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June 7, 1938.
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John M. McClatchie, Middletown, N. Y., assigner
to The Borden'Company, New York, N. Y., a
corporation of New Jersey
Application August l8, 1936, Serial No. 94,906
11 Claims. (Cl. 214-11)
The present invention relates to an improve
an inclined runway and come to rest on a re
ment vin receptacle inverting mechanisms, and
ceiving platform without spilling any milk what
more particularly to an improvement in can in
verting or “dumping” mechanisms especially
ȧ adapted for operation in timed relation with can
washing >machines of the type ldisclosed in my
Patent No. 2,023,431, dated December 10, 1935.
Automatic receptacle inverting mechanisms
are extensively used in the industries to perform
the act of »dumping or pouring out the liquid con
tents of the receptacles faster and more eflicient
ly than the act can be done by hand. The mech
anisms for inverting or dumping the large milk
cans used to transport raw milk from the pro
ducer to the receiving and distributing st-ations
are typical examples of such devices, and al.
though the mechanism ofthe present invention.
is applicable to the inverting of various kinds
of receptacles in order to automatically pour out
their contents, the invention will be described
with particular reference to the emptying or
dumping of the large cans used in transporting
fluid milk.
Thereupon an oscillatory cradle picks up»
the `filled can and swings it in a'vertical plane
to turn the can upside do-wn thereby emptying m
its contents at a higher plane into the milkV re
ceiving tank, at the same time depositing the
can in upside do-wn position on a> support from
which the can is removed and carried into the
washing machine before the next succeeding can
is dumped. By so arranging the can inverting
mechanism that the cradle begins its upward
swing on the upward stroke of the can trans
porting carriage of the washing machine the
cradle is started in its upward swing slowly and
gently without liability of accidentally spilling
the contents of the can.
And then as the car
riage reaches the limit of its upward movement
and starts forward the cradle carrying thev ñlled
can is accelerated in movement and the contentsr 20
thereof are swiftly and neatly dumped into the ’
receiving tank. without slopping over the sides of
the tank. The inverting mechanism is returned
It has been pro-posed heretofore- -to provide
to normal position largely under the -actio-n o-f
automatic can inverting or dumping mechanisms
for can washers, and there are many such in suc
gravity», but in order that there may be no delay
in bringing Athe cradle back to» normal position
cessfulvo-peration on the market today, although
resilient means put kunder tension from the can
many of them are objectionable in one or more
transporting carri-age is availed of to start the
cradle in its downward path.
Another object of the invention is to produce
acan invertingmechanism of such compact con
struction as to take upV relatively little ñoor
space, an important desideratum in connection
with many can washing machines now in opera
tion in restricted quarters which do not permitl
of the installation and operation of former kinds
of can inverting mechanisms requiring relative
ly `large floor space. In this connection the can
particulars, forrexamplarsuch as spilling or slop
ping out some _o-f the milk before the can reaches
the point at which it is dumped or because some
of the milk is spilt onto the outside of a preceding
One object of the present invention is to pro
duce a can inverting or dumping mechanism of
such construction that no milk will spill or slop
over the top of the can before the can is posi
tively inverted or dumped into the milk receiving
A further object of the invention is to- produce
inverting cradle is `ofsuch construction that when
it returns tocan receiving position it does not 40
tion of .the can being dumped so as to avoid all
interfere with the passage of the next succeed
ing filled canonto vthe receiving platform. ' For
this purpose the can inverting .cradle comprises
two pivoted `parts which are swung outwardly as
possibility of milk spilling ontol the exterior of
the cradle descendsgbeingstarted in their out
a can vinverting mechanism of such construction
that the preceding can which has just been
emptied will be removed from the sphere of ac
‘ ward swing by vcontact with the upper .rounded
Another object of the invention is to produce ' part of the ,can and then when the can sup,
a can inverting mechanism especially adapted porting `plates of thecradle pass by the bottom
the preceding can.
for connection with and operation from actuating
means functioning like the can transporting car'
riage of the can washing machine disclosed in
my said patent, namely, an upward, forward,
end of the can swing inwardly into position ready
to Vbe brought upwardly under the forward edge Y50
of the bottom of the canon the platform.
downward and backward movement. In the can
Other objects and particular features of the
invention vwill be pointed out as the descriptionr
inverting mechanism of the »present invention-the
cans to-be emptieditravel without -vf‘bration down
in the improved receptacle inverting mechanism 55
proceeds. ’ To these ends the invention consists
hereinafter fully" described »and particularly
The oscillatory can inverting cradle or frame
pointed outin the appended claims.
