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Aug, 13,‘ 1946.
Original Filed May 31, 1953
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Patented Aug. 13, 1946
Walter '1‘. Gollwitzer, Euclid, Ohio, ‘assignor to
Addressograph-Multigraph Corporation, Cleve
land, ()hio, a corporationof Delaware
Original application May 31, 1938, Serial No.
210,897, now ‘Patent No. 2,265,229, dated Decem
her 9, 19,41. ‘Divided and this application May
31, 1943, Serial No. 489,112
4 Claims.
(Cl. 197-124)
application is a division of my copending
application, Serial No. 416,547, ?led October 25,
1941, which was, in turn, a division of my then
copending application, Serial .No. 210,897, ?led
May 31, 19313, and new issuedas United :States
Letters Patent No. 2,265,229., patented December
'9, 194.1. The aforesaid application Serial No.
415154’? is directed ‘to the plate clamping means
shown herein, while Patent No. 12,265,229 is di
present invention and the purview of the ap
pended claims.
"In the drawings:
l is .a fragmentary front eleva-tional view
of an embossing machine embodying the ‘present
Fig. 2 is an .elevational view of a printing plate
of the character produced by a machine as illus
trated inFig. 1;
Fig. 3 is an elevational view of a printing and
rooted to the combination of a perforating mech 10
control device in which such a printing plate may
anism and the embossing means herein shown.
The present invention relates to preparing
printing devices and the like, and particularly to
embossing machines ‘for forming type characters
on printing devices as on plates or like elements
of such devices.
In such embossing machines, the printing
be used;
Fig. 4 is a fragmentary plan view .of the car
riage illustrated in Fig. 1., with the gripping jaw-s
removed therefrom;
Fig. .5 is .a horizontal sectional view taken in
the direction of the arrows on the line 5-.-.5 on
plates which are to be embossed are supported in
Fig. 6 is a fragmentary detail view of a ratchet
the desired relation to an embossing position
while embossing dies (are actuated to form the de 20 employed in the arrangement illustrated in de
tail ‘in Fig. 5.;
sired type character on the printing plate, and
Fig. ‘.7 is a sectional detail view takensubstan
to attain the required distribution of the succes
tiallyon the line 1-1 on Fig. 5.6;
sively for-‘med characters upon the printing plate,
.Fig. :8 is a front elevational view of the car
the printing plate is shifted through character
spacing, back spacing or like spacing movements
.Fig. 9 is a view partly in elevation and partly
with relation to the embossing position of the
in section .of .a portion of the carriage arrange
machine. Such spacing movements are attained
ment shown in Fig. 8; and
through the use of a s'hiftable carriage means
Fig. 10 is :a sectional view taken substantially
upon which the printing plate is supported, and
on the line Jill-4 9 .on Fig. 9..
to improve and simplify such carriage means .and
An embossing machine embodying the present
its operation through such required shifting or
invention is illustrated generally in Fig. .1, ‘While
spacing movements is the primary object of this
a printing plate of the character
such a
machineiis adapted to produce is shown in ,Fig. .2.
Further and more ‘specific objects of the (inven
tion are to enable the carriage means ‘in such an
embossing machine to be indexed or spaced in
either direction longitudinally of a line of type
coordinate the line spacing and carriage return
vmeansso as to simplify the operation of the em
bossing machine; and to afford a common actu
ating means for-effecting line spacing and car
riage return movements.
Other and further objects of the present in
vention will ‘be apparent from the following de
scription and claims and will be understood by
reference .to the accompanying drawings which‘,
by way of illustration, show .a preferred embodi
This printing plate, designated 242., is pnov-ided
printing characters which-are formed there
-on by the embossing machine, such printing char
acters appearing in relief on one race of the plate
632 and in intaglio on the opposite face .of this
plate. These characters may be arranged in in
dividual lines as shown in Fig. 2, for example, to
enable printing of the various lines of a name..55
and address -56 and supplemental data as 51.
