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Publication numberUS1862446 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 7, 1932
Filing dateMar 9, 1928
Publication numberUS 1862446 A, US 1862446A, US-A-1862446, US1862446 A, US1862446A
InventorsC. F. Webb
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Printing machine
US 1862446 A
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June 7, 1932. c EBB 1,862,446

PRINTING MACHINE F iled March 9, 1928 e Sheets-Sheet 1 June 7, 1932. c, F, WEBB 1,862,446"

PRINTING MACHINE Filed March 9, 1928 6 Sheets-Sheet 2 June 7, 1932. c. F. WEBB PRINTING MACHINE Filed March 9, 1928 6 Sheets-Sheet -3 I June 7, 1932.

C. F. WEBB PRINTING MACHINE Filed March 9, 1928 6 Sheets-Sheet 4 Z Inve%%? June 7, 1932. c. F. WEBB PRINTING MACHINE Filed March 9, 1928 6 Sheets-Sheet 6' iiiimw Patented June 7, 1932 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE CHRISTOPHER FREDERICK WEBB, OF KENTON, MIDDLESEX, ENGLAND, ASSIGNOR, BY MESNE ASSIGNMENTS, TO THE BELL PUNCH AND PRINTING CO. LIMITED, 0]?

UXBRIDGE, MIDDLE'SEX, ENGLAND PRINTING MACHINE Application filed March 9,1928, Serial No. 260,268, and in Great Britain April 12, 1927.

This invention relates to a motor driven printing machine of the kind in whlch portions of a strip or web are printed to serve as railway admission or other tickets, the printing thereof being effected by means of a single rotary type-cylinder co-operatmg revolubly with an impression roller.

A machine of this kind is described in the specification of the British Patent N 0. 277,147 adapted for printing tickets for a single denomination or fare only, including numbering and dating, the impression roller therein being, however, arranged to be moved to press the web or ticket into contact with the type-cylinder for efi'ectingthe printing of each group of printing matter.

The main object of the present invention is to adapt a machine of the described type, and having a movable impression roller, for printing tickets of different denominations or fares, and to this end the printing surfaces for the different denominations of tickets are arranged arounitthe type-cylinder in alignment with each other and with dating and/or numbering printing surfaces where employed and manually operable mechanism is provided for selecting any one of the said denominational printing surfaces for printing in conjunction with the said dating and/or numbering printing surfaces.

The manually operable means is preferably such as to allow of the printing and delivery in succession of more than one ticket of each denomination the machine is capable of printing.

In a suitable arrangement for carrying out the invention I make use of manually operable selecting mechanism comprising a series of key-levers, corresponding with the print:

ing surfaces for the different denominations of tickets, and I arrange a series of cams around the shaft of the type-cylinder corre sponding to the said printing surfaces, respectively, mechanism being provided whereby the operation of any key-lever will bring the impression roller into operative connection with the cam of the said series correspondin to the said key-lever to print a ticket when the selected printing surface arrives in the printing position.

The shaft of the type-cylinder also carries a cam corresponding wlth the numbering printing surface on the said cylinder for effecting the inking of such surface and the operation of the impression roller and also another cam functioning in a similar manner in connection with the dating mechanism where such latter mechanism is employed. The latter cam is preferably arranged so that it can be put out of action or moved so that it functions when the dating printing surface is out of the printing position.

. To allow of the operation of one key-lever only at a time, means are provided whereby such operated key-lever will cause the paths of the remaining key-levers to be obstructed.

The key-levers are arranged in connection with meanswhereby, when one of them is operated, it will start the driving motor and automatically stop the latter when the typecylinder has made a complete rotation for the printing and delivery of ,a single ticket,

the said means returning the operated keythe motor and returning the operated key-- levers to their initial or normal position. Means are provided for severing each length from the strip or web to form a ticket prior to the printing thereof and means are provided for delivering each printed ticket so as to protrude from a slit in the case of the machine in position for use.

