(19)
(11)EP 3 524 387 A1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(43)Date of publication:
14.08.2019 Bulletin 2019/33

(21)Application number: 19155691.9

(22)Date of filing:  06.02.2019
(51)Int. Cl.: 
B23Q 7/04  (2006.01)
B23Q 11/08  (2006.01)
(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR
Designated Extension States:
BA ME
Designated Validation States:
KH MA MD TN

(30)Priority: 09.02.2018 IT 201800002555

(71)Applicant: Manni Sipre S.p.A.
37135 Verona (IT)

(72)Inventor:
  • MASSIMO, FABBRI
    37057 San Giovanni Lupatoto (VR) (IT)

(74)Representative: Autuori, Angelo 
Eureka IP Consulting Via Monte Cengio, 32
36100 Vicenza
36100 Vicenza (IT)

  


(54)APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING STRUCTURAL STEEL PRODUCTS COMPRISING AN ACOUSTICALLY INSULATING COVER


(57) An apparatus for processing structural steel products (B), comprising at least one working station for carrying out at least one mechanical processing on the structural steel product (B), means (3) for loading and means (3') for unloading the structural steel product (B) in/from the working station (10). The latter comprising at least one first working head (30) and a worktop (14) susceptible to support the structural steel product (B) during processing reciprocally movable. The working station further comprises a supporting structure (16) comprising a frame (16') and at least one first acoustically insulating cover (20) placed on said frame (16') to surround the working head (30). The acoustically insulating cover (20) having a generally closed shape with a single opening (21) placed in correspondence of the worktop (14) and made of a flexible laminar polymeric material comprising a plurality of pads made of an acoustically insulating material.




Description

Field of the Invention



[0001] The present invention generally relates to the technical field of plant engineering, and it particularly has as object an apparatus for processing long structural steel products comprising an acoustically insulating cover.

Background of the invention



[0002] It is known that industrial equipment produce loud noise during operation. Therefore, the personnel working nearby, generally wear devices, susceptible to eliminate or reduce the noise originated from the same.

[0003] Such devices are uncomfortable and heavy to wear, in fact the personnel often tend not to use them.

[0004] In order to minimize the noise emitted by a piece of industrial equipment, therefore, rigid panels insulation are nowadays available on the market. By combining such rigid panels it is possible to produce acoustically insulating covers of any size.

[0005] The drawbacks of such solution are the high bulkiness and the cost, that restrict its versatility. For example, if the machinery is placed in an niche or has high-bulkiness, the use of covers or rigid panels is disadvantageous.

[0006] Another problem is that in case of machine downtime for maintenance or replacements of damaged parts, the disassembling of the cover may result extremely difficult. Therefore, such covers have access doors and internal corridors susceptible to the operators passage, which increase its bulkiness.

[0007] Such solution is furthermore, unfeasible in case of high bulkiness plants with movable working heads, as in the case of apparatus for processing structural steel products.

Summary of the invention



[0008] Object of the present invention is to overcome, at least partially, the drawbacks illustrated above, by providing an apparatus for processing structural steel products being extremely efficient and relatively cost-effective.

[0009] Another object of the present invention is to provide an apparatus for processing structural steel products with reduced noise emissions.

[0010] Another object of the present invention is to provide an apparatus for processing structural steel products with low management costs.

[0011] Such objects, as well as others that will be clearer hereinafter, are fulfilled by an apparatus for processing structural steel products according to what is herein described, shown and/or claimed.

[0012] Advantageous embodiments of the invention are defined in according to the dependent claims.

Brief description of the drawings



[0013] Further features and advantages of the present invention will become more evident by reading the detailed description of some preferred but not exclusive embodiment of the invention, illustrated as a non-limiting example, with the help of the annexed drawings wherein:

FIG. 1 is a side view of the apparatus 1;

FIGs. 2and 3 are schematic views respectively front and side views of some details of the apparatus 1.


Detailed description of a preferred embodiment.



[0014] With reference to the above mentioned figures, the apparatus 1 for processing structural steel products B preferably long structural steel products of high bulkiness, which may be produced on-site or elsewhere, typically in steel mills.

