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(11)EP 2 758 943 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
26.06.2019 Bulletin 2019/26

(21)Application number: 12770191.0

(22)Date of filing:  19.09.2012
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
G07C 9/00(2006.01)
E05B 65/00(2006.01)
G07B 5/00(2006.01)
E05B 63/14(2006.01)
G07B 3/00(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/GB2012/052312
(87)International publication number:
WO 2013/041858 (28.03.2013 Gazette  2013/13)

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TICKET DISPENSER

TICKETSPENDER

DISTRIBUTEUR DE TICKETS


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 19.09.2011 GB 201116154

(43)Date of publication of application:
30.07.2014 Bulletin 2014/31

(60)Divisional application:
19175226.0

(73)Proprietor: Fastrak Retail (UK) Limited
Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 7HU (GB)

(72)Inventors:
  • BARRETT, John
    Cheshire SK12 1NS (GB)
  • MATTHEWS, Stephen
    Cheshire SK2 5XW (GB)

(74)Representative: HGF Limited 
1 City Walk
Leeds LS11 9DX
Leeds LS11 9DX (GB)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A1- 2 026 289
DE-A1- 10 322 676
US-A- 5 857 364
US-A1- 2006 016 826
US-B1- 7 717 256
EP-A2- 0 416 507
US-A- 5 287 980
US-A1- 2005 173 447
US-B1- 7 565 999
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description


    [0001] The present invention relates to a ticket dispenser for dispensing cards stored as a ribbon within the dispenser, and more particularly for dispensing lottery tickets.

    BACKGROUND



    [0002] Lottery tickets are commonly manufactured as a ribbon-like length of card, with individual tickets separated by a line of perforations, such that they may be torn off from an end of the ribbon.

    [0003] An example of a known design of housing for the display and dispensing of lottery tickets from such a ribbon has a housing body with a pivotable, opening housing door. The housing door can be locked closed to the housing body. The housing door has an elongate dispensing aperture. When the end of the ribbon of tickets positioned to project through the aperture, from within the housing, tickets may be dispensed through the aperture. A pair of rollers is provided, over which tickets pass as they are withdrawn from within the housing. A pivotable security cover can be locked to cover the dispensing aperture and prevent unauthorised withdrawal of tickets from within the housing. The lock assembly is mounted in the main door and the security cover is locked by the engagement of a single, common locking arm through a locking slot in each of the security cover and the main housing body.

    [0004] In such a device, the security cover is not separately lockable from the main door. Further, the free end of the ribbon of tickets can spring back into the housing, and withdraw from the dispensing aperture, requiring the main door of the housing to be unlocked, and the security of the whole ribbon to be compromised, so that the free end of the ribbon of tickets can be re-threaded into the dispensing aperture to enable further tickets to be dispensed. Yet further, such devices are difficult to detachably secure to the counter in a retail outlet. Also, each such device requires to be separately secured to the retail counter.

    [0005] A further example of a known design of housing for the display and dispensing of lottery tickets from a ribbon of tickets has a housing having one or more divider portions that partially divide the interior of the housing, to facilitate the separate dispensing of tickets from two or more different ribbons of tickets that are stored side-by-side within the housing.

    [0006] Such devices having housings configured for a plurality of ticket ribbons are larger than devices having housings configured for dispensing from only a single ribbon of tickets, and more cumbersome, increasing transport and storage expenses. Further, the provision of different sizes of device, to accommodate different numbers of ribbons of tickets increases manufacturing expenses. Yet further, such devices impose limitations upon the arrangement of the retail display of the ribbons of tickets.

    [0007] Examples of known designs of housing for the display and dispensing of lottery tickets from such a ribbon are found in US5873481 and US5492398.

    [0008] US7565999 discloses a display and dispensing device with a security shield. US5857364 discloses a two-way lock mechanism with cam action.

    SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



    [0009] According to a first aspect, there is provided
    a ticket dispenser comprising
    a housing body,
    a lockable housing door configured to close an opening in the housing body,
    a ticket dispensing aperture,
    a lockable security cover configured to prevent the removal of tickets through the dispensing aperture, and
    a lock assembly having a multi-way locking arm,
    wherein the locking arm is configured to lock the housing door and the security cover when the locking arm is in a first orientation, in which the locking arm engages with the security cover,
    wherein the locking arm is configured to lock the housing door and not to lock the security cover when the locking arm is in a second orientation, and
    wherein the locking arm is configured not to lock the housing door and not to lock the security cover when the locking arm is in a third orientation.

    [0010] The lock assembly may be mounted on the housing door,
    wherein the locking arm may be configured to engage with the housing body and the security cover to lock the housing door and the security cover when the locking arm is in the first orientation,
    wherein the locking arm may be configured to engage with the housing body to lock the housing door and not to lock the security cover when the locking arm is in the second orientation, and
    wherein the locking arm may be configured not to engage with the housing body and not to engage with the security cover when the locking arm is in the third orientation.

    [0011] The lock assembly may comprise: a rotatable central lock mechanism having an axis of rotation; and the multi-way locking arm, the locking arm extending transversely to the axis of rotation and having a first locking portion with a radial extent of R1, a second locking portion having a radial extent of R2, wherein R2 is less than R1, and a further portion having a radial extent of less than R2.

    [0012] The lock assembly may be configured such that a master key may change the lock assembly between the first, second and third orientations, but a servant key may only change the lock assembly between the first and second orientations.

    [0013] The slideable security cover may be configured to slide between
    an open position in which a ribbon of tickets may be withdrawn through the ticket dispensing aperture from within the ticket dispenser, and
    a closed position in which the security cover prevents withdrawal of tickets through the ticket dispensing aperture from within the ticket dispenser.

    [0014] The security cover may be a slideable security cover having a part-cylindrical inner surface configured to slideably engage with a part-cylindrical security cover sliding surface of the housing door.

    [0015] The ticket dispenser may comprise:

    a ticket dispensing aperture in a wall of the housing body, and

    a ledge projecting from the wall that is external to the housing body and adjacent to the dispensing aperture, and

    a pivotable ticket control cam, wherein

    the housing body may be configured for the dispensing of tickets out through the dispensing aperture between the control cam and the ledge,

    the control cam may be configured to urge tickets against the ledge to hinder the return of tickets into the ticket dispenser

    the pivotable ticket control cam may comprise an indentation configured to receive a user's digit for manually jamming the control cam against the ledge.



    [0016] Advantageously, the indentation may facilitate a user in jamming a ribbon of tickets between the control cam and the ledge, to restrain movement of the ribbon, when tearing off a length of the ribbon.

    [0017] The housing body may be configured for tickets to be dispensed in a dispensing direction and the centre of mass of the pivotable ticket control cam may be further from the centre of the ticket dispenser than a pivot axis of the control cam, in the dispensing direction.

