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May 3l, 1938.
' F. R. HIGLEY
.2,119,275
TA1L_cLAMP -
Filed Feb. 9, 1935
l
" INVENTOR
FRANK R. HIGLEY
Patented May
2,119,275
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>UNITED STATES
`PATENT OFFICE
2,119,275
TAIL CLAMP
Frank R. Higley, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, assign
..or to TheAmerican Laundry Machinery Com
pany, Norwood, Ohio, a corporation of Ohio
Application February 9, 1935, serial No. 5,716
9 Claims. (Cl. 38-12)
This invention relates to means for securing
an article to be ironed, upon its pressing mem
ber, during the ironing operation. An example
familiar to the art, is the clamp employed to se
cure the tail parts of shirts during their ironing.
Thel ironing is accomplished in a press having
a cooperative pair of pressing members upon
A one of' which, the buck, the shirt is smoothly dis
tion wherein the band is removed from the buck
to provide access to the work.
Such mounting means comprises a pair of op
positely disposed arm members 3 and 4, each
carrying one end of the band 2, the band being 5
of such length that it will have curvature be
tween its ends as indicated in the drawing.
posed before pressing engagement between the
pressing members. The buck is usually padded
These arm members are rigidly interconnected
by a rock shaft 5 mounted as shown in a bearing
bracket 6 secured beneath the buck l. The 10
and yieldable, and this invention is particularly
adapted to a buck which may have substantial
expansion during operation of the press, as ex
from the viewpoint of the operator, has a part
empliñed in Patent 1,888,163, November 15, 1932
to Forse.
The objects of the invention are to provide a
clamp for the described purpose, which is simple
and certain in operation, inexpensive to pro
duce, adapted for hand or power actuation and
20 is adapted for employment with an expansible
arm 3 which may be considered the near arm
3a disposed slightly beyond the end of the buck
to clear the latter, and a part 3b extending to
the plane of the band 2 and carrying the latter
by a pivotal connection l. The arm 4 is disposed
beneath the buck adjacent the plane of the band
2 as indicated in Fig. 3, and carries the opposite
end of the band by an offset pivotal connection 3.
Means such as a roller 9, carried by a bracket 20
9a, is disposed in the plane of the band and
Theexact nature of this invention together slightly rearward of the buck, to lie Within the
with further objects and advantages thereof will path of movement of the connectionß and thus
>be apparent from the following description taken be engaged by the band but cleared by the mem
in connection with the accompanying drawing," ber 4 as the latter swings rearwardly and up 25
in which Figs. 1 and'2 are views in elevation -wardly to the position of Figs. 2 and 3.
The parts are proportioned and arranged, and
as from the end at the right hand of the op
erator, of an embodiment of the invention, Fig. 1 particularly the band 2 is of such length, that
showing the clamping parts in open position as when the parts are disposed in closed position
30 at B and in broken lines in stand-by position
as in Fig. 2, the intermediate part of the band 30
as at C, and Fig. 2 showing the parts in closed will overlie the face of the buck and the band
position as at A; and Fig. 3 is a detail plan view will have a bight beneath the roller 9.
of the same parts disposed as in Fig. 2.
A spring I0 is arranged to be eífective between
With reference'now to the drawing, I isthe the arm 4 and a stationary part of the buck to
DJ buck having a face generally horizontally dis
yieldably urge the arms 3 and 4 in counter 35
posed to support the articles to be ironed, and clockwise direction about the axis of the shaft
5 when the parts are so positioned. Thereby the
it will be appreciated that the buck is one of a
pair of cooperating pressing members arranged forward end of the band is yieldably urged down
'for relative opening and closing motion in the wardly and the rearward extremity of the band
buck.
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40 operation of the press of which the buck is a
part. In such operation the operator stands in
front of the buck, at the left from the views in
the drawing, and dresses the shirt to be ironed,
upon the buck, with the neck end at the left and
the tail end at the right, Fig. 3 showing only the
tail end'part of the buck.
The buck is preferably padded and may be of
the expansible type above referred to.
