the housing to generally align a selected one of the plurality of segments with the opening and also to limit opening movement of the door to limit a size of the access portion to a size of the selected segment if a corresponding position of the door is less than the maximum open position of the door.10-23-2008
20110192861MEDICAL GLOVE DISPENSING DEVICE AND ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF DISPENSING MEDICAL GLOVES - A medical glove dispensing device includes a panel having a plurality of differently sized ports, wherein each of the ports is sized to provide indicia about a size of a medical glove adapted to be disposed behind and dispensed through the port. A holder is disposed adjacent the panel and provides a plurality of storage spaces sized and adapted to support a plurality of medical glove containers holding differently sized medical gloves. The plurality of storage spaces are aligned respectively with the plurality of ports, with each of the storage spaces having substantially the same width. A medical glove dispensing assembly, and a method of dispensing medical gloves, are also provided.08-11-2011
20130134178VENDING MACHINE WITH AUTOMATED DETECTION OF PRODUCT POSITION - Embodiments of a vending machine are disclosed that can comprise one or more horizontally oriented shelves for supporting products to be vended, a plurality of vertically oriented dividers coupled to the shelves, a plurality of location markers located on the dividers and/or on the shelves, and an optical recognition module configured to optically recognize the location markers and to determine positions of the location markers and products relative to the shelves. In some embodiments, the optical recognition module can recognize the products by comparing images of the products to stored product images.05-30-2013
20130026173DISPENSING BIN FOR MULTIPLE MATERIALS - Various embodiments of the present invention are directed to systems for dispensing multiple types of materials, such as packing materials. According to various embodiments, the systems include a dispensing bin with multiple compartments configured to receive and dispense different types of materials, such as air-filled dunnage cushions and air-filled protective material. In certain embodiments, the dispensing bin is configured to receive materials from one or more supply machines and dispense the materials such that more than one type of material is provided to numerous packing stations for use in packaging items.01-31-2013
20130048662Sanitized vending machine and method - A sanitized vending machine includes product and cup dispensing mechanisms and an actuation mechanism. The product dispensing mechanism, holding one or more product items, rotates through a product dispensing cycle to dispense them. The cup dispensing mechanism, holding a stack of cups, rotates through a cup dispensing cycle to dispense a cup to a predetermined position. The dispensing cycles occur in a predetermined sequence so as to enable the dispensed product items to be received in a previously dispensed cup. The dispensing mechanisms respectively include rotatable first and second driven gears drivingly interfaced to rotate during respective product and cup dispensing cycles. The actuation mechanism includes a handle and a rotatable drive gear drivingly interfaced with the first driven gear. When the handle is turned by a user through an actuation cycle the driven gears rotate the respective mechanisms through respective product and cup dispensing cycles.02-28-2013
20100006584METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DISPENSING SOLID ARTICLES - An apparatus for dispensing solid articles includes a housing and at least one vacuum source. The housing defines a hopper chamber to hold the articles and a dispensing channel fluidly connected to the hopper chamber. The dispensing channel has an inlet and an outlet defining a dispensing flow path therebetween. The vacuum source is adapted to provide a vacuum pressure and induce a gas flow in the housing. The apparatus is configured to generate a forward drive gas flow from the vacuum pressure and induced gas flow, and the forward drive gas flow conveys articles through the dispensing channel along the dispensing flow path in a direction from the inlet to the outlet to dispense the articles.01-14-2010
20100327000Sanitary dispensing system - The present invention provides a sanitary dispensing system including an elongate member configured to be secured to a door, a dispensing device secured to the elongate member, the dispensing device configured for dispensing hand cleansing materials, and a receptacle device secured to the elongate member and configured for receiving hand cleansing materials.12-30-2010
20090321464AUTOMATED MAGAZINE FEEDER - An automated magazine feeder device is provided for supplying a manufacturing operation with elongate members of varying sizes in an assembly order dictated sequence. An apparatus for dispensing elongate members may include a magazine and a rotatable support member. The magazine may contain a plurality of elongate members including an elongate member in a first location and an elongate member in a second location immediately adjacent the elongate member in the first location. The first rotatable support member may include a first arm and a second arm. The first arm of the first rotatable support member supports the elongate member in the first location when the first rotatable support member is in a first position. The elongate member in the first location is ejected from the magazine by the second arm of the first rotatable support member in response to the first rotatable support member being rotated from the first position to a second position. The second arm of the first rotatable support member supports the elongate member in the second location in response to the first rotatable support member being rotated to the second position.12-31-2009
20090321465METHOD OF AUTOMATICALLY FILLING PRESCRIPTIONS - A method of dispensing pills includes (a) inputting a request and (b) loading a cassette having a first pill type into position then (c) positioning a target container beneath that cassette. (d) The cassette is energized to drop one pill. (f) If a pill dropped and there are still more of the current pill to drop, the method continues at step d. (g) If a pill dropped and the number of the current pill has satisfied the request, the method ends. (h) If a pill dropped and a number of the current pill already dispensed type has not satisfied the request, the method continues with step d. (i) If no pill dropped, an operator is informed. (k) If the operator indicates the cassette is empty and another cassette has a same pill, the other cassette is moved to the target location and the method continues from step d.12-31-2009
20090302048DEVICE FOR STORING AND DISPENSING IN SINGLE UNITS OBJECTS IN THE FORM OF SHEETS OR THIN STRIPS - The invention concerns a device, such as a box, for storing and dispensing in single-units objects in the form of sheets, wafers, thin strips or platelets, with planar geometry in particular square, rectangular, polygonal, circular, elliptical, enabling said objects to be dispensed individually in single units, comprising: a) storage means such as a container with a lid, containing the objects to be dispensed, stored stacked on one another on a storage surface, said storage means including a surface for guiding the objects to be dispensed and a dispensing opening enabling the objects to be dispensed individually in single units; b) dispensing means bade of a flexible, deformable, mobile driving element, having one of its ends in contact with the object to be driven, along at least one transverse tangential contact line, and whereof the longitudinal cross-section is S- or nearly U-shaped.12-10-2009
20120217258Method and Apparatus for Hairstyling - A pouch holder provides for convenient dispensing of thin sheets of foil commonly used in the treatment of hair. The holder may be worn about a hair stylist's neck or placed in another location that is easily accessible a stylist. A gripper device, which can be optionally attached to a stylist's comb or other instrument, is used to easily and efficiently pull individual sheets from the holder.08-30-2012
20130056488PLANETARY GEAR DRIVE CUP TURRET FOR CUP DROP UNIT IN BEVERAGE VENDING MACHINE - A cup turret carousel includes a gear drive track around a periphery thereof, to be driven by a planetary gear rather than being driven from the central axis and thereby reduce cost and achieve greater accuracy in aligning a cup turret with the cup funnel throat for cup delivery. The drive gear is maintained in a in a fixed position relative to a cup funnel throat through which cups pass when dropped, so that the same drive assembly may be employed with cup turret carousels of different diameters.03-07-2013
20130056487PRODUCT DISPENSING MACHINE AND DISPENSING METHOD - The invention relates to a product dispensing machine comprising a motorized collector and a plurality of product trays, each being arranged to store products in line and comprising a dispensing mechanism at an outer end of the tray. The motorized collector is arranged to approach each of said product trays and to move at least one dispensing mechanism from a blocking position, in which said dispensing mechanism blocks a product first in line on said tray, into a dispense position in which the product first in line is removed from the tray onto the collector, said dispensing mechanism being arranged to block a product second in line while being in the dispense position.03-07-2013
20090277920High Capacity Napkin Dispenser - A large capacity napkin dispenser for in counter mounting includes: (a) an elongate housing having a generally rectangular cross-section for receiving a stack of napkins; (b) a faceplate with a dispensing aperture, the faceplate being hinged to the housing so as to be movable between an open position for re-loading and a closed position for dispensing; (c) a movable support member mounted in the housing; (d) biasing means for urging the movable support toward the faceplate so that the stack of napkins is advanced to the aperture as it is depleted; and (e) sequestered means for locking the faceplate in the closed position. The locking means includes release means located adjacent the inner surface of the faceplate such that when the faceplate is in the closed position the release means is concealed in the interior of the dispenser, thereby eliminating the need for a key. The dispenser further includes internal gripping surfaces which facilitate re-loading and smooth operation as well as molded-in features which greatly reduce cost of manufacture.11-12-2009
20090065521WET WIPES DISPENSING SYSTEM - The present disclosure relates to wet wipe dispensing systems for dispensing wet wipes capable of changing temperature upon use. In one embodiment, the dispensing system includes a wet wipe container and a lotion container that is held in assembly with the wet wipe container that contains a lotion that is kept separate from the wet wipes until the wet wipe is dispensed from the wet wipe container. The lotion includes a microencapsulated delivery vehicle that contains a temperature change agent that is capable of generating a temperature change upon contact with an aqueous solution. Once the wet wipe is dispensed from the system, an applicating device can apply the lotion to the wet wipe to facilitate contact between the temperature change agent in the microencapsulated delivery vehicle and the aqueous solution of the wet wipe.03-12-2009
20090057328Smart Medicine Container - 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.03-05-2009
20090057327AUTOMATIC SUPPLY APPARATUS AND AUTOMATIC SUPPLY METHOD - An automatic supply apparatus for an elongate supply target member having elasticity and including both end portions includes a stock mechanism wherein a plurality of supply target members are stocked such that the plurality of supply target members are suspended in an inverted U shape and top portions of the plurality of supply target members are arranged side by side in a row direction, and an extraction mechanism to operate the top portions of the supply target members to extract one supply target member from the plurality of supply target members stocked in the stock mechanism.03-05-2009
20130062362BOTTOM DISPENSING CARTON - The present application provides a dispensing carton for a number of sheet products therein. The dispensing carton may include a first wall, a dispensing aperture positioned in the first wall, a perpendicular second wall, and one or more support tabs positioned in the perpendicular second wall. The support tabs may be folded within the perpendicular second wall to support the number of sheet products therein.03-14-2013
20130062361PRODUCT DISPENSING SYSTEM WITH FLEXING CONTAINER - A product dispensing system including a dispenser having an upper support deck that defines a deck opening and a lower support deck that defines a product display area, a container positioned on the upper support deck, the container including first and second walls that define an internal volume, wherein the first wall defines an opening having a longitudinal length that is aligned with the deck opening, and wherein the second wall includes a lower portion proximate the container opening, and a plurality of products initially housed in the internal volume, wherein the dispenser is spaced from the lower portion of the second wall such that the lower portion bows outward and increases the longitudinal length when a product engages the lower portion as it exits the container through the container opening.03-14-2013
20130062360MULTI-DECK PRODUCT DISPENSING SYSTEM WITH REAR GUIDE - A product dispensing system including a frame structure having a front end and a rear end, the frame structure including an upper support deck extending between the front and rear ends, a lower support deck positioned below the upper support deck, the lower support deck extending between the front and rear ends and defining a first product display area, and an intermediate support deck positioned between the upper support deck and the lower support deck, the intermediate support deck extending between the front and rear ends and defining a second product display area, wherein the upper support deck and the intermediate support deck define a vertical drop zone proximate the rear end, the vertical drop zone extending from the upper support deck to the lower support deck, and a guide positioned between the upper support deck and the intermediate support deck, the guide extending into the vertical drop zone.03-14-2013
20110011877CIGARETTE BLANK DISPENSING APPARATUS - An apparatus for dispensing cigarette blanks in a cigarette manufacturing machine. The apparatus comprises a base having an upper end, a lower end opposite the upper end, a first side, a second side opposite the first side, and a shaker communicating with the base. The base also comprises a retainer for retaining at least one cigarette blank. Also disclosed is a method for separating and dispensing cigarette blanks.01-20-2011
20110011876DISPENSING MECHANISM FOR FLEXIBLE SHEETS - A dispensing mechanism for a flexible sheet container includes a first flap having a first end portion that extends to a second end portion. The second end portion includes at least one tooth element. The dispensing mechanism also includes a second flap having a first end section that extends to a second end section. The second end section includes at least one tooth member. The at least one tooth member is off-set from the at least one tooth element.01-20-2011
20090236358Slanted sheet dispenser - A sheet dispenser is defined by at least six panels having outwardly facing surfaces, wherein at least one of the panels is oriented at an oblique angle with respect to the other panels. Sheets may be dispensed from an opening located on the oblique surface. The sheet dispenser may sit on a surface such as a countertop for dispensing, or may be placed between a wall and other structure attached to the wall such as a towel bar. Furthermore, the sheet dispenser may be hung from a structure using a strap attached to the towel dispenser.09-24-2009
20120111882Quick-Access Munitions Pouch - Provided are a device, system, and method for storing and/or transporting a munition and then efficiently accessing the stored munition, even when under stressful combat conditions.05-10-2012
20090255949PIPETTE TIP HANDLING DEVICES AND METHODS - Discussed herein are methods and devices for storing, handling, loading or dispensing of pipette tips. Some embodiments allow repetitive loading of an array of multiple pipette tips that are stored in a nested configuration.10-15-2009
20130213990Removable Media Container - A removable media container for use in a media dispenser is described. The media container comprises: a diverter entrance for receiving diverted media items prior to stacking of the media items; a non-present stack entrance for receiving a stack of media items subsequent to stacking of the media items but prior to presentation of the stack of media items to a customer; and a present stack entrance for receiving a stack of media items subsequent to presentation of the stack of media items to a customer.08-22-2013
20130213991Dispensing System For Double Stack Carton - The carton of this invention is capable of carrying the plurality of containers stacked upon their ends in two tiers with a unique dispenser that permits the dispensing of containers on their sides. The dispenser is formed in a top side wall and extends into the end wall with most of the end wall being torn open but leaving a portion near the bottom side wall to prevent the bottom layer of containers from rolling out. Angled projections in the dispensing end of the carton near the top panel and bottom panel prevent the top layer of containers from rolling out. A divider may be inserted between the two tiers of containers to facilitate loading the carton and preventing the containers from accidentally rolling out when the dispenser is open.08-22-2013
20120234853Side-grip Method for Grasping Textile Items in a Vending Machine - A side-grip method of grasping and moving textile items in a vending machine from the storage area to the dispensing chute that does not require the textile item to be packaged comprising: (a) providing a stack of folded and unwrapped textile items; (b) providing an article selection mechanism configured with a gripping element; (c) vertically displacing said gripping element until said gripping element reaches a level of a top textile item in said stack; and (d) closing said gripping element solely on said textile item. Disclosed also is a vending machine configured to implement such a method.09-20-2012
20120234852AUTOMATED STORAGE AND DISPENSING SYSTEM - A storage and dispensing system including a cabinet having a frame with a plurality of separators, each separator including an opening formed therethrough. The system further includes a plurality of drawers, each drawer having a plurality of compartments configured to store an item therein. Each drawer is positioned adjacent to at least one of the separators and is movable relative to the adjacent separator such that each compartment of each drawer is positionable adjacent to the opening of the associated separator.09-20-2012
20120234851Product Biasing and Dispensing System with Security Engagement - A product dispensing system including a container that defines an internal volume and an access opening into the internal volume, at least one product received in the internal volume and a biasing assembly extendable into the internal volume to urge the product toward the access opening, wherein the container is engaged with the biasing assembly when the biasing assembly extends into the internal volume.09-20-2012
20080296311METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPENSING MATERIAL ON A SUBSTRATE - A dispensing apparatus includes a frame, a support coupled to the frame, a gantry coupled to the frame, a first dispensing unit coupled to the gantry, a second dispensing unit coupled to the gantry, and an imaging system coupled to one of the frame and the gantry. The imaging system may be configured to capture at least one image of a first pattern and a second pattern, with the second pattern being identical to the first pattern. The dispensing apparatus further includes a controller configured to verify whether the first pattern and the second pattern are properly positioned on the support with respect to one another based on the at least one captured image to permit simultaneous dispense operations of the first dispensing unit on the first pattern and the second dispensing unit on the second pattern. Other embodiments and methods of dispensing are further disclosed.12-04-2008
20110278320Method for handling valuable items - The present invention relates to a method of handling valuable items, such as banknotes and the like, in which there is used a valuable item storage unit (11-17-2011
