(19)
(11)EP 3 504 140 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
08.07.2020 Bulletin 2020/28

(21)Application number: 17752166.3

(22)Date of filing:  01.08.2017
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
B65H 19/22(2006.01)
B65H 18/14(2006.01)
B65H 18/02(2006.01)
B65H 19/26(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/IB2017/000892
(87)International publication number:
WO 2018/037272 (01.03.2018 Gazette  2018/09)

(54)

REWINDING MACHINE

REWINDING MACHINE

MACHINE DE REMBOBINAGE


(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: 25.08.2016 IT 201600087356

(43)Date of publication of application:
03.07.2019 Bulletin 2019/27

(73)Proprietor: United Converting S.r.l.
55025 Coreglia Antelminelli - Lucca (IT)

(72)Inventors:
  • LUPI, Giuseppe
    55027 Gallicano (Lucca) (IT)
  • TORRI, Angelo
    55027 Gallicano (Lucca) (IT)
  • GIOMETTI, Gianluca
    55012 Capannori (IT)

(74)Representative: Nesti, Antonio 
Studio Ferrario S.r.l. Via Arnolfo, 27
50121 Firenze
50121 Firenze (IT)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A1- 1 375 401
WO-A1-2012/085953
US-A- 5 954 291
WO-A1-2011/114361
DE-A1- 3 640 366
  
      
    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

    Technical Field of the Invention



    [0001] The invention relates to a rewinding machine of the type used in the converting sector to unroll tissue paper veils from a source coil and wind them around sticks or logs intended for future processing for the production of paper rolls for household use.

    STATE OF THE ART



    [0002] It is known that many different types of rewinding machine exist on the market, and they are mostly based on stapling devices that, during the unrolling of the paper, after the rolling up of a new completed log, stop the veil and allow it to be torn off, thus allowing the unloading of the wound log and the loading of a new core to be wound.

    [0003] As a rule, the rewinding machines include a drive unit of the veil to be wound and, downstream according to the direction of advancement of the veil, a motorized winding unit for winding the paper veil supplied by the drive unit around a tubular winding core in order to form a paper coil or log having the intended size.

    [0004] Winding units of the known type include a primary roller and a secondary roller, rotating in contact with the winding core, and a pressure unit equipped with a pressure roller, known as presser, rotating when in contact with the log that is being formed and which can move away from the primary and secondary rollers, for example by being supported by rotating arms.

    [0005] A machine of such type is known from the patent application FI2009A000125 on behalf of the same applicant, in which the interruption of the continuity of the veil is obtained by means of a speed difference between the veil winding unit and drive unit.

    [0006] A further rewinding machine is known thanks to IT1412632 on behalf of the same applicant, in which pneumatic means are provided to interrupt the continuity of the paper veil at the end of a winding cycle, and to start a new winding cycle.

    [0007] However, all known systems have some limitations as for vibrations due to the contact of the presser with the coil that is being formed, which in turn makes the entire winding unit unstable and thus limits the maximum possible winding speed. Document EP 1 375 401 addresses the problem of vibration in a rewinding system and discloses three pressure rollers, wherein two rollers are pivoted independently from the third roller.

    Object of the Invention



    [0008] The present invention is intended to provide a rewinding machine free from the drawbacks of the known art, and which reduces the vibration of the winding unit and thus increases the maximum winding speed.

    [0009] A further object is to provide a winding unit compatible with both mechanical and pneumatic systems used to interrupt the continuity of the veil.

    Summary of the Invention



    [0010] These objects have been achieved by developing a rewinding machine according to at least one of the appended claims.

    [0011] One first advantage is that the winding cycle of the coil, or log, can proceed at an increased paper speed if compared to the known systems, while maintaining the quality of the finished product.

    List of drawings



    [0012] These and other advantages will be better understood by anyone skilled in the art thanks to the following specification and the accompanying drawings, given as a non-limiting example, wherein:
    • Figs. 1-12a schematically show a detail of the pressure unit of the invented machine, in successive configurations from the insertion phase of a core to be wound to the ejection phase of the formed coil and subsequent loading of a new core;
    • Fig. 13 schematically shows a rewinding machine according to the invention.
    • Fig. 14 schematically shows a further embodiment of a rewinding machine according to the invention.

    Detailed description



    [0013] With reference to the accompanying drawings and in particular to the embodiment of figure 13, it is described a preferred embodiment of a rewinding machine according to the invention.

