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US2188573A US201116A US20111638A US2188573A US 2188573 A US2188573 A US 2188573A US 201116 A US201116 A US 201116A US 20111638 A US20111638 A US 20111638A US 2188573 A US2188573 A US 2188573A
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47FSPECIAL FURNITURE, FITTINGS, OR ACCESSORIES FOR SHOPS, STOREHOUSES, BARS, RESTAURANTS OR THE LIKE; PAYING COUNTERS
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47FSPECIAL FURNITURE, FITTINGS, OR ACCESSORIES FOR SHOPS, STOREHOUSES, BARS, RESTAURANTS OR THE LIKE; PAYING COUNTERS
    • A47F1/00Racks for dispensing merchandise; Containers for dispensing merchandise
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    • A47F1/08Racks or containers with arrangements for dispensing articles, e.g. by means of gravity or springs dispensing from bottom
    • A47F1/10Racks or containers with arrangements for dispensing articles, e.g. by means of gravity or springs dispensing from bottom having mechanical dispensing means, e.g. with buttons or handles
    • A47F2001/103Racks or containers with arrangements for dispensing articles, e.g. by means of gravity or springs dispensing from bottom having mechanical dispensing means, e.g. with buttons or handles for cutlery

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Jan. 30, 1940. s. LoNGo 2,188,573

DISPENSING Filed April 9, v1938 4 Sheets-Sheet 1 Jan. 30, 1940.

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Jan. 30, E946. I s. LQNGO M8573 DISPENSING Filed April 9, 1958 4 sheets-sheet 4 Patented Jan. 30, 1940 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE I7 Salvatore Longo, New York, VN.' Y. Application April 9, 1938, Serial No. 201,116

7 Claims.

This invention, in the aspect thereof related to one important eld of utility pertains to special equipment for restaurants, buffets and public eating places especially of the cafeteria. or socalled automat type. In a broad and public benefit sense, the invention relates to the art of sanitation.

More specifically, the invention provides a novel dispensing apparatus for supplying eating utensils, as knives, forks, spoons and the like, to one about to eat a meal in a place other than the home;. and (by the invention these utensils are housed against handling by anyone and in an antiseptic atmosphere if desired until supplied to a particular person, and in such manner that one or -a customary set thereof can be `delivered to said-particular person and only to him, and this following an operation of the means as by a man- 'ual actuator any contamination of which resulting from its use cannot be transmitted to any housed utensil.) v

- The invention, in the nowfavored embodimentsv thereof shown in the accompanying drawings (which embodiments, it is clearly to be understood, are shown merely by way of example and n'ot'by way of limitation except as defined in the 'claims hereunto annexed), consists of certain combinations of elements, arrangements of parts and relationships of structure, and involves cer- `tain features and advantages, all as will be made `clear from the following description of said em bodn'nents which will now be given.

In'said drawings, wherein like characters of lreference designate corresponding parts in the several views:

Fig. 1 shows one such embodiment, in front elevation.

Fig. 2 is a vertical section, taken on the line 2-2fof Fig. 1. I

- Fig..3 is'a front view of one of the holders `for one type of utensil.

Fig. 4 is a rear view of the same. Fig. 5 is a fragmentary vertical section, taken on the line 5--5 of Fig. 6.

-- Fig. 6 is a horizontal section, taken on the line -66 of Fig. 5.

Fig. 7 is a vertical, transverse section, taken on ythe line 1,-1 of Fig. 5.

, Fig. 8'is a fragmentary detail view, partially in perspective. v

Fig. 9 is a fragmentary detail view, showing the -lower partk of the holder of Fig. 3 as seen in that View, but on a larger scale, and showing a plurality ofknives K therein.

Fig. 10 is -a View similar to Fig. 9,' but showing associated vparts of the vdispensing mechanism. Fig. 1-1 is an enlarged detail View, being in part a section taken on the line l l'-II of Figli). 'Fig. 12 is a horizontal section, taken through' '5 4'Figi 9, and showing different successively assumed positions of a knife K duringmovement from itsholder when a knife is being dispensed.

"Fig, 13 isfa horizontalsection, t aken"'on'the line IS--Iof Fig. 2. l' *I0 Fig. 14 isa detail View lv of said embodiment.