20110278319PILL DISPENSER CANISTER HAVING DUAL RESERVOIRS - A dual-reservoir canister for dispensing pills includes a dispensing reservoir and a backup reservoir. Pills (solid medications such as pills, capsules and caplets) are stored in both reservoirs but dispensed only from the dispensing reservoir until the dispensing reservoir is empty, at which time, the dual-reservoir canister is tilted to pour the pills from the backup reservoir into the dispensing reservoir. An access door is provided to refill the backup reservoir and, in some embodiments, the access door includes an extension that prevents pills from accidentally falling into the dispensing reservoir while the backup reservoir is refilled.11-17-2011
20080264962MEDICATION DISPENSING APPARATUS - A medication dispenser provides automation to the steps of locating and acquiring medications or supplies to be administered to a patient. The medication dispenser includes one or more modules housing one or more compartmentalized drawers. Access to each drawer is controlled by a lockable door, and each the drawer may only be slid from the module housing the drawer in response to a signal. A series of lights direct the user to the appropriate drawer and the appropriate compartment of the relevant drawer to remove the appropriate medication or supply.10-30-2008
20090159608Wall Mounted Medications Cabinet and system - A wall-mounted medications cabinet has at least one, and preferably up to four locking drawers, each with a removable bin holding the medications for a given patient. The drawers are each independently openable electronically. This can be accomplished using an incorporated PC with a touch screen monitor, or authorized access can be obtained via a network. The cabinet may be connected using USB or ethernet interface. A key lock can provide access in the event of a power failure.06-25-2009
20120285978REAR PROJECTED EXPRESSIVE HEAD - The subject matter disclosed herein relates to systems and methods for providing image projection and entertainment.11-15-2012
20110284569First in First Out Vending Systems - A vending machine for dispensing a number of products. The vending machine may include a transparent panel, a number of visible product columns, a number of non-visible product columns, and a product delivery system.11-24-2011
20090090734APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SINGLE OR MULTIPLE TEMPERATURE ZONE(S) IN REFRIGERATED VENDING MACHINE - An automated vending machine that can be selectively configured to include one or several temperature zones. A single refrigeration system and universal interior allows easy and economical assembly into a one, two, or three temperature zone machine. Thermal breaks and dividers are used to partition zones, when needed. The basic vending machine cabinet, dispensers, and controls are not changed between configurations. In one aspect, a universal air duct can be used for all three configurations, with minor changes.04-09-2009
20130020341Product Dispensing System with Multiple Dispensing Decks - A product dispensing frame having a front end and a rear end, and including an upper support deck extending between the front end and the rear end, a lower support deck positioned below the upper support deck, the lower support deck extending between the front end and the rear end and defining a first product display area, and an intermediate support deck positioned between the upper support deck and the lower support deck, the intermediate support deck extending between the front end and the rear end and defining a second product display area.01-24-2013
20110284568CARTRIDGE, A PHARMACEUTICAL DISPENSER CONTAINING THE CARTRIDGE, AND APPLICATIONS OF SAID CARTRIDGE AND SAID PHARMACEUTICAL DISPENSER - For safe storage and simple and safe administration of tablets T by a user, a cartridge 11-24-2011
20100089937CHILD PROOF MEDICATION PACKAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A child proof medication packaging system and method is described. The child proof medication packaging system includes a dispenser and a child safety component. The dispenser includes a plurality of medicament containers housing a plurality of different medications and an aperture that allows the medicament containers to exit the dispenser through the aperture. The child safety component associated with the aperture in the dispenser is adjustable to a first position and a second position. The first position prevents the medicament containers from passing through the aperture and the second position permits the medicament containers to pass through the aperture.04-15-2010
20100264157DISPENSING CONTAINER FOR METERED DISPENSING OF PRODUCT - A dispensing container is provided, including an outer casing having an open end, a top, a bottom, sidewalls extending between the top and bottom, and an interior compartment; an inner tray slidably received within the interior compartment of the outer casing and including a storage compartment configured to store a plurality of units of product to be dispensed, and a dispensing trough in communication with the storage compartment, the inner tray extending outwardly from the open end of the outer casing and configured for sliding movement between a closed and locked position and a dispensing position, wherein the dispensing trough includes an aperture sized to allow a single unit of product exit the dispensing trough at one end thereof and a slot at the opposing end thereof, and the outer casing further includes a rib extending into the interior compartment and positioned to enter the slot of the dispensing trough.10-21-2010
20110290818PHARMACEUTICAL DISPENSER AND USE THEREOF - For safe storage and simple and reliable removal of tablets T by a user, a medicament dispenser 12-01-2011
20090321466Hygienic Door Operating Device - A hygienic door operating device comprising a dispensing means arranged to contain a plurality of gripping handles and adapted to dispense a separate handle to each person operating the door, the gripping handle being adapted to engage a formation secured to the door whereby the door can be operated by manual engagement of the gripping handle and disposal means to transfer the gripping handle to a collection receptacle after use12-31-2009
20120024882Smoking Article Dispenser - A dispenser comprises a housing defining a chamber to receive a charge of smoking articles coupled by a belt and such that the longitudinal axis of each smoking article extends between first and second ends of die housing. The dispenser includes a mechanism to advance the belt in a lateral direction so as to move a smoking article of the belt into alignment with an aperture in said first end of the housing. The mechanism is also operable to push said aligned smoking article from the belt and eject it in a longitudinal direction from the housing through said aperture. A belt for use in such a dispense!, and a method of filling such a dispenser.02-02-2012
20120024881Smoking Article Dispenser - A smoking article dispenser (02-02-2012
20120024880Container Apparatus with Single-Pill Dispensing and Related Methods - Aspects of the disclosure are implemented using a variety of systems and methods involving pill-filtering article that is located and secured inside a pill container. Using one such system, an assembly of articles distributes one pill at a time in the form of a single-pill dispensing apparatus that includes a pill-storage container and such a pill-filtering article. The pill-storage container has an inner wall, an upper portion with a rim region at which a cap may be secured to the pill-storage container, and a lower portion configured for containing pills. The pill-filtering article is configured with a size and a shape that facilitates securing the article inside the pill-storage container near the inner wall, above the lower portion, and below the upper rim region, and also configured with a plurality of channel-defining regions including a first channel-defining region through which one-pill at a time passes and including a second channel-defining region through which one pill at a time passes. Each of the plurality of channel-defining regions region is respectively configured and arranged to facilitate a modification that results in formation of an aperture near a boundary of the channel-defining region for passing one pill at a time, and to pass pills that are of different types in terms of at least one of size and shape. In this regard, when only one of the plurality of channel-defining regions is modified, the pill-filtering article permits only one pill at a time to pass, through the aperture ensuing from the modification, from the lower portion of the container to the upper portion of the container.02-02-2012
20110168733Device and Method for Dispensing Medicine - There is provided a medicine dispensing device including: a device body 07-14-2011
20100163570AUTOMATIC CARD DISPENSER - An automatic card dispenser is disclosed, which comprising: a base provided with a standby area, an output area, and a first track and second track parallel to each other; said standby area and output area are respectively provided on each end of the first track and second track, and each side of the dispensed card are respectively put in the first track and second track, and the first track is capable of separating from the standby area and output area; a vertical lifting unit connected to the base with a card box and a vertical driver; a horizontal pushing unit connected to the base for putting the card to contact card pressing wheel provided in the output area along the second track; and a recycling unit connected to the base and provided below the first track.07-01-2010
20080272139DISPENSERS WITH REMOVABLE STORAGE CARTRIDGES - A dispenser comprising: (1) a dispenser housing that includes: (a) a dispenser body that defines both an interior portion and an access opening, and (b) an access door that is mounted to selectively restrict access to the interior portion through the access opening; (2) a storage cartridge that is mounted on wheels to roll adjacent the dispenser body; and (3) a storage cartridge positioning system that is adapted to facilitate moving the storage cartridge into a “loading position” in which the storage cartridge is positioned to be loaded into the dispenser. The motion of the access door from an open position to a closed position may serve to urge the storage cartridge from the “loading position” into a “loaded position” in which the storage cartridge is disposed substantially within the dispenser housing.11-06-2008
20080272137METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR INSERTING A CART, SUCH AS A CART WITH ONE OR MORE FIXED WHEELS, INTO AN ENCLOSURE - A method of loading a cart into an enclosure, according to various embodiments of the invention, comprises the steps of: (A) providing a cart having a first end and a second end, the cart comprising at least one swiveled wheel adjacent the first end, and at least two non-swiveled wheels adjacent the second end, the swiveled and non-swiveled wheels being adapted to facilitate the rolling movement of the cart over a surface; (B) positioning the at least two non-swiveled wheels on a wheeled platform so that the non-swiveled wheels are supported by the wheeled platform; and (C) while the non-swiveled wheels are supported by the wheeled platform, and while the at least one swiveled wheel is disposed on a support surface adjacent an interior portion of the enclosure, using the wheeled platform and the at least one swiveled wheel to roll the cart into the interior portion of the enclosure.11-06-2008
20110147400ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA RENTAL AND RETURN SYSTEM AND A REMOVABLE STORAGE BIN THEREFOR - An entertainment media rental and return system comprises a rental terminal at which a customer can either rent entertainment media or return entertainment media which has been previously rented from the rental terminal, a return terminal at which a customer can only return entertainment media which has been previously rented from the rental terminal, and a removable storage bin interchangeable between the terminals and arranged to (i) receive entertainment media which has been returned by a customer at the return terminal when the bin is installed in the return terminal, (ii) receive entertainment media which has been returned by a customer at the rental terminal when the bin is installed in the rental terminal, and (iii) provide entertainment media which is available to be rented to a customer at the rental terminal when the bin is installed in the rental terminal.06-23-2011
20100084418CUTLERY UTENSIL DISPENSER - A cutlery utensil dispenser having at least one utensil compartment and a dispensing mechanism is disclosed. Each utensil compartment is so dimensioned and configured to house a stack of utensils. The dispensing mechanism includes a drive member in operable communication with at least one driven member, each driven member being associated with a respective one of the compartments. Actuation of the drive member causes simultaneous actuation of each driven member that causes a utensil to be dispensed from each compartment in repeatable succession one at a time. Also disclosed is a cutlery utensil dispenser having an electric motor in operable communication with the dispensing mechanism, and a controller in operable communication with the motor. The controller includes a processing circuit responsive to computer executable instructions which when executed on the processing circuit facilitates dispensing of a utensil from the utensil compartment by operation of the motor on command.04-08-2010
20090294466SENSOR DISPENSING INSTRUMENT - A sensor dispensing instrument adapted to handle a sensor pack containing a plurality of sensors and to perform a test using one of the sensors. The sensor dispensing instrument includes an outer housing and a mechanical mechanism contained therein for rotating the sensor pack and ejecting one of the sensors from the sensor pack and through a sensor slot on the housing. The sensor dispensing instrument also includes a sensor actuator to engage with a sensor disposed in the sensor slot, and a sensor release that is movable to disengage the sensor actuator from the sensor disposed in the sensor slot and permit the discharge of the sensor.12-03-2009
20100089938PIPETTE TIP HANDLING DEVICES AND METHODS - Discussed herein are methods and devices for storing, handling, loading or dispensing of pipette tips. Some embodiments allow repetitive loading of an array of multiple pipette tips that are stored in a nested configuration.04-15-2010
20090090733MEDICAL BANDAGING PRODUCT - A medical bandaging product that includes a container formed of moisture-impervious material, a medical material positioned in the container in substantially moisture-free conditions and sealed therein against entry of moisture, and a dispensing carton within which the container and medical material positioned therein is contained. The dispensing carton includes an opening in the carton through which the medical material is removed through an opening in the container, and an S-shaped sealing member carried by the carton adjacent the opening for receiving across the opening in the carton a length of the container devoid of medical material A tab bears against the length of the container devoid of medical material to form a doubled thickness of the container having a sealing fold therein to form a seal that is resistant to moisture intrusion into the container.04-09-2009
20130098935Ammunition Magazine Holder - A system and apparatus for storing ammunition comprises a hard-bodied capsule for ejectably retaining an ammunition magazine in a substantially water-resistant compartment thereof.04-25-2013
20130098936REFRIGERATING CABINET FOR AUTOMATICALLY DISPENSING TENNIS BALLS - The invention relates to a refrigerating cabinet (04-25-2013
20110198366Carton With An Improved Dispensing Feature - A carton with an improved dispenser at one of the carton which preserves the integrity of the carton when the carton is opened by permitting a bottom end flap attached to the bottom panel to remain in place and also a portion of each side end flap that is adjacent to the bottom end flap. This dispenser may also provide a safety net for the first container that is automatically dispensed when the carton is opened.08-18-2011
20090277919METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPENSING SHEETS OF FOIL - A dispenser for dispensing folded sheets (11-12-2009
20090277918PACKET DISPENSER - A dispensing container (11-12-2009
20090283538COUNTER AND A RECORDER FOR A PILL DISPENSER - A counter (or recorder) for a pill dispenser comprising two relatively moveable chassis components forming part of a pill dispensement mechanism, a pill delivery or dispensement channel and a counting (or recording) mechanism. The counting (or recording) mechanism comprises one or more actuation indicators, a ratchet pawl for incrementally advancing a first of the one or more actuation indicators and a drive mechanism for activating the ratchet pawl. The ratchet pawl is mounted to a first of the two chassis components. The drive mechanism is mounted to the second of the two chassis components.11-19-2009
20090289076Method and Apparatus for Storing and Dispensing Reagent Beads - Embodiments of the invention provide an efficient and effective technique for storing and dispensing reagent beads. In some embodiments, an apparatus is provided for dispensing reagent beads contained in a bead storage device which includes a bead carrier having a plurality of wells; a plurality of reagent beads disposed in the wells; and a cover tape releasably attached to the bead carrier to cover the wells and retain the reagent beads in the wells. The apparatus comprises a channel in which to place the bead storage device with the bead carrier facing a support wall of the channel and the cover tape facing a stripping wall of the channel. The stripping wall includes a stripping gap disposed between a stripping edge and an opposite edge, and a dispense opening provided adjacent the opposite edge on a side of the stripping wall opposite from the stripping edge. The cover tape is insertable through the stripping gap to be pulled against the stripping edge to peel the cover tape from the bead carrier to move the wells of the bead carrier inside the channel toward the dispense opening and expose the wells individually to dispense the reagent beads.11-26-2009
20090294465PLIABLE SHEET DISPENSER - A pliable sheet dispenser includes a tube having two distal ends and a generally rounded cross-section with a circumferential gap. The circumferential gap defines two edges of the tube. The tube includes a semirigid and resilient material, which enables the tube to transition from a relaxed configuration to an expanded configuration, wherein the expanded configuration is defined by the edges being a greater distance apart than in the relaxed configuration such that the tube may receive a roll of a pliable material therein having a larger diameter than the diameter of the tube in the relaxed configuration. The edges are biased toward the relaxed configuration, whereby the tube grips and retains the pliable material in a rolled configuration. Methods of using and making a pliable sheet dispenser are also disclosed.12-03-2009
20090294464METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DISPENSING SOLID ARTICLES - An apparatus for dispensing articles includes a housing, a gas source, a drive mechanism and an agitation jet device. The housing defines: a hopper chamber to hold the articles; a dispensing channel fluidly connected to the hopper chamber, the dispensing channel having an inlet and an outlet and defining a flow path therebetween; and an agitation outlet. The gas source provides a positive pressure supply gas flow having a first pressure, a first velocity and a first mass flow rate. The drive mechanism conveys articles through the dispensing channel along the flow path. The agitation jet device is interposed and fluidly connected between the gas source and the agitation outlet. The agitation jet device includes a feed opening to receive the supply gas flow and a jet opening to convert the supply gas flow to a pressurized agitation gas flow through the agitation outlet to agitate articles in the hopper chamber. The agitation gas flow has a second pressure less than the first pressure, a second velocity greater than the first velocity, and a second mass flow rate greater than the first mass flow rate.12-03-2009
20090039098DEVICE FOR STAGING AND DISPENSING TABLETS USEFUL IN SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISPENSING PRESCRIPTIONS - A chute assembly for a system configured to dispense objects from a bulk supply of such objects includes: an elongate chute having an open bottom end; a dispensing assembly slidably mounted to a bottom end portion of the chute, the dispensing assembly including a sleeve that receives the bottom end portion of the chute and a door mounted thereto, the sleeve being slidable between a staging position, in which the door covers the bottom end of the chute and thereby stages objects in the bottom end portion of the chute, and a dispensing position, in which the door moves away from the bottom end of the chute to enable objects staged in the bottom end portion of the chute to be dispensed from the chute; and an agitation unit coupled to the dispensing assembly, the agitation unit configured to impart energy to objects staged in the bottom end of the sleeve as the sleeve moves to the dispensing position.02-12-2009
