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July 19, 1938.
H. w. HILL
Filed B39123, 1931
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July 19,1938.
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Filed May 23, 1931'
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Filed May 23, 1931
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Barb Wire Company. a corporation of
Application May 23, 1931, sin-mm. 539,623
3 Claims. (01. 100-31)
‘This invention'hasto do with an apparatus
. 1 for wrapping a bundle of lengths-of wire together,
for shipping.
In the past, it has been common to arrange
r, a plurality of lengths of- wire together, in the
form of a bundle and to apply entirely by hand
anchor rings of wire at spaced points along the‘
length of thebundle, bringing‘ the ends of each
ring<together and twisting the same and then
10 bending the partsthus twisted ?at against the
bundle. In this manner the wires were kept
together and separation was prevented during
shipping and handling 01 the bundle as a whole.
This process of fastening the bundle is cumber:
15 some ‘and takes up a considerable‘ amount of
time. Moreover the resultant article is' very
rough, due to the protruding ends of the anchor
rings, often causing scratches and lacerations
of the hands, ripping of clothing, and catching
20 in and mutilating' wires of adjacent bundles.
It is accordingly one of the principal objects of
this invention to provide an apparatus with which
an attendant or operator may cooperate to wind
a wire or the like about a bundle of wire or the
3 like in spiral fashion lengthwise of the bundle
to thereby facilitate-the wrapping of the bundle.
Another object of the invention is to provide a
wrapping for a bundle of wire or the like, the
wrapping being of such construction as to provide
30 continuous engagement with the bundleof wire
substantially throughout the length of the bundle.
- A‘ further object consists in a method of ex
peditiously wrapping a bundle in secure fashion.
I Another object resides in the provision ,of a
35 bundle which presents substantially no sharp
projections, thereby. making for ease and safety
in handling, and eliminating injury to adjacent
bundles or other articles.
for pivotal movement on the frame, so that, once" . '
the wrapping of a bundle of wire has been Icom- 1'
pleted, the trough-dike structure may be shifted‘
as a whole about its axis parallel thereto to ‘there
by “dump.”_the wrapped bundle, whereupon the 5'
trough is returned to its original position to re- '
ceive another bundle to be wrapped. - Thetrough
is also adjustable vertically so that the bundle ’
may be substantially aligned with the rotating
spindle of the head stock, regardless of the diam- m
eter of the bundle. The chuck, is of such charg
acter that it is he
e and lends itself to di?er
ences in alinementbetween itself and the bundle
to be gripped thereby-v
The bundle is wrapped as ‘follows: The bundle 15
to be wrapped is preliminarily prepared for the ' _
wrapping operation and is then conducted to the‘
trough by the guide provided for this purpose.
It is then shifted longitudinally and one end, to
which I shall refer herein'as-the head, is tightly 2Q
engaged by the chuck.
One end ofa wire car-
v. »
ried by a spool or the like and conveniently 10-‘ ‘
cated with respect to the attendant is hooked and .
secured to the bundle adjacent its head and then ,
.power is, applied to rotate the chuck and the 25,
bundle; The operator or attendant holds the
portion of the wire from the spool adjacent the
rotating bundle, and moves lengthwise of the;
bundle as the latter rotates, permitting the wire ‘
to slip from his ?ngers and be wrapped spirally 3g
about ‘the bundle. When the attendantis ad
Jacent theppposite or tail end of the bundle, he 1
stops and permits the wire to be drawn from his
ilngers and wrapped into the form of contacting l '~
cells. This is continued for onefor vmore revoiu- 35
tions after the extremity has been reached, the
wire as ‘it leaves the attendant being urged by
him gradually toward-[the axis of- the bundle,
whereupon‘ the power is cut off. At thispoint thev ‘ In carrying out the invention, I provide a head
wire is severed adjacent the tail end, so that the v.94)
40 stock having achuck to grasp and ungrasp one latter
portion of the bundle-wrapping wire con
end of a bundle of lengths of wire or the like, .
