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FEEDING DEVICE FOR CONCRETE PIPE ‘MACHINE

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FEEDING DEVICE FOR CONCRETE PIPE

MACHINE

Navarro. T. Fosse, Nashua, and Harvey N. Peninger,

Jefferson, Iowa, assignors to Hydrotile Machinery Com

pany, Nashua, Iowa, a corporation of Iowa

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Filed Mar. 1, 1968, Ser. No. 709,626

Int. Cl. B28b 13/00, 21/26

US.

Cl. 25—36

12 Claims

ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE

A

packer head concrete pipe machine for making a

cylindrical pipe in an upright mold. Concrete is moved

from a hopper by a conveyor into a feeding device posi

tioned adjacent the top of the mold. A rotatable packer

head is carried upwardly with a vertically movable car

riage to pack the concrete against the cylindrical mold to

form a cylindrical pipe. The feeding device has a cone

shaped funnel mounted in the top table for directing the

concrete into the top of the mold. A ring carrying a

pair of scraper blades moves around the cone-shaped

funnel on operation of a ?uid motor to push the concrete

into the mold.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION Packer head concrete pipe machines utilize a vertically

moving rotating packer head

crete pipe in a mold. When

in the formation of con

the packer head emerges

through the top ring of the mold it brings with it sur

plus concrete which is spilled over on the table surround

ing the top of the mold. This excess concrete must be

moved back into the next mold by an operator using a

shovel, trowel or a hoe. This operation requires time and

labor and is not suitable toward automatic machines that do not require an operator. The concrete pipe machine

shown in Pat. No. 3,262,175 is an example of a packer

head concrete pipe machine in which surplus concrete is

moved up onto a table. This concrete must {be manually

moved back into the next mold.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The invention relates to concrete pipe machines having

a feeding device which diverts concrete into a mold. Lo

cated for movement through the mold is a rotating packer

head which moves in an upright direction to form the concrete pipe. The feeding device has a member with a

funnel-shaped surface which cooperates with a plurality

of moving scraper blades used to direct and force the

concrete on the member into the mold. Drive means

operate to ‘selectively move the scraper blades to de

posite excess concrete carried up by the packer head on

the member into another mold.

IN THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a front elevational view of a concrete pipe

making machine equipped with the concrete feeding device

of the invention;

FIG. 2 is an enlarged sectional view taken along the

line 2—-2 of FIG. 1 with the rotary packer head located

above the pipe mold;

FIG. 3 is an enlarged sectional view taken along the

line 3-——3 of FIG. 1 with parts broken away to show the

drive and roller support for the scraper ring;

FIG. 4 is a sectional view taken along the line 4-4 of

FIG. 3; and

FIG. 5 is an enlarged sectional view taken along the

line 5—5 of FIG. 3.

Referring to the drawings there is shown in FIG. 1, a

concrete pipe making machine 10‘ having an upright frame

  • 11 mounted on a base 12. The frame 11 is located over an

upright cylindrical mold 13 used in the formation of the

concrete pipe. A horizontal feeder table 14 is positioned

adjacent the upper end of mold 13. Feeder table 14 verti

cally mounted on upright guides 18 is operable to be

raised and lowered to accommodate different sized molds.

When table 14 is raised the ?nished pipe and mold can

be removed from the machine and a new mold placed under the feeder table 14. Mounted on the feeder table

  • 14 is a concrete feeding device 19 of the invention oper

able to direct the concrete discharged from a conveyor 16

into the mold and store surplus concrete left over in

the formation of a pipe for discharging into a subsequent

mold.

  • 15 A movable carriage 21 is slidably supported on upright

guide rods 22 for movement toward and away from the

feeding device 19. Carriage 21 is raised and lowered in

any suitable manner, for example a winch illustrated

schematically at 23 supported from the top of the frame.

Hydraulic cylinders or rotating screw shafts may be used

to raise and lower the carriage 21. Projected downwardly

from carriage 21 is a support tube enclosing a drive shaft

  • 26 for a rotatable packer head 27. The motor 28 mounted

on the carriage 21 drives a power transmitting unit (not
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shown) operable to rotate the shaft 26 and packer head

27. The packer head 27 is ‘similar to the packer head

shown in US. Pat. No. 3,262,175.

Referring to FIG. 2, the upright cylindrical mold 13 ?ts

over a forming ring or pallet 29’- resting on the base 12.

  • 30 The pallet 29 is used to form the bell in the end of con crete pipe 31. Embedded within the pipe 31 is a rein forcing wire cage 32 which extends the entire length of the pipe. In the formation of the pipe the packer head 27 rotates in the direction of the arrow 33‘ and is moved

  • 35 vertically to place and Work the concrete in a cylindrical form about the reinforcing cage 32. As the packer head

    • 27 moves through the top opening of the mold excessive

or surplus concrete 34 is carried upwardly onto the feed

ing device 19. This surplus concrete is stored on the

  • 4.0 feeding device until a new mold is inserted under the feeder table 14.

