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June 21, ‘1938.
A. A. MASSINI
‘2,121,484
APPARATUS FOR APPLYING A PLURALITY OF ARTICLES TO A BACKBOARD
Filed Feb. 12, 1937
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Patented June 21, 1938
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UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
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APPARATUS FOR APPLYING A PLURALITY
0F‘ ARTICLES TO A BACKBOARD‘
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Alvin A. Massini, Wheeling, w. Va.
Application February 12, 1937, Serial No. 125,519
9 Claims. (Cl; 216—12)
This invention relates broadly to apparatus
for automatically mounting a plurality of ele
ments upon a backboard.
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support the mechanism.
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In certain indoor recreational games a plu
‘5 rality of printed, rectangularly shaped strips of
paper are individually pasted by one end thereof
in uniformly spaced, parallel rows upon a back
board, usually of cardboard.
chine, which latter is provided with legs 2 and
carries a supporting frame work 3 designed to
Said strips have
Extending longitudi
nally is a front drive shaft 4, suitably jour
naled in appropriate bearings provided in the ‘
frame 3, said shaft being adapted to be driven
by any suitable means, as the pulley wheel 5.
Fixed to and actuated by the shaft 4 adjacent
the unattached end folded about itself and se
cured in folded relation by a transverse gummed
retaining band. Printed on the inner surface
one end thereof is an eccentric 8 connected to a
rocker arm 8 by means of a connecting rod ‘I.
of the folded portion of the strip and invisible
pawl 9 adapted to successively engage the teeth
to the eye by reason of the fold is information
of interest pertaining to the game. Upon par
ticipating in the game, a player pulls one or more
of a ratchet gear Ill ?xed to an upper shaft II,
Fixed to the upper end of the rocker arm 8 is a '
which latter‘is journaled in suitable bearings
provided in the frame 3 and a pedestal I2, 15
of the pasted strips from the board; ruptures ‘the latter being supported by the bed plate I
the paper banding seal, and unfolds the end and attached thereto by ‘bolts. Obviously, this
of the strip to reveal, the previously hidden construction affords intermittent rotation of the
[20 printed information which informs the player upper shaft II during continuous rotation of the
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of matter having to do with the further progress front shaft 4.
of the game.
It is an object of the present invention to pro
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vide a machine whereby said strips of papers,
termed “tickets? in the trade, may be auto
matically and neatly applied to the backboard
in uniformly spaced parallel rows.
The full nature of the invention and. other
features thereof will be understood from the ac
30 companying drawings and the following descrip
tion.
In said drawings-
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Figure l is a front elevation view of the ma
chine;
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Figure 2 is an end elevation of the same;
Figure 3 is a top plan view of the same;
Figure 4 is an enlarged section taken on line
4-4, of Fig. 1;
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Figure 5 is a section taken on line 5--5, Fig.
3, ‘illustrating in detail the glue reservoir and
I40 glue rolls;
bevel gear l4 ?xed to the end of a short shaft I5
journaled in bearings attached to the frame 3. 25
Spaced sprocket wheels‘ I6 are attached to the
shaft I5 intermediate its bearings and are de
signed to receive a pair of spaced, parallel, end
less ticket carrying chains vI'I which extend
throughout the longitudinal extent of the appa
ratus and encircle a second pair of sprocket
wheels l8 borne by an idler shaft [9 provided
on' the opposite end of the apparatus. A plu
rality ofv protruding lugs I“!av are provided on
each of the chains I‘! at predeterminedly spaced m U!
distances and a ticket 24 is designed to be sup
ported transversely across the chains I1 between
each' two adjacent lugs Ila“, the ticket laying
across the chains with its folded end toward the
front of the machine.