and to rotate the bundle. A suitable control for
'stitutes in‘eifect ‘a metal cap, the outer portion
simple. frame (Sf-substantially the widthyof the
wrapping wire. usually is rounded, due to ‘the eye i
of which-is frusto-conical, and which forms a
the head stock spindle is available to the op
protective covering for the ends of, the wires and,
erator at all times wherever he may be along the ‘ for the burlap or like cover tokbe ‘placed there- 45"
45 apparatus_
' 'The head stock andremaining instrumentali .over. The burlap cap or cover'to be placed at‘
ties constituting my apparatus are mounted on a the head ofthe bundle, ‘which in the case of
so that the device as a whole occupies . formation of the heads of such .wire,-wil1be free ‘
50 very little area. The other instrumentalities or
the apparatus consist of means for supporting a
bundle of wire prior .to its being wrapped by the
special means‘ herein provided, the ‘support in
of. any'tearin‘g tendency.
Considering the fact that the bundles'hereto
fore wrapped were surrounded by a plurality or
individually fastened ties or anchors having "
' corporating also ~_a guide or chute by which the wrapped projecting portions, it'will be under
1,55 bundle may be conducted to a trough mounted stood. that such construction involves the dis
~ advantage not only of time consumed inwrap
ping, but additionally of the catching of the por
tions .thus protruding with the wires of adjacent
bundles, thereby mutilating and often pulling
parts of. the wires thus projecting from their
respective bundles. - With the invention just out
lined, however, it is clear that there are no such
objectionable projecting portions, and the act or
operation of wrapping the bundle involves a
10 matter of a few moments.
Moreover the bundle
thus produced is much heater in appearance than
those heretofore made, and is more compact,
thereby providing a decided saving in shipping
expense. The lack of protruding parts more
over makes for much easier and safer handling,
whereas the handling of bundles of this charac
ter heretofore wrapped always involved the
danger of scratching or otherwise mutilating the‘
Further objects and advantages of the inven
tion will appear as the description proceeds.
On the drawings:
ures 1 and 2, the guide means II will serve to
move the belt to the left into engagement with
the ?xed pulley 1, to thereby rotate the spindle 6.
Fixed on the inner end of the spindle 6 is a
sleeve I2, and loosely surrounding the same is a
sleeve I 4 to which is pivoted at l3 an actuating
lever [5. The lever I5 is pivoted to the frame
base 3 at IS. A substantially H-shaped spacing
member I‘! is secured for rotation with the sleeve
l2 and receives at its opposite ends‘ pivoted levers 10
l8, each lever i8 having a tapered end i9 adapted
to be moved by a cam action byrthe frusto
conical surface 20 of the sleeve I‘. The levers
18 have at their inner ends chuck jaws 2| .
is thus apparent that upon movement of the 15'
lever l5 to the right as viewed in Figures 1 and
2, the ends IQ of ‘the leverslB will be cammed
outward and the ‘jaws 2| will be cammed inward
to thereby grip the head of the bundle to be
rotated thereby. A spring 22 constantly urges 20
the ends IQ of the levers i8 toward each other.
Also supported longitudinally on the ?ange 3
Figure 1 is a broken-away front elevation of ' of the angle member I of the. frame is a sub
the apparatus constituting the present inven
stantially v-eshaped trough 23 carried by brackets
Figure 2 is a plan view of the construction
_shown in Figure 1, and includes a completely
24 pivotally mounted at 25 in alinement. Each
bracket 24 is further carried on a vertically ad
justable mounting 26, so that the trough 23 may-_
,be adjusted for different diameters of bundles,
whereby the latter may be substantially alined
approximately in the plane indicated by the line axially with the-‘chuck. Additional supporting
III—III in Figure Lcertain parts being omitted, means for the bundles to be wrapped is pro- '30
wrapped bundle.
Figure 3 is an enlarged sectional view taken
' and a bundle being shown in section. >
Figure 4 is an enlarged fragmentary sectional
view taken approximately in the plane indicated
by the line IV-IV in Figure 1, certain'parts
being shown in elevation.
1 Figure 5 is a fragmentary enlarged view taken
approximately in the plane indicated by the line
V——V in Figure 1, certain parts beingomitted.
