(19)
(11)EP 3 225 386 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
04.12.2019 Bulletin 2019/49

(21)Application number: 17171070.0

(22)Date of filing:  25.02.2014
(51)Int. Cl.: 
B29D 30/48  (2006.01)
B21C 19/00  (2006.01)
B65H 51/06  (2006.01)
B65H 51/20  (2006.01)
B65H 51/26  (2006.01)
B21F 1/02  (2006.01)
B65H 51/04  (2006.01)
B65H 51/08  (2006.01)
B65H 51/22  (2006.01)
B65H 57/14  (2006.01)

(54)

SYSTEM FOR ADJUSTING A PATH OF A WIRE

SYSTEM ZUM EINSTELLEN DES WEGES EINES DRAHTES

SYSTEME DE REGLAGE DE LA TRAJECTOIRE D'UN FIL


(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: 27.02.2013 US 201361770034 P

(43)Date of publication of application:
04.10.2017 Bulletin 2017/40

(62)Application number of the earlier application in accordance with Art. 76 EPC:
14156534.1 / 2772349

(73)Proprietor: Bartell Machinery Systems L.L.C
Rome, NY 13440 (US)

(72)Inventors:
  • JOHNSON, Christopher L.
    Blossvale, New York 13303 (US)
  • HENDERSON, Joseph Michael
    Camden, New York 13316 (US)

(74)Representative: Harris, Oliver John Richard 
Novagraaf UK Centrum Norwich Research Park Colney Lane
Norwich NR4 7UG
Norwich NR4 7UG (GB)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A1-01/60540
US-A- 2 226 135
US-A- 3 051 362
US-A- 4 949 567
WO-A1-97/48548
US-A- 2 237 371
US-A- 3 286 499
  
      
    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



    [0001] The present invention relates to systems for automating adjustments of a travel path of a wire, such as one used to form tire beads.

    [0002] Many types of vehicular tires include beads surrounding the openings that engage the wheel rim. In general, beads comprise a wire coil in the nature of a hoop formed by winding multiple turns of a coated wire on a suitable bead forming apparatus. The bead may be made up of multiple, radially and axially arranged turns of a single wire or, in so-called weftless beads, of radially stacked layers of a flat ribbon including a plurality of side-by-side wires.

    [0003] In any case, the single or multiple wires are pulled from one or more supply reels and passed through an extrusion die apparatus that applies a coating of rubber or rubberized material to the wire(s). The coated wire or ribbon is supplied to a conventional bead forming apparatus wherein one or more beads are wound to the desired dimensions and cross-sectional configuration.

    [0004] In some machines, multiple sheaves or pulleys are provided between the coating operation and the bead forming apparatus to guide the wire and maintain tension upon the wire as conditions change. In general, the sheaves or pulleys are mounted upon respective axles for independent rotation. The multiple sheaves are mounted upon suitable support means, usually in vertically disposed relation, for relative movement toward and away from one another as the bead material is dispensed faster and slower, respectively, than it is accumulated. Most commonly, an upper set of sheaves is fixedly supported at a position several meters above floor level and a lower set is vertically movable with respect thereto in order to ensure that proper tension is maintained during such movement.

    [0005] In some systems, a precast pulley of a predetermined size is provided between the coating process and the bead winding process. Such precast pulleys are usually available in three different sizes, where one size is selected at a time. The selected precast pulley may comprise a plurality of grooves to provide a predetermined wire path to pre-form the wire to the required tire bead diameter during the winding process. In conventional systems, if it is desired to change the finished bead size, then operation of the machine must be stopped and a user must manually open the machine and reposition the wire in a different groove of the precast pulley, or change out the precast pulley for another precast pulley of a different size. In any case, it is a time-consuming process with safety risks due to the user intervention into the machine. Patent application WO01/60540A discloses a method and apparatus for reduction of embedded or inherent torsional strain in reinforcing steel. Patent application US4949567A discloses an apparatus and method for control of wire cast and helix. Patent application US3286499A discloses an apparatus for coiling wire. Patent application US3051362A discloses a bead building apparatus. Patent application WO9748548A discloses a pneumatic bead wire festoon apparatus and method. Patent application US2237371A discloses a wire drawing apparatus. Patent application US2226135A discloses a cord stretching and winding machine.

    SUMMARY



    [0006] Described is a system for adjusting a path of a wire that comprises a precast pulley assembly comprising at least one precast pulley having at least first and second positions. The at least one precast pulley is adjustable from the first position to the second position without a user touching the at least one precast pulley. A path of a wire is adjusted when disposed around the at least one precast pulley when it is in the second position instead of in the first position.

