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(11)EP 3 414 197 B2

(12)NEW EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION
After opposition procedure

(45)Date of publication and mention of the opposition decision:
05.04.2023 Bulletin 2023/14

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
13.11.2019 Bulletin 2019/46

(21)Application number: 17704165.4

(22)Date of filing:  09.02.2017
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
B65H 5/14(2006.01)
B65H 1/04(2006.01)
B65H 5/10(2006.01)
(52)Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC):
B65H 5/006; B65H 5/10; B65H 5/14; B65H 2301/42242; B65H 2301/4227; B65H 2301/51214; B65H 2701/1764; B65H 2405/11161; B65H 1/04; B65H 2515/30
(86)International application number:
PCT/EP2017/025024
(87)International publication number:
WO 2017/137171 (17.08.2017 Gazette  2017/33)

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HANDLING SYSTEM FOR HANDLING STACKABLE FLAT ELEMENTS

HANDHABUNGSSYSTEM ZUR HANDHABUNG VON STAPELBAREN FLACHEN ELEMENTEN

SYSTÈME DE MANIPULATION POUR LA MANIPULATION D'ÉLÉMENTS PLATS EMPILABLES


(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: 10.02.2016 EP 16020037

(43)Date of publication of application:
19.12.2018 Bulletin 2018/51

(73)Proprietor: BOBST GRENCHEN AG
2540 Grenchen (CH)

(72)Inventor:
  • WICK, Stefan
    4625 Oberbuchsiten (CH)


(56)References cited: : 
DE-A1- 2 649 959
DE-C1- 3 933 625
JP-A- 2005 132 565
DE-B3-102005 007 874
GB-A- 2 121 012
  
      


    Description

    Field of invention



    [0001] The present invention relates to a handling system for handling stackable flat elements, in particular carton elements, in particular during transporting a stack of flat elements to a processing device.

    Art Background



    [0002] In the processing industry, raw material, such as flat carton elements, is delivered in large units. The large units of the carton elements have to be commissioned into stacks comprising a predefined number of carton elements before the carton elements can be further processed in a processing unit, such as a printing machine for printing desired designs onto the carton elements.

    [0003] The stacks comprise a desired amount of cartons and are handled e.g. by complex robot arms or by manually controlled cranes, for example. During the manufacturing and finishing steps of the carton elements, stacks of carton elements have to be moved several times between the processing devices. Thereby, the stack have to be treated very carefully in order to prevent a damage of the sensitive carton elements. Hence, complex handling mechanisms have to be used to transport the stacks of cartoon elements between the processing devices. JP 2005132565 A discloses a handling system for handling stackable flat elements, the handling system comprising a supporting table having a supporting surface onto which at least an edge portion of a stack of flat elements is supportable, a clamping device configured for clamping a first part of the stack to the supporting table. In the handling system disclosed by JP 2005132565 A the clamping device comprises spring loaded clamping element arranged on the supporting table. The stack is bendable by clamping the first part of the stack between the spring loaded clamping element and the supporting surface, thereby bending the stack around a bending axis, which extends within a plane parallel to a supporting plane of the supporting surface.

    Summary of the Invention



    [0004] There may be a need to provide a handling system for handling carton elements with a reduced risk of damaging the carton elements.

    [0005] According to a first aspect of the present invention, a handling system for handling stackable flat elements, in particular carton elements, is presented. The handling system comprises a supporting table having a supporting surface onto which at least an edge portion of a stack of flat elements is supportable.

    [0006] Furthermore, the handling system comprises a clamping device configured for clamping a first part of the stack to the supporting table and a lifting device configured for lifting a second part of the stack from the supporting table. The lifting device and the clamping device are arranged to the supporting table such that the stack is bendable by clamping the first part of the stack onto the supporting table by the clamping device and lifting the second part of the stack from the supporting table by the lifting device at the same time, such that the stack is bended around a bending axis, wherein the bending axis extends within a plane parallel to a supporting plane of the supporting surface.

    [0007] According to a second aspect of the invention, a method for handling stackable flat elements, in particular carton elements, is presented. According to the method at least an edge portion of a stack of flat elements is arranged onto a supporting surface of a supporting table. The stack is bendable by clamping a first part of the stack onto the supporting table by a clamping device and lifting a second part of the stack from the supporting table by the lifting device at the same time, such that the stack is bended around a bending axis, wherein the bending axis extends within a plane parallel to a supporting plane of the supporting surface.

    [0008] The flat elements as described above describe in general elements which are stackable and which comprise a larger width and length than it's thickness. The stackable flat elements may describe elements which can be stacked onto each other without any fixing means. The flat elements as described above denote elements which are stacked onto each other, wherein the resulting stack can be statically robust such that the stack does not need any holding systems for preventing a tilting of the stack. More specifically, the flat elements may comprise a thickness which is less than 10 cm and furthermore a length and width of more than 10 cm. Specifically, in a preferred embodiment, the flat elements are non-folded cartons. However, also other flat elements, such as sheet elements or other plate like elements can be handled by the handling system.

    [0009] The stackable flat elements may be carton elements, such as corrugated card board. The carton elements may be made of paper, cardboard, flexible materials such as sheets made of metal or plastic. The carton elements may be used for forming wrappers and packages.

    [0010] In the present description, an edge portion of the stack denotes a portion of the stack between an edge and a centre portion of the stack within a plane along which the length and the width of the stack are defined. The edge portion runs along an edge of the stack and may have an area within the plane of 1/3 to 1/10 times or less than the area of a centre portion of the stack. The centre portion of a stack is surrounded by edge portions running along respective edges of the stack, wherein the edge portions define areas between the centre portion and the respective edges of a stack. Specifically, the edge portion and the further edge portion which are described herein denotes opposing edge portions of a stack.

    [0011] The first part defines a section of the stack which contacts the clamping device when clamping the stack to the supporting table by the clamping device. Specifically, the first part is defined by a contact region of the clamping device with a first top sheet (flat element) of the stack. The second part defines a section of the stack which contacts the lifting device when lifting the stack from the supporting table by the lifting device. Specifically, the second part is defined by a contact region of the lifting device with a second lower/bottom sheet (flat element) of the stack.

    [0012] In a preferred embodiment, the first part and the second part are defined within the edge portion of the stack. That is, that the edge portion of the stack is initially bended by the clamping device and the lifting device, wherein by bending the edge portion, additionally the centre portion and the opposed further edge portion is bended around the bending axis as well, also if the clamping device and the lifting device acts onto the stack only at the edge portion.