A numerator or counter is advantageously arranged in connection with each main keylever to record the number of operative depressions thereof, together with an additional numerator or counter to record the sum of the numbers indicated by the said numerators or counters. For operating all of the said.

numerators or counters, a cam is arranged on the shaft of the type-cylinder, which cam moves the operating arms of the numerators controlled by the main key-levers and also the operating arm of the additional numerator sufficiently to effect a record in the latter case, but not in the former, means operable by the operation of the said key-levers being employed whereby the said cam will also move the operating arms of the numerators controlled by the said main key-levers to effect a record of their operation.

To enable the invention to be fully understood I will describe it by reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:

Figure 1 is a sectional side elevation of a printing; machine constructed in accordance with the invention.

Figure 2 is a plan view thereof with the top removed and with portions broken away to disclose underlying mechanism.

Figures-3 and 4 are, respectively, sections on the lines -3-3 and 44, Figure 1.

Figure 5 is a sectional side elevation of the machine looking towards the side opposite to that shown in Figure 1. Figure 6 is a section on the line 66, Figure 5.

'but showing a different position of some of the parts.

a is the type-cylinder, which is carried by the shaft I) mounted in bearings 6 b in the machine frame comprising the side-plates b and tie-bars enclosed in the machine case b, the said type-cylinder being designed tobe driven, by an electric motor, as hereinafter described, a complete revolution to print each ticket. This'cylinder a is shown as being provided'with eight printing surfaces a a a a", a a, c, d aligning in a direction around the cylinder a, the printing surfaces a to a serving to indicate different denominations or fares, whilst the printing surfaces 0, d are, respectively, those of numbering and dating mechanisms which are shown of the rotary wheel type, the number? ing mechanism carrying, and being actuated by, a roller reciprocated by a pair of cam surfaces 0 a during the rotation of the typepivoting freely at k, and a link7c with the cylinder a, whilst the dating mechanism is of the kind capable of hand adjustment.

6 is the strip or web to be severed into ticket lengths as hereinafter described, the said web passing into the machine through the tubular guide 6 and f is the impression roller of elastic material which is movable towards the type-cylinder a to press each ticket length against the required printing surfaces of the cylinder a. 7, f f f f 7 are the cams for efiecting the printing movements of the impression roller f in conjunction with the printing surfaces a to a respectively, and g, h are the cams for effecting the printing movements of the said roller f in conjunction with the printing surfaces 0, d of the numbering and dating mechanisms, respectively. The cams f to f and g, h, are attached to a cylinder 1' mounted on the shaft 1), the cams f to f being arranged across the face of the said cylinder, so that they rotate in different lateral planes, whilst the cams, g, h extend the full width of the said face for the The said levers j are pivoted freely on a common pivot shaft 'j and extend through slots j. in the casing 72 the bottoms of which slots determine the depression or operative movement of the said levers. j* indicates springs for-returning the key-levers j to their normal positions.

Each main key-lever normally co-acts, through the medium of a double-armed catch is pivoted on the pivot j and common to all the said levers, with a tooth k on a springcontrolled rocking quadrant k pivoted at 70'' and connected through the medium of an arm 10 in the manner hereinafter described, also rocking arm of blade 70 of an electric switch is controlling the supply of current to an electric motor, not shown, in driving connectiorf with a sprocket wheel 7: freely rotatable on the shaft 6. The said arm 70 is hereinafter referred to as the switch controlling arm. The arm or blade is of the switch in is pivoted at 10. Each key-lever 7' is formed with a notch designed, when the said lever is depressed, to be engaged by an extension 7' on the electric switch arm 70 and to hold the said lever. in the depressed position against the pull of its spring The sprocket-wheel 70 carries a clutch in. the form of'a notched or toothed wheel Z designed to be engaged by a catch Z hereinafter termed the clutchthe latter through the medium of springs Z Z5 which act as bufi'ers when starting and stopping the type-cylinder a. The said arm Z is formed at its outer end with a notch or bifurcation Z with which a tooth or projection Z on the outer end of the switch controlling arm is is normally held in en- 'comeinto contact with the catch is and release the latter from the tooth k on the quadrant k which will be operated inthe direction of the arrow, Figure 5, by its controlling spring W, a distance determined by a second tooth m on the quadrant, ofl'set slightly farther from the axis of rotation of the latter than the tooth [0 this movement allowing the switch controlling arm 70* to be moved by its spring Z to close the electric switch and engage the extension 9' on the latter with the notch j inthe depressed key-lever, the movement of the said arm freeing-the driving or bufferarm Z and allowing the clutch-catch Z to engage the clutch-wheel Z and drive the typecylinder a through a complete revolution,

