US2204971A - Disappearing printing die control - Google Patents

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US2204971A
US2204971A US204490A US20449038A US2204971A US 2204971 A US2204971 A US 2204971A US 204490 A US204490 A US 204490A US 20449038 A US20449038 A US 20449038A US 2204971 A US2204971 A US 2204971A
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    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B41PRINTING; LINING MACHINES; TYPEWRITERS; STAMPS
    • B41KSTAMPS; STAMPING OR NUMBERING APPARATUS OR DEVICES
    • B41K3/00Apparatus for stamping articles having integral means for supporting the articles to be stamped
    • B41K3/02Apparatus for stamping articles having integral means for supporting the articles to be stamped with stamping surface located above article-supporting surface
    • B41K3/12Apparatus for stamping articles having integral means for supporting the articles to be stamped with stamping surface located above article-supporting surface with curved stamping surface for stamping by rolling contact
    • B41K3/121Apparatus for stamping articles having integral means for supporting the articles to be stamped with stamping surface located above article-supporting surface with curved stamping surface for stamping by rolling contact using stamping rollers having changeable characters
    • B41K3/123Apparatus for stamping articles having integral means for supporting the articles to be stamped with stamping surface located above article-supporting surface with curved stamping surface for stamping by rolling contact using stamping rollers having changeable characters having adjustable type-carrying wheels
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    • B41PRINTING; LINING MACHINES; TYPEWRITERS; STAMPS
    • B41FPRINTING MACHINES OR PRESSES
    • B41F13/00Common details of rotary presses or machines
    • B41F13/48Arrangements to enable printing to be effected over selected areas of a single forme cylinder
    • B41F13/52Arrangements to enable printing to be effected over selected areas of a single forme cylinder by projecting and retracting parts of the surface of the forme cylinder

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June 18, 1940. F. J. ROUAN ET AL 2,204,971
DISAPPEARING PRINTING DIE CONTROL Filed April 27, 1938 3 Sheets-sheet 1 .l NVENTOR 5 50/70.; J. 14- 0414 ATTORNEY June 18, 1940. F. J. ROUAN ET AL 2,204,971
DISAPPEARING PRINTING DIE CONTROL Filed April 27, 1938 5 Sheets-sheet 2 III Illllllllll INVENTORS Fwd/7 7s J'Paama BY EQF/ 1% 50! 42 ATTORN EY 1 1940 F.'J. ROUAN ET AL 2,204,971
DISAPPEARING PRINTING DIE CONTRQL Filld April 27, 1939 3-.ShO6fis-Sheet 3 LIM - jut mimics Wane/5 .Eoaaa By Z'kr/ Saxyafz A TTORNEY.
Patented June 18, 1940 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE DISAPPEARING PRINTING DIE CONTROL Delaware Application April 27,
4 Claims.
This invention relates to a device for adjusting the position of certain printing dies in the printing unit of a metered mailing machine, with relation to the normal printing surface.
In a printing unit of a metered mailing machine there is an indicia die member which normally remains in a printing position. There are also other printing dies such as the combined postmark and dater dies, and a die for the printing of advertising matter, more commonly known as a slogan die, which dies may be used for printing in conjunction with the indicia die or may be removed from a printing position, i. e., may be moved below the printing surface at the will of the operator.
The principal object of this invention is to provide means whereby the said combined postmark and dater dies, and the slogan die may be adjusted, by novel means under the control of manual control knobs at the front of the machine, to move the desired dies into or out of a printing position.
f It is a further object to arrange said knobs in such manner that only a portion thereof will be accessible to the operator which portion may be adapted to be manipulated by a single stroke of the operator's finger across the peripheral surface of either knob.
It is a further object to provide means whereby the slogan die may be latched in either a printing or a non-printing position and to manipulate said latching means through the movement of the control knob.
It is also an object to provide means to normally urge the postmark and dater die members inward against the surface of a cam member to thereby permit the cam member to eflfect the removal of the die members from their printing positions.
With the foregoing and other objects in view which will appear as the description proceeds the invention resides in the combination and arrangement of parts and in the details of construction hereinafter described and claimed, it being understood that various changes in the precise embodiment of the invention herein disclosed may be made within the scope of what is claimed without departing from the spirit of the invention.