    [0013] The supporting table is adapted for supporting at least an edge portion of the stack. The supporting table comprises in particular a supporting surface onto which the stack is partially arrangeable. If the clamping device does not clamp the stack to the supporting table, the stack may slide along the supporting surface till the stack is located at the defined position onto the supporting table. The supporting surface may form a flat and uncurved surface or a slightly curved surface. The supporting surface may be formed within a horizontal plane. Alternatively, the supporting surface may be inclined with respect to the horizontal plane. This means, that the normal of the supporting surface may have an angle to the normal of the horizontal plane of for example approximately 1° to approximately 45°.

    [0014] The clamping device may comprise a clamping element, such as a clamping bar extending along the first part of the stack. Alternatively, the clamping element is a stamp which is formed to clamp the first part of the stack against the supporting table. The clamping device may be movable along a vertical direction and may move along the clamping direction from a position spaced apart from the supporting table to a position closer to the supporting table for thereby clamping the first part of the stack between the clamping device and the supporting table.

    [0015] The lifting device may comprise a lifting element, such as a lifting platform, a lifting lever or a lifting stamp, extending along the second part of the stack. The lifting device may be mounted to the supporting table and may be integrated within the supporting table in such a way that the lifting lever forms a flat and homogeneous surface with the supporting surface, wherein the lifting element may come up from the supporting surface along the lifting direction for lifting the second part of the stack. The lifting direction defines a direction having a vertical component, wherein the lifting element extends along the lifting direction when coming up from the supporting surface.

    [0016] Before bending the stack of flat elements, the stack rests onto the supporting surface of the supporting table. The supporting surface defines for example the supporting plane. Hence, if the stack of flat elements is arranged onto the supporting surface, each of the flat elements is arranged within a respective plane which is spaced apart from and parallel to the supporting plane. Hence, if the stack is unbended and has only a general two dimensional extension within the respective plane, the stack and the flat elements, respectively, are easy to be deformed around a deforming axis which extends within the respective plane. This deforming around the deforming axis is not desired, because an unwanted deforming of the stack during handling of the stack is caused.

    [0017] By the approach of the present invention, the stack of the flat elements is bended in such a way, that the stack and each flat element, respectively, is bended by the lifting device and the clamping device around a bending axis. Metaphorically speaking, a cross-section of the stack forms a U-shape. The bending by the lifting device and the clamping device describes a bending which causes an elastic and non-plastic deformation of the stack. In other words, the bending by the lifting device and the clamping device does not include a folding or cracking of the stack and the flat elements, respectively. The bended cross-section may be described in an abstract manner by a bending line, wherein the bending axis runs through the centres of curvature of the bending lines of respective cross sections of the stack.

    [0018] It turned out that an unwanted deforming of the stack around a deforming axis (extending within the plane and differing (e.g. being perpendicular) to the above described bending axis) is avoided because the stack is stiffer against the deformation around the deformation axis by having the U-shaped cross-section. Hence, handling the stack in a bended and stiffer state reduces the risk of damaging the flat elements because the risk of unintentional folding or cracking around a deformation axis is reduced.

    [0019] In order to achieve the effect above, a slight bending of the stack around the bending axis may be sufficient. For example, while the first part of the stack is clamped to the supporting table by the clamping device, the second part of the stack is lifted by the lifting device with respect to the first part by a vertical distance between the first part and the second part of approximately 5cm to approximately 40cm, for example.

    [0020] According to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, the supporting table is movable along a moving direction having a horizontal component between a first position and a second position, wherein the clamping device is configured for clamping the stack to the supporting table during a movement of the supporting table between the first position and the second position. For example, the supporting table may comprises roller elements for moving along a moving direction. For example, the supporting table may be arranged onto a guiding rail, for example. In an exemplary embodiment, the clamping device and the lifting device are mounted to the supporting table in such a way that the clamping device and the lifting device moves together with the supporting table along the moving direction.

    [0021] For example at the first position, the stack is arranged onto the supporting surface of the supporting table. Next, the clamping device and the lifting device fix the stack. In this fixed and bended state, the supporting table moves along the moving direction to a desired second position, where the clamping device and the lifting device release the stack such that the stack is open for further processing or transportation away from the supporting table. During the transportation between the first position and the second position, the stack is in a bended state and more robust and stiffer against an undesired deformation around the deformation axis.

    [0022] According to a further exemplary embodiment, the lifting device comprises at least one lifting element (as described above) being movable along a lifting direction having at least one vertical component. In a further exemplary embodiment, the lifting element is mounted to the supporting table in such a way that the lifting element is extendible from the supporting surface of the supporting table onto which supporting surface the stack is arrangeable. The lifting element may be driven hydraulically, pneumatically or by an electronic motor.

    [0023] According to a further exemplary embodiment, the lifting element is configured to be extendible in a telescopic manner. Hence, the lifting element be formed as a telescopic rod which is for example installed into the supporting table. Hence, in order to lift the second part of the stack, the telescopic rods may be extendable along the lifting direction.

    [0024] According to a further exemplary embodiment, the lifting element is configured to be extendible by being pivoted around a pivoting axis. For example, the lifting element is formed as a lever which is mounted pivotable to the supporting table. Hence, in order to lift the second part of the stack, the pivotable lever may be pivoted around a pivoting axis such that a part of the lever spaced apart from the pivoting axis lifts along the lifting direction.

    [0025] A first end of the pivotable lever is fixed pivotably to the supporting table, wherein an opposed second end of the pivotable lever defines a free end which lifts along the lifting direction and thereby contacts the second part of the stack. In an preferred embodiment, the first end is located at a centre section of the supporting table and the opposed second end of the lever is located more to an edge section of the supporting table (which edge section surrounds the centre section of the supporting table). Hence, if pivoting the lever around the pivoting axis, the free second end of the lever lifts with a larger distance from the supporting table then other sections of the lever such that an inclined lifting surface is formed. By the inclined lifting surface, a smooth and gentle bending of the first part of the stack is possible.

    [0026] According to a further exemplary embodiment, the lifting device comprises at least one further lifting element being movable along the lifting direction having at least one vertical component, wherein the further lifting element is spaced apart from the lifting element.

    [0027] In particular, according to a further exemplary embodiment, the clamping device is arranged between the lifting element and the further lifting element. Hence, the clamping device may for example clamp a central part (first part) of the stack to the supporting table, wherein an edge part (second part) of the stack and an further edge part (further second part) of the stack, which is arranged at an opposite side of the stack with respect to the edge part, is lifted by the respective lifting elements. Hence, thereby the stack is bended, wherein the bending axis is generated in the region of the central part, so that the stack forms a U-shape.

    [0028] According to an exemplary embodiment, the clamping device comprises at least one clamping element (as described above) being movable along a clamping direction having at least one vertical component. In an exemplary embodiment, the clamping element forms a stamp element for pressing and thereby clamping the stack to the supporting table. In a further exemplary embodiment, the clamping element is mounted to the supporting table in such a way that the clamping element is movable along the clamping direction to the supporting surface of the supporting table onto which supporting surface the stack is arrangeable. The clamping element may be driven hydraulically, pneumatically or by an electronic motor.

