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Патент USA US2107071

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Fé?. 1, 1938.
Filed Feb. 4, 1937
Patented Feb. 1, 1938
George E. Gaus, Washington, D‘. 0., assignor to
Secretary of Agriculture of the United States
of America
Application February 4, 1937, Serial No. 123,983
2 Claims.
(Granted under the act of March 3, 1883, as
amended April 30, 1928; 3'70 0. G. 757)
This application is made under the act of like elliptical tag head I visible on the outer sur
March 3, 1883, as amended by the act of April 30, face of the head of the bale (Fig. I) is formed of
substantially non-resilient durable material, pref
1928, and the invention herein described, if pat
ented, may be manufactured and used by or erably a steel of high melting point and non
for the Government for governmental purposes corrodible properties. Suitable portions of the 5
without the payment to me of any royalty opposite ovoid ends, 2-3, of tag head I, are
fashioned in retroversion with respect to the
upper or identi?cation-bearing surface of tag
My invention relates to improvements in identi
?cation tags for ?brous material packed in bale head I as shown in Fig. III. The above described
form, and particularly to cotton bales, whereby structure results in a relatively ?at portion 8,‘ 10
the particular bales to which the tags have been remaining in the mid-section of tag I, shown in
Fig. II, as the area lying within the points
applied may be identi?ed in the event the cus
4--5——6-—'I. The lines of deviation 4--5 and 6—'I
tomary means of identi?cation are eifaced, de
stroyed, or changed, and has for its object to between mid-section 8, and bent ovoid ends 2-—3,
provide a single durable identi?cation tag, are substantially at right angles to the line A—A
(Fig. II) bisecting tag head I. The function of
adapted to be displayed on the outer surface of
the bale, flexibly connected to a securing member ‘the gibbous elliptical structure of tag head I, is
automatically impacted with the ?brous material hereinafter described in the discussion pertaining
during the process of baling in such manner that to the practice of my invention. Ovoid ends 2 and
the identi?cation tag cannot be readily removed 3 have apertures 9 and III centered on line A—A,
or replaced after the ?brous material has been respectively, formed therein. Anchoring member
II, a rod or wire of non-resilient material and
in length less than the distance between the head
A further object of my invention is to pro
vide a structure and form for the identi?cation and the bottom of the completed bale, is fashioned
tag, arranged in such manner that the facets with eyelet I2 at one end and eyelet I3 at the op
and edges of the tag normally in sliding contact posite end. Eyelets I2 and I3 lie in planes at
with the interior surface of the bale press-box right angle to each other. Angularly protruding
during the process of baling, will readily pass over barb I 4, a continuation of the Wrapped portion
rough, worn and/or uneven portions of the bale of eyelet I3 about the straight section of anchor
press-box side walls; thereby insuring retention ing member II, lies in a plane parallel to that of
eyelet I2 and at right angles to that of eyelet I3.
of the position of installation of the tag rela
head I is ?exibly connected to anchoring
tive to the outer surface of the bale without the
member II by means of eyelet I2 and aperture
aid of especial tag holders, or guides, or the dress
ing of the interior surfaces in order to provide a
35 smooth pathway for the tag in its line of travel
within the press-box.
In order to carry out the purposes of my in
vention reference is to be had to the peculiar
combinations and arrangements of parts as shown
40 in the accompanying drawing, forming a part
of this speci?cation, in which similar numerals
refer to similar parts throughout the several
Referring to the drawing,
Figure I is a perspective view of a completed
bale with the identi?cation tag visible on the outer
surface of the head of the bale.
Figure II is a perspective view of the identi?ca
tion tag assembly.
Figure III is a cross-section of the identi?cation
tag taken on the bisection line A—A of Figure II.
Figure IV is a side elevation of the identi?ca
tion tag assembly at the initial position of in
(Cl. 40—20)
Referring to the drawing by numerals, plate
I0. Aperture 9 may be used as a connecting
means for the conventional paper bale shipping 35
While the foregoing described simple structure
is a preferred embodiment of the anchoring
means II, I do not wish to be restricted thereto.
My invention may be practiced While ?brous
material I5 is being fed into the press-box I6,
and at a time when the press-box I6 is partially
?lled, by inserting therein identi?cation assem
bly I-II (Fig. IV), by means of the upper un
enclosed portion of press-box I6. Tag head I is
inserted between ?brous material I5 and the in
terior wall ll of press-box I6, having the sub
stantially convex surface of the tag head contact
the press-box wall I‘! and the anchoring member
II extended away from the tag head I, longi
tudinally of the press-box It, and superimposed
upon the surface of the ?brous material I5
placed in press-box I6. The balance of the ?brous
material composing the bale I8 is introduced into
the press-box, thereby burying the anchoring 55
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member II, and the process of baling is then
completed in the customary fashion.
