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Patented May 21, 1963
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Francis A. Craig, Durham, N.C., and Neal R. Parlatore,
Laurelton, N.Y., assignors to International Cigar Ma
chinery (30., a corporation of New Jersey
Filed §ept. 6, 1960, Ser. No. 54,2”
16 Claims. (Cl. 53-—133)
FIGS. 10,
sive steps of
inserted in a
'FIGS. 12,
11 are end elevations illustrating the succes
a cigar together with a wrapper hlank being
pocket of the wrapping turret.
13, 14 are end elevations illustrating the suc
cessive steps ‘of forming and sealing the longitudinal seam
of a wrapped cigar in a pocket of the wrapping turret,
FIGS. 15, 16 are isometric views illustrating the end
fold tuckers during tucking operation,
FIG. 17 is a side elevation illustrating the end fold
chines for enveloping cigars and in particular to im 10 creasing members in conjunction with the end fold tuck
ers prior to creasing operation.
provements in a cigar over-wrapping and banding ma
FIG. 18 is an isometric end elevation illustrating the
end fold creasing members ‘during creasing operation,
Generally, cigars are wrapped in transparent material
The present invention relates to improvements in ma
FIG. 19 is a detailed plan view of one pair of tucker
such as cellophane which is heat sealed to form an en—
closed envelope and is provided with a .band having im 15 ?ngers and their actuating mechanism,
FIG. :20 is a side elevation of the same taken on line
printed thereon indicia signifying the manufacturer’s
2ll—2010fvFIG. 19,
name and contents of the cigar. When cellophane over
FIG. 21 is an isometric end elevation illustrating the
wraps are thus employed, it has become desirable to pro
end fold banding and sealing mechanism,
vide a tear strip to facilitate its opening. The present
FIG. 22 is a partial side elevation illustrating the end
invention is characterized by utilizing the cigar brand as
sealing members during sealing operation,
a tear strip vby adhering the band to the cellophane Wrap
FIG. 23 is a partial side elevation illustrating the end
per and simultaneously feeding the band and cellophane
seal ironing mechanism,
for wrapping about cigars.
FIG. 24 is an isometric view showing the wrapped cigar
The main object ‘of the present invention is to provide a
high speed machine for applying a band to a length of 25 with the projecting end of the tear strip band,
FIG. 25 is a line diagram of the control circuit for the
cellophane and utilizing the same for over-wrapping a
The reference to cigar bands in this description are to
A further object of the present invention is to provide
those which are usually termed cellophane hands. These
a novel mechanism ‘for applying the band directly to the
cellophane over-wrap so that they may be simultaneously 30 are supplied in reels in an end to end relationship so that
each individual band is continuous and requires successive
wrapped about the cigar. It being ‘contemplated that
cut-oil. The length of each band in general should be
paper and cellophane, and other types of handing ma
slightly longer than the width of the cellophane being used
terial, may be used.
to \overwrap the cigar so that one end of this ‘band will
It is another object of the present invention to provide
a novel mechanism for feeding the banding material and 35 extend beyond the edge of the overwrapping cellophane
so that it may be used as a tear-shape. lit should not be
the cellophane wrapping material to the machine from
construed that the apparatus described herein limits itself
substantially endless roll of webbing and for registering
only to the use of such material. It could and can be
and positioning the same accurately with respect to each
adapted to bands in reel form fabricated from paper.
other and to the cigar around which it is to be wrapped.
It is a further object ‘of this invention to provide a novel
mechanism for applying the band to the cellophane so
that it can act as a tear strip.
Still another object of the present invention is to pro
vide a novel mechanism for turning the ends of the cello
Such adaptation would require only minor changes in the
described apparatus.
The reference to the cellophane overwrapping in this
description is to the usual material used for wrapping
a cigar after it is completely fabricated. Such wrapping
phane over-wrap and for sealing the cellophane to form 45 comes in a continuous reel requiring only that a prede
an enclosed envelope.
Other objects and features of the invention will appear
as the description of the particular physical embodiment
selected to illustrate the invention progresses.
In the
accompanying drawings, which form part of this speci
?cation, like characters of references have been applied
to corresponding parts throughout the several views which
termined length be cut therefrom to conform to the
length of the cigar to be wrapped.
The present apparatus combines mechanism for feed
ing the banding material, the cellophane overwrap mate
rial, combining the both, and overwrapping the cigars
into a ?nished product. In order to simplify this speci?
cation, therefore, the description of the apparatus and its
operation will be taken in various stages.
In the accompanying drawings:
Band Feed
H65. 1, 2 when joined at line A—iA constitute a front
With reference ?rst to FIGURES 1, 3, and 5, where
elevation of the machine with FIG. 2 drawn at a slightly
the feeding to the band is more clearly shown, there will
larger scale than FIG. 1,
be seen a reel 10 of cellophane bands mounted on shaft
FIGS. 3, 4 when joined at line B-—B constitute a plan
12 for free rotation, with end of the web 14 threaded
view of the machine with the upper structure omitted,
downwardly between two feed rolls 16 and 18 and around
FIG. 5 is a sectional end elevation of the machine illus
a loop roll 20‘ held on arm 22 which is freely pivoted
trating the band web feed, taken on line SQS of FIG. 1,
make up the drawings.
about a laterally extending stud 24-. The web is then
FIG. 6 is ‘also an end elevation of the machine illustrat
passed Over an idler roller 26, a second pair of feed rolls
ing the band web feed drive mechanism, taken on line
28 and 3D to scissor shears 32 held, on bracket 34, which
6—6 ‘of FIG. 1,
PEG. 7 is a sectional side elevation of the machine il 65 are adapted to effect the successive cut—off of each in
dividual band .36‘. Just prior to the cut-off of each band,
lustrating the cigar wrapping turret as -well as the infeed
the Web 14- is gripped by tongs 38 held on carriage 40.
and delivery end of the machine,
This carriage 40‘ is then adapted to move forward, bring
FIG. 8 is a detailed end elevation of the wrapper web
ing the cut-off band 36 underneath a moving web of
cutting and slitting mechanism,
‘FIG. 9 is a partial front view taken on line §——§ of FIG. 70 cellophane wrapper 1%. A sealing unit 42 moves down
clamping the band 36 and cellophane Wrapper web 100
5 illustrating the band holding, cutting and applying mech
against a platform 44 held on bracket 46. The
wrapper web 100 together with a band 36 is then indexed
forward, as will be described later, to the wrapping sta
tion at turret T.
The ?rst pair of feed rolls 16 and 18 are driven through
an electro-magnetic clutch 50 mounted on rotating shaft
52 which is connected to the central source of power,
apparatus, a signal is obtained by passing from the
opaqueness of the written material of a hand 36 to the
transparency between bands which, as will he observed,
are in end to end relationship on the web 14. Since the
bands 36 are predominantly covered by printed material,
only the spaces between successive bands are positively
as will be explained later herein. Clutch 505 is normally
transparent. The photo-diode 90 is connected to sole-y
energized and it continuously rotates sprocket gear 54
noid 92 which when it is energized, as it normally is,
which, in turn, through chain 56, rotates. sprocket 58 to
causes a plunger 94 to extend outward and press upon
which roll 16 is connected. Another sprocket 69 to which 10 rod 96 pivoted about stud 98. Rod 96 acts as a braking
roll 18 is connected simultaneously engages sprocket 58
means for rolls 28 and 30 and is adapted to engage and
and rotates with it. The purpose of feeding the web
disengage with a circular ratchet 102 keyed to shaft 104
through feed rolls 16 and 18 is to provide for the main
on which sprocket 68 and roll 30 are mounted. When
tenance of constant tension on the web between this point
the solenoid 92 is energized, the plunger 94 pivots rod
and feed rolls 28 and 30 which are themselves driven 15 96, disengaging pawl 106 from ratchet 102. When a sig
through a second electromagnetic clutch 62 mounted on
nal is obtained from the photo-diode 90 (when trans
shaft 52 in a similar manner to the way feed rolls 16 and
parency appears) solenoid 92 is de—energized, releasing
18 are driven; that is, through a sprocket 64, chain 66,
plunger ‘94. Spring 108 immediately pivots rod 96 and
and sprocket pairs 68 and 70. However, the amount of
pawl 106 engages the ratchet 102. This results in an
torque transmitted by clutch 62 is varied by a potentiom 20 instantaneous braking of the rolls 28 and 34}. It will now
eter (shown only in the schematic circuit diagram) and is
be realized that the torque reduction on magnetic clutch
reduced substantially for reasons which will be described
62 was for the purpose of limiting the torque on ratchet
more fully later on.