    [0007] The precast pulley assembly can comprise first and second precast pulleys disposed in an adjacent relationship with respect to one another, wherein a wire can selectively pass over one or both of the first and second precast pulleys. The first precast pulley may comprise first and second ends, a generally tapered shape between the first and second ends, and a plurality of grooves disposed circumferentially around the first precast pulley at locations between the first and second ends. Similarly, the second precast pulley may comprise first and second ends, a generally tapered shape between the first and second ends, and a plurality of grooves disposed circumferentially around the second precast pulley at locations between the first and second ends.

    [0008] The first precast pulley may be smaller than the second precast pulley. Preferably, a diameter of a largest groove of the first precast pulley is smaller than a diameter of a smallest groove of the second precast pulley.

    [0009] A support assembly may be configured to hold the first and second precast pulleys in a predetermined angular orientation and to enable circumferential rotation of the first and second precast pulleys. The support assembly may comprise a driven member coupled to a frame, where the frame extends in a lateral direction with respect to the driven member. The frame may comprise a first region to which the first precast pulley is coupled, a second region to which the second precast pulley is coupled, and a central region disposed between the first and second regions to which the driven member is coupled. The first region may comprise a bore formed therein, and a shaft of the first precast pulley may be disposed through the bore and adapted for selective longitudinal advancement relative to the bore of the frame.

    [0010] The system may also comprise a first sheave having a groove and a second sheave having a groove, wherein the wire is disposed around the first sheave, then around the at least one precast pulley, and then around the second sheave. The front surface of the first sheave can be generally flat and a rear surface of the second sheave can be generally flat, such that the front surface of the first sheave abuts the rear surface of the second sheave. The system may also comprise a take-up sheave and an outlet sheave, wherein the wire, after being disposed around the second sheave, is disposed around the take-up sheave and then around the outlet sheave. The claimed invention provides a system for adjusting a path of a wire, the system comprising a precast pulley assembly comprising first and second precast pulleys disposed in an adjacent relationship with respect to one another, and a support assembly configured to hold the first and second precast pulleys in a predetermined angular orientation, characterized in that the support assembly is configured to enable circumferential rotation of the first and second precast pulleys around a rotational centerline such that the wire can selectively pass over one or both of the first and second precast pulleys, and such that:

    in a first position said wire engages the second precast pulley and bypasses the first precast pulley;

    in a second position said wire engages both the first and second precast pulleys; and

    in a third position said wire engages the first precast pulley and bypasses the second precast pulley.

    Preferred embodiments of the claimed invention are provided by the dependent claims.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0011] The invention can be better understood with reference to the following drawings and description. The components in the figures are not necessarily to scale, emphasis instead being placed upon illustrating the principles of the invention. Moreover, in the figures, like referenced numerals designate corresponding parts throughout the different views.

    FIG. 1 is a schematic perspective view of an embodiment of a system for adjusting a path of a wire.

    FIG. 2 is a cut-away view illustrating features of first and second sheaves of the system of FIG. 1.

    FIG. 3 is a cut-away view illustrating further features of the system of FIG. 1.

    FIG. 4 is a schematic perspective view of a first embodiment of a precast pulley assembly having first and second precast pulleys.

    FIG. 5 is a side view of the precast pulley assembly of FIG. 4.

    FIGS. 6-13 are front views illustrating an exemplary sequence of use of the system of FIGS. 1-5.


    DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS



    [0012] Referring to FIG. 1, a schematic perspective view of an embodiment of a system 20 for adjusting a path of a wire is shown and described. In this embodiment, the system 20 comprises a support column 22 having upper and lower ends 23 and 24, respectively, and a base 25 at the lower end 24.

    [0013] The system 20 further comprises a precast pulley assembly 30 having first and second precast pulleys 40 and 50, which are described in further detail in FIGS. 4-5 below. Additionally, the system 20 comprises a first sheave 60 and a second sheave 70, which are described further in FIGS. 2-3 below, and further comprises a take-up sheave 80 and an outlet sheave 90.

    [0014] As will be described and shown further in the exemplary sequence of FIGS. 6-13 below, a wire 98 is fed through the system 20. The wire 98 arrives from an extruder at an initial location 98a, as depicted in FIG. 6, from which the extruder has applied a desired coating to the wire 98 as is generally known. The wire 98 is guided from the initial location 98a in a direction around the first sheave 60, then around the precast pulley assembly 30, around the second sheave 70, around the take-up sheave 80, and around the outlet sheave 90, as generally depicted by the small arrows shown in FIG. 6. After being guided around the outlet sheave 90, the wire 98 extends past a subsequent location 98b to a winding assembly, wherein the wire is wound to a bead having desired dimensions.

