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Feb. 20, 1962
3,021,987
A. P. SCHOLTZ
RECEPTACLE FOR TAPE
Filed Jan. 8, 1958
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United States Patent O?ice
3,021,987
_ Patented Feb. 2c, 1962
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order that a stub may always be made accessible for tear
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RECEPTACLE FOR TAPE
ingra subsequent length of tape the lateral wall of the
Arthur P. Schultz, Chicago, Ill., assignor to National Can
Corporation, Chicago, 11],, a corporation of Delaware
Filed Jan. 8, 1958, Ser. No. 707,713
6 Claims. (Cl. 225—25)
inner cup is provided with an opening so arranged that
an end portion or stub of the tape is caused to remain
beyond the tear line and overlying a part of the opening.
Thatwall of the opening inv the outer cup opposite the
tearing edge is provided-with a. ?nger adapted for move?
ment into the opening in the-inner cup and beneath the
This invention relates to a device for dispensing tape
from a roll. In particular it has reference to a magazine
stub when the two cups are'relatively rotated whereby
for receiving a roll of tape and means for facilitating the 10 the stub is lifted outwardly for easy grasping. "In order
withdrawal and tearing of a desired length thereof. ‘Such
devices may be used for example, in o?ices for dispensing
that the invention device shall function in- the intended
manner it is necessary that the twooperative positions
of the rotatable parts he observed for otherwise the stub
will not be produced. To‘ this end I provide visible indicia
pressure sensitive tape for sealing packages, by electricians
for dispensing insulating tape, by painters for dispensing
masking tape, etc.
15 to indicate each of the two operative positions.
The invention is best understood by reference to one
?eld of use to which the device is ideally adapted. Elec
tricians customarily carry a roll of insulating tape hung
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Turning now to the drawing I have shown, by way of
example, a tape dispensing device in accordance with the
principles of the invention comprising an outer cylindrical
on a chain and bar forming an attachment of the tool kit
cup 10 of shell-like form and a'similar inner-cup 11 so
worn on the person. After withdrawal and severance of 20 arranged that the respective lateral walls 10a andlla are
a length of tape the stub remaining on the roll will, near
closely adjacent but suf?ciently free to permit manual
ly always, be returned to the roll proper, if not by design
and digital relative rotation thereof and the lodgment of
then by the motion of the suspended roll as the tool kit is
the stub therebetween.
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shifted. Thus, the next operation requires the location
The cups 10 and 11 may be assembled and disassem~
of the cut end which is time-consuming, as the color of 25 bled simply by forcible movement-in the direction of the
the tape, e.g'. black, blends the cut end into obscurity;
common axis. Retention of these parts'in operative re
and the bothersome lifting of the cut end outwardly as a
lation may be e?’ected by various means but I prefer-to
tab constitutes an additional nuisance.
utilize a plurality of circumferentially elongate depres
My invention has for its principal object the provision
sions 14in the wall 10a engaged with mating depressions
of a tape magazine having means for rapidly dispensing 30 15 in the wall 11a. These depressions arecap'able of
a length of tape therefro .
providing detent action to retain the cups in their ‘opera;
Another object is to provide a device as aforesaid in
tive relation and to serve as stops to limit movement ‘of
cluding means for automatically providing a stub to facili
the cups over a predetermined are between the two on
tate withdrawal of a subsequent length of tape.
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erative positions and as will appear. To this end‘ the de
A further object is to provide a device in accordance 35 pressions 15 are vsu?iciently" longer than the'depressions
with the foregoing having indicia to guard against mis
14. Inasmuch as the, walls 10a and» 11a may be of thin
use.
gauge material the depressions 14 and 15 may be readily
Another object is to provide a device for dispensing
engaged and disengaged by momentary deformation of
tape which is adapted to be carried on the person in a
readily accessible manner.
the walls.
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Other objects will appear from the ensuing description
which, taken with the accompanying drawing illustrates
cup 10 may be grasped in one hand while the cup 11 may
practice.
be rotated by the ~?ngersfof the other ‘hand. Anyfother
45 suitablev means may be'used for gripping theicup 11, e.g.
In this drawing:
FIG. 1 is a front side elevation of the device;
FIG. 2 is a view from the edge to show certain of the
holes or depressions for receiving the ?nger tips. ' v
FIG. 3 is a cross section taken on the line 4-4 of FIG.
