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Patent Issued for Troubleshooted Coin Output Method

August 19, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Technology -- A patent by the inventor Wang, Yuan-Chun (Taipei, TW), filed on March 1, 2013, was published online on August 5, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews correspondents.

Patent number 8795039 is assigned to International Currency Technologies Corporation (Taipei, TW).

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates to coin-dispensing technology and more particularly, to a troubleshooted coin output method used in a coin dispensing and outputting machine, which, when one coin-output motor fails to output coins from a first group coin tubes, drives the other coin-output motor to output coins from a second group coin tubes, enabling the amount of outputted coins meeting the amount of money desired to be given.

"Following fast development of modern technology, convenience and rapidness have become important demands in our modern daily life. Nowadays, different automatic vending machines, card dispensers, ticket machines and bill exchange machines are used everywhere to sell different products and/or to provide different services without serviceman. These machines are highly appreciated for the advantage of saving much labor and bringing convenience to people. With the selling of more and more kinds of goods, advanced vending machines need added functions.

"Further, commercial automatic vending machines and amusement machines commonly provide a coin acceptor for allowing people to insert coins, achieving unmanned operation and self-checkout. Further, a coin-operated automatic vending machine or amusement machine generally uses a coin validator module to validate the authenticity and value of each inserted coin or token. Different coins or tokens have different sizes. After validation of an inserted coin, the coin will be dispensed into one of a number of coin tubes inside the machine by means of a coin dispenser. Subject to the operation of the coin dispenser, coins of different values can be separately dispensed into different coin tubes for storage. Further, commercial automatic vending machines, game consoles and consumer systems are generally equipped with a coin hopper to provide coin-exchange, change-giving and coin-return functions

"A coin hopper of an automatic vending machine, game console or consumer system generally comprises multiple coin-pushing modules, and multiple motors controllable to drive the respective coin-pushing modules to push coins from different coin tubes for output. However, when one motor fails, the coin hopper will be stopped, prohibiting coin output. In this case, an inserted coin cannot be returned, causing the consumer a degree of distress, inconvenience and financial loss. Further, each motor simply drives one coin-pushing module to output coins of one particular value. One motor will fail soon if it is frequently operated. When one motor fails, the coin hopper will be stopped, and the other motors cannot be operated to output coins. Further, when one motor of the coin hopper fails, the machine provider must send a maintenance technician to repair the failed motor soon. If the failed motor cannot be repaired quickly, the machine will be unable to work, leading to financial loss. Therefore, it is desirable to provide a measure that eliminates the aforesaid problems."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "The present invention has been accomplished under the circumstances in view. It is therefore the main object of the present invention to provide a troubleshooted coin output method used in a coin dispensing and outputting machine including a machine main unit formed of a coin dispensing unit, a coin hopper consisting of a driver circuit, motors, coin-pushing modules and sensors and a circuit module, and coin tubes for storing coins, wherein when outputting coins, the circuit module counts the amount of coins to be outputted subject to the amount of money to be given, and then stops the coin output operation if the outputted amount of coins does not match the amount of money to be given due to failure or one motor or any other reasons, and then counts the rest amount to be given, and then drives the other motor to output coins until that the desired amount are outputted, thereby troubleshooting the problem that the outputted amount of coins does not match the amount of money to be given and effectively prolonging the total lifespan of the coin dispensing and outputting machine.

"It is another object of the present invention to provide a troubleshooted coin output method used in a coin dispensing and outputting machine including a machine main unit formed of a coin dispensing unit, a coin hopper consisting of a driver circuit, motors, coin-pushing modules and sensors and a circuit module, and coin tubes arranged in first and second groups for storing coins, wherein when the coin tubes of the first group are empty during operation of a first motor of the coin hopper to output coins from the coin tubes of the first group, the circuit module will drive a second motor of the coin hopper to output coins from the coin tubes of the second group until that the desired amount are outputted, enabling the frequency of use of each motor to be approximately equal and prolonging the lifespan of the motors. Thus, all the motors can be replaced at a time after a long period of use, saving the replacement time and labor cost.

"It is another object of the present invention to provide a troubleshooted coin output method used in a coin dispensing and outputting machine including a machine main unit formed of a coin dispensing unit, a coin hopper consisting of a driver circuit, motors, coin-pushing modules and sensors and a circuit module, and coin tubes arranged in first and second groups for storing coins, wherein when sensors of the circuit module sensed the storage of coins in the coin tubes of the first group is in full-level and the flag to prohibit coins from entering the coin tubes of the first group is created, the setting of the coin inlet path of the coin dispensing module will be changed, enabling coins to be guided into the coin tubes of the second group, and therefore inputted coins can be equally distributed and stored in the coin tubes of the first group and the second group."

URL and more information on this patent, see: Wang, Yuan-Chun. Troubleshooted Coin Output Method. U.S. Patent Number 8795039, filed March 1, 2013, and published online on August 5, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8795039.PN.&OS=PN/8795039RS=PN/8795039

Keywords for this news article include: International Currency Technologies Corporation.

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