102 which had to be overcome by the braking action of
Maintaining constant tension between two sets of feed
pawl 186. Since the torque of clutch 62 may be varied
rolls materially assists in accurate registration. The ?rst 25 by manipulation of the potentiometer, adjustment be~
set of feed rolls 16 and 18 unwind the web from the supply
tween it and the brake 102, 106, can easily be effected
reel 10 until the loop roll arm 22 reaches its lowest posi
to obtain the most accurate and effective registration. It
tion; just prior to reaching that position the stud 72 on
will also be noted that the plunger 94 is released by de
which roll 20 is mounted and which extends outwardly
activating the solenoid 92 and that a spring 108 is used
therefrom will interfere with the tentacle 74 of a limit 30 to trip the rod 96. The reason ‘for this is to overcome
switch 76. Limit switch 76 is electrically connected to
any error that might exist through wave form differences
electro-magnetic clutch 50 so that interference with the
or non-constant responses in a solenoid acting in an op
switch will de-energize the clutch and stop the rotation
posite manner.
of the first pair of feed rolls 16 and 18, halting the move
Should it be desired to employ bands not of the cello
ment of the web 14 from roll 10. Meanwhile, the feed 35 phane type, i.e., paper or tin-foil, the photo-diode sens
rolls 28 and 30 continue to feed the band to the cutting
scissors since their drive mechanisms continue their nor
mal operation. Once clutch 50 is disengaged, the feed
ing system could be easily adapted to become one which
senses re?ective or printed indicia. Thus, the present
apparatus is generally adapted to such use.
rolls 16 and 18 act asa brake, and the feed rolls 28 and
As previously stated, the feed rolls 28 and 30 feed out
30 continuing to feed the web will cause the loop roll 40 the length of band at approximately 270-300 degrees ro<
20 and arm 22 to rise until the extension 72 interferes
tation of cam shaft 86 and that registration of the web
with the tentacle 78 of a second limit switch 80. Limit
14 is picked up ‘by photo-diode 90 in this length of time.
switch 80, when interfered with, re-energizes magnetic
This registration occurs just prior to the time that scis
clutch ‘50 to which it is also electrically connected and the
sors 32 would close, cutting oil the band. Scissors mech
feed rolls 16 and 18 resume feeding the web 14. The 45 anism is clearly shown in FIGS. 5 and 9 and comprises
?rst pair of feed rolls 16 and 18 are adapted to feed
an upper blade 110 and a lower blade 112. The upper
out approximately 1A; to 1A of an inch more web than
blade 110 is keyed to stud 114 on which is also keyed a
the length of an individual band 36 per cycle while the
sprocket gear 116. The lower blade 112 is freely mount
second pair of the feed rolls 28 and 30, since they must
ed on the stud 114 and has a U-shaped member 118 de
feed the cutting scissors, feed only the length of a band 50 pending from its hub. The bight of the U-shaped mem
36. It is this continual overfeed of feed rolls 16 and 18
ber engages within it a pin 120 extending laterally from
which allows the loop roll 20 and 22 to drop, causing inter
sprocket gear 116. A gear sector 122 pivotally mounted
ference with limit switch 72 and prevents and overdraw
on bracket 124 engages with the gear 116. Extending
ing of web 14 from roll 10.
from sector 122 are rod links 126, 128 and 130, the end
The second pair of feed rolls 28 and 20‘ are driven 55 of which is connected to an L-shaped arm 132 pivoted
by clutch 62 as described previously. While the relative
about shaft 134. The lower arm of the L-shaped mem
peripheral speed of the two sets of rolls v16 and 18 and 26
her 132 ‘has a cam follower 134 engaging cam 136, which
and 30 will remain constant since they are chain driven,
is keyed to shaft 86. The cam 136 has a track shaped so
the shaft speed on which the two clutches 50 and 62 are
that during its rotation it actuates L-shaped member 132,
mounted may be varied. Variable pitch pulley 82 60 raising rods 126, 128 and 130, moving sector 122. It
mounted on clutch shaft 52, in connection with clutch 62,
will be observed that the movement of sector 122 actu<
variable pitch pulley 84 on cam shaft 86, and belt link-age
ates both scissor blades 110 and 112. The scissor mech
88, is provided for this purpose. The rate ‘of feed for
anism 32 is timed from the cam shaft 86 to synchronize
rolls 28 and 30‘ are such that these two rolls will feed
with the feeding of the band Web 14 and causes the blades
out the length of a band 36 in 270-300 degrees of cam 65 110 and 112 to cut the leading band 36 immediately
after the brake is applied to feed rolls 28 and 30. As’
shaft 86 rotation. This rate of feed may be adjusted for
differences in size of hands by adjusting the variable pitch
the cam 136 continues to rotate, after severing the for
ward band, the blades 110 and 112 are caused to open
The feeding of web 14 by rolls 28 and 30 is controlled
to allow for the subsequent feeding of the web. Ap
by photo-diode sensing mechanism 90 which senses and 70 proximately 10 degrees of rotation of cam shaft 86, after
obtains cut-otf and registration information. The photo
the opening of the blades, a timing switch 138 shown in
diode 90 contains a light source and an optical system
FIG. 2 (and described later) is opened. Switch 138 is.
which casts a beam of light upon a photo-electric sensi
an independent cam operated timing mechanism and
tive diode. A description of this type of apparatus is
believed unnecessary in the present case. In the present 75 acts to energize the solenoid 92 which thereupon releases}
the brake by extending plunger 94 into the engagement
with rod 96, allowing the feed rolls 28 and 31) to turn,
driving the succeeding band ahead until such succeeding
band again comes into register and the cycle is repeated.
The independent switch means is necessary in the present
case to bypass the photo-diode since the diode cannot
be automatically reset because the web is stationary.
Just prior to the closing of blades 11% and 112, the
then the threading of the overwrapping cellophane would
be reversed in such a fashion that such an application
could be made. Other modi?cations will easily be seen.
Web Feed
The cellophane wrapper web 1411 mentioned hereto
fore is pulled from a reel 2% (FIG. 1) over a loop roller
292 and a pair of idler rollers 2154 and 206 by means
of a pair of intermittently rotating feed rollers 208 and
211) working in ‘conjunction with a pair of reciprocating
tongs 38 which are carried on carriage 4t} grip the leading
edge of the band 14. The carriage 4G is mounted by
means of rolls 1411 on track 142. To the carriage is
gripper feed ?ngers 212 (FIG. 4) which pull a prede
connected an elongated rod 144 by means of a swivel
termined length of wrapper web beneath the wrapper tur
joint 146. Rod 144 is connected at its other end to an
ret T and over a cigar waiting at the cigar injecting sta
arm 148 which has a slotted portion 150 engaging a
tion to be inserted into one of the pockets of said wrap
second swivel joint 152. The arm 148 is keyed to a shaft
per turret T. The loop roller 202 mentioned above is
154 (FIG. 5) which also has keyed to it, at ‘approximately 15 pivotally supported at the free end of an arm 214 mount
90 degrees from arm 148, a second arm 156. At the
ed on a shaft 216 (FIG. 1) supported by a suitable bear
end of arm 156 is a cam follower 158 engaging a cam
ing in the feed supporting bracket 218 secured to the
main frame 220 of the machine. The idler roller 204
has a track, shaped so as to cause arm 143 to move rod
is pivotally supported by a stud 222 held by bracket 218
144 in a horizontal reciprocatory motion. The tongs 36' 20 and idler roller 206 is pivotally supported by a stud 224
comprising upper and lower gripper members 162 and
held by a lug 226 projecting ‘from bracket 45. To shaft
164 (FIG. 3) respectively, of which only the lower
216 which carries the loop roller supporting arm 214
member 164 moves, is mounted about screw 166; gripper
is mounted another arm 228 (FIG. 1) to the free end
member 164 being pivotally mounted. The lower mem
of which is pivotally attached the lower end of a bar or
her 164 has an angular extension 168 on which there is 25 link 230 while the upper end of the latter is provided with
160 keyed to and rotating with shaft 86. The cam 160'
mounted a roller 170 which rides on bar 172 rockably
a slot 232 which in turn loosely engages with a stud 234
mounted along a horizontal shaft 174. Bar 172 has con
held ‘by and projecting from the free end of an arm 236.
