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Publication numberUS1814312 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 14, 1931
Filing dateJan 16, 1928
Priority dateJan 16, 1928
Publication numberUS 1814312 A, US 1814312A, US-A-1814312, US1814312 A, US1814312A
InventorsGeorge W Heene
Original AssigneeGeorge W Heene
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Marking means
US 1814312 A
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a. w. HE4ENE MARKING MEANS Filed Jan. 16, 1928 Patented July 14, 1931 GEORGE HEENE, or CLEVELAND; onIo MARKING MEANS Applicationffiled January 16, 1928." Serial No. 2465961:

My invention relates to deviceswi'iichscre atemairlrings on articles.- One object of myinvention simple, inexpensive and ea ily' operable device;- to create markings on '2mticres,;whieh device an tomat-ically spaces the: markings, which-- has ayaniety of character type members eachof which: canbe brought into marlringpositlonselectively toqeffect various combinatiens of the characters,' which: has an inking means:

for,- the; type; members, which has heating means for the i type," members, and. lit-which either the inking; or the-heating means; can

bem'oved into, or outvof operative connection or association: withthe type members; so thatbothcanbe usediconjointly or each can be" used independently of the other,'as desired. Another object of-my inventionzis to provide a marking device with means: for,

holding aball or similar articles for thepnrpose of marking characters thereon andto digitally move or index: the article-to space the-markings and co-locate the articles for proper markinganchto release the articles; Other objects; will appear, on become apparout or obvious, or will suggest. themselves;

upon an inspection of the accompanying drawings and during; the description of: the device shown in the accompanying drawings.

On: many articles, suchas golf: balls for instance it isqu'ite desirable-that. aname ori other identification mark be placed thereon sothatownership of any particular ballcan :be determined and established when some.

quire; a special inking pad'whioh is quiteinconvenient to carry around owing to theexposure of. theinkedsurface t hereoh itha hand stamp, the marking is-nsually very poor since the balls are not smooth onthe outside andthercis-no way to hold thebail so that aheavy pressure could'be bronght uponit withthe handstamp I and, ,usually there is no. means of exerting enoughs'pros sure on the hand stampto overcome the unbe; kept in a clubhouse even: surface at the ball v and the-oniginal form the ball will he chai'igedvwhcna 7 heavy pressure is brought: onto the same: with a hand stamp.

My invention provides-a device which canor other convenient place,. which has smlicient"leverage.- t0- ore. ate a mark on. or in the surface of anaarticle as deep as; desired; which can. beused any one and in any selective: combination olfacharacters, inwhich the markings can: be cr'eatedon orin the surfaceofythe'ball as desired, and in which the ball is heldvso" that any pressure brought thereon during; the marking; operation does not change: the original formof the ball.

In the accompanying.drawings Fig. l is a front'view of a:deviceemhody ing my invention and having aselectively indexab'leand electrically heat-able type holder element with type memberscariiied: by the same and an arbitrarily operable inkzing means for the type members and aball locating andball holding andaball releasing means including a characte spacing means for v the ball.

Fig. 2 is a transversesection. takeninvertical planewindioatedrhy tl-e .line 2 2 in" Fig. 1 and showsmore. clearly the reiations; of themembersi Fig,- Sdsanendwiew; talren at X, of'a por tion of the device of Fig. 1 and shows more; clearly the operating, means for thedevicep Similar reference characters refer; to similar parts throughoutetheviews:v

The type holder orelement-i-li, round in the present instance and spoked asshown to, as far as possible; prevent hereinafter: ex pla-ined-heat the rim-portion thereof from being;conveyedito other parts of the device, is mounted on and rotatable with the shaft 10 which is ournaledin the movable arm 11 which has one endthereof 'hinged or: pivoted to the frame B by means of: the pin lQZand the other end thereof guided on the" frame. and movable arcuately downwardlywith ithe pinil2 as thefulcrunrpoint by means oftthe frame and ha-vingthe operatingihan'die to rotate the same and movable arouately upwardly by means of the tension spring 16 which has one end thereof hooked onto the frame and the other end thereof hooked onto the arm 11 near the movable end thereof.

The element A, in the present instance, carries a plurality of type members or elements 17 each having one of the letters of the alphabet on one end thereof and extending outside of the outer circumferential wall of the rim thereof.