20090039099PAPER DISPENSER - A hand-free paper dispensing device is provided that is particularly suitable for the away-from-home market. The dispensing device comprises a rotatable drum having a transversely-extending rolling surface for receiving a paper sheet thereon and a retractable knife configured to extend out of the drum at a first rotational position. The dispensing device also comprises a paper guide for guiding the paper sheet onto the rolling surface; the paper guide has a plurality of transversely-spaced ribs having a radial spacing from the rolling surface at the first rotational position that is less than the radial distance of the knife when extended at the first rotational position. Such an arrangement ensures that a paper towel segment is cut at each revolution of the drum, thereby reducing the incidence of paper double-sheeting.02-12-2009
20110198365Game cartridge storage and dispensing system and method for the same - A system for storing and dispensing game cartridges and a method for the same. A housing system that requires a user to store a game cartridge in the apparatus before another game cartridge in the apparatus can be dispensed. Thus, insuring that game cartridges will be returned to a storage apparatus before another game cartridge is removed thereby preventing game cartridges from being lost and keeping all game cartridges not being played in one storage container.08-18-2011
20120285976Product Dispensing System With Increased Product-To-Dispenser Contact - A product dispensing system including a container defining an internal volume and an opening into the internal volume, the container including a weakening feature, the opening and the weakening feature defining an access panel, and a dispenser including a frame having longitudinally opposed first and second ends, and including a support deck and a product display area, the support deck extending at least partially between the first and second ends, the product display area being positioned below the support deck, and a catch element connected to the frame proximate the first end, the catch element protruding away from the second end such that the catch element engages the opening in the container and at least partially separates the access panel from the container as the container longitudinally moves along the support deck from the first end toward the second end.11-15-2012
20120168456POP-UP LABEL DISPENSER AND METHOD OF USE - A label dispenser assembly for individually dispensing labels from a pad is disclosed. The label dispenser assembly includes rotatably accommodated retention members urged towards a surface of the dispenser for securing a pad of labels in place.07-05-2012
20080277405Dispensing Apparatus Containing a Glove Stack and Method of Folding Gloves Therein - An apparatus containing a glove stack and method of folding gloves therein. The invention provides both an apparatus and a method to allow a plurality of generally disposable gloves to be folded in a compact manner, stored in a clean environment, and then dispensed individually from an enclosure. The enclosure may be a disposable wrapper which may further be contained within a dispenser housing having a dispenser aperture. The gloves may be enwrapped under compression, and may be compressed by the dispenser in order to facilitate packing and dispensing. The dispenser may have a bias, such as an expansible element, to urge gloves towards the dispensing aperture. In a preferred embodiment, the gloves may be dispensed thumb first, although other orientations are contemplated, and a novel method for folding the gloves to facilitate packing and dispensing is taught.11-13-2008
20080290106Container, Dispenser, and Method For Dispensing a Strip of Interconnected, Individually Packed Objects - Container for dispensing by the piece a strip of interconnected pouch-shaped packs, in particular packs of medicines, vitamins and/or dietary supplements, which strip is accommodated in meandering fashion in the container, which container comprises a bottom with two longitudinal walls and two side walls, characterized in that the container has a width which substantially corresponds to the width of the packs and has a length of at least two interconnected packs.11-27-2008
20100264158AUTOMATED DISPENSARY APPARATUS FOR DISPENSING PILLS - A pill dispensing apparatus has a pill delivery station, a pill receiving station, and a pill singulator. The singulator receives and supports pills delivered from the delivery station and is spun to drive pills supported on the tray around the tray axis. A wiper guide guides the driven pills towards the pill receiving station and at the same time singulates the pills by establish spacing between them. The singulated pills are then deflected to a pill drop zone where they drop into a container.10-21-2010
20080245808NUT FEEDING METHOD AND NUT FEEDER - A small-diameter front-end portion of a feed rod is allowed to enter into the screw hole of a nut delivered by a nut chute, and the nut is fed to an intended position by the forward movement of the feed rod. When an abnormal nut having a screw hole into which the small-diameter front-end portion cannot be inserted is delivered, the abnormal nut is prevented from being flicked by the feed rod. In order to achieve this, in a standby state, the small-diameter front-end portion of the feed rod enters a nut receiving chamber and is then stopped. On condition that the abnormal nut is received in the nut receiving chamber, if the feed rod moves forward to enter into the standby state, the abnormal nut is slightly pushed out forward from the nut receiving chamber.10-09-2008
20080272138AUTOMATED MEDICATION HANDLING SYSTEM - Described herein are embodiments of systems and methods for providing an automated medication handling system that can, among other things, single-dose package medications, store and dispense medications in a pharmacy, transport medications to a nursing unit or other remote location, store them at that remote location, and load them into a portable unit carried by a nurse, who may dispense the medication at a bedside.11-06-2008
20110204074DISPENSING CONTAINER - A container adapted for dispensing a product is provided. The container includes an outer casing body for receiving a dispensing tray. The dispensing tray has an internal storage compartment for storage of a plurality of units of a product to be dispensed, and includes a cover portion defining at least one dispensing aperture through which a stored unit of product is accessible when the outer casing body is in a dispensing position. A sealing member is engaged with one of the outer casing body and the dispensing tray, and is configured to interact with the other of the outer casing body and the dispensing tray to form a seal about an outer peripheral portion of the dispensing tray when the outer casing body is in a closed and locked position. The container includes a locking mechanism that releasably locks the outer casing body in the closed and locked position.08-25-2011
20110204075Dispensing apparatus system and method - An automatic dispensing apparatus system and method for dispensing predetermined objects is disclosed. More particularly, the invention is an automatic bottled water dispensing apparatus system and method having a housing which houses various sizes of bottled water and a conveyor system for transporting the bottled water to a dispensing member for a customer. The dispensing apparatus system also includes a return machine for returning empty bottles, a plurality of selection members, a payment member and an inventory monitoring member.08-25-2011
20090139999AUTOMATED BUSINESS SYSTEM AND METHOD OF VENDING AND RETURNING A CONSUMER PRODUCT - System and method of dispensing disc-based media and other consumer products. A user can interact with an automated business system to select disc-based media for rental and/or purchase. The automated business system can retrieve the selection from the interior of the automated business system and dispense the selection through a port to the user. The automated business system can retrieve the selection from the port in a return process.06-04-2009
20090139998Apparatus for Dispensing Stackable Box Food Containers - An apparatus for dispensing stackable box food containers the apparatus comprising, in a particular embodiment, an elongated hollow member formed from one or more sidewalls and comprising a first end portion, a second end portion, at least one attachable side and a forward-facing side, the elongated hollow member further forming a front opening on the forward-facing side to facilitate the removal of at least one of the stackable box food containers, and at least one protrusion extending from, and attached to or integral with, an internal surface of the at least one sidewall of the elongated hollow member, the at least one protrusion proximate to the front opening at the second end portion on the forward-facing side, the at least one protrusion extending into space within the hollow member by a distance sufficient to enable the protrusion to aid in retaining the at least one stackable box food container when the at least one stackable box food container is disposed within the elongated hollow member with the at least one stackable box food container opening disposed toward the second end portion.06-04-2009
20090255948CONTAINER FILLING MACHINE HAVING VIBRATION TRAYS - A container-filling machine for placing discrete articles within at least one container. The container filling machine comprises at least one vibration tray comprising a discrete article receiving end, a discrete article drop-off end and a plurality of channels extending from the discrete article receiving end to the discrete article drop-off end. Each channel includes two discrete article receiving paths at the discrete article receiving end. The two discrete article receiving paths combine into a single discrete article-depositing path in proximity to the discrete article drop-off end. The vibration tray is operative for moving discrete articles from the discrete article-receiving end to the discrete article drop-off end along the plurality of channels. The container filling machine further comprises a plurality of sloped paths for receiving the discrete articles from the discrete article drop-off end of the at least one vibration tray. The plurality of sloped paths leading the discrete articles towards the at least one container.10-15-2009
20120067916COMESTIBLE DISPENSING PACKAGE - A package for product pieces includes a housing having a plurality of walls forming an interior adapter to hold a plurality of product pieces. The housing has a dispensing opening in communication with the interior. A resilient member is disposed in the housing interior and is adapted to urge the product pieces toward the dispensing opening. The housing has an aperture formed in one of the plurality of walls disposed adjacent the dispensing opening to permit the product piece to be engaged and moved out of the interior through the dispensing opening.03-22-2012
20090321468Method of retaining suture packages for the dispensing of sutures there from - A suture package retaining device having a housing with an interior space. Suture packages are located in an interior space of the housing and biased towards a top of the device. A top-most suture package is positioned at the top in alignment with an opening. The top-most suture package is held in position in the retaining device, permitting a user to access a suture of the package through the opening. When a user applies upward force to remove the suture, the suture package is maintained in a fixed position, allowing the user to disassociate the suture from the package. The device may include a slot through which suture packages may be inserted into or removed from the interior space.12-31-2009
20090321467Method and apparatus for dispensing diagnostic test strips - An apparatus for storing and dispensing a test strip includes a container configured to store a radial array of test strips. The container maintains appropriate environmental conditions, such as humidity, for storing the test strips. The container has a plurality of radially extending slots formed by a plurality of dividing walls, and each slot is sized to receive a single test strip. A rotatably positionable cover is carried by the container for covering the plurality of radially extending slots. The cover includes an opening, which, when the cover rotates, aligns with one of the slots at a time to allow removal of a single test strip located within the respective slot. Accordingly, the unused test strips remain free of contaminants such as naturally occurring skin oils on a user's hand.12-31-2009
20090084807METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR INCREASING THE SPEED OF DISPENSING ARTICLES FROM VENDING MACHINES - Improvements to increase the speed at which a vending machine can dispense articles are disclosed. In various embodiments, the machine defines plural first arrays of receptacles for receiving articles with the first arrays stacked so that adjacent receptacles in the first arrays form second arrays. A separate user door closes each first array of receptacles, a slot door assembly provides a plurality of receptacle doors operative to open a particular receptacle when the user door is unlocked, and a slot access mechanism provides access to a particular receptacle. The machine waits a specified time period after dispensing to detect whether a subsequent user request is received. If a subsequent user request is received, the machine moves the slot access mechanism directly to a receptacle where the articles are available. Additional improvements include procedures for avoiding problems caused by misaligned doors and procedures for providing optimal article stocking.04-02-2009
20090095767CUSTOM EARPIECE - A system for making custom earpieces is disclosed. The system can include a two-component dispensing container such as a two-component syringe or a two-component squeeze bulb. The two components stored in the two-component dispensing container are kept separate until they are dispensed. The two components can be dispensed into a balloon disposed within the ear canal of a user. The two components can define an earpiece after they are dispensed into the balloon. A mixer mixes the two components as they are dispensed. The balloon can be attached to the two-component dispensing container such that two components enter the balloon after the two components are mixed. In this manner, a more comfortable and effective custom earpiece can be made more safely and more conveniently.04-16-2009
20110139807WIPES DISPENSER WITH ANTI-ROPING AND ANTI-FALLBACK FEATURES - A wipes dispenser includes a container having an interior holding a plurality of wipes. A grip orifice provides communication between the interior and the exterior of the container, and the grip orifice serves to prevent wipes from falling back into the interior. The dispenser also includes a rip fence, and a lead end of a lead wipe of the plurality of wet wipes within the container extends through the grip orifice and then through the rip fence such that pulling on the lead end to pull the lead wipe against the rip fence causes the remainder of the lead wipe to be removed from the container and become disassociated with the remaining wipes of the plurality of wipes. As the lead end is pulled against the rip fence, the following wipe of the plurality of wipes is pulled through the grip orifice to provide its lead end outside of the interior of the container, and the grip orifice prevents this lead end of the following wipe from falling back into the interior of the container.06-16-2011
20130213989SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DISPENSING GLOVES - A system for dispensing gloves including a dispenser and a plurality of gloves positioned in a frictional fit within the dispenser in a compressed configuration. The dispenser has a removable section that forms a dispensing opening for removing an outermost glove from the dispenser. The dispensing opening is shaped such that, upon removal of the removable section of the dispenser, the frictional engagement between the dispenser and a cuff portion of the outermost glove is less than the frictional engagement between the dispenser and a finger portion of the outermost glove.08-22-2013
20090108013TEST STRIP EJECTION MECHANISM - The present invention is directed to a test strip ejection mechanism for ejecting test strips from a test meter. The test strip mechanism includes a pusher assembly having at least one fin and a plurality of spaced apart test strip connectors configured to contact to a plurality of contact pads disposed on a test strip, wherein the fin pushes in between adjacent test strip connectors and against a proximal end of the test strip until the test strip is ejected.04-30-2009
20090108012Method for a coin-operated microwave oven - A method of making a microwave oven coin operative which includes cutting, just inside the shell of the oven, the input hot power line and connecting its two cut ends to the normally open contacts of a relay. A low voltage control circuit which comprises the secondary side of a step down transformer, a coin acceptor, a timer and a relay control coil is used to close the contacts. So that power can be provided upon demand to the control circuit, the primary coil of the transformer is kept always operative. Input thereto is supplied by the hot wire and the neutral wire. When fed coin(s) of the proper denomination, the coin acceptor energizes a timer circuit; and it in turn, sends power to the relay control coil, thereby closing the contacts and powering the microwave oven for the time interval up to that preset on the timer.04-30-2009
20090108011MANAGING MEDICATIONS AT THE BEDSIDE - Systems and methods for dispensing medications to hospitalized individuals through a first apparatus containing optional medications that is configured to be replenished by optional medication from a central storage location. Some embodiments provide that the first apparatus is associated with an individual patient. The first apparatus is preferably secured at a location near the individual patient, such as, for example, within the individual patient's room. By creating multiple dispensing apparatuses, a caregiver who administers required medications no longer has to retrieve optional medications from a central storage location.04-30-2009
20090230143Paperboard Carton With A New Type Of Dispenser - A carton for carrying a plurality of cans in at least three rows having a dispenser flap that is easily removed from the end of the carton to expose a dispenser which has a bottom of a sufficient height from the bottom panel to prevent containers in the bottom row from rolling out, but less than the diameter of a container in the bottom row. The top of the dispenser is at a height from the bottom panel that is equal to diameter of a can contained in the carton plus the distance that is substantially less than the diameter of a can, such height being sufficient to prevent any container in the middle row from automatically rolling out of the dispenser when opened, but allowing a person to grasp and pull out the container in the middle row that is adjacent to the dispenser.09-17-2009
20110226795PRODUCT DISPENSING METHOD AND VENDING MACHINE - A method and vending machine for dispensing products, whereby a selected product is transferred by a bin from a relative line on a relative tray of the vending machine to a pickup station communicating with the outside through a window having a movable hatch; the bin being moved between a first position, in which the bin receives the selected product, and a second position, in which the bin is located just below the window at the pickup station, so the selected product, once the hatch is opened, can be withdrawn through the window from the outside, directly from the bin arrested in the second position.09-22-2011
20110226793Vendor - The present application provides a vendor for vending a number of products. The vendor may include a cooler and a vending device positioned within the cooler. The vending device may include a number of product shelves with a number of product gates and one or more product locking systems that permit the removal of only one product at a time from the product gates.09-22-2011
20100193536 BLISTER PACK DEVICE AND A METHOD OF EJECTING A UNIT DOSAGE FROM A BLISTER PACK USING THE DEVICE - The present invention relates to a blister pack device for dispensing a dosage unit from a blister pack. The blister pack has at least one blister and a lid foil. The device comprises a first arm and a second lever arm hingedly connected to each other, the first arm comprises an aperture through which the dosage unit can be ejected. The lever arm comprises a protruding member for pressing out a dosage unit from the blister when the lever arm is lowered down onto the blister positioned on the first arm. The protruding member comprises a first section for applying a pressing force on the dosage unit inside the blister to initiate the breaking of the lid foil of the blister pack and a second section for distributing the pressing force over the dosage unit and for ejecting the dosage unit.08-05-2010
