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OGL 4, 1938-
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E. G. sTREcKFUss
2,132,134
TIME RECORDER MECHANISM
ATTORNEYS.
oct. 4, 1938.
E @_ STRECKFUSS
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TIME RECORDER MECHANISM
Filed Nov. 20, 1935
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ATTORNEYS.
Patented Oct. 4, 1938
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U'NsiTE D STATES PATENT OFFICE
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TIME RECORDER. MECHANISM
Elmer o. streckf‘uss, cincinnati, ohio, assignor to
' The Cincinnati Time Recorder Company, Cin
cinnati, Ohio, a corporation of Ohio
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Application November 20, 1935, Serial‘No. 50,682
10 Claims.
My inventiony relates to time recorders, and
more particularly to the, provision of a time re
corder with an operating lever located at the
front of the machine, which may be rocked to the
right or the left in order to'make a recording. In
commercial establishments itz is usual to find a
number of aisles through whichthe workmen pass
in entering andv leaving the shop. These aisles
are usually definedby racks which carry the time
10i, cardsv of the employes. In the‘morning an em
ploye passes a rack, takes his card outy and makes
a recording, and then places his-card in a’rack at
the other side of the recorder. In leaving the
shop, the reverse procedure `is followed, so that the
l5, cards are again placed in the original racks. In
an arrangement of this sort, there is usually a
congestion of employes passing the recorder- at
starting time in the morning, at noon, and'at night
at quitting time. I have conceived that if a re
20 corder could be provided with a front handle
which was adapted to rock as above described,
and if the recorder could be so designed that the
employe could rock the operating handle in the
direction of his own travel, and the recorder would
25Á indicate, according to the direction in which the
handle was actuated, whether the recording was
“in” or “out”, a material saving in time could be
attained.
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It is, therefore, an object of my invention to
303 provide a time recorder in which the operating
lever is at the front of the machine. and in which
recordings are made by'rock-ing the -handle either
to the right or to the left.
It isA another object of my invention to provide
35~ a time recorder as above» outlined, in which the
rocking of the »operating handle to one side will'
shift the card tray to oneside, andthe rocking
of the handle in the other direction'will shift the
Y card tray to the other side.
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It is a further'objectof my invention to pro
vide such atime recorder in- which, no matter on
which side of the path of the employes it may be
located, a movement of the handle in the direction
4 , of travelof the employe when entering the shop
' will make an "in” recording, and in which a move
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made to the drawings which form a part hereof,
and in which:
Figure 1 is a front view of my invention, parts
ofthe recorder frame and handle being broken
away for greater clarity.
Fig. 2 is an elevation of a part of the device as
seen from the left in Fig. 1.
Fig. 3 is a sectional view along the line 3-3 of
Fig. 1.
Fig.'4 is a detail perspective view of the rocker
cam member.
Fig. 5 is a view of an exemplary form of card
which may be used in my device.
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Briefly, in the practice of my invention, I pro
vide a time recorder of somewhat conventional 15
construction, having a card tray I, which is pro
vided with integral lugs 2 by which the tray is
mounted upon the shaft 3, and other hook-shaped
lugs- 4, which rest upon the shaft 5, whereby the
tray is firmly mounted for sliding movement along
the shafts 3 and 5. The sliding movement of the
tray is limited by the collars 6 on the shaft 3.
Centrally located at the front of the recorder is
a split boss "I, which provides bearings for the
handle shaft 8; a collar 9 provided with a set screw
is fixed on the shaft between the arms of the boss 25
1, and serves to ñx the longitudinal position of the
shaft 8. A handle I0 is provided in order to rock
the shaft 8, and may be fastened thereto by any
well known means. The inner end of the shaft
8 carries an arm I I, the upper end of which is pro
vided with a cam roller I2 mounted upon a screw
stud I2a. ' The lower end of this arm I I is adapted
to swing between the adjusting screws I3a mount
ed in lugs I3, which are formed integrally with 3.»
the recorder base or frame. These adjusting
screws serve as stop members to limit the degree
of swing of the operating handle I 0. The collars 6
are preferably adjusted to become operative some
what in advance of the screws I3a.
The connection between the card tray and the 40
operating handle is as follows: Pivoted upon a
standard I 4, which is also integral with the frame
of the recorder, by means of the stud Ida, is the
lever I5, the upper end of which is connected to
one of the lugs 2'on the card tray by the link I5;
ment of the handle in the direction .of travel of
the employe when leavingthe shop will make an
mounted on the lower end of the lever I5 is a
“out” recording.
bracket I'I; passing through a hole in the bracket
These and other objects of my invention which I1 and attached to the upper end of the arm II,
will be set forth hereinafter Íorwill be apparent to'r is a rod I8; upon the rod I8 on either side of the
bracket I'I are the small compression springs I9,
one skilledin .the art` upon reading these `specifi
cations, I accomplish by that certain'construction theouter ends of which abut against collars 20.