“ I, Figure 6 is an enlarged sectional view taken
45
Carried by the opposite end of the shaft II is
a bevel gear l3 designed to mesh with a second
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As best shown in Figs. 4 and 7, a guide plate
‘2|! is fastened to and supported by the frame
work 3 and extends parallel to the ticket carry
on line 6—6, Fig. 3;
Figure '7 is an enlarged top plan view of the
ticket carrying chain and guide;
‘ing chains I‘I throughout theentire extent of
Figure 8 is a detail view taken on 'line
a-V-a,
the apparatus, the same serving as a straight
Figure 9 is a perspective view of one of the
edge and tending to keep the carried tickets in
alignment. A pair of angles 2| con?ne the two
chains l1 throughout their longitudinal extent,
Fig. 4;
tickets;
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Figure 10 is a top plan view of an assembled
board; and
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Figure 11 is a fragmentary side view of an as
sembled board, the View being drawn to a scale
larger than that illustrated in Fig. 10.
Referring to said drawings, the reference nu
55 meral l designates .the bed plate of the ma
and interposed between the two chains is a
longitudinal spacing bar 22, this construction,
as shown in Fig. 4, a?ording a separate race
for the travel of each chain. A guide plate 23
disposed opposite the straight edge 29, also
extends parallel to the chains‘ I'I throughout
their longitudinal extent and has its upper end 5,5
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occupying the same horizontal plane as that
occupied by the chains I1.
Consequently, the
extremity of the unfolded end of the ticket borne
by the chains is supported by the plate 23. Said
plate 23 has a series of equally spaced upstand
ing lugs 25 formed on its upper edge, the lead
ing vertical edge thereof being cut away at an
angle of approximately 45°. As the tickets pro
the six to one transmission gearing, is effected
but once to every six intermittent movements of
the ticket carrying chains H, as will hereinafter
be made apparent during the description of the
detailed operation of the apparatus. Angle irons
15 occupy spaced, parallel ‘relation to said chains
38 for forming guide walls for the backings 53
during their forward travel.
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Fixed to and actuated byrotation of the shaft
4 isv an eccentric 55 connected to a rocker arm 10
56 by a connecting rod 51, said rocker arm being
folded end of each ticket will periodically en
gage the inwardly directed 45° angle of each of - pivoted on the shaft 36 at the side of the ratchet
the upstanding lugs 25 of the plate 23 so as to gear 48 opposite that occupied by the rocker
force the folded edge of the ticket into contact arm 46. Pivoted to the upper end of the rocker
arm 56 is a pawl 58 adapted to oscillate about
15 with the straight edge 26 for maintaining the
the ratchet. gear 48. The majority of the teeth
alignment of the traveling tickets.
gressively move forward on the chain H (from
10 left to right in .Fig. 3) the extremity ofv the un
Aligned with the pedestal |2 rearwardly of
the latter is a somewhat similar pedestal 26.
Journaled in bearings provided in the pedestals
20 l2 and 26 is a transverse shaft 21, the same at
its outer end carrying a spiral gear 28 which
meshes with a spiral gear 29 ?xed to the shaft
ll whereby rotation of the‘ transverse shaft 21
is affected.’ Interposed between the two pedes
25 tals is a reservoir 30, designed to contain liquid
glue or muc'ilage.
A roller 3| mounted on a shaft
32 is designed to be partially immersed in the
liquid adhesive and is rotated therein by means
of a chain 33 operable on sprocket wheels car
30 ried by the shafts 21 and 32.
A glue disc 34
borne by the shaft 21 contacts the roller 3| for
transmitting a quantity of the adhesive to the
tickets. Since the glue disc 34 occupies a posi
tion in the space intermediate the chains l1
35 and the guide 23 and has its upper periphery oc
cupying substantially the same plane as the car
ried tickets, a suitable quantity of the adhesive
on the ratchet gear 48 are covered by an at
tached ‘shield 59 so that but a minor portion of
the teeth are exposed to the action of the pawl
58, and, thus, the pawl 58 is effective only when
contacting the exposed teeth. Here, again, it
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may be pointed out that the operation of the
rocker arm 56 and pawl 58 is six times faster
than the operation of the rocker arm 46 and
pawl 49. The function of the chains 38 and the 25
actuating mechanism is to successively deliver
the cardboard backings 53 to and beneath the
apparatus for mounting the tickets thereon, the
timing of the travel of the chains and the op
eration of the pawls being designed to move the
board at predetermined intervals and distances
so as to secure a proper aligned arrangement
of the tickets on the backing, all of which will
hereinafter be made apparent.