Printing plates such as 42, ,Fig. 2, are adapted
ment and the principle thereof and what I now
consider to be the best .mode in which I have .con
to be mounted onprinting and control devices as
as shown in Fig. 3. As ‘commonly constructed
such printing and control devices as 40 comprise
a frame 44 having along its lower edge a head 43
against which the lower edge of the printing plate
132 is ?tted. Retaining devices-M struck from the
templated applying that principle. Other em
bodiments of the invention embodying the same
or equivalent principle may be used and struc
tinal changes may be made as desired by those
frame 4| are disposed in spaced relation to the
head 43 and cooperate therewith to retain the
printing plate I42 on the lower half .of the frame
4|, .the devices .44 engaging the upper or serpen
skilled in the :art without departing from the
tine edge of the plate 132. To restrain the .plate
42 against endwise movement relative ‘to the
ed to its other end. A lower die stock 89, Fig. ‘7,
frame 4!, the frame 4| is provided with yield
is mounted for sliding movement in the frame
able tongues 45 disposed at opposite ends of the
between the lower rocker arm 85, Fig. 4, and the
plate 42 and having projections which seat in
lower die 86a located in embossing position. A
notches 41, Fig. 2, formed in the adjacent ends CI similar upper die stock 9|, Fig, 1, is provided be
of the plate 42. When it is desired to remove the
tween the upper rocker arm 18 and the upper die
plate 42 from the frame 4|, either of the tongues
65a, the die stock 9| being supported for vertical
45 may be depressed to enable the plate 42 to be , 1 movement on a carrier arm 92 pivoted at 19.
slid endwise from the frame.
When the shaft 88 is rotating, the two rocker
A bead 50 is formed along the upper edge of
arms 18 and 85 are constantly actuated in uni
the frame 4| and cooperates with retaining de
son by the pitman 86 and an operating connec
vices 5| struck from the frame 4| to removably
tion'between said shaft 88 and the toggle shaft
secure separate index and control cards 52 and
8|, such operating connection being located at
53 in position on the upper half of the frame.
the back of the machine and being shown in de
The index card 52 has an impression thereon of 15 tail in the patent to Joseph S. Duncan and Henry
‘the data represented by the printing characters
E. Hubbard, No. 1,831,103.
As described in the patent to Joseph S. Dun
can, No. 1,518,904, the rocking movement of the
constituting the name 55 and address 56 embossed
on the printing plate 42, thereby affording a con
venient visible indication of such data.
The con
arms 18 and 85 is normally ineffective to actuate
trol card 53 and the underlying portion of the 20 the dies 65a and 65a. To this end shiftable die
frame '4! are adapted to be perforated as shown
shuttles 9m and 92a, Fig. 1, are mounted for
in Fig. 3 to represent, according to a predeter
movement into the path of the arms 18 and 85
mined code, for example, supplemental data such‘
only when an embossing operation is desired.
as the numerical amount printed from the char
The shuttles 9m and 92a are connected by links
acters 51.
to opposite ends of a lever 93, which is rocked
It will be understood, that while Iv have de
by means of a bell crank lever 94. This bell crank
scribed the printing plate 42, Fig. 2, as being in
lever 94 is associated with the die selecting
corporated in a printing and control device as 48,
mechanism in the manner disclosed in said Pat
Fig. 3, this is merely illustrative of the manner
ent No. 1,518,904 50 as to render said rocker arms
in which such a printing plate may be utilized 30 18 and 85 operable only after selection and
‘for, as is well understood by those skilled in the
proper positioning of a pair of dies.
art, printing plates such as 42 may be equally
The selection of the desired pair of dies 65a
Well employed in printing devices which are not
and 99a is, in the present embodiment, effected
equipped with control areas such as 53, Fig. 3.
by the keys 81a and 81!), Fig. 1, the die-carrying
In fact, insofar as the present invention is con- . shaft 18 being normally rotated at a high rate
cerned, the use to which a printing plate such as
of speed and being stopped in any selected posi
42 may be put is immaterial and has been de
tion by suitable stop or abutment means oper
scribed hereinabove only as a matter of general
ated by said keys. The mechanism for effecting
such selective positioning of the die heads forms
- The embossing machine is so arranged that the 40 no part of the present invention, and therefore
die heads 65'and 66, Fig. 1, may be rotated on a
it will su?ice to point out that its speci?c struc
vertical axis to bring any selected pair of com
ture is described in the aforementioned Duncan
plemental dies 65:: and 66a, Fig. 1, into opera
et al. Patent, No. 1,831,103. It may be stated,
tive relation with a blank plate 42 carried along
however, that as disclosed in said patent, the die
the forward side of the machine frame by a car
actuating rocker arms 18 and 85 are rendered
riage 15. The die heads 65 and 66, as herein
effective automatically during one rocking cycle
shown, are ?xed in vertically spaced relation on
of these arms immediately after and as an in
' a rotatable vertical shaft 16, Fig. 1, journaled at
cident to the stopping of the die heads in any
its lower end in the machine frame 68 and at
selected position.‘
its upper end in an upstanding arch-like frame
The carriage 15, Fig. 1, upon which the plate
element ‘H. The pairs of complemental dies 65a
42 is supported during the performance of the
and 6612 are mounted in opposed vertically shift
embossing operations, is so constructed and re
able relation about the periphery of the die heads
lated to the die-actuating mechanism as to ef
.65 ‘and 86 so that any pair, selected and shifted
fect automatic step-by-step or character spacing
by rotation of the die heads to an embossing po
movement, as Well as providing for tabulating
and back spacing movement and manually ef
sition at the forward side of the machine, may
be brought together to emboss the selected char
fected line spacing of the plate 42. To this end
acter‘ on the plate 42 positioned between the
the carriage 15 has its main body portion mount
selected pair of dies.
