US 1699608 A
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G. s. Qgoxa DIsPENsINs MACHINE Filed Marqh 10. 1928 2 Sheets-Shea?l ATTORNEY Patented Jan. 22, 1929.
UNITED f sTATss GEORGE s.' cooxE', or ALEXADRIABAY, New Y'oRK.
application iii-ea March 1o, 1928. f serial N6. 260,636.
The invention generally has reference to' hand actuated devices for dispensing articles one at a time as desired for use and primarily has for its object to provide a simple, attractive, sanitary and economically manu# actured device of the character stated which is adapted for dispensin soda water straws', or similar longitudinal gbodie's, and whe-rein means are provided for assuring'proper individual discharge of the articles, alltend# ency of the straws to turn askew in the device or to stick together near or in the discharge passage being obviated.
Other objects will in part be obvious and in part be pointed kout hereinafter.
To the attainment of the aforesaid objects and ends, my invention consists in the novel. details of construction, combination and arrangement of parts, all of which will be first fully described in the following detailed description, then be lparticularly,pointed out in the appended' claims, reference being had to the accompanying"k drawings, inwhich Figure 1 isa perspectiveview'of the'invention.
Figure 2 is a vertical 'cross section taken on the line 2-2 on Ifig'ii'ier,y the "parts/being shown in the straw disharging position in 'full lines. v
Figure 3 is an inverted plan view of the housing shell illustratingthe 'operating mechamsm.
Figure 4 is a'. transverse lsection fthe com-l plete device ta'ken on the line 4-44 nFigure 2.
Figure 5 is an enlarged di'agraminaticedge view of one of the straw holding and re'- leasing members yand"'illustrates its lIlation to the straw being 'discharged dringithe discharging action.
Figure 6 is 'a detail perspective viewof vone of the holding and releasing members per se.
In the drawings 1 designates the base of the device which includes beveled defining edges and a bottom plate 2toi which'the rectangular' body shell 3 is Vsecured through the medium of the fixed brackets 4 carried by the shell and the securing screws 5 which pass through apertures the bottom plate 2 and thread into sockets in the saidbrackets', see Figures 2' and 8. k
The open topl of the shellB isfcovered by a top' o'r cover plate G which is provided with depending positioning andv seering' brak'zletsv 7, one ot which is' apertured toffreceive `a keeper pin 8 which projects inwardly `from 'parts'are in -thevnormal orV at rest the'front wall 'of the shell near the top and the other thereof being provided with a threaded tapl to receive the securingscrew S? which'passesthrough a suitable aperture in the rear wall of the shell. See Figure 2.
l/Vhen mounting the cover 6 it is only necessary to bring' the apertured bracket and pin 8 into. engagen'ientv and,'when the rear edge of the said cover has been lowered to position, to mount the securing screw 9. The devices 7, 8 and 9' serve to properly position the ycoverGA and to hold it against inadvertent drop flange 15'v depending from the front'edge of the shelf and on theother or front side bv an abutment plate 16y which 'also' carries a dropflan'ge 17 "spaced from and in parallel relation withthe flange 15 lto orin-v the 'said yslotway,I and is spaced back from the window to provide asample displayl trough 18, see
vTnlrpose for which will presently'appear see yFiguresv I2, 3 yand 4. 7
A rckershaft 22 is rockably mounted in 'bearings 231 depending fronithevshelf 13 and one end of the said shaft 'is' projected through 'oneend wall of the shell'a'nd has an operat- ,ing' lever 24 secured thereupon yand a stop pin secured tothe-shaft within the shell as 'at 26 and is engaged by stops 27 secured to an end wall ofthe shell to limit the rocking Vmovement of the shaft 22. Two 'U-shaped rocker members h28 `have their bases pivoted as at 29' to the reinforce plate 19, and one side 'arm 30 of each member 28 lies in a plane for passing through thefslots 21 in the ydrop flanges 15 and 17, and the other arm 31 of Veach member 28'is` bent a's at 32 to lie below and acrossthe anges `15 and 17 whenV the y position to prevent falling f'straws through'the disl`rcharge"sltwayl 14. iSeeFigure 3.' At the 'of the shell and defined on one side by a llO .all
juncture of each arm 3() with the base each U-inember 28 is flexibly link-connected at 33 with a crank 34 secured at 35 on the rocker shaft 22, and another crank 36 is secured on the shaft 22 and is spring connected as at 37 to the shelf 13 and serves to normally hold the parts to the position illustrated in Figure 3 of the drawings.
Two bearing brackets 38 are secured to depend from the reinforce plate 19 and a bell crank agitator 39 is pivoted to each thereof and includes an upwardly inclined extension 40 adapted to work up and downthrough the transverse slots 20 in the shelf edge and to engage the straws adjacent the discharge slotway to agitate them and assure against sticking or mis-alignment thereof.
The agitators 39 are link connected at 41 to the cranks 42 secured at 43 on the shaft 22 so that when the shaft 22 is rocked the said agitators will be moved as and for the purpose described.