Attached to the tallest vertical upright sup 35
ports of the frame work 3 and extending trans»
versely of the apparatus are parallel guide rods
will be deposited on the under side of the un
folded end of each ticket as the apparatus is in
60 on each of which is slideable a bearing block
6|, said bearing blocks being connected by a con
operation. A spreader or wiper 35 contacts the
roller 3| above the level of the adhesive for as
suring a uniform ?lm of adhesive on the roller
3|.
necting bar , 62.
Depending downwardly from
each of the opposite bearing blocks 6| are two
An auxiliary frame 33 extends rearwardly of
the major mechanism and Supports in appropri
spaced, parallel guide pins 63 on each opposite
pair of which a plate 64 is vertically slideable.
Provided on the outer face of each plate 64 is
a roller 65 designed to be received within the 45
ate bearings a driving shaft 36 and a driven shaft
longitudinally extending race 66 of an arm 61
31. Two spaced parallel, endless, backboard car
rying chains 38 encircle sprocket wheels 39 ?xed
pivotally attached at its front end to the frame
3. Connecting the opposite plates 64 are two
to the driven shaft 31 at the rear of the machine
50 and extend forwardly to the front of the machine
beneath the mounting unit (hereinafter de
scribed) where they encircle sprocket wheels 40
borne by an idler shaft 4|.
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A pinion 42 borne by the front shaft 4 through
55 the medium of an idler gear meshes with and
drives a’ gear 43 ?xed to a rear shaft 44, the
spaced, parallel guide rods 68 designed to support
in sliding relation thereon a series of- mounting 50
heads 69. Protruding upwardly from each of
the mounting heads 69 is a ?xed pin 10 adapted
to be received and longitudinally slideable in the
way of a registering guide bar 1 |. As best shown
in Fig. 3, one such guide bar 1| is provided for
each mounting head pin, said bars being sup
ported in inwardly, convergently inclined rela
to one. Fixed to and actuated by the shaft 44 7 tion by substantially U-shaped supports 12 and
13, the latter having a longitudinal extending
is an eccentric 45 connected to a rocker arm
46 by a connecting rod 41, said rocker arm being slot 14 provided therein for affording adjustable
ratio of the pinion to the gear herein being six
pivoted on the shaft 36, which ‘latter also has
?xed thereto aratchet gear 48. Pivoted to the
upper end of the rocker arm‘ 46'is a pawl 49
adapted to successively engage the teeth of the
65 ratchet gear 48 for intermittently rotating the
shaft 36. Such intermittent rotation is, in turn,
transmitted to the shaft 31 by an endless chain
5|)v operable on sprocket wheels 5| and 52 ?xed
means whereby the spacing of the inner ends of
the bars 1| may be varied when desired.
Pivotally attached to the free, or inner, end of
each arm 61 is the upper end of a vertical con
necting rod 15, the lower end of the latter being 65
ivotally connected to a lever 16 whose opposite
end ‘is pivotally attached to the frame 3. A
roller 11 is appropriately attached to each lever
to the ends of the shafts 36 and 31, respectively.
16 and engages and rides a cam 18 carried by
Forward intermittent movement of the upper
half of the chains 38 is effected through rota
tion‘of the shaft 31. Said chains are designed
to support a cardboard backing 53 between each
the shaft 44, said roller 11 being maintained in 70
contacting relation on the cam 18 by means of
a retractile coil spring 19 connecting the lever
16 with the base plate I. Obviously, the entire
two sets of engaging lugs 54 borne bythe chains,
mounting mechanism, including the heads 69,
76 and forward movement of the chains 38, due to
are maintained elevated until the low portion
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of the cam 18 is reached by the roller, at which
time the entire mechanism drops downwardly
until it strikes an underlying supporting table
80 whose upper face is a ?at plane. Continued
rotation of the cam again elevates the mounting
mechanism.
