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UNITED STATES2,120,484PATENT OFFICE
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snEE'r FEEDING APPARATUS
rAlbert Broadmeyer, Harrisburg, Fa., assignor to >
W. 0. Hlckok Manufacturing Company, Har
\ risburg, Pa., a. corporation of Pennsylvania
Original application October 31, 1932, Serial No.
640,570. Divided and this application August
19, 1936, Serial No. 96,901
13 Claims.
This application is a division of application,
‘Serial No. 640,570.
(Cl. 271-26)
Figure `16 is a vertical sectional View there
through.
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The present invention relates to sheet feeding
machines, by means of which sheets of paper or
5 the like are fed from a, stock or supply and- de
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Figure 17 is a horizontal sectional view on the
line I'I-l1 of Figure 16.
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Figure 18 is a horizontal sectional view on the 5l
livered singly at intervals to a mechanism which
operates upon the sheets. The feeder is partic
ularly adapted for feeding signatures to a sta
line |8-I8 of Figure 16. -
by the feeding mechanism.
veyor.
Figure 24 is a detail sectional view of the sheet
receiving table and saddle or conveyor.
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Figure 19 is a vertical sectional view on the
line |9-l9 of Figure 16.
Figure 20 is a detail view of the sheet support
pl‘ng or binding mechanism, although it is use- `
10 ful wherever it is desirable to feed single sheets as illustrated in Figure 5, but with the suction 10
head in its operative position.
at intervals.
Figure 21 is a bottom plan view of the struc
One object of the invention isl to provide a
mechanism for delivering single sheets from an ture shown in Figure 20.
Figure 22 is a detail perspective view of the
assemblage or pile and deliver the same at a
sheet support.
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15 point remote from such assemblage or pile.
Figure 23 is a detail perspective view of the
Another object is to provide novel means for
maintaining a supply of sheets to be delivered sheet receiving table and the"‘saddle” or con
In the accompanying drawings:
Figure l is a somewhat diagrammatic plan
20
view showing the feeder in use with a cooperat
Figure 25 is a top plan view of the same.
' Figure 26 is a horizontal sectional View on the
ing stapling machine.
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Figure 2 is a side elevation of the feeder viewed line 26-26 oi' Figure 3.
Figure 27 is a sectional view on the line 21-21
in the direction of the arrow A of Figure 1.
Figure 3 is a cross sectional view on the line of Figure 4.
Figure 28 lis a detail perspective view of the
3-3 of Figure 2.
Figures 4 and 5 are respectively sectional views ' sheet presser rollers and their mountings.
Figure 29 is a detail perspective view of the
on the lines 4-4 and 5_5 of Figure 3.
Figure 6 is a vertical longitudinal sectional feeler linger.
so
view oi the outer portion of the mechanism ad
jacent to the conveyor and is an extension of
1 the section shown in Figure 5, but with the suc
tionmechanisxn at the discharging position.
Figure 7 is a detail'vertical sectional view il
lustrating the controlling mechanism for the
sheet advancing means.
Figure 8 is a detail sectional view showing the
suction head depressing means.
Figure 9 is a top plan view of the same.
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Figure 10 is a detail sectional view of the cam
mechanism shown in Figure 7, but reversed there
from.
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Figure 11 is a vertical sectional view of the
mechanism for moving the sheets from the top
to the lower table.
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Figure `12 is a view of the gearing employed
for operating these parts.
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Figure 13 is a detail view illustrating the op
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Describing the drawings more particularly, 30
Figure 1 illustrates one use of the feeder.
A
book-binding machine in the form of stapling
mechanism is shown at 33, and such mechanism_ '
is provided with a drive shaft 34. Extending
from one end of the machine is a saddle in the
form of an endless conveyor 35 which is pro
vided with spaced fingers 36, between which the
sets are to be placed. The feed mechanism >is
designated generally 31, and here combined with
the stapling mechanism, it operates to place on
the saddle and between the fingers the covers
that are to enclose the signatures which have
been placed on the saddle prior to the passage
of the lingers past the feed mechanism.
