US1799408A - Listing, counting, and printing machine - Google Patents

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US1799408A
US1799408A US307906A US30790628A US1799408A US 1799408 A US1799408 A US 1799408A US 307906 A US307906 A US 307906A US 30790628 A US30790628 A US 30790628A US 1799408 A US1799408 A US 1799408A
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W. C. BULL April 7, 1931.

AND PRINTING MACHINE LISTING COUNTINGv Filed Sept. 24 1928 9 Sheets-Sheet l .Q @MSH April 7, 1931. w. c. BULL COUNTING, AND PRINTNG MACHINE LISTING,

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April 7, 1931. W, Q BULL 1,799,408

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LISTING, COUNTNG, AND PRNTNG MACHINE Filed Sept. 24 1928 9 Sheets-Sheet 9 Patented pr. 7, 1.93

UNITED STATES" WILLIAM; c. BULL. or serra Memes, centomila leerme, COU-mme, AND. PRINTING MAQHINE" Application led September 24, 1,928.v Serial No, 307,90@

FI hisinventionrelatesto' an accountin machine for printing selectively a list oV sep:A

ance rate.A Such a machine a varietyof uses, but herein, as illustrative` of a specific use, it is described as; applied to. listing, counting, and carryingfoutthe prices of articles to be laundered.A However, it Will be understood thatV itis in no manner limited to such use.

In laundries, it is the common practice to employ a previously printed slip contain? ing a list of allv articles which may form the objects tov be laundered. A checker upon receipt of a laundryl bundle, examines the same and prepares a slip by noting thereon opposite each printed article. the quantity of each found in the bundle. This slip is then completed by clerks carrying out the quan- T tit-y -riees and totaling them. Obviously, a long 4list is required containing all of the various articles which may be laundered and only a few of these articles may be present in the bundle. The checker must4 make indi- 39 cations on the list in the spaces provided oprv posite the separate articles, and must Search over the list. to lind theY printed location of the articles. Also, the separate articles of the' same character preferably must be grouped before making the notations. This requires time and the. operation is subject to..

error on the part. of thechecker, such as by Jfailure to indicate the quantity opposite the proper article. The listis not easily read,due to` the scattering location` of the printed a1.'- ticles on the sheet. Inadvertentmarks on the slips result in indicating articles not present. The ultimate result s that time of an adjuster is required to. correct the errors thus made. The present invention contemplates a machine for overcoming these objections. The primary ohject of this invention is to provide a machine having groups of article-indicating printing members, quantity printing members., and price printing members, .Setting mechanism to setY selected groups in printingposition and impressionr means to cause said selected' groups to print on av sheet in. tabulated vform With each group adjacent an immediately preceding group. Such as a machine without thc'pricefprin-ting members as disclosed in my PatentNoflfiS, dia-ted April 3, 1928. V

Other objects of this invention are to pro vide a printing machine ofthe-character de scribed having! any` ory all ofA the-following features: meansv upon the operation of ,a sei lected actuator to 'set -in printing position a printing member to designate the Varticle and,

if desired, the pricefor a single article, a correspondingr printingsmember to designate the quantitytsuch selected articles as deter mined by operation of the actuator,` and a corresponding printingmemb'er to designate. the price of tlie quantityo such articles means toV set in printingyposition several groups of printing members; means to print atene operation on a slip and intabulated form with no open spacesfbetween-the printed groups, the articles, quantities and pricesI of the selected articles, so that no interven# ing gaps occur on the slip between the printed groups; means to visu-aly indicate the groups of printing members setfin' printing position; Yactuating means to operate the quantity and price print-ing members ofl a selected group' successively step by step, or by one operation the totalfquantity and prices oi? a selected group; means to pr-int theV total of Vall the prices of all selected articles and, it desired,` an insurance charge';i-1neans to restore all the printing membersto initial or zero position for another listing; and 'struc-.

tur-al" details for accomplishing these pur-` poses. Fig. l is a perspective vievvof a machine;

Fig. 2 vis a face view of a laundry 'slip asprinted bythe machine; .3 is ai'sectilonal View; from front to back through the' upper portion of a machine showing a unit fof the imprinter Withthe elementsthereofv in initial or non-.printing position y;..Fig. Llis a viewl like Fig. 3 with a unit -in printingposition; Figs. 5 6. anclY are 4Sectius as. seen on the lines cerf respendngly numbered in Figs-3.; Fig. S-isqa position; Fig. 9 is aview similar to Fig. 8

showing parts in elevation; Figs. and 11 are sectional views of a fragment of the machine showing the platen carriage in two p0- sitions adj acentthe other end of the machine; Fig. 12 is a sectional view of a fragment of the device showing the rail locking mechanism; Fig. 13 is a sectional view through the machine showing a fragment thereof and including the platen carriageY in side elevation;