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Connecting the upper side of each bearing
block Si is a rod 92 to which is pivotally con
nected two rearwardly extending connecting rods
10 8!, each having its rear end pivotally fastened
to a lever 82 whose lower end is pivoted to the
base I. A roller 83 is appropriately carried by
each lever 82 and contacts the periphery of a
cam 86 mounted on the shaft 44, the roller 83
15 being maintained in contacting relation on the
cam 84 by means of a retractile coil spring 85
connecting the lever 82 with the front portion
of the frame 3. Actuation of the lever imparts
a forward and backward reciprocable movement‘
to the bearing blocks 6! and the thereby sup
69 are thus moved apart a distance correspond
ing to the spaced tickets. At this point the cam
9i actuates the vacuum control valve 90 so that
the valve is opened, resulting in a suction at the
mounting head ports 89.
The suction applied
above'each ticket results in each ticket being
drawn upwardly to attach itself to the head 69
with which it is aligned. Following such attach
ment of the ticket to the head, the levers 82 are .
automatically moved rearwardly by the cam 84
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and the entire mounting mechanism is thus like;
wise moved rearwardly to a point in vertical‘
alignment with the table 89. As the heads 69
are moved rearwardly, the latter are moved
closer together by their pins 10 and the guide II
bars ‘I! so that the spacing corresponds to the
desired spacing of the rows of tickets on the
backboard, it being understood that the distance
between the tickets is greater as they are carried
on the chains than when they are attached in 20
ported mounting mechanism.
rows to the board.
A vacuum tank 86 is suitably supported on the
rear of the frame and has a conductor line 81
- When the mounting heads with their attached
tickets directly overlie the table 8|], the cam 18 -
leading to an auxiliary tank 81 mounted adja
is so designed and is so timed in its rotation
that the‘ roller Ti of the lever 16 rides into the 26
low portion of the cam thereby forcibly dropping
cent the top of the machine. A ?exible hose
line 88 leads to each mounting head 69 and
connects with suction ports 89 provided in the
lower face of each head 69. A valve 90 is ‘inter
posed between the vacuum tank 86 and the con
30 ductor line 81 and is periodically opened and
closed by a cam 9! mounted on the end of the
shaft 44.
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‘As previously stated herein, and as illustrated
in Fig. 10 of the drawings, it is the object of the
invention to neatly attach the tickets in uni
formly spaced parallel rows on the backboard
53. ‘The board illustrated is designed to have
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the mounting unit downwardly.
One of . the
backboards 53 has previously beendeposited on
said table 85) in an appropriate position and is
so supported by the chains 38, angle irons ‘I5 30
and table Bil. The lowering of the mounting
unit, as above described, results in the thereby
carried tickets contacting the backboard. When
this stage is reached, the cam 9| in its continued
rotation actuates the vacuum control valve 90
so that it is closed and the vacuum discontinued.
attached thereto one hundred and twenty ‘tick
With discontinuance of the suction force through‘
the head ports 89, the tickets no longer are at
ets, the tickets being uniformly disposed in six
rows, each row consisting of twenty tickets. It
tached to the heads 69 but, rather, become ad;
hered to thebackboard by reason-of the adhesive 40
will be understood, however, that apparatus may
be constructed according to the instant inven
tion whereby any number of tickets may be
borne by the surface of the ticket next to said‘
board.
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mounted in any number of rows or combinations.
After transfer of the row of tickets to the
board, the cam 18 and its associated mechanism
It may also be here pointed out that a prede
termined sized space adjacent the top of the
backboard is devoid of attached tickets, this space
being left blank so as to accommodate printed
thereafter the cam 84 and its associated mecha
nism moves the unit forwardly to secure six
matter, as directions, advertising, and the like.