The main driving member for the feed mech
45
anism is a drive shaft 38. The shaft 38 is driven
from the drive shaft 34 of the stapling machine
erating means for the prime mover pinion of
through driving mechanism designated gener
ally l0, which is specifically described- and
claimed in application, Serial No. 640,570, of 50
the'carriage operating mechanism.
which this is a division.
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Figure 14 is a detail view on an enlarged scale
'of the carriage moving mechanism.
Figure 15 is a perspective view of the carriage
55 and suction head carrier.
Coming now to the preferred detail construc
tion of the sheet feeding mechanism, it is shown
to be of the continuous type. A frame, consisting
of bars 62 mounted on'sultable standards 63 55
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with head plates 84 and 85, is employed. On this
frame is an .upper rearwardly declined table 88,
over which operate spaced tapes 81 that'pass
the arm |8| is swung. 'I‘he main drive shaft 28
of the feeder is provided with a cam |83 having
an inset portion |84, and riding the periphery of-
around an upper roller 68, a rear roller 88 of rel
this cam is a. roller |85 journaled on the end of
the pawl carrier arm |8|. The roller is held
against the periphery of the cam by a spring
|8|a on a rod |82a that is slidable through a
atively large diameter and underguide rollers
18. Brackets 1 |, carried on posts 12, provide sup
ports for an upper roller 13, around which other
tapes 14 pass, these latter tapes being out of line guide |83a, the spring bearing against the said
with the tapes 61, and passing around the rear guide. As the shaft 88 and cam |83 rotate, the
10 side of the large roller 69, thence around a lower
roller will run into the inset portion |84 of the
roller 15, and upwardly about a` spring supported >cam and the pawl |82 will ride over one or more
tension roller 18 whose bores 11 are slidably teeth of the ratchet wheel. Then as the roller is
mounted on guide stems 18 and are supported forced out by the enlarged portion of the cam,
by coiled springs 18 on said stems. Operating the pawl operating against one of the teeth, will
15 around the roller 15 are horizontally disposed cause a partial rotation of the ratchet wheel |88,
forwardly bearing tapes 88 that pass about ar and consequently of the shaft 8|a and the roller
front roller 8| and this roller 8| isvconnected 8|, the latter as heretofore explained, operating
with the rear rolller 18 by a sprocket chain 82 the train of mechanism that advances the sheets.
operating around sprocket wheels connected to
To stop this operation and prevent an over
20 said rollers. The roller 8|. constitutes a drive
supply of sheets when a suiiicient number is in 20
roller, and thus movement is transmitted through piace on the table, a feeler spring finger |88 is
the tapes 88 and sprocket chain 82 to the rear provided that lies over the table 84 (see Figure
roller 15. As already explained this roller has the 5), and is carried by a rock shaft |81. This rock
tapes 14 passing thereabout. In order that the shaft also is provided with an arm |88, to the
25 larger roller 69 may be properly driven with the f free end of which is pivotally connected a depend
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roller- 15 and as shown particularly in Figure 12 ing link |88. The link has a longitudinal slot
there is fixed to _the lower roller 15 a gear wheel
||8 in its lower end and in this slot is engaged a
83 which transmits motion through idler gears pin ||| carried by one of the arms ||2 of a
84 to a gear wheel 85 fixed to the roller 88. So weighted bell crank | I3. The other upstanding
30 that the sheet moving tapes may be operated
arm ||4 of this bell crank is connected to a re 30
manually in order to initially supply sheets in ciprocatory detent finger || 5 whose free end is
feeding position and adjust them, if the supply
slidable in a pivoted guide ||6 on the pawl car
rier |8|. The lower end of the pawl carrier |8|
below its pivot mounting is provided with an en
declines, a hand wheel 86 is mounted on a shaft
81, which is geared, as illustratedat 88, to one
35 of the idler gears .84. There is also preferably
largement ||1, having a notch || 8 adapted to be
provided a set of presser rollers 89, shown in engaged by the toothed end of a pivoted dog ||8.
