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Aug. 3o, 193s.
Aug. 30, `1938.
l Filed May l, 1956
5 Sheets-Sheet yI5
Patented Aug. 30, 1938
l. ° UNITED As'i‘n'i‘vrzs PATENT orricr: ¿
' Oscar C. Schmidt, Cincinnati, Ohio, assignor to
, _The Cincinnati Butchers’ V‘Supply Company,
Cincinnati, Ohio,V aY corporation of Ohio
Application May 1, 1936, 'serial No. '17.367
22 claims. (c1. 226-94)
the controls for feeding the receptacles and for
My invention relates to receptacle fillers for `ñlling the receptacles; `further, in. providing a
filling receptacles with plastic'material, and is ex- v novel feeding plunger for feeding the plastic ma
emplified as employed in ñlling. baking pans with terial;` further, in providing novel operating
1 meat dough, although it is obvious it may be em
ployed in other relations.v
Y » kMeat dough of this character is a plastic mate
` means for the same; further, in providing novel
means for placing the receptacles in proper re
‘rial containing finely ground or chopped meat and
. lation with the feeding devices; and, further, in
various ingredients, and is a thick, ñowable mass
` somewhat similar to sausage meat which is stuffed
into sausage casings for making sausages. In the
ing movements and the receptacle placingr devices.
present instancey the meat dough is fed into a'pan
‘ for being baked to form'a meat loaf.
'Such meat dough has usually heretofore in the
butchering art been placed in the pan by Athrow
ing a batch of the same forcefully into the pan
in an attempt to simultaneously eject the air from
` the pan >and from the mass of meat dough, it be-l
ing found in such practice, however, that air
pockets form between the meat dough and the
pan and in the meat dough, .and that portionsïof
providing novel means to properly relate the feed
The invention will be further readily understood ,
from the following description and claims, and
from the drawings, in which nlatter:
Fig. 1 is a side elevation of my improved device,
shown in connection with an exemplifying sau
sage stuii‘iing machine, instanced as employed in ~-
an exemplifying feeding means for the recep
tacles, partly broken away.
Fig. 2 is a plan view of the same, partly broken 20
Fig. 3 is an end viewr of my improved device.
Fig. 4 is a cross-section of the same, taken on
the meat dough fail to properly unite with each
other and with the bulk of the dough, and that the
resultant baked loaf contains pockets of air,
the line i-d of Fig. 3.
seams and fissures, and readily separable lumps, »
the line 5-5 of Fig. 2, and partly broken away,and
making the loaf defective.
. .
It is the object of my invention to avoid these
objections and to provide novel means for filling
vthe~ pan or receptacle in'such manner that air is
ejected from between the material and the wall
of the receptacle and from the material, and for
y causing the vmaterial to flow into the 'receptacle
while pressure is applied to the material in the
receptacle in such manner as to exclude and pre- '
supplying meat dough as the plastic material, and
Fig. 5 is a vertical section of the same, taken on
showing the relations of the parts in retracted '
positions ready to begin a ñlling or pan moving
Fig. 6 is an end elevation showing the parts in
partially actuated relation,
and partly broken j
Fig. 7 is a similar View showing the plunger in` `
fully depressed position, and partly broken away.
Fig. 8 is a vertical section of my improved de
‘ vent the formation of air pocketsr and bubbles’A vice, taken on the line 8-8 of Fig. 2, and partlyV
between the material and the wall of the recepta
cle and in the material; and, further, to provide broken
Fig. 9 is a similar sectional view of a detail of
novel means for coactiori between the pans or re
the same, showing the parts in actuated relation.
ceptacles'and the feeding devices for the plastic
material; and, further, to provide novel feeding
relations between the pans or receptacles and the
feeding of the plastic material; and, further, to
provide for alternate feeding movements of the
pans or receptacles and the plastic material.
` My invention consists in novel means whereby
' to feed the plastic
material into the receptacle
and in novel pressure means for 'maintaining
pressure upon the mass of material in the recep
tacle as it accumulates in the receptacle; further,
in providing novel means for maintaining 'pres
sure upon the receptacle during feeding ofA the
material; further, in providing novel means for
`maintaining the material feeding means in re
tracted ` relation; further, in providing novel
`,means for controlling the material feeding de
55 vices; further, in providing rnovel means relating
Fig. 10 is a sectional View of a detail, taken on
the line lll-_l0 of Fig. 2, showing the receptacle. 40
operated switch lever in'actuated position in full _
lines and in retracted position in dotted lines;
Fig. 11 is a diagrammatic representation of the
motor circuit.
My invention is an improvement on the inven--
tion shown, described and claimed in the appli
cation o_f George Schlercth for patent on improve
ment in Receptacleñllers and method of filling
receptacles, Serial No. 72,589, filed April 3, 1936,
and on the invention shown, described and
claimed in my application for patent on improve
ment in Receptacle fillers, Serial No. 76,440, filed
April 25, 1936, in the United States Patent Office.
The receptacles into which it is desired to place
the plastic material are represented as baking
the port 36 to direct the plastic material into the lpassage I5.
The source of supply for the plastic material
is exemplified as a usual stuffing machine 4I, in
pans II in which to bake meat loaves. vPlastic
material which is to be placed in the receptacles
is represented as meat dough, exemplified at I2.
