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July 16, 1963
E. WALTZ
3,097,775
TAPE DISPENSER WITH MOUNTING BASE
Filed Aug. 15, 1960
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JNVEN TOR.
EDWARD
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WAL rz
ATTORNEYS
United States Patent 0
3,097,775
Patented July 16, 1963
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A ‘further object of this invention has been the provision
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of a tape dispensing apparatus, as aforesaid, including a
TAPE DISPENSER WITH MOUNTING BASE
Edward Waltz, Grand Rapids, Mich, assign’or to E. 0.
,Bulman Manufacturing Company, Inc., Grand Rapids,
Mich., a corporation of Michigan
Filed Aug. 15, 1960, Ser. No. 49,479
3 Claims. (Cl. 225-66)
portable tape dispenser and a pedestal therefor, which
particularly, to a portable, handheld tape dispenser and
a pedestal for releasably engaging and ?rmly holding said
amining the accompanying drawings, in which:
tape from a roll thereof when said tape is being used in
pedestal.
packaging operations, masking operations or in other simi
lar applications. ‘In such case, the dispenser is advan
for said portable dispenser.
pedestal is sturdy in construction, inexpensive to fabricate,
pleasing in appearance, extremely simple to operate and
capable of being adapted for use with a wide variety of
existing, portable and hand-held tape dispensers.
Other objects and purposes of this invention will become
apparent to persons familiar with this type of equipment
This invention relates in general to an apparatus for
dispensing adhesive tape ‘from a roll thereof and, more 10 upon reading the following descriptive material and ex
FIGURE 1 is a side elevational view of an apparatus
embodying the invention.
dispenser in a semipermanent position.
FIGURE 2 is a top plan view of said ‘apparatus with
It is common practice to use a hand-held, portable de
vice for the purpose of supporting and dispensing adhesive 15 part of the portable dispenser broken away to show the
tageously designed so that it can be comfortably held by a
normal adult hand for the purpose of applying the tape
from a roll to an article and thereafter severing the ap
FIGURE 3 is an end elevational view of the pedestal
FIGURE 4 is a broken fragment of FIGURE 1 with
parts thereof in different relative positions.
FIGURE 5 is a sectional view substantially as taken
‘along the line V-—V in FIGURE 2.
plied portion of tape ‘from the remainder of the roll.
FIGURE v6 is a sectional view taken along the line
Such a dispenser is disclosed and claimed in my copend
VI-VI in FIGURE 1.
ing application Serial No. 48,746. entitled “Tape Dis
penser” and assigned to the assignee of this application. 25 For convenience in description, the terms “upper,”
“lower” and words of similar import will have reference
However, it has been found that many users of hand
to the dispensing apparatus of the invention in its normal
held tape dispensers encounter circumstances where it is
position of operation and as appearing in FIGURE 1.
either inconvenient or impractical to apply the tape by
‘The terms “front,” “rear” and derivatives thereof will have
‘means of a hand-held dispenser. This is particularly true
reference, respectively, to the left and right ends of said
where small pieces of tape are being applied and, as a
apparatus as appearing in FIGURE 1. The terms “inner,”
result, the amount of tape dispensed has an insufficient
,“outer” and derivatives thereof will have reference to the
adhesive surface to hold the dispensed portion of the tape
geometric center of said apparatus and parts thereof.
‘upon the article to :which it is applied when thesevering
operation is performed. Heretofore, and for a consider
General Description
able period of time, it has been common practice under 35
The
objects
and
purposes of the invention, including
these circumstances to grasp the hand-held dispenser in
those
set
‘forth
above,
have been met by providing a tape
one hand, grasp the dispensed piece of the tape in the
dispensing
apparatus
comprised
of a portable device cap
other hand and then perform the severing operation,
able of being hand-held for the purpose of dispensing tape
which thus requires both hands. The dispenser must then
be released in order to free one hand for the purpose of 4.0 from a roll thereof supported upon said device, and a
holding the article while the severed piece of tape is being
applied to the article with the other hand. This procedure
pedestal having a heavy base plate and an upright standard
upon which said portable dispensing device is removably
but ?rmly supported.
