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(11)EP 2 695 731 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
02.12.2015 Bulletin 2015/49

(21)Application number: 13179267.3

(22)Date of filing:  05.08.2013
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
B31D 1/02(2006.01)

(54)

Label paper waste removing method and apparatus

Verfahren und Vorrichtung zum Entfernen von Etikettenpapierrückständen

Procédé et appareil d'élimination de déchets de papier d'étiquettes


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 07.08.2012 JP 2012174560

(43)Date of publication of application:
12.02.2014 Bulletin 2014/07

(73)Proprietor: Miyakoshi Printing Machinery Co., Ltd.
Narashino-shi, Chiba 275-0016 (JP)

(72)Inventors:
  • Izawa, Hideo
    Narashino-shi, Chiba 275-0016 (JP)
  • Fujiwara, Reishi
    Daisen-city, Akita 019-1605 (JP)

(74)Representative: Office Freylinger 
P.O. Box 48
8001 Strassen
8001 Strassen (LU)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A2- 1 974 899
WO-A1-02/072351
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    Background of the Invention


    Technical Field



    [0001] The present invention relates to a label paper waste removing method and apparatus for peeling off and removing from a base sheet of label paper, a portion of waste, i.e. a portion that is becoming unnecessary, of a label sheet of label paper.

    Background Art



    [0002] Label manufacturing machines have hitherto been proposed in which a label sheet (label medium) of label paper is printed on whereafter the label sheet is die-cut to form label pieces. A portion of waste, i.e. a portion that is becoming unnecessary, of the label sheet, except label pieces, is peeled off and eliminated, i.e. removed from a base sheet to yield a label product having label pieces stuck to the base sheet.

    [0003] Waste removing apparatuses for peeling off and removing from a base sheet, a portion of waste as mentioned above have been disclosed in JP H05 - 124136 A and JP 2009 - 23094 A.

    [0004] The waste removing apparatus disclosed in JP H05 - 124136 is of a structure having a path of label paper conveyance (path of supply of tack paper) midway of which a peeling-off roller and a waste take-up unit (punching waste take-up unit) above the roller are disposed.

    [0005] The waste removing apparatus disclosed in JP 2009 - 23094 is of a structure having a path of label paper conveyance (path of conveyance of label material) midway of which a waste removing-up roller and a waste take-up unit (waste removing take-up unit) above the roller are disposed.

    [0006] In both these waste removing apparatuses, a waste portion is removed as follows:

    Continuous label paper conveyed along a path of conveyance is printed on by a printing unit and thereafter half-cut (a label sheet alone being cut along contours of a label piece) by a die cutting unit. Then, in the state that the half-cut portion of label paper has been passed through the peeling roll and the waste removing roll, the label paper conveying and the printing and the die cutting units are suspended of their driving operations. In this stage, a portion of waste of label sheet is peeled manually off a base sheet and an end of the waste portion peeled off is manually passed up to a waste take-up unit and manually fastened to the waste take-up unit.



    [0007] Subsequently, the label paper is conveyed and the printing and die cutting units are driven, waste then being continuously peeled off the base sheet and taken on the waste take-up unit, namely removed.

    [0008] By removing a waste of a label sheet as mentioned above, there have been manufactured a label product having label pieces stuck on a base sheet.

    [0009] A waste removing method using the conventional waste removing apparatus, which requires as mentioned above that when waste removing is commenced a waste of label sheet be manually peeled off, and an end portion of the peeled-off waste be manually passed up to the waste take-up unit and be fastened manually to the waste take-up unit, entails cumbersome manual operations at the time that waste removing is commenced, and hence is poor in efficiency of waste removing operation. A further waste removing apparatus is disclosed in WO-A-02/072351 showing the removal of label paper waste by temporarily adhering it to a carrier surface using adhesive being applied on portions of the label paper waste prior to its removal.

    [0010] In view of problems as mentioned above, it is an object of the present invention to provide a label paper waste removing method and apparatus which eliminates the need to manually operate at the time that waste removing is initiated.

    Disclosure of the Invention



    [0011] In accordance with the present invention there is provided a label paper waste removing method comprising the features of claim 1.

    [0012] Specifically in the label paper waste removing method of the present invention, the upstream side portion of label sheet bordered and starting with the cut line is peeled off the base sheet while label paper is conveyed as it is being bent at a sharp angle in a region of the path of label paper conveyance, and after the portion of label sheet peeled off is wound onto the waste take-up means, label paper is conveyed linearly over the region of the path of conveyance and the label sheet waste is then peeled off by a waste peeling-off member.

    [0013] Consequently, it is ensured that bordered and starting with the cut line, the upstream side portion of label sheet which becomes a label sheet portion as a waste having its leading end constituted by the cut line can be peeled off the continuous base sheet and hence that only a label sheet waste can thereafter be peeled off the continuous base sheet, leaving label pieces stuck to and kept intact on the base sheet.

    [0014] In the label paper waste removing method of the present invention, it is specifically noted that in the state that the label paper is set in the path of label paper conveyance, the cut line for peeling-off may be formed by a cutout processing means for half-cutting the label paper.

    [0015] Utilizing a cutout processing means for half-cutting label paper in the label manufacturing process, it is ensured that the cut line for peeling-off to be formed readily.

    [0016] The present invention also provides a label paper waste removing apparatus comprising the features of claim 4.

