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Publication numberUS990593 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 25, 1911
Filing dateJul 23, 1910
Priority dateJul 23, 1910
Publication numberUS 990593 A, US 990593A, US-A-990593, US990593 A, US990593A
InventorsAlbert Ringland, Frederick B Wood
Original AssigneeStandard Roller Bearing Company
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Automatic feeding and measuring device.
US 990593 A
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A. RINGLAND & P. B. W000. AUTOMATIC FEEDING AND MEASURING DEVICE.

I APPLICATION FILED JULY 23, 1910.

Q 990,593, r Patented Apr. 25, 19 11.

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APPLICATION FILED JULY 23, 1910. v

' Patented Apr. 25, 1911.

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WITNESSES INVENTORS MM (Jaw-5U ALBERT RING-LAND AND FREDERIGK WOOD, OF PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA,

ASSIGNORS TO STANDARD ROLLER BEARING COMPANY, OF PHILADELPHIA, PENN- SYLVANIA, A CORPORATION OF NEW JERSEY.

AUTOMATIC FEEDING AND MEASURING DEVICE.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that we, ALBERT RINGLAND and FREDERICK B. Wool), citizens of the United States, residing in the cityv and county of Philadelphia, State of Pennsylvania, have invented a new and useful Automatic Feeding and Measuring Device, of which the following is a specification.

Our invention relates toa new and useful automatic device 'for use in feeding and measuring articles, such as balls, etc., and consists in providing means whereby one article at a time is fed from the device.

' tional View on line y-y, Fig. 1. Fig. 4 represents a plan view of a base plate employed, with the top portion of the device removed. Fig. 5 represents a bottom plan view of a disk or head employed.

Similar numerals of reference indicate corresponding parts in the figures.

Referring to the drawings We have found in practice that in the handling of balls in the manufacture of the same for ball bearings, etc., and more particularly in feeding the same to the grinding .machine, it is diflicult to feed the same singly arid in a proper manner.

Our invention is designed to overcome this defect, and in the drawings we have shown a construction which 0 erates successfully in practice, but we deslre it understood that the arrangement of the parts may be varied, other 'instrumentalities may be employed, and changes may be made in the construction which will come within the scope of our invention, andwe do not therefore desire to be limited in every instance to the exact form as herein shown and described, but desire to make such changes as may be necessary. 1

Specification of Letters Patent.

Application filed. July 23,

Patented Apr. 25, 1911. 1910. Serial No. 573,396.

1 designates a frame for the device which may be fastened to any suitable point or to a machine, such as a ball grinding machine. Carried by said frame is a base plate 'or supwhich is situated a spindle 3 having a suitable portion thereof in engagement with said base plate and being provided with a shoulder 4.

5 designates a disk or head adapted to be received upon the spindle 3 and having a suitable portion thereof abutting the shoulder 4 thereon, and which disk is adapted to be held in suitable connection with said spindle 3 by a nut 6 which is preferably in threaded engagement with said spindle 3, as best understood from Fig. 2.

7 designates a bevel gear suitably mounted upon said spindle 3 and which is in mesh with a pinion 8 suitably carried upon a drive shaft 9, which is journaled, 1n the present, in the supports 10. Any suitable means for driving said shaft 9 may be employed, and in the drawings we have shown a portion of a pulley 11 for this purpose.

From the above it will be understood that by the proper rotation of the drive shaft 9, the spindle 3 will be rotated through the medium of the pinion 8 and bevel gear 7, so that rotary -movement will be imparted to the disk or head 5.

It-will be noted that the top face of the disk or head 5 is rounded or inclined downwardly from the point of support of the spindle 3 and is provided with an outwardly extending flange 12 which is provided with a plurality of openings 13 forming compart ments or pockets, situated around the flange at intervals, which openings are adapted to be situated over the portion 14 of the base plate 2, said portion 14.thus serving as a table or support for the balls after the same have been received or are located in the openings 13.