virtually defeats the purpose, i.e. convenience, of a hand
The portable tape dispenser, which may be any one of
held dispenser and, in many instances, has resulted in the 45 several existing types and shapes, is herein disclosed as an
necessity of having both a hand-held dispenser and a
elongated body member having a cutting blade secured
mounted dispenser at the same location. Obviously, this
to one end and having a drum removably mounted upon
arrangement increases the cost of the equipment, it necessi
the other end for the purpose of supporting a roll of tape.
tates a dual supply of tape, it requires additional space and
Detailed Construction
it usually reduces efficiency. Moreover, it is not unusual 50
for the hand-held dispenser to become mislaid or mis
The dispensing apparatus 10 (FIGURE 1), which has
appropriated during long periods between use.
been selected to illustrate a prefer-red embodiment of the
Accordingly, a primary object of this invention has been
invention, is comprised of a portable hand-held tape dis
the provision of a dispensing apparatus including a port
penser 11 and a mounting base or pedestal 12, upon which
able device for supporting and dispensing tape from a roll 55 said tape dispenser 11 is removably, but ?rmly, mounted
thereof and a mounting base or pedestal upon which said
for the purpose of dispensing tape 13‘ from a roll 14
portable device or dispenser can be removably but ?rmly
thereof, which is supported upon the dispenser 11. The
mounted in a stable, semipermanent posit-ion.
tape \13 may be of any convenient conventional type, such
A further object of this invention has been the provision
as adhesive tape of the type used in packaging and masking
of a dispensing apparatus, as aforesaid, which can be used
operations, for example.
'
as a hand-held dispenser for applying the adhesive tape
The tape dispenser 11 (*FIGURE 1) is comprised of a
where, for example, long strips of tape are being applied or
substantially cylindrical drum 17 upon which the roll 14
where it is convenient to move the dispenser along the
is rotatably supportable. Said drum 17 has two pairs of
article upon which the tape is being applied, as in ‘a
circumferentially elongated and aligned openings 18 and
masking operation, but which is capable of being operated
19, respectively (FIGURE 2), through which the spaced,
in a semipermanent manner to facilitate the dispensing of 65 substantially parallel arms 22 and 23 of the body member
‘the tape under conditions where it would be inconvenient
24 are slidably received. A latching mechanism 26, in
or impractical to apply or dispense the tape from a hand
cluding a notch 27 in the arm 23 and a sliding latch ele
,held dispenser, the apparatus being arranged so that only
ment
28 mounted upon the drum 17, is provided for the
one hand is required for the purpose of both dispensing
and severing the tape, thereby leaving the other hand free 70 purpose of releasably holding the drum 17 upon the body
member 24, particularly when the roll 14 is supported upon
to manually engage the article upon which the tape is
being applied.
the drum 17 between the arms 22 and 23.
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The body member 24 (FIGURES 4 and 5) includes a
connecting plate 29 which is preferably integral with and
36 of the plate 29 is disposed in the recess 59 (FIGURE 4)
and the plate 29 is pivoted around ‘the edge 36 into its
FIGURE 5 position, the front roller 32 can be urged
past the edge 62 of the front clamp 63 so that it is snugly
received into the recess 64, whereby the plate 29 is ?rmly
held against the platform 54.
which extends perpendicularly between the arms 22 and
23 (FIGURE 6) along corresponding edges thereof and
near the front ends thereof. A front roller 32 is ro
tatably supported upon and between a pair of ears 33 and
34 (FIGURES 5 and 1, respectively) for rotation around
It will be seen that the clamp hooks 58 and 63 are
an axis perpendicular to the lengthwise extent of the arms
speci?cally designed to engage certain elements of, and
22 and 23. The rear edge 36 of the plate 29 is also per
thereby ?rmly hold, the tape dispenser 11 described here
pendicular to the lengthwise extent of the arms 22 and 23. 10 in. However, by minor modi?cations in the clamp mem
The ears 33 and 34, hence the roller 32, are adjacent the
ber 56 and the hooks 58 and 63 thereof, the clamp mem
front edge of the connecting plate 29 so that said front
roller 32 is substantially tangent to a plane de?ned by the
outer surface of the plate 29.