Figure 6 is an elevational view, partly broken
away, showing an unwrapped bundle of baling
wire, with the cap at the head .of the bundle
partly withdrawn to show how the wires at that
end are preliminarily secured together.
Figure '7 is a view similar to'Figure 6, ;but
showing the bundle after the ?nal wrapping op
eration has been completed with my novel‘ap
Figure ,8 is a fragmentary elevational view
50 showing the tail end of the bundle after the
bundle is completely wrapped.‘
Referring now more particularly to the draw
ings, wherein the same part is indicated in each
. case by the same reference, character, the frame
on which the apparatus constituting the essence
vided in order that the operator may prelimi
narlly bind the ends of the bundle to prepare the
latter for the wrapping operation employingthe
apparatus. This means consists of a standard
v . 21 secured to the ?ange 3 and projecting toward 35
the attendant, that is, from. the front side of
the machine. Springs 43 constantly .urge the
brackets 24 toward the right as seen in Figure
3, and stops 46v on the mountings 26 limit move 40
ment in that direction. A lever 44 is suitably
mounted for rotation with one of the brackets
24 and may be employed to pivot the trough 23
against the action of the springs 43 when the
wrapped bundle is discarded to make way for a 45
bundle to be wrapped.
,The upper ‘end 28 of the standard 21 is in the
form substantially of the letter U and is adapted
to receive the head ofthe bundle to be wrapped.
Additional standards 28 are also secured to the 50
frame insubstantial alinement with the stand-»
ard 21,,longitudinally of the frame, the upper
portions of the standards 29, however, being some
what inclined downwardly and rearwardly and
terminating adjacent the trough 23, thereby pro
viding collectively‘a ,guide ll along which the
of'the present invention isksupported consists
essentially of a substantially horizontal angle bundle may be conducted to the trough 23. The
iron i, and vertical angle members 2.; riveted v guide
is sufficiently ?at at its upper portion 3| ‘
thereto. This constitutesthe sole framework of} ‘ to hold the tail end and intermediate portion of
bundle against rolling down the guide when '
‘The ?ange 3 of the angle, iron I .directly sup--v the
the head of the bundle. is in r the vportion 2..
ports the apparatus, and‘ has mounted thereon. when the attendant is ready to‘ place the bundle
adjacent‘ one end spaced 'brackets 4 providing
bearings 5 for a spindle 6. A ?xed pulley ‘l in the trough 23, he merely raises the head end
36 out of the U-shaped portions 22 and, if neoes- - '
and‘ a loosely 'mounted ‘pulley 8 are disposed» _ sa'ry,
gives-it a slight push toward'the trough 23,
about the spindle 6 intermediate the bearings 5. " whereupon gravity will cause the bundle to move
A plurality of‘ standards 9 slidably‘carry a beltv ' down into the trough 23.
control or shifting member I'll extending'sub
In describing the‘present invention, the bundle V ‘
stantially throughout the length'of the frame.‘ 32 chosen to illustrate the operation ofmy up‘ Spaced belt‘ guide means H is carried by the‘ paratus is merely exemplary, since a bundle of
70shifter member ID, and with the arrangement
shown in Figures 1 and 2 the ‘apparatus is .idle .wrappedby
vany sort of an
or othermade
in accordance
since'the belt (not shown) ,would be in engage‘
the principles ‘of this i'nventiom The wire
ment withthe'loose pulley 8. By ‘shifting the with
constituting the bundle herein disclosed is of the
control member III to the left as viewed in Fig
character, employed in tieing bales of’
cover ‘31 at the head end of the bundle, and is 4
secured'in position in a similar manner, namely,
by means of the‘anchors 42. The bundle is now
completely wrapped and is thereupon removed or
-' paper and the like, and comprises anv end portion
which is bent upon itself to forman eye, 33, the
contacting portions being thereupon twisted about
' each other to resist separation. The eye thus
constitutes a ,loop through which the other end - dumped from the trough 23 against the action of
'_Of the wire may be passed during the process of ' the springs 43, upon movement of the lever M to
tieing the bale;
substantially the position shown in dotted lines
at A in Figure 3. The trough is returned by the
spring 43 to its full line position in preparatio
' Before applying power to the apparatus, the
attendant ?rst assembles a plurality of lengths of
10 wire; and arranges their ends in substantial aline
ment as shown in Fig. 6. The wires are placed,
before or after being thus assembled, so that they‘
are supported as a whole by the standards 21 and
29, whereupon they are fastened together by
15 means-of an anchor 34 at adjacent ends thereof.