    [0017] Specifically in the label paper waste removing apparatus of the present invention,
    the peel-off initiating mechanism includes a peeling-off initiating member and a guide roll for peeling-off initiation, the guide roll being movable between a peeling-off position and a retraction position which are lower and upper than path of label paper conveyance, respectively, such that the guide roller for peeling-off initiation when in the peeling-off position and the said peeling-off initiating member allow the label paper to be conveyed while it is being bent at a sharp angle, thereby peeling off the upstream side portion of label sheet bordered and starting with the cut line, and
    the label sheet conveyer means includes a vacuum conveyer disposed above the peeling-off initiating member for carrying the peeled-off portion of label sheet while it is attracted to the conveyer by vacuum to the waste take-up means, the vacuum conveyer being movable between its carrying position and retraction position at which it is in contact with and remote from the waste take-up means, respectively.

    [0018] With a peeling-off initiating mechanism having a peeling-off initiating member and a guide roll for peeling-off initiation which allow label paper to be conveyed as it is being bent at a sharp angle and with a vacuum conveyer, it is ensured that the label sheet portion as a waste can be peeled off the continuous base sheet and can be carried as it is attracted to the vacuum conveyer to the waste take-up means.

    [0019] And, with the vacuum conveyer which having conveyed the label sheet portion as a waste to the waste take-up means is designed to move to its retraction position, it is ensured that the initial label sheet portion of waste being then no longer affected by the vacuum conveyer can be taken up onto the waste take-up means.

    [0020] Specifically, the label paper waste removing apparatus of the present invention may further include a label waste peeling-off member which is movable above the path of label paper conveyance between a retraction position that is upstream of the vacuum conveyer and a peeling-off position that is downstream of the vacuum conveyer and upstream of the guide roller for peeling-off initiation in the retraction position such that the label waste peeling-off member when in the peeling-off position lies in contact with the label sheet waste being taken up onto the waste take-up means, thereby peeling the label sheet waste off the continuous base sheet.

    [0021] It is enabled to follow consequently that by the label waste peeling-off member moved to lie at the peeling-off position from the retraction position, a label sheet waste is switched to directly lead to the peeled-off label sheet waste taken up onto the waste take-up means and is then peeled off from label paper traveling in the path made linear.

    [0022] Specifically in the label paper waste removing apparatus of the present invention, the label waste peeling-off member is a label waste peeling-off roll and the vacuum conveyer is movable to a second retraction position providing a space for a waste peeling-off roll to pass between a lower end of the vacuum conveyer and the path of label paper conveyance.

    [0023] With a label waste peeling-off roll as mentioned above, it follows consequently that only a label sheet waste of continuous label sheet can be peeled off the continuous base sheet.

    [0024] Also, the label sheet peeling-off roll can easily be moved between the retraction and peeling-off positions.

    [0025] According to the present invention, the need to include manual operations at the time of commencement of waste removing is eliminated, permitting a waste removing operation to be carried out automatically and with enhanced efficiency.

    Brief Description of the Drawing



    [0026] In the Drawing:

    Fig. 1 is a diagrammatic explanatory view of a label manufacturing machine;

    Fig. 2 is a perspective view illustrating portions of a label paper;

    Fig. 3 is an enlarged explanatory view of a waste removing apparatus;

    Fig. 4 is an explanatory view of a waste removing operation;

    Fig. 5 is an explanatory view of a waste removing operation;

    Fig. 6 is an explanatory view of a waste removing operation;

    Fig. 7 is an explanatory view of a waste removing operation;

    Fig. 8 is an explanatory view of a waste removing operation; and

    Fig. 9 is an explanatory view of a waste removing operation.


    Best Modes for Carrying Out the Invention



    [0027] As shown in Fig. 1, a label manufacturing machine provided with a waste removing apparatus according to the present invention includes a label paper mounting unit 2 and a product take-up unit 3 disposed on the upstream and downstream sides of a path of label paper conveyance 1, respectively.

    [0028] Continuous label paper 4 wound onto the label paper mounting unit 2 is so mounted that it can freely be unwound. The label paper 4 unwound from the unit 2 is conveyed along the path of label paper conveyance 1 by feed rollers 5 or the like and taken up onto the product take-up unit 3.

    [0029] In the path of label paper conveyance 1 there are provided a printing unit 6, a cutout processing unit 7, a waste removing apparatus 8 of the present invention, a guide roll 9 and such disposed in the order shown.

    [0030] Label paper 4 as shown in Fig. 2 is comprised of a continuous base sheet 4a and a continuous label sheet 4b stuck together with a pressure-sensitive adhesive 4c. An image 4d is printed on the label sheet 4b by the printing unit 6 and the label paper 4 so printed on is half-cut by a cutout processing unit 7, i.e. only the label sheet 4b is there cut into a cutout line 4e along a shape of a label piece, the cutout line 4e surrounding the label piece 4f. Of the label sheet 4b, portions other than such label pieces 4f are becoming unnecessary, constituting a label sheet waste 4g.

    [0031] In addition to the half-cutting function mentioned above, the cutout processing unit 7 is provided with a cutting function of half-cutting label paper 4 for label sheet peeling-off at downstream of the most downstream image 4d thereon, i.e. only the label sheet 4b is cut over a full length of its width with a cut line formed to be transverse to the direction of the path of label paper conveyance 1.

    [0032] The cut line 4h constituting a boundary between a portion of upstream side 4i and a portion of downstream side 4j of continuous label sheet 4b in the direction of the path of label paper conveyance 1, the upstream side portion 4i bordered and starting with the cut line 4h is peeled off the continuous base sheet 4a by the waste removing apparatus 8 while the downstream portion 4j as it is left stuck intact on the continuous base sheet 4a is wound onto the product take-up unit 3.

