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Publication numberUS2325363 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 27, 1943
Filing dateOct 16, 1941
Priority dateOct 16, 1941
Publication numberUS 2325363 A, US 2325363A, US-A-2325363, US2325363 A, US2325363A
InventorsBlake George A
Original AssigneeBlake George A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Dispensing apparatus
US 2325363 A
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7 July 27,1943.

G. A. BLAKE 2,325,363

DISPENSING APPARATUS Filed Oct. 16, 1941 Patented July 27, 1943 'msm'NsiN mmes.' George A. Blake, New-Bedfdrd; Mass.

Application October 16,1941, Serial No; 415,322

2 Claims. (01

This invention relates to package dispensing apparatus, and more particularly to an improvement upon the type of dispensing device described and claimed in my United States Patent No. 2,163,081, whereby such devices are adapted to be disposed one above another in a vertical series or stack, means being provided for guiding packages dispensed from any device of the'series, and

retarding the rate of fall of such packages, .in

order that they will be deposited, without injury, upon the counter or other support on which the series of devices is stacked.-

It is the general object of the present invention to provide dispensing apparatus of the type in question, and of simple, rugged and economical construction, adapted to dispense all manner of articles commonly packed in small packages, such as cigarettes, matches, chewing gum, candies-and the like. More specifically, it is an object of the invention to provide a dispensing device, adapted to serve as one member of a stack or vertical series, and having associated therewith means providing an inclined'surface for initially -receiving a package ejected from the delivery orilice of the device, and means providing a second inclinedsurface adapted to receive the package from said first surface and to direct it toward a third inclined surface associated with the next lower device in the stack.

Other and further objects, features, and advantages of the present invention will be apparent to one skilled in the art from the following description taken in connection with the accompanying drawing, in which:

Figure 1 is a side View, partly in elevation and partly in section, of a stack of dispensing devices according to the invention;

Figure 2 is a plan view of one of the dispensing devices; and

Figure 3 is a perspective view of one of the guiding bailles associated with the dispensing devices according to the invention.

In order to facilitate an understanding of the invention, reference is made to the embodiment thereof shown inthe accompanying drawing and detailed descriptive language is employed. It will nevertheless 'be understood that no limitation of the invention is thereby intended and that various changes and alterations are contemplated such as would ordinarily ocurto one skilled in the art to which the invention relates.

Referring to Figure 1, the numeral Ill represents a store counter or other support upon Which rests a vertical series or stack of individual dispensing devices ll, l2, and 13. The stack may consist of two or more devices, up to the greatest number which may conveniently be manipulated by the storekeeper or attendant behind the counter, the number of devices usually being dependent upon the variety of articles to be dispensed and the Vertical dimensions of the individual devices.

The dispensing devices may and preferably will correspond generally with that illustrated and described in my aforesaid prior patent, but it will be understood that any suitable dispensing mechanism, manually or otherwise operated, may be employed. Thedispensing device illustrated in the present embodiment comprises generally a receptacle or chute l4 adapted to receive a stack of packages l5 to be dispensed, an ejector l6 for supporting the stack of packages I5 and for ejecting the lowermost package when actuated by means of the pivoted lever ll.

The lower portion of the front panel iii of the dispenser is provided with a delivery orifice l9 and, beneath the latter, is formed to provide a downwardly and outwardly inclined delivery surface 20, which initially receives the packages ejected through the orifice l9. In the case of the lowermost dispenser I I, the packages l5 passing down the surface 28 are deposited upon the counterlfl.

Each of the upper dispensers I2 and i3 carries a bafile member 2|, seen in perspective in Figure '3', which comprises a pair ;of lateral extensions .24 is displaced downwardly of the delivery surface 20, and in such a position as to receive and retard the rate of travel of a package falling from the latter.

Due to the rearward inclination of the portion 24, a package received thereon will be discharged with a component of motion in the direction of the front of the next lower dispenser, and will thus fall onto the delivery surface 20 of the said dispenser, whence it will pass to the bafile member 2| associated with that dispenser, and so on,

until it reaches the counter l0.

From the foregoing it will be apparent that the present invention provides means whereby a plurality of dispensers may conveniently be stacked one upon another, while at the same time articles ejected from the upper dispensers are guided downwardly past the several devices and deposited relatively gently upon the ultimate receiving surface. I

Having thus described the invention; what is claimed as new and desired to be secured by Letters Patent is: I

1. In combination, a plurality of package dispensing devices arranged in a vertical series, each said dispensing device having a delivery orifice and amember disposed. below said orifice and providing an outwardly and downwardly extending delivery'surface, and a baffle member associated with each said device above the lowermost, each said baflle member having an inclined surface adapted to receive a package. from the pair being adapted to direct packages toward the said delivery surface of the associated device and next lower initial receiving surface whereby the operation is repeated.


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US2946482 *Jul 2, 1957Jul 26, 1960Johnson Stanley RDispenser for article-containing envelopes
US4730750 *Apr 30, 1986Mar 15, 1988Unidynamics CorporationVending machine for dispensing refrigerated and unrefrigerated foods
US4823984 *Apr 21, 1987Apr 25, 1989Unidynamics CorporationContainer storage and dispensing apparatus and vending machine for dispensing refrigerated, unrefrigerated and/or heated foods
DE1016425B *Sep 9, 1952Sep 26, 1957Peter HoehneZahlteller mit Warenausgabevorrichtung
U.S. Classification221/130
International ClassificationG07F9/10, A47F1/10, A47F1/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47F1/10, G07F9/10
European ClassificationA47F1/10, G07F9/10