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Coin Discrimination Apparatus And Method

US Patent:
6520308, Feb 18, 2003
Filed:
Oct 31, 2000
Appl. No.:
09/703946
Inventors:
Douglas Alan Martin - Woodinville WA
Mark Louis Waechter - Seattle WA
Rodrigo Berho - Seattle WA
John Partlow - Bakersfield CA
Assignee:
Coinstar, Inc. - Bellevue WA
International Classification:
G07D 508
US Classification:
194317, 194346, 453 57
Abstract:
A coin discrimination apparatus and method is provided. Coins, preferably after cleaning, e. g. using a trommel, are singulated by a coin pickup assembly configured to reduce jamming. A coin rail assists in providing separation between coins as they travel past a sensor. The sensor provides an oscillating electromagnetic field generated on a single core. The oscillating electromagnetic field is composed of one or more frequency components. The electromagnetic field interacts with a coin, and these interactions are monitored and used to classify the coin according to its physical properties. All frequency components of the magnetic field are phase-locked to a common reference frequency. The phase relationships between the various frequencies are fixed, and the interaction of each frequency component with the coin can be accurately determined without the need for complicated electrical filters. In one embodiment, a sensor having a core, preferably ferrite, which is curved, such as in a U-shape or in the shape of a section of a torus, and defining a gap, is provided with a winding for excitation and/or detection. The sensor can be used for simultaneously obtaining data relating to two or more parameters of a coin or other object, such as a size and conductivity of the object.

Coin Discrimination Apparatus And Method

US Patent:
6766892, Jul 27, 2004
Filed:
Jan 2, 2003
Appl. No.:
10/336617
Inventors:
Douglas Alan Martin - Woodinville WA
Mark Louis Waechter - Seattle WA
Rodrigo Berho - Seattle WA
John Partlow - Bakersfield CA
Assignee:
Coinstar, Inc. - Bellevue WA
International Classification:
G07D 508
US Classification:
194317, 194344, 194346, 193DIG 1
Abstract:
A coin discrimination apparatus and method is provided. Coins, preferably after cleaning, e. g. using a trommel, are singulated by a coin pickup assembly configured to reduce jamming. A coin rail assists in providing separation between coins as they travel past a sensor. The sensor provides an oscillating electromagnetic field generated on a single sensing core. The oscillating electromagnetic field is composed of one or more frequency components. The electromagnetic field interacts with a coin, and these interactions are monitored and used to classify the coin according to its physical properties. All frequency components of the magnetic field are phase-locked to a common reference frequency. The phase relationships between the various frequencies are fixed, and the interaction of each frequency component with the coin can be accurately determined without the need for complicated electrical filters. In one embodiment, a sensor having a core, preferably ferrite, which is curved, such as in a U-shape or in the shape of a section of a torus, and defining a gap, is provided with a wire winding for excitation and/or detection.

Apparatuses And Methods For Dispensing Magnetic Cards, Integrated Circuit Cards, And Other Similar Items

US Patent:
6957746, Oct 25, 2005
Filed:
Feb 14, 2003
Appl. No.:
10/367110
Inventors:
Douglas A. Martin - Woodinville WA,
Scott A. Dean - Redmond WA,
Mark L. Waechter - Winthrop WA,
Gregory P. Winters - Snohomish WA,
Assignee:
Coinstar, Inc. - Bellevue WA
International Classification:
G65G059/00
US Classification:
221131, 235380
Abstract:
Apparatuses and methods for dispensing cards and other items. In one embodiment, a card dispensing apparatus includes at least first and second card hoppers and a movable card carriage. The card carriage is movable between a first position proximate to the first card hopper and a second position proximate to the second card hopper. The card carriage is configured to receive a first card from the first card hopper when in the first position and a second card from the second card hopper when in the second position. In one aspect of this embodiment, the card carriage can dispense at least the first card into a card outlet chute when the first card has been sufficiently read by a card reader. Alternatively, the card carriage can dispense the first card into a card escrow chute when the first card has not been sufficiently read by the card reader.

Coin Discrimination Apparatus And Method

US Patent:
7213697, May 8, 2007
Filed:
Apr 16, 2004
Appl. No.:
10/825951
Inventors:
Douglas Alan Martin - Woodinville WA,
Mark Louis Waechter - Seattle WA,
Rodrigo Berho - Seattle WA,
John Partlow - Bakersfield CA,
Assignee:
Coinstar, Inc. - Bellevue WA
International Classification:
G07D 5/08
US Classification:
194317, 194217
Abstract:
A coin discrimination apparatus and method is provided. Coins, preferably after cleaning, e. g. using a trommel, are singulated by a coin pickup assembly configured to reduce jamming. A coin rail assists in providing separation between coins as they travel past a sensor. The sensor provides an oscillating electromagnetic field generated on a single sensing core. The oscillating electromagnetic field is composed of one or more frequency components. The electromagnetic field interacts with a coin, and these interactions are monitored and used to classify the coin according to its physical properties. All frequency components of the magnetic field are phase-locked to a common reference frequency. The phase relationships between the various frequencies are fixed, and the interaction of each frequency component with the coin can be accurately determined without the need for complicated electrical filters. In one embodiment, a sensor having a core, preferably ferrite, which is curved, such as in a U-shape or in the shape of a section of a torus, and defining a gap, is provided with a wire winding for excitation and/or detection.

