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Publication numberUS1767602 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 24, 1930
Filing dateApr 8, 1927
Priority dateApr 8, 1927
Publication numberUS 1767602 A, US 1767602A, US-A-1767602, US1767602 A, US1767602A
InventorsFred L Mills
Original AssigneeMills Novelty Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Coin-controlled vending machine
US 1767602 A
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June 24, 1930.. F, L, MILLS I 1,767,602

COIN CONTROLLED VENDING MACHINE Filed April 8, 1927 3 Sheets-Sheet 1 Jive/zir- Jw/ 9 M June 24, 1930. MILLS 1,76%602 COIN CONTROLLED VENDING MACHINE FiledApril 8, 1927 3 Sheets-Sheet 2 fldeizzbr- M QM June 24, 1930.

F. L. MILLS COIN CONTROLLED VENDING MACHINE Filed April 8, 1927 5 Sheets-Sheet '3 Patented done 24, 1930 FRED L. MILLS, OF OAK PARK, ILLINOIS, ASSIGNOR TO, MILLS NOVELTY COMPANY, OF

. CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, A CORPORATION OF ILLINOIS COIN-CONTROLLED VENDING MACHINE I Application filed April 8,

My invention relates to coin-controlled vending machines and more particularly to that type of such machines in which a plurality of legend-displaying wheels are provided in conjunction with the vending mechanism and adapted to be rotated by the actuation of the machine and to display, when they come to rest, a combination of legends having certain significance, as, for example, telling fortunes and indicating a certain number of premium coupons or checks to be delivered to the customer, the general type of machine referred to being well known and illustrated in a number of prior patents, as, for instance, Patent No. 1,586,455,

granted to me on May 25, 1926..

The principal object of the present invention is the provision of devices, in a machine of this character, for enabling the operator to control the final position of the legend displaying wheels, so that the result may be made to depend upon his sln'll, rather than upon chance.

Other objects and advantages of the 1nvention will be apparent as it is better understood from the following description, which, taken in connection with the accompanying drawings, discloses a preferred embodiment thereof.

Referring to the drawings,

Figure 1 is a front-to-back sectional new of a coin-controlled vending machine in which my invention is embodied;

Fig. 2 is a sectional and elevational view, taken substantially upon the line 22 in Fig. 1 and certain parts being broken away for convenience in illustration;

Fig. 3 is a detail plan and sectional View, taken substantially on the line 3-3 inFig.

- Figs. 4, 5 and 6 are elevational views of certain parts .of the mechanism, showing the operation of my improvements. 1

Upon said drawings, illustrating a preferred exemplification of my invention, the reference character 11 indicates a rock shaft, mounted in bearings 12 and extending transversely of a casing, said shaft being adapted to be actuated by means of coin-controlled mechanism, of any well known or preferred 1927. Serial N0. 181,946.

type, such, for example, as that shown in my prior Patent No, 1,586,455 above mentioned, said mechanism not being shown in detail in said drawings because it is well understood in the art and the particular construction thereof is not involved in the present invention. It will be understood that an actuating member, such as a hand lever, is provided on the outside of the casing and is normally locked, being released for actuation by the insertion of a coin in a coin slot, the mouth 14 of which is illustrated in Fig. 1. Rotation of saidrock shaft 11 in counterclockwise direction serves to raise an arcuate member '15 connected therewith, the forward and upper end of said member being provided with a pawl 16 adapted to engage simultaneously a plurality of ratchet wheels 17 mounted upon a transverse shaft 18 and being provided with a plurality of ratchet teeth, or shoulders, '19. Said shaft 18 consists of a plurality of nested tubular members upon each of which is mounted one of said ratchet members 17 and one of a series of legend bearing wheels or reels, indicated by the reference characters 21, 22 and 23. Upon return of the rock shaft to normal position, which preferably is acomplished by spring means, to be hereinafter described, the pawl 16 is moved quickly downwardly, thereby starting rotation of the ratchet wheels '17 and therewith the wheels 21, 22 and 23. Said wheels continue to rotate until their motion is arrested by devices which will now be described. 7 4

A star wheel 24 is provided in conjunction with each of the wheels 21, 22 and 23 and is adapted to be engaged by a head 25 upon an arm 26, one of which is provided in association with each of said wheels. Said arm 26, in the present instance, is composed of two pivotally connected sections 27 and 28, the latter being pivoted to a cross rod 29 at the lower front of themachine. A lateral extension 31, upon the arm section 27, extends rearwardly and is provided at its end with a lip 32, disposed above a cam member 33 projecting forwardly from the rock shaft 11. Said extension 31 is normally held in down a fixed point on the'frame. or any other suitable return spring arrangeposition by means of a spring '34, connected thereto and at its lower end to a fixed point 35.