The, wires are thus secured in their-‘initial stage
~ for another bundle to be wrapped. '
of wrapping and will now be considered as a
' bundle. A cover or cap 310! burlap or the like
is then applied to the head 36 so as to completely
20' envelopthe latter in the-manner indicated in Fig
It will be seen from the foregoing that the ap
paratus constructed in accordance with the pres
ent invention takes up a very small amount of
space, is subjected to.light' stresses during oper
ation, is of extremely simple construction, em 15,
ploying a minimum of ‘parts which may be easily
stamped -or cast without expensive machining
~operations, since the chuck need not be perfect
ly centered in order. to perform its operation in
the desired manner and with the desired efficiency. 20
‘ ‘ ure 6._ The attendant then places one end 38 of
a» spool of bundle-wrapping ‘wire 39 against the
The operation itself is obviously extremely sim
ple, and yet the desired -wrappiiig is performed ‘
bundle and longitudinally thereof adjacent the. effectively and neatly, and produces a'bundle which is wrapped compactly and with practically
' head of the bundle 32, and tightly binds an an
‘no projecting portions, thereby substantially ob-' 25
15 chor 35 about the same and' the bundle whereupon viating the possibility of n'iutilating adjacent
the end_38. of the wire_39 is bent about the loop bundles and the hands‘ and clothing of’ persons
35 and twisted about the wire Y‘ 39 as shown'in
same. The cap 45 formed at the tall
Figur'eg'l. Another anchor 40 (Figure 7) is tied handling'the
wire serves not only to pro- > '
about the cover 31 to hold the same in place, and
30 then the wire ‘33 is applied longitudinally about ‘ tect the cover 4| against tearing by the sharp
the cover 31 and brought to a position adjacent
the fringe of the cover. An anchor 41 is then
tightly secured about both portions of the wire 33
longitudinally‘ehgaging‘the cover 31.‘ Thus not
ends 'of the bundle wires,'but also serves to pre
vent injury to the hand of the attendant during ‘
the application of such‘ .cover. - In addition, the
wire cap 45 serves to protect the endso'f the wires
against such injury as might otherwise
is only the .cover 31 but the portion of the wire 39. , themselves
occur by engagement by said'ends with a hard
around the same are securely held on the head of k
the bundle 32.
It is, of course, appreciated that mechanical
The attendant then raises the head of the ‘means
could be provided to cooperate with the
bundle out of the U-.-shaped portion 28 and the apparatus
feed the wrapping wire'longitudi 40
40 bundle 32 is conducted by gravity from the guide nally as thevtobundle
is rotated, but this operation
33 to the trough 23 to assume the position shown
so ‘simple,’ as is also
in dotted lines in Figure 3. The bundle 32. is .' the forming of the cap ll, that
the provision of
then shifted to the left until the cover 3'I-is in _
means would present no appreciable ad
position to be~'engaged by the chuck jaws 2!, such
andwould entail an added cost. with
(I whereupon the chuck control lever I5 is moved vantage,
the construction hereinpresented, the stresses >
' to the rightas seen in Figures 1. and ,2, thereby.
causing the Jaws to tightly grip the cover 31, and
the enclosed head of the bundle. The power con
trol member II is thereupon shifted to the left to
n cause the belt between the guides _II' to engage
theorized pulley 1, thereby causing rotation of .
the spindle 3, and, of course, the bundle 32.
As soon as the b dle‘32 starts rotating, the
' attendant, with the wire {33 in-his hand, moves
are almost entirely torsionaldue to the bundle’s
being gripped for rotation at onlylone end, and
are accordingly so slight that repairs‘ are prac- '
tically negligible.
