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Publication numberUS3805380 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 23, 1974
Filing dateJul 27, 1972
Priority dateSep 17, 1971
Also published asDE2244319A1
Publication numberUS 3805380 A, US 3805380A, US-A-3805380, US3805380 A, US3805380A
InventorsYamamoto O
Original AssigneeAichi Electric Mfg
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Electrically powered can opener
US 3805380 A
Abstract
An electrically powered can opener is provided with a holding roller mounted rotatably on a hand lever. This holding roller is adapted to be brought inside and depress an end seam of a can lid by operating the hand lever. Only the outer layer of the end seam held by the holding roller is severed by a circular cutter either actuated positively or rotatable freely.
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United States Patent 11 1 Yamamoto [451 Apr. 23, 1974 ELECTRICALLY POWERED CAN OPENER Inventor:

Osamu Yamamoto, Nagoya, Japan Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Aichidenkikosakusho, Aichi-ken, Japan Filed: July 27, 1972 Appl. No.: 275,693

[30] Foreign Application Priority Data 7 Sept. 17, 1971 Japan ..46-72696 Feb. 22, 1972 Japan 47-18743 [52] U.S. c1. 30/4' R, 30/9 [51] Int. Cl B67b 7/38 [58] Field of Search 30/4 R, 8.5, 9, 15, 15.5

[56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS I 1,491,477 4/1924 Hawley 30/15.5 3,161,952 12/1964 Czapiewski 30/4 R 4/1969 De MotL. 30/4 R FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS 820,977 9/1959 Great Britain 30/9 Primary Examiner-Othell M. Simpson Assistant Examiner--Gary L. Smith [57] ABSTRACT An electrically powered can opener is provided with a holding roller mounted rotatably on a hand lever. This holding roller is adapted to be brought inside and depress an end seam of a can lid by operating the hand lever. Only the outer layer of the end seam held by the holding roller is severed by a circular cutter either actuated positively or rotatable freely.

5 Claims, 11 Drawing Figures PATENTEU 23 SHEET 2 OF 5 FIG.3

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION This invention relates to an electrically powered can opener. A conventional can opener of this type has a can feed wheel extending rotatably through a frame and a lever carring a cutter and pivoted on the frame. As a can lid of a can, being driven by the feed wheel, is severed by the cutter closely inside of the end seam of the can lid, such a sanitarily undesirable situation is brought about that metal waste produced in a can opening operation drops into the can. Further, the conventional can opener has a fault in that the can lid drops into the can after being cutoff. In order to eliminate this fault, an arm provided with a magnet at its free end is extended from the frame to attract the can lid cut off. The provision of such accessory means, however, not only increases the cost of a can opener but also causes a higher cost in packaging and transporting the can opener and a large space for storage as the result of the great bulk of the can opener due to the extending arm. As an alternative to eliminate this fault, a can opener is devised in which the positions of the feed wheel and the cutter are interchanged with the can feed wheel being in contact with the inner layer of the end seam to rotate the can and only the outer layer of the end seam is severed by the cutter. However, this kind of can opener has a fault in that the can lid cut off is distorted or injured at its periphery and is undesirable for reuse as a proper detachable lid.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION I The present invention eliminates the above mentioned faults of an electrically powered can opener. A can opener according to the present invention comprises a frame, a can feed wheel extending rotatably through the front member of the frame, a circular cutter mounted rotatably on the frame over the feed wheel and a lever having a holding roller and pivoted. to the frame. An end seam of a can is put on the feed wheel and is depressed on its inner layer by the holding roller as the result of the operation of the lever. Thus the end seam is held by the feed wheel and the holding roller, while the outer layer of the end seam is pierced by the circular cutter on account of the depressing force of the roller. When the feed wheel is actuated, the can is rotated and only the outer layer is severed by the circular cutter. As the curved portion of the end seam still engages with the top of the side wall of the can even when the can is cutout, the can lid cut off does not fall into the can. The metal wastes then produced, of course, drop outside of the can. Because the end seam is supported fast at its inner layer by the holding roller, the end seam is not distorted during a can opening operation and it becomes possible to reuse the cut off can lid as a proper detachable can lid.

When the lever is operated, the holding roller can move either parallel with or obliquely to the vertical front member of the frame. In the latter case, the holding of the can lid by means of the holding roller is more secure.

Such a temporary retreat of the feed wheel in its axial direction as take place when a can is set to a can opener makes it easy to introducethe holding roller inside the end seam and suitable for holding of the can.

The cutter may be in mesh with the feed wheel to be driven positively but be rotated independently.

The salient relationships of the present invention have been described and it will be understood that an electrically powered can opener according to the pres ent invention affords a proper and neat can opening operation and is desireable in the light of the possible reuse of the cut off can lid and for reasons of sanitation.

