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Aug. 8, 1933. R. E. DE LAMAR STORAGE RACK Filed Feb. 21, 1931 3 Sheets-Sheet l ATTORNEYS Aug. 8, 1933. R 5 D AR 1,921,222
STORAGE RACK I Filed Feb. 21, 1931 3 Sheets-Sheet 2 Aug. 8, 1933. R. E. DE LAMAR I STORAGE RACK Filed Feb. 21, 1931 3 Sneets-Sheet 3 S Y E N R O T T A Patented Aug. 8, 1933 UNITED STATES STORAGE RACK Rudolph E. De Lamar, New York, N. Y., assignor to Henry S. Germond, Bayonne, N. J.
Application February 21, 1931. Serial No. 517,439
5 rack includes a plurality of beams, rails and columns which are bolted together at the place where the rack is to be used, while another type of rack has the beams, rails and columns welded together into a rigid structure. The manufacture, shipment and installation of such racks involve many difficulties due to the large number of parts, large amount of space required, varying requirements at the place of use, and the consequent necessity for making the racks to order and the impracticability of carrying the racks in stock. Furthermore, difficulty is experienced in adding supplemental parts to a previously installed rack to provide additional rack space when such is required.
One object of my invention is to provide a storage rack embodying novel and improved features of construction and including a plurality of simple identical sections which can be conveniently manufactured and carried in stock, and easily and quickly bolted together at the place of use into a complete storage rack.
Another object is to provide a storage rack comprising a small number of simple parts which can be bolted together by relatively inexperienced workers to accommodate widely varying requirements, and so that additional sections can be added to the rack as they may be needed.
Other objects are to provide a storage rack of the character described comprising a plurality of identical substantially U-shaped sections which can be bolted together in difierent relations to form a storage rack of the desired shape and size; to provide in such a storage rack novel and improved means for connecting the sections together to provide a rigid and strong structure; and to obtain other advantages and results as will be brought out by the following description.
Referring to the accompanying drawings, in which corresponding and like parts are designated throughout the several views by the same reference characters,
Figure 1 is a front elevation of a barrel rack embodying my invention.
Figure 2 is a fragmentary side elevation thereof;
Figure 3 is a vertical longitudinal sectional View, taken on the line 3-3 of Figure 1;
Figure 4 is a fragmentary horizontal sectional View, taken on the line l-4 of Figure 1;
Figure 5 is an enlarged fragmentary transverse vertical sectional view, on the line 5-5 of Figure 2;
Fi ure 6 is an enlarged fragmentary perspective View of portions of two superposed sections, showing the manner of connecting them together and securing the barrel rails thereto, and
Figure "l is a View similar to Figure 5 showing a modified form of the invention.
Specifically describing the illustrated embodiment of the invention, the barrel rack includes a plurality of main sections 1 each of which is approximately iJ-shaped and includes a body portion 2 and arms 3. Preferably, each section is formed of angle iron, one flange of which is mitered at spaced points in its length, as at 4, after which the angle iron is bent at the mitered portions to form the U- shaped section. The edges of the mitered portions are then welded together to provide a rigid structure.
These sections may be connected together in various ways to accommodate diiierent conditions, but as shown on the drawings, the sections are arranged to provide two series of tiers arranged side by side and each including three tiers. The bottom tier of each series includes a plurality of floor plates 5 each having the free ends of the arms of one section bolted thereto by angle brackets 6, so that the sections 1 are arranged in a horizontal row in vertical and parallel position with the arms 7 serving as vertical columns and the body portions forming horizontal beams. per tier comprises a plurality of other sections 1 each of which has the free ends of its arms bolted by angle brackets 6 to the body portion 2 of the corresponding first-mentioned section. The lower tier has barrel rails 8 bolted to the floor plates 5 by splice angles 9 (see Figures 4 and 6), while the next upper tier has similar barrel rails bolted to the body portions 2 of the sections 1 of the lower tier. The uppermost tier has the barrel rails connected to the body portions 2 of the sections 1 of the second tier. Each section of each tier is connected to the next adjacent section of the same tier. by diagonal trusses 10 which are connected to the sections as by bolts 11. All of the barrel rails are identical with each other, the splice angles 9 are all alike, as are also the angle brackets 6, and accordingly these parts are interchangeable so as to greatly facilitate the manufacture and assembly thereof.
The next up- 9 The two series of tiers are also preferably connected together, as by the bolts 11 passing through the adjacent sections 1 and the corresponding trusses 10 of the two series of tiers. Of course, if desired, only one series of trusses 10 could be utilized between the two series of tiers.
Preferably, all of the parts, during manufacture, are provided with holes to receive the bolts for connecting the parts together.
From the foregoing, it will be understood that the various parts of the rack can be carried in stock and stored in a small amount of space. The parts can then be transported to the place of use and easily and quickly connected together to form a complete barrel rack structure of the desired capacity and shape. After one series of tiers has been installed, it is a simple matter to add to it another series of tiers, or to extend the length of any tier of the series.
A modification of the invention is shown in Figure 7 of the drawinga'where each section 12 has the end of each arm 13 returned, as at 14, for securing the section to the next lower section or floor plate. The returned end 14 supplants or takes the place of angle brackets 6, and the sectionsare secured together in su perposed relation by bolting the returned ends 14 of one section to the body portion of the next lower section. This form of the invention is otherwise the same as that shown in Figures 1 to 6, inclusive.
Obviously, the sections 1 may be combined in various ways to form racks composed of any desired number of series of tiers, said series comprising one tier or a plurality of superposed tiers, as may be required to provide the necessary storage space, and the trusses 10 can be connected to the sections in any desired manner and relation.
While I have shown and described the invention as embodied in certain details of construction, it should be understood that this is primarily for the purpose of illustrating the principles of the invention, and that many modifications and changes may be made in the details of construction without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.
Having thus described the invention, what I claim is:
A storage rack comprising a plurality of identical unitary sections each formed of angle iron bent into substantially U-shape, including column portions and a beam portion with one of the flanges of said angle iron extending inwardly, means for connecting certain of said sections together in inverted position in spaced and parallel relation to form a horizontal row with said beam portions and said column portions respectively horizontally and vertically disposed, another section being mounted in inverted position upon each first-mentioned section in the same plane to form a second row of sections in superposed relation to the firstmentioned row, means connecting the arms of each section of the second-mentioned row to the body portion of the corresponding firstmentioned section, and a pair of barrel supporting rails mounted upon and connecting said body portions of the sections of each of said rows of sections.
RUDOLPH E. DE LAMAR.