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Gate Package and Fixture Assembly

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000082540D
Original Publication Date: 1974-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Nash, JH: AUTHOR

Abstract

This materials handling fixture provides complete protection for shipping electronic gates and spare parts, and enables a single customer engineer to remove and install gates in host machines at the customer's site.

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Gate Package and Fixture Assembly

This materials handling fixture provides complete protection for shipping electronic gates and spare parts, and enables a single customer engineer to remove and install gates in host machines at the customer's site.

The base of the fixture comprises a horizontal frame member 12, supported by conventional casters 14. A tubular column 16 is arranged vertically and braced by a gusset plate 18. A larger tubular member 20 adjusting screw 22. A supporting member 24 has a configuration to conform to the gate 32 (or other item) to be shipped, and is pivotly mounted for slight rotation about a pivot pin 26. Rotation is prevented and/or enabled by horizontal adjusting screws 28 and 30.

The support member 24 is fitted with angles, clips, and the like for rigidly fastening to a machine gate 32 (or other item). A brace assembly 34 is placed beneath the machine gate 32 and the vertical adjusting screw 22 is turned to hold the gate 32 firmly in place for shipping. The space beneath the gate 32 is usually fitted with a removable wooden floor plate and boxing, for shipping all of the other parts needed for each installation along with the gate. A pair of runners, not shown, are bolted beneath the frame member 12 to form a skid, whereby the entire package is handled with a conventional fork lift skid loader or other conventional materials handling apparatus. A suitable cardboard container can be slipped over the entire assembly.

At the customer's...