Accession Number : ADD013311

Title :   Apparatus for Vertically Stacking Flat Weights.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 28 Apr 80, patented 22 Jun 82,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Laxo, Darryl E

Report Date : 22 Jun 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : This invention relates to a weight loading apparatus. Specifically, the invention relates to an apparatus for vertically loading and stacking a series of flat weights having a predetermined central aperture. Deep submersible vehicles(DSV's), both civilian and military, routinely carry releasable ballast to control vehicle stability and to permit predetermined diving profiles of the vehicle. The ballast is generally contained within some weight release apparatus is usually configured to permit release of all or a preselected number of weights upon demand. The particular problem with DSV's was that the old weight loading method required an individual to hand load the weights into the weight release apparatus. Such a procedure was not only inherently dangerous, but also limited the number of weights loaded to the strength of the individual. The invention eliminates the unsafe, inefficient and time wasteful procedures by providing a unique apparatus for vertically loading/unloading a series of flat weights. A system for loading/unloading a series of vertically stacked weights, each weight being substantially flat and having a central aperture. Two parallel aligned spatially separated c-tubes receive a weight and are caused to rotate via a right angle drive system. The weight held by the rotating c-tubes is then lifted vertically and received by a holding mechanism aligned with the central aperture of the weight.

Descriptors :   *PATENTS, *STACKING, *VEHICLES, *LOADERS, BALLAST, CONTROL, DIVING, DRIVES, HANDS, LOADING(HANDLING), PROFILES, RIGHT ANGLES, STABILITY, UNLOADING, VERTICAL ORIENTATION, WEIGHT, RELEASE MECHANISMS, DEEP SUBMERGENCE VEHICLES

Subject Categories : Machinery and Tools
      Machinery and Tools

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE