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Патент USA US2114051

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Patented Apr.
August Freed,
9, 1937-,Mollne,`_m.
Serial No. 158,094
_, vQ2 Claims.
My invention relates. toi-self aligning bearings
ends thereof and is adapted to engage the socket
‘Lior shafts,v of> thaty general‘design‘fofifstructure “ ’I4 oi the Supporting'breeket U.
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shown in my Patent 2,001,383 which issuedunder
The bearing sleeve 1 is held in operating posi
i ¿y `date of May 14, 1935, whereinithe bearingis'auto- » rtion» in'engagement with the> socket `Il by means
`5 , Y laticallyadjusted by the shaitinto axial, aiign--'~
4„meut therewith.` l
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. i
or a'pair oflretainingblocks 2|' which‘are dis`- 5
posed*`I` above ‘the‘ bearing sleeve t in . transversely
The principal object of my present invention ‘Spacedapart relation. A rib 22 is »formed "on` the
t fdisv‘to ¿.„p‘rovider>> a, typen! `self aligning bearing' Í'Qute'i'jedgè òfïeach vblock 2| and isardapted t0
f‘ fjwherein the bearing ¿sleeve is'> supported inthe » >`engage the groove I2 in the adjacent side mem- .
10> isupporting bracket insuch a manner thai-„it may" ` ber- ||*‘. ^ 'I‘he rib«22 serves to‘hold the block 2| in l0
i j ‘be easily adjusted angularlyiritoA the aligned posi-
`Wiiori butjseeured against bodily movement relative
‘ "to said bracket.
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a vertical `-position >and. toï lprevent >lateral dis---
placement“ thereof.' The lower surface or the
block 2| is spherical and'coniormsA to the outer
i `A further objectis to provide a bearing struc- " surface foi thev ball I 9 and-engages therewith;
15 ture of this kind which maybe readily assembled' e The >blocks `-2| are held in engagement with the 15
and wherein the parts are securely held against bali portion I9 by conical wedge members 24
` which engage with outwardly and upwardly ta
t The foregoing and'stiu further objects and ad; 1 lperins srooves 25' formed on the upper side of
vantages .of the invention will become apparent
the blocks 2|. 'I‘he wedge members 24 are slid
to those skilled in the art after e study or` the - ably: mounted on a pin 25 which is supported in 2o
following specification. taken in conjunction with aligned holes provided in the'llpper ends 0f the
" thè accompanying drawing wherein like char- side members ||. ` Theïpin 25 iS Secured inthis
acters of reference designate corresponding parts , PO-Siiìiûn by a 60u21' >25 Which extends thru a hole
f throughout the several views, and wherein:-‘in One lend 0f the,pin and thruV aligning holes
Figure 1 is an elevational side viewoi the bear- AIJI‘OVided in lille Side member ii- The `'Wedge 25
ing structure;
, members 24 are urged o twardly to engage the
Figure 2 is a fragmentary top plan view of the
structure shown in Figure 1;
are Seated
Figure 31s a longitudinal vertical section> taken i in recesses 28 provided 101' this Purpose in the
` 35 "
substantially on the plane of line 3-4-3 of y Fig-_
inner ends 0i' the Wedge members 24 and is thus` 30
ure 2 but showing the bearing sleeve and shaft in»
held against displacement.
elevation; and,
Figure 4 is a transverse vertical section taken
on the plane of line 4--`-| of Figure 2.
The wedge members 2| acting ssigainsi»,> the
blocks 2| serve to hold the bearingr Sleeve'l in
placesagainst bodily displacement. At the same
'I'he bearing structure includes a supporting
`bracket 6 and- bearing sleeve 1. 'I'he bracket 8
comprises al base 8 which is substantially rectangular and is provided, adjacent each end with
grooves 25’ by a spring 2 disposed between the
members. ‘ The ends 0f the Spring
' apertures 9 adapted to receive remining bolts
40» (not shown) for securing the bracket in place.