I 9 comprises two longitudinally-extending frame
In the :accompanying drawings illustrating the Y members 28 and 29 in`- the form of angle irons,
preferred form of the invention, Fig. 1V is a side each of which is secured at its upper end lto a hub
Ul elevation of the receiving end of a can washing ' member 39 fastened to the inner end of a rock
machine, with the'improved can inverting mech
shaftk 3|. The Vrock shafts 3! areY journalled
anism shown in cooperative relation therewith;
the upper bosses 32 (Figs. 3 and 4) of the brackets
Fig. 2 is atview similar to Fig. l, but showing the ~ V33 secured to the rear sides'of the uprights 35Y
oscillatory -caninverting cradle in can inverting forming partV of the stationary frame of the can
position; Fig'. 3 is Van enlarged longitudinal-ver
tical section of the middle portion of the parts
shown in Fig. 1; Fig. 4 is an enlarged- transverse
section taken on the line 4»`-4 of Fig. 3; Fig. 5
is atop plan, partly in section, of the can run
way, the section being taken on a line above the
inverting >mechanism.l W'hen the can
cradle is in position ready to pick up a
the platform 2l , (which may be termed
or can-receivingV position of the cradle)
can from
the lower
the'angle ,
irons 28 and 29 are in substantially parallel rela
tion with the longitudinal `axis of the> can 20
resting on the platform, asshown in Fig.> 3, with
the can supporting or lifting plates 3l located
under the forward edge of the bottom of the can.
As shown, the upper end of the cantilts slightly
toward the cank washing machine.
canV receiving platform; Fig. 6' is an enlarged
cross section taken on the line 6_8 of Fig. 5; Fig.
'7 isa top plan of the can receiving platform and
of the adjacent parts of the oscillatory can in
verting cradle; Fig; 8 is a detail of the ,stop for
preventing the cans from toppling over during
the act of .inverting them;` Fig. 9 is a plan'of the
rearwardlyïat right angles from the lower ends
parts 'shown in Fig.A 8, to indicate theirv relation
of the strips 39 and 40 which are respectively
The .can lifting or supporting plates 31 project
to an .inverted ïcan; Fig. 10 is a perspective view
associated with the angle irons 28 and 29 _and .
Y of the can inverting cradle separate from it's'sup
arranged parallelly therewith. As the carriage
porting means; and Fig. l1 isa perspectiveview »Y is swung upwardly from the position shown in
of the parts shown in the lower part of Fig. 4.
r`The improved receptacle inverting mechanism
oi, the-'present invention is adapted for connec
30 tionwith and operation from any type of machine
provided with an element which has an upward,
forward, downward and backward movement for
the purpose of inverting receptacles in timed rela
tion'with the operation ofthe machine. For the
` sake of convenience of description, however, the
Figs. 1 and 3, the front side of the can is adapted
to rest against the4 strips 39 and 49, >the upper ends
of which are curved, as indicated at 4 I, to engage
with the` curved upper part 38 of the can.
The strips 39 and 40 are pivotally mounted so
Yas to swing inwardly toward each other; just
before they move into can-receiving position and
to swing outwardly from each other as they de
scend after inverting a can.V Forv this rpurpose
improved receptacleinverting mechanism will be
each strip 39 and 40» is provided with an out-`
' described as especially ladapted for inverting or '
wardly-extending upper lug 42 and an outwardly-1
Y “dumping” large milk cans and is shown Yin con-¿
extending lower vlugr 43. Each upper lugY 42V is
“nection with acan washingmachine of the char- . lbent forwardly at 44 and terminates in a boss 45
acter -described in my. Patent No. 2,023,431, dated
which embraces the upper end of a stud or rod 4.6V
December 10, 1935. _Only the can receiving end
arranged parallelly with the angle irons 28 and 2,9
and 'supported therefrom by the'upper brackets
of the canpwashingjmachine is shown in the
drawings and only enough of theroperating parts
Y thereof are described as is necessary to an under
4.ov '
4l and lower brackets 48. VThe lower lugs 43VV of
the strips '3_9 and 40 are bent backwardly and
terminate 'in the bosses 49..which embrace the.
rods 46.l rl‘he rods 46 are heldin positionby
v45 standing ofthe connection between the machine
and the elements of the present invention.
¿ As described and illustrated in said patent-the!" means’of the pins 50 passing transversely through
can washing machine includes a stationary frame their ends which project beyond the brackets 41
comprising the uprights II] and longitudinal bars
l50 I I, a can transporting carriageY lI2 to which is
The can inverting Acradle ` I9 is swung in the
imparted an upward, forward, downward and direction to remove the can from theplatform 2l
backward Ymovement by means-of a rectangular and turn it into upsideïdown position by means
gear construction, generally indicated at I3, for kactuated by> the transporting carriage Vand for
the purpose of successively depositing the cansV this'purpose a cable 52» is connected at its for
_in upside down position overrthe cleansing noz
ward end to a bracket 53 extending downwardly
zles, rising from 'the stationary ,longitudinally
from the lower rear corner of the rectangular
extending can supporting rails I6. ' Onlyv the ñrst
gear I3.
two nozzles, the centering nozzle I'l and the
to the lrim of Ya ’pulley 54 mounted on a trans-`
rinsing nozzle I8, are'V indicated in the drawings.V
The can inverting mechanism comprises a`
cradle or frame generally indicated at I9, oscil-`
latory in a vertical plane for removing a can 2U
resting in substantially upright position on a
' receiving platform 2 I, turning it into upside down
indicated at 22 in Figs. 2- and 4,'and`
65 position,>as
depositing it on longitudinally'extending rails 24,
The other end of the cable 52
is secured v
versely-arranged shaft'55rjournalled in the lower
bosses 56 of the brackets 33. On the outer ends 60
of the shaft 55 are mounted gears 5l which mesh
withY and drive the gears 58 mounted on the outer .
