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United @t tes lk teht inventor Vern 1K. Mason 25412 Mover Drive, Grand Forks, N. Deli. 5820]! Appl. No. 9,2432
Filed Feb. 6, i970 Patented Dee. M, 119711 THCMIE'H lDllSlPlENSlElk DEWCEE 3 Claims, 13 Drawing ll lgs.
m1 me 56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 989,647 4/1911 Sanneman 83/423 X Primary Examiner.lames M. Meister Attorney- Robert E. Kleve ABSTRACT: A ticket dispenser having a six-sided drum with a dial for rotating the drum. The drum is surrounded by an arcuate guide and a length of tickets is fed therebetween. The rotating action of the drum feeds the tickets around the drum, with the corners of the drum folding the tickets at the perforation lines for easier separation. A channel receives the tickets after passing about the drum and the dial has a spring return so that after dialing the return action of the dial actuates a movable channel portion for partially severing the tickets. The dispenser also has a mechanism to prevent the drum from overtraveling while feeding the tickets.
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INVENTOR Vern K. Mason BY Rmmm ATTORNEY TlClltlET DISPENSER DEVTCE The invention relates to ticket dispensers. More particularly, the invention relates to my copending patent application, Ser. No. 741,046, filed .lune 28, I968, now U.S. Pat. No. 3,552,616, and entitled Ticket Dispenser.
It is an object of the invention to provide a novel drum beneath a dial mechanism and actuated by the dial mechanism, which acts to feed a selected number of tickets and wherein the drum has flat sides for folding the tickets along their perforation lines for easier separation.
it is a further object of the invention to provide a novel drum with flat sides which fold the tickets along the perforated lines for easier separation and which drum is actuated by a dual mechanism.
It is a further object of the invention to provide a novel ticket dispenser with a flat-sided drum and a dual mechanism which folds a selected number of tickets along their perforated lines and feeds them to a mechanism for partially separating the tickets.
It is a further object of the invention to provide a novel improvement in a ticket dispenser mechanism which partially severs the last of a selected number of tickets from the remainder of the roll of tickets.
Further objects and advantages of the invention will become apparent as the description proceeds and when taken in conjunction with the drawings wherein:
FllG. l is a top plan view of the improved portable ticket dispenser invention.
FIG. 2 is an enlarged top plan view of the one of the improved ticket dispensers.
FIG. 3 is a right side elevational view of the improved ticket dispenser invention taken along line 3-3 of FIG. 3.
H6. 4 is a left side elevational view of the improved ticket dispenser invention taken along line 44 of lFlG. 2.
FIG. 5 is a fragmentary showing of the tickets similar to FlG. 4 showing the tickets partially severed along their perforated lines by the serving plate.
FlG. 5A is a top plan view taken along line 5A-5A of FIG. 5.
FIG. 6 is fragmentary showing of the drum and guideway and channel construction and ticket location of the improved ticket dispenser invention.
Fit]. 7 is a cross-sectional view taken along line 7-7 of Fit}. 6 with the tickets removed.
FllG. ii is a top plan view of the portable dispenser invention with the top panels and their hinges removed.
H6. 5' is a view of the housing for the ticket dispenser taken along line El9 of HG. ll.
FlG. llll is a front elevational view of the portable ticket dispenser.
FlG. it is a side elevational view of the ticket dispenser invention taken along line llll-ll of HG. ll.
FlG. H2 is a cross-sectional view taken along line ll2-ll2 of FIG. )1.
Briefly stated, the invention comprises a portable ticket dispenser device having a housing with a pair of dial-operated ticket dispenser mounted therein. Each ticket dispenser has a dial with a six-sided drum mounted coaxially beneath the dial, guideway means surround the drum to guide the tickets about the drum with corners of the flat sides of the drum acting to fold the tickets along the perforation lines for easier separation and channel means are mounted adjacent the drum and to guide the tickets awayfrom the drum after and selected number of tickets have been dialed by the dial around the drain, a pivotally mounted channel member actuated by the dial partially severs the last of the selected number of tickets along the perforation lines from the remainder of the roll of tickets. A latch mechanism is provided to prevent overriding of the drum when dialing.
Referring more particularly to the drawing in FIG. l, the improved portable ticket dispenser invention is illustrated as having boxlike housing 21 (see FIGS. ll, 8, fl, and ill) with a rectangular base platform 22. The housing has a pair of side panels 24 and 25. front and rear panels 26 and 27, and a top panel 28 all integrally connected to one another. The housing 21 is pivotally mounted to the platform 22 by a dual pair of hinges 29 and 30 at the rear and the housing 2!; is locked to the front of the platform by a conventional lock 31.
The top panel 28 has a pair of compartments 32 and 33 mounted therein.