A'pair of spaced parallel vertical side members ||
time, because ofthe ball and socket connection 35
between the bearing Sleeve 'i and the Supporting
breekei" 5, the Sleeve iS Permitted t0 mOVe angu
lel‘ly into ßXiB-l alignment With the Shaft i8.’ Any
tendency of the bearing sleeve 1 to move upward
1y or longitudinally or' laterally is prevented by 40
the blocks 2| engaging against the wedge mem'
extend upwardly from the base l. A vertical ‘bers u' fmsvlreslfutás obtainezd ,by reason of the
groove or guide I2 is provided on the inner side pîrglculaëiìng §10 Pn? gïoovî s
of each side member || for a purpose to be later
described.v A spherical socket I4 is formed on
the base 8v between the side members I» and is
adapted to receive the bearing sleeve l. The outer edge of the .Socket '4 is beveled slightly at ‘5
5A Q to provide clearance for the sleeve 1y to swing
angularly'I‘he bearing Sleeve 'i comprises a cylindrical
o d nei sp 1g t'th
e ang e o
the ten‘sigr.:
e ens gg. o
e grooves
le Spring
are n such rela' ‘ß
tion that any tendency oi the sleeve I8 to move
upwardly bodily is resisted as thoughjii were
pushing directiyagainst the pin 25, It is. there_
fore, impossible for the bearing sleeve Il to be
come displaced from the socket I4 through any 50
upward pressure oi the sleeve. A further advan
tage of this construction is that any wear which
member I6 having a central longitudinal bearing . might occur between the sleeve I0 and the socket
opening Il to receive a shaft I8, a ball portion I9
‘55 is formed around the sleeve 1 intermediate the
I4 will be automatically taken up by the action of
the wedge members 24 against the blocks 2|, 5s
since the members 2l are constantlyrurged out
wardly in contact with the inclined grooves 25'
having a ball portion cooperating with said sock
by the spring 21. Therefore with my improved
angularly relative to said bracket, and means for
holding said ball portion in engagement with said
construction there can be no looseness or rattle
while in normal service caused by natural wear
of the several parts of the self aligning part of
the bearing. 'I'his improved construction elimi
nates direct pressure against the springs or other
et and adapted to permit said sleeve to move
socket in any adjusted position including a pair
of retaining blocks, each said block having a
spherical surface on its lower side to engage said
ball portion and a beveled surface on the upper
side, a pair of wedge members engaging the bev
eledsurface of said retaining blocks, and a spring 10
Justment to take up wear while also vproviding' ` between said wedge members engaging both said
for automatic alignment--; also preventing -bod
members to automatically urge them apart and
ily displacement of the bearing sleeve in the sup
thereby to hold said members in locking engage
porting means whenever the pressure against the ment with said retaining blocks.
2. `A self aligning bearing comprising a sup
spring as used in conventional constructions be
comes greater than the spring tension».>
porting bracket having a pair of spaced parallel
Fromthe foregoing it will be s_een that I have side members, and a socket between said side
constructed a self aligning bearing structure members, a bearing sleeve having a ball portion
wherein the bearing sleeve may be angularly ad
cooperating with said socket and adapted to per~
justed to any desired position andwherelnthe mit said sleeve to be adjusted angularly relative 20
parts are so designed and arranged that no bod
`toV said bracket, means for> holding said ball por-4
ily movement of the bearing sleeve relative to the tion in engagement with said socket in any ad
supporting bracket is permitted.
justed position including a pair of retaining
While I have described in connection with the blocks having spherical surfaces on their lowex-
resilient means as commonly used in conven
10 tional designs and provides for automatic ad
accompanying drawing, the speciilc form in
which I prefer to embody my invention, it is to
be understood that the invention is not to be lim-~
ited. to the specific means which I have herein
shown and described, and that, in fact, widely
30 dlil'erent means may be employed in the practice
of the broader aspects of my invention.
What I claim, therefore, and desire to secure
by Letters Patent is:
1. A’ self aligning bearing comprising a sup
porting bracket having a socket, a bearing sleeve
sides to engage said ball portion and 4beveled sur
faces on their upper side, a pin above said blocks
and supported in said side members, a pair of
wedge members mounted on said pin and engag
ing said beveled surfaces. and a spring between
said wedges to automatically urge said wedges in
opposite directions and against said blocks to hold
said blocks in locking engagement with said‘ball
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