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Self Storing Caster Equipped Outrigger

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000086500D
Original Publication Date: 1976-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 50K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kocher, GH: AUTHOR

Abstract

The outrigger assemblies 10 (Fig. 1) are used as auxiliary support mechanisms for machines having narrow frames. The outrigger assemblies are an integral part of the frame and travel with it through test and shipment to the customer location. Instead of removing them at the customer location and storing them for use when relocation of the machine is required, the outrigger assemblies are retracted and stored within the frame.

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Self Storing Caster Equipped Outrigger

The outrigger assemblies 10 (Fig. 1) are used as auxiliary support mechanisms for machines having narrow frames. The outrigger assemblies are an integral part of the frame and travel with it through test and shipment to the customer location. Instead of removing them at the customer location and storing them for use when relocation of the machine is required, the outrigger assemblies are retracted and stored within the frame.

At the customer location the machine is lowered onto leveling pads by retracting the adjustable stem casters 12. The caster wheels are then swiveled inward and fully retracted into the wheel-locking recess 14. The locking screws are loosened sufficiently to permit sliding the outrigger assembly 10 inward to its fully stored position (Fig. 2). The locking screws are then retightened. These steps are repeated for each of the four outrigger assemblies. Fig. 1 shows the outrigger assemblies 10 extending from two sides of the frame only. Of course, an outrigger assembly can extend from each of the other two sides of the frame, also.

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