Abstract

A collating unit ( 10 ) for use with a control center ( 12 ) cooperating with an automatic dispensing system ("ADS") ( 14 ) for automatic storage of prescription containers dispensed from the ADS ( 14 ). The collating unit ( 10 ) broadly comprises an infeed conveyor ( 16 ) for transporting the prescription containers from the ADS ( 14 ) to the collating unit ( 10 ); a base ( 18 ) housed within the control center ( 12 ) and positioned generally adjacent to the infeed conveyor ( 16 ); a collating unit conveyor ( 20 ) mounted on the base ( 18 ); a frame ( 21 ) substantially surrounding and covering the infeed conveyor ( 16 ) and the base ( 18 ); a plurality of holding areas ( 22 ) formed within the frame ( 21 ); a plurality of guide arms ( 24 ) mounted on the base ( 18 ) between the infeed conveyor ( 16 ) and the collating unit conveyor ( 20 ) and operable to maneuver the containers from the infeed conveyor ( 16 ) into the plurality of holding areas ( 22 ); a plurality of sensors ( 26 ) to sense the presence of the containers within the collating unit ( 10 ); and a control system ( 28 ) for controlling operation of the infeed conveyor ( 16 ), the collating unit conveyor ( 20 ), the guide arms ( 24 ), and the sensors ( 26 ).


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  • Publication: Jun 28, 2005
  • Application: Jul 8, 2003
    US US 61550303 A
  • Priority: Jul 8, 2003
    US US 61550303 A
  • Priority: Jul 8, 2002
    US US 39458902 P

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