A cutting blade 37 having a cutting edge 38 is mounted
ber 56 can be adapted to engage corresponding elements
on other tape dispensers of the character described here
in and for the same general purpose.
Operation
upon the bracket 39 at the front end of the body mem
ber 24 so that said cutting edge 39 extends away from the
plate 29. A guide roller 42 is supported upon and be
dispenser 11, reference is made to the description con
tween the arms 22 and 23 near the rearward edge 36 of
tained in the above-mentioned patent application. Brie?y,
For a detailed disclosure of the operation of a tape
the plate 29 for guiding the movement of the tape 13 be
and prior to initial use of the dispener, the latch mech
tween the roll 14 thereof on the drum 17 and said cut
anism 26 is released so that the drum 17 can be removed
ting edge 38.
from the body member 24 for the purpose of mounting
For further details with respect to the construction of the
a tape roll 14 thereon. The drum 17 is then reengaged
tape dispenser 11, reference is made to the above-men
with the ‘body member 24 and locked thereon by the latch
mechanism 26. The tape 13 is threaded past the guide
roller 42 and over the cutting edge 38, which places the
tape dispenser 11 in condition for operation either inde
pendently of, or in combination with, the pedestal 12.
Where it becomes desirable to use the tape dispenser 11
30 in a substantially ?xed position, the rear edge 36 of the
tioned, copending patent application Serial No. 48,746.
However, it is believed that the details of the tape dis
penser 11 set forth hereinabove are adequate for the
purpose of disclosing the invention.
Moreover, it will
be recognized that even though one particular type of
hand-held tape dispenser has been speci?cally described
herein, the principles of the invention and the pedestal
plate 29 (FIGURE 4) is inserted into the recess 59 de
?ned by the clamp hook 58, after which the body mem
held, tape dispensers with only minor modi?cations there
ber 24 is pivoted counterclockwise (‘FIGURE 5) around
in, as discussed hereinafter.
the rear edge 36 until the plate 29 engages and is bearing
The pedestal 12 has an elongated, preferably rectangular
snugly against the platform 54. During such downward
base plate 46 which is preferably rectangular and fabri
movement, the ?ared edge 62 of the front clamp hook 63
cated from heavy metal plate. A plurality, here four, of
will be moved outwardly by the roller 52 passing there
protective pads 47 are secured to the bottom surface of
under and then, due to the resilience in the clamp hook 63,
the plate 46, preferably near the four corners thereof,
said ?ared edge 62 will move rearwardly and grip the
for preventing damage from said plate to a relatively 4.0 roller 32, whereby the body member 34 is ?rmly, but re
soft surface upon which the plate may be supported.
leasably, held upon the pedestal 12. With the body mem
The base plate 46 may have openings 48 through which
ber 24 in this position upon the pedestal 12, the cutting
screws or the like may be inserted for the purposes of
edge 38 of the blade 37 will face substantially vertically
12 may be adapted to the support of other types of hand
permanently securing said base plate, hence the pedestal
upwardly.
12, upon a supporting structure in a substantially per
manent installation.
The pedestal 12 (FIGURES l, 2 and 3) also includes an
Tape 13 can now be dispensed from the roll 14 by grasp
ing the outer free end thereof and moving such end front
wardly away from the dispenser 11 until the proper
amount of tape has been moved past the cutting edge 38.
The dispensed portion of tape 13 is then moved down
upright, U-shaped standard 51 having a pair of upwardly
converging ?anges 52, 53 and a platform 54 integral
with and extending between the upper ends of said ?anges t
52 and 53. The lower ends of the ?anges 52 and 53 are
bent outwardly and are secured, as by welding, upon the
base plate 46 for the purpose of supporting said standard
URE 5) and urged downwardly so that it is severed from
the remainder of the tape by the cutting edge 38. This
process can be repeated as often as necessary.