The material is arranged to be fed into the recep
tacle by means of a feeding plunger I3, which
comprises a feeding channel I4, shown as a tube,
provided with a feeding passage I5 and a feeding
head I6, which is instanced as serving as a pres
10 sure piece, having a feeding passage Il, which
which the supply of'rmeat dough is contained.
The meat'dough is arranged to be forced through
a suitable valve 42, connecting with the interior
of the stuffing machine. 'I‘his forcing of the meat
dough is Vobtained by Ymeans of a suitable piston
43, forced upwardly in the cylinder 44 by a suit
registers with the feeding passage in the channel. „able pressure fiuid fed into the space 45 under
or tube, and a feeding mouth I8 discharging into >the piston and supplied to said space through a
the receptacle.
suitable pipe 46 having a suitable valve 41 therein.
The feeding head is arranged Vto be movedïinto Y __Such Va stuffing machine is shown and described,
15 the receptacle so as to initially discharge sub
for instance, in Letters YPatent of the , United
stantially at the bottom of the receptacle. The States No. 2,004,618, granted on my application 15
lower end of the tube is shown imbedded in the for improvement in Press head for stuffing ma
feeding head so as to form a tight joint therewith." " chine's„and"dated June 11, 1935.
The feeding head is preferably of substantial
_ A. feed pipe 5I has one end thereof secured to
20 Weight, as by being formed of heavy vmetal, in
the feed valve 42 by a suitable coupling 53. 'I‘he
order’ that ‘theiplunger will automatically descend
’quickly by'gravity. The plunger is caused to move .
upwardly by Athe pressure of the plastic material
"under the same when the plunger is'in the recep
ring Y55> threaded over' the threaded boss 56 in
tacle, ’so‘a's to be automatically >returned to ini . which saidfeed passage-is located, a Vflange 51
ofthen vcoupling ring clamping an annular flange
The feeding head is shown of 'rectangular form 578 of the pipe between it and _the end of said boss
in cross section corresponding to the rectangular to forma joint. The feed pipeis'preferably'bent
vform of the pan, ’and is arrangedY to be received and 'swivelsin its connections with the bearing
in the p'an'so'th'at'the bottom of the feeding head >and -the feed Valve so as to accommodate itself
is ’substantiallyîatithe'bottom of the pan. There to-various relative positions and heights between
is preferably' a slight 'space VI9 between the lateral the ñlling device and the stuliing machine. The
margins 'fof the feeding 4head and the upright feed‘passage 'not- employed ’is closed by >a-,disk 59
walls ‘ofthe .pan 'for permitting air to escape clamped vvover the end of the boss inïwhich the
from between the plunger‘and the pan when the other’of said feed passages is located, by means
plunger isintroduced into theireceptacleV and of acoupling ring 60 for clamping the disk be
whilst the plastic material is being fed into the tween ’an annular flange 6I of the said coupling
pan. When the plunger is released to drop into ring and the annular end of said last-named boss.
'theîp'an,' its' descent VYis! cushioned’jby the> air in ' ' The-meat dough is caused to exude through the
the pan, the air, however, being displaced .by the valveï42, when the valves 42 and '47 are opened
>and upward pressure is being exerted by ¿the pis
VThe‘tube'líl -forms a Yslide which extends up
ton V43, for causing the ‘meat dough to pass
otherend of thepipe is secured to the bearing 2| 20
at" the passage thereof which is ‘to be employed
as'theifeeding passageyby means of a Ycoupling
wardly from the feeding headañd'is `reciprocahle . through the feed valve 42, the pipe 5I, the feed
` in`a bearing" 2|"of a standard' 22, >the bearing
being on a bracket 23 which Vextends laterally
Vpassage 35, the ports 31 and 36, the. feed passage
I5 in the tube I4, thefeed passage I'I and dis
from the"upwardly extending portion of the . charge mouth I8 in the vfeeding ‘head I6, when
standard. '
plungeris lowered, >to-cause registry between
The standard comprises a post 24,î.îextending "the
thefeed'port 36 and :the'feed port>3l respectively
îupwar‘dly from'a 'bearin'g'25‘of a AbaseY 26. A sleeve in the-tube and in the bearing-forcausing feed
"2l fis"loc‘atediabout the pbst, fthe `bracket 23 ex
tending laterally from this sleeve.
V"an‘dîbracket, vand‘consequently'the bearing 12|,
are vertically’ adjustable on the post, 'as' by means
'of a bolt'28,lhaving «threadedconnection'in a
5.5 threaded bearingin the upper wall'ï29 Vof the
sleeve», and clamped in adjusted positions by a
-jam nut> SI1.Y `Set screwsj3l Athreaded into ‘the
' sleeve' and contacting the post aid> in holding the
’parts in >adjusted positions.
The'bearing 2| is provided with laterally ex
f ing movementof the meat dough and introduction
thereof into'the receptacle;
-ïsages 35 of the bearing.
A positioner 65 is provided between the plunger
and the'receptacle..v It is 'provided with a guide
66 cooperating with the'feeding head and with
'j tending feeding passages 35, either of Vwhich may l positioning'flangestl having'inner slanting faces
be employed in feeding the plastic material to the
plunger. The tube has a feeding port 36 îpre
65 sented to that side of the bearing-atV
feeding passage to be employed is located. The
inner end of the Wall of the feeding passage forms
a port 3l, which coacts with the’feeding port 36
to form an automatic valve for the plunger.
