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Publication numberUS2153588 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 11, 1939
Filing dateJan 13, 1936
Priority dateJan 13, 1936
Publication numberUS 2153588 A, US 2153588A, US-A-2153588, US2153588 A, US2153588A
InventorsWilliam G Peters
Original AssigneeRichard Groetchen
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Coin operated machine
US 2153588 A
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April 11, 1939. w, G. 'PETERS 2,15.51s8l `G01N OPERATED MACHINE Filed Jan. 13, 1956 6 Sheets-Sheet l April l1, 1939. W. G, PETERS '2,153,588

v COIN OPERATED MACHINE Filed Jan. 13, 1956 e sheets-sheet 2 w. G. PETERS 2,153,588

COIN OPERATED MACHINE i April 11, 1939.

Filed Jan. 13, 1936 6 Sheets-Sheet` 3 ffy/.f1 6

April 1l, 1939. w. G. PETERS COIN OPERATED MACHINE Filed Jan. 13, 1936 6 Sheets-Sheet 4 April 11, 1939. w; C;I PETERS 2,153,588

COIN OPERATED MACHINE Filed Jan. 13, 1936 6 Sheets-Sheet 5 y Ine/@2250? April l1, 1939. v w. G. PETERS 2,153,588

COIN OPERATED MACHINE Filed Jan. 13, 195e e sheets-sheet e fiez/wea?? Patented Apr. 11, 1939 UNITED STATES COIN OPERATED MACHINE William G. Peters, Chicago, Ill., assignor to Richard Groetchen, Chicago, Ill.

Application January 13, 1936, Serial No. 58,910

11 Claims.

This invention relates to a coin operated mechanism, in which the mechanism may be coin controlled and in which the mechanism is arranged to operate a slide or carriage to permit movement of the carriage to a greater or less degree and thereby to control the movement of any mechanism operated by or in response to the movement of the carriage.

One object of the invention is, therefore, to provide a mechanism in which the movement of the carriage-is controlled by the movement of certain controlling parts within the mechanism. Another object of the invention is to provide controlling parts and means for operating them, in which the operation of the controlling parts is as silent as possible and in which it is as accurate and certain of movement as possible.

Another object is to provide in such a device a series of display parts and means for operating them, to control the movement of a carriage or analogous mechanism and thereby to control the movement of a mechanism operated by the carriage. A further object is to provide areel operating and positioning mechanism.

Other objects will appear from time to time in the specification and claims.

The invention is illustrated more or less diagrammatically in the accompany drawings, wherein:

Figure l is a side elevation of the mechanism, with parts in section, taken inside the casing;

Figure 2 is a fragmentary top plan view;

Figure 3 is a longitudinal vertical section taken at line 3-3 of Figure 1;

Figure 4 is a transverse vertical section taken at line i-II of Figure 3;

Figure 5 is a transverse vertical section taken at line 5- of Figure 3;

Figure 6 is a rear view of the lower part of the mechanism, with parts in section and parts broken away;

Figure 7 is a transverse vertical section taken at line I-`l of Figure 3;

Figure 8 is a longitudinal vertical section, taken at line 2--8 of Figure 2, showing the mechanism of that figure, with parts in elevation and parts in section;

Figure 9 is a partial side elevation with parts in section showing some of the parts of Fig. 1 in different positions;

Figure 10 is a view similar to Fig. 9, illustrating the parts in yet another position; and

Figure ll is a longitudinal section taken at line II-II oi Figure 9.

Like parts are designated by like characters throughout the specification and drawings.

The machine may be provided with any suitable base. As shown it has a base plate I which is provided with suitable points for attachment of the parts of the mechanism. These need not be numbered nor described in detail. Formed preferably integrally with the base plate l are supports 2 and 3. To the support 2 is preferably removably fastened a plate member 4 which m serves to support various parts of the mechanism.

A generally similar plate 5 is preferably removably attached to the support 3.