Coin Discrimination Apparatus And Method

US Patent:
7520374, Apr 21, 2009
Filed:
Apr 12, 2007
Appl. No.:
11/734355
Inventors:
Douglas Alan Martin - Woodinville WA,
Mark Louis Waechter - Seattle WA,
Rodrigo Berho - Seattle WA,
John Partlow - Bakersfield CA,
Assignee:
Coinstar, Inc. - Bellevue WA
International Classification:
G07D 5/08
US Classification:
194317, 194318, 194319
Abstract:
A coin discrimination apparatus and method is provided. Coins, preferably after cleaning, e. g. using a trommel, are singulated by a coin pickup assembly configured to reduce jamming. A coin rail assists in providing separation between coins as they travel past a sensor. The sensor provides an oscillating electromagnetic field generated on a single sensing core. The oscillating electromagnetic field is composed of one or more frequency components. The electromagnetic field interacts with a coin, and these interactions are monitored and used to classify the coin according to its physical properties. All frequency components of the magnetic field are phase-locked to a common reference frequency. The phase relationships between the various frequencies are fixed, and the interaction of each frequency component with the coin can be accurately determined without the need for complicated electrical filters. In one embodiment, a sensor having a core, preferably ferrite, which is curved, such as in a U-shape or in the shape of a section of a torus, and defining a gap, is provided with a wire winding for excitation and/or detection.

Apparatuses And Methods For Dispensing Magnetic Cards, Integrated Circuit Cards, And Other Similar Items

US Patent:
7815071, Oct 19, 2010
Filed:
Nov 22, 2004
Appl. No.:
10/995032
Inventors:
Douglas A. Martin - Woodinville WA,
Scott A. Dean - Issaquah WA,
Mark L. Waechter - Winthrop WA,
Gregory P. Winters - Snohomish WA,
Assignee:
Coinstar, Inc. - Bellevue WA
International Classification:
B65G 59/00
US Classification:
221 92, 221131, 221133
Abstract:
Apparatuses and methods for dispensing cards and other items. In one embodiment, a card dispensing apparatus includes at least first and second card hoppers and a movable card carriage. The card carriage is movable between a first position proximate to the first card hopper and a second position proximate to the second card hopper. The card carriage is configured to receive a first card from the first card hopper when in the first position and a second card from the second card hopper when in the second position. In one aspect of this embodiment, the card carriage can dispense at least the first card into a card outlet chute when the first card has been sufficiently read by a card reader. Alternatively, the card carriage can dispense the first card into a card escrow chute when the first card has not been sufficiently read by the card reader.

Methods And Systems For Exchanging And/Or Transferring Various Forms Of Value

US Patent:
2006020, Sep 21, 2006
Filed:
Dec 5, 2005
Appl. No.:
11/294637
Inventors:
Scott Dean - Issaquah WA,
Mark Waechter - Winthrop WA,
Kim Hanson - Woodinville WA,
Michael Doran - Bothell WA,
Kerry Smith - Bellevue WA,
Scott Jeffus - Redmond WA,
Peter Rowan - Seattle WA,
International Classification:
G07D 7/00
US Classification:
194302000
Abstract:
Methods and systems for exchanging various forms of value, including coins, currency, credit, debit, and/or bank account funds, for prepaid cash cards, credit cards, phone cards, gift cards, in-store gift certificates, e-certificates, and the like. In one embodiment, a value exchange machine includes a coin input region, a coin sorting/counting apparatus, a card reader, and a communications facility configured to communicate with a remote computer network. In another embodiment, a value exchange system includes one or more of the value exchange machines connected to one or more remote computers via a communications link. A user wishing to purchase, for example, a gift certificate for use on-line can visit one of the value exchange machines, select the desired transaction, and pay for the certificate with coins, currency, a credit card, a debit card, and/or bank account funds. After confirming payment, the value exchange machine dispenses the certificate to the user, who can then go on-line to make purchases from an associated retailer with the certificate.

Coin Discrimination Apparatus And Method

US Patent:
2009016, Jul 2, 2009
Filed:
Oct 24, 2008
Appl. No.:
12/258085
Inventors:
Douglas Alan Martin - Woodinville WA,
Mark Louis Waechter - Seattle WA,
Rodrigo Berho - Seattle WA,
John Partlow - Bakersfield CA,
International Classification:
G07D 5/08
US Classification:
194317
Abstract:
A coin discrimination apparatus and method is provided. Coins, preferably after cleaning, e.g. using a trommel, are singulated by a coin pickup assembly configured to reduce jamming. A coin rail assists in providing separation between coins as they travel past a sensor. The sensor provides an oscillating electromagnetic field generated on a single sensing core. The oscillating electromagnetic field is composed of one or more frequency components. The electromagnetic field interacts with a coin, and these interactions are monitored and used to classify the coin according to its physical properties. All frequency components of the magnetic field are phase-locked to a common reference frequency. The phase relationships between the various frequencies are fixed, and the interaction of each frequency component with the coin can be accurately determined without the need for complicated electrical filters. In one embodiment, a sensor having a core, preferably ferrite, which is curved, such as in a U-shape or in the shape of a section of a torus, and defining a gap, is provided with a wire winding for excitation and/or detection. The sensor can be used for simultaneously obtaining data relating to two or more parameters of a coin or other object, such as size and conductivity of the object. Two or more frequencies can be used to sense core and/or cladding properties. Objects recognized as acceptable coins, using the sensor data, are diverted by a controllable deflecting door, to tubes for delivery to acceptable coin bins.

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