    [0033] The cut line 4h for peeling-off is shaped to be symmetrically tapered towards downstream, e.g. in the form of V having a rounded tip or U having a taped tip or oval, i.e., a shape that renders a portion starting with the cut line 4h more readily capable of being peeled off.

    [0034] While in the form of implementation illustrated the cutout processing unit 7 is shown to be a laser cutting apparatus using laser beam, it may be of another type, for example, a die cutting apparatus.

    [0035] A processing unit for forming the cut line 4h for label sheet peeling-off as mentioned above may be provided independently of the cutout processing unit 7.

    [0036] The waste removing apparatus 8 mentioned above includes an peel-off initiating mechanism 10 for peeling off the base sheet 4a, the upstream side portion 4i of label sheet 4b bordered and starting with the peeling-off cut line 4h, over a full length of the width of the label sheet 4b, a label sheet conveyer member 30 for carrying a leading end portion (portion downstream in the conveyance direction) of label sheet 4b peeled off, to a waste take-up member 20 and fastening that end portion onto the waste take-up member 20, and a waste peeling-off member 40 for peeling off the base sheet 4a, then only a waste portion 4g of label sheet 4b.

    [0037] The peel-off initiating mechanism 10 includes a peeling-off plate 11 as a peel-off initiating member and a guide roll 12 for peeling-off initiation. When disposed in position of peeling-off as shown in Fig. 1, they act to automatically peel the upstream side portion 4 of label sheet 4b of label paper 4 off the base sheet 4a as described above.

    [0038] Mention is made of details of the waste removing apparatus 8 with reference to Fig. 3.

    [0039] The peeling-off plate 11 is a plate shaped to have a sharp downstream end portion 11a and is movable between a peeling-off position as indicated by a solid line in Fig. 3 in which the downstream end portion 11a lies equal in height to the path of label paper conveyance 1 and a retraction position as indicated by a phantom line in Fig. 3 in which it lies away from and lower than the path of label paper conveyance 1.

    [0040] For example, the peeling-off initiating plate 11 can be connected to a fixed side in a parallel link (not shown) which can in turn be moved back and forth by an actuator such as a cylinder to move the peeling-off plate 11 parallel between the peeling position and the retraction position.

    [0041] Alternatively, the peeling-off plate 11 can be made movable along a guide provided in a fixed side (not shown) so that it may be moved by an actuator such as a cylinder.

    [0042] The guide roll 12 for peeling-off initiation is made movable between a peeling-off position as indicated by a solid line and a retraction position as indicated by a phantom line in Fig. 3.

    [0043] For example, it may have a pair of arms 13 whose bases are pivotally coupled to a fixed side (not shown) so that they may be swung vertically. And, the peeling-off guide roll 12 at its axially longitudinal ends is rotatably coupled to the ends of the arms 13 so that causing the arms to be vertically swung by an actuator such as a cylinder allows the peeling-off guide roll 12 to be moved between its peeling-off position and retraction position under and above the path of label paper conveyance 1, respectively.

    [0044] It is noted that a pair of the arms 13 are positioned at both sides of the path of label paper conveyance 1 in a direction perpendicular to the label conveyance direction so that they may not interfere with the label paper 4.

    [0045] And, when the peeling-off guide roll 12 lies at the peeling-off position, an upstream portion of its peripheral surface 12a is positioned upstream of, and lower than, the downstream end 11a of the peeling-off plate 11 lying at its peeling-off position.

    [0046] This allows the leading end portion of label paper 4 wound on the peeling-off guide roll 12 from the downstream end 11a of the initial peeling-off plate 11 to be bent at a sharp angle as indicated by a phantom line n Fig.3 whereby the upstream side portion 4i of label sheet 4b bordered and starting with the peeling-off cut line 4h is made more readily capable of being peeled off the base sheet 4a.

    [0047] When the peeling-off guide roll 12 lies at its retraction position, it is positioned above the path of label paper conveyance 1 and downstream of the label sheet conveyer member 30, ensuring that the guide roll 12 may not interfere with the label paper 4 conveyed along the path of label paper conveyance 1.

    [0048] The waste take-up member 20 has a cylinder (not shown) detachably mounted to a take-up shaft 21 for rotation by a motor (not shown). On this cylinder is wound the label sheet 4b as a waste peeled off. Dismounting the cylinder from the take-up shaft 21 allows a waste wound thereon to be detached.

    [0049] The label sheet conveyer member 30 may comprise a vacuum conveyer by which the portion of label paper 4b peeled off is attracted thereto by vacuum and carried to the waste take-up member 20.

    [0050] For example, the label sheet conveyer member 30 has a vacuum box 31, a pair of driving rolls 32 and a pair of driven rolls 33. The driving rolls 32 and driven rolls 33 are rotatably mounted at the widthwise ends of the upper and lower longitudinal ends of the vacuum box 31, respectively. And, a perforated belt 34 is wound on the driving rolls 32 and the driven rolls 33. Rotating the driving rolls 32 by a motor (not shown) while giving a negative pressure within the vacuum box 31 allows the belt 34 to be turned and the portion of label paper 4b peeled off to be attracted to the belt 34 and to be conveyed on the belt 34 as it is.

    [0051] The label conveyer member 30 is designed to swing on its lower end between a carrying position as indicated by a solid line in Fig. 3 at which the belt 34 is in contact with the waste take-up member 20 (cylinder) and a first retraction position as indicated by a phantom line there at which the belt 34 is away from the waste take-up member 20 and movable to a second retraction position as indicated by one dot chain line at which the belt 34 is displaced by a distance obliquely upwards from the first retraction position.