' Fig. 15 is a fragmentary vertical section showing another embodiment, this v'i' `w being taken on the line I5'-I5'of Fig. 16.. j f1'5 Fig. 16 is a vertical section, in a plane'l parallel to the front of the machine, being a view taken on thevline I--l of Fig. 15.v

Fig. 17 is `a detail sectional view, 'taken substantiallyon the line I'l-H of Fig. 15'. 20

In both the embodiments illustratively shown in'the drawings, it will ybe noted, there ispro-v `vided a housing having compartments, s'ucheompartment's-marked K', T', F and S( in Figs. 1 and 5, wherein are stacked, respectively, knives, forks, teaspoons and tableor soup-spoons, so that the vsame can be dispensed, or delivered to a takeaway chamber accessible to the person desiring to be utensil-served, one by one as to` each particular utensil, and as the result of moving the bot- 30 tom utensil in a stack out of that sack as is common in the art of merchandise-vending machines. The only utensils which said person can touch are those delivered to'him for his own use. The compartments for the utensil-stacks are all in a closed and locked chamber.

Since the'discoveries of Lister 'and others as to the dangers of indiscriminate handling of things which may later enter the human mouth or which may later touch these'-thin gs, 1sanitationlaws have been enacted-against, for instance, the use of public common drinking cups -(to the great benefit of the paper trade, in regard to the making of individual drinking cups); Careful diners ,l in even the finest restaurants (that is, such of these -diners as are vnot too strict in observance of the canons of what are called the customs of good taste) go through the ritual of' using'the restaurants napery to wipe orrub briskly the showing ja. 'modmatidn business end of the pieces of silver laid-on the I'50- table withthe jfood. Such wiping, even vsuch brisk'rubbing, can not, of course, b e veryl effective for antisepsis. `IIowever, Vva "specially baneful practice in cafeterias-andautomatswas particularly in mindl infmakin'g. the present invention. "55

In such establishments and ones similar, as is well-known, the silverware is in baskets or opentop boxes or trays; and are fingered, probably in all parts, by many different persons while in the trays and before being taken away by the one ultimately to make use of them in eating, in a great number if not the majority of instances. Such practice is outstandingly incongruous in an automat, where the articles of food to be vended are in closed and locked Vending-machine compartments, to be sure that only the person who is to consume such an article can possibly handle it.

Referring now particularly to the embodiment of the present invention shown in exemplication thereof in Figs. 1 through 14, the numeral 20 denotes the rear wall of a cabinet, and 2l, 22 and 23 the top and side walls thereof, respectively. The upper front portion of the cabinet is shown as closed by a pair of glass-paned doors 24, hinged at 25 at their tops and at 26 at their bottoms to a horizontal ledge 21. This ledge is the top mar- -gi-nal flange of la front plate including an inclined wall 28 and a vertical wall 29, in which latter wall is an opening 38. At its bottom the housing now being described is closed by a oor wall 3|, provided with an lopening 32. This opening is subtended by-a casing 33 extended therebelow and .provided with a door 34, lockable `as at 34', in the front of the cabinet. The bottom of casing 33 is fastened to a bracket 34", which is secured to a framing 35 attached to and carried by front legs 36 and rear legs 31 of the cabinet. The space between the legs 36 and 31 and the casing 33 may be utilized for the storage of service trays.

In Figs. 3 and 4, a holder is shown which may serve for the dispensing of knives, forks, teaspoons and table-spoons; comprising arear'wall 38, side walls 39 flanged to provide front strips 40 and 4|. These strips near the bottom of the holder are spanned by 'a cross-strip 42 which carries a stop 43. This stop permits delivery of only one article at a time, as is made -clear in AFigs. 5, '1, 9 and 10. The stop 43 is also adjustable to take up the diierences in thickness and shape of karticles of different manufacture. A reinforcing member 44 surrounds the bottom `portions of the rear and side walls of the holder and is provided at the rear of Athe holder with a ,pair of horizontal lugs 45 apertured at -46 (Figs.