    [0015] Referring to FIGS. 2-3, further details of the first and second sheaves 60 and 70 are shown. The first and second sheaves 60 and 70 are each mounted for rotational movement about an axle near the upper end 23 of the support column 22. A front surface 61 of the first sheave 60 is generally flat, and a rear surface 71 of the second sheave 70 is also generally flat, such that the front surface 61 of the first sheave 60 abuts the rear surface 71 of the second sheave 70, as shown in FIG. 2. A thrust bearing 67 is positioned in a circumferential slot between the first and second sheaves 60 and 70, as depicted in FIG. 2. Further, a one-way bearing 68 may be used to maintain the positioning of the first and second sheaves 60 and 70 relative to one another in the orientation generally shown in FIG. 2. The one-way bearing arrangement will allow wire pulled into the system and pulled out of the system, but will isolate the pre-casting pulleys from slack wire, thus maintaining the proper wrap angle around the given precast step.

    [0016] Advantageously, by providing first and second sheaves 60 and 70 in an abutting relationship as shown in FIG. 2, the sheaves 60 and 70 may rotate separately or together with respect to one another, an option which cannot be achieved by conventional systems that employ a single pulley having first and second grooves.

    [0017] The first and second sheaves 60 and 70 comprise grooves 62 and 72, respectively. A wire keeper 64 may be positioned adjacent to the first sheave 60 in a manner that ensures the wire 98 of FIGS. 6-13 remains within the groove 62 of the first sheave 60, while a wire keeper 74 may be positioned adjacent to the second sheave 70 in a manner that ensures the wire 98 remains within the groove 72 of the second sheave 70. As depicted in FIG. 2, the wire keepers 64 and 74 may comprise rollers that are biased towards their respective grooves 62 and 72.

    [0018] Referring to FIG. 3, a cut-away view of the support column 22 and other components is shown. The take-up sheave 80 is adjustable vertically with respect to the support column 22 in order to regulate tension for the wire 98 as it travels along the system 20. In one embodiment, the take-up sheave 80 may travel along a linear rail 28 disposed on the support column 22, and the take-up sheave 80 further is coupled to a pneumatic cylinder that will bias the take-up sheave 80 in a downward direction. In this manner, tension of the wire 98 may be regulated as the wire 98 travels along the system, regardless of the positioning of the of the precast pulley assembly 30 in any orientation, as described further below.

    [0019] Referring now to FIGS. 4-5, further features of one embodiment of the precast pulley assembly 30, including the first and second precast pulleys 40 and 50, are shown and described. The first precast pulley 40 comprises first and second ends 41 and 42, and comprises a generally tapered shape between the first and second ends 41 and 42. A plurality of grooves 41a through 41n are disposed circumferentially around the first precast pulley 40 at locations between the first and second ends 41 and 42. The groove 41a is disposed near the first end 41 and comprises the smallest diameter, while the groove 41n is disposed near the second end 42 and comprises the largest diameter, as shown in FIGS. 4-5.

    [0020] Similarly, the second precast pulley 50 comprises first and second ends 51 and 52, and comprises a generally tapered shape between the first and second ends 51 and 52. A plurality of grooves 51a through 51n are disposed circumferentially around the second precast pulley 50 at locations between the first and second ends 51 and 52, where the groove 51a is disposed near the first end 51 and comprises the smallest diameter, while the groove 51n is disposed near the second end 52 and comprises the largest diameter. It should be noted that "n" for parts 41n and 51n corresponds to the total number of grooves, and any number of grooves may be provided, i.e., greater or fewer than the eleven grooves depicted in FIGS. 4-5.

    [0021] In one embodiment, the diameter of the largest groove 41n of the first precast pulley 40 is less than the diameter of the smallest groove 51a of the second precast pulley 50, as depicted in FIG. 5. Advantageously, an extremely large range of wire travel increments may be provided around the first precast pulley 40 and/or the second precast pulley 50. For example, a relatively small travel pathway may occur when the wire is positioned around only one of the grooves 41a-41n of the first precast pulley 40, as shown in FIG. 10 below. A relatively intermediate travel pathway may occur when the wire is positioned around only one of the grooves 51a-51n of the second precast pulley 50, as shown in FIG. 6 below. A relatively long travel pathway may occur when the wire 98 is positioned to travel simultaneously around one of the grooves 41a-41n of the first precast pulley 40 and one of the grooves 51a-51n of the second precast pulley 50, as depicted in FIGS. 7-9 and 11-13 below.