    [0052] When the label sheet conveyer member 30 lies at the second retraction position, its lower end is positioned above the waste peeling-off member 40.

    [0053] For example, with the lower end of the vacuum box 31 pivotally mounted to an eccentric portion of a shaft, the vacuum box 31 can be turned by an actuator such as a cylinder to move the label sheet conveyer member 30 to the first retraction position. And, the shaft may be rotated to move the label sheet conveyer member 30 to the second retraction position.

    [0054] Alternatively, a plate (not shown) may be mounted to a fixed side so as to be movable up and down and an actuator such as a cylinder mounted between the plate and the fixed side while the rotational central axis of a driven roll 33 may be pivotally coupled to the plate and an actuator such as a cylinder mounted between the plate and the vacuum box 31.

    [0055] The waste peeling-off member 40 may comprise a waste peeling-off roll 41 which is disposed above the oath of label paper conveyance 1 and movable between its retraction position as indicated by a solid line in Fig. 3 and its peeling-off position as indicated by a phantom line there.

    [0056] The waste peeling-off roll 41 may be so movable by a movement mechanism having an actuator such as a cylinder.

    [0057] The waste peeling-off roll 41 when at its retraction position is positioned in a region upstream of both the downstream end 11a of the peeling-off plate 11 at its peeling position and the label sheet conveyer member 30 at its carrying position, and when at its peeling-off position is positioned in a region downstream of both the downstream end 11a of the peeling-off plate 11 at its peeling position and the label sheet conveyer member 30 at its carrying position.

    [0058] The waste peeling-off roll 41 is smaller in diameter than the driven rolls 33 of the label sheet conveyer member 30 (vacuum conveyer). Thus, the waste peeling-off roll 41 which when at its peeling-off position is positioned downstream of the label sheet conveyer member 30 and upstream of the peeling-off guide roll 12 at its retraction position, ensures that the waste portion 4g alone of the label sheet 4b can be peeled off the base sheet 4a.

    [0059] Mention is next made of a label manufacturing process using the label manufacturing machine.

    Label paper setting step



    [0060] Label paper 4 which has not undergone printing the image 4e, half-cutting and cutting for label sheet peeling-off is set by mounting it to the label paper mounting member 2 and passing it from its leading end along the path of label sheet conveyance 1 through the printing unit 6, the cutout processing unit 7 and the waste removing unit 8 onto the product take-up member 3 on which the leading end is wound.

    [0061] At this time, as shown in Fig. 4 the peeling-off guide roll 12 is at its retraction position and positioned above the label paper 4 passed through the entire path, where the waste peeling-off roll 41 is at its retraction position.

    [0062] Also, the peel-off initiating plate 11 is positioned at its retraction position and the label sheet conveyer member 30 at its second retraction position where they are spaced from the path of label paper conveyance 1, making it easy to pass the label paper 4 through.

    Step of peeling-off preparation



    [0063] As shown in Fig. 5, the peel-off initiating plate 11 is moved to its peeling-off position and the peeling-off initiating guide roll is moved to its peeling-off position, making it possible for the peel-off initiating mechanism 10 automatically to peel the label sheet as a waste off.

    [0064] The label sheet conveyer member 30 is moved to the first retraction position to bring its lower end into contact with the path of label paper conveyance 1 while the waste peeling-off roll 41 is held at its retraction position.

    Step of cutting the label sheet to peel it off



    [0065] The peeling-off cut line 4h is formed on the label sheet 4b by the cutout processing unit 7.

    [0066] This step of cutting the label sheet to peel it off may be performed before the label paper 4 is set.

    Step of peeling the label sheet off



    [0067] While the label paper 4 is being conveyed and taken up onto the product take-up member 3, the driving roll 3 of the label sheet conveyer member (vacuum conveyer) 30 is rotated to turn the belt 34 and the vacuum box 31 is evacuated (air therein is sucked out) by a vacuum pump not shown to bring the vacuum conveyer into the state of attracting and turning.

    [0068] From this, it follows as shown in Fig. 6 that while the label paper 4 is conveyed from the downstream side end 11a of the peel-off initiating member 11 to the peeling-off guide roll 12 as it is being bent there at a sharp angle, the upstream side portion 4i of label sheet 4b bordered and starting with the peeling-off cut line 4h continuous widthwise thereof is peeled off the base sheet 4a. And, the portion, i.e. leading portion as a waste, of label sheet 4b is attracted to the belt 34 and is moved upwards as it is whereas the downstream side portion 4j of label paper 4 bordered and starting with the peeling-off cut line 4h and held stuck to the base sheet 4a is conveyed as it is, past the peeling-off guide roll 12 and then taken up onto the product take-up member 3.

    Label sheet carrying step



    [0069] As shown in Fig. 7, the label conveyer member (vacuum conveyer) 30 is swung to its carrying position to bring the belt 34 into contact with the cylinder of the take-up shaft 21 in the waste take-up member 20. The portion of label sheet 4b coming attracted to the belt 34 and carried is stuck onto the cylinder (in the waste take-up member 20) and taken up thereon, thus conjointly by the conveyer and take-up members 30 and 20.

    [0070] Here, the leading portion of label sheet 4b is stuck to the cylinder by pressure-sensitive adhesive 4c.