[0015] In particular, "long structural steel products" means structural steel products as defined in the UNI EN 10025 standard as, for example, H-beams, I-beams, laminates, steel profiles, tubular stainless steel products or similar.

[0016] Suitably, the long products B are then cut and/or shaped in order to produce different typologies of finished or semi-finished steel products. For example it may be possible to produce structural products which may be used to realize load bearing structures in the field of civil construction and industrial construction, mechanical engineering, heavy carpentry, plant engineering, shelving, automatic warehouses or similar.

[0017] According to a preferred but not exclusive embodiment of the invention, the apparatus 1 may be particularly suitable to perform cutting processing, preferably hot cutting and even more preferably oxy-fuel cutting, that is to say the cutting operation of steel through an oxyacetylene flame and a jet of pure oxygen.

[0018] Suitably, the apparatus may therefore comprise at least one working station 10 in order to carry out such cutting processing.

[0019] It is understood that such characteristic is non-limiting, since the working station 10 and more in general the apparatus 1 may be configured in order to perform any kind of mechanical processing on the long product B, such as drilling, hot and cold cutting, tapping, notching, tracing, punching, or similar.

[0020] Possibly, the apparatus 1 may comprise a plurality of working stations 10, each of which may process a different portion of the same long product B or of different long products B.

[0021] The processing may be all the same, otherwise the different working stations 10 may be configured so as to carry out different processes.

[0022] Anyway, each working station 10 may comprise a working area 10' which may comprise a worktop 14 in order to support the long product B during processing. On the other hand, the apparatus 1 may comprise means 3 for loading the long product B in the working station 10 and means 3' for unloading the long product B processed by the same working station 10.

[0023] For example the apparatus 1 may comprise a loading bench 3, an unloading bench 3' and handling means, such as an arm, in order to promote the placement of the long product B on the working area 10'. Possibly, the arm may therefore promote the loading and/or the unloading of the long product B in and/or from the working station 10 defining both loading 3 and unloading means 3'.
it is understood, however, that any other system known to a person skilled in the art may be used for this purpose.

[0024] The working station 10 may comprise at least one working head 30 which may include, for example, one or more torches 31 in order to carry out the oxy-fuel cutting. It is understood that the working head 30 may comprise different typologies of tools so as to carry out different processing without departing from the scope of the invention.

[0025] Suitably, one between the working head 30 and the worktop 14 may be movable in respect to the other. Preferably, the worktop 14 may be fixed, while the working head 30 may move so as to perform the different processing and it may process more areas of the same long product B.

[0026] Possibly, well known means for blocking the product B in an operative position during the processing may be provided, such as a vise and means promoting the sliding of the long product B, such as a plurality of rollers.

[0027] Preferably, the worktop 14 may have a substantially longitudinal development defining an axis X. Suitably, the product B may furthermore be moved inside the apparatus along a forwarding direction substantially coincident with the axis X.

[0028] It is understood that the worktop 14 may be different depending on the typologies of the products B to process, for example, if the latter are beams or sheet metals.

[0029] Suitably, the working station 10 may comprise a supporting structure 16 having a development which is substantially parallel to the axis X and it may further comprise a frame 16' which may have a development along the axis Y substantially perpendicular to the axis X.

[0030] On the other hand, the working head 30 may be substantially slidable in order to move on a plane π substantially parallel to the plane π1 defined by the worktop 14 and/or it may move tranversally with respect to the same plane π1.

[0031] More particularly, the working head 30 may be movable along the axis X and/or along the axis Y substantially transversal to the axis X so as to move along the plane π, and/or it may be movable along an axis Z substantially perpendicular to the worktop π1.

[0032] Suitably, the frame 16' may be slidable along the axis X, for example it may slide along the supporting structure 16, so the working head 30 may slide along the same axis X integrally with the frame 16'.

[0033] In other words, the working head 30 may substantially be fixed, while the worktop 14 may move in order to promote the sliding of the product B with respect to the same working head 30. On the other hand, the product B may substantially be still in an operative position, while the working head 30 may move in order to carry out the processing in different positions of the product B.

