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Publication numberUS3139260 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 30, 1964
Filing dateOct 5, 1961
Priority dateOct 5, 1961
Publication numberUS 3139260 A, US 3139260A, US-A-3139260, US3139260 A, US3139260A
InventorsHamel Lewis E
Original AssigneeHamel Lewis E
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Support for detachable hanger
US 3139260 A
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lilniezapmg 1964 HAMEL 3,139,260?

SUPPORT FOR DETACHABLE HANGER E'i lEedi 5, 1 9611 2 Sheets-Sheet Ii.

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ATTORNEY June 30, 1964 v 1.. EC..H1.AMEL 3,139,250


M ATTORNEY position on the hook;

United States Patent SUPPORTFOR DETACHABLE HANGER 'Lewis E. Hamel, 999 Bay St., Rochester 9, N.Y. Filed Oct. 5, 1961', Ser. No. 143,141 4 Claims. (Cl. 248-340) This invention relates to a support for a detachable hanger such as employed in holding beef halves, beef quarters and other heavy meat units in freight cars during transportation, and it'has for its purpose to provide a permanent support in the car to which the detachable hanger can readily necessary.

A particular purpose of the invention is to afford as part of the support a hook to which the detachable hanger canreadily be applied and which has a locking device that securely holds the hanger in place on the hook without chance of accidental displacement andremoval.

Still another object of the invention is to provide in conjunction with such a hook a locking device that can readily be moved upwardly out of locking position and which when in its unlocking position can be swung out of the way to afford ample space for easy insertion or removal of a hanger.

An additional purpose is to afford ahook of the character mentioned WhlCh is adapted to support one or two. detachable hangers with theirrespe'ctive loads, andin which the load is always in vertical alinement with the point of support of the hook.

Another object of the invention is to provide a locking device such as described above, and which when in its unlocking position can be turned to a predetermined point at which his released and automatically returned by a spring to'locking position to hold a hanger 'or hangers on the hook, the locking device being guided to its locking position by means provided on the hook for this purpose and cooperating with the locking device.

A further purpose of the invention is to provide a hook such as. mentioned with resilient'cushioning means which permits slight. downward movement of the hook when a be applied, and easily removed when t sufiicient load is exerted, and which cushioning means will function indefinitely with just the proper degree of tension. and resilience and will always insure returning the hook with its suspended weight to normal position without affecting the resilient means due to tension changes. a I

I To these and other ends the invention consists in the construction and arrangement of parts that will appear clearlyafro'm the following description when read incon- -junction with the accompanying drawings, the novel features being pointed, out inthe claims, following the I r H 4 opening, 13and functioning to guide theplate in its upward and downward movement along the rib' 15. 17 is specification. In thedrawings: a I FIG.,1 is a side elevation showing apreferred embodimentof the support, with a hanger in'position on'the in its lowered1=and locking hook and the locking device FIG; 2 is a similar. view with'parts': broken away showingFthe locking device in its upper or unlockingposh tion, and turned on the'hook to permit insertion'or'removal of a hanger;

FIG. 3 is a detail. sectional view showing the locking device in-plan engaged with the hooklin lockingposition; FIG. 4"is a bottomplan view of the locking device in its unlocking'position, showing the guide on the"hook'for Patented June 30,, 1964 particularlyto the drawings in which like reference numerals refer to the same parts throughout the several views, 1 designates a'clevis providedwithv a roller pin 2 and adapted to be fixedly attached in any suitable fashion at the top of a refrigerator car.

The bottom of the clevis which is indicated at 3 has an opening therein that receives the uppervertical portion 4 of the hook which is preferably of stainless steel, and the upper end of the portion 4 is provided with an integral head 5.

Extending downwardly from the vertical portion 4 of the hook at an approximate 45 angle thereto is theinclined portion 6 which terminates in a relatively wide horizontal bottom portion 7 which connects with an upwardly inclined terminal portion 8, the inner edge of which is substantially parallel to the inner edge of the downwardly inclined portion 6 of the hook, while the .terminal portion 8 is provided at. its outer end with a tapered extremity 9 for a purpose that will appear presently. I

11 designates a lockingmernber or plate having upwardly inclined sides "12,; and an opening 13 which surrounds and is slidable on the portions 4 and 6 of the hook, while at its outer end the locking plate is provided with a cutout portion or recess 14which engages the tapered outer end 9 of the hook and is thereby held against further downward movement.