68 cooperating with the pan rim‘69 for accurately
positioningY the pan. The positioner serves ‘asi-a
,presser part to properlyhold the pan during the
rllling'operation. ' These flanges preferably sur
§ round the upper edges or rim of the pan, and have
'notches 'IIJ at their corners.
l'The positioner Vis'forovided with'jupwardly ex
The port 31 is normally closed by theV body of Ytendinghangers 1I. >Links 12, 'I3‘are‘located one
above 4the Vother at theY respective sides 'of the
the tube I4, the plastic material passing through
Ifit is desired to place the stuffing machine 4I
' at1the opposite side of the filling machine, the
î`.connection of the pipe with the filling machine
maybe changed so that‘the pipe and the obstruct
I ing disk 59 cooperate with the opposite filling pas
Èandsaid respective- hangers-the links -I2
the ports when the port 36 is in Yregistry with the ilsleeveïZv'I
tothe upper portions of the hangers
port 31. The upper portionof the tube is pro
respectively oni` pivots'~14, »15,“and
'vided with a ñlling 38 toY close the same, the lower '_"thel'inksfi'IS being-pivoted therebelow respective
end of the filling being slanting, as 'at 39,"opp'osite *1y 'to 'therhanger andthe sleeve: on ïpivots ¿16,? 11, ‘
said pivots being respectively shown‘ asrshoulder
‘ bolts. This insures parallel motion for> the posi
tioner in raising and lowering the same.
during obstructing position of a Ypan can vresult l
>in no harm as the descent will merely stop when
The positioner -is normally urged upwardly, as
by means of a rod 8| pivoted-by a pivot bearing
82 about a pin 83 having connection with and ex'
`tending between the links 12, collars 84v being lo
cated between said pivot bearing and said links.
The rod extends into a cavity 85 in the bracket 23,
a lnut 86 being threaded about said rod to adjust
the plunger strikes the pan.
In order to provide a supply of fresh pans under
the plunger upon successive descents of the "
‘plunger and to insure non-interference `between
the plunger and said pans, »I provide a feeding
means for the pans controlled by the position of
the plunger' to avoid interference between move
ments of the pans and the plunger.
The base 26 is provided with runways |2I at
a helical spring 81 located between the bottom >Vits respective sides onk which _the pans are ar
88 of said cavity and a'washer 89 resisted by vsaid rangedto slide', an extension |22 of said runways
nut, for urging» the rod upwardly and thereby>
- raising the positioner 65. Downward movement
of the rod is limited by engagement of the washer
with the shoulder therebelow Ain the cavity (Fig
5). This upward movement is adjustably limited
by a positioning nut 9|, a jam nut 92 clamping
the positioning nut in adjusted position. rThe
V20 positioning nut contacts the bottom 68 of the
cavity 85, the rod passing through a'hole insaid
bottom. A plug 93 vcloses the upper end of said
The tube |4 is provided with a keeper 95,'shown
25. as an annular flange extending laterally vfrom `the
tube and iixed to the tube.- A latch 96 coacts with
said keeper to hold the plunger in retracted posi
tion. The latch is pivotedÍ on a pin 91 extending
therethroughand located in pivot lugs 98 on the
bearing 2|. A knob 99 has Vthe shankrv|00 sur
rounded by a spring |0| in a hole |02, in the heel
|03 of said latch. The spring is located between
the bottom of said hole and said knob and urges
the knob outwardly for resiliently holding said
35 latch in engaging relation. The disengaging
movement of said latch is limited by contact of
the contact face |04 on said heelvwith the bear
The latch is operated -by anv operating lever |05
having an operating'handle |06 anda bearing |01
on a pivot pin |08, the respective ends of which
are located in bearings |09 inextensions ||0 of
the links 12, constituting said links as levers for
operation of the positioner. The operating lever
f“ is provided with a finger | | | coacting with a iinger
extending beyond the base being arranged to re
ceive Ithe pans as they are being fed off of the 15
A carriage |23 is arranged to reciprocate in the
base, resting on guideways |24 land being laterally
guided by guideways |25 on the base. Actuating
fingers |26 are on actuating levers |21, pivoted on 20
pivot pins |28 extending between the sides of the
A> cover plate |29 covers the carriage
and has openings |30 therein through whichthe
fingers project. These levers are provided with
resting faces |3| arranged to rest on the bottom
cross wall |32 vof the carriage, with the upper
ends of the iingers below the plane of the bottoms
of the pans, so that the fingers may be retracted
past the pans. The levers are also provided with
stop faces or heels |33 at the other sides of their
pivots for contacting the bottom ofthe carriage
when the fingers are in up-position topush the
Actuating bars |31 are at the respective ends
of said levers and are pivoted to said respectivek 35
levers by pivot pins„|38. These actuating bars
extend lengthwise of the carriage and are con
nected by a cross head |39 at their operating ends.
