Oct- 15, 1945- M. c. GAUTHIER SUPPORTING APPARATUS Filed Sept. 16, 1944 Oi TIN OiUTA-T 2,409,484 7 ' 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 2,409,484 Patented Oct. 15, 1946 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,409,484 SUPPORTING APPARATUS Marcel C. Gauthier, Montclair, N. J., assignor to Western Electric Company,vlncorporated, New York, N. Y., a corporation of New York Application September 16, 1944, Serial No. 554,477 3 Claims. (01. 211-72) 1 2 ably metal, and includes arcuate portions I l with intermediate straight portions l2 and the shorter end portions IA. The arcuate portions have spaced outwardly formed portions l5 providing This invention relates to supporting apparatus, and more particularly to supporting panels for electrical units. In certain forms of communication equipment, lateral grooves l6 for a purpose hereinafter de electrical units such as balancing coils, are to be ’ assembled in large groups on a panel. Certain of these coils are approximately six inches in length and weigh between one-half and three- “ quarters of a pound. Furthermore, the coils are scribed. The intermediate straight portions l2 have spaced slots I1 extending approximately important that the coils be supported against A panel 20 also formed of a suitable material, such as metal, is provided with a plurality of spaced threaded apertures 2| to receive mount half their width to serve as means for inter?t ting the elements in assembly. The end mem to be connected to each other through the aid of 10 bers M are also slotted, as at l8, for the same purpose. terminal strips, conductors or the like, and it is ' movement relative to each other to eliminate any possibility of the electrical connections, through the terminals and conductors, being broken or. 15 ing screws 22, the latter serving in combination with washers 23 to mount the assembled ele otherwise disturbed. ments 16 upon the panel 20. It will be noted An object of the invention is to provide a sup that the washers 23 shown in Figs. 2 and 3 are porting apparatus which is simple in structure, square in general contour and are provided with easily assembled and rigid in its support of a plurality of articles. » With this and other objects in View, the in vention comprises a multiplicity of like elements notched for inter?tting engagement with each other and formed so that when assembled, adja cent article receiving pockets are provided, the invention also including a panel upon which the assembled elements may be mounted. Other objects and‘ advantages wiFl be apparent from the following detailed description when con sidered in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, wherein ‘ ‘ 20 reduced portions 24 for inter?tting engagement with the adjacent portions of the elements 10. Upon considering the assembling steps for the elements Ill, let it be assumed that the vertical elements shown in Fig. 2 are positioned with their slots l1 and I8 upwardly, so that the hori zontally disposed elements, with their corre sponding slots I1 and 18 extending downwardly, may be assembled with the vertical elements to complete the structure in Fig. 2. As a result of this assembly. four of the arcuate portions ll combined complete a pocket 25 for an article, in dicated generally at 26.v Each pocket is circu lar in general contour and is provided with eight grooves 16, each adapted to receive a locating lug of the supporting apparatus shown approximate 35 28 on the outer wall of the article 26. When the elements l0 are thus assembled and the arcuate 1y full size; portions I I complete the pockets 2-5, the end por Fig. 3 is a fragmentary sectional view taken tio'ns l4 will be interlocked, either with other end along the line 3--3 of Fig. 2; portions of adjacent elements or with straight Fig. 4 is a fragmentary perspective view of one of the elements of the apparatus shown in Figs. 1, 40 portions l2 thereof. Furthermore, the straight portions l I provide apertures 29 which are square 2 and 3; in cross-section, certain of these apertures align Fig. 5 is a fragmentary front elevational view ing with the threaded apertures 2| of the panel of another species of the invention; 20. Through the aid of the mounted screws 22 Fig. 6 is a fragmentary full size front eleva and their washers 24, the assembled elements 45 tional view of the structure shown in Fig. 5; may thus be mounted upon the panel and the Fig. 7 is a fragmentary sectional view taken supporting apparatus is completed. along the line 'I—'! of Fig. 6, and The article 25 is an electrical unit, such as a Fig. 8 is a fragmentary perspective view of coil enclosed in a container 30 which carries the one of the elements of the supporting apparatus shown in Figs. 5, 6 and 7. 