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Publication numberUS3867861 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 25, 1975
Filing dateMar 4, 1974
Priority dateMar 4, 1974
Also published asCA1030863A1
Publication numberUS 3867861 A, US 3867861A, US-A-3867861, US3867861 A, US3867861A
InventorsHamisch Sr Paul H
Original AssigneeMonarch Marking Systems Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Selective drive connection for a cutting apparatus
US 3867861 A
Abstract
There is disclosed apparatus for printing and intermittently feeding a web of tags or labels and for cutting the printed tags or labels from the web. The cutting apparatus includes a cutting mechanism and a selective drive connection by which the cutting mechanism can be rendered selectively effective or ineffective.
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tive drive connection by which the cutting mechanism Referen es Cited can be rendered selectively effective or ineffective. UNITED STATES PATENTS 789,347 Wolfe 83/632 X 10 Claims, 8 Drawing Figures BACKGROUNDOF THE INVENTION SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The invention resides in a cutting apparatus having an improved drive arrangement. The apparatus has a drive pin that travels continuously in a circle. The drive pin is effective to drive a connecting rod which in turn drives a cutting mechanism. The connecting rod carries a selective drive connection for rendering ineffective the drive between the drive pin and the the connecting rod. The selective drive connection is settable in one position in which the drive pin can contact its drive face and drive the connecting rod to drive the cutting mechanism and in another position in which the drive pin is ineffective to contact the drive face and thus the cutting mechanism is not operated. The selective drive connection comprises a pivotal settable member carried by the connecting rod. When the settable member is in the effective position it fills a substantial portion of a slot in the connecting rod, but in the ineffective position the settable member is out of the slot and the drive pin moves freely in the slot without driving the ,connecting rod. Suitable means such as a detent is used to releasably hold the settable member in either its effective or its ineffective position.

The apparatus can print on either tag webs or label webs. When printing tags it is usual practice to want to cut off tags from the web using the cutting apparatus. When printing pressure-sensitive labels it is usual prac tice not to use any such cutting apparatus. The label webs can be rewourid or the labels can be manually stripped from the web. The invention permits the easy change from use of the apparatus for printing tags to printing pressure-sensitive labels, and vice versa without removing or reinstalling the cutting apparatus, which would result in loss of adjustment, loss of time, and inconvenience.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a perspective view of apparatus in accordance with the invention;

FIG. 2 is an exploded perspective view ofa fragmentary portion of apparatus shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a fragmentary assembled view of apparatus shown in FIGS. 1 and 2;

FIG. 4 is an elevational, partly sectional view, of the portion of the apparatus shown in FIGS. 1, 2 and 3, with the drive pin and associated structure shown in one rotational position;

FIG. 5 is a view similar to FIG. 4, but showing th drive pin in a different rotational position;

FIG. 6 is a view similar to FIG. 4, but showing the settable member in its ineffective position;

FIG. 7 is a left side elevational view of FIG. 6; and

FIG. 8 is a perspective view of a prior art connecting rod.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT Referring to FIG. 1, apparatus 9 has a printing station generally indicated at 10 and a cutting station generally indicated at 11 having a cutting mechanism 11. The printing station has a printing roll 12 and a platen roll 13 between which a web W, such as a web of tags or labels passes to the cutting station 11. The web W is advanced intermittently by a known type of arrangement of a segmental feed roll 14 and a cooperating back-up roll 15. The feed roll 14 is securely mounted on a drive shaft 16 driven by a continuously rotating electric motor 17. A spur gear 18 secured to the drive shaft 16 drives a gear 19 on printing drum shaft 20 through an idler gear 21. A bevel gear 22 secured to the drive shaft 16 drives a bevel gear 23 secured to a drive shaft 24. The drive shaft 24 is rotatably mounted in a bearing 25 mounted by frame member 26. A drive disc 27 securely mounted on the shaft 24 carries a drive pin 28. Rotation of the drive disc 27 causes the drive pin 28 to rotate in a circle about the axis of rotation of the shaft 24. The pin 28 has a cylindrical portion 29 which is received in elongated slot 30 in connecting rod 31. The pin 28 has an elongated head 32 and a threaded shank 33. Washers 34 and 35 are received by the cylindrical portion 29 on opposite sides of the connecting rod 31. The shank 33 is threadably received by the disc 27.