The lower end of the arm section 28 is provided with a projecting part 36, to which, in the present instance, there is secured a side piece 37, having a lug or foot portion 38 on the bottom thereof providing a step for a purpose which will presently appear,

A horizontally movable bar 39 is pivoted at 41 in the lower rear part of the casing and is adapted to be moved forwardly, through means which will be later described, by rotation of the rock shaft 11, which also serves to lift the extension 36 upon the arm section 28 by means of the action of the cam 33 upon the member 31. This permits the bar 39 to be'disposed beneath the parts 36, 37 upon the several arm sections 28, said bar 39 being actuated from the rock shaft 11, which is rigid with a frame part including a downwardly extending finger 42'adapted to engage a lug 43 upon a pivoted plate 44, from which a link 45 extends forwardly and is secured to said bar 39 at 46. The bar 39 is thus moved forwardly against the tension of a spring 47, secured at one end to a hook 48 upon said lever and at the other end to a fixed lug 49, the movement of said bar being opposed to the action of a spring 51 secured at one end to a lug 52 upon the plate 44 and extending transversely of the casing, being secured to a fixed part at or near the other side thereof. Said plate 44 is pivoted at 53 upon a vertical shaft 54 and in' order that the return of the bar 39 may be properly timed, a governor mechanism, including a series of timing gears (not shown) may be provided in a housing '55, or otherwise associated with said shaft 54. The action of thespring 51 upon the plate 44 is thus controlled to prevent too sudden return of said plate and the bar 39, for a purpose which will presently appear.

The rock shaft 11 is adapted to be returned to normal position by means of a spring 56, secured at one end at 57 to the cam 33, rigid with said shaft 11, and at the other end to This spring,

ment, serves to actuate the pawl 16, which, as previously explained, is elevated by-the rocking of the shaft 11. The return movement of said shaft thus causes said pawl to move downwardly with a quick motion,

starting the ratchet wheels 17 to rotating.

Referring now to Fig. 3, it will be noted that lugs 59 and 61 are provided upon the bar 39, which is also provided with a down wardly extending stop lug 62, having ade pending portion 62. It'will be noted that. the parts 36, 37 upon the bottom of the arm sections 28, upon being elevated by the action of the rock shaft cam 33, upon the extension 31 of the arm section 27, with which said section 28 is connected by means of a I stop lug '63 upon said arm section 28, are disposed above the bar 39,"with which they are held in contact by the spring 34, which acts as the rock shaft returns to normal position.

The action of the rock shaft cam 33 just referred to obviously disengages the head 25 upon the arm 26 from the star wheel 24 and it remains so disengaged so long as said parts 36, 37 are held in elevated position by the bar 39, the arm sections 27 and 28 being held in rigid relationship during this time, or by a lock bar 64, pivoted at 65 to the arm extension 31 at one end and at the other end secured at 66 to a vertical link 67, which is arm section 28, to hold the latter normally in rigid relation with the arm section 27. Said lock bar is held in engagement with said pin 74 by means of a spring 75, secured at one end to said bar and at the other end to a laterally projecting lug 76 upon the arm 0 section 28.

Referring to Fig. 4, it will be observed I that the lower end of the link 67 is arranged just above a bracket 77, supported from the frame so that it is impossible to disengage the lock bar 64 when the parts are in the position shown in said Fig. 4, namely with the foot part, of lug, 38 of the member 37 in engagement with the bar 39.

