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US3209883A US359832A US35983264A US3209883A US 3209883 A US3209883 A US 3209883A US 359832 A US359832 A US 359832A US 35983264 A US35983264 A US 35983264A US 3209883 A US3209883 A US 3209883A
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VENDING MACHINE Filed April 15, 1964 5 Sheets-Sheet 4 AT TOFNEYS M. R. HOPPS VENDING MACHINE Oct. 5, 1965 5 Sheets-Sheet 5 Filed April 15, 1964 OHA EL g ips BY W j/flM fiM AT TOFrA/EYS United States Patent 3,209,883 VENDING MACHINE Michael R. Hopps, Brainerd, Minn, assignoito Brainerd Baxter Corporation, Brainerd, Minm, a corporation of Minnesota Filed Apr. 15, 1964, Ser. No. 359,832 1 Claim. (Cl. 19417) This invention relates generally to amusement devices, and more particularly, it relates to a vending machine adapted to discharge souvenir coins, slugs or the like.
The present invention comprehends the adaptation or modification of a gaming device often referred to as a slot machine. With such machines, the player receives a chance of winning a return of several minted or specie coins upon inserting the required coin into the slot, the machine having a plurality of coaxial rotary indicating wheels set in motion by a manually operative actuating lever and adapted to exhibit a pay-oft" combination of indicia appearing on the wheels. With the present invention, the machine pays off with a souvenir-type coin or the like every time the machine is played by inserting a specie coin and pulling the lever.
The publics attraction to the playing of slot machines is well known, but the use of slot machines has been restricted in many instances by state law. However, with the present invention, the gambling or game of chance feature of such machines has been eliminated so that the player receives the same return with each play. The player still enjoys the attraction of watching the rotation of the indicating wheels set in motion by his actuation of the lever; however, the machine provided in accordance with the present invention pays off with the same type of coin, such as a souvenir coin, each time the machine is played.
An important object of the present invention is the provision of a coin vending machine similar in its appearance and operation to a so-called slot machine but which returns a souvenir-type coin or the like to the player with each play or operation of the machine.
Another object of the present invention is the provision of a novel coin vending machine similar in appearance and operation to a slot machine and including a novel coin-discharging mechanism for retaining a plurality of souvenir coins and discharging the same individually with each play of the machine.
Another object of the present invention is the provision of a novel coin vending machine which is designed to permit its efficient and simple adaptation and construction from a conventional slot machine.
Other objects and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from a consideration of the following detailed specification, attached claims and appended drawings.
Referring to the drawings, wherein like reference characters indicate like parts or elements throughout the several views:
FIG. 1 is a view in front elevation machine of the present invention;
FIG. 2 is a view in side elevation thereof;
FIG. 3 is a view in vertical section taken on the line 3-3 of FIG. 1;
FIG. 4 is an enlarged view in vertical section taken on the line 44 of FIG. 1, some parts being broken away;
FIG. 5 is an enlarged view in vertical section taken generally on the line 55 of FIG. 2, some parts being broken away;
FIG. 6 is an enlarged view in vertical section taken on the line 66 of FIG. 2, some parts being broken away;
FIG. 7 is an enlarged view corresponding to a portion of FIG. 4 but with some parts thereof broken away and of the coin vending showing different positions of some of the elements of FIG. 4;
FIG. 8 is a view in vertical section taken generally on the line 88 of FIG. 6, some parts being broken away;
FIG. 9 is an enlarged view in vertical section taken on the line 99 of FIG. 1, some parts being broken away;
FIG. 10 is a view in horizontal section taken generally on the line 10-10 of FIG. 6, some parts being broken away; and
FIG. 11 is an enlarged View in perspective showing a portion of the locking mechanism of this invention, some parts being broken away.
Referring more particularly to the drawings and construction of the coin vending machine disclosed herein, the same comprises a generally box-like outer case 1 which rests upon a base 2. The case 1 defines a front wall 3, a rear wall 4, opposed side walls 5, 6 and a top wall 7. A generally rectangular platform 8 is positioned within the case 1 in vertically spaced relation above the base 2.
