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Oct- 15, 1945-
M. c. GAUTHIER
SUPPORTING APPARATUS
Filed Sept. 16, 1944
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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)
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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