The compartments 32 and 33 have a rectangular dishes 35 and 36 recessed therein and fixed to the top panel 25. A pair of plates 37 and 35 act as covers for the dish or receptacle portion of the compartments and are pivotally mounted to the top panel by dual pair of hinges 39 and 40, respectively.
Downwardly extending pins 4i and 42 are fixed to the underside of the panels 37 and 3%, respectively. Pin 4i has a bore therethrough for slidably receiving "the rod 43, to lock the panel 37 closed as illustrated in FIGS. l and ill. A collar 44 is fixed to the side 35 of the dish 35 and slidably receives and holds the rod 43. The rear end of the rod 43 passes through a bore inside of the dish 36 with an eyelet 43' is formed in the rear end of the rod 43. The eyelet being within the dish 36, the rod 43 cannot be operated unless plate 35 is open.
The plate 35 is held closed by a lever 45 pivotally mounted to the panel inside of the front panel 26 by a pin 46. The lever is spring loaded clockwise by a coil spring 46" so that the book 45 at its upper end of the lever engages into a notch 42' in the pin 42, to lock the plate 35 closed. The lever 45 being on the inside of the panel 26 cannot be pivoted counterclockwise or operated unless the housing has been unlocked at lock 31 and the housing pivoted open about hinges 29 and 30, so that the operator can reach under the panel 26 to operate the lever 45.
Once the panel 38 has been opened, the panel 37 can be also opened by pulling the eyelet 43 of the rod 43 to move nose 43 of the rod from the bore of the pin 411. The top panel 25 has a pair of holes 46 and 47 for the pins 41 and 42 to pass through the top panel so that they may be engaged by rod 43, and lever 45, respectively.
The compartments 32 and 33 serve as cash boxes and thereby cannot be opened unless the lock M, has first been unlocked or opened. A handle 3ll' is mounted to the front panel 26.
TICKET DISPENSERS Within the housing and mounted to the bottom platform 22 beneath compartment 33 are a pair of ticket dispensers 49 and 50. Each ticket dispenser 49 and 50 has an identical construction with an enlarged top plan view of ticket dispenser 49 being illustrated in FIG. 2.
The ticket dispenser 49 has a roll of tickets 5i which are rotatably mounted to the platform 22. The outer end 5i of the ticket 511 extends around a pin 53 also fixed to the bottom platform 22 and around a roller 54 which roller is rotatably mounted on a pin 54' which pin 54' is fixed on the platform 55 of dispenser 49. From roller 54 the outer end 511 extends around roller 56 which roller is also rotatably mounted to a pin 56' which pin is fixed to platform 55 and from roller 56 around pin 56 and in-between the drum 57 and arcuate guideway portion 79, as illustrated in FIG. 2, where it is dialed and dispensed as later described. The ticket roll 52 is also rotatably mounted to the platform 22 and has its outer end 52' which passes around pin 53' and around roller 54 of the dispenser 50 where it is fed into the dispenser 50 in the same manner or dispenser 49.
The ticket dispenser 49, as illustrated generally in FlG. l and in detail in FIG. 2, has a platform 55 with a center shaft 59 fixed to the platform 55. The six-sided drum 57 is rotatably mounted to shaft 59. A dial 60 is also rotatably mounted to the shaft 59 coaxially above the drum 57. The dial 60 has five (5) annular recesses 611. 62, 63, 64, and 65 disposed at intervals about the circumference of the dial 60 and numbered ll-5, as indicated in FIG. 2.
The drum 57 has an upper and lower annular flanges 67 and 68. The upper annular flange 66 has six V-shaped notches 69-74, inclusive, disposed at even intervals about the circumference of the flange 67. The flange or plate 67 also has six upwardly projecting flanges 75 disposed at even intervals about the circumference of the flange 66. The drum 57 has six wallplates 76 which have their ends abutting one another to fonn a six-sided drum and with each plate 76 corresponding in length to one ticket.
A coil spring 77 surrounds the shaft 59 and with one end 77' fixed to the underside of the dial 60 and the other end 77" fixed to the top plate 67.
A channel member 78 has a cylindrically curved arcuate guideway portion 79 which extends around the drum 57. The curved portion 79 has a concave cross section from area 80 to area 81. The outer end 81 of the curved portion 79 gradually flattens out from its concave shape to a form the flat end portion 81' and is riveted to upright portion 82' of flange member 82.
The lower end of flange member 82 has a lateral leg 82" which is fixed to the platfonn 55.
At the other end of the curved portion 79 of member 78 has upper and lower edges 84 and 85 which gradually widens and folds about in a reverse direction to form the C-conformation of channel portion 86.
