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Publication numberUS1954212 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 10, 1934
Filing dateAug 31, 1931
Publication numberUS 1954212 A, US 1954212A, US-A-1954212, US1954212 A, US1954212A
InventorsCharles W. Heath
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Appointment clock
US 1954212 A
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April 9 J. K. LAWLER ET AL 1,954,212

APPOINTMENT CLOCK Filed Aug. 31; 1931 2 Sheets-Sheet l I I7 25 I 6 5/ IV T05 April 10, 1934. J. K. LAWLER ET AL APPOINTMENT CLOCK Filed Aug. 51. 1931 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Patented Apr. 10, 1934 1,954,212

APPOINTMENT CLOCK John K. Lawler and Charles W. Heath, Sioux City, Iowa Application August 31, 1931, Serial No. 560,292

6 Claims. (Cl. 161-1) This invention relates to a clock in which an pointment register showing where it is used in automatic daily reminder is used and which recombination with an electric clock, and

minder will be actuated by the clock itself. Figure 9 is a detailed section taken on the line A major purpose of our invention is to provide 9-9 of Figure 2. l a maus wherein a reminder in the form of ap- The reference character 10 is used to indicate pointments to be kept by professional men or the clock generally. In order to simplify the deothers is incorporated,- together with a clock, and scription, we will be more specific to the invenwill serve to keep dates in order and also specific tion as applied to an ordinary spring-wound appointmentsto be kept on these dates. clock.

0 Another purpose of our invention is to provide The reg pe ng is shown at 11 and is a the aforementioned means and with additional cut out portion in the slanting portion 12 of the means to enable anyone to set'the mechanism clock 10. Under this cut away portion is placed so that future dates can be notated and then the the base 13 over which the paper 14 travels when mechanism setback to the present date. t is being umo ed from the feed roll 15. The

16 A further purpose of our invention consists in driven power roll is shown as 16. Small slots 17 placing together with the appointment register, are spaced equally along the paper roll at the a space for displaying printed matter relative to daily intervals on the register.

a variety of goods or merchandise. Now that the majority of the main features of Another purpose of our invention is to provide our invention have been shown, it will be best to 20 sucha mechanism that will be absolutely accurate explain the operation of the device. In the case and will automatically release the register in a of the mechanical clock, driven by a spring motor, short interval of time daily. the mechanism is to be driven from the alarm A still further purpose of our invention is to mechanism 18 which is daily wound by means arrange the parts in a simple manner so they can of the usual key 19. A small pulley cord 20 25 be driven either from an electric or mechanical travels about a suitable pulley 21a attached rigclock. idly to the spring mechanism 18. This cord 20 Another purpose is to provide such an appointalso travels about the pulley 21. ment clock so that entries can be made very con- An additional fibre disc 22 is placed. in frictional veniently and at a suitable angle. engagement with the pulley 21 as shown in Figure 30 A further purpose is to provide such a construc- 9, and this same disc 22 is rigidly secured to the tion which is simple, durable, and inexpensive. power roll 16 by means of screws 23 which screws With these and other objects in view, our invenalso pass through the flanges 24 of the power tion consists in the construction, arrangement r011 16 and combination of the Va ous DB' tSOf 0111' In a similar manner, the feed roll 15 is attached 35 vice whereby the objects contemplated are att it flanges 52 by m ans of scre 53 nd th tained, as hereinafter more fully set forth, pointed spacer 54 i ls provided, out in our claims, and illustrated in the accom- A th mb screw 25 passes throu h the sid wall panyi'ng drawings, in which: 27 of the clock housing and through the spacer Fi u e 1 is a from? View Of the appointment 26 and is rigidly secured to the power roll 16. 40 clock, looking directly at the face of the clock and The trip mechanism consists of the tripping the register, arm 28, the shaft 29, the pins 30 and the trip Figure 2 is a section taken medially of Figure 1, pin 31, the section being faked slightly to show the trip wh th 1 1; 17 i t th position shown i mechanism, as hereinafter explainfad, Figure 2, at the same time another slot 17 re- 45 Figure 3 s an enlarged front vlew of the ceives the pins 30. It will be understood that the mechan s spacing of these slots 17 is made so that they Figure 4 shows the trip mechanism in both of its will appear in t aforementioned positions Positions in larger detail multaneously. This spacing is more satisfac- F u 5 s an e a d v w of a portion f th torily achieved by means of the idler pulleys 32,

50 appointment register 33, 34, and the guide 35.