The machine is operated by means of a conventional elongated handle or actuating lever 9 mounted for pivotal movements on a shaft 10 journalled within a bearing defined by the case side wall 5. The inner end of the lever shaft 10 is secured to an actuating plate 11 which defines a laterally projecting shoe 12. The shoe 12 is disposed for engagement with a lug 13 defined by operating mechanism described hereinafter, as shown particularly in FIG. 3. Upon pivotal movement of the handle or lever 9, the shoe 12 imparts an actuating movement to the lug 13.
The actuating plate 11 is connected by means of linkage 14, shown particularly in FIG. 3, to a piston rod 15 of a damping cylinder or dashpot 16 in order to retard the return movement of the handle or actuating lever 9.
Most of the inner mechanism of the machine disclosed herein is mounted on a common base plate 17 which rests upon the platform 8. A pair of upstanding end frames 18, 19 are secured adjacent the opposite ends of the base plate 17, the end frame 18 being shown particularly in FIG. 9, and the end frame 19 being shown particularly in FIG. 4. Three rotary indicating wheels 20 are mounted for rotation on a horizontal shaft 21 carried by the upper end portions of the end frames 18, 19. The indicating wheels 20 have peripheral surfaces 22 normally provided with indicia, such as hell or fruit symbols or the like. When slot machines of the general structure indicated herein are utilized as gaming devices, the indicia appearing on the wheel surfaces 22 are adapted to indicate a payoff combination visible through windows 23 in the front Wall 3 of the machine.
In order to provide drive means for starting and stopping the indicating wheels 29, a linkage arrangement is provided in connection with the actuating lever or handle 9. The laterally projecting lug 13 is secured to the forward end of a crank plate 24 pivotally secured by means of a pin 25 to the end frame member 19. Operation of the lever 9 moves the crank plate 24 between its positions shown in FIGS. 4 and 7. In order to prevent operation of the lever 9 and connected mechanism without insertion of a coin into the machine, a novel locking mechanism is provided in accordance with the present invention. As shown particularly in FIG. 9, a coin-receiving device, represented generally by the reference numeral 26, is positioned in the case front wall 3. The coin-receiving device 26 includes a slide bar 27 which will side rearwardly, as represented by dotted lines in FIG. 9, when a coin is deposited in the coin-receiving device 26. The slide bar 27 has an upturned rear flange 28 which engages an in turned end portion 29 of a bell crank 30. A link 31 conmeets the other end portion of the bell crank to an adjacent end of a generally horizontally disposed rock arm 32. As shown particularly in FIGS. 5 and 6, the rock arm 32 is mounted for rocking movements on a pivot pin 33 supported by a generally U-shaped bracket 34 having depending side portions 35 secured to the opposed end frame members 18, 19.
The opposite end portion of the rock arm 32. is connected by means of a link 36 to a slide bar 37. The slide bar 37 is shown particularly in FIG. 11, the same being mounted for reciprocating movements within a channelshaped housing 38. The slide bar 37 defines a pair of generally forwardly projecting spaced ears 39, 40. The housing 38 for the slide bar 37 is secured to the end frame member 19 by means of cap screws 41 shown particularly in FIGS. 4 and 7. The ears 39, 40 of the slide bar 37 define aligned apertures for the reception of the link 36, and the lower end portion of the link 36 is inturned to define an abutment 42 for engagement with the lowermost ear 40, as shown particularly in FIG. 11. With this arrangement, it will be apparent that upon rearward movement of the slide bar 27 of the coin device 26 to engage the bell crank 30, the link 36 will lift the slide bar 37 in an upward direction to cover the aperture 43 defined in the rear wall of the housing 38.
