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Publication numberUS2637281 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 5, 1953
Filing dateFeb 5, 1947
Priority dateFeb 5, 1947
Publication numberUS 2637281 A, US 2637281A, US-A-2637281, US2637281 A, US2637281A
InventorsEdmond Latini, Leo Latini
Original AssigneeLeo Latini
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Candy preforming machine
US 2637281 A
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CANDY PREFORMINC MACHINE Filed Feb. 5. 1947 8 Sheets-Sheet 8 XXH 77 Zeal 55273 4 Patented May 5, 1953 CANDY PREFORMING MACHINE Leo Latini and Edmond Latini, Chicago, 111.; said Edmond Latini assignor to said Leo Latini Application February 5, 1947, Serial No. 726,574

24 Claims.

This invention relates to candy making machines and more particularly to candy preforming devices for producing hard candies in conjunction With handle sticks such as confections commonly termed suckers, although certain features thereof may be employed with equal advantage for other purposes. This invention is a continuation-in-part of my application Serial No. 467,091, filed November 2'7, 1942, and which eventuated into Letters Patent No. 2,431,439 dated November 25, 1947.

It contemplates more especially the provision of animproved, substantially greater capacity, and more efficient hard candy preforming machine, preferably though not essentially for producing candies having attached sticks associated therewith during the formation thereof. Numerous types of candy preforming machines have heretofore been proposed, including machines for the production of candy consumed with the aid of a stick such as suckers, but these are intricate, comparatively slow and massive machines that entail a high unit cost by reason of their low production which is a factor of their intermittent operation, so that hard candy producing machines of a sucker type may beappreciably increased in capacity, continuous operation and novel structural instrumentalities have been provided to continuously produce preformed hard candies of a sucker type in large quantities without requiring the intricate and tedious operating characteristics of intermittent elements.

One object of the present invention is to simplify the construction and to improve the operation of devices of the character mentioned. f Another object is to provide improved candy preforming machines for producing hard candies of a sucker type with simple, compact and highly efficient instrumentalities.

' 'Still another. object is to provide a machine of a rotary table type with a plurality of complemental die members that are cooperatively actuated in timed relation to feed, preform, ef-

fect the association of a stick therewith and accomplish the ejection thereof for'discharge in a h continuity of high speed operations.

A further object is to provide hard candy preforming devices including complemental die elements that are actuated in timed relation at a continuous high speed to form hard candy confections in conjunction with a stick serving as a handling expedient therefor.

A still further object is to provide improved stick feeding means in conjunction with preforming die elements that are movable relative to each other in timed relation with ejecting and discharge means responsive to a continuity of operations.

Still a further object is to provide candy and stick feeding instrumentalities in conjunction with complemental die elements that are movable relative to each other in timed relation to ejecting and discharge means responsive to the rotation of a table mount in the path of stationary cam tracks.

Other objects and advantages will appear from the following description of an illustrated embodiment of the present invention.

In the drawings:

Figure 1 is a plan view of a candy sucker preforming machine embodying features of the present invention, parts thereof being broken away and shown in sections to clarify the showmg.

Figure 2 is a front view in elevation of the machine shown in Figure '1, parts thereof being broken away and shown in sections for purposes of clarity.

Figure 3 is a plan sectional view taken substantially along lines IIIIII of Figure 2, showing the driving and gear mechanism for operating the various instrumentalities shown in Figures 1 and 2.

Figure 4 is a fragmentary side view in elevation of the remote clutch control taken substantially along line IVIV of Figure 3.

Figure 5 is a front view in elevation of the intermittent ratchet candy feed control view substantially from line V-V of Figure 3.

Figure 6 is a fragmentary sectional view taken substantially along line VI-VI of Figure 1.

Figure '7 is a fragmentary sectional view in elevation of the lower cam pivotal mount taken I substantially along line VII-VII of Figure 6.

Figure 8 is an enlarged fragmentary view in elevation of the upper cam assembly viewed substantially from line VIII-VIII of Figure 1.

Figure 9 is an enlarged sectional fragmentary detailed view in elevation of the finished candy sucker discharge device taken substantially along line IX-IX of Figure 1.

Figure 10 is a plan sectional detailed view of the candy sucker discharge device taken substantially along line X--X of Figure 9, parts thereof being shown in section for purposes of clarity.

Figure 11 is an enlarged fragmentary detailed 'view of the discharge device finger and actuat- Figure 12 is a fragmentary perspective view of candy as it leaves the sizing device and enters the rolls shown in Figures 1 and 2.

Figure 13 is a perspective view of a candy segment cut from the candy roll shown in Figure 12 as it leaves the cutter and prior to entering the candy distributor comprising the element of the device shown inFigure 1.

Figure 14 is an end view in elevation of the stick feeding mechanism viewed substantially from line XIV-XIV of Figure 1, parts thereof being broken away and shown in sections for clarity.

Figure 15 is an end view in elevation of a stick feeding device viewed substantially from line XVXV of Figure 14, parts thereof being broken away and shown in sections for clarity.

Figure 16 is a sectional View in elevation of the candy distributor taken substantially along line XVI-XVI of Figure 1.

Figure 1'7 is a fragmentary sectional detailed view of the stick and impaling cam mount taken substantially along line XVIIXVII of Figure 1.

Figure 18 is a side view in elevation of the table scraper actuary mechanism viewed substantially from line XVIII.XVIII of Figure 1 Figure 19 is a sectional view in elevation of the scraper actuator mechanism taken substantially along line of Figurel.

Figure 20 is a fragmentary sectional view of the candy feeding rolls and cutter knives taken substantially along line XXL-XX of Figure 1.

Figure 21 is an enlarged fragmentary sectional detailed view of a stick retainer taken substantially along line XXL-XXI of Figure 1.

Figure 22 is a sectional view taken substanuany along line xxn xxn of Figure 21,.

Figure 23 is a side View in elevation of candy segment and feeding rollers viewed substantially along line XXIII-XXIII of Figure 1.

Figure 24 is aface view of the knocker actuator cam viewed substantially from line XXIV XXIV of Figure 23.

The. structure selected for illustration is not intended to serve as a limitation upon the scope or teachings of the invention, but is merely illustrative thereof. 'There may be considerable variations and adaptations of all or part of the teachings depending upon the dictates of commercial pra i The present embodiment comprises a frame work 10 having a frame top I! supported by a plurality of corner legs or standards [2 to elevate the frame top H from the supporting floor so that a continuous strand or ribbon of plastic candy can be fed thereto, as Will appear more fully hereinafter. An attendant guides the strand or ribbon of plastic candy from a sizing device of standard construction to a flared entrant orifice l3; defined between two confronting grooved and pegged rollers l4 and [5 (Figures i, 2 and 23), The rollers l4--l5 are vertically journalled in the stub shafts I6 and I1, respectively, so that the substantially semicircular grooved peripheries 18 of the rollers l4.l5 will be in confronting edge contact as at 19 (Figures 2 and 23 to define the enclosed circular passage 2!] that communicates with the flaring entrant orifice l3 conforming substantially with the shape of the strand orribbon of plastic candy that is manually or automatically fed thereto.