Movement of these bars> in receptacle feeding
direction causes swinging movement of the pusherl 40
levers |21 on their pivots |28 during the first por
tion of such movement of such bars for moving
the pusher fingers upwardly into engagement
with the respective pans, whereupon the heels of
said pusher levers strike the bottom of the car 45
riage for arresting pivotal movements of said
||2 on the latch'lever for unlatching the latch. levers and thereby causing combined movements
The keeper`- is provided with abevel face ||3 of the pusher levers and the carriage in'feeding
andthe latch is provided with the coacting bevel _ direction upon further movement of the bars in
l face ||4 for readily moving the keeper into en
such direction, whereby to feed the pans to the 50
gagingrelation with the latch when the plunger
To release the plunger, the operating handle
|0'6 is depressed, thereby moving the *latchy in
unlatching direction and depressing the lever
|05.v YThe engaging relation between the iìngers
|||,> ||2 is maintained'throughout movement of
the operating lever, whereby desired depressing
movement of the positioner 65 is also obtained,
as these ñngers become fulcrums during the de
60 pressing movement of the operating handle for
causing movement of the positioner toward the
p Theparts are so related that if the pan be not
extent of the width of a pan, and the space |40
between neighboring pans, feeding a pan which
has been under the plunger and has been filled,
away from the plunger, and feeding the next
empty pan centrally under the plunger. The 55
feeding‘stroke of the
carriage is the distance be~`
tween centers of neighboring pans »in feedingdirection.
An electric motor |4| is mounted on the base
and has suitable geared connection with a cross 60
shaft |42 so as to rotate this >cross shaft at slower
speed than the speed of rotation of the rotor
shaft of the electric. motor.
A crank |45 is iixed to»A this cross shaft and has-
properly placed `so that the depending ilanges of a crank pin |46 fixed to its outer end. A con
65 the positioner are not received about the upper necting rod |41 has a bearing |48 at one of its
edges of the pan, the downward movement of the ends about the crank pin and is held thereon by
positioner is arrested, thereby arresting the down
suitable means; The other end of the connecting
ward movement of the links 12, 13 and preventing rod has a bearing |50 through which and bear
release o_f the latchv 96 from the keeper 95; to ings |5| on the cross head |39 a connecting pin
prevent descent of the plunger and consequent |52 extends, being held therein by suitable means.I
interference between said plunger and they wall
Means are provided for relating the movements
of the pan. Ifthe depending flanges of the po-» ‘ of the pans and the plunger to prevent interfer
sitioner are received abouttheredges of vthepan, ence between them, and further to insure placing
the inner slanting faces of said flanges will fur
of successive pans’centrally under the plungerg. 75
ther center said pan. Descent of the plunger
fand vto prevent feeding ofgpansfduringzinterfering ¿previously placed upon’ ‘the'runwa'ysï fordepress
positionxof ¿the plunger. Control -means vfor `plac
ing the inner end Vof the vswitch‘actuating‘lever
thereunder, `'has ïbeen moved in feeding direction
past *the depressed-.end of said lever, Vthe'said
end~of the Vlever rises by-gravity, >induced >by the
weighted end of ysaid lever, for automatically
opening the switch |62 vand thereby ‘deenergizing
the motor and-causing cessation‘of -feeding move
ing the feeding means for the pans >in feeding
relation are control-led respectively Yby vthe posi
tion`of the plunger andthe presenceiofv apan -to
-enable 'feeding‘motionto be imparted to the pans.
The safety means Vare-'instanced >as interruptions
‘ in the driving meansv for Vthepan feeding devices
>and are exemplified as electric translating devices
Vment lof 'the pans. 'Y 'The feeding movements of
controlling the actuations ofV Vthe pan feeding
» electric motor.
the pans. continue suflicienitly throughout the
stroke of the crank so as to successively'center
Thus an electric'switch |6| ’is arranged to be
vactuated by Ithe plunger and anfel-ectric switch '
|62 Vis arrangedto be actuated upon vpresence/in
its initial position of a pan to be fed. Both lof
these switches are in series with the motor yin
such manner that 11p-position of the plunger'and
the Vpresence in its initial position of a pan for
being fed must both be insured before feeding
20 movement ofthe pan-can take place. The switch
’ the pans under the plunger."
The feeding stroke of the pans: takes» place
during movement of the axis of the crankV pin
`|l|6 throughout one-half its circle'of movement 15
-in the direction of the arrow a, >represented by
the movement of theaxis of the-crank pin above
thehorizontal plane in which-the axis of rotation
-of‘the crank shaft |42 is located. «coasting-:of
the ‘motor ceases'in practice immediately -upon or 20
|6| is preferably a normally open push button A-afterthe 'feeding stroke is \~ completed, with the
switch and the switch |62'is'preferably a normally feeding fingers yin retracting position upon ces
closed push button switch, urged corresponding
sation of operation of the motor, so that a slight
ly-by springs |51, |58.
coasting of the motor is not detrimental. »Upon
In the `form shown, the switch v|6| is fixed to a .retractingimovement of «the operating bars |31,
lug |63 fixed to the bracket `23, its button |64 the feeding'ñngers are moved »downwardly 'out 25
being arranged to «be'moved by a finger |65 »on of the -way of the pans before retracting> move
an adjustable bolt threaded into the plunger and Ament -of the carriage takes place.
held in adjusted positions by'a jam n_ut |66. The picks up the movement of the vfingersThe
`and car
30 ñnger is rotatable on said bolt |59 so as to be
riage Vat the points. where they last ceased,V upon
placedin line with the button | ößàbeing clamped Íreenergizing the -motor for the next feeding op 30
in adjusted position between a nut |68 Yand the eration.
head of the bolt.