    [0014] In the described example, the machine comprises a drive unit 1 for supplying a paper veil 2, such unit is preferably provided with a pair of counter-rotating rollers 21, 22 in contact with the veil 2, at a peripheral speed V0 corresponding to a set advancement rate of the veil.

    [0015] Downstream of the drive unit 1, in the direction of the advancement of the veil 2, a winding unit 3 is provided and intended for winding the paper veil around a winding core 4 as a coil W.

    [0016] Preferably, the winding unit 3 comprises a rotating primary roller 6 and secondary roller 7, in contact with the core 4 that is being wound so as to form a winding channel 8 in cooperation with a lower winding slide 9.

    [0017] In order to perform the winding cycles of the subsequent cores 4, the machine is provided with a core exchange unit 5 to eject from the machine a formed coil W at the end of a winding cycle and insert a new core to be wound.

    [0018] Preferably, the core exchange unit 5 comprises a lift 23, which moves the core 4 - that must be wound - closer to the channel 8 and a pusher element 25, for example of the crank type rotating around a pin 26.

    [0019] Moreover, in order to perform the core exchange, i.e. the replacement in the machine of a core that has already been wound with a new core ready to be wound, there are means provided for interrupting the continuity of the paper veil at the end of a winding cycle, and for winding a drawing flap 34 of the veil 2 on to the new core 4 at the beginning of a new winding cycle (fig. 8).

    [0020] In the described example, the interruption means operate upstream of the inlet of the new core 4 in the channel 8 and comprise a pressurized air dispenser 11 able to send a pressurized jet of air onto the paper veil that is strong enough to cause the paper to be torn off, possibly in the presence of perforations aimed at weakening the veil itself.

    [0021] In order to facilitate the tearing off of the veil, the machine may further comprise veil stapling means upstream of the channel 8, which retain the veil during the blowing of the air jet or blade onto the veil.

    [0022] In various embodiments, the veil separation means may comprise already known means able to locally change the advancement speed of the veil 2 at the end of each winding phase and determine the tearing off of the veil itself.

    [0023] After the veil has been torn off, the continuity of the veil 2 is interrupted and the wound coil is ejected, for example by means of a slide, while the drawing flap 34 of the veil supplied by the drive unit 1 must be wound around the new core 4 to start a new winding cycle.

    [0024] To this end, there are means provided to roll up the drawing flap of the veil that may include the spreading of glue on the surface of the new core to be wound. In this case, the veil flap is drawn thanks to the contact between the surface of the core 4 and the drawing flap 34.

    [0025] The machine comprises a pressure unit 30 preferably positioned downstream of the winding unit 3 in the direction of the advancement of the veil 2 and equipped with at least two motorized pressure rollers A, B, C, which can simultaneously rotate in contact with the coil that is being formed, at least during a part of the winding phase, e.g. the terminal part, both having a peripheral speed that is substantially equal to the set winding speed of the veil 2.

    [0026] Advantageously, thanks to this solution the contact between the pressure rollers and the winding coil is stable and less subject to vibration phenomena if compared to the systems using a single pressure roller.

    [0027] In the preferred example of the illustrated embodiment, the pressure unit 30 comprises three pressure rollers A, B, C with respective rotation axes A1, B1, C1 integral through the connecting means 35 with a common rotation axis 31, preferably a common rotation axis having an independent engine with respect to the rotation axes A1, B1, C1 of the pressure rollers A, B, C, which are preferably moved by a single engine, and said axis is supported by a movable arm 32, for example an arm oscillating around an axis 36, which is in turn powered by a third independent engine.

    [0028] With reference to Figs. 1-12, an example of operation of the invented machine is described, and the behaviour of the pressure unit 30 is highlighted.

    Fig. 1: a core 4 has been inserted into the winding channel 8 and is in contact with the primary and secondary rollers 6, 6 of the winding unit and a first roller B of the pressure unit.

    Fig. 2: the coil w is being formed, and the pressure roller B operates in line with the forming of the coil by rotating the oscillating arm 32 around the axis 36.

    Figs. 3-4: the coil w is thickening, the unit composed of the rollers A, B, C, connected by the constraint means 35, starts rotating (clockwise in the figure) around the common axis 31.

    Fig. 5: the unit composed of the rollers A, B, C is rotated and a second roller C of the unit is now in contact with the coil w that is being formed.