    Step of waste take-up preparation



    [0071] As shown in Fig.8, the label sheet conveyer (vacuum conveyer) 30 is moved again to the first retraction position to set the belt 34 and the label sheet 4b apart from each other and evacuation (air suction) in the vacuum box 31 of the label conveyer member (vacuum conveyer) 30 is cut off, bringing the member 30 into the state that the label sheet 4b is not attracted to the belt 34 (i.e. the state of non-attracting and turning). The peeling-off guide roll 12 is moved to the retraction position so that the base sheet 4a from which the label sheet 4b is peeled off is guided thereby to pass linearly along the path of label paper conveyance 1 up to the product take-up member 3.

    Step of moving the waste peeling-off member



    [0072] As shown in Fig. 9, the label sheet conveyer member (vacuum conveyer) 30 is moved to the second retraction position so that the waste peeling-off roll 41 can pass in a space made between the lower end of the vacuum conveyer (the belt 34) and the label sheet 4b, the peeling-off roll 12 having been moved to the retraction position.

    [0073] Should there be an interference of any portion of a movement mechanism moving the waste peeling-off member 41 with the peeling-off plate 11 as mentioned above, the peeling-off member 11 is moved to the retraction position. If there is not, the peeling-off plate 11 may remain positioned at the peeling-off position, making it unnecessary to construct the peeling-off plate 1 to be movable to a retraction position.

    Step of peeling a waste off



    [0074] Arrangements as illustrated and mentioned above allow the label sheet 4b of label paper 4 to be peeled off a base sheet 4a by a waste peeling-off member 41 and taken up onto a waste take-up member 20 and meanwhile the base sheet 4a of label paper 4 to be taken up onto a product take-up member 3, establishing a waste removing state.

    [0075] In the waste removing state, an image 4d is printed by the printing unit 6 that is followed by the cutout processing unit 7 for half-cutting.

    [0076] And, a label sheet waste 4g of the label sheet 4b is peeled off the base sheet 4a by a waste peeling-off roll 41 and taken into the waste take-up member 20 while the base sheet 4a having label pieces 4f left thereon and stuck thereto intact and with the label pieces 4f held so is taken up as a product onto the product take-up member 3.

    [0077] Waste removing by allowing a waste 4g of a label sheet 4b to be automatically peeled off and automatically taken up onto a waste take-up member 20 as mentioned above eliminates any need for a manual operation at the time to initiate waste removing, hence enhancing the efficiency of a waste removing operation.

    [0078] In the steps of waste take-up preparation and moving the waste peeling-off member, the label manufacturing machine may temporarily be suspended of its operation (stop each member and conveyance of label sheet 4) to take out from the product take-up member 3, a portion of label paper 4 containing a downstream side portion 4j of label sheet 4b taken up in paper passing at a first time and a portion of base sheet 4a from which an upstream side portion 4i of label sheet 4b is peeled off (and which has no label piece), that is to say, a portion of label paper 4 other than a portion of base sheet 4a having only label pieces 4f stuck thereon (a product as mentioned above), thereby allowing a base sheet 4a having only label pieces 4f stuck thereon (a product as mentioned above) to be taken up onto the product take-up member 3.

    [0079] The form of implementation illustrated and mentioned above in which while label paper 4 is being bent at a sharp angle in a peeling-off initiating mechanism 10, an upstream side portion 4i of label sheet 4b bordered and starting with a peeling-off cut line 4h is peeled off a base sheet 4a; the label sheet 4b peeled off is carried by a label sheet conveyer member 30 to a waste take-up member 20 and taken up thereon; and subsequently label sheet 4b is linearly conveyed, is peeled off by a waste peeling-off member 40 (waste peeling-off roll 41) different from the label sheet conveyer member 30 and is taken up onto the waste take-up member 20, ensures that the upstream side portion 4i of label sheet 4b bordered and starting with the peeling-off cut line 4h can be peeled off and further that only a waste 4g of the label sheet 4b can be peeled off.

    [0080] To wit, while a waste 4g of label sheet 4b may be peeled off while label paper 4 is conveyed while it is being bent at a sharp angle, this gives rise to a fear of peeling a label piece 4f off the base sheet 4a (product). In this form of implementation, the label sheet 4b is linearly conveyed so that only the waste 4g can be peeled off by the waste peeling-off member 40.

    [0081] Moreover, a waste peeling-off roll 41 constituting the waste peeling-off member has a diameter which is preferably smaller than that of the driven roll 33, further ensuring that only the waste 4g can be peeled off.

    [0082] While in the form of implementation illustrated and mentioned above it is shown that label paper is printed on a label sheet and half-cut at the time after peeling-off of the label sheet 4b as a waste is initiated, the printing and half-cutting steps can be performed at any of possible timings, preferably after the upstream side portion 4i of label sheet 4b bordered and starting with the peeling-off cut line 4h is peeled off the base sheet 4a.

    [0083] The peeling-off member 11 of the peeling-off initiating mechanism 10 may be a roll and the waste peeling-off member 40 may be a peeling-off plate.


    Claims

    1. A label paper waste removing method, characterized in that it comprises steps of:

    forming a label sheet (4b) of label paper (4) with a cut line (4) for peeling off which is continuous widthwise thereof;

    peeling off a base sheet (4a) an upstream side portion of sheet (4b) of label paper (4) bordered and starting with said cut line (4h) as it is being bent at a sharp angle by a movable guide roller (12) for peeling-off initiation when in a peeling-off position and a peeling-off initiating member (11), the label paper (4) being conveyed along a path of label paper conveyance (1);

    carrying said portion of label sheet (4b) peeled off to a waste take-up means (20) by a movable vacuum conveyer when in a carrying position; and

    winding onto said waste take-up means (20), said portion of label sheet (4b) carried to the waste take-up means (20),

    whereby winding the portion of label sheet (4b) onto the waste take-up means (20) causes a label sheet waste (4g) of succeeding label paper (4) to be peeled off the base sheet (4a) and taken up onto the waste take-up means (20).


