Dispensing From Staggered Stacks Patents (Class 221/67)
  • Patent number: 10068436
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system and method for multidirectional dispensing of media at a self-service terminal (SST) are generally described herein. A method for dispensing media at a SST may include rotationally pivoting a first arm of a media dispenser of the SST away from a second arm of the media dispenser to receive media in a first direction, and activating a first set of rollers of the first arm to dispense the media in a second direction, the second direction at an angle generally orthogonal to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen W. Swaine, Andrew Colley, Derek Pont
  • Patent number: 8574510
    Abstract: In some aspects, an analyte sensor is provided for detecting an analyte concentration level in a bio-fluid sample. The analyte sensor has a base with first and second ends, a concave recess in the first end, a second end receiving surface, and a sidewall extending between the ends. An electrode may be provided on the receiving surface with an electrochemically-active region coupled to the electrode. A conductor in electrical contact with the electrode may extend along the sidewall and may be adapted to be in electrical contact with a first contact of an analyte meter. Manufacturing methods and systems utilizing and dispensing the analyte sensors are provided, as are numerous other aspects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Bayer Healthcare LLC
    Inventors: Igor Gofman, Robert S. Sams
  • Patent number: 8100292
    Abstract: A vending machine includes a plurality of column walls that collectively define an associated plurality of stack areas for storing product containers. The column wall includes various, vertically spaced and fore-to-aft extending stiffeners embossed into the column wall. The integral stiffeners eliminate the need for any additional discrete stiffener parts and fasteners. In addition, the integral stiffeners advantageously permit thinner material to be employed in forming the column walls, thereby improving the entire manufacturing process. Preferably, one of the stiffeners constitutes a decoupling member which isolates a bottom portion of the column wall from a top portion and substantially prevents bow forces from transferring into a dispensing region of the column wall. Furthermore, each of the column walls is integrally formed with an alignment member or louver structure in the form of a guide element or flange which provides for proper product positioning through a vending area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Crane Merchandising Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Hayward Kelly, Edmund Scott Richardson, Terring M. Ware
  • Patent number: 7980417
    Abstract: A product merchandiser stores a plurality of products, dispenses products one at a time and produces a sound when a product is dispensed. The product merchandiser may include a housing, a track, a door and a structure that produces sound. The housing has a proximal opening. The track may be disposed within the housing and directs products towards the proximal opening of the housing. The door is disposed near the proximal opening of the housing. The door pivotally connects to the housing and is movable from a first position to at least a second position. When the door is in its first position, a product is held at least partially within the housing. When the door is in its second position, a product is removable from the housing. The sound-producing structure produces a sound when the door is moved between its first position and its second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Display Technologies
    Inventor: Daniel C. Riley
  • Patent number: 7823733
    Abstract: An article display tray is provided with a movement guide device, wherein cylindrical articles can move more smoothly in a communication portion of the article display tray, via which the pair of storage chambers are communicatively connected to each other, and further wherein an increase in size of the article display tray can be avoided. A pair of left-right force-applied portions and an arraying guide surface positioned between the pair of force-applied portions are formed on a rocking member positioned inside the rear-end communication portion of an article display tray. When one of the pair of force-applied portions is pushed rearward by a cylindrical article that is placed in one of a pair of left-right storage chambers, the other force-applied portion pushes forward a cylindrical article that is placed in the other storage chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: System Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: Minoru Futori
  • Patent number: 7793769
    Abstract: The present invention provides a vending machine that converts a force applied from a manual operation means into an electric power, and operates by utilizing the electric power as a source of power. A drive force generation/transmission mechanism includes a generator (45) that generates the electric power by utilizing the force applied from the manual operation means (9) and motors (49-55) driven by the electric power generated by the generator (45). Article moving mechanisms (63-69) are constructed to operate by utilizing the output of the motors (49-55) as the operation source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Kumabe, Minoru Honjo
  • Patent number: 7447605