6 is a main shaft supported at one end in the plate d and carrying at its outer end a positioning collar 1. At its other end, beyond the plate 5, the shaft 6 is mounted within a sleeve 8 which may be secured to the shaft by a pin 9. The shaft is supported preferably adjacent one end of the sleeve 8 in the plate 5, in any bearing formed in or supported by the plate. The sleeve 8 carries a handle IB and may also carry a flange i I which serves to close the perforation I2 formed in a casing or housing member I3. The handle may be secured to the iiange Il by screws I4 or 25 may be made integrally with it or otherwise, if desired. The sleeve 8 carries a double stop or limit member I5, I6. Positioned in line with the stop member, on a suitable support I l, is an abutment provided with limiting faces I8', I9 to con- 30 tact, respectively, the stop members I5 and I6 and to limit movement of the operation handle I Il and consequently of the shaft 6. Formed also on the sleeve is a lug 2B the purpose of which will be described below.

Positioned in the plate 4 above the shaft 6 is a threaded bearing plug 2i, provided with a hollow bearingportion 22 and held in place by a lock nut 23. One end of a shaft 24 is supported within the bearing portion 22. The opposite end of the shaft is supported within a bearing portion 25 in a bearing support 2E which is threaded into the plate 5 above the shaft lt and is locked in place by a lock nut 2T. The bearing support 25 is provided on its exterior with a relatively elongated smooth bearing surface 28. An indicating reel 29, which may carry a strip 3f! provided with suitable indicia, is provided with a hub or other central member 3I which is positioned upon the shaft 24 and may be pinned to it by a pin 32 or otherwise held in ixed position upon the shaft.

Adjacent the opposite end of the shaft 24 a star wheel 33 is secured to the shaft. It may be pressed in position, pinned or otherwise held against movement with respect to the shaft.

Mounted loosely on the shaft, between the reel 29 and the star wheel 33, is a sleeve 34. Fixed up-on this sleeve is a second reel 35, similar in construction to the reel 29 and fixed on the sleeve adjacent its opposite end is a second star wheel 36.

Loosely mounted on the sleeve 34 is a second sleeve 31 which has fixed upon it a third reel 38 generally similar to the reels 29 and 35, and fixed also upon the sleeve 31 is a third starwheel 39. The reels may be formed with spokes, as shown, or with webs or of any other construction so long as they do not interfere with the operation vof the other parts of the mechanism.

The star wheel 33 is provided with a plurality of points 49. In the form shown they are ten in number but any number could be used. Generally opposite each point 49 the star wheel is provided with perforations 4| which'are positioned, in the form of the invention shown here, at various distances from the center of the wheel. The star wheel may also carry one or more outwardly projecting pins 4'2 which may be of generally varying lengths, as shown particularly in Figure 3. One or more of the perforations 4| may be provided in its rear with a bossf43 perforated as at 44 to receive a pin so that the passage through the hole may, if desired, be prevented.

Positioned as a part of, and preferably formed integrally with the star wheel 33 is a generally conical cam member 45. this cam member has iive concave cam portions 46 which are preferably equal in size to each other and equally distributed about the diameter of the cam. The cam member 45 is so positioned that one of the holes 4| lies opposite the base of each of the cam portions '46. Positioned between the .cani portions 46 are raised -cam portions 41 so kpositioned that one of the holes 4| lies opposite the base of each such raised cam portion 41. It will be noticed that the cam portions 46 are notall of the same inclination. 'Ihis is due to the fact that the holes 4| are not all spaced at the same distance from the center of the star wheel and the angle of inclination of the various cam portions 46 is such that the cam terminates at its lower edge -at the periphery of one of the'holes.