Referring particularly to FIGS. 4 and 7, an elongated lever 44 is pivoted at an intermediate portion thereof on a pivot pin 45 secured to the upper portion of the end frame 19. The upper end portion of the lever 44 is forwardly curved and defines a finger 46 disposed for reception within the aperture 43 defined in the slide bar housing 38, as illustrated in FIG. 11. The lower end portion of the lever 44 engages a laterally projecting pin 47 defined by a generally upright lever 48 pivotally connected at its outer end portion to the end frame 19. The upright lever 48 defines a rearwardly opening notch 49 adapted for engagement with an inwardly projecting lug 58 defined by the crank plate 24. The finger end portion 46 of the lever 44 normally projects into the aperture 43 in the housing 38 so as to move the upright lever 48 in a rearward direction about its pivotal connection adjacent the bottom of the end frame 19 whereby to cause engagement of the lug 50 with the notch 49 and prevent down- Ward movement of the crank plate 24. However, upward movement of the slide bar 37 covers the aperture 43 in the housing 38 so as to prevent projection of the finger 46 therethrough. Upon initial downward movement being imparted to the lug 13 by initial pivotal movements of the lever 9, the lug 50 on the inner side of the crank plate 24 (FIG. 8) is moved in a generally downward direction away from engagement with the under surface 51 of the upright lever 48 whereby the tension of a coil spring 52 moves the lower end portion of the lever 44 in a rearward direction so as to move the finger 46 thereof in a forward direction into the aperture 43. Of course, the upper end portion of the upright lever 48 is also moved in a rearward direction so as to cause engagement of the notch 49 therein with the lug t) and thereby prevent further movement of the handle 9 and the crank plate 24. However, with the slide bar 37 covering the aperture 43, the upright lever 48 is not moved in a rearward direction and the lug 50 is free to pass the notch 49. Further downward movement of the lug 13 and the crank plate 24 toward the position shown in FIG. 7 causes engagement of a cam element 53 on the rearward end of the crank plate 24 with the forward end portion of a lever bar 54 secured on a rock shaft 55. The elongated rock shaft 55 is mounted for pivotal or rocking movements by means of a pair of axially spaced bearings 56 carried by the end frame members 18, 19, as shown particularly in FIG. 5. The angular movement of the rock shaft 55 by the cam element 53 provides a driving movement for operation of associated mechanism to be described hereinafter.
Referring to FIGS. 5 and 10, it will be noted that a depending lever arm 57 engages an upstanding tab 58 on one end portion of a bell crank 59. The bell crank 59 is secured on a shaft 60 of a timed release mechanism 61. Upon rocking movement of the rock shaft 55, the lever arm 57 moves forwardly to wind the timed release mechanism 61 by rotation of the shaft 60. The rock shaft 55 is also provided with three forwardly projecting arms 62 which are adapted to engage and lift the upper bars 63 of the three corresponding ratchet levers, each represented generally by the reference numeral 64, as shown particularly in FIG. 9. The ratchet levers 64 are pivotally mounted at their lower front corner portions by means of a horizontal rod 65. As shown particularly in FIG. 9, the outer end portions of the ratchet levers 64 define pawl elements 66 which are normally biased into engagement with the teeth 67 of associated ratchet wheels 68. Each of the ratchet wheels 68 is secured for rotation with a corresponding one of the indicating wheels 20. Engagement of the pawl elements 66 with the ratchet wheels 68 serves to stop rotation of the indicating wheels 20 in a manner described particularly hereinafter. Upward movement of the arms 62 by rotation of the rock shaft 55 raises the upper arms 63 of the ratchet levers 64 against the bias of the coil springs 68a and disengages the pawl elements 66. Upward movement of the upper bars 63 also causes upward movement of corresponding lower bars 69 defined by the ratchet levers 64 so as to permit a cross lever 70 to move forwardly under the lower bars 69. The cross lever 70 is mounted for pivotal movements on a vertical stud 71, and horizontal movement is imparted to the cross lever 7 8 by means of a link 72 pivotally connected between the cross lever 70 and the bell crank 59. As shown particularly in FIG. 10, the generally forwardly directed rotating movement of the lever arm 57 and its movement of the bell crank 59 imparts forward movement to the cross lever 70 beneath the lower bars 69 which have been elevated by reason of the upward movement of the arms 62.