    Abstract: A system and method for calibrating a vending apparatus is provided. A vertical base reference position of a selector arm is stored, wherein the vertical base reference position corresponds to one of a plurality of rows in a cylindrical storage device. A horizontal base reference position is stored, wherein the horizontal base reference position corresponds to a compartment identifier identifying a compartment within each of the plurality of rows. A position of the selector arm corresponding to a media storage compartment is also stored, wherein the position comprises a vertical position and a horizontal position. A motor is initiated to move the selector arm along a vertical axis, wherein a movement of the selector arm results in one of an increment and/or a decrement to the vertical position of the selector arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Redbox Automated Retail, LLC
    Inventor: Franz Kuehnrich
  • Publication number: 20080169305
    Abstract: An improved can/bottle vending mechanism made from self-lubricating thermoplastic resin, that includes a positionable wall and ramp that aligns bottles and cans for reliable dispensing during a vend, regardless of can or bottle dimensions within a rage is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Applicant: DB DESIGN INCORPORATED
    Inventor: William Charles Stevenson
  • Publication number: 20080135573
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing rubber bands is disclosed, the dispenser comprising a lower container and an upper container. The lower container is open at a top end thereof and comprises at least one side wall and one bottom wall. The bottom wall has an upward facing inner surface. The upper container is likewise open at a top end thereof, and comprises at least one side wall and one bottom wall. The bottom wall includes an aperture therein and a downward-facing outer surface. The lower container encompasses a larger volume than the upper container, the difference between the volume of the two containers being essentially the storage volume for rubber bands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventor: Stephen Cotsalas
  • Publication number: 20080099498
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sheet material dispenser with at least two compartments (37) for accommodating sheet material, in particular in the form of brochures. The compartments are formed using staggered module components which are arranged one behind the other. The module components can be joined together through a movement directed initially perpendicular and then parallel to the rear wall (4) of the compartments and can be released again. In order to be able to manufacture the sheet material dispenser with a low expense of material, according to the invention the module components are formed from trays (1), which consist of a rear wall (4), two side walls (5, 6) and an end wall (7) forming their lower end. Furthermore each tray (1) has in the region of the edges of its two side walls (5, 6) facing away from its rear wall (4) in each case at least one protrusion (9) directed towards the tray interior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Inventor: Horst-Werner Maier-Hunke
  • Publication number: 20080093376
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser is disclosed and claimed. The unit comprises a housing, within which is mounted an impeller for engaging and urging beverage containers such as cans or bottles toward a housing opening. The impeller and the beverage containers are urged toward the housing by a biasing means such as a spring. Curved restraining formations such as fingers are located near the housing opening so as to engage the sides of the beverage containers and restrain them from movement out of the container until they are pulled out through a housing opening by the beverage dispenser unit operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2006
    Publication date: April 24, 2008
    Inventor: Craig Balkin
  • Patent number: 7150375
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for storing slides in an angular, offset or fanning arrangement. The apparatus includes a base member and two support members. At least one of the base member, the first support member, and the second support member is arranged at an angle. With this configuration, the plurality of slides are angularly stacked on the base member and between the first and second support members. A bottom slide of the plurality of slides is dispensed through a slot defined between one of the lateral support members and the base member. The fanning arrangement can be a vertical fanning arrangement, a horizontal fanning arrangement, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Cytyc Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen L. Fichera
  • Patent number: 6794634
    Abstract: For ensuring that a vending machine motor will continue to operate until a product has descended through a vending space or an established time interval has elapsed, an optical beam is established across the vend space through which a product must drop. A change in beam intensity is detected. By preference infra red light is emitted at one focal point of an elliptical reflector, and detected at the other focal point. The light is emitted in pulses in the preferred embodiment, and the optical sensing system has automated calibration and error detecting functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Automated Merchandising Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Hair, III, Kyriakos P. Spentzos
  • Patent number: 6685051
    Abstract: Cooling apparatus and releasing system for beverages in containers, by which beverages in containers may be withdrew from the refrigeration with no need to open the front door, having wired vertical devices inside the refrigerated apparatus set, wired devices being able to comprise beverage cans, which are released for consumption through a by-hand operating lever, being conducted by gravity to a front tray, inferior and horizontal; the beverage in containers is kept entirely cooled all the time, not having thermal exchange between the refrigerator inside and the environment because there is not an accessing door with wide opening, which brings high electrical energy saves for the location, as well as minor maintenance services of the apparatus and of the compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Hussman Corporation
