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Feb. 2, 1960 Filed July 29, 1952 C. GABRIELSEN MATCH VENDING ASSEMBLY 5 Sheets-Sheet 1 Mimi '|115 'lvill' l t 4 CHP/5TM# Snap/asm MLS/Qn@ HTTOPNEY Feb. 2, 1960 c. GABRIELSEN 2,923,434
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CHR/SWAN GnBR/L- SEA! ATTORNEY Unite 1 Claim.' (Cl. 221-21) `My invention relates to a match vending assembly and v more particularly to an improved match vending assembly for use with a cigarette merchandising machine for dispensing one packet of matches with each purchase` of a pack of cigarettes and for obtaining twotpackets of matches-upon the deposit of a-coin.
Cigarette merchandisingl machines in most localities are arranged to deliver a free pack of matches. with each purchase of a pack of cigarettes. in some localities no free matches are given with the cigarettes, and a userI must deposit a coin, usually a penny, for which he is given two folders of matches.
One object of my invention is to provide a match vendingv assembly for use in cigarette merchadising machines which will give one packet of matches with each package of cigarettes and in which, if additional matchesare required, matches may be vended independently of the purchase of a package of cigarettes.
Another object of my invention is to provide a match vending assembly which may be set to dispense no matches with the operation of the cigarette machine, at the desire of the owner of the machine, or which may be set to dispense free matches and at `the same time be able to be operated in response to a coin.
A further object of my invention is to provide an improved match dispensing assembly, which is simple in design and inexpensive in construction.
Still another object of my invention is to provide a matchdispensing assembly in which a jam of the ejecting mechanism for the matches will not interfere with the operation of the vending assembly.
yOther and further objects of my invention will appear from the following description. K
In the acompanying drawings, which form part of the instant specification and which are to be read in conjunction therewith and in which like reference numerals are used to indicate like parts in the various views:
Figure 1 is a fragmentary rear elevation of a portion of a vending machine, equipped with a match vending assembly containing one embodiment of my invention.
Figure 2 is a sectional plan view taken on the line 2 2 of Figure l.
Figure 3 is a side elevation viewed along the line 3-3 of Figure 1.
Figure 4 is a fragmentary side elevation viewed along the line 4-4 of Figure 1.
Figure 5 is the sectional view drawn on an enlarged scale taken along the line 5--5 of Figure l.
Figure 6 is a sectional view taken along the line 66Y of Figure 5.
In general-my invention contemplates the provision of a plurality of laterally spaced containers carried by the cigarette merchandising machine and adapted to hold columns of packets of matches stacked one upon the other. A pivoted ejector is mounted adjacent the bottom of each column and adapted to eject the bottommost packet of matches during one phase of its oscilla- States Patent" 2 tory' movement. theejectors and carries a plurality of cams for coaction with the ejector and is adapted to drive respective ejec` tors through their cycles of movement. angularly` displaced upon the shaft'in order to successively operate the ejectors.
tion of the coin mechanism. A` connection is provided to an operating part of the cigarette merchandising machine for rotating the cam shaft to operate only a single ejector instead of two as inthecase of the opera- -tionwith the coin device and thus deliver aV single booklet of matches in response to the operation of the cigarette merchandising machine. -Meansare provided for' disconnecting the cam shaft from the` operatin'g'portion of the cigarette merchandising machine in event' it is desired not to give free matches withthe purchase of a package vof cigarettes.
Moreparticularly referring now tothe drawings, the cigarette merchandising machine may be of any suitable type and be provided with containers for the cigarettes,
as well as shift columns for providing additional capacity of cigarettes as shown in my Patent 2,254,841, dated September 2, 1941. The cigarette merchandising machine per se forms no part of the instant invention. My`
columns in a manner which forms n'o part ofthe instantinvention and which is described iny patent above'referred to.
lt .will be noted that the containers 10, 12,14, and 167 Instead columns 28, 30, 32, and-34, adapted to holdbooklets ofmatches t stacked one on the other, are provided. A shaft 36 is mounted for rotation in the frame 38 of the cigarette"` are not provided with` shift columns.
