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‘Filed April 25,, 1942
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Lawrence J. MW/ams
Sept. 10, 1946.
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Patented Sept. 10, 1946
Lawrence .S. Williams, Toledo, Ohio, assignor to
Toledo Scale Company, Toledo, Ohio, a corpo
ration of New Jersey
Application April 125, 1942, Serial No. 440,479
1 Claim.
(Cl. 271-24)
This invention relates‘to mechanism forissuing
printed tickets, and .in particular to such mech
anism .for ‘use with printing ‘scales of the type
described ‘and explained in my United States
Letters Patent No. 2,020,982.
trate the invention and are not intended to impose limitations upon the claim.
_ It is an object of ‘this invention to provide a
vmechanism for automatically feeding one or
more ticket strips through a weight ‘printing
mechanism toreceive the imprint of the weight
The improved ticket issuing printing mecha
nism which embodies the invention is intended
for use in printing scales of the type disclosed in
United States Letters‘Patent No. 2,020,982 and,
therefore, the Weighing scale itself is disclosed
only. fragmentarily herein to point out the con
nection of the present invention therewith.
of loads on the weighing scale to which the 10
A light ‘thin metallic disk I!) (Figs. I, VI and
mechanism is attached.
VII) is rotated in a vertical plane in response to,
and in proportion to, the weight of loads on the
It is another object of this invention to provide
platform of the scale by the load counterbal
a mechanism for printing an individual ticket
ancing mechanism of the scale. The disk I0‘
with the weight of a load being weighed on the
15 bears a series of raised printing indicia II (Fig.
scale to which the mechanism is attached.
VII). That one of ‘the indicia II which corre
It is a ‘further object of this invention to pro
sponds to the weight of the load on the scale is
vide means for varying the size of tickets printed
moved by the scale into the proper printing
by a weight ticket printing attachment.
position. ,
‘More speci?c objects and advantages are ap
parent from the description, in which ‘reference 20
is had to the accompanying drawings illustrating
a preferred embodiment of the invention.
Two rods i2 are secured to a frame member l3
of the weighing scale and extend horizontally
backward from the weighing scale mechanism.
An abutment I4 is mounted on the rods I2 for
horizontal sliding movement and its ?at rear face
bodying the invention, certain parts being broken 25 I5 is adjacent the side of the disk In which does
not carry the printing indicia I I. A horizontally
slida'ble platen frame I6 is also mounted on the
Fig. II is a fragmentary plan view of aportion
rods l2 and is adapted to slide on these rods
of the mechanism shown in ‘Fig. I.
Fig. III is a fragmentary .horizontal sectional 30 toward the abutment M. The platen frame I6
carries a platen H, which is attached to} the
view, taken substantially on the line III--III of
frame l6 by means of a resiliently mounted screw
Fig. .I.
18 which has a knurled adjusting head IS. The
Fig. IV is a detailed vertical sectional view,
I1 is kept in proper alignment by means
taken substantially on the line >IV—.IV of Fig. II.
of ‘pins 20 which ‘are secured thereto and which
Fig. V is a viewin-elevation of the mechanism
enter, holes 2| ‘bored in the face of the platen
shown in Fig. I but taken from the opposite side,
frame IS. The platen I‘! has a ?at forward face
certain parts being shown in section and certain
which is‘directed toward the face ii of the abut
parts being broken away.
ment 84 but is located on the opposite side of the
In the drawings:
Fig. I is a'view'in elevation of mechanism em
Fig. VI is a detailed sectional view, taken sub
stantially on the line VI—-VI of Fig. V.
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disk 10 therefrom.