The second star vwheel 136, which is shown in detail in Figure 5, is the same in outline as the one 33 just described. It is provided with points 48 and perforations 49. The perforations are given generally the same spacing on the star wheel as that given to the perforations 4| on the Wheel 33, `although this isnot an absolutely essential relationship. i

`The thirdstar wheel 39 which is shown in detail in Figure '1, is generally the same in outline and shape as the first and second star wheels. It is provided with a similar number of points 59 with perforations or holes 5|. The perforations 5| are not the same, either in vnumber or position, as the perforations 4I and 49 in the rst and second star wheels, respectively. In addition to the holes 5| the star wheel 39 has a plurality of depressions -52 formed in the wheel itself and closed Vas at 53. In addition to the holes and the depressions .the star wheel 39 is provided with a slot 54 and itis thickened as at 55. This thickened 'portion serves as a stop in a manner which will be `described. below.

The means for rotating the reels vand associated parts will now be described. 'The rotation of the reels is initiated by rotating the handle v1|), which rotates the shaft -6 in 'the direction of the arrow in Figure 1. This movement carries In `the form shownthe sleeve 8, and the lug 29 fixed on it, engages the pin 56 xed on a disc 51, which is itself loose on the shaft 6. The disc 51 is normally held against movement and in a position in which the pin 56 engages the lug 29 by means of a spring 58. The disc 51 is provided with a depression 59, a series of teeth 69, a second depression 6| and a third depression 62, which latter may be deeper than the depression 6| and shaped to provide a shoulder. Intermediate the depressions 6|, 62 is formed a kick-off point 62a. In the initial rotation of the disc 51, a pawl 63, which is pivoted at 64 and provided with a spring 65, is rotated by the depression 59 and moved into engagement with the teeth 69. This is indicated in the `dotted line position of Figure 1. As the rotation of the disc proceeds, the pin 66 positioned on an larm 61, rides from the depression 6| to the depression 62 and as the rotation continues further, the arm 61 is carried by the disc to the left as shown in Figure 1. The pin 166, in addition to contacting the depressions in 'the disc 51, extends through the arm to project as at 66a for engagement with a notch 68 in a iiange 69 in a sleeve 19 positioned for rotation on the shaft 6.

The rotation of the shaft 6 and of the sleeve 19 causes the rotation of the reels and ofthe star wheels and this rotation will now be de scribed. At its upper end the arm 61 is pivoted on a lever arm 1I which is normally held in a downward position by a spring 12. The lever arm is provided with a hub 13 positioned upon the bearing member 26. At its lower end the lever arm is provided With a lateral extension 14. The extension 14 is provided with a generally upwardly extending lug 15 and a generally laterallyextending lug 16. Projecting from the extension 14 is a pin 11 upon which is pivoted a kick-off plate 18, having on one side a normally downwardly extending flange 19 and on the opposite side a shorter, downwardly extending iiange 89 which is wider than the member 19 and extends the whole length of the plate 18. As rotation continues the parts finally reach the extreme dotted line position of Figure 5. In that position the ilange 19 of the plate v18 is contacted by the spring cam 8| which is mounted at 82 and the plate is rotated into engagement .with the star Wheel.

During the rotation of the disc 51 and movement of the varm 61 and associated parts, which has just been described, the pin 66a which is in reality a continuation of the pin 66, moves with it and actuates thefollowing mechanisms:

This pin, lying in the slot 68, formed in the .flange.69, which is normally held against movement by a spring 83, hasa limited play within .the slot 68 and as the movement of the disc 51 continues .so that the pin 66 is engaged in the depression 62, the pin 66a moves in the depression 68, strikes its end, and continues to move, carrying with it the flange 69 on the-sleeve 19. YAs the rotation continues the lower face of the lever 61 engages the face of the cam 84 and nally the lower end of the lever 61 is moved so that the pin 66 is lifted free of the depression 62. At the same time the pin 66a is'li'fted out of the depression 68, and the spring 12is then free to pull down the arm 1| to the starting position and to actuate the kick-off mechanism as follows: The plate 1,8, lying at that timein the dotted line position of Figure 5, is in position to strike one of the faces between the points of the star wheels and thus to spin the three star wheels in its downward movement. Since each star wheel is connected to a reel, as above mentioned, the actuation of the star wheels actuates the reels.