A cylindrical header 36 secured to the bottom of the

feeder table is located in the top- of the mold 31 to form

the steeped or male portion of the pipe which ?ts into

  • 45 the bell of an adjacent pipe. Header 36 surrounds an opening 37 in the feeder table ?oor which allows the packer head to move vertically in the mold and provides a passageway into the mold 13 for the concrete delivered from the conveyor 16.

As shown in FIG. 4, concrete feeding device 19

mounted on the feeder table 14 comprises a downwardly

converging funnel or cone member 38‘ secured to an

annular angle support 39 mounted on table 14. The upper

or large end

of the cone is reinforced with an annular

ring 41. The

diameter of the cone 38 can vary with the

size of the opening 37 so as to accommodate different

diametered molds. Surrounding the cone member 38 is

an upright octagonal-shaped frame 42 comprising channel

  • 60 members secured to the table 14. A cover plate 43, shown in FIG. 3, having a circular center opening is attached to the top of the frame 42. Located between the frame and the upper portion of the cone member 38» is a rotatable member indicated generally at 44. As shown in FIG. 4,

  • 65 member 44 comprises an annular ring member having an outwardly directed channel cross-section. Referring to FIGS. 4 and 5, the lower ?ange of ring 46 rides on the plurality of circumferentially spaced support rollers 47 rotatably mounted on upright plates 48 secured to the

  • 70 frame 42. The upper ?ange of ring 46 projects under inner peripheral circular edge of the cover plate 43. As shown in FIG. 3, the rotatable member 44‘ is horizon

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with respect to the frame 42 by a plu

rality of spaced laterally positioned rollers 49 carried on

inwardly directed brackets 51 mounted on frame 42.

Rollers 49 engage the outer peripheral surface of the bot

tom ?ange of the ring 46. Secured to the top of the an

nular ring 46 is a ?at annular top plate 52 adjustably

carrying a pair of inwardly and downwardly directed

scraper units indicated generally at 53 and 54‘ located

adjacent the inner surface of the cone member 38. The

outer peripheral edge of plate 52 is circular and located

adjacent the inner edge of plate 43. Scraper units 53 and

  • 54 are identical in construction. The parts of scraper unit

  • 54 which correspond to the parts of scraper unit 53 are

indicated with the same reference numeral having the

su?ix A.

Returning to FIGS. 3 and 4, scraper unit 53 comprises

a plate 56 carrying a downwardly and inwardly projected

arm 57. Arm 57 has an upright face for supporting a

?exible scraper ‘blade 58 in an upright position generally

perpendicular to the inside surface of the cone member

38. The blade 58 can be made of ?exible plastic or rubber.

A holding bar 59 is used with nut and bolt assemblies to

clamp the scraper blade 58 to the arm 57. The plate 56 lies

flat on the top surface of top 52. The middle of plate 56

has a pair of radially directed slots 61 receiving bolts 62

used to adjustably mount the scraper unit on the top.

As shown in FIG. 4, the inner edge 63 of the scraper

blade can 'be ‘moved into cleaning engagement with the

inner surface of the cone 38 by adjusting the plate 56

relative to the top 52. The blade 58 can be located at a

slight angle from the radial position shown in FIG.

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While there have been shown and described a concrete

feeding device in conjunction with a concrete pipe mak

ing machine, it is to be understood that various changes

in the machine and feeding device may be made by those

skilled in the art without departing from the spirit of the

invention. The invention is de?ned in the following claims.

The embodiments of the invention in which an exclusive

property or privilege is claimed are de?ned as follows:

  • 1. A feeding device for a concrete pipe forming ma

chine having a‘ vertically movable and rotatable packer

  • 10 head comprising: a stationary member having an upper opening, a lower opening smaller than the upper opening and around the packer head, and an inner funnel-shaped surface between the upper opening and lower opening for storing concrete adjacent the packer head and directing concrete into a mold for concrete pipe,.scraper means having a portion located adjacent said surface, movable generally ?at annular ring means supporting the scraper means, said annular ring means located transversely of

  • 20 and surrounding the upper opening, whereby substantial ly the entire center area of the stationary member is open for the movement of concrete into the mold, and drive means for moving the movable means whereby the scraper means moves relative to the funnel-shaped surface

  • 25 to deposit concrete on the surface into the mold.

    • 2. The feeding device of claim 1 wherein the member

is an inverted cone-shaped funnel.

  • 3. The feeding device of claim 1 wherein the scraper

means includes at least one scraper unit mounted on the

  • 30 movable means.