The tu sha ts I i-ll ar io r alled n a bearing bracket 2!, and each shaft has spacer collars 22--23 th reon be ween w ich h n spur gears 24-45 are mounted. The lower shaft l'l-has a sprocket it on its extension Tito receive a chain 28 thereover. The chain 28 extends to a sprocket 29 below the frame table II (Figure 2) for attachment to a shaft 30 journalled in bearing brackets 3i32 depending from the underside of the frame table I I.

It should be noted that the feed rollers l4-|5 are intermittently rotated through a ratchet wheel 33 fixed to the end of the shaft 30 (Figures '2, 3 and '5). The ratchet wheel 33 cooperates with a pawl 34 provided on the end of a lever 35 which is pivoted on the shaft 30 (Figures 3 and 5) for oscillation responsive to a connected lever 36 operativelyconnected to a crank arm 3! that is rotated intermittent rotation of the feed wheels I l-l5 as will appear more fully hereinafter.

Inorder to sever the continuous strand or ribbon of plastic candy 33 into segments 69 (Figures 12 and 13) for deposit into complemental die members, vertically reciprocal scissor operating shearing knives -4l- 42, attached to arms'fl-M by means of fasteners such as machine screws 15 (Figures 2-and 20), for vertical pivotal reciprocation about a mounting pin 46 in the path of the plastic candy strand or ribbon 33. The knives ll-+42 operate during the dwell in the intermittently rotating feed rollers I'd-I 5, and the knives 4I42 are thus timed therewith. It-should be noted that the pivot pin 46 is carried'by a bracket 41 fixed to the top of the frame table II (Figure 2). Offset actuator arm extensions 18-49 extend'from the knife arms 33 M beyond their pivot 46 to carry confronting vertical roller mounts St -5 I.

The mounts -50-5I are provided Withcam follower rollers 52- 53 that coact with oppositely positioned cams S t-=55 fixed to a shaft 56 (Figure 28). The shaft 56-isjourna1led in bearing brackets 5'l58 fixed for support on the frame table II. These knives 4| -42 are normally subjected to a separating urge by an interconnecting spring 59 to maintain the follower rollers 5263 in contact with their actuator cams '5455 for positive cutting approach responsive thereto with the candyroll 38 therebetween.

A lever '60 is pivoted as at 61 to a mount to carry a cam follower roller 63 in the path of a cam 64 which is also mounted on the shaft 55 to'operate the lever with its candy engaging curved bracket retainer 65 (Figure '20) at the extremity thereof to engage the candy roll 38 adjacent the knives 41-42 to progressively sever the candy roll 38 into segments or unitsBS (Figures l2 and 13).

An elongated coil tension spring 66 is anchored at one extremity to "a lug-61, projecting laterally from the lever 60 (Figures 2 and 23) while its other extremity is anchored to a lug '68 fixed to the frame HLthereby normally urging the lever 60 with its bracket retainer 65 against the candy roll 38. 'Th'ecam 64 operates to actuate the lever 60 to disengage the retainer 65 from contact with the candy roll 38 in timed relation with the operation of the. feeding rollers I4-l'5 and'the knives -42.

The lever 60 with its retainer bracket 65 is actuated momentarily in advance of the knives 4 l42 so as to'first hold the candy roll 38 against movement, and this occurs while, the candy feeding rollers l4-i5 are stationary. The feeding rollers l4.'l5 are intermittently rotated as will appear more fully hereinafter. During the movement of, the rollers l4-Fl5, the knives'4l42 are open andstationary. Upon the operation of heretai r 65 for engage ent w th the candy roll 38, the knives 4I I2 are actuated to produce successive segments or units 69.

The successive segments or units 69 are positively displaced downwardly into a rotary distributor ID by a knocker lever II (Figures 1 and 23) which terminates in a bearing 12 fixed to an end of a countershaft I3. The countershaft I3 is supported in bearings IA-I5 that extend from the brackets 5I-58' supporting the bearings 5'I58 which rotatively support the cam shaft 56. The countershaft I3 has a bearing I6 at its other end to support a radial furcated bracket TI to which is mounted a cam follower roller I8. The cam follower roller I8 confronts a cam I9 fixed to the extremity of the cam shaft 56 which rotates to actuate the knocker lever 'II in synchronized timed relation to the operation of the retainer and scissor-like operating knives III-42 which are all cam actuated from the shaft 56.

A spring is tensioned between the bracket TI and bearing bracket 58' by engagement with pins 8I-B2, respectively, to retain contact between the roller I8 and cam I9.

As the candy segments 69 are severed from the candy roll 38 responsive to the scissor-like operation of the knives 4I42, these are knocked downwardly by the lever 1| to a distributor 83 having a series of radial open cavities 84 open at their exterior end 85 (Figures 1 and 16). The radial cavities 84 in this instance eleven, are provided in a circular carrier 86 journalled about a vertical shaft 81 that extends downwardly through the frame table top II. The cavities 84 of the distributor 83 have downwardly converging side and end walls 88-439 (Figure 16) which merge into the open cylindrical cavities 84 to receive the candy segments 69 therein as the knives II-42 and knocker lever II are actuated in synchronized timed relation with the rotation of the distributor 83.

Each of the open cylindrical cavities 84 are provided with reciprocal piston plates 90 fixed to tubular guide rods 9| that telescope over radial rods 92 anchored in the hub of the carrier 86 (Figure 16). depending studs 93 which carry cam follower rollers 94 disposed in a cam groove 95 provided in the upper surface 96 of a circular cam body 91. The cam body 91 is fixed to the frame table II by means of fasteners 98. Consequently, as the distributor 83 rotates, the pistons 90 reciprocate to displace the candy segments 69 into the path of confronting forming dies as will appear more fully hereinafter.

In order to rotatably support the plurality of complemental die members for timed movement in conjunction with the candy feeding I4-I5, severing element 4I -42, and distributing instrumentalities 03-84, the frame top II has a depressed circular portion I00 (Figure 6) provided with an upstanding hub IOI having an axial bore I02 thereof to receive a vertical drive shaft I03 therethrough. The depressed circular portion I00 has an upstanding circular trough I04 defined by spaced circular walls I05-I06 formed integral with the depressed frame top portion I00. The outer spaced wall I06 terminates in a horizontal surface I01 that has a depending peripheral flange I08 (Figure 2) extending therefrom to define the outer limits of the depressed frame top portion I00.