ends of the rock shafts 3|. ' The cable 52 »passes ,
under the idler pulley 59 mounted onone of. the>
uprights 6B of the frame of the can inverting>
which constitute` af rearward extension of .the '
Assuming the upward stroke of the can trans-`
rails I6 and are located over the milk receiving porting carriage to be the ñrst step in its cycle
tank 25, provided-with anfopening 26 whichleads
70 to themilk’weighing devices.y Although the can
of movements, itwill be understood, viewing Fig.`V
1, that as the'gear I3 rises av tension. is put on
resting on the platform `2| is described as in sub- > the cable 52 which as the gearl I 3 continues to rise
stantially upright position, it will be noted that causes the gears 51 to turn in a clockwise direc- . ,
it is inclined slightly toward the washing ma
tion and so turn the gears 58Vin a counter-clock
chine so as to facilitate its removal from they plat ` wise direction, with the yresult that the can in-`
formV by> the cradle,
verting cradle moves into contact with the can 75.
on Athe platform 2|- and gently lifts »it »therefrom
without vappreciable vibration ’and consequently
then ‘beginsits ’rearward movement, thereby lper
with no spilling or slopping over ’ofthe contents
ofthe ca-n. lAs the gear I3 approaches the limit
of its upward movement and then 'starts'forward
the speed of rotation of the gears 51 is accel
erated and the cradle is swung Vswiftly jbut still
without vibration to its uppermost position, so
that bythe time the gearV I3 reaches the limit of
10 its forward movement the cradle has been swung
into the position shown in Fig. 2, with the can
emptied and deposited upon the auxiliary rails
The -rear end of the tank 25 extends rear
mitting the shaft 55-to turn in -the opposite fdi
rection, Vthe spring 64 actingV through -the arms
66V and 61 turns the shaft 55 and gears 51‘ in
counter-clockwise direction, and soV the gears Ch
58 in clockwise direction, thereby starting »the «can
inverting cradle on its downward swing, which
is completed under the action of gravity. To
prevent the spring 64 from contracting too much
and thereby swinging the arm 66 toojfar to the
left, ya stop 89 fixed to one of the uprights 35
limits the leftward swing of the arm 56, as shown
in Fig. 1. When the shaft 55 is turned>` in
counter-clockwise direction the pulley 54 winds
wardly a considerable distance beyond the posi
up the cable 52.
tion ofthe first can 22 resting in upside down
While the can inverting cradle is removing a
position >on the auxiliary rails 24, as best indicated
can from the Vplatform r2| and Vbeginning to
in Fig. 3, so that when the cradle approaches a
swing it upwardly to turn it upside down, the» next
horizontal position andthe milk or other liquid Ysucceedingfcran in the row rof cans being fed into
begins vto pour -out of the Vmouth of the can
the machine yis not permitted to move onto the
20 it will'be received in the tank 25 without waste.
platform until the can being removed therefrom
The rearwardly curved upper ends 4| of the
is'out of the path of travel of vthe oncoming can.
strips 39 andlß prevent the can 20 from slipping
For this «purpose the passage of »the `cans to tne
off the can inverting cradle until the latter is in platform is controlled by an escapement ar
almost its upright `or can depositing position. rangement effected by making the can runway
25 As the cradle approaches its vupright or vertical
section 1| on which the platform 2| is located
position, the can slips over the curved ends tiltable »and providinga pivoted detent member
4| of the strips 39 and 40 and the forward edge
12 controlled by the movements of the section 1|.v
of the mouth of 'the can Afirst strikes the upper The detent member 12 is located in the `receiving
surface ‘of the auxiliary rails 24. To prevent end of the can runway proper, indicated at 13,
30 the forward edge of the mouth ofthe can from
which comprises the usual transversely arranged
sliding along the upper surface of the rails 24. I rolls 'i4 fulcrumed at their ends vin the side plates
provide the stop 5| (shown in Figs. 3 and 4), 15. The can runway 13 slopes toward the can
against 'the rear 'vertical edge of which the for
washing machine to permit the cans to pass onto
ward inner edge of the mouth of the can strikes
the platform 2| by gravity when .the tiltable sec
as the can is deposited in inverted position on
tion 1| is in the position shown' in Fig. 2. To
the rails 24, thereby holding the inverted can in
prevent accidental lateral displacement of the
the position shown in Figs. l, 2 and 3 until it is
cans the usual guide rails 16 are provided.v
lifted from the rails 24 by the next upward move
The tiltable section 1| of the can runway com
ment of the can transporting carriage.
prises `two longitudinally extending bars 18, >on
When vthe can inverting cradle has deposited which the platform 21 Vis mounted by means of the
the can in upside down or inverted position on
angle irons 19. The platform 2|, as shown' in
the ~rails 24, vit >is returned ‘to can receiving posi
Fig. 5, is T-shaped in 'plan with the cross piece
tion under the action >of gravity, after having re
11 at the rear end and an arc-shaped abutment
ceived a starting impetus from a spring 64. Be
Y Sil for the cans at its forward end. The plat
fore the cradle starts downwardly, another 'can form 2| is made narrow at its forward end in
has been moved ‘onto the platform 2|, so that as
order that the plates 31/of the cradle may swing
the cradle approaches a horizontal position the past it and take their can lifting position under
inneredges of the plates 31 strike the sides of the
the forward edge of the bottom of the can rest
rounded top 38 of the can on the platform and are
ing on the platform, as indicated in Fig. '7.