    • 4. The feeding device of claim 3 including means to

changing the position of plate 56 on top 52.

As shown in FIGS. 3 and 4, rotatable member 44 is

driven by a ?uid motor 64 operatively connected to the

annular ring 46 with a power transmitting roller chain

66. Motor 64 has a drive sprocket 67 which moves the

chain 66 about a pair of guide sprockets 68 and 69 used to position the chain in the channel of the annular ring 46.

Motor 64 is secured to a plate 71 slidably carried in

guides 72 and 73 mounted on a housing 76 secured to

the frame 42. A spring 74 biases the plate 71

and motor

  • 64 in an outward direction to keep a constant tension on

the chain 66. Spring 74 is attached to the housing 76

with an adjusting nut and bolt assembly 77.

In operation, concrete is delivered from a hopper to

a conveyor 16 which discharges the concrete into the top

end of the feeding device 19. The packer head 27 is

located initially in a recess or hole 78 in the base 12 so

that the concrete positioning, rolling and smoothing por

tions of the packer sequentially place and pack concrete

in a cylindrical column adjacent the inside of mold 13.

In the formation of the concrete pipe, the packer head

  • 27 is concurrently rotated and raised so that the wall of

the pipe is continuously formed.

As shown in FIG. 2, as the packer head 27 emerges

from the top of the mold 13 through the opening 37,

excess concrete 34 is piled on

the cone member 38. This

excess concrete is deposited in the next mold by the oper

ation of the feeding device. After the concrete pipe is

formd the feeder table 14 is raised and the mold

13 and

concrete pipe 31 are removed from the machine. A new

mold is placed under the feeding table 13 in alignment

with the opening in the header 36. The feeder table is

lowered placing the header 36 within the top of the mold.

The packer head 37 is then lowered into the recess 78 in

the base 12 prior to the discharge of concrete into the

mold.

The excess concrete 34 is pushed from

the cone mern~

ber 38 on operation of the fluid motor 64. The motor

  • 64 drives the rotatable member 44 which in turn moves

the scraper blades 58 of the scraper units 53 and 54

around the inside surface of the cone member 38. The

adjustably mount the scraper units on the movable means.

  • 5. The feeding device of claim 1 including means

mounting the movable annular means for rotation about

  • 35 the longitudinal axis of the annular means.

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  • 6. The feeding device of claim 5 including motor means

operable to rotate the annular means.

  • 7. A feeding device for a concrete pipe forming ma

chine having a vertically movable and rotatable packer

head comprising: a stationary member having an upper

opening, a lower opening around the packer head, and a

surface between the upper opening and lower opening for

storing concrete adjacent the packer head and directing

concrete into a mold for concrete pipe, a support ad

jacent the stationary member, scraper means having a

portion located adjacent said surface, a generally ?at ro

tatable annular ring located transversely of and around

the upper opening supporting the scraper means, whereby

substantially the entire center area of the stationary mem

ber is open for the movement of concrete into the mold,

means rotatably mounting the ring on the support, and

drive means operable to rotate the annular ring on the

support for movement around the upper opening whereby

concrete on the surface of the stationary member is di

  • 55 rected into the mold by the moving scraper means.

    • 8. The feeding device of claim 7 wherein the stationary

member is funnel-shaped, and said mounting means :com

prises rollers located below the upper opening of the

stationary member mounting the ring for rotation about

  • 60 the longitudinal axis of the stationary member.

    • 9. The feeding device of claim 7 wherein the scraper

means includes at least one scraper unit adjustably mount

ed on the annular ring.

  • 10. The feeding device of claim 7 wherein the support

includes a generally horizontal table located adjacent the

top of a mold, said table having an opening aligned with

the top of the mold, said stationary member comprising

a downwardly converging funnel member secured to the

table with the upper and lower openings aligned with the

  • 70 opening in the table.

    • 11. The feeding device of claim 10 wherein said drive

means includes a motor and power transmitting means

connecting the motor with the ring whereby on opera

concrete located on the cone member is forced or moved

into the mold by the scraper blades 53 and 54.

tion of the motor the scraper means rotate relative to

the funnel member.

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means include an endless ?exiblemember surrounding

and engaging a cylindrical portion of the annular ring,

a motor for driving the ?exible member and biasing means

acting on the motor and ?exible member to hold the ?eX-

ible member in driving engagement with the cylindrical

portion.

References Cited

1,162,924 12/1915

Horning g

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3,262,175

7/1966 Gourlie

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1- SPENCER OVERHOLSER, Primary EXaIIllIlef

B_ D_ TO'BOR’ Assistant Examiner

U-S- C1- X.R.

1,126,571

UNITED STATES PATENTS

1/1915 Rogers

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