The base .may -ber provided with gages |-8| at
The switch |62l is secured to the-base. Its'but
the respective 'sides thereof 4for-gaging the initial
35 ton |61 is arranged to becontacted by a ñnger
positions of -the pans placed for feeding move 35
|68, shown as a bolt threaded into a threaded
bearing |69 on a lever |10 and clampedin -ad
The-pans are arranged to 'be fed betweenside
rails |82, adjustably positioned at the respective
justed positions by‘a jam- nut |-1-|.
The lever |19is pivotedon a pivot pin v|12 ex- - 'sides of -the base by bolts `~|83, located in ,trans
40 tending through a bearing |713 -on said lever and
bearings |14 on lugs extending-from the >base 26.
A weight |15 is adjustableon Ithat'end of said
lever on which the finger v|68 is located to exert
suflicient force by downward movement lof>said
end of said lever tooperate the-switch |62. The
other end of saidlever is contacted bythe pan
placed upon the runways for 'beingfed tov-the
plunger, the cover |29 having an opening- |16
through which said other-end extends.
The weight of the pan depresses the end o-f
'verse slots |84 in the base, said boltsv .having 40
vsquare Shanks |85 »in said slots .to -limit .their
V-turning, the Shanks of the bolts 'passing through
»holes -in said side vrails ,and having clamp nuts
,I 86v threaded over` their threaded .ends `.to _clamp
--the side lrailsin adjusted positions `to the base.
Hold >down -guides .|88 >extend Yabove `the tops 45
A of the pans in advance/of the positioner-toi guide
¿the pans under the positioner and the plunger.
These Yhold ~ do-wn- guides have rearwardly - droop
ingguide >faces arranged-«to»beoontacted by the
advancing upper Vedges of the pans izo-.counter 50
ñnger |68 for closing of the switch |62, Vandiactu- « actanyupward tilting Atendencyvof _said advanc
the operating lever thereunder forraisingthe
ation of the-electric motor |4| when said switch >ing-V edges while .the .pans are being pushed by
and the switch |6| controlled by theplungerare >vthe fingers |26. These .guides .are onv uprights
both in -closed relation so'as to complete >the .|89 .having feet ‘|96 adjustably securedto .the
motor circuit, whereupon the crank-shaft v|42 base .26 >by bolts .| 9| in slots A|92 vin said .feet 55
begins to> turn for moving-the cross'h'ead .|39 in V`and threaded into >the base.
feeding direction, thereby swinging the feeding
levers |21 on their pivots |28 on thecarriage |23
60 and moving said fingers in-to engagement :with
the respective pans, the'heels of said-leversthen
contacting the carriage-for arresting the-swinging
~ As. ythe ñlled pan >is. pushed from under the
yraised plunger, the forward edgeïof the positioner
>or presser part scrapes the _top,of the meatK dough
in the* pan, whichmay in partsV extend Vhigher 60
than the upper edge of the pan, and Vlevelsthe
movements'of said levers and causing further top surface of the meat dough in the pan. .
feeding movement ofthe feed bars |31 to Vbe ex
* .The rear edge of the pan passesracrossjthe low
pended in feeding movement of the pans, >whereby er-face vof the plunger closely adjacent to the
the ñngers, the bars and the carriagev` are Yall plunger _and acts as a scraper scraping Ythemeat 65
-mov~ed in feeding direction for feeding the pan dough between the -pan `and the plunger ~into
just filled away from >under the -plunger «and
feeding the next empty pan to a position centrally -the- pan.VV In this manner the Vtop of the Vmeat
dough in-the pan is level and waste-ofthemeat
-doughfoutside of the panis avoided.
’ ~In¿ operation, the stufñng'machine»Mds-pro 70
tinuing inA their intermittent Ymovementsin Hclis- t
charge Vof-meat dough, representing
charging direction -or being removed.- by the vided-witha
the-plastic materialyabove its piston, the cover
under 'l the plunger, the filled pans being> succes
sively moved from under the plunger Vand con
As'soon as the last »empty pan Which- has.. been ' of the -shell -44 ’beingclamped-in place inusual
marmer. "The Valves'42 and Hare-openedfor 475
exerting pressure under the piston, whereby to aA pan plus the distance between ‘neighboring
raise the piston and cause flow of the- meatl dough ~ pans, represented by the full stroke or diameter
of the pathof the axis of the crank pin H56.`
through vthe valve 42. i
Thel two switches in series in the motor cir
The plunger I3 is norma-lly in raised position
and the automatic valve 36, 3l is normally closed. cuit insure safety of operation because the
The switch ISI is rclosed and the switch §52 is plunger must be inlup-position out of the path of
open. A pan is placed on'the runways l2l, in moving pans in order. to close the switch ISI and
a pan must have been placed on the runway to
rear of the plunger, and a pan is placed on the
' runways against the gages Ißl, thereby depress
10 ing the raised inner end of the lever |10 and
closing' the switch H52.
The motor is thereby
actuated and the pans fed, the first Vadvanced
empty pan being fed to proper position under
supply the place of the filled pan .in order to
close the switch |62, which insures> that a pan 10
lshall always be in place under the plunger upon
the next actuation ofthe operating handle> |06
by the operator. If the pan is not properly
placed under ther plunger, the- depending fitting
the plunger, and the last empty pan being fed off
of the inner end of the lever Il!! and lthereby flanges of the intermediate cover cannot be
causing opening of the switch |52 for cessation ' moved downwardly Vsufficiently vto Vrelease the .
latch 96, compelling the operator to properly'
place the pan before he can proceed with his
offoperation of the motor and of feeding move- ,
ment of the pans.