The shaft 10 extends transversely through and beyond the front and the rear of the frame but clears the frame so that the shaft 10 can bodily move arcuately vertically with the moving end of the arm 11 and in relation to the frame and is rotated by means of the knob 18 secured to the front end of the shaft. The dial 19 is secured to and rota-table with the shaft 10 and has the letters of the alphabet corresponding to the letters under the pointer 20 which is secured to the frame.

The ratchet wheel 0 1s secured to the rear end of and rotates with the shaft 10 and has .the notches 21 numerically corresponding to the number of type members on the element A and spaced so that each notchis opposite one of the type members. The plunger 22 is resiliently mounted in the bracket 23 which is secured to the frame and has the pointed end 24 adapted to the notches 21 and is positioned so that the end 24- engages one of the notches and rotates the wheel C in case the dial has been rotated so that the corresponding letter was not directly under the pointer 20 but was approximately so and thereby rotates the element A to correct position and brings the corresponding type member into correct marking position and holds the same in that position while the marking is being performed by means of the handle 15 which, when moved downwardly and forwardly, rotates the shaft 14 and thereby rotates the cam 13 and moves the movable end of the arm 11 downwardly and consequently moves the wheel C downwardly with it to engage tile notches thereof with the end 24 of the longitudinally resilient but laterally fixed plunger 22 and thereby prevents rotation of the element A when the same is moved downwardly sufficiently far to bring one of the type members into marking position.

In the present instance, the inking means comprises the arm 25 having one end thereof hinged or pivoted onto the pin 26 which is mounted in the arm 11 and the other end thereof carrying the inking roller 27 of any suitable kind. Due to this hinged or pivoted condition of the roller 27, the same can be swung into contact with the type members to ink the same or can be swung out of contact with the type members and will remain in either of these positions due to gravity although springs or other means can be employed if desired. r

The heating means, in the present instance, comprises the annular casing D which is supportedon the spider 28, spoked to prevent as far as possible the radiation of heat from the casing into other parts of the device, which spider is supported on the shaft 10 but is slidable on this shaft longitudinally of this shaft and toward and away from and contactable on the element A and is prevented from rotation by the screw 29 permanently threaded into the spider and extending through and is guided in the arm 11 and has the knob 30 on the outer end thereof to take hold of the screw to move the same and the heating element thereon either inwardly to contact the heating element onto the element A or outwardly as far as itcan go or to any position within these limits and thereby permit the heating element to heat the type members to any desired degree within the limits of the heating means and according to the distance of the heating means from the type members. The electrical resistance member 31 is electrically insulated within the casing D and has the terminals 32 and 33 for connection to a source of electricity which, when turned on, heats the casing D which imparts or radiates the heat thereof to the element A and thereby heats the type members more or less according to the distance of the casing from the element A. This heating of the type elements can be carried to any desired degree so that the charac-' ters of the type elements can be either slightly scorched or burned more or less deeply into the surface of an article or to any desired degree within these limits.

The article holding element, in the present instance a ball holding means, comprises the element or member E having the cup shaped inner end-34: and being mounted on and rotatable with but longitudinally fixed on the shaft 35 which is journaled in the frame B and carries the ratchet wheel 36 which has the notches 37 spaced according to desired spacing of characters to be marked and is rotatable with the shaft. The element or member F has the cup shaped inner end 38 thereof is {closer to the cup shaped end 38' knob 4 7 thereon while the member F is held against rotation, the pin 46 engages the inclined uneven wall of the slot 42 and thereby forces the member F inwardly and against the ball and the depressions 45 engage the pin and prevent the same from leaving its position in the slot 42 and thereby holds the ball securely until it is released by an operation reversely of the clamping operation described. This clamping of the ball can be carried to any desired degree of pressure by means of the rotational relations between the member F and the shaft 39, but this pressure will not deform the ball since it is gripped by cup shaped elements from opposite sides.

