US 9,811,965 B2
Article ejecting device of automatic vending machine
Hajime Erikawa, Kumagaya (JP); Katsuhiko Fukuda, Yokkaichi (JP); and Tsutomu Iwako, Yokkaichi (JP)
Assigned to FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD., Kawasaki-Shi (JP)
Filed by FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD., Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa (JP)
Filed on Nov. 5, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/933,521.
Claims priority of application No. 2014-227000 (JP), filed on Nov. 7, 2014.
Prior Publication US 2016/0133083 A1, May 12, 2016
Int. Cl. G07F 11/04 (2006.01); G07F 11/00 (2006.01)
CPC G07F 11/005 (2013.01) [G07F 11/04 (2013.01)] 10 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An article ejecting device of an automatic vending machine, comprising:
an article storage rack having an article storage passage for storing articles while being laid sideways and stacked in an up and down direction;
a base board forming one side of the article storage passage;
a first stopper member movable between a protruding position in which the first stopper member protrudes toward the article storage passage so as to hold a first vending article and a retractable position in which the first stopper member is retracted from the article storage passage so as to release holding of the first vending article;
a second stopper member movable between a protruding position in which the second stopper member protrudes toward the article storage passage so as to hold a second vending article and a retractable position in which the second stopper member is retracted from the article storage passage;
a closing plate separately formed from the second stopper member and rotationally attached to the base board above the second stopper member, and
an outlet adjustment member forming another side of the article storage passage,
wherein the first stopper member includes an article placement surface having a holding portion holding the first vending article in a rolling manner so that the first vending article does not contact the outlet adjustment member when only the first vending article is placed on the article placement surface without the second vending article stacked thereon,
the second stopper member includes a shaft support portion having a pin insertion hole and rotatably supported at the base board, another holding portion having a tongue portion to hold the second vending article at the protruding position, and a stopper wall portion, the shaft support portion, the another holding portion, and the stopper wall portion being integrally formed as one member, and
when the second stopper member protrudes at the protruding position, the closing plate is pushed to protrude together with the another holding portion into the article storage passage and interposed between the second vending article and the another holding portion of the second stopper member to fill a gap between the base board and the another holding portion, and when the second stopper member is retracted at the retractable position, the closing plate is drooped to overlap the second stopper member from the one side of the article storage passage.