The tiltable Vsection 1| rof the can runway is
50 swung outwardly, as indicated by the dotted lines
in Fig. ’1. To prevent the plates 31"from swing
pivotally mounted at its rear end at '82: Sup
ing outwardly too far'stops 5| are mounted on the
ported on the upper sides of the rear ends of
outer `sides of the Vbrackets 48 in position to be
the longitudinally-extending >angle -bars 18 . are
engaged by the plates 31. As the plates 31 pass two laterally-extending plates 83 which support
longitudinally-extending angle irons the upright
55 below the lower forward edge of the can, they
swing >toward each other, but to assure their
parts 8d of which support the outer ends of the
assuming normal can lifting position the outer rolls 14 of the runway section 1|. Projecting
sides ‘of the forward extensions of the lower lugs laterally outwardly from each upright p1ate‘f84
d3 pass between and strike the stops 62' rising is a trunnion 82 journalled in the forward end
from the longitudinal bars 63’ of the frame` of the
of a longitudinally-extending angle iron 85 sup
can inverting mechanism.
The bars l|53 con
stitute a rearward extension‘of the lower longi
tudinal bars `H of the can washing machine.
Asstated above, the can inverting cradle is
65 started on its udownward swing by means of the
contraction spring ‘84 fastened at its forward end
to Athe bracket B5 and -at its rear‘end‘to the free
end of an arm t6 pivoted on one of the uprights
35. The spring 54 is put-under tension Vby means
of a pinv 61 projecting outwardly “from the Vfree end
of an arm ¿SS ñxed'on the shaft 55.
As the gear
|3>nears the end of its forward movementthe pin
61 strikes the arm ïêG and swings it tothe '-right,
75 so that when the-gearél 3 -move'sïdownwardly `and
ported by the uprights 8B.
When a can is in position on the platform 2|,
the next succeeding can in the line of cans is
prevented from passing onto vthe section 1| of 65
the can runway by tilting section 1| to raise the
rear `end thereof, whereby the last> roll 81 iny the
section 1| serves as a stop against which'the for
ward edge of the lbottom of the nextV succeeding
can 88 abuts and is ¿thereby prevented from fur
ther forward travel until the roll 81 is again
depressed into the plane‘of the rolls of the run
way section 13. The means for raising andlower
ing the rear end ofthe section 1|,~that-is,“:tilting .
itr on- its pivot point y|32, comprises »a longitudinally
extending arm 89 fixed at its forward end on the
upper surface of the middle portion ofv a trans
versely~arranged rock shaftY 90l journalled at its
outer ends in brackets 9| supported onV the angle
bars |53._- The rear end of the arm 89 is provided
way onto the tiltable section 1|. VYWhen‘the rear
end of the >section 1| is depressed to permit
the next succeeding can 88 to slide onto the
rolls ofthe section 1| and thence ontofthe` plat--`
end of the tiltable can runway section 1|, espe»
form -2|,.the second succeeding can |01 is pre
vented from moving forwarduntilv therearï end
cially .whenV the latter is in the position shownin
This action is effected` by means of two pins ,
with means for regulating the height of the rear
Fig, 2v permitting `a can to pass onto the rolls of
10. runway section 1|. This a-djustment means com
prises lan arm 93 pivoted at its rear end on a pin
94 mounted in a bifurcated boss 95 ñxed on the up
of the can runway sectionV 1| is next raised.
|08 rising from a vertical plate. |09 and spaced
to be engaged lbyV the lower part of -the forward 10Í
sides ofthe can, as shown in Figs. 5 and 6. The
pins |08 are raised above and lowered below the
perY surface of the rear end of the arm 89. At its
forward end the arm 93 is provided with an'` adjust
plane of the upper surfaces. of the rolls of the
ends of the anglel bars 18 are provided on their
depending from the under surfaces of the hori
zontal sections ||4 ofthe roll supports 15. The
canV runway section 13 by means of a lever arm
ment screw 9.0 which takes against the upper sur
||0 fixed on a transversely arranged'rod'- ~||2
face of the rear partrof the arm 89. The forward . , J'ournalled at its outer ends’in the> bosses ||3 .15Y
upper surface with a cross rod 91 which bears
downwardly against the uppersurfaceV of the _ braces ||5 arranged in the form of a. V assist "
adjustment arm 93, since the Vforwardends of Y in supporting the lver-tical
'|09 from the v2x0.V
the angle bars 18 are not otherwise supported. arm |'|0. The forward endplate
of the arm "||0 is
By turning the adjustment screw 96 inY arclock
slotted at ||1 to receive loosely a pin'||8 (Figs.
wise direction the rear end of the runway section
1| is lowered and conversely,'by turning the screw
25 96 in a counter-clockwise direction theV rear end
` ofthe section 1| is slightly raised.
