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Retrieving Tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000082675D
Original Publication Date: 1975-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Burnham, DW: AUTHOR

Abstract

Figs. 1 and 2 illustrate a retrieving tool useful for retrieving documents or other matter jammed or lodged in a narrow space or aperture, such as within the feed rolls or gap of a printing machine. The device has a unitarily molded handle and guide, 1 and 2, respectively, which is made of a flexible plastic. A wire 3 having a formed loop 4 embedded in the handle portion 1 of the tool is supported by apertures in the carrier 2. Wire 3 has a hook or document engaging means 5 on the end where it projects from guide 2.

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Retrieving Tool

Figs. 1 and 2 illustrate a retrieving tool useful for retrieving documents or other matter jammed or lodged in a narrow space or aperture, such as within the feed rolls or gap of a printing machine. The device has a unitarily molded handle and guide, 1 and 2, respectively, which is made of a flexible plastic. A wire 3 having a formed loop 4 embedded in the handle portion 1 of the tool is supported by apertures in the carrier 2. Wire 3 has a hook or document engaging means 5 on the end where it projects from guide 2.

The retrieving tool is utilized by inserting it into the aperture where a document to be retrieved is lodged. The guide 2 serves to stiffen the wire 3 and aid in its insertion. When the tool has been suitably inserted into an area where a document or other article is lodged, the main body of the guide 2 is held in position by the sides of the throat of the aperture. As shown in Fig. 2, the handle 1 may be rotated through 90 degrees, or more. The guide 2 deforms in the area where it joins the handle 1, and the wire 3 with its hooked portion 5 rotates within the guide 2 so that the hook 5 may engage the document. Holding the handle 1 in the rotated position, the operator may then withdraw the retrieving tool with the document trapped by the hook 5.

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