The pan H has the arcuate surface 48 parallel with the shafts and 39 and clears the outer circumferential surfaces of the members E and F. When the member F is moved back into inoperative position on the shaft 39, the ball is placed upon the surface 48, is not held in any definite position thereon, and usually rests below the position in which the cup shaped ends of the members E and F would hold it. When the member F is moved longitudinally inward on the shaft 39 toward and into contact with the ball, the pin 46 is guided in the slot 40 until the member F contacts the ball and is then opposite the-end 43 of the slot 42. An oppositely rotative movement between the member F and the shaft 39 causes the pin 46 to enter the slot 42 and contact the inclined inner wall thereof and thereby forces the member F against the ball. While the member F is being moved toward the ball, the cup shaped end thereof engages the spherical surface of the ball and thereby lifts or moves the same upwardly until it rests in and is centralized in the cup shaped end 38 and consequently in the aligned cup shaped end 34 and thereby locates the ball in proper marking position.

The character spacing means. for the ball G includes the ratchet pawl 49 having the free end 50 engageable into the notches 37 and being pivoted on the bar '51 longitudi nally movable transversely of the shaft 35.

The bell crank lever I is pivoted on the frame; the crank 52 thereof is hinged or pivoted to one end of the bar 51; the tension spring 53 has one end thereof hooked onto the arm 54 of the lever I and the other end thereof hooked onto the frame and thereby normally retains the pawl 49 out of contact with the notches 37 and moves the bar -and the pawl out of contact with the notches 37 fora new spacing operation each time the handle .15 is released after a marking operation.

The longitudinally movable bar J is guided in the brackets 55 and 56 which are mounted on the frame. The lower end of the bar J contacts the crank 57 of the lever I and the upper end thereof carries the head 58 with the compression spring 59 between the bracket 55 and the head 58 to normally retain the bar J in uppermost position. The cam 60 is mounted on the shaft 14 and rotates with it and is arranged and positioned so that the same contacts the head 58 and moves the bar J downwardly and through one ball spacing movement during the first portion of the downward movement of the handle 15 and then holds the spacing means in that position until the :movem'ent of the handle-wis reversed whereupon the springs 59 and 53 return the spacing means back to normal or ready for the next "spacing position. While the bar J is moving downwardly, the lever I is rotated on its pivot and thereby moves the bar 51 longitudinally and thereby causes the end 50 of the pawl to engage one of the notches and rotate the wheel 36 and consequently the ball G and the ball holding means and thereby rotates the ball for character spacing thereon during the first portion of the downward movement of the bar J and to hold the bar in that position during the remainder of the downward movement of the bar J to retain the ball during the marking operation.

As to the general operation of the device shown and described Place the ball G on the surface 48 of the pan H between the cup shaped ends 84 and 38; then move the member F toward and against the ball and thereby locate and raise it into proper position for marking; then rotate the member F and the shaft 39 oppositely until the ball is clamped tightly between'the two cup shaped ends; then'se'lect the first one of the characters or letters to be marked on the ball and rotate the dial by means of the knob 18 until the selected character or letter thereon is under the index finger or pointer 20; then move the handle 15 forwardly and downwardly until the type face ofthe type member contacts the ball; then press as hard on the handle 15 as is necessary to impress the mark into the surface of'the ball 'as deep as desired; then release the handle 15 whereupon all of the moving mechanism of thedevice is returned original position; then select the next character or letter to be marked on the ball and again rotate the dial in the manner described; then again move the handle as matically indexes the ball tospace the new character or letter from the first one'before the type-member contacts the ball and holds it there during the marking operation; then proceed in the same manner with other characters or letters even continuing this mark ing operation until characters or letters are marked all the way around on the ball whereupon the position of the ball can be changed as described to present new surface thereof to the type members so that several lines of characters or letters can be marked on a ball when so desired.

The inking roller 27 can be moved into or out of contact with the type faces of the type members as is plainly evident in the drawings when so desired. 7

The heating element can be contacted on the element A or spaced from the same to heat the type members to any desired degree by sliding the heating element on the shaft 10 as described.

The inking and the heating of the type members can be'carried on conjointly or independently as desired.

The device shown and described utilizes features of my invention. The type members can be heated as and if desired and to any desired degree to mark anarticle with characters scorched or burned in to any desired degree; the type faces of the type members can be inked or not as desired for printing purposes; the type faces of the type members can be inked and heated if desired; the article to be marked is held without distortion; a ball can be marked easily and conveniently and without distorting the same; any combination of characters on the device can be effected selectively; the spacing between the characters is effected automatically during the marking operations; and the article is automatically moved into proper marking position, is effectively held in that position during the marking operations and is easily released.