Fig. 14 is a transverse section through a fragment of the platen carriage showing the slip holding device in detail; Fig. 15 is a section through the machine showingv an end elevation of the totalizer; Fig. 16 is a sectional view on an enlarged scale showing the `details of they connection between the totalizer operatingshafts and levers and Fig. 17 is a horizontal section through a fragment of the machine showing the relationbetween the totalizer and the key bars. Y

- Referring more particularly to the drawings, A marks a frame or case enclosing the imprinter and totalizer parts, in the top of which is mounted the imprinter B. The imprinter includes imprinter units of like character arranged side by side and structurally :duplicates of one another. These are actuated by keys C to set selected imprinter units in printing position so as to be ready to impress on a laundry sliprthe article, quantity and price. At the same, operation, the totalizer D is actuated to accumulate the price amounts registered by the operation ofthe keys. The platen carriage E is reciprocable by a lever F to cause an impression to be made on a laundry slip and to return the same for removal. A restoringlever G is provided for operation to cause the' return of the imprinter units to initial or zero position. H are in-' dicating levers to visually indicate the impression position of the set units and to serve for setting of the units independent of the keys. As each depression of the keys moves a corresponding unit one step, it may be found convenient when a number of the same kind of articles are to be registered to operate the corresponding indicating lever toset the units and thereby avoid a multiplicity of depressions ofthe corresponding key. J is a device mounted upon the end of the case for smoothing a laundry slip which may become crumpled. An inking ribbon mechanism is marked K.

v Referring particularly to Figs. 3 to 7 parallelshafts 2O and .21`eXtend longitudinally of the case and have rotatably mounted thereon like gear wheels 22 and 23 respectively. FiXed to each wheel 22 so as to be rotatable therewith is a type wheel 24 and a cam Wheel 25. The wheels 22, 24 and 25 are operated together as a unit andreferred to as an imprinter wheel. lIt is obvious'they may be made integral. There are a number of these wheels mounted side by side, each one corresponding to va separate article to be print- *Y and 21 and above the levelthereof. Ro-v tatably mounted upon the shaft 'side by side are gear wheels 31 corresponding in number to th'e pairs -of gear wheels 22 and 23 and disposed softhat each gear wheel 31 meshesv with a pair of alined gear wheels 22 and 23. 4Secured to each gear wheel 31 is a ratchet'wheel 32 and'also a pinion 33. Fiach ratchet wheel serves for operation of its attached gear, or the gear may be operated by a corresponding segmental gear 34 in mesh with pinion 33.v 'There Vare a group of segmental gears rotatably-mounted upon a shaft 35 extending longitudinally of the case. Each segmental gear has an operating arm 36 extending therefrom through a corresponding slot 37 in the case. The arms have finger pieces 19'slid'ably attached thereto by a pin and slot connection permitting extension of a finger piece to better position it for manual operation jof its arm. The

type wheels 24 and 26 have rims adapted tol receive type bands 38 and v39 carrying type. These bands have type arranged in progression tov indicate quantity.V and to indicate prices. The type wheel 26fcarries the prices arranged in arithnietical. progression. By

providing separable type bands, the pricesV may be'changed for lany price type wheel.

The type bands upon .the quantity type wheels may be changed for replacement. At the lower side of each pair of cam wheels is a follower bar 40 lia-ving an extension 41 with an elongated slot, through whiclrextendsa guide bar 42 secured at its ends to the case- At the ends of eachk follower bar are projecting tips 43 and 44 adapted to ride over the surfaces of the corresponding cam wheels and to enter the notches 28 and l29.` Secured to each follower bar isa tension spring 45 fastened at its upper end to a supporting rod 46y extending longitudinallyl of the case. Each pair of gear wheels 22 and 23 are. operated by a gear wheel V31 and rotate in the saine direction. The cam wheels of the pairs are'so positioned that the notches 28 rand 29 ill be in the parallel angular positionV whereby the tips 43v and 44 will intrude in the notches 28 and '29 at the same time. The

'memos edges: of the tips and the notches are; inclined so` that the tips will be caused toride inandV out ofthe notches on rotation Vof the earn wheels'. -`When in the notches, the follower bars are Vin retracted or upper position as: shown in Fig. 3. When the tipsv are outl of;`

type slug projects beyond the follower bars,

so that when the latte-r are projected', they will lbe in the same plane as the type on the type band. The zero on non-printing position of the quantity and price wheel is that shown in Fig. 3, the follower bar 40 being retracted so that it will not be in'printing position.I The quantity, price and article printing members which are geared together constitute a group.

