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Feb. 13, 1962
R, A. MCMASTERS
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WIRE STORAGE con CARRIER
Filed June 9, 1960
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same plane as leg 3 and providing a U~shaped end portion
with slanting legs to said element. The free or terminal
end 6 of leg 5 slants outwardly therefrom.
Element A further has an L-shaped top end portion
WIRE STORAGE COIL CARRIER
Robert A. McMasters, Birmingham, Ala., assignor to
Southeastern Metals Company
Filed June 9, 1960, Ser. No. 34,936
9 Claims. (Cl. 211-49)
The present invention is related to portable supports
thereof bent at 7 from said medial portion with a con
tiguous straight leg 8 extending laterally of said medial
portion and an apex 9 with free or terminal end leg 10
extending laterally from leg 8.
Elements B, C, and D are identical with said element
for coiled strand material such as wire, rope and the
like and is more particularly concerned with a carrier 10 A with element B having a straight medial portion 11,
lower bend 12 with lateral leg ‘13, apex 14 and leg 15
forming a U-shaped end portion while the free or ter
minal end 16 of leg 15 extends outwardly. Also, the
upper end portion of element 11 is bent at 17 provid
provide light-weight, strong, and economically produceing an L-shaped end portion having a straight lateral
able carriers for one or more coils of strand material,
leg 18 with free or terminal end leg 19 extending laterally
which carriers can be readily moved from place to place
thereto.
by conventional means, either manually operated or
Element C has straight medial portion 20, bend 21,
power driven, and which carriers can be stacked one
U-shaped end portion 22, 23, 24 and outwardly ex
upon the other either while containing coils thereon or
when empty to permit the moving of a plurality of 20 tending free end 25. The upper end portion of said
element is bent at 26 and 28 providing an L—shaped
carriers at the same time as well as conserving space
for one or more coils of strand material as well as addi
tional similar carriers.
The principal object of the present invention is to
end portion having a laterally extending straight leg 27
when in use or when being stored.
and free end leg 29 extending laterally thereof.
A further and important object of the invention is to
Element D has straight medial portion 30, bend 31
provide carriers for strand material which can be used
for winding and unwinding the strand material thereon, 25 with U-shaped lower end portion 32, 33, and 34 with
outwardly extending free end 35. The upper end por
either manually or in conjunction with conventional
tion of said element is bent at 36 providing an L-shaped
coiling and pay-off means as well as supporting previously
end portion having straight lateral leg 37 from which a
coiled strands.
further straight free end lateral leg 38' extends.
Another important object is to provide carriers which
Each of said legs 3, 13, 22 and 32 of elements A, B,
can be lifted by conventional means engaging either the
C, and D respectively has a free end 6, 16, 25 and 35
top of the carrier or supporting the bottom of a carrier
respectively overlapping end portions 32, 3, 13 and 22
for raising the same or raising the carrier and further
respectively adjacent the. bends 3i, 2, 12 and 21 and
similar carriers stacked thereon with or without coiled
attached thereto in any suitable manner such as by elec
strand material on one or all of the carriers and which
tric spot welding, for example. As a result, legs 3, 5,
carriers are each composed of a minimum number of
32, 34, 22, 24, i3, and 15 with ends 16, 6, 35, and 25
extend in substantially the same plane providing a flat,
open base for the carrier with the medial portions 1, 11,
20 and 30 slanting inwardly from said base.
Each leg 8, 18, 27, and ‘37 of the top end portions of
said elements A, B, C, and D extends in a plane which is
elements connected by spot welding.
A still further object of the invention is to provide
carriers for coiled strand material which carriers are
formed entirely of tubular material and are so con
structed that each can support heavy loads of coiled
material without reinforcing and strengthening members
on an obtuse angle relative to a plane on which each of
and which carriers can also support the coiled material
spaced from a supporting surface or be readily slid
legs 3, 13, 22 and 32 respectively extend and has end
legs 38, 10, 19, and 29 overlapping the same adjacent
over such surface or readily raised by means inserted
45 their apex and likewise connected to said legs in any con
between the carrier and such surface.