Figure 6 is a section taken along the line 6-6 As long as the pin 31 is away from the trip arm of Figure 2, 28, the pins 30 will always be engaged with the Figure 7 is a section taken along the line 7-7 slots 17. However, when the pin 31 which is fasof Figure 2, tened securely to the pulley 21, strikes against 55 Figure 8 is a side view of the clock and apthe upwardly projecting and slanting portion 36 of the trip arm 28, it will be seen that the trip arm 28 will be pivoted about the shaft 29 and the pins 30 will come out of engagement with the slots 17. As soon as this action takes place the pulley 21 will tend to turn the power roll 16 and the paper 14 will be wound up on the roll 16 on account of the frictional engagement between the pulley 21 and the fibre disc 22. This action will take place until another'pair of slots 17 engage with the pins 30, when the pins 30 will drop down into the slots and in case the spring mechanism continues to run, the strength of the paper itself will prevent the roll 16 from further rotation and the friction disc and the pulley 21 will still revolve, however without rotating the power roll 16 since the pulley 21 willslide freely along the friction disc 22.

A spring 37 is pinned to the trip arm 28 as shown and this spring provides the proper function for raising or lowering the trip arm 28 under 7 spring action.

When the pins 30 are not engaged with the slots 17, they will merely travel along the paper strip 14 and are made slightly blunt at their ends so as not to tear into the paper.

An extra idler pulley 38 is provided to allow more convenient take-up of the paper roll on the power roll 16.

It will be seen from our construction that the movement of the daily register will be strictly uniform and in no way can it get out of place, since by means of frictional devices as shown in combination with the slots and tripping mechanism, this register will move uniformly between slots for a brief interval of time between days.

The pulley ratio between the pulleys 21a and 21 are such that a complete winding of the alarm mechanism of the clock or other intermittent power device'will not cause a complete revolution of the pulley 21, otherwise the tripping device would function more than once daily. Furthermore, the tension in the spring 3'7 is such that even though the pulley 21 would revolve slightly more than once, this tension would tend to prevent the pin 31 from passing beyond the slanting portion of the fulcrumed arm since the power of the alarm or other device would be weakest at this point.

In case it is desired to make an entry for an appointment to be kept at a future date, the pullhandle 39 is provided. This handle 39 engages with the front end of the clock by means of the snap springs 40 and 41. When it is desired to make the entry for the future date, the handle 39 is pulled out and is pulled forward until the date desired appears in the opening 11 and the entry is made at its proper place. Meanwhile the paper 14 rolls about the idlers 32, 33, and 34, and feeds from the feed roll 15. After the entry is made, the feed roll 15 is reversed and turned back to the present date by means of the knurled thumb screw 42 and then the pull handle 39 is snapped back into position.

It will be seen from our construction that when the date is changed as mentioned, the paper cannot pull from the power roll 16 since the slots 17 will be engaged with the pins 30.

Adjustments of the power roll can be made by means of the knurled thumb screw 25.

The driving pulley cord 20 passes over suitable pulleys 44 positioned at the proper angle to transfer the cord from one plate of the spring pulley to the power roll pulley.

A spring 45 is provided to keep the feed roll 15 under proper tension. This spring is pinned to the opposite chassis walls 46 of the clock and the same spring is pinned at its outer ends to the friction disc 47 which travels against the flange 48 of the feed roll 15.

In the same manner, the spring 49 is fastened to the chassis wall 46 of the clock and at its outer ends to the friction disc 50. These springs are merely strips of suitable spring metal.

In Figure 7, it will be seen that the actual tripping mechanism is on the righthand side of the clock case while there are pins on each side. This is necessary since the slots are arranged on both sides of the paper roll so there will not be a tendency for the paper to twist when being rolled, on the rolls, and provides uniformity in rolling.

The conventional base supports for the clock are shown at 51.

It will be seen that in operation, all that is necessary to do in the clock is to wind the alarm mechanism daily and set the arrangement for a specified time, preferably at night. In this way, the device requires no further attention since it will automatically change its register in a brief interval at night and will be ready the next morning for reference as to appointments.

It will also be understood that the same motive means can be applied in the case where it is desired to use electrical clocks, as shown in Figure 8, or other clocks driven by weights and so forth.

It will be seen that we have arranged this device in the simplest manner to accomplish the result desired and that the result is an appointment clock and arrangement convenient to make entries upon at any present or future date and which arrangement operates automatically and independent of constant adjustment with the exception in the case of the mechanical clock of the winding of the alarm key, and it will be further seen that these elements have been arranged in the simplest practical manner for economical manufacture.

