With Transparent Inspecting Or Viewing Means Patents (Class 221/155)
  • Patent number: 5135134
    Abstract: A package and dispenser for a continuous roll of plastic bags has a generally cylindrical shape and a longitudinal slot for dispensing the bags. Adjacent bags on the roll are attached by a perforated tear line. The dispenser is deformable to allow the operator to grip the roll by squeezing the dispenser, preventing further rotation of the roll, and allowing a bag to be removed from the roll. The dispenser is transparent, allowing indicia to be seen from a flyer inserted into the dispenser and around the roll. The flyer also blocks the slot so that bags cannot be removed during storage or shipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1992
    Inventor: H. Gordon Dancy
  • Patent number: 5131564
    Abstract: The apparatus stores and dispenses a plurality of disposable razors, the dispenser being affixable to a bathroom wall. The razors are initially loaded into the dispenser apparatus and retained therein by a pair of opposed support members, the support members extending inwardly from a pair of parallel sidewalls, the support members having a centrally disposed channel. The support members are sloped downwardly to facilitate gravitational loading of the individual razors. A flexible member is affixed to each of the support members. The dispenser apparatus has an open bottom, enabling the razors stored therewithin to be withdrawn in the same sequence that they are loaded thereinto. The opposed sidewalls of the dispenser apparatus are transparent, enabling the razors stored therewithin to be readily viewed. The dispenser apparatus also includes a razor holder mounted on the top thereof, to retain the razor currently being used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1992
    Inventor: Theodore N. Plonkey
  • Patent number: 5131561
    Abstract: A dispenser for folded paper napkins including a door hinged to an opening of a housing and a face plate detachably secured to the door. The face plate includes a dispensing opening through which napkins are withdrawn from the dispenser. The new dispenser allows the use of interchangeable face plates so that the same dispenser can be used to store various styles and/or sizes of folded paper napkins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1992
    Assignee: Wisconsin Tissue Mills Inc.
    Inventors: C. Patrick Casperson, Robert C. Hochtritt, Christopher W. Chudek
  • Patent number: 5123551
    Abstract: Dispensing apparatus for business cards or the like articles including a plurality of dispensing units which are in the form of hollow housings for receiving a stack of cards, each housing having a slot through which the cards are dispensed. The housings are supported on a grid-like support which is hingedly mounted to a backing board so that in one position access to the rear of the housings is prevented while in a second position access is allowed to permit refilling of the housings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1992
    Inventor: Malcolm T. King
  • Patent number: 5100018
    Abstract: A storage chamber large enough to store a predetermined number of probe covers is formed into a dispenser body. A spring biases the probe covers toward one end of the chamber at which is located a slide. The slide has an indentation used to retrieve a single probe cover from the chamber at a time when aligned with the chamber. Located in the indentation is an aperture tube for receiving a probe of the instrument to be covered. The probe is pressed into the probe cover and into the aperture thus causing the probe cover to stretch and cover the probe. A flange formed on the slide is pressed by a user to align the indentation of the slide with the chamber. The slide is spring loaded so that releasing the flange will result in the slide moving such that the identation is located outside the chamber and the retrieved probe cover can be applied to the instrument. A door in the dispenser is raised to allow access to the chamber for the insertion of a stack of probe covers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1992
    Assignee: IVAC Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Rosati, Fred W. Bacher
  • Patent number: 5100021
    Abstract: A combined dispenser tray and package is provided for pipettes. The tray is elongated with a stepped front wall which provides a dispensing position for sequentially dispensing individual pipettes, as required. The front wall includes a built-in curved wall portion for feeding the individual pipettes, one at a time, to the dispensing position for removal. A cooperating cover is provided with a hinged peel tab for gaining access to the dispensing position. A further feature of the tray of the invention is that the stepped configuration, as seen in cross-section, allows for stacking a plurality of trays in a compact fashion for shipping and storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1992
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Edward F. Mussi, Martin H. Golden
  • Patent number: 5097986
    Abstract: Presented is a vending machine with an outer door, a space for merchandise capable of being seen through the outer door and filled with merchandise, and with additional units, as for example coin changer/coin counter, etc., adjacent to the merchandise space, which are lockable with the outer door. The merchandise space is cooled by a cooling assembly and the vending machine displays means that reduce cold losses during operation, in particular at the time of dispensing merchandise, removal of merchandise and/or refilling with merchandise. In this manner, it is also possible to offer and sell with the vending machine cooled merchandise, in particular low-temperature-cooled merchandise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1992
    Assignee: Deutsche Wurlitzer GmbH
    Inventors: Hans Domberg, Georg Seidel, Rolf Renner
  • Patent number: 5048717