- to effect the severing, printing, and delivery of a single ticket. At the end of this revolution, the notch Z of the bufler-arm will reengage with the tooth Z on the switch controlling arm'lc, which tooth will, owing to its being in the path of the clutch-catch 1*, disengage the latter from the clutch-wheel Z. To bring the switch controlling arm 10 into position for engaging with the notch Z in the buffer-arm Z a cam n, hereinafter termed the release cam, in the form. of a tooth or projection and keyed on the shaft 1), will engage with a tooth n on the rocking quadrant k and move the latter against the action of its spring sufliciently to allow, through the medium of the arm 10*, the depressed keylever j to be diseng ed from the extension 7' of the electric switc -arm k", and allow the double-armed catch to re-engage with the tooth 10 of the said quadrant again to hold the latter in the normal position, the switch blade 70 vbeing thus moved to the open position by the movement of the switch controlling arm is under the action ofthe spring Z as the said arm re-engages the notch Z in the arm Z As the switch controllin arm [a will, when the quadrant k is move to its normal position,=be in the path of the end of the arm Z the lower prong Z of the ,notch or bifurcation Z is arranged to be moved back against the pressure of a spring Z by impingement with the end of this said switch'controlling arm and allow the latter to enter the said notch or bifurcation. To ensure the full movement of each key-lever j when depressed, a surface 3'", preferably shaped to the arc of a circle described from the common pivotal centre of the said key-levers,- is formed just below the notch y'fiagainst which surface, directly the quadrant Z0 is moved by the disengagement oftthe catch 70 from the tooth 70 the extension j of the switch-arm is will be caused to bear and prevent the said arm closing the switch. This surface is formed at its lower end with a tooth 9' which would contact with the extension j if the key-lever were released before having reached its lowest position and therefore could not resume its normal position. Figure 11 is a view showing a key-lever j depressed as in Figure 10 but the shaft 6 has turned through an angle of 90. To effect the co-operation of the impression roller with the printing surface for the required denomination of ticket when such surface is in the printing position, a bar 0 carried at the outer end of a pair of arms on the pivot j is arranged transversely of and beneath the whole series of key-levers j 'to j with its upper edge 0 at a slight inclination to the common plane of the said key-levers, so that the latter are at different distances from the said upper edge and when depressed the levers j to j will lower the said bar in differ ent degrees the bar 0 being unaffected by the lever 1' One of the pivotedarms carrying the inclined edged bar is provided with an extension or lever-arm 0 connected by a link 0 and spring controlled lever 0 with a member 79 slidable on a bar 11 and shown clearly in Figure 8, to which member the varying movements of the said bar 0 are imparted so as to move by a forked extension 12 on the member, a roller p at one end of a spring controlled double-armed lever p pivoted on 1) into the path ofv any one of the series of cams f to f. The other end of the lever 17 carries the impression roller f. The slide p also moves through the medium I of another forked extension-p a roller 9 slidably mounted at one end of a spring controlled double armed lever g pivoted atxg and the other end of which carries the inking roller 1' for all the printing surfaces of the typecylinder a, so that the cam surfaces to f act upon the roller 9 to effect the in 'ng of the printing surfaces a to a; but independent cams can 'be employed if desired. The pair of cams g, h hereinbefore referred to, extend the full width of the cylinder [to enable the rollers 12 and g to be operatedthereby whatever position the latter may have been moved into to co-operate with any one of the cams f to f and they also serve to actuate the inking rolle'r rto ink the type of the numbering and dating mechanisms 0, 0?, respectively, during each rotation of the typecylinder, although separatecams may be em- -nloved for this purpose, if'desired. The cam ing position. The inking roller 1' is itself inked by contact with the roller r co-acting with the ink duct 1*, the said roller 7' being rotated by sprocket gearing r and crank mechanism r. The roller 1' is shown asbeing arranged out of parallelism with the roller 7 but it may be in parallelism therewith, if

desired.