A pair of confronting die supporting table mounts I09-IIO were fixed to the drive shaft I03 for rotation therewith, there being comple- The tubular guide rods 9I have mental keys and key-ways III-II2 (Figure 6) provided therebetween so that rotation of the drive shaft I03 will insure the rotation of the confronting table mounts I09--IIO that are maintained in spaced relation by a collar II3 (Figure 6). A ball bearing raceway H4 is inter posed between the hub IUI of the depressed frame top I00, and the hub of the lower table mount I09 to insure smooth and high speed rotation of spaced table mounts I09-I I0 relative to the depressed frame top portion I00 and its hub IOI (Figure 6).

A plurality of die receiving compartments II5IIB are circumferentially spaced in vertically aligned relation in the table mounts III9III3 to receive a corresponding number of complemental die bodies II'I-II8, in this instance eleven in each of the table mounts I09--I I0. It should be observed that the die receiving compartments H5 in the lower table mount I09 communicate with the annular trough Hill formed in the depressed portion I00 of the frame top I I, and that the lower die bodies I'I'I are secured in the compartments IIfilwhich are of complemental shape to serve as a support therefor. Similarly, the upper compartments H6 are provided with correspondingly shaped die bodies I I8 that have an overlapping retaining plate H9 thereover the attachment thereof to.

the outer ends E20 of the upper mount IIO through the medium of threaded fasteners I2'I (Figure 6).

Confronting die elements I22I23, which may be of any suitable shape and type, are provided with shanks I2 II25 which are reciprocally mounted within somewhat larger bores I26--I2'I provided axially through the die bodies III-I I8. Compression springs I28I29 comprising uniform helical convolutions of wire envelop the die shafts IZ I-I 25 below and above the die bodies II'I'-I I8, respectively, to normally urge the dies I22-I23 to their inward extreme position relative to the die bodies II'III8. Suitable cam contact caps I30I3I are provided on the extremities of the die shafts I24-I25 to serve as a stop for the springs I28-I29 and also as cam followers which ride over lower and upper cam surfaces I'M-I33 (Figures 2, 6, and 8).

The cam surfaces I32-I33 comprise the actuators for the dies I22-I23, respectively, and these are formed on cam bodies I34-I35 (Figures 2 and 6) serving as actuator tracks over which the die shank cam follower caps I30I3I ride over predetermined portions of their are of travel. It should be noted that a cam I39 (Figure 6) has an oil immersed track complemental to the lower cam follower caps I39 to positively return the lower dies I22 to their initial separated position. This assists the springs I28 to accomplish the movement of the dies I22. A plurality of stick receiving slots 5%, in this instance one, is provided in the outer peripheral surfac I3! of the lower table mount I09 along a radial median line of each lower die receptacle I I5, to receive han dle sticks I42 that extend inwardly to the center axis of the lower die element I22. To this end, each of the lower die bodies I I? are slotted as at I39 to communicate with the radial slots I 36 provided in the outer surface I3! of the lower table mount I09 to accommodate the sticks I42 that are fed thereto as will appear more fully hereina er.

The lower cam track I34 (Figure 6) is fixed to the bottom of the annular trough I04 at approxi- .cemi enti die elements |22 :23 to com I a iiein ie rmed-i ndy; i! .I- .=.th i t l .s..-J il isw q ara mml di ir eqrelatieeyiit rt md name m e a i a me e s mer ,rulia ere aaiter-twee seam dsc ti nt he, i sri ee l mwh I 23 wh ch; m i 4 ment l i h we: i t-e eme t, itjevio toheifeottthe .downg zard depre s on thereof ag net the lower die element I 22 'oiy vir i rime-1 s ei -bi hei pner ie-Sh nk ps? 3'4 ga s't' fthefv 'arn undergsuriace;iiiiheith track, I .(F1ure1:8) 'The'cam'track l-I35'is1suspended a l qi e lt 1 43+ l- 11 i u -S I d; .3 1 3: 25 standing .threade d. sti ds I 45+I6 which project fr m tnecam traokend bosses 'l i'i i ifl tofad' iiistahly.extend.tnr egn'p s e I :4 5+: to provided iii; a tijiangulanhoiizo a1. arrn, Isa o a vertical bracket I53, (Figure?) Thev'ei-t'icbracket I52, 36 is;attaehe'a'g f ci'r support on the. -fitable top H by means "of fasteners lL SeXtendm g through bracket ears liia (Figures land-2), andvis positioned; diametrically opposite, the, stick. feeding an r'nna il g instrumentaliti e's (Figure 1) to, be.

s, ,.l as er i h? des r bed- Th'e inward" earn. track Supporting stud I {it is piv t d QtheQw'm ok negated bQss M3, by'. means of a pint lfi5 ivhile the outward, tubular. en ere d unpe i e s ud! wh sa -eu d i) th rethf e'h 5'zicol lar stops I 5am. receive.

a! i 0 i t. her betweeh wit n. he t I465 'lih 'e upper collar. I58 is freely adjustable relativejto the can traek supporting rod ififi for threaded engagement with the interiorly threaded tubular stud I l6 to adjust the compression ofthe sia'ring I59 which is supported with the rod I56, b'y itscoll'eir I5! 'initiallyres'tingon the flanged bottom ISIS-of the stud hi6} Withthis arrangement, the angniarly extending-upper cam track I35 is anguiarl'y yieldab'le upwardlyabout its -pivot 155 against the foam pression of thespring I59.