nected to it a rod 176 which through appropriate link
The arm 236 is mounted on a shaft 238 to which is se
ages is connected to rod 178. The end of rod 178 is
cured another arm 240, the free end of which, by means
connected to L-s-haped member 1851 having cam follower 30 of a link 242, is adjustably connected to the free end
182 which rides on cam 184. Cam 184 has a track,
of a brakeshoe lever 244 pivotally mounted on a hori
shaped so that when the tongs 32 are carried on their
zontal shaft 246 rotatably supported by a suitable bearing
carriage 49 to a position most adjacent to the cutting
in the bracket 213. The brakeshoe lever 244 at its upper
blades, the bar 172 is caused to oscillate or rock and
end carries an arcuately shaped brakeshoe 248 which
close the grippers 162 and 164. When the carriage 41) 35 engages with a brake drum 250‘ which is rotatably sup
has moved rod 142 to its extended position, the bar 172
ported by a horizontal shaft 252 held by bracket 218.
is caused again to oscillate or rock in an opposite man
The vbrake drum 250 is integral with and a part of a suit
ner so as to open the grippers 162 and 164.
The move
ment of the carriage 4th is timed so that the tongs grip
the leading edge of the band 14 just prior to the closing
of the blades and, upon the opening of the blades, ad
vances the band underneath the sealing unit 42 and un
able reel support member 254 which rotatably supports
the cellophane reel 2%.
The brake arrangement just mentioned is employed
for the purpose of overfeeding the cellophane web and
keeping a desired tension on the same at all times.
derneath the cigar wrapper cellophane 10%.
is self-evident that when the web loop L (FIG. 1) which
The sealing unit 42, that is the heating surface which
engages with the ?oating roller 2022 becomes too large,
is used to tack the cut-off band 36 to the over-wrapping 45 the arm 214 carrying said roller 262, will move in a
cellophane 1%, consists of a block 186 containing a re
downward direction turning its support shaft 216 in an
sistance heater, the bottom of the block 186 which bears
anti-clockwise direction. Since arm 223 is'also mounted
against the cellophane has two bands, each band ap
on shaft 216, an anti-clockwise rotation of the latter
proximately 3/1<;” wide by 1/2” long. This block 136 is
causes an upward motion of arm 22% which through
supported on lever 188 and is pivoted through a bell 50 link 23%}, arm 236, arm 240, link 242 and brakeshoe lever
crank 1%, suitable rod linkage 1812, bell crank 194 and
244, effects a braking action of the brakeshoe 246 against
rod linkage 1%, from a cam 193 keyed to and rotating
the brake drum 256. A braking action against the drum
with shaft 86. Bell crank 1% is biased by spring 191
250, of course, results in an arrest of the cellophane reel
to keep cam follower 113i’? engaged with cam 198. Thus
2th) and no cellophane web can be pulled off the same
when the cut-off band 36 is in position, the block 136 is 55 until the major portion of web contained in the loop L
brought down, clamping the cellophane 1% to the band
is used up and the ?oating roller support arm 214 is
36 against the supporting plate 4-4 below it and by means
lifted during this process. A lifting of arm 214, of
course, causes a lowering of arm 228 which in turn
of the heat transferred effects the tack between the band
and the cellophane. The length of time that the contact
through the above-mentioned connections, effects a re
is held is approximately 180 degrees of cam shaft 86 60 lease of the brakeshoe 248 from drum 250 thus permit
ting the cellophane reel 260 to rotate again and supply
travel. Temperature control of the block, and thus of
the transfer, is maintained by a thermistor unit in a con
the needed web material.
ventional manner.
The web feed rollers 2198 and 2'10 mentioned above are
‘rotatably supported by means of shafts 256 and 25%, re
When the heater block 136 is raised, the overwrap
cellophane 1th) is indexed forward, as will be more ‘fully 65 spectively. The upper feed noller 211i is loosely mounted
on the shaft 258 which in turn at both ends is supported
described, carrying the cut-off band 36 with it. The
in suitable vertical slots 26% of a pair of bearing brackets
length of forward travel of the cellophane wrapper web
262 secured to the main frame of the machine. A pair
is that length which is used for overwrapping the cigar,
of compression springs 264 con?ned in the vertical slots
and as this is moved forward, the band feed cycle begins
260 of the bearing brackets 262 engaging with the ends of
again by re-energization of solenoid 92 through timing
the shaft 258 are employed for the purpose of keeping
cam operated switch 138.
the upper feed roller 211}- in constant engagement with
This apparatus does not limit itself to applying the
the lower feed roller 26%} during feeding operation. The
bard to the inside of the cellophane only, whether the
shaft 256 to which the lower feed roller 268i is secured
band is cellophane or paper. If it were desired to apply
the band on the exterior of the overwrapping cellophane, 75 is rotatably supported in suitable bearings of the bracket
_ 262 and carries a gear 266 (FIG. 3) which engages with
said shaft 256 by means of a conventional one-way clutch
stationary jaw 330. A suitable tension spring 364 (FIG.
7) acting upon arm 354 is employed to keep cam roller
360 in constant contact with cam 362. The feeding of
the wrapper web 100 is accomplished during the clock
wise swing of the oscillating arm 274 which through con
(not shown) so that said shaft, and consequently feed
roller 238, can only be rotated in a clockwise direction.
To one end of the feed roller drive shaft 256 is also
mounted a conventional Warner electric brake 268- (FIG.
3), the function of which will be described hereinafter.
The gear 266 engages with a horizontally reciprocating
gear rack 270 which by means of a connecting rod 272
is connected to the free end of an‘ activating arm 274 10
necting rod 272 causes a forward movement of gear rack
270 which in turn through gear 266 results in a clockwise
rotation of the lower feed roller 208 and, since at this
time the web 100 is engaged by the upper and lower feed
roller 208 and 210‘, respectively, a feeding of the wrapper
mounted on a shaft 276 (FIGS. 1 and 3) rotatably sup
web 100 is effected. At this time the leading edge of said
ported by a switch bearing bracket 278 secured to the
Wrapper web is engaged by the gripper ?ngers 212 and
frame of the machine. To shaft 276 is also keyed an
since the latter are carried by the rod or shaft 324 which,
other arm 280, the free end of which by means of a con
necting rod 282, is connected to the free end of a cam 15 as mentioned heretofore, is connected to the end of gear
rack 276', a forward movement of said gear rack 270 also
lever 284 carrying a cam roller 286 engaging with a cam
track 288 of a cam 290 mounted on shaft 292. The cam
results in a forward movement of said shaft 324 and con
lever 284 is loosely mounted on a horizontal shaft 294
supported by a switch bearing bracket 296 secured to the
web 100 is fed by the feed rollers 208 and 210 and at
which carries the cam 290 is continuously rotated by means
of a gear 300 secured thereto. Gear 300‘ in turn is driven
by and meshes with a gear 302 mounted on the main
drive shaft 304 of the machine. Shaft 304 is rotatably
an arm 370 descends adjacent to the leading end of said
sequently of the gripper ?ngers 212. Thus, the wrapper
bedplate 298 of'the machine (FIG. 1). The shaft 292 20 the same time pulled and guided by the gripper ?ngers
212. As soon as a predetermined length of web has
been fed over the cigar injector guide channel 366, a
web clamping pad 368 suspended from the free end of
supported in suitable bearings of the main frame 220 of 25 web and clamps the same to a suitable table plate 372.
As soon as the wrapper web 100 is clamped to said table
the machine. To shaft 304 is also mounted a sprocket
plate, a scissor-like cutting device 374 (FIGS. 4 and
306 (FIG. 2) which through a chain 308 is continuously
driven from a suitable source of power (not shown).