A preferred embodiment of the invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawings; wherein:
' Fig. 1 is a side elevation of a meter unit, including a portion of the base unit and drive;
1938, Serial No. 204,490
Fig. 2 is a plan view of the printing drum housing shown in Fig. 1, on an enlarged scale;
Fig. 3 is an end view of the drum housing look-' ing in the direction 01 the arrow 3 of Fig. i,
Fig. 4 is a plan view of the drum and showing the control knobs projecting therefrom;
Fig. 5 is a part front elevational and part sectional view of the drum looking in the direction of the arrow 5 of Fig. 4;
Fig. 6 is a view similar to Fig. 4 with part in section;
Fig. '7 is a part sectional and part elevational view of the drum taken along the line 1-1 of Fig. 4;
Fig. 8 is a View similar to Fig, 7 with the latch parts shown in another position;
Fig. 9 is a sectional view taken along the line 9-9 of Fig. 8 through the dater and postmark die portions on an enlarged scale;
Fig. 10 is a sectional view taken along the line Ill-l0 of Fig. 9;
Fig. 11 is a sectional view on an enlarged scale taken along the line lI-H of Fig. '7, and
Fig. 12 is a fragmentary view looking at the face of an envelope on which is printed an indicia, postmark, date and slogan.
The meter unit of a metered mailing machine includes a printing device which has a value printing die therein and which is adapted to be set to a desired value from a position apart from the printing device. Said meter unit is attachable to and detachable from a power base and when attached, it forms a complete machine for the printing of value stamped impressions upon mailmatter fed thereto.
Associated with the printing drum are two sets of dies known as the postmark and dater. dies, and a slogan die, the former being used in various combinations for the printing of both the postmark and date or the postmark without the date or neither the postmark nor the date, and the latter being provided to print advertising matter upon the envelope adjacent the postmark die. The said dies are adapted to be removed from their printing positions by manually adjusting same below the printing surface of the printing device.
Referring now to the drawings, a printing drum D is shown concealed within the forward part of a meter unit casing C, Fig. 1, and is fixed to a shaft indicated at l5, which shaft extends rearwardly through the casing to a drive unit It, said drive unit being controlled by means of a one revolution clutch controlled device within the base of the mailing machine. Upon passing .or feeding letters to a printing position, a trip printed upon the letter in the positions indicated in Fig. 12. An indicia die I 1a will print an impression each time the drum rotates but the postmark and dater dies |3a, Ila, and the slogan die 2|a are adapted to be removed from the printing surface at will by means of a manual adjustment.
Through the medium of manually operated knobs, provided at the forward end of the drum housing or casing C, the postmark and dater die unit may be adjusted to print the combined postmark and date or the postmark without the date. Also, both the postmark and date may be removed from a printing position. Similarly the slogan die may be adjusted to a printing or a non-printing position.
Referring first to the control of the postmark and dater dies which are best shown in Figs. 9
and 10, the postmark die comprises a cylindrical sleeve 22, which is adapted to slide within an opening 23 in the periphery of the printing drum D, and has a yoke shaped member 24 slidable therein, which member is adapted to support a barrel shaped dater wheel device 23 of the well known adjustable type. A core 23 of the dater device is secured to the side arms of the yoke member by means of pins 21-21. Below the sleeve 22 and the yoke member 24, is a cam shaft 23 rotatably mounted within suitable bearings 23-23 provided within the printing drum D. The cam portion of the cam shaft is best shown in Fig. 10 and includes a rectangularshaped cam 3| which controls the position of the yoke member 24, also flats 32-32 (Fig. 9) on the cylindrical surface of the cam portion, directly beneath the sleeve 22, to support said sleeve when the printing surface of the postmark die is adjusted to a printing position and the dater is adjusted'below the printing surface of the indicia die.
Means is provided for urging the yoke member 24 against the cam surfaces of the rectangular cam 3|, and the sleeve member 22 against the cylindrical surface and flats 32-32 of the cam portion. Said means includes a spring 33, which is normally disposed within a slotted wall of one of the yoke arms and has each end threaded on screw members 34 and 33 as best shown in Fig. 10. The screw 34 is secured within the upper end of the sleeve member 22, and screw 33 is secured within a bar 33, which bar is maintained in a fixed position within the drum housing by means of the engagement of a cone pointed screw 31 with a ing or pin 33 projecting downwardly from said bar 33. Due to the tension of the spring 33, also the fact that the spring is threaded upon each of said screw members 34 and 33, a tension is exerted which is adapted to pull or urge the sleeve member 22 against the cam shaft 23 or flats 32-32.