    Inventors: Jony Marcelo Zangari, Andre Elio Rohloff, Graziela Bertoni, Marco Antonio Tadeu Ribeiro, Eduarde Nicolai
  • Patent number: 6513887
    Abstract: This retainer system for a vending machine compartment includes a retainer having an upper hook wall connection which interfits a selected upper slot and a lower tab wall connection which includes a spring clip which interfits a selected lower slot aligned with an associated upper slot, the upper and lower slots being arranged in staggered rows to facilitate installation in a vertical orientation of the retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignee: Coin Acceptors, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas S. Paczkowski, John E. Dundon
  • Patent number: 6199721
    Abstract: A system for dispensing an irregularly shaped article for retail sale includes a package assembly and a dispensing assembly. The package assembly includes an inner packaging portion and an outer packaging portion. The outer packaging portion defines a cylindrical cavity. The inner packaging portion is disposed within the cylindrical cavity. The inner packaging portion defines a cavity for receiving the irregularly shaped article. The inner packaging portion preferably includes at least one cylindrical portion matingly received within the outer packaging portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Dunham, Kirsten M. Smith
  • Patent number: 5967364
    Abstract: A large product vending system which allows for the dispensing of large diameter product from a vending machine is presented. The system includes a dispense mechanism associated with the existing column walls and columns defined therebetween of a machine used for smaller diameter product. A motor and a link arm are associated with each column and control the operation of a cradle which holds the product within the column while positioning one of the products for dispensing upon actuation of the dispense mechanism. The cradle includes opposed end plates which are connected at each end thereof by a blocking bar and a dispense rod. When the cradle is cycled, the dispense rod releases the lowest product while the blocking bar engages the next product to be dispensed. After the cycle of the motor allows the product to be dispensed to clear the dispense rod, the blocking bar is moved out of the way of the next product which is then held in place by the dispense rod and one of the column walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Dixie-Narco, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon L. Swanson, Alvin V. Russell
  • Patent number: 5893482
    Abstract: A rocker, which is pivotable for dispensing products and has a lower product support part, is arranged at the bottom of a product shaft in a product-dispensing device of a vending machine. To achieve trouble-free dispensing even in the case of bottles or cans made of a soft material, an upper product support part is formed by an attachment mounted tiltably on the rocker. A stop device, by which the rocker pivots the attachment with it, is provided between the rocker and the attachment. A free-running angle is provided between the rocker and the attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1999
    Assignee: Sielaff GmbH & Co. Automatenbau Herrieden
    Inventor: Dieter Lang
  • Patent number: 5848724
    Abstract: This anti-bridging system for vending machine storage compartments having a relatively tapered walls leading to an exit, includes a relatively narrow elongate member attached to one of the walls and arranged to tilt the longitudinal axis of a container in the vicinity of the baffle area out of parallel relative to the baffle and also relative to the axes of adjacent containers. This arrangement facilitates the downward travel of the containers toward the exit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1998
    Assignee: Coin Acceptors, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Uzzle, Joel D. Wiesner
  • Patent number: 5806712
    Abstract: A vending machine for dispensing beverage containers having a cylindrical side wall forming a body and a neck extending from the cylindrical body. The body has a groove formed therein and extending around the circumference of the body. The vending machine includes at least one chute for storing and dispensing the containers. The chute has a loading end located at an upper end thereof for receiving the containers and a delivery end at a lower end thereof for delivering the containers to a delivery area of the vending machine. The chute has at least two sequential paths. A first path extends generally at a downwardly sloped angled position from the loading end of the chute. A second path extends generally downwardly at an angled position from the first path so that the containers roll along the chute towards the delivery end of the chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: Crane Co.
    Inventors: Carl H. Siemsen, Robert A. Abt, Robert John Reese
  • Patent number: 5799823
    Abstract: A device for releasing the products in a vending machine includes a structure for containing the stack of products consisting in a front plate (1) and a rear plate (2) to which two flanks (3a, 3b) and two walls (4a, 4b) are secured, a pair of rocker levers (5a, 5b) and a revolving basket (6) being rotatably mounted inside structure for alternately supporting the two staggered columns forming the stack of products and for releasing the products. The driving components, which impart a unidirectional revolving motion to the basket (6), and the controlling components of the rockers (5a, 5b), which consist in a pair of cams (14) which rotate at half the revolving speed of the basket (6), are positioned outside said structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: Vendo Italy S.p.A.