Three drive wheels 73 are coaxially positioned relative to the shaft 21 adjacent one of the outer indicating wheels 20. Each one of the drive wheels 73 is mounted for rotation with a different one of the indivating wheels 20 by means of common bearing sleeves shown in section in FIG. 8. The drive wheels 73 are provided with a like number of hook-shaped teeth 74. The drive wheels 73, along with the corresponding indicating wheels 20 are normally prevented from rotation by means of a set lever 75 mounted for pivotal movements with respect to a pivot bar 76 extending generally coaxially with the shaft 21. The upper end portion of the set lever 75 defines an abutment edge 77 normally engaging the teeth 74 of the drive wheels 73, as shown particularly in FIG. 8. The lower end portion of the set lever 75 includes a laterally movable end bar 78 pivotally connected to the set lever 75 by means of a pivot pin 79. Referring particularly to FIG. 8, it will be noted that the rock shaft 55 defines a transverse rock bar 80 having a forwardly projecting front arm 81 and a rear heel 82. The rear heel 82 defines an upright finger 83 adapted to engage the lower end portion of the pivot bar 78 of the set lever 75 As shown particularly in FIGS. 5 and 10, the generally upright bell crank 84 is pivotally connected to a mounting bracket 85, and the lower end portion 86 of the bell crank 84 engages a cam roller 87 carried by an adjacent end portion 88 of the bell crank 59, the two being biased into engagement by means of a coil spring 89. The upper end portion 90 of the bell crank 84 engages a rearwardly projecting tab 91 defined by the pivot bar 76 of the set lever 75, as shown particularly in FIG. 5. The set lever 75 is normally in engagement with the teeth 74 of the drive wheels 73, and the upper end portion 90 of the bell crank 84 normally displaces the end bar 78 laterally of the upright finger 83, as shown particularly in FIG. 5, the finger 83 normally also being disposed forwardly of the end bar 78, as shown in FIG. 8. Upon operating the main handle or lever 9 so as to impart rotation to the rock shaft 55, the finger 83 of the rock bar 80 is moved in a generally rearward and downward direction, and the lever arm 57 is at the same time moving the bell crank 59 to lower the end portion 86 of the bell crank 84 and impart sidewise movement to the upper end portion 90 thereof whereby to permit the tension of the coil spring 92 to move the end bar 78 into general front and rear alignment with the upright finger 83 (FIG. 5). The finger 83 of the rock bar 80 is then disposed rearwardly of the end bar 78, and upon movement of the cam element 53 beyond the lever bar 54 toward the position thereof shown in FIG. 7, the tension of a coil spring 93 will impart a quick reverse movement to the rock shaft 55 whereby the finger 83 of the rock bar 80* will kick the set lever 75 out of engagement with the drive wheels 73. At this point, the drive wheels 73 and their associated indicating Wheels 20 may be freely rotated In order to impart rotary movement to the drive wheels 73, the front arm 81 of the rock bar 80 is provided with a laterally projecting stud 94 which is received within a bifurcated end portion 95 of a bell crank 96 mounted for pivotal movements on a pivot pin 97. The other end portion of the bell crank 96 is provided with a secondary lever 98 carried by a pivot pin 99. The rear end portion of the secondary lever 98 defines a kicker flange 100 adapted to engage the teeth 74 of the drive wheels 73, as illustrated generally in FIG. 8. A coil spring 101 is connected between the bell crank 96 and the secondary lever 98 to bias the same to their desired relative positions. Referring to FIG. 8, it will be noted that upward movement of the front arm 81 of the rock bar 80 pursuant pivotal movements of rock shaft 55 will move the secondary lever 98 in a generally forward direction to cause the kicker flange 100 thereof to ride over the outer edges of the teeth 74 on the drive wheels 73. However, when the cam element 53 is moved beyond the lever bar 54 by continued movement of the main lever 9, the quick reverse movement imparted to the rock shaft 55 by means of the coil spring 93 will impart a quick rearward movement to the kicker flange 100 of the secondary lever 98 and impart a clockwise rotation to the drive wheels 73, having reference to FIG. 8.