The operation of mounting the tickets is ac~
complished in the following manner:
The tickets 2% are fed to the ticket carrying
chains ii in any appropriate manner and one
ticket is deposited, either mechanically or manu
ally, on ‘the chains i7 between two adjacent sets
elevates the mounting unit and immediately
more tickets.
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As the mounting unit moves forwardly to pick ‘
up a second set of tickets, the eccentric 45 50
through its associated rocker arm 5.6; connecting
rod 41, and pawl 49 actuates the ratchet gear
48 to rotate forward slightly (one tooth), there
by causing slight rotation of the connected shafts
36 and 31.
Such slight rotation moves the up
of lugs Ila, the folded end of the ticket being
per portion of the backboard carrying chains 38
toward the front of the machine. The tickets
are then carried longitudinallyof the apparatus
forwardly a short distance equal to the distance
toward the mounting apparatus by rapid inter—
60 mittent travel of the chains and as they suc
cessively pass the glue disc 34 an appropriate
desired to separate the transverse rows of tickets
on the boards. Thus, the board borne by the
chains beneath the mounting unit is advanced 60
forwardly the desired distance to position it
quantity of adhesive is deposited on the under
for deposition of a second row of tickets thereon
‘side of the ticket adjacent its non-folded end,
the lugs 25 of the guide plate 23 keeping the
tickets in alignment against the straight edge
by the mounting unit.
2i) during travel of the tickets.
When six tickets have been successively ad—
vanced beneath the mounting apparatus, the
levers 82 are actuated to move forwardly, thereby
also moving the mounting apparatus toward the
front of the machine so that it directly over
lies the chains and tickets carried thereby. As
the mounting apparatus is so moved forwardly,
the guide pins ‘iii travel forwardly in the ways
of their respective guide bars ‘H and the heads
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The mounting operation continues until the
required twenty rows of tickets‘ have been de 65
posited on the backboard. At this point, the
space at the :topzof the backboard where no
tickets are desired is beneath the unit and it
becomes necessary to remove the ?lled board and
replace it with another. This operation is ac 470
complished in the following manner:
During the period in which the tickets are
being applied to the board, the pawl 58 has been
ineffectually actuated because it has been shield
ed from the teeth of the ratchet gear 48 by the‘
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the pawl 49 to space the transverse rows of
board so as to appropriately position the latter
for the reception of successive rows of articles,
and other means for periodically actuating the
applied tickets, the exposed teeth of the ratchet
gear 48 will be presented to the action of the
pawl 58 and are thereby engaged. Since the
pawl 58 is actuated six times faster than the
vance the thereby carried backboard when said
board has had the required rows of articles de
posited thereon for discharging the completed
pawl 49, the ratchet gear is rapidly and inter
board from the apparatus and for depositing a
guard. 59. However, when said ratchet gear 48
has been-intermittently rotated twenty times by
backboard conveyor means to more rapidly ad
mittently rotated so as to rapidly move the chains
successive board within the operating area of the
38 forwardly for discharging the ?lled board
from the machine and into a suitable receptacle
mounting unit.
(not shown). The exposed teeth on the ratchet
gear‘ 48 correspond to the distance required for
the chains to travel to discharge the ?lled board
and position another beneath the mounting unit.
dividual articles to
spaced longitudinal
sisting of a conveyor
single ?le relation,
As soon as this distance is traversed, the shield
transporting a plurality of backboards in single
?le relation, a mounting unit at the junction of
said conveyors, actuating means for periodically
59 presents itself to the pawl 58 and renders the
latter ineffective until the last mentioned board
is ?lled and is to be discharged from the appa
ratus.
The operation of the machine is continuous
and the sameis designed to operate at compara
-tively high speeds without undue strain or
injury‘to any oi the mechanism.
The various shafts, cams and eccentrics are
produced and assembled with precision so that
all movements are synchronized to avoid any
interruption of operation or improper function
ing of the machine.
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' While the invention is designed and is herein
described as being utilized for pasting paper
tickets on a backing, it will be understood that it
is capable of other uses. For instance, paper
bags or envelopes containing nut meats, confec
tions, or medicines, may be applied to a back
board by utilizing the present invention.
