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Патент USA US2124506

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Filed March 2, 1954
Patented July 19, 1938
Harry W. Hill, Sterling, Ill., assignor to North
western Barb Wire Company, Sterling, 111., a
corporation of Illinois
Application March 2, 1934, Serial No. 713,655
2 Claims. (01. 206-46)
This is a continuation in part of my copend
ping means embodying substantially a‘v single
ing application, Serial No. 539,623, ?led May
23rd, 1931, entitled “Wire bundling machine”.
wrapping element extending substantially
throughout'the length of the bundle; to provide
This invention has to do with the wrapping and
5 tagging of elongated bundles such as bundles of
lengths of material such as lengths of wire, bale
acter requiring no redressing; to provide a wrap-~
ping means which may be more quickly, applied
ties and the like.
In the past, it has been customary to fasten
an identi?cation tag bearing some such indicia
10 as the name of the manufacturer and description
of the material wrapped, to elongated bundles
such as bundles of‘bale ties, at some point inter
mediate the ends of the bundle. The bundles
particularly at the place of manufacture are
15 stored in racks, bins and the like awaiting ship
ment. Oftentimes bundles of ties of different
dimensions would be placed together and this
would necessitate withdrawal of the various bun
dles bodily from the rack or bin so that the tag
20 fastened thereto could be examined and the size
of tie of the particular'bundle determined. ‘In
this way, it is apparent that much time has been
consumed in order that no mistake might be
made in the shipment of the bundles.
Bundles of lengths of wire such as bale ties
are oftentimes several feet in length and are of
considerable weight, bundles weighing individ
ually in the neighborhood of one hundred pounds
being not uncommon. It will easily be under
30 stood then that not only is considerable time .
a wrapping‘ means for a bundle of this char
and removed than the spaced individual ring
wraps heretofore in use; to provide a single wrap
ping element for the elongated bundle, which
element serves also as ‘a means for attaching, 10
an identi?cation means to the bundle. "
In accordance with the general features of the
invention, after the bundle is ?rst prepared by
securingv a preferably ?exible cover to one end
thereof, a wrapping strand is secured to the
material being wrapped, adjacent the cover, in
terlocked with an identi?cation tag and looped‘
longitudinally about the cover so that the’ tag
is» held against the end of the bundle, and then
spirally wound along the bundle toward the other. 20
end, where it is secured to one or more of the
free opposite ends of the wires or other ele-1
ments being wrapped. Thereafter the cover for
that end is secured in place over the secured
part of the wrappingstrand, thereby complet-ii
ing the wrapping of the bundle.
5 '
Other important objects and advantages of‘ the
invention will- appear as the description ‘pro
used in determining the size of the ties wrapped
This invention (in a preferred form) is illus-1 30;
trated in, the drawing and hereinafter more fully
in the individual bundles stored in the rack or
bin, but considerable effort also is necessary.
It has also been customary in the past to wrap
35 bundles of this character by means of a num
ber of individual wire rings placed about the
assembled ties at intervals which may vary with
the size of the bundles and have been usually six
to eight inches, more or less. This means of
4,0 Wrapping the bundle has been found unsatisfac
tory. One reason for the dissatisfaction is due
On the drawing:
Figure‘ l is a fragmentary elevational‘view,
showing a bundle wrapped in accordance with"
the present invention, a portion being brokenv
away to better show certain details.
,_ .
Figure 2 is a fragmentary elevational view, of a
part of the bundle shown in Figure 1, taken
from that shown in Figure 1.
Figure 3 is, an end view of a bundle to which
to the accidental mingling of at least some of the
rings with the material to be baled, when the
a, tag is secured in accordance with the invention.
rings are severed as the bundle is being un
wrapped. Another reason for the dissatisfaction
stored a plurality of bundles made in accordance‘ ‘
with the present invention, so that the size of 45
is that these rings would slip along the bundle,
due among other things to engagement with other
bundles, both before and during shipment, thus
requiring redressing.
. .'
Accordingly the principal objects of the in
vention are, among other things: the provi
sion of a wrapping for an elongated bundle, em
bodying an identi?cation means arranged in full
view when the bundles are stored in a rack, bin
56 or the like; to provide an improved bundle wrap
Figure 4 illustrates a rack or bin in which are
material bundled may be readily identi?ed, and
Figure 5 is a phantom isometric View showing
the arrangement of the wrapping strand atth 1'
large end of the bundle.