.Asolenoid housing 22 is mounted on the frame
Fig. VII is a View in elevation, taken from the
[3 of the weighing scale immediately beneath
left-hand side of Fig. I, certain parts being broken
location of the horizontal slide rods l2. A
away and certain parts being shown in section
rod :23 of the solenoid has a cross head 24
to more clearly explain their operation.
attached to its upper :end and two pairs of toggle
Fig. VIII is a fragmentary detailed sectional 45 links 25 are connected between the cross head 24
View, taken substantially on the line VIII-VIII
and the lower portion of the abutment l4 and
of Fig. VII.
platen frame It. Upward movement of the core
Fig. IX is an enlarged fragmentary view of the
rod '23, when the solenoid is energized, pushes
end of a paper feeding trough forming aportion
outwardly on the toggle links '25 and draws the
of the device illustrated in Fig. I.
50 abutment I4 and platen frame 16 toward each
Fig. X is a fragmentary enlarged view in ver
other to squeeze'the disk 10 between the face l5
tical section of the paper feeding trough, a por
of the abutment and the platen ll. .An inked
tion of which is shown in Fig.,IX.
' _
ribbon 26 extends through the space between the
These speci?c drawings and the speci?c dc;
disk 10 and the face of the platen l1.
scription that follows merely disclose and illus
A bracket .21 is bolted to the rear side of the
solenoid frame 22 and has two upwardly extend
ing arms 28 (Figs. I, II and V) between which‘
there extends a horizontal shaft 29. The shaft
29 extends through the arms 28 and supports a
but it is permitted to return only until stopped
by engagement of the washer 48 with the lower
end of the sleeve 45.
The segment gear 35 is in mesh with a pinion
substantially U shaped frame 36 which extends
52 which is rotatably mounted on a shaft 53
31 which surrounds the shaft 29.‘ The opposite
end of the spring 3'! is engaged with a pin 38 ex
tending from a collar 39_which is ?xedly secured
ing impetus of the spring 3'!) rotates the shaft
extending parallel to the shaft 29 through the
backwardly and upwardly from the shaft 29 and
arms of the fr me 30 near its rear end. A ratchet
which is ?xedly held in place by means of a
wheel 54 (sefalso Fig. IV) is’integral with the
brace 3| riveted to it and secured to the bracket
pinion 52 and is engaged by a pair of spring
21. A rocker arm 32 is pivotally mounted on
the shaft 29 near one of its ends. One end of 10 held pawls 55 which are mounted on a collar 56
' pinned to the shaft 53. The downward stroke of
the rocker arm 32 consists of a ?nger 33 which
the segment'gear 35 rotates the pinion 52 and
is engageable by a roller 34 mounted on one end
ratchet wheel 54 without turning the shaft 53
of the cross head 24. The opposite end of the
since the pawls 55 merely snap past the teeth of
rocker arm 52 is shape-d into a segment gear 35.
A pin 35 (Fig. II) is riveted to the rocker arm 15 the ratchet wheel 54. However, the upward
stroke of the segment gear 35 (under the return
32 and is engaged by one end of a spiral spring
53 in a counterclockwise direction (Figs. I and
IV). This also rotates a knurled feeding wheel
. to the shaft 29. The spiral spring 31 is wound 20 5? which is pinned on the shaft 53 and an escape
ment Wheel 58 which is pinned to the end of the
in the proper direction to turn the rocker arm 32
shaft 53 opposite from the pinion 52. The escape
in a clockwise direction (Fig. 1). One end of
wheel 58 (Figs. II, VII and VIII) is located
the shaft 23 extends through a castellated 001- v
in the interior of an escapement housing 59
iar 40 (Fig. II) which is located outside the frame
35 and engaged by a pin 4| extending trans 25 which is mounted on the end of the shaft 53
versely through the shaft 29. At the opposite
end of the shaft 23 are located a cotter pin 42,
which extends transversely through the shaft
29, and a turning pin 43 which also extends trans
versely through the shaft 29. In order to increase
or decrease the tension of the spring 37 on the
rocker arm 32, the cotter pin 42 is removed and
the shaft 29 moved longitudinally a sufficient dis
tance to disengage the pin 4! from the slot in
the castellated collar 4%. The shaft 29 is then 35
rotated, by means of the pin 43, in the proper
direction to increase or decrease the tension of
the spring 31, the pin 4! once more engaged in
a slot of the collar 45 and the cotter pin 42 re
A stroke limiting rod 44 (Figs. I andIII) is piv-v
otally connected. to the lower end of the seg
ment gear 35 and extends downwardly through
the hollow interior of a vertically extending
threaded sleeve 45. The lower end of the rod 44
carries a washer 4B which engages with the lower
shoulders of the sleeve 45. The exterior of the
sleeve 45 is threaded and screwed into a horizon
tally extending ear 41 of the bracket 21. ‘Four
longitudinal serrations 48 are cut in the outer
surface of the sleeve 45 and are engageable by
a ‘manually movable latch 49 which is pivoted by
means of a pin 55 extending through the ear 41.