When in such locking position, the plate his in engagement withthe inclined portion 6 of the hook atsuch a point, as shown in FIG. 1, thatit; cannot bedislodged from locking position by an upward-motion of the outer end ofthe plate, but 'can' 'only be moved out of locking position by the operator initially taking hold of the inner end of the locking plate and moving itupwardly in line as shown in FIG. 2. In thisjposition it is lifted above and "out of the path of the open part of the hook which is then free to permit removal or positioning of ahanger governing movement of the locking: device toits locking- FIG/ is a'detailed sectional view through the center of the upper part of the hangen'and 1 a FIG. 6 is a side elevation'lookingl from right 'to left I a Inj'lorder tojperrnit a slight "the hook the clevis withfa resilient action that" always insures return of th'hook't its initial uppermost position on the hoolQ...v 1 4 I a 7 When turned 'through'such 90 aiigle', the locking plate is held-in its upper position by a rib,15 formed on the hook, while 16 is a slot in the locking plate adjacent topthe a spring, surrounding the hook and locatedbetween the locking plate 11 and the bottom of the clevis, the spring acting to force the locking plate downwardly .into locking'pos'ition when the plate turned to theipredeten mined point for/engagement of slot 16 ,with the rib"15. Thus, when'fthe locking plate is in its" uppermost position I and turned-through a 90 angle, it ,held against downward movemen'thy the rib'1 5 on the hook an cl the locking plate'cannofl m ve downwardly until it is'turned to: its original-'positioh whe'ielthe r15 15 'is ialinedwith theslot 16' in the locking plate, Insuchfpositionthe spring 17 ctu ates 'th'e locking plate downwar ing rel ation fbetween when the weightis released and'willre'sist constantusage without deformationoffthe resilient nieans,the

er verti- .callportion flpf the he k isprovided' with awas e s' of urethane, overlying a thin inetalfwasheii l9'i which is' of somewhat greater diameterjthan the urethane washer ing powder #58029, supplied by B. F. Goodrich Chemical Company, 3135 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 15, Ohio. This is a resilientmaterial withstanding-about 50% compression, and while recovering its original shape when released, it will stand up longer and more efiiciently than any metal or rubber spring. The metal or steel washers 19 are preferably about ,4 thick and somewhat wider than the urethane washers which are about A" thick. By making the steel washers of greater diameter than the urethane washers, the latter are prevented from being squeezed and cut when subjected to the pressure resulting from the weight hanging on the hook.

In assembling the structure, the hook with the urethane and steel washers arranged thereon is first inserted with the outer tapered end 9 and outer inclined portion 8 through the openingin the bottom of the clevis, until the integral stainless steel head 5,'and the urethane and steel washers 18 and 19 are inplace as shown in FIG. 1. Projections 21 are then swaged on the vertical portion 4 of the hook to hold the latter against upward movement, and the rib is also swaged thereon, following which spring 17 and locking plate 11 are successively introduced over the outer end of the hook. The hook can then be 'move'd to its uppermost position above the rib 15, or turned and released into locking position, as shown in FIG. 1, after a hanger with its load is positioned on the hook.

, The hanger cannot then be removed until the operator first lifts the inner end of the locking plate to release it and permit its removal to its uppermost position surrounding the upper part 4 of the hook, as shown in FIG.

2. The hanger with its load can then be removed and another hanger placed in position resting on the bottom horizontal portion '7 of the hook, which is shaped suificiently wide so as to accommodate at the same time two hangers with their respective loads resting on the portions 7and 8 of the hook, if this be desirable.

When the hanger or hangers are in place, the locking plate 11 is turned back to its initial position with its slot 16 in alignment with the rib 15 on the hook, and when the locking plate reaches this position, the spring 17 automatically acts to move it downwardly to locking engagernentwith the inclined part 6 of the hook and the tapered outer end 9, the tapered character of which facilitates .engaging the hangers on the hook;