Pivotally mounted upon the shaft 30 bei tween adjacent wheel units are `plates- 47 forming a part of ratchet niecahnism andl servingV as spacers, forV the wheel units on the shaft. VEach plate `hasspaced laterally extending lugs`48 and 49 to accommodate a ratchet pawl. The rear end of each plate provides a shoulder for abutting a limiting bar a:- 50. extending longitudinally of the case. A

retracting spring 5l is provided for each plate and is secured to the bar 50, tendingv to holdV the plate in abutment with the bar. Pivotally mounted upon each plate is a pawl 52 i of bell crank formhavinga tooth kadapted to engage between the teeth on a corresponding ratchet wheel. A link 53 is pivotally secured to each pawl and to the stem 54 of a key C. Eachlink has a tension spring 55 secured thereto and to a bar 56. The springs 55 tend to buckle the links and pawls so as tomaintain them in position shown inl Fig. 3', with the pawls out of engagement with the ratchet wheels. Upon `depression of a selected key, its link 53 is buckled in the opposite direction asA shown in Fig. 4 against the action ofits spring -55, engaging lug 48A on the -plate 47, and moving the plate and toothof the pawl into engagement with the corresponding ratchet wheel, and turning the latter one tooth, the plate being swung downwardly against the action of its spring 5].. Upon the release of the depressed key, itsV spring V55 returns it to upper position, the

pawl` following the Vlug 49 during its return which is effected by spring 5l until theplate abuts the bar 50 at the endl of its movement. The key and its associated partsare then ready for another operation. A` centering and latching pawl is provided for each ratchet wheel and comprises a lever 57 having a pivot bar slot to receive a pivot shaft 58 eX- tendingalong artransversely slotted'bar 59, each lever operating in a slot in the bar 59..` Each lever bar 57 has at its. end adjacent its Wheels.

corresponding ratchet wheel ai laterally exv tending cylindricallug v60 adapted to. ride over kand, between the teeth lon its ratchet, A retraction: spring 6]: is: provided for each lever 57 and is: secured to a bar 62: extending across the case. j The. centering pawls are maintained: againstA the ratchet,

Wheelsv and tend to center the, latter and held the ratchet wheels in setjposition. However, due to the cylindrical'v stubs. 60, lthe ratchet. wheels may be moved againstthe action of the.l centering pawls. in either direction. Depression of a key to advance 'a ratchet wheel,

causes the segmental gear 34 to: bev turned and the corresponding indicatinglever 36 to be.

swung in its slot. Scales may-be marked on the case alongside of each .indicating lever head with numerals so that. the set positions I correspond with the numbercf depressions of the actuator keys, or quantity beginning in their-initial or zero positions. The.' cap of each actuator key may beamarked with the name of the article, orthecase may be marked`` adjacent the keys. Obviously, the groups; maybe operated independently ofthe actu-A ator keys by swinging the indicating levers; to the desired printing numeral for quantity marked' on the scale along side Vof the in=elicat-` ing leverf Also'the lindicating leversvmay be employed to correct errors in q uantity.

' The initial non-printing position of a group is indicated in Fig. 3.1 .Upon actua-` tion of any key, the imprinter wheels are. advanced one step to bring the quantitytype on imprinter wheel 24 to its: lower or printing position. At the same time imprinterv wheel 26 is moved a', correspondingv amounty to bring the appropriateprice type into print-A ing position;v Upon turningof theipair of'y imprinter wheels, the corresponding follower bar 40 is projected, so that the article type thereon is in printing position. The follower bar is maintained projected during further advance of the imprinter Wheels4 by reasonsof its tips riding on the high dwell of the cam wheels. Another` depression of leo the same actuator key. willadvance the `imyprinter wheels another step to bringv thel succeeding quantity type and the succeeding price type into printing position, the articley type being maintained projected. Suppose that there are tive. articles ofthe same kind picked from the bundle, instead ofoperating initial or zero position,the indicating levers i are turned back to their initial positions.- A

vof their slots inthe case.

shown.A Pivotally mounted upon the shaft 35 atopposite sides of the group of segmental gears are arms 63 carrying` a cross bar 64.

Uponswinging the arms 63 toward the indieating lever, bar 64 will engage any or all ofthe indicating levers which have beenadvanced and will carrythem back to the ends This causes the groups tobe returned to their initial position or non-.printing position. Secured to one of the arms 63 is the operating leverv G mounted outside the end of the frame. By swinging the lever Gr toward the front of the machine, the indicator bars and the associated mechanisms will be returned to their initial position. A stop rod 65 limits the rearward position of the arms 63. Y

It is obvious thatby operating the keys or the indicating levers the types indicating the selected articles will be projected and the quantities and prices associated with each article advanced into printing position. it is now only necessary to impress upon a slip the types set or positioned in printing position. To this end, a platen carriage supporting the slip of paper is reciprocated along the face of the type and moved toward or away from the type to print or non-print. Y I

Mounted along the Vbase of the ease and extending longitudinally thereof in spaced parallel relation are guide bars 66a and 666. Disposed on the inside of the guide bars and slidably resting against them are rails 67a and 67h.l Rail 67 a is connected by pins thereon riding in slots in the guide bar 66a,

one of these pins being indicated by 68e` and its slot by 69e in Figs. 10 yand 11. The slot 69a isiof angular form having an end inclined portion leading upwardly to the left to a horizontal portion. At the other ends of tlie'guide bar 67a and rail 66a are corresponding pins and-slots. The rail and guide bar 67 b and 666 are similarly connected. In Fig. 9, the pin and slot at the opposite end are marked 70?) and 716. A cross member 72 other ends'so as to provide a rail frame.