The drum plates 76 each has a U-shaped recess 87 at their opposite ends. A second shorter guideway 88 has a circular plate portion 89 which extends partially around the drum 57 which has a short radius so as to recess into the recesses 87 of the drum. The plate portion 89 at its other end 90 extends into the channel 86 and then bends out of the channel 86 at 89 and has a downwardly extending plate portion 90 which extends downwardly to the platfonn 55, which a lateral leg portion 90" which is formed integrally with leg portion 90 and is also fixed to the platform by rivets.
The guideway 88 acts to guide the tickets, after having traveled about the drum, into the channel 86' ofchannel 86.
The channel portion 86, which forms generally the C- shaped conformation for receiving the tickets and it extends horizontally away from the dial and drum toward a pivotally mounted severing plate 92.
The severing plate 92 has a U-shaped conformation and is pivotally mounted to a projecting post 93 by a pin 94. The post 93 is fixed to the top outer edge channel 86.
The severing plate 92 has a U-shaped cross section with the apex 95 at the bottom and the legs for side panels 96 and 97. The side plates 96 and 97 each has projecting extensions and the pin 94 passes through the post 93 so that the severing plate 92 may pivot about the pin 94.
The severing plate 92 is operated by an actuating mechanism 98. The actuating mechanism 98 has a plate 99 which plate 99 is pivotally mounted to an upright wall 100 which wall 100 is fixed to the platform 55.
The dial 60 has a downwardly turned annular flange 101 with a further downwardly projecting flange portion 101'. A cylindrical rod 102 is fixed to the flange 101' and projects outwardly therefrom.
A coil spring 103 has one end attached to pin 104 which pin is attached to plate 99 and the other end is attached to a recessed portion 105 of platform 55.
A rod 106 has one end 106' pivotally connected to the severing plate and the other end 106" pivotally connected to the plate 99.
A finger stop mechanism 107 is provided adjacent the drum 57. The finger stop mechanism has an S-shaped support plate 108 with a lateral leg 109 fixed to the platform 55 vertical leg 110 extends upward and a horizontal leg 111 and vertical 112, and a horizontal leg portion 113 connected integrally in succession to form the generally S-shaped conformation.
A finger actuation plate 114has an upper horizontal plate portion 115 which forms a hook, and vertical plate portion 116 and a horizontal plate portion 117, vertical plate portion 118, and a horizontal plate portion 119 and a lowermost vertical plate part 120 connected integrally in succession to one another.
The finger actuation plate 114 is pivotally mounted to the support plate 108 by a pin 114' which passes through portion 111 and 113 of the support plate and portions 117 and 119 of the finger plate. A pin 119 fixed to plate 113 limits the clockwise pivotal movement of the actuation plate 114. A V-shaped projecting leg portion 120' extending outwardly from plate portion 120 engages in any one of the notches 69-74 to limit the counterclockwise movement of the plate 114. The plate 114 is normally held in its position shown in phantom lines 129 by a coil spring 122. One end 122' of the coil spring being attached to plate portion 119 of plate 114, and the other end 122" being attached to a pin 123 which pin is fixed to portion 111 of the support plate.
DIALING AND DISPENSING OPERATION The end 51' of the ticket roll 51 will be first fed around pin 53 and roller 54, roller 56 and 57 and around the drum 57 between the guideway portion 79 and the drum and between the guideway 79 and 88 and into the channel 86 until the front edge of the front most ticket aligns generally even with the front edge 86" of the channel member 86 in a similar manner as described in my earlier copending application. The tickets when installed will have their perforated edges 51" aligned with the comers 125 of the drum plates 76 and the length of the channel member 86 will be such that when the perforated edges 51" are aligned with the corners 125 the forward edge of the forewardmost ticket will align generally even with the forward edge 86" of the channel member.
Also the dialing operation will rotate the drum 57 one-sixth ofa turn for each number dialed in the same manner as in my earlier copending patent application.
The dial 60 will move further than one-sixth of a turn for the first number since the pivotally mounted plate 126 which has its upper end pivotally mounted to flanges 127 depending from the dial 60, by a pin 128, is positioned between the upwardly projecting flanges 75 before dialing and has to travel to the first upright flange 75 before the plate 126 can engage the first flange 75 to rotate the drum. The dial will turn the drum exactly one-sixth of a turn for each number although the dial rotates further than one-sixth of a turn for the first number, which operation is similar to my earlier device.
Assuming, for example, the operator wished to dial and dispense four tickets and that the ticket roll 51 has been installed with the forewardmost edge of the forewardmost ticket in alignment with the forward edge 86" of the channel. The operator will place his finger in the recess No. 4 of the dial and rotate the dial clockwise, when viewed from FIG. 2, from its position shown in solid lines in FIG. 2. This initial rotation will immediately pivot the plate 99 from its position shown in solid lines in FIG. 4 to its position shown in dashed lines in FIG. 4 and designated by numeral 138 which pulls the rod 106 and thereby pivots the severing plate from its position shown in solid lines in FIGS. 3 and 4 to its position shown in dashed lines in FIG. 3 and designated by number 139. This changing of the position of the severing plate to its position shown in dashed lines in FIG. 3 occurs before the lower end 126' of the pivoting plate 126 reaches its engagement with the first one of the projecting flanges 75.
