Automatic actuator for spray containers
US 3127060 A
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M h 1964 P. s. VOSBlKlAN ETAL 3,127,060
AUTOMATIC ACTUATOR FOR SPRAY CONTAINERS Filed Oct. 17, 1962 INVENT Fe ezik kn A'ITORNEY United States Patent "ice 3,127,060 AUTOMATIC ACTUATOR FOR SPRAY CONTAINERS Peter S. Vosbikian, Melrose, and Thomas S. Vosbiklan,
Philadelphia, Pa. (both of 1315 W. Cumberland St,
Filed Oct. 17, 1962, Ser. No. 231,234 2 Claims. (Cl. 222-70) The purpose of this invention is to devise a novel automatic actuator for spray containers, which is particularly adapted for use in large rooms, auditoriums, and the like, in order to sterilize or deodorize or freshen the air in such confined spaces.
A further object of the invention is to devise novel means to actuate the spray cap of a spray container at predetermined intervals, and wherein a timed controlled solenoid is provided with an actuator to contact the spray cap of the spray container.
With the foregoing and other objects in View as will hereinafter appear, our invention comprehends a novel automatic actuator for actuating the spray cap at predetermined intervals to cause the spray material to be sprayed into a selected confined space.
For the purpose of illustrating the invention, we have shown in the accompanying drawings, a preferred embodiment of it which we have found in practice to give satisfactory and reliable results. It is however to be understood that the various instrumentalities of which the invention consists, can be variously arranged and organized, and the invention is not limited, except by the scope of the appended claims, to the exact arrangement and organization of these instrumentalities as herein set forth.
FIGURE 1 is a top plan view of an automatic spray actuator embodying our invention.
FIGURE 2 is a front elevation.
FIGURE 3 is a side elevation, partly broken away for the sake of clearness of illustration.
FIGURE 4 is a Wiring diagram.
Similar numerals of reference indicate corresponding parts.
Referring to the drawings:
The actuator has a base 1, provided with an upstanding plate 2 on which is mounted an angle bracket 3, having a bottom portion to support a spray container, and having spring arms 4 to receive the spray container 13 and retain it in an upright position. The angle bracket is adjustable on the plate 2, the bracket having bolts and wing nuts 6. The bolts are adjustable in a slot 5, in the plate 2. An insulating bracket 7 is also mounted at the upper end of the plate 2 by bolts and wing nuts 9. The bolts are adjustable in slot 8 of the plate 2.
A solenoid 10 is mounted at the upper end of plate 7 in any suitable manner, and is provided with a U shaped bracket 11 fixed to its armature, so that when the arma- Patented Mar. 31., 1964 ture moves downwardly it will contact and actuate the spray cap 12 of the container 13.
It is to be understood that the U shaped bracket attached to the solenoid shaft is simply a continuation and part of the shaft. The U shaped bracket has been shown for use with a type of solenoid where the shaft is not extended below the body portion of the solenoid.
An electric motor 14 drives a reducing gear 15, which is provided with an actuating arm 16 to actuate a push button switch 17 in an electric circuit 18 which is in series with the solenoid 10.
In the operation, assuming that the electric circuit has been connected with a source of electric supply, the actuating arm 16, during its revolution, closes the circuit through the push button switch 17 to energize the solenoid 1i) and cause the U shaped bracket 11 to actuate the spray cap 12 and cause the spray material in the spray container 13 to be sprayed into a room.
It will be apparent that the support for the spray container is adjustable to receive spray containers of different sizes, and the solenoid is also adjustable above the spray container to properly position it relatively to the spray cap of the spray container.
Having thus described our invention what we claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
1. An automatic actuator for spray containers having a controlling valve, comprising, a base, a first plate extending upwardly from said base, a support on said plate for an aerosol spray container, an insulating plate adjustably mounted on said first plate, a solenoid carried by said insulating plate, a U shaped bracket having its upper end connected with the armature of said solenoid and having its lower end laterally positioned to be positioned above the valve of the spray container to move the same valve actuating and valve non-actuating position with respect to the container and an electric circuit connected to said solenoid and adapted to be connected with a source of electric supply, said circuit including means to automatically close and open the circuit at predetermined intervals.
2. The actuator defined in claim 1, wherein the support for the spray container is vertically adjustable on said first plate.
References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,675,137 Sauvage June 26, 1928 2,583,688 Dobkin Jan. 29, 1952 2,686,944 Gubelin Aug. 24, 1954 2,948,437 Nielsen Aug. 9, 1960 FOREIGN PATENTS 1,251,814 France Dec. 12, 1960 OTHER REFERENCES Snow: Abstract of application Serial No. 773,725, pub lished Nov. 28, 1950, 640 0.6. 1371.