Some changes may be made in the construction and arrangement of the parts of our invention Without departing from the real spirit and purpose of our invention, and it is our intention to cover by our claims any modified forms'of structure or use of mechanical equivalents, which may be reasonably included within their scope.

We claim as our invention:

1. An appointment clock comprising a clock casing including a vertical clock face, an extended lower portion substantially at right angles to the vertical face, said extended portion having a cutout portion, a solid base member positioned slightly beneath said cut-out portion, a memorandum ribbon arranged to be fed over the base member and means for driving the ribbon, and means for unrolling the ribbon for purposes of making nota tions concerning future events, including a pullout handle attached to the front end of the extended portion, and an idler pulley attached to the pull-out handle over which the ribbon passes.

2. An appointment clock comprising a driving roll, a feed roll, a memorandum ribbon including slots wound on the rolls, a tripping device including a fulcrumed arm including a cam portion and slot receiving pbints, a pulley driving said driving roll, a pin secured to the pulley and arranged to move against the cam portion to depress the said arm, said clock including power means for driving said pulley, a friction disc positioned between said pulley and said driving roll and secured to the driving roll, said driving roll being drivenby the frictional engagement of the friction disc only when the slot receiving points are not received within the slots.

3. An appointment clock comprising a clock casing including a vertical clock face, an extended lower portion substantially at right angles to the vertical face, said extended portion having a cutout portion, a solid base member positioned slightly beneath said cut-out portion, a memorandum ribbon arranged to be fed over the base member, means for driving the ribbon including a driving roll, a feed roll and means for driving the driving roll, said ribbon including equally spaced slots on its edges, a tripping device including a fulcrumed arm including a cam portion and slot receiving points, a pulley driving said driving roll, a pin secured to the pulley and arranged to move against the cam portion to depress the said arm, a friction disc between said pulley and the driving roll and secured to the driving roll, said driving roll being driven by the frictional engagement of the friction disc only when the slot receiving points are not received within the slots.

4. An appointment clock comprising a clock casing including a vertical clock face, an extended lower portion substantially at right angles to the vertical face, said extended portion having a cutout portion, a solid base member positioned slightly beneath said cut-out portion, a memorandum ribbon arranged to be fed over the base member, means for driving the ribbon including a driving roll, a feed roll and means for driving the driving roll, said ribbon including equally spaced slots on its edges, a tripping device including a fulcrumed arm including a cam portion and slot receiving points, means for operating the tripping device, spacing means for allowing accurate positioning of said slots with respect to the cut-out portion to cause correct positioning of the memorandum therein.

5. An appointment clock comprising a clock casing including a vertical clock face, an extended lower portion substantially at right angles to thevertical face, said extended portion having a cut-out portion, a solid base member positioned slightly beneath said cut-out portion, a memorandum ribbon arranged to be fed over the base member and means for driving the rib bon including a driving roll, a feed roll, and means for driving the driving roll, said ribbon including equally spaced slots on its edges and a tripping device including a fulcrumed arm including a cam portion and slot receiving points, means for operating the tripping device, and means for unrolling the ribbon for purposes of making notations of future events including a pull-out handle attached to the front end of the extended portion, and an idler pulley attached to the pull-out handle over which the ribbon passes. 6. An appointment clock comprising a clock casing including a vertical clock face, an extended lower portion substantially at right angles to'the vertical face, said extended portion having a cut-out portion, a solid base member positioned slightly beneath said cut-out portion, a memorandum ribbon arranged to be fed over the base 00 member and means for driving the ribbon ineluding equally spaced slots in its edges, a tripping device including a fulcrumed arm including a cam portion and slot receiving points, a pulley driving said driving roll, a pin secured to the pulley and arranged to move against the cam portion to depress the said arm, means for unrolling the ribbon for purposes of making notations concerning future events including a pullout handle attached to the front end of the extended portion and an idler pulley attached to the pull-out handle over which the ribbon passes.

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US2431784 *Sep 26, 1944Dec 2, 1947Private Opinions IncQuestionnaire recorder
US5199009 *Sep 3, 1991Mar 30, 1993Geno SvastReminder clock
WO1993005451A1 *Sep 3, 1992Mar 18, 1993Geno SvastReminder clock
Classifications
U.S. Classification368/42, 242/538.3
Cooperative ClassificationG09F23/16