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March 27, l192s.
` G; MURRAY- COIN FEEDING MECHANISM Filed Aug. 5. 192e 4 Sheets-Sheet l wmmmln March 27, 1928.
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F. G. MURRAY COIN FEEDING MECHANISM 4 Sheets-Sheet 5 Filed Aug. 5, 1925 litigi/5f W fr ma m am F. G. MURRAY COIN'FEEDING MECHANISM Filed Aue. 5. 192e Sheets-sheet' 4 Patented Mar. 27, 1928.
FRANK G. MURRAY, OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.
Application filed August 5, 192,6. Serial No. 127,209.
This invention relates to a single feed mechanism for the successivefdelivery of coins and tokens to the assorting and registry mechanism of a fare box of the type shown and described in the Murray Patent No. 1,499,187, dated Juiie'Qil, '1924, and the present improvement has for its object:
To provide. al structural formation and combination of parts and elements of a coin feeding mechanism, in which the coins and tokens deposited by the passengers as fares, pass into a receiver, fro-in which they are fed in a single and successive manner to an asserting mechanism operatively; associated with a registry or recording mechanism enclosed against unauthorized manipulation o r interference, with said coin feeding mechaiiism acting automaticallyto separate, reject and expel slugs, bent and defective coins or tokens to a point outside the apparatus, all as Will he1ein-after more fully appear.
In the accompanying drawings y Fig. 1, is a front elevation of the upper portion of a fare box having the present inventio-n applied, tlie front Wall ofthe fare box-housing being'removed to disclose the internal mechanism.
Fig. 2, is a rear elevation of thesame, with a like removal of the` rearvva-ll of the l housing.
F ig. 3, is an end elevation of the same, with a like removal of an end Wall of the housing.
Fig. Ll, is a detail elevation of the ratchet wheel and pawl of the intermittent feeding mechanism.
Fig. 5, is a detail top View of the holding shell or casing of the single delivery feeder mechanism.
dept-li plate, detached, and which constitutes the'bottom web of the receiving recess and channel foi-the acceptable coins and tokens ,in the coin feeding operation.r
Like reference numerals parts in the several views.-
The piesent invention is Vintended more. especially 'for use in connection with the assorting and registry type of fare. boxes, in which a closed main housing 1, and a super- .indicate like v imposed coin and token receiving hopper or casing 2, With Which 1s operatively 'associated a delivery mechanismy by which the deposited coins and'tokens are taken from' said casing 2, and delivered in a serial manner to an assorting mechanism 3, arranged in the interior of themaiii housing 1, along with the registry mechanism 4, and in some cases the electric mot-or 5, by which constant operation of the various mechanisms of the fare box is attained. In the construction shown in F ig. v1, the asserting mechanism 3 islof the reciprocating'multiple slide type shown and described in the aforesaid Patent No. 1,499,187, and the associated registry mechanism is of the initial ratchet Wheel and pawloperated type shown and described in said patent. .y
They novel and material portion of the present .invention consists .Wholly in a de` livery mechanism by'which the coins and tokens are fed singly and ina separated condition from the aforesaid holding casing 2, to the receiving throat 3 of .the aforesaid assorting mechanism of the fare box, and in the preferred construction .shown in the drawings, the` formation andv combination of vparts isas follows The holding chamber of the hopper or casing 2 is of a cylindrical form and is arranged in an inclined position, usually 459, to the normal horizontal position of the main housing 1 of the fare boX. At one side and near its lower portion, said holding chamber has communicationwith an angular inclined chute 6, the upper end of which has the foimof an open top vfunnel7, adapted to receivethe coinsland tokens deposited by the passengers, the coins descending by gravity into said holding chamber.
.Ordinarily the funnel 7,- is provided with the usual orificed partition 8, vthe orifices in which are of a lsize to admit the passage of the smaller and acceptacle sizes of coins and 4tokens the apparatus isdesigned to handle and prevent the entry of larger coins or other non-acceptable pieces.
The Wall 9 of the chamber of theA casingQ is also preferably of a circular form, with its upper edge formed to receive a fixed' transparent cover Vplate 10 of glass ortho like toI admit of a freevisual inspection of the coinswithin theholding chamber by the conductor or other partyin cliargt-n4 At its lower edge the v vall l9fis`formed with an annular bearing recess in which the rim ory acceptable coins, tokens andthe like margin of a rotary feeder disc 11, now to be described, is heldV in position andguided in its turning movement.