’ The operating handle 106 is now depressed,
the automatic: valve 36, 3l, it being assumed that
the meat dough passages in the plunger have
presence of separated meat portions in baked
been, previously filled with meat dough. c As soon
loaves, when employed in filling meat pans with
meat dough for baking purposes, and provides
simple means for keeping the apparatus supplied 30
with pans and preventing accidents in operation.
as the `automatic valve opens, feeding of the meat
36 dough intothe plunger begins. The dropping of
the plunger is rapid, butis cushioned by the air in
the pan, which is forced out of the pan by the
. plunger. _` The plunger in _its movement isl guided
Having thus fully described my invention, what '
I claim as new and desire to secure by Lettersl
The'meat dough is fed
Patent, is:
into the bottom of the pan under thev plunger,
w Cil as exemplified in Fig; 7.
from between the plunger and the receptacle and .
from the material, and prevents the formation =25
of »fissures and seams ‘in the material and the
The plunger thereupon descends for opening
by the positioner 55.
and operation and insures that the plastic ma
teria1 is solidly ñlled into the receptacles-to re
move air and exclude air pockets and _bubbles
correctly positioning the pan and causing pres
sure upon the pan, and if the pan position is cor
rect, releasing the latch 96.`
My improved device is simple in construction 20
20 thereby depressing the positioner 65 for deñnitely
1. In receptacle filling- means for' plastic ma
As the- forced feeding
the combination Lof a feeding head, and
of the -míeat dough continues, the plunger is terial,
a guide having guiding faces for both said feed
raised by the meat dough between it and the bot . ving
head' and the receptacle, said head having tom'of the pan, the pressure thus exerted on
the meat dough in the pan discharging all air
between the plunger and the pan and in the
*slide connection with said guide by lmeans- of one
meat dough. and solidifyingvthe meat dough> in
the pannand excluding‘all` air pockets` andbub
bles between the' plunger'iand the pan Vand in
the meat dough.' ` The positioner and plunger`
45 form a cover for the pianto close the pan, `dur
ing the feeding of the meat dough into- the pan,
air however being permitted to escape as stated.
As the plunger ‘is raised by the pressure of the
meat dough being fed into'the pan, the positioner,
of said guiding faces and saidguide located about
said head and in line with the receptacle to co
act with the receptacle whereby to place the
receptacle in ñlling positionby ‘coaction between
the other of said guiding‘facesr and said recep
tacle for centering said feeding head and the re-ceptacle with `relation to each other, said feed
ing head having a material pressing end substan
tially cross-sectionallyñlling the receptacle and
provided with material feeding‘means for'mate- '
rial Vunder pressure, said feeding head having aV 50
mouth in said'pressing end of substan->
plunger, serves as a 'scraper-for the sides of the tially less cross-sectional area than the cross-sec
plunger, whi'ch‘has sliding connection with said tional area of ysaid pressing end, means normally
margin, in -order to scrape any meat dough, whichy holding said feeding head and the receptacle in
`rrráiy be forced upwardly’at the sides of the plung
relatively retracted .relatio'nfor stoppage of ma 55
55 er between the plunger “and the side walls< of the
terial feeding, and arranged for approach be
50 which forms the margin V'of the cover about the v
pan, off the plunger as the plunger ispretracted. ~ tween said feeding head and the’receptacle for
The cover holdsthe meat dough in the pan and
prevents its ‘exuding over the top of the pan .
during the ñlling operation.
The operator having released the operating
handle. the positioner 65Y and latch 96 automat ‘
ically return to normal 'positions When the
plunger has been raised by the-meat dough, the
keeper 95 reengagesfthe latch 96 for holding the
65, plunger and the positione'r in up-position. The
rising of theplunger to full extent' causes clos
ing of the switch Ifil.`
Whenthe motor begins to operate for moving
the'crank pin M5 in'feeding'direction, the feed
70. ing fingers £26 are first raised into engaging
relation with the pans on theirunways and then
actuated in feeding direction for feeding the
filled pan from under» the plunger and feeding
the next empty pan into position underI the
plunger, the feeding distance being the width of
initiating materialfeeding and exerting pressure
between said guide and the receptacle, said feed
ing head and the receptacle being relatively re eov
sistantly retractable to exert pressure on the ma
terial being so fed-under pressure between said
pressing'end of said feeding head and the recep
tacle throughout substantially the filling of the Y
receptacle to» exclude air pockets. in the plastic 65
2. In receptacle filling means, the' combination
of a plunger arranged tonormally move into the
receptacle, a latch to retain said plunger in re
tracted position, a lever having limited move
ment and normally urged in retracting direc
tion, and a releasing lever pivoted to said first
named lever and having operative connection
with `said latch to release said latch and said 75
connection acting as a fulcrum on which to move
said first-named` >lever _. in limited 'i movement
3,V In receptacle filling means, the combination
ofV a standard comprising a beari-ng, a plunger
reciprocable‘in said bearing arranged to normal
ly move into the receptacle, a Alatch-'to retain
said plunger vin retracted position, a lever hav
ing Ypivotal connection With- >said standard, means
to normally urge said lever »in retracting direc
tion, `means to limit movement of said lever in
operative direction, and means on said lever to
parallel links pivoted to said upright and to saidV
positioner for movements of said positioner sub
stantially parallel with said plunger, means sup
ported by said upright to urge retracting move
ments of said positioner, a latch for said plunger
supported by said upright, and means vfor ad
justing said upright'vertically with relation to
said base whereby to adjust the elevation 4of said
plunger and said positioner with relation to said
receptacle support.
l0. In receptacle ñlling means, the combina.
