WO2008075940A1 - Vending machine for food products - Google Patents

Vending machine for food products

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WO2008075940A1
WO2008075940A1 PCT/NL2007/000317 NL2007000317W WO2008075940A1 WO 2008075940 A1 WO2008075940 A1 WO 2008075940A1 NL 2007000317 W NL2007000317 W NL 2007000317W WO 2008075940 A1 WO2008075940 A1 WO 2008075940A1
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products
food
dispensing
machine
vending
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PCT/NL2007/000317
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French (fr)
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Cornelis Hubertus Johannes Maria Ubink
Der Straaten Roland Jaap Van
Johannes Willem Wijnja
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Van Den Bosch, Carolina, Adriana, Johanette
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    • G07F11/00Coin-freed apparatus for dispensing, or the like, discrete articles
    • G07F11/02Coin-freed apparatus for dispensing, or the like, discrete articles from non-movable magazines
    • G07F11/28Coin-freed apparatus for dispensing, or the like, discrete articles from non-movable magazines in which the magazines are inclined
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    • G07F11/04Coin-freed apparatus for dispensing, or the like, discrete articles from non-movable magazines in which magazines the articles are stored one vertically above the other
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    • G07F11/165Delivery by means of an xyz-picker or multi-dimensional article picking arrangement
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    • G07F11/38Coin-freed apparatus for dispensing, or the like, discrete articles from non-movable magazines in which the magazines are horizontal
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    • G07F11/00Coin-freed apparatus for dispensing, or the like, discrete articles
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    • G07CHECKING-DEVICES
    • G07FCOIN-FREED OR LIKE APPARATUS
    • G07F17/00Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services
    • G07F17/0064Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for processing of food articles
    • G07F17/0078Food articles which need to be processed for dispensing in a hot or cooked condition, e.g. popcorn, nuts
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    • G07CHECKING-DEVICES
    • G07FCOIN-FREED OR LIKE APPARATUS
    • G07F9/00Details other than those peculiar to special kinds or types of apparatus
    • G07F9/02Devices for alarm or indication, e.g. when empty; Advertising arrangements in coin-freed apparatus
    • G07F9/026Devices for alarm or indication, e.g. when empty; Advertising arrangements in coin-freed apparatus for alarm, monitoring and auditing in vending machines or means for indication, e.g. when empty
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    • G07F9/00Details other than those peculiar to special kinds or types of apparatus
    • G07F9/10Casings or parts thereof, e.g. with means for heating or cooling
    • G07F9/105Heating or cooling means, for temperature and humidity control, for the conditioning of articles and their storage

Abstract

The vending machine for food products has cellular spaces (8) provided with slanting chutes (20) for said food products, said cellular spaces (8) being positioned in a horizontally rotatable matrix-shape frame (7), which in turn is positioned in a conditioned cabinet-shaped unit (3), in which at the rear side of a first door (5) a computer-controlled dispensing lock (12) is mounted in a frame and a computer-controlled selecting screen (10) is mounted in a second door (6), in which the computer can be connected to the internet for forwarding all data concerning food products, dispensing cartridges, and the like, to the main office for an optimum operational management.

Description

Vending machine for food products

The invention relates to a device designed as a vending machine for providing customers with food products in the form of meals, snacks, beverages, and the like, in which the consumer can make his choice for a specific food product through illustrations of products, whereupon after paying the amount due in the paying unit of the machine, the chosen food product can be supplied through dispensing means .

A somewhat similar device or vending machine is known from French Patent FR 2800191.

This concerns a dispensing machine for providing stacked food products on a tray, which can be obtained by advance payment to the machine of a reserved food product, in which the products are arranged behind computer- controlled glass panels.

This is a slightly modernized dispensing machine for mainly snacks, in which only the mechanical access is partly automated.

Further, the patent FR 2824168 is known. This concerns only a manipulator for dispensing stacked packaged food products .

Additionally, the international application WO 2004/086317 Al is known. This concerns a cylindrical vending machine for heatable meals, having a dispensing panel, display, controls and the like for dispensing mainly pizzas .

The vending machines for dispensing food products described above have drawbacks in relation to enabling a more automated and unmanned use.

The object of the present invention is providing a vending machine for dispensing food products, that can be observed, monitored or operated at distance and can function by itself in e.g. canteens, offices, hospitals, stations, parking lots, building sites, etc.