Figures 2 and 28. These rollers are journaled on A spring |28 urges this dog into the notch, and
a cross spindle 88 adjustably mounted on a it will be evident that when it is engaged in the
swinging. arm 8| pivoted on a rock shaft 82. notch, the arm |8| will be held from swinging
40 The rollers 88 bear upon the lupper stretches of - rearwardly and consequently the roller |85 can
the tapes 88 between their ends and thus on not enter the inset portion |84 of the cam. When
the sheets that are carried by said tapes.
ever the arm |8|, however, swings to carry the
It is thought the operation of this portion of notch | I8 beyond the dog ||8, said dog will ride
the mechanism will now be clear. 'I'he sheets upon a displacing plate |2| that is adjustably
45 fanned out on the upper tapes 81, are carried
mounted, as shown at |22, on lthe lower end of
around the roller 88 and delivered on the~upper the counterweight. The dog ||8 furthermore
forwardly moving stretches of the tapes 88 and
are advanced to the front roller 8|. In advance
of said roller 8| and as specifically shown in
50 Figures 5, 20, 21 and 22, is a sheet support which
may be said to constitute a table and on to which
the advanced ends of the sheets are delivered
by the upper stretches of the tapes 88.
This
table is supported on a cross rod 83 and consists
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ls provided with an upstanding finger |23 plv
oted thereto, as shown at |24, and having its upf»,
per end slidably mounted in a guide |25 pivoted
on the pawl carrier arm |8 I. It will be noted that 50.
the two fingers ||5 and |28 have their free ends
moving in intersecting paths. The rock shaft |81
furthermore has an arm |28 fixed thereto, and
provided with a roller> |21 that rides on a small
of horizontal plates 84 having downwardly in
cam |28 fixed to the drive shaft 88 alongside the 55
clined rear ends 95 and carried` by brackets 88 cam |88. On every revolution of the shaft 88
having split collars 81 clamped on the rod 83. 1therefore the rock shaft |81 is mechanically
This permits the individual plates 84 to be moved turned and effects an -elevation of the -i'eeler
along the collar. At least one of these plates is spring ñnger |88 and the arm |88.
provided with an upstanding stop 88 having a
The operation of the mechanism is as follows: 60
rearwardly extending hook- or beak 88 under When a sumcient number of sheets have been ad
which the front edges of the sheets engage. as vanced on to the table 84 and lbeneath the nnger
indicated in Figure 20. It will be understood that |88, this> finger is elevated, the arm |88 is cor-.
the topmost sheets are successively removed >from " respondingly raised, and after a certain amount
this table by the mechanism hereinafter ex «of idle movement, the- lower end wall of the slot 65
plained. As they are removed the sheet-carry
||8 will engage the pin' ||‘|, raising the arm ||2
ing mechanism above described is intermittently of the bell crank and pulling the finger | I8 out
advanced. 'I'he disclosed mechanism for advanc
of the path of the finger |28. Assuming then
ing these sheets, is the following:
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that the Y, pawl carrier |8| is operating and
The roller 8| is mounted on a shaft 8|a which is
provided at one end with a ratchet wheel |88 (see
Figure '1). Journaled on this shaft 8|a along
side the ratchet wheel is a swinging pawl carrier
- arm. |8I, and mounted on said arm is ‘a pivoted "
75 pawl |82 that operates on the ratchet wheel when
the pawlg|82 is turning the ratchet wheei,..the 70
notch ||8 will be brought in alinement with the
free end of the dog ||8 and the spring |28 will
carry itaon into the notch, as the ñnger |23 can
by reason' ofthe non-interference of the
finger H5. 'I‘heoperation ofthe pawl is there 75
rise `
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after prevented, but there is still enough me
chanical movement of the parts due to -the cam
|28 to cause'the plate |2| to run under ythe free
end of the dog and depress it, thereby moving the
finger |23 downwardly. As the sheets are carried
away from the table and thefeeler finger |06
lowers, the detent finger ||5 is moved to the
iight and willeventually move over the tcp of
the ñnger |23 when it ls depressed, or to the
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any suitable form of vacuumècreating means,`as a
pump (not shown)., In the valve casing |55 isa
valve for controlling the suction through the _con
duit. This valve may be of any type, as for ex
ample, that shown in the patent >granted to me
Marchj, 1922, No. 1,408,688, or it may be made
to vent as well as closethe conduit, as exempli
fied by the structure` vshown in Patent No.