    Inventor: Antonio Feltrin
  • Patent number: 5529207
    Abstract: This retainer system for vending machine storage compartments includes opposed compartment walls and opposed elongate retainers selectively connected to associated compartment walls in adjustable relation lengthwise of the containers to engage selected contoured containers intermediate the length thereof to provide a stop inhibiting axial movement of said selected containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1996
    Assignee: Royal Vendors, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Oden, Thomas E. Uzzle
  • Patent number: 5511688
    Abstract: This vending machine dispensing assembly (10) for dispensing containers of different diameter includes a storage compartment (1) having an exit passage defined by a turnstile member (20) on one side and an arcuate stop member (30) on the other side. The stop member (30) is disposed in adjustable relation from the fixed axis (22) of the turnstile member (20) to determine the diameter of the articles passing therebetween. The stop member (30) is adjustably mounted between the end walls (16, 18) of the compartment (1) on upper and lower rods (32, 34).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1996
    Assignee: Coin Acceptors, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Duncan, Larry D. Lee, Kenneth W. Oden
  • Patent number: 5289943
    Abstract: A gravity feed dispensing holder which is adapted to receive and dispense cans directly from the open end of a multi-can carton. The open end of the multi-can carton fits into the holder which supports the carton on its side so the long axes of the cans are horizontal and at right angles to the direction of movement of the cans toward the open end of the carton. The holder tilts the carton towards its open end to cause gravity flow of the cans toward the open end of the carton into an outer extension of the holder. The holder substantially surrounds the bottom side, the open end and the lower front portion of the top and bottom of the carton. The outer extension of the holder has an upwardly facing opening from which the cans are successively removed. Gravity feed of the cans confined in the carton causes them to roll towards the opening for dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1994
    Inventor: Philip M. Powell
  • Patent number: 5238097
    Abstract: A serpentine-type merchandise storing and dispensing column used for an automatic vending machine has a pair of opposing, generally vertically disposed wave-formed walls forming a serpentine merchandise storing space therebetween. Each wall includes a plurality of arcuate boards pivotally coupled to a frame and are disposed generally vertically in succession. The arcuate boards of one wall are disposed in a staggered arrangement with respect to the levels of the arcuate boards of the opposing wall. Each arcuate board is urged by a tension-spring so as to pivotally swing into the serpentine merchandise storing space. Thus, the board cushions descending merchandise in the serpentine merchandise storing space. Each arcuate board has a plurality of vibration absorbing slots and a plurality of beads between, and in parallel with, the slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1993
    Assignee: Sanden Corp.
    Inventors: Tohru Kanbe, Kiyoaki Yoshii, Hirokatsu Kaneko, Takeshi Onda, Masauki Taguchi, Masayuki Toriba
  • Patent number: 5211309
    Abstract: A bottled beverage vending machine storage column modified by including a controlled containment system to dispense irregularly shaped bottles having spherical surface areas from a dispenser tray at the bottom of the column for discharge of the bottled beverages from a collection door without damage to the bottles. The controlled containment system includes a pair of opposed bottle neck guide tracks, one of which is adjustable in width to provide for temporary holding of the bottles in suspension and the other of which includes removable and telescopic segments, to keep the bottles from turning sideways when the bottles are stacked alternately, neck to bottom in a stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1993
    Assignees: FAB Design Concepts, Inc., Nutrivend, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard D. Crook
  • Patent number: 4997105
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device for storing a plurality of gloves and for individually dispensing the gloves. The invention allows a user to easily retrieve a single glove while the remaining gloves are shielded from contamination by the user and from the surrounding environment. The present invention includes a container having a dispensing aperture formed thereon. A plurality of gloves is disposed within the container. A shield is provided to cover the aperture when a glove is not being retrieved. A hinge, or other structure, is provided which allows a user to move the shield to an open position when retrieving a glove and which will return the shield to a closed position upon removal of the user's hand. The present invention has particular advantages in environments such as dental offices and other locations where contaminants may be present and where it is necessary to protect the stored gloves from such contaminants until a glove is dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1991
    Assignee: Ultradent Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Dan E. Fischer
  • Patent number: 4986615
    Abstract: A vending apparatus for facilitating passage of a vendable object through a vending machine, the apparatus including a main body borne by the vending machine and mounting a pair of ribs which are disposed in spaced relation one to the other and which are individually adapted to support the vendable object in spaced relation to the main body, the ribs operable substantially to inhibit the vendable objects from bridging with adjoining vendable objects and thereby increasing the reliability of the vending machine so equipped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1991
    Assignee: The Vendo Company
    Inventors: Larry E. Hieb, Gregory A. Petrie, Daniel S. Carter
  • Patent number: 4940161