To this end, a device designed as dispensing machine for selling food products by means of a paying member is characterized in that said machine is designed as a cabinet-type unit having a mobile horizontally rotatable matrix-shape frame in its interior with slanting cellular spaces refillable from behind, the front of the cabinet- type unit being provided with at least one first door having a dispensing opening, and behind that vertically and horizontally moveable dispensing means in the shape of a dispensing lock, which is controllable from a computer- controlled selecting screen. The advantage is a fully controlled vending machine that can be monitored at distance, for dispensing food products, that can be positioned in all sorts of facilities without any difficulty, so that extensive menu possibilities can be offered to persons, without requiring any serving personnel, thus supplying in a very economical way.

Further, the device according to the invention is characterized in that the interior space of said cabinet- type unit is adjustably conditioned for optimum storage of said food products in the cellular spaces, designed as slanting chutes.

The advantage is, that the food products have an optimum shelf life. Further, government regulations regarding dispensing food products can be satisfied optimally.

The device according to the invention is further characterized in that said rotatable matrix-shape frame is mounted on a horizontally rotatable and moveable trolley, the dimensions of the cellular spaces being adjustable to the required dimensions of packaged meals, snacks, beverage bottles, and the like, and having such a length, that an amount of the same products can be positioned behind one another within the cellular space and will slide to the dispensing lock by gravity.

The advantages are a maximally economically employable rotatable matrix-shape frame that can supply the food products to the dispensing lock optimally. Further, the device according to the invention is characterized in that said computer-controlled selecting screen is preferably situated in a separate closable second door in said front of the cabinet-type unit and said computer-controlled selecting screen is designed as LCD "touch screen", a touch screen for general information and a paying unit being mounted in said second door.

The advantage is that a conveniently arranged control for the consumer is achieved.

Additionally, the device according to the invention is characterized in that the computer in the vending machine is provided with a software packet for conditioning, driving, controlling, calculation or payment of food products, signalling of shortages, exceeding of best before dates, operation of the microwave oven, positioning of the vending machine, maintenance data, internet connection, and the like.

The advantage is, that the entire vending machine can be observed and monitored at a distance, and its results are immediately available at the main office, so that a network of vending machines for food products can be set up in an efficient way.

With the information/data generated from the sales of the machines concerned, the following can be achieved: trends in sales are signalled; e.g. the sale of meat balls, fried rice meals, and the like

- when the best before date approaches, the product selling price can be adapted

- possibilities for immediate change of stock

- data on perishing of products that can be sold by lapse of the best before data appear from the computer data

- remote monitoring through internet - in case of several machines one obtains data on the entire service area planning of supplying the vending machines can be improved

- the consumer can bring meals, snacks on consuming temperature in the accompanying microwave oven. This also produces data about consumer behaviour.

Hereinafter, the invention is further explained by way of a preferred embodiment, illustrated in the drawing.

Here,

figure 1 illustrates a perspective view of a vending machine for food products having a microwave cabinet connected to it, according to the invention; figure 2 illustrates a perspective view of the vending machine for food products of figure 1 with opened first and second access doors; figure 3 illustrates a view of the vertically and horizontally moveable dispensing means in the form of a dispensing lock according to the invention; figure 4 illustrates a perspective view of the mobile horizontally rotatable matrix-shape frame; figure 5 illustrates a view of a cross section along the line V-V of figure 4; figure 6 illustrates a view of the mobile horizontally rotatable matrix-shape frame complete with supplying chutes or cellular spaces for the food products positioned behind one another; and figures 7A-7D illustrate several front views of the various devices of the supplying chutes of the cellular spaces for different dimensions of food products.

Figure 1 illustrates a perspective view of the vending machine 1 for food products having a microwave oven cabinet 2 according to a preferred embodiment of the invention. The vending machine 1 is constructed as a cabinet-type unit 3 having a front 4 with the first door 5 (see figure 2) and a second door 6. In said cabinet-type unit 3, a horizontally rotatable frame 7 having refillable slanting cellular spaces 8 (see also figure 6) is located. In figure 4, said horizontally rotatable matrix-shape frame 7 with one single slanting cellular space 8 is indicated schematically. Figure 1 also illustrates two microwave ovens 9. Naturally, more microwave ovens 9 can be mounted, if this is desired.

Further, a computer-controlled selecting screen 10, designed as touch screen is mounted in the second door 6, for example.

