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1. EP1520261 - APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR VENDING PRODUCTS HAVING VARIOUS DIMENSIONS

Office European Patent Office
Application Number 03763189
Application Date 02.07.2003
Publication Number 1520261
Publication Date 06.04.2005
Publication Kind B1
IPC
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Applicants GROSS & EDGERTON LTD
Inventors SKAVNAK JAMES E
Priority Data 0321016 02.07.2003 US
10422302 24.04.2003 US
Title
(DE) VORRICHTUNG UND VERFAHREN ZUM VERKAUFEN VON PRODUKTEN IN VERSCHIEDENEN GRÖSSEN
(EN) APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR VENDING PRODUCTS HAVING VARIOUS DIMENSIONS
(FR) APPAREIL ET PROCEDE DE DISTRIBUTION DE PRODUITS DE DIMENSIONS DIVERSES
Abstract
(EN)
An improved method and apparatus for vending products, and particularly beverage containers, of varied sizes, shapes and configurations are disclosed. The products to be vended are aligned in selectable ordered queues within a vending machine that can include a transparent front panel. A container release assembly is positioned at the end of the vend queue to vend a container upon activation. The container release assembly acts on the first-in-line container to be vended and on the second-in-line container, by retaining the second-in-line container while the first is being released. The container release assembly acts on the containers from two opposite sides of the containers.

(FR)
La présente invention concerne un procédé et un appareil de distribution de produits, et en particulier des récipients de boisson, de tailles, de formes et de configurations diverses. Les produits à distribuer sont alignés dans des files d'attente ordonnées qu'on peut sélectionner à l'intérieur du distributeur, lequel peut comprendre un panneau frontal transparent. Un ensemble de libération de récipient est situé au bout de la file d'attente de distribution de façon à distribuer un récipient lors du déclenchement de cet ensemble. Cet ensemble de libération de récipient agit sur le premier récipient à distribuer de la file et sur le deuxième récipient de la file, retenant ce deuxième récipient alors que le premier est libéré. Cet ensemble de libération de récipient agit sur les récipients à partir des deux côtés opposés de ces récipients.