When it becomes desirable to use the dispenser 11 as
51 in an upright position. The standard 51 leans toward
the front end of the base plate 46 so that the lateral edges
a portable, hand-held device for applying tape, a ?rm
downward pressure on the rear end of the dispenser 11
in the region of the drum 17 will cause the roller 32 to be
moved upwardly out of its clamping engagement by the
hook 63. The dispenser 11 can now be moved upwardly
of the ?anges 52 and 53 slope downwardly and rearwardly
from the platform 54.
The standard 51 also includes a clamp member 56
which has a plate 57 secured, as by welding, to the plat
form 54 and extending forwardly and rearwardly beyond
the edges thereof. The rearward edge portion of the
clamp plate 57 is bent upwardly and then frontwardly to
provide a clamp hook 58 de?ning a ‘frontwardly opening
wardly into the broken line position 13:: thereof (FIG
60
and frontwardly out of engagement with the clamp hook
58 for immediate and conventional operation as a port
able, hand-held device for dispensing tape from the roll
14 thereof.
Although a particular preferred embodiment of the in
vention has been disclosed above in detail for illustrative
recess 59. The front end of the plate 57 is curved gently
upwardly and rearwardly to form a front clamp hook 63
having a rearwardly opening recess 64. The upper free
purposes, it will be understood that variations or modi
edge 62 of the clamp hook 63 is ?ared slightly front
?cations of such disclosure, which lie within the scope
wardly ‘for reasons apparent hereinafter. The rear clamp
of the appended claims, are fully contemplated.
hook 58 is substantially rigid and the rear edge 36 of
What is claimed is:
the plate 29 is slidably and snugly received into the recess 70
1. An apparatus for supporting and dispensing ad
59 de?ned thereby. The front clamp hook 63 is re
hesive tape from a roll thereof, comprising:
siliently ?exible and the front roller 32 is receivable
a pedestal including a substantially ?at base member
past the ?ared edge 62 into recess 64 de?ned by the hook
and a standard of substantially inverted U-shape
63. The clamp hooks 58 and 63 are so arranged and
having a pair of upwardly extending ?anges secured
spaced with respect to each other that, when the rear edge
at their lower ends upon said base member, said
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an upright standard supported upon and secured to said
base member;
a platform mounted on the upper end of said standard
standard having a platform at its upper end, said
platform being sloped toward the rearward end of
said base member;
and extending transversely thereof;
a pair of spaced hook members secured to and ex
tending upwardly from said platform near the front
and rear ends of said platform, said hook members
de?ning a pair of recesses opening toward each other;
a body member having means de?ning a frontwardly
facing edge portion and a rearwardly facing edge
portion spaced from each other and located near 10
the lower side of said body member, said edge por
tions being snugly and respectively received into said
recesses so that said body member is gripped be
tween said hook members and is releasably held
thereby adjacent said platform;
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roll supporting means secured to said body member
near the rearward end thereof for holding a roll of
said tape above the rearward end of said base mem
her; and
cutting means on said body member near the front 20
ward end thereof, said cutting means including an
upwardly facing cutting edge.
2. The structure of claim 1 wherein said body member
has a plate extending across said one side thereof and
de?ning one of said edge portions, and wherein a roller 25
is rotatably supported upon said body member adjacent
said cutting blade and de?nes the other edge portions.
3. An apparatus for dispensing adhesive tape from a
a pair of hook members secured to and extending up
wardly from said platform near the frontward and
rearward edges thereof, said hook members de?ning
a pair of recesses opening substantially toward each
other;
a body member having means de?ning a frontwardly
facing edge portion and a rearwardly facing edge
portion spaced from each other and located near the
lower side of said body member, said edge portions
being snugly and respectively receivable into said
recesses so that said edge portions are urged toward
each other by said hook members for releasably
holding said body member adjacent said platform;
roll supporting means secured to said body member
near‘ the rearward end thereof for holding a roll of
said tape above said base member when said edge por
tions are in said recesses; and
cutting means on said body member near the front
ward end thereof and having an upwardly facing
cutting edge.
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
UNITED STATES PATENTS
2,469,247
Smith _______________ __ May 3, 1949
1,179,198
France ______________ __ Dec. 15, 1958
roll thereof, comprising:
a base member;
FOREIGN PATENTS
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