The reciprocating gear rack 270‘ mentioned above is
8) is activated and cuts a wrapper blank of predetermined
length from the leading end of the wrapper web 100.
slidably supported by two pairs of horizontal rollers 310 30 The web clamping arm 370 is adjustably mounted on a
bell crank lever 376 (FIG. 8) which is provided with a
and 312, and two pairs of vertical rollers 314 and 316.
Rollers 310 and 314 are pivotally mounted on a bracket
cam lever 378 carrying a cam roller 380‘ which engages
with a suitable cam 382 mounted on the main drive shaft
318 (FIGS. 1 and 3) while rollers 312 and 316 are pivot
304. The scissor-like cutting device mentioned above con
ally mounted on a suitable bracket 320 (FIGS. 2 and
4). Both brackets 318 and 320 are suitably secured to 35 sists of two cutting blades 384 and 386 which are pivot
ally supported by a horizontal shaft 388 rotatably sup
the frame work of the machine. To the rear end of the
ported by a suitable bearing by projecting from the table
gear rack 270 is secured a lug 322 (FIG. 4) to which
plate 372. Cutting blade 384 is provided with an activat
is pinned the front end of a horizontal shaft on rod 324
ing lug 390 while blade 386 is provided with an activat
while the rear end of the same is slidably supported by
ing lug 392. Lug 390 at its free end is provided with a
a self-aligning bearing 326 of a bearing bracket 328- suit
suitable slot which engages with a pin 394. Lug 392 at
ably secured to the frame work of the machine. To the
its free end has also a suitable slot which engages with a
front portion of the shaft 324 is also secured the sta
tionary upper jaw 330 of the gripper feed ?ngers 212,
while the lower jaw 332 of said ?ngers is loosely mounted
pm 396. Both pins 394 and 396 project horizontally from
on shaft 324 adjacent the upper jaw 33!), as illustrated in
FIG. 4. To shaft 324 is also mounted a collar 334 to
which is secured one end of a torsion spring 336 which
surrounds said shaft, while the other end of said torsion
horizontal shaft 400 which is rotatably supported in suit
able bearmg lugs projecting from the table plate 372 and
the web feed table 402. The horizontal shaft 490' is
a disc 398 (FIG. 8) which is mounted on the end of a
oscillated or rocked by means of a lever 404 which is
secured to said shaft and the free end of which through
spring is anchored to the lower jaw 332 of the gripper
?ngers 212. The torsion spring 336 is employed for the 50 a connecting rod 406 is connected to the free end of a
cam lever 408. Cam lever 408 is pivotally supported by
purpose of keeping the jaws 330 and 332 of gripper ?ngers
212 closed during web feeding action. The opening of
said jaws is effected by a roller 338 which is pivotally
mounted on the hub of the lower jaw 332 and engages
with a horizontally mounted vertical oscillating bar 340
which at each end is secured to a lug 342 and 344, re
spectively, (FIG. 4). Lug 344 is secured to a horizontal
shaft 346 rotatably supported by a suitable bearing in
scissor-like cutting device 374 and thus effect a clos
ably supported in a suitable bearing of bracket 320. To 60 mg and cutting action of the upper and lower cutting
blades of the same. A properly mounted and connected
shaft 346 is also secured a lever 350 (FIGS. 2, 4, and
torsion spring 416 (FIG. 4) acting upon said cutting blades
7) the free end of which by means of a link 352 is con
keeps the latter normally apart and in open position. To
nected to an arm 354 which is pivotally mounted on
bracket 328 while lug 342 is secured to a shaft 348 rotat
a stud shaft 356 held by the frame work of the machine.
the horizontal shaft 400 is mounted another arm 418
From the hub of arm 354 extends a cam lever 358 which 65 which at its free end carries a roller 420‘ which engages
with the bottom edge of a lever 422 pivotally mounted on
at its free end carries a cam roller 360‘ engaging with a
cam 362 mounted on the main drive shaft 304. It is self—
a shaft 424 held by a slitter mechanism supporting bracket
evident that the cam 362 through lever 358, arm 354, link
352, lever 350, shaft 346 and lug 344, the bar or rail 324
causes a raising and lowering of the bar 340. Since the
roller 338 which engages with said bar is carried by the
hub of the lower jaw 332 and the torsion spring 336 keeps
said roller in constant engagement with said bar, a rais
ing and lowering of the same effects an opening or closing,
respectively, of the lower jaw 332 with respect to the upper 75
426. Lever 422 is provided with an extension 425 which
projects in the opposite direction of lever 422 (FIG. 8)
and which at its free end loosely connects with the lower
end of a vertical stud 428. Stud 428 slidingly projects
through a hole in bracket 426 as well as through a hole
in the web feed table 432 and carries at its upper portion
a knife supporting plate 430 to each of the two side edges
of which is adjustably secured a downwardly projecting
and pointed slitting knife 432. Surrounding the upper
portion of stud 428 and con?ned between the bottom side
of the knife supporting plate 430, and the top of the
bracket 426, is a compression spring 434 which is em
ployed for the purpose of keeping the knife supporting
plate 430 and consequently the vertical slitting knives 432
in raised position. However, when the shaft 400 is rotated
clockwise during cutting action, as described above, the
to the frame of the machine. Tension spring 476 is
provided for the purpose of keeping lug 474 of arm
472 in yieldable engagement with an adjustable stud 478
carried by a lug 48h projecting from the hub of a cam
lever 482 which carries a cam roller 484 engaging with
a cam 436 (FIG. 2) which through the aforementioned
connections imparts vertical reciprocating motion to the
plungers 438. In order to keep the latter in perfect
upright position at all times, said plungers 433 are pivotal
roller carrying arm 418 secured to said shaft rotates clock
ly connected to another horizontal shaft 483 carried by
wise also and raises or lifts the lever 422. A raising of 10 an arm 49% which is rotatably supported by a shaft 492
lever 422, of course, effects a downward movement of
supported by suitable bearings in the main frame of the
its extension 425 and, since extension 425 is coupled to
the vertical stud 428 by means of a pin 429‘, said vertical
stud is pulled downward and with it, of course, the knife
machine. if it is desirable that the plungers 438 should
have a ?rmer grip on the cigars they elevate, each
plunger 43%- may be provided with a suitable duct 494
supporting plate 430 and the downwardly pointed knives 15 (FIG. 7) which by means of a ?exible tube 4-96 may
432, causing the slitting of the cellophane wrapper web 100
be connected to a suitable air valve 498 which through
along one side edge and adjacent each side of the band
a link 509 may be activated by an arm 5&2 rotatably
36 which is sealed to and carried by said Web 1nd.
supported by the shaft 492. From the hub of arm 5&2
As mentioned heretofore a predetermined length of
may extend a cam lever 504- which carries a cam roller
wrapper web 100 with an adhered band 36 is fed over
5% engaging with a suitable cam (not shown) which
the cigar injector channel 366 and cut from the rest
imparts oscillating motion to the suction valve which
of the web in the manner described above. As soon as
in turn permits intermittent suction to reach ducts 494
the web 106 comes to rest on the top of the cigar in
of the vertical plungers 438. Valve 498, of course, by
jector channel and about the same time said web is
of a suitable tube (not shown) may be connected
clamped on the feed table '372, by clamping pad 363 25 to a suitable source of suction (not shown).
on arm 370, a pair of inverted L-shaped ?ngers 436
After a predetermined length of wrapper web 100
(FIG. 7) ascend and clamp the leading end of said web
is fed over the cigar injector channel 366 and clamped
100 onto the top edges of the cigar injector channel
thereto and cut in the manner described above, the web
366 before the cutting of a predetermined length of web
30 feed and gripper ?ngers 212 open up and release the
takes place (FIG. 10) so that after cutting the wrapper
leading end of the wrapper blank so that the latter, to
blank is in the desired position to engage with a cigar
gether with the cigar, can be elevated by the vertical
C, which is then elevated by a plurality of vertical plungers
plungers 438‘ into a waiting pocket P of the wrapper
438 which push a cigar C up through the injector channel
turret T as mentioned above. The opening of the web
366 where it engages with the severed wrapper blank
35 gripper ?ngers 212, of course, is accomplished through
and cigar, and wrapper blank is further elevated and
the rocking, or in this case, raising of the rail 340 which,
inserted into an open and waiting pocket P of the cigar
as described heretofore, effects the lowering or opening
machine folding turret illustrated in FIG. 7. During
of the lower jam 332 of the gripper ?ngers 212. Due to
the elevation of the cigar and the wrapper blank, the
the anti-clockwise swing of arm 274 the gripper ?ngers
L-shaped retainer ?ngers 4336 move upward with the 40 return open to their original position, after which said
same and remain in contact with said cigar and blank
?ngers 212 close again and again and grip the leading
until the latter is inserted into said pocket of the turret
end of the wrapper Web 160‘. To facilitate the gripping
T. The bottom plunger 44%?‘ of the pocket P also engages
of the leading end of said wrapper web the table plate
with the cellophane wrapper blank and the cigar as the
372 is provided with a suitable cut out 503 (FIG. 4).
latter enters the pocket P. The injector channel 3&6
The cigars C to be wrapped are conveyed from a suit
consists of two angle bars 442 and 444 suitably sup 45 able hopper or feeding station (not shown) by means of
ported by and mounted transversely on a table plate
a pair of parallel horizontal conveyor chains Sit)‘ (FIGS.