    [0029] According to an exemplary embodiment, the clamping device comprises at least one further clamping element being movable along the clamping direction having at least one vertical component, wherein the further clamping element is spaced apart from the clamping element.

    [0030] In an exemplary embodiment, the lifting device is arranged between the clamping element and the further clamping element. Hence, the lifting device may for example lift a central part (second section) of the stack away from the supporting table, wherein an edge part (first section) of the stack and a further edge part (further first section) of the stack, which is arranged at an opposite side of the stack with respect to the edge part, is clamped (pressed) to the supporting table by the respective clamping elements. Hence, thereby the stack is again bended, wherein the bending axis is generated in the region of the central part, so that the stack forms an upside-down U-shape.

    [0031] The handling system further comprises a transport device. The transport device comprises a supporting platform onto which at least a further edge portion of the stack is supportable, wherein the transport device is configured for clamping the further edge portion of the stack to the supporting platform. The transport device is movable for transporting the stack to the supporting table such that the edge portion of the stack is arrangeable onto the supporting table.

    [0032] Hence, by the above described transport system, the further edge portion of the stack is clamped by the hold down element to the supporting platform. The rest of the stack which is not clamped by the hold down element is arranged for example onto a carrier, for example. By moving the transport device along a desired direction, for example perpendicular to the moving direction of the supporting table, the edge portion of the stack slips away from the carrier and can be slid onto the supporting surface of the supporting table. The carrier may therefore be higher than the supporting surface in order to provide a simple handover by sliding the edge portion from the carrier to the supporting surface.

    [0033] According to an exemplary embodiment, the handling system further comprises a receiving section at which the stack is receivable. The receiving section is arranged below the supporting table and the transport device. The transport device is further movable for transporting the stack to the supporting table such that the further edge portion of the stack is arrangeable above the receiving section. The transport device is configured for releasing the further edge portion of the stack and for moving away from the receiving section such that the further edge falls down to the receiving section whilst the first part of the stack is clamped to the supporting table by the clamping device and the second part of the stack is lifted by the lifting device.

    [0034] The receiving section may define for example a section from which the stack and the single flat elements of the stack are further processed, for example by a processing device. The processing device may be a device for processing, laminating, coating or printing of the flat elements.

    [0035] For example, after the transport device pushes at least the edge portion of the stack onto the supporting surface, the transport device releases the further edge portion. The further edge portion is thereby located above the receiving section. After the transport device moves away, the further edge portion falls onto the receiving section. Alternatively, the supporting table, to which the edge portion of the stack is fixed by the clamping device and the lifting device, may move away from the transport device so that the further edge portion slips from the support platform of the transporting device.

    [0036] Because the stack is bended during the fall onto the receiving section, the stack is still and robust and stiff, such that an undesired deformation of the stack is prevented. Additionally, after the further edge portion is located onto the receiving section, the supporting table may move along a moving direction for example from the second position to the first position such that the location of the further edge portion onto the receiving section may be adjusted by moving the supporting table. Thereby, because during the movement of the supporting table the stack is still bended by the clamping device and the lifting device, the stack is stiff and robust enough such that also undesired deformation during the movement of the supporting table is prevented.

    [0037] If the desired location of the further edge onto the receiving section is reached, the lifting device and the clamping device releases the edge portion of the stack and in a next step the supporting table moves away from the receiving section. Thereby, the edge portion falls also onto the receiving section and the whole stack is thereby arranged in the receiving section for a further proceeding.

    [0038] According to a third aspect there is disclosed a handling system for handling a stack of flat elements, the stack comprising upper and lower faces and a proximal side face mutually opposing a distal side face, the system comprising a support surface arranged to support the lower face of the stack in a region adjacent the proximal side face, the system further comprising a clamp arranged to clamp the upper surface of the stack in a region adjacent the proximal side face against the support surface, the system being further arranged to bend the stack causing the stack to become stiffer thereby at least partially counteracting the deflection under gravity of the stack in the area adjacent the distal side face relative to the area adjacent the proximal side face. In this aspect the bending of the stack may be achieved in a number of ways. For example, the act of clamping the stack against the support surface may itself cause the stack to bend, where the support surface is formed with a profile that corresponds to the shape of the stack when bent. Thus, the force applied by the clamp may be used to force the stack to bend, conforming to the profile of the support surface. Alternatively, the stack may be bent by one or more a separate actuators, as described below. It will be understood that other features and advantages described with reference to other embodiments according to other aspects of the invention may also be used to advantage with respect to embodiments according to this third aspect.

    [0039] It has to be noted that embodiments of the invention have been described with reference to different subject matters. In particular, some embodiments have been described with reference to apparatus type claims whereas other embodiments have been described with reference to method type claims. However, a person skilled in the art will gather from the above and the following description that, unless other notified, in addition to any combination of features belonging to one type of subject matter also any combination between features relating to different subject matters, in particular between features of the apparatus type claims and features of the method type claims is considered as to be disclosed with this application.

    Brief Description of the Drawings



    [0040] The aspects defined above and further aspects of the present invention are apparent from the examples of embodiment to be described hereinafter and are explained with reference to the examples of embodiment. The invention will be described in more detail hereinafter with reference to examples of embodiment but to which the invention is not limited.

    Fig. 1 shows an exemplary embodiment of the handling system, wherein a stack of flat elements is bended by a clamping device and a lifting device.

    Fig. 2 shows the handling system shown in Fig. 1, wherein the stack of flat elements is not bended by the clamping device and the lifting device.

    Fig. 3 shows an exemplary embodiment of the handling system comprising additionally a transport device and a receiving section.


    Detailed Description of Exemplary Embodiments



    [0041] The illustrations in the drawings are schematic. It is noted that in different figures similar or identical elements are provided with the same reference signs.

    [0042] Fig. 1 and Fig. 2 show a handling system 100 for handling stackable flat elements, in particular carton elements, according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention. The handling system 100 comprises a supporting table 102 onto which at least an edge portion 303 of a stack 101 of flat elements is supportable, a clamping device 103 configured for clamping a first part 113 of the edge portion of the stack 101 to the supporting table 102, and a lifting device 104 configured for lifting a second part 114 of the stack 101 from the supporting table 102. The lifting device 104 and the clamping device 103 are arranged to the supporting table 102 such that the stack 101 is bendable by clamping the first part 113 of the stack 101 onto the supporting table 102 by the clamping device 103 and lifting the second part 114 of the stack 101 from the supporting table 102 by the lifting device 104 at the same time such that the stack 101 is bended around a bending axis 109, wherein the bending axis 109 extends within a plane parallel to a supporting plane 112 of the supporting surface 111.