' The inward cam tracks supporting pivot I55 is vertically adjustable by meansof threaded nuts I'6I.I62 which engage the stud'i ilion both-sides of the vertical bracket arm boss-M9- (Figures 2 and 6); The lower cam track Is iis also -adjustably supportedby means of a depending arm- I53 (Figures 6: and 7) which depends downwardly" (51) through anopening IG I-in the frame top portion lflll beyond the annular oil confining trough llM the'reinfFigure 6) The offset-armlfit pivotall'y engages a depending bracket I fixedv bymeans of fastener studs ,1 66 to the underside of the frame topportion IBG. A pin I67 pivotally conn'ects the oifsetarm. IE3 to the bracket I65 which'sealsthe openings I64 in the frame top portion I 00 against the escape of oil I58 which lubricates the'carn track I 34. A hand knob H58 on a rod I69 'e'n- 7 ables the rotation of its enlarged threaded sleeve lI0;.withinl the frame top portion mete adjustably carry a reduced tip I'II Within the annular trough'iil i to engage the underside of the lower cam track1-l34 at a point spaced from its pivotal e d ee lei we he i tfisetermi 53:, Arm mentoa; 4 lii ntelonsi he rod m9, and it is,a tacheaito..; het ni erside,0;; tnae rame oatnor q t I fi ii ot ele h h eade wrm ctien-. .i nei od;sleeve; 1O.-, gains. l welt-e. at.

hus; oth. he; owa ami reat; I Q i and he. upper icanitr-ack I 3 5,; are ph otally, yieldably and m .112 2 a fle niox z sth thedesi ie ii desreerqf Dew ye;berel t ve r e erted by: he; ie: lements; #271231 hi ar-A a on ro d a, Mi e e 'em e a a i ia'eet ype et I and e l-9 13., iqmnensat er. ar he u p emi rae '35:";3; eminence- 0 tha wer r si n eminemes att ec ne t qn em.

4- th distributqrjeedingstation Mfiland inere as'es degree to its ezt en ie 1 compres ion 'that. is ef fectegt at substantiallythe fourth, die station wiewedfit mi' r i L n u t in j lqe. Wisedireetiqn) At substa ti ll the-fifthstationfrom thefeeding station: Me thelupper 'die ji'z ii is fully releasedand in'ft'he. next .adj'a'e ent,.stat'ion orsubs'tantially the siXth'die eositio'ri; the lower cam track l'fl begins to lift, the] lower 'die 7 element |2 2 j to ac complishlthe ejec tion of the completed candy I4I with e 'EtiekIMZfin position (Figures 1 and 6).

xtf dia 'en psit q rJ bs a ly he; a; take fupf mjech'anisril I I 'I 5 removes ithe.

1e up mechanismifiii (Figures 1-41-10 and" 11) comprises ayerti'cai shaft iikijwhich i's' joiirhall'ed inball-beaifingra'ceways l ii iffli fp'r'o vid'e'd in split beaiings i :1 --'80 (I igure9 The split bearing Fi -4t il is supported by afra zne exjt'ensi'o'nfIB Lfqrmeclf integral with the frame 2 I lar boss "I82Z eXtends upwardly from the tabletopextension 58i to provide peripheral earn edge I 83 upon which cam 'followingjrollers' 53 t, this ii'istarioe fo ur, traverselfor contact therewith, The rollers i 84 a're joui nalieol on studs 3 1. 2 1 1 1 are i e ler s n. iv amen 86 hat e end etwee ri u ea d a ket 1 that are ed to the vertical shafts I (6 A plurality oi bolts I38, in this instancefour, extendtransYersely through the iuroatec i brackets la 'l'to pivota11y; 'sup'port the roller mounts 436 relative to the erticalshaft I15 (Figure 9). The pivotal mounts I iii carry radially extendingquadrants 'I8S;'in' this instance four, which are at t'aehe'd 1; the mounts i BB'to pivot relative to a, eireular plate I535: The oircular plate I9!) i associate'cl with the shaft I lfi'ior rotation therewith" tiirough a key IQ'i p'rox'zide'd betv-ieen the shaft I76 1 movementofthe quadrants I235 relative to t]. late 99 is efiected responsive to the rotation of the shaft H5 which carry therollersitt over the peripheral cam edge I8 3f-to raise and lower the quadrant supporting mounts 'I'QEjPso that the preformed candies MI with their sticks Miare grasped between the guadrants" I and the plate I90 in tirned rota; tion o f tli e take-up rneohanisn that is synchronized with"therotation oi the confronting dies I22- ji23a11d*tiieir supportingmechanism IflilfIIi) constituting a rotary"tablemeinber. "The relativsp eedf rotation the take-up meohanisin I omega; the shaft -i'i'3 is such that the preformedeandies:I I with their sticks I42 arrive as'thegua eirants I39 are elevated proxim'ate'to' the 'plate- H5 in their upii a'rd pivotal movement to grasp the candy stioks' I Z2=tl'1eretea-teen and mus suocessf uliy' remove them along newer-pat foi consequent release at'a dis chargelooint'where a-rec'eltaele is-positioned to 9 receive the finished products Ill-I42. To this end, the lower surface of the circular plate I99 is champered as at I92 along the peripheral edge thereof to conform with the angularity of the quadrants I89 when the latter are elevated to their extreme grasping position against the plate I90 with the sticks I42 therebetween (Figure 9).

The circular plate I 99 is urged downwardly against a stop I93 on the shaft I16 by means of a spring I94 which envelops the shaft I16 for engagement with a bushing I95 at its lower extremity. The bearing I95 is associated with a shaft I16 for rotation therewith through the medium of the key I9I to support the spring I94 and downwardly urge the plate I99 during the rotation thereof. The sprin I94 is anchored at its upper end by means of a collar [96 fixed to the shaft I16 through a suitable fastener such as the set screw I91 to provide for adjustment along the shaft I16 to control and adjust the compression in the spring I94, andthus regulate the friction grasp of the sticks I42 to effect the removal of the preformed candy unit I therewith. As the plate I99 and the quadrants I89 rotate in a clockwise direction (viewed from Figure 1), the quadrants I89 gradually descend the grasp of the sticks I42 which together with their candy balls or units I4I are displaced through the inertia of rotation for collection in a tumbler or other processing unit or ordinary collection receptacle for packaging.

The continued clockwise rotation of the table or die supporting members I99I I (viewed from Figure 1) beyond the take-up mechanism I15 prepares the confronting dies I22-I23 to assume their initial position preparatory to reaching the stick supplying station I99. So that any candy units I4I which accidentally passed. around and beyond the take-up mechanism I15 without sticks I42, may be removed prior to reaching the stick supplying station I98, a scraper blade I99 is provided to reciprocate above and in close proximity to the lower die mounting table I09 (Figures 1, 18 and 19).

The scraper I99 has a normally offset shank 209 (Figure 1) which reciprocates in guides 29I-292 fixed to the upper surface. of the frame II. A link 293 is pivoted to the scraper shank 290 as at 294 for pivotal connection to a longitudinal link 295 which is anchored to the frame top II as at 295. An intermediate transverse link 291 is pivoted to the longitudinal link 295 as at 203. The transverse link 291 is operatively connected to a rotating vertical crank 209 which-oscillates the link 295 and reciprocates the scraper I99 through its shank 299 and its connecting link 203. The crank 299 extends downwardly through the frame top I I for rotation responsivet'o'the driving mechanism which will be hereinafter described. The feeding of sticks I42 at the hopper or stick feeding station I98 is synchronized with the continuous rotation of the die supporting elements I09lI9.

