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1. (WO2018197844) APPARATUS FOR AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING FLEXIBLE ARTICLES, AND GRIPPER FOR GRIPPING A FLEXIBLE PANEL

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/197844    International Application No.:    PCT/GB2018/051053
Publication Date: Fri Nov 02 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Tue Apr 24 01:59:59 CEST 2018
IPC: D05B 33/00
A41H 42/00
A41H 43/02
D05B 35/00
Applicants: RFAST LTD
Inventors: WONG, Paul
Title: APPARATUS FOR AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING FLEXIBLE ARTICLES, AND GRIPPER FOR GRIPPING A FLEXIBLE PANEL
Abstract:
Apparatus for and method of assembling flexible articles. A method of and an apparatus for assembling a flexible article includes (a) arranging a first flexible panel having a first edge so that at least the first edge of the first flexible panel has a flat configuration, (b) arranging a second flexible panel having a first edge and a second edge so that at least the first edge of the second flexible panel has a flat configuration, (c) attaching a gripper device to the second flexible panel to hold the second edge in a fixed configuration, (d) seaming the first edge of the first flexible panel to the first edge of the second flexible panel to form a sub-assembly of flexible panels, (e) re-positioning the second flexible panel by means of the gripper device while maintaining the second edge in the fixed configuration, and (f) seaming the second edge of the second flexible panel to a flexible element. The flexible element can be either a third flexible panel, or the first flexible panel, or a subassembly of flexible panels. Gripper device for gripping a flexible panel.