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United States Patent 
[li] 4,369,929  Jan. 25,1983
 DISPENSER FOR ROLLED SHEET GOODS
 Inventor: Pierre W. Cayer, 33 Bungay Ter., Seymour, Conn. 06483
 Appl. No.: 218,046
 Filed: Dec. 19, 1980
 Int. C1.3 B6SH 19/04
 U.S. Q 242/55.42; 242/55.54;
 Field of Search 242/55, 55.3, 55.53,
242/55.54, 55.42, 137-138; 225/46, 47, 51, 52, 65; 206/391, 58; 221/309, 310
 References Cited
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
1,897,143 2/1933 Powell 225/52 X
2,630,981 3/1953 Strocco 242/137.1 X
2,836,292 5/1958 Klein et al 206/58
FOREIGN PATENT DOCUMENTS
638511 12/1978 U.S.S^R 206/391
Primary Examiner—Leonard D. Christian
Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Cifelli, Frederick & Tully
A dispenser for rolled sheet goods, such as wax paper, aluminum foil, etc., comprises a housing receiving and
enclosing a plurality of rolls of sheet goods in vertical orientation, the housing defining a vertical exit slot for each of the rolls of sheet goods, and stop means at the top of the housing which, upon application of pressure, clamps at least a selected one of the rolls of sheet goods against turning. A desired amount of sheet goods is pulled from the dispenser, pressure applied to the stop means, and the sheet goods tensioned and torn off at the slot. In one embodiment, the housing comprises a square base, four vertical sidewalk upstanding from the base and defining slots therebetween at the corners of the housing, and a lid which rests on the ends of the rolls of sheet goods and can be pressed down to stop the rolls of sheet goods from turning. In another embodiment, the housing comprises an elongated cap having a top and depending sidewalls received on a base, with the stop means comprising either a flexible portion of the top of the elongated cap or floating stops mounted through the cap. Flexible clamps are provided in the slots to hold the edge of the sheet goods, and rounded openings intersect the slots to provide access for grasping the ends of the sheet goods. Metal serrated cutters are mounted in the slots if required to sever the sheet goods.
18 Claims, 8 Drawing Figures
U.S. Patent Jan. 25, 1983 Sheet 1 of 2 4,369,929
DISPENSER FOR ROLLED SHEET GOODS
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
This invention relates to a dispenser for rolled sheet goods, such as wax paper, aluminum foil and the like, and more particularly relates to a countertop dispenser for a plurality of rolled sheet goods.
A wide variety of rolled sheet goods are used in kitchens. These rolled sheet goods include such items as ^° wax paper, aluminum foil, plastic film wrap, plastic bags, and other paper, foil and plastic goods. Such goods are generally manufactured in continuous sheets and packaged on rolls in elongated rectangular boxes. The boxes generally have a hinged lid, and the end of '5 the sheet goods is extended between the flap of the lid and one side of the box. The goods are unrolled and torn off, either against a sharp edge of the box or against a metal serrated strip provided on one edge of the box for the purpose of cutting the rolled sheet goods. 20
The boxes containing the rolled sheet goods are stored in kitchen drawers or cabinets and are removed for use. Therefore, the boxes require storage space and add to the general clutter often found in drawers or cabinets. More importantly, the rolled sheet goods are 2^> not readily at hand when needed.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
A dispenser for rolled sheet goods according to the invention herein generally comprises a housing receiv- 30 ing at least one and preferably a plurality of rolled sheet goods in vertical orientation, with the housing defining a vertical slot for each roll of sheet goods through which the sheet goods is dispensed, and manually operated stop means, which may be a lid, positioned on the 35 upper end of the housing for releasably engaging the rolled sheet goods to prevent the roll from turning. The desired amount of the sheet goods is drawn from the roll through the slot in the housing, the roll rotating with respect to the stop means. Pressure is then applied 40 manually to the stop means, which engages the roll and prevents it from turning, thereby preventing additional amounts of sheet goods from being dispensed and permitting the sheet goods to be pulled into tensioned condition and torn off at the edge of the slot. The edge of 45 the vertical slot may be sufficiently sharp to cut the rolled goods, or separate the rolled goods along a predetermined tear line thereof, and the slot may be provided with a serrated cutting strip to facilitate cutting of the sheet goods. The vertical slots may also be provided 50 with intersecting semi-circular cutouts to expose the edge of the sheet goods, whereby the sheet goods can be grasped and pulled out of the housing. Lightly tensioned spring clamps may also be provided at or adjacent the slots to hold the end of the sheet goods at the 55 slpt for further dispensing.
