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Патент USA US3099099

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July 30, 1963
Filed May 8, 1961
United States Patent O " ICC
Harry W. Crance, Jr., Rochester, N.Y.
Filed May 8, 1961, Ser. No. 108,593
5 Claims. (Cl. 331-174)
Patented July 30, 1963
shown. Two of the slides may be employed, -for example,
for adjustment of their index marks to coincidence with
the same line 28 of the scale »of end portion 12, for use
in securing the proper lay ot one edge of the printed matter
relative to one edge of the stock, for insuring a parallel re
lation between the two, after which another of the sli-des is
conveniently employed for checking the distance of a side
This invention relates to devices -for ascertaining and
edge of the printed matter -from the side edge of the stock,
checking or correcting the proper position or “lay” of
so as to insure a lay of proper yalignment and marginal
printed matter on its stock. It is common practice
to provide each cylinder `or plate of «a printing press with 10 width. Thus, three slides 20 may be employed, as shown,
-the two outer slides marked “L” and “R” being used to
a mark, such as a pair of short intersecting lines, which
position the left and right ends of the bottom of the
will print on the stock or paper being printed. Such
printed matter parallel with and at the proper marginal
lines or register marks are commonly positioned so as to
width from the bottom or “gripping edge” of the stock, the
be printed on a marginal portion of the stock or on a por
tion which is subsequently detached. The purpose of 15 remaining slide marked “SG” being used to correctly posi-Y
tion the printed matter relative to a “side edge” of the
these register marks or lines is to provide accurate means
stock. It is obvious, however, that two of the slides may
for obtaining the correct lay, as by adjustment of the stops
be employed to position the printed matter relative to a
on the press, as well as for subsequently checking the lay
side edge and the remaining slide to position the printed
so obtained and particularly for obtaining accurate register
and coincidence of the impressions of dilîcrent colors 20 matter relative -to the gripping edge, as found most con
in multi-color printings. Proper registry is obtained only
In use, the usual -stops of the cylinder or plate are
when such register marks or ylines of yall of the cylinders
set to provide an approximate lay of the printed matter
or plates precisely coincide.
and a trial printing is checked by inserting the edge por
One object of the invention is to provide an improved
device or gauge capable of obtaining the accurate lay of 25 tion 12 of «gauge member 10 under the bottom or gripping
edge of the sheet, with the latter against the gauge stop
printed matter in a quick and precise manner.
shoulder 18. The slides having been set by the scale
Another object is to provide a device having the above
lines 28 to the desired position, and being positioned above
advantages in a simple and inexpensive construction, con
the sheet, the lines Sil are compared for registry with the
venient to use and accurate in results.
To these Iand other ends the invention resides in certain 30 register marks of the sheet. In the absence of precise
registry, the «gauge indicates the necessary adjustment of
improvements and combinations of parts, all 4as will be
the stops of the press to obtain an accurate lay. The
hereinafter more fully described, the novel features being
gauge is conveniently employed also for checking the lay
pointed out in the claims at the end of the specification.
of the printed matter Vfrom time to time to insure the
In the drawings:
FIG. l is a plan view of a device embodying the present 35 maintenance of accurate registry.
The invention -thus provides a gauge by means of which
invention applied in use to a printed sheet;
the lay of printed matter on its stock «may be determined
FIG. 2 is a plan view of the device detached and show
or set quickly and with extreme precision. Its construc
ing adjustment of the parts, and
tion, furthermore, is relatively simple and inexpensive to
FIG. 3 is an end elevation as seen from the line 3-3
40 manufacture, as well as convenient to adjust and apply 4in
in FIG. 2.