20100163569Publicly-accessible moist hand cleaning wipe station - An integrated, self-contained hand sanitizer station is provided by this invention. The enclosure of the station may be located in a public venue, and conveniently dispenses wet wipe towelettes for people to clean their hands without resort to soap and water. A trash receptacle contained within the station enables ready disposal of the towelettes by the patrons after their use. By making a good hand hygiene available to customers, a merchant or public authority can help to reduce germs, viruses, and bacteria that can otherwise cause the spread of infectious illnesses.07-01-2010
20100187249APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISTRIBUTING OPHTHALMIC LENSES - An apparatus for dispensing ophthalmic lens packages and methods of its use are described herein.07-29-2010
20100187248 DISPENSER FOR LIDS - The present invention provides an apparatus, kit and method for dispensing lids one at a time in a sanitary and effective manner. A stack of lids is placed inside a tube and substantially held in the tube by a cover piece. Preferably the cover piece is concave in shape and is opposed by a concave platform that biases the stack of lids towards said cover piece. The bottommost lid of the stack is available for dispensing while the next lid in the stack is restrained in place, preferably by elements associated with the cover piece.07-29-2010
20100193537AUTOMATIC DISPENSING MACHINE AND METHOD OF OPERATION - The present invention relates to a dispensing machine, and the related operating method, comprising means for dispensing packaged and/or unpackaged edible goods/beverages, a control unit connected to one or more electrically-activated parts of the machine and provided with memory means to store and retrieve digital data, a user interface for showing information to the user and for retrieving input commands from the user to be sent to the control unit. The user interface is a graphic user interface GUI comprising a touch-panel integrated in a graphic screen capable to display multimedia content including moving images. The content and/or form of said information shown on the screen is changed by the control unit on the basis of at least one parameter related to any of the operative status of the machine, the location wherein the machine is running, the calendar date and/or the daily time, statistics indicative of previous selections made by user(s) or on the basis of the signal provided by at least one sensor of the machine detecting proximity of the user(s).08-05-2010
20090078717PIPETTE TIP SUPPLIER, SAMPLE ANALYZER AND PIPETTE TIP SUPPLYING METHOD - The present invention is to present a pipette tip supplier which is capable of convey the pipette tip smoothly. The pipette tip supplier 03-26-2009
20090078716HIGH SPEED SELECTIVE CONTAINER SORTER - A container machine and method, the machine comprising: an exit track for containers; a primary starwheel holding processed containers and moving the processed containers along a pitch line path toward the exit track; a sorter starwheel positioned adjacent to the primary starwheel and driven in phase synchronization with the primary starwheel; a sorter track for providing a path for containers held by the sorter starwheel; a diverter mechanism to divert at least a selected one of the processed containers on the primary starwheel to a pocket of the sorter starwheel; and a timing device for causing the diverter mechanism to operate while the primary starwheel is rotating at least at fifty percent of production speed and preferably at production speed.03-26-2009
20110108564PRODUCT DISPENSING METHOD AND VENDING MACHINE - A dispensing method and vending machine (05-12-2011
20120187139DRAWING TICKET DISPENSER - A device and method for separating tickets from a roll of raffle tickets having two or more strands, the individual tickets being transversely joined to twin tickets having corresponding identical identifiers. The strands are separated longitudinally into individual strands and at least one strand, the seller's tickets, is further separated transversely into individual tickets for use in a hopper to draw a winning ticket.07-26-2012
20090039097Device for Staging and Dispensing Tablets Useful in System and Method for Dispensing Prescriptions - A chute assembly for an object dispensing apparatus includes: a chute configured at a first end to attach to and convey objects from an object dispenser; a funnel having an inlet that merges with a second end of the chute and an outlet; a door attached to the funnel, the door being movable between a closed position, in which the door covers the funnel outlet and prevents access to objects within the funnel, and an open position, in which the door does not cover the funnel outlet and allows access to objects within the funnel; an object agitation unit configured to agitate objects in the funnel to prevent such objects from jamming in the funnel; and a locking unit associated with the door that prevents the door from moving to the open position without authorization.02-12-2009
20120138624Device, system, and method for providing connection elements - A device provides connection elements such as rivets or the like from a storage unit via at least one outlet for at least one connection element application, and a connection element is provided at an inlet by a further device for providing connection elements, to pass through to the outlet.06-07-2012
20100243667Fluid Dispensing Apparatus - A fluid dispensing apparatus is configured to dispense a predetermined volume of fluid, and includes a fluid reservoir to hold a fluid to be dispensed, a dispense tube to dispense the fluid, and an elevator mechanism. The fluid reservoir receives a fluid from a fluid supply. A dispense tube has a dispense outlet, and is connected to an outlet port on the fluid reservoir. The elevator mechanism changes a relative vertical displacement between the dispense outlet and the outlet port. Particularly, a processor controls the elevator mechanism to raise the dispense tube to a raised filling position to prevent fluid flow from the dispense outlet, and lower the dispense tube to a lowered dispensing position to dispense the fluid.09-30-2010
20100243666HORIZONTAL PRODUCT DISCHARGE SYSTEM FOR A VENDING MACHINE - A system and method for discharging a selected product into a dispensing chamber of a vending machine are provided. In the system and method of this disclosure, a selected product from a vending machine is received in a product delivery cup. The product delivery cup is moved to a dispensing chamber of the vending machine. Near the dispensing chamber, the product delivery cup moves in a horizontal direction which causes or activates a delivery cup sleeve within the product delivery cup to pivot or move from a non-dispensing position to a dispensing position. The dispensing position of the delivery cup sleeve releases the selected product from the delivery cup sleeve to the dispensing chamber where a consumer is able to access the selected product.09-30-2010
20110101015Beverage container dispensing apparatus - A beverage dispensing apparatus is shaped like the torso of a sports figure with appropriate head gear. The head gear pivots between an open and closed position. Opening the head gear permits access to beverage containers stacked in rows in a dispensing chamber within the apparatus. A mechanical lifting mechanism is coupled to the head gear. The lifting mechanism lifts a new row of beverage containers upward for access as the head gear is pivoted closed.05-05-2011
20090255947Article dispensing system - An article dispensing system is provided which can be customized to selectively store and dispense multiple desired articles to suitable containers. The system of the invention is particularly relevant for items which can be stored on hangers in a vertical format and dispensed therefrom.10-15-2009
20090223989Dispensing Container - A container adapted for dispensing a product is provided, the container including a storage compartment configured to store a plurality of units of a product to be dispensed; a dispensing chamber for receiving at least one unit of the product, the dispensing chamber configured for movement between a closed and locked position and a dispensing position; a dispensing pathway between the storage compartment and the dispensing chamber, the dispensing pathway sized for passage of at least one unit of the product; a locking mechanism adapted for releasably locking the dispensing chamber in the closed and locked position; and a blocking member operatively positioned to block the dispensing pathway when the dispensing chamber is in the dispensing position.09-10-2009
20090212062FASTENING MACHINES - Fastener delivery apparatus for automatically selecting and delivering fasteners such as rivets to a setting tool. The fasteners are pre-loaded in a package and dispense via at least one fastener delivery tube that interconnects the setting tool to a fastener feeder device. The fastener feeder device releases selected fasteners from the package into the delivery tube. The fasteners are transportable individually or in groups in the tube from the feeder device to the tool. A transfer station attached to the tool or the delivery tube transfers a fastener from the delivery apparatus into the tool, transfer station is adjacent to the tool so that a delivered fastener may be inserted by the transfer station into the tool and a second position in which it is clear of the tool so as to permit the tool or a portion thereof to move towards a workpiece to insert a smooth, rapid and reliable delivery of fasteners of various sizes and types to the nose of a setting tool in any particular order and provides all the fastener types for any particular work cycle.08-27-2009
20090114664MEDICAL BANDAGING PRODUCT - A method of dispensing and resealing a moisture curable medical material against moisture intrusion is provided. The method includes the steps of providing a moisture-impervious product container comprising an elongate sleeve sealable to prevent entry of moisture, providing an elongate medical material positioned in the sleeve, sealing the medical material in the sleeve against entry of moisture until use, providing a dispensing carton within which the sleeve and medical material positioned therein is contained, and bearing a tab against the length of the sleeve devoid of medical material and into a laterally-extending opening in the sealing member to form a doubled thickness of the sleeve having a sealing fold therein to form a seal that is resistant to moisture intrusion into the sleeve.05-07-2009
20090071971SECURE MEDICATION DISPENSATION MECHANISM - The invention provides a mechanism for dispensing items such as medication. The mechanism includes a carousel assembly, housing a plurality of storage compartments, which sits within a tray base. The tray base only allows one compartment to be opened at a time. The carousel assembly is associated with a motor which rotates the carousel assembly so that a requested storage compartment is accessible by a user. After the user has retrieved the item or items from the storage compartment, a trigger mechanism signals the motor to rotate the carousel assembly to automatically close the storage compartment so that others can not access the contents and to secure the contents.03-19-2009
20080245809DEVICE AND METHOD FOR STORING AND DISPENSING COMPONENTS, AND STORAGE AND TRANSPORT CASE USED - The device and method for storing and dispensing components uses storage and transport cases. The components have a head and a stem, the length of the component being greater than the width of the head. The device comprises a storage element adapted to house components individually housed in the cases; a step-by-step selecting device to allow the cases to pass one by one through an outlet; a sending unit with a housing adapted to support at least one case loaded with a component coming from the outlet; blowing means associated with the housing to provide the transport fluid to the inside of the case for the purpose of driving the component out of the case and into a transport tube; and an unloading device to unload the empty case from the housing.10-09-2008
20100294791Tablet Dispenser - What is proposed is a dispensing device for dispensing tablets belonging to a stack of tablets separately. There is arranged, in a casing (11-25-2010
20110017763MERCHANDISE DISPENSING APPARATUS PROVIDING THEFT DETERRENCE - A box structure has a plurality of walls positioned and configured to prevent access to an interior space housing merchandise in a secure manner. A first movable wall permits manual access to a frontal portion of the interior space while at the same time moving a barrier strip to prevent manual access to other than said frontal portion of the interior space. A roll-out shelf mounts merchandise supporting modules with pushers to move merchandise toward the front of the structure where ejection mechanisms in each of the modules are able to direct selected items to the front of the structure where they can be accessed by consumers. The ejection process creates a characteristic noise to alert store personnel that products are being dispensed.01-27-2011
20110000931DISPENSING CONTAINER - A container for dispensing a product is provided, the container including an outer casing body having a cavity; a dispensing tray adapted for sliding movement within the cavity of the outer casing body between a closed and locked position and a dispensing position, the dispensing tray having an internal storage compartment for storage of a plurality of units of a product to be dispensed, a dispensing window, and a stop for engaging the outer casing body to prevent removal of the dispensing tray from the cavity; and a locking mechanism for releasably locking the dispensing tray in the cavity, the locking mechanism including protrusions projecting from the outer casing body into the cavity and positioned adjacent to a moveable flap formed in the outer casing body, and recesses carried by the dispensing tray and positioned to engage the protrusions when the dispensing tray is in the closed and locked position.01-06-2011
20110000933Method and apparatus for dispensing diagnostic test strips - An apparatus for storing and dispensing a test strip includes a container configured to store a stack of test strips. The container maintains appropriate environmental conditions, such as humidity, for storing the test strips. An engaging member is disposed in the container and is adapted to contact one test strip of the stack of test strips. An actuator actuates the engaging member to dispense the one test strip from the container. Since one test strip is dispensed at a time, the remaining test strips are not handled by the user. Accordingly, the unused test strips remain free of contaminants such as naturally occurring oils on the user's hand.01-06-2011
20110000932Method and apparatus for dispensing diagnostic test strips - An apparatus for storing and dispensing a test strip includes a container configured to store a stack of test strips. The container maintains appropriate environmental conditions, such as humidity, for storing the test strips. An engaging member is disposed in the container and is adapted to contact one test strip of the stack of test strips. An actuator actuates the engaging member to dispense the one test strip from the container. Since one test strip is dispensed at a time, the remaining test strips are not handled by the user. Accordingly, the unused test strips remain free of contaminants such as naturally occurring oils on the user's hand.01-06-2011
20110024440COMESTIBLE DISPENSING PACKAGE - A package for product pieces includes a housing having a plurality of walls forming an interior adapter to hold a plurality of product pieces. The housing has a dispensing opening in communication with the interior. A resilient member is disposed in the housing interior and is adapted to urge the product pieces toward the dispensing opening. The housing has an aperture formed in one of the plurality of walls disposed adjacent the dispensing opening to permit the product piece to be engaged and moved out of the interior through the dispensing opening.02-03-2011
20110017764METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR STORAGE AND DISPENSING OF PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS IN UNIT DOSES OR ADMINISTRATION UNITS - A method and automated apparatus (01-27-2011
20110017761METHOD AND DEVICE FOR TRANSFERRING PRODUCTS IN A VENDING MACHINE - A method and device for transferring products in a vending machine, whereby a selected product is transferred from a relative fixed tray of the machine to a catch bin by a transfer member movable along a chute and designed to selectively assume two configurations, a first of which is a concave configuration to control the position of the selected product as it moves down the chute, and a second of which is a configuration allowing the selected product to drop freely along the chute, and which leaves the chute clear.01-27-2011
20090065520Systems and Methods for Facilitating Consumer-Dispenser Interactions - Embodiments of the invention can include systems and methods for facilitating consumer-dispenser interactions. In one embodiment, a product dispenser is provided. The product dispenser can include a reader configured to read machine readable item. In addition, the product dispenser can include a controller in communication with the reader, and operable to execute a set of instructions to receive information from the machine readable item associated with a consumer via the reader. Moreover, the controller can be further operable to execute a set of instructions to configure at least one characteristic based at least part on the information from the machine readable item, and dispense a product.03-12-2009
20110031261MEDICATION DISPENSING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USING SAME - A medication dispensing system and method of using same is presented. The medication dispensing system includes a base, a cap and pills. The base has plurality of concave niches for housing the pills. The cap is rotatably attached to the base in which the cap has a dispensing orifice for dispensing the pills. The medication dispensing system may also have a packaging unit containing a pill box composed of the base, cap and pills. The method of using the medication dispensing system includes the steps of obtaining, opening, inserting, removing, retrieving, turning, and rotating.02-10-2011
20110031262Methods and Apparatus for Dispensing Solid Pharmaceutical Articles - An apparatus for dispensing pharmaceutical articles includes a housing and a gas source to provide a positive pressure supply gas flow. The housing defines a hopper chamber to hold the articles, a dispensing channel fluidly connected to the hopper chamber, a drive jet outlet, and an agitation outlet. The dispensing channel has an inlet and an outlet and defines a flow path therebetween. The gas source is fluidly connected to each of the drive jet outlet and the agitation outlet to provide: a pressurized drive jet gas flow through the drive jet outlet to convey articles through the dispensing channel along the flow path; and a pressurized agitation gas flow through the agitation outlet to agitate articles in the hopper chamber.02-10-2011
20110042403Card dispensing apparatuses and associated methods of operation - Apparatuses, systems, and methods for dispensing credit cards, phone cards, in-store gift cards, and the like from customer-operated kiosks and other machines. In one embodiment, a card dispensing apparatus can include a plurality of card hopper assemblies arranged in an array of two or more vertical columns, each column including two or more card hopper assemblies. Each card hopper assembly can include a card hopper configured to hold a vertical stack of horizontally oriented cards. Each card hopper assembly can further include a card ejector assembly configured to eject the bottom-most card from each card stack. The card dispenser can further include a movable card carriage that can be selectively positioned to receive a card from any of the card hoppers and read information from the card before dispensing the card to a customer.02-24-2011
20110017762CONTAINER WITH A LIFTING ELEMENT - A container including smoking articles also includes a cup shaped box for the smoking articles. The cup shaped box includes a bottom wall, side walls and an opening. The container further includes a lifting element correlated to at least one smoking article for lifting the smoking article of the bottom wall of the container. The lifting element has an engaging portion, engageable with the outside upper end portion of the smoking article.01-27-2011
20090084808Hand held counting system for tablets and capsules - A curved or multisided bowl like counting device with a flat inner surface which may have raised dividers or lines such that tablets or capsules poured into said device in quantities of 10 to 15 at a time can be easily counted by visual discernment of groupings of two's, three's, four's, five's, six's, seven's or eight's.04-02-2009