o is the cam for severigg the ticket lengths before they are printed, romthe ticket strip e by the knifeblade o pivoted at 0 through the medium of the lever 0 pivoted at Q), and link 0 the said lengths being supported by a guide platform 4), and pressed thereon by a spring blade 0 the pressure of which can be varied by a screw a The cam o also serves for operating coacting double-armed levers 'w and 'w for feeding the ticket strip e to the said knife by a pawl w on the lever 1w? engaging holes 'w" in the said strip 6, spaced apart the length of a ticket in the known manner. The lever to also serves, by a spring'gripping device w pivoted at 'w and actuated by a link w having lost motion by a pin and slot connection 10 with the lever w to feed each printed ticket into position partially to protrude through a discharge slit :0 in the case b of the machine, the ticket engaging with and being held between the aws of another but fixed spring gripping device 17 In Figure 9, a ticket is shown as having been placed by the gripping device 10 into the gripping device w the latter, when withdrawn by the link w, slipping over the ticket and leaving it in the said gripping device lying fiat against the fixed jaw or guide m of the device w so that the said ticket allows of the placing in the protruding position, in contact therewith, of a second and third ticket without interference.

With the partsef themachine in the position illustrated in Figures 1 to 8, if one of the key-levers j be depressed, for instance, as indicated in Figure 10, itwill move the catch k out of engagement with the hook 70 of the quadrant 70 so that the latter will be moved by its spring 70 in the direction of the arrow 1, Figure 5, and allow the spring Z to disengage the switch controlling arm 7: from the notch Z in the driving or buffer arm Z to I close the switchlc, In, to energize the electric motor to drive the clutch wheel Z,'the disengagement of the said 'arm k from the arm Z allowing the catch Z under the influence of its spring to engage with the said clutch wheel and drive the type-cylinder a in the direction of the arrow, 2, Figure 5. The described movement of the arm h under the pull of the spring Z also causes the extension 3' of the switch blade 73 to engage with the notch 7' in the depressed key-lever j and hold the latter in the depressed position. It will be noticed that the bar 0 is unaffected by the depression of the lever j as the cam f is already in line with the rollers Q and p for efiecting the inking and printing of the surface a corresponding with the depressed key-lever j .The'type-cylinder a in its rotation will bring the cam 9 into contact with, and move, the roller 9, and consequently the lever 9 to bring the inking roller r into contact with, the type of the numbering device 0. The cam 7 Will then also come into contact with the roller 9, and effect the inking of the printing surface a Simultaneously, or thereabouts, with the described rotation of the type-cylinder, the cam 11 will lower both the feed pawl 10 out of engagement with the top-most hole w in the strip 6 to the next hole w" below, and the ticket feed device w and then operate the knife vo to sever the ticket length determined by the said holes and held in the guide Q), the said device 20 being limited in its movement by an extension 10* thereon abutting against one of the tiebars Thecontinued rotation of the cylinder a will bring the numbering printing surface 0 into the printing position opposite the impression roller 7 and the cam 9 into contact with the roller 39 to cause the said roller 7 to press the cut ticket length into contact with the said surface 0, the said ticket length being fed upwards by the movement of the type-cylinder during the contact of the imthe said ticket length between the spring pressed jaws of the feed device w The continued rotation of the cylinder at will theneffect the inking of the type of the dating mechanism d and the movement of the impression roller f to effect the printing thereby by means of the cam 71,, similarly to the corresponding operations hereinbefore described in connection with the numbering device 6, and the knife 2: will be moved will be moved to its open position and the feed device w and w respectively, moved upwardly to feed the ticket strip 6 the length of a ticket and to place the printed ticket into the gripping device 02 so as to protrude through the slit as into position for use. Just before the the drawings, these stop surfaces are formed by the frame plates 72 The' distance between these stops is equal to the sum of the widths of all the plates 23, and the thickness of a keylever, so that only one of the said levers, when depressed, can pass between a pair of the said plates, the remaining plates exactly filling the spaces between the depressed keylever and the stops, and therefore forming obstructions to the passage of any other keylever j. The plates are shown mounted on and depending from pivots t}, but they may be arranged to slide laterally.