    [0022] A support assembly 31, as best seen in FIG. 4, is provided to hold the first and second precast pulleys 40 and 50 in a desired orientation and to facilitate rotation of the first and second precast pulleys 40 and 50, as described more fully with respect to FIGS. 6-13 below. In one exemplary, non-limiting embodiment, the support assembly 31 comprises a driven member 32 coupled to a frame 34. The frame 34 may extend in a lateral direction with respect to the driven member 32. In one embodiment, the frame comprises a first region 34a to which the first precast pulley 40 is coupled, a second region 34b to which the second precast pulley 50 is coupled, and a central region disposed therebetween to which the driven member 32 is coupled, as best seen in FIG. 4. As will be explained further with respect to FIGS. 6-13 below, an actuator, such as a motor, is coupled to the driven member 32 to selectively cause rotation of the driven member 32, and therefore cause a corresponding associated rotation of the frame 34 and the first and second precast pulleys 40 and 50 around a rotational centerline 39, which is depicted in FIGS. 6-13 below.

    [0023] In one embodiment, the first region 34a comprises a bore 44 formed therein, and a shaft 47 of the first precast pulley 40 is disposed through the bore 44, as depicted in FIGS. 4-5. The shaft 47 may be selectively advanced in a longitudinal direction relative to the bore 44 of the frame 34. The shaft 47 may comprise a plurality of detents 48 that selectively engage the frame 34 around the bore 44 to limit longitudinal movement of the first precast pulley 40 with respect to the frame 34.

    [0024] In one example, a spring-loaded pin may be provided and temporarily withdrawn to permit a clear path for longitudinal advancement of the first precast pulley 40 with respect to the bore 44 and the frame 34. When the spring-loaded pin returns to its biased, relaxed state, it will engage the shaft 47 to prevent longitudinal movement of the first precast pulley 40 with respect to the frame 34.

    [0025] Similarly, the second region 34b of the frame 34 comprises a bore 54 formed therein, and a shaft 57 of the second precast pulley 50 is disposed through the bore 54, as depicted in FIGS. 4-5. The shaft 57 may comprise a plurality of detents 58 and may be selectively advanced in a longitudinal direction relative to the bore 54 of the frame 34, thereby permitting selective longitudinal movement of the second precast pulley 50 with respect to the frame 34 in a manner identical to that described for the first precast pulley 40. In this manner, both the first and second precast pulleys 40 and 50 may be selectively advanced longitudinally with respect to the frame 34, and with respect to one another.

    [0026] Advantageously, using this technique, a significantly large number of combinations of grooves of the first and second precast pulleys 40 and 50 may aligned with one another along a wire travel path 89. In the example of FIG. 5, the smallest groove 41a of the first precast pulley 40 is depicted as being aligned with the largest groove 51n of the second precast pulley 50 along the wire travel path 89.

    [0027] The state of FIG. 5 is only one exemplary travel path for the wire 98. In an alternative embodiment, the wire 98 may be aligned with the smallest groove 41a of the first precast pulley 40 and the smallest groove 51a of the second precast pulley 50 along the travel path 89, thereby providing a relatively short travel path for the wire 98. Conversely, the wire 98 may be aligned with the largest groove 41n of the first precast pulley 40 and the largest groove 51n of the second precast pulley 50 along the travel path 89, thereby providing a relatively long travel path for the wire 98. As will be appreciated, by selectively moving the first and second precast pulleys 40 and 50 longitudinally relative to one another, and aligning the desired grooves of one precast pulley with respect to the other, a significant number of different combinations may be achieved to provide the desired travel path 89 for the wire 98.

    [0028] In any event, regardless of where the wire 98 is chosen to be aligned with the first and second precast pulleys 40 and 50 along the travel path 89 of FIG. 5, additional incremental changes in the orientation/length of wire travel may be subsequently achieved in an automated manner by rotating the frame 34 in predetermined increments, as explained further with respect to FIGS. 6-13 below.