Having reference to FIG. 10, it will be noted that the timed release mechanism 61 will have been wound by engagement of the lever arm 57 with the bell crank 59, and the cross lever 70 will have been moved forwardly under the lower bars 69 of the ratchet levers 64 in order to maintain the pawl elements 66 out of engagement with the ratchet wheels 68. However, when the rock shaft 55 is released by continued movement of the cam elements 53, the timed release mechanism 61 will permit a slow unwinding of the shaft 60 with a consequent deliberate rearward movement of the cross lever 70. The cross lever 70 defines forwardly and rearwardly spaced abutment edges 102, 103 and 104 adapted to engage the associated and aligned lower bars 69. Upon the timed reverse movement of the cross lever 70, the abutment edge 102 will first release the left lower bar 69 to permit the pawl elements 66 to be biased into engagement with the ratchet wheel 68 and thereby stop movement of the associated indicating Wheel 20 (FIG. 9). Of course, further rearward movement of the cross lever 70 will permit the abutment edges 103 and 104 to release the intermediate and right lower bars 69 in a similar manner. Referring to FIGS. 5 and 10, it will be noted that the rearward movement of the cross lever 70 upon its release will cause the cam roller 87 on the end portion 88 of the bell crank 59 to elevate the adjacent end portion 86 of the bell crank 84 whereby the upper end portion 90 thereby will displace the end bar 78 of the set lever 75 out of the path of travel of the upright finger 83 (FIG. 5). The drive wheels 73 have conventionally been utilized to operate a pay-off mechanism, not shown, according to the combination of indicia, not showing, appearing on the indicating wheels 20 when their rotary movement is halted.
Having described above the mechanism for starting and stopping the indicating wheels 20, a novel mechanism will now be described for releasing a souvenir coin or slug or the like upon each actuation of the main handle or lever 9. The general object of this invention is to release a souvenir coin, slug or other souvenir object with each insertion of a minted or specie coin in the coin-receiving device 26 and subsequent actuation of a lever 9. A quantity of the souvenir coins or slugs are retained within a vertical tube 105 having a pan 106 disposed adjacent the top therefo. The rear portion of the pan 106 is supported by a support bar 107, and the lower end portion of the vertical tube 105 is carried by a pair of vertically spaced mounting plates 108, as shown particularly in FIGS. 8 and 10. The mounting plates 108 are secured to the base plate 17 by means of stud bolts 109. A slide bar 110 is positioned adjacent the bottom of the vertical tube 105 and disposed for forwardly and rearwardly directed sliding movements within a track or guideway defined by a guide plate 111. The slide bar 110 defines an aperture 112 adapted to receive a coin or slug from the column of the same supported within the vertical tube 105 when the slide bar 110 is in its forward position to align the aperture 112 with the bottom of the tube 105. The guide plate 111, base plate 17 and platform 8 have aligned apertures whicth define a passageway 113 disposed .rearwardly of the axis of the tube 105 and leading into a drop chute 114. The drop chute 114 is positioned to deliver the souvenir coin or slug deposited therein to a basin positioned at the front wall 3 of the machine case 1. The slide bar 110 defines at its rearward end a vertical flange 115. The normal position of the slide bar 110 before actuation of the main lever 9 is that shown in FIGS. 8 and 10. However, a push bar 116 is received for reciprocating movements within a notched guide member 117 and connected by means of a link 118 to the lower end portion 119 of bell crank 120 pivotally connected by means of a pivot pin 121 to the rear heel 82 of the rock bar 80, as shown particularly in FIG. 8. A coil spring 122 connected between the front arm 81 of the rock bar and the lower end portion 119 of the bell crank 120 biases the other end portion 123 of the bell crank 120 into engagement with the under surface of the rock shaft 5.5. With this arrangement, it will be noted that upon generally downward movement of the heel portion 82 of the rock bar 80, upon pivotal movement of the rock shaft 55, forward movement will be imparted to the push bar 116 to engage the vertical flange 115 of the slide bar 110 and move the slide bar 110 forward to a position wherein the aperture 112 therein is in general alignment with the tube 105. In this position, :a souvenir coin, slug or the like retained within the vertical tube drops into the aperture 112. Referring to FIG. 10, it will be noted that a bell crank 124 is pivotally mounted on the stud 71 and defines a spacer element 125 adjacent its forward end portion. The other end portion of the bell crank 124 projects latorally and defines an upright tab 126 biased into engagement with the cross lever 70 by means of a coil spring 127. Upon forward movement of the slide bar and the cross lever 70, the spacer element 125 of the bell crank 124 moves in the space behind the forwardly positioned vertical flange of the slide bar 110 to prevent the return of the slide bar 110 upon release of the push bar 116. However, when the cross lever 70 is returning in its rearward direction the same engages the upright tab 126 on the bell crank 124 to move the spacer element thereof out from behind the vertical flange 115 and permit the slide bar 110 to be snapped rearwardly by the coil spring 128 to the position shown in FIG. 8, whereupon the souvenir coin or slug in the aperture 112 of the slide bar 110 drops through the passageway 113 into the drop chute 114.
