Patent Number: 6,253,954

Title: Article storage/dispensing device for vending machine

Abstract: There is provided n article storage/dispensing device for a vending machine. Each article rack for storing articles has an article passage for storing the articles in a horizontal row, and a dispensing opening formed at one end of the article passage for dispensing the articles. Each article-dispensing mechanism is provided for the corresponding article rack in a manner movable between a dispensing position and a holding position. A single drive source causes each article-dispensing mechanism to move between the dispensing position and the holding position. Each linkage is capable of connecting the drive source to the corresponding article-dispensing mechanism and disconnecting the former from the latter, for causing the corresponding article-dispensing mechanism to move from the holding position to the dispensing position when the drive source is connected to the corresponding article-dispensing mechanism. Driving means actuates a linkage corresponding to an article selected by a purchaser, thereby connecting the drive source to an article-dispensing mechanism corresponding to the selected article, for vending the article.

Inventors: Yasaka; Yoshio (Gunma-ken, JP)

Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.

International Classification: G07F 11/42 (20060101); G07F 11/02 (20060101); B65H 003/44 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018