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July 16,1946.
E. R. AMMON '
STOCKING STACKING AND BANDING DEVICE
Filed Sept. 11, 1941
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Patented July 16, 1946
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
STOCKING STACKING AND BANDING
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DEVICE
Edward R. Ammon, Reading, Pa.
Application September 11, 1941, Serial No. 410,485
4 Claims. (01. 100-31)
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dition is obtained in’ the seaming department
This invention is directed to a device for bundl
through the use of the present invention.
The structure and advantages of the invention
will be understood by reference to the illustrative
embodiment thereof in the accompanying draw
ing stockings wherein stockings may be stacked
in neat piles and secured by a suitable tie band.
It is a particular object of the invention to pro
vide a device of the character indicated adapted
ing and the subsequent detailed description. In
such drawing:
machine and in which stockings may be stacked
Fig. 1 is a top plan view of, my stocking seam
by the machine operator as they are withdrawn
ing and banding device and illustrating its pre
from the seaming machine and handed to hold
them in their stacked arrangement. Through the 10 ferred position of use in association with a stock
ing seaming machine;
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use of the invention the stockings reach the in
Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the device shown
spection department in neat stacks from which
the stockings may be easily withdrawn by the in- ‘ in Fig. l on a somewhat larger scale; and
- Fig. 3 is a fragmentary View of a ‘banded ,stac
spector without loss of time of the inspector in
15 of stockings as produced through the use of the
preparing the stockings for examination.
According to usual practice the seaming ma
. The stocking stacking and banding device is of
chine operator places the stockings after seam
extremely simple construction. In the embodi
ing in loose piles of one dozen pairs, and then
ment shown the same takes the form of an elon
packs the piles into bundles which are bound with
pieces of tape or other fabric strips. The bundles 29 gated receptacle shorter than stocking length
having abottom portion l0 and opposite side walls
are delivered to the inspecting machine operator
I l and 12. One end of the receptacle is provided
who, after untying the bundles, must straighten
with meansagainst which the top edges of- the
out the stockings and arrange them in a pile from
stockings may be vertically aligned as‘ they are
which she can withdraw them conveniently one
by one for application to the inspection machine. . 25 stacked therein one by one. Such means prefer
ably takes the form ofa solid end Wall [3. The
Considerable time is lost by the inspector in pre
opposite end I4 of the receptacle is open so that
paring ‘the stockings as received from the seam
the lower ends of the stockings may project out
ing department for examination.
wardly therethrough. A portion of the side wall
Through the use of the invention the seaming
machine operator without additional effort on her . l2 adjoining the open end I4 is cut away at'l5
in at least its upper portion to facilitate the in
part is able to arrange the stockings ?at in neat
troduction of stockings into the receptacle.
piles so as to be ready for inspection without re
to serve as an accessory to a stocking seaming
invention.
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When a suitable number of stockings, say one to
quiring additional preparation after they have
three dozen pairs, has been assembled in a stack
reached the inspection department.
The inspection operation is carried out by .35 in the receptacle a tie band is applied to secure
placing a stocking on a form adapted to stretch
the stocking at various vital points. Forms of this .
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the stack.
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To enable the stockings to be bandedin there
. ceptacle opposing portions of the side Walls ll
and I2 adjacent thebottom 10 are provided with
ious of my prior patents, including No. 2,010,172, 40 openings so that a .tie band may be disposed
character are fully disclosed and described in var
granted August 6, 1935, No. 2,023,946, granted De
cember 10, 1935, and No. 2,090,883, granted Au
gust 24, 1937. To further assist the inspecting
machine operator I have in my copending appli
transversely of the bottom preliminary to'the in
troduction of stockings with portions of thejtie
band projecting outwardly of the receptacle.
Such opposing openings are extended upwardly to
cation Serial No. 389,430, filed April 19, 1941, pro 45 provide guideways 0r slots l6 and “through
posed to provide an adjustable tray structure in
which projecting portions of the tie band may
juxtaposition to the end of the inspection form
be drawn after astack of stockings has [been as
in which stockings are placed when received from
sembled and. secured. around the sidesand the
the inspecting department and from which the
top or the pile. The tie band may take the form
operator can draw the top‘ end of the stocking 50 of a piece of tape or string as indicated at [-8 in
over the inspecting form with the minimum of
Fig. 1, or if desired thetie band may comprise ‘a7 ,
effort and time. To enable the full bene?ts of
circular elastic band which may preliminarily be
such apparatus to be obtained, it is important
placed in the slots I 6 and I1 and extended around
that the stockings be arranged preliminarily in
the end wall I3 so that after a stack of stockings
flat piles when inserted in the tray, and this con
has been received in the receptacle the elastic
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eluding an elongated base wall sui?ciently long
to support the top and main leg portion of stock
ings but being short enough that the foot portion
of stockings stacked in the receptacle will pro
ject beyond one end of the base, said base end
being so formed without obstruction that the
band may be stretched upwardly over the top end’
of end wall I3 and the adjoining portions of the
side walls II and I2, and then allowed to con
tract through the upper portions of slots 16 and
I1 around the top and sides of the stocking pile.