u, a are the additional key-levers support ed, on each of the key-levers j to enable the printing and delivery of more than one ticket of each denomination or fare to beeifected. These key-levers a, u have downward extensions u a respectively, .of different lengths extending below the levers j and are pivoted on a common pivot u and arranged in the same plane as the key-levers j carrying them, so that, when either of them is depressed, it will actuate the supporting keylever j the full extent of its movement, de-

termined by the slot 7" in which it works, the said key-levers u, u acting against springs a a", respectively. The key-levers u serve to determine. the printing and delivery of two tickets of eachdenomination and the lever a of three tickets, so that if two tickets of one denomination are required, one of the levers u must be depressed, when it will first be moved .on its pivot and then come into contact with and move the key-lever j on which it is pivotedfits pivotal movement causing its extension a to move into position over the outer end of the catch It so thatfurther depression of the said lever u will move the said catch out of engagement with the tooth of the quadrant 71: and through a greater are than if moved only by the said supporting key-lever j, the latter having further to travel, before meeting the said catch, than the extension 10 The said quadrant is thus allowed to be operated by its controlling spring, but, instead of being arrested by the second ofiset tooth m, a third tooth m is provided on the quardant for its arrest, the said tooth being offset or arranged slightly farther from the axis of rotation of the said quadrant than the said second tooth m..

This tooth mfl engaging with the catch is,

allows slightly greater rotation of the quadrant on its axis under the influence of its controlling spring, than if actuated by a lever j for the delivery of a single ticket, so that the cylinder a will be rotated twice to effect the printing and delivery of two tickets, the said cylinder during the first rotation, moving back the quadrant k by the en gagement of the release cam n with a second tooth n on the quadrant, the said backward movement being only sufiicient to allow the catch 70 to engage with the second offset tooth m, so that the cylinder is free to make another revolution to print and deliver a second ticket when the quadrant will be caused,

by the co-action of .the cam n and tooth h to formed with its extension a slightly longer than the extension 1& of the key-lever u, so that the catch is will be moved throu h a greater arc than when moved by the eylever u, the toothed quardrant, when released .by the said catch, being arrested in its movement by a fourth tooth m which is offset or arranged slightly further from the axis of' rotation of the quadrant than the third tooth. A third tooth n is provided on the quadrant for co-action therewith of the release cam n, in order that the cylinder a shall rotate three times, and thus print and deliver three tickets, before resuming its normal position. From the foregoing it will be seen that the teeth n W, n on the quadrant k serve for the successive engagement therewith of the release cam n to move back the said quadrant against the action of its springa distance of each of the successive offset teeth thereon for each rotation of the type-cylinder (1, until the quadrant reaches its normal position, the' ber of tickets issued under the manipulationthereof, the operation arm y of each of whic numerators is designed to be rocked by the cam through the mediumof an arm g? on the lever o and a spring controlled link 3 through the medium of a frame y swinging on a pivot y and carrying a series of double"- armed levers y corresponding in number to the key-levers and having one end connected thereto by a hnk 3 Whilst the other end is pivoted to the operating arm 3 by a pin and slot connection 3 so that it is only when a key lever j is fully depressed that the conarm.

z is the numerator for indicating the total number of tickets issued by the machine, the operating arm a of which numerator is connected by a link a to the aforesaid swinging frame y so as to be actuated each time the type-cylinder is rotated.

nstead of employing the cam '0 for operating the numerators, an independent-cam can be employed.

Although I have described the machine as constructed for the printing and delivery of six different denominations of tickets, it is to be understood that it may be constructed to print and deliver more or less than the said number, and that I do not restrict myself to the arrangement of numbering and dating mechanism as I may dispense with the latter, and where tickets are printed with duplicate portions, two numbering devices may be employed.

What I claim is 1. Ina printing machine, a rotatable type cylinder having a series of printing surfaces circumferentially arranged on its periphery, an impression member movable toward and away from the periphery of the cylinder, means for positioning a strip to be printed, between the cylinder and impression member, a series of dams movable in unison with the cylinder, the'number of cams being equal to the number of printing surfaces, and the cams being arranged to accord with the arrangement of the printing surfaces, actuating means for the impression member provided with an element adapted to be shifted so as to be positioned in the path of movement of any selected one of the cams, and manipulative means for shifting said element.

