Resources Contact Us Home
Newspaper vending machine

Image Number 12 for United States Patent #7077288.

The present invention provides a vending machine of the single vend type for dispensing newspapers, magazines, or other items. The machine generally includes a housing having a discharge opening, and a storage area having an inclined surface upon which a plurality of articles are stacked. A movable gate adjacent the storage area retains the articles therewithin. Upon insertion of a proper coin total into the machine, a drive device moves the gate downwardly until an uppermost article in the stack passes through the gate and is dispensed. The dispensed article, upon passing through the gate, actuates a switch to cause the drive device to reverse and move the gate upwardly a distance above the uppermost article in the stack, such that even if the machine is shaken, jostled, or tilted, the uppermost article in the stack is retained by the gate. The machine is also automatically sensitive to variations in thickness of the articles, as the switch controls operation of the gate responsive to the actual dispensing of an article.

  Recently Added Patents
Generating a funding and investment strategy associated with an underfunded pension plan
Method and system for remotely testing a wireless device
Electronic time stamping apparatus for use with an inground transmitter
Apparatus for focus beam analysis of high power lasers
Vehicle front fender
Identification wristband
System and method for detecting an earth ground fault of an external power supply connected to a vehicle
  Randomly Featured Patents
Pixel structure of display and driving method thereof
Method of gravel packing with oil-based carrier fluid
Apparatus and method for local chemical analyses at the surface of solid materials by spectroscopy of X photoelectrons
Method of assembling flash unit to camera
Fast switching arbitrary frequency light source for broadband spectroscopic applications
System for delivering drug with enhanced bioacceptability
Method for the transmission and control of audio, video, and computer data over a single network fabric
Radar clutter suppressor
Upper for a shoe
Variable stage charge pump