    [0043] The flat elements forming the stack 101 may be non-folded cartons. The first part 113 of the stack 101 defines a section of the stack 101 which contacts the clamping device 103 when clamping the stack 101 to the supporting table 102 by the clamping device 103. Specifically, the first part 113 is defined by a contact region of the clamping device 103 with a first top sheet (flat element) of the stack 101. The second part 114 defines a section of the stack 101 which contacts the lifting device 104 when lifting the stack 101 from the supporting table 102 by the lifting device 104. Specifically, the second part 114 is defined by a contact region of the lifting device 104 with a second lower/bottom sheet (flat element) of the stack 101. In a preferred embodiment, the first part 113 and the second part 114 are defined within the edge portion 303 of the stack 101 (see Fig. 3). That is, that the edge portion 303 of the stack is initially bended by the clamping device 103 and the lifting device 104, wherein by bending the edge portion 303, additionally the centre portion 302 and the opposed further edge portion 304 is bended around the bending axis 109 as well, also if the clamping device 103 and the lifting device 104 acts onto the stack 101 only at the edge portion 303.

    [0044] The supporting table 102 supports at least the edge portion 303 of the stack 101. The supporting table 102 comprises in particular the supporting surface 111 onto which the stack 101 is partially arranged. If the clamping device 103 does not clamp the stack 101 to the supporting table 102 (see Fig. 2), the stack 101 may slide along the supporting surface 111 till the stack 101 is located at the defined position onto the supporting table 102. The supporting surface 111 may be formed within a supporting plane 112, e.g. a horizontal plane. Alternatively, the supporting surface 111 and hence the supporting plane 112 may be inclined with respect to the horizontal plane. This means, that the normal of the supporting surface 111 and hence the supporting plane 112 may have an angle to the normal of the horizontal plane of for example approximately 1° to approximately 45°.

    [0045] The clamping device 103 may comprises a clamping element, such as one or more stamps, as shown in the Fig. 1 and Fig. 2, which is formed to clamp the first part 113 of the stack 101 against the supporting table 102. The clamping device 103 is movable along a vertical direction and may move along the clamping direction 108 from a position spaced apart from the supporting table 102 to a position closer to the supporting table 102 for thereby clamping the first part 113 of the stack 101 between the clamping device 103 and the supporting table 102 as shown in Fig. 1.

    [0046] The lifting device 104 comprises two lifting elements 105, 106. The lifting elements 105, 106 are mounted to the supporting table 102 and are integrated with in the supporting table 102 in such a way that the lifting elements 105, 106 form a flat and homogeneous surface with the supporting surface (see Fig. 1), wherein the elements 105, 106 come up from the supporting surface 111 along the lifting direction 107 for lifting the second part 114 of the stack 101. The lifting direction 107 defines a direction having a vertical component, wherein the lifting elements 105, 106 extends along the lifting direction 107 when coming up from the supporting surface 111.

    [0047] Before bending the stack 101 of flat elements, the stack 101 rests onto the supporting surface 111 of the supporting table 102 (see Fig. 2). The supporting surface 111 defines for example the supporting plane 112. Hence, if the stack 101 of flat elements is arranged onto the supporting surface 111, each of the flat elements is arranged within a plane which is spaced apart from the supporting plane 112 and parallel to the supporting plane 112. Hence, if the stack 101 is unbended and has only a general two dimensional extension within the respective plane (see Fig. 2), the stack 101 and the flat elements, respectively, are easy to be deformed around a deforming axis 110 which extends within the respective plane.

    [0048] Hence, as can be seen in Fig. 1, the stack 101 of the flat elements is bended in such a way, that the stack 101 and each flat element, respectively, is bended by the lifting device 104 and the clamping device 103 around the bending axis 109. As can be seen in Fig. 1, the stack 101 forms a U-shape. The bending by the lifting device 104 and the clamping device 103 describes a bending which causes an elastic and non-plastic deformation of the stack 101. In other words, the bending by the lifting device 104 and the clamping device 103 does not include a folding or cracking of the stack 101 and the flat elements, respectively.

    [0049] Hence, a deforming of the stack 101 around a deforming axis 110 extending within the plane 112 and differing (e.g. being perpendicular) to the above described bending axis 109 is avoided because the stack 101 is stiffer against the deformation around the deformation axis by having the U-shaped cross-section. Hence, handling the stack 101 in a bended and stiffer state reduces the risk of damaging the flat elements because the risk of unintentional folding or cracking around a deformation axis is reduced.

    [0050] The lifting device 104 comprises in the exemplary embodiment a lifting element 105 and at least one further lifting element 106 being movable along the lifting direction 107 having at least one vertical component, wherein the further lifting element 106 is spaced apart from the lifting element 105.

    [0051] In particular, the clamping device 103 is arranged between the lifting element 105 and the further lifting element 106. Hence, the clamping device 103 may for example clamp a central part (first section 113) of the stack 101 to the supporting table 102, wherein an edge part (second part 114) of the stack 101 and an further edge part (further second part 114) of the stack 101, which is arranged at an opposite side of the stack 101 with respect to the edge part, is lifted by the respective lifting elements 105, 106. Hence, thereby the stack 101 is bended, wherein the bending axis 109 is generated in the region of the central part 113, so that the stack 101 forms a U-shape.

    [0052] The lifting elements 105, 106 are configured to be extendible by being pivoted around a pivoting axis (see arrows in Fig. 1). For example, the lifting element 105, 106 is formed as a lever which is mounted pivotable to the supporting table 102. Hence, in order to lift the second part 114 of the stack 101, the pivotable lever may be pivoted around a pivoting axis such that a part of the lever spaced apart from the pivoting axis lifts along the lifting direction 109. As can be taken from Fig. 1, a first end of the pivotable lever is fixed pivotably to the supporting table 102, wherein an opposed second free end of the pivotable lever defines a free end which lifts along the lifting direction and thereby contacts the second part 114 of the stack 101. The first end is located at a centre section of the supporting table 102 and the opposed second free end of the lever is located more to an edge section of the supporting table 102 (which edge section surrounds the centre section of the supporting table 102). Hence, if pivoting the lever around the pivoting axis, the free second end of the lever lifts with a larger distance from the supporting table 102 then other sections of the lever such that an inclined lifting surface is formed. By the inclined lifting surface, a smooth and gentle bending of the first part 113 of the stack 101 is possible.

    [0053] Fig. 3 shows an exemplary embodiment of the handling system comprising additionally a transport device 308 and a receiving section 306.

    [0054] The supporting table 102 is movable along a moving direction 301 having a horizontal component between a first position and a second position, wherein the clamping device 103 is configured for clamping the stack 101 to the supporting table 102 during a movement of the supporting table 102 between the first position and the second position. The supporting table 102 comprises roller/wheel elements 305 for moving along the moving direction 301. For example, the supporting table 102 may be arranged onto a guiding rail, for example. In the shown embodiment, the clamping device 103 and the lifting device 104 are mounted to the supporting table 102 in such a way that the clamping device 103 and the lifting device 104 moves together with the supporting table 102 along the moving direction 301.