ed by means of a plurality of guide’ rollers 95,
Actuation of the selected pair of dies 65a and 60 Figs. 8 and 10, on a transverse rail or track 96
66a- is preferably effected by means which drive
‘which extends across the front of the frame 11.
the two dies toward each other so as to engage
The rollers 95 are so related to the track 96
as to permit movement of the carriage across the
the plate 42 and form the desired character
therein without vertically shifting the plate from
‘the full-line position of Fig. 10. In the form il
lustrated this means, for the upper die 65a, com
prises an upper rocker arm 18, Fig. 1, pivoted
at 19 on the frame element 1'! and operated by
a toggle 89, interposed between said arm ‘I8 and
an actuating shaft 8| mounted adjacent to the 70
top of the frame element 11.
The lower die 66a is actuated by a lower rocker
arm 85 which has one end pivoted at 85' to the
frame 'I'Lwhile a pitman 86 operated by a crank
81 on a horizontal operating shaft 88 is connect
front of the machine during, for example, char
acter spacing movement of the carriage, while
on the top of the carriage a cross slide 98, Figs.
8 and 10, is provided for movement transversely
with respect to the track 96, or toward and away
from the die heads. Thus, the cross slide 98
provides for line spacing movement, the plate 42
‘being supported on the cross slide 98 by releas
able clamping means such as the clamping jaws
99, Fig. 10.
As shown in Figs. 8 and 10, the jaws 99 are
75 carried on a mounting member I88 which is de
tachably secured to the cross-slide 98 by means
described hereinafter, the member I80 having
upstanding bearing lugs I?'l thereon in which a
jaw-supporting shaft ‘N32 is j'ournaled. The two
jaws '99’ and 95", Fig. '10, are in the nature ‘of
opposed ‘plates, ‘the lower one 99' of which car
ries lugs H13, Fig. 8, through which the shaft 482
rotatably extends, and the upper jaw 99" has a
pivotal connection with the iower jaw 99’ .‘by
means ‘of pins NM extending loosely ‘through the
two plates 99’ and 99". These pins I04 have
securing wires 135 extending 'therethrough on
the outer sides of the two plates, 99’ and 99"
and the pins 10-4 .and these plates are so ?tted as
to permit slight pivotal movement for clamping
and unclamping ‘of a "printing plate 42.
To provide for clamping of the jaws 99, the
plates '99’ and 99” extend at their rear ends so
as to embrace opposite sides of the shaft M12,
and the shaftis flattened on opposite sides there
*of 7as shown in Fig. 1-0. ‘Thus when the shaft “12
is rotated in one direction nearly 90° relative to
the plates 99" and ‘919" and into. a position like
that shown in Fig. 10., the adjacent rear edges-of
the plates are separated so as to clamp the forward or outer edges of the plates or jaws upon
the printing plate i2. It will be seen in Fig. 1-0
that a substantially U-shaped spring Hit is pro
vided ‘adjacent the central pin Hi4 and between
the plates as’ and 93” to separate said plates or
ijaws to the maximum extent. Preferably the
the upper
jaw with
89” isa hooked
?at portion
or ledge on the forward end of the lower jaw $9’
the ?attened portions of the shaft I'M from the
jaws 9-8’ and so" :so ‘as to dispose these ‘portions
in the position shown in Fig. 10 and since the
rounded portions on the shaft then engage the
jaws they are forced into tight engagement with
the plate. It will be understood that such rock
ing movement of the jaws .99 to and from the
loading position takes place in the ‘normal use of
the machine while the carriage 15 is located at
one side of the embossing position.