    Abstract: A ramp apparatus for causing a plurality of containers disposed in a staggered stack column to converge into a single stack column for subsequent dispensing by a single column dispensing mechanism, the ramp apparatus having an upper edge of a configuration such as not to contact a substantial portion of a container passing thereover at any one time and a supporting surface operable to cause the containers to converge to form the single stack column in a minimum of vertical distance while simultaneously inhibiting the containers from bridging with adjoining containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1990
    Assignee: The Vendo Company
    Inventor: Larry E. Hieb
  • Patent number: 4927055
    Abstract: A space-to-sales vend rack including a plurality of adjacent vend columns having a wide range of respective storage capacities, the columns being configured for supporting products in vertical stacks therein and being arranged in groups to provide space for respective products commensurate with the anticipated sales of such products. Some of these columns are fixed within the vending machine in which certain of these columns are mounted for at least partial removal from the interior of the vending machine to provide access to all of the columns for loading them with the products to be dispensed and for maximizing the numbers of groups of columns which can be placed within a given interior space of a vending machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 22, 1990
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: Phillip B. Groover
  • Patent number: 4899906
    Abstract: The dispenser contains a rotary magazine comprising a plurality of radial sectors, each containing plates of food stacked on the top of each other. The configuration of the plates allows the bottom of one plate not to rest on the food contained in the underlying plate. The machine furthermore comprises an elevator adapted to convey the plate selected by the user to a pair of movable jaws adapted to place the plate outside the machine or in an oven. A window may be provided at the rotary magazine to allow a user to view the plates contained therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 13, 1990
    Assignee: Luigi D. Bella
    Inventor: Luigi D. Bella
  • Patent number: 4852767
    Abstract: A dispenser according to preferred teachings of the present invention is disclosed for use in a machine for vending generally cylindrical articles. The dispenser includes a generally cylindrical cradle rotatably mounted below the outlet of a storage enclosure. The enclosure is dimensioned to hold and store a plurality of articles in a serpentine column. The enclosure includes a guiding baffle for directing the bottom article into the outlet of the enclosure and an unweighting baffle which reduces the weight placed on the articles in the enclosure below the unweighting baffle and thus the weight transferred to the cradle by the article in the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1989
    Assignee: Edina Technical Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Dallas Humphrey
  • Patent number: 4763963
    Abstract: A storage rack assembly and vending channel structure for a vending machine that stores packages such as bottles and cans and feeds the same to a release mechanism upon the insertion of one or more coins or tokens in payment for the article. A release mechanism allows the product to travel down a vend chute and into a delivery port. Each channel is comprised of a pair of mutually opposing serpentine side members having a predetermined separation distance providing a storage column for both bottles and cans. The support surfaces of both members comprise side walls which are furthermore skewed or inclined from the horizontal downwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1988
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Scott C. Lauffer, Frank B. Golley, Don S. Summerville
  • Patent number: 4722455
    Abstract: A space-to-sales vend rack including a plurality of adjacent vend columns having a wide range of respective storage capactities, first columns are provided for supporting products in vertical stacks with the longitudinal axes of the products orthogonal to the vending machine face, other columns are provided for supporting products in vertical stacks with the longitudinal axes of the products parallel to the vending machine face. The products with axes parallel to the front face of the vending machine are supported on slide-out racks for ease of loading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1988
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: Phillip B. Groover
  • Patent number: 4714240
    Abstract: A lamina retrieval device for storing microfiche, holograms and other flat, sheet-like materials. A stack of laminae are retained in a cage formed by a plurality of guides, with the guides being so mounted as to retain the laminae in an angularly displaced disposition, with each lamina in a group of laminae being angled with respect to an adjacent lamina. To allow for the removal of a lamina, the guides may be formed as split pins so that part of each pin is movable to form an opening in the cage. The device can include fingers for holding a stack of laminae apart to allow removal of the desired lamina. Removal is accomplished in one embodiment through an airflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1987
    Assignee: Joyce Florence Spence-Bate
    Inventor: Harry A. H. Spence-Bate
  • Patent number: 4625893
    Abstract: A postage stamp booklet dispenser mechanism uses a multi-position gate cam, which rotates about a central axis and controls the opening and closing of opposed pairs of gate members through which the stamp booklets are dispensed. The operative followers of each pair of gates alternately move between dwell and rest positions to thereby provide corresponding open and closed modes of operation, resulting in the selective dispensing of single booklets from a criss-cross stack. By disposing one pair of gate members in a position slightly offset from the gate cam's central axis, one of the gate members of that pair receives a slight preferential opening position to insure that the booklet dispensed when that pair of gates is opened, falls in the proper orientation onto the chute of the dispenser mechanism. Between each dispensing cycle, all four gates return to their rest positions to prevent inadvertent dispensing and "jackpotting" of the entire stored group of booklets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1986
    Assignee: General Aero Products Corp.
