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Publication numberUS2287679 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 23, 1942
Filing dateFeb 21, 1941
Priority dateFeb 21, 1941
Publication numberUS 2287679 A, US 2287679A, US-A-2287679, US2287679 A, US2287679A
InventorsGreenawalt Frederick A
Original AssigneeGreenawalt Frederick A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Dial clock
US 2287679 A
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June 23, 1942.

F. A. GREENAWALT DIAL CLOCK Filed Feb. 21, 1941 2 Sheets-Sheet l INVENTOR frvdeNd'A WITNESSES: 56.

' ATTORNEY June 23, 1942.

F. A. GREENAWALT DIAL CLOCK Filed Feb. 21, 1941 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 1 9 5 5 i: l U 10 Z3- 7 7/ 2/ WITNESSES: 625%.

INVENTOR ATTORN EY Patented June 23, 1942 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE DIAL CLOCK Frederick A. Greenawalt, Columbus, Ohio Application February 21, 1941, Serial No. 379,963


My invention relates to clocks and particularly to dial type numeral clocks.

It is the main object of my invention to provide a dial type numeral clock comprising a minimum number of operating parts of relatively light weight, which can be easily and quickly assembled and which are relatively inexpensive.

Another object of my invention is to provide a dial type numeral clock structure that shall permit of varying the size of the numerals indicating the time of day and the-size of the dialdiscs carrying these numerals with but relatively small changes in the construction except as to the size of the parts. I

Another object of my invention is to provide relatively simple and inexpensive means to hold the dials in their stationary positions.

Other objects of my invention will either be apparent from a description of one form of my invention now preferred by me or will he pointed out hereinafter in the description and operation of this form of my" invention and will be particularly set forth in the appended claims.

In the drawings,

Figure 1 is a view in front elevation of the clock mechanism when not mounted in an enclosing casing,

Fig.2 is a view rear elevation thereof,

Fig. 3 is a longitudinal section through the clock mechanism taken on the line III-ill of Y Fig. 1,

Fig. 4 is a view in end elevation thereof taken from the right-hand side of Fig. 1,

Fig. 5 is an enlargement of a part of Fig, 3 of the drawings showing more particularly the mounting of two of the dials, and, I

Fig. 6 is an exploded perspective view of certain parts of the mechanism as seen from the rear thereof.

My clock structure comprises first of all a frame structure including a front frame plate H which frame plate is relativelynarrow, rela-- and may be somewhat narrower than front frame The two frame plates are mechanically plate ll.

short studs l'l into which small connected as by passing through the front and rear frame plates and having screw-threaded engagement with their studs l1. Frame 12 may be secured to plate II by screws 20' as shown in Fig. 4. As will be seen from Fig. 1 of the drawings, I may provide four such studs I1 in order to obtain a relatively rigid but light frame supporting the rest of the mechanism constituting my improved clock structure.

I provide as a motor means for causing turning movement of the respective number-bearing dials an electric motor l9 which is preferably of the sub-synchronous type and which I now prefer to mount on the frame secured to the rear frame plate l5 as is shown more particularly in Fig. 3 of the drawings. The speed of rotation of the motor shaft fl is one revolution. per minute and this shaft has mounted thereon a disc 23 which hasmounted thereon a driving pin 25 which driving pin will therefore rotate through a complete revolution in one minute. It will be 21 outside of the frame. that is, against the back:

surface of frame plate l5 so that the shaft it will project through small opening in frame plate l5 and the shaft is of such length that the disc 23 is positioned a short distance back of the front frame plate H.

I' provide a minute dial 29 which has printed thereon the numerah O, l, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 in the proper sequence so that when the dial 29 is turned through a predetermined angular or peripheral distance once each minute the consecutive numerals apmaring at the right-hand side of opening IE will increase to indicate elapsed minutes of time. Dial 28 is rotatably supported as by a bushing 31 which is held in. its proper operative position as by a small machine screw or stud 33 extending through the front frame plate l5 and which is held by a nut 35 threaded thereon. While I have shown a particular embodiment of a bearing, it is to be understood that I am not limited to the particular construction shown since any other bearing for supporting the dial 29 made of relatively thin sheet material may be utilized. The dial 29 is provided with ten integral punched-out ears or tabs 31 these bent-out ears being on a diameter considerably less than the outside diameter of the dial 29. It will be noted that-the ears 3'! have a flat surface and I now prefer to have one of these surfaces extend substantially radially from the axis on which the dial turns when the machine screws 20 may extend, these screws clock is in operation. It will be noted that the number of bent-out ears 3! corresponds to that of the total number of numerals imprinted or otherwise shown 'on the dial adJacent the periphery thereof/ The dial 29 is provided also with a relatively short driving pin 99 for a purpose to be hereinafter referred to.