IN THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a front elevational view of a can opener;

FIG. 2 is a rear elevational view of the can opener of FIG. 1 with a rear member of a frame being taken away to show a mechanism therein contained;

FIG. 3 is an enlarged side elevational view in partial section of the can opener of FIG. 1;

FIGS. 4 and 5 are further enlarged sectional views of can cutting main members for explaining the operation of the can opener of FIG. 1;

FIG. 6 is a front elevational view of another can opener as another embodiment of the present inventron;

FIG. 7 is a side elevational view in the can opener of FIG. 6;

FIG. 8 is an enlarged side elevational view in partial section of the cutting portion of the can opener of FIG. 6 when'mounting a can thereon;

FIG. 9 is a cross-sectional view of the cutting portion of the can opener of FIG. 6 as in use;

FIG. 10 is a front elevational view showing a cutter and a feed wheel of the can opener of FIG. 6; and

FIG. 11 is a sectional view showing a modification of the members shown in FIGS. 8 and 9.

Referring to FIGS. 1-5, a frame 10 has a front member 11 which comprises a layer 12 for artistic design and another layer 12 for reinforcement. In general, the layer shown by numeral 12 is made of materials such as plastics, whereas the layer shown by numeral 12 is made of materials of high strength such as metals. Next, a driving electric motor 13 and a transmitting mecha nism 14 are provided in the frame 10, the latter being composed of plural reduction gears. Numeral l5 represents a bearing member of the shaft of the reduction gears. A bearing member 16 supports a driving shaft 17 for rotation and axial movement and is made integrally with the layer 12' as well as the bearingmember 15. A feed wheel 19 to rotate a can is connected to a joint portion 18 formed on the end portion of the driving shaft 17 so that the feed wheel 19 may rotate with the driving shaft 17. A bevel gear 19a :is formed integrally with the feed wheel l9and is positioned therebehind and is used as a means to transmit a torque to a cutter 20 described hereafter from the feed wheel 19. A wavy spring washer 19b interposed between the bevel gear 19a and the bearing member 16 is usually biasing the feed wheel 19 to the lefthand side of FIG. 3 and is compressed in its axial direction to facilitate the retreat of the feed wheel 19 towards the right hand side of FIG. 3 and to establish the engagement between gears 19a and 20a usually in disengagement when adepressing force is exerted on the feed wheel 19 through a can in the righthand direction of FIG. 3.A circular cutter 20 partial section of is mounted rotatably on a supporting shaft 21 held by a supporting arm 22 extending from the layer 12'. A bevel gear 20a is formed integrally with the cutter 20 and is positioned thereunder and is adapted to be in mesh with the gear 19a.

Next, the mechanism to operate a holding roller is described. A lever 24 is pivoted at its one end on the inner wall of the frame by means of a pin 25. The upper portion of the front member 11 is inclined forwardly and through this portion is bored an opening 11a. A shaft 28 is secured on the lever 24 through this opening and a holding roller 27 is mounted rotatably on the shaft 28. On the both ends of the shaft 28 are formed heads 29 and 30 and a spacing ring 31 and a washer 32 are inserted between the head 30 and the holding roller 27. The other end of the lever 24 is connected to a button 44 by a connecting rod 40, an operating lever 41, a pivot pin 42 and a pivot pin 43. By the arcuate movement of the button 44, the operating lever 41 is rotated around a pivot pin 45 and the free end of the lever 24 is driven on an are thereby moving the holding roller 27 slidably along the inclining portion of the front member 11. Numeral 46 represents a stop to limit the lowest position of the lever 24. On the front member 11, a projecting pin 33 for preventing the swing of a can and a projecting resilient plate 33 are provided. In the frame 10, a switch 34 for the power supply circuit of the driving electric motor 13 is provided and a following piece 34' of the switch 34 is adapted to be actuated as the result of the displacement of an operating piece 41a of the operating lever 41 thereby establishing the contact or the break between electrical contacts 34a and 34b. A can receiver 33" is provided on the front member 11. Numeral 35 represents a can and numeral 35' represents the top of the side wall of the can. Numeral 36 represents a can lid.