At a suitable point in the'base plate 2, we provide a discharge opening 15 to which leads a suitable inclined groove 16 formed in said base plate 2, said groove starting at a point in the direction from which the balls travel upon'said portion 14, indicated by the arrows in Fig.4. V

17 designates a discharge chute or pipe in suitable connection with the opening 15 in the base plate 2.

port 2 provided with a suitable opening, in

disk,

we have here shown the plate 18 as bent in-' nected with the base plate 2 18 designates a plate or band which is conplate' 18 is. bent inwardly at 19 andis cut .away from below sufiiciently to allow the free passage of the flange 12 on the diskor head 5 to pass freely therebeneath, and-the portion 20 of said band or plate, in the present instance, being situated at a suitable point with relation to-the disk or head 5, in order to serve as a guard or 'de for properly directing certain of t e balls which have been carried around on the top of the as will be hereinafter set forth. While wardly to form the guard 20, it will be apparent that any suitable means for forming this guard may be-employed.

21 designates v a standard suitably con- D at a suitable pomt adjacent the guard 20 and exteriorly thereof, said support carrying a spring finger 22, th end of which is adapted to be so situated and placed that it will successlvely enter'the openings 13 in the flange 12 of. the disk or head as they are presented thereto, as best seen in Fig. 3,'in order to positively'force theballs from the 0 enings 13 into the opening 15 and so to t e discharge chute or piglmle 17, it being understood that as the disk or 7 sad 5 rotates, the end of the said spring finger 22 will enter an opening 13, striking the ball which has passed down the groove 16, after which the end of the said-spring fin er 22 will be elevated by an intervening wal as the disk orhead 5 rotates, and so will enter the next opening, for the same purpose. 1

23 desi ates a spring arm suitably supported an so positioned as to bein line with the openings 13 in the flange 12, in order to force a ball into an opening. 13 in case said ball should stick for any reason, and so otherwise would not be properly located in its respective opening 13. I

24 designates a late or partition, carried by ,the wall 18, which extends sufliciently toward the spindle 3 to suitably divide the compartment. The partition 24 is cut away at 25 to permit free passage of a certain number 0 the balls therethrough.

26 designates a series of balls WhlCh are carried in race-ways 26 and 26" situated.

both in the base plate 2 and in the disk or head 5 for free movement of the parts. At

suitable points in the base plate 2 we provide openings 27 to permit escape of 011,

grease, etc., it being understood that-the said.

plate, run-way, etc., are providedjvith a suitable amount of oil in order to permit free movement'of the balls and the parts of the device. a t

The operation of the device 1s as follows:

18, said balls being -which are vacant, as the balls have therefromi so that the said surplus bal s will nates the sur lus balls which are directe cas ng formed by the bas'e'plate andthe wall preferably located upon the side of the partition 24, seen in'Fi 1, that is, upon the side 0' posite to the direction movement. of the k or head 5.- "As the top face of the disk or head 5 is rounded or inc 'ned," the ballsfwilltend to pass downwardly to the edge -of said'disk and so to "the openings-.13 m the'flange 12, each of which openings 13 is adapted to receive a g A plurality of. balls 2 8 are'placedint-the I nected with the base plate'2- and with .;4

I the base plate a casing or receptacle into which the balls are placed in order that the same may be fed from the device, The said ball. Motion being imparted to the drive shaft 9, the said be carried around by said isk or head 5 k or head will be ro-- 'tated and the balls in the openings 13 will u on the table or support 14 until the inc med roove 16 is reached, at which time the bal will pass downwardl in said groove to the opening 15,5and so t rough the discharge chute or pipe 17 to a machine or other suitable lace as desired;

As previous y stated, the spring finger 22 w11l prevent any jamming or sticking of the balls, since the same successivel enters the openings 13 and drives a ball into the ope'nin 15 and to the pipe 17 'As the disk or hea 5 rotates, some of the balls 28 will be carried around with the same as they cannot enter any of the "openings 13, and as they are carried around, these surplus balls wil strike the guard 20 and be directed around, back into some of, the openings {'31,

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be pro er y located in an opening 13 to be carrie around as the disk or head 5 rotates, and will be discharged'when the openin 15 is reached. clearly seen in Fig. 1, in which 29 desig- 1 as indicated 1n the arrows a, by the guard 20, around into the openings 13 which have already discharged their balls. In some instances, and for some reasons,a ball may not always pass entirely into an opening. 13 and rest upon the table 14, and in order to prevent this, we have provided the'spring arm 23 which is suitably located in the path of movement ofthe flan e 12 of the disk 5, in order that should a ba lremain above the top of the flange 12, this bein seen in F g. 3, the said spring arm 23 will contact with said ball 30 and will force the same. into the opening 13 in which it is already partly situated, so that said ball 30 will likewise be in position to enter the groove 16 and be This movement of the bal s is" directed .through the opening 15 into the a pipe 17.