I provide two co-axially supported dials 4| and 43. The dial 4| is the ten minute dial and will therefore ,have imprinted or otherwiseshown thereon the numerals 0, i, 2, 3, 4 and 5, while the sixty minute or hour dial 49 will have imprinted or shown thereon numerals 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, .6, '1, 8, 9, 1o, 11 and 12. It will be'noted that the uter diameter 01' the ten minute dial 4| is so ewhat smaller than the outer diameter of the minute dial 29 while the outer diameter of the Zixty minute am ,4: is larger than that of the en minute dial 4| and is, in fact, almost or sub- /stantially double the diameter of the ten minute dial. I provide a bushing member 46 to support the two dials 4i and 49 co-axially with each other, with dial 43 in the rear of dial 4|. This tubular bushing member 46 is free to rotate on a headed stud 41 extending therethrough and through an opening in the rear frame plate 15 against which it may be held by a nut 49 engaging the outer or rearmost threaded end of stud or p611; 41. The ten minute dial 4| is fixedly mounted on the bushing member 45 so that it .a d its support may turn as constrained to do means and in a manner to be hereinafter set orth. A small spur gear 6| is also fixedly mounted on an auxiliary bushing 63 held .on the bushing member 46 by a set screw 64 so that gear wheel 6| will turn with dial 4|. A second spur gear 66 is fixedly supported on a bushing 56 which is rotatably mounted on a short headed. stud 61 supported on the rear frame plate l6 so that the gear wheel 66 will mesh with gear 7 wheel II to be turned therewith. Gear wheel 66 has mounted thereon a driving pin 69 to turn therewith. I

Dial 4| is provided with a plurality of punchedout ears 66, 'six in number, which ears or tabs are adapted to be engaged consecutively by the driving pin 39 on dial 29 when the dial 29is caused to turn through one-tenth of its periphery because of engagement of one of the bentout ears 31 by the driving pin 26 on disc 23 continuously rotated by the motor l8. The ten minute dial 4| will therefore be turned through one- \sixth of its total periphery and in a direction counter to that in which dial 29 is turned so that the numerals on the'two dials, namely the minute and the ten minute dial, will indicate correctly at one time during each minute the number of minutes of the time of day.

The turning movement of the dial 4| causes a .-6| in one direction and a corresponding turning movement of the gear wheel 66, which is of the same size as gear wheel 6|; in the opposite direc-' is, of course, tobe understood that the positionof the driving pins 26, 99 and 69 and the position of the bent-out ears, engaged thereby to cause turning-movement ,of predetermined but .difl'erent degrees of the respective dialsjare such that the numerals will show in back-of the opexi spective dials is just suilicient to cause a new numeral to show on a dial when the same is turned and it will therefore be obvious thatthe minute dial 29 will be turned through one complete revolution once in ten minutes'to thereby cause predetermined angular turning movement of the ten minute dial once every ten minutes and that one complete revolution of the ten minute dial 4| in sixty minutes will cause predetermined angular tuming movement of the sixty minute or hour dial 43 through one-twelfth of its periphery so as to bring another' numeral back of the opening it in substantially the same manner as set forth for the other dials.

I provide novel means for holding the minute and the hour dial in their stationary positions.

Referring to Fig. 6 of the drawings it will be noted that the punched-out ears 31 left openings 63 in the dial and I provide a leaf spring 65 having one end secured to the front frame plate flat V-shape adapted to fit into an opening 63, the spring 66 being bent to bias the V-shaped 'portion into an opening 63. By proper adjustment of the spring 66 it is possible to cause tuming movement of the dial 29 from one to another of its consecutive operative positions with relatively small power and the V-shaped end portion moves into the opening easily and surely and holds the dial in desired position.

