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Nov. 15, 1931s.
W. R. KÍEPLER
2,136,443
STAND FOR TANKS
Filed Sept. 15, 1937
ATTORNEY.
Patented Nov. 15, 1938
2,136,443
UNETEDA STATÈS PATENT OFFICE
2,136,443
STAND FOR TANKS
William R. Kepler, Wauwatosa, Wis., assigner to
A. 0. Smith Corporation, Milwaukee, Wis., a
corporation of New York
Application September 15, 1937, Serial No. 163,877
4 Claims.
This invention relates to stands for support
ing large tanks and is particularly applicable
to the supporting of vitreous enamel lined beer
storage tanks such as are disclosed in my Letters
Patent No. 2,092,165 issued September 7th, 1937,
for Supports for cylindrical vessels.
The enamel lining of these tanks is fired in a
furnace at a temperature of about 1700° F., at
which temperature the metal of the tank is fairly
soft. In the firing operation the tank is placed
onto a preheated transfer car and moved into
the heated furnace and iired until the enamel
lining is sufliciently fused. The car is then with~
drawn from the furnace and the tank removed.
This last step of removing the heated tank from
the car Without injuring the heated tank walls
or fused lining presents quite a problem. It is
the object of the present invention to facilitate
the handling of the tank in loading it onto and
removing it from the car.
An embodiment of the invention is illustrated
in the accompanying drawing in which:
Figure l is a side elevation of a tank supported
by the beam of a crane or other suitable hoisting
device;
Fig. 2 is an end View of the disclosure of Figure
l, showing the tank supported upon a transfer
car;
Fig. 3 is a vertical section of a supporting stand
taken on the line 3--3 of Fig. 5;
Fig. 4 is a vertical section of a stand taken on
the line 4_4 of Fig. 5; and
Fig. 5 is a top plan View of a stand.
As disclosed in my Letters Patent mentioned
above, the tank l is provided _at each head with
a pair of supporting brackets 2. Each bracket
has a horizontally disposed foot-plate 3 having a
downwardly extending circular foot 4. The foot
4 has a socket 5 in its under side to be engaged
by a hook 6 of a hoisting beam l supported by
any Vsuitable crane or derrick (not shown).
To permit the insertion of the hook 6 into the
socket 5, a stand 8 is interposed between a sup
porting base 9 and the foot 4. This stand is
preferably composed of an alloy metal capable of
withstanding the heat of several firing opera
tions so that it may be used a number of times.
It is detachably secured to the foot-plate 3 by
bolts li! which pass through apertures in ears ll
and I2 of the stand.
The foot 4 engages a complementary socket
I3 in the upper face of the stand and bears upon
the base of the socket.
The stand has the shape of a hollow truncated
cone having an inturned reenforcing flange I4
at its base and an enlarged head l5 to provide for`
thesocket i3. The wall thickness of the stand
is substantially uniform to avoid excessive
stresses in cooling.
’
.
A vertical slot i6 is formed in the side wall of
the stand to permit entrance of the hook 6 tothe
socket 5 into which the hook is guided by the up
wardly tapering inner wall of the stand.
The stands are bolted onto the brackets 2
preparatory to hoisting of the tank and are posi 15
tioned so as to present their slotted sides to
their respective hooks 6 for easy engagement and
disengagement thereby.
Various embodiments of the invention may be
employed within the scope of the following 20
claims.
I claim:
1. In combination, a stand for an object to be
hoisted interposed between said object and a sup
porting base, said stand having a slot therein, and 25
a hoisting hook to enter said slot and engage the
underside of said object.
2. In combination, a stand for an object to be
hoisted interposed between said object and a sup
porting base, said stand being of tubular struc 30
ture and having a vertical slot in its wall, a hoist
ing hook to enter said slol'J and engage a socket
in the underside of sai-d object, and means within
said stand to guide said hook into said socket.
3. In combination with a cylindrical tank to be 35
hoisted, a bracket secured to said tank and hav
ing a socket in its underside, a tubular stand
removably attached to said bracket and having a
vertical slot in its side, a hook to enter said slot
and means within said stand to guide the hook 40
into said socket as the hook is raised.
4. In a support for a cylindrical tank to be
hoisted, a bracket secured to. said tank, and hav
ing a socket in its underside, a tubular stand re
movably attached to said bracket and having a
vertical slot in its side to receive a hoisting hook
for engagement with said socket.
WILLIAM R. KÍEPLER.
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