In order to automatically supply the handle sticks I92 to the lower die element I22 and to effect the support thereof at the desired elevation with respect to the concavity or shape of the complemental die elements I22-523, the stick slots I39i31 are provided to extend in the adi ally outer peripheral surface I31 of the lower table die mount I09 which is slotted as at I38--i39 (Figure 6) in radial diametrical alignment with each of the lower dies I22. The radial stick slots I36-I 39 communicate with each of the die receptacles IE1 provided in the lower table mount I09, and each of the lower die receptacles H1 is provided with corresponding slots I39 which align with the table mount slots I36 to receive the sticks I42 at approximately the same elevation as the top of the lower die elements I22 when it is in its initial lowermost position in the die body I I 1 (Figure 6). With thi arrangement, the candy segments 69 (Figure 13) will be deformed by both complemental dies I22-I23 into the shape of the latter around the inward extremity of the sticks I42 responsive to the depression of the upper die element I 23.

The sticks I 42 are confined in a hopper 2I0 (Figures 1, 14 and 15) that has a converging side wall depending extension 2II-2I2 defining a restricted discharge open bottom 2I3 that defines an arcuate lower end conforming to and communicating with a cylindrical stick distributing drum 2I4. The arcuate hopper bottom 2I3 has its opening along the length thereof which substantially conforms with and is somewhat narrower than the circumferential spacing of straight transverse slots 2 I5 on the periphery of the drum 2 I4. The stick distributor in the form of a cylindrical drum rotor 2I4 is journalledon a shaft 2I9 for rotation therewith to bring the slotted periphery of the drums 2 I4 adjacent the correspondingly shaped hopper bottom 2 I3. The shaft 2I6 is fixed to the rotor or drum 2I4, and is journalled in bearing raceways 2I12I8 provided in the hopper assembly to support the shaft 2H5 for rotation with a sprocket wheel 2I9 having a chain 220 mashing therewith. Consequently, the sticks I42 confined in the hopper 2I0 will be distributed for individual deposit in the transverse slots 2I5 of the distributor drum 2I4 which, in turn, cooperate with stick retainers 22I (Figures 14 and 22) provided in radial alignment with each of the lower dies I 22 for attachment to the outer periphery of the lower die mount I09.

The sticks I42 are stacked in the hopper 2I0 which is provided with a driven knurled rod 222 journaled in the hopper side walls 223-224 (Figure 15). The rotation of the knurled rod 222 serves as a stick repeller to preclude the bunching of the sticks I42 and provide for their deposit in the drum slots 2I5. The sticks I42 that are lodged in the slots 2I5 are therein retained until displaced to the retainers 22I there.- below (Figure 14) and a loosely disposed ring 225 confined in a peripheral groove 226 On the drum hub 221, rides over the stick retainers 22 I. The loosely rolling'ring 225 precludes the sticks I42 from being accidentally displaced at the time of their transition from the drum slots 2I5 to the retainers 22I and momentarily until the latter grasp the sticks I42 as will presently appear.

The sticks I42 are dropped into the retainers 221 which, in this instance, comprise a tubular sleeve 228 (Figures 21 and 22) having a downwardly offset boss 229 for attachment to the depending outward peripheral wall 230 (Figures 6 and 21) of the lower table mount I09. The sleeve 223 has upstanding stick guides 23I 232, in this instance two, which are formed integral therewith (Figure 22) to serve as stops against which the sticks I42 are forcibly held by means of a cam actuated arcuate finger 233 mounted for operation responsive to an arm 234 that is pivoted on a'pintle 235 anchored in the sleeve boss 229 (Figure 21). A roller 236 is journalled on. the pintle 235 to rotatively support the stick retainers 22I on a plate extension 231 projecting from the lower table mount I09.

The finger arm 234 has a cam follower arm L1 2138 :extending therefrom .tbeyond rthe .pintle 23.5 to: carryfra :cam :rol1er:.2 3.9 (Figure 11) inconfrontingtrelation with and in the .path :of c a :cam 1M0 :itoopen: the finger 233 relative to thesstick' guides FRI- 232. A spring 12.4I (Figure 22) normally surges the finger 23'3'towardztheffixedrsti'cks guides .endr-stops 23I-I232 While the'fixed tabletcam 24%! serves to separate the finger (233 relative lito ithe fixed guidesand stops 23I--232: -againstzthe 'urge ofthe spring 24I tovertic-ally'reoeiveithe s sticks I42 from the hopper :2 I 9 and permit the horizontal displacement of 'the sticks I'421there- 'ffrom for irnpaling'the'candy M I Thesticks I 42 are clisplacedfrom the 1 retainers I 2 2 I in a horizontal rdirection toward and through *the slots E3I-f M9 in the Flower "table mount T I 09 and die receptacle i m I (Figure fi) This is accomplished by T means of a cam "followerl'24 3ffiX-ed"to :the extremity "of a red 2M lFig'ures'l :and 21) which telescopes-intoa-=sleeve $245 that, in. turn, telescopes 'intothe sleeve 228. -IIhe rod i244 and sleeve Y 245 each have "flanged endsifi'fi and 24? which :are in ithe path 'df' pes'ripher-al shouldersigsand fl 49 provided internal- .ly withinthe. sleeves '2'45 and f22 8, respectively,'rto

apreclude-the separation ofthe stick retaining and .impaling 'mechanismrfi I 'Ihe camfollowerizfl rhas a rounded external surfa'ce' (Figure 1 which sa'buts against' ai'fixe'ct arcuate. cant-"track 2 5 I 3 fixed byiibrackets 252-$253 and fasteners "254 "to "the frame-atop I I. The-cam325l gradually displaces the stick" I142 inwardly until'the retainers 322 I r ar- -rive at approximately one half revolution 1 from the csticki'feeding I'hoppervZ re (Figure 1) ,ian'd'in thatrran-gezof movement another 'cam'track255 (Figures 1 :tan'cl 17 is iza'cljustably mounted as at $256425! (Figure '11) to "the "frame mounted LhraGketiI-EZ tofinally impalethe sti'ck 142 into "therpreformed. candy3 I34 I 'The."eanrtrackt- 2555.15

.radially :adjusta-ble at its L'mQunts 258-45! :to 1.

aazccommodateudifierentl lengths of stick I242.