The star wheels are normally held against spinning or other movement and in order to permit the spinning movement described above, it is necessary to free them from this checking action. This is done during the rotation of the disc 5'! as described above. A checking and aligning mechanism is provided for each of the star wheels. In the form of the invention shown herewith there is provided a lever for each wheel. The levers are pivoted at 86 and carry at their upper ends rollers 81 of such size as to t between the points of the star wheels. A perforated lug 88 is formed on each of the levers 85 to receive a spring 89 secured at any suitable point. The springs, when free to do so, hold the rollers in contact with the star wheels. At their lower ends each of the levers 85 carries a curved projection 90. On the sleeve 10 is formed a projection 9| which carries a curved cam plate 92. During the rotation above described the cam is moved from the full line position of Figure 5 to the dotted line position of that figure, contacting the curved portionsf90 and moving the levers and rollers out of contact with the star wheels into the dotted line position of Figure 5.

When the pins 66 and 65a have been freed for return movement, the spring 83 commences to return the assembly to the full line position oi Figure 5. This movement is retarded, however, by a governor indicated generally at S3. The governor may be of any suitable design, mechanical, hydraulic,` or otherwise, and slows down return of the parts under the inuence of spring 83. In the form shown, the governor comprises a fan 94 operated by gearing, not shown, as its details form no essential part of the present invention. The governor operating means comprises a link 95 fastened to the extension 96 which is formed with or attached to the flange 69 and which is attached at its opposite end to a crank arm 97. The extension 96 also engages a stop 9B to limit return movement of the parts under the influence of the spring 33.

During the movement above described, the pawl 63 has been moved from the full line position of Figure 1 to the dotted line position of that gure, and as the rotation of the disc 57 is continued, the paw] has been riding over the teeth. As rotation is stopped, the pawl will engage the teeth and prevent reverse movement. It is necessary finally to move the pawl 63 so that when the desired reverse movement just above described is to occur, the pawl will not lock the handle against return movement. The pawl, of course, does not lock the inner movement after the pins 66 and 66a have been raised by the cam 84. The unlocking of the pawl is effected as follows: After the pawl has ridden over the last of the teeth 00 it drops into the depression 6| .and the spring -65 moves it to the neutral position and thereafter in the reverse of the disc 51 the round face of the paw] 63 rides over the teeth and does not in the brakes |00, |0| and |02. Each of the spring arms carries a wiper |06 which is of suitable size and material to cause the desired friction on the rim of the reel with which it is in contact. As a means for actuating the brakes to stop the reels, the sleeve 10 is provided with an extension |01 to which a brake actuating arm |08, carrying a laterally bent portion |09 is secured. When the handle is actuated to move the shaft 6 the brake. actuating member |08, |09 moves in the direction of the arrow in Figure 7. In its movement it contacts successively and in the order mentioned the contact members |05, |04, |03, The reels are at this time, however, stationary and the member |09 is moved sufciently so that it nally clears the contact member |03 and none of the brakes is at that time pressed against the reel suciently to stop it o r prevent its movement, so that when the kick-ofi movement occurs, all of the reels start. With the reverse movement of the shaft 6 and sleeve 10 the braking member |08. |09 moves clockwise as shown in Figure '7, and first contacts the contact member |03 of the brake |00 which is in contact with the reel 29 and increases the pressure and friction suciently to stop it. It contacts the other contact members successively in its return movement and so stops the reels and the star wheels which are attached, as above explained, one to each reel. After the star wheels are stopped the rollers 8'! drop into the spaces between the points of the star wheels and accurately align the parts.