    [0018] The pivotable ticket control cam may be biased towards the ledge.

    [0019] The pivotable ticket control cam may have a recess to facilitate a user's access to a ticket located between the control cam and the ledge.

    [0020] The housing body may have opposed first and second faces provided with first and second complementary slideable engagement elements and latching elements,
    the first slideable engagement element of a first housing body may be engageable with the second slideable engagement element of a corresponding, second housing body, by relative displacement of the housing bodies,
    wherein the first and second slideable engagement elements of the housing bodies may be configured to prevent separation of the housing bodies transverse to the direction of relative displacement when they are engaged, and
    wherein the latching elements may be configured to become engaged when the first and second slideable engagement elements have been engaged with one another by relative displacement of the housing bodies, and the latching elements may be configured to prevent further relative displacement of the housing bodies once the latching elements are engaged.

    [0021] The housing body may have opposed third and fourth faces each connecting between the first and second face, and wherein the third and fourth face are provided with complementary slideable engagement elements and latching elements.

    [0022] The housing body may have a base provided with a slideable engagement element and a latching element complementary to a face of the housing body.

    [0023] The first slideable engagement elements may be elongate and bulbous in cross-section, and the second slideable engagement elements may be complementarily shaped grooves configured to mate with first slideable engagement elements of corresponding housing bodies.

    [0024] The first and second slideable engagement elements may be elongate, and at least one of the slideable engagement elements may be tapered along the direction of elongation.

    [0025] The first and second slideable engagement elements may each be configured to mate along less than half the length of the housing body, when mated with a corresponding engagement element.

    [0026] Each of the opposed first and second faces may be provided with at least two slideable engagement elements that are spaced apart.

    [0027] One of the opposed first and second faces may be provided with a hook and the other of the opposed first and second faces is provided with a complementary hook engagement hole.

    [0028] The latching elements may comprise a resiliently deflectable projection and a projection engagement hole.

    [0029] The housing body may comprise a door and the door may inhibit deflection of the projection when the door is in the closed position.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0030] Embodiments of the present invention are further described hereinafter with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:
    • Figure 1A shows a ticket dispenser comprising a ticket dispensing module and a base assembly, with the lock assembly in a first mode of operation;
    • Figure 1B shows a ticket dispenser comprising a ticket dispensing module and a base assembly, with the lock assembly in a second mode of operation;
    • Figure 1C shows a ticket dispenser comprising a ticket dispensing module and a base assembly, with the lock assembly in a third mode of operation;
    • Figure 2A shows a housing body;
    • Figure 2B shows a housing door;
    • Figure 2C shows a ticket control cam;
    • Figure 2D shows a security cover;
    • Figure 2E shows a lock assembly;
    • Figures 2F and 2G show a ticket dispenser base unit;
    • Figure 2H shows a ticket dispenser base securing unit;
    • Figures 3A, 3B and 3C show a ticket dispenser with the lock assembly respectively in first, second and third modes of operation;
    • Figure 4 shows a ticket dispenser with the housing door locked closed and the security cover unlocked and open, when a ticket is being dispensed;
    • Figure 5A shows four interconnected ticket dispenser modules;
    • Figures 5B, 5C and 5D show enlarged views of parts of Figure 5A;
    • Figure 5E shows a sectional view though a pair of interconnected ticket dispenser modules; and
    • Figures 5F, 5G and 5H show the interconnection between a ticket dispenser module, a base unit and a securing unit.

    DETAILED DESCRIPTION



    [0031] Like numbers refer to like elements throughout.

    [0032] Figures 1A, 1B and 1C illustrate a ticket dispenser module 1 that is suitable for dispensing tickets from the end of a ribbon of tickets, for example for the display and dispensing of lottery tickets. The ticket dispenser 1 comprises a housing body 2, a housing door 3, a ticket control cam 4, a slideable security cover 5, a lock assembly 6 and a base assembly 7. The component parts of the ticket dispenser 1 are illustrated further in Figures 2A to 2H.

    [0033] The housing body 2 comprises side faces 10 and 11, top face 12, bottom face 13, front end 14 and open end 15. The housing body 2 has interconnection elements comprising male slideable engagement elements 21, female slideable engagement elements 22, resiliently deflectable projections 23 and projection engagement holes 24 provided on the faces 10, 11, 12 and 13. The housing body 2 also has a hook 25 projecting from the bottom face 16 and an elongate, hook engagement slot 26 in the top face 12.

    [0034] Adjacent the open end 15 and the bottom face 13, opposed sides 10 and 11 of the housing body 110, are provided with pivotal door engagement elements 27 (e.g. holes). A locking arm receiving slot 28 is provided in the top face 14 of the housing body 110 (i.e. the face remote from the pivotal door engagement elements 27).

    [0035] The housing door 3 has pivotal body engagement elements 29 (e.g. shafts) configured to engage with the pivotal door engagement elements 27 of the housing body 2. The housing door 3 has a ledge 30 between two buttresses 31, which project from the external face 32 of the housing door. A pair of pivotal ticket dispensing cam engagement elements 33 (e.g. holes) are provided in the buttresses 31. An elongate ticket dispensing aperture 34 is provided adjacent the ledge 30, such that tickets may be dispensed out through the aperture and across the ledge. The ledge is provided with recesses 35 configured to receive resiliently deformable pads (e.g. foam) (not shown). A part-cylindrical security cover sliding surface 36 is provided between the end of the ledge 30 and the external face 32 of the door 3, with a pair of part-circular security cover guides 37. A pair of resiliently deformable ticket dispensing cam biasing elements 39 are provided. Upper and lower security cover apertures 40 and 41 are provided in the housing door 3, with a lock assembly receiving boss 42 provided between the upper security cover guide aperture 40 and the opening edge 42 (opposite the hinged edge 43) of the door.

    [0036] The ticket control cam 4 has pivotal door engagement elements 44 configured to pivotally engage with the pivotal ticket dispensing cam engagement elements 33 of the housing door 3. The control cam 4 has security cover guides 45 to either side of a part-cylindrical, security cover sliding surface 46. Projecting cam stops 47 are configured to contact the cam biasing elements 39 of the door 3. One or more finger recesses (i.e. indentations) 48 facilitate depression of the cam 4 by a user, to increase the frictional engagement between the ribbon of tickets and the ledge 30 of the door 3, over which the ticket is being dispensed, in order to facilitate holding the ticket ribbon whilst a ticket is torn off. The recesses 48 are concavely shaped, and have a face that is generally parallel with the ledge, when in contact with the ledge (or a ticket jammed against the ledge). A ticket access cut-away 49 allows access to the end of a ticket beneath the cam 130.