As herein shown the ‘mounting member Ill-0,,
Figs. 8 and 10, is secured on the cross slide 98 by
means which ‘provides for adjustment of the
mounting member parallel to the path of the
carriage, and also which provides for adjustment
of the mounting member .so that the plate 152
carried thereby is positioned with its axis par
‘allel ‘to said path of the carriage '15.. To this end
the top face of the cross slide. 93 has aligned slots
H3 and H3’, Fig. 4, formed therein generally
parallel to the carriage path, and a 'iixed depend
ing jpin H4, Figs. 4 and 8, projects from the
mounting member Hi0 into the slot H3. For co
operation with the other slot H3’ a pin H4’ is
provided which is ?xed eccentrically on a small
"disk H5 mounted in the bottom of the member
me. By means of a stub shaft 41:5’ Figs. '4 and 3
projecting upwardly through the member ‘Hill,
the eccentric :pin lid’ may be shifted so as to
adjust the mounting member into the desired
parallel relation to the carriage path, and by a
lock .nut H5”, Fig. :8, threaded onto the stub
shaft i it’, this adjustment may be maintained.
A headed screwi?ii', Fig. 10, extends through
an aperture ‘i?iW‘in the member HM! and ‘is
threaded into the cross slide 98 to :secure "the
as shown in Fig. 10. To facilitate accurate posi
mounting member Hi0 onto the cross slide 98 and,
tioning of the printing plates between the jaws,
as shown in Fig. 10., the aperture ‘190" ‘is :some
‘a shoulder till is formed on the lower jaw 95’
what larger than the screw Hill’ so as to permit
slightly inwardly of the ‘flat part thereof, thereby
affording a ‘stop for limiting insertion of :a print— 40 the desired horizontal adjustment of the mem
ber Iii?.
ing plate “as 4-2 between the jaws.
To afford longitudinal adjustment of the
In the operation of the jaws v99 to clamp a
to ?rmly clam the printing plate M in position,
printing plate t2, the jaws are ?rst rocked toward
the operator so as to rest against a loading abut
ment 1| \I'Ei formed on the member i023. Such move
merit vof the jaws is effected by the shaft #62
which has a 90° rotative lost motion connection
with the lower jaw 99', sufficient to enable the
shaft I82 to accomplish its jaw-clamping func~
tion in addition to its function in moving the aws 1.
between loading ‘and working positions. The de
sired .lost motion ‘is attained by means that are
shown and described in vmy aforesaid Patent No.
2,265,229. To facilitate the operation of the jaws
39, the shaft 1.62 has a knurled operating diskor
mounting member 160, a transverse slot 93', Fig.
4, is formed :in the cross slide ‘58 and a headed
screwed”, projecting ‘from the left end of the
member i103, Fig. '8, has the lower edge of its
a head positioned in the slot '98’. ‘Thus, by ad
justment of ~the screw 98" the positioning of ‘the
mounting member longitudinally of the direction
of movement of the ‘carriage
‘is determined.
For the purpose ‘of imparting the desired line
spacing movement to the printing plates, the
cross slide '93 is normally urged to a retracted
position by springs 15', Fig. 110, and is advanced
line by line by means of a ratchet mechanism H6,
Figs. 4 and 5.. In the form shown, the cross slide
.lzn'ob H l on its projecting left end, Fig. 8. When
8 is ‘partially (supported and guided on the car—
‘the jaws $9 have been shifted to their upright or
riage 1'5 by a rod I! ll, Figs. 9 and 10, which is
loading position the shaft 102 is turned to the
secured to the carriage "l5 and is slidab-ly ?tted
‘full extent permitted by its lost-‘motion connec~
“tion so as ‘to thereby present the ?attened sur ~60 in bearing apertures H8 ‘in depending flanges
H9 along the ‘front and rear edges of the cross
faces thereon to the jaws 99’ and 199” and there
by enable the spring let to separate the plate
clamping portions of the jaws so as to fully re
lease or unclamp the jaws. rIEhe printing plate
‘G2 ‘is then ‘inserted between the jaws 89 which
‘grip the plate sufii'ciently firmly to enable the
‘jaws to be rotated back to their horizontal posi
tion shown in Fig. v10 without releasing the plate,
'so‘as'to thereby enable the plate to be carried to
slide 98..