50 lug 28, houses portions of the coil structure and is filled with an insulating material or sealing Referring now to the embodiment illustrated compound. Due to the size of the article or coil in Figs. 1 to 4 inclusive, the structure is composed and the weight thereof, it is necessary that the ‘ of a multiplicity of like elements ill of the gen supporting means therefor be of su?icient eral contour shown in Fig. 4. The element l‘Qis formed of a suitable resilient material, prefer 55 strength to hold each of the coils against move Fig. 1 is a fragmentary front elevational view of one species of the supporting apparatus; Fig. 2 is a fragmentary front elevational view 3 2,409,484 4 ment to eliminate possible disturbance or break through the interlocking structures of the ele age of electrical connections which are made with ments, ?rm supports are provided to hold the their terminals 3 I. It is also important that dur coils against possible relative movement. ing the assembly of the coils they may be dis Although speci?c improvements of the inven posed at varied positions with respect to each tion have been shown and described, it will be other, so that the desired electrical connections understood that they are but illustrative and therebetween may be more readily made. that various modi?cations may be made therein Through the aid of the grooves l5, each coil may without departing from the scope and spirit of be disposed in any one of eight diiTerent posi this invention as de?ned by the appended claims. tions. The importance of the holding of the coils 10 What is claimed is: against displacement has been emphasized. An 1. An apparatus adapted to support cylindrical other important feature is to assure holding of articles having outwardly projecting lugs, the ap the coils in their respective pockets. This is‘ real paratus comprising a panel, like elements formed ized through the resilient nature of the material of strips of resilient material, all portions of which of which the elements ID are formed. Each of are disposed at right angles with respect to the the four arcuate portions which jointly form each panel, with spaced straight portions notched for of the pockets 25 cooperate in gripping the coil or interlocking assembly of pairs of the elements dis article and thus hold it against displacement. posed at right angles to each other, intermediate The species illustrated in Figs. 5 to 8 inclusive arcuate portions forming substantially cylindrical is very similar to that shown in Figs. 1 to 4 in pockets for the articles and grooves at a plurality clusive with the exception of the group position of positions for the lugs of the articles, and means ing of the pockets and the presence of the grooves to secure the assembled elements to the panel in 16. The structure shown in Figs. 5, 6 and 7 in a unitary structure. cludes a multiplicity of elements Mi formed of 2. An apparatus adapted to support cylindical suitable material, such as metal and including 25 articles having outwardly projecting lugs, the ap spaced arcuate portions Ill with intermediate paratus comprising a panel, like elements formed straight portions £12 and end portions 43. The of strips of resilient material, all portions of which straight portions 122 are provided with spaced slots ‘ are disposed at right angles with respect to the 44 extending approximately half the Width of the panel, with spaced straight portions notched for element, similar slots 45 being formed in the end 30 interlocking assembly of pairs of the elements dis portions 43. The elements 49 are assembled in posed at right angles to each other, intermediate substantially the same manner as the elements it arcuate portions forming substantially cylindrical are assembled, the elements d0, however, forming‘ pockets for the articles and grooves at a plurality ' pockets 4? of the arrangement illustrated in Fig. 6. of positions for the lugs of the articles, and means Intermediate square pockets or apertures A8 are 35 extending between selected groups of the straight also formed through the grouping of the straight portions to secure the assembled elements to the portions 42 and in certain of these pockets, panel in a unitary structure. mounting screws 49 and their cooperating square 3. An apparatus adapted to support cylindrical washers 40 are disposed for mounting the as articles having outwardly projecting lugs, the ap sembled elements upon a panel 5|, the latter hav 40 paratus comprising a panel, like elements formed ing threaded apertures 52 therein for receiving of strips of resilient material, all portions of which the mounting screws 49. are disposed at right angles with respect to the Attention is directed to the contours of the panel, with spaced straight portions notched for pockets 41. These pockets are formed mainly by interlocking assembly of pairs of the elements two of the arcuate portions 4! of companion ele 45 disposed at right angles to each other, interme ments 40, the intermediate straight portions of diate arcuate portions forming substantially cy the pockets cooperating to form locating grooves lindrical pockets for the articles and grooves at a 54 into which the locating lug 28 of the coil or plurality of positions for the lugs of the articles, article may be disposed. In this arrangement, means extending between selected groups of there are four different positions into which the straight portions and engaging all the elements coil may be disposed. The arcuate portions of of the selected groups to secure the assembled the elements forming the pockets function to elements to the panel in a unitary structure. resiliently hold their respective coils in place and MARCEL C. GAUTHIER.