To provide a packaging apparatus capable of continuously packing products 20 with no spacing between the products in a product set from widening.
The packaging apparatus 10 has a grouping mechanism 14 having chanbeable lane sizes and a dual servo grouping mechanism 110 that separates the product into product sets and allows the product sets to accelerate to the lane chain speed in a predetermined controlled manner. The grouping mechanism 14 further includes timing lugs 60 that pivot into the lanes via a cam surface 64 provided in the lanes. The product rides upon a raised surface of the cam surface as the timing lug 60 pushes the product set together down the lane, thus ensuring that no gaps are provided between products of the product set.
Weaver, Michael J.
Dolce, Richard K.
Johnson, Lloyd W.
Cassarino, Vincent M.