    Inventors: Eli Reiter, Joseph R. Robson, Joseph W. Latinski
  • Patent number: 4586633
    Abstract: This dispensing machine rack assembly is formed from a pair of complementary, individually molded rack portions interconnected in face-to-face relation to define a plurality of generally vertical container-receiving compartments. Each rack portion includes a plurality of vertically spaced ramps extending beyond the connection face of the racks and disposed in staggered, overlapping relation to the ramps of the other rack portion to provide a serpentine path for the containers. A container entry opening is provided at the upper end of the rack assembly and a container dispensing opening is provided at the lower end of the rack assembly. Each lower end opening is provided with a door having a container-receiving bin and a control means associated with the door to control movement of a container from the lower ramp into the bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1983
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1986
    Assignee: Coin Acceptors, Inc.
    Inventors: Charlie R. Holland, Michael J. DelPercio
  • Patent number: 4583659
    Abstract: A cartridge dispenser having structure for securing two columns of cartridges within a housing so that they do not jostle about when the dispenser is used and including structure for guiding the cartridges to the cartridge dispenser opening in a manner which avoids jamming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1986
    Inventor: George L. Carter
  • Patent number: 4561564
    Abstract: An article dispensing mechanism for a vending machine includes at least one serpentine track comprising a pair of facing serially cusp-shaped vertical panels. These panels are attached to side plates of the machine and connected to one another by biasing springs in such a manner as to provide yielding horizontal mobility between opposed panels. This horizontal movement of the vertical panels absorbs the usual article impact which occurs during article loading and dispensing. Also, the article discharge control device is mounted to be vertically movable and biased upwardly to absorb impact shocks from the articles incident article dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1985
    Assignee: Sanden Corporation
    Inventor: Hideo Negishi
  • Patent number: 4460107
    Abstract: A vending or dispensing machine is disposable in modes for triple depth dispensing, double depth dispensing, and single depth dispensing. Upper and lower gating members or rockers are used to selectively release cylindrical articles such as cans or bottles from a storage compartment containing staggered tandem columns into a consumer accessible dispensing zone. The upper and lower rockers are moved by a drive plate which causes reciprocation of the rockers by way of drive pins. Removable retaining members are used for preventing premature release of center column cans and also provide an anti-theft feature. A removable gating piece is used to prevent the premature release of a rear column can. A freely swinging anti-theft bar has a stepped portion which keeps a can from being axially slid in the escrow zone disposed between the storage compartment and the dispensing zone, thereby preventing the unauthorized removal of the can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 17, 1984
    Assignee: Cavalier Corporation
    Inventor: James C. Lindsey
  • Patent number: 4456147
    Abstract: By displaceably, rather than fixedly, supporting selected track segments in the gravity-fed storage chamber of an automatic vending machine, the kinetic energy developed in the stored goods as they fall in the storage chamber is dissipated by the displaceable track segments in a damping fashion and the goods are not subject to shock and damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1984
    Assignee: Fuji Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Tominaga
  • Patent number: 4416363
    Abstract: A vending machine with separate lockable storage sections and an actuating key for insertion into the vending machine and unlocking the sections, the actuating key having a workable matrix, and a stamping mechanism which is actuatable by removal of an article from an unlocked section to mark an appropriate imprint on the matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1983
    Assignee: Electrolux Siegen GmbH
    Inventor: Sven Stork
  • Patent number: 4415301
    Abstract: A system for the handling of cassettes which are nested in a predetermined pattern to individually remove, orient and deliver each cassette to a work station and then nest in another predetermined pattern the cassettes having passed through the work station. The disclosed system includes an input hopper mechanism including a magazine and a gate, a track system for conveying cassettes from the hopper, a system for removing cassettes to a work station and returning the cassettes to a track, and an output hopper mechanism including an output magazine and a gate means for controlling the input and orientation of cassettes into the output hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1983
    Assignee: West American Sound, Inc.