' The rear end of the Varm _89 is positively raised
from the shaft 55 to raise the forward end of the
>can runway section 1| and thereby depress the
rear end thereof to release the can held by the
roll 81 by Vmeans of the following parts: Each
outer end ofV the shaft 55 is provided with an
arm 99V with which is connected the upper end
of a link |00. The lower ends of the links |00
35 are vertically slotted Vat„|||5 for a loose connec
tion with theouter reduced ends I 0| of the outer
sections> |02 of a transversely-arranged rod,_ the
middle _section |03 of which isk supported at va
‘ lowervrvplane-than the sections |02bymeans of
the vertically-arranged blocks , |04 >depending
from the inner ends Vofthefsections |02.l The
3 and 5) transversely arranged'in the rear ends
of the angle bars 18.
The above described con- ~
struction is such that when the rear end of can 25
runway section`1| is depressed to permit can 88 `
to pass onto the platform 2|, itdepresses the .Y
forward end of _the arm I |0, thereby- raising theY
pins |08 in front of thecan |01, as shown inV
Fig. 2, thus preventing further forward travel 30
of thatcan until the pins |08` are lowered, which
takes place when the forward end of- the Varm
||0 is< lifted with the rising of the rear end
of the runway sectiony1| to placeY the stop roll
31 in the path of the can |01 which moves for
ward as soon as the' pins |08 are depressed be~=
low its lower forward edge. .
` As the can inverting cradle'reaches the limit of .
-its upward swing and deposits the can in Vvupside
downrposition on the rails 24,`thecan passes »be
tween the longitudinally-extending guides |20 40.
under surface ofthe middle partof >the Vrod - supported from the upper ends of the uprights 35
section |03 is weldedto the upper surface of the of the frame of the can inverting mechanism.`
arm`89. ByY reference -to Figs'. 1 andV 3, showing These guides prevent lateral displacement» of the
45Ãthe cradle about to rise, it will be seen that the can. VIn order to prevent the upper part of the
~ lowerportions of the slots |05 inthe lower ends ' can from toppling forward
when it has beende-f
Vofthe'links |00 are a considerable distance be
positedV on the rai1s24, the arm |2| of alstop lever '
low the reduced outer ends |0| of the rod sec
pivoted at |22 on the standard |23 mountedr
‘ tions |02, so that when Vthe shaft 55 is turned
on a plate |24 supported yon the upper ends ofY
îin a clockwisedirection by reason of.. the upward .Y the right hand uprights V35 (viewing Fig. ..4)` is
Y and forward travel of Ythe l,rectangular gearV I3
provided.- The arm |2|vof rthe stop lever is shown 50
" lof the can transport, the arms» 99 will _swing up
in normal or inoperative position infull lines in
wardly a portion of their path -of travell while ‘ ' Fig. >4. yAt this time the‘cradle is in position >to
the can inverting cradle is swinging the can up- '
wardly,«before Ythe links | 00 begin; lto lift the engage with and lift a can from the platform 2|.
forward end of the bars 18 to ydepress the rear
» Y end ofthefcan runway section :1| to permit the
In these positionsof thestoplever and ofthe
cradle the rod sections |02 are >at the limit of
their downward movement. Since theV rod sec
next succeeding can 88 to move onto the section
tions |02 Vdo not start upwardly at the Vbeginning
'1|. , By means fof thisparrangement it is assured
of the upward swing of the cradle but only after`
that the cradleremoves the can from the platcradle has passed. through Va considerable
form and swings it to suiiicient height before the , Y'the
portion of its arc of travel, the finger |2| of thev f‘ '
. next succeeding can can collide with it. .When
lever, which is actuated from therighthand
on the downward movement of the gear | 3 the stop
rod section |02, will only be brought> downVV into
shaft 55 `turns ina counter-clockwise direction operative
position, .indicated by the dotted lines
andthe .cradle swings downwardly, the down
the can is turned into in-l
ward ltravel ofthe link | 00 permits the weight Vverted position before
on the rail 24.
The secondV Varm ,
of-_the rear endA of the'arm 89`and vthe forward |25 of the stop lever is pivotally connected
at |26
end ofthe can vrunwayfsection 1| to move these
with the upper end of a link |21 the lower end of p
~ Vparts into' the position shown infFigs, land l3, in
70 which position they areheldîby means of the Í whichis looselyy connected with a
tion |28 of the right hand rod section |02.
engagement ofthe inner ends of vthe rod sections
' |02~with the upper edges of the upright portions
' Thev arm |2| of the stop lever must of course „
be raised out of the'path of the forward travel
Vof the yangle'bars 63;..fz
. ’
`. of the kcan as the can carriage begins its Vforward
. VYOnly `one can at a time 'ispermitted to pass'
75 ~fromthe main or entrance part Aof the can! run-V movement. V`Consequently, the stop lever must
be actuatedyother than by
the _rod section |02
5 Y
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which is controlled in its movements by the rota
tions of the shaft 55 which is actuated by and
under the control of the four cycles of travel of
the >can carriage. The means adopted for plac
UX ing the arm I2I of the stop lever in operative
position in front of the can-which has just been
deposited on the rails 24 and then removing it
from the path of forward travel of the can con
Y sists in slotting the lower endrof the link |21- at
|30 in which travels the reduced ‘portion |28 of
the rod section |62, and providing a contraction
spring j|3| iixed'at its/lower end to a bar |32
(Fig. 8) extending between two Vof the uprights 35
and fixed at its upper end to a pin |33 extending
15 forwardly from the part |25 of the stop'lever
to ¿the outer surfaces of the> preceding can land '
fall into the section 25 of the milk receiving tank.
