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May 14, 1946. , C. P. TONG 'ETAL ' K 2,400,475 FOLDING MACHINE \ Filed July 14, 1943v 'L 8 Sheets-Sheet 1 @Ja/zum, ì May 14,y 1946. >. ' c. P. "roNG Erm. FOLDING MACHINE Filed July 14„ 1945 ` 2,400,475 ` _ _ `8 Sheets-Sheet 2 64 59 gmc/Wto“ M¢y14,1946. c; HONG Em.. _2,460,475 ' FOLDING MACHINE Filed July 14, 1943 90 W May. 14, 1946. c. P. ToNG :s1-Al.~ _ 2,400,415 FOLDING MACHINE Filed July 14, 1943 - 8 SheeiQq-Sheet 5 IIIIHIIIIIUI r Y ab] - May 14, 1946. 2,400,475 c. P. ToNG 'E-r AL -FoL?INç MACHINE. Filed July 14, 1945 . 8 Sheets-Sheet 6 ¿a 34 33 \\\|\\\\\L_ Y _ [email protected],. /20 154457141946. ¢._ r1. ‘TÓNG Em I, 2,400,475- FOLDING MACHINE Filèd _Jply 14, 194s s sheets-sheet 7 @www 2,400,475 Patented May 14, 1946 i *oFFtCE UNITED STAT ` „2,466,415 'FOLDING MAcniNn Christopher ` Tongwright’s and JohnWgMayÃDu-rhamg; Automatic N. C., Vassignors to ery Company; Durham', NgCgßa corporation of' North Carolina ' ï ’ Application July 14, 1943, seri’aiNn. 494.674 „ 11 claims. À(ci.fazit-:fesiie ble providing-two? spaced portionsfor receiving This invention relates to a folding machine and more particularly to apparatus forfolding elo`n«r gated flexible articles about a filler orstii‘fening member such asy a piece of Vcardboard to prepare the article for a packing or wrapping> operation. ' The apparatus of the present inyention is par; ticularly applicable to the foldinggof hosiery `but may obviously be employed for the foldingï‘of articles to previously are being positioned .befolded in which machine articles placed' upon one portion of the table folded while another article is being upon another portion of the table. Other- objects -and advantages of the invention will appear in the following description of a pre ferred-embodiment thereof-shown in the attached drawingsofwhich f ' ¿ 1 \ ' any elongated article made of cloth orsimilar' flexible _material~ In general, the machine of Il 'Fig'.-> 1 '_isya- vertical Vsection taken'through the machine -fof the if present invention substantially the present invention folds hosiery or other ‘sim ilar articles about a filler or stiiîening member such as a piece of cardboard as fast -as'two oper atorsfcan position the -articles upon a feed table. The ?lller member is employed as- a folding in strumentality and inserts a portion ofY the ar upon theilineïïlè-fof'Fig;2;‘ » v . ^~Fig52jis an end-elevation of the machine; ` 1 Fig-'.3 is-a plan'viewof-the machine with cer tain' parts'broken away; ‘ ' « Fig. 4 is ‘a’ side elevation'of the machine; v' Fig.y 5is a horizontal section taken substantially y ticlev in partially folded condition in a resilient on the line 5.-'-5 of Fig. 1; pocket preferably mounted upon a rotating turà =Fig.-`6 is'fa vpartial»v vertical section taken on ret. Rotation of the turret in conjunction with the line B-ië-S of Fig; 4; Y f other folding mechanism completes the folding ' Fig. '7" is' a partial‘verticalelevation taken on operation, the folded articleL with its filler piece theïline‘1'--1~ofFig.4; then being smoothed and discharged from .the Fig; ß'i'sl'ßv'a fragmentary’view illustrating the turret pocket at a turret position spaced from that operating ~mechanis`m for 'a «smoothing roller; at which the article is originally partially in Figs. 9 to 1-3',~"'incll1s’ive,~are fragmentary sche serted in the turret pocket. The' entire folding 25 matic'views illustrating certain ofthe operations operation is entirely automatic after the articles performed by the-machinej and ' have been correctly positioned ‘upon a feed table "FigJj-l‘l is' -‘an enlargedview »of the completely and the folded articles are discharged from the foldedfarticle«as-discharged from the machine. machine in condition to be fed directly lto a1wrap-ping machine or to suitable packaging apparatus. .30 *I »éerieral description ` It is, therefore, an object ofthe presentin vention to provide improved apparatus 'for fold _. Referring to Figli, themachine of the present ing elongated flexible articles about a' filler mem inventionincludes a mainframe 2l! surmounted ber in order to condition the -articlesfor wrap' ping Vor packaging. ` i ’ " Another object of* the present invention is to provide a machine for folding elongated flexible articles in which a filler member is employed as a folding instrumentality for partially folding the article. ' by >an upper. _frame 2i secured to the mainframe .20, ¿articlefeed table 22 is mounted .for lateral _,reciprocationin the upper frame 2l. The table, 22 _is adapted to- receive articles to be folded, the articles loeirigîfv manually positioned alter-r nately ¿oppositeîhportions of the table. A filler-> member Ífeedmechanism indicated gener ally: atg23_ -isfmounted upon the upper frame 2i vand».