     
    2. A label paper waste removing method as set forth in claim 1, characterized in that:

    after said portion of label sheet (4b) peeled off is wound onto said waste take-up means (20), label paper (4) is conveyed linearly over said region of the path of conveyance (1) and the label sheet waste (4g) is then peeled off by a waste peeling-off member (40).


     
    3. A label paper waste removing method as set forth in claim 1 or 2, characterized in that in the state that the label paper (4) is set in said path of label paper conveyance (1), said cut line (4h) for peeling-off is formed by a cutout processing means (7) for half-cutting the label paper (4).
     
    4. A label paper waste removing apparatus comprising:

    a peel-off initiating mechanism (10) operative to peel off a base sheet (4a) an upstream side portion of the label sheet (4b) bordered and starting with a cut line (4h) for peeling-off; and

    a label sheet conveyer means (30) and a waste take-up means (20), said label sheet conveyer means (30) being operative to carry to said waste take-up means (20), said portion of label sheet (4b) peeled by said peel-off initiating mechanism (10), to wind it onto said waste take-up means (20),

    whereby winding the portion of label sheet (4b) peeled off onto the waste take-up means (20)causes a label sheet waste (4g) of succeeding label paper (4) to be peeled off the base sheet (4a) and taken up onto the waste take-up means (20),

    said peel-off initiating mechanism (10) includes a peeling-off initiating member (11) and a guide roll (12) for peeling-off initiation, said guide roll (12) being movable between a peeling-off position and a retraction position which are lower and upper than said path of label paper conveyance (1), respectively, such that the guide roller (12) for peeling-off initiation when in said peeling-off position and said peeling-off initiating member (11) allow the label paper (4) to be conveyed while it is being bent at a sharp angle, thereby peeling off said upstream side portion of label sheet (4b) bordered and starting with said cut line (4h), and

    said label sheet conveyer means (30) includes a vacuum conveyer disposed above said peeling-off initiating member (11) for carrying said peeled-off portion of label sheet (4b) while it is attracted to the conveyer by vacuum to said waste take-up means (20), said vacuum conveyer being movable between its carrying position and retraction position at which it is in contact with and remote from said waste take-up means (20), respectively.


     
    5. A label paper waste removing apparatus as set forth in claim 4, characterized in that it further includes a label waste peeling-off member (40) which is movable above said path of label paper conveyance (1) between a retraction position that is upstream of said vacuum conveyer and a peeling-off position that is downstream of the vacuum conveyer and upstream of said guide roller (12) for peeling-off initiation in the retraction position such that said label waste peeling-off member (40) when in the peeling-off position lies in contact with the label sheet waste being taken up onto said waste take-up means (20), thereby peeling the label sheet waste (4g) off the base sheet (4a).
     
    6. A label paper waste removing apparatus as set forth in claim 5, characterized in that said label waste peeling-off member (40) is a label waste peeling-off roll (41) and said vacuum conveyer is movable to a second retraction position providing a space for said waste peeling-off roll (41) to pass between a lower end of said vacuum conveyer and said path of label paper conveyance (1).
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Verfahren zum Entfernen von Etikettenpapierrückständen, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass es die folgenden Schritte umfasst:

    Bilden eines Etikettenbogens (4b) aus Etikettenpapier (4) mit einer Schnittlinie (4h) zum Abziehen, die an der Breite kontinuierlich ist;

    Abziehen eines vorgelagerten Seitenabschnitts des Bogens (4b) des Etikettenpapiers (4) von einem Basisbogen (4a), der an der Schnittlinie (4h) anliegt und von dieser aus beginnt, wenn er in scharfem Winkel mittels einer beweglichen Führungswalze (12) zum Einleiten des Abziehvorgangs gebogen wird, wenn er sich in einer Abziehposition befindet, und ein Abzieh-Einleitungselement (11), wobei das Etikettenpapier (4) entlang einem Etikettenpapier-Förderweg (1) befördert wird;

    Führen des Abschnitts des abgelösten Etikettenbogens (4b) an eine Rückstände-Aufnahmeeinrichtung (20) durch einen beweglichen Vakuumförderer, wenn in einer Zuführposition; und

    Aufwickeln des Abschnitts des Etikettenbogens (4b), der zu der Rückstände-Aufnahmeeinrichtung (20) geführt wurde, auf die Rückstände-Aufnahmeeinrichtung (20),

    wodurch durch das Aufwickeln des Abschnitts des Etikettenbogens (4b) auf die Rückstände-Aufnahmeeinrichtung (20) bewirkt wird, dass Etikettenbogenrückstände (4g) des nachfolgenden Etikettenpapiers (4), das von dem Basisbogen (4a) abgelöst und auf die Rückstände-Aufnahmeeinrichtung (20) aufgenommen werden soll, abgelöst werden.


     
    2. Verfahren zum Entfernen von Etikettenpapierrückständen gemäß Anspruch 1, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass:

    nachdem der Abschnitt des abgelösten Etikettenbogens (4b) auf die Rückstände-Aufnahmeeinrichtung (20) aufgewickelt wurde, Etikettenpapier (4) linear über den Bereich des Förderwegs (1) gefördert wird und die Etikettenbogenrückstände (4g) sodann mittels eines Rückstände-Abziehelements (40) abgelöst werden.