By means of another spring 4| which normally is positioned within a recess 42 in the lower bridging portion of the yoke member 24, and which is confined between the flanged head of a pin 43, fixed within the bar 33, the saidyoke member is normally urged inward against the surface of the cam member 3|.
It will thus be seen that upon rotating the cam shaft 23, the high points of the cam portions will force either the sleeve or both the sleeve member and yoke member outward to a printing position, and when the low points of the cam portions are brought into active position, the spring members 33 and 4| will urge said sleeve and yoke members inward into engagement with the said low cam surfaces. A particular feature of the adjustment disclosed lies in the fact that upon rotating the cam shaft, both the sleeve member 22 and the yoke member 24 are adjusted to either their printing or non-printing positions from a unitary point of control.
Two knobs 44 and 43 are rotatably mounted at'the forward end-of the printing drum D, and are associated with the postmark-dater dies and slogan dies respectively. Knob 44 is secured to a flanged portion of a sleeve 43, which sleeve is rotatably mounted upon a shaft 41 projecting outward from the front face of the drum D. The knob 43 is secured to a flanged portion of a sleeve 43 which-sleeve 43 is rotatably mounted on the sleeve 43. At the inner end of the sleeve 43 is a gear 3|, which gear is adapted to mesh with another gear 32, said latter gear being fixed to the. end of the cam shaft 23, as best shown in Fig. 7.
The rotation of the knob 44 therefore, will affect the rotation of the cam shaft 23 through the drive of the gears 3| and 32 and after rotating said knob to each of four positions, which are spaced 90 degrees apart, the postmark and dater dies will have been adjusted to their several positions with relation to the indicia printing die surface.
The slogan die 2|a which is best shown in Fig. 5, comprises a removable plate, which is secured within a rocker support 33, which support has an arm 34 pivotally mounted at 33 on a lug 33 projecting inwardly from the printing drum D. The free end of said rocker support is connected with links 31 of a toggle joint, the remainder of the toggle joint comprising toggle arms 33, to which said links 31 are also attached. Said arms 33 are pivotally mounted upon shaft 33, pivotally supported within bearings provided along the inner wall surface of the printing drum D. Each arm has an abutment face 3|, which is adapted to engage a face 32 of an abutment wall provided within the drum casing D, when the slogan'is raised to its printing position. The shaft 33 extends outward beyond the front face of the printing drum and has a gear 33 fixed thereto, which gear is adapted to mesh with another gear 34 fixed to the sleeve 43, as best shown in Fig. 6. It is thus obvious that any rotation of the knol: 43 will effect the rocking of the shaft 33 and will consequently rock the toggle arms 33.
Means is provided to lock the slogan die member in either a raised printing position or a lowered non-printing position. Said means, which is best shown in Figs. '7, 8 and 11, comprises a pair of rocker plates 33 and 33, one plate 33, which will be referred to as the latch plate, being fixed to the shaft 33, and the other plate 33, which will be referred to as the cam plate, being secured to the gear 33. A pin 31, which projects inward from the inner face of the latch plate 33, is adapted to enter an elongated slot 33 in the cam plate 33, which assembly permits a partial movement of the cam plate before the latch plate is moved. A latch lever 1|, pivotally mounted upon a stud 12 in the front wall of the printing drum D, has a foot 13 which is adapted to rest within one of two notched portions 14-14, provided in the upper edge of the latch plate 33, and is adapted to be maintained in engagement with one or the other of said notches 14-14 by means of a spring 13. The foot portion 12 projects beyond the front face of the latch plate and engages with the upper cam edge of the cam plate 66. Therefore, when the cam plate 66 receives its initial movement upon rotating the knob 45, the cam surface of said cam plate will cam the foot portion upward and rock the latch lever H about its pivot to release the latch plate 65, before the pin 61 engages the end of the elongated slot 68. After the engagement of the pin with the end of the slot, the latch lever 65 will move with the cam plate until the foot portion E3 of the latch lever H engages the opposite notch 76 of the latch plate. It is thus seen that the slogan die is adapted to be rocked to a printing or a non-printing position through the rotation of the knob 44, and during said operation the release and latching of the latch plate 65 is effected.
