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Chill roll assembly

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  • Publication Date:
    December 31, 1996
  • Additional Information
    • Patent Number:
      5,588,224
    • Appl. No:
      08/488,381
    • Application Filed:
      June 07, 1995
    • Abstract:
      A chill roll assembly is disclosed having plural harmonic drives for rotationally driving corresponding plural sets of chill rolls. The harmonic drives are independently controllable to support either synchronous or asynchronous chill roll assemble operation. Synchronous mode facilitates the processing through the chill roll assembly of a single web. Asynchronous mode, on the other hand, facilitates the processing of multiple webs through the chill roll assembly.
    • Inventors:
      Gianforte, John S. (Southlake, TX); Cox, Anthony C. (Hurst, TX)
    • Assignees:
      EGS Americas, Inc.
    • Claim:
      What is claimed is
    • Claim:
      1. A chill roll assembly, comprising
    • Claim:
      a plurality of sets of chill rolls;
    • Claim:
      a plurality of means for driving said plurality of chill roll sets, each of said means for driving connected to actuate a corresponding set of chill rolls; and
    • Claim:
      means for controlling said plurality of means for driving said plurality of chill roll sets in a first mode to synchronously actuate said plurality of sets of chill rolls in processing a single web through said plurality of chill rolls sets or in a second mode to asynchronously actuate said plurality of chill roll sets in processing multiple webs, on a one web per set of chill rolls basis, through said plurality of chill roll sets.
    • Claim:
      2. The chill roll assembly of claim 1 wherein each of said means for driving further comprises a controller.
    • Claim:
      3. The chill roll assembly of claim 1 wherein each of said means for driving further comprises a motor.
    • Claim:
      4. The chill roll assembly of claim 1 wherein each of said means for driving further comprises a harmonic drive gear box.
    • Claim:
      5. The chill roll assembly of claim 1 wherein the means for controlling further comprises means for setting an output voltage of each controller of each of said drive means equal to the output voltage of controller whose output voltage is a calculated value.
    • Claim:
      6. The chill roll assembly of claim 1 wherein each of said plurality of sets of chill rolls each consist of two chill rolls.
    • Claim:
      7. A chill roll assembly, comprising
    • Claim:
      a first motor;
    • Claim:
      a second motor;
    • Claim:
      a first set of chill rolls;
    • Claim:
      a second set of chill rolls;
    • Claim:
      a first harmonic drive gearbox for actuating said first set of chill rolls, in response to rotational inputs received from said first motor and a press drive;
    • Claim:
      a second harmonic drive gearbox for actuating said second set of chill rolls, in response to rotational inputs received from said second motor and said press drive;
    • Claim:
      a first programmable logic controller connected to said first motor;
    • Claim:
      a second programmable logic controller connected to said second motor; and
    • Claim:
      means for synchronizing operation of said first and second programmable logic controllers to support a synchronous mode of operation wherein said first and second controllers actuate said first and second motors in a substantially similar manner to operate said first and second sets of chill rolls at a substantially similar speed in processing a single web, and support an asynchronous mode of operation wherein said first and second controllers actuate said first and second motors in a dissimilar manner to operate said first and second sets of chill rolls at a dissimilar speed in independently processing plural webs.
    • Claim:
      8. The chill roll assembly of claim 7 wherein said means for synchronizing further comprises means for setting an output voltage of said second controller equal to a value of a signal reflecting the output voltage potential of a first controller.
    • Claim:
      9. The chill roll assembly of claim 7 wherein said means for synchronizing further comprises means for setting an output voltage of said second controller according to a tension setting received by said first controller.
    • Claim:
      10. The chill roll assembly of claim 7 wherein said means for synchronizing further comprises means for setting an output voltage of said second controller by electrically switching in an output voltage of said first controller so that said first and said second motors are electrically activated by said first controller.
    • Claim:
      11. The chill roll device having a first harmonic drive system comprising a first programmable logic controller, a first motor, a plurality of chill rolls and a first harmonic drive system for rotationally powering a plurality of chill rolls, the improvement comprising
    • Claim:
      adding a second harmonic drive system comprising a second motor, a second harmonic drive system, a second programmable logic controller, and means for synchronizing said first harmonic drive system with said second harmonic drive system to support a synchronous mode of operation for processing a single web and an asynchronous mode of operation for independently processing plural webs wherein said first harmonic drive system activates a first set of said plurality of chill rolls and said second harmonic drive system activates a second set of said chill rolls.
    • Claim:
      12. The improved chill roll device of claim 11, wherein said means for synchronizing comprises a switch means wherein an electrical potential being output from said first controller is output to said first controller and to said second controller.
    • Claim:
      13. The improved chill roll device of claim 11, wherein the means for synchronizing comprises an algorithm within said means wherein an output voltage potential of said second controller is set equal to an output voltage potential of said first controller whenever said synchronous mode is selected.
    • Current U.S. Class:
      34/447; 34/121; 34/482
    • Current International Class:
      F26B 300
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    • Primary Examiner:
      Kwon, John T.
    • Attorney, Agent or Firm:
      Jenkens & Gilchrist
    • Accession Number:
      edspgr.05588224