    Figs. 6-7: terminal part of the winding phase, during which the coil is thickening and the two rollers B, C are simultaneously in contact with it.

    Fig. 8: end of the winding phase, the interruption means caused the separation of the veil 2, the unit composed of the rollers A, B, C, continues to rotate and the two rollers B, C are still in contact with the coil.
    In the described example, the interruption phase is performed by means of the pneumatic dispenser 11. However, by means of the machine according to the invention, it is advantageously possible to perform the interruption phase of the continuity of the veil 2 by imposing an acceleration of the unit composed of the three rollers A, B, C around the rotation axis 31. As a matter of fact, in such a case, due to the acceleration of the roller unit, the peripheral speed of the veil on the coil W at the contact point with the rollers B, C is determined by the peripheral speed of the rollers B, C, equal to the set advancement speed V0 of the veil, added to the peripheral rotation speed Vp of the unit composed of the rollers A, B, C. The increasing of the local speed of the veil, which has already been wound on the coil with respect to the set advancement speed, causes tension in the upstream veil portion, therefore the veil is torn off and interrupted.

    Fig. 9: ejection phase of the formed coil W and insertion into the channel 8 of the new core 4, the unit composed of the rollers A, B, C keeps rotating.

    Figs. 10-12, the formed coil w has been ejected, the oscillating arm 32 rotates around the axis 36 approaching the new coil 4, the unit composed of the rollers A, B, C keeps rotating and the second roller C approaches the new core 4. Fig. 5: coil w is in a new winding phase, corresponding to the phase described in Figure 5. The unit composed of the rollers A, B, C is rotated, the second roller C and the third roller A of the unit are alternated according to their position to the first roller B and the second roller C respectively, and are now in contact with the new coil W that is being formed.

    Fig. 14 schematically shows a further embodiment of the machine, in which the second winding roller 7, the lower roller, is mounted on an oscillating arm 40 around an axis 41, thanks to a controlled motorization.



    [0029] Advantageously, thanks to the solution envisaging a mobile winding roller of Figure 14, a controlled increase of the distance between the winding rollers 6 and 7 is achieved, and it is possible to create a greater space between the two rollers for pulling together the rollers of the presser.

    [0030] Therefore, such an increase in space allows to anticipate the return movement of the movable arm 32, which anticipates, in its turn, the winding phase during which the two rollers of the presser unit 30 are in contact with the coil W that is being formed and thereby extending the control of the winding process.

    [0031] The present invention has been described according to preferred embodiments, but equivalent variants can be designed without departing from the agreed scope of protection as defined within the appended claims.


    Claims

    1. Rewinding machine comprising

    one drive unit (1) for supplying a paper veil (2),

    one winding unit (3) for winding the paper veil supplied by the drive unit into a coil (W) around a winding core (4) comprising a primary roller (6), a secondary roller (7) rotating in contact with the core (4) that is being wound, and a pressure unit (30) equipped with a pressure roller (A, B, C) rotating on to the coil (W) that is being formed,

    one core exchange unit (5) for ejecting a formed coil (W) from the machine at the end of a winding cycle and inserting one new core to be wound,

    separation means (11) for interrupting the continuity of the paper veil at the end of a winding cycle,

    means for winding a drawing flap (34) of the veil (2) on the new core (4) at the start of a new winding cycle,

    wherein said pressure unit (30) comprises at least two motorized pressure rollers (A, B, C) arranged to alternate in position with respect to the coil (W) and rotate simultaneously while being in contact with the coil that is being formed, at least during part of the winding phase, both having a peripheral speed that is substantially equal to the winding speed of the veil (2), characterized in that said pressure unit comprises three pressure rollers (A, B, C) with respective rotation axes (A1, B1, C1) integral with a common rotation axis (31).


     
    2. Machine according to claim 1, wherein said at least two pressure rollers rotate in contact with the coil (W) at least during the end phase of the winding procedure.
     
    3. Machine according to one of the preceding claims, wherein said pressure unit (30) is positioned downstream of the winding unit (3) in the direction of the advancement of the veil (2).
     
    4. Machine according to claim 3, wherein said common rotation axis (31) is motorized independently of said pressure rollers (A, B, C).
     
    5. Machine according to claim 3 or 4, wherein said common rotation axis (31) is supported by a movable arm (32), preferably an oscillating arm around an axis (36).
     