    [0037] The slideable security cover 5 has a part-cylindrical inner surface 50 with parallel sides 51 perpendicular to the axis of the cylindrical curvature. The inner surface 50 is configured to slideably engage with the part-cylindrical security cover sliding surface 36 of the housing door 3 and the part-cylindrical security cover sliding surface 46 of the ticket dispensing cam 4. The sides 51 are configured to engage with the security cover guides 37 and 45 of the housing door 3 and the ticket control cam 4. Accordingly, in use, the security cover 5 is slideable, about the axis of the cylindrical curvature of the inner surface 51, across the part-cylindrical security cover sliding surface 36 of the housing door 3 and the part-cylindrical security cover sliding surface 46 of the ticket dispensing cam 4. A stop 52 projects from the outer surface for engagement with the external face 32 of the door 3 to limit the sliding travel of the security cover 5. A handle 53 is provided to facilitate movement of the security cover 5 by a user. A locking arm receiving slot 54 is provided to receive an engagement arm of the lock assembly 6.

    [0038] The lock assembly 6 comprises a central lock mechanism 55 with a key insertion slot 56, and a multi-way locking arm 57 having a first locking portion 57A and a second locking portion 57B. The multi-way locking arm 57 projects from the central axis of rotation of the lock mechanism 55. In a first direction the multi-way locking arm 57 has a radial extent R1, corresponding with the first locking portion 57A. In a second, opposite direction, and in a third direction perpendicular to the first and second directions, the locking arm 57 projects by a lesser radial extent R2 (i.e. R2 < R1), corresponding with the second locking portion 57B. In a fourth direction opposed to the third, the multi-way locking arm 57 projects by a lesser radial extent, e.g. no radial projection beyond the lock mechanism 55. The illustrated central lock mechanism 55 is configured for operation with a toothed key. Alternatively, the central lock mechanism 55 may be configured for operation with a non-toothed key, such as a polygonal key (e.g. a square section key or an Allen® key). In a further alternative, in a case where a removable key is not required, then the lock assembly 6 may be provided with a handle for operation of the multi-way locking arm 57.

    [0039] The base assembly 7 comprises a base unit 58 and a securing unit 59. A face 60 of the base unit 58 is provided with slideable engagement elements 22, projection engagement holes 24, and a hook engagement slot 26 for connection to the housing body 2. The opposite side of the base unit is provided with securing loop 61. A channel 62 is provided between a first set of fins 63 and a second set of fins 64. The securing unit 59 comprises a securing plate 65, a projecting plate 66 and a lock mounting plate 67. The securing plate 65 has securing holes 68 through which the securing unit may be screwed down to a retail counter. The projecting plate 66 extends from and is angled (i.e. non-parallel) with respect to the securing plate 65. The lock mounting plate 67 extends from the securing plate 65 is spaced from the projecting plate 66, and is configured to receive a lock (not shown in Figure 2H).

    [0040] The multi-way locking arm 57 of lock assembly 6 is rotatable between three orientations, as illustrated in Figures 3A to 3C, in correspondence with Figures 1A to 1C.

    [0041] Figure 3A (and Figure 1A) illustrates a first orientation of the multi-way locking arm 57 in which the first locking portion 57A of the multi-way locking arm, which has the longest radial extent R1, engages with the locking arm receiving slot 54 of the slideable security cover 5, and the second locking portion 57B of the locking arm 57, which has a lesser radial extent R2, engages with the locking arm receiving slot 28 in the top face 12 of the housing body 2. Accordingly, in the first orientation of the locking arm 57, the security cover 5 and the housing door 3 are locked closed. When closed, the security cover 5 blocks the withdrawal of the ribbon of tickets through the elongate ticket dispensing aperture 34 (not shown in Figure 3A) from within the housing body 2, and preferably clamps the ticket control cam 4 against the ledge 30.

    [0042] Figure 3B (and Figure 1B) illustrates a second orientation of the multi-way locking arm 57, in which the second locking portion 57B of the multi-way locking arm 57, having the lesser radial extent R2, engages with the locking arm receiving slot 28 of the housing body 2, and the locking arm 57 does not engage with the security cover 5. Accordingly, in the second orientation of the locking arm 57, the housing door 3 is locked closed, and the security cover 5 is unlocked, and may be opened for the dispensing of tickets through the elongate ticket dispensing aperture 34.

    [0043] Figure 3C illustrates a third orientation of the multi-way locking arm 57, in which the multi-way locking arm 57 is orientated such that it does not engage with the locking arm receiving slot 28 of the housing body 2 or the locking arm receiving slot 54 of the security cover 5. Due to the relative separation of the axis of rotation of the multi-way locking arm 57 and the locking arm receiving slot 54 of the security cover 5, which is greater than the lesser radial extent R2 of the second locking portion 57B of the multi-way locking arm 57, the locking arm 57 does not engage with the locking arm receiving slot 54 of the security cover 5. Accordingly, in the third orientation of the locking arm 57 both the housing door 3 and the slideable security cover 5 are unlocked, and both the housing door 3 and the slideable security cover 5 may be opened, as per Figure 1C.

    [0044] By suitable operation of the lock assembly 6, the ticket dispenser module 1 may be reconfigured from a configuration in which both the housing door 3 and the security cover 5 are locked closed to another configuration in which the housing door remains locked but the security cover is unlocked, without the need to unlock the securing door. The lock assembly 6 may be configured such that it passes between the first and second orientations of the multi-way locking arm 57 without passing through the third orientation.

    [0045] A master key may operate the lock assembly 6 to rotate the locking arm 57 between the three locking orientations illustrated in Figures 3A to 3C. Additionally, the lock assembly 6 may be operable by a servant key, which may only rotate the locking arm 57 between the first and second orientations, such that the servant key may only lock and unlock the security cover 5, and may not unlock the housing door 3.

    [0046] Figure 1C illustrates the ticket dispenser 1, when both the housing door 3 and the security cover 5 are unlocked, in correspondence with Figure 3C, when the housing door 3 has been opened so that the housing body 2 may be loaded with a pleated ribbon of tickets 70. Once the ribbon of tickets 70 has been loaded into the housing body 2, the end 71 is fed out through the elongate dispensing aperture 34, between the ledge 30 and the ticket control cam 4, in a ticket dispensing direction. Then the housing door 3 is closed and re-locked with the security cover 5 remaining unlocked and slid open, as illustrated in Figures 1B and Figure 3B. The user may then withdraw the end 71 of the ribbon to tickets 70 from the ticket dispenser 1 in the ticket dispensing direction D, as illustrated in Figure 4. Once the correct length of ticket ribbon 70 has been withdrawn, the user inserts fingers into the finger recesses 48 and depresses the ticket control cam 4, to jam the ribbon against the ledge 30 beneath the control cam, and then tears off the required length of tickets 70.