V tion of a receptacle support, a feeding head there
4. In receptacle filling means, the combination ' above, means for Vreciprocable movement between
of va standard, a bearing, a plunger reciprocable Y said head _ and the receptacle onV said support,
in said bearingvarranged to-normally'move into moving means for-moving the receptacle into line
therreceptacle, a .latch tcl retain said "plungerin with said feeding head, and actuating means for
retracted position, a lever having- vpivotal con
said moving means including a plurality of in
Y nection with said standarda-spring to normally
terrupting means, one of said interrupting-means
urge said lever in retracting direction,` a second being under influence of said feeding head >to
20 lever pivoted to said -iirst-na-medclever> and-'act
connect said interrupting means when said feed 20
ing »on said latch ~to releasefsaid latch and ful
ing head is in retracted position, and Vanother of '
crumed on said iirst-‘namedlever‘fto movey said said interrupting means acted onv by theV pres-v
iirst-namedlever, and `means to» limit such move
ment of said first-namedlever.
ence of a receptacle to connect said last-named
5. In receptacle filling means, `the'combination
of a standard including a bearing, a plunger‘re
ciprocable inv said Vbearir-ig'arranged to normally
move into the receptacle, ja» latchY to retain-saidI
plunger in retracted-»positicm‘and apositioner»
interrupting means, for safety feeding move
ment of the receptacles under-said feeding head. 25
11. In receptacle filling means, the combina
tion of a receptacle support, a feeding headv
thereabove, means for reciprocable vmovement be
tween saidhead and thereceptacle on said sup
30.v for the receptacle having-pivotal connection with '
port, feeding means for the receptacle, and actu'-V
ating, means for said feeding Vmeans including a
» 6. In receptacle i-“illing means; the combination
of a standard ~including. a bearing, a plunger
pair of interrupting means bothV of which must Y
be connected for movement of the receptacle, one
reciprocable in said bearing arranged-to nor" vof saidinterrupting means connected by re
35 mall-y move into the receptacle-,a positioner for tracted positioning of said head'andthe other
the receptacle, aV latch -for theY plunger,4 and of said interrupting means~ connected by a recep
spaced l'apart substantially parallel links pivoted
at their respective ends'tol said standard Vand to
tacle Aplaced for feeding movement. f
C: Cà
. 12, InA receptacle `filling means, the combina
said ‘positionerA for vsubstantially .parallelV move- 'v tion of a feeding head, a receptaclefeeding part,
ments of » said «positioner,» andqhavin'g- Yoperative
connection -Withïsaid latch `tofrelease 1Vsaid latch».V
v_7. Ing-‘receptacle filling-means, theV combina
tion cfa standard including»afbearing a-plunger
reciprocable 'inrsaid 'bearingV-arranged to nor
45 mally-mo've into ‘the-receptacle, a positioner for
- the receptacle, a latch >for the plunger, spaced
apart substantially»parallel»links pivoted at their
respective »ends Vte said: standard ,andV to ^ saidY positioner for V»substantially parallel movements
of said positioner, and; a lever'pivoted‘to one' o‘f
means- for reciprocable- movement-between saidY 40
head and the receptacle,A an» electric motor for
actuating said» feeding partyand an electric cir
cuit for said motor including a pair of--electric
switch-l devices one -of which is inñuenced by re
tracted position of said feeding head and the 45
other ofv which is inñuenced'by the'presence lof
a receptacle in feedable position for actuation
of said motor and »feeding movement of there
13. In'receptacle filling means, the combina-~
said; links and`V operativelyV connected with 'said' > tion of a feeding head, a receptacle support'there
latchY to release> saidÍ latch- andsaid -connection- under, feeding means for the receptacles on said
acting as a fulcrum- ‘on 'which' to -move lsaid‘links. support, actuating means for said feeding meansv
and said positioner towardfthe receptacle.
8. In receptacle filling means, the‘combina
tion of a standard including a bearingja plunger
reciprocable in saidV bearing -arranged to nor-mally' move' into» the receptacle, 'a positioner for
the receptacle having Vgui‘dingconnection With
60 said fplungen'a latch' for the. plungena link ex
tended as a leverpivotedlto ïsaid standard and to
said: positioner and Vhaving operative‘ïconnection
withl said latch to l'release sai'd latch,î-a spring.
to normally retract said link,¿a-. stento-limit such
65 retraction, andv a ysecon'c'ìfèlir'rkv pivoted tol said
standard and to said positioner and spaced from
and substantially parallel with said first-named
link, said’ links compelling movements of"s`aid`
positioner' parallel with said plunger. ~
9. In Vreceptacle filling means.. the combina
Y mcluding `an electric'motor, and an electric Ycir
cuit for said motor including a pair of `electric 55
switches one of which is operated by retracted '
position offsaid feeding head and the'other of
which is operated by placing of a receptacle in
feedable position for energizing said motor to
feed the receptacles, and said last-named switch
operated to deenergize- saidmotor by ‘fed move;
. ment of said placedreceptacle.