As described in‘my said patent, when the can
transporting carriage reaches almost the limit
of its downward movement it deposits the cans
carried thereby on the supporting rails one step
in 'advance Vof their previous position and then
passes rearwardly under ‘the cans in order to
pick up the can which has just been placed on the
rails and move it and the preceding cans to the
next preceding stations. As a result of this action -
the can which has been dumped 'and moved for
ward one step is positioned over a drip tank |43
provided with an opening |44 whichleadstowaste.
This pause of the can over thedrip tank |43
affords the drippings in the can, that is, that por
tion of the milk which adheres tothe inner sur
which acts to hold the stop lever in the position
shown in full llines in Fig. 4:, with the arm |25
of the lever against the stop -pin |34, until the ' faces of the can to drain off, thereby facilitating
the cleansing of the inner surfaces of the can by
rod sections |32 reach almost the limit of theirup
ward movement, as indicated by the'dotted lines the washing means of the machine.
In order to eliminate as far as _possible any
|35 in Fig. 4. The reduced portion |28 of the rod
retarding friction bythe upper surface of the
section |132 then positively engages with the up
per end |31 of the slot |30 and positively swings rear end of the platform 2| as the can is passing
the stop lever so that the end of the arm |2| is down the rolls of the forwardly inclined tiltable
section 1| of the can runway, the upper surface of
25 placed in front of the‘upper part of one side of
the platform. 2| is on a slightly lower plane than
the- can as it is deposited on theV rails 24. As
the rod sections |82 descend, which is during the the upper surfaces of the rolls so that the can is
about half its diameter over the rear end of the
downward and rearward travel of the can car
riage, the spring i3! acts to turn the stop lever, platform before its lower forward edge tilts down
wardly and strikes the platform.V The can then
30. holding the upper end |31 of the slot |3|l.against
slides smoothly down the platform until its lower
the top of the reduced'portion |28 of the rod sec
tion |62 so that when the rod |02 has descended front edge comes in contact with-the abutment
only a relatively short distance the stop lever has 80, >which it strikes gently without imparting
been swung free of the can and is out of its way
before the can starts forward on the next forward
stroke of the carriage.
With this construction and timing of operation,
if the upper part of the can being deposited in up
side down position on the rails 24 should tilt
40 forward, the upper end of the right side of the
can (viewing Fig. 4) would‘strike the finger |2|
and the can would be deflected by it against the
opposite guide rail |20, and thereby be prevented
from falling forward, it being understood that the
mouth of theV can is 'prevented from sliding for
ward on Ythe rails 24- by means of the stop 5|.
The can would thereafter settle by gravity in up
side down position on thc rails 24. In this con
nection it will be observed by reference to Fig. 2
- that when the can is being deposited in upside
down position on the auxiliary rails 24- the last
can |38 in the row of cans supported on` the rail
the bottom of the can.
claim as new is:
l. The combination with a machine ofthe
character described including a carriage having V50
an upward, forward, downward and backward
movement, of a receptacle inverting mechanism
comprising a platform for supporting a recepta-V
wardly into can receiving position and the guide
plane, said cradle having two plates adapted to be
transporting carriage is in this position the arm
¿2i is 'raised as indicated in Fig. v1.