Since the plate 126 cannot pivot relative to the flange 75 when the dial is rotating clockwise it will engage first flange 75 and begin rotating the drum. The dial will be rotated until the recess 64 reaches alignment with the finger stop and the operation finger engages the finger plate and pivots it counterclockwise when viewed from FIG. 2 which moves the lower end of the plate 114 from its position shown in phantom lines and designated by numeral 129 to its position shown in dashed lines and designated by numeral 130, which engages the V-shaped end 120 into notch 73 and locks the drum at exactly 4/6th of a complete turn and thereby prevents any overtraveling of the drum.
The rotation of the drum causes the ticket to feed around the drum and out the channel so as to dispense four tickets out the end of the channel member 86, in a manner similar to my earlier device.
In my earlier device pegs were used to keep the tickets from slipping relative to the drum, however, the frictional engagement of the comers 125 of the drum is sufficient to prevent the ticket from slipping and thereby causing them to travel with the drum and to feed them along the path indicated by the arrows in FIG. 6.
Once the operator removes his finger from the recess 64, the coil spring 77 immediately causes the dial to rotate back counterclockwise when viewed from FIG. 2 to its original position shown in solid lines in FIG. 2.
As the dial 6t) approaches its original position the pin 102 will travel back into the slot 131 and engages leg H32 and the action of the spring 77 will be strong enough to pivot the plate 99 back to its original position shown in solid lines in FIGS. 2 and 4 and thereby return the dial 60 to its original position shown in solid lines in FIG. 4.
The drum 57 before and after dialing will always have been moved one-sixth of an arc or multiples thereof, with the finger stop mechanism preventing over traveling of the drum.
The pivoting of the plate 99 back to its original position pushes the rod 106 from right to left when viewed from FIG. 4, which thereby pivots the severing plate 90 upward from its position shown in dashed lines in FIG. 3 to its position shown in solid lines in FIG. 4, which action causes the apex 95 of the severing plate to engage the underside 133 of the last ticket R34 of the four tickets dispensed out of the severing plate by the -dialing and the engagement of the apex 95 with the last ticket 134 pivots the ticket upward, while the previous ticket I35 is held generally stationary in the channel 86 from pivoting. The upward movement causes the ticket 134 to tear upward along the perforated line I36 between it and ticket 135 for part of the height of the ticket so as to leave an upper portion such as illustrated in FIG. 5 from area 1136' to 137 still unsevered.
This action of the severing plate only partially severs the last of the four tickets from the roll so that they will not fall to the ground, makes it easier for the person receiving the four tickets to physically grasp them. The person grasping the four tickets will then pull them away which completes the severing of the four tickets from the rest of the roll.
The coil spring I03 as it is moved by the plate 99 for the partial severing tends to create a snap action movement of the severing plate 92. The coil spring as it passes the pivotal axis of plate 99, when plate 99 moves clockwise when viewed from FIG. 4, this snap action creates an easier partial severing of the tickets by a more rapid tearing or severing movement.
Thus, it will be seen that a novel improved ticket dispenser has been provided.
The flat sides of the drum 57 causes a folding of the tickets along their perforations lines as the drum rotates and feeds the tickets around during the dialing which makes the tickets easier to be partially severed or separated by severing plate 92.
The housing along the rear panel 27 has a pair of rectangular slots for the severing plate 92 of the dispensers 49 and 50 to dispense tickets therethrough.
It will be obvious that various changes and departures may be made to the invention without departing from the spirit and thereof, and accordingly it is not intended that the invention be limited to that specifically described in the specification or as illustrated in the drawings but only as set forth in the appended claims wherein:
What is claimed is:
ll. A ticket dispenser for dispensing a length of tickets having perforations therebetween, comprising a six-sided drum, a dial for rotating the drum and dispensing a selected number of tickets, an arcuate guide surrounding the drum, channel means extending away from the drum, said drum acting to feed tickets around the drum with the corners of the sides of the drum acting to fold the tickets along their perforation lines, a movable channel at the outer end of the channel means for partially severing the last of the selected tickets dispensed.
2. A ticket dispenser according to claim I wherein a finger actuated means are provided acting to prevent the drum from overriding in its rotation.
3. A ticket dispenser according to claim 2 wherein said movable channel means has spring return plate means actuated by said dial which in turn actuated said movable channel means.