446 supported by the main frame of the machine. The
2, 4 and 7) which are continuously driven by means of
inverted L-shaped blank retaining members 436 are
a pair of sprockets 512 mounted on a shaft 514 which
pivotally mounted between collars on a horizontal shaft
in turn is driven by a suitable sprocket (not shown)
443 which projects from and is secured to the free end
through a chain 516 and a sprocket 518 (FIG. 2)
of an arm 45% (FIGS. 4 and 7) pivotally supported by
mounted on the shaft 292. From the feed conveyor
a suitable stud 452 held by the main frame of the ma
chains 5-10 the cigars are pushed intermittently through
the injector channel into the turret pocket as described
above. Feed table 468, of course, is provided with suit
each of which pivotally engages with a horizontal shaft 55 able cut-outs 520 (FIG. 4) to accommodate the vertical
456 carried by and projecting from the free end of an
ly reciprocating plungers 438.
arm 458 pivotally supported by a horizontal shaft 460
The wrapping machine turret T is of the type Well
held in suitable bearings by the main frame of the ma
known in the art, carrying a plurality of pockets P about
chine. From the hub of the arm 4.58 extends a cam
its periphery and mounted on a horizontal shaft 522
lever 462 which carries a cam roller 464 engaging with 60 (FIGS. 2 and 7). The latter is rotated intermittently
chine. Each L-shaped member 436 is provided with
a downwardly projecting extension 454, the lower end of
a suitable cam 466 mounted on the main drive shaft
by means of a geneva wheel 524 mounted thereon and
driven by a suitable roller 526 carried by a crank pin
members 436 being connected to the two parallel arms
528 (FIG. 2) secured to a gear 53% rotatably supported
450 and 458 assure that the horizontal legs of member
by a stud shaft 532 secured to and projecting from a leg
436 remain exactly horizontal when moving upward 65 of the main frame of the machine. Gear 531} meshes
with the wrapper blank and cigar as described above.
with and is driven from a gear 534 mounted on the main
The vertical plungers 438 which lift the cigar from
drive shaft 304 of the machine.
a feed table 468 and inserts the same together with the
Each pocket P of the turret T consists of a pair of
wrapper blank into the turret pocket are pivotally sup
side walls or jaws 536 each of which by means
ported at their bottom end by means of a horizontal 70 of a pair of pins 533 is pivotally attached to the body
shaft 470 (FIGS. 2 and 7) carried by the free end of an
540 of the turret T. The lower legs of each pair of jaws
arm 472 pivotally mounted on the shaft 46%. The hub
536 engage with each other in tooth-like fashion and
of arm 472 is provided with a lug 474 (FIG. 7) to the
one of them carries a cam roller 542. The cam roller
free end of which is hooked one end of a tension spring
542 of each pair of jaws 536 of each pocket P engages
47 6 while the other end of the latter is suitably anchored
The extensions 454 of the L-shaped clamping
with a cam 544 which is loosely and rotatably supported
gages with a cam 550 mounted on a shaft 552.
592, each of which is secured to one end of a suitably
shaped arm plate 594, while the other end of each arm
plate by means of a link 596 is pivotally connected to a
by the shaft 522. Integral with cam 544 is an arm 546,
the free end of which carries a cam roller 548 which en
stud 598 carried by a horizontally reciprocating bar 600
slidably supported by suitable brackets 602 (FIG. 1) se
shaft 552 is driven continuously by means of a suitable
sprocket 554 mounted thereto and which in turn through
a chain 556 (FIG. 2) is driven by a sprocket 558
mounted on shaft 292. Suitable tension springs 560
placed between the outer walls of adjacent pockets as
cured to the frame structure of the machine.
Both arm
plates 594, at their center portion, are pivotally mounted
in scissor-like fashion to a stud shaft 604 projecting from
and carried by a horizontally reciprocating bar 606 also
sure that the cam roller 542 of each set of jaws of each 10
slidably supported by the aforementioned bracket 602.
The bar 600 by means of a projecting stud 608 engages
with the forked free end of a cam lever 610 pivotally
mounted on a stud 612 held by a suitable bracket 614
engagement with the lower portion of cam 544, but as
secured to the frame work of the machine (FIG. 1).
soon as the cam roller rolls onto the high portion of
Cam lever 610 carries a cam roller 616 engaging with a
said cam, the jaws of the respective pocket opens. Fur
pocket always remains in engagement with the cam 544.
As illustrated in FIG. 7, the jaws 536 remain in closed
position as long as their respective cam roller 542 is in
cam track 618 of a drum cam 620 mounted on the shaft
thermore, as illustrated in FIG. 7, the jaws of each
pocket, when arising empty at the cigar injecting or load
522. The bar 606, by means of a projecting stud 622,
engages with the forked free end of a cam lever 624
ing station, are open to receive a cigar as mentioned
heretofore, but as soon as a cigar, together with a wrapper 20 pivotally mounted on a stud 626 held by bracket 614.
Cam lever 624 carries a cam roller 628 engaging with a
blank, is inserted, the cam 544 is slightly rotated in an
anti-clockwise direction so that the cam roller 542 of this
pocket rolls from the high portion of cam 544 onto its
low portion and thus closes the jaws of this pocket before
the turret is indexed. The jaws remain closed while the 25
turret is intermittently rotated past the various folding
and sealing stations and open again only when arriving
at the discharge or delivery station where the ?nished
track 630 of the drum cam 620. It is self-evident that
the proper relative horizontal motion between bars 600
and 606 effects an opening and closing of the pleating
?ngers 592 as well as an approach towards and a with
drawal from the end folds from the cigar envelope.
Therefore, when the cigar carrying pocket P of the tur
ret arrives at station three, the open pleating ?ngers 592
engages with the open end of the cigar envelope (FIG.
enveloped cigar is ejected onto a delivery conveyor 56211
lustrated in FIG. 7.
30 15) and then close to effect a pleat at each end of the
envelope as illustrated in FIG. 16. In order to avoid
When the cigar with its wrapper blank is about to be
inserted in a pocket at the injecting station, as shown in
FIG. 10, the jaws 536 of said pocket P are open but
close quickly after insertion by the vertical plungers 438.
After being pushed into the pocket, the Wrapper blank
covers three sides of the cigar, namely, the two sides
and the top thereof, thus forming a U-shaped envelope
with the two sides of the wrapper blank projecting straight
disturbing the thus created pleat during the following
creasing operation, the pleating ?ngers 592 remain in en
gagement with the pleat while a top and bottom creasing
plate 632 and 634, respectively, engage with the end of
the envelope and crease the pleat to form a flat tab-like
end closure as illustrated in FIGS. 17 and 18. The plate
632 is mounted on a pair of spaced arms 636 mounted
on a shaft 638 while plate 634 is mounted on a pair of
?rst downwardly projecting side flap is folded over the 40 spaced arms 640 mounted on a shaft 642. On shafts
638 and 642 is mounted a gear 644 and 646, respec
bottom of the cigar by means of a reciprocating folder
down and out of the pocket P as shown in FIG. 11. The
plate 564 as shown in FIG. 12.