Upon completion of the baling process, tag
rality of interchangeable tags mounted on the
ends of fastening or securing members passing
through and projecting beyond opposite faces of
head I (Fig. I) appears on the outer surface of
the bale. Said tags are attached to the fasten
ing or securing members after the process of
the bale l8 dangling from eyelet l2, which pro
trudes partially from the body of the bale l8;
the remainder of the anchoring member H is
?rmly held and con?ned within the bale l8. '
During the process of baling the identi?cation
10 tag assembly I-ll moves with the ?brous mate
rial vertically of the compressing direction, hav
ing the tag head I in sliding frictional contact
with an interior wall H of press-box IS.
compression of the material into a bale is com
pleted, by bending, or entwining, or drawing the,
projecting ends of the securing members against
the faces of the tags so as to hold the tags snug
or tight against the faces of the bale. In Wilson
et al. the teachings are primarily directed .to a
fastening for shipping-tags, no structure being
disclosed supporting the cooperative'rnovement
The curvilinear periphery of the tag head is of the identi?cation tag member and the bale
capable of gliding through the depressions'and ,material during the process of baling. The
rough areas frequently found in the interior walls drawings accompanying the patents of Gaus,
of press-boxes; the offset ovoid ends, forming Richberger and Wilson et al., illustrating the pre
inclined planes with the ?at center portion, of ferred embodiment of'their devices, disclose no
the tag head are capable of riding over the ob
meansresiding in the exposed tags, adopting said
stacles frequently found on the interior walls of ‘tags for ‘uninterrupted and uniform cooperative
movement of the tag with the bale material dur
ing .the conventional process of forming a bale,
the side walls frequently found in the interior as is accomplished by the tag hereinbefore de
of press-boxes; the ?exible and eccentric con
nection between the tag head and eyelet l2 per
While the foregoing is a preferred-embodiment 25
mits sidewise motion of the tag under such a of the means for practicing my invention, I do
stress; the underside of the flat center portion not wish to be restricted thereto.
of the tag head, presenting the largest contact
Having thus described my invention, I claim as
area to the expansive pressure of the ?brous new and desire to secure by Letters Patent:
material, causes the outer surface of said flat
1. In combination with a press box having
press-boxes; the?at center portion of the tag
head is capable of bridging uneven portions of
center portion to‘ lie ?ush against the, interior
wall surface of the'press-box during its move
ment with the ?brous material; and in combi
nation, forming a tag head adapted for uninter
rupted and uniform cooperative movement of the
tag with, the ?brous material that is formed into
?brous material therein to be baled; of a tag
ging device therefor to be a?ixed during the
process of baling; said tagging device comprising
a securing member, and a non-resilient plate-like
pendent identi?cation tag connected thereto;' »
said securing member adapted to be embedded
V in the ?brous material as the same is being as
It is readily apparent that the above described
shape, boundary form, and facets de?ning the
structure of the tag operate in close mutual func
tional relationship with each other producing a
de?nite and desired result during the process of
b'aling, not assured in the use of conventional
types of shipping tags.
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I am aware that others have devised exposed
sembled and‘ to extend partially therethrough;
said tag comprising a substantially gibbous ellip
tical structure, having a relatively ?at center 40
portion formed thereon, and adapted to maintain
its position relative to said securing member dur
ing the process of embedment and impaction of
said ?brous material, and having its concave
surface in juxtaposition thereto and itsrconvex
bale tags with means for insertion in the con- ' surface in juxtaposition to a side wall of the press
tents of the bale during the process of balin'g,
‘ notably: Gaus 1,996,328, “Apparatus for aflixing
identi?cation tags”; Richberger 969,658 “Ship
50 ping-tag”; and Wilson et al. 1,125,618 “Fastening
for shipping-tags”. The single‘?exibly connected
dependent tag herein described is ‘designed to
operate in the conventional types of press-boxes,
frequently found with uneven and worn interior
55 surfaces, without the aid of a guidance means
2. In combination with a press box having
?brous material therein to be baled; of a tag
ging device therefor to be a?ixed during the
process of baling; said tagging device comprising
a securing member, and a non-resilient plate-like
pendent identi?cation tag connected thereto;
said‘securing member adapted to be embedded
in the ?brous material as the same is being as
or'means for providing a plane surface for travel sembled and to extend partially therethrough;
of the tag along thepress-box side wall during said tag embodying a curvilinearrperiphery and
formation of the bale. Gaus, above, teaches a a flattish center portion, adapted to have indicia
holder which provides a guidance and a smooth, stamped upon the upper surface thereof, con~
tiguous with oppositely disposed declivous end 60
60 pathway for the tag. Richberger’s teachings are
primarily directed to an identi?cation tag ar
portions forming in combination a substantially
ranged in duplicate; one of the tags having means arch-like structure, said periphery, ?attish cen
formed thereon for holding the same in’ the ter'portion, and declivous end portions adapted
bales, is spaced apart by flexible uniting means to act in mutual functional relationship to per
mit uniform cooperative movement-of the tag
65 from the other tag which is adapted to be dis
played on the outer surface of the bale. Neither and embedding member with the contents of a 65
tag in Richberger is adapted to overcome any bale while being packed, the convex surface of
obstacles it may encounter in its path’ of move
the tag being in juxtaposition to a side wall of
ment within the press~box during the normal the’ press box.
70 process of compression of the .material into a
bale. Wilson et al; teaches and claims a plu
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