    [0047] Even when the ticket control cam 4 is not pressed against the ledge 30 by the user, the cam is configured to apply a force onto the ribbon of tickets 70 between the cam and the ledge. Accordingly, once the ribbon of tickets 70 is released it is prevented from springing back (in the opposite direction to the ticket dispensing direction) into the interior of the housing body 2 and becoming inaccessible for dispensing further tickets. However, if an excess length of the ribbon of tickets 70 were withdrawn, the ticket control cam 4 could be lifted to permit the reinsertion of the excess.

    [0048] The projecting cam stops 47 contact against the cam biasing elements 39 of the housing door 3, which bias the ticket control cam 4 towards the ledge 30. Additionally, or alternatively, the cam 4 may be biased towards the ledge 30 by a separate biasing element not shown). Further, the centre of mass of the ticket control cam 4 is further from the centre of the ticket dispenser 100 than the pivot axis 20 of the control cam, such that it in an upright position the control cam is drawn towards the ledge 30 under its own weight.

    [0049] Figure 5A illustrates a modular assembly 100 of four ticket dispenser modules 1 in a 2x2 arrayed arrangement. Figures 5B, 5C and 5D show enlarged views of parts of the assembly of Figure 5A, and Figure 5E shows a cross-sectional view along the plane indicated by the line A-A.

    [0050] The opposite side faces 10 and 11 of the housing body have complementary arrangements of interconnection elements, 21, 22, 23 and 24 for side-by-side interconnection of ticket dispenser modules 1. Similarly, the opposite top face 12 and bottom face 13 have complementary arrangements of interconnection elements 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26.

    [0051] The male slideable engagement elements 21 are straight elongate ridges that are bulbous in cross-section (i.e. in cross-section, having a narrower neck joined to a wider portion, as per a T-shape) and tapered, narrowing along the length of the ridge, away from the open end 15 of the housing body 2 (e.g. having an elongate conical bulbous section). The female slideable engagement elements 22 are straight elongate grooves of a complementary shape to the male slideable engagement elements 21 (i.e. with narrower sides than their maximal width), and which are tapered along their length to narrow away from the open end 15 of the housing body 2.

    [0052] To connect together two modules, as illustrated in Figure 5E, the upper and lower housing bodies 2 are brought together with a relative offset such that the narrower end 21A of the male slideable engagement element 21 can be inserted into the open wider end 22B of the female slideable engagement element 22, and the male element 21 is slid into engagement with the female element 22 by relative movement M of the housing bodies 2. Advantageously, the tapering of the male and female slideable engagement elements 21 and 22 enables a firmer connection to be established between the adjacent modules, than with mated non-tapered elements.

    [0053] The complementary male and female slideable engagement elements 21 and 22 are configured to mate along less than half the length of each module (i.e. distance between front end 14 and open end 15), and preferably along less than one third of the length of each module. Preferably, the complementary male and female slideable engagement elements 21 and 22 mate along a length of less than 60mm. Advantageously, such limitation of the length of the elements 21 and 22, facilitates convenient inter-connection of modules, and increases manufacturing tolerances, compared with longer elements. Further advantageously, such restriction of the lengths enables the tapered engagement elements 21 and 22 to be manufactured by an injection moulding process, by enabling the male element to remain wide enough at the narrow end to retain sufficient strength for typical retail use, without the wide end becoming so thick that it is at risk of deformation during post-manufacture cooling of the injection moulding material. The taper also facilitates withdrawal of the elements from the injection mould. The taper between the opposite sides of the male slideable engagement element 21 may be between 2° and 10° (e.g. the element may have a taper of between 1° and 5° on each side). The illustrated male slideable engagement element 21 is 40mm long and tapers in width between 6mm and 4mm, having a taper between the sides of approximately 3°.

    [0054] When the upper and lower housing bodies 2 of Figure 5E are brought together, offset, the hook 25 that projects from the bottom face 13 extends through the hook engagement slot 26 (which is also tapered, narrowing away from the open end 15) in the top face 12. Following the relative movement M of the housing bodies 2, the hook 25 mates with the narrow end 26A of the hook engagement slot 26 to provide a third point of support between the upper and lower housing bodies 2.

    [0055] The three points of support between adjacent interconnected modules (e.g. the two pairs of male and female slideable engagement elements 21 and 22 and the hook 25 and hook engagement slot 26) are spaced apart and not co-linear, in order to provide stability against relative angular movement of interconnected adjacent modules. The male and female slideable engagement elements 21 and 22 are spaced apart, close to the side-corners of the modules, to provide lateral stability against relative angular movement of the connected adjacent modules. The male and female slideable engagement elements 21 and 22 are adjacent an end (e.g. the open end 15, as illustrated) of the housing body 2, and the third point of support is spaced apart from them, towards the front end 14, to provide stability against relative angular movement of the connected adjacent modules in a perpendicular direction.

    [0056] Although in the illustrated modular assembly 100, the third point of support comprises an arrangement of a hook 25 and a hook engagement slot 26. However, it will be appreciated that alternatively the third point of support may be provided by a further male and female slideable engagement element 21 and 22.

    [0057] During the relative movement of the housing bodies 2, when the male and female slideable engagement elements 21 and 22 are brought into engagement, the resiliently deformable projection 23 that projects from the bottom face 13 of the upper housing body 2 slides along the top face 12 of the lower housing body 2 from the open end 15 to become engaged with the projection engagement holes 24. To facilitate the projections 23 in being resiliently deformed, in order to slide along the top face 12, the projections are provided with a bevelled face 23A facing away from the open end 15. Engagement of the projections 23 with the holes 24 acts as a latch to retain the relative positions of the upper and lower housing bodies 2 to prevent further relative movement, for example in the opposite direction to the relative movement M used in interconnection of the housing bodies 2, thereby preventing disengagement of the male and female slideable engagement elements 21 and 22.

    [0058] The complementary arrangements of interconnection elements 21, 22, 23 and 24 on the side faces 10 and 11 enable corresponding, latched, side-by-side assembly of the housing bodies 2. Again, the interconnection elements 21, 22, 23 and 24 on the side faces 10 and 11 are spaced apart to provide stability, and on the illustrated housing bodies 2 are provided at the top and bottom corners, adjacent the top face 12 and bottom face 13. Advantageously, the provision of interconnection elements on both the top and bottom faces 12 and 13, and the side faces 10 and 11, enables the modules 1 to be assembled into a 2-dimensional array (i.e. both vertically and laterally interconnected modules), and even for the modules to be assembled into shapes such as a bridge.