2. In a printing machine, a rotatable type cylinder provided on its periphery with a circumferentially arranged series of printing surfaces, an impression member movable to ward and away from the periphery of the cylinder, means for positioning a strip to be printed, between the cylinder and the impression member, a series of cams movable in unison with the cylinder and arranged side by side, the number of cams being equal to the number of printing surfaces and being arranged to accord with the arrangement of the printing surfaces, actuating means for the impression member, including an element shiftable across the paths of movement of the cams, and manipulative means for shifting said element into the path of movement of any one of said cams, whereby when the latter rotate, the impression member will move the strip toward a selected one of the printing surfaces.

3. In a printing machine, a rotatable type cylinder having a series of printing surface-s circumferentially arranged on its periphery, means for rotating said cylinder, an impression member movable toward and away from the periphery of the cylinder, means for positioning a strip of material to be printed, be-

tween the impression member and the cylin-' der, a printing drum carried by the cylinder, means for moving the impression member toward the cylinder when the printing drum is opposite the impression member, and key controlled means for moving the impression member toward a selected one ofthe printing surfaces as the cylinder rotates, whereby the strip may be brought into contact with a selected one of the printing surfaces.

4. In a printing machine, a rotatable type cylinder provided on its periphery with a circumferentially arranged series of printing surfaces, printing drums carried by the cylinder and projecting into the peripheral line of the latter, an im ression member movable toward and away rom the periphery of the cylinder, a series of cams movable in unison with the cylinder, the number of cams being equal to the number of printing surfaces, plus the printing drums, actuating means for theimpression member including an element shiftable across the paths of movement of the cams, the cams corresponding with the drums being adapted to operate the shiftable element each time the cylinder is rotated, and

manipulative means for shifting said elements into the path of movement of any one of the cams corresponding to the printing surfaces.

5. In a printing machine, a rotatable type cylinder, a series of movable keys, a pivotally mounted bar having an inclined edge which may be engaged by the keys for swinging the bar varying degrees, a shiftable carriage, means operatively connecting the carriage to said bar, whereby when a key is actuated, the carriage will beshifted a certain degree, an abutment movable with the carriage, a series of cams movable in unison with the cylinder and arranged side by side, said abutment being moved by the carriage into the paths of movementof the cams for causing the abutment to be actuated by a cam corresponding to the particular key actuated, an impression roller actuated by said abutment, and means for feeding a strip to be printed, between the impression roller and the cylinder.

6. A printing machine as claimed in claim 5, including an inking roller cooperable with the type cylinder, a bell-crank lever carrying the inking roller, a second abutment carried by the bell-crank lever and adapted to be actuated by any one of said cams, and means connecting the first mentioned abutment to the second abutment for shifting the abutments in unison.

7. In a printing machine, the combination with a type cylinder and an impression roller movable toward and away from the same, of means for feeding a strip to be printed between the cylinder and roller, said means including a strip guide, a pawl for moving the strip along said guide, a lever movable delivered to the in unison with the cylinder for actuating said pawl, a strip receiving platform cooperating with the guide, means between the guide and platform for severing the strip into ticket lengths, said platform being located anterior to the impression roller, a spring gripping device arranged posterior to the impression roller and adapted to grasp a ticket after it has passed between the roller and cylinder, a movable member carrying the spring gripping device,- and a link connecting the movable member to the paw actuating lever. 8. In a printing machine, the combination with a type cylinder and an impression roller movable toward and away from the cylinder, of means for feedi ig a ticket between the roller and cylinder, a spring gripping device for withdrawing a'- ticket from between the roller and cylinder, a ticket delivery port, an apron cooperating with the spring gripping device for guiding a ticket through said port, and a spring pressed latch cooperating with the apron to grip tickets port by the spring gripping device.

9. In a printing machine, key controlled.

cooperates, a movable member supporting the double-armed levers, links connecting the keys with the double-armed levers, and means operatively connected to the movable member and movable in unison with the type cylinder for causing the actuation of the counter corresponding to an actuated key.

10. A printing machine including a ro-.

tatable type cylinder having printing surfaces for different denominations of tickets arranged in alignment around its periphery, an impression roller movable with respect to the type cylinder for pressing a ticket to be printed against a selected one of said printing surfaces, and manually operable key controlled mechanism for causing the impression roller to press a ticket against any selected one of said printing su'rfaces as the cylinder rotates, said type cylinder being movable with respect to the manually operable mechanism.