    6. Machine according to one of the preceding claims, wherein said separations means (11) are pneumatic separation means.
     
    7. Machine according to one of the claims 1 to 5, wherein said separation means (11) comprise means for controlling the speed of the advancement of the veil (2) at the end of each winding phase.
     
    8. Pressure unit for rewinding machines of the type equipped with a winding unit (3) for winding a paper veil (2) into a coil (W) around a winding core (4), comprising a rotating roller (A, B, C) putting pressure onto the coil (W) that is being formed,
    characterized in that it comprises at least two motorized pressure rollers (A, B, C) arranged to simultaneously rotate when in contact with the coil that is being formed, at least during one of the winding phases, both having a peripheral speed that is substantially equal to the winding speed of the veil (2), characterized in that the unit comprises three pressure rollers (A, B, C) with respective rotation axes (A1, B1, C1) integral with a common motorized rotation axis (31), independently of said pressure rollers (A, B, C).
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Umwickelmaschine, umfassend
    eine Antriebseinheit (1) zum Zuführen eines Papierschleiers (2),
    eine Wickeleinheit (3) zum Wickeln des durch die Antriebseinheit zugeführten Papierschleiers in eine Spule (W) um einen Wickelkern (4), umfassend eine primäre Walze (6), eine sekundäre Walze (7), die sich in Kontakt mit dem Kern (4), der umwickelt wird, drehen, und eine Druckeinheit (30), die mit einer Druckwalze (A, B, C) ausgestattet ist, die sich auf der Spule (W), die gebildet wird, dreht,
    eine Kernaustauscheinheit (5) zum Auswerfen einer gebildeten Spule (W) aus der Maschine am Ende eines Wickelzyklus und Einsetzen eines neuen Kerns, der zu umwickeln ist,
    Trennmittel (11) zum Unterbrechen der Kontinuität des Papierschleiers am Ende eines Wickelzyklus,
    Mittel zum Wickeln einer Zeichnungslasche (34) des Schleiers (2) auf dem neuen Kern (4) zu Beginn eines neuen Wickelzyklus,
    wobei die Druckeinheit (30) mindestens zwei motorisierte Druckwalzen (A, B, C) umfasst, die angeordnet sind, sodass sie sich in ihrer Position in Bezug auf die Spule (W) abwechseln und zumindest während eines Teils der Wickelphase gleichzeitig drehen, während sie mit der Spule, die gebildet wird, in Kontakt sind, wobei beide eine Umfangsgeschwindigkeit aufweisen, die im Wesentlichen gleich der Wicklungsgeschwindigkeit des Schleiers (2) ist, das heißt, dass die Druckeinheit drei Druckwalzen (A, B, C) mit jeweiligen Drehachsen (A1, B1, C1) umfasst, die mit einer gemeinsamen Drehachse (31) eine Einheit sind.
     
    2. Maschine nach Anspruch 1, wobei sich die mindestens zwei Druckwalzen zumindest während der Endphase des Wickelvorgangs in Kontakt mit der Spule (W) drehen.
     
    3. Maschine nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Druckeinheit (30) stromabwärts von der Wickeleinheit (3) in der Richtung der Vorrückung des Schleiers (2) positioniert ist.
     
    4. Maschine nach Anspruch 3, wobei die gemeinsame Drehachse (31) unabhängig von den Druckwalzen (A, B, C) motorisiert ist.
     
    5. Maschine nach Anspruch 3 oder 4, wobei die gemeinsame Drehachse (31) durch einen bewegbaren Arm (32), vorzugsweise einen oszillierenden Arm, um eine Achse (36) getragen ist.
     
    6. Maschine nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Trennmittel (11) pneumatische Trennmittel sind.
     
    7. Maschine nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 5, wobei die Trennmittel (11) Mittel zum Steuern der Geschwindigkeit der Vorrückung des Schleiers (2) am Ende jeder Wickelphase umfassen.
     
    8. Druckeinheit für Umwickelmaschinen des Typs, der mit einer Wickeleinheit (3) zum Wickeln eines Papierschleiers (2) in eine Spule (W) um einen Wickelkern (4) ausgestattet ist, umfassend eine Drehwalze (A, B, C), die auf die Spule (W), die gebildet wird, Druck aufbringt,
    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass sie mindestens zwei motorisierte Druckwalzen (A, B, C) umfasst, die angeordnet sind, sodass sie sich zumindest während einer der Wickelphasen gleichzeitig drehen, wenn sie mit der Spule, die gebildet wird, in Kontakt sind, wobei beide eine Umfangsgeschwindigkeit aufweisen, die im Wesentlichen gleich der Wicklungsgeschwindigkeit des Schleiers (2) ist, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Einheit drei Druckwalzen (A, B, C) mit jeweiligen Drehachsen (A1, B1, C1) umfasst, die mit einer gemeinsamen motorisierten Drehachse (31) eine Einheit sind, unabhängig von den Druckwalzen (A, B, C).
     