    [0055] For example at the first position (shown in Fig. 3), the stack 101 is arranged onto the supporting surface 111 of the supporting table. Next, the clamping device 103 and the lifting device 104 fix the stack 101. In this fixed and bended state, the supporting table 102 moves along the moving direction 301 to a desired second position (e.g. moves to the right in Fig. 3), where the clamping device 103 and the lifting device 104 release the stack 101 such that the stack 101 is available for further processing or transportation away from the supporting table 102. During the transportation between the first position and the second position, the stack 101 is in a bended state and more robust and stiffer against an undesired deformation around the deformation axis.

    [0056] The handling system 100 further comprises the transport device 308. The transport device 308 comprises a supporting platform 309 onto which at least a further edge portion 304 of the stack 101 is supportable, wherein the transport device 308 is configured for clamping the further edge portion 304 of the stack 101 to the supporting platform 309 by a hold-down element. The transport device 308 is movable along a transport direction 310 for transporting the stack 101 to the supporting table 102 such that the edge portion 303 of the stack 101 is arrangeable onto the supporting table 102.

    [0057] The edge portion 303 of the stack 101 denotes a portion of the stack 101 between an edge and a centre portion 302 of the stack 101 within a plane along which the length and the width of the stack 101 are defined. The edge portion 303 runs along an edge of the stack 101 and may have an area within the plane of 1/3 to 1/10 times or less than the area of a centre portion of the stack 101. The centre portion 302 of a stack 101 is surrounded by edge portions 303, 304 running along respective edges of the stack 101, wherein the edge portions 303, 304 define areas between the centre portion 302 and the respective edges of a stack 101. Specifically, the edge portion 303 and the further edge portion 304 which are described herein denotes opposing edge portions 303, 304 of the stack 101.

    [0058] In a preferred embodiment, the first part 113 and the second part 114 are defined within the edge portion 303 of the stack 101. That is, that the edge portion 303 of the stack 101 is initially bended by the clamping device 103 and the lifting device 104, wherein by bending the edge portion 303, additionally the centre portion 302 and the opposed further edge portion 304 is bended around the bending axis 109 as well, also if the clamping device 103 and the lifting device 104 acts onto the stack 101 only at the edge portion 303.

    [0059] The further edge portion 304 of the stack 101 is clamped by the hold down element 311 to the supporting platform 309. The rest of the stack 101 which is not clamped by the hold down element 311 is arranged for example onto a carrier (not shown), for example. By moving the transport device 308 along a desired direction, for example perpendicular to the moving direction 301 of the supporting table 102, the edge portion 303 of the stack 101 slips away from the carrier and can be slid onto the supporting surface 111 of the supporting table 102.

    [0060] A receiving section 306 is arranged below the supporting table 102 and the transport device 308. The receiving section 306 may define for example a section from which the stack 101 and the single flat elements of the stack 101 are further processed, for example by a processing device 312. The processing device 312 may be a device for processing, laminating, coating or printing of the flat elements.

    [0061] The transport device 308 along a transport direction 310 is further movable for transporting the stack 101 to the supporting table such that the further edge portion 304 of the stack 101 is arrangeable above the receiving section 306. The transport device 308 is configured for releasing the further edge portion 304 of the stack 101 and for moving away from the receiving section 306 such that the further edge 304 falls down to the receiving section 306 whilst the first part 113 of the stack 101 is clamped to the supporting table 102 by the clamping device 103 and the second part 114 of the stack 101 is lifted by the lifting device 104.

    [0062] For example, after the transport device 308 pushes at least the edge portion 303 of the stack 101 onto the supporting surface 111, the transport device 308 releases the further edge portion 304. The further edge portion 304 is thereby located above the receiving section 306. After the transport device 308 moves away, the further edge portion 304 falls onto the receiving section 306. Alternatively, the supporting table 102, to which the edge portion 303 of the stack 101 is fixed by the clamping device 103 and the lifting device 104, may move away from the transport device 308 so that the further edge portion 304 slips from the support platform 309 of the transporting device 308.

    [0063] Because the stack 101 is bended during the fall onto the receiving section 306, the stack 101 is still and robust and stiff, such that a undesired deformation of the stack 101 is prevented. Additionally, after the further edge portion 303 is located onto the receiving section 306, the supporting table 102 may move along a moving direction 301 for example from the second position to the first position such that the location of the further edge portion 304 laying onto the receiving section 306 may be adjusted by moving the supporting table 102. Thereby, because during the movement of the supporting table 102 the stack 101 is still bended by the clamping device 103 and the lifting device 104, the stack 101 is stiff and robust enough such that also undesired deformation during the movement of the supporting table 102 is prevented.

    [0064] If the desired location of the further edge portion 304 onto the receiving section 306 is reached, the lifting device 104 and the clamping device 103 releases the edge portion 303 of the stack 101 and in a next step the supporting table 102 moves away from the receiving section 306. Furthermore, a pushing platform 307 may push the stack 101 from the supporting table 102. Thereby, the edge portion 303 falls also onto the receiving section 306 and the whole stack 101 is thereby arranged in the receiving section 306 for a further proceeding.

    [0065] It should be noted that the term "comprising" does not exclude other elements or steps and "a" or "an" does not exclude a plurality. Also elements described in association with different embodiments may be combined. It should also be noted that reference signs in the claims should not be construed as limiting the scope of the claims.

    Reference signs:



    [0066] 
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    handling system
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    stack
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    supporting table
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    clamping device
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    lifting device
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    106
    further lifting element
    107
    lifting direction
    108
    clamping direction
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    bending axis
    110
    deforming axis
    111
    supporting surface
    112
    supporting plane
    113
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    114
    second part
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    moving direction
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    edge portion
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    wheel element
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    receiving section
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    transport device
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    supporting platform
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    moving direction of transporting device
    311
    hold down element
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    processing device



    Claims

    1. Handling system (100) for handling stackable flat elements, in particular carton elements, the handling system (100) comprising

    a supporting table (102) having a supporting surface onto which at least an edge portion (303) of a stack (101) of flat elements is supportable,

    a clamping device (103) configured for clamping a first part (113) of the stack (101) to the supporting table (102), and

    a lifting device (104) configured for lifting a second part (114) of the stack (101) from the supporting table (102),

    wherein the lifting device (104) and the clamping device (103) are arranged to the supporting table (102) such that the stack (101) is bendable by clamping the first part (113) of the stack (101) onto the supporting table (102) by the clamping device (103) and lifting the second part (114) of the stack (101) from the supporting table (102) by the lifting device (104) at the same time, such that the stack (101) is bended around a bending axis (109),

    wherein the bending axis (109) extends within a plane parallel to a supporting plane (112) of the supporting surface (111),

    further comprising a transport device (308) comprising a supporting platform (309) onto which at least a further edge portion (304) of the stack (101) is supportable, wherein the transport device (308) is configured for clamping the further edge portion (304) of the stack (101) to the supporting platform (309),

    wherein the transport device (308) is movable for transporting the stack (101) to the supporting table (102) such that the edge portion (303) of the stack (101) is arrangeable onto the supporting table (102).


