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May 14, 1963
J. A. RAUENBUEHLER
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3,089,394
KICKER FOR NEWSPAPERS
Filed April 14, 1961
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FIG. 10 is a schematic view of the pressurizing system.
Referring more particularly to the drawings, the kicker
KICKER FOR NEWSPAPERS
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John A. Rauenbuehler, Milwaukee, Wis., ass1gn0r_to
Cutler-Hammer, Inc, Milwaukee, Wis., a corporation
of Delaware
Filed Apr. 14, 1961, Ser. No. 103,148
12 Claims. (Cl. 93-93)
unit is mounted on a conventional conveyor frame (not
shown) for a standard newspaper wire belt conveyor 10.
The drive for the kicker unit may be taken off of the
conveyor or may be driven independently, whichever is
more convenient. As seen in FIGS. 7 and 8, the news
papers are carried‘ on the conveyor in an overlapped
relation with the folded edge of the papers forward.
This invention relates to an improved apparatus for
A spring biased counter 12 which may be of the type
“kicking out” a counted newspaper which will be here
shown in the Howdle et al. application is used to indi
inafter referred to ‘as a “kicker” system.
cate a “count” paper and to deliver a signal to a delay
Newspapers and the like are carried in an overlapped
timer 14 to energize a solenoid 16, which actuates one
relation on conveyors from the printing and folding
side of a double acting air cylinder 18 after the con
machines to the counting stations. “Kicker” systems are
used to periodically displace one of the newspapers on 15 veyor has moved far enough for the leading edge of the
“count” paper to have moved to a position beneath kick
the conveyor to indicate a predetermined number of
roller 20. The actuation of the air cylinder will move
papers between each displaced paper. Counters of the
the kick roller across the stream of papers, displacing
type shown in Howdle et al. Patent No. 3,027,075, issued
the “count” paper. A support roller 22 is mounted on
March (27, 1962, are used to actuate these kickers when
the indicated newspaper reaches the “kicker” system. 20 the fame immediately below the kick roller so that the
“count” paper will be pinched between the two rollers.
Where the newspapers are transported in an overlapped
A pinch roller 24 and a support roller 26 are posi
relation, the newspaper was subject to damage due to
tioned to engage the newspaper immediately preceding
the kicking operation.
the “count” paper and a second pinch roller 28 and sup
The primary object of this invention is to provide an
improved “kicker” system that does not damage the 25 port roller 30 .are positioned to pinch the papers im
newspaper during the kicking operation.
mediately following the trailing edge of the “count”
A further object is to provide an improved “kicker”
system that is reliable in operation and requires a mini
paper to prevent any misalignment of these papers dur
ing the kick motion. Immediately after the “count”
paper has been “kicked” out of line the kick roller is
mum of maintenance.
These objects are accomplished by a kick roller posi 30 raised clear of the stream of newspapers by a second
double acting air cylinder 32. The ?rst air cylinder is
then reversed and the kick roller moved back to a posi
lapped newspapers. A transverse motion is imparted to
tion above the conveyor. Air cylinder 32 is then reversed
the roller to move the newspapers out of line with the
to drop the kick roller onto the conveyor.
stream of newspapers. The transverse motion ‘of the
The kick roller has a rubberized outer surface to pro
kick roller is controlled by a double acting air cylinder 35
vide su?icient friction to move the papers out of line
having solenoid actuated air valves. A spring biased
and is mounted on a shaft 34 which extends through
paper counter is used to count the newspapers and de~
bearing housings 36 and 38 with one end being secured
liver a signal to a delay counter which determines the
to guide assembly 40 which is vertically movable on
time interval for the counted newspapers to reach the
kick roller. A second double acting air cylinder is used 40 pin 42 secured to hearing bracket 44. The bearing
bracket is horizontally movable on pins 46 and 48
to raise and lower the kick roller with respect to the
tioned on one of the newspapers in a stream of over
stream of newspapers.
