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Publication numberUS2787850 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 9, 1957
Filing dateNov 10, 1955
Priority dateNov 10, 1955
Publication numberUS 2787850 A, US 2787850A, US-A-2787850, US2787850 A, US2787850A
InventorsJr William H Ware
Original AssigneeParsons Co Ralph M
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Indicator board
US 2787850 A
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w. H. WARE, JR 2,787,850

INDICATOR BOARD April 9, 1957 Filed Nov. 10, 1955 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 A TIDE/V57 April 9, 1957 w. H. WARE, JR

INDICATOR BOARD 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed Ncv. 10 1955 0 X mm 5 6/ 9 4 0. 0 6V F 5 7 66 WW W 7 7 H A 5 w 5 W w" m 6 L 5 w /W M 2 Claims. (Cl. 40* 65) This invention relates to an adjustable data control board and more particularlyto a control board of the type having sets of indicants 'arr'anged'in columns to represent various data, and has for an object to provide a control board of the, above type having novel and improved characteristics.

Another object is to provide a data, control board in which an indicant can be inserted in or removed from an intermediate position in a column without rearranging the remaining indicants of the column.

Another object is to provide a control board of the above type in which the columns of indicants are mounted to be shifted laterally or transposed in position as desired without disturbing the indicants of the individual columns. Another object is to provide indicants -in the form of runners which are slidable in vertical channels and are formed with exposed flanges carrying data which is visible from the front of the board and are so arranged that the board may be photographed to provide apermanent record of the data depicted thereon.

Various other objects and advantages will be apparent as the nature of the inventionis more fully disclosed.

The invention will'be better understood by referring to the following descriptiomtaken in connection with the accompanying drawing-forming a part thereof in which certain specific embodiments have been set forth for purposes of illustration.

Inthe drawings:

Fig. '1 is a frontelevationof a data control board embodying the present invention;

Fig. 2 is a brokenend elevation thereof on a larger scale;

Fig. 3isapartial section takeno'n-the line 3-3 of Fig. 1 but on the scale of FigH-Z;

Fig. 4 is a broken perspective view of a portion of the control board;

Fig. 5 is a detail view of a stack of indicants partly in section to show the method of inserting the indicants in the stack;

Fig. 6 is a perspective view of an indicant;

Fig. 7 is a partial front elevation of a control board similar to Fig. 1 but showing a modified form of the invention;

Fig. 8 is a partial end elevation in the control board of Fig. 7 with parts in section;

Fig. 9 is an enlarged vertical section taken on the line 9--9 of Fig. 7; and

Fig. 10 is a perspective view of the indicant shown in Figs. 7 to 9.

In the embodiment shown in Figs. 1 to 6 the board is shown as comprising a back 10 to which is secured a lower horizontal channel member 11 and an upper horizontal channel member 12. The lower channel member 11 is formed of sheet metal and comprises a bottom wall 14, front and back walls 15 and 16 respectively, the latter of which is secured by suitable means to the back 10 States Patent 0 l ceive the indicant or runner to "be described. For con- ICC and top flanges 17 and 18 the edges ofwhich are spacedto form a slot 19 therebetween to receive the lower ends of vertical channel members 20. The front wall 15 carries a bracket 21 which is adapted to receive a card or the like carrying identifying data.

The upper horizontal channel member 12 is formed with a top wall 22, front and back Walls 23and 24 respectively, the latter of which is attached by suitable means to the back 10, and apair of bottom flanges 25 and 26 the edges of which are spaced apart to form a slot 27 therebetween to receive the upper ends of thevertical channel members 20. The front wall 23 is shown as carrying a bracket 28 which is adapted to receive a card or the like carrying identifying data.

A plurality of vertical channel members 20 are slidably mounted in the horizontal channel members 11 and 12 wit'h'their lower ends extending through the slot 19 and resting upon the bottom wall 14 of the lower channel member 11, and with their upper ends extending through the slot 27 of the upper channel member 12. Each'vertical channel 20 comprises a back'wall 30, a pair of side walls 31 and a pair of front flanges 32 the edges of which are spaced apart to form a'slot 33 therebetween to re venience of construction the channel members 11, 12 and 20 may be identical in form and may be made from ametal blank or from molded plastic as desired.

A plurality of'vertical channel members 20 are disposed side by side in the horizontal channel members 11 and 12 as indicated in Figs. '1 and 4 and the end channel members 20 "may be secured in1pl'ace by means of pins 35 which extend through suitable openings in the top wall 22 of the upper horizontal channel 12 and by U-shaped pins 36 having ends which extend through suitable openings in the flanges 17 and 18 of the lower horizontal channel rnember 11 as shown in Fig. 2. When pins 35 and 36 at either end of the board are removed the vertical channel members 20 may be inserted in the corresponding ends of the slots 19 and 27 of the horizontal channel members 11 and 12 and may be slid horizontally into the desired locations.

The back 10 of the board carrie'son atleast one side a plurality of brackets 37 which are spaced vertically and are adapted to receive cards'or the like carrying identifying data. Guide lines 38 may extend across the board from brackets 37 to aid in reading the data depicted on the board. Similar guide lines 39 may be applied to the exposed surfaces of the vertical channel members 20 in a .position to register with'the guide lines 38 if desired to assist in reading the data across the board.