    [0029] Referring now to FIGS. 6-13, an exemplary sequence of use of the adjustable wire system of FIGS. 1-5 is shown and described. In a first step, a wire 98 arrives from an extruder at an initial location 98a, as depicted in FIG. 6. The extruder may have applied a desired coating to the wire 98, as is generally known in the art. The wire 98 is guided from the initial location 98a in a direction around the first sheave 60. The wire 98 then is guided around the precast pulley assembly 30, around the second sheave 70, around the take-up sheave 80, and around the outlet sheave 90, as generally depicted by the small arrows shown in FIG. 6. After being guided around the outlet sheave 90, the wire 98 extends past a subsequent location 98b to a winding assembly, wherein the wire 98 is wound to a bead having desired dimensions.

    [0030] In FIG. 6, the precast pulley assembly 30 is shown in a first orientation in which the first precast pulley 40 is generally disposed nearest the first and second sheaves 60 and 70, while the second precast pulley 50 is generally disposed furthest from the first and second sheaves 60 and 70. In this orientation, the wire 98 is disposed around a groove 51a-51n of the second precast pulley 50, but bypasses the first precast pulley 40 due to the angular positioning of the first precast pulley 40 with respect to the rotational centerline 39.

    [0031] In the orientation of FIG. 6, the wire 98 travels a predetermined pathway and distance through the system 20, by moving around a desired groove 51a-51n of a known diameter of only the second precast pulley 50. The desired path of travel of the wire 98 corresponds to a pre-form shape of the wire 98, and a subsequent desired bead diameter formed by the winding process after the pre-formed wire 98 passes location 98b. A bead of a specific, corresponding desired diameter will then be manufactured.

    [0032] In certain situations, it will be desirable to change the diameter of beads that are assembled at the winding assembly downstream of the system 20. This will require a corresponding change in parameters of feeding the wire 98 through the system 20.

    [0033] In accordance with one aspect, an automated system, such as a computer program having software instructions, may be provided to determine the proper positioning of the precast pulley assembly 30, and therefore the path of travel of the wire 98 through the system 20, based on a desirable diameter of beads that are assembled at the winding assembly downstream of the system 20. For example, a user may input into a computer a desired diameter of beads to be assembled at the winding assembly, and the computer software can provide instructions to move an actuator coupled to the driven member 32 to selectively cause rotation of the driven member 32, the frame 34, and the first and second precast pulleys 40 and 50 around the rotational centerline 39. Such a change in position can be seen in the counterclockwise rotational movement of the first and second precast pulleys 40 and 50 from the state of FIG. 6 to FIG. 7. In the position of FIG. 7, the wire 98 travels a different path and distance around one of the grooves 41a-41n of the first precast pulley 40, and further around one of the grooves 51a-51n of the second precast pulley 50. The take-up sheave 80 is adjustable vertically with respect to the support column 22, as depicted by the vertical arrow in FIG. 7, in order to regulate tension for the wire 98 as it travels along the system 20 in the different pattern.

    [0034] FIGS. 8-13 show different configurations of the first and second precast pulleys 40 and 50, achieved by incremental rotation of the driven member 32 around the rotational centerline 39. Each positioning increment adjusts the travel of the wire 98 accordingly around the first precast pulley 40 and/or the second precast pulley 50, which in turn corresponds to a different pre-form shape of the wire 98, and a subsequent different bead diameter at the downstream winding assembly.

    [0035] Advantageously, a user may adjust the travel of the wire 98 through the system 20 in an automated manner, by causing rotation of the first and second precast pulleys 40 and 50, without having to physically open the system and change one precast pulley out for a different precast pulley. This results in a significantly safer system with less manual user intervention.

    [0036] As a further advantage, a user may enter into a computer a desired final bead diameter to be achieved at the winding assembly, and the first and second precast pulleys 40 and 50 may automatically be adjusted into a position that will provide the necessary precast wire travel path. In this manner, any number of wire bead sizes may be achieved at the winding assembly with a reduction in down time.

    [0037] Notably, a user may also adjust the movement path of the wire 98 by longitudinally advancing or retracting the shafts 47 and 57 of the first and second precast pulleys 40 and 50, respectively, in the manner described above in FIGS. 4-5, to achieve a significant number of different combinations of desired travel paths for the wire 98. The longitudinal adjustments of the shafts 47 and 57 described in FIGS. 4-5 may be used in combination with the rotational adjustments around the centerline 39 as described in FIGS. 6-13 to provide numerous combinations of travel path for the wire 98.


