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(11)EP 3 206 845 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
18.11.2020 Bulletin 2020/47

(21)Application number: 15778675.7

(22)Date of filing:  12.10.2015
(51)Int. Cl.: 
B26D 1/547  (2006.01)
B26D 7/26  (2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/EP2015/073563
(87)International publication number:
WO 2016/058989 (21.04.2016 Gazette  2016/16)

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APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CUTTING OUT A VEHICLE GLAZING PANEL

VORRICHTUNG UND VERFAHREN ZUM AUSSCHNEIDEN EINER FAHRZEUGGLASSCHEIBE

APPAREIL ET PROCÉDÉ DE DÉCOUPE D'UN PANNEAU DE VITRAGE DE VÉHICULE


(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
Designated Extension States:
ME
Designated Validation States:
MA

(30)Priority: 14.10.2014 GB 201418184

(43)Date of publication of application:
23.08.2017 Bulletin 2017/34

(73)Proprietor: Belron International Limited
Egham, Surrey TW20 9EL (GB)

(72)Inventor:
  • RODGER, Scott David
    Harlow Essex CM18 6HG (GB)

(74)Representative: Davies, Gregory Mark 
Urquhart-Dykes & Lord LLP 7th Floor Churchill House Churchill Way
Cardiff CF10 2HH
Cardiff CF10 2HH (GB)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A1-2012/069804
DE-U1- 29 711 291
  
      
    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


    [0001] The present invention relates to a vehicle glazing panel cut out apparatus and method.

    [0002] The invention particularly relates to a technique using a cutting line or filament such as a wire or synthetic fibre line in order to effect release of the glazing panel, such as a windscreen, from its mounted position in the vehicle windscreen frame. The technique and cut-out tool of the present invention is also applicable to use on other bonded glazing panels.

    [0003] Prior art is known which uses winder spools for winding the cutting line or wire mounted on a single tool in order to effect cut out of a vehicle windscreen or side glass. Exemplary arrangements are disclosed in, for example DE29711291U1, US7618023, WO2006030212 and WO2012069804.

    [0004] An improved technique and apparatus have now been devised.

    [0005] According to a first aspect, the present invention provides a winder unit for use with a cutting line or filament (such as a wire) in cutting out a vehicle glazing panel, as defined in appended claim 1.

    [0006] It is preferred that the winder spool is movable relative to the mount between first and second operational positions, such that the rotational axis of the winder spool is movable (preferably angularly for example by being tilt-able) relative to the mount between first and second positions.

    [0007] This may be achieved by means of the winder spool being arcuately, hinge, pivot, or tilt, movable relative to the mount between first and second operational positions.

    [0008] It is preferred that the unit includes at least one filament or line guide spaced from the winder spool, wherein the winder spool and filament or line guide are movable relative to the mount between first and second operational positions.

    [0009] In certain embodiments it may be preferred that the winder spool and filament guide are mounted to be moveable together (in unison) between first and second operational positions. To this end they may be mounted for movement on a common movable component such as a platform or deck.

    [0010] In certain embodiments it may be preferred that the unit comprises two winder spools, both being movable relative to the mount between first and second operational positions. Beneficially, in such an embodiment, the winder spools may be mounted to be moveable together between first and second operational positions.

    [0011] It is preferred that the unit includes at least one filament or line guide spaced from the one or more spools, which filament or line guide comprises a rotatable guide such as a pulley wheel.

    [0012] In one embodiment it is preferred that the unit comprises two spaced winder spools and a respective two filament or line guides spaced one at either side of a respective spool, the spools and guides being movable (preferably together) relative to the mount between first and second operational positions.

    [0013] It is preferred that the securing means also secures the line guide, where present, in a fixed position relative to the mount.

    [0014] Beneficially, the securing means is arranged to secure the spool relative to the mount in the first and second positions and one or more positions intermediate the first and second positions.

    [0015] Beneficially, the unit further comprises at least one filament or line guide spaced from the winder spool, wherein the winder spool and filament guide are movable relative to the mount between first and second operational positions and wherein the same securing means secures both the winder spool and filament guide relative to the mount.