connects the rails at the left endsand a similar cross member 73 connects the rails at the ilie rails are thus ltied together and slidable between the guide bars longitudinally thereof fora limiteddistance. The rail frame at one end of its'travel will be elevated, the pins,

being disposed. in the horizontal portions of the slots, and at the other end of their travel will be lowered, the pins being disposed in the lower ends of the inclined portions of the slots. By reciprocating the rail frame, the rails are thu-s raised and lowered. Extending longitudinally of the rails and inter-me. rdiate them is a'rack bar 74 secured to the cross members 72 and 73 andy coextensive with the rails. Y The platen carriage comprises side plates ing an extended hub carrying a pinion 83 meshing with a gear on a shaft 84 secured Y to the plate 75. A gear 85 is secured to a shaft 86 journalled on the hollow hub of pinions and 81 and extends through a slot in the front of the case as shown in`Fig. l, it having secured thereto handle F. Gears and pinions 79 to 84 constitute step-up gearing between the lever handle F and the shaft 77. Rollers 88 mounted on the side plates ride upon the tops of the rails, andV cooperating lugs 89 extend beneath the rails from the side plates so as to hold the platen carriage to the rails. Bearing against the inner faces of the rails are rollers 90. This provides for anti-friction bearing between the rails and the carriage. The step-up gearing is so designed that by pulling thev lever F through a quarter of a revolution, the pinion 7 8 will be caused to rotate a number of times sufficient to move the carriage from one end of the rack to the other'and to move the rail frame a slight distance.

Extending between the side plates of the carriage and journalled therein is a platen roller 91, preferably covered vwith rubber orv the like. Referring to Figs. 8 and 14, slide plates 92 are slidably disposed on the inside of the side plates 75 and 76. The slide plates are connected by a cross rod 93, and pins 94 on the slidefplates are disposed to ride in the slots on the slide plates and guide the latter. Extending laterally inwardly from the slide plates are projections 95 serving as shoulders for the arms of a trigger yoke described. A cross rod 96 ties the side plates of the carriage together and has spiral springs 97 wound around it with ends hookedy over a cross rod 98, the other ends being hooked over the rod 93, thereby tending to depress the slide plates 92. The arms of a trigger yoke 99 are pivotally secured to the side plates by pins 100. The ends of the'trigger arms engage the s-houlders 95, on the slide plates. In the position shown in Fig.' 8, the

slide plates are in their lower position restpreferably covered with rubber or like material. These clamping rollers are held against the platen roller by the spring 102, when the side plates are in depressed position. When in elevated position as shown in Fig. 14, the arms rest against the platen roller with the clamping rollers disposed above and spaced therefrom. A laundry slip indicated by 104 'in Fig. 8 is passed around and between the clampingr rollers and platen roller as shown. The operation of passing the paper around the rollers is conveniently performed when the parts are in the position shown in Fig. `14, and the slip may be released from the position shown in Fig. 8 by raising the trigger to the position shown in Fig. 14. The platen roller is so positioned that when the rail' frame is in elevated positi`on,vmovement of the i carriage below the imprinter will cause the laundry slip to travel against the type which are in set position, the slip being caused to travel over the roller in making the impression.

Raising and lowering of the rails brings the platen into printing ornon-printing position. In order to make this automatic so that the platen carriage is lowered at one end of its .travel for reciprocation in printing position and then raised at the other end for reciprocation in printing position, I have provided thefollowing described mechanism: The Vcase carries end plates to which are secured limiting posts 105 `and 106 limiting the travel of the platen carriage by reason of engagement with cross rods 107 vand 1'08 and permitting a limited travel of the rail Iframes. Pivotally mount-ed upon the base atone end isa latch109 having a' tip for hooking over the cross bar 72 on the rail frame. A compression spring 110 tends 'to maintain the latch with its tip in lower position A shoulder 111 is provided on the latch and is disposed in the path of travel* of a pin 112 projecting from the cross rod 107. This pin is disposed vto engage the shoulder 111 of the latch, just before the cross member 107 engages the limiting postg105. Upon rotation oi' the pinion 78v in aclockwise direction, the latch being in the position shown in Fig. 12, the carriage will be caused to travel from the left to the right over the rail' frame. In this position of the rail frame asshown in Figs. 8, 9 and 10, the frame will bein lowered or non-printing position.V Obviously, the railiframe mayhave a limited travel after the platen carriage has reached the right hand end of its travel by reason of the pin and slotconnections between the rail' and the side plates. l/Vhen the platen carriage reaches the right hand side of the ma.- chine as shown in Fig. 11, its travel is stopped by cross rod -108A engaging limiting post 106.