The vertical channel members 20 are adapted to carry indicants or runners 40 which are preferably made from a material such as transparent plastic which can be readily molded in the desired form. As shown in Fig. 6 the runners are H shaped with a hollow rear flange 41 and a hollow front flange 42 joined by a hollow connecting flange 43. The front flange 42 is formed with an outer wall 44, end walls 45 and inner walls 46. In the form shown the end walls 45 are provided with slots 47 to receive a card or the like carrying data which is visible through the transparent outer wall 44. The rear flange 41 is similarly constructed with an outer wall 48, end Walls 49 and inner walls 50. The walls 49 are provided with slots 51 to receive an identifying card. The indicant or runner is thus symmetrical and reversible and either the front flange 42 or the rear flange 41 may be disposed at the front of the board as desired. If the runner is made of non-transparent material the card carrying the identi fying data may be attached to the outer surface of the outer wall of the runner in any convenient manner or the data may be inscribed on the outer walls so as to be visible from the front of the board when the runner is in place.

The thickness of the runner shown in Fig. 6 is slightly less than the width of the slots 33 between the flanges 32 of the vertical channel members 20 so that the rear flange 41 may be inserted through the slot 33 when the runner is turned to vertical position. The rear flange 41 is adapted to fit slidably in the channel formed by the walls of the member 20 with the connecting flange 43 extending through the slot 33 and with the front flange 42 exposed on the front of the channel member when the runner is rotated through an angle of 90 into a horizontal position as shown in Fig. 5.

A plurality of runners may thus be arranged in stacks or columns as indicated in Fig. 1 and a runner may be inserted or removed at any point in the stack by lifting the runners above the one to be inserted or removed and turning the latter runner to a vertical position, inserting or removing the same as the case may be, and allowing the runners disposed thereabove to again fall into place. The form of board shown in Figs. 7 to 10 is similar to that above described and comprises horizontal channels 70 and vertical channels 71 carrying runners 55 which are formed with a front flange 56 of greater thickness than the rear flange 57 and so arranged that when a stack of runners is disposed in the vertical channels 71 as indicated in Fig. 9 the front flanges 56 of one runner 55 rests upon the front flange of the runner immediately below.

This embodiment is useful where it is desirable to provide a front flange of suflicient area to carry two lines of data or to carry data in a more easily visible form which can be photographed for reproductions and permanent records. through the slots 73 of the vertical channel members 71 as in the case of the runner 40.

The runners 55 shown in Fig. 10 are also provided with a pair of aligned holes 58 and 59 which are adapted to receive pins 60, and the rear walls 74 of the channel members 71 are provided with a plurality of spaced holes 61 which are also adapted to receive the pins 60. This arrangement permits a runner to be pinned in any desired vertical position in the vertical channel members 71 and to be lifted if desired from the runner immediately therebelow. Obviously the symmetrical runners of Fig. 6 may also be provided with similar means for pinning the same at any desired location in the vertical channels 2 if desired.

A control board of the above type is useful for recording and displaying various types of data which may be used for example for inventory control purposes, for production control purposes, or as a chart representing The rear flange 57 is of a thickness to pass work loads, or for various other purposes which will be readily apparent to a person skilled in the art.

What is claimed is:

1. An adjustable data control board comprising two opposed vertically spaced horizontally disposed elongated tubular members rectangular in cross section secured in fixed position, a medial longitudinally extending slot in the opposed wall of each of said tubular members, a plurality of separate similar virtually disposed tubular members rectangular in cross section slidably supported by and between said horizontally disposed tubular members with the ends of said vertically disposed tubular members extending into said horizontally disposed tubular members through said slots whereby individual vertically disposed tubular members may be rearranged or replaced in said horizontally disposed tubular members, each of said vertically disposed tubular members being provided with a vertically extending medial slot in the front wall thereof which is uniform in width through the length thereof, a plurality of similar horizontally disposed stacked runners slidably supported by each of said vertically disposed tubular members; each of said runners being H-shaped in plan and comprising i a rear flange which is slidably mounted within a vertically disposed tubular member, a front flange which is disposed in front of said vertically disposed tubular member and is provided with an exposed surface adapted to carry data, and a connecting flange between said rear flange and said front flange which extends through the vertical slot in said vertically disposed tubular member, the width and height of said connecting flange being such that said runner can be turned from horizontal to vertical position while said connecting flange is disposed in any position between the upper and lower ends of said vertical slot, and the height of said rear flange being such that said rear flange can be withdrawn through said vertical slot after said runner has been turned to vertical position, whereby any selected runner may be removed without removing other runners.

2. An adjustable data control board as defined in claim 1 in which means in provided by which selected runners may be secured in fixed vertical positions in said vertical- 1y disposed tubular members.

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US3315746 *May 12, 1965Apr 25, 1967Ruegg Naegeli & Cie AgStrip-shaped or rail-shaped insert element for indicator boards
US3419979 *Jul 13, 1967Jan 7, 1969San Diego Aircraft EngineeringProgram control display
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U.S. Classification116/323, D19/52, 40/491
International ClassificationG09D1/00
Cooperative ClassificationG09D1/00
European ClassificationG09D1/00