    Inventor: Darrell W. Zielke
  • Patent number: 4354614
    Abstract: A cam driven dispensing structure for coin-operated automatic vending machines in which vertical gravity feed magazines accommodate a plurality of cylindrical articles, varying in diameter and length. A motor driven cyclicly operated dispensing mechanism is disposed beneath each magazine for receiving articles therefrom and for delivering single articles, as selected, to the customer; each dispensing mechanism being equipped to receive articles from one or more vertical stacks thereof stored in overdisposed compartments of the magazine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1982
    Assignee: Rock-Ola Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Floyd V. Bookout
  • Patent number: 4350264
    Abstract: A vending machine for thin flat sheet articles wherein the article release mechanism comprises two pairs of diametrically opposed swingable trap doors, the trap doors being mounted on respective door mounting blocks and wherein the door mounting blocks incorporate recesses for registering with the article magazine, and article guides automatically aligning with the lower end of the magazine and extending below the level of the doors, whereby to guide individual articles from the magazines through the trap doors to ensure a precisely regulated feeding of articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1982
    Inventor: Alois Muller
  • Patent number: 4335832
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing articles such as cans from adjacent staggered stacks thereof in a bin with the adjacent stacks having two corresponding columns of cans, a releasable support member for each column movable from an article support to an article release position, a linkage for dictating movement of both support members, a pivotally mounted latch plate for controlling movement of both support members and adapted to be disposed from a rest position to either a first position wherein the first support member is maintained in its article support position while the second support member is directed via the linkage to its article release position or a second position wherein the second support member is maintained in its article support position while the first support member is directed via the linkage to its article release position, an escrow bar rigidly secured to the latch plate and movable therewith whereby with the latch plate disposed in either its first or second position and the corresponding sup
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1982
    Assignee: Cavalier Corporation
    Inventor: Harry R. Payne
  • Patent number: 4036400
    Abstract: A vending machine has a compartment dimensioned to hold at least two columns of cylindrical articles with the articles in axial alignment, front to rear. A bail structure has upper and lower bail bars swingable about a central fore and aft axis, to opposite sides thereof. The lower bail bar, when in one lateral position, supports the bottom articles of both the columns while the upper bail bar supports all other articles in the compartment. The lower bail bar is laterally wider under the rear column than under the front column so that partial swinging of the bail releases the bottom article from only the front column and further swinging releases the bottom article of the rear column. An anti theft member hangs pendulously from the upper bail, in the front column, and serves to prevent movement of a rear column article resting on the lower bail from moving into the front column after an article in the front column has been released from the lower bail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1976
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1977
    Assignee: Dixie-Narco, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth W. Oden
  • Patent number: 4019650
    Abstract: A vending machine having a compartment dimensioned to hold two pairs of columns of cylindrical articles with the columns of each pair arranged with their articles in axial alignment, front to rear, and the two pairs being vertically staggered and horizontally overlapping. A bail structure comprises upper and lower bail bars swingable about a central fore and aft axis, to opposite sides thereof. The lower bail bar, when in one lateral position, supports the bottom articles of one pair of columns while the upper bail bar supports all other articles in the compartment. The lower bail bar is laterally wider under the rear columns than under the front columns so that partial swinging of the bial releases the bottom article from only the front column and further swinging releases the bottom article of the rear column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1975
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1977
    Assignee: Dixie-Narco, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth W. Oden
  • Patent number: 3934735
    Abstract: A system for enabling X-ray films, of the type primarily used in the dental and medical fields, to be handled in daylight for exposure to X-rays. The system utilizes identical film sheets emulsion coated on one or both faces, each sheet having a notch, displaced from the sheet center line, formed in one edge thereof. A stack of sheets is packed in an opaque envelope with the sheets being alternated so that all of the notches lie along a common stack edge arranged in two parallel rows, the notches in adjacent sheets lying in different rows. The system includes a light tight dispenser which receives the envelope and is capable of being operated to strip the envelope from the film sheet stack. The dispenser includes a pair of rotatable selector cams, each aligned with a different row of notches. A spring mounted back-up plate urges the film sheet stack against the selector cams with the two selector cams respectively bearing against notched and unnotched portions of the top sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1973
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1976
    Assignee: Productron, Inc.
    Inventor: Gunter Schmidt