and further rotation 'of the pinion 78 in clockwise direction cause movement of the rail frame toward the left, latch 109 hooking over then swung in the opposite direction tolcause rotation of pinion 718 and return of the platen carriage to thejlett. dry slip iscaused'toengage the set groups of type, first one group thereby printing'and rolling the slip over-the platenf'roll: andv then the suceeedinggroup until the carriage` has neared the left hand end of itsftra-vel 112 engages the latch109 and liftsthelatter thereby releasing the rail frame. Finally crossrod 107 engageszlimiting post105 arresting further travel of they carriage. Contin-A uedv rotation oi? the pinion 78 slides-thefrail frame to the right thereby: lowering the `car-V riage tornen-impression position. rea-dy: for another operation. The restoring` lever G. is then. swung-to restore the print-ingmech-f anism to zero'.- To release the slip. printed, the trigger yoke 100 is depressed, 'raisingthe clamping rollers 103, permitting remova-l o the printed slip and insertion of av blank slip. After insertion of'Vl the new: slip,`the finger piece 100 is raised to clampthe sl-ip in position. The setting.- mechanism is then operated vto pla-ce in. printing position the type for the next bundle.

An inking ribbon is provided between the type and the platen.` Thisf ribbon. is wound: upon a magazine. spooly 113,y theribbon 114" Qn. its return. the laun- Pin being passed below the impninter over the face of the typeA and'over a take-up `spool- 115.l The take-up spoolfhas arratchet 1516i secured thereto, the spool being ournalled in brackets` 1217.` vA pawl 118 vmounted onaspringrv arm fixed to the case also serves the purpose of advancing the spool 115l Brack-v ets 117 arev mounted upon a- `plate 1119'. slidiably secured to the wall`"120 ofthe case by means of pins 121 operating in slots 122 inthe plate 119; Brackets 123 ares'ecuredjto wall 120, and pivotallyl mountedupon the brack. ets are arms 124havi-'ng'ingers'125 and126`. Eacharm 124' comprisesa member of a` toggle, the other arm of which is marked 127l and' is pivotall'y secured to bracketsV 128 extending fromthe plate 1 19. Pins or stubs129 project rom'the "sidel plates 75k and 7 6 ofthe platen carriage for operating arms 1224.' On thel travel ofthe platen carriage toward the right, pins 129 `eng-age the lingers 126v as shown in Fig. 11 buckling-the toggles,vv causing plate `119 with the take-upxsp'ool" to be lowered.l

Pawl 118U being fixedup'on the -wall 120 causes.`

the take-up spool to-berotate'd one stepandl to move to ribbon 114.V On the return trip of the platen carriage,the stubs 129 engage the lingers 125, straightening the toggles andV lll() The magazine spool is shown disposed under a trough 130.4 In the trough is a smoothing roller 131 journalled in the sides rthereof and having a shaft'132 for operation by a knob 133'.'V A yoke 134 has its arms pivotally secured to the trough and carries a roller 135- journalled therein and paralleling the roller 131. Tension springs 136 are secured to the arms of the yoke and tothe trough tending to press the roller 135 against the roller 131. In order to straighten paper, such as crumpled slips, the latter are fed between the rollers 131 and 135, and thev roller 131 is turned back and forth by means of knob 133 to smooth the paper.

, I have included in the machine a totalizing device for'accumulating the prices and printing the total upon the slip. Secured inthe case to a wall thereof is a sub case 137 carrying a computing machine or totalizer. This maybe a calculator of any well known type having keysfor operating it, there being rows of nine keys for units, a parallel row of nine keys for tens, a key for hundred and a key for one half. A set of totalizing wheels are operatedv by these keys, the case being positioned so that the totalizing printing wheels project in the plane of the type on the imprinter head. Such a machine is well known under the trade name of comptometer. They stems of the keys are marked 138 and the keys inthe units row have the exponent 1 added to the 138. The keys in the tens row are indicated by the same numerals `and have an exponent-10. rlhe hundred key is marked by the numeral 138 with an exponent 100 and theV Y one-half key is marked 138 with the exponent 1/2. Extending longitudinally of the case are shafts 139'corresponding to the'keys and being marked with corresponding exponents.,y The shafts are connected to the keys in the following manner. Instead of the caps on thev keys, a pivotal connection is made thereto by means ol levers 140 pivotally mounted int-ermediate their ends'in brackets 141, The 1eversare suitably offset to clear one another and the brackets are arranged to provide for the requisite movement ofthe keys 138. Slots 142 in thel levers are inclined and accommodate pins 143, see Fig. 16. Upon turning a shaft through an angle, its corresponding lever is rocked to actuate the corresponding key 138. Crank pieces 144 are secured to the shafts in'position hereinafter more fully explained. Mounted upon a pivot shaft 145 extending longitudinally of the casel as best shown in Figs. 3 and 4 are levers 146, one for each key C. Each lever is pivotally attached to apkey stem 54 and overhangs the shafts 139. Depending from each lever 146 are fingers 147 arranged in predetermined position and of predetermined length. AThese fingers are jointed and have inclined shoulders 148 for engaging the crank pieces 144. The. number and position of the fingers are arranged in the following vmanner. Suppose the key marked 149 is arranged to actuate the mechanism to indicate a certain article whose price per article is 131/2 cents. A finger indicated by 147 with the exponent 10 is attached to the lever 146 actuated by key 149. This finger is positioned inline with the tens row of shafts and its shoulder is positioned opposite the crank piece on the shaft correspondingv to the digit 1 of that row. A second finger indicated by 147 with the exponent 1 is positioned in line with the unit row and with its shoulder located so as to operate the crank piece on the shaft corresponding to the digit ating the corresponding key stems of the calculator. Thus, at the end of the registration by the actuator keysfor the various articles and their quantity, the calculator will have been operated to set its printing wheels in position to print the total. Such printing wheels are indicated as a group by the reference numeral 150. The calculator is restored to Zero by a linkage 151 connected to a restoring arm 63 and operating the usual restoring lever 152 on the calculator.