The fact that the can which has just been~
emptied and left inv upside down position over
the section 25 of the milk receiving tank is lifted
therefrom and then moved forward on the next
upward and forward movements of the can car
Having thus described the invention, what I
cle in substantially upright position but tilted
the rail guide i4! of the carriage |2 is apparently,
in Fig. 4, in cooperative relation with the finger
12| of the stop lever,`wher`eas in reality when the
sufficient vibration to the can to spill out any of
its contents, due to the slight inclination of the 35
section 1|. The position of the can at this stage
is indicated in Fig. 2. To bring the can on the
platform within range ofV the cradle withoutV
spilling. any milk, the forward endrof the plat
form is depressed, whereby Vthe can is brought 40
into the position shown in Fig. l, that is, into po
sition to be engaged by the cradle on its nextl
downward movement to swing outwardly the can
lifting plates 31 'so that they may assume their
can lifting position under the forward edge of 45
|46 of the can transporting‘carriage is up above
and forward of the can which has just been de
: posited on the rails 24, whereasin Figs. 1 and 4
the can inverting cradle has been swung down
rail Hi! of the canV transporting carriage' has
been moved backward into guiding relation with
the can 22 which has just been deposited on the
rails 24 and is in position to be lifted therefrom
by the rail |4ß of the transporting carriage` Con
sequently, all the cans now'being in alinementl
slightly at its upper end toward the machine, 55
a receptacle inverting cradle pivoted above and
forward of the platform to swing in a vertical
located under the front edge of the bottom of
the receptacle on the platform and being pivotally 60
mounted to swing laterally toward and away from Y
each other, means connected with the carriage
and operative upon the upward and forward
movements of the carriage to swing the cradle
upwardly to turn the receptacle into inverted po 65
sition, resilient means put'under tension from
the carriage for starting the cradle into down
ward swing, said plates being adapted to strike
the next receptacle on the platform and be swungv
outwardly thereby until they pass~ below the bot 70
tom of the receptacle, means against which the
plates strike to be swung toward each other iin--`
-der the forward edge of thereceptacle, a runway
riag'e makes it impossible for the milk being . sloping toward the cradle, said runway having a_
section pivoted at its rear end, an- armvpivoted at
> poured out of the next succeeding canto spillon
'2,11 delle
' >its'forward end'and'liaving a part'at'its'rear> end
were niçvef?ejnt, of @feas lmening: mechanism
adapted'to engage'with the forward` end of «the
comprising, a_r can runway sloping toward the
pivoted runway sectionAv for 'raising and lowering carriage down which the cans travel by gravity in
Ytherearrend of the runway section, said arm being t. substantially kupright position, said can runway
Ul connected with the means for swinging the cradle
having a tiltable-section so that the _rear end
arrangedto depress the rear end of the runway thereof
may be raised to prevent a can frombeing e
section‘on the upward swing of the cradle Vand to received thereon anddepressed to permit a can
raise -'the rear end of »the’runway section on the to pass` thereon, a Vcan receiving platform onthe
' downward swing of the cradle, and stop means
.articulated with the rear end of the runway sec- "
»tion arranged to be interposed in the path of the
vnext succeeding .receptacle whenv theV rear. end
>,ofthe lrunway section is. depressed and to be
moved out >‘of the 'path of the next succeeding re
15 ceptacle when the rear endv of the runway section
Yis raised.
" '
2..:'The combination with a machine of the
character described including a carriage having
an upward, forward, downward. and backward
movement, of aQreceptacle-inverting mechanism
comprising arplatform `for supporting a receptacle
in substantially upright positionk but tilted at its
top end slightly toward the machine, a recepta
cle-inverting-cradle pivoted above and forward of
ID Li the platform to swing in a vertical plane to Yre
move a-receptacle „from the platform and turn it
into inverted position, means connected with the
carriage for actuating the cradle, and a runway7
. sloping vtoward thek cradle down'which the recep
from the rear end -of the jtiltable section to pre
vent' a'can from movement Íruntil the tiltable'se'c
>tion is in position to Vreceive the nextfs'ucceeding
can, an oscillatory cradle for removing a canNfrom
the platform and swinging it upwardly to turnfitV
upside down, means connected with the, carriage
for swinging the cradle upwardly?and’resilient
means put under tensiony by the carriage for re
turning the cradle to normal position, Vsaidtiltable
section ofthe can runway and the-detentïbeing 20
operated 'by theH cradleA swinging meansin timed
relation with the oscillations thereof. '
` -
5. Ina machine of the character described, the
combination "withf'a can transporting carriage
having an upward, forward, downward and back 25
ward movement, of Va can inverting >mechanism
comprising, ‘a can receiving platform tilted to
ward the can transporting carriage, a_n oscillatory
cradle pivoted above and to the front side’of the , Y Y Y
tacles travel by gravity onto the platform, said
runway including aV movable part Ypivoted at its
platform, . and -having, two laterally rotatable can
rear end,` means controlled` from the' means> for
forward bottom edge of the can on thev platform,
supportin'g'plates adaptedëto be moved'under the
actuatingßthe cradle for raising thev rear end of
thezmovable runway section to yi'nterpose it in the
path of an oncoming receptacle when another re
ceptacle is on Vthe platform and forV depressing
and forward movements for'rotating the cradle
tov remove the can from theplatform and swing it 35
upwardly into upside down position, and means
for 'returning the cradlek into initial position, saidV
receptacle to pass onto the Iplatform'when theV
can supporting plates on »the downward move- v'
ment'of the cradle being arranged to strike and* - v`
preceding receptacle 'thereon has been -removed
therefrom,rand means controlled Vby the movable
runway section for v.preventing the next succeed
Vving receptacle from' passing onto the m ovable
Yrunway section while it is depressed.' n
Y .
be rotated outwardlyby the sides of the next suc- .
ceedingcan on the platform.
3. A receptacle-inverting mechanism adapted
for connection with and operation from aV ma- '
chine including a carriage having an upward-for
ward, downward andbackward movement, said
receptacle-inverting mechanism comprising a
platform tilted toward the machine, a support on
a higher> plane thanthe platform and forward
thereof, a cradle pivoted above and forward of
the platform for removing a receptacley there
fromr and Ydepositing it in inverted position onv
the'support, a runway including rolls and slopingV
Ui Ul toward the cradle so that the receptacles travel
by gravity onto the platform, said runway» in
cluding a movable section pivoted at its rear end,
, means controlled by the means for actuating the
cradle forraising the rear end of the movable
runway section to prevent a receptacle'froni pass
Y ingl onto theV platform, and stop means Ycontrolled
by the movable runway section andoperated in
timed relationtherewith so that asthe rear end
of the movable runway section is depressed to per
o Cl . mit the receptacle held thereby to pass onto 'the
platform the stop means is interposed in the path
of the next succeeding receptacleV and when the
rear end'of the movableY runway >section is raised
the stop means'are removed from Vin front of the
70 held‘receptacle- to permit Vit to travel as- far as
the'raised rear end of theA movable runway sec
"74. In a'machine of the character described, the
combination with Ya can transporting carriage
7.5 ' havingan upward, forward„downward and back-x
.30 .