A wire spring 5! extends through the lower end
of the pin 50 and into a hole bored in the ear 41.
To adjust the length of stroke of the rocker
arm 32 and the segment gear 35, which is a
and prevented from turning by engagement be
tween its outer wall and the frame member 30.
An escapement pawl 65 is rockably mounted on
a pin 5i and has two pointed arms 62 which are
alternately engageable with the teeth of the es
capement wheel 58. A counterweight 63 is at
tached to the escapement pawl 6%! to cause it
to rock with a pendulum-like motion. The es
capement mechanism just described serves as a
governor to prevent the return movement of the
segment gear 35 under impetus of the spring 31
from being abrupt or sudden.
The knurled feeding wheel 51 extends down
into a longitudinal opening in the upper wall of
a hollow paper guide. 84 which leads from a posi
tion in back of, and below, thev feeding wheel 51
to a position between the opposing faces of the
abutment l4 and platen frame !5. The periphery
of the feeding Wheel 51 is engaged with the up
per surface of a ticket strip 65 which extends
through the ticket guide 54. A duplicate ticket
strip 65 also extends through the ticket guide
64 beneath the ticket strip 55.
A pressure roller 61 (Figs. V and V1) is rotat
ably mounted on a pin 68 which is threaded
through one arm of a bell crank 69 pivotally
mounted in a backwardly extending arm 70 of the
bracket 21. A spring ‘H (Fig. V) extends between
the other arm of the bell crank 59 and an ad
justable spring hook 12 mounted on the arm 10
of the bracket 21.
The peripheral portion of
the pressure roller 6'! extends through a slot
54’ in the lower wall of the ticket guide 64 and
portion thereof, the latch 49 is swung, against
is engaged with the undersurface of the dupli
the action of the spring 5!, out of engagement
with the serrations 48. The sleeve 45 is then 60 cate ticket strip 65. Pressurev exerted by the
spring ‘H forces the pressure roller 6‘! toward the
rotated to move it up which permits the rocker
feeding wheel 51 and this pressure feeds the two
arm 32 to be swung in a clockwise direction (Fig.
ticket strips 55 and 66.
I) by the action of the spring 31 or down which
The upper end of the feeding guide 54 (Figs.
moves the arm 32 downwardly against the ac
tion of the spring 31 by the engagement of the 65 IX and X) has square shoulders and a bellied
center portion. When the ticket strips 55 and 55
washer 46 with‘ the end of the sleeve 45. Since
are initially inserted in the mechanism, the du
the roller 34, which is connected to the cross
plicate ticket strip 65 is out with a centered spear
head 24 and which engages the ?nger 33 of the
end. When this duplicate ticket strip
rocker arm 32, moves through a ?xed distance
for each‘ energization of the solenoid, the ad 70 reaches the bellied upper end of the guide 64,
because of the fact that the guide takes a ‘sharp
justment of the sleeve 45 just described varies
turn upward into the space between the abutment
the lost motion distance between the roller 34
l4 and platen frame it, the sharp spear point on
and the ?nger 33. Thus, regardless of the ad
the entering end of the duplicate ticket strip 66
justment of the sleeve 45, the segment gear 35
is'always swung downwardly to the same point 75 adheres to the wall of the guide 64 havingfthe
greater curvature and thus is led in behind the
inked ribbon 26 (as shown in Fig. X). The en
tering end of the ticket strip 65 is cut on the
diagonal with the point thus created being at
one side of the strip. Therefore, when this
diagonally pointed end of the ticket strip reaches
of the spring 3'! and rotates the pinion 52. How
ever, due to the ratchet mechanism shown in
' Fig. IV, the shaft 53 is not rotated.