When, however, said bar 39 is moved suf- 10o ficiently toward normal position to permit the foot or step members 38 upon the projection 36, 37 at the left in Fig. 3 to drop off said bar, as'shown in Fig. 5, suflicient clearance is provided between the lower end of said link 67 and the bracket 77 to permit said link to be depressed, by means of a manually operable button 78, having a shank 79 extending through the casing 13 and acting upon the arm 69, to disengage said 1 lock bar 64 from the pin 74, whereupon the spring 34 causes the arm section 27 which is pivoted at 81, to the arm section 28, to

turn on its pivot, causing the head 25 to engage the star wheel 24 associated with the reel 23 at the left of Fig. 2. As the bar 39 continues further toward its normal position, the unit 36,37 associated with the looking arm 26, 27 28, for the center reel 22,

permits a similar action to that just describedfor stopping said center reel, and the same thing happens with the mechanism associated with the reel at the right in Fig. 2, namely reel 21, when the right hand unit 36, 37 drops off the lug or projection 61 at v the right of the bar 39. One of the buttons 78 is provided for each of the reels. As said bar 39 moves further back towards normal position, the front ends of the members 36 successively drop ofi said bar, whereupon 13o ator at any time after the foot 88 of the mechanism associated with any particular button 78 has become disengaged from said bar 39. The operator may,,therefo're, by the exercise of skill and speed {in action, himself control the final position of the reels 21,. 22, 23, and thus bring about a desired combination of the legends 82 provided upon the reels...

All indicator 83, of the usual type, is provided at the front of the machine to indicate numerically the results of the operation, this indicator being visible through a widdow (not shown) in the .casing 13 and being operable in well known manner by mechanism generally indicated at 84:, which is actuated by any suitable mechanism for the purpose, which is not shown since it is well known in the art. Such mechanism is preferably actuated from the rock shaft 11 and I have shown in the drawings a lever 85, which is adapted to be actuated by a in 86 upon the member 15 carried by said rock shaft 11, said lever being connected by a link 87 with the indicator mechanism just referred to.

A vending chute 91 is ordinarily provided at the front of the machine, as shown in Fig.

1, and the vending of articles therefrom is,

controlled by the coin-controlled mechanism in well known manner.

Suitable tension is provided upon the tubular nesting shafts 18 by means of springs 88, the tension upon which is variable by means of adjusting screws 89 mounted in a bracket 91 upon a frame part 92, which provides bearings 93 for said shaft 18.

It is thought that the invention and many of its attendant advantages will be understood from the foregoing description, and

it will be apparent that various changes may,

be made in the form, construction and arrangement of the. parts without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention,

or sacrificing all of its material advantages,

the form hereinbefore described being merely a preferred embodiment thereof.

I claim: 1. In a coin-controlled machine, the combination of a rock shaft, a plurality of legend-displaying reels, means actuated by said rock shaft for starting rotation of said .'reels,automatic means for stopping the rotation of said reels to present varying combinations of legends, and means operable by the" operatoro'f the-machine during the rotation of said reels to controlsaid last-mentioned means whereby the final position of reels, and the combination of legends presented intheir position of rest, may be controlled by the skill of the operator.

2. In a coin-controlled machine, the combination of a rock shaft, a plurality of legend-displaying reels, means actuated by said rock shaft for starting rotation of said reels, automatic means for stopping the rotation of said reels to present varying combinations oflegends, and means operable-by the operator of the machine after predetermined rotation of said reels to control said last-mentioned means whereby the final position of reels, and the combination of legends presented in their position of rest,

may be controlled by the skill of the operator. 1

3. In a coin-controlled machine, the com bination of a rock shaft, a plurality of legend-displaying reels, means actuated by said rock shaft for starting rotation of said reels, automatic means for individually stopping the rotation of said reels to present varying combinations of legends, and means operable by the operator of the machine during the rotation of said reels to control said last-mentioned means whereby the final position of reels, and the combination of legends presented in their position of rest,- may be controlled by the skill of the op erator.

4. In a coin-controlled machine, the combination of a rock shaft, a plurality of legend-displaying reels, means actuated by said rock shaft for starting rotation of said reels, automatic means for stopping the rotation of saidreelsto present varying combinations of legends,-and means operable by the operator of the machine during the rotation of said reels to control said last-mentioned means whereby the final position of reels, and the combination of legends presented in their position of rest, may be controlled by the skill of the operator, said stopping means comprising a stop member adapted to obstruct the motion of a said reel and composed of pivotally related sections normally acting as a unit, means, acting upon one section of the member for preventing the latter from so acting-as a unit for a predetermined time', and said controlling means comprising a device forbringing the other section of said member into action to stop the reel prior to the ,releaese of the member for action as a unit.