lheiinward surface 258 of thecam followers 5243 is 'flat .to cooperate with a "fixed cam track 1259 (Figure 1') whichiservesfto separate the'teleisc'opic zelements 244- 245 totheir maximum :ex-

tent opposite "to their fully "telescoped impalementtposition, to m-ake ready'for 'a' repetition 'of theimpalementffunction. During this :timerth e arm? fOllOWeri2 36 (Figurefll) rridesithehighi side dfiithecam'zz tfl'to recede the'stick.en'gagingfinger 523 351110111 the fixedgnides and'stops 23 I-..=2321to ithus openathe "retainers 22 I for' the" 'receptionfdf :a stick (I 42 :as rtheiriposition "of movement: is in ithepath of the hopper. 2 I0. Theistick distributor 'ielrum 2M iszrotarilyiadjustable byrneansi of ithe oppositely fclisposedi' threaded studs 2 50-1 26 I that arerprovided'onra'plateizfiii for en'gagement with arspini263fianchored 'in "the side :of' the: drum '2 I4. Looking studs'i2542551are threadedly-tanchored intthe drum 'Z IT4 to extend'thrcugh:arcuate:slots itha t is supported bytthe "frame top I I. 'The L'h'opper r21 8 isrigidly supported so 2 that its hottcm 'discharge slot overlies and is in the path tof thetransverse slots "2E5 provided in drum rzmwmch, transfers thesticks I52 to'theretainsears-E22 I 'as such 'rotatethereunder with: the lower die'imount I (I9.

WVith'this arrangement, :the sticks I 42 are derposited in'the 'druzn slots zlt. and'as the lower die mount I09 rotates, the stick is carried in xlisplacement for thedesired distances-o that: the inward: stick extremity registers with: the. aXiSr of the Lower die :e-lement I23. The feedingof the -.sticks I4'2is eirectedresponsiveitothe rotation of theshopperrotor or drumt I l in timed-relation (withthe1rotationz0fithe table mounts i-tfi tlt .and the. other operating instrumentalitics' as will "lappearmore fully hereinafter.

The illstrumentalities thus far 1 described are cperatedin timed relationfrom; a common;- power source constittuing an electric motorv 2 59 (Figure .2) fixed to 'a-hottom frame plate supportedhy the standards IE. The motor 2-58.15 coupled at ZEIltoraspeed rcduceriZlil (Figuresil andB) which isalso fixed to the bottom frameplatewso that the (driven. shaft :2 thereof imparts the desired speed-of :rotation to a sprocket pinion 122 Iithatzisiin alignment with sprocket wheehZ'Ii! fixed-to .a shaft??? for connection through a chainflfi. Theshaft 213 is journalled in the gbea-ring -orackets l."t52't that are attached through any suitable"fasteners-2 El to the bottom frame plate'to :retatably-support the shaft 121-3 ifor dri-Ving thevariousinstrumentalities in timed relationas WilLhecpree-ently described. Theeccentric crankarm is to the shaft 213 to oscillate the-connecting rod 3'5 which operates the'ibell crank .--Zt1l11.3-5 (Figurefi) torint-ermittently rotate the shaft this being accol. plished throue'imthepawl 35 which-cooperates With the ratchet Wheel firm-impart corresponding intermittentrotationto the.- candy'ieed roll- -.ers M- I15 i (Figures 2 -320) The operation I of the 'candy'feed roller I i-A5 in timed relation "with the'knives M li. and theirassociatd-elerm-ents has been described supra.

.Asshownpthe-main shaft (Figure .3) has ,a'pinionfiil fixed thereto adjacent :to the bearins-2T6 to meshwith a gear 2T9 "dtDwSL .cz-untershaftilfi disposed parallel to the main shaitiE'IE. 'lhe'conntcrshaft is iournalleclin hearings till-#282 fixed-tothe undersidev of the frame .top "H.

bevel pinion 233 which meshes with a bevel gear TZM-"that' is'fixedto :azvertical shaft I t3 to-Which thetablemounts I.-L:I3I til-are fixed for continu- 'ous rotation therewith. The countershaft 289 and the vertical shaft I33 gearcdthereto, "rotate continuously ,to carry the circumferentially "spa'ce'dsseries of co'mplemental die members I22- I23 ialong 5a circular; path in 'tLuled relation with 60 "shafti flfi to continuouslyrotate the stick. grasp- I the retainers 22I therewithtfor horizontal inward 15 :2 91-298 :(Figure 3) fixed to the adj c 8 The ceuntershaft '2 carries a tremities of aligned shafts 299'300, respectively, journalled in bearings 301, 302 and 303, respectively. The shaft 239 has a spur gear 304 attached to the extremity thereof beyond bearing 302 to mesh with a spur pinion 305 that is attached to a stub shaft 306 to carry a bevel gear 301. The bevel gear 30'! meshes with a bevel gear 308 fixed to a vertical shaft 209 to operate the scraper 199 described supra (Figure 1). The aligned stub shaft 300 carries a bevel gear 309 which meshes with a bevel gear 313 fixed to a vertical shaft 311 which is journalled in a bearing 312 fixed to the table top 11 (Figure 23) to support a bevel gear 313 that meshes with another bevel gear 314 fixed to the knife operating cam shaft 50 described supra. It should be observed that the main driven shaft 213 carries a pulley 315 over which a belt 313 extends to operate a pulley31'1 fixed tothe stick repeller 222. This provides for dependable distribution of sticks I42 to the distributor drum 214.

The main'driven shaft 213 is operatively connected to the countershaft 280 through the gears 2'18-279. To enable the disconnection of the shafts 213-280, a clutch element 318 is provided to idle on the countershaft 280. The clutch element 318 is complemental to another clutch e1ement 319 associated with the countershaft'280 for rotation therewith and slidable ther-ealong so that the clutch element 319 may be caused to engage or disengage the clutch element 318 through themedium of a yoke 320 (Figure 4). The yoke 320 has aligned trunnions 321-322 cooperating with an angular groove 323 provided on hub 324 of the clutch element 319. The yoke 320 is pivoted to a link 325 which carries a bearing 326 for attachment to a rod 32'! that is journalled in'bearing brackets 328329 fixed to the frame (Figures 2 and 4). The rod 327 has a handle member 330 fixed to the extremity thereof to enable the fractional rotation of the clutch operating shaft 321 to cause the clutch elements 318-319 to be in effective complemental engagement 01' disengagement so that the motor 208 may continue to operate while the remaining instrumentalities such as the table mounts 10s-1 10 together with all other associated elements are rendered inoperative for adjustment, cleaning, or other service requirements. The handle 330 is readily accessible to control the operation of the clutch 318-3i9. The idler clutch element 318 carries a sprocket wheel 331 (Figure 3) that drives a sprocket chain 220 which, as described supra, operates the hopper distributor drum 214 so that these elements are rendered inactive when the clutch elements SIS-3E9 are separated.

