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May 14, 1946.
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Christopher
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Tongwright’s
and JohnWgMayÃDu-rhamg;
Automatic
N. C., Vassignors to
ery Company; Durham', NgCgßa corporation of'
North Carolina ' ï
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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 ' ¿
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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;‘ »
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^~Fig52jis an end-elevation of the machine; `
1 Fig-'.3 is-a plan'viewof-the machine with cer
tain' parts'broken away;
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« 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;
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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
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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 Ȏerieral 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.
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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.
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by >an upper. _frame 2i secured to the mainframe
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¿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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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.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
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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.~
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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
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charge Vlwsitioin«means cooperating with said
movable
member during movement thereof' to
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` 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.
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'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.
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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 «
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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
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said table from one lateral position to another
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element, said last named means’including a fold
lateral position.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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CHRISTOPHER P.
JOHN W. MAY.
TONG.
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