    Claims

    1. A system (20) for adjusting a path of a wire, the system (20) comprising:

    a precast pulley assembly (30) comprising first (40) and second (50) precast pulleys disposed in an adjacent relationship with respect to one another, and

    a support assembly (31) configured to hold the first (40) and second (50) precast pulleys in a predetermined angular orientation;

    characterized in that the support assembly (31) is configured to enable circumferential rotation of the first (40) and second (50) precast pulleys around a rotational centerline (39) such that the wire can selectively pass over one or both of the first (40) and second (50) precast pulleys, and such that:

    in a first position said wire engages the second precast pulley (50) and bypasses the first precast pulley (40);

    in a second position said wire engages both the first (40) and second (50) precast pulleys; and

    in a third position said wire engages the first precast pulley (40) and bypasses the second precast pulley (50).


     
    2. The system (20) of claim 1, wherein the precast pulley assembly (30) is adjustable from the first position to the second position without a user touching the precast pulley assembly (30).
     
    3. The system (20) of claim 1, wherein the first precast pulley (40) comprises first and second ends, a generally tapered shape between the first and second ends, and a plurality of grooves disposed circumferentially around the first precast pulley (40) at locations between the first and second ends of the first precast pulley (40).
     
    4. The system (20) of claim 3, wherein the second precast pulley (50) comprises first and second ends, a generally tapered shape between the first and second ends, and a plurality of grooves disposed circumferentially around the second precast pulley (50) at locations between the first and second ends of the second precast pulley (50).
     
    5. The system (20) of claim 4, wherein a diameter of a largest groove of the first precast pulley (40) is smaller than a diameter of a smallest groove of the second precast pulley (50).
     
    6. The system (20) of claim 1, wherein the support assembly assembly (31) comprises a driven member (32) coupled to a frame (34), where the frame (34) extends in a lateral direction with respect to the driven member (32).
     
    7. The system (20) of claim 6, wherein the frame (34) comprises a first region to which the first precast pulley (40) is coupled, a second region to which the second precast pulley (50) is coupled, and a central region disposed between the first and second regions to which the driven member (32) is coupled.
     
    8. The system (20) of claim 7, wherein the first region of the frame (34) comprises a bore (44) formed therein, and a shaft (47) of the first precast pulley (40) is disposed through the bore (44) and adapted for selective longitudinal advancement relative to the bore (44) of the frame (34).
     
    9. The system (20) of claim 1, further comprising a motor, coupled to the support assembly assembly (31), that selectively causes rotation of the support assembly assembly (31) and the first (40) and second (50) precast pulleys.
     
    10. The system (20) of claim 1 further comprising:

    a first sheave (60) having a groove; and

    a second (70) sheave having a groove,

    the system (20) configured such that the wire can be aligned for movement around the first sheave (60), then around the precast pulley assembly, and then around the second sheave (70).


     
    11. The system (20) of claim 10, wherein a front surface of the first sheave (60) is generally flat and a rear surface of the second sheave (70) is generally flat, such that the front surface of the first sheave (60) abuts the rear surface of the second sheave (70).
     
    12. The system (20) of claim 10 further comprising:

    a take-up sheave (80); and

    an outlet sheave (90),

    the system (20) configured such that the wire can be aligned for movement around the second sheave (70), then around the take-up sheave (80), and then around the outlet sheave (90).


     


    Ansprüche

    1. System (20) zum Einstellen eines Pfads eines Drahts, wobei das System (20) Folgendes umfasst:

    eine vorgefertigte Riemenscheibenanordnung (30), die eine erste (40) und eine zweite (50) vorgefertigte Riemenscheibe umfasst, die mit Bezug aufeinander in einer benachbarten Beziehung angeordnet sind, und

    eine Stützanordnung (31), die dazu ausgelegt ist, die erste (40) und die zweite (50) vorgefertigte Riemenscheibe in einer vorbestimmten Winkelorientierung zu halten;

    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Stützanordnung (31) dazu ausgelegt ist, eine Umfangsdrehung der ersten (40) und der zweiten (50) vorgefertigten Riemenscheibe um eine Drehmittellinie (39) zu ermöglichen, derart, dass der Draht selektiv über eine oder beide der ersten (40) und der zweiten (50) vorgefertigten Riemenscheibe geführt werden kann, und derart, dass:

    der Draht in einer ersten Position in die zweite vorgefertigte Riemenscheibe (50) eingreift und die erste vorgefertigte Riemenscheibe (40) umgeht;

    der Draht in einer zweiten Position sowohl in die erste (40) als auch in die zweite (50) vorgefertigte Riemenscheibe eingreift und

    der Draht in einer dritten Position in die erste vorgefertigte Riemenscheibe (40) eingreift und die zweite vorgefertigte Riemenscheibe (50) umgeht.


