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July 23,
2,404,513
B_ L; MOCABE .
GAS CYLINDER HOLDER /
Filed Jan. 8, v1945
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INVENTOR.
BERNARD L. ‘we CABE
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Patented July’ 23, 1946‘
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UNITED ‘STATES PATENT OFFICE"
‘Bernard L. McCabe, Daly City, Calif., assignor-to
StuartOxygen Co., a corporation of California
Application‘January 8, 1945, Serial No. 571,939
6 Claims.
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be used‘, maintained, and manually moved as a
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of the upright‘ l5. Plates 20 ‘are ?xedly attached
to the upright l5 above the plates Hi at angles of
a plurality of gas‘ tanks'so that'the assembly can
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attached to the plates .l6_ and project radially
This invention'relates to devices for assembling
unit.
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ninety degrees apart, and project radially there
i from similarly to the plates I6, each of the plates '
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Large‘ amounts of gasesare often required for
20 being directly over'a corresponding plate It
and projecting in the same direction. Bolts 2!,
variousioperations', and such ‘gases are conven
tionally supplied in portable, elongated metal
similarly to the bolts‘ H, are attached to the ‘
tanks. , Such gases are often under pressures‘ of
plates
the orderof about 2000v pounds per square inch,
which necessitates thick walled tanks which are
consequently quite heavy. ,A single tank fre
quently, contains an unsu?icient supply where the
gasesjare used extensively, necessitating the use
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within each angle formed by the plates l6 and
20, whereupon straps 22, 23 are placed about the
group of tanks with the bolts l1 extending through
perforations in the‘ Strap 22 and the bolts 2| ex
of a plurality of such tanks.
,Objects‘of this vinvention are, to provide devices
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The tanks II are assembled, preferably one
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for assembling groups of such tanks, which will
tending through perforations in the strap 23.
Nuts 24 and 25 are then placed onthe bolts l'‘!
and 2|, respectively; and,‘ turned to draw the ’
make it easy to handle the groups as units-pro
straps tightly about the ‘tanks.
videraised portions to accommodate'the ?anges
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If the straps used are not‘endlessfa special‘
of hand trucks and the like, bindthe tanks ?rmly
holding
means- is preferred for thev two ends
and safely into units, and afford safehand ‘holds a thereof, as shown on Figure 5. The two ends 26
for the workmen and protection for the valves
of a strap‘have each a perforation 21, and are
and, appurtenant parts used’ with such tanks, and
other objects will‘he apparent after reading this
slipped over a bolt 30 which is exteriorly un
threaded and smooth at 3| adjacent its head, but
otherwise threaded ext'eriorly, The strap ends
A preferred exempli?cation of the invention is 25 is
are positioned on such smooth part 3|, and'a nut
illustrated on the accompanying drawing form
32" is-turned on- the bolt to hold the strapends
ing a part hereof; on which the different figures
at such smooth part while permitting turning of
are not necessarily drawn to the same scale; On
the bolt. The bolt 3!] is hollow and has interior
speci?cation.
such drawing
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threads 32a which ?t on the threads of the bolts
' Figure 1 is a front elevationv of’the holder;
,l'! (and 2i). Turning the bolt Waiter ?tting/it
onto the end of ‘thelbolt I‘! (or 2 I )_j results in tight
Figure 2 is a horizontal section on the line 2'-—'2
on Figure 1, with parts removed'andwith tanks‘
ening the straps,‘ in the same manner as when
in place;
Figure 3 is a side view of a hand truck carrying’
a unit of assembled tanks;
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Figure 4 is a. plan view of'a'det'aih; and
Figure 5 is an exploded view
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‘The invention is illustrated as for handling four
tanks l I. They vordinarily are eachequipped with
a valve I2 for controlling the exit 'of ‘compressed
gas therefrom. The tank holder comprises a bot- .
