Patent Number: 7,100,796

Title: Apparatus for dispensing vials

Abstract: An apparatus (100) for guiding the movement of a flanged vial (10) during an automated process to prevent the flange (50) from disrupting the movement of the vial (10) during the process. The apparatus (100) includes a receptacle (120) with a narrowing peripheral wall (130) adapted to receive the vial (10) during a vertical drop and direct the movement of the vial (10) toward a slide (160). A weighted flap (170) contacts the vial (10) as the vial (10) moves along the slide (160), slowing the descent of the vial (10), holding the vial (10) against the slide (160), and pivoting to accommodate the flange (50). A platform (190) catches the vial (10).

Inventors: Orr; Stacy D. (Shawnee, KS), Giebler; Timothy A. (Olathe, KS)

Assignee: ScriptPro LLC

International Classification: B65H 3/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 9/05/02018