1,774,315, August 26, 1930. 'I’he valve is there
10 position as shown in Figure 7. . When this has » fore not shown in detail, but it is of the recip
occurred. the extension ||1 is released and the
arm |0| can swing sumciently to allow the roller
|05 to enter the inset portion |04 of the cam |03.
Thereupon the ratchet mechanism becomes op
15 erative to advancek more sheets and this advance
continues until the feeler finger |06 is again ele#
vated by the supply.
The sheets are removed successively from the
table 94 and deposited on the saddle or con
20 veyor 35. This conveyor operates through a slot
|29 of a horizontal table |30 (see Figures 23-25) ,
|6| on the shaft 38.` In order to quickly vent
the conduit |52 close to the heads |48, when the
suction is cut oiïrby the valve |51, there are pro
vided in the guide members |45 of the ycarriage
relief openings |62. These are normally closed
by valves |63 located on the ends of bell cranks
|64 that are pivotally mounted on brackets |65
slots |33 in said tables, this mounting permitting
carried by the .guide members (see Figure 15).
The upstanding arms of the bell cranks |64 have
bearing heads |66, and the valves are normally
moved to closed .position by 'coiled springs |61 on
the pivots of the bell cranks. The valves are
‘stopped in theirl closed position by pins |68.
The carriage and consequently the suction
heads are moved- between .a position'over the
table 94 and a position over the table |30 by
30 the adjustment of the bars `|3| toward and from
moving thegsprocket chains ~|40 alternately in
the structure _being such that the partially folded
signatures will pass under the table and/the fin
gers 36 will project a suñlcient distance above the
25 same to engage horizontal. sheets deposited on
the table across the slot |29. The sheets are po
sitioned between stop bars |3| mounted on the
table and held by set screws |32 passing through
each other. Preferably the bar |3| over which
the sheets are delivered hasa rounded top face
as shown in lFigure 24. In the rear of said table
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rocatory type, and is designated |51. It is con
nected to a valve stem |58 pivoted to the lower
arm |59 of ya lever.|60, and is operated by a cam
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opposite directions. This movement is accom
pllshed by the mechanism detailed in Figure 14.
The sleeve |35 carrying the sprocket wheels |36
are preferably provided grooved rollers |34 that> is provided with a gear wheel |68 that is in mesh
35 ride on the conveyor and press the sheets from
their flat horizontal form to a V-shape corre
sponding to the cross sectional configuration of
the
saddle.
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The mechanismfor feeding the sheets from the
table 94 to the table |30 -is as follows: Loosely
journaled on the drive shaft 38 is a sleeve ~|35,
to which are fixed spaced sprocket wheels |86.
A horizontal frame |31, extending over the table
|30, carries at its -outer end a shaft |38 on which
45 are placed corresponding sprocket wheels |39.
Around these sprocket wheels pass endless sprock
et chains |40, the lower stretches preferably op
erating on supporting bars |4| hung, as shown
at |42 (Figures 5 and 16) from the upper frame
|31. Fixed to these lower stretches of the chains
|40 is a carriage, consisting of a lower cross bar
|43 having upstanding sleeves. |44 at its ends
(see Figures . 15 and 16).
Vertically slidable in
said sleeves |44 are the guide members |45 cf a
55 carrier having a cross bar |46 connecting said
guide members. Depending from the central
portion of this cross bar |46 are two suction heads
|41 (the number may obviously be varied).
These heads terminate in open flared mouths |48
60 and said heads slidably pass through a slot |49
in the carriage bar |43. The carrier and the
heads are normally held elevated by coiled springs
|50 connected to the lower ends of the guide
members |45 and having their upper ends mount
ed, on standards i5! secured to the guide sleeves '
|44. The suction mouths |48 are inl communi:
cation through the bores of the heads |41 with
a suction conduit |52 extended through the cross
bar |46 and the upper endsof the guide members
70 |45. This conduit is connected at one end, and
as best illustrated perhaps in Figures 1 and 4,
with a flexible tube |53 that is in turn connected
to a pipe |54 at one side of the machine. This
pipe is connected to a valve casing |55, and from
fbp valve casing leads a suction conduit |56 to
with the lower teeth |10 of a reciprocatory rack
bar |1| that is slidable in a guideway |12 formed
on the horizontal frame |31. This rack bar |1|
has an upper set of teeth |13 in mesh with a
pinion |14 that may be termed a prime mover.