    [0059] Although not illustrated, a third point of support may additionally be provided between the adjacent side faces 10 and 11 of the housing bodies 2, which is spaced apart from the first and second points of support, and not co-linear with them. Again, the third point of support may be an arrangement of a hook 25 and a hook engagement slot 26, or a further male and female slideable engagement element arrangement. However, in the case that the lower modules in an arrangement are firmly secured (e.g. to a retail counter), then a third point of contact may not be required in side-by-side interconnection.

    [0060] Similarly, the face 60 of the base unit 58 is provided with interconnection elements 22, 24 and 26 to enable interconnection with the complementary interconnection elements 21, 23 and 25 on the bottom face 13 of the housing bodies 2, as shown in Figure 5F.

    [0061] To disengage the housing bodies 2, when the resiliently deformable projections 23 are engaged within the projection engagement holes 24, the resiliently deformable projections 23 may be disengaged by pushing outwards from within the interior of the housing body 2 having the holes 24. Security is enhanced by disengagement only being possible when the interior of the corresponding housing body 2 is accessible, by the door 3 being unlocked and open. Further, the door 3 of the upper housing body 2 is configured to prevent the disengagement of the projections 23 from the lower face 13 from the holes 24 in the upper face 12 of the lower housing body 2 when the door 3 of the upper housing body 2 is also open.

    [0062] The securing unit 59 is provided with a lock mechanism 73 on the lock mounting plate 67, and is screwed onto a surface 74 (e.g. a retail counter) by screws 75.

    [0063] To secure the base unit 58 (e.g. when already interconnected with a housing body 2) onto the securing unit 59, the base unit is lowered onto the projecting plate (projecting element) 66 such that it is received into the channel 62 between the fins 63 and 64, as indicated in Figure 5G.

    [0064] The base unit 58 is then further lowered, such that the lock mounting plate 67 is received within the base unit 58. The lock 73 is then operated such that a locking rod 76 is extended through the securing loop 61. When the securing loop 61 and the lock mounting plate 67 are interlocked, the base unit 58 cannot be raised such that the projecting plate 66 is withdrawn from the channel 62, due to the angle at which the projecting plate extends from the surface 74, which is non-perpendicular, and which corresponds with the angle of the channel 62. Accordingly, the base unit 58 is held in place on the securing unit 59 by its mechanical engagement with the pivot plate 66 and the lock mechanism 73.

    [0065] The figures provided herein are schematic and not to scale.


    Claims

    1. A ticket dispenser (1) comprising
    a housing body (2),
    a lockable housing door (3) configured to close an opening in the housing body (2),
    a ticket dispensing aperture (34),
    a lockable security cover (5) configured to prevent the removal of tickets through the dispensing aperture (34), and characterised by
    a lock assembly (6) having a multi-way locking arm (57),
    wherein the locking arm (57) is configured to lock the housing door (3) and the security cover (5) when the locking arm (57) is in a first orientation, in which the locking arm (57) engages with the security cover (5),
    wherein the locking arm (57) is configured to lock the housing door (3) and not to lock the security cover (5) when the locking arm (57) is in a second orientation, and
    wherein the locking arm (57) is configured not to lock the housing door (3) and not to lock the security cover (5) when the locking arm (57) is in a third orientation.
     
    2. A ticket dispenser according to claim 1, wherein the lock assembly (6) is mounted on the housing door (3),
    wherein the locking arm (57) is configured to engage with the housing body (2) and the security cover (5) to lock the housing door (3) and the security cover (5) when the locking arm (57) is in the first orientation,
    wherein the locking arm (57) is configured to engage with the housing body (2) to lock the housing door (3) and not to lock the security cover (5) when the locking arm (57) is in the second orientation, and
    wherein the locking arm (57) is configured not to engage with the housing body (2) and not to engage with the security cover (5) when the locking arm (57) is in the third orientation.
     
    3. A ticket dispenser according to any one of claims 1 or 2, wherein the lock assembly (6) comprises: a rotatable central lock mechanism (55) having an axis of rotation; and the multi-way locking arm (57), the locking arm (57) extending transversely to the axis of rotation and having a first locking portion (57A) with a radial extent of R1, a second locking portion (57B) having a radial extent of R2, wherein R2 is less than R1, and a further portion having a radial extent of less than R2.
     
    4. A ticket dispenser according to any preceding claim, wherein the lock assembly (6) is configured such that a master key may change the lock assembly (6) between the first, second and third orientations, but a servant key may only change the lock assembly (6) between the first and second orientations.
     
    5. A ticket dispenser according to any preceding claim, wherein the security cover (5) is configured to slide between
    an open position in which a ribbon of tickets may be withdrawn through the ticket dispensing aperture (34) from within the ticket dispenser (1), and
    a closed position in which the security cover (5) prevents withdrawal of tickets through the ticket dispensing aperture (34) from within the ticket dispenser (1).
     
    6. A ticket dispenser according to any preceding claim, wherein the security cover (5) is a slideable security cover (5) having a part-cylindrical inner surface (50) configured to slideably engage with a part-cylindrical security cover sliding surface (36) of the housing door (3).
     
    7. A ticket dispenser according to any preceding claim, comprising:

    a ticket dispensing aperture (34) in a wall (3) of the housing body (2), and

    a ledge (30) projecting from the wall (3) that is external to the housing body (2) and adjacent to the dispensing aperture (34), and

    a pivotable ticket control cam (4), wherein

    the housing body (2) is configured for the dispensing of tickets out through the dispensing aperture (34) between the control cam (4) and the ledge (30),

    the control cam (4) is configured to urge tickets against the ledge (30) to hinder the return of tickets into the ticket dispenser (1), and

    the pivotable ticket control cam (4) comprises an indentation (48) configured to receive a user's digit for manually jamming the control cam (4) against the ledge (30).


     
    8. A ticket dispenser according to claim 7, wherein the housing body (2) is configured for tickets to be dispensed in a dispensing direction and the centre of mass of the pivotable ticket control cam (4) is further from the centre of the ticket dispenser (1) than a pivot axis of the control cam (4), in the dispensing direction.
     
    9. A ticket dispenser according to any one of claims 7 or 8, wherein the pivotable ticket control cam (4) is biased towards the ledge (30).
     
    10. A ticket dispenser according to any one of claims 7, 8 or 9, wherein the pivotable ticket control cam (4) has a recess (49) to facilitate a user's access to a ticket located between the control cam (4) and the ledge (30).
     
