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Publication numberUS588797 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 24, 1897
Publication numberUS 588797 A, US 588797A, US-A-588797, US588797 A, US588797A
InventorsWilliam Kraft
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Electrical keg-register
US 588797 A
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No. 588,797. Patented Aug. 24,1897.

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-INVENTDR- (No Model.) 2 Sheets-Sheet 2. 'W. KRAFT.


No. 588,797. Patented Aug. 24,1897.




SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 588,797, dated August 24, 1897.

Application filed June 1, 1897- Serial No. 638,897, (No model.)

To all whom it may concern.-

Be it known that I, XVILLIAn KRAFT, of the city of Baltimore and State of l\laryland,have invented certain Improvements in Electrically-Operated Keg-Registers, of which the following is a specification.

The object of this invention,in common with others of its class, is to register the number of barrels or kegs of beer of different sizes removed from the cellar of a brewery, as will hereinafter fully appear.

In the further description of the said invention which follows reference is made to the accompanying drawings, forming a part hereof, in which Figure 1 is an exterior side view of the register apparatus, in which are shown a half and an eighth keg on the elevator. Fig. 2 is a front view of parts of Fig. 1. Fig. 3 is a top View of Fig. 2. Figs. 4L, 5, and 6 are e11- larged details of the apparatus.

Referring now to the drawings,A represents a part of the elevator-chain, and B the kegholding brackets projecting from the chain.

D and E denote, respectively, an eighth and a half keg supported on the brackets B.

F is a stand, supported in any suitable manner near to the elevator, consisting of upper and lower plates a and b and the connecting-rods c. On the plate a is a block G, of any suitable material, to which are secured the insulated plates cl, 6, and f.

H is a lever in two parts or sections 9 and h, fulcrnmed at j to the lower plate I), and adapted to swing by gravity toward the elevator and to pass between the brackets 13, which are in pairs, as shown in Fig. 1. The movement of the lever H in this direction is limited by the chain I.

J is a hinged arm extending from the lever H, having at its end an insulated stud 7t, which carries a metallic roller m, adapted, as the lever H is swung away from the elevator, to roll over and across the insulated plates (1, e, and f.

K is a slightly-yielding or spring bar eX- tending from the stud 7t, to which it is electrically connected, to near the lever H.

L is a finger fulcrumed 'at at between the sections 9 and h of the lever H. One end of this finger presents an inclined surface 0 to an object moved upward along the lever H, and the other end is provided with a metallic insulated rod 1), electrically connected to a binding-post g at the upper end of the lever. The finger is held yieldingly in the position shown in Figs. 4 and 5 of the drawings by a spring 4'.

M, N, and O are electrical registers of any approved construction, connected, respectively, to the insulated plates d, c, and f, and they are in an open electrical circuit, in which is comprised the battery P.

hen the insulated rod 19 is moved from contact with the spring-bar K, the electric circuit is open, but when the said bar is pressed down so as to be in contact with the said spring-bar the circuit is closed, and one of the registersthe one connected to the plate upon which the roller then rests-is operated and made to record or register.

I11 the operation of lifting kegs from the cellar by means of the elevator the lever H is pushed over a distance which is governed by the size of the keg, and the roller M is made to pass onto one of the plates (1, e, or f. As the keg moves toward the upper end of the said lever it comes into contact with the inclined surface 0 of the finger L, and in passing it the finger is moved so as to bring the rod 19 into electrical contact with the springbar K, and the keg is registered by the closing of the electric circuit.

In Fig. 1 an eighth-keg is shown as having pushed the lever over so that the roller m rests on the plate (1. As soon as this keg comes into contact with the finger L the electric circuit will be closed and the keg registered by the register M. The half-keg,which is on the brackets below, will push the lever so as to bring the roller onto the plate f, and it will be registered by the register 0.

The apparatus is shown as adapted to register eighths, quarters, and halves, but it is evident that it can be arranged to register whole kegs as well by merely using another register with its attachments.

I claim as my invention In an apparatus for registering kegs as they are removed from the cellar by means of an elevator, the combination of a lever which is which as the kegs pass it, is deflected to close moved by the kegs as they ascend, a roller the circuit and operate the register, substancarried thereby, plates in electric circuits tially as described.

across which the roller is adapted to pass, WILLIAM KRAFT. 5 electrically-operated registers in the circuit Vitnesses:

of said plates, and a finger pivoted in the le- WM. T. HOWARD,

ver to normally keep the circuit open and DANL. FISHER.

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