08676377 is referenced by 23 patents and cites 52 patents.

An inventory shelf monitoring system includes a plurality of track systems located on at least one shelf of a retail or warehouse establishment. Each track system includes a sensor and actuator that determines the position of a product pusher. The identity and location of the product pusher, for each track system on the shelf, is sent to a data acquisition and transmitter circuit that assembles, formats, and transmits pusher position data to a central receiver. The data is then transmitted to a central processing unit in a user device that maintains data corresponding to product count, availability, and activity associated with each track unit of each shelf employing the system. Inventory control, the prevention of out-of-stock situations, and the assessment of activity indicative of theft or accident is thus monitored in real time for prompt remedial action.

Title
Retail shelf supply monitoring system
Application Number
13/596196
Publication Number
8676377 (B2)
Application Date
August 28, 2012
Publication Date
March 18, 2014
Inventor
William H Walker
Fairlawn
OH, US
Daniel Kump
Highland Heights
OH, US
Paul Mueller
Wadsworth
OH, US
James Bacnik
Mentor
OH, US
Kenneth G Rhineberger
Perry
OH, US
Gregory M Bird
Solon
OH, US
Norman L Siegel
Mentor
OH, US
Agent
Fay Sharpe
Assignee
Fasteners For Retail
OH, US
IPC
G05B 19/00
B65H 7/00
G06F 17/00
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