I provide a plurality of openings 61 in the hour dial 43, equal in number to the number of numerals on the dial and on a diameter somewhat greater than that of the punched-out ears 6i. A leaf spring 69 has one end fixed to the rear frame plate i5 and a portion bent to flat V-shape near its other end is adapted to fit into the respective openings 61 to stop and then securely.

the size of openings 69 and of the leaf spring 65 I can dispense with ancing means.

No such holding means has been found necessary for the ten minute disc since the bearing of the hour dial sets upa suiilcient friction on the bearing attached to the ten minute dial to hold and keep it'in proper stationary position when not being turned by the pin on the minute dial.

In the assembly of theseclocls movements it is necessary that the pin on the minute dial turn the use of any counterbalthe ten-minute dial the exact distance between corresponding turning movement of gear wheel iia lgglmthe rrentrrame Plate; n: Etc be further turning-movement. the re- (it two consecutive figures on the dial. To permit of adjusting for this result I make the four holes in the back plate through which the clamping lcrews 29 extend, of e ongated shape as may be seen by reference Fig. 2. "This permits of movingthe back frame plate "carrying the ten minute and the hour dial to the right or to the left so that the pin on the minute dial will engage one of the ears or tabs'on the ten minute dial exactly long enough to turn the ten minute dial through the proper distance to cause'the threenumerals to line up properlyback of the p ning The diameter or thecircle'on which the open-. ings 61 in are located, is made somewhat larger than "-'i ;.he diameter of-the circle onwhich the ears-flare located. shice the latter diameter Its other end is provided with a portion of is quite small and it would be impossible to use a leaf, spring, such as member 69, to move into the openings left by the punched-out ears 6|. Further the mounting of the holding spring 69 for dial 43 on the rear frame plate brings this spring on the' same side of the dial as are the ears or tabs 6|.

While I have not illustrated any enclosing casing it is to be understood that I may mount this clock assembly in an enclosing casing which, for example, may be made of wood and which may have a window therein alined with the opening l3 so that the mechanism and particularly the bearing, on which the dials rotate, may be protected from dust. Such a structure is shown generally by the front frame 12.

The device embodying my invention includes a relatively simple and inexpensive supporting frame for the supporting mechanism including more particularly a front frame plate which'supports the minute dial and includes also a rear frame plate which supports the ten minute and the sixty minute dial as well as the electric motor providing the moving power for the entire clock. The three dials, two of which are mounted coaxially, have their axes spaced apart a short distance only and the line connecting these axes extends longitudinally of the elongated front and rear frame plate and therefore of the supporting frame. It will be noted that the minute dial turns in'a counterclockwise direction in the pres ent preferred embodiment of my invention and that the ten minute and the sixty minute dials turn in a clockwise direction to indicate the consecutive minutes of the time of day.

It may be pointed out that if I desire to increase the size of the numerals on the individual dials to permit of mounting a numeral clock of this improved construction farther away from those noting the time, it is only necessary to in crease the outer diameter of the respective dials and to space the axis minute dial farther from the axis of the ten minute and the hour dial with other changes called for by these increases in diameter but that it is not necessary to increase the space between the front frame plate and the rear frame plate at all. 7

I wish to point out further that the mechanical engagement between the respective driving pins and the bent-out-ears is against one of the fiat faces of the bent-out ears or tabs and that this decreases the friction between the driving pin and the driven bent-out tab and dial so that a relatively small amount of power is needed to cause the desired turning movement of the dialv eration of my improved clock. The holding springs can be made relatively light so that the power required'to move the dials is still very small.

While I have illustrated and described a specific embodiment of my invention I do not desire to be limited thereto and all obvious modifications thereof coming within thescope of the appended claims are to be considered as being covered thereby.