tom member 13 conveniently formed of'a metal
plate upon which the‘ assembled tanks are'to rest
and which is dished downwardly inwardly from
the periphery, as at I4‘. This provides a down
wardly protruding part upon ‘which the holder,
either with or without tanks thereon, can stand
upright: with they outer‘ portion of the bottom I3
raised abovethe v?oor or other support. Carried
by thebottom member is an upright member I5
which may conveniently be a metal pipe. Four
plates 16 comprising arms are ?xedly, attached‘tov
the upright ii to. project radially therefrom at
ninety degrees apart, and also to the undished
peripheral part of the bottom l3. Bolts H are
the bolts 24 or 25 are tightened‘)
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With the unit standing-"upright onthe dished ’
portion 14, a hand truck 33hr the like can be
usedto'transport it; ‘The liphor flange 34 of the
truck is run under the vraised outer portion of the
bottom? 53, whereuponvthe unit is pulled into the
position on the truck shown on Figure 3.
The
loadedtruck' is then'moved to the desired place,
and tilted upwardly to contact‘ the downwardly
projecting bottom portion is with the floor and
the truck removed. A rail'?'i is provided which
. can be grasped by the workman to aid in loading
and unloading the assembly onto and off the
truck. This rail doesenotiextend-in any'direction
asf'ar outwardly vvasthe tank-s as 'seen‘on Figure“
2, as a. matter of' safetyytoayoid any possibility
of the workman’s hand» being crushed between
the rail" and a'wall "or? other object adjacent to
which the assembly iswbeing positioned. Such rail
wmfremam'rar enough away from suchwallto.
prevent his hand being crushed between the wall"
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The handrail 36 is at the level of
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the valves l2, to serve, not only as a safe means _
3. A holder for elongated articles, comprising ,
a bottom plate havingr a central downwardly
dished portion and a relatively raised peripheral
'for handling the unit, but also to protect the
valves from injury by striking a wall or other
object during handling. Injury to the bolts I‘!v
, portion, radially extending vertical plates at:
' tached to the raised portion, an upright attached
and 2| and to the threads thereon, and to the
‘bolt 30, is similarly prevented by having such
bolts stop short of the plane connecting the out
ermost parts of adjacent cylinders.
At the upper end ofvthe upright I5 is attached
to the inner ends of the plates, vertical plates
above and spaced from said ?rst mentioned plates
attached to the 'uprightand extending radially '
therefrom in the same directions as3the ?rst men
a Y-shaped member 3'! preferably formed of two 10 tioned plates; outwardly extending bolts on the
bent members 38 having bent ?anges 3S and at
plates, straps adapted to pass around articlesbe
tached oppositely to each other at the ,top' of‘ 7 "tween the plates at the levels'of upper and lower
the upright l5. The divergent parts and the
bolts,- the straps having holes to permit slipping
?anges 39 extend th'rough and ?t perforations‘ 4|
them over ‘the bolts, the bolts extending to points
in a diametrically extending plate 42 which is at‘ 15 short of lines connecting outermost parts of ad
" tached at its‘ ends to thehand, rail ,36. Plates 43
'jacent articles when positioned between the
are attached at their ends to the hand rail and
plates, and nuts on the said bolts to retain the
the plate 42, and extend diametrically and at
straps.
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right angles to the plate 42. The described con-''
. -4. -'A holder for elongated articles, comprising
struction holds the rail 36 ?rmly in'place. An 2O a bottom plate having'a central downwardly
eyei45 is connected. to the upper‘parts of the
dished portion and a relativelyyraised portion, ' V
?anges 39 by any suitable means; for example,
radially.v extendinggvertical plates attached tothe
by rivets 43apassing through the ends of the V V raised portion, an uprightattached to the inner
. eyeand through the flanges 39, the rivets being
' ends of the vertical plates, vertical plates above >
held :in place by cotter pins 43b. The eye can
serve vfor lifting the holder eitherrwith or with;
25 and-spaced from the ?rst mentioned plates at
tached to the upright and extending v. radially.