The receptacle may be formed of any suitable
material such as wood or metal. Preferably the
stocking foot portions will hang downwardly
thereover without danger of snagging or other
wise injuring the delicate. stocking. fabric, oppo
side walls .LI -.and 12 .are lined “with canvas or
other suitable fabric. The purpose of such lining
is not only to protect the stockings against snag
ging on the receptacle, but to frictionally engage I
site side wall members secured to and, forming
‘with the base wall a relatively narrow elongated
the opposite sides of the stocking ‘pile so that
stocking-receiving channel, said side walls being
those stockings which have been disposed flat in
located inspaced apart relation just sufficient to
the pile will not be disarranged as additional
‘accommodate the width of a stocking leg so that
stockings are inserted into the receptacle; .AS. 15 stockings received in the receptacle tend to lie
shown, the fabric covering l9 may be extended
flat and stack singly on top of one another in
over the upper edges of the-sidewalls-lll ‘and 12V
substantial vertical alignment, a vertical end wall
and applied also to the exterior of such walls. upstanding from the base wall closing the end
In Fig. 1 the receptacle is shown in position as '
of the receptacle receiving the stocking tops and
as accessory to a seaming machine. Suchv ma 20 against which the top edges of. thestockings can
chine 20withits. feed rolls 2| and’22 is diagram
be stacked in substantial.verticalalignment, and
matically'illustrated' in position on the'usual sup
opposite tie band receivingnarrow vertical chan
porting table. 23. g The ‘stocking stacking and
nels in therespectivesides of the receptacle above
banding device is' placed on table 23 with its
an. intermediate point in the length of. the recep
tacle base wall adapted to receive a tie band for
open end projecting beyondthe front edgeofthe
‘table, and with its longitudinalaxis‘at an angle
of about sixty-?ve degrees to such table edge.
The cutaway portion I5 of the, side. wall I2 is dis
posed
2| andopposite
22 so ‘that
the after
seaming
the machine
stocking feed
has been
rolls
fed through the, rolls the operator may conven
application around the stocking-s stacked in the
receptacle.
2. Astocking seaming machine accessory as in
claim 1 wherein a portion of one of the side walls
adjacent the open end of the receptacle .is cut
away to provide an additional open area through
which the arm may be inserted in introducing
iently draw; the top end ,of the stocking into the
receptacle-through the cutaway portion of the re
stockings into the receptacle.
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ceptacle side wall. A stack 24 of stockings is v
3. A stocking seaming machine accessory as in
shown in position in the receptacle prior to being
claim 1. further including vmeans for frictionally
handed, ‘by the tie band "3. As. previously noted
engaging stockings stacked in the receptacle and
the lower portions‘ of ‘the ‘stockings: will project
holding the same against disarrangement when
outwardly through'the-open‘ receptacle end l4 and
additional stockings are inserted in the receptacle
hang downwardly sinceit .is' unnecessary that‘the ,. .
‘foot portions be arranged in?at form as in the
case of the upper partsof the stockings,
‘The stack‘of stockings‘ is securedtby the tie band
' while’ in the receptacle by drawing‘ projecting
portions of'thetie band l-8upwardly'throughthe ..
guide slots l6 and "and then securing the same.
The now banded stack of "stockings .will ‘then ‘be
removed from the receptacle,_i‘or. transportation‘
to the inspecting" department and will appear
more or‘less as shown in Fig. 3.
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Whereas under prior-practices the seamingma
chine operator usually ‘bundled stockings in lots
of_a character notto snag or otherwise injure the
delicate stocking fabric and comprising a fabric
covering, lining, the inner surfaces. of the recep
tacle‘side walls and adapted'vto engage the oppo
site marginal areas of the stacked stockings.
4.. .A stocking seaming'machine accessory con-_
sisting of a receptacle openat-the top and at one
end comprising a base member, opposite side
members‘ and one end member forming an elon
gated relatively narrow; stockingreceiving chan;
:56 nel of vjust vsu??cient width to accommodate the
vof a dozen pairs, since it'was'di?icult for her to.
band more than this number together when piled
at random, the stockings can be conveniently
piled through the use of'the invention "in lots of
three dozen pairs. The stacks are banded'inth'e
width of one stocking so that through coopera
tion of the side and end wallsstockings received
in the receptacle can be stacked" on top of each
other in substantial vertical alignment-"with the
top ends of the stockings against'the'end wall,
receptacle whichdispenses with the necessity of
said receptacle being of ' substantially greater
length than width so as to accommodate therein
the top and main leg portions of stockings stacked
handling. ‘until after banding. : The. improved
therein, but being su?iciently short that the foot
bundling of. stockings not only saves considerable. ; . portions of stockings will project outwardly
time on the Partof the inspection department, (30 through the open end of the receptacle and hang
but ‘it .is. further found that the invention'appre-i
downwardly over the edge of ‘the base member,
ciably reduces handling time, on the part of the 7 and narrow vertical slots in the opposite sides
seaming machine operator and enables her to
adapted to receive a tie‘ band for’ application
obtain a greater hourly production of stockings. ' around stockings stacked in the receptacle, said
What I claim is:
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l. A stocking seaming machine accessory coma
prising .a relatively narrow and elongated open
slots being located in the sides above an inter
mediatepoint of the lengthiof ‘thereceptacle‘base
topped. receptacle, adapted to. have stockings
member nearer the closed end of'the receptacle
so that the tie-band will engage the-upper por
stockedlengthwise. therein as they areremoved -
tion Ofi the stacked stockings.
from. the. seaming machine, said receptacle in.
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EDWARDR. AMMON.
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