Window assembly for exposure meters

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July 12, 1960 H. A. BAKKE wriznow ASSEMBLY FOR EXPOSURE METERS Filed Dec. 7, 1956 3 No. 2,509,893, could be used if desired to hold the window assembly more securely in the bottom shell. In Figure 2 there is shown another form of the one piece window assembly as applied to an exposure meter of the type shown in Figure 1. In the form shown in Figure 2, the window assembly is supported entirely by the top shell as will be more fully described hereinafter. Using like numbers to identify like parts, it is seen that top shell 5 is of the same overall configuration as the top shell shown in Figure 1, but unlike the shell of Figure 1, its end is not cut away and it has a cut away section 16 extending along the opening 9 in a direction parallel to the end of the housing and at a point proximate to the edge of the window assembly furthest removed from the housingend. As in the arrangement shown in Figure 1, the window assembly 12 is a one-piece molded transparent plastic member having the window portions 17, 18 disposed at right angles to one another. The window portion 17 has a flange 19 extending almost completely around its inner surface to cooperate with a shoulder 21 formed in the shell 5. The inner edge of the window 17 has a projection 22 formed therealong which fits into thecutout 16, the arrangement being such that with the shell 5 removed from the shell 6, the window assembly can be snapped in place by first inserting the projection 22 into the cutout 16 and then pushing the window assembly until the parts fit together snugly with the surface of the window portion 17 being substantially flush with the surface of the shell 5. As in the arrangement shown in Figure 1, the bottom shell 6 may be grooved along the opposite edges of opening 11 to receive therein the edges of window portion 18. This portion of the window assembly may be raised slightly as shown to provide a flange around its edge which cooperates with the portions of shell 6 surrounding opening 11. With the window assembly 12 snapped in place on shell 5, it is a simple matter to assemble the two shells merely by inserting the edges of window portion 18 into the grooves provided in shell 6 and then pushing the two shells together until they are properly fitted, after which the shells can be joined securely together by whatever means is employed for this purpose. As is shown in Figure 3, a space 23 separates the projection 22 at both of its ends from the corresponding ends of flange 19. This provides the necessary clearance which allows the window assembly to be readily and quickly snapped into place. Still another form of the invention is shown in Figure 4 which again shows the top and bottom shells 5 and 6 respectively, having openings 9, 11 therein respectively. The window assembly comprises a one-piece molded transparent plastic member 12 with the surface window portion 24 and the end window portion 25 disposed at right angles to one another. As in the arrangement of Figure 2, the surface window portion 24 has a flange 26 surrounding its lower edge which cooperates with the shell 5 to provide a snug fit forthe window. In this form of the invention the window assembly is held in the bottom shell by a tongue-andgroove connection. As in the arrangements of Figures 1 and 2., the bottom shell 6 is formed with a groove 27 surrounding the opening in its end to receive therein the inner edges 28 of the window portion 25. This window portion is substantially thicker than the arrangements shown in Figures 1 and 2 and is formed with a groove 29 surrounding its periphery which engages the peripheral edge of the opening formed in shell 6 and also engages the peripheral edge of the end of shell 5. By this arrangemerit a tongue-and-groove joint is achieved and with proper dimensioning of the parts, the Window assembly may be held securely in the bottom shell 6. i As in connection with the form shown in Figure 1, upon removal of top shell 5, the window assembly is not disturbed, it being retained by the lower shell. In all forms of the invention the arrangement is such that the assembly of the two shells together further serves to hold the window assembly securely in place within the housing. It is apparent from the above that a great deal of flexibility is available in the precise design for the window in that it may be mounted in either of the shells in a number of different ways and configured in such a way that the window portions are either recessed, flush with the shells, or project outwardly from the surface of the shells. In all forms of the invention the window assembly is easily formed by conventional molding techniques and is readily assembled in place on the housing at minimum manufacturing costs. Therefore, while particular embodiments of the subject invention have been shown and described herein, these are in the nature of description rather than limitation, and it will occur to those skilled in the art that various changes, modifications, and combinations may be made within the province of the appended claims, and without departing either in spirit or-scope from this invention in its broader aspects. What I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent of the United States is: 1. In an exposure meter of the type having apertures in its housing associated with a light responsive cell and an indicating dial, respectively, in combination: a twopart housing comprising top and bottom separable shells, said top shell having a first aperture in its surface proximate to one end thereof, said bottom shell having a portion of one of its ends cut away to form a second aperture, said apertures being proximate to one another, and a one-piece window assembly for covering both ofsaid apertures, said window assembly comprising a molded transparent plastic member having first and second portions substantially at right angles to one another covering corresponding apertures in said housing, one of said portions being interfitted with one of said shells whereby said window assembly is affixed to its interfitted shell and retained therein upon separation of said housing, said portion covering said first aperture fitting snugly therein to have its surface substantially flush with the surface of said top shell, said portion having a flange extending around its periphery which cooperates with the inner surface of said shell surrounding said first aperture, said first aperture and said covering portion of said Window'assembly being substantially elongated in a direction substantially parallel to the ends of said housing, said flange portion cooperating with the edge of said first aperture removed from said end having a section thereof cooperating with the outer surface of said top shell, said outer surface having a corresponding section cut away to receive said flangesection. 2. In an exposure meter of the type having apertures in its housing associated with a light responsive cell and an indicating dial, respectively, in combination: a twopart housing comprising top and bottom separable shells, said top shell having a first aperture in its surface proximate to one end thereof, said bottom shell having a portion of one of its ends cut away to form a second aperture, said apertures being proximate to one another, and a one-piece detachable window assembly for covering both of said apertures, said window assembly comprising a transparent plastic member having two portions substantially at right angles to one another covering corresponding apertures in said housing, one portion of the transparent member including a flange which extends from the inner surface thereof and a projection which extends from the outer surface thereof, and a cutout in the outer edge of the corresponding shell positioned to mate with said projection such that the window assembly may be secured to the said corresponding shell by inserting said projection over said cutout and pressing said flange into contact with the bottom of the periphery of said corresponding housing shell, said window assembly being retained by said corresponding shell upon separation of said housing. 3.. In an exposure meter of the type having apertures in its housing associated with a light responsive cell and an indicating dial, respectively, in combination: a twopart housing comprising top and bottom separable shells, said top shell having a first aperture in its surface proximate to one end thereof, said bottom shell having a portion of one of its ends cut away to form a second aperture, said apertures being proximate to one another, and a one-piece detachable window assembly for covering both of said apertures, said window assemblycomprising a transparent plastic member having two portions substantially at right angles to one another covering corresponding apertures in said housing, one portion of the transparent member including a flange which extends from the inner surface thereof and a projection which extends from the outer surface thereof, and a cutout in the outer edge of the corresponding shell positioned to mate with said projection such that the window assembly may be secured to the said corresponding shell by inserting said projection over said cutout and'pressing said flange into contact with the bottom of the periphery bly being retained by said corresponding shell upon separation of said housing, and said other portion of the transparent member including peripheral portions which cooperate with mating portions of the other housing shell to position the said other window portion with respect thereto upon assembly of said meter. References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,150,836 Lamb Mar. 14, 1939 r 2,363,796 Lamb Nov. 28, 1944 2,482,281 Lingle Sept. 20, 1949 2,509,366 Perlin May 30, 1950 2,509,893 Taylor et a1 May 30, 1950 2,590,165 Fairbank et a1 Mar. 25, 1952 FOREIGN PATENTS 445,960 Great Britain Apr. 22, 1936

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