20110248041Interactive Manual Cup Dispenser - A use-activated cup dispenser capable of sensing the manual removal of individual cups therefrom is provided. Manual removal is understood to include physical contact between a hand and a cup and extraction of the cup from the cup dispenser by the user. The invention includes a decorative cover including a housing disposed between first and second covers, at least one switch mechanism, a control circuit, and at least one active element including light elements, motor elements, scent dispensers, and/or audio elements. The decorative cover further includes an opening along one end. One or more switch mechanisms are provided along the first cover adjacent to the opening. The functionality of switch mechanisms includes direct contact, indirect contact, and non-contact between the cup and an optical or mechanical switch. The control circuit could be disposed on a circuit board and controls the functionality of the active elements. Active elements are attached to the decorative cover and are actuated when a cup interacts with at least one switch mechanism. Active elements enhance the entertainment and interactive properties of the cup dispenser.10-13-2011
20120241463REUSABLE MEDICAL GOWN DISTRIBUTION AND DISPENSING - Distribution and dispensing modalities are provided for reusable medical gowns which involves generally loose handling thereof. Dispensing containers have a collapsible sidewall structure extending between opposite ends and defining therebetween an interior when un-collapsed or erected, at least one of the ends defining an opening through which clean, reusable medical gowns can be loaded, a closure repeatably manipulatable to open and close the opening, and a controllable access aperture at least a portion, or all, of which is spaced from the opening through which to selectively remove a clean, reusable medical gown. The loaded dispensing container may be transported to or around a healthcare facility and placed where needed for ready access at the point-of-use to clean, reusable medical gowns through the controllable access aperture.09-27-2012
20100127013DVD KIOSKS - Distribution devices for creating and dispensing digital content to a user are described. The distribution devices (i.e., a kiosk) contain an apparatus for manufacturing and dispensing a desired medium (i.e., DVD) for any desired type of digital content or media (i.e., a movie or a song) on demand by a user. The distribution devices can be connected to any electronic communications network that allows that media to be downloaded to a specific distribution device, if needed. Thus, a user can select the media (i.e., a desired movie) that may not be currently available at that specific distribution device. That media can then be downloaded from the electronic communications network, the medium containing the media created, and then the medium dispensed to the customer. Thus, the customer's selection of any desired media can be increased and costs for operating the distribution devices can be reduced. Other embodiments are described.05-27-2010
20110101018DISPENSING SYSTEM FOR ITEMS - A cabinet for storing and dispensing an inventory of items, the cabinet comprising: at least one drawer having a plurality of criss-crossing row slats and column slats arranged along its bottom and a plurality of corresponding bins. The row slats have a plurality of flexible appendages and the column slats have a plurality of notches corresponding to the appendages. Slat movement actuators axial move the slats. Each bin has a pivotal lid; a lid lock and release element and a lid lock and release element adapted to hold the lid closed until actuated by one of the appendages, whereby bins of various sizes can be arranged abutting each other in the drawer and the bins are openable by actuating the row slat(s) and column slat(s) related to the bins to be accessed.05-05-2011
20110101017DISPENSER FOR SOFT PLIABLE LIDS - A lid dispenser includes a housing, shaft assemblies and a lid dispensing mechanism. Each shaft assembly includes a shaft that extends from a base of the housing, a lid shelf that supports at least a bottom-most lid in the lid stack area and a drive gear about its shaft so that rotation of the drive gear causes rotation of the associated shaft and lid shelf. A common gear is positioned so as to mesh with each of the drive gears such that rotation of the common gear causes corresponding rotation of each of the drive gears. Manual operation of the lid dispensing mechanism causes the common gear to rotate each of the shafts sufficient to allow the lid shelves to dispense the bottom-most lid. Release of the lid dispensing mechanism rotates the common gear back to a default position, rotating each of the shaft assemblies back to their default position.05-05-2011
20110101016LOW VISION PATIENT COMPLIANT MEDICATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - A compliance packaging system and method for dispensing tablets to the vision impaired is described. The compliance packaging system comprises a dispenser and compliance indicia. The dispenser has a plurality of tablet containers wherein each of the tablet containers contains at least one tablet associated with a dosage regimen. The compliance indicia are associated with the plurality of tablet containers and are configured to allow a visually impaired person to verify that a particular tablet container has exited the dispenser.05-05-2011
20110068117Methods and Apparatus for Dispensing Solid Articles - An apparatus for dispensing solid articles includes a dispensing channel, a housing and an article supply regulation system. The dispensing channel has an inlet and an outlet and defines a dispensing path therebetween. The housing defines a hopper chamber to hold the articles. The hopper chamber is in fluid communication with the inlet of the dispensing channel. The housing includes a floor. The article supply regulation system includes a first divider wall, a second divider wall and a third divider wall configured and positioned in the hopper chamber to define, in combination with the housing: a front region between the inlet and the first divider wall; a first rear region between the first divider wall and the second divider wall; a second rear region between the second divider wall and the third divider wall; and a third rear region on a side of the third divider wall opposite the second rear region. The first divider wall forms a front choke passage between the front region and the first rear region and between the first divider wall and the floor. The second divider wall forms a first rear choke passage between the first rear region and the second rear region and between the second divider wall and the floor. The third divider wall forms a second rear choke passage between the second rear region and the third rear region and between the third divider wall and the floor and/or a side wall of the housing.03-24-2011
20110068116PRODUCT DISCHARGE AND DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR A VENDING MACHINE - A product discharge and delivery system for a vending machine includes a product delivery cup including a carriage portion and a shroud portion having an open bottom section and a discharge element. After receiving a selected product, the product delivery cup is shifted toward a dispensing chamber causing the discharge element to engage with a discharge member mounted within the vending machine. Engagement of the discharge element and discharge member causes the shroud portion to pivot relative to the carrier portion exposing the open bottom section allowing a selected product to release into a dispensing chamber. A delivery port is mounted in the dispensing chamber that rotated between a product receiving position and a product delivery position.03-24-2011
20120118906Methods and Apparatus for Storing and Dispensing Flexible Sheet Materials - Methods and apparatus may permit the storage of flexible sheet materials in a space-efficient manner and may provide a continuous point-of-use dispensing capability of such sheet materials at such stored location. Serially joined sheet materials may be separated from one another at sheet materials separation zones utilizing interference tabs having yieldable configurations, intra-planar configurations, trans-axial configurations, movement resistive configurations, and projective configurations. Such interference tab configurations may permit the simplified design and construction of a sheet materials dispensation apparatus, and multiple flexible sheet materials may be serially joined for use with such configurations. A substantially rigid enclosure for storing such serially joined sheet materials and incorporating an interference tab having one or more of such configurations may be dimensioned to dispense sheet materials from within an open-ended receptacle, for example a refuse container.05-17-2012
20120118905DISPENSER FOR DISPENSING TISSUE AND/OR NONWOVEN PRODUCTS AND METHOD FOR DISPENSING TISSUE AND/OR NONWOVEN PRODUCTS - The present disclosure pertains to a dispenser (05-17-2012
20100032442DISPENSING WIPES - The invention relates to the dispensing of wipes (02-11-2010
20090001093INTELLIGENT MEDICATION TRACKER - A medication dispenser comprises slots that may be sized to accommodate medication containers of various sizes. Each slot has an associated barcode reader. A user inserts the pharmacy-provided pill or medication container into one slot. The barcode on the container is read. From the barcode the medication in the container is identified. The device contains a simple user interface that allows the user to enter the dosing frequency prescribed, how many pills or cc's are in the container, how many refills and a starting time. The dispenser alerts users to possible drug interactions with medications in other slots as well as alerts them to dosing times and other pertinent information.01-01-2009
20090127275APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SUPPORTING TAKING MEDICINE - An apparatus for supporting taking medicine includes a medicine storage unit which has a plurality of medicine storage holes to store therein medicines to be taken by a user, a sensor controller which determines whether the medicine storage holes include medicines therein, and a medicine taking service unit which receives a preset schedule by synchronizing with a personal computer, checks whether a user has taken medicine according to a determination of the sensor controller and informs a user to take a medicine according to the preset schedule. Thus, users who should take various medicines on a regular basis for daily life may observe the medicine taking time.05-21-2009
20080314918VENDING APPARATUS FOR DISPENSING MADE-TO-ORDER SALADS - Vending machines for freshly cut and prepared-to-order salads, including containers containing produce products, salad additives and salad dressings. A vending machine can provide a user with a salad of vegetables and/or fruits, that are freshly cut and prepared, and that is made-to-order. Freshly cut and prepared salads preserve their nutritional value, taste and the user selects only items to his liking.12-25-2008
20080251527Anti-pilfering device for a vending machine - A vending machine includes a storage/display region, a dispensing chamber including a product access opening, and an anti-pilfer device that prevents unauthorized removal of products from the storage/display region through the product access opening. A delivery door is provided which can be shifted from a closed position to an open position to enable the removal of products from the dispensing chamber. The anti-pilfer device includes a plate coupled to a lower portion of the delivery door. When the delivery door is moved from the closed position, the anti-pilfer plate shifts, over a guide element, into a position that prevents products from being withdrawn from the storage/display area. Preferably, the storage/display region and dispensing chamber are separated by a product door, with the anti-pilfer plate preventing the product door from opening when the delivery door is shifted from the closed position.10-16-2008
20080203107Patient controlled timed medication dispenser - A medication on demand dispenser. The dispenser provides patient access to medications prescribed to be available on an as-needed basis but with a prescribed minimum time interval between doses. The dispenser permits access to a single medication dose after each minimum time interval has elapsed. After a drug dose is presented to the patient, the dispenser prevents access to the next dose until the minimum time interval has elapsed.08-28-2008
20120199601Device for singulating and dispensing rigid and semi-rigid strips - A container device for storing, singulating and dispensing rigid and semi-rigid strips such as diagnostic test strips. A plurality of strips is contained and protected within a transparent container having an internal capture element for capturing and positioning a single strip adjacent a narrow normally-closed dispensing aperture. The aperture is exposed by rotating a spring-loaded container top cap to an open position. A detachable container base cap contains a desiccant and is replaceable. An optional stand stores the device in an upright position, and incorporates a tool to facilitate removal of the base cap for replenishing the container's contents or replacing the desiccant. A radio frequency identification (RFID) tag can be incorporated for electronic inventory control. The device can also be used as an integrated test strip container/single strip dispensing means for an automated analyte meter module.08-09-2012
20110163110APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IMPROVING DISPENSING OF REMOVABLE ADHESIVE TABS USING AN ADHESIVE LAYER FOR ADHERING A DISPENSER TO AN OBJECT - An improvement to a dispenser of pressure-sensitive notes or marking flags includes the addition of an adhesive layer and a backing layer to protect the adhesive layer. The adhesive layer allows the temporary adhesion of the dispenser to books, desks, folders or other devices in which such notes or flags are applied by the user, resulting in increase convenience.07-07-2011
20110068115MEDICATION SUPPORTING APPARATUS AND METHOD - Provided are a medication supporting apparatus and method. In the medication supporting apparatus, a storage section stores a strip of dosage bags that are continuously connected. A carrier section carries the dosage bag strip in the storage section. A sensor section generates a detection signal detecting a position of the dosage bag strip on the carrier section. A circuit section determines the position of the dosage bag strip according to the detection signal of the sensor section, and controls the carrier section. The dosage bag strip packed in continuous dosage bags is recognized in a unit of one dosage bag, is adjusted to a start position thereof, and is dispensed by a size of one dosage bag, so that the dosage bag strip can be accurately dispensed.03-24-2011
20100181333MONEY HANDLING MACHINE - A money handling machine of the present invention includes a denomination-specific storing portion, money transport unit that transports money to a dispending portion and transport starting unit that starts, with the money transport unit, transport of the money stored in the denomination-specific storing portion. The money handling machine receives an instruction to dispense money, performs dispensing money in which the amount of money to be dispensed out of the money stored in the denomination-specific storing portion is only transported to the dispensing portion and performs dispensing limitation processing in which the transport of money determined not to be allowed to be dispensed is prevented from being completed. The dispensing processing includes the first step of starting the transport of the amount of money corresponding to the instruction to dispense money and the second step of transporting, after completion of the first step, money from the denomination-specific storing portion to the dispensing portion such that a shortage of dispensed money produced by performing the dispensing limitation processing is replenished. In this way, it is possible not only to prevent money that is not allowed to be dispensed from being dispensed and to accurately dispense money corresponding to the instruction to dispense money but also to more quickly perform the dispensing processing.07-22-2010
20100181334TABLET DISCHARGING METHOD - There is provided a tablet discharging method capable of discharging a vial to an outlet corresponding to a size of the vial even if the size of the vial is changed. The tablet discharging method is related to removing a vial from a stocker accommodating a large number of vials according to a prescription data, dispensing tablets into the vial to fill the vial and discharging the vial filled with the tablets. The tablet discharging method includes the following steps of: determining a vial of an appropriate size according to a prescription data; checking for a stock of the determined vial; fixing a size by changing the determined vial to a vial of a size larger than that of the determined vial when the vial of the determined size is out-of-stock; and discharging the vial filled with the tablets to an outlet holding the vial of the fixed size.07-22-2010
20110253734DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR HANDLING OF DENTAL WORKPIECES - A device for handling workpieces. The device has a magazine (12) for holding at least one workpiece, and a delivery location (10). The device is retainable in the magazine by a retainer (s) (43) in the delivery location and displaceable to a position in which the workpiece because of its shape releases the retainer (s) so that the workpiece is free for being removed from the magazine. The device may provide for easy handling of workpieces and may be manufactured cost effectively.10-20-2011
20110168732DISPENSER - A dispenser 07-14-2011
20120145735BELT DRIVE FOR DISPENSING CUTLERY AND RELATED METHODS - A dispenser for dispensing cutlery may include a housing configured to contain a plurality of utensils for dispensing, a dispensing mechanism that includes at least one belt configured to be driven and separate a utensil from a stack of utensils, and at least one drive mechanism configured to drive the at least one belt. The dispenser may further include a receptacle configured to receive the utensil separated from the stack of utensils.06-14-2012
20120145734SCREW DRIVE FOR DISPENSING CUTLERY AND RELATED METHODS - A dispenser for dispensing cutlery may include a housing configured to contain a plurality of utensils for dispensing, a dispensing mechanism that includes at least one threaded separating member configured to be driven and separate a utensil from a stack of utensils, and at least one drive mechanism configured to drive the at least one threaded separating member. The dispenser may further include a receptacle configured to receive the utensil separated from the stack of utensils.06-14-2012
20110095041CARD EXTRACTING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR CARD EXTRACTING DEVICE - A card extracting device for use with a plurality of cards may include a card storage, a gate through which the cards pass toward an outside of the card storage, an extracting tab to engage with and extract one of the cards, a tab-moving mechanism to move the extracting tab, an extracting roller outside the card storage to further forward the extracted card, a motor to drive the tab-moving mechanism and the extracting roller, a card-extraction detecting section to detect that card extraction is completed, and a control section to control the motor. An engaging section may be formed in the extracting tab to abut a rear end portion of the card and extract the card. The control section may drive the motor forward to extract the card or drive the motor in reverse based on a detection result from the card extraction detecting section.04-28-2011
20110186588METHOD FOR EJECTING A TEST STRIP FROM A TEST METER - A method for ejecting a test strip from a test meter includes initiating activation of a test strip ejection mechanism that is in a pre-ejection state. In the method, the test strip ejection mechanism includes a shape memory alloy strip that exhibits a solid state transition temperature and has a programmed configuration and a deformed configuration. In the test strip ejection mechanism pre-ejection state, a test strip has been received within a test strip receiving port of the test meter and the shape memory alloy strip is in the deformed configuration. The method also includes heating, in response to the initiation step, the shape memory alloy strip from below the solid state transition temperature to above the solid state transition temperature. The heating results in the shape memory alloy strip undergoing a transformation from the deformed configuration to the programmed configuration. The method also includes applying a force produced by the transformation from the deformed configuration to the programmed configuration to the test strip and, thereby, ejecting the test strip from the test strip receiving port.08-04-2011