merchandising machine. This shaft is positioned*coa`.xi`-
ally. with the shaft 26. A coupling/member 40is adapted 1 releasably to secureshaft 3-6 to` shaft 2,6 for rotationtherewith. Any appropriate coupling-means which may be readily uncoupled can be employed.;r InHFigure'2 the-j coupling member is connected vto shaft 26 andfarrangedfl to slide on it. A set screw 42 may bel tightened to fsecure the shaft 36 to the coupling 40 and thus couple theshafts- 26 and 36 together. i v
The outer end of shaft 36fcarries-a disc 44V secured thereto for rotation therewith. The disc is-provided`- with a plurality of pins 46. The outerend-of shaft 26 'carries a disc 48 and is kprovided with pins 50. The
members l52 carried by the shaft 26 are adapted to op.`
erate the shift columns and form nopart of the instant4` invention.V The shaft 36.v carries a plurality of cams 54, 56, 58, and 60, angularly-displaced from each other ".'v The cams are adapted to operate the ejector mechanism for the match booklets stacked in the columns 28, 30, 32, and 34, which will be described more fully hereinafter.
Referring now to Figure 5, the frame 38` carries the `plurality of brackets 62 on each of which I pivotly.k mount an ejector 64 by means ofhinge pins 661 Each;` ejector'is lformed adjacent' its upperend with a pair, of lingers 68 adapted to travel through slots`7t) formed; at'the bottom ofthe match containers. 'In-FiguremSmQj A rotary shaft' is positioned adjacent The cams are' A coin controlled mecha'-V nism is provided for rotating the cam shaft through anl angle suflicient to operate two successive cams, thereby` to ejectrtwo packets of matches in response to the operaf as the ejector rotates in a counterclockwise direction, it will slip by the bottommost booklet of matches 72, lifting the column of matches upwardly in this motion. 'I'he limit of motion will bring the ngers 68 behind the bottommost booklet of matches. On the return movement of the ejector, as it swings in a clockwise direction, the bottommost lbooklet of matches will be carried to the right and fall through the chute 74 into the chute 76 for delivery to the customers. Each pivoted ejector 64 carries a bracket` 78, which is attached to the ejector by means of a positioning pin 80 and a spring 82. A stud 84 is carried by the ejector 64. The bracket 78 is positioned by means of the pin 80'as shown in Figure 5. The washer 86 is then placed over the hole 88 formed in the bracket. The spring 82 is then positioned on top of the washer and a second washer 90 is placed `on top of the pin. The spring is then compressed, and the cotter pin 92 is passed through an opening formed in the end of the stud 84. In this manner the bracket is yieldably secured to the ejector plate 64.
The shaft 36 as shown in FigureS is adapted toV rotate in a counterclockwise direction. It will be remembered that there are four cams spaced 90 apart, each cam being adapted to operate one of the four ejector plates. The first two 90 steps will rotate the ejector plate to its extreme limit of counterclockwise motion. The end 94 of the cam coacts with the surface 96 of the ejector plate to accomplish this movement. The next two 90 steps of the cam 60 will rotate the ejector plate 64 in a clockwise direction and infthis movement will eject the booklet of matches. The clockwise rotation of the ejector is accomplished by the end of the cam 94 contacting the surface 98 of the bracket 78. There will always be one ejector in a position to eject a booklet of matches upon a 90 rotation of the shaft 36. `Booklets of matches will thus be ejected successively from successive containers by successive cams.
Referring now to Figure 4, the bell crank 100 represents an element of the cigarette merchandising machine which is adapted to oscillate around the pivot 102 during each operation of the cigarette merchandising m'achine as is well known in the art. A link` 104 is pivotly secured to one arm of the bell crank by pin 106. The upper end of the link is provided with a refentrant or notched portion 106 adapted to coact with the pins 50 carried by the disc 48. Each reciprocatory motion of the link 104 is adapted to rotate the disc 90. In this manner itwill become readily apparent that upon each operation of the cigarette merchandising machine,
the shaft 26 to which the disc 48 is secured will rotate 90. If the coupling member 40 is not secured` to the shaft 36, the shaft 26 will only perform its function with respect to the action of the shift columns. If, however, the shaft 26 is coupled to the shaft 36, the shaft 36 will -be rotated along with shaft 26 through the action of the cigarette merchandising machine. The rotation of the shaft 36, we have seen, will operate the cigarette booklet ejectors in the manner described here inabove. When it is desired not to give free matches with each operation of the cigarette merchandisingv machine, the shaft 36 is uncoupled from the shaft 26.