[0034] It is understood that the movement of the worktop 14, of the product B and/or of the working heads 30 may be realized in a per se known type.

[0035] According to a particular aspect of the invention, an acoustically insulating cover 20 to surround the working head 30 may be provided.

[0036] The acoustically insulating cover may comprise or be produced in soundproofing and/or sound absorbing material. The acoustically insulating cover may therefore be an acoustically insulating cover 20 used to insulate the working head 30 during its use, so as to reduce the noise in the work environment.

[0037] Moreover, thanks to the acoustically insulating cover 20 it may be possible to respect the noise pollution regulations and/or it may be possible to make the work environment more comfortable.

[0038] Suitably, the acoustically insulating cover 20 may comprise or it may be produced in a flexible laminar polymeric material comprising a plurality of pads in soundproofing and/or sound absorbing material. For example, the acoustically insulating cover 20 may be a sound absorbing curtain.

[0039] More precisely, the acoustically insulating cover 20 may be made of modular elements including polymeric material layers, such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and layers of of cotton or glass fibers, interposed among the polymeric material layers. Possibly, the layers of fibers may be alternated with viscoelastic material in order to create the pads.

[0040] Suitably, the acoustically insulating cover 20 may have a generally closed shape, with only one opening 21 placed in correspondence of the worktop 14, which may come into contact or spaced apart the same worktop. Preferably, such opening 21 may have a substantially rectangular shape.

[0041] The acoustically insulating cover 20 may present two side portions 22, 23 substantially facing one another, while the working head 30 may remain interposed between them.

[0042] Suitably, the acoustically insulating cover 20 may present at least one openable side portion 22, so as to allow a user to access the working head 30 and/or to the worktop 10'. Possibly, the whole side portion22 may be openable.

[0043] Moreover, the acoustically insulating cover 20 may be easily removable.

[0044] Thanks to such characteristics, the maintenance and/or intervention operations on the apparatus 1 and/or on the acoustically insulating cover 20 may be simple and cheap.

[0045] The acoustically insulating cover 20 may be configured so as to surround the working head 30 in all the working positions of the latter. In particular, the same acoustically insulating cover 20 may be configured so as to surround the working head 30 and to remain spaced from the latter during its use, so as to not come into reciprocal contact.

[0046] On this purpose, as better explained below, the acoustically insulating cover 20 may therefore have such bulkiness to allow the free movement of the working head 30 during the processing and/or it may integrally move with the same working head 30.

[0047] Suitably, the acoustically insulating cover 20 and the working head 30 may be reciprocally spaced so as to allow the processing of the product B without running the risk of damaging the acoustically insulating cover 20 itself.

[0048] Indeed, it is understood that the bulkiness of the acoustically insulating cover 20 may vary depending on the processing typology and/or on the working head typology 30. For example, depending on the temperature reached during the processing or depending on the bulkiness of the working head 30.

[0049] For example, the acoustically insulating cover 20 may move in a substantially integral way with the working head 30 so as to remain spaced apart the latter.

[0050] Preferably, the acoustically insulating cover 20 may be coupled with the frame 16' in order to move along axis X, integrally with the same, and therefore with the working head 30, while it may have such a width LA along the axis Y sufficient to allow the movement of the working head 30 inside the acoustically insulating cover 20.

[0051] Possibly, the frame 16' may be movable along the axis Z, so the acoustically insulating cover 20 may integrally move with the first along the axis Z as well.

[0052] Suitably, the acoustically insulating cover 20 may have such a height H along the axis Z sufficient to allow the movement of the working head 30 along the same axis Z without coming into reciprocal contact.

[0053] According to a particular embodiment which has not been illustrated in the attached figures, the acoustically insulating cover 20 may have such a length LU along the axis X, such a width LA along the axis Y, and such a height H along the axis Z sufficient to allow the movement of the working head 30 without the movement of the acoustically insulating cover 20 itself.

[0054] Thanks to these characteristics, the acoustically insulating cover 20 may acoustically insulate the working head 30 so as to improve the quality of the working environment. Moreover, the operators involved in such working environment may operate on the apparatus 1 without the need for personal noise suppression devices such as earmuffs or ear plugs.