    Abstract: A multiple-product merchandizing machine having a cylindrical drum mounted within a cabinet. The drum is divided into a plurality of horizontal shelves each of which is divided by a plurality of vertical walls into separate compartments from which the product can be dispensed. These compartments can be brought into alignment with access doors associated with each level and the doors, which are normally maintained locked, can be opened upon the insertion of adequate currancy in the machine to remove the product. The access door locking system prevents more than one door from being opened at one time. The drum is rotatable in either direction by a reversible motor. A viewing area is provided in the front of the machine which allows a prospective customer to see the product as it passes by. The drum is divided into sections with opaque walls which prevent viewing from the viewing areas of more than half of the compartments on a shelf when the drum is in its rest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1991
    Assignee: UniDynamics Corporation
    Inventors: Leonard P. Falk, Paul K. Griner
  • Patent number: 5042687
    Abstract: Plastic shopping bag container to store randomly disposed shopping bags with lower horizontal slot for removal of stored bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1991
    Assignee: The Bag Saver International Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas McKinley
  • Patent number: 5004122
    Abstract: A display package is described. It comprises a backing sheet and a blister piece which combine to simulate a vending machine. The upper bowl portion of the simulated vending machine is filled with gum balls and a dispensing mechanism is disposed in the base portion of the simulated vending machine. A knob is rotated to dispense individual gum balls from the package. A breakaway tab provides means for deterring tampering and must be removed in order to dispense the gum balls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1991
    Inventor: Timothy M. Poynter
  • Patent number: 5000346
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for individually dispensing an item such as a newspaper from among a set of items. The dispensing machine includes a mechanism for individually dispensing an item from among a vertically stacked set of items; a money collection device for activating the dispensing mechanism upon payment of particular sum of money, and a housing containing the dispensing mechanism and the money collection device. Each article is urged against the front of the machine, and upon activation, is lifted slightly to clear a barrier, then discharged to the exterior of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1991
    Assignees: Harry O. Moore, Chris Combis
    Inventors: Harry O. Moore, David L. Furr, III
  • Patent number: 5000343
    Abstract: A combination cracker dispenser and entertainment center is provided and consists of a housing that will contain a lazy susan tray near the bottom to hold crackers, a mechanism to dispense one cracker at a time, a dish near the top to hold dip therein to be used for the crackers and a built-in radio placed within a transparent middle portion of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1991
    Inventor: Sharon M. Allen
  • Patent number: 5000344
    Abstract: A cartonless recyclable package for protectively enclosing a product, such as photographic film, comprises a recyclable plastic container and mating cap with recyclably compatible plastic labels thereon bearing product information. One such label on the cap has readily tearable tab portions extending therefrom and tautly secured to the container, to tear apart when the cap is first removed. A second label, secured to the container and overlapping the tearable tab portions, includes inner and outer sheets separably adhered together. The outer sheet can be peeled back to reveal information on the interfacing surfaces of both sheets, and then re-adhered to the inner sheet. A third label, separably adhered to the first label on the cap, may be peeled away and re-adhered to some other surface for reference after the product has been removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1991
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Ronald A. Janssen
  • Patent number: 4940160
    Abstract: A promotional display apparatus for a newspaper vending machine, and a newspaper vending machine incorporating a promotional display apparatus, are disclosed. The display apparatus comprises a fixture securable to the newspaper vending machine door. The fixture includes a display section for displaying promotional information. The display section in operation projects internally away from the inside of the vending machine door and into the vending machine internal cavity elevationally above a stack of newspapers therein when the vending machine door is closed. The display section in operation effectively displays promotional information to the vending machine user when the vending machine door is swung away from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1990
    Assignee: Tribune Publishing Company
    Inventor: Ronald E. Williams
  • Patent number: 4927051
    Abstract: A multiple-product merchandising machine having a cylindrical drum mounted within a cabinet. The drum is divided into a plurality of horizontal shelves each of which is divided by a plurality of vertical walls into separate compartments from which the product can be dispensed. These compartments can be brought into alignment with access doors associated with each level and the doors, which are normally maintained locked, can be opened upon the insertion of adequate currency in the machine to remove the product. The access door locking system prevents more than one door from being opened at one time. The drum is rotatable in either direction by a reversible motor. A viewing area is provided in the front of the machine which allows a prospective customer to see the product as it passes by. The drum is divided into sections with opaque walls which prevent viewing from the viewing area of more than half of the compartments on a shelf when the drum is in its rest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 22, 1990