I claim as my invention: a

. 1. A dial type clock including an elongated front frame plate, an elongated rear frame plate spaced from and rigidly secured to the front plate to'provide a supporting frame, three dial plates rotatably and overlappingly supported in said frame with their axes in alinement longitudinally of said elongated frame and having peripherally spaced figures thereon cooperative to indicate the time of day, a plurality of tabs on each dial plate integral therewith and punched out laterally therefrom on circles of relatively small diameters to have one face thereof extend substantially radially of the dial plate, an electric motor supported on the rear frame plate, a

disc supported thereby and caused to rotate through one complete turn in a minute, a driving pin extending laterally of said disc and caused to engage flatwise with consecutive tabs on the first of'said dials at one minute intervals to cause said first dial to turn through a predetermined angle and two other laterally projecting driving pins driven by said first dial to engage flatwise with consecutive bent-out tabs on the other dials at different time intervals to cause different predetermined turning movements thereof to cause figures on all the dials alined with the alined axes to indicate the time of day.

2. A dial type clock including a relatively nar: row elongated front frame plate having an elongated opening therein near one 'end thereof, a relatively narrow elongated rear frame plate spaced from and rigidly secured to the front plate to provide a supporting frame, a numeral-bearing minute dial, ten-minute dialand hour dial rotatably supported by said frame longitudinally alined therewith between said-front and rear plates and including a single support for the ten-minute and the hour dial, a plurality of flat tabs on each dial integral therewith and v punched-out laterally therefrom, one face of each of said tabs extending substantially radially of the dial, an electric motor supported by the frame, a disc supported by the motor and caused to turn thereby through one revolutionper minute, a driving pin on the disc adapted to engage said one faceof consecutive tabs on the-minute dial to cause predetermined angular turning movement of the minute dial once per minute, driving pins for engaging the bent-out tabs of the ten-minute and of the hour dial at short intervals and at different times to cause the numerals on the dials to appear back of said opening in said front frame plate alined with each other longitudinally of the frame to indicate the time of day.

3. A device as set forth in claim 2 in which certain of said dials have circularly spaced openings therein equal in number to the numerals on the dial and a leaf spring supported by the frame and having a bent end portion thereof adapted to move into the openings consecutively to hold the dial stationary when not being caused to turn by a dial driving pin.

4. A dial type clock including a relatively narbearing ten-minute and hour dials rotatablyvand co-axially supported by said frame between said front and rear plates with the plane of the tenminute dial back of the plane of the minute dial and with the plane of the hour dial back of the plane of the ten-minute dial and means for calm.

ing predetermined turning movements of the respective dials at intervals of one, ten and sixty minutes, said means including an electric motor; a disc driven thereby and rotated once per ute, a pin on said disc "projecting laterally. therefrom, flat tabs bent out from the respective dials 'each other longitudinally of the opening to'indicate the time of day.

5. A dial type clock including front and rear spaced narrow, long, substantially coextensive frame plates, the front one of which has an elongated opening therein near one end thereof, an hour dial,,a ten-minute dial and a minute dial rotatably supported by and between said frame plates and having numbers near their peplate supporting the hour and the ten-minute dial coaxially with each other with the tenminute dial in frontof and of lesser diameter than the hour dial, a bearing means on the front plate supporting the minute dial in front of the ten-minute dial, an electric motor supported by the rear frame plate, a disc carried by the motor and rotated through one complete turn per minute, a pin on the disc projecting laterally of one face, relatively wide flat tabs on each dial bent out laterally of the dial on relatively'small diameters, the pin on the disc being rotated to engage ripheries, a single bearing means on the rear the flat face of consecutive tabs on the minute dial at minute intervals and cause a turning movement in one direction of one-tenth of its periphery, a pin on the minute dial adapted to engage the flat face of consecutive tabs on the tenminute dial at ten minute intervals and cause a turningmovement thereof of one-sixth of its periphery in a direction opposite to that of the minute dial, a gear wheel coaxial and rotatable with said ten-minute dial, a secondge'ar wheel meshing with the first gear wheel and a piri on the second gear wheel adapted to engage the fiat face of consecutive tabs on the hour dial at sixty minute intervals to cause a turning movement of one-twelfth of its periphery in the same direction as that of the ten-minute dial, the

numberson the three dials being visible through the opening in the front plate to indicate the time of day.


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U.S. Classification368/77, 235/113, 968/163
International ClassificationG04B19/00, G04B19/20
Cooperative ClassificationG04B19/202
European ClassificationG04B19/20B