„feelds‘ìiiller members suc-h as strips of card board‘orthe-like downwardly through the slots Another object `of the invention is to provide an automatic folding machine in which the .ar ti'cles to be folded are alternately placed lupon spaced portions of a reciprocating table While the table isy stationary and the article nien-red .45 in thß'ztablßf-z'z "15° @gage 'the artí[email protected] and form foldsftherein; Alrotatmgfolding turret 24 po intothe machine by movement of the table after` sitionedjbelowlftiie table receives the> filler mem» which the articles are automaticallyffolded about berrandgthe folds inthe article which are formed a filler member and discharged from the Ima by.> they.:_:flllerîßriiernleenA--An` auxiliary folding chine. mechanismïübperatmg in conjunction with the Another object of the invention is to provide 50 'turret _- 124 during .movement >thereof completes an improved foldingV machine which -rapidly folds the >foldingl operation onfthe varticle and a dis and vdischarges elongated ~flexible articles .in fold ehargemechanismîindicated generally at"2l .and ed condition suitable for wrapping orL packaging. including discharge; chains »28, lsmoothingfand A further object ofthe invention is toprovide » a folding machinel employing a reciprocating ta' 55 compi-‘etsii,1gf,` rollers> r29 and ’ >3l ,- and vdischarge 2 '2,400,475 pusher 32 smoothes the folded article and dis charges it from the machine. and part of the folding operation is accom plished by the filler member feeding mechanism. The machine is driven from any suitable source Filler member feeding mechanism As shown most clearly in Figs. l and 3, a hop per 61 for ñller members is suitably secured in of power such as an electric motor 33 through a speed reducer 34, a pulley 35 and a flexible drive member such asa V-belt 36 engaging the pulley 35 and a variable diameter spring .Pulley 31 to provide for variable speedïcontrolf'l‘he any desired manner to an upper cover member 68 supported by the frame 2| and extends down motor 33 and speed reducer 34 are preferably wardly through an opening 69 in the cover 68. mounted upon a sliding carriage 38 for movement. 1.0 AAH plurality of ñat pieces of cardboard or other toward and away from the pulley 31 by means of = ' -'filler members 1l' may be vertically positioned a threaded shaft 39 journaled in the frame 20= " ¿inV _the hopper 61 and urged to the left in Fig. 1 and provided with a hand wheel 4|. _The .var- ‘_ by means of a weight 12 resting upon the in iable diameter pulley 31 is fixedly mounted 'upon'> 5' clined bottom 13 of the hopper 61. The filler a main drive shaft 42 journal'ed in sideportions Lmembers 1I are thereby individually positioned of the frame as more clearly shown in Fig. 2. in the path of the feeding plunger 14 shown in A bevel gear 43 (Fig. l) is also secured to the nearly its- lowermost position in Fig. 1. The shaft 42 and meshes with the bevel gear 44 on a plunger 14 is secured to a crosshead 16 mounted cam shaft 46 journaled in bearings 41 and ,48. for reciprocation in a guide structure 11 secured carried by a bracket 49 and the frame 20,' re 20 to the cover member 68. The crosshead 16 and spectively. The cam shaft 46 has rigidly> se# plunger 14 are reciprocated in a vertical direc~ cured thereto a face cam 5| which operates. the tion by means of a connecting rod l19 having one article feed mechanism including. the recipro eating carriage 22. - > . . end pivotally secured at 8| to the crosshead 16 . _ and its other end pivotally secured at 82 to a Article feed mechanism Vcrank 83 secured to a crankshaft 84 having one As shown most clearly in Figs. 1, 2V, 4 and 7, the feed table 22 ismounted for reciprocation transversely of the machine in lower and upper end journaled in aV :bracket 86 secured to the auxiliary frame 2|. 