    Assignee: UniDynamics Corporation
    Inventors: Leonard P. Falk, Paul K. Griner
  • Patent number: 4919250
    Abstract: A vending device for newspapers or other articles comprising a box like receptacle which can be pole or pedestal mounted. The device includes a one piece paper display member, an access door biasing means which is hidden from exposure to the weather, a door latch device which maintains the access door in an open position, a releasable lock device for locking a coin operating mechanism and coin box in the vending device and an access door locking unit for locking the access door to the coin operating mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 24, 1990
    Assignee: Fortec, Inc.
    Inventors: John B. Olson, Richard L. Jeanson, John D. Sinchok
  • Patent number: 4913335
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for die bonding, comprising the steps of arranging a wafer having a multiplicity of mutually separated semiconductor chips vertically and near a lead frame which is conveyed horizontally, and picking up each of the semiconductor chips from the wafer and bonding the same onto the lead frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1990
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masaharu Yoshida
  • Patent number: 4887739
    Abstract: A compact business or calling card dispenser which includes a casing in which a plurality of cards are stacked in a vertical array on a card support plate that is resiliently urged so as to align the cards relative to a discharge slot or opening in the casing and which includes an ejector mechanism which interacts with the card support plate to insure uniform card dispensing characteristics with each stack of cards carried within the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 19, 1989
    Inventor: Robert J. Parker
  • Patent number: 4875598
    Abstract: A novel vending machine for sequentially and selectively dispensing and vending in a merchandise dispensing region each one of a plurality of substantially silimarly-shaped flat merchandise objects (usually each of substantially parallelopiped shape, such as that of a newspaper, magazine, or the like, although not specifically so limited) in an object-size-adjustable manner making it possible to quickly and easily initially adjust the apparatus to correspond to a particular thickness of depth-direction dimension of each of the merchandise objects which are to be dispensed so the dispensing apparatus is set exactly for that particular thickness of each of the similar merchandise objects; and conversely, being just as easily differently adjusted for the appropriate sequential dispensing of each one of a plurality of different merchandise objects having completely different thicknesses in each case than in the first-mentioned case; and capable of easy adjustment into any intermediate adjusted relationship suitab
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1989
    Inventor: Frank L. Dahl
  • Patent number: 4869392
    Abstract: A medication dispenser includes a container having a main compartment, a selection compartment, and an exit compartment whereby a pill or the like is dispensed from the container by passage from the main compartment, through the selection compartment, and to the exit compartment. The configuration of the pill selection compartment may be selectively varied and adjusted into a preselected configuration substantially conforming to the shape and size of a pill contained in the main compartment. A flexible first gate selectively extends between the selection compartment and the main compartment, a second gate selectively extends between the selection compartment and the exit compartment, and a third gate selectively extends across the exit compartment, near the container exterior. Initially, the second gate is in an extended position, and the first and third gates are in nonextended positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1989
    Inventors: Thomas S. Moulding, Jr., Donald G. Ellis
  • Patent number: 4858784
    Abstract: A golf tee dispenser including a length of rigid cylindrical tubing adapted to receive a plurality of golf tees therein and a thin elastic member disposed and held in tension transversely through the center of longitudinal axis of the tube and through and between opposing apertures formed in the walls of the tube adjacent one end. The elastic member is adapted, when tensioned, to retain the golf tees within the tube and to manually dispense one golf tee at a time when the tube is generally upright, the elastic member and apertures are at the lower end thereof, and the golf tees are downwardly pointed. Various forms of the elastic member are also provided, along with releasable engagement means for attachment of the dispenser to golf equipment such as bags and carts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1989
    Inventor: Robert P. Moody
  • Patent number: 4842161
    Abstract: A countertop snack vendor in which a drum having a plurality of groups of circumferentially spaced article-receiving compartments is mounted within a cabinet for rotary movement around a generally horizontal axis with the groups disposed respectively behind normally locked elongated transparent doors, each of which spans a plurality of compartments of its associated group to afford a potential customer a view of a large number of articles. Each door is freed upon the deposit of money in the vendor for limited movement from a normally closed position to an open position at which a single compartment of the associated group is accessible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1989
    Assignee: Rowe International, Inc.