The connecting rod 31 carries a selective drive connection generally indicated at 36. A mounting block 37 is secured to the connecting rod 31 by screws 38 and 39 received in the threaded holes 40 and 41. The selective drive connection 36 includes a pivotal member 42 having arms 43 and 44 and an integral block 45 having a drive face 45. A pivot pin 46 passes through a hole 47 in the arm 43, a hole 48 in the block 37, and a hole 49 in the arm 44. Retaining clips 50 and 51 cooperate with respective grooves 52 and 53 in the pin 46 to hold the pin 46 in position. The selective drive connection 36 is pivotal from the position shown in solid lines in FIG. 3 to the position shown by phantom lines PL in FIG. 3. A ball detent generally indicated at 54 comprises a compression spring 55 received in a recess 56 in the member 42 and a ball 57. The block 37 has a pair of recesses 58 and 59 with which the ball 57 can alternately cooperate. The ball 57 cooperates with the recess 58 in the block 37 to releasably hold the selective drive connection 36 in the solid line positions of FIGS. 3, 4 and 5. In this position the block 45 substantially fills the lower enlarged portion of the slot 50. The ball 57 cooperates with the recess 59 to releasably hold the selective drive connection 36 in the position shown by phantom lines PL in FIG. 3 and in solid lines in FIGS. 6 and 7. Knobs 42' can be gripped by the users fingers to help shift the selective drive: connection 36.

It is apparent that when the selective drive connection 36 is in the position shown in FIGS. 1, 3, 4 and 5, the pin 28 will contact the drive face 45' and will drive the connecting rod 31 from the position shown in FIG. 4 to the position shown in FIG. 5. In the event the selective drive connection 36 is in the position shown in the solid lines in FIGS. 6 and 7, then when the drive pin 28 moves to the position shown by phantom lines PL, the drive pin 28 cannot contact the drive face 45' and thus the connecting rod 31 is not driven downwardly as viewed in FIGS. 6 and 7.

The connecting rod 31 includes a slotted section 60, a threaded shank 61, a socket 62, a lock nut 63 and a ball 64. The ball 64 is secured to the end of a lever arm 65. The lever arm 65 is secured to a shaft 66 pivotally mounted in bearings 67 and 68 mounted to the frame member 26. A pair of arms 69 and 70 are secured to the shaft 66. A pair of rods 71 and 72 are pivotally connected to the respective arms 69 and 70 by pivot pins 74 and 74. A supporting bar 75 is secured to the upper ends of arms 71 and 71 (FIG. I). A movable knife blade 76 is suitably secured to the supporting bar 75. The flat side of the knife blade 76 is urged against the rear face 77 of the frame member 26 by tension springs 78 and 79 which pass through oversize holes 80 and 81 in the plate 26. The springs 78 and 79 are connected to respective studs 82 and 83, 84 and 85. A stationary knife blade 86 has a rear face 87 which is flush with the rear face 77 of the plate 26. As shown in FIG. 1, the knife blade 76 is inclined relative to the knife blade 86 to effect shearing of a sheet S, tags or labels, from the web W as the knife blade 76 is moved downwardly as viewed in FIG. 1. The springs 78 and 79 function also as return springs which normally urge the knife 76, the supporting bar 75, and rods 71 and 72 upwardly, and urge arms 69 and 70, shaft 66 and lever arm 65 counterclockwise as viewed in FIG. I, and this causes the connecting rods 31 to be urged to the upward position as shown in FIGS. 3, 4, 6 and 7 such that the flat upper end of the knife blade 76 bears against a stop 88.