    [0016] In certain embodiments it is preferred that the mount comprises a suction mount.

    [0017] The invention will now be further described, in a specific embodiment, by way of example only and with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:

    Figure 1 is a schematic perspective view of apparatus in accordance with the invention in a first position or configuration;

    Figure 2 is a schematic perspective view of the apparatus of figure 1 in a second position or configuration;

    Figure 3 is a plan view of the apparatus of figure 1;

    Figures 4A and 4B are side views of the apparatus in different configurations;

    Figure 5 is a side view showing the apparatus in use.



    [0018] Referring to the drawings, the cut out apparatus comprises a winder unit 1 for use in winding a cutting filament such as a cutting wire or fibre line for use in cutting out a vehicle glazing panel. Techniques for winding cutting filaments are known in the art. The unit 1 as shown has a single suction mount 2 but it will be readily appreciated that plural suction mounts may be utilised. Mounted on-board the suction mount 2 are a pair of spaced winder spools 3, 4 and pair of spaced rotatably mounted guide pulley wheels 5, 6. The suction mount 2 enables the wire winder unit 1 to be releasably and securely mounted to the vehicle windscreen (typically on the inside of the vehicle). The winder spools 3, 4 are spaced to be positioned one on either side of a diameter line of the suction mount.

    [0019] The suction mount 2 comprises a rigid plastics cup moulding 7 and an underlaying flexible rubber sucker membrane 8. The flexible rubber sucker membrane 8 extends beyond the periphery of the rigid plastics cup moulding 7 in order to enhance the suction capability of the suction mount 2. A manually actuatable suction pump 9 enables consistent suction to be applied and released. Using the pump piston actuator 9a.

    [0020] The winder spools 3, 4 and also the guide pulley wheels 5,6 are provided on board a winder spool mounting deck 14 which is tilt-ably mounted to the to the suction mount 2. The deck 14 carries the pair of winding spools 3, 4 in side by side relationship such that the wire receiving reel 4a is underslung below the deck 14. The winder spools 3, 4 are connected to axial winding shafts which are supported in bearings provided on the deck 14. The winder spools 3, 4 are driven axially rotationally either manually via a hand winder or by means of a mechanical actuator such as a motorised winding or winching tool. Drive bosses 19 are provided with female sockets (square bores) for receiving the male driving tool. Positioned outwardly of the winding spools are respective wire guide pulley wheels 5, 6 of low friction plastics material. The pulley wheels are mounted to be rotatable about respective rotational axes. The guide pulleys rotate as the cutting wire is drawn tangentially across the pulleys as will be described. The winder spools 3, 4 are held to rotate in one direction only (each in opposite senses) by respective ratchet mechanisms 13. Each mechanism includes ratchet override permitting prior tightened wire to be slackened, or unwound (reverse wound) the ratchets can be overridden by pulling out the ratchet release knobs 13a.

    [0021] The guide pulley wheels 5, 6 are mounted to the deck 14 by means of pulley wheel mounting arms 12. Because both the guide pulley wheels 5,6 and the winder spools 3, 4 are both mounted to the deck and the deck 14 is tilt-ably/pivotably mounted to the suction mount 2, the spools 3,4 and pulleys 5,6 are movable in unison to tilt upwardly or downwardly relative to the suction mount 2. This enables the position of guide pulley wheels 5, 6 and the spools 3, 4 to be altered dependent upon the degree of curvature of the screen upon which the device is being used. Different degrees of tilting orientation are shown in figures 4A and 4B. Encompassed within the broad ambit of the idea of the pulley wheels 5, 6 and the spools 3, 4 being movable in this fashion is any means by which the spools 3, 4 and the wheels 5, 6 can be re-orientated either in unison or independently from one operational position to another in which the rotational axis of either is changed with respect to the glazing panel to which the unit is mounted. There are however perceived to be benefits in an arrangement in which the spools 3, 4 and pulleys 5, 6 are moveable in unison.