What is claimed is—
1. In apparatus for applying a plurality of
individual articles to a backboard in uniformly
spaced longitudinal and transverse rows, con
sisting of a vertically and longitudinally recip
rocable mounting unit, conveyor means for car
rying a plurality of said articles and successively
presenting the same in the operating area of
the mounting unit,‘ other conveyor means for
carrying the backboard and adapted to present
the backboard within the operating area of the
mounting unit, the latter unit being adapted to
be actuated'so as to transport a predetermined
number of said articles from their conveyor to
said backboard and to deposit said articles there
on in such an arrangement that said articles
form an aligned row, and means for intermit
tently actuating the backboard ‘conveyor means
65 to periodically advance the thereby carried back
board so as to appropriately position the latter
for the reception of successive rows of articles
2. In apparatus for applying a plurality of
individual articles to a backboardin uniformly
~60 spaced longitudinal and transverse rows, consist
ing of a vertically and longitudinally reciprocable
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3. In apparatus for applying a plurality of in
a backboard in uniformly
and transverse rows, con
for carrying said articles in
other conveyor means for 15
reciprocating said mounting unit forwardly and
rearwardly so as to procure a predetermined 20
number of articles from their conveyor and posi
tion the same in alignment in a predetermined
position above the foremost of said backboards,
other actuating means for vertically reciprocat
ing said mounting unit'so that said articles are 25
transferred to and deposited on said foremost
back in an aligned row, and means for intermit
tently actuating the backboard conveyor means
to intermittently advance the thereby carried
backboards so as to appropriately position the 30
foremost of said boards for the reception of suc
cessive rowsof articles as they are successively
represented thereto during successive forwardly
and rearwardly reciprocations of the mounting
unit.
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' 4. In apparatus for applying a plurality of in
dividual articles to a backboard in uniformly
spaced longitudinal and transverse rows, consist
ing of a conveyor for carrying said articles in
single ?le relation, other conveyor means for 40
transporting a plurality of backboards in single
?le relation, a mounting unit at the junction of
said conveyors, actuating means for periodically
reciprocating said mounting unit forwardly and
rearwardly so as to procure a predetermined 45
number of articles from their conveyor and posi
tion the same in alignment in a predetermined
position abovethe foremost of said backboards,
other actuating means for vertically reciprocat
ing said mounting unit so that said articles are
transferred to and deposited on said foremost
backboard in an aligned row, means for inter
mittently actuating the backboard conveyor
means to intermittently advance the thereby
carried backboards so as to appropriately posi 55
tion the foremost of said backboards for the re
ception of successive rows of articles as they are
successively. presented thereto during successive
forwardly and rearwardly reciprocations of the
mounting unit, and other means for periodically 60
actuating the backboard conveyor means to more
mounting unit, conveyor means for carrying a
rapidly ‘advance the thereby carried backboards
plurality of said articles and successively pre
whensaid foremost board has had the required
rows of articles deposited thereon for discharging
the completed board from the apparatus and for 65
depositing a successive board Within the operat
ing area of the mounting unit.
5. In apparatus for applying a plurality of in
dividual articles to a backboard in uniformly
spaced longitudinal and transverse rows, con 70
sisting of a conveyor for carrying said articles in
single ?le relation, other conveyor means for
transporting a plurality of backboards in single
?le relation, a mounting unit at the junction of
said conveyors, means for applying adhesive to 76
senting the same in the operating area of the
86 mounting unit, other conveyor means for carry
ing the backboard and adapted to present the
‘backboard within the operating area of the
mounting unit,lthe latter unit being adapted to
‘be actuated so as to transport a predetermined
70 number of said articles from their conveyor to
said backboard and to deposit said articles
thereon in such an arrangement that said arti
cles form an aligned row, meansifor intermit
tently actuating the backboard conveyor means
to periodically advance the thereby carried back
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said articles as they are transported on their con
5
by carried articles are‘ moved into contacting
veyor, actuating means for periodically recipro
cating the mounting unit forwardly and rear
‘ relation with said backboard for depositing the‘
articles on said backboard in an aligned row after
wardly so as to procure a predetermined number
cessation of the suction force applied to said suc
of articles from their conveyor and position the tion ports, means for moving said backboard
same in alignment in a predetermined position
beneath said mounting unit for each complete
above the foremost of said backboards, other
actuating means for vertically reciprocating said
mounting unit so that said articles are trans
10 ferred to and deposited on said foremost back
‘ board in an aligned row, said adhesive fastening
said articles to said backboard.