A carriage is associated with the mechanism and the movement of the carriage is controlled by the mechanism. The carriage may be used to accomplish many diierent purposes and to actuate a variety of mechanisms and the exact details of the mechanism operated by the carriage are not illustrated herewith and form no essential part of the present invention; the carriage may actuate a vending mechanism, may actuate a change-making mechanism or means for delivering articles, or it may actuate any desired mechanism. In the form shown, a. laterally extending cross member I0, having downwardly depending portions and ||2, which are attached respectively to the plates 4 and 5, is provided. A pair of ears ||3 is formed preferably integrally with the member to which is secured a carriage support H4. This support is shown as round in the present form of' the invention but might be of any desired shape. It is provided with a keyway ||5 within which a key ||6 on a carriage ||1 is positioned. The carriage is of suitable shape to fit upon or to embrace the guide I4. It is normally held against movement by a spring ||8 which is fastened on a stud I9 which is itself attached to or formed as a part of one of the ears H3. At its opposite end the spring is fastened to a stud |20 formed as a part of or attached to the carriage The spring normally tends to move the carriage to the left from the position shown. for example in Figures 2 and 8. Formed o-n the carriage are a pair of lugs |2| to which is attached a U-shaped aligning member |22, one portion of which, |23, is set at an angle with respect to the remainder. The outer or free end of the portion |23 is beveled or inclined as at |24. Pivoted between the lugs |2| on a pin |25 is an arm |26 which carries a preferably rounded pin -|2`| of such size and shape that it canpass 'support |32 fixed to the base I.

pending downwardly from the carriage ||1 is a lug |28 carrying a headed pin |29.

The pin |29 is arranged to engage the upper end of a lever |30 which is pivoted as at |3| on a At its lower end the lever |30 is provided with a concave socket |30a to receive the rounded end |33 of a toggle |34'. At its opposite end the toggle |34 is provided with a rounded portion |35 fitting within a concave depression |36 formed in an arm |31 which is attached to or formed as a part of the sleeve 10. Thus when the sleeve is rotated the lever |30 is moved from the position of Figure 3 to the right to move the carriage to the right in the direction of the arrow against the resistance of the spring ||8.

The reverse movement of the carriage occurs after the kick-01T and its extent is determined by the position which the star wheels assume. In .one position the pin |21 can penetrate only through the first-star wheel and in other positions it may penetrate through the second to reach the third or may penetrate entirely through the third. When that occurs the final limit of the return movement of the carriage is determined by the contact of one or another of the stop vpins 42 with the bracket |26 of the carriage at a ypoint which, in the present form of the invention, is just above the pin |21.

The operation of the device has been largely desribed in connection with the detailed description of the parts above set out. In general the parts are stationary. When the handle is operated, the following movements take place: The carriage is moved to the right, the reel actuating mechanism is rotated and the reels, with their associated star wheels, are rotated by the kickoi movement. The reels are then successively stopped by the brakes and are further aligned by the rollers which t between the points of the star wheels. When this has occurred reverse or return movement of the carriage takes place. In the particular form of the invention shown herewith, however, the rollers are not nally dropped yinto aligning position between the points of the star wheels until the carriage has started its return movement, but before the pin |21 of the carriage has penetrated the first star wheel.

With the reels and star wheels stopped in position by the brakes and held and aligned by the rollers, the return movement of the carriage continues. During the first part of its return movement the carriage and the lever |30 move together, the governor mechanism serving to slow down the return movement of the sleeve 10 with which the lever |30 is connected, and thus slowing down the movement of the lever and the carriage which is still in contact with it.