    [0022] Importantly means is provided for securing the pulleys 5, 6 and spools in the various angular orientations with respect to the suction mount 2. In the arrangement shown this is achieved by the deck 14 being mounted by means of a bracket 21 to a pair of rotatable wings 22a 22b. By means of rotating the wings about the axis of the pump 9, the deck 14 (and the spools 3, 4 and pulleys 5, 6 mounted thereto) arcuately move rotatably about an axis defined along the pump 9. The securing means comprises screw clamps 25 which screw against the wings 22a, 22b. The shaft of the screws 25 passes through a keyway 26 to permit angular tilting or arcuate movement of the deck 14 and securing in position. In any event the precise mechanism of the hinging and the securing means is not essential to the invention, save to the extent that such means are provided. The In the embodiment shown on figures 4 and 5 an alternative hinging mechanism 22 is shown schematically. It is beneficial that the securing mechanism allows the pulleys and spools 3, 4 to be secured in any one of a plurality of desired selected positions.

    [0023] In use, the arrangement can be used in a generally similar manner to the winder unit described in figures 9 to 1 of WO2006030212. Initially a flexible cutting wire is looped around the outside of a windscreen glazing panel to lie peripherally adjacent the bonding bead (typically a polyurethane bonding bead) which is sandwiched between the glazing panel and the support frame of the vehicle. Opposed ends of the cutting wire are fed through a pierced channel made through the bonding bead and the free ends are then each wound around a separate winder spool of the winder unit.

    [0024] The glazing panel can as such be removed using a wire and the winder unit 1 only (no additional guide is required).

    [0025] An important improvement over the prior art is that because both the spools 3,4 and the pulleys can hinge, tilt or otherwise arcuately re-orientate relative to the suction mount 2, glazing panels of higher degree of curvature such as for example found on coaches or busses can be accommodated for removal using cutting filament techniques. This is shown schematically in figure 5. The design allows the cutting line or filament 32 to be pulled in the correct direction whilst the suction mount 2 is fitted to a spaced portion of the very curved glazing panel 30.


    Claims

    1. A winder unit (1) for use with a cutting filament, such as a wire, in cutting out a vehicle glazing panel, the winder unit (1) comprising:

    at least one winder spool (3, 4) for winding cutting filament;

    a mount (2) for mounting the unit;

    wherein the winder spool (3, 4) is movable relative to the mount (2) between first and second operational positions; characterized in that

    a securing means (22, 25) is provided for securing the winder spool (3, 4) in position relative to the mount (2).


     
    2. A winder unit according to claim 1, wherein the winder spool (3, 4) is movable relative to the mount (2) between first and second operational positions, such that the rotational axis of the winder spool (3, 4) is movable relative to the mount (2) between first and second positions.
     
    3. A winder unit according to any preceding claim wherein the winder spool (3, 4) is arcuately, hinge, pivot, or tilt, movable relative to the mount between first and second operational positions.
     
    4. A winder unit according to any preceding claim, further comprising at least one filament guide (5, 6) spaced from the winder spool (3, 4), wherein the winder spool (3, 4) and filament guide (5, 6) are movable relative to the mount (2) between first and second operational positions.
     
    5. A winder unit according to claim 4, wherein the winder spool (3, 4) and filament guide (5, 6) are mounted to be moveable together between first and second operational positions.
     
    6. A winder unit according to any preceding claim, wherein the unit comprises two winder spools (3, 4), both being movable relative to the mount (2) between first and second operational positions.
     
    7. A winder unit according to claim 6, wherein the winder spools (3, 4) are mounted to be moveable together between first and second operational positions.
     
    8. A winder unit according to any preceding claim, wherein the unit includes at least one filament guide (5, 6) spaced from the one or more spools (3, 4), which filament guide comprises a rotatable guide such as a pulley wheel.
     
    9. A winder unit according to claim any preceding claim, wherein the unit comprises two spaced winder spools (3, 4) and a respective two filament guide elements (5, 6) spaced one at either side of a respective spool, the spools and guides being movable relative to the mount between first and second operational positions.
     
    10. A winder unit according to claim 9, wherein the winder spools (3, 4) and filament guides (5, 6) are movable together relative to the mount (2) between first and second operational positions.
     
