EP1862977A3 - Method and apparatus for conditioning coins - Google Patents

Method and apparatus for conditioning coins Download PDF

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EP1862977A3
EP1862977A3 EP07015920A EP07015920A EP1862977A3 EP 1862977 A3 EP1862977 A3 EP 1862977A3 EP 07015920 A EP07015920 A EP 07015920A EP 07015920 A EP07015920 A EP 07015920A EP 1862977 A3 EP1862977 A3 EP 1862977A3
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coin
coins
tumbler
air
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EP1862977A2 (en
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Dan Gerrity
Aaron Finch
Scott Scherer
Mark Shannon
Thomas Hintz
Chris Ferguson
Rick Riday
Larry D. Cannon
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Coinstar LLC
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Priority to EP97907936A priority patent/EP0956543B1/en
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    • GPHYSICS
    • G07CHECKING-DEVICES
    • G07DHANDLING OF COINS OR VALUABLE PAPERS, e.g. TESTING, SORTING BY DENOMINATIONS, COUNTING, DISPENSING, CHANGING OR DEPOSITING
    • G07D3/00Sorting a mixed bulk of coins into denominations
    • G07D3/02Sorting coins by means of graded apertures
    • G07D3/10Sorting coins by means of graded apertures provided by sieves arranged in series
    • GPHYSICS
    • G07CHECKING-DEVICES
    • G07DHANDLING OF COINS OR VALUABLE PAPERS, e.g. TESTING, SORTING BY DENOMINATIONS, COUNTING, DISPENSING, CHANGING OR DEPOSITING
    • G07D9/00Counting coins; Handling of coins not provided for in the other groups of this subclass
    • G07D9/008Feeding coins from bulk
    • GPHYSICS
    • G07CHECKING-DEVICES
    • G07FCOIN-FREED OR LIKE APPARATUS
    • G07F1/00Coin inlet arrangements; Coins specially adapted to operate coin-freed mechanisms
    • G07F1/04Coin chutes
    • G07F1/041Coin chutes with means, other than for testing currency, for dealing with inserted foreign matter, e.g. "stuffing", "stringing" or "salting"

Abstract

A coin conditioner is provided for cleaning or otherwise conditioning coins in a coin discriminator apparatus prior to transfer to a coin sensor. Coins enter through a feed tray (1302) and move down the length of a perforated tumbler (1314), preferably without the use of gravity, such as under screw force, mechanical or centrifugal force. The spinning tumbler is preferably rotated about its longitudinal axis by a motor (1352). In one embodiment, a blower or vacuum draws or moves air from one area to another, with the air preferably being filtered. As coins move through and down a tumbler, projections such as vanes (1922a), fins, ridges, dimples (1820), spines or other raised features cause mechanical agitation and/or abrasion as coins are lifted and dropped while passing longitudinally through the tumbler. The coins are conditioned and non-coin matter is collected as it is separated and/or abraded from the coin surfaces. Tumbler perforations permit non-coin matter to pass through the perforations into a collection tray or other apparatus and/or are collected into filter media as a result of the air flow. In one embodiment, the air pressure system eliminates or reduces the occurrence of low density or light non-coin matter, such as hair or dust, and prevents these materials from settling or being carried through downstream portions of the coin processing system.
EP07015920A 1996-03-07 1997-02-28 Method and apparatus for conditioning coins Withdrawn EP1862977A3 (en)

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US1296496P true 1996-03-07 1996-03-07
EP97907936A EP0956543B1 (en) 1996-03-07 1997-02-28 Method and apparatus for conditioning coins

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EP1862977A3 true EP1862977A3 (en) 2008-04-02

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Citations (5)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
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US3048251A (en) * 1962-08-07 Coin collector including clearance means
US3196887A (en) * 1959-03-09 1965-07-27 Electronic Coil Proc Corp Coin sorter
US4360034A (en) * 1980-04-09 1982-11-23 Joseph C. Gianotti, Trustee Coin sorter-counter
WO1995030215A1 (en) * 1994-05-03 1995-11-09 Coinstar, Inc. Coupon/voucher dispensing machine and method
WO1996030877A1 (en) * 1995-03-28 1996-10-03 Scan Coin Ab Device and method for separating foreign objects from a mass of coins

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US1296496A (en) 1917-11-15 1919-03-04 Carleton Ellis Nickel-formate catalyzer and process of making same.

Patent Citations (5)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US3048251A (en) * 1962-08-07 Coin collector including clearance means
US3196887A (en) * 1959-03-09 1965-07-27 Electronic Coil Proc Corp Coin sorter
US4360034A (en) * 1980-04-09 1982-11-23 Joseph C. Gianotti, Trustee Coin sorter-counter
WO1995030215A1 (en) * 1994-05-03 1995-11-09 Coinstar, Inc. Coupon/voucher dispensing machine and method
WO1996030877A1 (en) * 1995-03-28 1996-10-03 Scan Coin Ab Device and method for separating foreign objects from a mass of coins

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