The pinion |14 is in mesh with a stationary rack
bar |15, and the pinion is also journaled on a
carrier |16 pivotally connected toa pitman |11.
This pitman is connected to a cross rod |18 that
connects a pair of swingings arms |19 mounted
at >their lower ends in a rock shaft |80 that
is journaled across the frame bars 62. The cross~
rod is _further connected by links |0| to straps
|82 that encircle eccentrics |83 fixed to the oppo
site ends of the main drive shaft 38.
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It will thus be clear that as the drive shaft
38 and the eccentrics |83 rotate, the arms |19
will be rocked, causing a reciprocation of the
carrier bar |16 and reciprocating the pinion |14.
As this pinion is rotated by its engagement with '
the stationary rack bar |15 during its recipro
cation, it transmits a movement to the movable
rack bar |13. which is twice that of its own
movement. The rack bar in turn, operating on
the gear wheel |69, rotates this, and by reason
of the larger sprocket wheels |36. the chains are
given a greatly increased movement over the re
ciprocatory movement given to the pinion |14,
and this movement of the sprocket chains is
'suñicient to carry the suction heads |41 from
a position over the supporting table 34 to a
position over the receiving table |30 and back
again.
When the suction heads |41 are over the table
94, and before or approximately at the time suc
tion is created in said heads, they are depressed 70
on t‘o the topmost sheet of paper on said table.
To elîect this operation the mechanism illus
trated in detail in Figures 8 and 9 is employed.
Upstanding brackets |84 are provided on one
of the cross rods |85 and pivoted to the upper 75
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ends of these brackets |84 are arms |86 whose
free ends are bifurcated as shown at |81 and
have rounded undersurfaces |88. These bi
furcated ends rest upon the tops of the guide
members |45 which carry the heads. When said
heads are over the table 94, the guide members
out departing from the spirit'or sacriiicing any
of the advantages of the invention.
What I claim, is:
1. In combination with' a support for sheets, of
becomes attached thereto. The arms |86 are
now raised by the cams |90 and the springs |50
trolling thevent opening, and an abutment oper- y
a horizontally movable carriage, a suction head
movable with the carriage and movable down
are pulled downwardly by springs |89 connecting wardly thereon, means for moving the head on
the carriage to engage a sheet on the support,
the brackets |84 and the arms |86. Their down
ward movements are controlled by cams |90 on f means for creating suction in the head when
moved downwardly to engage a sheet, means for
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10 the drive shaft 38.
When the suction heads are at their delivery` relieving said suction including a relief vent and
a'closure for the vent that travels with the car
position over the table |30, means are provided
for opening the vents |52 by the operation of riage, and stationary means for engaging and
the valves |63. This is accomplished as best operating the closure to open the vent when the
shown in Figure 6 by abutments |9| located on carriage and suction head is at a point to dis
the frame |31 and adapted to be engaged by the charge the sheet.
2. In combination with a support for sheets, of
‘heads |66 of the bell cranks |64.