20110186587APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR PILL MANAGEMENT - A pill management apparatus and related methods are disclosed herein. In various aspects, the pill management apparatus may include a housing with a disc rotatably received therein. The disc may be divided into a plurality of compartments, and a compartment of the plurality of compartments may be in communication with the passage. A gate may be slideably disposed about the passage and positionable between a closed position, wherein the gate generally seals the passage, and an open position, wherein the gate unseals the passage sufficiently to dispense a pill from the compartment to the exterior therethrough. The gate cooperates mechanically with the disc such that the disc advances as the gate is positioned from the closed position to the open position, in various aspects.08-04-2011
20110147402METHOD OF DISPENSING PRODUCTS OFF A VENDING MACHINE TRAY - In a vending machine, in which products are arranged on a tray and are movable along the tray, by a conveyor device, towards an outlet controlled by a release device movable between a closed position and an open position, the conveyor device is reversed, after one product is dispensed and before and during closure of the release device, to detach the remaining products from the release device.06-23-2011
20110147401Flexible Container And Reusable Closure Element - An assembly offering to consumers a choice between two types of closure systems for a wipes flexible container is provided. The assembly comprises at least one flexible container and a reusable closure element.06-23-2011
20100025415BAG DISPENSING MACHINE FOR UPWARD DISPENSING - The present invention relates to a device for dispensing plastic bags from a stack of bags, one at a time, for use in stores and shopping areas. According to a preferred embodiment of the invention, the device includes at least one conveyor belt mounted about at least two rollers and is adapted and configured to engage a plastic bag from the stack of bags, a pressure mechanism for pressing at least one bag against the belt so as to cause the belt to engage the bag, means for rotating one of the rollers so as to cause it to drag an engaged plastic bag upwards to a dispensing area, and means for automatically stopping rotation of said belt after a single bag has been dispensed. If desired, the rate at which the bags are dispensed can also be set and controlled.02-04-2010
20100018985Method and apparatus for taking job applications - A method and apparatus for recruiting prospective job applicants by advertising the contact information for the hiring entity. The method includes providing a plurality of information tabs which delineate various methods of contacting a recruiter, to provide intermediate screening of applicants, or directly contacting the hiring entity. The apparatus includes the information tabs, and information tab dispenser, and a stanchion for supporting the dispenser in an easy-to-see location.01-28-2010
20100147866Ball Injector - An apparatus for loading and dispensing balls into a flow stream. The apparatus has an outer housing with a smooth cylindrical inner surface, and an inner housing, removably mounted within the outer housing. The inner housing has a hollow cylindrical body extending longitudinally between a lower guide plate and an upper guide band. A plurality of longitudinal slots are located in and extend the length of the cylindrical body and through the lower guide plate. The width of the slots is greater than the diameter of the balls. The apparatus also has a shaft with a smooth cylindrical outer surface, coaxially, rotatably, and removably mounted in the inner housing. The distance between the outer surface of the shaft and the inner surface of the outer housing is greater than the diameter of the balls.06-17-2010
20090250481CUTTING AND CLOSURE MECHANISM FOR TICKET OR VOUCHER DISPENSER AND METHOD - A cutting and closure mechanism for a ticket or voucher dispenser and a method for dispensing a ticket or voucher from a free standing roller printer provided with a shutter to prevent unwanted access to the ticket exit opening to prevent jamming or a backing-up of the printed tickets and comprises a connection to check and on/off card and provided with a shaft 10-08-2009
20090206100EAZY LOAD PILLBOX AND LOADING TRAY - Modular pillboxes that include at least one one-way passage through which pills, materials or other articles can be pushed through and into and underlying interior compartment of the modular pillboxes. The modular pillboxes include coupling structure by which the modular pillbox can be coupled to a loading tray and/or additional modular pillboxes. The modular pillboxes include lids that can be opened to access pills, materials or other articles that are loaded therein through the one-way passages.08-20-2009
20120145736DISPENSING MECHANISM FOR UTENSIL DISPENSER AND RELATED METHODS - A dispenser for dispensing cutlery may include a housing configured to contain a plurality of utensils for dispensing, a dispensing mechanism comprising at least one pair of indexing members configured to separate a utensil from a stack of utensils, and a receptacle configured to receive the utensil separated from the stack of utensils. A dispensing mechanism may alternatively include a plurality of linked members configured to separate a utensil from a stack of utensils.06-14-2012
20090084809DISPENSER AND METHOD FOR DISPENSING INDIVIDUAL GOODS, IN PARTICULAR PACKAGES CONTAINING A MEDICAMENT - Dispenser for dispensing individual goods, the dispenser comprising a containing space for holding an array of goods, a transport device for consecutively feeding a good from the array to a delivery member for dispensing one or more goods to a consumer, a reading device for reading data from a first good, a control unit connected to the reading unit for receiving data from the reading unit, the control unit being connected to a functional member and being adapted for changing the state of the functional member on the basis of the data received from the first good, characterised in that the data received from the first good includes information pertaining to one or more goods that are to be dispensed consecutively to the first good.04-02-2009
20120037655Pen Needle Dispensing Apparatus - An apparatus is disclosed for storing and dispensing a pen needle for an injection device, including a packaging assembly including a pliable outer cover, the outer cover having a hub portion, a needle portion disposed at a distal end of the hub portion, and a flange disposed at a proximal end of the hub portion, the hub portion having internally protruding splines or other structures for engaging a hub of a pen needle. The hub portion is sufficiently pliable for a user to press gripping portions of the hub portion so that corresponding internal portions of the hub portion between the splines contacts the pen needle hub to increase a surface area contact between the outer cover and a pen needle therein.02-16-2012
20120305584ADMINISTRATION METHODS AND PACKAGINGS FOR ORAL MEDICATIONS - Packagings for holding oral medications and methods for administering oral medications from a packaging. The packaging includes a cover and a body with compartments each configured to hold at least one of the oral medications. The compartments have a circular arrangement on the body. The method may include at least partially detaching the cover from the body to access a separate opening to each of the compartments. In response to removing the cover, all of the oral medications may be removed from the compartments to empty the packaging.12-06-2012
20110006073Methods and Apparatus for Dispensing Solid Pharmaceutical Articles - A method is provided for dispensing solid pharmaceutical articles using an apparatus including a housing and a sensor system, the housing defining a dispensing passage having a dispensing inlet and a dispensing outlet downstream of the dispensing inlet, the sensor system including first and second sensors spaced apart along the dispensing channel such that the second sensor is located downstream of the first sensor. The method includes: forcing at least one article along a path through the dispensing passage; generating detection signals using the first and second sensors responsive to articles passing through the dispensing channel; and using the detection signals from the first and second sensors to monitor dispensing performance of the apparatus.01-13-2011
20090152287Vending Machine Improvement - A vending machine system includes a control module for controlling a cooling system. The cooling system, which includes an evaporator, may omit a heating element for defrosting the evaporator. In operation, the control module cycles an evaporator fan in conjunction with a compressor based on a required set temperature to help keep products within a specified range. In an embodiment, the evaporator fan is turned on and off at substantially the same time as the compressor is turned on and off. In another embodiment, there is a predetermined delay after the compressor is turned on and off before the evaporator is respectively turned on and off. Other variations are contemplated.06-18-2009
20100096399Smart Medicine Container - 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. Docking station has communication ports enabling two-way communication with personal computer. The present invention also relates to a method of determining medication-medication interaction. Furthermore, the present, invention relates to a method of determining medication side effect as being causative of a patient's clinical symptoms.04-22-2010
20110049176FASTENING MACHINES - Fastener delivery apparatus for automatically selecting and delivering fasteners such as rivets to a setting tool. The fasteners are pre-loaded in a package and dispense via at least one fastener delivery tube that interconnects the setting tool to a fastener feeder device. The fastener feeder device releases selected fasteners from the package into the delivery tube. The fasteners are transportable individually or in groups in the tube from the feeder device to the tool. A transfer station attached to the tool or the delivery tube transfers a fastener from the delivery apparatus into the tool, transfer station is adjacent to the tool so that a delivered fastener may be inserted by the transfer station into the tool and a second position in which it is clear of the tool so as to permit the tool or a portion thereof to move towards a workpiece to insert a smooth, rapid and reliable delivery of fasteners of various sizes and types to the nose of a setting tool in any particular order and provides all the fastener types for any particular work cycle.03-03-2011
20120043344DISPENSING CANISTER FOR DELIVERY OF SOLID MEDICATIONS - The processes of the present invention provides for the automated, singulated dispensing of articles, particularly solid oral medication in predetermined quantities. The dispensing of an article is effected by at least activating a driver-coupling connected to a screw having a channel of a predetermined width and depth corresponding to the dimensions of said article; rotating said screw until detection of an article drop; removing a second article from said channel; and stopping the rotation of said screw upon detection of an article drop. The methods of the present invention further include embodiments in which the rotation of the screw is subsequently reversed. Furthermore, the present invention permits for the dispensing of articles to be stopped upon having a predetermined number of articles dispensed or a detection of increased torque applied to the screw. The present invention provides for accurate pill dispensing.02-23-2012
20120000927MERCHANDISER - The present application and the resultant patent provide a merchandiser. The merchandiser may include an ambient compartment with at least one ambient product therein, a temperature controlled compartment with at least one temperature controlled product therein, and a rotary internal transport system within the temperature controlled compartment so as to dispense a temperature controlled product in response to an ambient product being placed therein.01-05-2012
20120000928DEVICE FOR DISPENSING VIALS USEFUL IN SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISPENSING PRESCRIPTIONS - An apparatus for dispensing open-ended objects such as pharmaceutical vials includes: a housing having an internal cavity configured to house open-ended objects, the housing including a guide and a floor; a pick-up unit mounted to the housing, the pick-up unit including an endless member and at least one pick-up member attached to the endless member; and a drive unit. The endless member engages the drive unit and the guide for movement relative thereto. As the drive unit drives the endless member, the at least one pick-up member travels on a pick-up path, at least a portion of which is within the housing.01-05-2012
20120097694Product Dispensing and Orienting System - A product dispensing system including a support structure, a product in rolling engagement with the support structure, the product having a first end and a second end spaced from the first end along a rolling axis, and a catch member positioned to engage the first end of the product and reorient the rolling axis as the product moves along the support structure.04-26-2012
20120061414Tape Gun Holder Device - In an exemplary embodiment, the present invention provides a device comprising a platform and a handle end seat coupled to the platform. The handle end seat is configured to seat therein a handle end of a handle of a hand-held tape dispensing gun. The device includes a gun handle cradle coupled to the platform and spaced from the handle end seat. The gun handle cradle is configured to secure the handle of the hand-held tape dispensing gun. In operation, the device securely holds the tape dispensing gun vertically or horizontally so that the user's hands are freed to dispense various lengths of tape from the roll of tape in the gun.03-15-2012
20120061415SANITARY DISPENSER WITH CAPACITIVE SENSOR - A sanitary dispenser, particularly a paper or towel dispenser, contains a housing, in which a sanitary product to be dispensed and a discharge unit for the sanitary product to be dispensed can be arranged. An electric motor is provided for the discharge unit, the electric motor being activatable in a non-contact manner by a capacitive sensor from outside of the housing. The sensor capacitance of the capacitive sensor is formed by a planar electrode disposed inside the housing and by a surface of a body part and/or an object arranged outside of the housing.03-15-2012
20120006843DISPENSER OF AUTOMATICALLY DISTRIBUTING VARIOUS SHAPED TABLETS IN MEDICINE PACKING MACHINE AND TABLET DISPENSING METHOD THEREOF - Provided are an automatic tablet dispenser of an automatic medicine packing machine, and a tablet supply method thereof, which are capable of automatically packing various-shaped tablets, and accurately, cleanly and rapidly distributing the tablets without missing any. The automatic table dispenser which is installed in a medicine packing machine for automatically packing tablets, includes: a body including a space for containing the tablets therein and a guide track for guiding the tablets contained in the space upward from a bottom of the body; and a driver vibrating the body so that the tablets contained in the space of the body are transferred upward along the guide track.01-12-2012
20120055950VENDING MACHINE AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC DISPENSING OF CONVENIENCE FOOD PRODUCTS - A vending machine for dispensing convenience food products, picked up from a special refrigerated storage compartment, and delivered to an appropriate manual pick-up area. Its structure defines isolated areas communicating by a door; the first area being designed for containment of the products to be dispensed, the second area being designed for handling, picking up and dispensing of the product picked up from the area. The pick-up and delivery area includes a turret having an element for supporting a door adapted to seal and close a corresponding opening of a partition between the areas and; the door rotating with the structure of the turret, as it moves away from the opening, and at least one element for containing the product to be delivered, which is adapted to longitudinally slide along the turret and be opened by a loading and unloading door; the enclosure being displaced by a translating element.03-08-2012
20120152970Product Dispensing System - A product dispensing system including a container that defines an internal volume and an opening into the internal volume, and a dispenser that includes a frame including an upper support deck having a front end and a rear end longitudinally opposed from the front end and a catch element including a base connected proximate the front end and a protrusion extending from the base toward the rear end such that the protrusion engages the opening when the container longitudinally moves along the upper support deck from the rear end toward the front end.06-21-2012
20120012604Vending Dispenser Assemblies for Beverage Dispensers - Embodiments of the invention provide vending dispenser assemblies for beverage dispensers. In particular, embodiments of the invention can provide a beverage dispenser with a manually operated vending dispenser assembly that consumes little or no additional electrical power to dispense a beverage container using the assembly. Embodiments of a vending dispenser assembly can be used with a heated or chilled compartment associated with a beverage dispenser. Furthermore, embodiments of a vending dispenser assembly can operate in conjunction with a relatively small dispenser opening to limit heat transfer loss via the dispenser opening. One embodiment can provide a dispenser for dispensing a number of products. The dispenser can include at least one storage column adapted to dispense a number of products, and a product selection device operable to permit one of the number of products to advance from the storage column, wherein the advanced product can be dispensed from the dispenser.01-19-2012
20120012603METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ACCOMPLISHING PRODUCT DETECTION - The present invention provides for a vending system wherein a monitoring system verifies that a product ordered by a vending customer is actually delivered through a delivery area to the customer. If the product ordered is unavailable either because of an out of stock situation or a blockage of the delivery path for that product, the present invention allows the customer to request a refund or order a second product. Additionally, the present invention helps to prevent theft of product from the vending system.01-19-2012
20120055948CARTRIDGE, MEDICAMENT DISPENSER FOR SOLID MEDICAMENT PORTIONS, AND USES OF THE CARTRIDGE AND OF THE MEDICAMENT DISPENSER - For safe storage and simple and safe administration of tablets T by a user, a cartridge 03-08-2012
20120055949DECOY MATERIAL PACKAGE, A DISPENSER AND A METHOD FOR DISPENSING DECOY MATERIAL - A decoy material package and a dispenser. The package is intended for use in the dispenser. The package includes an elongated container including a strip, a plurality of depressions, which are to be filled with decoy material, and a cover, which is sealed to the container when the depressions have been filled with decoy material and which covers the container, whereby the decoy material is hermetically stored in the depressions of the package. A gripping portion cooperates with a feeder including a gripper in the decoy material dispenser.03-08-2012
20120104014DISPENSER WITH WASTE COLLECTION SPOOL, AND METHOD OF USING - Herein are disclosed methods for liberating one or more packaged devices from a packaging web, and a dispenser for performing such methods. The packaging web is separated into first and second waste webs which are co-wound onto a common collection spool.05-03-2012
20100181332APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISTRIBUTING OPHTHALMIC LENSES - An apparatus for dispensing ophthalmic lens packages and methods of its use are described herein.07-22-2010
20120152971VENDING MACHINE SYSTEM - A vending machine system for stackable goods such as vehicle air fresheners includes a hopper and a reciprocating arm. The hopper is configured to hold a stack of the stackable goods. The hopper has an aperture formed in a base of the hopper for dispensing the stackable goods from the hopper. The reciprocating arm is disposed adjacent the aperture. The reciprocating arm is linearly movable between a retracted position and an extended position. One of the stackable goods is received by the reciprocating arm when the reciprocating arm is in the retracted position, and is pushed from the stack of stackable goods by the reciprocating arm when the reciprocating arm is in the extended position.06-21-2012
20100258578AUTOMATED PIPETTE TIP LOADING DEVICES AND METHODS - Discussed herein are methods and devices for storing, handling, loading or dispensing of pipette tips. Some embodiments allow repetitive loading of an array of multiple pipette tips that are stored in a nested configuration.10-14-2010