journalled in suitable recesses in two bars '50, one

secured to each of the two side walls 22 and 23. @n thisfshaft 49 are-placed ejecting units 5l., 52, .53 `and 54, which are held in place on the shaft vby set-screws passing through slots 56 in hubs 51 of carriers 58 each for pivotally supporting, at 60, one of the several dispensing fingers 59. These carriers 58 are xed on sleeves 6I, supported in bearing'blocks 62, mounted on a shelf 63 supported from said blocks. Due to a bentwire spring for each -ejecting unit like the one shown at .59a in Fig. 7, the fingers 59 are all normally held relative to their carriers 58 as shown vin Fig. '1., but yieldingly so. -On the opposite end of sleeves 46l kare fixed rocker-arms 64, provided .ing ylugs 15 and 15, one at each end ofthe-otherwith pins 65. Levers 66, which are spring operi ated and pivotally mounted on a bar 61, are connected to push-rods or plungers 68 passing through inclined front wall 28, provided with buttons or finger-pieces 69. These levers 66 ac- 5 tuate the rocker-arms 64 by means of the pins 65, and are held in normal position against rubber-stops 10. At the side wall 23, the shaft 49 is provided with a handle 1I.

Referring now to Figs. 1 and 5, the four holders l0 K', T', F', and S', in construction each similar to that holder already described in connection with Figs. 3 and 4, are shown as used respectively, for dispensing knives, teaspoons, forks Iand tablespoons. These holders are placed in l5 the cabinet with the holes 46 of lugs 45 engaging and resting on studs 12 fixed to shelf 63. At their tops they are spaced by pins 13 and held securely by spring-operated latches 14.

When the holders are placed in the machine, the lowermost utensils therein come to rest at their handle portions, as shownin Fig. 5, on the tops of the fbearing Iblocks 62; thus lifting as to each stack, the entire weight thereof offsupportwise open bottom of the holder, =for thefend portionsI of the utensils. Consequently, such handle portions as well as the opposite ends of the utensils become entirely cleared relative to lugs 15 and 16, as clearlyillustrated in Figs. 5 and 10; 510 the `sole support for the stacks now being the bearing-blocks 62.

The holders K', T', F' and S' also have cut- `outs as at 11 (Figs. 45 and 9), opposite the free ends of the handle portions of the utensils. 3"

In operation, -the corresponding plunger 68 for the desired utensil is thrust in, by its finger-piece 69. This actuates the `appropriate lever 166 and rocker arm 64, therebyy turning the intended sleeve 6| and moving the associated finger for-'40 ward. This finger, engaging the handle of the utensil, -will push such handle through -the cutout -11 yand beyond the lug 16, (compare Figs. lv5 and A12), as the rst step in moving the utensil toward discharge into a downwardly and forwardly sloping slide 18. As the other end'of the utensil is held back bythe lnarrowedlower end of Vertical strip 46 at the right hand side of the holder, as seen in Fig. 9, va turning motion is imposed upon the `utensil toproject its handle endmh oversaid slide. As soon as, `during this turning movement, the .root end of the handle portionof the vutensil is lcleared Aaway vfrom the fblock 62 therebelow, the tip of the utensil over the lug -15 is freed from the holder and the yutensil slides :r6.1 down along the slide 18 onto a chute 19r sloping downward and toward the bottom 4center Aof the cabinet; the successive .positions of a knife K being indicated in Fig. 6 as I, II and III (compare Fig. 12'). With knives and such utensils :"5" also as spoons and forks, the 'result is that they are brought down Ato the ldelivery openingf30, turned through an Vangle of 90, as shown in Fig. 8.

For a -utensil such as -a knife, because fof its greater length, an additional impulse `is de'sirably .imparted vto insure a fquicker 'turning before it reaches the end of its travel. This is hereshown as accomplished by a rubber-covered rod .7n (Fig. 6), which, when the blade of `the knife strikes against'it, will tend to .give the blade an additional-kickto actturningly on the knife. To augment this iaction teats 8| (Figs. 6 vand 7.) are provided on the chute 19, which will :retard the ist handle, and insure the knife coming down as indicated at IV in Fig.f6.