    11. A winder unit according to any preceding claim, wherein the securing means (22, 25) is arranged to secure the spool(s) relative to the mount (2) in the first and second positions and one or more positions intermediate the first and second positions.
     
    12. A winder unit according to claim 4, wherein the same securing means (22, 25) secures both the winder spool (3, 4) and filament guide (5, 6) relative to the mount (2).
     
    13. A winder unit according to any preceding claim, wherein the mount (2) comprises a suction mount.
     
    14. A method of removing a vehicle glazing using a winder unit according to any preceding claim.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Wickeleinheit (1) zur Verwendung mit einem Schneidfaden, beispielsweise einem Draht, beim Ausschneiden einer Fahrzeugglasscheibe, wobei die Wickeleinheit (1) umfasst:

    mindestens eine Wickelspule (3, 4) zum Wickeln eines Schneidfadens;

    eine Befestigung (2) zum Befestigen der Einheit;

    wobei die Wickelspule (3, 4) relativ zu der Befestigung (2) zwischen einer ersten und zweiten Betriebsposition bewegbar ist; dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass

    zum Sichern der Wickelspule (3, 4) in einer Position relativ zu der Befestigung (2) ein Sicherungsmittel (22, 25) bereitgestellt ist.


     
    2. Wickeleinheit nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Wickelspule (3, 4) relativ zu der Befestigung (2) zwischen einer ersten und zweiten Betriebsposition bewegbar ist, sodass die Drehachse der Wickelspule (3, 4) relativ zu der Befestigung (2) zwischen der ersten und zweiten Position bewegbar ist.
     
    3. Wickeleinheit nach einem der vorangehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Wickelspule (3, 4) bogenförmig drehbar, schwenkbar oder neigbar relativ zu der Befestigung zwischen einer ersten und zweiten Betriebsposition bewegbar ist.
     
    4. Wickeleinheit nach einem der vorangehenden Ansprüche, ferner umfassend mindestens eine Fadenführung (5, 6), beabstandet von der Wickelspule (3, 4), wobei die Wickelspule (3, 4) und die Fadenführung (5, 6) relativ zu der Befestigung (2) zwischen einer ersten und zweiten Betriebsposition bewegbar sind.
     
    5. Wickeleinheit nach Anspruch 4, wobei die Wickelspule (3, 4) und die Fadenführung (5, 6) montiert sind, um gemeinsam zwischen einer ersten und zweiten Betriebsposition bewegbar zu sein.
     
    6. Wickeleinheit nach einem der vorangehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Einheit zwei Wickelspulen (3, 4) umfasst, die beide relativ zu der Befestigung (2) zwischen einer ersten und zweiten Betriebsposition bewegbar sind.
     
    7. Wickeleinheit nach Anspruch 6, wobei die Wickelspulen (3, 4) so montiert sind, dass sie zwischen einer ersten und zweiten Betriebsposition gemeinsam bewegbar sind.
     
    8. Wickeleinheit nach einem der vorangehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Einheit mindestens eine Fadenführung (5, 6) aufweist, beabstandet von der einen oder mehreren Spulen (3, 4), wobei die Fadenführung eine drehbare Führung wie eine Laufrolle umfasst.
     
    9. Wickeleinheit nach einem der vorangehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Einheit zwei beabstandete Wickelspulen (3, 4) und entsprechende zwei Fadenführungselemente (5, 6) umfasst, beabstandet an jeder Seite einer entsprechenden Spule, wobei die Spulen und Führungen relativ zu der Befestigung zwischen einer ersten und zweiten Betriebsposition bewegbar sind.
     
    10. Wickeleinheit nach Anspruch 9, wobei die Wickelspulen (3, 4) und die Fadenführungen (5, 6) relativ zu der Befestigung (2) zwischen einer ersten und zweiten Betriebsposition bewegbar sind.
     
    11. Wickeleinheit nach einem der vorangehenden Ansprüche, wobei das Sicherungsmittel (22, 25) angeordnet ist, um die Spule(n) relativ zu der Befestigung (2) in der ersten und zweiten Position und einer oder mehreren Positionen zwischen der ersten und zweiten Position zu sichern.
     
