Patent Number: 6,253,953

Title: Automatic high-speed pill counting apparatus

Abstract: An automatic high-speed pill counting apparatus comprising: a cylindrical pill hopper 3 having a pill exit 10 and a center hole in a base plate 2; a rotational separative feeder 5 mounted in the cylindrical pill hopper and removably fitted on a shaft 6 borne in the center hole of the base plate, the feeder including an upper diametrically smaller portion 5b and a lower diametrically larger portion 5c having an external diameter approximate to the internal diameter of the lower portion of the pill hopper, a multiplicity of vertically through holes 5c being formed in the outer circumference of the lower diametrically larger portion and allowed to come into alignment with the pill exit for accommodating a plurality of pills vertically, the multiple vertically through holes 5d being enlarged at their lower portions, a ring-shaped slit 8 being formed in such a position in the outer circumference of the lower diametrically larger portion as to accommodate substantially one pill from the bottom; and a pill separating plate 11 mounted on the cylindrical pill hopper 3 above the pill exit and having an inwardly projected tip fitted loosely in the slit 8. The apparatus can count the pills quickly and accurately while preventing the inner wall of the cylindrical portion of the hopper from becoming dirty and the pills from being soiled or broken.

Inventors: Ishizuka; Akira (Ageo, JP)

Assignee: Yunitec Co., Ltd.

International Classification: A61J 7/00 (20060101); A61J 7/02 (20060101); G06M 11/00 (20060101); G07F 011/00 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018