20120160860MEDIA PRESENTER - A media presenter is described that includes a carriage moveable forwards and backwards along a linear presenter track between a first purge position, a stacking position, and a present position. The media presenter includes a sensing system that comprises: an inductive sensor; a resonant target mounted on the moveable carriage for co-operating with the inductive sensor to provide positioning information about the target relative to the inductive sensor; and an optical sensor mounted on the moveable carriage in the vicinity of the presenter track. The sensing system further comprises: a first purge target having a first optical property and mounted on the presenter track in the vicinity of the first purge position; and a present target having a second optical property and mounted on the presenter track in the vicinity of the present position.06-28-2012
20120160862SOFT BLISTER TRAY WITH SIDE DISPENSER - The present invention provides a blister package including a blister tray having a plurality of upwardly opening blister depressions. A plurality of consumable products are provided where each blister depression supports one of the plurality of consumable products. A blister cover overlies and encloses the blister depression. The cover is sealed to the tray at a depression boundary about each depression. Each blister depression includes a tapered wall for urging the consumable product out from the blister depression at a location at the blister boundary upon manual exerted on the depression.06-28-2012
20120160861SYSTEM FOR WRITING TO AND DISPENSING SOLID-STATE STORAGE DEVICES - An apparatus for writing data to and dispensing one or more of solid-state devices may comprise a write port engageable with a solid-state storage device within the one or more solid-state storage devices to write the data to the solid-state device; a chamber for holding the solid-state storage device as the solid-state storage device engages with the write port; and a transfer assembly for moving the solid-state storage device from the chamber to dispense the solid-state storage device.06-28-2012
20120312833SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EXCHANGING A BATTERY OF A HEARING DEVICE - The present invention provides a system that allows an easy and quick exchange of small batteries of hearing devices as well as a method for exchanging a battery of a hearing device that combines the installation of a new battery into the hearing device with the deinstallation of the battery to be replaced from the hearing device in a single action using a single mechanism. The inventive battery exchange system comprises a carrier module 12-13-2012
20120211507Dispenser System and Method - A dispenser apparatus and associated systems for use in storing and dispensing individual items are provided. The dispenser apparatus may be employed to dispense various items that are detachably adhered to a carrier strip, e.g., bandages, patches and the like, on demand, and has particular utility in dispensing items that are supplied for use in a sterile condition. The dispenser apparatus generally includes a housing and a cover member that is coupled thereto. The travel path of the carrier strip includes an exit path defined within the housing, redirection around a corner region, and return travel external to the housing through a channel. The redirection of the carrier strip, which generally approaches 180°, causes items that are detachably adhered to the carrier strip to automatically peel away therefrom.08-23-2012
20120248135Tissue Cassette Dispensing Apparatus - The present invention aims to provide a dispensing apparatus for dispensing individual tissue cassettes from a stack of cassettes, the apparatus includes a hopper for receiving a stack of tissue cassettes, the hopper having an aperture through which cassettes are dispensable; ejection means for ejecting a cassette through the aperture; and retention means for retaining all but one of the cassettes in the stack as an individual cassette is ejected.10-04-2012
20120312834Novelty Dispenser - A novelty dispensing apparatus includes a housing in which novelty items are contained and a receptacle mounted inside the housing and movable from a retracted position within the housing, though an opening in the housing and into an extended position, wherein part of the receptacle member protrudes from the housing. A door is mounted for movement adjacent to the opening from a closed position to an open position that enables the receptacle member to protrude from the opening. A link member is mounted for movement within the housing and is attached to the door and at another end to the receptacle member. The link member has a handle for manipulation, wherein manipulation of the handle moves the link member and attached door and receptacle member. The dispenser includes lost-motion mechanisms.12-13-2012
20100012674Sheet Product Dispensers and Methods For Controlling the Dispensers - Sheet product dispensers and methods for controlling the dispensers are provided. A sheet product dispenser includes a housing and a dispensing assembly disposed in the housing. The dispensing assembly is configured to hold a roll of sheet product thereon and to dispense a portion of the roll of sheet product. The sheet product dispenser further includes an ultraviolet light source disposed on the housing. The ultraviolet light source is configured to emit ultraviolet light.01-21-2010
20120223090Rear-Loading Product Dispensing System and Method - A product dispensing system including a container, a plurality of products initially housed in the container and a dispenser, the dispenser including a frame and an opening tool, the frame having a front end and a rear end, and including a support deck and a product display area, the support deck extending between the front end and the rear end, the product display area being positioned below the support deck proximate the front end, the opening tool being positioned to open the container and allow at least one of the products to move from the container to the product display area as the container is moved along the support deck from the rear end toward the front end.09-06-2012
20120187140TISSUE DISPENSING DEVICE - A tissue dispensing device for use with a standard tissue carton is formed as a helical coil spring that is highly stretchy and has a top coil that is fastened around a dispenser aperture in a top surface of the tissue carton with the remainder of the helical coil spring inserted into a space between the top surface of the tissue carton and top of the stack of tissues within the carton with a bottom coil thereof resting on top of the stack of tissues. The helical coil spring forms an open circular space within its coils under gravity that provides a vertically-extending support structure for supporting a tissue next to be dispensed from the tissue stack in a vertical standing position with a leading part thereof extending through a membrane opening of the dispenser aperture of the tissue carton to enable a user to grasp the leading part to withdraw the next tissue to be dispensed.07-26-2012
20120187141APPARATUS FOR DISPENSING SOLID ARTICLES AND METHODS FOR USING SAME - An apparatus for dispensing solid articles includes a manifold assembly. The manifold assembly includes a manifold and a door assembly. The manifold has a plenum and an inlet port in fluid communication with the plenum. The door assembly includes a door panel and a shield. The door panel is selectively moveable between a closed position, wherein the door panel restricts airflow through the inlet port, and an open position, wherein the door panel permits airflow through the inlet port. The shield defines a pocket to receive the door panel in the open position and thereby reduce or restrict flow of air behind the door panel.07-26-2012
20120261432CARTONS FOR DISPERSING SYSTEMS - A carton for containing and dispensing a plurality of products is disclosed that comprises: a plurality of panels that define an internal volume; a trap door defined in at least one panel of the plurality of panels and separable from the panel along at least one weakened line to form an opening in the panel; and an insert strip positioned in the internal volume at least partially over the trap door. The insert strip retains the plurality of products within the internal volume of the carton after the trap door is separated from the panel. The products may then be dispensed through the opening by at least partially removing the insert strip from the internal volume.10-18-2012
20120261434Money Item Dispensing Apparatus - The application relates to money item dispensing apparatus having a money item acceptor and a hopper arrangement. The application further relates to money item dispensing apparatus having sorting means operable to selectively direct a money item to one of a first money item store and a second money item store, to money item dispensing apparatus having two hopper arrangements, to a money item acceptor having a self-clearing mechanism, to a money item conveyor, to a method of purging the money items in a money item dispensing apparatus, to money item dispensing apparatus having means for ejecting a money item from a receptacle through an outlet via a first path to a return tray and via a second path into a cashbox, to a method of filling a money item dispensing apparatus and filling apparatus for filling a money item dispensing apparatus.10-18-2012
20110121010Display System, Dispensing Device and Package For Use Therein - Disclosed is a system and method for dispensing products provided initially in a package. The system includes a frame and an opening tool. The frame has longitudinally opposed front and rear end sections and includes an upper support deck extending at least partially between the front and rear end sections and below which a product display area is provided. The opening tool is associated with the frame and is arranged to open the package when the package is moved longitudinally on the upper support deck and relative to the opening tool thereby allowing the products to be at least partially dispensed from the package into the product display area.05-26-2011
20120261433TWO-PIECE HELICAL FEEDER TUBE FOR FILLING CONTAINERS WITH PILLS - One embodiment of the present invention relates to a method of manufacturing a pill delivery apparatus. The method includes providing an inner core having an outer surface and providing an outer sleeve comprising an opening defined therethrough, the outer sleeve having an inner surface. Further, the method includes defining a passageway on the outer surface of the inner core such that positioning the outer sleeve over the inner core defines a delivery chute for delivering a plurality of pills between the passageway and the inner surface of the outer sleeve.10-18-2012
20110036855Towel dispenser - A paper towel dispenser assembly including a support frame that receives a continuous length of pleated paper toweling. The paper towel dispenser assembly further including a sensor that actuates dispense of an end of the continuous length of pleated paper toweling and a cutter that cuts a discrete towel from the end of the continuous length of pleated paper toweling.02-17-2011
20120267387Transformable Dispenser - A transformable towel dispenser is presented that can be quickly transformed from a low profile shipping form into full, ready to dispense form in a substantially tool free manner. The transformability of the dispenser allows the dispenser to be shipped and stored in much smaller space than that for ready to dispense units. Alternatively, more dispensers can be shipped in the same volume container.10-25-2012
20120298684CIGARETTE BLANK DISPENSING APPARATUS - An apparatus for dispensing cigarette blanks in a cigarette manufacturing machine. The apparatus comprises a base having an upper end, a lower end opposite the upper end, a first side, a second side opposite the first side, and a shaker communicating with the base. The base also comprises a retainer for retaining at least one cigarette blank. Also disclosed is a method for separating and dispensing cigarette blanks.11-29-2012
20120298683SODA STRAW DISPENSER - A straw dispenser that hold two individual straws, sequentially selected from an inventory of straws. The upper straw is staged in a position to fall, and the lower straw is in a position made available to a person. The person grasps the available straw and pulls the same, which moves a lower movable part of the dispenser. The forward movement of the lower movable part allows the upper staged straw to fall downwardly to a transitory position, and during backward movement of the lower movable part the straw moves from the transitory position and is made available. At the same time a successive straw is selected from the inventory and held in the staged position. The person need not touch any other part of the dispenser or touch other straws to be dispensed. A subsequent straw cannot be dispensed until the available straw has been removed from the dispenser.11-29-2012
20110226794VENDOR - The present application provides a product vending module for vending a number of products. The product vending module may include a product row, a product gate positioned about the product row, and a product locking system in communication with the product gate. The product locking system may include a latch and a biased base such that releasing the latch allows the product gate to be opened and one of the number of products to be removed therefrom.09-22-2011
20120279981PROCESS FOR STORING AND RETRIEVING ROLLED FLEXIBLE BAGS FROM A DISPENSERPROCESS FOR STORING AND RETRIEVING ROLLED FLEXIBLE BAGS FROM A DISPENSER - A process of storing and retrieving recloseable storage bags including the steps of purchasing a package of individualized recloseable storage bags from a retailer, removing the recloseable storage bags from the package, optionally providing the recloseable storage bags in a roll form, inserting the roll of recloseable storage bags into a dispenser having compartments. The dispenser has a lid with access slots juxtaposed over the compartments. The process further includes removing the recloseable storage bags from the dispenser through the one or more access slots. The process may also include providing a merchandiser having different types of bags packaged as refills in flexible bags. Instructions with the merchandiser and/or the storage dispenser may direct consumers to replenish the storage dispenser with different types of bags.11-08-2012
20120279982AUTOMATIC FINANCIAL AUTOMATION EQUIPMENT AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An automatic teller machine (ATM) and a control method for the same are provided. According to the ATM and the control method, stacking of paper mediums being transferred to a stacking space of a carriage may be guided by a medium guide provided to the carriage. Position of the medium guide may be adjusted by a guide adjustment device corresponding to various types of the paper mediums.11-08-2012
20120091163GRAVITY-FED DISPENSER - Systems and methods related to dispensing food (e.g., fruit) or other items in a “first-in, first-out” manner are discussed. The system can include a base having one or more cavities therein and a plurality of chutes configured to align within a subset of the cavities. Each of the chutes can include an inlet that can provide access to an open interior for storage of items, and the plurality of chutes can dispense the plurality of items in a “first-in first out” manner. An ice chest capable of cooling the plurality of chutes can be included, as can a drip tray or other mechanism for separating the fruit from its juices to prolong its useful lifespan.04-19-2012
20120091162Computer-Implemented Systems and Methods for Providing an Out of Stock/Low Stock Alert - Systems and methods are provided for a low stock product display alert system. A system includes a pushing element configured to push one or more products toward a front of a shelf as a unit of the product is removed from the shelf. The system also includes an RFID component, where the RFID component is configured to be in a dormant state when the pushing element is in a first position. The system further includes an activation element configured to activate the RFID component when the pushing element is in a second position, where when activated, the RFID component is configured to emit a signal indicating that the product display is out of product.04-19-2012
20120285977Product Dispensing System - A product dispensing system including a dispenser frame having a front end longitudinally opposed from a rear end, the dispenser frame including a support deck extending at least partially between the front end and the rear end, the support deck having an upper surface and defining a channel below the upper surface, the channel having an entrance opening and an exit opening, and a product display area positioned below the support deck, and a catch element connected to the dispenser frame proximate the entrance opening.11-15-2012
20120132665Media Cassette - A media cassette comprises: a base on which a stack of media items may be placed, a pusher plate biased towards the base and a plurality of drive rollers located beneath the profiled surface and partially protruding through apertures defined in the profiled surface. The base includes a profiled surface extending from a central low region disposed along an axis of the base to higher regions on opposing sides of the central low region. The pusher plate is operable to urge a stack of media items onto the profiled surface. The plurality of drive rollers are operable to drive a media item in contact with the profiled surface out of the media cassette.05-31-2012
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20130015196Container OrganiserAANM SUBU; Johnny GeorgeAACI LivoniaAAST MIAACO USAAGP SUBU; Johnny George Livonia MI US - A container organizer comprises a base element and a perimeter wall which extends from the base element. The base element and the perimeter wall define an enclosure for the insertion of a plurality of containers. An intermediate wall divides the enclosure into first and second channels. The intermediate wall extends from the base element and is spaced from the perimeter wall at at least one end. The said space is dimensioned to allow the said container to pass between the first and second channels. A plurality of inventory indicators are included, whereby as containers are moved along at least the first channel the inventory indicators indicate a number of replacement containers that can be inserted. Preferably, the base element includes an embankment portion at a space between the end of the intermediate wall and the perimeter wall.01-17-2013
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20130020343LUMBER HANDLING APPARATUS - A system and apparatus for dispensing lumber is described. The apparatus includes a pusher, such as a chain driven lug, which pushes against the side of a row of lumber, thus sequentially pushing the top row of a lumber pack into a transport system. The apparatus also includes a hydraulic lift which enables the lumber pack to be moved upwards for the dispensing of subsequent rows.01-24-2013
20130020345TABLET DISPENSER OF MEDICINE PACKING APPARATUS AND TABLET DISPENSING METHOD THEREOF - An automatic free-form tablet dispenser in a medicine packing machine and a method for supplying a tablet are provided. The automatic free-form tablet dispenser in a medicine packing machine, which provides tablets input from the outside to a hopper of the medicine packing machine by a predetermined quantity, includes a main body having a guide track through which the tablet received inside the main body transfers, a driving unit making the tablet transfer along the guide track, an entrance detection sensor detecting whether the tablet is proceeding to the entrance of the guide track or not, an arrival detection sensor detecting whether the tablet reaches to the exit of the guide track or not, and a control unit determining whether the arrival detection sensor detects the tablet within a predetermined time after the entrance detection sensor has detected the tablet.01-24-2013
20130020344EAR PROTECTION DISPENSER - A dispensing system, a method of using a dispensing system, and a method of making a dispensing system are disclosed. The dispensing system includes a sheet and one or more of the plurality of the ear protection articles positioned on the sheet. The method of using the dispensing system includes removing one or more of the plurality of the ear protection articles from a sheet of the dispensing system. The method of making the dispensing system includes positioning a sheet, positioning a first article of the plurality of the ear protection articles on the sheet, and positioning a second article of the plurality of the ear protection articles on the sheet.01-24-2013
20130020342Storing, Transporting and Dispensing Apparatus, and Method of Use Thereof - An apparatus for storing, transporting and dispensing balls, specifically golf balls. The apparatus has a tube with a spring at one end to force balls towards the second end, the second end having an opening and a restraint to keep the golf balls from inadvertently exiting the apparatus. The apparatus further has a cap that is selectively secured to the apparatus over the opening, thereby enclosing the golf balls within the apparatus. In an alternate embodiment, the apparatus is dimensioned to store soda cans, and the apparatus comprises insulating material to keep the soda cans in a temperature-controlled environment.01-24-2013