Referring now more particularly to the draw
ing, wherein one form of the invention, is illus
trated, the bundle chosen for illustrative pur
poses is made up of a plurality of elongated ele-‘
ments such as wire bale ties l. whose loopedfends
2. are arranged togetherv at one mam con'sti-i
tute the head or large end of the bundle as shown
in Figures 1 and 2. The ties I are initially ar
at 26 with a pitch substantially greater than the
pitch of the coils 24. In a bundle of approxi
mately eight feet in length and weighing approx
imately forty pounds, a pitch of approximately
three inches has been found to be satisfactory,
although it is to be understood that other pitches
ranged in small bundles of about twenty-?ve each
and are bound thus as by rings 3, after which
they are placed to form bundles to be wrapped
In accordance with the present .invention as
for bundles of the same and different sizes may be
With the ties I thus assembled, a larger ring readily arrived at.
The spiralling of the strand I2 is preferably
4 is wrapped about the smaller end 5 of the bun
continued to the small end 5 of the bundle. In a 10
10 dle, another such'ring 6 is wrapped about the
ties adjacent the loops thereof, and a third large bundle of this character, the small ends of the ties
ring ‘I is wrapped about the loops of the ties ' l‘do not terminate flush with one another.
Rather, the tie ends terminate at various points
near the terminal of the large end 8 of the bun
dle. Thus the ties are held together preparatory as shown at 21 in Figure 1, so that one or more
' of the tie ends are sufficiently free of the neigh 15
15 to the wrapping of the bundle‘in'accordance with
boring ends as to enable the strand I2 to be coiled
the invention.
vA preferably ?exible cover such as one made of
burlap at 9 is then placed overjthe loops2of, the.
ties at the large ‘end 8 and folded in such a
20 manner as to adequately cover the loops as shown
shown at 29; Such coiled portions may, in the
handling of the bundle, be bent against the
neighboring tie ends 21. The strand is coiled 20
in; Figuresql and 2;, This cover .9 is wired by
preferably tightly at 29 ‘and cooperates with the
thee-wrapping rings Illv so as to be ?rmly secured
neighboring tie ‘or ties so 'as to provide an an
to the assembled ties I.
' I
Now,,one end‘ II of a wrapping strand I2, is
passed through an opening I3 of a tag I4 of
pasteboard or the like, bearing any desired iden
ti?cat’iongsuch as'the name of the manufacturer
anddescription of the ties Wrapped. Said end of
the wrapping strand is coiled one or vmoretimes
30 about someof the ties as shownat I5,»preferably
‘one or _more times about such end 28 or ends as
- between the wrapping ring 6 and the center of
the bundle, so that a substantial portion of said
end I I extends ‘free of the coiled or wrapped por
tion I5‘ as shown in Figure 1. The tag' I4 is slid
along the strand from the coiled portion to an
. extent substantiallyequal to the distance of the
coiled portion from the extremity or ‘terminal I6
of the ‘large end 8.0f the bundle, and the strand
I2 is then brought longitudinally; along 'thecover
'40 9 and'wrapped about theterminal IS with the
strand engaging the major portion of the printed
face I‘! of the tag,'preferably centrally thereof.
In so wrapping thestrand, the same is preferably
under sufficient tension-to cause the same to form
grooves I8 and tightly engage therein as at l9.
The portion of the strand I2 engaging the tag I4
islikewise depressed therein as at 20, so that the
strand is not only held from slipping off the
large end of the bundle, but is wrapped so _as;to
prevent‘ the tag Ill from sliding relative to the
same. Of course, by virtue of thepassage of the
strand I2 through an opening I3 in the tag “I,
the tag I4 is anchored, but the above-mentioned
arrangement is desirable so that the tag1 l4 may
beheld tightly in substantially the relationshown,
where ‘it also serves as ashield for the cover ter
The strand I2 ‘on’ the side opposite the loop ‘or
chorage "for the strand to prevent the strand
from slipping from the small end of the bundle
toward the center of the bundle.