    Revendications

    1. Machine de rembobinage comprenant
    une unité d'entraînement (1) pour distribuer un voile de papier (2),
    une unité d'enroulement (3) pour enrouler le voile de papier distribué par l'unité d'entraînement en une bobine (W) autour d'un noyau d'enroulement (4) comprenant un rouleau primaire (6), un rouleau secondaire (7) tournant en contact avec le noyau (4) qui est enroulé, et une unité de pression (30) équipée d'un rouleau de pression (A, B, C) tournant sur la bobine (W) qui est formée,
    une unité d'échange de noyau (5) pour éjecter une bobine formée (W) depuis la machine à la fin d'un cycle d'enroulement et insérer un nouveau noyau à enrouler,
    des moyens de séparation (11) pour interrompre la continuité du voile de papier à la fin d'un cycle d'enroulement,
    des moyens d'enroulement d'un volet d'étirage (34) du voile (2) sur le nouveau noyau (4) au début d'un nouveau cycle d'enroulement,
    dans laquelle ladite unité de pression (30) comprend au moins deux rouleaux de pression (A, B, C) motorisés agencés pour changer de position par rapport à la bobine (W) et tourner simultanément tout en étant en contact avec la bobine qui est formée, au moins pendant une partie de la phase d'enroulement, les deux ayant une vitesse périphérique qui est sensiblement égale à la vitesse d'enroulement du voile (2), caractérisée en ce que ladite unité de pression comprend trois rouleaux de pression (A, B, C) avec des axes de rotation (A1, B1, C1) respectifs solidaires d'un axe de rotation commun (31).
     
    2. Machine selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle lesdits au moins deux rouleaux de pression tournent en contact avec la bobine (W) au moins pendant la phase terminale de la procédure d'enroulement.
     
    3. Machine selon l'une des revendications précédentes, dans laquelle ladite unité de pression (30) est positionnée en aval de l'unité d'enroulement (3) dans la direction de l'avancement du voile (2).
     
    4. Machine selon la revendication 3, dans laquelle ledit axe de rotation commun (31) est motorisé indépendamment desdits rouleaux de pression (A, B, C).
     
    5. Machine selon la revendication 3 ou 4, dans laquelle ledit axe de rotation commun (31) est supporté par un bras mobile (32), de préférence un bras oscillant autour d'un axe (36).
     
    6. Machine selon l'une des revendications précédentes, dans laquelle lesdits moyens de séparation (11) sont des moyens de séparation pneumatiques.
     
    7. Machine selon l'une des revendications 1 à 5, dans laquelle lesdits moyens de séparation (11) comprennent des moyens pour contrôler la vitesse de l'avancement du voile (2) à la fin de chaque phase d'enroulement.
     
    8. Unité de pression pour machines de rembobinage du type équipé d'une unité d'enroulement (3) pour enrouler un voile de papier (2) en une bobine (W) autour d'un noyau d'enroulement (4), comprenant un rouleau rotatif (A, B, C) appliquant une pression sur la bobine (W) qui est formée,
    caractérisée en ce qu'elle comprend au moins deux rouleaux de pression (A, B, C) motorisés agencés pour tourner simultanément lorsqu'ils sont en contact avec la bobine qui est formée, au moins pendant une des phases d'enroulement, les deux ayant une vitesse périphérique qui est sensiblement égale à la vitesse d'enroulement du voile (2), caractérisée en ce que l'unité comprend trois rouleaux de pression (A, B, C) avec des axes de rotation (A1, B1, C1) respectifs solidaires d'un axe de rotation motorisé commun (31), indépendamment desdits rouleaux de pression (A, B, C).
     




    Drawing





























    Cited references

    REFERENCES CITED IN THE DESCRIPTION



    This list of references cited by the applicant is for the reader's convenience only. It does not form part of the European patent document. Even though great care has been taken in compiling the references, errors or omissions cannot be excluded and the EPO disclaims all liability in this regard.

    Patent documents cited in the description