The pin |21 which is pivoted on the carriage and, therefore, free for some movement, contacts yrst some part of the cam portion of the conical part of the star wheel 33 and the point of this fpin may ride down either the hollow of one of the ,concave cam portions 46 or the crest of one of the intervening cam portions 41. In either event it -will fall into and penetrate through one of the perforations 4|. One or more of the perforations 4| may be stopped by a pin 44 and in that event, should the pin |21 strike one of the stop pins 44, it will not penetrate further and the movement of the carriage is terminated. However, if the pin strikes one of the holes that is not blocked by a stop pin 44, it penetrates and comes in contact with the second star wheel 36. Further movement of the carriage depends upon the positions assumed lby thesecond and third star wheels 36 and 39. They may have assumed such a position that the pin can penetrate through the second but not through the third or they may have assumed a position in which the pin can penetrate all three. If that is the case, the carriage is nally stopped in its return movement by contact of one of the outwardly projecting stop pins 42 in the star wheel 33, with the bracket |25 'of the carriage or with some other part of the carriage. Thus depending upon the positions which the reels and star wheels have assumed, the return movement of the carriage is controlled and the exact degree of this movement may be almost innitely varied. When the carriage is finally stopped the lever |30 continues to move until it returns to its original position.

While it rarely occurs, there is a chance that one or more of the star wheels might stop so that a roller would be centered on one of its points. The member |22 supported from the carriage acts as a cam and should the star wheel stop on center, this member, during the initial movement of the carriage, will contact a point of the star wheel and move it off center. The reel 38 in the form shown, is provided with spokes so positioned that they will not stop the member |22, which may pass between them in case the position which the star wheels assume is such as to allow the carriage sufficient return movement to carry the member |22 through the reel.

While the mechanism has been described as being controlled by some form of coin receiving assembly, it is not limited to such a use. The purpose of the mechanism illustrated in detail in Figures 9 and 10 and described in the paragraphs just below, is to prevent improper or unauthorized operation of the device. It might be to prevent its operation without the insertion of coins or to prevent its operation at the wrong time in its total cycle, and hence the movement of the shaft |46 and the link |44 and the cam lever |40 might be prevented or permitted in response to any operation in the total cycle. If the device shown here is associated with another mechanism, whatever its nature, the connection between that mechanism and the shaft |46 and associated parts may be such as to prevent improper or unauthorized operation of the device by the movement and through the use of the parts just described above.

In order to render the star wheel and reel actuating mechanism above described ineffective, when the handle is manipulated improperly or with intention to cheat, I have illustrated the following mechanism:

Referring particularly to Figures 1, 5, 9, and

11, a cam lever |40, pivoted as at |4| and formed with a nose or camming lug |42 is positioned a-djacent the disc 57. Pivoted to the free end of the cam lever |40 as at |43 is a connecting link |44 having its opposite end pivoted to a lever |45. The lever |45 may, for example, by means 4of a shaft |46, be connected with any suitable coin receiving mechanism, not illustrated, which prevents counterclockwise rotation of the shaft |46 tion of thecam lever |40, referring to Figures 1, 91 and 10, which by means of the above described linkage rotates the shaft |46 in the direction of the arrow of Figure 1, when free to do so.

Secured to'the connecting link |44 is a generally U-shaped lifting bar |50 which straddles theplate 5. It has one elongated end projecting beneath and in alignment with the link 61, if said link is in inoperative position.

i Assuming that the operator rotates the handle l0 without first depositing a coin, the following action takes place: In the starting or initial position, illustrated in Figure 1, the nose |42 of the cam lever |40 is in engagement with the periphery |48 of the disc 51. As the disc is rotated in the direction of the arrow by means of the lug and co-operating pin 56, the nose |42 drops into the cut away cam portion |49, illustrated in Figure 10 and thus lifts the connecting link |44 and the lifting bar |50 which in turn by means of its elongated end |5| lifts the link 61 sufficiently so as to withdraw the pin 66 of said link from the depression 62 of the disc 51. Further rotation of the handle I0 merely rotates the r disc 51 without actuating either the reel spinning or the carriage actuating mechanism.

However, ifthe operator has first deposited a coin in the coin receiving mechanism above referred to, to thus prevent rotation of the shaf |46, the cam lever and connecting link |44 remain immovable and thus ineffective, and the normal operation of the various mechanisms takes place.