6. In apparatus for applying a plurality of
individual articles to a backboard in uniformly
15 spaced rows, a mounting unit including a series
of mounting heads, each of said heads having a
reciprocation of said mounting unit between said
article conveyor and said backboard, and'guide
means governing the course of travel of said
mounting heads between said article conveyor 10
means and said backboard.
8. In apparatus for applying a plurality of in
dividual articles to a backboard in uniformly
spaced rows, a mounting unit including a series
of mounting heads, each of said heads having 15
a port therein connected to a vacuum source,
port therein connected to a vacuum source, con
conveyor means for successively presenting the
veyor means for successively presenting the ar
articles beneath the mounting unit, other means
ticles beneath the mounting unit, other means i for presenting a backboard beneath said mount
20 for presenting a backboard beneath said mount
ing unit, actuatingv means whereby said mount 20
ing unit, actuating means whereby said mounting ing unit is caused to travel between said article
unit is caused to travel between said article con ' conveyor means and said backboard, means for
veyor means and said backboard, means for in
introducing suction force to said head ports
troducing suction force to saidhead ports when when said mounting unit is in the vicinity of said
25 said mounting unit is in the vicinity of said‘con
conveyor means whereby a plurality of articles 25
veyor means whereby a plurality of articles are
are transferred from the conveyor means to the
transferred from’ the conveyor means to the“ mounting heads, means thereafter actuating said
mounting heads, and means thereafter actuating mounting unit whereby said heads and the there
said mounting unit whereby said heads and the by carried articles are moved into contacting re
30 thereby carried articles are moved into contact
lation with said backboard for depositing the 30
ing relation with said backboard for depositing articles on said backboard in an aligned row after
the articles on said backboard in an aligned row
cessation of the suction force applied to said
after cessation of the suction force applied to
head ports, means for moving said backboard
said head ports, and means for moving said beneath said mounting unit for each complete
35 backboard beneath said mounting unit for each
reciprocation of said mounting unit between said 35
complete reciprocation of said mounting unit article conveyor and said backboard, and guide
‘between said article conveyor and said ‘back
means governing the course of travel of said
i
board.
. mounting heads between said article conveyor
'7. In apparatus for applying a plurality of means and said backboard, said guide means
40 individual articles to a backboard in uniformly
being adjustable so that the spacing of said 40
spaced rows, a mounting unit including a series heads may be varied.
of mounting heads, each of said heads having
9. In a machine for applying a plurality of
a port therein connected to a vacuum source,
individual articles to a backboard, comprising a
conveyor means for successively presenting the mounting unit, means for conveying the articles
45 articles beneath the mounting unit, other means ‘ to be mounted, means for conveying a backboard 45
for presenting a backboard beneath said mount
and positioning the same to have the articles
ing unit, actuating means whereby said mount
deposited thereon, the mounting‘ unit being
ing unit is caused to travel between said article adapted to transport the articles from the ?rst
conveyor means and said backboard, means for conveying means to said backboard for deposition
50 introducing suction force to said head ports thereon, and means for thereafter positioning 60
when said mounting unit is in the vicinity of said said backboard in a different position so as to
conveyor means whereby a plurality of articles adapt the latter to receive additional articles
are transferred from the conveyor means to the at a spaced distance from those previously
mounting heads, means thereafter actuating said deposited.
A
55 mounting unit whereby said heads and the there
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ALVIN A. MASSINI.
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