?ange 25 adapted jointly to receive a spool 26 of the tape
27 to be dispensed. If desired the ?anges 25 may be'of
50 stepped con?guration, frusto-conical or of other suitable
the other operative position;
FIG. 5 is a cross section takenon the line 5-5 of
FIG. 1; and
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Each of the cups 10’and llis provided with an annular
operational features;
FIG. 4 is a view similar to that of FIG. 5 to illustrate
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21, e.g. triangular in radial cross section provided ‘with
radial ribs 22 for improving digital grip whereby the
a preferred form which the invention may assume in
2 to illustrate one operative position;
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The cup -11 is provided with an annular protuberance
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form to receive various widths and diameters of spools.
_ It will be understood that as the 'tape is dispensed the
spool 26 will rotate on the ?anges 25.
Moreover the
axial opening de?ned by the ?anges 25 permits the entire
FIG. 6 is a detail of portions of the device as seen in 55
device ‘to be carried on a support, e.g. the bar and chain
FIG. 2 to show the same in the other operative position.
used by electricians.
Regarded broadly the invention comprises an outer
cylindrical cup and an inner cylindrical cup received tele
scopically and rotatably therein for movement between
two positions hereinafter sometimes referred to as “Tear”
and “Don’t Tear” positions. Suitable means are provided
intermediate the inner and outer cups for limiting the v
relative rotation to a predetermined are which means may
Dispensing of the tape occurs with the parts as shown
in FIG. 3. As there illustrated a length 27a of tape has
been fed through a slot 31 in the lateral Wall 11a, through
a substantially rectangular opening 33 in the lateral wall
10a and has been drawn out of the dispenser’to, the
required length plus some additional amount to provide
the stub, e.g. about 1/2”. To avoid snagging of the tape
also serve to retain the cups in operative relation, al
though separate means are within-contemplation. The 65 the leading edge 32 of the slot 31-is preferably bent on
cups are provided with ?anges to receive the spool upon
which the tape is commercially supplied. The inner cup
has a slot in its lateral wall through which the free end
a curve as shown.
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Following withdrawal of the tape in the manner just
described but prior to severing the same from the supply
of the tape is ?rst passed for dispensing and the tape is
the cups 10 and 11 are contrarotated to the position of
then passed through an opening in the lateral wall of the 70 FIG. 4 thereby drawing about 1/2" of the tape between
outer cup. One edge of such opening is employed for
the lateral walls 10a and 11a where it- is ‘lodged pends
tearing and is desirably serrate to facilitate this step. In
ing a succeeding operation.- Theresulting stubuis
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cated at 27B.
The tape may then be torn on the ser
rated edge 35 of the opening 33.
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To withdraw a subsequent length of tape the cups 10
and 11 are rotated from the position of FIG. 4 to that
of FIG. 3. Thestub heretofore referred to has, due
to its backing become adherent to the outer surface of
the lateral wall 11a, or if the tape is not of 'cementitious
character the stub will be seized between the walls 10a
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in the dispenser being extendable outwardly through said
slot and opening in said tape withdrawal position of the
cup members, for tape withdrawal in desired length, rela
tive rotation of the cup members to said second position
disposing a portion of the tape in extension between said
slot and the tearing edge of said opening and forming a
tape stub between the lateral walls of the inner andouter
cup .members upon tape tear-o? at said tearing edge,
the lateral wall of said inner cup members having a sec
and 110. In either event the invention includes means
for raising the stub to a position where it may be easily 10 ond slot normal to said axial slot and spaced there
from, and a?exible ?nger on the lateral wall of said
grasped for withdrawing a succeeding length.
outer cup membensaid ?nger projecting toward said
To this end the lateralwall 11a is provided with an
radial slot in a position over said second slot and with
opening 41v and a ?nger 42 extending from the wall 10a,
its free end extending inwardly of the cup members
e.g._ from ,a margin of the opening 33. Finger 42 is in
the second slot, relative rotation of the cup
Wardly, deformed in such degree that, during relative 15 through
members to said tape withdrawal position thereby dis
rotation of the cups'l? and 11, the, distal end of the
placing said tape stub into said opening ‘and to engage
same lies within the plane of'the opening 41. The rela
ment with said ?nger thereover, with resulting elevation
tive rotation, of the cups 10 and 11 is determined so that
of the tape stub by the ?nger to a position permitting
the'istub overlies the opening 41 .to atline just short of
the inwardly-extending distal end of the ?nger 42, i.e. 20 ready grasp of the stub for tape withdrawal in desired
length.