Further objects of the invention will be in part ob
vious and in part pointed out in the following descrip
tion of the accompanying drawing, in which—
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a carrier according to
the present invention,
ventional manner as, for example, by electric spot weld
ing. As a result, the top of the carrier provided by said
legs is substantially ?at as all of the legs in the upper end
portions of said elements extend in substantially the same
50 plane. However, the apices of said legs are spaced apart
‘FIG. 2 is a top plan view of said carrier with coiled
material thereon indicated in dotted lines,
‘FIG. 3 is a perspective view of a plurality of nested
carriers when empty,
‘PEG. 4 is a front elevation of two nested carriers when 55
loaded with coiled material thereon indicated by dotted
providing an opening E therebetween. Also, said ?at top
provided by the upper end portion of said elements is
smaller than the opening between the legs of the lower
end portion whereby the top end portion of one carrier
lines,
elements. Accordingly, as shown in FIG. 3, a plurality
of the carriers of the present type can be nested by super
imposing one carrier upon the next. Also, as shown in
FIG. 4 where one carrier has a plurality of superim
posed coils of strand material F mounted upon the base
FIG. 5 is a top plan view of the two nested carriers
of FIG. 4,
FIG. 6 is a perspective view of a modi?ed form of
carrier,
is insertable through the base of a second carrier super
imposed thereon as shown in FIGS. 3 and 4 depending
upon the inward slant of the medial portions of the
And FIG. 7 is a perspective view of a further modi?ed
thereof with the medial portions extending through the
form of carrier.
center of said coils, a second similarly loaded carrier
Referring now more particularly to the accompany
ing drawing, the carrier for coiled strand material as 65 can be superimposed upon the ?rst carrier by inserting
the top of the lower carrier through the base of the upper
shown in FIGS. 1-5 inclusive is formed from a plurality
carrier until said base rests upon the top coil of the
of identical tubular elements A, B, C and D. Element
lower carrier.
A has a straight medial portion 1 bent at 2 with straight
The modi?ed form of carrier shown in FIG. 6 con
leg 3 of the lower end portion of said element extending
laterally and substantially at right angles to the medial 70 sists of a plurality of identical tubular elements H, I, I,
and K each of which has a straight medial portion 36,
portion 1. Said leg 3 is joined by a rounded apex 4
49, 62, and 75 respectively. Element H further has a
to a second straight leg 5 extending in substantially the
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lower bend 37 and V-shaped lower end portion 38, 39,
40, 41, and 42. Element I has bend 50 and V-shaped
lower end portion 51, 52, 53, 54, and 55. Element J
has bend 63, lower end portion 64, 65, 66, 67, and 68.
In the use of the present carriers, coils of strand ma‘
terial such as F held together by bands G can be mounted
upon the carriers by inserting the medial portions 1, 11,.
Element K has lower bend 76 and V-shaped end por
20, and 30 through the center thereof until the coils‘.
rest upon the base provided by the lower end portions.
tion 77, 78, 79, 80, and 81. Each of the legs 38, 51,
64, and 77 extends laterally from their corresponding
medial portions while legs 40, 53, 66, and 79 extend
posed one upon the other as shown in FIG. 4. How-1
ever, it is to be appreciated that the carrier can be:
of said elements.
laterally from the connected legs 38, 51, 64, and 77 re
spectively. End portions 42, 55, 68 and 81 extend out
mounted upon a revolving turntable and the wire fed.
thereto around said medial portions or fed from the car
rier in a like manner or from the coils thereon. In Ihls
wardly from their contiguous legs 40, 53, 66, and 79
respectively, but all of said V-shaped lower end portions
extend substantially in the same plane. End 42 is bent
connection, means such as a hold-down rod, ?ot'shownr
may be mounted upon the ?at top of the carrier and:
connected to the turntable for retaining the carrier there’
at 43 with a V-shaped bend and a free end 44 extending
in a reversed direction parallel to but spaced from said
end on a side thereof opposite to its medial portion 36.