-Attention is directed to the fact that by disk or plate 5, say for example, onehundred, whereby it will be seen that one full rotation of the disk or head will feed one hundred articles from the machine. In this way the device serves to both automatically feed the articles and also provides means for measuring or countin articles fed.' It Will e understood further, as previously stated that, while we have shown and described the automatic feeding device as applied to balls, the construction and arrangement is adapted for feeding any suitable articles, it only being necessary to make the pockets or openings in the disk and the cooperating parts, of suitable construction for this purpose.

Having thus described our invention, what we claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is

1. In a device of the character stated, a disk having a plurality of openings therein, each of which is adapted to receive an art1- cle, means for rotating said disk, a support beneath said openings and upon which the articles travel, said support having an opening therein at a suitable point and through which the articles fall, and resilient means adapted to enter the disk opening when the same is in register'with said support opening for positively feeding the articles to said support opening.

2. In a device of the character stated, a disk having a lurality of openings therein, each of which is adapted to receive an article, means for rotating said disk, a support beneath said openings and upon which the articles travel, said support having. an opening therein at a suitable point and through which the articles fall, and a resilient arm for assisting the feed of the balls to said support opening.

3. In a device of the character stated, a disk having a plurality of openings therein, each of which is adapted to receive an article, means for rotating said disk, a support. beneath said openings and upon which the articles travel, said support having an opening therein at a suitable point and through which the articles fall, means for positively feeding an article to the support opening and said support having an inclined groove leading to sand support opening.

4. In a device of the character stated, a disk having a plurality of openings therein, each of which is adapted to receive an article, means for rotating said disk, a support beneath said openings and upon which the articles travel, said supporthaving an opening therein at a suitable point and through which the articles fall, and means for guiding the surplus articles carried around upon the surface of the disk and directing the same around the support opening into a vacant disk opening after the latter has passed :he support opening.

5. In a device of the character stated, a

the exact number of v disk having a plurality of openings therein,

each of which is adapted to receive an artiing therein at a suitable point and through which the articles fall, means for assisting the feed of the articles through said supportopeuing, an inclined groove in said support, leading to said support opening, and a resilient arm suitably positioned for forcing the article into a disk opening.

7. In a device of the character stated, a disk having an inclined upper face and a plurality of openings adjacent the outer edge thereof, each of which is adapted to receive an article, a support beneath said openings and upon which the articles rest, said su port having an opening into which the articles are directed from the successive openings in the disk, and continuously acting means adapted to automatically enter a disk opening as it registers with the support opening for positively passing the articles to said support opening.

8. In a device of the character stated, a dome-shaped disk and a plurality of openings adjacent the outer edge thereof, each of which is adapted to receive an article, a support beneath said openings and upon which the articles rest, said support having an opening into which the articles are directed from the successive openings in the disk, continuously acting means adapted to automatically enter a disk opening as it registers with the support opening for positively ried around upon the surface of the disk into a vacant disk-opening.

9. In a device of the character stated, a disk having an inclined upper face and a plurality of openings adjacent the outer edge thereof, each of which is adapted to receive an article, a support beneath said openings and upon which the articles rest, said support having an opening into which the articles are directed from the successive openings in the disk, continuously acting means adapted to automatically enter a disk opening as itregisters with the support opening for positively passing the articles to said support opening, a guard for directing the articles carried around upon the surface of the, disk into a vacant disk-opening, and

means for v forcing an-aartideinto aidisk inclined in 10. 1%1 a device of -the character'statcd, a casing having a base plate, a. portion thereof forming a support, a disk rotatably mounted I in said-casing and having a plurality of opem'n adjacent the outer wall thereof and movab e above said support, each of said openings being adapted to receive an article and to carry the same around on said support, the latter having an openin and an groove, 9. spring finger a apted to successive y enter the dlsk-openings to discharge the articles therefrom, a guard for the articles carried around on the face of said disk, a resilient arm for forcing an article into a disk-opening, and a partition in said casing.