For utensils such as teaspoons, no slide 18 is required (and note that none is shown in Fig. 5). When utensil is delivered into the opening 30, it falls upon a paper napkin 82 interfolded in and at the top of a suitably upwardly fed stack `of such napkins in casing 34.

By thrusting in one or more of the plungers 68, one or more of the different kinds of utensils may be dispensed. Such movement of a plunger 68 (Figs. '7 and 11) rocks the associated finger in a clockwise direction, foi applying its ejecting thrust against the lowermost utensil in the appropriate holder; such finger, however,.idly passing below the utensil stack, due to the spring 5M, on return movement of the plunger. v

When a complete set of four utensils is desired, this is done by pressing the handle 'II downward, thus rotating shaft 49. The set-screws 55, acting against the ends of slots 56, will thus operate all four fingers 59 simultaneously; and a Complete set of utensils will be delivered. Springs 83 are fastened to hubs 5l and to shelf 63, to return the dispensing mechanism to normal position. A spring 8d acting on a lever S5, which latter is mounted on shaft 4S, returns the shaft to normal position.

On picking up the utensils dispensed by transfer to the receptor R (Fig. 8) just beyond the opening 30, as a persons hand is placed in the` opening 30, his fingers will naturally go in between the folds of the uppermost napkin, thus automatically taking up a napkin when picking up the utensil or utensils dispensed.

The napkins 82 are shown as supported and fed upward by a plate 3S, having two flanges 8l, supporting two shafts 38. On these shafts are A mounted gears 59, engaging perforations procient strength to move the stack of napkins inv an upward position. An additional leaf spring 92, acts to h-elp when the napkin casing is fully loaded. To facilitate filling the casing with napkins, a spring-operated finger S3 engages a hole 94 in the casing and holds the plate 86 in down position until the door 35- is closed. This door carries a pin 95, which disengages the finger 03.

Fig. 14 shows a modification in which a crossstrip 42a., corresponding to the cross-strip 42 of Fig. 9, is not mounted on the holder 38, but, instead, on an L-shaped bracket l2 on the main structure of the cabinet.

Referring to the embodiment shown in Figs. 15, 16 and 17, which is in exempliflcation of a form of apparatus according to the invention in which a plurality of holders for each of a plurality of different utensils are provided, in order to give a machine of large capacity but relatively small bulk, two of such holders for each kind of utensil are shown. It will be understood, however, that any number may be employed. For maximum space saving, each group of holders for stacking the same type of utensil are arranged tandem fashion crosswise of the machine. The holders for carrying the knives, the teaspoons, the forks and the table-spoons are marked, respectively, K2 and K3, T2 and T3, F2 and F3, and S2 and S3.

Cross-bars 00, supported on blocks as shown in Fig. 15 at the front and back of the cabinet, carry posts lili topped by locating pins |02 for apertures in lugs |03 of the holders corresponding to the lugs d5; and for lifting the weights of the stacks of utensils in the holders from their of utensil. Y

bottom lugs corresponding to the'lugs 15 andIS of Fig. 3, standards |04, similarto the bearing blocks 62previously described, are also mounted on the cross-bars |00. Each unit of the ejecting mechanism includes a pair of shafts |05 and |06, 35 journalled in standards |04 and posts IOI; these shafts being operatively interconnected by gears |01. On the ends of said shafts opposite to said gears are secured finger-carrying disks |08 and |09 the fingers of which are offset 45 in relationfll one to another. All the shafts I05-eXtend toward the front of the machine only as 'far as the gear-couples |51, while all the shafts |06 extend to the front of the machine, a bar |08 providing a bearing for the shafts last mentioned. :215 Actuating finger pieces |06 arel loosely mounted on the shafts |05, and are provided with pawls III) engaging ratchets III fast on said shafts. A slide-.bar II2 guided in annular recesses lI I3 on the shafts, carries four pawls I I4 identical withi'20 each other, and with the pawls shown in Fig.. 16, squarely. beyond the lpawls H0..

In operation, the finger-piece |06 appropriate to the article desiredv to be dispensed is moved from right to left through 45 andby means ofi`f25 the associated pawls IIO and ratchet III the adjacent shaft |06 is rotated through 45, which in turn, through gear-couples l'lfrotates the associated shaft |05 in the opposite direction.

