Abstract: The method and apparatus are for making a knot with first and second rope-shaped end portions of flexible material wrapped around an article. The method comprises steps of (a) guiding the end portions along a predetermined path; (b) (i) nipping the first end portion at a first point of the predetermined path, (ii) nipping the second end portion at a second point of the predetermined path, and (iii) nipping the second end portion at a third point of the predetermined path; (c) cutting the second end portion between the second and third points to obtain a free end thereof; (d) moving the end portions to obtain a loop; (e) releasing the first end portion from the guiding of step (a) to obtain a free end thereof; and (f) inserting the free ends into the loop to form and tighten the knot.
April 30, 2002
January 2, 2003
Yanick Marois, Guy Lopes, Glen Ditchburn, Sylvain Samson, Francois Couture, Alec van Zuiden, Wolfgang Geisinger
Abstract: A baler of crop material which forms bales by encircling compressed crop material with twine. The twine is formed in loops around the bale and knotted. The baler includes a bale compression chamber into which successive charges of crop material are introduced, a plunger for reciprocating movement in the bale compression chamber which serves to compact the charges and advance the compacted charges towards an exit. It also includes a knotter for tying twine in a form stabilizing manner around successive increments of compacted material after they have been compacted to form bales. A knotter position adjuster changes the position of the knotter in order to accomplish adjustment of tension on the twine during compression and before knotting.