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when the parts are in the position of FIG. 4. Hence, as
2. The combination in accordancewith claim 1, fur
the cups are rotated from the position ofFIG. 4 to that
ther characterized in that one of the said cup members
of FIG. 3 the ?nger 42 is carried below the stub and
is provided with spaced indicia, one indicative of the said
the stub rides over the ?nger thereby vto elevate the stub
outwardly to a position where it may be easily grasped 25 tape withdrawal position of relation rotation of the said
cup vmembers and the other indicative of the said sec
to initiate a subsequent operation. Inasmuch as the
ond position of relative rotation of the said cup mem
?nger 42 is ?exible it cannot interfere with assembly and
bers, and the other of the said cup members is provided
dis-assembly of the cups.
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Byre'ason of'the arrangement just described the neces
with meanstfor visually revealing said indicia selectively
sary stub end for starting the withdrawal of a new length 30 in accordance with relative rotational disposition of the
said cup members in respect to the said tape withdrawal
of tape is always at hand in a readily accessible location.
,It willbe obvious that the alternate contra-rotation
of the cups 10 and 11 can be very quickly developed as
a correct habit. However, tocounteract any forgetful
and second positions thereof.
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3. The combination in accordance with claim 1, where
in the said lateral wall of the inner cup member includes
tendency on the part of the user the present invention in 35 relatively spaced indicia one related to the function of the
dispenser having the said cup members relatively rotated
cludes visual indicia to remind him when the parts are in
to said tape withdrawal position and the other related to
incorrect positions. Referring to FIGS. 2 and 6 the
the function of the dispenser having the said cup mem
lateral wall 10a is pierced by a window 51 adapted to
bers relatively rotated to said tape withdrawal position
register with alternate inscriptions “Tear” and “Don’t
Tear” in the adjoining lateral wall 11a. It will be ap 40 and the other related to the ‘function of the dispenser hav
ing the ‘said cup members relatively rotated to said second
parent that when the parts are in the position of FIG.
position,
and the said lateral wall of the outer cup member
4 the tape may be torn, as then the desired stub is
having a Window located therein for register with said
lodged between the cups. In this case the indicium
One indicium in tape withdrawal position of the cup mem
“Tear” will appear in the window but when the tape is
bers,
and'for register with said other indicia in said second
simply being withdrawn from the spool (FIG. 3) the 45
position of the cup members.
indicium “Don’t Tear” will be visible. If desired, equiva
4. A tape dispenser comprising a casing to receive a
lent tactile indications may be employed.
roll of tape, said casing comprising two cup-shaped por
Whilel have shown a particular embodiment of my
tions each having a central ?ange and a cylindrical lateral
invention,~it will be understood, of course, that I do not
wish to be limited thereto since many modi?cations may 50 wall‘, arranged in relatively rotatable assembly with the
lateral Wall of one portion telescopically positioned over
' be made and, I therefore contemplate by the appended
the lateral wall of the other portion and the ?anges thereof
claims to cover any such modi?cations as fall within the
in opposed adjacence, a roll of tape rotatably carried on
true ‘spirit and scope of my invention.
said ?anges, the inner lateral wall having an axially ex
v I claim:
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‘l. A tape. dispenser comprising inner and outer cylin 55 tending slot for outward passage of tape rfrom the roll,
the outer lateral wall having an opening for passage of
drical cup members in relatively rotatable telescoped as
the tape outwardly of the casing, one margin of said open
semblywith their lateralowalls contiguous, means on at
ing providing a tape tearing edge, said inner lateral wall
leastone of the cup members for engagement by the
having a second slot substantially opposite said opening
?ngers of one hand to facilitate relative rotation of the
and extending in a direction normal to said axially extend
cup. members while the ?ngers of the other hand grasp
ing slot, a ?exible ?nger carried by said outer lateral wall
therother cup member, ?ange means centrally on said
and projecting over said second slot and inwardly‘ of the
members, said dispenser being adapted to receive a roll
casing therethrough, said cup-shaped'portions in a ?rst
of tape within the cup members and freely rotatably
Support the roll on said ?ange means, the lateral wall of
position of, relative rotation thereof, having said axially
the inner cup member having an axial slot and the lateral 65 ‘extending slot beneath said outer cylindrical ‘wall and
.s'paced'from-said tearing edge of said opening, the tape
wall of the outer cup member providing an opening
then in passage through said axially extending slot and
having an axial margin adapted to constitute a tape tear
ing ‘edge, relatively engaging means on the cup members’ ' between the inner and outer lateral walls to and outwardly
through said opening and in engagement with said tearing
limiting relative rotation of the members to and between
a tape withdrawal position wherein said slot is substan 70 edge, providing upon tear on of the outwardly extending
end thereof, a stub end between said axially extending slot
tially exposed in said opening adjacent said tape tear
and said tearing edge of said opening, and said cup-shaped
ing edge thereof, and a second position wherein said
portions in relative rotation from said ?rst position to a
slot is beneath the lateral wall of the outer cup member
second position of relative rotation thereof displacing the
in predetermined spaced relation to said tearing edge of
thc'opening, the lead end of the tape from a spool with 75 axially extending slot to said tearing edge of said opening
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and thereby projecting said tape stub end in said open
ing over and in contact With said ?nger, the ?nger elevat
ing the stub end outwardly through said opening to a posi
tion permitting ready manual grasp of the stub end.
