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Publication numberUS1284637 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 12, 1918
Filing dateJun 1, 1915
Priority dateJun 1, 1915
Publication numberUS 1284637 A, US 1284637A, US-A-1284637, US1284637 A, US1284637A
InventorsFred G Foss
Original AssigneeAmerican Can Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Can-feeding mechanism.
US 1284637 A
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F; 6. F088. CAN FEEDING MECHANISM. APPLICATION FILED-JUNE I. 19 15- Patente Nov. 12,1918.





Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Nov. 12, 1918.

I Application filed June 1 1915. Serial No. 31,349.

To all'c'vhom it may concern:

Be itknown that I, FRED G. Foss,-a. citi- Zen of the United States, residing in Brooklyn, .in the county of Kings and State of New York, have inventeda new and useful.

Improvement in Can-F ceding Mechanism, of which the following is a specification.

' My invention relates in general to canfeeding mechanisms and has more particular reference to mechanisms of thischa'racter designed to transfer the 'filled and unheaded cans from the filling machinesto the "can-heading or closing machine or the like and this without appreciably jarring the contents.

A further object of the invention is-the provision of such a mechanism which will receive cans from a single machine and deliver them to a number of other machines arranged appropriately. l y

A further object ofthe invention is the provision of a machine of the character described which will be of'economicalconstruction and simple, durable and efficientoperation. I Other objects and advantages of the 111- vention will be apparent as it is better understood from the following description when considered in connection with-the ac- ;ompanying drawing illustrating; a preferred embodiment thereof;

Referring .to the drawing,

Figure 1 is a top plan View of a mocha -nism embodying my present invention:

Fig. 2 is asection taken substantially on the line thereof;

Fig. 3 is a section taken substantially on the line 23-3 of Fig. 2-; and

" Fig. A is a section taken substantially on the line 4:?4: of Fig. 1.

' he'can-ieeding mechanism embodying segment of a continuous ring.

my invention and shown on the drawing is adapted to receive cans 10 from a disk 11 or other part of a filling or othermachine. The cans 10 are received intothe feeding mechanism embodying my present invention upon arotating disk or table 12. The disk 12 is secured to a collar 13 (Fig. rota tablyembracing a stationary shaft 14'. The

collar 13 carries the moving parts and is rotated continuously by miter or bevel gears 14 the driving one of which is mounted ,upon asuitable'shaft 15 and driven bv a sprocket chain 16 from a shaft 17, which in turn receives continuous movement from a traveling-conveyer 18, as seen in Fig. 2.

r The disk 12 is secured to a plate .19 upon which slide can-ejecting devices 21, which devices are adapted to move some of the cans from the )late onto the conveyer at ap-.

propriate intervals. The ejecting devices are four in number and each constitutca As the cans/ are received on the plate they are disposed between the outersui-face of-this segmental ring and a fixed guide extending about. the side of the dlsk upon which thecans- .are disposed in n'ioving-from their point reception from the plate 11 to the points of discharge onto the conveyer 18. The

guide 22 forms a part of a guide 23 at the adjacent side of the conveyer. A guide 24 e n n t 15 provided at the other side of the conveyer and this guide 13 continued over the disk 19 as at 25 for a purpose to be later describedi;

The conveyor is divided into three separatei parts 2'. 6., 26, 27 and 28 forming lanes, andy this by means of two intermediate guides 29. Viewing Fig. '1, it will be noted that; the cans 10 'are accurately positioned be-l tween spring plungers 31 sliding in bl ocksi 32 fitting between a-nnular plates or rings} 30 and 30 which are carried upon posts 41! securedto the plate 19', as will belatei de-j scribed. Each ofthese plungers consists ofl a radially sliding finger 33 (Fig. 1) mounted in a recess in its block 32 and normally' held outwardly by a spring 3 a sit con.'

nection being provided between the bloclt I and finger to limitontward motion of the finger. The distance. between the normal outer ends'of these fingers and the guide 22 is such that the inter-position/of a can will depress the spring and cause the can tgbe retarded by the outer guidenntil it rests between the fingers, in which position it; will be retained by tlie'outw'ard protrudence of the finger behind it until it reaches the discharge posit-ion. Each segmental part 21 of .8 the ring is disposed beneath three spaces between these plungers. This provides three can positions opposite each segmental part, this number being the number of lanes also on the conveyer, itbeing desirable that each segmental part shall .carry in front of it a number of cans equal to the number of lanes upon the conveyer. I j