Similarly, element I has a U-shaped end 56, 57 parallel
to but spaced beneath end 55. Element K has U-shaped
end 69, 70 extending beneath end 63 and element K has
on.
The ?at top of the carrier has further uses in that a
blade of a fork-type lift truck can be inserted thereunder
for lifting the carrier or conventional pay-otf’attach
ments connected to said flat top or a hook Inserted
U-shaped end 82, 83 extending beneath and spaced from
end 81. The free ends 44, 57, 70 and 83 thus provide
runners for the carrier. Ends 42, 55, 6S and 81 overlap
a connected leg 51, 64, 77, and 38 respectively and are
through opening E for lifting the carrier by crane, for
example. Eliminating cross bracing within the_carr1er
permits the nesting of the loaded or empty carriers for
conserving space and providing the lifting or revolving
connected thereto in any conventional manner such as by
spot welding.
Further coils can then be super1m-»
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of superimposed carriers at the same time.
The carriers of FIGS. 6 and 7 can be employed in the
same manner as above described for the carrier of FIG.
End 48 of element H overlaps the top lateral connected
leg 75b of element K while the end leg 75c of element
1 but, in addition, the runners 44, 57, 70 and 83 of the
K overlaps the lateral straight connected leg 72 of ele
carrier of FIG. 6 raise the base of the carrier from a
ment I with end leg 74 of element J overlapping the
supporting surface permitting a blade of a fork-type lift
straight connected lateral leg 59 of element I and end
truck or a hand truck to be inserted beneath said base
61 of element I overlaps a straight connected lateral leg
for lifting the carrier and transporting it from place to
46 of element H. Said overlapping legs are connected in
place or permitting the carrier to be slid over a support
any conventional manner such as by spot welding and
ing surface. The U-shaped runners 92, 107, 122, and
they extend in the same plane but have an opening L
137 of the carrier of FIG. 7 also support the base of the
in the center thereof.
35 carrier above a supporting surface whereupon the car
A still further modi?cation is shown in FIG. 7 which
rier can be also used in any of the manners described
consists of a plurality of tubular elements M, N, O, and
for the carriers of FIGS. 1 and 6.
P. Element M has a straight medial portion 84 with a
The present carriers are capable of considerable modi
bend at its lower end from which extends a straight lateral
?cation and such changes thereto as come within the
leg 86. The lower end portion of said element M is 40 scope of the appended claims is deemed to be a part of
further bent at 87 providing straight leg 88 having a bend
the present invention.
89 providing an outwardly extending end 90 with a
I claim:
U-shaped end portion 91, 92, and 93 extending down
1. A carrier for coiled material comprising a plural
wardly from the side thereof opposite to portion 84.
ity of tubular elements, each of said elements having
Similarly, element N has straight medial portion 98,
lower bend 99, connected straight lateral leg 100, bend
101, lateral leg 102, bend 103, outwardly extending end
104 and U-shaped free end 105, 106, 107 and 108 extend
ing therebeneath.
Element 0 has straight medial portion 113, lower bend
114, straight connected lateral leg 115, bend 116, leg 117,
bend 118, outwardly extending end 119, and U-shaped
free end 120, 121, 122, and 123. Element P has straight
medial portion 128, lower bend 129, straight connected
lateral leg 130, bend 131, leg 132, bend 133, outwardly
extending end 134, and downwardly extending U-shaped
opposite end portions each extending laterally from an
end of a medial portion thereof, the end portions of
said elements each being attached to the corresponding
end portions of two other of said elements and the cor
responding end portions at one end of said elements each
having a curved end providing runners for said carrier.
