US 3858986 A
A device for coloring materials, consisting primarily of a pair of pivotably connected discs which may be rotated one upon the other by tab means so as to place the appropriate colors in position, the colors being fed from reservoir cylinders.
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United States Patent 119.1 1111 3,858,986
Gilbert I 1 Jan. 7, 1975 1 MECHANICAL DEVICE FOR COLOR 1,191,725 7/1916 Paulsen 33/41 1) CODING MATERIALS 2,517,060 8/1950 Villarin 401/34 Melvin E. Gilbert, Box 75332, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73107 Apr. 4, 1973 Inventor:
Appl. No.: 325,345
U.S. Cl. 401/34, 401/209 lnt. Cl 843k 27/04 Field of Search 401/34, 35; 33/41 D References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS Packer 33/41 D Primary Examiner-Lawrence Charles Attorney, Agent, or Firm-Robert K. Rhea  ABSTRACT 1 Claim, 2 Drawing Figures Pmmau 3.858.986
MECHANICAL DEVICE FOR COLOR CODING MATERIALS This invention relates to devices for applying colors to surfaces, and more particularly to av mechanical device for color coding materials.
It is therefore the principal object of this invention to provide a color coding device which will be capable of being adjusted .to provide color combinations of one, two, three, four or more colors to enable stripping or banding of materials, the materials being flat or of various shapes and sizes.
Another object of this invention is to provide a color coding device which will color code materials so that they may be readily identified the device serving to apply a plurality of colors simultaneously.
Still another object of this invention is to provide a device of the type described which may utilize ball application of paints, or may be adapted to use spray or other type applicator heads.
A further object of this invention is to provide a color coding device of the type described which will have a pair of interconnected and rotatable discs, the discs being pivotably secured together by a suitable fastener and the top disc will be include a set screw and the bottom disc will include an extending tab for rotating one disc against another so as to arrange the resevoir cylin ders to any desired color combination.
Other objects of the present invention are to provide a device for color coding materials which will be simple in design, inexpensive to manufacture, rugged in construction, easy to use and efficient in operation.
These and other objects will become readily evident upon a study of the following specification together with the accompanying drawings wherein:
FIG. 1 is a top plan view of the present invention; and
FIG. 2 is a side view of FIG. 1 shown partly broken away.
According to this invention a color coding device is shown to include a pair of circular discs 11 and 12' which are held together by means of a fastener 13 through the center so as to enable discs 11 and 12 to be in sliding engagement with each other when desired. Discs .11 and 12 are provided with alignable openings 14 and 14', respectively, which receives the hollow coaxial shank portions 15 of resevoir cylinders 16 con taining paint 17 or like fluid. The top disk openings 14' are elongated slots formed on a radius intersecting the axis of the openings 14 and each having a transverse dimension permitting free reception of the respective shank l5 and a length extending through an arc of substantially 45. A retained ball 18 within the shanks 15 of cylinder 16 provides for applying the paint 17 when device 10 is moved upon a surface.
When device 10 is used, the balls 18 will apply the appropriate colors of paint l7, simultaneously to material 19 as device 10 is moved along above the surface of material 19.
It will be noted that an extending tab 20 of disc ll enables the user to rotate the disc 11 to any desired position for applying proper color coding to material 19. 7
When a desired position is reached by the user, the discs are then rendered stationary by means of a set screw 21 through the top disc 12. Extending from disc l2 and secured fixedly thereto, is a handle grip 22 which will enable the user to guide and move device 10 across the material 19, thus applying the appropriate colors by means of the balls 18 being in rolling engagement with material 19.
What I claim is: 1. A color coding device for simultaneously applying aplurality of colors to material, comprising:
a pair of superposed discs coaxially connected in contiguous contact for relative rotation about their axis, the lowermost said disc having a plurality of radially spaced openings, the uppermost said disc having a like plurality of arcuate slots formed on a radius coinciding with the radial position of the openings, the width of the slots being at least equal to the diameter of the openings and extending through an arc of at least 45; a like plurality of paint containing cylinders each having a shank portion removably received simultaneously by the respective opening when aligned with the slots, each said shank having a ball for rolling contact with the material to be color coded;
a laterally projecting handle secured to the uppermost said disc;
a radially outward projecting tab secured to the lowermost said disc for manual rotation of the latter and changing the position of the cylinders with respect to the handle; and,
a set screw threadedly connected with the uppermost said disc for maintaining the openings in a predetermined radial position with respect to the slots.