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W. A. LORENZ.
, JAR TRAY. APPLICATION FILED DEC. 12, 1904.
Patented Nov. 2, 1909.
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WILLIAM A. LORENZ, or naa'rrerm, counucrrcur, ASSIGN'OR or ONE-HALF 'ro BEECH-NUT PACKING COMPANSL-[QE 'QANAJOHARIE, NEW YORK, A CORPORATION or NEW YORK, AND ONE-FOURTH 'ro' WILLIAM H: Hourss, or HARTFORD, CON- NECTICUT.
application filed December 12, 1904. Serial No. 236,485.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, \VILLIAM A. LORENZ, a citizen of the United States, and resident of. Hart-ford, in the county of Hartford and State of Connecticut, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in J ar-Trays, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact specification.
This invention relates to apparatus for handling jars and similar receptacles and consists of an improved tray and locator by means of which any suitable number of jars may be located and maintained in predetermined positions on the tray, and quickly removed therefrom when desired, without danger of breakage or disarrangement.
Figures 1, 2 and 3 are plan, side'andend views respectively of an improved tray and locator, with a number of ars in place on the tray. Figs. 4, 5 and 6 are plan, side and end views respectively of the locator. Figs. 7 and 8 are side and end views, respectively of the tray. Fig. 9 is a perspective view of the tray with the locator detached therefrom. and in the operation of removing a set of jars from the tray. Fig. 10 is a perspective view of the tray, the locator and a set of jars after the jars have been removed from the tray and the locator disengaged from the ars.
The jar tray comprises a bottom 83, prefcrably of sheet metal, at each end of which are secured upright standards or posts 84 supportin a air of end bars 85. The surface of t e t ay bottom 83 is preferably made without de ressions or projections. The ends are close by the osts 84 and end bars 85; but the lateral si es are open and unobstructed. Handles 87 are secured to the end bars 85 for convenience in lifting and moving the loaded tray.
The locator 86 is preferably of sheet metal and when so constructed may have its side edges 90 turned over to stiffen it. The ends 91 extend outward sufliciently to enable them to rest upon the end bars 85 of the tray and thus supportthe locator. The turned over edges 90 fit into notches 88 formed in the s of the bars 85, thus registering the 10- cator in a fixed position on the tray while at thesame time permittin it to be readily esired. Holes v92 of a size to freely fit the bodies of the jars J are formed in the locator and these holes Specification of Letters Patent. Patented Nov, 2, 1909.
correspond in number and positionto the in the apparatus to make sure also of'the correct location of the individual jars. The locator also serves to kee the jars from contact with each other while the tray is being handled or moved, and thus eliminates one: lilt very prolific source of breakage. ter function is of great service in transporting and handling thejarseven where their j position on the tray is not a matter of importance. In lifting the tray by the handles 87 the thumbs or balls of the hands naturally close down upon the locator, thus holding the latter firmly in place till the tray is a ain set down.
When it is desired .to remove the jars from the tray, the latter is placedupon a table or 1 other suitable surface and the locator 86 detached from the tray by raising it enough to 1 disengage one of t 1e turned-over edges from the notches 88 but not enough to disengage the locator from the jars. This 'operation is facilitated by beveling oil .the outer top edges of the end bars 85 at 89, so as to give room for the operators fingers to get at. the underside of the locatoror the ends of the locator could extend beyond the bars 85; By now pushing the locator sidewise the jars ma be slid in a body on the tra on to the i tab e (Fig. 9) the open side'of t 1e tray of-' fering no obstruction to the assing of the jars, while at the same time t he locationof each jar in its hole 92 kee s it separated from its fellows. Afterthe ars are entirely clear of the tray the locator. may be lifted from them (Fig. 10) and. replacpd on the tray ready to receive another set of jars.
. Although the tray bottom 83 and the 10; I
cator 86 are referably ofsheet metal, they may obvious y be'formed of other material.
The bottom 83 for instance maybe made of wood with its-side edges suitabl beveled to allow the jars to slide oflr' smooth y.
The locater 86may also be made of wood andfpro- 5'5 set of jars disposed as desired on the tray. *Each jar is thus located in its proper posivided with pins or other projections for suiti be sufficient to approximately fill the hole of the locator, in order to dispose the jars on the tray properly. I
An important advantage of this tray is its reversible feature, whereby the trays may be used with either end foremost, and whereby the jars may be slid off from either of the two open lateral sides; The locator is also made reversible upon the tray, so that it will drop into place when placed in approximate coincidence with the tray, without regard to having ;its ends in a particular direction. Inractical use, these trays and locators are made uniform andinterchangeable, so that any locator will register upon any tray; and V in either'of its two coincldent positions on the tray.
I claim as my invention 1. In jar handling devices, the combination of a ar tray, and a detachable unitary jar locator provided with a plurality of openings for locating a plurality of jars upon the tray in symmetrical relation to the ends of the tray, thelocator being also provided with means for reversibly registering itself upon the tray and maintaining the symmetrical relation of the jars to the ends of the tray in either position of the locator.
2. In jar handling devices, the combination of a jar tray, open at its lateral sides, and a detachable locator consisting of a sheet metal plate, provided with apertures I for locating and maintaining a plurality of in predetermined positions on the tray, the plate being also provided with means for reversibly registering it upon the tray and maintaining the jars in their same predetermined p'ositions upon the tray in both of the positions of the locator.
3. In jar handling devices, the combination of a jar tray open at its lateral side, a detachable locator made in a unitary structure and provided with means for reversibly registering itself upon the tray, and with means for locating jars in a relation to the ends of the tray, unchanged by the reversal of the locator.
.4, In jar handling devices, the combination of a jar tray open at its lateral side, a
detachable locator made in a unitary struction of a jar tray, comprising a flat bottom portion provided with standards rising from opposite sides of the bottom, a handle appurtenant to each of said standards, a detachable locator provided with openings for locating a series of jars in a predetermined position in the tray, the ends of the locator being provided with means for registering with the said standards, with portions of said locator adjacent to the said handles, whereby the tray and its locator are arranged in manipulative relationv to the hand 'of the o erator.
. 6. In ar handling devices, the combination of a jar tray, comprising a flat bottom portion having upwardly projecting standards at its opposite sides, leaving the otheropposite lateral sides open, and a detachable locator provided with openings for locating a serles of jars in a predetermined position in the tray, and having its ends pro- .vided with means for supporting and registering the locator upon the standards.
7. In jar handling devices, the combina- I tion of a reversible tray, comprising a flat bottom having standards extending upwardly from its opposite sides, leaving the tray. open on its other opposite sides; and a detachable locator provided with openings for registering a series of jars in symmet rical relation on the tray, the locator being rovided with means for reversibly registermg it upon the said standards.
In testimony whereof I have signed my name to this specification in the presence of two. subscribing witnesses.
. WILLIAM A. LORENZ.
' JAS. W. GREEN,
WM. H. HONISS.