Can opening operations with use of the above can opener are now described. First of all, the can opener is set to the situation where the free end of the lever 24 is raised that is to the situation where the holding roller 27 is disposed at the position 27a shown by dotted lines in FIG. 3 or the holding roller 27 is a little more away from the feed wheel 19. The side wall of the can 35 is brought to be in contact with the can receiver 33" and the lower edge 39 of the outer layer 38 of an end seam 36' is placed on the feed wheel 19 as shown in FIG. 4. Then the lever 24 is lowered and the lower portion of the holding roller 27 is forced in inside the inner layer 37 of the end seam 36'. See FIG. 5. The outer layer 38 of the end seam 36 is pushed by the lower depressing surface 27 of the holding roller 27 towards the cutter and the edge of the cutter 20 pierces into the outer layer 38. In this situation, the operating lever 41 is lowered to the position shown by solid lines in FIG. 3 and the operating piece 41a of the lever 41 pushes in the following piece 34'. Thus the electric motor 13 starts to rotate and the feed wheel 19 is actuated through the transmitting mechanism 14 and the driving shaft 17. The cutter 20 is driven from the feed wheel 19 through the gears 19a and 20a. On rotating, the cutter 20 severs only the outer layer 38 of the end seam 36 progressively. Thus the can lid 36 is cut at the outer layer of the end seam and becomes separable from the top 35' of the can side wall. After the can is cut out, the operating piece 410 moves in the returning direction due to the pushing up force of the following piece 34 or a force of any other spring and the electric motor 13 is deenergized thereby ceasing the rotation of the feed wheel 19. In this situation with the relevant members at rest, the lower depressing surface 27' of the holding roller 27 is still disposed inside the top 35 of the side wall and the can 35 is held by the feed wheel 19 and the holding roller 27 in the situation where the can is just cut out. Then, the can 35 becomes removable from the can opener by raising the button 44 to the position 44 shown by dotted lines. The cut off can lid is not subject to the distortion in the can opening operation because of the support by the holding roller 27 inside the end seam 36' and can be engageable with the top 35 of the can 35 at the uncut curved portion 37'. Thus, the cut off lid can be utilized as a detachable can lid. The can lid 36 as well as the curved portion 37' is not injured and very neat. Further, the actuation of the cutter 20 in mesh with the feed wheel 19 makes the cutting power of the cutter 20 very sharp and so the severed end surface is very smooth.

Referring to FIGS. 6-10, the second embodiment is described. A frame 47 has a front member 48 which comprises a layer 49 for artistic design and another layer 49 for reinforcement. In general, the layer shown by numeral 49 is made of materials such as plastics, whereas the layer shown by numeral 49' is made of materials of high strength such as metals. Next, a driving electric motor 50 and a transmitting mechanism 51 are provided in the frame 47, the latter being composed of plural reduction gears. Numeral 52 represents a supporting shaft of the reduction gears. A bearing member 53 supports a driving shaft 54 for rotation and axial movement and is made integral with the layer 49'. A feed wheel 55 is connected to a joint portion 56 formed on the end portion of the driving shaft 54 so that it may rotate with the driving shaft 54. A circular cutter 57 is mounted rotatably on a supporting shaft 59 secured in a supporting arm 58 extending from the layer 49. A lever 61 is pivoted on the front member 48 by means of a detachable fulcrum pin and numeral 62 represents its grip. A holding roller 63 is mounted on a shaft 64 fixed in an opening 61" bored through a roller sustaining portion 61 of the lever 61. On the both ends of the shaft 64 are formed heads 65 and 66. A spacing ring 67 and a washer 68 are disposed between the heads and the holding roller 63. Further, a can holding projection 69 is attached to the lever 61 to the righthand side of the holding roller 63 in FIG. 6 and is adapted to hold horizontally the lid of a can with the lower edge of its end seam placed on the feed wheel 55 in cooperation with the forwardly extending portion of the fulcrum pin 60. On the front member 48 is provided a can receiver 69 to maintain the can upright. Numeral 70 represents a movable member for operating a switch' 70' for the driving electric motor 50 and is extending through the top of the frame 47. This movable member is usually biased upwards but is adapted to be depressed by lowering the grip 62 of the lever 61. Thereby closing the switch 70' to energize the electric motor 50. Numeral 71 represents a can, 72 a can lid and 73 the end seam of the can lid 72 for sealing the can 71 hermetically.

The can opening operations of the above can opener are described. First of all, the can opener is set to the situation where the lever 61 is raised that is to the situation where the holding roller 63 is disposed at the position shown in FIG. 8 or the holding roller 63 is a little more away from the feed wheel 55. The side wall of the can is brought to be in contact with the can receiver 69' and the lower edge of the outer layer 74 of the end seam 73 is placed on the feed wheel 55 as shown. Then the lever 61 is lowered and the lower portion of the holding roller 63 is forced in inside the inner layer 76 of the end seam 73. See FIG. 9. The outer layer 74 of the end seam 73 is pushed by the lower depressing surface 63' of the holding roller 63 towards the cutter 57 and the edge of the cutter 57 pierces into the outer layer 74. In this situation, the grip 62 of the lever 61 is depressing the movable member 70 of the switch 70'. Thus, the electric motor 50 rotates and the feed wheel 55 is actuated through the transmitting mechanism 51 and the driving shaft 54, rotating the can. As the result of this rotation, the cutter 57 severs the outer layer 74 of the end seam and the can lid becomes separable from the can. After the can is cut out, the switch 70 is opened due to the pushing up force of the movable member 70 by releasing the grip 62 and the electric motor 50 is deenergized thereby stop the rotation of the feed wheel 55. In this situation with the relevant members at rest, the lower depressing surface 63 of the holding roller 63 is still disposed inside the top 71 of the side wall and the can 71 is held by the feed wheel 55 and the holding roller 63 in the situation where the can is just cut out. Then the can 71 becomes removable from the can opener by raising the grip 62.

