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G. O BLIOKENSDERFER 86 E. SMITH.-
TRACK FOR OONVEYER APPARATUS. I No. 338,705. Patented Mar. 30-, 1886.
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PATENT TRACK FOR CONVEYER APPARATUS.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 338,705, dated March 30, 1886.
Application filed October 26,1885. Serial No. 180,983. (No model.)
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that we, GEORGE C. BLIoK- ENSDERFER and HERVEY SMITH, citizens of the United States, residing at Erie, in the county of Erie and State of Pennsylvania, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Tracks for Gonveyer Apparatus; and we do hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same.
This invention relates to conveyer systems for stores and other like service; and it consists in improvements in the construction of the track of such systems, as will hereinafter be fully set forth, and pointed out in the claim.
The invention relates, particularly, to that class of conveyer systems in which the track consists of a taut wire, and the particular object of the invention is to provide such systems with means whereby the track can be curved.
Our invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawings, as follows:
Figure 1 is a plan view of a taut-wire track, A, passing a corner by an angular bend, with a section of curved track so connected therewith as to give a continuous properly-curved track. Fig. 2 is a like view showing an alternative construction. Fig. 3 is a like view showing still another alternative construction. Fig. 4 is a plan view of a taut-wire track passing around a post by angular bends, with a section of curved track connected therewith, so as to form a continuous properlycurved track.
In this class of conveyor systems the tracks are suspended, and the carriage consists of a trolley, which runs on the track, a pendant from said trolley, which hangs down at one side of the track, and a receptacle attached to said pendant, and therefore all the supports of the track connect with it on one side thereofto wit, the side opposite that on which the pendant from the trolley is placed.
In all the figures, A marks the taut wire, and B the curved sections of track.
In Figs. 1 and 2, G is the guy or stay, which engages with the wire at its angle and connects it with the wall of the building or other fixture.
In Fig. 3, E E represent what may be either posts extending from the floor to the ceiling or posts from the floor up to the track, or hangers extending from the ceiling down to the track; and e 0 represent guys or braces, and e 6 short arms, to which the curved section of track 13 is secured.
In Fig. 4, D I) represent arms extending out from the post or pillar, around which the track is to turn, and d d are grooves to receive the taut wire A at the ends of the arms.
In all these different constructions the common feature is that a section of curved track is so connected with the taut wire that a car will pass from the wire onto the curve, and then off of the curve onto the wire againwith out being impeded materially.
Connected with Figs. 1, 2, and 3, adjacent to the point where the curved track and the taut-wire track connect, are side views to show the several constructions clearly.
In the construction shown in Fig. 1, a 0011- neeting-iron, B, is used on the wire each side of the angle. These irons are so formed that the wire A, as it passes through them, is deflected down, and the curve track is attached to it in such manner that its ends come in line with the wire and form a continuous track- In Fig. 2 the curved track B is clamped upon the wire A by cheek-pieces b, and the ends of track 13 are beveled, so as to grade up from the wire far enough to carry the flanges of the wheels over the wire A.
In the construction shown in Fig. 3 the taut wire A is passed down through the curved track and secured by a nut or in any other manner. This construction diii'ers from the others in that the wire track A does not continue around the angle by angular bends, but is broken, and its ends secured to the curved track.
In the construction shown in Fig. 4 the wire track lies in the grooves d in the ends of the arms D, and is deflected below the arms and passes from arm to arm in a plane lower than the main line, and the curved track is fastened to the arms, with its cnds abutting against the wire A at the points where it deflects down.
being so connected, substantially as shown,
with the taut wire as to form a continuous track.
In testimony whereof we affix our signatures in presence of two witnesses.
GEORGE O. BLICKENSDERFER. HERVEY SMITH. \Vitnesses:
J NO. K. HALLOOK, R0131. H. PORTER.