Normally the parts are kin the position illustrated in Figures 1 and 2 of the drawings with the rockable lil member arms 31 extending across beneath the drop flanges 15 and 17 and the discharge slotway defined thereby and serving to support the straws against discharge through the saidv slotway. As the operating lever 24 is forced downwardly the positions of the members 28 will be reversed from that shown in full lines in the said Fig ure 3 to the positions illustrated in dot and dash linesin the said figure, vor in other words, with the arms 31 withdrawn 'from across the slotway and the arms 30 inserted through the longitudinal grooves 21 and across the said slotway. The movement of the arms 30 and 31 is such that as the arms 31 are moved from beneath the singlestrawto-be-discharged the arms 30 will be moved beneath the remaining straws in the discharge slotway and will support themagainst discharge movement until the arms 31 assume their normal position above referred to upon release of pressure upon the operating lever 24 and the return action of the parts occasioned by the spring 37.. Y y
It will be observed by reference to Figures 2 and 5 of the drawings that the respective arms 31 and 30 operate on planes spaced apart a distance equivalent to the diameter of the straws ,so that at a certain ytime in the change of position in the said arms from that illustrated in full lines in Figure 3 to the positions illustrated in dot and dash lines in that figure, both arms of each member 28 will engage the straw being discharged and as they are moving in opposite directions as diagrammatically illustrated in Figure 5 of the drawings they will impart a partial rotation to the straw by frictional engagement such as will assure against any tendency of the straw to stick and will facilitate the proper discharge thereof 'from the slotway.
neeaeos By reason of the provision of the agitators 39 and 4.() and the peculiar cooperation of the arms 30 and 31 in effecting the release of a single straw while supporting the remainder of the straws, and also the provision of the abutment plate 16, all possibility of misalignment ofthe straws with the discharge slotway vor of sticking in warm weather is obviated.
As a straw leavesthe discharge slotway it falls onto an outwardly downwardly inclined plate 44 carried by the base and onto receiving hooks or fingers 45 which are spaced a considerable distance apart as isclearly illustrated in Figure 1 of the drawings. Of course, the front wall of the shell is pro vided withy a suitable opening 46 through which the straws may pass. i
By spacing the members 45 as shown in Figure 1 of the drawings it is made natural that a person graspinga straw should grasp it intermediately of its ends, thus discouraging unsanitary grasping of the straw atl either end. rllhis fact in connection with 'closure of the shell against the promiscuous handling of the strays renders the device desirably sanitary. n V
In the foregoing description I Ahave disclosed a simple dispensing structure, neat and attractive in appearance, dust-proof and sanitary. The device comprises three simple sections, namely a base, a maincentral section which carries the articles to'be dispensed and all operating mechanisms, and the re movable cover section. v l
While I have disclosed and described the ldevice as adaptable for use in dispensing soda water straws it should be understood that the invention may be employed for dispensing lead pencils, and matchesV or any other long thin articles, and by the addition of a .suitable coincontrol means the device may be utilized as a vending machine;
From the foregoing description, taken in connection with the accompanying drawings, it is thought that the novel details of construction, the manner of use andthe advantages of my invention will be readily apparent to those lates, y
What I clainris:
1, In a dispensing device, a base section, a shell section, and a cover section, means on said base section to receivea discharged article, said shell section having a discharge slotway, an article-supporting shelf in said shell section inclined to the slotway, an abutment plate delining the slotway in a directionA opposed to the direction of inclination of the shelf and spaced from the adjacent wall of the shell to provide a sample display trough, a window in the shell wall adjacent said groove, and means carried by the shell section for releasing articles through the slotway one by one desired for use skilled in the` art to which it re- 2. ln a dispensing device, an article containing shell section, said shell section having a discharge slotvvay, an article-supporting shelf in said shell section inclined to the slot- Way, an abutment plate defining the slotWay in a direction opposed to the direction of inclination of the shelf and spaced from the adjacent Wall of the shell to provide a sample display trough into which articles may move to be displayed therein but notl to be dispensed therefrom, a window in the shell Wall adjacent said trough, and means carried by the shell section for releasing articles through the slotway one by one as desired.
3. lin a dispensing device, a casing, spaced ianges forming a longitudinal discharge slotway therebetween, an inclined shelf delivering into the slotway, at least one of the flanges having transverse slotWays therein, a [Ll-shaped dispensing member having the base thereof pivotally mounted to rock about a vertical axis to alternately present the arms thereof across the discharge slotivay, one 0f said arms being disposed in a plane to operate through the transverse flange slotvvays and the other of said arms being bent down to operate in a plane beneath the flanges and spaced from the plane of movement of' the lirst mentioned arm a distance at least as great as the Width of the discharge slot, and operating devices including a link connected to the base of the dispensing member at one side of its pivot.
l. In apparatus for dispensing soda Water straws, a casing, spaced flanges forming a longitudinal discharge slotWay therebetween, an inclined shelf delivering into the slotvvay, at least one of said flanges having transverse slotvvays therein, a U-shaped dispensing member having the base thereof pivotally mounted to rock about a vertical axis to alternately present the arms thereof across the discharge slotivay withv at least one of the arms operating through the flange slotways, the arms of the said dispensing member being disposed in different parallel operating planes so spaced that the said arms Will engage the straw being dispensed above and below and by their reverse movement impart rotation to the said straw and prevent sticking thereof in the dischar 'e slotWay.
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