A rotatable shaft i212, Figs. 15 and 10, is mount
ed transversely of the carriage 1'55, and pinions 125
fixed on this shaft mesh with racks :22 formed
‘on depending‘?anges at opposite ends of the cross
slide 98. The shaft 126 carries a ratchet wheel
I25, Fig. 5, at one end thereof, and this ratchet
is ?xed in a rotatively adjustable relation to the
its working position. This movement of the jaws 70 shaft I20 through ‘the medium of a non-rotatable
collar I26 and two adjusting screws i 21', as ‘shown
'is limited by ‘an abutment pin Hi2 Fig. 10, on the
in Figs. ‘6 and '7 of the drawings. An actuating
cross slide 98, and to securely clamp the printing
pawl I30, Figs. 4, 5 and 8, and a control pawl TM
plate, the "operator continues the turning of the
are associated with the ratchet wheel 12%‘: to ac
‘shaft 302 to the full extent permitted by its lost
‘motion ‘connection which results in retracting T75 tua-te the shaft 428. As shown in Fig. 55, the ac
tuating pawl I30 is of an inverted U-form and is
riage ‘I5 is preferably such as to simplify and co
operate in part in attaining a tabulating control
pivoted intermediate its ends, at I 32, on one end
of a carrier arm I33. The pawl I30 has a tooth
I34 at one end thereof and this tooth is urged
of the carriage as well as affording a back spac
ing movement and such means include a rack I51
into operative engagement with the teeth of the
ratchet wheel I25 by a spring I35 extended be
tween the pawl I30 and its carrier arm I33. The
carrier arm I33 is pivotally mounted on the shaft
operatively associated with the carriage, a ratchet
and pawl mechanism, and a tabulating disc, and a
control shaft I'I0, as fully described in my afore
said Patent No. 2,265,229.
I20 for rotative movement relative to said shaft,
Character spacing is effected automatically
so that by rocking said arm from the position of 10 near the end of each embossing operation by suit
Fig. 5 in a counterclockwise direction the cross
slide 33 may be advanced. The carrier arm I33
is normally urged by a spring I34’ to its normal
position as shown in Fig. 5.
able means such as that shown and described in
Patent No. 1,831,103, patented November 10, 1931.
In order that the operator may manually shift
the carriage ‘I5 back and forth, as for the loading
A bell crank I35, Fig. 4, pivoted on the carriage 15 and unloading operations, means is provided
. 15 has an actuating arm I35’ which engages the
whereby the carriage may be released from the
downwardly extending end of the carrier arm
controlling action of the character spacing es
I33, as shown in Fig. 5, and this bell crank I35
capement. This means preferably includes a
is operated byv a second bell crank I35 which is
manually operable release means located on the
pivoted on the same axis as bell crank I35. One 20 carriage ‘I5, and as shown herein, comprises a bell
arm of the bell crank I 36 extends outwardly from
crank lever 220 mounted on a shaft 22I, Figs. 9
the carriage ‘I5 and constitutes a line space lever
and 10, within the carriage ‘I5 and having one
I33’, Fig. 4, while the other arm has a return
arm 222 thereof projecting forwardly through an
spring I 3'! connected thereto and has a "stop
opening 223 in the forward side of the carriage.
shoulder I31’ formed thereon which cooperates
The arm 222 constitutes a carriage release lever
with an abutment I40’ on the carriage 15 to de
and is positioned directly over a ?xed gripping
termine the initial position of the line space lever
piece 224 so that an operator may conveniently
I36’. An‘operating connection between the line
depress the release lever 222. A spring 225 urges
space lever I36’ and the transmitting bell crank
the release lever 222 to an elevated position and
I35 is provided by a downturned lug I38 on the ° as shown in Fig. 10, means is provided in associa
bell crank lever I36’ which overlies the bell crank
tion with the rearwardly projecting arm 226 of
I35 so that actuation of the lever I36’ serves to
the bell crank 22!] to release the pawl I62 from
impart operating movement to the arm I 35' of I the ratchet wheel I60 when the release lever 222
bell crank I 35 for thereby actuating the pawl I313.
is depressed.