By these means, referring to Fig. 1, as the oper
and arrangement of parts of which I shall now de
55, scribe a preferred embodiment.~ Reference is now` ating handle is rocked to the right, the rod I8
moivesrto the right, carrying with it the collars 55”'1
5
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2i), which, bearing against the bracket I1 through
the springs I9, urge the lever I5 in a counter
clockwise direction, and the card tray is shifted
to the left. Likewise, when the operating handle
is moved to the left, Ythe card tray is shifted to
the'right. The collars 20 are of course adjusted
on the rod i8, so that when the handle I0 is in a
neutral position, the card tray I is likewise in a
neutral position. The direction of shift of the
card tray upon movement in a given direction
of the operating handle may be reversed by sim
ply moving the bracket I'I from the position
shown in Fig. l, to a point equally removed on
the other side of the pivot Illa and mounting it at
I'Ia. By these means a time recorder of this
type may be placed on each'side of an aisle
through which workmen pass. In this situation,
although both recorder handles will be rocked in
the direction of movement of the workmen, one
will in effect be rocked clockwise and the other
counter-clockwise. Itis only necessary, there
fore, to place the bracket I'I at theïposition Ila
in one of the recorders, and thenidentical cards
may be used in both,.with an “in” column on the
left, and an “out” column on the right, for eX
ample.
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In order to transmit rocking motion from the
shaft 8 to the cross shaft 2l for operating other
elements of the recorder, which is disposed at
right angles'thereto, I mount on the shaft V2I a
collar 22, which carries a cam plate 23; The cam
plate 23 is provided with a shallow notched cam
surface 23a., whichv is clearly shown in Fig. 4.
The collar 22 is so mounted upon the shaft 2I,
35 that when the operating handle Ill is in a neutral
position, the cam‘roller I2 rests in the center of
the notch 23a.. Now when the operating handle
is rocked either to the right or the left, the shaft
2i is rocked in a clockwise direction as- seen in
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Fig. 3.
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Fixed upon the end of the shaft 2I, as seen in
Fig. 2, is a bell crank lever 24, having arms 24a
and 2%.» A spring 25, connected to the frame
and to the end of the arm 24a, urgesthe shaft
2l in a counter-clockwise direction, so as tore
turn the mechanism to a neutral position. Con
nected to the arm Ella is a rod 26, which actuates
certain other parts Yof the recorder, as is Ywell
known in the art, such as a ribbon shifting mech
anism, and a time wheel centering mechanism,
none of'which form a part of my invention, and
which I shall therefore not describe. At the
extreme end of the arm 24D, a linkage indicated
generally at 27 serves to actuate the ribbon feed,
55 as is also well known in the art. The hammer
shaft is indicated at 5, and is actuated as follows:
Pivoted intermediate the length vof the arm 2417
is a link 29, having a projecting lug 29a, and an
overhanging trigger 29D, which rests upon a lug
60 28a, mounted on the shaft 5‘; the member 29 is
urged in a counter-clockwise directionY by a small
spring Zlib; integral with the bell-crank 24 is a
boss 22C, in which is mounted an adjustable stop
screw 2M. Now when the shaft 2I is rocked as
65 above described, the member 29 tends to pull
downwardly on the member 28a, rocking the
shaft 5 in a clockwise direction. Upon further
rocking of the shaft 2I, however, the lug 29a will
abut the stop screw 24d, whereby the member 29
70 will be forced toward the right, until it finally
slips off the lug 28a, whereupon the shaft 5, un
der the inñuence of the spring 3U, which is fas,
tened to an arm 3l and to the frame, will snap
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back to its original position. The hammer 32
will thereby be caused to strike and make a record
on4 a card. It is understood that the card tray
I is provided with mechanism indicated generally
at 34 and well known in the art, whereby an
abutment 33, upon which the bottom of a card
rests, is intermittently or continuously shifted,
whereby over-printing is eliminated.
An exemplary form of card is shown in Fig. 5.
It will be noted that the card is divided longi
tudinally into a right hand and a left hand col
umn, one of these being designated “in”, and 10
the other “out”. In my exemplary embodiment,
the'abutment 33 shifts upwardly twice a day, so
that each transverse line represents one-half of
a day. The first record made will be “in”, at
the top of the card, and the second willl be “out”, 15
also on the same line.
The mechanism may be
adjusted as above described, so that the “in”
column may be either the right or left hand
column, although probably the most natural ar
rangement will be that indicated in Fig. 5. Dur 20
ing the noon hour, the recorder having'been
properly adjusted, the abutment 33 will shift up
ward one notch,’so 'that the afternoon “in” and
“out” recordings will appear in the next line be
low.v With an arrangement providing for four 25
teen shifts upwardly fof the abutment 33, one
card will suí’rlce for a Week.
At the end of the
week the abutment 33 will return to the bot
tom, as is well known inthe art.
It is to be understood that, except as men
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tioned in theV claims which follow, the type of
recorder to which my invention is applied forms
no limitation thereon, and that different forms of
my preferred embodiment may be made without
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departing from the spirit of my invention.