Fixed to the wall ofthecase in advance printing position of the calculator wheels isa type bar 153 always in printing `o sition and indicating Insurance one cent or the amount of insurance which is commonly charged. A type bar bearing the legend 'Iotal"7 is fixed to the case intermediate the insurance bar and calculator printing Wheels. The calculating machine may be set ahead one cent to include this amount in the total. y Y

In the operation of the machine, the lever F is swung to bring the platen carriage to its left hand position. The trigger yoke 100 is depressed and a slip for printing is inserted therein, the trigger member then being raised so as to clamp the slip to the platen roller, and the lever F then swung to cause the platen carriage to travel to the right. The setting mechanism will be in Zero position. The keys C arey then selectively operated to set the type and indicate the articles and the quant-ity, and then the lever is returned to cause return movement of the carriage. On the return movement of the carriage, the latter is ele-V vated into impression position and the slip rolls below the type to imprint and make a tabulated record of the articles,quantitie s, prices, insurance and total registered. Upon the platen carriage reaching the left hand position, it is lowered to non-printing position. The registering parts are then restored by swinging lever 'G to return the indicating lever G to their zero position. rillhe printed slip is removed and another inserted placing the machine in condition for another` operation.

the article ,is .grasped and lifted., the indicatinglever being moved to correct` position. The totalizer carries tlie,error;and notation .thereof must be made on the slip. If the groups are operated by .tlieindication keys a `correctionmust:also be made "as the totalizer is not operated. 1

Vhat I claim is t l. Ina machine of the character described, the 'combination loit a plurality of groups of independently settable printing members disposed sri-de 'by side; each group lcomprising a quantity printing member having characters Aarranged in vnumerical .progression to designate ydifferent quantities, a price printing printing :member and lto set andzin'aintaiiiit Ain printing position upon disposition of ysaid quanti-ty printing andprice printing men-i- Vbers out oilzero position; and setting mechanism to selectively' 4operate said groups in progressively advancing numerical printing Y positions.

2. In a `machineof'the'character described, the combination of a pluralityof groups of independently settable printing members .d-isposed side by side; each :group comprisiii-g Ia yquantity printing member having charactors larranged in numerical progression to `designate different quantities, a price printing member having characters indicating values proportional andcorresponding to the characters-on said quantity printing member, an article printing member, said quantity and price Iprinting members haring nonprinting zero position, actuating '.nieans op-y eratively connecting the quantity printing and price printing members ci va group to niove them vin unison into print-ing position, means operatively connecting Veach `article printing memberto the other printing menifbers oa group lto place said article printing .member in non-printing position at Zero position of said other printing members and to setand .maintain it y-i-n printing position Iupon disposition oi `said lquantity printing and price printing members out of fzero position;

In vcase of an error in setting for a f particular article ahead 1.9 corresponding to setti-ngiinechaiiisin to .selectively operate fsa-id groups in progressively advancing numerical s l printing positions; aindmeans to restore said t .groups vto zerofposition.

3. In amachiiie 'ofthe character described,

the ,combination of 2a plurali-ty of .groups fof' independently` settable printing' members 'disposed side yby side; each group comprising 'a price printing vmember having characters arranged-in numerical progression, an artic-le. printing member, said price printing .member having a non-printing Zero posi-` tion, actuating means loperatively*connected Ato said price prin-ting .members to selectively advance 'them step by step into printing position, means operatively connecting each armember cfa grou-p to place said article printing memberv in non-printing posi-tionl at'zero position of sai-d price pri-nting'menib'er and maintain i-t in printing position yupondispositon of said price printing member out of :Azero position; a plurality of printing position visual indicators, one operatively iconnected to `each group v;` and Isetting mechanism to selectively operate said-groups in progressively advancing numerical printing positions. 1 y "i i4, In Aa 4machine of the' character described,

the combi-nation 'of a 'plurality .of groups of independently vse'ttabl'e printing members disposed Iside by side l; each group comprising `a price printingV member having characters arranged in numerical progression, an arf! lticle printingfineinber, said price .printing 'member having a nfon-printingzero position,