As illustrated in Fig. 17, if a finger H5 of theio disk 08 is in position to dispense an article from a holder K2, T2, F2 or S2, as the case may be, upon operation of the nger piece 06' last `referred to, a finger |56 of the disk |59 will be,

as shown in broken lines, in roperating positioni-"S after the shafts have been rotated 45 from the positions shown in Fig. 17; Thus. the articles are alternatingly ejected from each group of holders assigned for multiple stacking ofthe same type l. um

If a complete set of utensils is desired the bar II2 will, when thrust inward, accomplish this result, through the pawls I I4.

A spring II'I is shown for causing return of bar II2 to normal position. By varying the number of teeth of the ratchets II, and also the number of fingers |I5 and IIS, any group of holders could comprise any number vof holders for multiple stacking of any utensil of one particular kind.

Other variations and modifications are possible within the scope of the invention, and parts of the improvements can be used without others.

I claim:

1. A machine of the kind described, comprising a holder for an article to be dispensed, said holder including means for maintaining a plurality of like articles in vertically stacked relation, said articles being elongated and' of considerably different shapes at opposite ends and being individually horizontally arranged with each article in the stack directly vertically below another therein; a housing for the holder for protecting the articles against contaminating contact, said housing having an opening; a re- 65 ceptor adjacent to said opening; means manually operable from the exterior of the housing for swinging an end article in the stack laterally of the stack thereby rst to freeone end of said article from the stack and then to free the remainder of said article from the stack; and means for guiding the thus freed article to said receptor for manual removal therefrom by way of said opening.

2. A machine as in claim 1, in which said 75 freeing means includes means for applying a substantially horizontal thrust against said end article.

3. A machine as in claim 1, in which said holder includes a xed part for interoepting one end of said end article, and in which said freeing means is a shiftable element for applying a thrust against said end article laterally of the stack by push thereagainst at a point along said article intermediate its ends.

4. A machine as in claim 1, in which said holder includes a plurality of spaced members adapted to engage said end article at a plurality vof spaced points along its length, and in which said freeing means includes means for applying a substantially horizontal thrust against said end article at a point therealong intermediate its points of engagement with said members.

5. A machine of the kind described, for dispensing different utensils singly or in a set thereof, comprising means for maintaining said articles in a plurality of stacks, all articles being alike in any stack but with diierent kinds of articles in different stacks; a shaft extending under all the different stacks; a dispensing instrumentality individual to each stack; a plurality of manually operable members each permanently operatively coupled to a different one of said instrumentalities whereby operation of any one of said members always operates a different one of said instrumentalities to dispense a different kind of article; a manually operable member permanently operatively coupled to said shaft whereby operation of the last-named member always rotates said shaft; and means permanently operatively coupling said shaft and all of said instrumentalities whereby rotation of said shaft always operates all of said instrumentalities simultaneously.

6. In apparatus of the kind described, in combination, a housing; a dispensing mechanism therein including a removable holder for a stack of articles of like but irregular shape, and a manually operable ejector, said holder having an opening in its bottom and also having a member partially closing this opening such that before the holder is positioned in the housing the weight of the stack prevents extraction from the latter of the lowermost article; and a positioning means for the holder in the housing, said positioning means including a device which automatically lifts the stack in the holder to position said lowermost article below said member thereby to permit extraction of said lowermost article on operation of said ejector, after positioning of the holder in the housing by the aid of said positioning means.

7. In combination, a dispensing machine including a holder for articles of tableware, said holder including a means for maintaining a plurality of like such articles in stacked relation; manually operable means for dispensing an end article in said stack, said dispensing means including means for removing said article from the holder by thrust sidewisely against said article in a direction to swing one end thereof laterally of the stack, said thrusting means adapted to engage said article at a point nearer one end thereof than the other to insure that during said thrust said article will swing as aforesaid incidental to being displaced from the stack; an article receptor including means for supporting an article thereon in position to facilitate manual removal of the article from the receptor; and means for directing an article discharged from the stack to come to rest on the receptor in said position, and including a resiliently operating device in the path of travel of the article on its way to said position on the receptor.

SALVATORE LONGO.

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