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특허 상세정보

Transportation vending machine

국가/구분 United States(US) Patent 등록
국제특허분류(IPC7판) B65G-059/00   
미국특허분류(USC) 221/124 ; 221/125 ; 221/131 ; 221/150R ; 221/185 ; 221/195 ; 221/256
출원번호 US-0261263 (1999-03-03)
발명자 / 주소
출원인 / 주소
대리인 / 주소
    Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, L.L.P.
인용정보 피인용 횟수 : 19  인용 특허 : 21

A transportation vending machine, and more generally a vending machine and cooling dispenser especially suited to environments in which there is limited space available. A serpentine path in the dispenser is formed from two-pieces of rotary-molded plastic having complimentary, serpentine surfaces which form a serpentine path when positioned against one another. Vending, without the need for selection buttons, is achieved by way of the cradles and an interlock system. Efficient cooling is provided by a thermoelectric cooling system that also consumes very...


[ What is claimed is:] [1.]1. A vending machine for vending items, said vending machine comprising:a dispenser to store and dispense said vended items, said dispenser including a plurality of motion-controllable cradles, each of said cradles being operable to convey one of said items to a customer;a plurality of sensors to sense open or closed states of said cradles, respectively;a controller to permit, upon the payment of a fee, any one said plurality of cradles to be opened, said controller being responsive to said sensors to determine when a first one...

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