4 lateral reciprocation of the ytable to they right in filler members 1| are somewhat wider than the >end journaled in the bracket 18 and its other The crankshaft 84 is driven from the cam shaft ways 52 and 53,` respectively, secured to .the 46 through a chain 81 engaging a sprocket 88 on main frame 20 and auxiliary frame 2|, respec the shaft 84 and the sprocket 89 on the shaft 46. tively, the ends of the lower ways 5_2. being sup It will be apparentthat rotation of the shaft 84 ported by brackets 54 secured to the frame 20. and crank 83 will reciprocate the crosshead 16 Flanged rollers 55 rotatably secured to the ends and plunger 14 in aA vertical direction and that of the table 22 engage the ways 52 and 53 to on its> downward stroke the plunger 14 will strip support and guide the carriage. In the posi 35 one of the filler members1| from the hopper 61 tion of the carriage shown in Figs. 2 and 7 `an and force the filler member downwardly through elongated flexible article or articles, such as` a a slot 9| in the reciprocating table 22 and also pair of hose,'may be positioned on the left por through a slot 92 in the guide member 93 sup tion of the table as shown in Figs. _2 and 7 so as an ported upon a longitudinally extending aper to extend longitudinally of the table. Upon tured member 94 secured to the frame 20. The theseñgures a similar article or articles may-be positioned upon the right portion of the table so as to extend longitudinally thereof. Y. The table is reciprocated in timed relation with the other portions of the machineby means of a pair of links 56 each having one end pìvotally secured to an end ofthe table at 51 (Fig. '1). The links 56 also each have their other end pivotally secured to one end of a lever arm 58 at 59. Two lever arms 58 are provided, one being adjacent each end of the table 22. The lever arms 58 are rigidly secured to a rocket shaft 6| extending longitudinally of >the machine and journaled in brackets 62 secured to the lframe 20. Another arm 63 (Fig. 2) also has one end rigidly secured to the rocker shaft 6| '- and is provided at its other end with a cam follower roller 64 engaging in a, Vcam groove` 66 in the face cam 5|. It will be apparent that rotation plunger member 14 and enter the guide structure 11 through an opening 96 so that a single filler i345 member is stripped from the supply on each downward stroke of the plunger 14. Y Asshown in Figs; y9 and 10, an elongated flexible article 91 positioned‘on the table~ 22 will be engagedl by the filler member 1 | _and folded about the ñller mem.' ber, the ñller member and folded portion of the article 91 being inserted-into a resilient pocket> 98 carried upon the folding turret. 24. The table 22 is held stationary during actuation ofthe plunger 14 through the slot 9| thereof and during this time another article to be folded is being posi tioned upon the projecting portion’of the table for the next folding operation. ' Resilient guide elements 99 (Fig. 6) secured to the guide member 93 prevent lateral displacement of the ñller mem ber during insertion into the pocket 98. 4. - of the cam 5| will reciprocate thetable 22 from side to side and that the form of the cam groove is such as to hold the table in stationary or “dwell” position for a predetermined time in its Folding turret The pockets 98 .of the folding turret 24 are formed by resilient members |00 and |0| suitably extreme positions.` During the time that the table is maintained stationary in one position, ret shaft |03. The turret shaft |03 is journaled in the side portions of the frame as shown most clearly in Fig. 6 and is driven by a chain |01 (Figs. 1 and 5) engaging a sprocket |08 on the secured to an arbor |02 fixedly mounted on a tur one portion of the table is centered in' therma chine for a folding operation. 'Also during this time an operator can position an article'orarti cles to be folded upon the‘projecting portion of turret shaft |034 and a sprocket |09 on one end of a Geneva shaft |||- also journaled in the side the table and at the same time the-machine re moves from the center portion of the table and has .a female Geneva member> | I2 secured to its members of the frame 20. The Geneva shaft ||| folds an article previously positioned upon the opposite end (Figs. 4 and 5). The Geneva mem table. The removal of the >article from the table u ber |I`2 is- intermittently rotated- by means of a 4 2,400,475 being held against the camby a spring |81 hav ing one, end securedtothe pivot |8| and the other end-secured to the frame at |88.