Font segment front loading device

  • US 4,092,702 A
  • Filed: 03/17/1977
  • Issued: 05/30/1978
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/17/1977
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. In a font support device for supporting font segments for a phototypesetting machine comprising:

  • a. a rotatable hub member for supporting outwardly and radially extending segment support arms coupled to said hub member at positions so that adjacent support arms define a plurality of sectors for containing a plurality of font segments;

    b. vertically oriented inwardly facing precision machined font segment alignment reference shoulder portions formed upon outer portions of said arms for radially referencing said segments through the use of centrifugal force;

    c. first horizontal support means having upper surfaces positioned within a first font segment support plane and coupled to said outer portions of said arms for supporting said segments against gravity;

    d. second horizontal support means coupled to said hub member for supporting said segments against gravity, and having upper surfaces in substantially the same first font segment support plane as the upper surfaces of said first horizontal support means, the improvement comprising;

    e. a stationary stage plate having an upper surface thereof lying in a second font segment support plane below said first font segment support plane, for supporting said font segments during insertion and removal, together with guide means for guiding the leading edges of said font segments between contact with said stationary stage plate and contact with said second support means during insertion of said font segment into said font support device.

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