The invention is embodied in the present instance, by
It will thus be seen that the invention accomplishes
way of illustration, in a gauge comprising a member indi
cated generally at l10, of substantially rectangular form
having one end portion 12 of plate-like shape and its
its objects and while it has been herein disclosed by
reference to the details of a preferred embodiment, it is
ably strips of transparent plastic material each having
l. A ygauge for printed sheet register marks comprising
threadedly engaged in part 16, with the head of the screw
exposed in a slot 26 opening through the top of part 16.
another end portion provided with a plurality of parallel
other end 14 thickened to provide a part 16 elevated above 45 to be understood that such disclosure is intended in an
illustrative, rather than a limiting sense, as it is contem
the top surface of end portion 12. Part 16 is terminated
plated that various modiñcations in the construction and
»at end portion 12 by a transversely extending reference
arrangement of the parts will readily occur to those
shoulder or stop 18.
skilled in the art, within the spirit »of the invention and
Means are provided in end portion 14 for slidably re
ceiving and guiding one or more slides 20 for adjustable 50 the scope of the appended claims.
l claim:
positioning over end portion 12. Such slides are prefer~
a member having one end portion of plate-like shape
one end slidably fitted in a channel-like opening 22 in
adapted to be inserted :under the edge of a printed -sheet
part 16, as shown. The slide is formed with a longitudi
nal slot 24 through which -a screw 25 is passed and 55 provided with margin width register marks and having
guide means and a positioning abutment extending trans
versely of said lguide means, said one end portion being
The head of the screw overlies the sides of the slot 24
in the slide and is thus readily accessible for turning, to
clamp the slide in adjusted position.
marked with a ‘linear scale of margin widths measured
from said abutment and a plurality of relatively spaced,
parallel slides of transparent material slidably adjustable
End portion 12 is marked with a series of transverse
in said guide means, respectively above said end portion
scale lines 28 corresponding to diñ'erent »linear distances
and each provided with a mark adapted to be positioned in
from the shoulder or stop 18, being marked in the present
register with a selected indicia of said `scale and thereafter
instance to read SÁz, 1/2 and 5A; of an inch, although any
desired number of such scale ylines may be employed to 65 applied to register marks respectively of said sheet with an
edge of said sheet interposed between said member and
represent any desired distances. The slide is marked with
said slides and against said abutment, to verify the posi
an index line 30 adapted to be positioned in precise
tions of said register marks on said sheet.
registry with a division 28 of the scale on end portion 12
2. A gauge constructed as speciiied in claim l in which
of member 10, as shown, before application of the gauge
said other end portion is elevated above said one end
to a printed sheet.
70 portion and said guide means are parallel channel open
A plurality of such slides 20 are preferably employed
ings in said other end portion in which said slides are
and positioned in relatively spaced, parallel relation, >as
slideably adjustable, respectively, land provided with means
for securing them in adjusted positions.
3. A gauge constructed as specified in claim 2 in which
said slides are strips of transparent material each formed
with a longitudinally extending slot and having a screw
of said one end portion, means for releasably securing
said slides in adjusted positions, each of said slides being
provided with a mark adapted to be positioned in register
with a selected indicia of said scale and thereafter ap
plied to a register mark yof said sheet With an edge of said
passed through Ithe slot thereof and threaded into said
sheet interposed between said scale marked surface of said
other end portion for releasably securing said slide in said
and said slide and against said abutment to verify
adjusted position.
the position of said register 1marks on said sheet.
4. A gauge for obtaining the correct lay 0f printed mat
5. A gauge having the construction speciñed in claim
ter on a sheet having register marks printed thereon, com 10 4 in lwhich said other end portion is elevated above said
prising a plate-like member having at one end portion a
one end portion and said guide means are openings in said
surface adapted to be inserted under the edge of a printed
other end portion in which said slides are slidably adjustsheet printed with margin Width register marks and having
able and provided With means for securing them in ad
another end portion provided with guide means and a posi
justed position.
tioning abutment extending transversely -to said guide 15
means, said »surface of said one end portion being marked
with alinear scale of margin widths extending thereacross
and measured from said abutment, 4a plurality of slides
slidably adjustable in said guide means above said surface
References Cited in the ñle of this patent
Schmidt ______________ _.. Aug. 14, 1928
Marsella et al. ________ .__ Oct. 30, 1936
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