    11. A ticket dispenser according to any preceding claim, wherein the housing body (2) has opposed first and second faces (10, 11) provided with first and second complementary slideable engagement elements (21, 22) and latching elements (23, 24),
    the first slideable engagement element (21) of a first housing body (2) being engageable with the second slideable engagement element (22) of a corresponding, second housing body (2) by relative displacement of the housing bodies (2),
    wherein the first and second slideable engagement elements (21, 22) of the housing bodies (2) are configured to prevent separation of the housing bodies (2) transverse to the direction of relative displacement when they are engaged, and
    wherein the latching elements (23, 24) are configured to become engaged when the first and second slideable engagement elements (21, 22) have been engaged with one another by relative displacement of the housing bodies, and the latching elements (23, 24) are configured to prevent further relative displacement of the housing bodies when the latching elements (23, 24) are engaged, and optionally
    wherein the housing body (2) has opposed third and fourth faces (12, 13) each connecting between the first and second faces (10, 11), and wherein the third and fourth faces (12, 13) are provided with complementary slideable engagement elements (21, 22) and latching elements (23, 24).
     
    12. A ticket dispenser according to claim 11, wherein the first slideable engagement elements (21) are elongate and bulbous in cross-section, and the second slideable engagement elements (22) are complementarily shaped grooves configured to mate with first slideable engagement elements (21) of corresponding housing bodies, and optionally wherein each of the opposed first and second faces (10, 11) are provided with at least two slideable engagement elements (21, 22) that are spaced apart.
     
    13. A ticket dispenser according to claim 12, wherein at least one of the slideable engagement elements (21, 22) is tapered along the direction of elongation.
     
    14. A ticket dispenser according to any one of claims 12 or 13, wherein the first and second slideable engagement elements (21, 22) are each configured to mate along less than half the length of the housing body (2), when mated with a corresponding engagement element (21, 22).
     
    15. A ticket dispenser according to any one of claims 11 to 14, wherein one of the opposed first and second faces (10, 11) is provided with a hook (25) and the other of the opposed first and second faces (10, 11) is provided with a complementary hook engagement hole (26).
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Ticketspender (1), umfassend einen Gehäusekörper (2),
    eine verriegelbare Gehäusetür (3), die konfiguriert ist, um ein Loch im Gehäusekörper (2) zu verschließen, eine Ticketspendeöffnung (34), eine verriegelbare Sicherheitsabdeckung (5), die konfiguriert ist, um das Entfernen von Tickets durch die Spendeöffnung (34) zu verhindern, und gekennzeichnet durch eine Verriegelungsanordnung (6) mit einem Mehrwege-Verriegelungsarm (57),
    wobei der Verriegelungsarm (57) konfiguriert ist, um die Gehäusetür (3) und die Sicherheitsabdeckung (5) zu verriegeln, wenn sich der Verriegelungsarm (57) in einer ersten Ausrichtung befindet, in der der Verriegelungsarm (57) die Sicherheitsabdeckung (5) in Eingriff nimmt,
    wobei der Verriegelungsarm (57) konfiguriert ist, um die Gehäusetür (3) zu verriegeln und die Sicherheitsabdeckung (5) nicht zu verriegeln, wenn sich der Verriegelungsarm (57) in einer zweiten Ausrichtung befindet, und
    wobei der Verriegelungsarm (57) konfiguriert ist, um die Gehäusetür (3) nicht zu verriegeln und die Sicherheitsabdeckung (5) nicht zu verriegeln, wenn sich der Verriegelungsarm (57) in einer dritten Ausrichtung befindet.
     
    2. Ticketspender nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Verriegelungsanordnung (6) an der Gehäusetür (3) angebracht ist,
    wobei der Verriegelungsarm (57) konfiguriert ist, um den Gehäusekörper (2) und die Sicherheitsabdeckung (5) in Eingriff zu nehmen, um die Gehäusetür (3) und die Sicherheitsabdeckung (5) zu verriegeln, wenn sich der Verriegelungsarm (57) in der ersten Ausrichtung befindet,
    wobei der Verriegelungsarm (57) konfiguriert ist, um den Gehäusekörper (2) in Eingriff zu nehmen, um die Gehäusetür (3) zu verriegeln und die Sicherheitsabdeckung (5) nicht zu verriegeln, wenn sich der Verriegelungsarm (57) in der zweiten Ausrichtung befindet, und
    wobei der Verriegelungsarm (57) konfiguriert ist, um den Gehäusekörper (2) nicht in Eingriff zu nehmen und die Sicherheitsabdeckung (5) nicht in Eingriff zu nehmen, wenn sich der Verriegelungsarm (57) in der dritten Ausrichtung befindet.
     
    3. Ticketspender nach einem der Ansprüche 1 oder 2, wobei die Verriegelungsanordnung (6) umfasst: einen drehbaren zentralen Verriegelungsmechanismus (55) mit einer Drehachse; und den Mehrwege-Verriegelungsarm (57), wobei sich der Verriegelungsarm (57) quer zur Drehachse erstreckt und einen ersten Verriegelungsabschnitt (57A) mit einem radialen Ausmaß von R1, einen zweiten Verriegelungsabschnitt (57B) mit einem radialen Ausmaß von R2, wobei R2 kleiner als R1 ist, und einen weiteren Abschnitt mit einem radialen Ausmaß von kleiner als R2 aufweist.
     
    4. Ticketspender nach einem der vorstehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Verriegelungsanordnung (6) so konfiguriert ist, dass ein Masterschlüssel die Verriegelungsanordnung (6) zwischen der ersten, zweiten und dritten Ausrichtung ändern kann, aber ein Servantschlüssel die Verriegelungsanordnung (6) nur zwischen der ersten und zweiten Ausrichtung ändern kann.
     
    5. Ticketspender nach einem der vorstehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Sicherheitsabdeckung (5) konfiguriert ist, um zwischen einer offenen Position, in der ein Band aus Tickets durch die Ticketspendeöffnung (34) aus dem Inneren des Ticketspenders (1) gezogen werden kann, und
    einer geschlossenen Position, in der die Sicherheitsabdeckung (5) das Herausziehen von Tickets durch die Ticketspendeöffnung (34) aus dem Inneren des Ticketspenders (1) verhindert, zu gleiten.
     
    6. Ticketspender nach einem der vorstehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Sicherheitsabdeckung (5) eine gleitbare Sicherheitsabdeckung (5) mit einer teilzylindrischen Innenfläche (50) ist, die konfiguriert ist, um gleitend mit einer teilzylindrischen Sicherheitsabdeckungsgleitfläche (36) der Gehäusetür (3) in Eingriff zu stehen.
     