2. A carrier for coiled material comprising a plural
ity of tubular elements being connected together at one
end and each having a straight medial portion thereof,
said elements each having a laterally extending oppo
55 site end portion with a bent free end providing a runner
for said carrier and the laterally extending end por—
tion of each element being connected to the medial por
tion of its element attached to a corresponding end por
tively and are connected thereto in a conventional manner
tion of an adjacent element.
as by spot welding. Said legs and ends extending in sub
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3. A carrier for coiled material comprising a plural
stantially the same plane providing an open bottom sup
free end 135, 136, 137, and 138. Ends 90, 104, 119, and
134 overlap connected legs 100, 115, 130, and 86 respec
ported by the legs formed by said U-shaped free end
ity of tubular elements connected at one end and each
The top of element M has a bend 94 with a straight
having a straight medial portion thereof, each element
having the opposite end provided with a laterally extend
portions.
ing portion, each laterally extending portion being con
connected lateral leg 95, apex 96, and lateral free end
leg 97. Element N also has a top bend 109, straight
nected to the medial portion of its element and having
connected leg 110, apex ‘111, and straight lateral end
a reverse bend providing a runner for said carrier and
leg 112. Element 0 has upper bend 124, straight lat
said elements each having said laterally extending por
eral connected leg 125, apex 126, and lateral free end
tion attached to a similar portion of an adjacent element.
leg 127. Element P has upper bend 128a, straight con 70
4. A carrier for coiled material comprising a plural
nected lateral 128b, apex 128a, and free straight lateral
ity of identical tubular elements, each of said elements
end leg 128d. End legs 112, 127, 128d, and 97 over
having a straight medial portion and laterally extending
lap connected legs 95, 110, 125, and 12Gb respectively,
providing a ?at top to said carrier with a central open
ing Q between said apices.
opposite end portions, the corresponding end portions
of said elements each being attached to the correspond
75 ing end portions of two others of said elements provid
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ing an open base and a relatively smaller top capable
of insertion through the open base of similar carriers.
5. A carrier for coiled material comprising a plural
ity of tubular elements, each of said elements having a
straight medial portion and laterally extending opposite
of each element overlapping and attached to a connected
leg of the corresponding end of an adjacent element.
8. A carrier for coiled material as claimed in claim
6 wherein the L-shaped upper end portion of each ele
ment has a leg connected to said medial portion of its
element, a terminal leg and an apex connecting said con
end portions, the corresponding end portions of said ele
ments being attached to the corresponding end portions
nected leg to said terminal leg with both legs extending
of two other of said elements and those end portions at
one end of said element being positioned providing a
in the same plane, ‘the terminal leg of each element over
lapping and attached to a connected leg of an adjacent
?at top to the carrier and spaced apart providing a cen~ 10 element providing said flat top of said carrier and the
apices of said L-shaped end portions being spaced apart
tral opening in said ?at top.
providing said opening in said ?at top.
6. A carrier for coiled material comprising a plural
ity of tubular elements each having a straight medial
9. A carrier for coiled material as claimed in claim
portion, a laterally extending V-shaped lower end por
6 wherein the upper and lower end portions of each ele
tion and an L-shaped laterally extending upper end por 15 ment each has a leg connected to the medial portion of
tion, each of said elements having its end portions over
its element and a terminal leg, the connected legs of
lapping corresponding end portions of an adjacent ele
each element extend in planes which are on an obtuse
angle relative to one another and each terminal leg of
ment, and attached thereto providing an open carrier
base at one end and a flat open top at the opposite end.
each element is attached to a connected leg at the cor
7. A carrier for coiled material as claimed in claim 20 responding end of an adjacent element.
6, wherein each element V-shaped lower end portion has
a leg connected to said element medial portion, a ter
minal end leg and a rounded apex connecting said con
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UNITED STATES PATENTS
nected leg and said terminal leg, each element L-shaped
upper end portion has a leg connected to said element 25
medial portion and a terminal end leg connected to and
extending laterally of its connected leg, the upper and
lower end portion connected legs of each element ex
tending laterally of one another and each terminal leg
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Rickard _____________ __ Sept. 10,
Karp ________________ __ Mar 3,
Dull _________________ __ Dec. 8,
Hancock ___________ __ Feb. 16,
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