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1. (WO2018098557) APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR FOLDING A CHAIN OF CONTAINERS

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/098557    International Application No.:    PCT/CA2017/000251
Publication Date: Fri Jun 08 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Fri Nov 24 00:59:59 CET 2017
IPC: B65B 63/00
B65B 43/00
B65H 45/101
Applicants: LANGEN PACKAGING INC.
Inventors: GUTTINGER, Peter
LAWRENCE, Gregory Arthur
BACLIJA, Peter
Title: APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR FOLDING A CHAIN OF CONTAINERS
Abstract:
An apparatus is disclosed for folding a chain of containers such as a chain of bags. A chain may include a plurality of bags arranged in series and being foldable relative to each other. The apparatus may comprise a feeding apparatus such as a feeding conveyor for feeding a container chain in an unfolded configuration to a loading station. The apparatus may also comprise a bucket conveyor comprising a plurality of longitudinally spaced members defining at least one bucket cavity. The bucket conveyor may be operable to move the at least one bucket cavity to and from the loading station. The feeding apparatus feeds the container chain to the bucket conveyor such that a first container is fed into a bucket cavity and a second container connected to said first container is fed to a bucket cavity in such a manner as to form a folded configuration of said first container relative to said second container on said bucket conveyor.