a carriage horizontally movable between the sup
Assuming the drive shafrß to be timed prop
erly to the conveyor and binding apparatus, the port and a delivery point, a suction head mounted
on the carriage and movable thereon to engage 20
20 operation of the feeding mechanism is as fol
lows: As the shaft 38 rotates, the suction heads a sheet on the support, a suction producing con
duit in communication with the head, a con
l |41 are brought over the table 9l4 and under the
trolling valve in the conduit, mechanism for
bifurcated ends |81 of the arms |86. At this
moment the cams |90 are turned to the position separately operating the carriage and the valve
25 shown in Figure 8, allowing the springs |89 to in timed relation to create suction in the conduit
operate on the arms and depress the suction and head when the carriage has positioned the
heads. At approximately the same time the cam head at the-sheet support and to cut off thesuc
|6| comes to a position to open the controlling tion when the carriage has positioned the head at
a. desired. delivery point, said conduit having a
valve |51 in the suction line and a partial vac
30 num is created at the mouths |48 of the heads portion on the carriage provided with a suction 30
|41, so that the uppermost sheet on the table relief vent opening, a valve on the carriage con
therefore raise the carrier and suction heads |41
35 with the sheet attached. At this point the pinion
|14 starts on its rearward travel clue `to the
operation and positions of the eccentrics |83, so
that the sprocket wheels |36 are revolved in a
direction to move the lower stretches of the
40 chains rearwardly, carrying the suction heads
and the attached sheet with them until the sheet
is brought over the .receiving table |30 and-be
tween the stop bars |3I. As the suction heads
advance in«this direction the valve |51 is closed
45 to cut off the suction and the heads |66 of the
bell cranks |64 strike the abutment |9|, causing
the bell cranks to turn and the valves |63 to be
removed from the vent ports |62. The vacuum
is therefore immediately destroyed, the sheet be
50 comes detached and will position itself between
the stop bars |3| and between two sets of fingers
36 of the conveyor 35, carrying the underlying
signatures. The conveyor moves on and the rear
set of the two will of course move the sheet that
55 has been deposited along with them under the
rollers |34, where it is bent downwardly to corre
spond to the signatures already deposited. The
conveyor then carries the assemblage to the
stapling mechanism which is timed with the
others, to' effect a proper operation in securing
together the signatures.
As soon as a sheet has
been deposited, the eccentrics |83 reversing their
positions, cause the pinion |14 to return the car
65 riage, allowingl the vent valves to close and
bringing the suction heads again over the table
94 for a repetition of the above described oper
ation.
From the foregoing, it‘is thought that the
construction, operation and many advantages of
the herein described invention will be apparent
to those skilled in the art without further de
scription, and it will berundersto/od that various
changes in the size, shape, proportion and minOr
75 details of construction may be resorted to with
ating the valve to open the ventopening when the
first controlling valve is operated to out oif'the '
suction.
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3. In combination with a support for sheets,
of a track, a reciprocatory carriage mounted on
the track and movable to and from a position over
the sheet support, a depressible carrier mounted
on the carriage, a suction h'ead on the carrier, a 40
carrier depressing arm above the carrier when
the latter is adjacent the sheet support,- a suction
conduit communicating with the head, ra con
trolling valve in the conduit, a drive shaft, means
operated by the drive shaft for reciprocating the
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carriage, means operated by the drive shaft for
depressing the arm and thereby the carrier and
head when the latter is above the sheet support,
and means for operating the valve to open the
suction conduit when the head is depressed.
v 4. In combination with a sh'eet support, of a
carriage movable toward and from the same, a
sheet carrying device movable with the carriage
to carry sheets from the support, a prime mover
for the carriage including a rotatable pinion hav 55
ing a limited back and forth movement, fixed and
movable racks engaged by the pinion, and. meansfor operating the carriage by the movable rack.
5. In combination with a sheet support, of a
carriage movable toward and from the same, a
sheet carrying device movable with the carriage
to carry sheets from the support, a prime mover
for the carriage including a rotatable pinion hav
ing a limited back and forth movement, fixed
and movable racks engaged by the pinion, a. gear 65
actuated by the movable rack, and means oper
ated by the gear for causing a back and forth
movement of the carriage.