Next, the third embodiment is described with respect to FIG. 11. In description, those members which are functionally equivalent to the corresponding members shown in the foregoing figures are assigned the same numerals as in the foregoing figures and the description associated with such members is not repeated. The difference among members corresponding to different embodiments is effectuated by providing the numerals with suffix u if necessary. FIG. 11 shows an embodiment where a wavy washer 76 is interposed between a feed wheel 55a and an end portion ofa bearing member 5314. In this embodiment, the front end portion, that is the lefthand side portion in FIG. 11, of the feed wheel 55a is adapted to extend sufficiently beyond the front portion of a cutter 5711. When the lower edge 75a of the end seam of the can lid is brought on the feed wheel 5514, the cutter 57u does not obstruct the same and the operation of mounting a can on the can opener is easy. In a can opening operation when a holding roller (not shown) depresses the inner layer 76a of the end seam 7314, the feed wheel 5511 together with the driving shaft 54a retreats against the resilient force of the wavy washer 76' in the direction shown by an arrow 77 under the depressing force of the holding roller and so the edge of the cutter 57u pierces into the outer layer 7414 of the end seam to cut the can lid off.

What I claim is:

1. An electrically powered can opener comprising a frame, a driving electric motor mounted in said frame, a can feed wheel extending rotatably through the front member of said frame and actuated from said electric motor, said feed wheel being provided with a cutter driving gear, a circular cutter mounted rotatably in said frame, said cutter being provided with a gear in mesh with said cutter driving gear and being positioned where the edge of said cutter can be in contact with an outer layer of an end seam of a can lid when the lower edge of said end seam is placed on said feed wheel, a lever means mounted operably to said fame, a holding roller connected rotatably to said lever means in such a manner that the lower portion of said holding roller can be brought inside and depress the inner layer of said end seam with the lower edge thereof placed on said feed wheel by operating said lever, only said outer layer being severed by said cutter.

2. An electrically powered can opener comprising a frame, a driving electric motor mounted in said frame, a driving shaft extending rotatably through the front member of said frame and actuated from said electric motor, said driving shaft being adapted for axial move ment, a can feed wheel secured on the end portion of said driving shaft extending through said front member, said feed wheel being provided with a cutter driving gear, a circular cutter mounted rotatably in said frame, said cutter being provided with a gear in mesh with said cutter driving gear and being positioned where the edge of said cutter can be in contact with an outer layer of an end seam of a can lid when the lower edge of said end seam is placed on said feed wheel, a spring means disposed between said feed wheel and said front member for biasing said feed wheel forwardly of said front member, a stopper means provided in said frame for limiting the axial movement of said driving shaft, a lever means mounted operably to said frame, a holding roller connected rotatably to said lever means in such a manner that the lower portion of said holding roller can be brought inside and depress the inner layer of the end seam with the lower edge thereof placed on said feed wheel by operating said lever, only said outer layer being severed by said cutter.

3. An electrically powered can opener as described in claim 1 wherein said front member is provided with a forwardly inclining upper portion and said holding roller is guided by said upper portion to move obliquely with respect to said front member.

4. An electrically can opener as described in claim 1, including a switch for the power supply circuit of said driving electricmotor, said switch being operated by a suitable portion of said lever.

5. An electrically powered can opener comprising a frame, a driving electric motor mounted in said frame, a can feed wheel extending rotatably through the front member of said frame and actuated from said electric motor, a circular cutter mounted rotatably in said frame with its axis normal to the axis of said feed wheel, said cutter being positioned where the edge of said cutter can be in contact with an layer of an end seam of a lid when the lower edge of said seam is placed on said feed wheel, a lever pivoted on said frame, a holding roller mounted rotatably on said lever in such a manner that the lower portion of said holding roller can be brought inside and depress the inner layer of said end seam with the lower edge thereof placed on said feed wheel by operating said lever, only said outer layer being severed by said cutter.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification30/401, 30/418, 30/417
International ClassificationB67B7/00, B67B7/70
Cooperative ClassificationB67B7/38
European ClassificationB67B7/38