actuating means operatively. "connected "t'o said price printing :members to selectively ticle printing lmember -to'fthe pr-ice printing v l advance them step by-s'te'p-into 'printing posiy i '.tion, means operatively 4coi-inectin-'geach *article printing member Lto 'the pr-iceLpri-nting inein'ber ofa group to place said article printing 'member in non-printing position .at vzero position of said price printing member and maintain it :in :printing @position upon Jdisposi'ton :of said price printing member out of Izero v position;A a plurality :oi printing position visualindicators, one operatively connected "to each group; .setting mechanism to selectively operate said groups in progressively .advancing numerical printing positions; and means to restore al'l-.ofsaid groups and said indicators `to 'Zero position. f.; 5.` `In a `machine of the'cliara'cter described,

.the combination-'of a plurality oi groups of .indelziendently settable printing members disposed lside by side each, group 'comprising a 'quantity printing member having vcharacters arranged in: numerical progression to Adesignate diiferent Quantities, a price printmember having 'rfzharactelr's -rindicating values proportionalfand corresponding toV the characters on said quantity printing member,

an .article printing .-meinber., said 'quantity and pricejprinting members Yhaving a nonprinting zero position, lactuating means operatively connecting thev quantity printingv and price printing members of a group to move them in unison into printing position, means operatively connecting each article printing member to the other printing members of a group toplace said article printing member in non-printing position at Zero position of said other printing members and to set and maintain it in printing position upon dispositionl of said quantity printing and price printing members out of zero position; a plurality-ot' printing position visual indicators, one operatively connected to each group; and setting mechanism to selectively operate said groups in progressively advancing numerical printing positions. Y n

6. In a machine of the character described, thecombination of a plurality of groups of independently settable printing members disposed side b yside; each group comprising aquantity printing member having characters arranged in numerical progression to designate ditlerent quantities, a price printing member having characters indicating values proportional and corresponding to the characters on said quantity printing member, an article printing member, said quantity and price printing members having a non-printing zero position,` actuating means operatively connecting the quantity printing and price printing members of a group to move them in unison into printing position,

'means operatively connecting each article printing member to the other printing members of a group to place said article printing member in nonirinting positionv at zero position of said other printingV members and to set and maintain it in printing position upon disposition of said quantity printing and price printing members out of'zero position; a plurality of printing position visual indicators, one operatively connected to each group; setting mechanism to selectively operate said groups in progressively advancing numerical printing positions;v and means to restore all of said groups and said indicators to zero position.

7 In a machine of the character described,

, the combination of a plurality of groups of independently settable printing members disposed side by side; each group comprising a quantity printing wheel unit having charactersarranged in Vnumerical progression to designate different quantities, a price printing wheel unit having characters indicating values proportioned and corresponding to the characters on said quantity printing unit and-geared to said quantity printing unit to rotate in unison therewith, an article printing bar, said quantity landv price printing units having a non-printing Zero position, a cam'on each member of a unit with an article printing bar non-printing dwell corresponding to zero position of said quantity andprice and a dwell to maintain said 'article printing bary in printing positionat printing position of said units, said bar being disposed te follow said cams; and actuators to selectivelymove a group in unison andpro.- gressively step by step into printing position. 8. Ina machine of thecharacter described, the combination of a plurality or" groups of independently settable printing members dispos-d side by side, each group comprisingaquantity printing wheel unit having characters arranged yin numerical progression to designate different quantities, a price printing wheel unit having characters indicating values proportioned and 1 'corresponding to the characters on said quantity printing unit and geared to said quantity printing unit to rotate in unisontherefith, an article printing bar, said quantity and price printing runits having a non-printing zero position, a cam on each` member ot a unit with an article printing bar nonprinting dwell corresponding to Zero position of said quantity and priceand a dwell to maintain said article printing bar in printing position at printing position oi said units, said bar being disposed to follow said cams; actuators to selectively move a group in unison and progressively step by'step into printing position; and means to restore all said units to zero position. Y

9. In a machine of the character described, the combination of a plurality of'groups oi independently settable printing members 'disposed side by side; each group comprising a quantity printing wheel unit having characters arranged in numerical progression to designate different quantities', a price printing wheel unit having characters indicating values proportioned and corresponding to the characters on said quantity printing unitand geared to said quantity printing unit to rotate in unison therewith, an article printing bar, said quantity and price printing units having a non-printing zero position, a cam on each member of a unitv with an article printing bar non-printing dwell corresponding to zeroposition of said quantity and price and a dwell to maintain said article printing bar in printing position at printing position of said units, said bar being disposed to 'follow said cams; actuators to selectively move a group in unison and progressively step by step into printing position, and indicator levers,-

one geared to each group for indicatingvisually the printing position of said units, and operable to ymove said units independent of said actuators.