vmeans actuated from'the carriage on its upward" t Y
' the rear end of the'runw'aysection to permit the
tiltable sectionyan escapement detentloperated l,
from the tiltable section and having means spaced
~ 6. In a machine of the character described, the
combinationY with a >can ' transporting carriage
having an upward, forward,'downward and‘back
ward'm’óvement, .ofi a can `inverting mechanism .l
comprising, a can` runway tilted toward thecan
transporting carriageso that theV cans travel'by
gravity toward it, >a can receiving platform, an"
oscillatory cradle arrangedrto remove a can from'
the platform and swing it upwardly into upside ,7.
down'positiommeans connected with the carriage
for' swinging the cradle into can inverting posi
tion,î means for returning the cradle to initial
positionjand meansactuated from the carriage `
for controlling the passage of cans onto the f
. 7.( In avm'achine'of the character described, the
combination with a cantransporting carriageVV
having an upward, forward,`downward and back- Y
ward movement, of a can> inverting mechanismY
comprising, a can receiving platform'tilted to
ward the can transporting carriage, an oscil
iatory cfadle'piveted above and to .the vfrom of t
the platformjsaid oscillatory cradle including two ~
laterally rotatable can supporting platesfadapted
to have‘an'initial position below the’bottomfof
the front edge of theV can onthe platform, means
connected with the ’carriage wherebyy the latterY on '
its upward and forward movements swings the
cradle into `upright position to remove the can N
from the'platrform and turn it into upside down"
position, means for returning the cradle to initial.
position, said can supporting plates on the-down“
Ward`movement of .the cradle being adapted to ,
strike the sidesV of the next'can on the platform
and be separated thereby, and means interposed
in the path of the plates as the cradle swings to
initial position to bring the plates toward each
8. In a machine of the character described, the
combination with a can transporting carriage
having an upward, forward, downward and back
arranged to be positioned in front of the recep
tacle being deposited on the support adapted to
cooperate with one of the guide rails to prevent
the receptacle being deposited on the support
from toppling forward.
10. In a machine of the character described,
the combination with a can transporting car
ward movement, of a can inverting mechanism
riage and means for actuating the carriage, of a
comprising, a can runway tilted toward the car
can inverting mechanism, a can receiving plat
riage down which the cans travel by gravity in
form, an oscillatory cradle pivoted above the plat
substantially upright position, a receiving plat#
form and toward the carriage, and having two
form at the forward end of the can runway, an
oscillatory cradle for removing the can from the
platform and swinging it upwardly to turn it into
upside down position, means connected with the
carriage for swinging the cradle upwardly, re~
'silient means for returning the cradle to
position, said resilient means being placed
tension from the means for Swinging the
upwardly, said can receiving platform
mounted on a tiltable section of the can runway,
laterally rotatable can supporting plates adapted
to 'be moved under the can on the platform, means
connected with the carriage actuating means for
actuating the cradle so as to swing it to turn the 15
can into upside down position, means for receiving
the inverted can, and means for returning the
cradle into initial position, said can Supporting
plates on the downward movement of the cradle
being arranged to strike and be rotated outwardly 20
by the sides of the next succeeding can on the
means operated from the cradle actuating means
for tilting the platform to raise and lower the rear
end thereof to permit only one can at a time to
reach the platform.
riage and means for actuating the carriage, of a
can inverting mechanism comprising, a movable
can receiving platform tilted toward the can
transporting carriage, a tilted can runway in
alinement with the can receiving platform when
the latter is in normal position so that cans pass 30
by gravity from the runway onto the platform,
means connected with the carriage for tilting the
9. 'I‘he combination with a machine of the
character described including a carriage having an
upward, forward, downward and backward move
ment, of a receptacle inverting mechanism com
30 prising a platform tilted slightly toward the ma
chine, a support located above and forward of
the platform, a cradle mounted to swing in a ver
tical plane for removing an upright receptacle
from the platform and depositing it in inverted
position on the support, means connected with
the carriage for swinging the cradle upwardly,
means controlled by the carriage for initiating
the downward swing of the cradle, said cradle
being so mounted as to complete its downward
swing by gravity, guide rails for preventing lat
eral displacement of the receptacle on the sup
port, and stop means controlled by the carriage
11. In a machine of the character described,
the combination with a can transporting car
platform toward the carriage into position for the
removal of the cans therefrom, an oscillatory
cradle arranged to lift a can from the platform 35
and swing it upwardly into upside down position,
means connected with the carriage for swinging
the cradle into can inverting position, means
for returning the cradle to initial position, and'>
means actuated from the carriage for controlling 40
the passage of cans onto the platform.
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