- It will be apparent that rotation of the shaft | 6| and cam |86 will reciprocate the yoke member |82 to rock members ||ln> and ||J| have moved suiiiciently far to clear the member |2|, this member is oscillated downwardly as shown in Figs. 11 and 12 by the mechanism shown in Fig. 1, including a crank arm |23, a yoke member |26, having a the shaft |11 and thus rock the lever arm |16 cam follower roller |28 engaging Ythe cam |29 (Fig. 1) and reciprocate the pusher 32 along'the on the shaft H4. The gear ratios and timing are,` such that the folding member |2| is oscil e . Operation lated downwardly for each quarter revolution - In operation the machine of the present inven 10 of the turret and returned to the position shown plate |41._ . - . , , ` tion is employed to fold elongated flexible ar in Fig. 1 for the next folding operation. As Shown in Fig. 12, the folding member |3| posi tions a portion of the article outside of the pocket the opposite sides of the reciprocating table 22, 98 against the' pocket member |09. shown in Figs. 1 and 6, so as to extend longitudi During rotation of the turret 24 the roller |49 nallyV of the table as shown in Fig. 9. The table 15 is moved out of the wayl of the folded article, occupies the position shown in Figs. 1 and 6 dur the roller 29 being journaled in a rocker mem ing one cycle of operation of the machine and bei' |49 pivotally connected to the lever arm |52 during this time an operator places one article mounted on the shaft 53 which is oscillated by on the portion of the table extending to theleft in Fig. 6. After the folding operation is >com 20 the cam mechanism shown in Fig. 8. This cam mechanism includes a rocker arm |56 secured to pleted by the machine the table 22 is reciprocated the shaft |53, a yoke member |58 pivotally con to the right in Figs. 2 and 6 _by means of the link nected to the rocker |56 which yoke member is'v 56, crank arm 58, rock shaft 6|, crank -arm"|ì3 ticles. These articles are placed alternately on and face cam 5|. The article just placed ongthe table is then subjected to the Afolding opera; tion while another article to be folded is placed ~ on the portion of the table projecting from the right of the machine in Figs. 2 and' 6. Thus the face-cam 5| makes one revolution for every two 30 folding operations of the machine.' A supply of filler members 1|, such as card reciprocated by a cam |62 on the came shaft |6| through a cam follower roller |63. The cam shaft |6| is driven from shaft |31 through the gears |66 and |61 shown in Fig. 4 and secured to the shafts ‘IBI and |31,'respective1y. As soon as the turret pocket containing the folded article is positioned horizontally so as to extend toward the left in Fig. 1 the roller 29 is returned to the position shown in Fig. 1 so as to press the board, are positioned in the hopper 13, best folded article- between the roller 29 and the roller shown in Fig. 1, and one at a time are stripped from the supply by means of the» plunger l14 35 3| by action of the spring |54. The pocket mem bers |00 and |0| are notched so that the roller attached to the crosshead 16` which crosshead is 29 can engage the folded article and so that the reciprocated in a vertical direction by the con pocket members clear the roller 3| and its bracket necting rod 19, crank 8,3 rotated by the shaft_84 |13 when the turret is rotated. which is in turn driven by the shaft 46 for the Pushers or hook members |46 on the later face cam 5| through the chain 81 and sprockets 40 ally spaced chains 28 engage the corners of 88 and 89, the shaft 84 making two revolutions the filler member which is wider than the pocket to each revolution ofthe shaft 46. The indi members >| 00 and |0| and also wider than the vidual filler members 1| stripped from the sup folded article, to push the folded article between plyV by the plunger 14 are pushed downwardly into engagement with the article 91 to be folded 45 the rollers 29 and 3| as shown in Fig. 13. The chains 28 are continuously driven fromk the shaft (Figs. 9 and 10)- and carry a fold of the article ||4 through chain |42 and gears |38 and |39 downwardly through slots 9| in the table 22 and on shafts |31 and |4|, respectively, the sprockets 92 in a guide member 93 so as to insert the folded |33 engaging the chains 28 also being secured to material into a resilient pocket 98A carried by a |31. The folded article is smoothed and turret 24. The plunger is then withdrawn and 50 shaft compressed by the rollers 29 and 3| as it is moved reciprocated upwardly so as to pick up another out of the pocket 98 and is carried beneath the ñller member on” its next downward