wardly will move the member 116 downwardly against the action of spring 120. Any suitable coin mechanism may be employed. The coin mechanism as` shown in Figure 3 is described in greater detail in my copending application, Serial No. 129,581, filed November 26, 1949, now abandoned. The lower end of member 116 is provided with two re-entrant portions or notches 124 and 126 adapted successively to engage pins 46 carried by -the disc 44, which is secured to the shaft 36. There` as the` operation of the shift columns is dependent upon prior art depended on springs. No springs are em` ployed in my assembly, which is essentially a pivoted my invention. u I
sembly for use with cigarette merchandlsing machines the-cigarettes in the main column being depleted.`
It is to be especially noted `that my cigarette booklet' ejector is positively driven by the cam through its completel cycle of movement. The match ejectors of the member and a cam.
If forA any reason the lowermost booklet of a column becomes jammed so that the ejector cannot readily move in a clockwise direction, the cam 60, acting againstthe bracket 78, will simply pivot the bracket with respect` to'the ejector `plate 64, the spring 82 yielding to permit this motion. Until the jam `is cleared, the jammed ejector will not function to deliver matches'. This,`how
ever, willnot interfere with the operation of the remain` ing ejectors. In the match dispensing assembly of prioi art, a jam in any part of the ejector mechanism rendered the entire match dispensing assembly inoperative.
It will be seen that I have accomplished `the objects of I have provided a match vending aswhich will give one packet of matches with each package of cigarettes and in which, if addtionalmatches are required, they may be obtained in response to the deposit "-of a coin independently of the purchase of a package dispensing assembly is simple in design and inexpensive Referring now to Figure 3, the cabinet 108 in which both the cigarette mechandising machine and my vending assembly are housed is shown with a part broken away.`
A coin deposited in the coin insert opening 110 falls through coin chute 112 by gravity and is'v adapted to be positioned on a lug 114. carried by the' reciprocating member 116. The member 118, accessible on the outside of the machine, is adapted to be pulled downwardly to operate the match dispensing assembly. This-member is provided with a lug spaced laterally from the lug 114. When a coin 122 is imposition between lugs 114 and 1Z0, movement of the member 11,8 downarticle inthe stack, means for mounting-the ejector for.1
in construction, having virtually only two ymoving parts. In event the match ejecting assembly becomes jammed, the operation of the vending machine or the operation of other parts of the match ejecting assembly `will not be locked. p
It will be understoodthat certain features and ,sub
combinations are of utility andimaybe employed without.
reference to other features and'subcombinations. is contemplated by and is within thescope of my claim.
It is further obvious that various changesmay .be made` in detailwithinV the scope of my `claim without depart-` ing fromthe spirit of my invention. It is therefore` to be understood that my invention is not to 'be limited to 4the specific details shown and described.
Having thus described my invention, what'I claim is: In a merchandisingmachine, ayvertically positioned housing for holdinga stack of articles tobe vended, pivt oted ejector for engaging andremoving `the bottommost `oscillatory, movementadjacent 'the bottom of the housing,
a bracket, means for securing-the bracket totheejector for movement therewithya shaft mounted for rotation be-` and means for rotatingthe shaft, said means for securing the bracket to the ejector including a spring whereby 798,626 Regan Sept. 5, 1905 the bracket will yield with respect to the ejector under 1,158,408 Stickney Oct. 26, 1915 the nuence of said cam when the ejector encounters a 1,460,574 Coseglia July 3, 1923 predetermined resistance. .1,501,612 Martin July 15, 1924 5 2,090,368 Kelley Aug. 17, 1937 References Cited in the le of this patent 2,103,367 Hoban Dec. 28, 193g 2,188,573 Longo Jan. 30, 194
UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,254,841 Gabrielsen sept. 2, 1941 689,161 Buck Dec. 17, 1901 2,432,125 Schlaak Dec. 9, 1947 768,258 Allis Aug. 23, 1904 10 2,594,147 Fry Apr.22, 1952