    Inventor: Merrill Krakauer
  • Patent number: 4823984
    Abstract: A container storage and dispensing apparatus. The apparatus includes a housing for enclosing a storage and dispensing area, the housing having an access door for inserting the containers and having a first and a second exit door for dispensing the containers. The apparatus also includes first and second guides for guiding and supporting containers to the first exit door. Further the apparatus includes third and fourth guides for guiding and supporting containers to the second exit door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1989
    Assignee: Unidynamics Corporation
    Inventor: Leonard A. Ficken
  • Patent number: 4756448
    Abstract: A novel vending machine for sequentially and selectively dispensing and vending in a merchandise dispensing region each one of a plurality of substantially similarly-shaped flat merchandise objects (usually each of substantially parallelopiped shape, such as that of a newspaper, magazine, or the like, although not specifically so limited) in an object-size-adjustable manner making it possible to quickly and easily initially adjust the apparatus to correspond to a particular thickness of depth-direction dimension of each of the merchandise objects which are to be dispensed so the dispensing apparatus is set exactly for that particular thickness of each of the similar merchandise objects; and conversely, being just as easily being differently adjusted for the appropriate sequential dispensing of each one of a plurality of different merchandise objects having completely different thicknesses in each case than in the first-mentioned case; and capable of easy adjustment into any intermediate adjusted relationship
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1988
    Inventor: Frank L. Dahl
  • Patent number: 4718532
    Abstract: An improved vending machine having an enclosure for storage of articles and an access door is provided with an arm affixed to the door and which has a free end, with a hydraulic door closer connected between the free end and the machine. A stop element is affixed to the machine enclosure and projects into the door opening of the access door for stopping movement of the arm thereby to limit the opening movement of the door and thus prevent application of excessive force to the hydraulic door closer. The vending machine also includes a latch hook releasably engageable with the stop element for restraining the door in an open position against return to a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1988
    Assignee: K-Jack Engineering Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Jack S. Chalabian
  • Patent number: 4667848
    Abstract: A machine for dispensing granular confectionery, such as gumballs, peanuts, and the like, which includes a housing, a container globe seated on the housing, a cap seated on the globe and a vertical standard extending interior of the housing and globe and including a threaded end. A retainer ring is seated on the globe with a gasket interposed. The inlet to the globe carries opposing deformations in the form of notches in the perimeter of the entrance opening of the globe. The retainer ring carries depending lugs seatable in the notches. The cap can be tightened onto the globe with the lugs seated in the notches so as to prevent relative rotation between the retainer ring and globe during tightening of the cap and thereby prevent possible damage to the globe, such as breaking or cracking it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1987
    Assignee: Carousel Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Arthur Gold
  • Patent number: 4648530
    Abstract: An automatic dispenser for pre-cut Z-folded web materials wherein the dispenser comprises a holder or support having an orifice through which the web materials are pulled. The orifice has outwardly rounded edges so that the web can be pulled with unequal pulling forces and from different directions. In some embodiments the orifice is provided with an obturator having two opening elements that are elastically coupled to one another. The obturator has round edges through which the web passes wherein one of the edges can be separated from the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1987
    Inventor: Maurice Granger
  • Patent number: 4610373
    Abstract: A golf ball dispenser is shown. It comprises a tube into which a stack of golf balls can be loaded, a base at the bottom of the tube, a cap at the top of the tube, a resilient coil spring disposed for urging balls of the stack upwardly in the tube, a ball-accepting and dispensing side aperture near the top of the tube for retaining balls that are out of register with that aperture, and, in the cap, a finger access or a plunger for manually depressing the topmost ball of the stack into dispensing register with the side aperture. The side aperture includes a finger notch which extends downwardly toward the base of the dispenser a distance sufficient for exposing part of the exterior surface of the first two balls stacked under the topmost ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1986
    Assignee: Jalimar Industries Inc.