As each segmental part approachesthe conveyerv it "starts to move radially outwardly and when immediately Opposite the conveyer. it is at the end of its outward stroke. It returns thereafter back to normal position before further cans may be posilined in front of it. These-movement's are imparted to the segmental parts of the ring by a fixed mutilated gear 36 which is fastened at 37 upon the end of the stationary shaft 14'; This gear engages .pinions 38 mounted upon the ring which is carried above the plate 19 on posts 41 so that the ring 30 moves with the plate 19 .and with the disk 12. The pinions are secured to the under side of this plate on pivotal connections42. Each pinion carries a crank 43 upon which 'is mounteda roller 44 which in turn is engaged in a'slot 45 extending transversely of the rear of an appropriate segmental part 21. The pinions 38 engage the forward end of the mutilated gear 36 as they succesively arrive at the discharging station and after engaging therewith, turning of, the pinion moves outwardly the segmentalpa'rtinto the position shown in Fig.

3. This serves to discharge the two rearmost of the three cans carried by the segmental part, the other can being guided off bythe extension 25 of the guide .24. The segmental parts are constrained'to movein a true radial reciprocation by a rib l6 taking in an appropriate slot 417 in the plate 19. p

It'wlll bemanifest that any number of lanes may be provided upon the conveyer, it

being desirable that a corresponding numjher of cans be disposed oppositeeach segmental p'art. 1 1 a Q It is thought that theflinvention and-many of its attendant advantages will be understood from the foregoing description, and it will be apparent that various changes nrsy be made in the form, construction and arrangement oftlic part without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention or sacrificing any of itsmaterial advantages, the form hereinbefore described being merely a preferred embodiment thereof.

I claim: j

L-A can-feeding mechanism comprising I a 'raveling table upon which the cans are re- 'ce1. d, and circumferentially extending plurality' of cans located upon 'a portion thereof at a predetermined station in the rotation of said table. I

. 2. A can-feeding mechanism comprisinga rotating disk upon which. the cans are re .ceived, and independent means upon successive portions of said disk each. for ejecting a plurality of cans as they arrive at a predetermined station.

3. A can-feeding mechanism-comprismg a rotating disk upon which the cans are received, segmental members movable with said disk and forminga substantially .continuous can-propelling means around the same, and means for moving outwardly each segment thereof as it arrives at a predetermined station in the travel of said disk to eject the cans upon the-disk in front of .said segment.

4. A can-feeding mechanism comprising a rotating disk'upon which the cans are received, yielding members arranged radially above and IDtflTy with said diska'nd adapted .to receive cans-therebetween for automati cally spacing them u on the disk and means rotary with the isk for engaging at once several circumferentially arranged and spaced cans for ejecting said cans from'the disk at a predetermined station.

5. A can-feeding mechanism comprising a rotating disk upon which the cans are received, a segmental member mount'ed'upon said disk and rotatabletherewith, means for moving outwardly successive segments of said member at a predetermined point in the-travel to eject cans'fro'm said' disk, and means for positioning a predetermined number of cans opposite each segmental par 6. A can-feeding mechanism comprislng a rotatable disk upon which the cans are received, an ejecting member mounted thereon and operable at a predetermined point in its travel, and means for positioning a plurality of cans in position to be ejected by said ejecting member at each operation thereof.

7. A can-feeding mechanism comprising a rotating disk upon which the cans are received, a segmental member movable with said disk for ejecting cans therefrom, pinions movable relatively with the segments 0t said member and having'a pin and crank connection therewith, and means for rotating said pinion at a predetermined point in the travel of said disk to impart to the segments an outward reciprocation to eject cans from said disk.

8. A can-feeding mechanism comprising;

a horizontal rotating table; means for dehvp predetermined number of cans on said table o5' ,"ineans carried by said table for ejecting aand-several cans in the path'of each of sa1d ,130

w esA eas-regain Iofi-Qaetuatiiigsaid can eje'ctor's and" means located inthe paths 6f said can ejector actua'tiiigniieanswhereby the said can "ej'ectors 5 are caused to operate successively ata preideteraiiiieutatian.

res stant p0 oning together a premt i? gfor a ctuatin -iexea iaaiie an ffsaid can ejector actusively'at a predetermined station. a I

ll. A can-feeding mechanism comprising tor-means carried by saidtable, said ejector comprising a plurality of segmental can ejector members; means for positioning' a plurality of cans in front ofeach can ejector member; can ejector operating devices car- 'ried by said table and engaging said ejector members; andmeans locatedin the path of ing devices may be succe'ssivelyactuated at a predetermined station. x