     
    2. System (20) nach Anspruch 1, wobei die vorgefertigte Riemenscheibenanordnung (30) von der ersten Position in die zweite Position einstellbar ist, ohne dass ein Benutzer die vorgefertigte Riemenscheibenanordnung (30) berührt.
     
    3. System (20) nach Anspruch 1, wobei die erste vorgefertigte Riemenscheibe (40) ein erstes und ein zweites Ende, eine im Allgemeinen konische Form zwischen dem ersten und dem zweiten Ende und eine Vielzahl von Rillen, die an Stellen zwischen dem ersten und dem zweiten Ende der ersten vorgefertigten Riemenscheibe (40) umfänglich um die erste vorgefertigte Riemenscheibe (40) angeordnet sind, umfasst.
     
    4. System (20) nach Anspruch 3, wobei die zweite vorgefertigte Riemenscheibe (50) ein erstes und ein zweites Ende, eine im Allgemeinen konische Form zwischen dem ersten und dem zweiten Ende und eine Vielzahl von Rillen, die an Stellen zwischen dem ersten und dem zweiten Ende der zweiten vorgefertigten Riemenscheibe (50) umfänglich um die zweite vorgefertigte Riemenscheibe (50) angeordnet sind, umfasst.
     
    5. System (20) nach Anspruch 4, wobei ein Durchmesser der größten Rille der ersten vorgefertigten Riemenscheibe (40) kleiner ist als ein Durchmesser einer kleinsten Rille der zweiten vorgefertigten Riemenscheibe (50).
     
    6. System (20) nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Stützanordnunganordnung (31) ein angetriebenes Element (32) umfasst, das an einen Rahmen (34) gekoppelt ist, wo sich der Rahmen (34) mit Bezug auf das angetriebene Element (32) in eine seitliche Richtung erstreckt.
     
    7. System (20) nach Anspruch 6, wobei der Rahmen (34) einen ersten Bereich, an den die erste vorgefertigte Riemenscheibe (40) gekoppelt ist, einen zweiten Bereich, an den die zweite vorgefertigte Riemenscheibe (50) gekoppelt ist, und einen zentralen Bereich, der zwischen dem ersten und dem zweiten Bereich angeordnet ist und an den das angetriebene Element (32) gekoppelt ist, umfasst.
     
    8. System (20) nach Anspruch 7, wobei der erste Bereich des Rahmens (34) eine Bohrung (44) umfasst, die darin gebildet ist, und eine Welle (47) der ersten vorgefertigten Riemenscheibe (40) durch die Bohrung (44) angeordnet und zum selektiven Vorrücken in Längsrichtung relativ zur Bohrung (44) des Rahmens (34) angepasst ist.
     
    9. System (20) nach Anspruch 1, das ferner einen Motor umfasst, der an die Stützanordnunganordnung (31) gekoppelt ist und selektiv eine Drehung der Stützanordnunganordnung (31) und der ersten (40) und der zweiten (50) vorgefertigten Riemenscheibe bewirkt.
     
    10. System (20) nach Anspruch 1, das ferner Folgendes umfasst:

    eine erste Laufrolle (60) mit einer Rille und

    eine zweite Laufrolle (70) mit einer Rille,

    wobei das System (20) derart ausgelegt ist, dass der Draht zur Bewegung um die erste Laufrolle (60), dann um die vorgefertigte Riemenscheibenanordnung und dann um die zweite Laufrolle (70) ausgerichtet werden kann.


     
    11. System (20) nach Anspruch 10, wobei eine vordere Fläche der ersten Laufrolle (60) im Allgemeinen eben ist und eine hintere Fläche der zweiten Laufrolle (70) im Allgemeinen eben ist, derart, dass die vordere Fläche der ersten Laufrolle (60) an der hinteren Fläche der zweiten Laufrolle (70) anliegt.
     
    12. System (20) nach Anspruch 10, das ferner Folgendes umfasst:

    eine Aufnahmerolle (80) und

    eine Ablaufrolle (90),

    wobei das System (20) derart ausgelegt ist, dass der Draht zur Bewegung um die zweite Laufrolle (70), dann um die Aufnahmerolle (80) und dann um die Ablaufrolle (90) ausgerichtet werden kann.