It has been found desirable to prevent the pin f 66 of the link 51, afterhaving completed its kickoff function, from dropping by gravity into the depression 62, 6| at the return movement of the rotating disc 51.` As previously described, on the return movement of the disc 51, the pawl 63 rides over the teeth 60 as illustrated in Figure 9.

Mounted for rotation upon the pivot pin 64 independently of rotation of the pawl 63 is a lifting lever |52 having a curved end portion |53 which is normally supported upon the pin 56 as shown in Figures 1 and 10. Fixed to the lifting lever |52 is a pin |54 projecting into the path of the pawl 63, as shown in Figure 11. When the disc 51 is rotated in the direction of the arrows of Figures l and 10 the lifting lever |52 rests upon the pin 56 and substantially no movement of this lever takes 0 place. However, at or near the end of rotation in such direction, the pawl 63 clears the teeth 60 and is free to be rotated by means of its coacting spring 65 within the depression 59 of the disc 51. As soon as return movement of the disc commences, the pawl 63 is rotated counterclockwise, referring to Figure 9, comes into contact with the pin |54 and rotates the lifting lever |52 which in turn engages the pin 66 and thus lifts the free end of the link 61 to the position illustrated in Figure 9.

At or about at the end of return movement, or the initial position of the disc 51, the pawl 63 is permitted to rotate back to its initial position within the depression and the lifting link drops upon the pin 56. The free end of the link 61 follows the lifting lever until the pin 66 comes at rest in the depression 6| of the disc 51. It will thus be seen that the actuating link 61 is rendered ineffective until the disc 51 has assumed its initial position.

It will be understood, of course, that the coin previously deposited has during the cycle of operation been moved in any suitable manner so as to unlock the mechanism for locking the shaft |46 and another coin is required before the machine can again be successfully operated.

The kick-olf point 62a serves to throw the pin 66 and associated link 61 upwardly and above the periphery of the disc 51, should the operator attempt to. jerk the operating handle I0 in order to play without first depositing a coin or token, relying on the time consumed for the spring |41 to act upon the link and associated lifting bar |5I.

There is thus provided this lost play connection which further safeguards the machine and further prevents its unauthorized or incorrect use.

I claim.:

1. In combination in a machine including a plurality of wheels positioned side by side, a movable mounted carriage, means for setting said wheels in motion simultaneously and for stopping them successively, means for moving said carriage, means for returning said carriage, a member carried by said carriage adapted to contact said wheels, the return movement of said carriage being determined by the position assumed by said wheels upon being stopped, said wheels being perforated, the said member carried by said carriage adapted to penetrate one or more of said wheels when the perforations of said wheels are in line with said member.

2. In combination in a machine including a plurality of reels positioned side by side, a movable mounted carriage, means for setting said reels in motion simultaneously and for stopping them successively, means for moving said carriage, a plurality of positioning wheels, means for returning said carriage, a member carried by said carriage adapted to contact said positioning wheels, the return movement of said carriage being determined by the position assumed by said Wheels upon being stopped, said wheels being perforated, the said member carried by said c-arrlage adapted to penetrate one or more of said wheels when the perforations of said wheels are in line with said member.

3. In combination in a machine including a plurality of reels positioned side by side, a movable mounted carriage, means for setting said reels in motion simultaneously and for stopping them successively, means for moving said carriage, a plurality of differently shaped positioning wheels associated one with each of said reels, means for returning said carriage, a member carried by said carriage adapted to contact said positioning wheels, and to extend beyond one or more of them, the return movement of said carriage being determined by the position assumed by said wheels when stopped.

In combination in a machin-e including -a plurality of reels positioned side by side, a movable mounted carriage, means for setting said reels in motion simultaneously and for stopping them successively, means for moving said carriage, a plurality of positioning wheels associated one with each of said reels, means for returning said carriage, a member carried by said carriage adapted to contact said positioning wheels, the return movement of said carri-age being determined by the position assumed by said wheels upon being stopped, said wheels being perforated, the said member carried by said carriage adapted to penetrate one or more of said wheels when the perforations of said wheels ar-e in line with said member.