10. In a` lmachine of the character described, the combination of a plurality of groups of independently settable printing members disposed side by side; each group comprising a quantity printing wheel unit having characters arranged in numerical progression to designate different quantities,

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a price printing wheel unit having characters indicating values proportioned and corresponding to the characters on said quantity printing unit and geared to said quantity printing unit to'rotate' in unison therewith, an article printing bar, said quantity and price printing units having a non-printing zero position, a cam on each member of a unit with an article printing bar non-printing vdwell corresponding to zero position of said quantity and price and a dwell to maintain said article printing bar in printing position at printing position of said units, said bar being disposed to follow said cams; actuators to selectively move a group in unison and progressively step by step into printing position; indicator levers, one geared to each group for indicating visually the printing position of said units and operable to move said units independent of said actuators; and a restoring member engaging all of said indicators for returning them and their coacting units to zero position. Y Y

ll. In a machine of theA character described, the combination of la plurality of groups of independently settable printing members disposed side by side; each group comprising a quantity printing wheel unit having characters arranged in numerical progression to designate different quantities,

a price printing wheel unit having characters indicating values proportioned and corresponding to the characters on said quantity printing unit geared to said Aquant-ity printing unit an article printing bar, said quantity and price printing units having a non-printing zero position, a cam on each Vmember of a unit with an article printing bar non-printing dwell corresponding to zero position of said quantity and price and a dwell to maintain vsaid article printing bar in printing position at printing position; of said units, said bar being disposed to follow said cams; actuators to selectively move a group in unison and progressively step by step into printing position; and a platen cai'- riage reciprocable with relation to said printing members having means to carry alaundry slip over the set printing faces of said members and bar.

12. In a machine of the character described, the combination of a plurality of groups of independently settable printingv and corresponding to the characters von" said quantity printing unit geared to said quantity printing unit, an article printing bar, said quantity and price printing units having a non-printing zero po"-v sition, a cam on each member of a unit and progressively step fby; step into printing, position; aplaten carriage reciprocable with relation to said printing membershaving meansto carry alaundry 'slip over the set.

printing faces of said members vand-bar, and A including means toelevate said carriage into:

impression? position on one stroke and` to de-- press said carriageintoanon-printing position on-theother stroke-of a cycle. y,

V13.V In a machineof the character described, the combination of a-plurality, of groups-ot` independently settable printingmembers-disposedsideaby side; each groupicomprisingfa-i quantity. printing wheel lunit y,having chap' actersarranged in numericalprogressionfto-` designate different quantities, a-price print-V ingwheel unit liavingchar-actersindicating values/proportioned and-corresponding tothe characters on said quantity printingunitW geared-r tov said`V quantity-` printing y unit, -anfarticle printing bar, said quantity; and priceyprintingv units rhaving a non-printing" zero-` positiomagcam oneach member-ofaiinitwith;Av` i i an article printing bar non-printing dwell#A corresponding to Zero position ot'V said'k quan,-

irc l tityandpricel anda dwellftomaintaini. said article printing bar in printingfposition. at?.

printin'gpositionfof,saidfunits, said bar being disposedV to' follow said cams; actuators to selectively move a group in unison and progressively step by step into printing position; and a platen carriage mechanism including aA platen carriage reciprocable with `relation to said printingv members having means to carry a laundry slip, rails on which said carriage travels joined to form toa frame, a support for said frame, means con- Y necting saidsupport and frame to allow la limited reciprocation of saidframe. with respect to said support to raise said frame atV one end of its travel to carriage impression position and to lower said carriage to nonimpression position at'the other end'of its travel.

14. In a machine of the character described,

the combination of a plurality of groups of independently settable printing members disposed side by side; each group comprising a quantity printing member having characters arranged in numerical progression to desig- A nate dieren't quantities, a price printing member having characters indicating values proportional and corresponding to the char acters on said quantit printing member, an

article printing mem er, said quantity and pricev printing members having a non-printing zero position, actuating means operaf tively connecting the quantity printing and price printing members of a group to move themv in unison into'printing position, means operatively connecting each article printing member to the other printingmembers of a group to place said article printingmember in non-printing position at zero position of said other printing members and to set and Vmaintain it in printing position upon disposition of said quantity printing andprice printing members out of zero position; setting mechanism to selectively operate said groups in progressively advancing numericalprintingV positions; means'to restore said groupsto Zero position;`and a platencarriage mechanism includinga platen carriage reciproca'Y ble With relation to said printing members having'means to carry a laundry sli-p, rails e Y on which said carriage travels joined to form a frame, a support for said frame, means connectingsaid support and frame to allovs7 a limited reciprocation of said frame With re-l spect to saidsupport to raise said frame at one end of its travel to carriagj-fey impression position and to lower said'carriage to nonimpression position at the other end of its travel, a rack on said frame, a pinion on said carriage meshing With said rack to cause reciprocation of said frame5 and means to arrest travel of said carriage at the ends of itsstrokes and to cause reciprocation of said frame.

In Witness Athat I claim the foregoing InV have hereunto 'subscribed my name this 6th day of September, 1928.

l/VILLIAMLC. BULL.v

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