The cylinders are actuated in
secured‘ to stationary bracket 50 which is secured to pipe
sequence by limit switches to kick, raise, return and
‘_52 by U-bolts 54. The double acting air cylinder 18
lower the roller from a kick position back to a kick
18 secured to ‘the stationary housing by pin 58 and to
position. Thus, the newspapers in the stream are quickly 45 thebearing bracket by piston rod 60 and pin '62. Pres
surizing one side of the air cylinder will move the bear
divided into predetermined numbers for handling.
ing bracket away from the frame, pulling the kick roller
Other objects and advantages will be pointed out in,
or be apparent from, the speci?cation and claims, as
across the stream of travel of the newspapers and pres
sembly;
to the stationary housing by pins 76. The air cylinder 32
surizing of the other side of the cylinder will move the
will obvious modi?cations of the single embodiment
kick roller back to the starting position.
shown in the drawings, in which:
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A main frame member 75 is shown in FIG. v4 connected
FIGURE 1 is a view of the conveyor and kicker as
FIG. 2 is a side view of the roller arrangement;
FIG. 3 is a side view of the vertical movement ar
rangement;
is secured to the main frame by pin 77 and to arm 73
‘secured to vertical shafts 79 by pin 81. The vertical
Shaits Project upward through bearing brackets 80' in the
stationary housing. Springs 82 are retained on the shaft
by glands '83 and nut 84 and act against bearing housing
movement structure;
guide 85 freely mounted on the shaft and collar 86 rigidly
FIG. 5 is a view taken on line 5—5 of FIG. 4 show
secured to the shaft. Pressurizing of air cylinder 32 will
ing the vertical lift and spring pressure system;
FIG. 6 is a top view of the kick roller mounting as 60 push the arm and shaft upward to raise the kick roller
sembly;
clear of the stream of papers. Reversing the pressure
in the lift cylinder will drop the kick roller onto the
FIG. 7 is a top view of the kick roller actuating as
FIGS. 4A—-4B is a view of the horizontal and vertical
sembly;
conveyor.
FIG. 8 is a schematic view of the roller arrangement;
The upward motion of the shaft 79‘ will cause collar
FIG. 9 is a top view of the roller arrangement; and 65 86 to lift bearing housing guide 85 and kick roller 20
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on of the conveyor. Reversing of the pressure in the air
cylinder will seat the collar on bearing bracket 80. Since
guides 35 are free to move on the shaft, the kick roller
will raise the guides off the collar when it is dropped on
to the conveyor so that springs 82 bias the kick roller into
engagement with the newspaper on the conveyor.
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vention has been illustrated and described, it will be
apparent to those skilled in the art that various changes
and modi?cations may be made therein without departing
from the spirit of the invention or from the scope of the
appended claims.
I claim:
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‘l. The combination with a conveyor carrying a num
The kick roller is driven by V-belts 87 from drive shaft
ber of substantially similar units in a line of ?ow in ‘an
'88 which is driven off of support roller 30. The drive
overlapped relation, of means for periodically displaclng
vshaft is mounted on struts 90 which are pivoted on the
axis of support roller 30. Spring 91 is connected to the 10 one of said units comprising, kick means suspended above
the conveyor, means biasing the kick means into engage
frame to maintain belts 87 tight. The forward pinch
roller is mounted on arms 92 which are pivoted on the
ment with the units on the conveyor, means for peri
odically moving the kick means transversely to the line
axis of guide roller 93. Spring 94 is connected to the
of ?ow to displace one of the units on the conveyor, and
arm to bias the pinch roller against the support roller.
The trailing edge pinch roller is mounted on the end of 15 means for lifting the kick means free of the conveyor
after displacing the unit.
arms 95 which are pivoted on the axis of guide roller 96.
2. The combination according to claim 1, including
Springs 97 provide a bias on the pinch roller against
means for maintaining the preceding and the following
the support roller. The pinch roller is driven by wire
units in the line of ?ow when the unit is displaced.
belts 98 off of the guide roller 96. The wire belts on
3. The combination according to claim 2, wherein said
the kick roller and trailing edge pinch roller prevent the 20
moving means and said lifting means include double act
newspapers from jamming against the rollers, as well
ing air cylinders for imparting reciprocal motions to the
as providing the rotary motion for the rollers.
kick means.