The extent of movement of the lever I33’ is lim- . .
ited by abutment faces I40, Fig. 4, on the pawls
I35 and I36 which engage the abutment I40’ on
the carriage ‘I5 so that a full stroke of said lever
advances the cross slide 98 one line-space. Hav
ing been given such a line spacing movement the
cross slide is retained in its advanced position by
the controlpawl I3I, Fig. 5, which is pivoted on
This last-mentioned means is preferably oper
able in any position of ‘the rack I51 and the car
riage I15, and as herein shown comprises a hori
zontally positioned angle bar 230, Figs. 8, 9 and
10, mounted on the rail 95 for transverse or ver
tical shifting movement by the arm 226, and ar
ranged, when elevated from its position of Fig.
10, to release the escapement pawl I62 and there
by permit free traversing movement of the car
riage. To this end the angle bar 230 has a for
the carriage beneath the shaft I20 on a pivot pin
I 4| and has a tooth I42 operable to engage the
ratchet wheel I25. The tooth I42 and the teeth 45 wardly facing channel portion 23I at its left end.
of the ratchet wheel are so related that the yield
Fig. 8, into which a roller 232, Fig. 10, on the
ing force of the springs ‘I5’, Fig‘. 10, tending to
rear face of the pawl I 62 projects, and the bar
produce return movement of the ratchet wheel
230 is suspended on parallel links 233 from the
I25 acts to hold the cooperating teeth in their op
96. Thus the bar 230 is maintained in a
erative relation and thereby ?xes the cross slide 50 horizontal
position at all times and it is of such
98 in the desired position. As shown in Figs. 4
a length that the carriage ‘I5 may be shifted a
and 5, the control pawl I3I has a ?nger piece I44
substantial distance to the right, as viewed in
by which it may be depressed to disengage the
Figs. 1 and 8, while still maintaining the roller
pawl I3I from the ratchet wheel I25, and the pawl
234 on the arm 226 beneath the forwardly pro~
I3I also has a tail piece I45 whioh,in the disen 55 jecting ?ange of the bar 230. Hence, when the
gaging movement of pawl I3I, engages ‘a roller
carriage is located at any point within this range,
I46 on the pawl I30 to shift said pawl I30 out of
the release lever 222 may be depressed and the
engagement with the ratchet I25 to thereby re
traversed freely back and forth, and
lease the cross slide 98 to the restoring action of
upon return of the lever 222 to its normal position
the springs ‘I5’, Fig. 10. A spring I41 acting be v60 the escapement pawl I62 again becomes effective
tween the tail piece I45 and the carriage ‘I5 tends
to hold the carriage in its new position.
to maintain the control pawl I3I in operative en
‘As shown in Fig. 8, the rack I5‘! is releasably
gagement with the ratchet wheel I 25.
connected to the carriage ‘I5 by means of the
The requisite step-by-step character-spacing
latch member I58 carried by the rack I51, which
movement of the carriage ‘I5 is effected by means
latch has a notch 240 that is normally main
provided to control a Spring-biased tendency of
tained in engagement with a lug 24! on the car
the carriage ‘I5 to shift toward the right, as viewed
riage 15 by means of a leaf spring 242 acting upon
in Fig. 1. Such a spring bias may be imparted
the latch I58. In some instances it is desirable
to the carriage by a conventional tensioning drum
to move the carriage 75 to the right beyond the
TD, Fig. 1, mounted on the extending right end 70 range of movement of the rack I51 for the pur
of the rail 96 and operatively connected to the
pose of smoothing the embossed letters by means
carriage ‘I5 by a ?exible band I50 as shown in
of a plate roller attachment (not shown). When
Fig. 8.
such rolling of the plate 42 is desired, the car
The means herein provided for controlling the
riage ‘I5 is moved to the right, Fig. 8, untila
spring-biased right-hand movement of the car 75 beveled surface 243 on the latch member I58
means, an advancing pawl normally engaged
strikes a pin 244 on the rail 96, so that the latch
with said ratchet and mounted for movement
I58 is disengaged from the tooth MI. The rack
from an initial position to an advanced position
I51 then remains in substantially the position
to impart a line spacing movement to said cross
of Fig. 8 while the carriage ‘I5 is shifted farther
slide, spring means urging said advancing pawl
to the right. In the return movement of the
to said initial position thereof, a line spacing
carriage the tooth 2M engages the left side of the
lever extending from and shiftably mounted on
notch 24!] so as to shift the rack I51 to the left,
said carriage and operable when shifted to actu
Fig. 8, and to cause re-engagement of the latch
ate said advancing pawl to said advanced posi
I58 with the tooth 24!.