5. In combination in a machine including a plurality of reels positioned side by side, a movable mounted carriage, means for setting said reels in motion simultaneously and for stopping them successively, means for moving said carri'age; a plurality of positioning wheels, means for returning said. carriage, a member carried by said carriage adapted to contact said positioning wheels: upon being stopped, perforations formed in said wheels, said member adapted to extend through. the perforation of a Wheel when the latter is stopped in line with said. member, the return mov-ement of said carriage being determined by the position assumed by said wheels upon being stopped.

6. In combination in a machine including a plurality of reels positioned side by side, a movable mounted: carriage, means for setting said reels. in motion simultaneously and for stopping them: successively, means for moving said carriage, a plurality ofpositioning wheels associated onefwith each of said reels, means for returning saidcarriage, a member; carried by said carriage adapted. to contact said positioning Wheels, perforations. and guiding cams formed in said wheels adapted to'guicle saidfcontact member, said member adapted to extend through the perforation of a wheel when the latter is stopped in line with said member, the return movement'of said carriage being determined by the position assumed by said Wheels upon being stopped;

7. In combination in a machine having a plurality of reels, means for rotating said reels, comprising a plurality of star wheels associated one with each reel, and a unitary member for rotating said star wheelsx said member comprising; a lever arm, concentric with said star wheels, a link attached to said lever arm, means for moving said link to move said lever arm, a star wheel contacting member on said lever arm, means for positioning it when the star wheel contacting` member is in striking position, and

`means for releasing said link to free the lever arm for return movement and spring means for returning said lever arm to actuate said star wheels, whereby said star wheels are actuated simultaneously, and means for stopping said reels, successively, comprising brakes, one for each reel, and a brake actuating arm positioned toY move with said link to actuate said brakes successively during the return movement of said link;

8. In a machine of the character described, a plurality of reels, means for'actuating them, including a shaft, a handle for rotating said shaft, two discs on said shaft, one fixed to the shaft and the other free upon it, a reel-actuating link in contact with both` discs, means for causing said discs to move together tocarry'said aisazsea link, and-L cam meansfor moving, said link out of contact with saidV discs to free it for return movement.

9. In a machine of the character described,V a plurality of reels,v means for actuating them, including a shaft,.a handlefor rotating` said shaft, two discs on said shaft one fixed to theV shaft and4 the other free upon it, a reel-actuating link in contact with both discs, meansv for causing said discs to move together to carry said link, and cam means for moving said link out of contact with said1 discs to free it forreturn associated one with each of said reels,v means for returning said carriage,` a member carried by said carriage adapted to contact said positioning wheels, perforations and guiding cams formed in said wheels intermediate said perfo-- rations, said member adapted to be thrust through the perforation of one or more Wheels when the latter are stopped with their perforations in line with. said member, the return movement of said carriage being determined by the position assumed by said wheels. upon being. stopped, and aligning means for said positioning wheels whereby they are automatically properly positioned when stationary.

11. In combination in a machine including. a carriage, a plurality of reels positioned side by side, a movable mountedV carriage,. means; for setting said reels in motion simultaneously and for stopping them successively, means for moving said. carriage, a plurality of positioning Wheels associated one with each of said reels', meansfor returning said. carriaga. a. member carried' by said carriage adapted 'to contacty said positioningL wheels, perforations and guiding cams formed in said wheels intermediate' said perforations, said member adapted to be thrust through the perforation of one or more wheels.

when the latter are stopped with their. perfora. tions in line with said member, the returnlnove.-` ment of said carriage being determined by the position assumed by said wheels upon. being,

stopped, and a brake in combinationwith said. carriage moving meansand effective to. delay its return movement;

WILLIAM G; PETERS.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification273/143.00R
International ClassificationG07F17/34
Cooperative ClassificationG07F17/34
European ClassificationG07F17/34