     
    3. Verfahren zum Entfernen von Etikettenpapierrückständen gemäß Anspruch 1 oder 2, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass in dem Zustand, in dem das Etikettenpapier (4) in den Förderweg (1) des Etikettenpapiers platziert ist, die Schnittlinie (4h) zum Abziehen mittels einer Ausschneide-Verarbeitungsvorrichtung (7) zum Durchschneiden des Etikettenpapiers (4) zur Hälfte gebildet wird.
     
    4. Vorrichtung zum Entfernen von Etikettenpapierrückständen, umfassend:

    einen Abzieh-Einleitungsmechanismus (10), der betriebsbereit ist, um von einem Basisbogen (4a) einen vorgelagerten Seitenabschnitt des Etikettenbogens (4b) abzuziehen, der an einer Schnittlinie (4h) anliegt und von dieser aus zum Abziehen beginnt; und

    eine Etikettenbogen-Fördereinrichtung (30) und eine Rückstände-Aufnahmeeinrichtung (20), wobei die Etikettenbogen-Fördereinrichtung (30) betriebsbereit ist, um dieser Rückstände-Aufnahmeeinrichtung (20) den von dem Abzieh-Einleitungsmechanismus (10) abgezogenen Abschnitt des Etikettenbogens (4b) zuzuführen, um ihn auf die Rückstände-Aufnahmeeinrichtung (20) aufzuwickeln,

    wobei das Aufwickeln des abgelösten Abschnitts des Etikettenbogens (4b) auf die Rückstände-Aufnahmeeinrichtung (20) bewirkt, dass Etikettenbogenrückstände (4g) des nachfolgenden Etikettenpapiers (4) von dem Basisbogen (4a) abgelöst werden und auf die Rückstände-Aufnahmeeinrichtung (20) aufgenommen werden,

    der Abzieh-Einleitungsmechanismus (10) ein Abzieh-Einleitungselement (11) und eine Führungswalze (12) zum Einleiten des Abziehvorgangs aufweist, wobei die Führungswalze (12) zwischen einer Abziehposition und einer Einziehposition bewegbar ist, welche niedriger bzw. höher als der Etikettenpapier-Förderweg (1) sind, so dass die Führungswalze (12) zum Einleiten des Abziehvorgangs, wenn in der Abziehposition, und das AbziehEinleitungselement (11) es ermöglichen, dass das Etikettenpapier (4) befördert wird, während es in einem scharfen Winkel gebogen wird, wodurch der vorgelagerte Seitenabschnitt des Etikettenbogens (4b), der an der Schnittlinie (4h) anliegt und von dieser aus beginnt, abgezogen wird, und

    die Etikettenbogen-Fördereinrichtung (30) einen Vakuumförderer aufweist, der über dem Abzieh-Einleitungselement (11) zum Tragen des abgezogenen Abschnitts des Etikettenbogens (4b) angebracht ist, während es vom Förderer mittels Vakuum von der Rückstände-Aufnahmeeinrichtung (20) angezogen wird, wobei der Vakuumförderer zwischen seiner Trageposition und seiner Einziehposition bewegbar ist, an denen er in Kontakt mit bzw. entfernt von der Rückstände-Aufnahmeeinrichtung (20) ist.


     
    5. Vorrichtung zum Entfernen von Etikettenpapierrückständen gemäß Anspruch 4, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass sie darüber hinaus ein Etikettenrückstände-Abziehelement (40) aufweist, das über dem Etikettenpapier-Förderweg (1) zwischen einer Einziehposition, die sich stromaufwärts zum Vakuumförderer befindet, und einer Abziehposition bewegbar ist, die sich stromabwärts zum Vakuumförderer und stromaufwärts zur Führungswalze (12) zum Einleiten des Abziehvorgangs in der Einziehposition befindet, so dass das Etikettenrückstände-Abziehelement (40), wenn es sich in der Abziehposition befindet, in Kontakt mit den Etikettenpapierrückständen ist, die auf der Rückstände-Aufnahmeeinrichtung (20) aufgenommen werden, wodurch die Etikettenbogenrückstände (4g) vom Basisbogen (4a) abgezogen werden.
     
    6. Verfahren zum Entfernen von Etikettenpapierrückständen gemäß Anspruch 5, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass das Etikettenrückstände-Abziehelement (40) eine Etikettenrückstände-Abziehwalze (41) ist und der Vakuumförderer in eine zweite Einziehposition bewegt werden kann, bei der ein Raum für die Etikettenrückstände-Abziehwalze (41) vorgesehen ist, so dass sie zwischen einem unteren Ende des Vakuumförderers und dem Etikettenpapier-Förderweg (1) hindurch gelangt.
     