    Inventor: William A. Sherbondy
  • Patent number: 4579213
    Abstract: Arbitrarily and individually priced articles can be automatically vended from a machine in which the articles are stored without restriction, limitation, or categorization to their individualized prices. The vended articles are compactly stored in a plurality of vertical stacks. Each stack includes a retrieval mechanism which picks the top article from the stack and inserts it into an inclined ladder. The inserted package then moves to the display station where the user determines whether or not the displayed article is to be vended. If the article is to be vended, an appropriate amount of consideration is inserted, counted, and the article is moved to a delivery station within the ladder. If the appropriate amount of consideration has, in fact, been received, the article is dispensed from the delivery station. Otherwise, the article will then be moved to a return station included within the ladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1986
    Assignee: Drewry Photocolor Corporation
    Inventors: David A. Rhine, Robert N. Ross
  • Patent number: 4574934
    Abstract: A newspaper display machine has a container and an access door pivotably mounted to the container. The door includes a transparent window large enough to expose the full length and full width of a newspaper. A pair of pressure plates are pivotably mounted on the inside of the door for retaining a display newspaper against a rear surface of the window. Closure springs bias the pressure plates and access door to their closed positions. The container is provided with retainer openings which receive lower corners of the pressure plates when the pressure plates and the access door are all in their opened positions, in order to hold-open the pressure plates and access door against the closure biases of the springs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1986
    Inventor: Ronald C. Voegeli
  • Patent number: 4566607
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bag dispenser for the storing therein and drop-down dispensing therefrom of shopping bags comprising a blank divided by fold line and slit lines defining a front wall, left and right side walls, back wall, back wall seal flap, left and right side bottom flaps, top cover, top cover lock flap, and left and right side top flaps. The blank is folded along its fold lines and is assembled to form a box-like structure. The front wall, correspondingly perforated in configuration, defines an inverted T-shaped panel which is removed via the resulting weakened tear line. Such removed T-shaped panel provides a horizontal slot portion through which the shopping bags may be dispensed one at a time and a centrally located vertical slot portion for determining the number of shopping bags stored in such dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1986
    Inventor: David L. Smith
  • Patent number: 4544081
    Abstract: A newspaper display machine includes a housing, a service access door mounted on the housing and carrying a coin-actuated unlocking device, and a paper access door mounted on the service access door. A locking mechanism includes a first lock for locking the service access door to the housing and a second lock for locking the paper access door to the service access door. A single key-actuated cylinder controls both the first and second locks for selective actuation. A pin which forms a horizontal hinge axis for the paper access door also forms a vertical hinge axis for the service access door. That pin is slidably removable from the housing to facilitate removal of the service access door from the housing. That pin, together with another pin plus two elements of the second lock, serve to support the service access door against forces imposed thereagainst when the paper access door is slammed shut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1985
    Inventor: Ronald C. Voegeli
  • Patent number: 4506776
    Abstract: A newspaper display machine has a container and an access door pivotably mounted to the container. The door includes a transparent window large enough to expose the full length and full width of a newspaper. A pair of pressure plates are pivotably mounted on the inside of the door for retaining a display newspaper against a rear surface of the window. Closure springs bias the pressure plates and access door to their closed positions. The container is provided with retainer openings which receive lower corners of the pressure plates when the pressure plates and the access door are all in their opened positions, in order to hold-open the pressure plates and access door against the closure biases of the springs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1985
    Inventor: Ronald C. Voegeli
  • Patent number: 4498603