     


    Revendications

    1. Système (20) pour régler une trajectoire d'un fil, le système (20) comprenant :

    un ensemble de poulies préfabriquées (30) comprenant des première (40) et seconde (50) poulies préfabriquées disposées en relation adjacente l'une par rapport à l'autre, et

    un ensemble de support (31) configuré pour maintenir les première (40) et seconde (50) poulies préfabriquées dans une orientation angulaire prédéterminée ;

    caractérisé en ce que l'ensemble de support (31) est configuré pour permettre la rotation circonférentielle des première (40) et seconde (50) poulies préfabriquées autour d'une ligne centrale de rotation (39), de sorte que le fil peut sélectivement passer sur l'une ou les deux des première (40) et seconde (50) poulies préfabriquées, et de sorte que :

    dans une première position, ledit fil met en prise la seconde poulie préfabriquée (50) et contourne la première poulie préfabriquée (40) ;

    dans une deuxième position, ledit fil met en prise à la fois la première (40) et la seconde (50) poulie préfabriquée ; et

    dans une troisième position, ledit fil met en prise la première poulie préfabriquée (40) et contourne la seconde poulie préfabriquée (50).


     
    2. Système (20) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel l'ensemble de poulies préfabriquées (30) est réglable d'une première position à la deuxième position, sans qu'un utilisateur ne touche l'ensemble de poulies préfabriquées (30) .
     
    3. Système (20) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la première poulie préfabriquée (40) comprend des première et seconde extrémités, une forme généralement progressivement rétrécie entre les première et seconde extrémités, et une pluralité de rainures disposées de manière circonférentielle autour de la première poulie préfabriquée (40) à des emplacements entre les première et seconde extrémités de la première poulie préfabriquée (40).
     
    4. Système (20) selon la revendication 3, dans lequel la seconde poulie préfabriquée (50) comprend des première et seconde extrémités, une forme généralement progressivement rétrécie entre les première et seconde extrémités, et une pluralité de rainures disposées de manière circonférentielle autour de la seconde poulie préfabriquée (50), à des emplacements entre les première et seconde extrémités de la seconde poulie préfabriquée (50).
     
    5. Système (20) selon la revendication 4, dans lequel un diamètre de la plus grande rainure de la première poulie préfabriquée (40) est inférieur à un diamètre de la plus rainure de la seconde poulie préfabriquée (50).
     
    6. Système (20) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel l'ensemble de l'ensemble de support (31) comprend un élément entraîné (32) couplé à un bâti (34), dans lequel le bâti (34) s'étend dans la direction latérale par rapport à l'élément entraîné (32).
     
    7. Système (20) selon la revendication 6, dans lequel le bâti (34) comprend une première région dans laquelle la première poulie préfabriquée (40) est couplée, une seconde région à laquelle la seconde poulie préfabriquée (50) est couplée, et une région centrale disposée entre les première et seconde régions auxquelles l'élément entraîné (32) est couplé.
     
    8. Système (20) selon la revendication 7, dans lequel la première région du bâti (34) comprend un alésage (44) formé à l'intérieur de cette dernière, et un arbre (47) de la première poulie préfabriquée (40) est disposé à travers l'alésage (44), et adapté pour l'avancement longitudinal sélectif par rapport à l'alésage (44) du bâti (34).
     
    9. Système (20) selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre un moteur, couplé à l'ensemble de l'ensemble de support (31) qui provoque sélectivement la rotation de l'ensemble de l'ensemble de support (31) et des première (40) et seconde (50) poulies préfabriquées.
     
    10. Système (20) selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre :

    une première poulie à gorge (60) ayant une rainure ; et

    une seconde poulie à gorge (70) ayant une rainure,

    le système (20) étant configuré de sorte que fil peut être aligné pour le déplacement autour de la première poulie à gorge (60), ensuite autour de l'ensemble de poulies préfabriquées, et ensuite autour de la seconde poulie à gorge (70).


     
    11. Système (20) selon la revendication 10, dans lequel une surface avant de la première poulie à gorge (60) est généralement plate et une surface arrière de la seconde poulie à gorge (70) est généralement plate, de sorte que la surface avant de la première poulie à gorge (60) vient en butée contre la surface arrière de la seconde poulie à gorge (70).
     
    12. Système (20) selon la revendication 10, comprenant en outre :

    une poulie à gorge de réception (80) ; et

    une poulie à gorge de sortie (90),

    le système (20) étant configuré de sorte que le fil peut être aligné pour le déplacement autour de la seconde poulie à gorge (70), ensuite autour de la poulie à gorge de réception (80) et ensuite autour de la poulie à gorge de sortie (90).


     




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