Abstract: A system is disclosed for detecting the proper transfer of nails within a nailing machine. The disclosed system includes optical sensors attached to feed tubes within the nailing machine. Signals produced by the optical sensors are processed in such a manner as to alert the operator of the machine at a predetermined time when an improper transfer of nails has occurred.
Abstract: A heel attaching machine is provided with an abutment mounted on a pneumatic piston and cylinder unit. After a shoe upper and heel have been positioned on the nailing stand of the machine, the abutment is moved upwards into engagement with the shank region of the insole of the shoe. The abutment then serves to prevent the upper from tipping about the edge of the nailing stand during insertion of the heel attaching nails.
Abstract: A heel nailing machine having a holddown for the heel which clamps the heel against movement during attachment. The holddown is then moved upwards to lift the heel and attached shoe off the stand. The holddown then swings to one side and the shoe is released. The shoe is thus automatically ejected from the machine.
Abstract: Intensity of vibrations emitted by tool and workpiece acted upon is reduced by an enveloping mat of floppy fibres. In a heel attacher, for instance, the mat reduces by 14 or more decibels, and an operator incurs no risk of injury to his hands should they be in the path of the mat when it is moved to or from a heel and shoe being attached.