I am aware that my invention is applicable to devices other than the one shown and described and that changes can be made in the structure and in the arrangement of elements as shown and described within the scope of the appended claims; therefore, without limiting myself to the precise application of my invention nor to the precise structure and arrangement of elements as shown and described,

I claim -1. A device of the character described including a type holder with character printing type thereon mounted on the device to move to mark an article and to rotate to selectively bring anyone of the printing type thereon into marking position, a 'heating element mounted on the device to be moved into contact with said'type holder and to various distances from the same to. heat the thereon during the initial movement of said handle means for a marking operation.

2. A device of the character described in eluding a type holder and character type thereon movable to mark an article, a heating element in variable heat radiating re-.

lation to said type holder, handle means to move said type holder, an article holder means mounted for article holding move ment thereof and having a character spacing means for the article, and connecting means between said spacing means and said handle means to move the article-into marking position during the first portion of a marking movement of said type holder.

3. A device of the character described in,- cluding a movable element to mark an article having type members, means for moving said element to imprint an article, and an article holder comprising a positionally fixed rotatable cup shaped member to contact a ball, mechanism operated bysaid moving means to digitally rotate said cup shaped member when said element is out of printing position, a cup shaped member mounted to co-operate with the first said cup shaped member to hold said ball between them and movable to release and to contact and to locate said ball, and means for forcing the second mentioned cup shaped member against said ball and looking the same against said ball and releasing the same from said ball.

4:. A deviceof the character described including a type holder and character type thereon movable to mark an article, a handle means to move said type holder, a rotatable ball holding means including a pair .of cup shaped members mounted to position and hold and release a ball, a spacing means to rotate said ball for spacing of characters thereon, and connecting means between said spacing means and said handle means to rotate said ball into marking position dur ing the first portion of a marking movement of said type holder.

5. A device of the character described including a type holder and character type thereon movable to mark an article, a handle means to move said type holder, a rotatable ball holding means to position and hold and release a ball, a spacing means to rotate said ball holding means and a ball therein for spacing of characters on the bail,-and connecting means between said spacing means and said handle means to rotate said ball holding means to move the ball into marking position during the first portion of a marking movement of said type holder.

6. A device of the character described including a type holder and character type thereon movable to mark an article, a heating element in variable heat radiating relation to said type holder, a handle means to move said type holder, a rotatable ball holding means to position and hold and release a ball, a spacing means to rotate said ball holding means for spacing of characters on the ball, and connection means between said spacing means and said handle means to rotate said ball holding means to move the ball into marking position during the first portion of a marking movement of said type holder. 7

7. A device of the character described including a type holder and character type thereon movable to mark an article, a handle means to move said type holder, a heating element in variable heat radiating relation to said type holder to heat the same and the type thereon to various degrees, a rotatable ball holding means including a pair of cup shaped members mounted to position and hold and release a ball, a spacing means to rotate said ball holding means for spacing of characters on the ball, and connecting means between said spacing means and said handle means to rotate said ball holding means to move the ball into marking position during the first portion of a marking movement of said type holder.

8. A device of the character described includin g a type holder and type thereon movable to mark an article in the device, an electric heating element in variable heat radiating relation to said type holder, and spacing means for spacing characters on the type onto the article operated conjointly with movement of said type holder to move the article for successive marking thereon.

9. A device of the character described including a type holder and character type thereon movable to mark a ball in the device and digitally movable to selectively bring any one of the type on the type holder into marking position, character spacing means for the ball operated conjointly with movement of said type holder to move the ball for successive marking operations, means to hold the ball in marking relation to said type holder, and an electric heating element in variable heat radiating relation to said type holder to heat said type to various degrees for various degrees of marking the characters on the ball.

10. In a ball marking device, the combination of, a type holder With type thereon and adapted to be moved and indexed to mark an article, a heating means adjustably adjacent to said type holder to heat said signature.

GEORGE W. HEENE.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification400/118.1, 400/134, 400/128, 101/DIG.400, 101/35
International ClassificationB41F17/30, A63B45/02
Cooperative ClassificationY10S101/40, A63B45/02, B41F17/30
European ClassificationB41F17/30, A63B45/02