    Abstract: A vending machine comprising at least one drum pivotably mounted about a vertical shaft comprises a front pane permitting the customer to view the articles contained in the drum. In order to increase the utilization of the compartments of the drum and the use of compartments of many different sizes, the front pane comprises an outer pane and an inner pane. The inner pane is pivotably mounted about the same axis as the drum. The outer pane covers the entire stack of drums, whereas each drum is associated with one inner pane. Each inner pane comprises a first pawl engaging a pin which is associated with each partition. This pawl may be made to disengage the pin by means of a releasing mechanism which is activated when the drum in question is activated by a switch. At the same time the outer pane is caused to rotate clockwise about the axis, which movement the inner pane is caused to follow as a consequence of a first dog engaging the outer pane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1982
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1985
    Assignee: Wittenborgs Automatfabriker A/S
    Inventor: Poul E. Wittenborg
  • Patent number: 4471885
    Abstract: A container for storing and displaying a reusable stack of cards bearing recorded information, comprising a four sided box, a cover hinged to one side of said box with a flange which, when the box is closed, fits over all four sides of the box, a transparent sheet mounted horizontally inside said box across the upper face of the box, a card-supporting shelf movable up and down within said box, a helical coiled spring positioned beneath said shelf to move said shelf and its stack of cards upwardly against said transparent sheet, a first horizontal slot in the hinged back side of the box for insertion of a card into the box and at the bottom of the stack of cards, a second horizontal slot in the opposite front side of said box positioned beneath the transparent sheet to permit the top card of the stack to be removed from the box, and mechanism mounted on the transparent sheet for engaging the top card of the stack and moving the card out of the box through the second slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1982
    Date of Patent: September 18, 1984
    Inventor: Domenick Mucciarone
  • Patent number: 4469245
    Abstract: A bulk loaded coin dispensing machine maintains a supply of coins to be dispensed in a bulk loaded magazine made up of a plurality of layers of coin rolls or tubes, each layer having plural rows and columns of coin tubes resting directly on each other, without intervening portions among the tubes. Coin tubes are stripped from the magazine a row at a time, and then carried by a transport conveyor and an elevator to a dispensing mechanism. The magazine carrier is movable independently of the stripper, conveyor and elevator to allow inventory replacement, and the stripper and conveyor are vertically adjustable in accordance with the decreasing height of the magazine as the coin rolls are dispensed. The stripper, conveyor, elevator and dispenser are operable asynchronously under control of a microprocessor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1981
    Date of Patent: September 4, 1984
    Assignee: Casino Technology
    Inventors: Leonard A. Fish, David Sverdlik
  • Patent number: 4446957
    Abstract: A coin operated gumball dispensing slide mechanism is disclosed which has a coin slide slidable over a base plate. The coin slide has a gumball dispensing wall, an aperture for passage of a gumball from a reservoir to the gumball dispensing wall, an actuator for moving the coil slide, a shoulder, and a portion defining a coin receiving slot. The coin slide is slidably mounted on a base plate which has a flexibly mounted locking dog for abutting the shoulder and locking the coin slide until a coin inserted into the slot disables the dog. When the coin is in the slot, moving the actuator moves the slide and the gumball is dispensed while the shoulder pushes the coin to a coin receiving aperture in the base plate and while a gate portion of the base plate intrudes on the gumball aperture to prevent gumballs from entering it during operation of the slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1984
    Assignee: Damon Corporation
    Inventors: Jerry L. Dohse, Peter A. Hess
  • Patent number: 4285443
    Abstract: A complete advertising and card dispensing module for insertion into a housing, having electrical connections for the module, includes a front face, for securing to the housing by a key lock for removing the entire module, with the front face having an advertising window and a card display window, and a push button switch for actuating a single card ejector. The card ejector includes a housing for a stack of cards with a smooth floor member with a card width and thickness card pusher gliding on the smooth floor to push a single card out an adjustable slot adjusted to the thickness of the individual card. The smooth floor being mounted generally horizontally but at a slight angle toward the slot. A solenoid actuator moves the card ejector from a position at the rear of the stack of cards to a position to push a card so as to partially extend out the slot for manual retrieve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1981
    Inventor: Eugene P. Winans
  • Patent number: 4274551