For clamping the tail part of the shirt against
the buck, that the shirt may be smoothly dressed
before pressing operation, a flexible clamping
band 2 is provided and mounted for movement
between a closed position wherein its interme
diate part overlies the work and an open posi
is correspondingly urged upwardly.
However,
owing to its bight around the roller 9, that rear
ward part of the band bearing upon the buck
is yieldably urged in tightening direction. The
result is that so far as the buck and work are
concerned, both ends of the band thereover are 45
yieldably urged to clamp the work against the
buck. Further, the arms 3 and 4 are of equal
length from axis to band connection, so that
there is no endwise slipping of the band over
the work and buck. Consequently the buck may 50
expand or contract substantially, tilting the armsl
3 and 4, yet the spring IU will be equally effec
tive at each end of the band, to maintain the
clamping relation between band and buck.
The parts have just been described as in their 55
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closed position, from which they may be moved
ment being about the axis of the shaft 5, the
cident motion of said band end parts oppositely in
said plane.
2. In pressing apparatus of the class described
forward arm 3 moves upwardly and rearwardly,
and the other arm 4 moves downwardly and for
and having a pressing member with a pressing
face adapted to receive an article to be pressed,
to open position as at B in Fig. 1.
Such move
wardly from closed position. During such open
ing movement the forward end of the band at
the connection 1 simply moves through an arc
about the shaft 5. The rearward end, of the
10 band as at the connection 8, similarly moves
through an arc.
a flexible band having a curvature, and means
mounting said band for its movement in the
plane of said curvature between a closed posi
tion wherein said band has a part yieldably urged
toward said face and an open position wherein 10
As however, such movement
said part is removed from said face, said mount
ing means comprising a pair of members arranged
rear end part of the band as the latter is un
yfor coincidental pivotal movement in said plane
wrapped from its bight about the roller 9. Con
eachhaving connection with an end part of said
15 sequently in moving from closed to open posi
band and being interconnected to provide coin 15
tion, the band is first unloosened from the buck cident motion of said band end parts oppositely
at both ends, and thence the band moves gen
in said plane; and said members having associ
erally rearwardly, although its rearward end ated means for their yieldable retention in either
moves rather downwardly and forwardly. A open or closed position.
20 yieldable stop Il is preferably provided to limit
3. In pressing apparatus of the class described 20
the opening movement of the parts, the connec
and having a pressing member with a pressing
tion l2 of the spring l0 with the arm 4 being face adapted to receive an article to be pressed,
so located that when the parts are in open po
a flexible band having a curvature, and means
sition, the spring will just retain them against mounting said band for its movement in the
25 the stop Il.
plane of said curvature between a closed position
It is to be noted that in the open position of the wherein said band has a part yieldably urged to
parts the entire face of the buck I is substantially ward' said face and an open position wherein
freely accessible to the operator whose arms may said part is removed from said face, said mount
move under the part 3b of the arm 3. Y
ing means including a pair of pivotal members
30
Should the operator have no use for the clamp, interconnected to provide coincident movement of 30
‘as when operating upon a type of work not re
said members oppositely in directions parallel to
quiring the clamp, the latter maybe adjusted to said plane, and each member carrying one end
astand-by position as at C in Fig. 1. Such posi
of said band.
,
tion is attained by moving the arm members 3
4. In pressing apparatus of the class described
35 and 4 clockwise from their open position as at B. and having a pressing member with a pressing 35
In the stand-by position the arm members 3 and face disposed to receive an article to be pressed,
4 are again horizontally disposed but the member a ilexible band having a curvature, and lever
4 now extends forwardly and the member 3 rear
means mounting the end parts of said band for
wardly, the band 2 assuming the position indi
its movement in the plane of said curvature be
40 cated in broken lines.> The clamping means is
tween a closed position wherein said band has an 40
now effectively removed and the buck entirely intermediate part in registry with said face, and
clear of the latter, the spring I0 again yieldably an open position wherein said intermediate part
maintaining the clamping parts disposed as last is removed rearwardly of said face, and roller
means disposed to be engaged by said band be
In adjusting the clamping parts between their tween its said end parts to provide a bight, as said
45
45
described three positions, the part 3b may serve registry is attained.