Y '12-. A can-feeding mechanism comprising a rotatable table; centrally located can ejector means carried by said table, said ejector comprising a plurality of segmental can ejec tor members; means fortpositioning aplu- -rality of cansin front of "each can ejector member; can ejector operating devices-car v 60. 13. A can-feedingmechanism comprising i a rotatable table; centrally located can ejector means carried by said table, said ejector comprising a plurality of separate segmental can ejector melnbers; means for positioning a plurality of cans in front of each can ejecprisins: eii' o hay ng rank. me be s-ea- -}J mechanismcomprising a a plurality of" can 'ejectors. aid *table, and 'havingcan engagl'y 'concentric'with'the i df cans jon said-table I v a'ch of said can 'ejec- *tdibii ssivel y j' ni'ettns carried said table ejector members means forjpositioningfa said 'ifi 'n ejectors; and means" fii'ieans Wvhjereb y 'the said I can ejectors op rage vat a' predetermined j 'lated gear in the path of said operating de-' 1 vices whereby said"operating devices may be jsuccessi gely {actuated t a predetermined A can-feeding mechanism comprising a: r otatable tablei-a'dapted to receive and" H I v cari:y"afsuccefs s ioii of cans ;a cen'trallyflo Bnettbysaid tablefor actuating said units; j k

of radially" operating slottedis'egmei tal ejecto operate su'cces- 1 said tablejmeans for positioning a pl'urala rotatable table; 'centrallv' located can ejec-fiiig rotary members having crank members 1 rie by sald f 'eblea d. en a ai ei' b mbe t a pe a n -der es om:

plurality of ca'ns1. in front of each can ejector member can e ector, 7 operating "devices ca rried by sa dtable and engaging said ejector members; said operating devices comprising pinions having crank members engaging said l can e ector members; and a'statio ia'ry muti station. 1

cated ejector element coiiipris'ing a plurality ,t'o'r members operating in radial guides-iii cans' iii thel path .of said ejector nenibers; can ejector operatingpinion's carried by said'table and provided With. crank members adapted to op'eratively engagetlie slots 'in said ejector members; and a centrally located stationary mutilated gearadapted to I successively engaged by said ejector operating pinioris, W-herebyjsaici ejector members may be successively operated 'ata pre- I determined "station; I a said operating devices whereby said operat- Y 16. In a can-feeding machine, in combination: a" can-transferring and distributing table rotary on a substantially vertical axis 1 it and arranged. to deliver distributed cans 1'10- fromdiiferent points of its periphery; an-

endless belt conveyer leading away from the delivering part of the said tableyto which I conveyer the cansarfe delivered distributed at d fferent parts of its'width; means which form separate fixed longitudinal lanes over the can-carrying surface of the 'conveyer'; and camejecting means for automatically forcing the cans from the table to the conveyer. in such.distributedari'angement and 1.2.0:

causing them to be received in separate lines in the said lanes of,-the conveyer; I

'17; A can-feeding mechanism comprising, in combination: a .rotary can-distributing table; a plurality of can ejecting members 12 carried by said table; means comprising a plurality of can spacing plungers carried by said table for arranging and retaining a plu-' rality of cans in the path of each of said can ejecting members; a plurality of lanes .1.3 0}

adjacent the delivery station of said table deflecting guide adjacent said table adapted to coact' with said ejecting means in-controlling the mostadva-nced can as it is delivered; 1

19. A can-feeding mechanism comprising, in combination: a continuously rotatable horizontal table; aplurality of can ejecting members carried by said table; means Whereby a plurality of cans may be arranged on said table together in front of each of said .can ejecting members; and means by which said 'can e ectors may be successively radially' actuated at an accelerating and diminishing velocity at a predetermined station.

20. A can-feeding mechanism comprisin in combination: .a continuously rotatable table; a plurality of can ejecting'members arried by said; table, means whereby a plr-y rality of cans'm y be arranged on said table in front of sa1d-.' can ejecting members; means by \vhle and can e ectors may be succeiving and maintaining the cessix'ely radially'actuated at an accelerating and diminishing velocity at a predetermined station; and means which receive filled cans thereon in upright position:

means for ejecting said cans from said supportat several dlfl'erent points of a delivery statlon; and can recelvlng means at sald station and leading away from said support and receiving said cans in separate lines of successive upright cans.

22. In a can-feeding mechanism for 'the' distribution of a collection of cans into a plurality of rows, in combination: a traveling support or tablewvhich slidably supports and carries said cans in succession and in. upright position; a can ejector above the table-adapted to engage and eject a plurality of cans at once at. a can delivery station: means for actuating said ejector to deliver the cans at saidstation; and means for reejected cans in separated rows. Y

Signed inthepresence of two subscribing Witnesses. v

' FRED G; FOSS. itnesses: "V. D. Fos'rnn, D. .F. Mnxxrs.

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U.S. Classification198/427
Cooperative ClassificationB65G47/71