     
    2. Handling system (100) for handling stackable flat elements, in particular carton elements, the handling system (100) comprising

    a supporting table (102) having a supporting surface onto which at least an edge portion (303) of a stack (101) of flat elements is supportable,

    a clamping device (103) configured for clamping a first part (113) of the stack (101) to the supporting table (102), and

    a lifting device (104) configured for lifting a second part (114) of the stack (101) from the supporting table (102),

    wherein the lifting device (104) and the clamping device (103) are arranged to the supporting table (102) such that the stack (101) is bendable by clamping the first part (113) of the stack (101) onto the supporting table (102) by the clamping device (103) and lifting the second part (114) of the stack (101) from the supporting table (102) by the lifting device (104) at the same time, such that the stack (101) is bended around a bending axis (109),

    wherein the bending axis (109) extends within a plane parallel to a supporting plane (112) of the supporting surface (111),

    further comprising a receiving section (306) at which the stack (101) is receivable,

    wherein the receiving section (306) is arranged below the supporting table (102) and the transport device (308),

    wherein the transport device (308) is further movable for transporting the stack (101) to the supporting table (102) such that the further edge portion (304) of the stack (101) is arrangeable above the receiving section (306), wherein the transport device (308) is configured for releasing the further edge portion (304) of the stack (101) and for moving away from the receiving section (306) such that the further edge falls down to the receiving section (306) whilst the first part of the stack (101) is clamped to the supporting table (102) by the clamping device (103) and the second part (114) of the stack is lifted by the lifting device (104).


     
    3. Handling system (100) according to claim 1 or claim 2,
    wherein the supporting table (102) is movable along a moving direction (301) having a horizontal component between a first position and a second position, wherein the clamping device (103) is configured for clamping the stack (101) to the supporting table (102) during a movement of the supporting table (102) between the first position and the second position.
     
    4. Handling system (100) according to any of the preceding claims,
    wherein the lifting device (104) comprises at least one lifting element (105) being movable along a lifting direction (107) having at least one vertical component.
     
    5. Handling system (100) according to claim 4,
    wherein the lifting element (105) is mounted to the supporting table (102) in such a way that the lifting element (105) is extendible from the supporting surface of the supporting table (102) onto which supporting surface the stack (101) is arrangeable.
     
    6. Handling system (100) according to claim 5,
    wherein the lifting element (105) is configured to be extendible in a telescopic manner.
     
    7. Handling system (100) according to claim 5,
    wherein the lifting element (105) is configured to be extendible by being pivoted around a pivoting axis.
     
    8. Handling system (100) according to one of the claims 4 to 7,

    wherein the lifting device (104) comprises at least one further lifting element (106) being movable along the lifting direction (107) having at least one vertical component,

    wherein the further lifting element (106) is spaced apart from the lifting element (105).


     
    9. Handling system (100) according to claim 8,
    wherein the clamping device (103) is arranged between the lifting element (105) and the further lifting element (106).
     
    10. Handling system (100) according to claim one of the claims 1 to 9,
    wherein the clamping device (103) comprises at least one clamping element being movable along a clamping direction (108) having at least one vertical component.
     
    11. Handling system (100) according to claim 10,
    wherein the clamping element forms a stamp element for clamping the stack (101) to the supporting table (102).
     
    12. Handling system (100) according to claim 10 or 11,

    wherein the clamping device (103) comprises at least one further clamping element being movable along the clamping direction (108) having at least one vertical component,

    wherein the further clamping element is spaced apart from the clamping element.


     
    13. Handling system (100) according to claim 12,
    wherein the lifting device (104) is arranged between the clamping element and the further clamping element.
     
    14. Method for handling stackable flat elements, in particular carton elements, by means of a handling device of any of claims 1 to 13, the method comprising

    arranging at least an edge portion (303) of a stack (101) of flat elements onto a supporting surface of a supporting table (102),

    bending the stack (101) by clamping a first part (113) of the stack (101) onto the supporting table (102) by a clamping device (103) and lifting a second part (114) of the stack (101) from the supporting table (102) by the lifting device (104) at the same time, such that the stack (101) is bended around a bending axis (109),

    wherein the bending axis (109) extends within a plane parallel to a supporting plane (112) of the supporting surface (111).


     


    Ansprüche

    1. Handhabungssystem (100) zum Handhaben von stapelbaren flachen Elementen, insbesondere Kartonelementen, wobei das Handhabungssystem (100) umfasst

    einen Auflagetisch (102) mit einer Auflagefläche, auf dem mindestens ein Randabschnitt (303) eines Stapels (101) von flachen Elementen tragbar ist,

    eine Klemmvorrichtung (103), die zum Klemmen eines ersten Teils (113) des Stapels (101) an den Auflagetisch (102) konfiguriert ist, und

    eine Hubvorrichtung (104), die zum Heben eines zweiten Teils (114) des Stapels (101) von dem Auflagetisch (102) konfiguriert ist,

    wobei die Hubvorrichtung (104) und die Klemmvorrichtung (103) an dem Auflagetisch (102) so angeordnet sind, dass der Stapel (101) durch Klemmen des ersten Teils (113) des Stapels (101) durch die Klemmvorrichtung (103) auf den Auflagetisch (102) und gleichzeitig Anheben des zweiten Teils (114) des Stapels (101) von dem Auflagetisch (102) durch die Hubvorrichtung (104) biegbar ist, so dass der Stapel (101) um eine Biegeachse (109) gebogen wird,

    wobei sich die Biegeachse (109) innerhalb einer Ebene parallel zu einer Auflageebene (112) der Auflagefläche (111) erstreckt,

    weiter umfassend eine Transportvorrichtung (308), die eine Auflageplattform (309) umfasst, auf der mindestens ein weiterer Randabschnitt (304) des Stapels (101) tragbar ist, wobei die Transportvorrichtung (308) zum Klemmen des weiteren Randabschnitts (304) des Stapels (101) an die Auflageplattform (309) konfiguriert ist,

    wobei die Transportvorrichtung (308) zum Transport des Stapels (101) zu dem Auflagetisch (102) so bewegt werden kann, dass der Randabschnitt (303) des Stapels (101) auf dem Auflagetisch (102) angeordnet werden kann.