    7. Ticketspender nach einem der vorstehenden Ansprüche, umfassend:

    eine Ticketspendeöffnung (34) in einer Wand (3) des Gehäusekörpers (2) und einen von der Wand (3) vorstehenden Vorsprung (30), der bezüglich des Gehäusekörpers (2) extern ist und an die Spendeöffnung (34) angrenzt, und

    einen schwenkbaren Ticketsteuernocken (4), wobei

    der Gehäusekörper (2) für das Spenden von Tickets durch die Spendeöffnung (34) zwischen dem Steuernocken (4) und dem Vorsprung (30) nach außen konfiguriert ist,

    der Steuernocken (4) konfiguriert ist, um Tickets gegen den Vorsprung (30) zu drängen, um eine Rückführung von Tickets in den Ticketspender (1) zu behindern, und

    der schwenkbare Ticketsteuernocken (4) eine Vertiefung (48) umfasst, die konfiguriert ist, um den Finger eines Nutzers aufzunehmen, um den Steuernocken (4) gegen den Vorsprung (30) zu drücken.


     
    8. Ticketspender nach Anspruch 7, wobei der Gehäusekörper (2) zum Spenden von Tickets in einer Spenderichtung konfiguriert ist und der Schwerpunkt des schwenkbaren Ticketsteuernockens (4) in der Spenderichtung weiter von der Mitte des Ticketspenders (1) entfernt ist als eine Schwenkachse des Steuernockens (4).
     
    9. Ticketspender nach einem der Ansprüche 7 oder 8, wobei der schwenkbare Ticketsteuernocken (4) zum Vorsprung (30) vorgespannt ist.
     
    10. Ticketspender nach einem der Ansprüche 7, 8 oder 9, wobei der schwenkbare Ticketsteuernocken (4) eine Aussparung (49) aufweist, um den Zugriff eines Nutzers auf ein zwischen dem Steuernocken (4) und dem Vorsprung (30) befindliches Ticket zu erleichtern.
     
    11. Ticketspender nach einem der vorstehenden Ansprüche, wobei der Gehäusekörper (2) gegenüberliegende erste und zweite Flächen (10, 11) aufweist, die mit ersten und zweiten komplementären gleitbaren Eingriffselementen (21, 22) und Rastelementen (23, 24) versehen sind, wobei das erste gleitbare Eingriffselement (21) eines ersten Gehäusekörpers (2) durch relative Verschiebung der Gehäusekörper (2) in das zweite gleitbare Eingriffselement (22) eines entsprechenden, zweiten Gehäusekörpers (2) eingreifen kann,
    wobei das erste und zweite gleitbare Eingriffselement (21, 22) der Gehäusekörper (2) konfiguriert sind, um eine Trennung der Gehäusekörper (2) quer zur Richtung der relativen Verschiebung, wenn sie in Eingriff zueinander stehen, zu verhindern, und
    wobei die Rastelemente (23, 24) konfiguriert sind, um ineinander einzugreifen, wenn die ersten und zweiten gleitbaren Eingriffselemente (21, 22) durch relative Verschiebung der Gehäusekörper ineinander eingegriffen haben, und die Rastelemente (23, 24) konfiguriert sind, um eine weitere relative Verschiebung der Gehäusekörper zu verhindern, wenn die Rastelemente (23, 24) ineinander eingreifen, und optional
    wobei der Gehäusekörper (2) gegenüberliegende dritte und vierte Flächen (12, 13) aufweist, die jeweils zwischen der ersten und zweiten Fläche (10, 11) verbunden sind, und wobei die dritten und vierten Flächen (12, 13) mit komplementären gleitbaren Eingriffselementen (21, 22) und Rastelementen (23, 24) versehen sind.
     
    12. Ticketspender nach Anspruch 11, wobei die ersten gleitbaren Eingriffselemente (21) länglich und bauchig im Querschnitt sind und die zweiten gleitbaren Eingriffselemente (22) komplementär geformte Rillen sind, die konfiguriert sind, um sich mit den ersten gleitbaren Eingriffselementen (21) entsprechender Gehäusekörper zu verbinden, und optional wobei jede der gegenüberliegenden ersten und zweiten Flächen (10, 11) mit mindestens zwei gleitbaren Eingriffselementen (21, 22) versehen ist, die beabstandet sind.
     
    13. Ticketspender nach Anspruch 12, wobei mindestens eines der gleitbaren Eingriffselemente (21, 22) entlang der Längsrichtung verjüngt ist.
     
    14. Ticketspender nach einem der Ansprüche 12 oder 13, wobei die ersten und zweiten gleitbaren Eingriffselemente (21, 22) jeweils konfiguriert sind, um sich entlang weniger
    als der Hälfte der Länge des Gehäusekörpers (2) zu verbinden, wenn sie mit einem entsprechenden Eingriffselement (21, 22) verbunden sind.
     
    15. Ticketspender nach einem der Ansprüche 11 bis 14, wobei eine der gegenüberliegenden ersten und zweiten Flächen (10, 11) mit einem Haken (25) versehen ist und die andere der gegenüberliegenden ersten und zweiten Flächen (10, 11) mit einem komplementären Hakeneingriffsloch (26) versehen ist.
     


    Revendications

    1. Distributeur de tickets (1) comprenant
    un corps de boîtier (2),
    une porte du boîtier verrouillable (3) configurée pour fermer une ouverture dans le corps de boîtier (2),
    une ouverture de distribution de tickets (34),
    un couvercle de sécurité verrouillable (5) configuré pour empêcher l'extraction de tickets par l'ouverture de distribution (34), et caractérisé par
    un ensemble de verrou (6) comprenant un bras de verrouillage multidirectionnel (57),
    le bras de verrouillage (57) étant configuré pour verrouiller la porte du boîtier (3) et le couvercle de sécurité (5) lorsque le bras de verrouillage (57) est tourné dans une première direction, dans laquelle le bras de verrouillage (57) entre en prise avec le couvercle de sécurité (5),
    le bras de verrouillage (57) étant configuré pour verrouiller la porte du boîtier (3) et ne pas verrouiller le couvercle de sécurité (5) lorsque le bras de verrouillage (57) est tourné dans une deuxième direction, et
    le bras de verrouillage (57) étant configuré pour ne pas verrouiller la porte du boîtier (3) et ne pas verrouiller le couvercle de sécurité (5) lorsque le bras de verrouillage (57) est tourné dans une troisième direction.
     
    2. Distributeur de tickets (1) selon la revendication 1, l'ensemble de verrou (6) étant monté sur la porte du boîtier (3),
    le bras de verrouillage (57) étant configuré pour entrer en prise avec le corps de boîtier (2) et le couvercle de sécurité (5) pour verrouiller la porte du boîtier (3) et le couvercle de sécurité (5) lorsque le bras de verrouillage (57) est tourné dans la première direction,
    le bras de verrouillage (57) étant configuré pour entrer en prise avec le corps de boîtier (2) pour verrouiller la porte du boîtier (3) et ne pas verrouiller le couvercle de sécurité (5) lorsque le bras de verrouillage (57) est tourné dans la deuxième direction, et
    le bras de verrouillage (57) étant configuré pour ne pas entrer en prise avec le corps de boîtier (2) et ne pas entrer en prise avec le couvercle de sécurité (5) lorsque le bras de verrouillage (57) est tourné dans la troisième direction.
     
