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Патент USA US3099449

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July 30, 1963
Filed Feb. 21, 1961
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United States Patent ()f?ce *
Frank W. Haselton, Raytown, MO., assignor to Western
Electric Company, Incorporated, a corporation of New
Filed Feb. 21, 1961, Ser. No. 90,734
5 Claims. (Cl. 269-—40)
_ 3,999,439
Patented July 30, 1963
Alternate sides 21 of the hexagonally shaped end mem
bers 11 have openings 27 extending therethrough just
below their peripheral surfaces to receive the axles 18
of each forming board. In this manner, the intermediate
sides 22 of the end members permit su?icient clearance
between the boards for their free rotational movement.
It is to be noted that while hexagonal end members are
illustrated for supporting three forming boards, the end
members can be of any desired shape or polygonal con
This invention relates to work holding apparatus and
?guration to support any number of forming boards, the
particularly to an apparatus used for forming articles
essential fact being that su?icient clearance be provided
such as cables.
between each board for its free rotational movement.
In the manufacture of electrical equipment, such as,
A group of openings 23 is circularly arranged on
telephone subscriber sets, radio receiving sets, and the
end member ‘111 about axles 12 for receiving a screw
like, the circuits of the various pieces of electrical appa
ratus are interconnected by cables, commonly referred 15 or locking pin 24. The pin is inserted through an open
ing of standard '13 into one of the openings 23 to secure
to as local cables, having wires of predetermined different
the end members in a desired rotative position. Similarly,
sizes and lengths. Such cables are usually made by string
a series of apertures 25 is semi-circularly arranged about
ing the wire about nails or pins secured on a forming
each axle 198 for receiving a locking pin 26. The locking
board according to a speci?ed plan.
pin 26 is inserted through an aperture 25 into a groove
Heretofore, the cable forming apparatus consisted of
(not shown) on the lateral surface 19 of each board
one forming board per operator position, thereby permit
to lock the board in any selected rotative position. ‘If
ting only two different cable setups, one on each side of
desired, however, a single slot can be used in lieu of the
the board. Consequently, the cabling operator was
series of apertures to receive the locking pin. With such
burdened with relocating the nails for each different cable
plan, and this resulted not only in a shortened life of the 25 an arrangement, the drum 10 can be rotated to position
any board in a desired work location, and each board
board, but also in the waste of much production time. In
can be rotated independently of the drum to any desired
addition, due to the large size of the boards, for example,
angular work position. Furthermore, after a cabling op
4’ by 12', much valuable floor space was occupied.
eration is completed on one side of the board, the board
The object of this invention is a work holding apparatus
can be rotated 180°, exposing ‘a new work surface for
adapted to minimize these undesirable costs.
setting up a different cabling form. Although the forming
Generally, according to the invention, the apparatus
board described has two work surfaces, the work holding
includes a supporting frame having a pair of end members
members can be of any polygonal con?guration to ac
rotatable therein, and a plurality of ‘article forming boards
commodate any number of work surf-aces.
rotatable in the end members. With this apparatus, many
It is to be understood that the above described arrange
cable setups are available while retaining the same ?oor 35
ments are simply illustrative of the application of the prin
space per operator position normally occupied by a single
ciples ‘of the invention. Numerous other arrangements
forming board. Due to an increase in the number of
be readily devised by those skilled in the art which
boards at each operator position, many different cable
will embody the principles of the invention ‘and fall within
setup-s are readily available and a relocation of the nails
40 the spirit and scope thereof.
is minimized.
In a preferred embodiment, a pair of end members is
supported on a frame with a plurality of forming boards
having opposing work surfaces rotatably supported in the
What is claimed is:
1. A cable forming apparatus which comprises a sup
porting frame, a pair of end members rotatably supported
in the frame, at least one end member having a first group
end members to form a horizontally disposed drum. The
drum is rotatable to locate a particular forming board in 45 of openings and a plurality of series of apertures selec
tively positioned adjacent to the ?rst group, a ?rst re
a desired work position. Similarly, by rotating a board
movable pin for insertion through the frame into an open
on its own axis, either work surface of the board can be
ing of the ?rst group for locking the end member in a
exposed at any desired angle with respect to the operator.
desired position, a plurality of cable forming boards ro
The end members have openings for receiving locking
pins to secure the end members and forming boards in 50 tatably supported in the end members forming a hori
selected angular positions.
Other objects will be apparent and a fuller understand
ing of the invention may be had by referring to the fol
zontally disposed drum, each board having opposing work
surfaces and a groove in its lateral surfaces, and a second
removable pin for each series of apertures for insertion
through an aperture corresponding to the groove of a
lowing description and claims, taken in conjunction with
forming board for locking each board in a desired work
the accompanying drawing, in which:
FIG. 1 is an isometric view of the cable forming appa
2. A cable forming apparatus according to claim 1 in
ratus; and
which the end members are rotatably supported by a
FIG. 2 is a schematic view indicating the rotational
mounted axle thereon extending into the frame, and the
movement of the various components of the apparatus.
Referring now to the drawing, a cable ‘forming drum 60 ?rst group‘ of openings is circularly arranged about the
axle for receiving the ?rst locking pin to secure the end
10 includes a pair of end members 11, preferably hex
members in a multitude of rotative positions.
agonal, with axles 12 mounted on their outer surfaces for
3. A cable forming apparatus according to claim '1 in
rotatably supporting the end members in a pair of vertical
which each forming board is rotatably supported by an
frame standards 13. Three forming boards \15 extend
between the end members 11, each board being secured in 65 axle mounted on a pair of opposing lateral surfaces of
each board and extending into- the end members, and the
a channel 17 and having an axle 18 near the midpoints of
openings of each series of apertures are semi-circularly
a pair of its opposing lateral surfaces 19. Each axle 18
arranged about each axle for receiving the second locking
extends through an opening 27 of the end members .11 for
pin to secure each forming board in a multitude of rota
rotatably supporting the boards therein and forming a
horizontally disposed drum. One simple cable 7 having
its wires 8 strung about the nails or receiving elements 9
is shown in the drawing.
tive work positions.
4. An electrical cable forming apparatus which com
prises a supporting frame for a drumlike device journalled
therein, said device having a plurality of rotatable ?at
sur?aced members for receiving elements therein about
which the cable is formed, said members being equidis
tantly spaced and rotatably mounted within the end
members, and means ‘for locking the holding members in
which a cable is formed, and means for locking the
members in any desired ?xed rotative position.
any one of a plurality of positions to which the holding
5. An electrical cable forming apparatus which com 5 members are rotated.
prises a supporting fname, a pair of end members rotatable
in the frame, means. for locking the end members in any
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
one. of a plurality of ?xed positions to which the end
members are rotated, a plurality of holding members
Great Britain ______________ _._ of 1911
having opposing ?at surfaces for receiving elements aboutv 10
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