11. A printing machine'as claimed in claim 10, in which the type cylinder is also provided with a peripherally arranged date printing surface, and means controlled by said manually operable mechanism for causing the impression roller to press a ticket against said date printing surface.

12. A printing machine as claimed in claim l0,"in which the type cylinder is provided with a peripherally arranged numbering printing surface, and means movable in unitype cylinder each time the numbering prmtmg surface is opposite the impression roller during the rotation of the cylinder.

13. A printing machine as claimed in claim 10, wherein the manually operable mechanism includes cooperating elements adapted to cause the-printing and successive delivery of morethan one ticket of each denomination the machine is capable of printing.

14. A printing machine as claimed in claim 10, in which the type cylinder is provided with a rotatable shaft, the manually operable mechanism including a series of cams arranged around the shaft and rotatable with the latter, the number of said cams corresponding to.the number of the printing surfaces on the type cylinder, a series of key levers corresponding in number to the printprint a ticket when the selected printing surface arrives in the printing position.

15. A printing machine as claimed in claim 10, in which the manually operable mechanism cooperates with a series of cams movable with the type cylinder and corresponding in number to the printing surfaces, an

inking roller cooperating with said surfaces,

and means actuated by the cams and controlled by the manually operable mechanism for bringing the inking roller into contact with a selected one of the printing surfaces.

16. A printing machine as claimed in claim 10, in' which the type cylinder is provided with a numbering printing surface, a cam movable in unison with the cylinder, an inking roll r adapted to apply. ink to the numbering printing surface, and means actuated by the cam for causing the inking roller to engage the numbering printing surface, as the type cylinder rotates. I

17. A printing machine as claimed in claim 10, including a dating printing surface peripherally arranged on the type cylinder, a cam movable in unison with the type cylinder; inking means for applying ink to'the Ill) dating printing surface, and means actuated by the cam during the rotation of the type cylinder for moving the inking means into "contact with the dating'printing surface.

18. A printing machine as claimed in'claim 10, in which date printing mechanism is peripherally arranged on, and carried by the type cylinder, a cam movable in unison with the type cylinder, and adapted to move the impression roller toward the type cylinder, said cam being movablymounted on the type cylinder, whereby the cam can be put out of action or moved, for the purpose set forth.

19. A printing machine as claimed in claim 10, in which the manually operable mechafaces, means for feeding a strip of material to be printed, means for severing sections from the strip, and manually controlled means for effecting a cycle of operation of the machine whereby the previously positioned strip is first severed and then brought into engagement with a selected printing surface, and the strip re-positioned ready for severing therefrom a section to be printed during the succeeding cycles 21. In a printing machine, a movable type member provided with a plurality of printing surfaces, means for feeding a strip of material to be printed, means for severing sections from the strip,-and manually controlled means for'effecting a cycle of operation of the machine, whereby a severed section is brought into engagement with a selected printing surface while the latter is in motion, and said strip is fed and re-posi-' tioned ready for another section to be sevcred therefrom to be printed during the succeeding cycle. I

22. In a printing machine, an electric motor driven rotatable type member having a plurality of successively arranged printing surfaces, an impression member, means for feeding a strip of material to be printed, be-

' said switch.

tween said members, control mechanism for the electric motor which drives the type member, selective manually controlled means for moving one of said members toward the other member for bringing any one of said printing surfaces into contact with said strip while the type member is rotating, and means operatively connecting the selective manually controlled means to the motor control mechanism.

V 23. In a printing machine, a rotatable type cylinder carrying a series of printing surfaces, means for presenting material to'be printed to the cylinder, keys operable to effect printing by a selected one of the printing surfaces, a latch normally locking the cylinder against rotation, means actuated by the keys for releasing the latch, said cylinder being adapted to be actuated by an electric motor, a switch to control said motor, means operatively connecting the switch to the key actuated means, whereby-when the latch is released, the switch will be closed, a member movable in unison withthe cylinder, and means actuated by the last mentioned member for operating the key actuated means after a revolution of the cylinder, and for relatching the cylinder and thereby openin 24. In a printing machine, an electric motor operated rotatable type-cylinder carrying a series of printing surfaces, means for presenting material to be printed to the cylinder, keys operable to effect printing by a selected one of the printing surfaces, a latch normally locking the cylinder against rotation, a normally open switch for controlling said motor, means actuated by the keys for releasing the latch and closing the switch, a member movable in unison with the cylinder, and means actuated by said member for returning the latch to latching position and for opening the switch after the cylinder rotates.