5. In a coin-controlled machine, the com bination of a rock shaft, a plurality of binations of legends, and means operable by the operator of the machine during the operation of said reels to control said last-men rock shaft for starting rotation of said tioned means whereby the final position ofreels, and the combination of legends pre-- sented in their posititon of rest, may be controlled by the skill of the Operator, said stopping means comprising a stop member adapted to obstruct the motion of a said reel and rcomposed of pivotally related, sections normally acting as a unit, means acting upon one section of the member for preventing he latter from so acting as a unit for a predetermined time, (and said controlling means comprising a device, for bringing the other section of said member into action to stop the reel prior to the release of the member for action' as a unit, said stopping and controlling means being duplicated for each reel of the machine. 6. In a coin-controlled machine, the combination of a rock shaft, a plurality of legend-displaying reels, means actuated by said ree s, automatic means for stopping the rotation of said reels to present varying combinations of legends, and means operable by the operator of the machine during the rotation of said reels to control said last-mentioned means whereby the final position of reels, and the combination of legends presented in their position of rest, may be controlled by the skill of the 013811117013 said stopping means comprising a stop member adapted to obstruct the motion of said reel and composed ofpivotally related sections normally acting as a unit, means acting upon one section of the member for preventing the latter from so acting as a unit for a predetermined time, and said controlling means comprising a device for bringing the other section of said member into action to stop the reel prior to the release of the member for action as a unit, said stopping and controlling means being duplicated for each reel of the machine and the several stopping and controlling means being individually operable.

7. In a coin-controlled machine, the combination of a rock shaft, a plurality of legend-displaying reels, means actuated by said rock shaft for starting rotation of said reels, automatic means for stopping the romemes manually operable control member upon the exterior of the machine for bringing the other section of said member'into action to stop the reel prior to the release of the memher for action as a unit.

8. In a coin-controlled machine,'the combination of a rock shaft, a plurality of legend-displaying reels, means actuated by said rock shaft for starting rotation of said reels, automatic means for stopping the rotation of said reels to present varying combinations of legends, and means operable by the operator of the machine during the rotation of said reels to control said last-mentioned means whereby the final positionof reels, and the combination of legends presented in their position of rest, may be controlled by the skill of the operator, said stopping means comprising a stop member adapted to obstruct the motion of a said.

reel and composed of pivotally related sections normally acting as a unit, means act ing upon one section of the member for preventing the latter from so acting as a unit for a predetermined time, and said controlling means comprising a device including a manually operable control member for each reel upon the exteriorof the machine r for bringing the other section of said member into action to stop the reel prior to the release of the member for action as a unit.

9. ln a coin-controlled machine provided with 'a plurality of legend-bearing movable members, the combination of means for set-' ting said members in motion, automatic stopping means operable in a normal cycle of operations of the machine and means controllable by the operator for stopping the motion of said members prior to the time for normal operation of said automatic (stopping means whereby he may seek to 'control their final arrangement in-manner to present the legends in selected order or combinations.

In witnesswhereof, I hereunto subscribe my name to this specification.

k FRED L. MILLS.

tation of said reels to present varying com.-

binations of legends,and means operable by the operator of the machine during the rotation of said reels to control said lastmentioned means whereby the final position of reels, and the combination of legends presented in-their position of rest, may be controlled by the skill of the operator, said stopping means comprising a stopmember adapted to obstruct the motion of a said reel and composed of pivotally related sections normally acting as a unit, means acting upon one section of the member for preventing the latter from so acting as a unit for a predetermined time, and said controlling means comprising a device including a L r v

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US2645493 *Jul 22, 1949Jul 14, 1953Mcmahon John RMechanical card game apparatus
US4193599 *Nov 13, 1978Mar 18, 1980Heywood Design Pty. Ltd.Reel spinning and stopping devices
Classifications
U.S. Classification273/143.00R
International ClassificationG07F17/34
Cooperative ClassificationG07F17/3213
European ClassificationG07F17/32C2F2