'1 amiaware that many changes may be made, '
and ‘numerous details of construction maybe
varied through a wide range without departing _
from the principles of‘ this invention, and I there
fore do not purpose limiting the patent granted
5‘ toward the right as viewed inFigures land 2,
._ permitting the wire to slip through his fingers - hereon, otherwise than necessitated by the prior
under tension. It isobvious that the wire is thus
caused to be wrapped spirally lengthwise of the
The wire employed for wrapping the bundle
_. bundle 32 with the desired degree of tension. ' may have ‘the usual characteristic of wire used
.0 'When the wire thus being wrapped is within a
- short distance of the tail end of the bundle, the
operator stops walking and causes the wire‘ to be
‘wound in contacting coils until the .very extrem- '
ity of the tail end is reached,‘ the .wire being then
urged by vthe attendant toward the axis of the
for baling hay or the like, that is, substantial non
resiliency. However, if desired the same may be
' of a resilient nature.
' I claim as my invention:
1. In an apparatus for wrapping a bundle of
elongated‘ wire elements, an elongated platform,
bundle during a few rotations of the latter. .- The - avrotary chuck mounted adjacent one end of said 1
control member I3 is then shifted to the right‘ as platform and adapted for gripping an end of said
seen in Figures 1 and'2, to stop the'spindle 6,
whereupon the wire is severed at the coiled por~
70 tion. The co?s thus constitute collectivelya cap
45 which serves as a protection against injury of
and by the sharp ends of the wires of the bundle.
bundle, a V-shaped trough tiltably mounted upon
said-platform in advance of said chuck, a handle
connected to said trough and extending to one
side thereof, an angular bracket secured to said
platform and extending to the same side of said
\platform'as said handle, said bracket having a
,tail end and cap 45 of the bundle very much in bundle rest at its upper end, and other angular
' A burlap or similar cover H is ‘applied over the
1‘ the manner employed in_the application ofthe
brackets attached to said platform and having
sloping, portions extending from substantially
the bundle is lifted out of said saddle and the
the elevation of said bundle rest to said trough,
whereby an attendant may tilt said trough by said
handle for discharging a bundle and then elevate
bundle is moved transversely towards said trough. '
3. An apparatus for wrapping a bundle of elon
an unwrapped bundle from said rest for travelling
down said guide portions to said trough from a
base, a rotary chuck mounted on said base to grip
single position.
porting trough vmounted tiltably on said base
and defined by upwardly directed and laterally
spaced connected sides, an operating handle
connected to said trough and positioned adjacent
2. An apparatus for wrapping a bundle of elon
gated wire elements, comprising an elongated
10 base, a rotary chuck mounted on said base to grip
gated- wire elements, comprising an elongated
an end of said bundle, an elongated bundle-sup
an end of said bundle, an elongated trough _ an‘ end of said trough, a?rst vertically extending
mounted on said base and having upwardly di
member on said base and positioned adjacent
rected and laterally spaced opposedv sides, said said operating handle, said ?rst‘ vertical mem
trough being arranged to support said bundle ber being provided with means at its upper end
while it is being rotated by said chuck, a ?rst ver
tically extending member mounted on said base
and adjacent one end of said trough, said mem
ber being provided at its upper end with means
de?ning a U-shaped saddle, and other vertically
20 extending members mounted on said base in
spaced longitudinal relation to said ?rst vertical
member and to each‘ other, said'other members
being each provided at its upper end with an
_ arm having a horizontal portion to support a»
bundle at rest and having a downwardly inclined
portion to guide the bundle for dropping between
the opposed sides of said trough when an end of _
to. de?ne a U-shaped saddle, and other vertically _
extending members on said base in longitudinal
spaced relation to said ?rst member and to each
other and each provided at its upper end with
an arm having a portion de?ning a support for
a bundle at rest and having a downwardly in
clined portion to guide the bundle for dropping
between the opposed sides of said trough when , I
an end of the bundle is lifted out of said saddle
and the bundle is moved transversely towards
said trough.
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