rIhe rotary feeder disc 11 above referred to has a fiat upper face tol constitute, the bottom surface of the chamber of the holding hopper 2 to form a support fory the main portion of the mass of coins and tokens which may be in said chamber. Near its margin said disc 11 is formed with a series of orifices 12- in concentric relation to the axis ofy rotation of the disc, with said o-rifices of a diameter' slightly greater than the diameter of the largest, coin or token the mechanism is intended to handle and so that in the normal rotation of the disc the orifices 12 thereofwill each receive a single coin or token andv carry the same up and aroundl from, a. lower point in the coiitainingy chamber to the hereinafter described outlet chiites whichopen into the upper por tion of-'said chamber. i
Beneath the aforesaid feeder disc, the circular wallfQofthe holdingvv hopper 2carries a fixed bottom plate or. head 13 upon whichA they feederdisc-llbears in its turning 4 movementwith the plate 13 forming a closure for the lower ends ofi the orifices 12 of said' feeder disc', except at the upper portion of the hopper, at which point said bottom plate 13 is cutaway to form al shallow cavity or, recess 11i intov which the coins and' tokens may passintheir serial upward travel towards the hereinafter described outlet or deliverychutes of the mechanism.V In the presenti construction the thickness ofthe bottom plate or head' 13is slightly greater than the thickness of the largest acceptable coin orftoken thev mechanism isV designed to handle, and'fso that; a spurious coin or token ofV a greater thickness than such largest' acceptable coin or"V token willl project above thetop surface ofthe plate 13for the purpose hereinafterI stated;
Beneath theV opening 14 of the bottoni plate or head,` 13 andforming a closure for the bottom of; said opening, a gauge plate 15 is securedto form the bottom wall of the above described'shallow cavity or recess 14. Said gauge plate is preferably formed as a separate piece and offa.' sector shape-as shown in Fig. 8, with .one end formed with a lsegmental opening 16 to constitute the entry to, or mouthof the discharge chute for the nonpassing through tlie mechanism. i
In the present improvement, a pair of out.- let or, delivery chiites 17 and 18 are fiXedly attached:atV their upper ends and' in side by side relation to the aforesaid gauge plate 15, with the mouth of the chute 17 in aligned relation with the uppermost orifice 1.2v` of the feeder disc 11 and adapted to receive through tlieiiitermediate recess or cavity 14"V aforesaid aiifacce'ptable `coin or token from said orifice and conductthe same downinto the asserting mechanism.y of the` fare boX. The mouth of" the companion chute 18`is in communication with the aforesaid segmental opening 16 of. the gauge plate 15 and is entry mouth of the primary chute 17j', which has communication with the lower part of.'
the cavity as rshown in Fig. i. Accordingly the particular orifice 12 ofl the rotary feederx disk '11, wili' maintain carrying engagement with the spurious coin or token to carry the same to a separate point andlintoa second,-
ary chute: 17,' which has communication with,
the cavity or recess lhthrough itsbottoin wall, or plate r15 aforesaid, In such c0iistruction the chute 17' is in advance ofthel chiite 18, in the path of Vcirculartravel of the feeder disc 11, so that, thecliute 17 re-` ceives all the acceptable coinsand' tokens to conduct the same down into theopentop of.y the vertical coin and token*receiving` channel 3 of an asserting, mechanism 3such as shown in the aforesaid PateiitNo. 1,it99`,1,87,I while the companion chute 18 is located fui-v ther along in the Vpath oft-ravelof the feeder disc 11, and receives allithe'iinperfect coins,
etc., that areVrejectedby4 thevabove describedy formation of the mouth or ventry to the `aforesaidchute 17, to conductl saidiinperfect coins, etc., to a suitable and accessible outside point.
The inclined '.positionof thev holding hop-i per while acting to maintain the massV off contained coins and tokens by, gravity in the lower portion ofthe containingr chainber, also acts to lmaintain by gravity eachl single coin or token in an individual orifice 12 of the feeder disc 11 inthe heretofore described transfer of coins and tokens from the lower portion of the containing chamber;
to the upper and,outlet.portion thereof, and
so that any coin or token not properly er.-y
gaged by an orifice 12, after partialupwardi carriage will'slip down byV gravity intQth@ lower portion of the containing chamber.
andwith a view to aid in 'such downward'M slippage of such coins or tokens,I the inargins of the series` ot orifices ,12'of' the feeder disc 11, have acliamferedformation 1 2 bv,- nieans ofl whichthelioldingr edge of' eachy oriiice 12 is reduced to a thickness approximating', the thickness of the smallest acceptr able coin the apparatus is designed'to handle, andro thata second smaller acceptable coin or tokenniay not lodge upon the smaller coin or token insaidorifice 1 2jandhaveholdr ing engagement with the margin ofsaidiorifice and be` carried aroundv with,l the saine.
In consequence said second coin will slide by gravity backf'into' .the lower-portion of the containing' chamber.
W'ith a view to maintainingthe mass of coins and tokens in the lower portionof the containing chamber in proper engagementv relation with the orifices of the feeder disc Il, aller piece 19 of a semi-lunar shape, triangular in cross-section is fixed in the lower port-ion of the containing chamber adjacent to the transparent front wall l() of the same as shown, and acting to prevent any coins or tokens from lodging or sticking in lower forward portion of said containing chamber.
