Patent Number: 6,309,336

Title: Apparatus for folding a portion of a textile length

Abstract: An apparatus is provided for folding a portion of a textile length, in particular a bed sheet or similar, with a lengthwise folding device (16) in which the textile length is folded to produce a tubular folded product (2) with lengthwise folding edges extending substantially parallel to one another, and a crosswise folding device (1) in which the tubular folded product (2) is folded to produce a folded product in packet form with at least one crosswise folding edge (14) extending substantially perpendicularly to the lengthwise folding edges. The tubular folded product (2) can be brought to lie with one lengthwise edge against a stop strip (23, 24), at least in certain regions, in the crosswise folding device (1) before being folded. A drawing device (12) is disposed in the region between the two ends of the tubular folded product in order to draw in the folded product for crosswise folding. A thrust device (30) is disposed in the crosswise folding device (1), which thrust device can be brought to lie against the folded product (2), at least in certain regions, while the tubular folded product (2) is being drawn into the drawing device (12) and exerts a thrust force component (21, 22) directed substantially perpendicularly to the stop strip (23, 24) on the folded product (2), so that the free ends of the folded product (2) cannot shift.

Inventors: Muessig; Karl (Bad Koenigshofen, DE), Erhart; Guido (Bad Koenigshofen, DE)

Assignee: Texpa Maschinenbau GmbH & Co.

International Classification: B65H 45/12 (20060101); D06F 89/00 (20060101); B31F 001/10 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018