25. In a printing machine, a rotatable type cylinder carrying a series of printing surfaces, nieans for presenting material to be printed to the cylinder, a member normally holding the latch in latching position, means for normally holding said member in the position in which it keeps the latch in latching position, keys operable to efi'ect printing by a selected one of the printing surfaces, means actuated by the keys for releasing the last mentioned means to permit the holding member to release the latch to allow the c linder to rotate, and .a member rotatable with the cylinder "and adapted to actuate the last mentioned means for restoring the holding member, latch and key actuated means to normal position.

26'. In a printing machine, an electric motor operated rotatable type cylinder carrying a series of printing surfaces, means for presenting material to be printed to the cylinder. keys operable to effect printing by a selected one of the printing surfaces, a normally open switch for controlling said motor, a latch normally locking the cylinder against rotation, means actuated by the keys for releas ing the latch and closing the switch, a member operable in unison with the cylinder, means actuated by said member for returning the latch to latching position and for opening the switch after the cylinder rotates, said key actuated means including a key extension, and means connected to the switch and engageable with said extension for holding the latter against movement until the switch is thrown to open position,

27. In a printing machine, an electric motor operated rotatable type cylinder carrying a series of printing surfaces, means for presenting material to be printed to the cylinder, keys operable to effect printing by a selected one of the printingsurfaces. a normally open switch for controlling said motor, a latch normally locking the cylinder against rotation, means actuated by the keys for releasing the latch and closing the switch, a mem ber operable in unison with the cylinder, means actuated by said member for returning the latch to latching position and for opening the switch after the cylinder rotates,

said key actuated means including an extension provided with a detent, and a member the detent for preventing the switch from closing in case a key is not moved to a sufiicient degree to release the latch.

28. A printing machine as claimed in claim 27, in which the key actuated means includes a pivotally mounted bar, keys engageable with said bar for moving the latter, each of said keys supporting an auxiliary key, and each auxiliary key having a mova le extension adapted to engage and move the bar when either of said auxiliary keys is actuated.

29. In a printing machine, a rotatable type cylinder carrying a series of printing surfaces, means for presenting material to be printed to the cylinder, keys operable to eflect printing by a selected one of the printing surfaces, a movable clutch member a pivoted arm provided with a lug engageable with the clutch member for normally preventing the cylinder from rotating, a toothed member normally holding said lug in latching position, a spring for moving the toothed member in one direction for releasing said lug, spring means for moving the lug out of latching position, means actuated by the keys for normally holding the toothed member 1n position'to cause the lug to engage the clutch member, and a member movable in unison with the cylinder, and adapted to actuate the toothed member for restoring the lug, clutch member and key actuated means to normal positions.

30. In a printing machine, a type member provided with a series of successively arranged printing surfaces, an impression' member positioned in close proximity to the first mentioned member, means for feedin a strip of material to be printed between sai members, and key controlled means for effecting rotation of the type cylinder and for moving one of the members toward the other member to bring the material to be printed into contact with any selected one of said printing surfaces.

31. In a printing machine, a type member having a curved face provided with a series of successively arranged printing surfaces, an impression member mounted in close proximity to the type member, means for feeding a strip of material to be printed, between said members, and ke selected means for efi'ecting rotation of t e type cylinder and for moving one of the members toward the other when any selected one of said printing surfaces is opposite to the impression member.

32. In a printing machine, a type member provided with a peripheral face having a series of printing surfaces thereon, an impression member movably mounted adjacent to the type member and adapted to move toward and away from said peri heral face, means for turnlng said t pe mem er, a series of normally stationary eys, and means selected thereby for initiating movement of the 7 ber.

CHRISTOPHER FREDERICK BB.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification101/66, 101/91, 377/86, 377/15
Cooperative ClassificationB41K3/08