[0055] Advantageously, moreover, it may be possible to take action on the apparatus 1 in a simple and quick manner because of the minimal bulkiness of the acoustically insulating cover 20 . Possibly, moreover, by opening the portion 22 it may be possible to take action on the working head 30 in an easy way, without removing the acoustically insulating cover 20.

[0056] According to an aspect of the invention, a plurality of working heads 30 and a single acoustically insulating cover 20 surrounding both may be provided. For example, the working heads 30 may be coupled with a frame 16', while the only acoustically insulating cover20 may have such a width LA sufficient to cover both the working heads 30.

[0057] On the other hands, as schematically shown in the attached figures, a plurality of working heads 30 and an equivalent plurality of acoustically insulating covers 20 may be provided to surround them, both coupled with a respective frame 16'.

[0058] Thanks to the above mentioned characteristics, the acoustically insulating cover 20 may surround the only working head 30 so that the space taken up buy the same is minimum.

[0059] From what described above, it is clear that the invention reaches the intended purposes.

[0060] The invention is susceptible to numerous modifications, all falling within the inventive concept of the attached claims. All the details can be replaced by other technically equivalent elements, and the materials can be different depending on requirements, without losing the scope of protection defined in the appended claims.


Claims

1. Apparatus for processing structural steel products (B), comprising:

- at least one working station (10) for carrying out at least one mechanical processing on the structural steel product (B);

- means (3) for loading the structural steel product (B)into said at least one working station (10);

- means (3) for unloading the structural steel product (B)into said at least one working station (10);
wherein said at least one working station (10) comprises:

- at least one first working head (30);

- a worktop (14) susceptible to support the structural steel product (B) during the processing;

wherein at least one of said at least one first working head (30) and said worktop (14) is movable with respect to the other;

- a supporting structure (16) comprising a frame (16'); and

- at least one first acoustically insulating cover (20) placed on said frame (16') to surround said at least one first working head (30), said at least one first acoustically insulating cover (20) having a generally closed shape with a single opening (21) placed in correspondence of said worktop (14);

wherein said at least one first acoustically insulating cover (20) is made of a flexible laminar polymeric material comprising a plurality of pads made of an acoustically insulating material.


 
2. Apparatus according to claim 1, wherein said at least one first working head (30) is movable, said at least one first acoustically insulating cover (20) being configured to 25 surround said at least one first working head (30) during processing.
 
3. Apparatus according to claim 1 or 2, wherein said at least one first working head (30) and said at least one first acoustically insulating cover (20) are reciprocally configured so that during the processing remain reciprocally spaced apart each other so as to not be reciprocally in contact.
 
4. Apparatus according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein said at least one first acoustically insulating cover (20) is integrally movable with said at least one first working head (30).
 
5. Apparatus according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein said frame (16') has a substantially longitudinal development defining a first axis (Y), said at least one first working head (30) being movable along said first axis (Y), said at least one first acoustically insulating cover (20) having a width (LA) along said first axis (Y) such as to allow the movement of said at least one working head (30) along said first axis (Y) without move said at least one first acoustically insulating cover (20).
 
6. Apparatus according to any of the preceding claims, wherein said opening (21) has a substantially rectangular shape.
 
7. Apparatus according to any of the preceding claims, wherein said at least one first acoustically insulating cover (20) has at least one openable side portion (22) so as to allow an operator to access said at least one first working head (30).
 
8. Apparatus according to any of the preceding claims, wherein said at least one working station (10) comprises a second working head (30), said at least one first acoustically insulating cover (20) surrounding said at least one first and second working heads(30).
 
9. Apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 7, wherein said at least one working station (10) comprises a second working head (30) and at least one second acoustically insulating cover (20) for surrounding said second working head (30).
 
10. Apparatus according to any of the preceding claims, wherein said at least one first acoustically insulating cover (20) or said at least one first and second acoustically insulating covers (20) comprise modular elements each including at least two outer layers of polymeric material and at least one layer interposed between the latter made of cotton and/or glass fibers.
 




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