Folder plate 564 is secured to a suitably shaped mem
ber 566 which is pivotally supported and suspended from
two arms 568 and 570. The latter is pivotally sup
ported by a stud shaft 572 held by a suitable frame
member while arm ‘568 is pivotally supported by the shaft
522. To member 522, by means of a pin 574, is also
pivotally connected the free end of an actuator arm 576
loosely supported by the shaft ‘460. Integral with and
extending from the hub of arm 1576 is a cam lever 5-78
carrying a cam roller 580 engaging with a suitable cam
582 mounted on the main drive shaft 304.
After the ?rst side ?ap is folded over the bottom of
the cigar by the folder plate 564, the latter remains in its
forward position until the cigar carrying pocket is ad
vanced towards the next station during which time the
second downwardly projecting side ?ap contacts an arced
stationary folder plate 584 which folds said second ?ap
tively, both gears meshing with each other. From the
hub of gear 646 extends an arm which through a suitable
link is connected to the free end of a cam lever carrying
a cam roller engaging with a suitable track in drum cam
620. It is self-evident that an oscillation of said gears
644 and 646, imparted by said cam, cause the creasing
plates 632 and 634 on arms 636 and 640, respectively,
to move towards or away from the end fold of the en
velope carried by the pocket P of the turret.
The creasing plates 632 and 634 ?rst engage tightly
with the pleated end of the envelope, but open slightly
when the turret starts indexing and moves the cigar
carrying pocket P from station three to station four where
the pleated and creased ends of the envelope engage
with end fold and sealing devices illustrated in FIGS. 21
and 2.2. In order to prevent the pleated and creased ends
over the already folded one as illustrated in FIG. 13 of
of the envelope to open up while being carried by the
turret from station three to station four, the creased and
pleated ends are guided by the slightly open creasing
trically heated sealer bar ‘588 which seals said seam as
lower member 658 is secured to a block 660 which by
plates 632 and 634 in an arced guide and fold retainer
the drawings. The arced folder plate 584 is mounted
channel 648 consisting of a pair of guide plates 650 and
adjacent the periphery of the turret and, by means of
652 secured by means of suitable rods 654 (FIG. 18)
bracket 587, secured to a shaft 586 (-FIG. 7) held by
to the frame of the machine.
the main frame of the machine.
The end fold and sealing devices located at each side
When the cigar carrying pocket arrives at the second 65
of the turret T at station four consist of an upper and
station, the thus folded bottom or lengthwise seam of
lower folding member 656 and 658, respectively. The
the envelope around the cigar is contacted by an elec
means of a pin 662r is pivotally mounted on one end of
secured to a suitable bracket 590 mounted on shaft 586. 70 a pair of spaced arms 664 while the other ends of the
latter are secured to a shaft 666 rotatably supported by a
Adjacent each side of the turret at the next or third sta
bearing lug 668 projecting from a suitable bracket 670
tion is located an end fold pleating and an end fold creas
illustrated in FIG. 14-. The sealer bar 588 is adjustably
(FIG. 2) secured to the main frame of the machine. To
ing device. The end fold pleating device illustrated in
FIGS. 19 and 20 consists of a pair of’ pleating ?ngers 75 shaft 666 is mounted another arm 671, the lower free
end of which is pivotally connected to an oscillating cam
plunger 440 of the cigar carrying pocket P at station six
where the jaws 536 of said pocket are opened by means
lever 672. Cam lever 672 is pivotally supported by a sta
tionary stud shaft 673 and carries a cam roller 674 en
gaging with a suitable cam track 675 in the drum cam
620. It is self-evident that a rocking motion of the cam
of the rocking cam 544 described heretofore. The open
ing of jaws 536, of course, effects the release of the en
vcloped cigar and the spring actuated ‘bottom plunger
lever 672 through arm 671 will result in an oscillating
motion of shaft 666 which in turn through arms 664
4-46 acts as means for ejecting said enveloped cigar from
the pocket P of the turret and onto the cleats 6% of
the delivery conveyor. The conveyor chains 6% are
driven by means of a pair of sprockets 698 mounted on
the continuously driven shaft 522 and are supported by a
causes an up or down movement of the folding member
carrying block 660. Since it is desirable to keep the
folding member 658, during this up and down motion, in
vertical position, the block 666 is also pivotally connected 10 pair of suitably mounted idler sprockets 639 (FIG. 7).
to one end of a link 676 while the other end of the latter
The completed overwrapped cigar F is shown in FIG.
pivotally engages with a stationary pin 6677 held by the
24. It will be observed that the band 36 protrudes slight
lug 66%, thus forming a parallel linkage with the arm
ly from within the envelope to provide an easily grasped
tear tape. The nicks N which are clearly visible ad
The upper folding member 656, by means of a pin 15 jacent the sides of the band 36, will facilitate the tearing
678, is pivotally mounted to a pair of spaced arms 67?
of the envelope. It will also be observed that the end
which are integral with an upwardly projecting lug 680'
folds E are ?at against the body of the cellophane en
which is pivotally supported by a stationary pin 681 held
by the bracket 676.
The free ends of arms 679‘, by
means of a link 682, are pivotally connected to one leg
of a bell crank lever 683 pivotally supported by a stud
684 held by the bracket 670. The other leg of bell
crank lever 633 carries an adjustable stud 685 which
velope. Thus, there is formed a tight hermetically sealed
Control and Operation
The operation and control of the machine will now be
described. In this description reference will primarily
loosely engages with the top edge of the arm 664 as 25 be made to FIG. 25 which is a circuit diagram of the elec
trical components, although reference will also be made
shown in FIG. 2. It is self-evident that the raising of
arms 664, as described heretofore, causes the bell crank
lever 683 to swing or rotate in such a manner as to ef
fect, through link i682 and arm 679, an engagement of
the upper folding member 656 with the raised lower fold
ing member 658 and thus squeezing and sealing the end
fold between said folding members as illustrated in FIG.
22. A tension spring 686 connecting the two opposed
upper folding members ‘656, one of which is located at
each side of the turret, (FIG. 2) is provided to assure
the required pressure necessary for sealing. Another ten
sion spring 687 con?ned between each bracket 670 and
the top edge of the lug 680 of each arm 679 is employed
to the other ?gures which show the physical apparatus.
The machine is powered in ‘a conventional manner by a
one-half horse power, three-phase, motor 766 connected
to two-twenty line voltage.
The ‘motor is linked to a gear
reducing means (not shown) which drives chain 368‘ (FIG.
2) and the mechanical action of the apparatus as pre
viously described. A step down transformer 701 is. pro
vided to supply 110 voltage for the operation of the elec
trical controls, as Well as push button switches 702 and
starter mechanism 763 for operating the motor.
Cigar feeding-Jim‘ continued operation of the machine,
it is necessary, of course, to supply the apparatus with
a continuous ?ow of cigars. The cigars are fed to the
for the purpose of effecting a disengagement of the upper
machine in the conventional manner from a hopper (not
folding member 656 from the lower folding member 658 40 shown) to chain conveyor 510 (FIGS. 4 and 7). The
when the latter is lowered again after folding and seal
chain conveyor is formed in two parts; the ?rst being
ing operation. Each upper and lower folding member
driven at a slow speed; the second at an accelerated speed
656 and 658, respectively, carry a suitable heating ele
in order to separate the cigars from each other as they
ment 688 to effect proper sealing of the folded ends of
are fed from the hopper to the injection chamber 366
the envelope.
