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Publication numberUS2124670 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 26, 1938
Filing dateJan 6, 1936
Priority dateJan 6, 1936
Publication numberUS 2124670 A, US 2124670A, US-A-2124670, US2124670 A, US2124670A
InventorsJohnson Jesse B
Original AssigneeGulf Cone Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Label placing method
US 2124670 A
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July 26, 1938. J. B 'JOHNSON 2,124,670

LABEL PLACING METHOD Filed Jan. 6, 1956 1256.56 B" JBH/VsO/V Patented July 26, 1938 UNITED STATES PATEI FFHQE LABEL PLACING METHOD land Application January 6, 1936, Serial No. 57,833

6 Claims.

My invention relates to a certain new and useful method and apparatus for placing labels in ice cream cones, and it primarily has for its object to provide a simple method and apparatus, the apparatus being inexpensive to manufacture, easily manipulated and will readily serve its intended purposes.

Other objects will in part be obvious and in part be pointed out hereinafter.

To the attainment of the aforesaid objects and ends the invention still further resides in the novel details of construction, combination and arrangement of parts, all of which will be first fully described in the following detailed description, and then be particularly pointed out in the appended claims, reference being had to the accompanying drawing, in which:

Figure 1 is a perspective View of one form of apparatus for carrying out my invention.

Figure 2 is a detail section of a row of ice cream cones with the labels being placed thereon.

Figure 3 is a detail cross section showing one of the pick-up nozzles lifting a label from its holder and illustrating the function of the guides.

In the drawing, in which like numerals indicate like parts in all of the figures, I is a suitable support on which is mounted a suction pump 2 driven by a suitable motor 3. The suction pump is connected through a suitable flexible connec- 30 tion 1 controlled by a valve 8, to the label pick-up and placing tool which, in the preferred form of the invention illustrated in the drawing, consists of a tubular frame 4, 5 from the longitudinal members 5 of which hollow pick-up fingers 6 35 project, the fingers being spaced apart at suitable intervals and rigidly held parallel with one another. These hollow fingers 6 communicate with the interior of the tubular frame 5 and 4, the latter communicating with the flexible duct 1 so 40 that the suction of the pump 2 when the valve 8 is opened, will tend to draw air into the fingers 6.

The valve 8 has its operating lever l l controlled by a suitable foot pedal 9 connected at III to the lever I! so that the operator may control the suction by foot while manipulating the pick-up tool 4, 5, 6, by hand.

Ice cream cones are usually packed in rows in containers stacked one row on top of another. For example, there may be three rows-six cones to the row. In order to supply labels to all of the cones in the three rows which are in the same horizontal alignment, the pick-up tool is designed with the same number of fingers 6 as there are cones to be simultaneously labelled, and

the fingers 6 are spaced apart at intervals near to the space between the axes of the cone to be labelled. Likewise there is provided a set of label boxes also arranged in the same order as the cones to be labelled, these boxes being separate from one another and each contains a stack of labels l6. Adjacent the label boxes is a suitable moistening pad It by which the labels may be dampened. Guides M are provided adjacent the label boxes which have their ends bent over and recessed so as .to be engaged by the adjacent fingers 6 to center the pick-up tool over the label boxes as it is inserted therein.

In carrying out my method the labels are simultaneously picked up from the boxes I 3 (held on the support 52) by inserting the pick-up fingers 6 therein and turning on the valve 8. The suction causes these fingers 8 to gather up a label from the respective box. With the valve still open the operator lifts the tool from the label boxes and rests it lightly on the pad l5 for a sufiicient period to moisten the label slightly. He then inserts the tool with the adhering labels into the cones, as best indicated in Figure 2, and pushes the labels out toward the bottom or" the cones whereupon he releases the pedal 9 which permits the valve 8 to close and brake the suction. As the labels are slightly moist when inserted into the cone they will tend to adhere somewhat to the Walls of the cones l1 and will not follow the fingers 6 out of the cones. The cones, of course, are supported in a suitable holder l8 which may be the card-board separating strip now commonly used in packing the cones for shipment.

The labels which are used may contain any desired matter, such as advertising matter, for example.

From the foregoing description, taken in connection with the accompanying drawing, it is thought the complete construction, operation of my apparatus and the carrying out of my method will be readily understood by those skilled in the art to which it appertains.

What I claim is:

1. The method of labeling an ice cream cone, consisting in applying the mouth of a suction tube to a rectangular label in a manner so as to leave the corners of the label free, lifting the tube with the label adhering thereto and inserting the label and the tube down into the tip of the cone until the corners of the label engage the wall of the cone so as to tend to retain the label in the cone, and then breaking the suction and removing the tube.

2. The method of labeling an ice cream cone, consisting in applying the mouth of a suction tube of substantially less cross-sectional area than that of the label to a rectangular label at the approximate center of the label so as to leave the corners of the label free, lifting the tube with the label adhering thereto, then inserting the label and the tube down into the tip of the cone until the corners of the label engage the wall of the cone so as to tend to retain the label in the cone, and then breaking the suction and removing the tube.

3. The method of labeling an ice cream cone, consisting in applying the mouth of a suction tube to a rectangular label in a manner so as to leave the corners of the label free, lifting the tube with the label adhering thereto, moistening the portion of the label beneath the tube, then inserting the label and the tube down into the tip of the cone until the corners of the label engage the Wall of the cone so as to tend to retain the label in the cone, and then breaking the suction and removing the tube.

4. The method of labeling an ice cream cone, consisting in applying the mouth of a suction tube of substantially less cross-sectional area than that of the label to a rectangular label at the approximate center of the label so as to leave the corners of the label free, lifting the tube with the label adhering thereto, moistening the portion of the label beneath the tube, then inserting the label and the tube down into the tip of the cone until the corners of the label engage the wall of the cone so as to tend to retain the label in the cone, and then breaking the suction and removing the tube.

5. The method of placing small rectangular labels into only the tips of ice cream cones, which consists in applying a thin suction tube to the approximate center of the label leaving the surrounding area of the label free while holding the label to the tube by suction, then using the tube as a means to place the label down into the tip of the cone far enough to cause the label to assume a generally conical cup-like form by engagement with the inside of the wall of the cone,

with the marginal edges of the label engaging the wall of the cone, and then breaking the suction and withdrawing the tube.

6. The method of placing small rectangular labels into only the tips of ice cream cones, which consists in applying a thin suction tube to the approximate center of the label leaving the surrounding area of the label free while holding the label to the tube by suction and while using the tube .as a handle moistening that portion of the label that is engaged by the tube, then placing the label down into the tip of the cone far enough to cause the label to assume a generally conical cup-like form by engagement with the inside of the wall of the cone, with the marginal edges of the label engaging the wall of the cone, and then breaking the suction and withdrawing the tube.

JESSE B. JOHNSON.

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US4151032 *Oct 12, 1977Apr 24, 1979Esbe Plastics Dinkelsbuhl Brummer K.G.Apparatus and method for manufacturing a plastic container having printed paper insert
US5733409 *Jun 7, 1995Mar 31, 1998Turnbull; AndrewLabel applicator
US5989383 *Nov 3, 1998Nov 23, 19993M Innovative Properties CompanyMethod for inserting markers into books
Classifications
U.S. Classification156/212, 221/211, 156/DIG.500
International ClassificationA23G9/04, A23G9/28
Cooperative ClassificationA23G9/288
European ClassificationA23G9/28J