US 2025397 A
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1935. w. J. MONTGOMERY ET AL 2,025,397
DIVIDER FOR FLOUR MILLS Filed June 5, 1932 INVENTORS WILLIAM J. MONTGOMERY DALLAS AUSTIN AND CHARLIg D. HOPSON ATTORNEY Patented Dec. 24, 1935 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,025,397 DIVIDER FOR FLOUR MILLS Application June 3, 1932, Serial No. 615,072
This invention relates to flour milling, and more especially to a divider to be used to divide streams of mill stock going to bolters, reels, rolls, etc., where equal distribution is necessary. It is adapted for use where two, three, four, five, or six divisions are necessary.
These and other objects, as suggested herebelow, are attained by the method and means now to be described, and illustrated in the accompanying drawing, in which Figure l is a perspective view, partly in phantom, showing clearly the constructional details of the completely assembled operative device which is the subject of this invention.
Fig. 2 is a cross sectional view of a portion of the invention, taken through the line 22 Fig. 1.
And Fig. 3 is a plan view of one of the side discs used to convert a three way divider, for instance, into a six way one.
Like numerals refer to like parts throughout the several views.
The device of Fig. 1 is essentially a three-way divider. It consists of a housing having a center bottom opening and enclosing three containers or cups H), H, and i2, cylindrical in shape, and mounted side-by-side and concentrically on a common shaft [3. The right hand cup l2 discharges on the right side, the left hand cup It on the left side, (the similar opening being shown at I8) and. the center openings of cup ll discharge from alternate compartments through openings 20 in every other compartment into cup l0, and through openings 2| in every other alternate compartment into cup l2.
These cups are separated by spaced discs l4 and i5, which together form cup I I. These, with the openings through the center, complete a three-way divider.
In order to convert such a divider into a sixway divider, it is necessary to arrange for two discharges on each side in place of the one shown. This is accomplished by placing discs I6, Fig. 3, on shaft l3 just inside of the disc-like ends of housing ll. Discs iii are one-half the diameter of the double disc I4-l5, and arranged with sector-like cut-outs, as shown. These cut-outs are of course arranged to match the cups, and are timed to open and close at the proper time, so that one of its openings, say 22, registers with opening l8 at one time, and the other 23, with the opposite opening to I8 (not shown).
One of the middle discharges is closed by placing a V-shaped cup at the head, and the other tunnel 24 is permitted to go straight through and discharge at the bottom. (See arrow). The discharge of the support member is out through the bottom through opening 25, which is normally at the lowermost point.
In one embodiment of the invention, the cups are 4 inches wide at the top, tapering to 2 inches at the bottom, and with square top and round corners. The discs I l-45 are set 4 inches apart, and the cups are fastened to the discs at right and left hand angles. 10
The discs are 18 inches in diameter, and the 4 outside walls are 18 inches, allowing just enough clearance therebetween for the divider to rotate. The outside or end walls are placed 3 inches from the side discs of the divider. The drive shaft of course goes through the center, as shown.
Discs it adjacent the side discharges of the divider have wing portions between the cut-outs, as shown, and these close and open the discharge holes of the hoppers Ill, I2, the inside discharge coming out at a lower point.
This device divides a stream of mids or bake stock over sifter or rolls. All mills try to make a uniform stock, and to do that it is necessary to have a uniform load on sifters and rolls, and this device does just that. And it will-divide any number of ways from two to six inclusive in an equally positive manner. It takes practically no power to run; it can be set at any spout angle to divide the stock coming through that spout; and takes up the small space of probably not to exceed 12x18 inches. It need not be placed on the floor or be anchored to anything, as is usually the case. In fact, it can be hung on the spout, providing one end of the shaft is available vto drive from.
One of the hopper discharges is shown at I8, and the inlet of stock through member I9.
Rotatable cup i I, being keyed to shaft l3, may be moved to different positions by means of a crank (not shown) keyed to said shaft. Thus the material may be deflected at will through any of the three cups.
It is to be understood that the present dis closure is for the purpose of illustration only, and that the invention is not limited thereto. To those skilled in the art, many modifications of the invention will be readily apparent, and it will also be obvious to such skilled persons that part of the method and means may be used without other parts thereof, many such combinations of the parts readily suggesting themselves. Therefore, it should be, and is to be distinctly understood that for a definition of the limitations '2 r 2,025,397 of the invention, reference must be had to the and means for discharging through the outer side,
appended claim. side openings from the center member to its Having now described the invention, what is side compartments, and cups in the center memclaimed as new and for which Letters Patent of ber opening respectively in the housing and side 5 the United States is desired, is: members.
In a divider, a housing, a center opening in WILLIAM J. MONTGOMERY. the bottom thereof, a movable center member 1 DALLAS AUSTIN.
CHARLES D. HOPSON,
discharging through said center opening, a stationary side compartment on each side thereof