5. A tape dispenser comprising a casing having two
separable cup-shaped portions being provided with an
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passage through said axially extending slot passing out
wardly through said opening and being ?exible backward
into engagement with said tearing edge, and upon tear
o? of the outwardly extending end of the tape there being
left, a stub end of tape between said axially extending
slot and said tearing edge of said opening, and said cup
shaped portions in relative rotation from said ?rst posi
annular wall, the annular wall of one portion being tele
scoped into the annular wall of the other portion, said two
tion to a second position of relative rotation thereof dis
portions being rotatable one on the other to ?rst and
placing
the axially extending slot to said tearing edge of
second relative positions, the inner annular wall having an 10 said opening, and tape stub end engaging means for
axially extending slot and a radial slot, the outer annular
projecting said stub end radially outwardly during said dis
wall having an opening, tape-tearing means on said outer
placing motion, said tape stub engaging means being
cup-shaped portion adjacent one margin of said opening,
spaced from the adjacent slot edge and said stub end
said cup-shaped portions in the ?rst relative position hav
bridging the space from the slot edge to the tape stub
ing the axially extending slot underlying the outer annular 15 engaging
means, one of the said cup-shaped portions hav~
Wall and being spaced from the opening, said axially ex
ing a Window, and the other of the said cup-shaped por
tending slot underlying the opening when the cup-shaped
tions having relatively spaced indicia thereon, one such
portions are in the second relative position, and ?exible
indicium
appearing in said window in the said ?rst position
?nger means on the cup-shaped portion having the outer
of relative rotation of the said cup-shaped portions, to
annular wall and projecting into said opening, said ?nger
indicate such position, and another such indicium appear
means having a part thereof projecting toward the inner
ing
in said Window in the said second position of relative
annular wall and extending into said radial slot.
rotation of the said cup-shaped portions, to indicate such
6. A tape dispenser comprising a casing to receive a
second position.
roll of tape, said casing comprising two cup-shaped por
tions each having a central axial opening de?ned by an
inwardly extending circular central ?ange and also having
a circular cylindrical lateral wall, arranged in relatively
rotatable assembly with the cylindrical wall of one por
tion concentric with and telescopically positioned over the
cylindrical wall of the other portion and in close sliding 30
relationship therewith and the ?anges thereof in opposed
adjacence, a roll of tape rotatably carried on said ?anges,
the inner lateral wall having an axially extending slot for
outward passage of tape from the roll, the outer lateral
wall having an opening for passage of the tape outwardly
of the casing, one margin of said opening providing a
tape tearing edge, said cup-shaped portions in a ?rst posi
tion of relative rotation thereof, having said axially ex
tending slot beneath said outer cylindrical wall and spaced
from said tearing edge of said opening, the tape then in
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UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
CERTIFICATE OF CORRECTION
Patent No. 3,021,987
February 2O‘i 1962
Arthur P. Scholtz
It is hereby certified that error appears in the above numbered pat
ent requiring correction and that the said Letters Patent should read as
corrected below.
Column 4, line 24, strike out the comma; line 25‘I for
"relation" read —— relative -—; line 44Lv for "indieium" read
-- indicia -—; column 5I line 69 for “'beihg“ read -- each -—;
column 6, lines 18 and 20' for "indicium"I eaeh occurrenceq
read
——
indicia
—
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Signed and sealed this 5th day of June 1962o
(SEAL)
meat:
ERNEST w. SWIDER
meeting Officer
DAVID L- LADD
Commissioner of Patents
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