    Revendications

    1. Procédé d'élimination de déchets de papier d'étiquettes, caractérisé en ce qu'il comprend les étapes consistant à :

    former une feuille d'étiquettes (4b) de papier d'étiquettes (4) comportant une ligne de découpe (4h) pour détacher qui est continue dans le sens de la largeur de ladite feuille d'étiquettes;

    détacher d'une feuille de base (4a), une partie côté amont de la feuille (4b) du papier d'étiquettes (4) bordée et commençant par ladite ligne de découpe (4h), au fur et à mesure que ladite partie est recourbée suivant un angle aigu, par un rouleau de guidage mobile (12) pour le commencement du détachement, quand ledit rouleau est en position de détachement, et par un élément commençant le détachement (11), le papier d'étiquettes (4) étant transporté le long d'un trajet de transport (1) du papier d'étiquettes;

    transporter ladite partie détachée de la feuille d'étiquettes (4b) jusqu'à un moyen de ramassage de déchets (20), par un convoyeur à vide mobile quand il est en position de transport; et

    enrouler sur ledit moyen de ramassage de déchets (20), ladite partie de la feuille d'étiquettes (4b) transportée jusqu'au moyen de ramassage de déchets (20),

    faisant que l'enroulement de la partie de la feuille d'étiquettes (4b), sur le moyen de ramassage de déchets (20), provoque un déchet (4g) de la feuille d'étiquettes du papier d'étiquettes suivant (4), devant être détaché de la feuille de base (4a) et ramassé sur le moyen de ramassage de déchets (20).


     
    2. Procédé d'élimination de déchets de papier d'étiquettes selon la revendication 1, caractérisé en ce que :

    ladite partie de la feuille d'étiquettes (4b), après avoir été détachée, est enroulée sur ledit moyen de ramassage de déchets (20), le papier d'étiquettes (4) est transporté linéairement sur ladite région du trajet de transport (1), et le déchet (4g) de la feuille d'étiquettes est ensuite détaché par un élément de détachement de déchets (40).


     
    3. Procédé d'élimination de déchets de papier d'étiquettes selon la revendication 1 ou 2, caractérisé en ce que, dans l'état où le papier d'étiquettes (4) est placé dans ledit trajet de transport (1) du papier d'étiquettes, ladite ligne de découpe (4h) pour le détachement est formée par un moyen de traitement de découpe (7) pour semi-couper le papier d'étiquettes (4).
     
    4. Appareil d'élimination de déchets de papier d'étiquettes comprenant :

    un mécanisme commençant le détachement (10) et fonctionnant pour détacher d'une feuille de base (4a), une partie située côté amont de la feuille d'étiquettes (4b) bordée et commençant par une ligne de découpe (4h) pour le détachement; et

    un moyen de transport (30) de la feuille d'étiquettes et un moyen de ramassage de déchets (20), ledit moyen de transport (30) de la feuille d'étiquettes étant fonctionnel pour transporter jusqu'audit moyen de ramassage de déchets (20), ladite partie de la feuille d'étiquettes (4b) détachée par ledit mécanisme commençant le détachement (10), pour enrouler ladite partie de la feuille d'étiquettes sur ledit moyen de ramassage de déchets (20),

    faisant que l'enroulement de la partie détachée de la feuille d'étiquettes (4b), sur le moyen de ramassage de déchets (20), provoque un déchet (4g) du papier d'étiquettes suivant (4), devant être détaché de la feuille de base (4a) et enroulé sur le moyen de ramassage de déchets (20),

    ledit moyen commençant le détachement (10) comprend un élément commençant le détachement (11) et un rouleau de guidage (12) pour le commencement du détachement, ledit rouleau de guidage (12) étant mobile entre une position de détachement et une position en retrait qui sont, respectivement, plus basse et plus haute que ledit trajet de transport (1) du papier d'étiquettes, de manière telle que le rouleau de guidage (12) pour le commencement du détachement, quand il est dans ladite position de détachement, et ledit élément commençant le détachement (11), permettent au papier d'étiquettes (4) d'être transporté, au fur et à mesure que celui-ci est recourbé suivant un angle aigu, ladite partie côté amont de la feuille d'étiquettes (4b), bordée et commençant par ladite ligne de découpe (4h), étant ainsi détachée, et

    ledit moyen de convoyeur (30) de la feuille d'étiquettes comprend un convoyeur à vide disposé au-dessus dudit élément commençant le détachement (11), pour transporter ladite partie détachée de la feuille d'étiquettes (4b), tandis que ladite partie détachée est attirée jusqu'au convoyeur, par le vide, jusqu'audit moyen de ramassage de déchets (20),

    ledit convoyeur à vide étant mobile entre sa position de transport et sa position en retrait, positions dans lesquelles ledit convoyeur est, respectivement, en contact avec ledit moyen de ramassage de déchets (20) et à distance de celui-ci.


     
    5. Appareil d'élimination de déchets de papier d'étiquettes selon la revendication 4, caractérisé en ce qu'il comprend en outre un élément de détachement de déchets d'étiquettes (40) qui est mobile au-dessus dudit trajet de transport (1) du papier d'étiquettes, entre une position en retrait qui est en amont dudit convoyeur à vide, et une position de détachement qui est en aval du convoyeur à vide et en amont dudit rouleau de guidage (12) pour le commencement du détachement dans la position en retrait, de manière telle que ledit élément de détachement de déchets d'étiquettes (40), quand il est en position de détachement, se trouve en contact avec le déchet de feuille d'étiquettes ramassé sur ledit moyen de ramassage de déchets (20), le déchet (4g) de la feuille d'étiquettes étant ainsi détaché de la feuille de base (4a).
     
    6. Appareil d'élimination de déchets de papier d'étiquettes selon la revendication 5, caractérisé en ce que ledit élément de détachement de déchets d'étiquettes (40) est un rouleau de détachement de déchets d'étiquettes (41), et ledit convoyeur à vide est mobile jusqu'à une seconde position en retrait fournissant un espace audit rouleau de détachement de déchets (41), pour passer entre une extrémité inférieure dudit convoyeur à vide et ledit trajet de transport (1) du papier d'étiquettes.
     




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