While we have illustrated and described a preferred embodiment of this invention, it must be understood that the invention is capable of considerable variation and modification without departing from the spirit of the invention. We, therefore, do not wish to be limited to the precise details of construction set forth, but desire to avail ourselves of such variations and modifications as come within the scope of the appended claims.

We claim:

1. In a device of the character described, the combination with a frame, of a table mounted for continuous rotation on said frame, a plurality of pairs of normally separated complemental die members uniformly spaced on said table, means for feeding material to said complemental die members when in separated relation, means for displacing one complement of said die mem- 14 bers toward the other to compress the material therein, means for returning said compressing die member complement to its initial position, and rotary clutching means for removing the preformed material from said die member after the compressing die is elevated.

2. In a device of the character described, the combination with a frame, of a table mounted for continuous rotation on said frame, a plurality of pairs of normally separated complemental die members uniformly spaced on said table, springs for normally urgingsaid complemental die members from each other, means for feeding material to said complemental die members when in separated relation, means for displacing one complement of said die members toward the other to compress the material therein, means for returning said compressing die member complement to its initial posit on, and axially mounted means rotating in timed relation to said table to remove the preformed material from said complemental die members.

3. In a device of the character described, the combination with a frame, of a table movably mounted for continuous rotation on said frame, a plurality of pairs of normally separated com plemental superposed die members uniformly spaced on said table, means for successively feeding material to said complemental die members when in separated relation, means for displacing one complement of said die members toward the other to compress the material therein, means for returning said compressing die member complement to its initial position, means for displacing sticks into radial alignment with said complemental die members, and means for progressively impaling said radially aligned sticks into the material confined between said complemental die members as said table moves on said frame in synchronous timed relation with said stick displacing means.

4. In a device of the character described, the combination with a frame, of a table rotatably mounted for continuous rotation on said frame, a plurality of pairs of normally separated complemental die members uniformly spaced. on said table, means for intermittently feeding material to said complemental die members when in separated relation means for cutting said intermittently fed material into segments, while said feeding means are inactive, means for displacing one complement of said die members toward the oth er to compress the material therein, means for returning said compressing die member comp1ement to its initial position, and axially mounted rotary grasping means for removing the com pressed material from the other die member complement.

5. In a device of the character described, the combination with a frame, of a table rotatably mounted for continuous rotation on said frame,

a plurality of pairs of normally separated com plemental die members uniformly spaced on said table, springs operatively associated with said complemental die members for normally effecting their extreme separation, means for intermittently feeding material to said complemental die members when in separated relation, means for displacing one complement of said die members toward the other to compress the material therein, means for returning said compressing die member complement to its initial position, stick retainer means mounted on said table in radial alignment with said complemental die members, and cam means on said frame cooper- 1.5 atingt withsaid, stiokretainer means for. progrcse sively-displacing thesticks toward said dieniemhere;

6. In a hard candy forming machine; the com-- bination with a frame, of a table rotatively mounted on said frame, a plurality of uniformly spaced pairs of normally separated complemental die members on said table, means for rotating said, table on said frame, means for effecting the displacement of continuous lengths of candy toward said table, means for severing said continuous length of candy into segments, means for displacing the candy segments between complemental die members as the table rotates to bring complemental die members in the path of said displacing means, means for moving one die member complement toward the other with the candy segments therebetween for effecting the compression and shaping of said se ments, stick retainer means in radial alignment with each of said complemental die members, stick feeding means disposed above the path of said stick retainer means, means for opening and closing said stick retainer means as said table rotates therewith to receive and engage sticks from said stick feeding means, and means associated with said stick retaining means to. radially translate the sticks toward said complemental die members to impale the candy segments.

7, In ahard candy forming machine, the combination with a frame, of a table rotatively mounted on said frame, a plurality of uniformly spaced pairs of normally separated complemental die members on said table, radially disposed stick retaining means on said table in radial alignment with. each, of said pairs of complemental die members, means for feeding non.- edible sticks to said stick retaining means with a. portion thereof disposed between said complemental die members, means for rotating said table on said frame, means for effecting the displacement of continuous lengths of candy toward said table, means for severing said continuous length of candy into segments, means for displacing the candy segments between complemental die members as the table rotates to bring complemental die members in the path of said displacing means, means for moving one die member complement. toward the other with the candy segments therebetween for effecting the, compression and shaping of said segments around said sticks, and cam means on said frame for progressively displacing the sticks from said stick retaining means into said, complemental die members to impale the candy segments as said table rotates.

8. In a hard candy forming machine, the combination with a frame, of a table rotatively mounted on said frame, a plurality of uniformly spaced pairs of normally separated complemental die members on said table, spring means for normally maintaining said complemental die members in spaced relation, means for feeding non-edible sticks to said table with a portion thereof disposed between said complemental die members, means for rotating said table on said frame, means for effecting the displacement of continuous lengths of candy toward said table, means. for severing said continuous length of candy into segments, means for displacing the candy segments between complemental die members as the table rotates to bring complemental, die members in the path of said displacing means, means for moving one die member complement toward the other with. the. candy segments therebetween for effecting the com? pression and shaping of said segments around said sticks, stick feeding means disposed above the path of said complemental die members, a rotary stick distributor drum in. said stick feeding hopper means, stick retainer means on said table in radial alignment with said complemental die members, cam meansfor displacing said sticks into said die member to impale the candy segments, and rotary stick grasping means for removing the preformed candy from said complemental die members.

9. In a hard candy forming machine, the combination with a frame, of av table rotatively mounted on said frame, a plurality of uniformly spaced pairs of normally separated complemental die members on said table, means for rotating-said table on said frame, intermittentmea'ns for effecting the displacement of continuous lengths of candy toward said table; confronting movable means for severing said continuous length of candy into segments, candyholding means operable momentarily prior to said severing means, means for displacing the candy segments between, complemental die members as the table continuously rotates to bring. complemental die members in the path of said displacing means, stick supply means mounted onsaid frame above the path of travel of said complemental. die members, stick retainer means in. radial alignment with each of said complemental die members, cam means for opening and closing said stick retainer means, and cam means for operating said complemental die members.

10. In a ,hard candy forming machine, the combination with a frame, of a table rotatively mounted on saidframe, a plurality of uniformly spaced pairs of normally separated complemental die members on said table, means for rotating said table on said frame, intermittent means for effecting the displacement of continuous lengths of candy toward said table; means for severing said continuous length of candy into segments, knocker means for displacing thecandy segments between complemental die members as the table rotates to bring complcmental die members in the path of said displacing means, a stick feeding hopper on said frame above the path of travel of said complemental die members, stick distributor meansin said hopper, stick retainer. means on said table to receive the sticks from said distributor, and means associated with said stick. distributor means. for momentarily resting on the-,sticks'as they are deposited in said stick retainer means.