It will be apparent from the foregoing descrip 10 tion, and means for concurrently releasing both
of said pawls from said ratchet wheel to enable
tion that I have provided an arrangement which
return of said cross slide to said initial position
materially expedites and simpli?es the produc
tion of printing plates or the like in embossing
3. In a machine of the character described
machines of the character set forth hereinabove.
More speci?cally, the return of the carriage to 15 wherein a work supporting cross slide is mounted
on a carriage for line spacing movement, spring
its initial position causes the cross slide to be
means urging said cross slide to a predetermined
line spaced thereby to speed and facilitate the
production of embossed plates by the machine.
While I have illustrated and described a se
position and opposing line spacing movement
thereof to other line spacing positions, a rack on
said cross slide disposed parallel to the path of
lected embodiment of my invention, it is to be 20
such line spacing movement, a pinion rotatably
understood that this is capable of variation and
mounted on said carriage and meshed with said
modi?cation and I therefore do not wish to be
rack, a ratchet wheel ?xed to said pinion for
limited to the precise details set forth but de
rotation therewith, a control pawl normally en
sire to avail myself of such changes and altera
tions as fall within the purview of the following 25 gaged with said ratchet to restrain said cross
slide against movement by said spring means,
an advancing pawl normally engaged with said
I claim:
1. In a machine of the character described
wherein a work supporting cross slide is mounted
ratchet and mounted for movement from an
' initial position to an advanced position to impart
a line spacing movement to said cross slide,
on a carriage for line spacing movement, spring 30
spring means urging said advancing pawl to said
means urging said cross slide to a predetermined
initial position thereof, a line spacing lever
position and opposing line spacing movement
mounted on said carriage for shifting movement
thereof to other line spacing positions, a rack on
through anv active stroke generally parallel to
said cross slide disposed parallel to the path of
such line spacing movement, a pinion rotatably 35 the path of said carriage and in an active direc
tion opposite to said advancing movements of
mounted on said carriage and meshed with said
said carriage, means operable by said line spac
rack, a ratchet wheel ?xed to said pinion for
ing lever in its active stroke to actuate said ad
rotation therewith, a control pawl normally en
vancing pawl to, thereby impart line spacing
gaged with said ratchet to restrain said cross
slide against movement by said spring means, an 40 movement to said cross slide, means limiting the
active stroke of said lever whereby continued
advancing pawl normally engaged with said
actuation of said lever in said active direction
ratchet and mountedfor movement from an in
imparts return movement to said carriage to said
itial position to an advanced position to impart
initial position thereof, and means for concur
a line spacing movement to said cross slide,
spring means urging said advancing pawl to said 45 rently releasing said advancing pawl and said
control pawl to enable said cross slide to return
initial position thereof, a line spacing lever shift
to said predetermined position.
ably mounted on said carriage and operable
when shifted to actuate said advancing pawl to
said advanced position, and means for concur
4. In a machine of the character described
wherein a work supporting cross slide is mount
ed on a carriage for line spacing movement, a
rently releasing both of said pawls from said 50
rack formed on said cross slide and a pinion on
ratchet wheel to enable return of said cross slide
said carriage for advancing said cross slide,
to said initial position thereof.
spring means acting to retract said cross slide,
2. In a machine of the character described
means for advancing said cross slide or releasing
wherein a work supporting cross slide is mount
ed on a carriage for line spacing movement, 55 the same for retraction comprising a ratchet
wheel ?xed to rotate with said pinion, a control
spring means urging said cross slide to a pre
determined position and opposing line spacing
movement thereof to other line spacing positions,
pawl normally urged into engagement with said
ratchet wheel to prevent retraction of the cross
slide and releasable therefrom to permit retrac
a rack on said cross slide disposed parallel to the
path of such line spacing movement, a control 60 tion, an advancing pawl normally urged to en
gage said ratchet, means for shifting said ad
shaft mounted in said carriage parallel to the
vancing pawl from an initial position to advance
path of movement of said carriage and having a
said carriage, means to return said advancing
pinion mounted on one end thereof and meshed
pawl to said initial position, and means operated
with said rack, a ratchet wheel ?xed on the other
end of said shaft, a control pawl disposed ad 65 by said control pawl in its releasing movement to
release said advancing pawl from said ratchet
lacent to said other end of said shaft and nor
mally engaged with said ratchet to restrain said
cross slide against movement by said spring
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