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing articles, particularly, but not necessarily, packaged food articles which are warmed within the apparatus. The apparatus comprises a storage zone, a dispensing zone and a conveyor for conveying articles between the storage zone and the dispensing zone. Articles are loaded into vacant holders in a loading zone and such loading is controlled by a detector which detects for the presence of articles in holders which are at any one time approaching the loading zone. A further detector detects for a vacancy in the dispensing zone and, if such vacancy exists, an article is transferred from an associated holder to the dispensing zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1981
    Inventor: Kevin J. Hicks
  • Patent number: 4236649
    Abstract: A vending machine which comprises a replaceable, transparent loading magazine forming an array of honeycombed slots holding the goods to be dispensed. The magazine is positioned upside down over a plate having a small trap door under each slot. A chute under the trap doors directs the food falling through the trap doors toward a dispensing slot. The trap doors are controlled by electrical signals generated upon selection of the goods by the customer. The selection is made by dialing on a numerical keyboard the identification of the slot holding the desired item. The selection is enabled by a signal issued from the coin box after acceptance of the correct change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1980
    Inventors: Van N. Fellner, Frank Ruskin
  • Patent number: 4232799
    Abstract: A vending device comprising a box-like housing subdivided in its interior by partitions which form an array of storage bins. A cover, releasably secured to the device, is formed with flexible, resilient projections, each projection partially covering a bin, permitting an article of merchandise therein to be withdrawn by upward flexure of the projection thereat. In one form of the invention the housing is retained on a stand therefor at an angle of about 45.degree.. In another form of the embodiment, the housing is retained adjacent a change tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1978
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1980
    Inventor: Richard W. Housman
  • Patent number: 4209108
    Abstract: An advertising display assembly having a plurality of modular card holder-ejector units each having a specific ad, mounted in an easily viewable face of a display cabinet. Each modular card holder-ejector unit having a holder for a stack of advertising cards and a single card ejector, illuminated advertising space, and an actuating button for the card ejector. Each modular unit is arranged for a quick and easy plug-in type replacement of a module in the display cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1980
    Inventor: Eugene P. Winans
  • Patent number: 4207992
    Abstract: A timing mechanism for dispensing medicine on a timed basis for a patient to remind the patient to take the medication. The device comprises a dispensing wheel having a plurality of medication storage compartments, which are labeled to indicate various times of the day and days of the week to receive the medicine. The timing device comprises an electric motor which drives a gear adapted to turn a transfer gear which in turn rotates a driven gear to move the compartmented dispensing wheel one compartment per time period to dispense medicine into a hopper for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1980
    Inventor: John H. Brown
  • Patent number: 4200201
    Abstract: A dispensing machine in which a carriage moves articles along the horizontal floor of a module toward a releasing mechanism by which the articles are dispensed one at a time. The carriage includes a drive wheel that engages a track on the module floor, the wheel being driven by a spring mounted on and carried by the carriage. Rollers on the sides of the carriage ride in guide channels on the sides of the module to hold the wheel in firm contact with the track so that the spring is wound when the carriage is pushed back within the module and the carriage is advanced as the spring unwinds. The module is open along the top so that articles can be inserted between the carriage and the releasing mechanism.A plurality of such modules are mounted on horizontally movable drawers that can be withdrawn from a cabinet for loading while a latch restrains each carriage at the rear of the module during loading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1980
    Assignee: Rod Pierce and Associates
    Inventors: Robert J. Collins, Richard R. Stutsman, Theodore C. Youngkin
  • Patent number: 4140242
    Abstract: A single-copy, coin operated, newspaper and periodical vending machine, specifically including a mechanism for regulating the size of the dispensing opening according to the thickness of the newspaper or periodical being dispensed, said mechanism being manually adjustable when the dispensing machine is loaded, further including a self-compensating spring-loaded mechanism for feeding a stack of newspapers or periodicals to the dispensing opening, and a display panel to permit viewing of the newspaper or periodical dispensed from the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1977