    3. Distributeur de tickets selon une quelconque des revendications 1 ou 2, l'ensemble de verrou (6) comprenant : un mécanisme de verrouillage centralisé rotatif (55) possédant un axe de rotation ; et le bras de verrouillage multidirectionnel (57), le bras de verrouillage (57) s'étendant transversalement à l'axe de rotation et possédant une première partie de verrouillage (57A) présentant une étendue radiale de R1, une deuxième partie de verrouillage (57B) présentant une étendue radiale de R2, R2 étant inférieur à R1, et une partie additionnelle présentant une étendue radiale inférieure à R2.
     
    4. Distributeur de tickets selon une quelconque des revendications précédentes, l'ensemble de verrou (6) étant configuré de sorte qu'un passe-partout puisse modifier l'ensemble de verrou (6) entre les première, deuxième et troisième directions, tandis qu'une clé asservie ne peut modifier l'ensemble de verrou (6) qu'entre les première et deuxième directions.
     
    5. Distributeur de tickets selon une quelconque des revendications précédentes, le couvercle de sécurité (5) étant configuré pour coulisser entre une position ouverte, dans laquelle un ruban de tickets peut être extrait par l'ouverture de distribution de tickets (34) de l'intérieur du distributeur de tickets (1), et
    une position fermée dans laquelle le couvercle de sécurité (5) empêche l'extraction de tickets par l'ouverture de distribution de tickets (34) de l'intérieur du distributeur de tickets (1).
     
    6. Distributeur de tickets selon une quelconque des revendications précédentes, le couvercle de sécurité (5) étant un couvercle de sécurité (5) coulissant doté d'une surface interne partiellement cylindrique (50) configurée pour entrer en prise en coulissant avec une surface de coulissement (36) partiellement cylindrique du couvercle de sécurité de la porte du boîtier (3).
     
    7. Distributeur de tickets selon une quelconque des revendications précédentes, comprenant :

    une ouverture de distribution de tickets (34) dans une paroi (3) du corps de boîtier (2), et un rebord (30), faisant saillie de la paroi (3), extérieur au corps de boîtier (2) et adjacent à l'ouverture de distribution (34), et

    une came pivotante de commande (4) des tickets, dans laquelle

    le corps de boîtier (2) est configuré pour la distribution de tickets à travers l'ouverture de distribution (34) entre la came de commande (4) et le rebord (30),

    la came de commande (4) étant configurée pour pousser les tickets contre le rebord (30) afin d'empêcher le retour de tickets dans le distributeur de tickets (1), et

    la came pivotante de commande (4) des tickets comprenant une échancrure (48) configurée pour recevoir un chiffre d'un utilisateur pour bloquer manuellement la came de commande (4) contre le rebord (30).


     
    8. Distributeur de tickets selon la revendication 7, le corps de boîtier (2) étant configuré pour la distribution de tickets dans une direction de distribution, et le centre de masse de la came pivotante de commande (4) des tickets étant plus éloigné du centre du distributeur de tickets (1) qu'un axe de pivotement de la came de commande (4), dans la direction de distribution.
     
    9. Distributeur de tickets selon une quelconque des revendications 7 ou 8, la came pivotante de commande (4) des tickets étant sollicitée vers le rebord (30).
     
    10. Distributeur de tickets selon une quelconque des revendications 7, 8 ou 9, la came pivotante de commande (4) des tickets possédant un évidement (49) pour faciliter l'accès d'un utilisateur à un ticket situé entre la came de commande (4) et le rebord (30).
     
    11. Distributeur de tickets selon une quelconque des revendications précédentes, le corps de boîtier (2) possédant des première et deuxième faces opposées (10, 11) munies de premier et deuxième éléments d'engagement coulissants complémentaires (21,22) et des éléments de verrouillage (23, 24), le premier élément d'engagement coulissant (21) d'un premier corps de boîtier (2) pouvant entrer en prise avec le deuxième élément d'engagement coulissant (22) d'un deuxième corps de boîtier (2) correspondant par le déplacement relatif des corps de boîtier (2),
    les premier et deuxième éléments d'engagement coulissants (21,22) des corps de boîtier (2) étant configurés pour empêcher la séparation des corps de boîtier (2) transversaux à la direction du déplacement relatif lorsqu'ils sont en prise, et
    les éléments de verrouillage (23, 24) étant configurés pour entrer en prise lorsque les premier et deuxième éléments d'engagement coulissants (21, 22) ont été en prise l'un avec l'autre par le déplacement relatif des corps de boîtier, et les éléments de verrouillage (23, 24) étant configurés pour empêcher le déplacement relatif supplémentaire des corps de boîtier lorsque les éléments de verrouillage (23, 24) sont en prise, et, en option,
    le corps de boîtier (2) présentant des troisième et quatrième faces opposées (12, 13), chacune se raccordant entre les première et deuxième faces (10, 11), et les troisième et quatrième faces (12, 13) étant dotées d'éléments d'engagement coulissants (21,22) complémentaires et des éléments de verrouillage (23, 24).
     
    12. Distributeur de tickets selon la revendication 11, les premiers éléments d'engagement coulissants (21) étant allongés et ayant une section transversale renflée, et les deuxièmes éléments d'engagement coulissants (22) étant des cannelures de forme complémentaire configurées pour s'accoupler avec les premiers éléments d'engagement coulissants (21) de corps de boîtier correspondants, et, en option, chacune des première et deuxième faces opposées (10, 11) étant munie d'au moins deux éléments d'engagement coulissants (21, 22) espacés l'un de l'autre.
     
    13. Distributeur de tickets selon la revendication 12, au moins deux éléments d'engagement coulissants (21, 22) étant conique le long de la direction de l'allongement.
     
    14. Distributeur de tickets selon une quelconque des revendications 12 ou 13, les premiers et deuxièmes éléments d'engagement coulissants (21, 22) étant configurés chacun pour s'accoupler le long de moins de la moitié du corps de boîtier (2), lors de son accouplement avec un élément d'engagement correspondant (21, 22).
     
    15. Distributeur de tickets selon une quelconque des revendications 11 à 14, une des première et deuxième faces opposées (10, 11) étant munie d'un crochet (25), l'autre des première et deuxième faces opposées (10, 11) étant munie d'un orifice complémentaire d'engagement du crochet (26).
     




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