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as a handle by which adjustment between open
5. In pressingapparatus of the class described
and closed positions `is very conveniently made and having aV pressing member with a pressing
and adjustment to and from stand-by position face adapted to receive an article to be pressed, a
commences, there is slackening effect upon the
described.
50
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may be made.
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The stop H is preferably so located that the
arm 3 in open position is `disposed to be moved
without damage to closed position by the head of
the
press, should the latter be accidentally closed
55
before closing the clamp.
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It is to be noted that the parts are light and
approximately balanced about the shaft 5 so that
their tendency to move from any adjusted posi
60 tion will not be great.
However, the spring IU
is effective to yieldably maintain any of the three
described adjusted positions.
What I claim is:
1. Pressing apparatus of the class described,
65 comprising a pressing member having a pressing
face adapted to receive an article to be pressed,
a flexible band having a curvature, and means
mounting said band for movement Vin the plane
of said curvature between a closed position where
70 in said band has a part yieldably urged toward
said face and an open position wherein said part
is removed from said face, said mounting means
including a pair of pivotally movable members
having connection with opposite end parts of said
75 band andbeing interconnected to provide coin
ñexible handhaving a curvature, and means
mounting said band for its movement in the plane
of said curvature between a closed position where
in said band has a part yieldably urged toward
said face and an open position wherein said part
is removed from said face, said mounting means 55
including a lever having end parts carrying the
end parts of said band and pivoted to provide co
incident movement of said band ends in opposite
directions in said plane, and spring means ar
ranged to yieldably retain said members in either 60
open or closed position.
6. In pressing apparatus of the class described
and having a pressing member with a pressing
face disposed to receive an article to be pressed,
a flexible band having a curvature, and mech 65
anism mounting said band for its movement in
the plane of said curvature between a closed po
sition wherein said band has an intermediate
part yieldably urged toward said face and an open
70
position wherein said intermediate part is rear
wardly removed from said face, said mounting
mechanism comprising a pair of members mount
ed to have coincident pivotal movement in the
same direction on opposite sides of the pivot, and 75
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each connected with an end part of said band.
7. In pressing apparatus of the class described
and having a pressing member with a pressing
face disposed to receive an article to be pressed,
a ñexible band having a curvature, and mecha»
nism mounting said band for its movement in
the plane of said curvature between a closed po
sition wherein said band has an intermediate
part yieldably urged toward said face and an
10 open position wherein said intermediate part is
rearwardly removed from said face, said mount~
ing mechanism comprising a pair of members
mounted to have coincident pivotal movement in
the same direction on opposite sides of a corn
f mon axis located adjacent said pressing member,
each member being connected with an end part
of said band.
8. In pressing apparatus of the class described
and having a pressing member with a pressing
face disposed to receive an article to be pressed,
a flexible band having a curvature, and means
mounting said band for its movement in the
plane of said curvature between a closed position
wherein said band has an intermediate part yield
25 ably urged toward said face and an open posi
3 .
tion wherein said intermediate part is rearwardly
removed from said face, said band mounting
means comprising a pair of interconnected op
positely extending arms each carrying one end
of said band, said arms being mounted one to
swing upwardly and rearwardly, the other down
wardly and forwardly from closed position, and
means disposed to be engaged by a portion of said
band to provide a bight therein as said closed po
sition is approached.
9. Pressing apparatus of the class described,
comprising a pressing member having a pressing
face adapted to receive an article to be pressed,
a flexible band having a curvature, and means
mounting said band for movement in the plane
of said curvature between a closed position
wherein said band has a part yieldably urged
toward said face and an open position wherein
said part is removed from said face, said mount
ing means including a pair of movable members 20
having connection with opposite end parts of
said band and mounted for pivotal movement
about a fixed axis therebetween.
FRANK R. HIGLEY.
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