' out tanks assembled thereon.
therefrom in the same directions as the ?rst
> It is generally preferred that connections ‘or
pigtails 44 lead from the valves on eachtank 1to
a master valve .4511 which can control the out?ow 30
. of gas from, any number or all of the tanks of an
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assembled unit; 'The valve 45a is ordinarily pro
tected by a screw cap 46 when gasris not being
; used and isremoved when gas is to be used. For
usingthe gas, the valve 45a is opened, as is the .35
individual valve'l2 of a cylinder or tank H, and
when the ‘pressure drops below a desired amount
thelindividual valve of another tank is opened}
mentioned plates, outwardly extending bolts on
the plates, straps adapted to pass around articles.
when between .plates atrthe levels of upper and
lower bolts, the straps having holes to permit
slipping them over the bolts, the bolts extending .
to ‘points short of. lines connecting outermost
parts of adjacent articleswhen between plates,
and nuts on said bolts to retain the straps, at
least one of said bolts at each levelhaving a
smooth-portion to. accommodate perforated ends
of said straps.
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or. if desired, several or all of the individual
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1'5.'A‘ holder for gas. cylinders having valves,
valves can be opened at the'sametime.
40 comprisinga bottom'plate having'a central down- ‘
The invention is useful for tanks, ‘containing
wardly dished portion. anda planar peripheral
oxygemhydrogen, acetylene or any other desired
gas, and also for assembling into units articles
portion, radially extending vertical plates at
tached to the planar portion, an upright attached
which’ are not necessarily containers. While the
to the inner ends of the vertical plates, second
invention has been illustrated. for assembling into 45 vertical plates above and spaced from the ?rst
units‘ of four tanks each, it is to be understood
mentioned plates attached to the upright and ex
that it can be used for any, plurality of tanks or
tending radially therefrom in the same directions
other articles by having the proper number of
as the?rst mentioned plates, outwardly extend
plates [6 and 20 attached'to the upright I5 with
ing bolts on the plates,straps adapted to pass
the proper angles between adjacent plates. Cer 50 around cylinders when between plates at the
. tain other details have beenjreferred tormerely
levels'of upper and lower bolts, the straps having
V as illustrative and may be varied
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ing from the spirit of the invention. _ r
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The invention claimed ls:
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holes to permit slipping them over the bolts, the. 7'
bolts extending to points short of lines connect- .
ing‘ outermost parts of adjacent .cylinders when
1. In a holder comprising, an upright, arms 55 between plates, nuts on said bolts to retain the.
‘ extending outwardly from said upright atdiffer
straps, a supportv on the upper part of theup
\ ent angles‘ to points-short of a straight line be
right, a hand railon the support for manipulating V
tween outermost parts of adjacent articles which
are adapted to be heldby said holder, a strap
the holder,.-~the hand rail being at the, level of
the valvesztoh protect them and being completely .
connected‘ to said arms and adapted’ to pass 60 within projections of straight lines between out
ermost parts of the cylinders when between plates.
adapted to be held, and means to draw said strap
6. In a holder adapted to receive a plurality of
toward an arm into position to hold an assembly
heavy gas cylinders, which cylinders are pro
of articles on said holder.
vided with projecting valve assemblies at their
2. ‘In a holder comprising an upright, arms
around" the outside of an assembly of articles
‘ 7 extending outwardly from said upright ‘at di?er
ent angles to accommodate articles to be held
' between» them, said arms extending to a distance
lessthan the outermost parts of the articles
65 upper; ends; the ' combination of an upright,
meansyon the .upright for retaining a plurality
of such cylinders in ?xed relation with respect»,
to'said upright, and an annular horizontal hand-' 7
adapted to be held, a strap connected to said 70 rail carried by said uprightat its-upper end-in
a position adapted to enclose the projecting ‘valve 7
arms‘and ‘adapted to pass around said articles,
assemblies ofv cylinders held-by said- retaining. '
and means to draw said strapv in between said
articles into position to 'hold said’ articles on said
meansil
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