6. In combination with a sheet support, of a
reciprocatory carriage movable toward and from 70
the sheet support, a sheet carrying device on the
carriage, a track frame, a rack fixed to the frame,
a. reciprocatory rack on the frame, a pinion en
gaged with the racks, means for reciprocating the
pinion, a gear 4engaged with the reciprocatory 75
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rack, a sprocket wheel rotated by the gear. and a
the head is over the sheet support, a cam Aon the
drive shaft operating on the arm to depress it
sprocket chain operated by the sprocket wheel ' _and the carrier when the head is positioned over>
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and connected to the carriage.
the sheet- support, a suction -conduit in com
,'I. In combination with a sheet support, of a munication with the head, a. controlling valve for 5
carriage movable toward and from the same, a the conduit. means operated 'by the shaft' for
sheet carrying device movable with the carriage moving the valve to open the conduit when the
to carry sheets from the support, a prime mover f head is~ depressed, and means operated by the
for the carriage having a limited back and forth
shaft for moving the sprocket -wheels and chains
movement, gearing between the prime-mover and back and forth to carry the carriage between
carriage for effecting a greater movement of the the sheet support and the conveyor.
latter than that given to the former and includ
1l. In combination with a support for sheets,
ing a rotatable gear having a bodily back and a horizontally movable carriage, means for mov
forth movement, a drive member for operating ing the carriage toward and from the sheet sup
the prime mover, and mechanism operated by the port, a sheet carrier suction vhead mounted on 16
drive member in timed relation with the prime the carriage and movable' therewith, the sheet
' mover for actuating the sheet carrying device to carrier being depressible with respect to the car
attach a sheet thereto when it is adjacent the riage. means for creating and destroying suction
sheet support and to detach the sheet when re
in the head, and means located adjacent the sheet
moved from said support.
'
' support and detachably'engaged by the head only
8. In combination with a sheet support, of a when the carriage is at the sheet support, the
reciprocatory carriage movable toward and fromv said means operating when the carriage is at
the sheet support, a sheet carrying suctionl head the sheet support, to depress the head to engage
on the carriage, intermittently operable suction a sheet on the support.
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control means for the suction head, a track
12. In combination with a support for sheets,
frame, a rack fixed to the frame, a reciprocatory a horizontally movable carriage, means for mov
rack -on the frame, a pinion engaged with the ing the carriage toward and from the sheet sup-'
racks, means for reciprocating the pinion, a gear f port, a sheet carrier suction head mounted on
engaged with the reciprocatory rack. a sprocket
wheel rotated by the gear, a sprocket chain oper
ated by the sprocket wheel and connected to the
carriage, a drive shaft, means operated by the
drive shaft for reciprocating the pinion, and
means operated by the drive shaft for moving the
the carriagev and movable therewith, the said
head being depressible withl respect to the car
riage and normally held in raised position, means
for creating and destroying suction in the head,
an overlying swinging arm mounted upon asta
tionary pivot and located at a point adjacent
suction control means ‘in timed relation to the v the sheet support, said arm engaging the head
reciprocation of the pinion.
.
as the latter approaches the sheet support and
9. In sheet feeding apparatus, the combination ç means for operating the arm when the head is
with a supporting frame, of- a drive shaft iour
engaged therewith and the carriage is at the
naied thereon, a sheet support, sprocket wheels sheet support, to depress the head to engage
journaled on the shaft, chain’s operating around
a sheet on the support.
the wheels, a reciprocatory carriage mounted on
13. In combination ,with a support for sheets.
the chains, a sheet carrier mounted on the car , a carriage movable in a horizontal direction only.
riage. and means operated by the shaft for mov
means for moving the carriage toward and from
ing the sprocket wheels alternately in opposite the sheet support, a vertically reciprocabie, nor
directions to reciprocate the carriage.
mally raised carrier on the carriage, a sheet car
10. In sheet feeding apparatus, the combina
rying device on the carrier, an overlying swing
tion with a supporting frame, of a drive shaft ing arm mounted upon a stationary pivot and lo
iournaled thereon. a sheet support, aconveyor
operating transversely of the frame at one side
of the sheet support. sprocket wheels ,iournaled
on the shaft. chains operating around the wheels
and extending over the conveyor, a reciprocatory
carriage mounted on the chains, -a depressible
carrier mounted on the carriage. a'suction head
onthecarrienansrmengasingthecarrierwhen'
cated adiacent the sheet support, the said arm
engaging the carrier as the carriage approaches
the sheet support, and a cam operating the arm
when engaged -with the‘carrier to depress the
carrier _and sheet carrying device to entete the
latter with a sheet on the support. l
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