stroke. pivoted pusher member 32 which drops behind When the plunger has been withdrawn from the the folded article and then discharges the folded pocket 98’y of the turret 24, the turret 24 is ro tated in a counterclockwise direction in Fig. 1 55 article from the machine. Pusher member 32 is moved to the right in Fig. 1 for this operation through 90° by means of a chain |01 engaging by the lever arms |56 secured to shaft |11 which the sprocket |08 on the turret shaft |93 which is rocked by the cam mechanism shown in Fig. l, chain also engages a sprocket Ill!)V on the cross including the crank arm |19 secured to the shaft shaft || | intermittently rotated ' by a Geneva |11 and a yoke member |82 which is reciprocated mechanism shown in Fig. 4. -`The Geneva move ment includes a female Geneva member ||2 and 60 -by the cam |86 secured to the shaft |6| engag ing a cam follower roller |89 on the yoke member a male Geneva member ||3 secured to a shaft' |82.' The pusher member 32 preferably engages H4 driven by a chain || 6 engagingv a sprocket the folded article While still being pushed by on the shaft I I4 and also a sprocket on the main This positions another pocket 65 the pusher members |46 and prior to carrying of these pusher members around the sprockets |33. 98 on the turret for reception of another folded The mechanism illustrated will fold elongated ñexiblearticles around a ñller member as fast During the rotation of the turret 24 the resil as two operators can position the articles lupon ient members |00 and |0| forming thek pocket the reciprocating table 22. The operating speed 98 grip the partly folded article containing the 70 of the machine can be adjusted by the hand ñller and, as shown in Figs. 11 and 1'2,A the re wheel 4| so as to accommodate the operation mainder of the article being folded is drawn of the machine to the skill of the operators and through the slots 9| and 92 and folded `back irrespective of the speed of operation of the against the resilient pocket member |00 by means machine `the articles will be smoothly folded for _of a U-shaped member |2|. As soon as the pocket 76 packaging either in individual packages4 o'rß’in drive shaft 42. article. . » - 5. [email protected] l .5- lara lmachine.for folding elongated ñexible packages containing-,a.plurality-ef folded drtìdes articles ¿a j movable member provided with va pocketsaid Lmovable member having a plate ele While ,we have disclosed ,the preferred embellie; I ment of our‘invention, it is understood;that.the~ details‘thereof maybe varied Withinthescope of the, following claims.y We claim: y . » ' , » 1. In a machine for folding-elongated! „exime articles,`the combination ofla laterally reciproca, ble feed table for receiving said articles, said table having a slot therein-extending inthe direction. of reciprocation, a plunger. member> for forcingiaj fold of the article through said slot andmeans for receiving said fold- and withdrawingtheëcf mainder of said article fromsaid tablerthrough said slot, said table being of sufficient _dimension inv thev direction of its reciprocation so that: an article >can be positionedon one portion- of the, tablewhile anïarticle is being foldedand-lremoved» from another portion of the table.~ `Y ~ ;,. ~~ „ 2. In a folding' machine-for folding Velongated flexible articles,r a laterally movable feedtableffor receiving articles to be folded, said tablehavilig a slot extendingl in the direction of movement; thereof, a turret- member having ,a plurality* of pockets for receiving-a fold of said article, means for forcing a fold in a portion of saidarticle through said slot and inserting the same into one vof said pockets, means forrrotating said turret after said fold has been inserted >in said pocket ment ¿forming‘one side of said pocket so as to f ,_ havezan `external,surface extending substantially parallel `with an linternal side surface ’of said pocket, means for ßfeedinga ñller member against saidarticle intermediateits ends to form a fold in a .portion _of said articleabout said filler mem ber and. insert said fold-and, filler member into " seid-rocket, said >pocket having aresilient mem ber for gripping said fold, means forzmoving said movable member to ¿move said pocket to a dis la- charge Vlwsitioin«means cooperating with said movable member during movement thereof' to y ` fold the-remainder of VSaid .article about said plate element, said dlastnamed means including a fold ingelement ¿movable :along said external surfaceA and-»means_:te vmove-said folding element in timed relation` with the, movement. of said movable ze member,l add-means engaging said nner member for removing the. folded article from said movable member. ». ._ I Y ., ,_ 'fi ïdfermdehine for. folding elongated nenne articles, atable lfor _supporting an ,article to beY folded, said table being provided with a slot inter mediate its’ends,v _a movable member positioned below said table and provided with a pocket reg iSterix-lg with said slotin one position of said mov to move said pocket to a discharge position, `and 3.0 ablev membßl’.