The closable door 5 contains a dispensing opening 11 with behind it vertically and horizontally movable dispensing means in the shape of a dispensing lock 12 being moveable within a frame 15 (see also figure 2) . The first door 5 has a window 13, through which one can see the products (not illustrated) on the slanting cellular spaces 8. Further, the electrically controlled paying unit 14 is mounted in the second door 6.

Figure 3 shows the dispensing lock 12 with the accompanying frame 15, which is operated with slight effort through cables 16 and counterweights 17 by a computer- controlled stepping motor or the like. Frame 15 is mounted on the inside of the first door 5 (see also figure 2) . The assembly of the remaining structure is roughly deduced from fig. 3 and this too concerns a preferred embodiment. Figure 4 illustrates the horizontally rotatable matrix-shape frame 7 in a perspective view and figure 5 illustrates a cross-section according to line V-V in figure 4. Horizontal rotation occurs with the vertical shaft bearing connection 18 with the beam 19 secured horizontally on the bottom or on a trolley 21 (see figures 7A through 7D) .

Figure 6 illustrates a view on a smaller scale of the horizontally rotatable matrix-shape frame 1, filled with the cellular spaces 8 designed as slanting chutes 20 for positioning the food products behind one another, so that they will slide towards the dispensing lock 12 across the slanting chutes 20 designed smoothly with Teflon or with rollers (see also figure 4) . The figures 7A through 7D illustrate in front view the various adjustable widths of the horizontally rotatable matrix-shape frame 7 for accommodating the various types of food products having varying widths.

Finally, it should be emphasized, that a preferred embodiment of the invention has been described above and that further modifications and the like are possible, without limiting the scope of protection of the invention.

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Claims

C L A I M S
1. Device designed as vending machine for providing consumers with food products in the form of meals, snacks, drinks, and the like, in which the consumer can choose a certain food product through illustrations of products, whereupon after paying the amount due in the paying unit (14) of the machine, the desired food product can be supplied through dispensing means, characterized in that said machine is designed as a cabinet-shaped unit (3) having in its interior a mobile horizontally rotatable matrix-shape frame (7) with slanting cellular spaces (8) refillable from behind, in which the front (4) of the cabinet-shaped unit is provided with at least one door (5) with a dispensing opening (11) and behind it vertically and horizontally movable dispensing means in the form of a dispensing lock (12) being operable from a computer- controlled selecting screen (10) .
2. Device according to claim 1, characterized in that the interior space of said cabinet-shaped unit (3) is adjustably conditioned for optimum storage of said food products in the cellular spaces (8), designed as slanting chutes (20) .
3. Device according to claim 1 or 2, characterized in that said rotatable matrix-shape frame (7) is mounted on a horizontally rotatable and movable trolley (21).
4. Device according to one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the dimensions of said cellular spaces (8) are adjustable to the required dimensions of packaged meals, snacks, bottles with beverages, and the like, and said spaces have such lengths, that an amount of the same products can be positioned behind one another in the cellular space and can slide towards the dispensing lock (12) .
5. Device according to one of the preceding claims, characterized in that said computer-controlled selecting screen (10) is located in a separate closable second door (6) in said front (4) of the cabinet-shaped unit (3) and said computer-controlled selecting screen (10) is designed as LCD "touch screen", a touch screen for general information and a paying unit (14) being mounted in said second door (6) in a suitable manner.
6. Device according to claim 5, characterized in that a second mobile horizontally rotatable matrix frame is located behind said second door (6) as i reserve.
7. Device according to one of the preceding claims, characterized in that recesses and provisions for positioning at least one microwave oven (9) for heating meals and snacks to consumption temperature are located in the remaining space of said front (4).
8. Device according to one of the preceding claims, characterized in that said food products are provided with a standardized coding that can be input in the memory of the computer of said selecting screen (10), for keeping track of dispensing cartridges, and the like, through a network or internet at a distance in a database at the main office .
9. Device according to one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the computer in the vending machine (1) is provided with a software packet for conditioning, energizing, controlling, calculation or payment of food products, signalling of shortages, exceeding of shelf life dates, operation of microwave oven (5, 9), positioning of the vending machine (1), maintenance data, internet connection, and the like.
10. Device according to claim 9, characterized in that paying the food products can occur by coins, bills, chipknip, PINcard and magnetic strip, in which the computer communicates with the MDB protocol through RS-232.
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