After the type impression has been made, the
electrical circuit to the solenoid is opened and
spring means (no-t shown) retracts the solenoid
the upper end of the guide 64 the leading por
core rod 23. This moves the roller 34 down
tion of the strip is between the square shouldered
wardly out of the way of the ?nger 33 of the
portion of the guide 64 and the strip 65 is not
rocker arm 32 and the tension of the spring 31
permitted to follow the duplicate strip 66 but is 10 swings the rocker arm and the segment gear 35
swung forwardly in front of the ribbon 26.
in a clockwise direction (Fig. I). This rotates
Two ‘curved exit guides ‘I3 and 74 are formed
the shaft 53 and the feeding wheel 51 and, de
in that portion of the mechanism cover which is
pending upon the total length of the stroke of the
located above the space between the abutment
segment gear 35 as adjusted by the sleeve 45,
I4 and platen I‘! in line with the upper end of the 15 feeds the ticket strips 65 and 66 a certain distance
ticket guide 64. The exit guide 13 is curved
through the ticket guide 64 and a portion of the
around into close juxtaposition with the face of
ticket strip 65 of predetermined length is fed out
the light thin metallic disk It] and guides the
beneath the cut-off knife 16. This ticket car
duplicate ticket strip 66 out through an opening
ries an imprint of the weight on the scale and
15 between the exit guides 13 and 14. The ticket 20 may be torn off against the knife to serve as a
strip 65 is led over the exit guide 14 and beneath
weight indication.
a cut-off knife 76 secured on the exterior of the
The tickets on the strip 65 may be gummed
mechanism housing.
on the side adjacent the platen I‘! or pasted on
The operation of the device is as follows: When
the carton whose weight they bear; or they may
the automatic load counterbalancing mechanism 25 be strips of light cardboard and used in various
of the Weighing scale has counterbalanced the
ways. The duplicate ticket strip 66 may be car
load on the scale it has also rotated the disk I6
ried upwardly and wound on a duplicate ticket
until that one of the indicia I I corresponding to
spool or led to a duplicate ticket box.
the weight of the load on the scale is located on
The embodiment of the invention that has been
the center line between the face l5 of the abut
disclosed may be modi?ed to meet various re
ment I 4 and the face of the platen I‘! where the
ticket 65 and duplicate ticket 66 are located. The
my invention, I claim:
operator then closes a switch which energizes the
In a printer for a weighing scale, paper feeding
solenoid located in the housing 22 and snaps the
apparatus comprising, in combination, a ?xed
solenoid rod 23 upwardly. This moves the abut 35 stroke reciprocable power source for actuating the
ment I4 and platen frame [6 toward each other,
printer, a pivoted lever driven in one direction by
and pressure between the abutment face I5 and
the power source, a spring urging the pivoted
platen l1 squeezes the disk l0, duplicate ticket
lever in the opposite direction, a segment gear
strip 66, inked ribbon 26 and ticket strip 65 to
on the end of the pivoted lever, a pinion mesh
gether, printing an impression of the raised indicia
ing with the segment gear, a paper engaging
II on both the duplicate ticket strip 66 and the ; roller, an unidirectional clutch operatively con
ticket strip 65.
At the same time, the roller 34, which is
mounted on the cross head 24, has moved up
necting the pinion and the roller during the
spring urged movement of the lever, and an ad
justable stop for limiting the spring urged travel
wardly and, depending upon the adjustment of 45 of the lever thereby determining the paper feed
the sleeve 45 as already described, strikes the
per printing cycle.
?nger 33 of the rocker arm 32. Thisswings the
segment gear 35 downwardly against the tension
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