I claim: 1. A support for a detachable'hanger including a clevis having an opening in its bottom wall, a hook supported on said bottom wall and consisting ofa vertical portion extending through'said opening, said. vertical portion oftion terminating in a horizontal portion connecting with an upwardly inclined portion the innere'dge of which is substantially parallel'to the inner'edge of saiddownthe hook connecting 'with a downwardly inclined per-" I 'wardly inclined portion, said horizontal portion of the I hook being of substantial width andin conjunction with said upwardly inclined portion acting to accommodate one or'more detachable hangers, said upwardly inclined portion having a tapered end, and a locking plate-having an'jfopen'ing in one end; engaging'jend movable on the vertical. and downwardlyinclined portionsof the hook, andia'recess at its uter end engageable with said'end t (b) aplurality of metallic of the hook, said locking portion having a slot adjacent to said opening, a guiding rib on the vertical and downwardly inclined portions of the hook engageable with said slot, and a spring surrounding the hook and located between the bottom of the clevis and said locking plate, the hook having an integral head resting upon an assembly of washers including spaced metal washers and intermediate washers of a material that is resilient and capable of resuming its original shape when pressure is released, the metal washers being of larger diameter than the intermediate washers, and the lowermost metal Washer being supported on the upper surface of the bottom of'the clevis, the hook being movable downwardly through said opening in the bottom wallof the clevis when weight is suspended on the hook, and a lug on the vertical portion of the hook adjacent to the bottom surface of the clevis and limiting upward movement of the hook.

2. A support for a detachable hanger including .a clevis having an opening in its bottomwall, a hooksupported on said bottom'wall consisting of a vertical portion extending through said opening in the bottom wall, said vertical portion of the hook connecting with a downwardly inclined portion terminating in a horizontal portion connecting with an upwardly inclined portion, and a locking plate-having an opening engaging the hook and movable on said vertical portion and a part of said downwardly inclined portion, the locking plate having a slot adjacent to said opening and a rib on the vertical and downwardly inclined portions of the hook engage- :able with said slot and acting to guide the movements of the locking plate on the hook, the locking plate having a recess at its outer end engaging with the free end of the hook when in locking position and being in an, inclined position in relation to the bottom wall of the clevis when in such locking position, the locking plate being retained in its uppermost position by' said .rib when rotated away from its locking position and being in a substantially horizontal position when held in suchuppermost position, the vertical'portion of the hook having an integral head, and yieldable resilientmeans located b'etween'said integral head 'and the bottom of the clevis and comprising relatively thin metal washers and relatively thick urethane washers interposed between the metal washers, the metal washers being of greater diameter than the urethane washers and actingto permit downward movement of a hookwhen a weight is suspended thereon, the urethane'washers resuming their normal position when the weight is released, and a lug on the vertical portion of the hook engaging the bottom of the clevis and acting to limit upward movement of the hook.

3. A hook assembly for detachably supporting'a meat hanger in a transport vehicle, said assembly comprising a generally U-shaped clevis adapted to be supported within the vehicle, said clevis having an approximately horizontal bottom wall portion withan opening therethrough, a hook memberhaving ahook shaped'lower portion adapted to engage and support a detachable meat hanger,'said hook member having an upper portion including a substantially vertical shank extending" upwardly through said'opening in'the bottom wall portion of said clevis and an enlarged .head on said shank above said -bottomwall portion of said clevis, said assembly being characterized by e (a) a plurality of washers of highly resilient urethane material surrounding said shank between said bottom ,wall. portion of said clevis and said enlarged hea don said shank-,and

washers also surrounding saidshank, one of said metallic washers being beneath and in contact with the-bottom face or; each of said resilient urethane washers, each of said rnetallic washers being of substantially largerdiameter than the adjacent faceof a resilient urethane 6 washer, so that during jolts and jars of travel of the wall portion and downwardly against said hook vehicle, while a heavy load of meat is suspended member, thereby tending to keep said washers under from said hook member, said resilient urethane slight vertical compression and to keep said washers washers may temporarily compress vertically to a from bouncing upwardly away from said bottom substantial extent in absorbing shocks, with conse- 5 wall portion of said'clevis during jolts and jars of quent lateral expansion of their diameters, and so travel of the vehicle. that the diameters of the resilient urethane washers,

even when thus expanded, will not exceed the cli- References Cited in the file this Patent ameters of the adjacent metallic washers, thereby U I TA PATENTS preventing the edges of the metallic washers from 1 cutting into the adjacent faces of the resilient uretime 2,470,878 Tate May 24, 1949 4. A construction as defined 1n claim 3, further char- 2,853,760 Bumham Sept. 30, 1959 actenled x 2,904,300 Kirk Sept. 15, 1959 (c) a coil spring surrounding the shank of sand hook FOREIGN PATENTS member below said bottom wall portion of said clevis and reacting upwardly against said bottom 343,397 Germany ..-'Nov. 1,;1921

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U.S. Classification248/340, 452/187, D08/373, D08/354, 24/599.2, 24/599.3, 24/600.6
International ClassificationA22C15/00, B60P7/06, B60P7/08
Cooperative ClassificationB60P7/0807, A22C15/003
European ClassificationA22C15/00B, B60P7/08A