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1. WO2020198500 - CUTLERY DISPENSING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Publication Number WO/2020/198500
Publication Date 01.10.2020
International Application No. PCT/US2020/025001
International Filing Date 26.03.2020
IPC
A47F 1/10 2006.01
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
FSPECIAL FURNITURE, FITTINGS, OR ACCESSORIES FOR SHOPS, STOREHOUSES, BARS, RESTAURANTS, OR THE LIKE; PAYING COUNTERS
1Racks for dispensing merchandise; Containers for dispensing merchandise
04Containers with arrangements for dispensing articles
08dispensing from bottom
10having mechanical dispensing means
CPC
A47F 1/10
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
FSPECIAL FURNITURE, FITTINGS, OR ACCESSORIES FOR SHOPS, STOREHOUSES, BARS, RESTAURANTS OR THE LIKE; PAYING COUNTERS
1Racks for dispensing merchandise
04Racks or; containers with arrangements for dispensing articles ; , e.g. by means of gravity or springs
08dispensing from bottom
10having mechanical dispensing means ; , e.g. with buttons or handles
A47F 10/06
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
FSPECIAL FURNITURE, FITTINGS, OR ACCESSORIES FOR SHOPS, STOREHOUSES, BARS, RESTAURANTS OR THE LIKE; PAYING COUNTERS
10Furniture or installations specially adapted to particular types of service systems, not otherwise provided for
06for restaurant service systems
A47F 2001/103
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
FSPECIAL FURNITURE, FITTINGS, OR ACCESSORIES FOR SHOPS, STOREHOUSES, BARS, RESTAURANTS OR THE LIKE; PAYING COUNTERS
1Racks for dispensing merchandise
04Racks or; containers with arrangements for dispensing articles ; , e.g. by means of gravity or springs
08dispensing from bottom
10having mechanical dispensing means ; , e.g. with buttons or handles
103for cutlery
Applicants
  • WADDINGTON NORTH AMERICA, INC. [US]/[US]
Inventors
  • MITHAL, Ashish K
  • GALLOP, William A
Agents
  • BURUM, Douglas P
  • MAINE, Vernon C.
  • CERNOTA, Andrew P.
  • RARDIN, David A.
  • CURRAN, Matthew J.
  • LONG, Daniel J.
Priority Data
62/824,00226.03.2019US
Publication Language English (EN)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) CUTLERY DISPENSING SYSTEM AND METHOD
(FR) SYSTÈME ET PROCÉDÉ DE DISTRIBUTION DE COUVERTS
Abstract
(EN)
An escapement mechanism of a cutlery dispenser causes a cutlery article to fall from a vertical stack onto a slide track that guides it to a dispensing position. A slide channel and head channel of the slide track can laterally confine the cutlery article. A dampening surface can reduce cutlery bouncing and skewing. The escapement mechanism can include at least three pivots and/or a coil return spring. Dispensers can be installed in a base in any desired combination and retained therein by compatible features such as flanges and slots that prevent dispenser tipping. In embodiments, individual dispensers can be horizontally slid part-way out of the base to access side features that would otherwise be obscured by a neighboring dispenser. A cutlery quantity indicator can laterally contact the cutlery stack and can pivot to display a low-cutlery signal when the cutlery stack falls below an indicator height.
(FR)
La présente invention concerne un mécanisme d'échappement d'un distributeur de couverts qui amène un couvert à tomber d'une pile verticale sur une glissière qui le guide vers une position de distribution. Un canal de glissement et un canal de tête de la glissière peuvent confiner latéralement le couvert. Une surface d'amortissement peut réduire le rebondissement et le désalignement des couverts. Le mécanisme d'échappement peut comprendre au moins trois pivots et/ou un ressort de rappel de bobine. Des distributeurs peuvent être installés dans une base selon n'importe quelle combinaison souhaitée et retenus dans cette dernière par des éléments compatibles tels que des brides et des fentes qui empêchent le basculement du distributeur. Dans des modes de réalisation, des distributeurs individuels peuvent être glissés horizontalement en partie hors de la base pour accéder à des éléments latéraux qui seraient sinon obscurcis par un distributeur voisin. Un indicateur de quantité de couverts peut entrer en contact latéral avec la pile de couverts et peut pivoter pour afficher un signal de niveau faible de couverts lorsque la pile de couverts tombe sous une certaine hauteur d'indicateur.
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