20100089939SHEET MATERIAL DISPENSER - A powered dispenser for dispensing individual sheet segments from a continuous roll of sheet material provided with spaced tear lines comprises a powered feed mechanism, a releasable, powered drive mechanism, a powered transfer mechanism, a pair of web sensing sensors, a capacitive sensing system providing automatic sensitivity adjustment, and control circuitry. A dual power supply system provides a mechanical lock-out functionality, and the control system is protected from electrostatic build-up on the surface of the feed roller. The web sensor, and an antenna plate of the capacitive sensing system, are provided on respective printed circuit boards mounted in overlying relation. Utilizing signals received from the pair of web sensors and the capacitive sensing system, the control circuitry senses the presence of a user to activate the powered drive mechanism, and prevents further dispensing of the sheet material until a previously dispensed segment is separated from the roll. The web sensors detection of a leading edge of the sheet material initiates a predetermined interval of sheet material advancement providing a proper placement of successive tear lines. Various approaches may be utilized to accommodate inadvertent sheet “tabbing” scenarios. The web sensors, together with the control circuitry, are also used to detect the depletion, or absence, of a working roll of sheet material, whereupon the control circuitry controls the powered transfer mechanism to automatically transfer the web feed supply from a depleted working roll to a reserve roll. The powered transfer mechanism may include a motor driven transfer bar, or provide motor driven release of a spring biased transfer bar. Another arrangement allows for ready release of a roll core, and drop of the same into an open dispenser cover for removal.04-15-2010
20100084419REFILLABLE SINGLE-HAND DISPENSER FOR TABLETS - The present invention relates to a dispenser, particularly a refillable single-hand dispenser, having a sleeve (04-08-2010
20110259907MULTIFUNCTION SYSTEM - The invention relates to a multifunction system comprising a first module (10-27-2011
20130181003Bead feeding method and bead feeding unit - Beads are transferred in the form of a flow along supply channels into first holding pockets; the beads from the holding pockets of the bead feeding unit are fed to receiving pockets of a bead transfer unit by means of movable feeding means, then in the bead transfer unit the beads are inserted into a guiding chamber formed at the intersection of a guiding groove of a first guiding plate and a guiding groove of a second guiding plate of the bead transfer unit, at least one guiding plate is rotated relative to the second guiding plate, which forces the movement of the guiding chamber so that the distance of the guiding chamber to the axis of rotation of the guiding plates changes, and the beads from the guiding chamber or the guiding channel are conveyed to a outfeeding pocket.07-18-2013
20120248134MEDICATION DISPENSING CABINET AND ASSOCIATED DRAWER ASSEMBLY HAVING POCKETS WITH CONTROLLABLY OPENABLE LIDS - A medication dispensing cabinet, a medication dispensing drawer assembly and an associated method are provided to facilitate controlled access to medications in an efficient manner. A medication dispensing cabinet includes a cabinet body, a plurality of drawers disposed within and configured for slidable extension relative to the cabinet body and a plurality of pockets serially positioned within a drawer. Each pocket includes a lid configured to cover the pocket and limit access to medication within the pocket. The medication dispensing cabinet also includes a linkage member configured to operably engage the lids of the plurality of pockets. The linkage member has a first state in which the linkage member prevents one or more of the lids from being opened and a second state in which the linkage member permits the lids to be opened in accordance with a predefined sequential order.10-04-2012
20130175286Medication Drawer and Medication Packaging Strip - A medication drawer, a related medication packaging strip, and a related method of handling a medication packaging strip.07-11-2013
20130175287TAPERED ROLLER SUPPLY SYSTEM, TAPERED ROLLER BEARING FABRICATING SYSTEM AND TAPERED ROLLER SUPPLY METHOD - A tapered roller supply system, a tapered roller bearing fabricating system and a tapered roller supply method are provided which enable tapered rollers to be loaded properly in pockets of a cage.07-11-2013
20130134177Product Dispensing System with Container-Product Interaction - A product dispensing system including a dispenser frame having a front end longitudinally opposed from a rear end, the dispenser frame including a first support deck extending at least partially between the front end and the rear end, the first support deck defining a guide channel having an entrance opening and an exit opening, wherein the exit opening opens generally toward the front end, and a second support deck positioned below the first support deck, the second support deck extending at least partially between the front end and the rear end, and defining a product display area proximate the front end, and a catch element connected to the dispenser frame, the catch element protruding toward the front end and being positioned proximate the entrance opening.05-30-2013
20130112702Merchandiser - The present application provides a merchandiser for dispensing a number of products. The merchandiser may include an a temperature controlled compartment with a number of concentric storage wheels for storing the number of products therein, an input system positioned about the temperature controlled compartment, and a vending system positioned about the temperature controlled compartment.05-09-2013
20130126545Methods for Item Management - Item-management systems, apparatus, and methods are described, preferably for management of items such as medicaments. In a method embodiment, a method of hand-loading a container with at least one type of medicament is provided. A portable container having plural cells for holding medicament-type items is gotten and is docked at a docking station. Visible information, preferably viewable on the docked container, indicates the cell into which each medicament is to be hand-loaded. The visible information assists a user to hand-load a medicament into the correct cell. The docked container is removed from the docking station after the cells have been loaded with the medicaments.05-23-2013
20130134179ITEM STORAGE - An apparatus and method are disclosed for temporarily storing at least one item of media. The apparatus includes a rotatable item support member arranged to rotate about a support member axis of rotation and comprising an outer support surface. The apparatus also includes a pair of drive tape members, each arranged along a respective tape pathway, each tape pathway comprising a pathway portion in which the tape members extend in a co-operating relationship supported by said outer support surface. The outer support surface includes at least one support region that supports the tape members and an item located therebetween in a flat orientation.05-30-2013
20110215109METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NON-LINEAR DISPENSING OF SPECIFIC ITEMS ON DEMAND - A method and apparatus for secure, rapid, storage and dispensing of varied items from a random location in a storage matrix. Drawers are organized in a ‘slice’ or vertically-oriented frame that supports horizontal shifting of the drawers to dispense their contents. Slices can be combined to form matrices of automated, high-density, storage volumes and storage can coincide with dispensing.09-08-2011
20110248042METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DISPENSING SOLID PHARMACEUTICAL ARTICLES - An apparatus for dispensing pharmaceutical articles includes a housing assembly and an adjustment system. The housing assembly includes a first inlet wall and a second inlet wall that is moveable relative to the first inlet wall. The housing assembly defines a hopper chamber that houses pharmaceutical articles, and a dispensing channel fluidly connected to the hopper chamber. The dispensing channel has an inlet and an outlet and defines a flow path. The inlet is defined at least in part by the first and second inlet walls. The adjustment system is operable to adjust the position of the second inlet wall relative to the first inlet wall to adjust the size of the inlet to singulate the pharmaceutical articles passing through the inlet. The adjustment system includes an input mechanism and an operator feedback mechanism. The input mechanism is selectively operable by an operator to selectively move the second inlet wall relative to the first inlet wall. The operator feedback mechanism provides tactile and/or audible feedback to the operator responsive to operation of the input mechanism by the operator to indicate prescribed increments of movement of the second inlet wall relative to the first inlet wall.10-13-2011
20100282769REAGENT STRIP WITH REMOVABLE TIP - A test sensor includes a base, a lid and a channel for receiving a fluid sample. The channel includes a reagent. The test sensor also includes a tip portion extending from at least one of the base and lid. The tip portion prevents or inhibits moisture or contaminants from entering the channel and affecting the reagent. The test sensor further includes a detachable area located adjacent the tip portion. The detachable area is formed so as to assist movement of the tip portion or removal of the tip portion from the remainder of the test sensor. The movement or removal of the tip portion exposes the channel for receiving the fluid sample.11-11-2010
20100308071Ticket Magazine for Instant Ticket Dispensing Machine - The present invention provides a ticket magazine that can be inserted into a drawer of a ticket dispensing machine. The magazine can be loaded with tickets externally from the machine, and provides an element or elements such as one or more bridging fingers and/or a dancer arm to enable the tickets to travel along a more advantageous ticket path with longer curl diameters. Because of the longer curl diameter, the pull force required to peel a ticket from the stack is reduced and remains substantially constant, thereby avoiding ticket jams, mis-cuts and other problems.12-09-2010
20100308070DISPENSING CANISTER FOR DELIVERY OF SOLID MEDICATIONS - The apparatus and process of the present invention provides for the automated, singulated dispensing of articles, particularly solid oral medication in predetermined quantities. The apparatus of the invention is a canister which houses a screw having a channel of a certain width and depth that corresponds to the dimensions of a particular pill type. The screw is removably mounted to a cradle and the screw and cradle combination is positioned within the canister so that it is generally parallel to the base of the canister. By virtue of being removably mounted, screws having channels of various dimensions, corresponding to a particular pill to be dispensed, can be substituted into the cradle within canister. A removable shelf is mounted to at least one interior side of the cradle and is positioned near the proximal end of the screw and cradle combination. Like the screw channel, the shelf is of a certain width that corresponds with a certain pill size. The shelf also can be easily removed and replaced to correspond with a particular pill. The screw traverses the canister and at the proximal end of the screw is an aperture in the canister. At the aperture in the canister, a singulation blade is mounted which allows for pills to be dispensed one at a time. The screw channel and shelf encase a portion of the pill. Upon rotating the screw, the pill travels along the shelf from the distal end of the canister to the proximal end of the canister, entering the aperture and exiting the canister after passing the singulation blade. A rotational driver-coupling is mounted to the proximal end of the screw, allowing for activation of the canister by engaging the screw. The present invention further describes methods of dispensing articles and methods of loading the apparatus.12-09-2010
20130153593APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISPENSING PET TRAINING PADS - An apparatus for dispensing pet training pads includes a base defining a base axis and having an internal chamber, and a support disposed within the internal chamber of the base. The support is arranged to support at least two pet training pads in superposed relation. The support is dimensioned and adapted to translate within the internal chamber along the base axis to direct the pet training pads toward an access opening associated with the base to permit individual and/or sequential removal of the training pads through the access opening by the user.06-20-2013
20130153594Medicament dispensing machine and medicament dispensing method - The disclosed device and method increase the accommodation amount of blister packages, can dispense quickly and are capable of always positioning in a prescribed position and dispensing in the right manner, even when dispensing fractions. A storage container (06-20-2013
20110233228DISPENSING MACHINE - A dispensing machine for dispensing items to customers comprising a cabinet having at least one window, a plurality of supports for supporting a plurality of different items to be dispensed to customers, a pointing device for selecting a desired item from the plurality of items, an indicator associated with the pointing device and operable to provide an indication, visible through the window, of which item is being selected by the pointing device without dispensing said selected item, and a dispensing mechanism for dispensing the selected item in response to a dispensing instruction.09-29-2011
20100314405Systems, methods and devices for dispensing products from a kiosk - The present invention relates to a kiosk that dispenses products with no moving parts. The kiosk can dispense a rental product, and the rental product can be returned via a mail service, or it can be retained for a purchase price. The kiosk comprises a removable cartridge containing the products, and the cartridge can be readily replaced with a new cartridge to replenish the inventory of products in the kiosk.12-16-2010
20110272425SEPARATION DEVICE - The present invention concerns a separation device for separating a rod-like element from a plurality of rod-like elements stored in a storage. The separation device may include a storage space having an approximately V-shaped cross section, for storing a plurality of at least approximately horizontally aligned rod-like elements, wherein the storage space includes at least a front wall element, a rear wall elements, and two side wall elements, having a bottom section and a top section. Moreover, a first discharge unit may be included for discharging a single rod-like element out of the plurality of rod-like elements stored in the storage space.11-10-2011
20110284567INNER WIPES - The present invention provides a dispenser for moisturized sheets in the core of a toilet paper roll. Not only are wet and dry wipes provided coincidentally, the location is particularly handy for toilet use. In a utilization of existing bathroom fixtures, the novel concept offsets the rotational axis of the toilet paper roll to make an aperture available to dispense the moisturized sheets from the volume of the core previously occupied by the conventional spool. The invention further provides a hermetically sealed refill unit and a method of dispensing and refilling.11-24-2011
20110303692MEDICINE DISPENSER, METHOD OF DISCHARGING MEDICINE, AND AUTOMATIC MEDICINE PACKING MACHINE INCLUDING THE DISPENSER - The present disclosure provides a medicine dispenser, which can detect the number of medicines such that an accurate number of medicines can be discharged for packing, a medicine discharging method, and an automatic packing machine including the medicine dispenser. The medicine dispenser includes a frame and a medicine transfer unit attached to the frame and transferring medicines one pill at a time to an outside of the medicine dispenser. The medicine transfer unit includes a detection unit that detects the number of medicines dropping from a medicine container to be packed, and a transfer unit that pushes the medicines, the number of which is detected by the detection unit, into a packing passage connected to a packing unit to transfer the medicines to the packing unit.12-15-2011
20130193154RETRACTION CORD DISPENSER - A retraction cord dispenser can comprise a container with an open end and can be configured to hold retraction cord. The dispenser also includes a dispenser cap for attachment to the open end, and comprises a cap body with a narrow passage for dispensing retraction cord from the container, and the narrow passage can be associated with a retention flap to prevent retraction cord from re-entering the container once it has been dispensed.08-01-2013
20130193155METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DISPENSING - In some embodiments, the instant invention provides an exemplary method for dispensing that at least includes: initiating a movement of a dispensing object along a dispensing passage of a dispensing device; determining, by a displacement sensor, a magnitude of a displacement of the dispensing object along the dispensing passage based on remotely measuring, by the displacement sensor, a characteristic associated with the dispensing object during the movement of the dispensing object along the dispensing passage; generating an indication by the displacement sensor when the magnitude of the displacement is equal to or exceeds a pre-determined distance value; separating, based on the indication, a portion from the dispensing object to form a remaining portion of the dispensing object and a separated portion of the dispensing object; and dispensing the separated portion of the dispensing object from the dispensing device.08-01-2013
20130200093HANGING BAG - A packaged product including a substantially enclosed container for a material, said container including a first end, a second end with a width and a length, a sidewall forming an interior surface defining the container, a first opening into the container adapted to dispense the material, a hanging member, and an insert with an insert base portion, two insert side portions and an insert opening along a width of the insert, wherein the insert base portion extends along the width of the second end, the insert side portions extend at least partially up the sidewall, and the insert opening extends along at least substantially the entire width of the second end. A dispensing method including providing a packaged product, opening the packaged product to form a first opening into the container adapted to dispense a material, and dispensing the material from the container.08-08-2013
20130098937DISPENSER HAVING A DUAL LEVER MECHANISM - A tablet dispenser having a lower housing (04-25-2013
20120074160Product Dispensing Container, System and Method with Priming Area - A product dispensing container including a plurality of walls that define an internal volume, at least one of the walls including an access door panel, a priming area and a severance line, and a plurality of products received in the internal volume, wherein the priming area is displaceable relative to the wall to form a free edge, and wherein the access door panel is at least partially defined by the free edge and the severance line when the priming area is displaced relative to the wall.03-29-2012
20080277406Dispensing of Currency - Among other features, a cash dispenser includes a paper path arranged between an opening in a money box through which currency can be withdrawn for dispensing to a customer at a dispensing location that is spaced apart from the opening in the money box, the paper path including rotational shafts arranged to transfer the currency, and a housing that supports the paper path and is configured to receive the money box, the housing comprising at least two parallel spaced-apart molded side walls, the paper path having a third molded wall between the two parallel molded side walls.11-13-2008
20120085775Pill Dispensing Method and Apparatus - The present invention is a pill dispensing method and apparatus wherein a first rotor rotates pills about a rotation axis along a first part of a spiral path at a first rotational speed whereupon the pills move spirally away from the rotation axis. A second rotor receives the pills from the first rotor and rotates the pills about the rotation axis along a second part of the spiral path at a second, greater rotational speed whereupon the pills move spirally away from the rotation axis toward a discharge chute which dispenses the pills into a pill bottle or a storage container.04-12-2012

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