, It will be evident that in completing the spiral
wrapping of the strand I2, the latter passes about
the ‘wire ring 4. When the securement of the
end of the strand at 29 is completed, a covering
30 of preferably the same ?exible material as the, 30
covering 9 is placed over the small end of the
bundle as shown at the right in Figure 1. The
covering 3|] is preferably wired in place as by the
rings~3l. Now the wrapping ‘of the bundle is
The wrapping of the strand I2 may be accom
plished in any desired way. One manner of so
doing involves the rotation of the bundle by pref
erably mechanical means while a source of strand
wire such as a spool is moved longitudinally of 40
the bundle. A means for carrying out this meth
odis disclosed in my copending application above
identi?ed. Or, if desired, the bundle may be
moved longitudinally while the spool or other
source of strand wire is rotated about the bundle. 45
‘ It will be observed that a glanceat the large
terminal of the bundle will show at once the
description of the contents of the bundle, so that
when a plurality of bundles are placed together
in a rack or ‘bin 32 as shown in Figure 4 or simi
larly placed‘ together in shipment or at their des
tination, with their tags I4 arranged in full view
as illustrated, the contents of the various bundles
are readily made known. The likelihood of mak
ing an error in shipment is thus obviated, and the 55
segregation of the bundles in accordance with
the description of the material bundled is greatly
It will be seen from the foregoing that the
coil-[Sis extended-along the'covering -9 over the
60. wire rings I0 and, rwhenrthe free edge 2| of ,the
time consumed in wrapping a bundle inaccord
covering ~Bis reached, the strand is turned about
ance with the present invention is considerably
the bundle substantially 180° to the extremity
reduced relative to the time consumed in wrap
ping a bundle by spaced rings as hereinabove de
ll of, the strand, said extremity being free to such
an’ extentas to enable the same to be wrapped
65 or coiled preferably a plurality of times about
the strand as shown at 2,2. The strand I2 is then
doubled back at 23 and wrapped in coils at 24
about-the burlap adjacent its edge 2| preferably,
in the direction of the terminal 16. , Thereafter
the strand is directed toward the opposite end ,of
the bundle as shown at 25 and positioned ~pref-,
erablyso as to engage the extremity II of'the
strand l2 so that saidextremity serves as an
' abutment for the'respective portion of the strand.
75; From ;l7:his point, the strand ' spiral wrapped
scribed or in other ways; that substantially a
single strand is employed for completley wrapping 65
substantially the entire ‘bundle, so that although
the strand is securely fastened about the ties, it
may nevertheless be readily removed when de
sired; that the means for wrapping the bundle
also serves as the meansfor securing an iden 70
ti?cation tag ‘in place; that the identi?cation tag
is arranged so as to readily make known the con
tents of a plurality of bundles without necessi-.
tating movement of any of the bundles; that the
bundle will not require redressing at any time.
For the purpose of enhancing the appearance
of the bundle, the strand l2 may be provided
with a ?nish such as copper plate or the like,
the strand being preferably made of steel wire for
the purpose of strength. Any other color sur
facing may be provided, preferably one that con
trasts with the ?nish of the ties l and prefer
ably also with the color of the coverings 9 and
30 and the tag Ill.
The term “bundle” in the description, and
claims is to be understood as including in its
scope an assembly of elongated pieces and also
a length of elongated material.
I am aware that many changes may be made
15 and numerous details of construction may be
varied through a wide range without departing
from the principles of this invention, and I,
therefore, do not purpose limiting the patent.
granted hereon otherwise than necessitated by
20 the prior art.
I claim as my invention:
1. A package comprising a bundle of elongated
elements, a cover on an end of said bundle,
a binding wire having one end anchored to said
elements intermediate the ends thereof, said
binding wire being disposed extending along one
side of said cover, then across the covered end
of said bundle, then along the other side of said
bundle, then interengaged with said one end to 5
de?ne an abutment, then spiraled about said
cover, and then engaged against said abutment
and spiraled lengthwise of the bundle.
2. A package comprising an elongated bundle
having a ?rst end portion and a second end por 10
tion, a binding wire having one end thereof an
chored to said bundle at a point in the vicinity
of the ?rst end, portion of said bundle, said bind
ing wire being disposed extending longitudinally
from said point along one side of said bundle, 15
then transversely across the end of the ?rst end
_portion of said bundle, then longitudinally along
the other side of said bundle, then interengaged
with said one end of the wire to de?ne an abut
ment, then banded about said ?rst end portion 20
of said bundle, and then engaged about said
abutment and spiraled lengthwise of said bundle
towards the second end portion of the bundle.
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