     
    2. Handhabungssystem (100) zum Handhaben von stapelbaren flachen Elementen, insbesondere Kartonelementen, wobei das Handhabungssystem (100) umfasst

    einen Auflagetisch (102) mit einer Auflagefläche, auf dem mindestens ein Randabschnitt (303) eines Stapels (101) von flachen Elementen tragbar ist,

    eine Klemmvorrichtung (103), die zum Klemmen eines ersten Teils (113) des Stapels (101) an den Auflagetisch (102) konfiguriert ist, und

    eine Hubvorrichtung (104), die zum Heben eines zweiten Teils (114) des Stapels (101) von dem Auflagetisch (102) konfiguriert ist,

    wobei die Hubvorrichtung (104) und die Klemmvorrichtung (103) an dem Auflagetisch (102) so angeordnet sind, dass der Stapel (101) durch Klemmen des ersten Teils (113) des Stapels (101) durch die Klemmvorrichtung (103) auf den Auflagetisch (102) und gleichzeitig Anheben des zweiten Teils (114) des Stapels (101) von dem Auflagetisch (102) durch die Hubvorrichtung (104) biegbar ist, so dass der Stapel (101) um eine Biegeachse (109) gebogen wird,

    wobei sich die Biegeachse (109) innerhalb einer Ebene parallel zu einer Auflageebene (112) der Auflagefläche (111) erstreckt,

    weiter umfassend einen Aufnahmeabschnitt (306), an dem der Stapel (101) aufgenommen werden kann,

    wobei der Aufnahmeabschnitt (306) unterhalb des Auflagetisches (102) und der Transportvorrichtung (308) angeordnet ist,

    wobei die Transportvorrichtung (308) weiter zum Transport des Stapels (101) zu dem Auflagetisch (102) so bewegt werden kann, dass der weitere Randabschnitt (304) des Stapels (101) oberhalb des Aufnahmeabschnitts (306) angeordnet werden kann,

    wobei die Transportvorrichtung (308) zum Freigeben des weiteren Randabschnitts (304) des Stapels (101) und zum Wegbewegen von dem Aufnahmeabschnitt (306) konfiguriert ist, so dass der weitere Rand auf den Aufnahmeabschnitt (306) herunter fällt, während der erste Teil des Stapels (101) durch die Klemmvorrichtung (103) an den Auflagetisch (102) geklemmt wird und der zweite Teil (114) des Stapels durch die Hubvorrichtung (104) angehoben wird.


     
    3. Handhabungssystem (100) nach Anspruch 1 oder 2,
    wobei der Auflagetisch (102) entlang einer Bewegungsrichtung (301) mit einer horizontalen Komponente zwischen einer ersten Position und einer zweiten Position beweglich ist, wobei die Klemmvorrichtung (103) zum Klemmen des Stapels (101) an den Auflagetisch (102) während einer Bewegung des Auflagetisches (102) zwischen der ersten Position und der zweiten Position konfiguriert ist.
     
    4. Handhabungssystem (100) nach einem der vorstehenden Ansprüche,
    wobei die Hubvorrichtung (104) mindestens ein Hubelement (105) umfasst, das entlang einer Hubrichtung (107) mit mindestens einer vertikalen Komponente bewegt werden kann.
     
    5. Handhabungssystem (100) nach Anspruch 4,
    wobei das Hubelement (105) so an dem Auflagetisch (102) befestigt ist, dass das Hubelement (105) von der Auflagefläche des Auflagetisches (102) ausfahrbar ist, auf welcher Auflagefläche der Stapel (101) angeordnet werden kann.
     
    6. Handhabungssystem (100) nach Anspruch 5,
    wobei das Hubelement (105) konfiguriert ist, um teleskopartig ausfahrbar zu sein.
     
    7. Handhabungssystem (100) nach Anspruch 5,
    wobei das Hubelement (105) konfiguriert ist, um ausfahrbar zu sein, indem es um eine Schwenkachse geschwenkt wird.
     
    8. Handhabungssystem (100) nach einem der Ansprüche 4 bis 7,

    wobei die Hubvorrichtung (104) mindestens ein weiteres Hubelement (106) umfasst, das entlang der Hubrichtung (107) mit mindestens einer vertikalen Komponente bewegt werden kann,

    wobei das weitere Hubelement (106) von dem Hubelement (105) beabstandet ist.


     
    9. Handhabungssystem (100) nach Anspruch 8,
    wobei die Klemmvorrichtung (103) zwischen dem Hubelement (105) und dem weiteren Hubelement (106) angeordnet ist.
     
    10. Handhabungssystem (100) nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 9,
    wobei die Klemmvorrichtung (103) mindestens ein Klemmelement umfasst, das entlang einer Klemmrichtung (108) mit mindestens einer vertikalen Komponente bewegt werden kann.
     
    11. Handhabungssystem (100) nach Anspruch 10,
    wobei das Klemmelement ein Stempelelement zum Klemmen des Stapels (101) an den Auflagetisch (102) bildet.
     
    12. Handhabungssystem (100) nach Anspruch 10 oder 11,

    wobei die Klemmvorrichtung (103) mindestens ein weiteres Klemmelement umfasst, das entlang der Klemmrichtung (108) mit mindestens einer vertikalen Komponente bewegt werden kann,

    wobei das weitere Klemmelement von dem Klemmelement beabstandet ist.


     
    13. Handhabungssystem (100) nach Anspruch 12,
    wobei die Hubvorrichtung (104) zwischen dem Klemmelement und dem weiteren Klemmelement angeordnet ist.
     
    14. Verfahren zum Handhaben von stapelbaren flachen Elementen, insbesondere Kartonelementen, mittels einer Handhabungsvorrichtung nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 13, wobei das Verfahren umfasst Anordnen mindestens eines Randabschnitts (303) eines Stapels (101) von flachen Elementen auf einer Auflagefläche eines Auflagetisches (102),

    Biegen des Stapels (101) durch Klemmen eines ersten Teils (113) des Stapels (101) an den Auflagetisch (102) durch eine Klemmvorrichtung (103) und gleichzeitig Anheben eines zweiten Teils (114) des Stapels (101) von dem Auflagetisch (102) durch die Hubvorrichtung (104), so dass der Stapel (101) um eine Biegeachse (109) gebogen wird,

    wobei sich die Biegeachse (109) innerhalb einer Ebene parallel zu einer Auflageebene (112) der Auflagefläche (111) erstreckt.