45 at the entrance of the turret T. In view of the fact that
After folding and sealing operation, the upper and lower
the hopper and the means for transferring the cigars from
folding members disengage from the folded ends of the
the hopper are well known in the art, no description of
envelope and the turret is indexed again to move said
them is made here, except insofar as is necessary for an
envelope from station four to station ?ve with the sealed
explanation of the operation of the present apparatus.
end fold standing up at right angles with respect to the
Since a hopper generally contains a plurality of rows
longitudinal axis of the envelope. At station ?ve, the up
of cigars stacked upon each other, pusher means are pro
standing end ‘folds of the envelope are engaged by suit
vided to push the bottom row on to the conveyor. The
ably shaped reciprocating ironing members 6'39 (FIG.
pushing of a single row of cigars may be accomplished
23) which press the upstanding end folds smoothly onto
by actuation of a single revolution clutch operating the
the body of the envelope or package as illustrated in FIG‘. 55 pusher means, which must, of course, be timed to the
23. Since the ends folds contain su?icient heat from the
operation of the machine. The single revolution clutch
pretvious sealing operation, no additional heat applica
or other means for pushing the cigar can be actuated by
tion is necessary at this point to obtain satisfactory results.
the passage of cigars along the conveyor 51.6 under a
Each ironing member 689 is mounted on an adjustable
limit switch (not shown) which is thereby actuated to con
rod 6% which is carried by and projects from a suitable 60 trol a solenoid which operates» a pawl or latch engaging
lug 691 (FIG. 7) suitably secured to a reciprocating ‘hori
zontal bar 692 slidably supported by suitable bearing
with the clutch. Upon energization of the solenoid, the
pawl or latch would release the clutch for a single cycle
and permit it to drive the cigar pusher means feeding a
row of cigars. In order for the clutch to make only one
cillating cam lever 67 2, the free end of which is connected 65 revolution, the latch or pawl must ‘fall back into its hold
to said bar by a stud 6% (FIG. 2).
ing position before the single cycle has been made. This
After completion of the ironing operation, the turret T
imposes a condition of de-energizing solenoid before that
is indexed again and the enveloped cigar or ?nished pack
age F is carried to station six where the latter is ejected
Speci?cally, a suitable electrical system is shown in
from the pocket P of the turret onto suitable cleats 694
FIG. 25 wherein the limit switch 768 is that which would
carried by a pair of conveyor chains 695 which push the
be normally mounted above the conveyor 51%) and which
enveloped cigars F onto a suitable delivery table 696
would control a solenoid 710* operating the pawl or latch.
When the last cigar of a row passes under switch 768,
(FIG. 7).
brackets secured to the frame structure of the machine.
Horizontal bar 692 is reciprocated by means of the os
The ejection of the enveloped cigar F is accomplished
by means of a spring 697 acting against the bottom
it will close. The relay contact 712a is normally closed
so that the coil of relay 714 becomes energized. The
normally open contact 714a, which is in series 710, closes
and the solenoid 710 ‘of course energizes, thus engag
mg the clutch. When the pusher mechanism has passed
part way through its cycle, some member or part of the
mechanism actuates the limit switch 716 in a momentary
Contact. The coil of relay 712 is energized, setting up
a holding circuit in parallel with limit switch 716 through
the normally closed contact 714b, the normally open con
*keeping relay 736 de-energized. Upon de-energization of
relay 736, contact 736a resumes its closed position, en
ergizing solenoid 738 which causes the latch 740 to pre
vent operation of the plungers 438.
A manual switch 742 is provided to shut off the ele
vator feed when in open position. It simulates the lack
of a cigar at the entrance to the turret pocket 366.
Control of wrapper feed.—The intermittent movement
the cellophane web 100 is controlled by timing cam
tact 712b (which has been closed by the energizing of 10
operated switch 267 mounted on shaft 734. During its
coil 712) and the normally closed contact 7181). This
cycle, switch 267 opens, energizing brake assembly 268
then opens the normally closed contact 712a in the cir
(mentioned previously) permitting the clutch of brake
cult of coil 714. The coil of relay 714 then deener
assembly 268 to drive the rollers 208 and 210, as well
glzes and the normally open contact 71411 re-opens and
the solenoid 710 de-energizes, returning the latch or pawl 15 as the gripper ?nger mechanism 330 and 332. The cy
cling of switch ‘267 is of course timed to co-operate with
to its normal position for disengagement of the clutch.
the other apparatus.
All of this, of course, occurs in one cycle.
When there is no cigar at the entrance to the injector
Since one cycle has been completed, one row of cigars
channel 366, it is desired to eliminate the feeding of
has ‘been fed to the conveyor, at which time the ?rst
cigar in the row engages limit switch 708 which of course 20 cellophane. This is accomplished in a two-fold manner;
by preventing the gripping ?ngers 330 and 332 from
opens contact 708, as noted. Simultaneously it closes
closing at the end of the cellophane web 100, and by
contact 708a. Contact 708a is in the circuit of relay
disengaging the roller drive feed means 208 and 210.
718 and this relay becomes energized, opening the nor
To the oscillating or rocking cam 340 (previously men
mally closed contact 7181) in the holding circuit of re
lay 712. Relay 712 being de-energized, contact 712a,
normally closed, opens. By this time, however, the nor
mally closed contact 708 is open so that relay 714 can
not become energized until the last cigar of the row has
passed underneath the switch 708.
If it is desired to feed out a single row of cigars 30
tioned) which effects the opening or closing, respectively,
of the lower jaw 332 of the cellophane web gripping
means, is a hook-‘like extension 750.
Mounted to pivot
about a shaft or stud 752 is an arm 754, at one end of
which is hook-like member 756, having a shape corre
sponding with that of hook 750. The arm 714 is nor
mally biased by spring means 758 so that the hooks do
not engage. The other end of arm 754 is connected by
means of rod 760 to the plunger 762 of solenoid 764.
The solenoid 764 is normally deenergized so that the
passed under switch 708.
spring 758 can act to pull the plunger 762 outward and
If it is desired to out 01f feeding of cigars from the 35 keep the hooks disengaged. Mounted on shaft 752 and
gtzghe start of operations, a manual push ‘button switch
hopper entirely during operations, a manual push button
switch 722 is provided. When switch 722 is opened, relay
714 is prevented from energizing, preventing the opera
tion of the entire circuit.
keyed to the movement of arm 754 is a second arm 766.
To arm 766 is connected an elongated arm 768, which at
its extremity is connected to a bell crank 770 (FIG. 1).
40 Bell crank 770 is pivoted about stud 772 and has a pro
Control of cigar elevator mechanism.—-The cigars are
jection 774 underlying the shaft 258 of upper roller drive
carried ‘by the conveyor 510 to the wrapping station and
210 which is normally biased by spring 264 into engage
to the entrance of a waiting turret pocket, formed by
ment with lower roller 208. Upon actuation of the sole
the injector channel 366. At the injector channel 366
noid 764, the plunger 762 withdraws, pulling with it arm
is mounted a switch 730 (FIG. 7) which is designed to
754 and arm 766, causing hooks 750 and 756 to engage
sense the presence of a cigar in position to be wrapped 45 and projection 774 to raise roller ‘210 out of engagement
and to control the operation of the cigar elevating mech
with the lower roller 208. Thus, the ‘feeding of cello
anism and the wrapper feed mechanism. This is a safety
phane is present.
and operational feature designed to prevent operation of
The action of solenoid 764 is controlled by limit
the machine if no cigar is present to be wrapped.
switch 730 which it will be recalled senses the presence
The time available for the admission of a cigar to the
of a cigar at the injection chamber 366. This will be
.turret is controlled by a timing cam switch 732 mounted
observed by reference to FIG. 25.
on shaft 734 which is rotated by chain 735 connected to
When a cigar enters the injection chamber 366, it will
shaft 304 by suitable sprocket means (FIG. 2). As will
actuate switch 730, which in this case opens the contact
be observed in the circuit diagram, switch 732 when
730a. Connected in series with switch 730a is a timing
closed energizes coil relay 736 which then opens the 55 cam operated switch 776 which is mounted on shaft 734
normally ‘closed contact 736a de-energizing the solenoid
in a similar manner to the other switch shown therein.