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1979
    Inventors: Robert F. Muller, Albert J. Dennerlein
  • Patent number: 4134519
    Abstract: A dispenser for elongate thin flexible articles that are stacked within a cartridge package is comprised of a cartridge holder to be vertically positioned and having a front access door and interior projections whereby a cartridge may be placed in the holder with the door open and maintained in a predetermined vertical position within the holder after the door is closed. The cartridge is provided with an opening at its lower end and the holder is provided with an opening at its lower end shaped to prevent the removal of an article unless it is gripped and flexed to conform to the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1977
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1979
    Inventors: Burton Barnett, David Brody
  • Patent number: 4132329
    Abstract: A dispenser for plastic cards is shown, which provides a sanitary protection to the cards yet enables the cards to be dispensed singly. The dispenser comprises a generally rectangular housing having an open bottom. The side panels of the dispenser are all made of transparent plastic material so that the contents are visible. A sliding panel is slidably provided at the open bottom. The sliding panel has a length shorter than the length of the open bottom whereby a free end of the sliding panel is spaced from the lower edge of one side panel of the housing to provide a predetermined gap therebetween. The lower edge of this side panel has a slanted portion sloping upwardly away from said open bottom to provide a guiding opening in the side panel. The plastic cards are fully enclosed by the housing and they may be removed therefrom one at a time through the open bottom and the guiding opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1977
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1979
    Inventor: Ronald G. Harrison
  • Patent number: 4131213
    Abstract: A magazine vending machine which is operable solely by manually activated lever mechanisms and without any electric devices. The machine is further characterized in that sample magazines displayed at a show-window are utilizable for sale by lever mechanisms which are automatically operable when the corresponding magazines other than the samples which are stocked for sale in the machine are exhausted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1976
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1978
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Tamura, Takeshi Togashi
  • Patent number: 4106668
    Abstract: A device for displaying and storing articles includes a wall structure which defines at least one chamber which is open at one end and which is adapted to receive in its interior a plurality of articles arranged one behind the other with one of the articles situated nearer to the open end of the chamber than the other articles. A pusher engages in the chamber that one of the articles which is most distant from the open end of the chamber, and a spring structure cooperates with the pusher to urge the latter toward the open end of the chamber so that the pusher tends to advance the articles out of the chamber through the open end thereof. A retainer structure is situated at the open end of the chamber for retaining the articles therein in such a way that the particular article which is nearest to the open end of the chamber can be manually removed therefrom, whereupon all of the articles are advanced by the pusher until the next article occupies the space previously occupied by the withdrawn article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1978
    Assignee: Kayser-Roth Corporation
    Inventors: Roland Gebhardt, Robert P. Gersin
  • Patent number: 4087020
    Abstract: A merchandising machine made up of a plurality of generally vertical panels extending from adjacent to the top of the cabinet to a location adjacent to the cabinet delivery opening and each of which panels supports upper and lower generally circular merchandise supply carriers having a plurality of radially extending article storage compartments and each of which carriers is adapted to be driven in the course of a cycle of operation of the machine to position a compartment to deliver its article to an escrow assembly adapted to be actuated to deliver an article from a display surface positioned behind a window in the cabinet to the delivery mechanism at the delivery opening. Each carrier is provided with an ejector adapted to be moved into the compartment positioned adjacent to the escrow assembly positively to move an article from the compartment to the display surface. A lock is provided for locking the delivery door of the delivery mechanism closed during a cycle of operation of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1976
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1978
    Inventor: Merrill Krakauer