A step by step intermittent movement of the feeder disc ll, with each `step equal in extent with the distance between the centers ofthe two adjacent orifices l2 of said disc, with a View to obtain a period of rest for each orifice l2, when said orifice is in communicating register with the chute 17 to attain a more effective and certain 'passage of the contained coin or token into faidchute, is attained by means as follows: Y
A counter-shaft 2O journallcd in the fare box housing l carries in addition to 'the feeder disc ll a ratchet wheel 2l with which is associated an loperating -pawl 22 and 'a holding pawl 23, with the operating pawl 22 receiving' reciprocation through .a connecting rod 24 from a crank pin of a crank disc 25 on a constantly rotating shaft 26 having worm gear connection 2T with the armature shaft of the electric motor 5 of the fare box. Having thus fully described'my invention what I claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is
l. In a coin and token feeding mechanism of the type described, the combination of a stationary casing formed with a circular receiving chamber arranged in an inclinedcpo- Vsition and provided with an inlet for coins and tokens, a closure head for the underside of said chamber cut away'near the upper end of said chamber to form a shallow recess, a
Y revolvable feeder disc having bearingon said closure and constituting the bottom surface of the aforesaid chamber, the said feeder disc having a circular series of receiving orifices n-ear its margin adapted to register with the aforesaid shallow recess in the closure head, a primary receiving chute connecting with said shallow recess and adapted to re'- ceive tokens only of a predetern'iined thickness or less, a secondary receiving chute connecting with said recess at a further point of travel ofthe feeder disk and adapted to receive tokens of a greater thickness than the aforesaid primary chute, and means for imparting rotation to said feeder disc.
2. In a coin and token feeding mechanism of the type described, the combination of a stationary inclined casing formed with a correspondingly inclined circular receiving chamber, an inlet chute attached to a side of the casing and'opening into said chamber, a closure head-for the underside of said chamber having a" segmental opening near the upper part of the casing, a. gauge plate secured beneath the last mentionedopening to form in connect-ion with the cut away portion of saidclosure head a shallow recess of a segmental form, a yrevolvable feet er ,disc constituting the bottomsurfac'e lof the aforesaidrchambcr, the said feeder disc having a circular series of receiving orifices near its margin adapted to register 'with the aforesaid shallow recess of the closure beach` a primary receiving chute connecting with said shallow recess, a secondary receiving chute connecting with said recess at a fur-A ther point of travel of the feeder disk, and means for imparting rotation to said feeder disc.
In a coin and token feeding mechanism of the type described, the combination of a stationary inclined casing formed with a correspondingly inclined circular vreceiving chamber, an inlet chute attached to a side of the casing' and opening into said chamber, a closure head for the underside of said chamber having arseginental opening near the upper part of the casing', a gauge plate secured beneath the closure head to formin connection with the cut away portionof ysaid i closure head a shallow recess of a segmental form, a revolvable feeder disc constituting the bottom surface of the aforesaid chamber, the said feeder disc `having a circular series of receiving orifices near its margin adapted to register with the aforesaid shallow recess and opening in the closure head, the orifices in the feeder disc having ra chamfered formation, a primary receiving chute connecting with said shallow recess, a secondary receiving chute connecting with said recess at a further point of travel ofV the feeder disk, and means for imparting roe tation to said feeder disc.
i. In a coin and token feeding mechanism of the type described, the combination of a stationary inclined casingv formed with a correspondingly inclined circular receiving chamber, an inlet chute attached to a side of the casing and opening into said chamber, a closure head for the underside olf said chamber having'a segmental opening near the upper part of the casing, a gauge plate secured beneath the closure head to form in connection with the cut away portion of said closure head a. shallow recess of a segmental form, a revolvable feeder disc constituting the'botto-m surface of the aforesaid chamber, the said feeder disc having a cirther point of travel of the feeder disk, a carrying shaft attached centrally to said feeder disc, a ratchet Wheel on saidY shaft,
van operating paivl associated With said underside of said casing cut away near the upper part of the casing, a gauge plate secured beneath the closure head to forni in conncctionwith thccut away portion of said closure head a shallow recess, a revolvable feeder disc constituting the bottom surface of the aforesaid chamber, said `feeder disc having a circular series of receiving orices near its margin adapted to register with the aforesaid shallow7 recess and opening in the closure head, the oriiices in the feeder disc having a chamfered formation, a primary receiving` chute connecting` with said shallow recess, a secondaryreceiving chute connecting` with said recess at a further point of travel of the feeder disk, and means for imparting rotation to said feeder disc.
6. In a coin and token'feeding mechanism of the type described, the combination of a stationary inclined casing formed with a correspondingly inclined'circular receiving chamber, an inlet chute attached to the side of the casing and opening into said chambei', a transparent closure plate at the upper side of said casing, a semi-lunar filler triangular in cross section fitting the lower end of the chamber adjacent t the transparent closure plate, a closure head at the underside of said casing cut away near the upper part of the casing, a. gauge plate secured beneath the closure head to form in connection with the cut away portion of said closure head a shallow recess, a revolvable feeder disc constituting` the bottoni surface ofthe aforesaid chamber, said feeder disc having a circular series of receiving orifices near its margin adapted to register With the aforesaid shallow recess of head, a primary receiving chute connecting with said shallow recess, a seconda-ry receiving chute connecting with said recess at a further point of travel of the feeder disk, and means for imparting rotation to said feeder disc.
Signed at Chicago, Illinois, this th day of July, 1926.
FRANK G. MURRAY.