Having thus fully described my invention, what
I claim as new and desire to `secure by Letters
Patent,`is:-
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1. In a time recorder, a laterally Yshiftable card
tray and an operating handle movable toward the 40
right or toward the left of the recorder, mecha
nism connecting‘said operating handle with said
card tray, whereby as -the handle is movedin
one direction thel card tray is shifted to one side,
and as the handle is moved in the other direc 45
tion the card tray is shifted to the other side, and
mechanism connectingthe operating handle with
the printing mechanism of the reccrder, whereby
said movement of said operating handle `actuates
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said printing mechanism.
2. In a time recorder having a printing mech
anism, a laterally shiftable card tray and .an op
erating handle for the recorder movable toward
the right or toward the-left of the recorder, the
combination of 'a `mechanical linkage including a 55
Yspring connecting said operating handle with
said tray,"wherebyas„the handle is moved in one
direction the card tray is` shifted to one side, and
as the handle is moved in the other direction the
card tray is shifted to the other side, and means 6.0
for actuating said printing mechanismV by both of
said movements, stops to limit‘the shifting of the
tray, stops to limit the movement of the operat
ing handle, said tray limiting stops being> posi
tioned to become operative before the handle lim 65
iting stops.
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3. In a time'recorder having a printing mecha
nism, a laterally shiftable card tray and an op
erating handle adapted to be moved toward the
right or toward the left of the recorder; mecha 70.
nism including a lever connecting said operating
handle with said card tray„whereby as the handle
is moved in Vone direction the card tray is shifted
to one side, andasV the handle is moved in the
other-,directionthe card tray ,is> shifted to the
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other side, and mechanism connecting the op
erating handle with the printing mechanism of
the recorder for actuation thereof by said move
ment, the former mechanism being changeable,
by a change in the class of said lever, to alter
the direction in which the card tray is shifted
upon movement of the operating handle in a
given direction, for the purpose described.
4. In a time recorder having a laterally shift
10 able card tray, an operating handlefor the re
corder movable toward the right or toyard the
left of the recorder, and a main rocking lever; a
connection between one end of said rocking lever
and said tray, and a resilient connection between
the other end of said rocking lever and said op
erating handle, whereby movement of said oper
ating handle may be continued after completion
of the tray shifting movement.
5. In a time recorder having a laterally shift
20 able card tray, an operating handle for the re
corder movable toward the right or toward the
left of the recorder, and a main rocking lever;
a connection between one end of said rocking
lever and said tray, a resilient connection between
25 the other end of said rocking lever and said oper
ating handle, said resilient connection compris
ing a bracket provided with a hole on said rock
ing lever, a rod connected to the operating handle
and passing through said' hole, and springs sur
30 rounding said rod on either side of said bracket
and maintained in contact therewith by collars on
said rod.
6. In a time recorder, a main operating shaft
for the recorder, a card tray shiftable for in and
35 out registrations, an operating handle movable in
opposite directions from a neutral position, con
nections therefrom to actuate the operating shaft
in the same direction irrespective of the direction
of movement of said handle, connections from
40 said handle, including a lever, to shift the card
tray to in or out position, depending upon which
direction the handle is moved, and means for
changing the class of said lever to alter the di
rection of shift of the tray with relation to di
45 rections of movement of the handle.
7. In a time recorder having a printing mecha
nism and a frontal operating handle which is
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movable to the right or to the left of the recorder,
a main transverse shaft operatively connected to
said printing mechanism, and mechanism for
translating the rocking motion of said handle in
one direction into a rocking motion of said shaft Ul
in a given direction, and means for translating
the rocking motion of said handle in the other
direction into a rocking motion of said shaft in
said given direction.
8. In a time recorder having a printing mecha
nism and a frontal operating handle which is
movable to the right or to the left of the recorder,
a main transverse shaft operatively connected to
said printing mechanism, mechanism for trans
lating the rocking motion of said handle into a
rocking motion of said shaft, said mechanism
comprising a cam rider actuated by said handle,
and in operative relation with a notched cam
surface fixed on said shaft.
9. In a time recorder having a printing mecha 20
nism, a frontal operating handle adapted to rock
a shaft extending into the recorder substantially
perpendicularly to the front thereof, .and a main
transverse shaft for actuating the printing mech
anism in the recorder, and means for transmit 25
ting the rocking of said operating handle shaft
to said transverse shaft, whereby the latter is
rocked in the same direction regardless of the
direction of rocking of the operating handle shaft.
10. In a time recorder having a printing mech 30
anism and a frontal operating handle adapted to
rock a shaft extending into the recorder substan
tially perpendicularly to the front thereof, and
a main transverse shaft for actuating the print
ing mechanism in the recorder; means for trans
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mitting the rocking motion of said operating
handle shaft to said transverse shaft, whereby the
latter is rocked in the same direction regardless
of the direction of rocking of the operating han
dle shaft, said transmitting means comprising a 40
member fixed on said transverse shaft and carry
ing a cam plate having a shallow V-shaped cam
surface, and a member on said operating handle
shaft carrying a cam rider adapted in a neutral
position of the respective parts to rest in the
apex of the V-shaped cam surface.
ELMER G. STRECKFUSS.
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