Serpentine dispenser with cartridges
Patent No. 8,955,695
Issued: February 17, 2015
Inventor: Bauer; Jamie D. (Greenacres, FL)
A serpentine dispenser for dispensing stacks of nested cans from a cartridge allows cans to be dispensed without slip sheets between individual cans, or internal dispenser walls separating can facings. Jam-free dispenser feeding is achieved by constructing a cartridge holding area wider than the dispenser down chute, such that the cartridge may be easily inserted and removed from the dispenser, but cans exiting the cartridge are maintained in a nested stack by the narrower width of the down chute. A lower feed channel that is narrower than the cartridge holding area maintains cans in a nested stack as they are delivered to a product selection area. The product selection area is wider than the lower feed channel so that individual cans may un-nest and be individually selected. In some embodiments, the product selection area is extended to allow two stacks of nested cans to separate, forming a self-facing dispenser.
Reference to Related Applications
This application claims one or more inventions which were disclosed in Provisional Application No. 61/783,784, filed Mar. 14, 2013, entitled "SERPENTINE DISPENSER WITH CARTRIDGES". The benefit under 35 USC 119(e) of the U.S. provisional application is hereby claimed, and the aforementioned application is hereby incorporated herein by reference.
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