In one preferred embodiment, the housing is square and defines a vertical slot at each corner, the housing having interior partitions defining four vertical cavities each receiving one roll of sheet goods whereby the rolls 60 of sheet goods are respectively dispensed through the four corner slots. A lid rests on the ends of the rolls adjacent the top of the housing walls and the lid is held in squared position on the top end of the housing by means of a handle extending through a slot opening in 65 the lid, the handle also providing a convenient means for moving the dispenser. The roll of sheet goods rotates as the sheet goods are pulled out, and pressure on
the top of the lid clamps the roll between the lid and the bottom of the housing to prevent further dispensing of the sheet goods and permit tensioning and tearing of the sheet goods already dispensed. Another embodiment includes a flexible lid which may be deflected into contact with the rolls to secure the rolls against rotation. In a further embodiment, the housing is in the form of an elongated cap and base, with the rolls of sheet goods being received therein. Floating manually operated stop discs are mounted through the top of the housing and are pressed downwardly to engage and hold the rolls of sheet goods.
The dispensers efficiently store and make readily available a plurality of rolls of sheet goods in an attractive countertop unit.
Accordingly, it is a principal object of the invention herein to provide a dispenser for rolled sheet goods.
It is a further object of the invention herein to provide a dispenser for a plurality of rolls of sheet goods in an attractive unit adapted for countertop use.
It is an additional object of the invention herein to provide a dispenser for rolled sheet goods which is fabricated of few parts with simple construction, and is easy to operate and load.
Other and more specific features and objects of the invention herein will in part be obvious and will in part appear from a perusal of the following description of the preferred embodiments and the claims, taken together with the drawings.
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a dispenser for rolled sheet goods according to the invention herein;
FIG. 2 is a cross-sectional view of the dispenser of FIG. 1 taken along the lines 2—2 of FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is an enlarged cross-sectional view of a corner of the dispenser of FIG. 1;
FIG. 4 is a vertical sectional view of the dispenser of FIG. 1 taken along the lines 4—4 of FIG. 2;
FIG. 5 is a fragmentary vertical sectional view of another dispenser of rolled sheet goods according to the invention herein;
FIG. 6 is a perspective view of another dispenser for rolled sheet goods according to the invention herein;
FIG. 7 is a sectional view of the dispenser of FIG. 6 taken along the lines 7—7 of FIG. 6; and
FIG. 8 is a cross-sectional view of the dispenser of FIG. 6 taken along the lines 8—8 of FIG. 7.
The same reference numerals refer to the same elements throughout the various Figures.
DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED
A dispenser for rolled sheet goods 10 according to the invention herein is illustrated in FIGS. 1-4. The dispenser 10 generally comprises a housing 20 adapted to receive four rolls of sheet goods 12-15 in vertical orientation, including manually operated stop means in the form of a lid 50 which is positioned at the top of the housing 20 and assists in dispensing the desired amount of sheet goods.
The housing 20 of the dispenser 10 comprises a square base plate 21 having rectangular sidewalls 22-25 upstanding therefrom. The sidewalls 22-25 define four vertical slots 30-33 at the corners of the housing 20. More particularly, the vertical side surfaces of the sidewalls 22-25 are reverse beveled at 45°, whereby adja