It is to be particularly noted, as best shown in Figs. 1 to 3, that the knobs 44 and 45 are practically concealed within a portion of the casing C projecting forwardly from that portion of the casing which covers the printing drum D, there being only two small openings 16" through which the upper peripheral portion of each of said knobs are exposed. Said openings are so arranged to permit the operator to engage the knurled surface of each of said knobs, and by running a finger across the length of either opening, the movement of which will be sufficient to either provide the rotative motion of the knobs to shift the dater and postmark dies to one of their several adjusted positions or to shift the slogan die to a printing or a non-printing position. There of course is only a partial rotation afforded by the slogan control knob 45, whereas the (later and postmark die control knob 44 is rotated through a complete revolution in steps of degrees. t
By means of the foregoing devices, adjustment of the adjustable printing dies may be quickly made by merely passing a finger across the openings 76 or 11 and although the knobs 44 and 45 are exposed for immediate manipulation by the operator they are concealed sufliclently to continue the artistic or streamlined design effect of the casing.
To determine the position of the dies they may be viewed by the operator through openings 18 and I9 in the drum casing, directly over the postmark-dater dies and the slogan dies respectively, upon opening covers 8| and 82, or suitable indications may be provided on the knobs.
Since the movable printing dies move below the normal printing surface with relation to the indicia die, they will be referred to in the claims as disappearing dies.
Having described the invention what is claimed is:
1. In a device of the class described, the combination of a printing drum having a relatively fixed stamp printing die surface, a disappearing die adjustably positioned within the printing.
drum, a manual control member to adjust said disappearing die to or from a printing position, latch means operable to latch the disappearing die in either a printing or a non-printing position, and means to control the release of said latch means upon the initial movement of the manual control member. 7
2. In a device of the class described, the combination of a printing drum having arelatively fixed stamp printing die surface, a disappearing die adjustably positioned within the printing drum, a manual control member to adjust said disappearing die to or from a printing position, latch means operable to latch the disappearing die'in either a printing or a non-printing position, and a cam member movable upon the initial movement of the control member to control the release of said latch means.
3. In a device of the class described, the combination of a printing drum having a relatively fixed stamp printing die surface, a disappearing die adjustably positioned within the printing drum, a manual control member to adjust said disappearing die to or from a printing position. latch means including a movable latch plate and a latch lever cooperating therewith to latch the disappearing die in either a printing or a nonprinting position, a cam member connected with said manual control member, and a foot on said latch lever normally engaging said cam member and a notch in said latch plate, whereby upon rotating the control member, the foot will be disengaged from the notch in said latch plate to permit the free movement of said latch plate and disappearing die.
4. In a device of the class described, the combination of a printing drum having a relatively fixed stamp printing die surface, a disappearing die, a shaft for said disappearing die positioned within the printing drum, a manual control member to rock said shaft and thereby adjust said disappearing die to or from a printing position, latch means including a movable latch plate fixed to said shaft and a latch lever operable to latch FRANCIS J. ROUAN. EARL H. SORGA'IZ.
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US2816503A (en) * 1957-12-17 Printing cylinders-with dual position printing plates
US2746382A (en) * 1956-05-22 Value printing die cover means
US2660950A (en) * 1953-12-01 L lambert
US2524543A (en) * 1944-06-16 1950-10-03 Commercial Controls Corp Mounting for detachable printing bars
US2566955A (en) * 1945-08-09 1951-09-04 Ibm Check-endorsing machine
US2660111A (en) * 1949-06-24 1953-11-24 Pitney Bowes Inc Postage printing device using direct and offset printing
US2622514A (en) * 1950-01-24 1952-12-23 Dow Jones & Company Inc Postage printer for address printing machines
US2708403A (en) * 1951-04-09 1955-05-17 Pitney Bowes Inc Date wheel setting device
US2730041A (en) * 1951-06-13 1956-01-10 Pitney Bowes Inc Date wheel setting device
US2762298A (en) * 1951-08-08 1956-09-11 Pitney Bowes Inc Date wheel setting device
US2687692A (en) * 1951-08-17 1954-08-31 Pitney Bowes Inc Date wheel setting device
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US3227079A (en) * 1963-06-05 1966-01-04 Prairie Clinic Multiple section plate stamp
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