    12. Wickeleinheit nach Anspruch 4, wobei das gleiche Sicherungsmittel (22, 25) sowohl die Wickelspule (3, 4) als auch die Fadenführung (5, 6) relativ zu der Befestigung (2) sichert.
     
    13. Wickeleinheit nach einem der vorangehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Befestigung (2) eine Saugbefestigung umfasst.
     
    14. Verfahren zum Entfernen einer Fahrzeugverglasung unter Verwendung einer Wickeleinheit nach einem der vorangehenden Ansprüche.
     


    Revendications

    1. Unité d'enroulement (1) destinée à être utilisée avec un filament de coupe, tel qu'un fil, pour découper un panneau de vitrage de véhicule, l'unité d'enroulement (1) comprenant :

    au moins une bobine d'enroulement (3, 4) pour enrouler le filament de coupe ;

    un support (2) pour monter l'unité ;

    la bobine d'enroulement (3, 4) étant mobile par rapport au support (2) entre des première et seconde positions opérationnelles ; caractérisée en ce que

    un moyen de fixation (22, 25) est fourni pour fixer la bobine d'enroulement (3, 4) en position par rapport au support (2).


     
    2. Unité d'enroulement selon la revendication 1, la bobine d'enroulement (3, 4) étant mobile par rapport au support (2) entre des première et seconde positions opérationnelles, de sorte que l'axe de rotation de la bobine d'enroulement (3, 4) soit mobile par rapport au support (2) entre des première et seconde positions.
     
    3. Unité d'enroulement selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, la bobine d'enroulement (3, 4) étant mobile en arc, en charnière, en pivot ou en inclinaison, par rapport au support entre des première et seconde positions opérationnelles.
     
    4. Unité d'enroulement selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, comprenant en outre au moins un guide de filament (5, 6) espacé de la bobine d'enroulement (3, 4), la bobine d'enroulement (3, 4) et le guide de filament (5, 6) étant mobiles par rapport au support (2) entre des première et seconde positions opérationnelles.
     
    5. Unité d'enroulement selon la revendication 4, la bobine d'enroulement (3, 4) et le guide de filament (5, 6) étant montés pour être mobiles ensemble entre des première et seconde positions opérationnelles.
     
    6. Unité d'enroulement selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, l'unité comprenant deux bobines d'enroulement (3, 4), toutes deux étant mobiles par rapport au support (2) entre des première et seconde positions opérationnelles.
     
    7. Unité d'enroulement selon la revendication 6, les bobines d'enroulement (3, 4) étant montées pour être mobiles ensemble entre des première et seconde positions opérationnelles.
     
    8. Unité d'enroulement selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, l'unité comprenant au moins un guide de filament (5, 6) espacé de l'au moins une bobine (3, 4), lequel guide de filament comprend un guide rotatif tel qu'une roue de poulie.
     
    9. Unité d'enroulement selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, l'unité comprenant deux bobines d'enroulement (3, 4) espacées et deux éléments de guidage de filament (5, 6) respectifs espacés de chaque côté d'une bobine respective, les bobines et les guides étant mobiles par rapport au support entre des première et seconde positions opérationnelles.
     
    10. Unité d'enroulement selon la revendication 9, les bobines d'enroulement (3, 4) et les guides de filament (5, 6) étant mobiles ensemble par rapport au support (2) entre des première et seconde positions opérationnelles.
     
    11. Unité d'enroulement selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, le moyen de fixation (22, 25) étant conçu pour fixer l'au moins une bobine par rapport au support (2) dans les première et seconde positions et au moins une position intermédiaire entre les première et seconde positions.
     
    12. Unité d'enroulement selon la revendication 4, le même moyen de fixation (22, 25) fixant à la fois la bobine d'enroulement (3, 4) et le guide de filament (5, 6) par rapport au support (2).
     
    13. Unité d'enroulement selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, le support (2) comprenant un support à aspiration.
     
    14. Procédé de retrait d'un vitrage de véhicule à l'aide d'une unité d'enroulement selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes.
     




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