14. In-receptacle filling means for' plastic ma
terial, the combination of a frame, means actingY
to force feed plastic material', a Vmaterial re
sistant part substantially cross sectionally filling
the receptacle and located adjacent‘to the bottom
of the receptacle at thebeginning of the ñlling
operation, meanson said frameV wherewith to so
relate said material resistant part andl said' bot 70
tion of a base, a receptacle support thereat, an
tom; said means including a pair of `relatively
upright extending upwardly` from. said-> base, a
bearing on said upright, a plunger reciprocable
in Y.said bearing, a `positioner for the receptacle
with said material resistant part and the'other
of ‘which has connection with said» fram-e, said
movable-membersfone ofiwhich has connection
76 aboutsaid plunger, spaced apart substantiallyA
material resistant part provided', ,With '2,-' feeding
' mouth for the force fed plastic material located
so as to discharge the` force fed plastic material
between said material resistant part and the
bottom of the receptacle to cause separating
movement between said material resistant part
and the receptacle by the pressure of the force
fed plastic material during the filling of the re
ceptacle, and a valve for the material formed in
said respective members and operated by such
15. In receptacle ñlling means, the combina
tion of a plunger arranged to move into the
receptacle, a latch to retain said plunger in re
tracted position, a lever arranged to be moved
15 in retracting direction, and a releasing lever
pivoted to said ñrst-named lever and having op
f erative connection with said latch to release said
latch, and said connection acting as a fulcrum
on which to move said ñrst-named lever.
16. In receptacle filling means, the combination
of a feeding plunger arranged to move into the
receptacle, a presser part for the receptacle,
holding means for the plunger, and a lever hav
ing operative connection with said presser part
25 to move the presser part and said lever further
having releasable connection with said holding
means to release said plunger from saidholding
means for movement of said plunger into the
17. In receptacle ñlling means, the combina
tion of a plunger arranged to move _into the re
ceptacle, a latch to retain said plunger in re
tracted position, a presser part for the recep
tacle, a lever having operative connection with
presser part to move the same, a second
r3:5 said
lever pivoted to said first-named lever and hav
ing operative connection with said latch to re
lease said latch and to exert pressing force on
said first-named lever, and a stop to limit said
last-named movement.
18. In receptacle filling means, the combina
tion of a plunger arranged to move into the re
ceptacle, a presser part for the receptacle, a latch
for the plunger, a lever for operating said presser
part, and a second lever having pivotal connec
tion with said first-named lever and operative
connection with said latch to release said latch,
said last-named operative connection being such
as to >limit pressing movement of said iirst
named lever.
19. In receptacle filling means for plastic ma
terial, the combination of a cover for the re
ceptacle including a margin coacting with the
rim of the receptacle to close the receptacle and
a feeding plunger moving in' said margin during
the feeding of the plastic material into the re
ceptacle, means to normally position said cover
so that the bottom of said margin is substantial
ly on a level with the upper end of said rim,
means to provide lateral movement between said
60 cover While in said normal position and the re
ceptacle, said margin formed as a scraper for
the plastic material in the ñlled receptacle dur
ing such lateral movement between said cover
and the receptacle.
20. In receptacle filling means for plastic ma
terial, the combination of a cover for the recep
tacle including a margin coacting with the rim
of the receptacle to close the receptacle and a
feeding plunger moving in said margin during
the feeding of the plastic material into the re 10
ceptacle, means to normally position said cover
and said plunger and the receptacle so that the
bottoms of said margin and of said plunger are
substantially on a level with the upper end of
said rim, means to provide lateral movement’ be 15'
tween said cover and said plunger while in said
normal positions and the receptacle, said plunger'
having a feeding mouth at its bottom, said mar
gin formed as a scraper for the plastic material
in the ñlled receptacle during such lateral move 20
ment between said cover and said plunger and
the receptacle, and said rim of the ñlled recep
tacle formed as a scraper for said bottom to
scrape plastic material therefrom during such
lateral movement between said receptacle and 25
said cover and plunger.
21. In receptacle filling means for plastic ma
terial, the combination of a cover for the re
ceptacle including a margin coacting with the
rim of the receptacle to- close the receptacle and 30
a feeding plunger moving in said margin during
the feeding of the plastic material into the re
ceptacle, means to normally position said cover
and said plunger and the receptacle so that the
bottoms of said margin and of said plunger are 35
substantially on a level with the upper end of
said rim, means for lateral movement between
said cover and said plunger while in said normal
positions and the receptacle, said plunger hav
ing a feeding mouth at its bottom, said margin 40
formed as scraping means for the sides of said
plunger, said margin formed as a scraper for the
plastic material in the ñlled receptacle during
such lateral movement between said cover and
said plunger and the receptacle, and. said rim of
the ñlled receptacle formed as a scraper for said
bottom to scrape plastic material therefrom dur
ing such lateral movement between said recep
tacle and said cover and plunger.
22. In receptacle filling means, the combina
tion of a plunger arranged to move into the re
ceptacle, a latch to retain said plunger in re
tracted position, a presser part for the receptacle,
a lever having operative -connection with said
presser part to move the same, a second lever 55
pivoted to said first-named lever and having
operative connection with said latch to release
said latch and to exert pressing force on said
ñrst-named lever, and a stop tol limit pivotal
movement of said latch.
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