     


    Revendications

    1. Système de manipulation (100) pour la manipulation d'éléments plats empilables, en particulier des éléments en carton, le système de manipulation (100) comprenant

    un plateau de support (102) ayant une surface de support sur laquelle peut être supportée au moins une partie de bord (303) d'une pile (101) d'éléments plats,

    un dispositif de serrage (103) configuré pour serrer une première partie (113) de la pile (101) sur le plateau de support (102), et

    un dispositif de levage (104) configuré pour soulever une seconde partie (114) de la pile (101) par rapport au plateau de support (102),

    dans lequel le dispositif de levage (104) et le dispositif de serrage (103) sont disposés sur le plateau de support (102) de telle façon que la pile (101) peut être pliée en serrant la première partie (113) de la pile (101) sur le plateau de support (102) avec le dispositif de serrage (103) tout en soulevant en même temps la seconde partie (114) de la pile (101) par rapport au plateau de support (102) avec le dispositif de levage (104), de telle façon que la pile (101) est pliée autour d'un axe de flexion (109),

    dans lequel l'axe de flexion (109) s'étend dans un plan parallèle à un plan de support (112) de la surface de support (111),

    comprenant en outre un dispositif de transport (308) comprenant une plateforme de support (309) sur laquelle peut être supportée au moins une autre partie de bord (304) de la pile (101), dans lequel le dispositif de transport (308) est configuré pour serrer l'autre partie de bord (304) de la pile (101) sur la plateforme de support (309),

    dans lequel le dispositif de transport (308) peut se mouvoir pour transporter la pile (101) vers le plateau de support (102) de telle façon que la partie de bord (303) de la pile (101) peut être disposée sur le plateau de support (102).


     
    2. Système de manipulation (100) pour la manipulation d'éléments plats empilables, en particulier des éléments en carton, le système de manipulation (100) comprenant

    un plateau de support (102) ayant une surface de support sur laquelle peut être supportée au moins une partie de bord (303) d'une pile (101) d'éléments plats,

    un dispositif de serrage (103) configuré pour serrer une première partie (113) de la pile (101) sur le plateau de support (102), et

    un dispositif de levage (104) configuré pour soulever une seconde partie (114) de la pile (101) par rapport au plateau de support (102),

    dans lequel le dispositif de levage (104) et le dispositif de serrage (103) sont disposés sur le plateau de support (102) de telle façon que la pile (101) peut être pliée en serrant la première partie (113) de la pile (101) sur le plateau de support (102) avec le dispositif de serrage (103) tout en soulevant en même temps la seconde partie (114) de la pile (101) par rapport au plateau de support (102) avec le dispositif de levage (104), de telle façon que la pile (101) est pliée autour d'un axe de flexion (109),

    dans lequel l'axe de flexion (109) s'étend dans un plan parallèle à un plan de support (112) de la surface de support (111),

    comprenant en outre une section de réception (306) au niveau de laquelle la pile (101) peut être réceptionnée,

    dans lequel la section de réception (306) est disposée en dessous du plateau de support (102) et du dispositif de transport (308),

    dans lequel le dispositif de transport (308) peut en outre se mouvoir pour transporter la pile (101) vers le plateau de support (102) de telle façon que l'autre partie de bord (304) de la pile (101) peut être disposée au-dessus de la section de réception (306),

    dans lequel le dispositif de transport (308) est configuré pour libérer l'autre partie de bord (304) de la pile (101) et pour s'écarter de la section de réception (306) de telle façon que l'autre bord tombe sur la section de réception (306) pendant que la première partie de la pile (101) est serrée sur le plateau de support (102) par le dispositif de serrage (103) et que la seconde partie (114) de la pile est soulevée par le dispositif de levage (104).


     
    3. Dispositif de manipulation (100) selon la revendication 1 ou 2,
    dans lequel le plateau de support (102) peut se mouvoir dans une direction de mouvement (301) ayant une composante horizontale entre une première position et une seconde position, dans lequel le dispositif de serrage (103) est configuré pour serrer la pile (101) sur le plateau de support (102) pendant un mouvement du plateau de support (102) entre la première position et la seconde position.
     
    4. Dispositif de manipulation (100) selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes,
    dans lequel le dispositif de levage (104) comprend au moins un élément de levage (105) qui peut se mouvoir dans une direction de soulèvement (107) ayant au moins une composante verticale.
     
    5. Dispositif de manipulation (100) selon la revendication 4,
    dans lequel l'élément de levage (105) est monté sur le plateau de support (102) de telle façon que l'élément de levage (105) est extensible à partir de la surface de support du plateau de support (102), surface de support sur laquelle la pile (101) peut être disposée.
     
    6. Dispositif de manipulation (100) selon la revendication 5,
    dans lequel l'élément de levage (105) est configuré pour être extensible de manière télescopique.
     
    7. Dispositif de manipulation (100) selon la revendication 5,
    dans lequel l'élément de levage (105) est configuré pour être extensible en étant pivoté autour d'un axe de pivotement.
     
    8. Dispositif de manipulation (100) selon l'une des revendications 4 à 7,

    dans lequel le dispositif de levage (104) comprend au moins un autre élément de levage (106) qui peut se mouvoir dans la direction de soulèvement (107) ayant au moins une composante verticale,

    dans lequel l'autre élément de levage (106) est espacé de l'élément de levage (105).


     
    9. Dispositif de manipulation (100) selon la revendication 8,
    dans lequel le dispositif de serrage (103) est disposé entre l'élément de levage (105) et l'autre élément de levage (106).
     
    10. Dispositif de manipulation (100) selon l'une des revendications 1 à 9,
    dans lequel le dispositif de serrage (103) comprend au moins un élément de serrage qui peut se mouvoir dans une direction de serrage (108) ayant au moins une composante verticale.
     
    11. Dispositif de manipulation (100) selon la revendication 10,
    dans lequel l'élément de serrage forme un élément de compression pour serrer la pile (101) sur le plateau de support (102).
     
    12. Dispositif de manipulation (100) selon la revendication 10 ou 11,

    dans lequel le dispositif de serrage (103) comprend au moins un autre élément de serrage qui peut se mouvoir dans la direction de serrage (108) ayant au moins une composante verticale,

    dans lequel l'autre élément de serrage est espacé de l'élément de serrage.


     
    13. Dispositif de manipulation (100) selon la revendication 12,
    dans lequel le dispositif de levage (104) est disposé entre l'élément de serrage et l'autre élément de serrage.
     
    14. Procédé de manipulation d'éléments plats empilables, en particulier des éléments en carton, au moyen d'un dispositif de manipulation de l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 13, le procédé comprenant

    la disposition d'au moins une partie de bord (303) d'une pile (101) d'éléments plats sur une surface de support d'un plateau de support (102),

    le pliage de la pile (101) en serrant une première partie (113) de la pile (101) sur le plateau de support (102) avec un dispositif de serrage (103) tout en soulevant en même temps une seconde partie (114) de la pile (101) par rapport au plateau de support (102) avec le dispositif de levage (104), de telle façon que la pile (101) est pliée autour d'un axe de flexion (109),

    dans lequel l'axe de flexion (109) s'étend dans un plan parallèle à un plan de support (112) de la surface de support (111).


     




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