A pair of switch actuators 64 and 66 are carried by
4. The combination with a conveyor for handling sub
the bearing bracket and engage rollers 68 and 70 on
limit switches 72 and 74. These limit switches are actu 25 stantially similar ?exible units transported in a line of
?ow in an overlapped relation and a counting and timing
ated by the motion of the bearing bracket to raise and
device for indicating when a predetermined unit has passed
lower the roller by pressurizing and depressurizing the
under the counter, of means for periodically displacing
double acting cylinder 32. A third switch actuator 19 is
said unit comprising, a roller suspended over said con
carried by arm 78 to engage roller 17 on limit switch 15
mounted on frame member 75. This limit switch is 30 veyor for horizontal and vertical motion, means biasing
said roller into engagement with said units, moving means
actuated by the upward motion of the roller to return the
responsive to the signal from the counting and timing de
roller to a position over the conveyor. Switch 72 is
vice for imparting a horizontal motion to said roller
closed by the “kick” motion of the roller to actuate
when the predetermined unit has been moved under the
solenoid 73 and pressurize one side of air cylinder 32
roller to displace the unit from the line of ?ow, lifting
‘to raise the roller. The upward motion of arm 78 will
means actuated by the motion of the moving means to
actuate limit switch 15 to energize solenoid 13 and pres
lift the roller from said unit, said moving means revers
surize the other side of air cylinder 18 to return the
ing the motion of the roller when the roller is free of the
roller to a position over the conveyor. The return motion
conveyor, and said lifting means being reversed to re
of the roller will open switch 72 and close switch 74
depressurizing the one side of cylinder 32 and pressurizing 40 engage the roller with the conveyor when the moving
means has returned the roller to the position over the
the other side to move the roller downward into engage
conveyor.
ment with the conveyor. This cycle will be repeated each
5. The combination according to claim 4, wherein the
time a signal is transmitted from the delay timer to sole
lifting means comprises a double acting air cylinder actu
noid 16.
In operation, the kick roller is dropped onto the stream 45 atetd by the horizontal motion of the roller to raise and
lower the roller.
of newspapers by energizing solenoid 73 to pressurize air
6. The combination according to claim 5, wherein said
cylinder 32 and is driven at the same speed as the con
moving means comprises a double acting cylinder actu
veyor by the drive shaft and V-belts. The counter sends
ated by the counting and timing device to move the roller
a signal to the delay timer when the paper to be dis
transversely to the line of ?ow to displace one of said
placed passes under the counter. The delay timer auto<
units and reversed by the motion of the kick roller to
matically compensates for the time which it will take to
return the roller to a position over the conveyor.
move the leading edge of the indicated newspaper into
7. The combination according to claim 6, wherein said
engagement with the kicker roller. A signal is then trans
roller engages substantially the full width of the unit and
mitted to solenoid 16 to pressurize one side of cylinder
18, which pulls the kick roller across the stream of papers. 55 is rubberized to impart maximum friction between the
roller and unit.
Limit switch 74 will be thrown by the motion of the
8. The combination according to claim 7, including
bearing bracket 44 and actuator 66, energizing solenoid
pinch roller means engaging the preceding and the im
77 and reversing the pressure on the lift cylinder 32
mediately following units to prevent displacement of these
to raise the kick roller otf the displaced paper. Limit
'switch 15 will be actuated by the upward motion of the 60 units when the roller is moved to displace the predeter
mined unit.
arm 78, energizing solenoid 13 and reversing the direc
9. The combination according to claim 8, wherein said
tion of motion of the kicker roller so that it is returned to
roller and said following pinch roller means are driven
.a position above the stream of newspapers. The return
at the same speed as the conveyor to prevent jamming
motion of the kick roller and bearing bracket will open
of
the units.
.switch 74 and close switch 72 to lower the kick roller 65
10. The combination with a conveyor for transporting
.into engagement with the conveyor.
newspapers in an overlapped line of ?ow and a counter
This arrangement provides a simple but positive means
and timing device for periodically signaling a predeter
for displacing a single newspaper from the stream. The
mined number of newspapers, of means responsive to the
pinch rollers prevent any transverse motion from be
signal from the counting and timing means for displac
ing transferred to the papers immediately preceding and 70 ing the indicated newspapers comprising, a roller posi
trailing the displaced paper. By providing a contact sur
tioned to engage the newspapers, kick means for impart
face across the full width of the newspaper, a positive
motion will be imparted to the paper without any undue
.twisting or tearing.
ing a transverse motion to the roller when the indicated
newspaper is under the roller, lift means responsive to
the transverse motion of the roller for lifting the roller
Although but a single embodiment of the present in 75 oil’ the newspaper, and switch means actuated at the end
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of the motion of the roller for reversing the motion of
the kick means, said lift means being reversed by the
return motion of the roller to re-engage the roller with the
preceding the displaced newspaper and the newspapers
following the displaced newspaper.
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conveyor.
References ?ied in the ?le of this patent
11. The combination according to claim 10, wherein
UNITED STATES PATENTS
said roller engages the full width of the paper.
12. The combination according to claim 11, including
means for preventing the displacement of the newspaper
2,130,604
2,771,011
Staude _____________ __ Sept. 20, 1938
Zernov ______________ __ Nov. 20, 1956
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