The operation of the apparatus is described below, with the selective drive connection 36 being in the position shown in FIGS. 1, 4 and and the solid line position of FIG. 3. The electric motor 17 continuously drives the drive pin 28 in a circular path. There is some lost motion as the drive pin 28 moves from the position shown in FIGS. 1, 3 and 4 to the position where the drive pin 28 starts contacting and driving the drive face 45. Upon continued rotation of the drive disc 27, the drive pin 28 will drive the connecting rod 31 downwardly as viewed in FIGS. 1, 3 and 4, thereby causing the lever arm 65, shaft 66 and arms 69 and 70 to pivot clockwise as viewed in FIG. 1. This causes rods 71 and 72, supporting bar 75 and knife 76 to move downwardly into shearing cooperation with the stationary knife 86, and thereby severing the sheet S from the web. When the drive pin 28 has rotated past the low point as viewed in FIG. 5, the springs 78 and 79 cause the bar 76, the knife 76, rods 71 and 72, and the connecting rod 31 to move upwardly, while the arms 69 and 70 and the lever arm 65 pivot counterclockwise. The timing is such that when there is a pause in feeding, the knife blade 76 will shear a sheet S from the web W.

It is sometimes desired to print the web without cutting the web into sheets. In this event, the selective drive connection 36 is manually moved to the position shown by phantom lines PL in FIG. 3 and the solid lines in FIGS. 6 and 7; in this position of the selective drive connection 36, rotation of the drive disc 27 cannot exert any downward driving force on the connecting rod 31 and thus the knife 76 is not operated.

FIG. 8 shows the prior art connecting rod 90. Its elongated slot 91 has a drive face 92. The relative position of the drive face 45 is the same as that of the drive face 92. Thus when the selective drive connection 36 is in the position shown in FIG. 1 for example the apparatus functions the same as if the connecting rod 90 were used. The connecting rod 90 did not, however,

allow the cutting mechanism 11' to be selectively rendered effective or ineffective, as with the present invention. Except for the connecting rod 31 to which the selective drive connection 36 is mounted by clock 37, the remainder of the apparatus 9 with connecting rod is known in the art.

Other embodiments and modifications of this invention wil suggest themselves to those skilled in the art, and all such of these as come within the spirit of this invention are included within its scope as best defined by the appended claims.

I claim:

1. Apparatus for printing and cutting sheets from a web, comprising: a cutting mechanism, drive means, a connecting rod driven by the drive means and drivingly connected to the cutting mechanism, the drive means including a drive pin driven in a circular path, and a selective drive connection between the drive pin and the connecting rod settable in either one position in which the drive pin drives the connecting rod to in turn operate the cutting mechanism or in another position in which the drive pin is ineffective to drive the connecting rod.

2. Apparatus as defined in claim I, wherein the selective drive connection includes a member pivotally mounted on the connecting rod.

3. Apparatus as defined in claim 1, wherein the selective drive connection comprises a selectively positionable member movable between the two positions, the selectively positionable member having a drive face in the path of the drive pin in the one position and out of the path of the drive pin in the other position.

4. Apparatus as defined in claim 1, wherein the selective drive connection comprises a selectively settable member movable between the two positions, the selectively settable member having a drive face in the path of the drive pin in the one position and out of the path of the drive pin in the other position, and means for releasably holding the member in either of the positions.

5. Apparatus as defined in claim 1, wherein the connecting rod has an elongated slot in which the drive pin is received, wherein the selective drive connection comprises a member having a drive face positionable in the slot in the one position and positionable outside the slot in the other position.

6. Apparatus as defined in claim 1, wherein the connecting rod has an elongated slot in which the drive pin is received, wherein the selective drive connection comprises a member having a drive face positionable in the slot in the one position and positionable outside the slot in the other position, and detent means for holding the member in either of the positions.

7. Apparatus for printing and cutting sheets from a web, comprising: a cutting mechanism, drive means having a drive pin movable through a circular path, a connecting rod having an elongated slot for receiving the drive pin, a selectively settable member having a drive face positionable in an effective position in the slot or in an ineffective position outside the slot, so that in the one position the drive pin drives the connecting rod to operate the cutting mechanism and in the other position the drive pin moves in the slot without driving the connecting rod.

8. Apparatus as defined in claim 7, including a detent for releasably holding the selectively settable member in either the one position or in the other position.

9. Apparatus as defined in claim 7, including means on the connecting rod, and means for releasably holdfor pivotally mounting the selectively settable member on the connecting rod.

10. Apparatus as defined in claim 7, including means for pivotally mounting the selectively settable member 5 ing the selectively settable member in either the one position or in the other position.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification83/571, 234/117, 83/616, 83/632
International ClassificationB26D5/14, B26D5/08
Cooperative ClassificationB26D5/14
European ClassificationB26D5/14