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Publication numberUS872753 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 3, 1907
Filing dateMay 29, 1905
Priority dateMay 29, 1905
Publication numberUS 872753 A, US 872753A, US-A-872753, US872753 A, US872753A
InventorsJoseph Runyon
Original AssigneeJoseph Runyon
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Indicating and registering device.
US 872753 A
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P ATENTBD DEC. 3, 1907.






Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Dec. 3, 1907.

Application filed May 29. 1905. Serial No. 262.738.

hereinafter more fully described and particularly pointed out in the claims.

The object of this invention is to provide a device whereby, not only the height of the water contained in the tank or reservoir will be indicated, but also the amount of Water pumped into the tank from time to time will e registered; also to'construct such registering means to be inclosed in the gravity or indicating weight of the deviceitself also,

to inclose such registering and indicating means, comprising the gravity or lndicatlng weight, in an inclosing casing to protect the same from weather. I attain these objects by means of the mechanism illustrated in the accompanying drawings in which similar numerals of referencedesignate like parts throughout the several views.

Figure 1.. is a broken front elevation of a tank slmwing my invention of an indicator and registecapplied thereto; Fig. 2. is a broken sectional view of the same; Fig. 3. is LII enlarged detail front view of the indicating registering weight, Fig. 4. is a part sec- ,ional side elevation of the same taken through the line A B; Fig. 5. is a sectional view of the same showing the interior adding or registering mechanism thereof and taken through the line C D; and, Fig. 6. is an enlargcd detail view of the friction or unit countenwhcel.

, 1 designates a tank or reservoir for containing and storing water for future use, from which supplies are taken from time to time, as in such cases as railroad tanks.

The gage 2 is secured to the side of the tank and is graduated and numbered as shown to indicate certain numbers of cubic feet of water contained in said reservoir or tank, as for instanc, li'lUs or lUUOs as the case n. y be. us for instance, may indicate that 101) Uul i0 I v t are contaimul in. the tank; 2, IOU cubic feet etc.

and counting mechanism.

A rope-pulley 3 is revolubly mounted in it supporting stand 4, which latter is secured on the top edges of the tank 1. A rope 5 eX- tends over the said pulley into the interior of the tank 1 and has afloat 6 secured at this end, and the other end of the rope is secured to the clevis 7 secured at the back and forward side platcs of the indicator weight.

The indicator weight comprises a forward portion or face, which face comprises a forward plate 8 and a rearward plate 9 between which is the distance plate 10, of lead or. other weighty or metal material, which distance plate 10 is situated between said plates 8 and 9 and cut out at its central portion to provide a space or chamber between said for ward and rearward plates 8 and 9 in which the dials 11, 12-, 13 and 14 are situated, and a back plate 19. y

The forward plate 8 is provided with sightapertures 15, 16, 17 and 18 to and opposite which the figures on the dials 11,12, 13 and 14 are moved to be each alternately exposed to View to take the readings of the rcgisterin The forwar plate 8, the rear plate 9 and the back plate 19 are connected together by connecting bars or bolts 20,21, 22 and 23, to form a main supporting frame.

The clevis 7 is secured between the plates 9 and 1.9 at the top portion thereof and is provided for the purpose of forming a means for securing the'outer free depending end of the rope 5.

The i-inmtor mechanism is situated between the plates 9 and 19. and comprises a friction wheel mounted to revolve on the axle 26, and adapted to contact with the side wall 44 of the gage and indicator 2 to be retated while the weight .VV, ascends or descends. A spring pawl 27 is secured on the side of the frictior cheel 25 and is ada ted to engage the ratchet wheel 28 so that w on the weight or indicating frame, which constitutes the weight (W is descending, the ratchet 28 will revolve with the friction wheel 25 to revolve the axle 26 and the collar 21) carrying the pin 29 so as to cause said pin 29 to operate the counting mechanism, and register the water pumped into the tank, and when the said weight is ascending, the frietion wheel 25 will revolve without imparting motion to the ratchet 2S and consequently will not impart motion to the counter mechanism to which said ratchet is connected. The ratchet 28 is fast on the axle 26 to turn 1 on its shaft 34, one tooth; and a similar trip the teeth of the secondary counter-wheel 30 which latter wheel is secured on its axle 31. A similar trip-pin 32 is secured on the secondary counter-wheel 30 to operate to engage the teeth of the counter-wheel 33-,one at a time, for each revolution of the counterwheel 30 to move the 100s wheel mounted 35 projects from the side of the counter wheel 33 and is adapted to engage the 1000s wheel 36, secured on its shaft 37, to move the same one tooth for each revolution of said counter wheel 33, and thus are arranged a series of counting and adding wheels whereby a trueregister is made of the water supplied to the reservoir or tank.

The end of the shaft 26 projecting through the plate 9, the prolonged end of which is situated within the space between the inner plate 9 and the plate 8 of the forward portion of the weight frame and secured on said prolonged end of the shaft 26, is the dial 11 on the face of which and arranged in a circle are numbers from 1 to 10. Similarly on the shafts 31, 34 and 37 are the dials 1'2, 13, and 14 from which dials true readings may be made by inspection of the total amount of water taken from the tank.

In addition to the friction wheel 25, which is adapted to enga e the side walls 44 of the indicator 2, is the' riction wheel ,38 which is journaled on thedistance bar 21 to revolve freely thereon, and both said friction wheels are adapted to engage the side 44 of the inclosing casing of the tank.

The friction wheel 39 is revolubly mounted on a pin or arbor 40 which arbor is secured at its ends to the free ends of the arms 41, which arms are swung at their top ends on the bolt or distance bar 23. A spring 42 yieldingly forces the wheel 39 outwardly in the direction indicated by the arrow a against the side wall 49 of the indicator 2 to'yieldingly force the friction wheels 25 and 38 against the side wall 44 of said indicator 2.

Now it obvious that when the weight W descends to the bottom of the gage 2, the i reservoir or tank has received its full supply' I.

of water, andin addition, the counting apparatus above described, by its reading, in-

dicates the volume of water supplied to the tank.

Having thus fully described this my invention what I claim as new and useful and desire to cover by Letters Patent of the United States therefor is -1. 'In a tank indicator and register, the

said tank, a weight s'us en in front ofsaid gage, a float rope an a rope-pulley, so arcombination with a tank or reservoir, a float and a vertically extending gage secured to e ranged that when said float ascends, said Weight will descend, a registeri mechanism mounted in the interior of sai oplerated by the movements of the latter w ereby the height of the water in the tank is indicated and the volume supplied regis tered. H c

2. In a tankdndicator and register,'-the combination with a tank or reservoir, a float and a gage having vertically extending sidewalls secured to said tank, a weight suspended in front of said gage, a float rope and a rope-pulley, so arranged that when, said float ascends, said weight will descend, are 'istering mechanism in the interior of said weight, a'friction wheel operative'ly .con-' 'nected to said registering mechanism and arranged to contact with the fixed vertically.

extending wall to be rotated by the movement of said weight.

In testimony whereof I afiix my signature in presence of two witnesses.


Witnesses WM. F. KERR,


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Cooperative ClassificationG01F23/50