- means for forming a fold in a pOi‘iiiOn' 9i Said article through said slot and into means for removing the foldedarticle. from said pocket, said table being of sufñcient dimension in said pocket, j meansl for .moving said movable member to movesaid-pocket to a discharge posi the direction of its movement so that an article tion and withdraw the remainder of said article can be positioned on one portion of >,the Atable While an article is being folded and removed from 35 through said slot, .means cooperating with said another portion of the table. ' ~ 3. In a folding machine for folding elongated flexible articles, a turret member having aplu. rality of pockets therein, means for engaging a filler member With the article to be folded: so as to form a fold of the article about said filler member and insert said filler member and fold into one of said pockets in one position of said turret, at least one Wall of said pocket being of resilient material so as to grip said fold, means for rotating said turret and means cooperating with said turret during rotation thereof for fold ing the remaining portion of said article and means engagingr said ñller member for removing the folded article from said pocket, said removing means including a flexible chain provided with projecting members engaging said filler member to remove the folded article containing said filler member from said pocket and a supplemental pusher member for engaging the folded article and removing the same from contact with said projecting members on said chain. 4. In a machine for folding elongated flexible Y articles, a movable member provided with a movable member to fold said remainder of said article and means for removing the folded article from Said movable member, said table being lat era11ymovable1~and being ofv sufñcient width to 40 provide Afor placing an article to be folded on one lateralk portion of the table While another article is being ,fgldediand removed from another lateral portion Qfsaid‘table. l .i « ' - t 7. In a machine for folding elongated flexible 45 articles, a table for supporting an article to be folded„said table being provided with a slot in termediate its ends, a movable member below said table and provided with a plurality of pockets each registering with said slot in one position of 50 said movable member, means registering with said slot for feeding a filler member through said slot to engage and fold an intermediate portion of said article about said filler member and in sert said fold and filler member into one of said 55 pockets, each of said pockets having a resilient wall for gripping said fold, means for intermit tently moving said movable member to move said one pocket to remove the remainder of said arti cle from said table through said slot, means co pocket, said movable member having a plate ele 60 operating With said movable member during movement thereof to fold the remainder of said ment forming one side of said pocket so as to article and means for removing the folded article have an external surface extending substantially from said movable member at another position of parallel with an internal side surface of said said one pocket, said table being laterally mov pocket, means for forming a fold in a portion of able and being of sufficient width to provide for said article and inserting said fold into said placing an article to be folded on one lateral por pocket, means for moving said movable member tion of the table while another article is being to move said pocket to a discharge position, folded and removed from another lateral position means cooperating with said movable member to of said table, and means for intermittently mov fold the remainder of said article about said plate ing said table from one lateral position to another 70 element, said last named means’including a fold lateral position. , ing element movable along said external surface 8. In a machine for folding elongated flexible and means to move said folding element in timed articles, a turret member provided With a pocket, relation with the movement of said movable said turret having a substantially radially ex member, and means for removing the folded arti 75 tending plate forming one side of said pocket, cle from said movable member. 