73S. Solenoid 738, as seen in FIG. 7 operates, only
Switch 776 cycles so that it is closed during the period
when energized, to move latch 740 into engagement with
when the turret is indexed to receive a cigar. However,
‘arm 472 preventing the upward movement of the arm
since switch 730a is opened, coil relay 778 to which it is
:and the elevation of the plungers 438 into the turret 60 connected, will not energize, keeping the contact 778a
pocket. During that portion of the cycle of timing cam
open and the solenoid deenergized. Therefore, the cello
phane will continue to feed.
switch 732, when it is closed, solenoid 738 will not act
If a cigar does not enter the injection chamber 366, the
to prevent the upward movement of the plungers 438.
contact on switch 730:: will remain closed and then upon
During a portion of the cycle of switch 732, corre
the timed closing of switch 776, relay 778 will be en
sponding to the time when the turret has indexed prop
ergized and will form a holding circuit of its own through
erly to permit the elevation of cigar, the switch 732
normally opened 77% and switch 780. Solenoid 764 will
opens de-energizing relay 736, causing contact 736!) to
thereby be energized since contact 778a closes. The en
close. If a cigar has been properly ‘fed to the injection
ergization of solenoid 764 will, of course, cause the hooks
‘chamber 366, it will close switch 730, re-energize relay
‘736, open contact 736a, and de-energize the solenoid 738, 70 750 and 756 to engage and the rollers 210 and 208 to
keeping open latch 740 to allow the plungers 438 to ele
Some time subsequent to this, switch 780, which is also
_'va-te the cigar. If a cigar has not reached the entrance
a timing cam operated switch mounted on shaft 734 (FIG.
.to the injection chamber, switch 732 remains open dur
2) opens, breaking the holding circuit on relay 778, per
ing its period of cycling, as -does switch 730, thereby 75 mitting control to revert to switch 730. If at that time
a cigar has entered the iniection chamber 366, switch
739 will of course be opened and the cellophane will
‘continue feeding.
In the event no cigar has reached
chamber 366, the operation of switches 776 and 780 will
be repeated.
chamber 366, contact 794b, which is normally open, re
mains open and solenoid 92 de-energizes and brake pawl
r106 engages ratchet ‘102 and rolls '28 and 30 are halted.
If a cigar is at the injection chamber 366, it- will be ob
vious that relay 7% will be energized and solenoid §2 will
withhold the application of the braking means.
‘Further, the actuation of manual switch 7 82, simulating
the absence of a cigar at the injection chamber 366 and
which shuts off the feeding of cigars and cellophane web
will have the same e?ect on the band web feed, since
10 the coil of relay 778 will be energized, thereby holding
Control of band feed
open the normally closed contact 7780 in series with relay
As discussed earlier, a magnetic clutch 50 is used to
794 with the previously described sequences following.
drive ‘feed rolls 16 and 18 (FIG. 5) to unwind the bands
Band registra‘ti0n.—The registration of individual bands
from the reel 10 and to obtain constant tension on the
cutting has 'been previously described. It is accom
band web 14 to the primary feed rolls 28 ‘and 30. Be 15
If it is desired to discontinue the feed of cellophane,
While the machine is operating, a manual switch 782 is
provided. Switch 782 is in parallel with switch 730.
This, of course, simulates the absence of the cigar.
tween the two sets of rolls, there is, of course, the idler
loop roll 20 which moves freely between a pair of switches
76 and 89, respectively, which control the operation of
plished brie?y by circuit means comprising a photo
diode 9t} and solenoid 92 (FIG. 5). The photo-diode
unit is self-contained and senses the admission of light
when the band passes through it. A suitable photo-diode
clutch 59. The electrical controls can be seen in FIG.
50 where like reference numbers are used to describe 20 unit containing control circuitry and sensing head is manu
these components.
When idler loop roll 24}, because of the lack of feed of
factured by the Delta Engineering Corp. of Melrose, Mas
sachusetts. Upon the admission of light, a relay 802 be
comes de~energized and will remain de-energized. Relay
the unwind rolls 16 and 18 at the outset of operation
802 has one of its contacts in series with solenoid 92 and
or other-wise, reaches its uppermost position, it interferes
with switch 80 closing it vand momentary contact is made 25 thus solenoid Q2 becomes itself de-energized, actuating
the brake mechanism as described. After the band has
energizing the coil of relay 736, setting up a holding
been cut, the timing cam operated switch 138 mounted on
‘circuit through normally open contact 73611 (whiclh
shaft 734 opens and the photo-diode unit re-cycles, closing
closes) in parallel with switch 89‘. This occurs because
reilay 6&2, allowing the next band to feed.
switch 76 which is in series with contact 736a is nor
If it is desired to turn the rolls 28 and 36‘ by hand, a
mally closed. The energization of relay 736 also closes 30
manual switch 792a is provided in series with timing
contact 78612 which is in series with magnetic clutch 50,
cam operated switch 138 which, of course, is in the same
engaging it, causing the unwind rolls 16 and .18 to feed
circuit as relay 862. Switch 792a is a part of previously
the band web from the roll. As the band web feeds, the
mentioned switch 792 and acts in conjunction with it to
loop roll 26‘ drops until such time as it interferes with
limit switch 76. Limit switch 76, being normally closed, 35 overcome the brake torque action of solenoid 92 and the
will thereupon open breaking the holding circuit, de
energizing relay 7 36, and opending contact 736.’) in series
with the clutch 50. Thereupon, clutch Sill disengages and
resistance of magnetic clutch 62 when hand feeding is
Thermistor c0ntr0l.-~The circuitry for the control of
the various thermistors or heating elements are not shown
the rolls 16 and 718 stop.
The primary ‘feed rolls 2S and 3%) are set to feed the 40 since such elements and their method of use are well
known in the art. \In the present apparatus, it has been
bands continuously to the cutting station as some pre
found suitable to use a package supplied by Fenwal, Inc.,
Newark, New Jersey, called, “Thermistor :Multo Control
of the ‘band to suit the cycle of the machine. Rolls 23 and
System.” The sensing elements of this unit are thermistors
36 are driven by clutch 62 which receives its power
or diodes. One thermistor is used for the control of each
through recti?er 788 which is of course pre-set. A vari
of the following; for the heater used for the sealing of
able potentiometer 79il is provided to vary the torque
the long seam of the cellophane, for the four heaters used
of clutch 62 as discussed at length previously.
for the sealing of the end folds, and for the heater used
if it is desired to stop hte feeding of the band entirely,
for the tacking of the band to the cellophane web.
a manual switch 792 is provided which opens the circuit
The sensing elements themselves are extremely small
of clutch 62. Rolls 16 and 13 will automatically stop as 50
and extremely rugged and are located adjacent to the
soon as loop roller 26 interferes with clutch 76.
heating elements. The control sub-units, one for each of
If no cigar is fed to the injection chamber 366, it is,
of course, desirable to stop the cutting action of the
the probes or thermistors, are located in the control box.
Power or energy for each of these control sub-units is
scissors, as well as necessary to stop the band feed simul
taneously with the cellophane feed. It will be recalled
supplied from one power pack. Each sub-unit consists
that if no cigar is fed to the injection chamber 366, the
essentially of a triode vacuum tube and a relay. The
coil of relay 778 becomes energized. Upon energization
complete sub-unit can be removed in any given case. In
of relay 778, its contact 773a, which is set to be closed
series with the power pack is a manual switch which if
when relay 778 is not energized, opens. This contact
opened allows no power to come to the power pack, mak
determined speed, determined, of course, by the length
778a is in series with a relay 794 so that when it opens, 60 ing all the thermistor control units inoperative. So long
relay 794 becomes de-energized, causing ‘a contact 794a
in series with a solenoid 796 (FIG. 5) to close. The
solenoid 796 which controls a latch arm 798 (FIG. 5)
energizes when contact 794a is closed, pulling latch arm
as the units are inoperative, the individual relay contactor
for the heater units will remain open and no heat will be
generated. The closing of the switch of course will cause
the heaters to become heated to their controlling tem
798 into engagement with latch hook 86% mounted on the
end of pivoting L-shaped arm 132. This prevents the
band scissors 32 from operating at its correct time and
thus prevents any shipping of the leading edge of the
band should the web 14 come to rest partially in the
In conjunction with each of the heating units may be
a pilot light which will be illuminated at any time power
is being supplied to the heater unit. If in any given
case, the light remains on for an extended period of time,
cutting station when the apparatus is stopped for any 70 it can be indicative of failure of a heater or cartridge unit.
Relay 79-5: is also connected through its contact 7941)
with solenoid 92 (FIG. 6) which controls the brake
mechanism for rolls 28 and 39. When relay 794 is de
energized, as happens when no cigar is in the injection 75
It will thus be seen that the objects set forth above,
and those made apparent from the preceding description,
are e?iciently attained. As various changes may be made
in the form, construction and arrangement of the parts
herein without departing from the spirit and scope of the
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