11. In a hard candy forming machine, the combination with a frame, of a table rotatively mounted on said frame, a plurality of uniformly spaced pairs of normally separated complemental die members on said table, means for. rotating said table on said frame, intermittentv means for effecting the displacementof continuous lengths of candy toward said table, means for severing said continuous length of candy into segments, means for displacing the candy segments between complemental die members as the table rotates .to bring. complemental die members-in the path of said displacing means, a stick feeding hopper onsaid frame abovethepath of travel of said complemental.diemembers, stick distributor means in said hopper, stick retainermeans on said table .toreceivethesticks fromsa-id distributor, means associated with said stick distributormeans for momentarily resting. onv the. sticks as 17 they are deposited in said stick retainer means, and means for closing and opening said stick retainer means.

12. In a hard candy forming machine, the combination with a frame, of a table rotatively mounted on said frame, a plurality of uniformly spaced pairs of normally separated complemental die members on said table, means for rotating said table on said frame, intermittent means for effecting the displacement of continuous lengths of candy toward said table, means for severing said continuous length of candy into segments, means for displacing the candy segments between complemental die members as the table rotates to bring complemental die members in the path of said displacing means, a stick feeding hopper on said frame above the path of travel of said complemental die members, stick distributor means in said hopper, stick retainer means on said table to receive the sticks from said distributor, means associated with said stick distributor means for momentarily resting on the sticks as they are deposited in said stick retainer means, means for closing and opening said stick retainer means, plungers associated with said stick retainer means, and means for displacing said stick retainer plungers to impale the sticks into the candy segments during the preforming thereof.

13. In a hard candy forming machine, the combination with a frame, of a table rotatively mounted on said frame, a plurality of uniformly spaced pairs of normally separated complement-a1 die members on said table, means for rotating said table on said frame, intermittent means for effecting the displacement of continuous lengths of candy toward said table, means for severing said continuous length of candy into segments, knocker means for displacing the candy segments between complemental die members as the table rotates to bring complemental die members in the path of said displacing means, a stick feeding hopper on said frame above the path of travel of said complemental die members, stick distributor means in said hopper, stick retainer means on said table to receive the sticks from said distributor, means associated with said stick distributor means for momentarily resting on the sticks as they are deposited in said stick retainer means, means for closing and opening said stick retainer means, plungers associated with said stick retainer means, means for displacing said stick retainer plungers to impale the sticks into the candy segments during the preforrning thereof, and stick grasping means for removing the preformed impaled candy from said complemental die members.

14. In a device of the character described, the combination with a frame, of a table rotatably mounted on said frame, a plurality of complemental die members oircumferentially spaced on said table, radial stick receiving slots in said table between the outer periphery and said die members, confronting candy feeding rollers on said frame for displacing a continuous ribbon of candy toward said table, reciprocally mounted severing means in the path of said feeding rollers for segmenting the continuous ribbon of candy, knocker means for transferring the severed segments to said complemental die members, means for operating said complemental die members to compress the segments around the sticks and effect the ejection thereof from said die members, and axial mounted rotating clamping means for grasping said stick impaled candy to effect the 18 removal thereof from said complemental die members.

15. In a device of the character described, the combination with a frame, of a table rotatably mounted on said frame, a plurality of complemental die members circumferentially spaced on said table, to receive candy segments radial stick receiving retainers on said table between the outer periphery and said die members, hopper means for confining a supply of sticks above said table, means for successively transferring sticks from said hopper to said retainers, cam means for radially displacing the sticks from said retainers to impale the candy segments, confronting candy feeding rollers on said frame for displacing a continuous ribbon of candy toward said table, reciprocally mounted severing means in the path of said feeding rollers for segmenting the continuous ribbon of candy, knocker means for transferring the severed segments to said complemental die members, means for operating said complemental die members to compress the segments around the sticks and effect the ejection thereof from said die members, scraper means for removing defective candy segments after the compression of said complemental die members, and stick grasping means for removing the preformed impaled candy segments from said complemental die members.

16. In a device of the character described, the combination with a frame, of a table rotatably mounted on said frame, a plurality of complemental die members circumferentially spaced on said table, radial stick receiving means on said table between the outer periphery and said die members, spring means for normally maintaining said complemental die members in confronting spaced relation, hopper means for confining a supply of sticks above said table, means for successively transferring sticks from said hopper to said stick receiving means with a portion thereof extending into said complemental die members, impaling means associated with said table for endwise contact with sticks disposed in said stick receiving means, confronting candy feeding rollers on said frame for displacing a continuous ribbon of candy toward said table, reciprocally mounted severing means in the path of said feeding rollers for segmenting the continuous ribbon of candy, means for transferring the severed segments to said complemental die members, and means for operating said complemental die members to compress the segments around the sticks and effect the ejection thereof from said die members.

17. In a device of the character described, the combination with a frame, of a table rotatably mounted on said frame, a plurality of complemental die members circumferentially spaced on said table, radial stick receiving means on said table between the outer periphery and said die members, spring means for normally maintaining said complemental die members in confronting spaced relation, hopper means for confining a supply of sticks above said table, a slotted drum in said hopper means, means for successively transferring sticks from said slotted drum into said stick receiving means with a portion thereof extending into said complemental die members, cam actuated impaling means associated with said table for endwise contact with sticks disposed in said stick receiving means, confronting candy feeding rollers on said frame for displacing a continuous ribbon of candy toward said table, reciprocally mounted severing 24. In a device of the character mentioned, the combination with a rotatively mounted table, a plurality of uniformly spaced pairs of normally separated complemental die members on said table, radially disposed stick clamping means on said table for each pair of complemental die members, means for opening and closing said stick clamping means responsive to the rotation of said table, means for feeding non-edible sticks to said clamping means while open in radial alignment with said complemental die members, means for displacingvsaid sticks within said complemental die members as said table rotates and while said clamping means are open, and loosely suspended ring means on said stick feeding means for momentarily resting on said sticks while said clamping means are open and during the initial displacement of said ,sticks within said complemental die members.

LEO LATINI. EDMOND LATINI.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification425/116, 425/305.1, 53/122, 425/468, 425/126.2
International ClassificationA23G3/02, A23G3/12
Cooperative ClassificationA23G3/0289, A23G3/125
European ClassificationA23G3/12D, A23G3/02M8T