With the above-described mechanism, it will be apparent that upon actuation of the main handle or lever 9, the indicating wheels 20 are released, set in motion, and stopped in sequence, after which a souvenir coin, slug or the like is discharged by the slide bar 110 and associated mechanism described previously.
After the cam element 53 which actuates the rock shaft 55 has passed or disengaged the lever bar 54, it will be apparent from FIG. 7 that a coil spring 129 will impart upward return movements to the crank plate 24 to the position shown in FIG. 4. As shown in FIGS. 4 and 7, a slide plate 130 has elongated slots 131, 132 for mounting the same on a pair of studs 133, 134. The stud 133 is secured to the crank plate 24, and the stud 134 is secured to the upper end portion of the main end frame 19. The slide plate 130 is connected with the crank plate 24 by means of a coil spring 135 extending between the stud 133 and a laterally projecting tab 136 defined by the slide plate 130. With this arrangement, it will be noted that upon downward movement of the forward portion of the crank plate 24, the stud 133 and coil spring 135 will draw the slide plate 130 in a downward direction so as to cause a depending foot 137 on the upper end portion of the slide plate 130 to engage the upper ear 39 of the slide bar 37 in housing 38 and thereby move the slide bar 37 from its dotted line position to its full line position shown in FIG. 7. This action, of course, resets the above described lock mechanism for preventing movement of the main actuating lever 9 since the slide bar 37 in its downward position shown particularly in FIG. 11 permits the finger 46 of the lever 44 to project through the aperture 43 in the slide bar housing 38 and thereby position the upright lever 48 to cause engagement of the lug 50 on the crank plate 24 with the notch 49. However, as noted previously, upon insertion of a minted or specie coin, not shown, within the slide bar 27 of the coin device 26, the slide bar 27 may be moved rearwardly to engage the end portion 29 of the bell crank 30 so as to cause the link 36 to elevate the slide bar 37 to an upper position to cover the aperture 43 in the housing 38.
Having specifically described the structure of the machine disclosed herein, it will be apparent that the present invention comprehends the provision of a souvenir coin vending machine having a playing action designed to simulate a so-called slot machine, but which instead of paying 011 in specie coins, discharges a souvenir-type coin or similar element with each insertion of a specie playing coin into the machine and subsequent actuation of the playing lever. It should be understood that the term souvenir coin" as used herein refers to the coin element or souvenir device discharged when playing the machine by insertion of the playing coin or device in the machine, the playing coin being referred to herein generally as a specie coin.
It will be apparent that only a preferred embodiment of the present invention has been shown and described, and it should be understood that the same may be modified without departure from the scope and spirit of the appended claim.
What is claimed is:
A vending machine adapted to discharge souvenir coins or the like, said machine comprising:
(a) a souvenir coin-discharging mechanism adapted to discharge a souvenir coin or the like upon each actuation thereof,
(b) a main actuating lever manually operative to actuate said souvenir coin-discharging mechanism, (c) a releasable locking mechanism preventing operation of said main actuating lever, said locking mechanism comprising:
(1) a guideway having an aperture therein,
(2) a movable finger-equipped lever mechanism disposed and arranged to permit said finger to project through the aperture in said guideway and also arranged for engagement with stop means on said main actuating lever for preventing movement of the latter, and
(3) a slide bar mounted and guided on said guideway for movements toward and away from said aperture and between:
(a) a covering position wherein said slide bar covers the aperture in said guideway to prevent projection of the finger of said lever mechanism therethrough and to define a first position of said lever mechanism permitting movement of said main actuating lever, and
(b) an open position wherein said slide bar uncovers the aperture in said guideway to permit projection of the finger of said lever mechanism therethrough and to define a second position of said lever mechanism preventing movement of, and locking, said main actuating lever,
(d) a specie coin-receiving device operative upon insertion of a coin therein to engage said locking mechanism and move the slide bar thereof to its covering position to permit operation of said rnain actuating lever, and
(e) means engaging the slide bar of said locking mechanism for returning the same to its open position locking said main actuating lever after the discharge of a souvenir coin by said coin-discharging mechanism.
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SAMUEL F. COLEMAN, Examiner.
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