11. In a device of the character stated, a casing having a base plate, a ortion thereof formmg a support provide with a discharge opening, a disk rotatably mounted in said casing and having a plurality of open-c ings adjacent the outer wa 1 thereof and said disk being movable above said support, each of said openings being adapted to receive an article and to carry the same around on said support, the latter having an inclined groove eading to the. discharge opening, a s ring finger adapted to successively enter t e disk-openings to discharge the articles therefrom,aguard for the articles which are carried around on the face of said disk, a resilient arm for forcing an article into a diskopening, a partition in said casing, and

means for rotating said disk.

- 12. The combination in .afeeding and measuring device, of a movable member having article receiving openings therein, a support forming a track for the articles in said openings and provided I with ,a dischar e opening, resilient means for automatical y exerting pressure against an article in an opening as. it comes into alinement with the discharge opening to eject it into the latter, and means for causing relative movement between said member and support.

" '13. The combination in a feeding and -measuring device, of a'disk having a plurality of openings therein,-a support beneath said disk. formin a track for the articles and having a disc arge opening, a guard in proximity to said opening, a resilient mem 161" in proximity to said guard. for forcing an article into said open1ngs, a spring arm engaging each article 'a's-the disk opemng in,

which it is located registers with the discharge opening to eject the article from its disk opening, and means for rotating said disk.

14. The combination in a feeding and measuring device, of a disk having a plurality of openings thereinja stationary partition suitably supported above said disk, a

support beneath said disk forming a track for the articles and having a' discharge'openmg, a guard 1n proximity to said opening, a resilient member in roximity'. to saidguard for forcing an artic e into said openings, :1 spring arm engaging each-articleas the disk openmg in which it is located registers with the discharge opening to eject the article from its disk opening, and means for rea disk opening as the same registers with the discharge opening said disk.

16. The combination in a feeding and and means for rotating measuring device, of a support forming a track for the articles and having a discharge opening and an inclined groove leading to said opening, a disk rotatably mounted above .said support and having apertures in alinement with said track, a guard suitably supported and inwardly deflected to guide articles on the upper surface of the disk around the discharge opening, a spring arm for forcingan artlcle into a diskopening,

means for exerting pressure on an article 1n a disk opening as the same registers with the discharge opening, a partition in said casing having an opening therethrough for passage 3f 1trhe articles, and means for rotating said 17. In a device of the character stated, a disk having a plurality of openings-therein,

-a support beneath said disk forming a track for the articles and having a discharge opening, means for forcing an article into a disk opening, a uard in proximity to said opening for gui ing the surplus articles carried around upon the surface of the disk and for directing the same into a vacant disk opening and continuously acting means engaging the article in a disk opening, when the latter registers with the discharge opening, to

.eject the articlefrom said disk 0 ening.

' 18. The combination in a ceding and measuring device of a movable member formed with a series of article-receiving openin s through it, a support forming a track or the articles in said openings and rovided with a discharge opening, means or moving said movable member to successively bring its article receiving openings in register with the discharge opening, andcontinuously acting means in register with the discharge opening for successively exerting pressure upon the articles as they arrive at ing pressure means in register with the dissaid opening. charge opening and successively exerting 19. The combination in a feeding and pressure upon the articles as they arrive at measuring device of a member formed with said opening.

5 a series of article-receiving openings through ALBERT RINGLAND.

it amember havin a discharge opemng means for moving on e of said members in its FREDERICK WOOD relation to the other to successively bring an Witnesses: article-receiving opening in register wlth WM. CANER WIEDERsEIM, 10 the discharge opening, and continuously act- 0. D. MCVAY.

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Classifications
Cooperative ClassificationA01C7/04