6. means for'supportingfsaid- article; means? for feeding'a ñller member to vform a 'fold in a'îpo'r-ï tion of said article aboutV said filler `member`and insert said fold and said ñller member into said pocket, means for rotating‘said turret member >to move said pocket to a discharge position, folding. c1., means movable generally'radially of saidV turretmember during movement >.thereof along said plate member to fold the remainder of said arti' cle about said plate membenf'and means for mov ing said folding member in timed relation with ber during r‘movement thereof to fold the re mainder of saidarticle, and means for removing the'folded article from said movable member, said removing means including-endless chains having portions extending parallel to the walls of said pocket’when said pocket is in said discharge posi tion 'and~ projecting elements on said chains for engagingV said v'filler member and removing the , same with said article from said pocket, and os cillating‘pusher members for engaging said arti cle while stillv in contact with said projecting said turret member. ` » ' ' members for discharging the folded article from 9. In a machine for'folding elongated flexible said machine, and means >for smoothing said articles, a movable member provided with a folded article during removal from said pocket by pocket, means for supporting said article, means 15 said projecting members. for feeding a filler member to form a fold in a portion Vof said article .about _said -ñlle'r member and insert said fold and said ñller member into. said pocket, means for 'moving -said movable member to move said pocket to a discharge posi tion, means cooperating with said "movable mem# ber during movement thereof tov fold the remain' der of said article, and means forV removing> the folded article from said movable membensaid removing means including endless chains-having portions extending parallel to the walls of said pocket when said pocket‘is in said discharge posi-ï tion and projecting elements on said chains for engaging said ñller member and removing the same with said article from said'pocket, and os 30 cillating pusher members for engaging said arti cle while still in contact with said projecting members for discharging the- folded article from 11. In a machine for folding elongated flexible articles, a' movable member provided with a pocket, meansv for supporting said article, means for feeding a filler member to form a fold in a portion «of said article about said filler member and insert said fold and said filler member into said pocket, means for moving said movable member to move said pocket to a discharge posi tion,A means cooperating with said movable mem f ber’during movement thereof to fold the remain der of said'article, and means for removing the folded article from said movable member, said removing means including endless chains having portions extending parallel to the walls of said pocket when said pocket is in said discharge posi tion and projecting elements on said chains for engaging said filler member and removing the same with said article from said pocket, and os y _ cillating pusher members for engaging said arti 10. VIn a machine for folding elongated flexible 35 cle While still- in contact With'said projecting articles, a movable member 'provided with `a members for discharging the folded article from pocket, means for supporting said article, means said machine, and means for smoothing said for feeding a filler member to form a fold »in a folded article during removal from said pocket by portion of said article'about said filler-'member said projecting members, said smoothing means and insert said fold and said ñller member into 40 including rollers resiliently engaging opposite said machine. said pocket, means vfor moving said movable member to move said pocket toa discharge posi tion, means cooperating with said' movable mem sides of said folded article. f ' ' ` * ' CHRISTOPHER P. JOHN W. MAY. TONG.