Patent application title: Web-Guiding or Sheet-Guiding Machine, and Method of Operating the Same
Gerhard Middelberg (Lengerich, DE)
IPC8 Class: AB65H2600FI
Class name: Advancing material of indeterminate length with alarm, signal, or indicator
Publication date: 2009-04-30
Patent application number: 20090108044
Patent application title: Web-Guiding or Sheet-Guiding Machine, and Method of Operating the Same
JACOBSON HOLMAN PLLC
Origin: WASHINGTON, DC US
IPC8 Class: AB65H2600FI
The invention relates to a web-guiding or sheet-guiding machine, in which
webs or sheets are transported along a transport path (z), and which has
at least one roller nip, it being possible for at least one of the
rollers, which delimits the roller nip or is located downstream of the
roller nip on the transport path, to be driven by an electric drive. A
power controller is assigned to the electric drive, and the web-guiding
or sheet-guiding machine is equipped with a safety device, which makes it
possible to monitor whether foreign bodies are penetrating into the
roller nip and/or whether a specified torque for the drive is being
maintained. The safety device here comprises a first measuring device,
which can monitor at least one first electric variable of the power made
available to the drive by the power controller.
The safety device comprises a second measuring device, which can measure a
second physical variable having a functional relationship with the first
electric variable. The safety device comprises a computer module by means
of which the time sequences of the two variables can be compared with one
another and warning signals can be generated in the event of deviations
in the time sequence.
1. Web guiding or sheet guiding machine, in which the webs or sheets are
conveyed along a transport path (z), comprising at least one roller
nip,at least one of the rollers, which bounds the roller nip or is
situated downstream of the roller nip on the transport path, being
drivable by an electric drive,the electric drive being assigned a power
divider,the web guiding or sheet guiding machine being equipped with a
safety device, which can monitor whether foreign bodies are penetrating
into the roller nip and/or whether a specified torque for the drive is
being maintained,the safety device comprising a first measuring device,
which can monitor at least a first electrical variable of the power, made
available to the drive by the power divider,the safety device comprising
a second measuring device, which can measure a second physical variable,
this second physical variable having a functional relationship with the
first electrical variable,the safety device comprising a computer module,
by means of which the time profiles of the two variables can be compared
with each other, and in the event of deviations in the time profiles,
alarm signals can be generated, characterized in thatthe first measuring
device can monitor the torque-forming current,the second measuring device
can monitor a mechanical variable, which is connected to the web
mechanism,and on the basis of the measured values of the second measuring
device the correct function of the first measuring device can be
2. Machine, as claimed in the preceding claim, characterized in that the mechanical variable is the web tension and/or the web speed.
3. Machine, as claimed in claim 1, characterized in that the second measuring device comprises at least one rotary encoder and/or a contactiess, web-detecting sensor and/or at least one compensator roller and/or at least one measuring roller with a force measuring device.
4. Machine, as claimed in claim 1, characterized in that the second measuring device also exhibits measuring means and/or control modules, which can consider the influence of the web elongation.
5. Machine, as claimed in claim 1, characterized in that the second measuring device can also measure electrical variables.
6. Method for operating a web guiding or sheet guiding machine, comprising at least one roller nip,at least one of the rollers, which bounds the roller nip or is situated downstream of the roller nip on the transport path, being driven by an electric drive,and a power divider provides power for the electric drive,during normal operation of the machine, a safety device is added, and this safety device monitors whether foreign bodies are penetrating into the roller nip and/or whether a specified torque for the drive is being maintained,to this end the safety device monitors with a first measuring device at least a first electrical variable of the power, made available to the drive by the power divider,the safety device measures with a second measuring device a second physical variable, this second physical variable having a functional relationship with the first electrical variable,the safety device compares with a computer module the time profiles of the two variables, and, in the event of deviations in the time profiles, generates alarm signals, characterized in thatthe first measuring device monitors the torque-forming current,the second measuring device monitors a mechanical variable, which is connected to the web mechanism,and on the basis of the measured values of the second measuring device, the correct function of the first measuring device is monitored.
The invention relates to a web-guiding or sheet-guiding machine
according to Claim 1 and a method of operating such a machine according
to Claim 8. Web-guiding or sheet-guiding machines are used in extremely
diverse areas of technology. These machines usually include printing
machines and laminators. Machines of this type likewise include those
used for winding or unwinding webs and oscillating units. Film extrusion
systems also have film-transport rollers and squeeze rollers, which are
upstream of the winding devices, if any.
All these machines have a plurality of transport rollers and often also roller nips. The term "roller nip" here is meant to connote a small distance between two rollers, which does not exceed the safety regulations laid down by the law or professional associations in the respective technical field or the respective country or which suggests safety precautions based on other considerations. In Germany, special safety precautions apply in this connection that necessitate special safety measures if the roller nip exceeds 120 mm. This is intended, for example, to prevent operating personnel from getting their limbs crushed in the roller nip or to mitigate the consequences of such crushing hazards.
Most roller nips in the machines cited above by way of example are characterized by a direct mechanical contact between the transported material (inter alia sheets or webs) and the two rollers. This is the case, for example, between the printing substrate and printing plates and impression cylinder during the operation of the machine. In a surface winder, such a situation exists particularly between the contact roller and the winding core during normal winding operation.
The transport of the webs or sheets through this roller nip is usually determined by the rotary motion of the webs delimiting the roller nip or the rotary motion of at least one subsequent roller. This at least one roller provides the torque required for transporting the material through the nip. Therefore, at least one of these rollers is driven by an electric drive.
Electric machines of a wide variety of designs are used for this purpose in printing machines, winders, and packaging machines. These electric machines include synchronous or asynchronous electric motors, and DC-operated electric motors are also common.
These electric drives can be provided with power controllers that make available the appropriate form of electric power for the motor.
As mentioned above, the roller nips are subject to observation for safety reasons. For this purpose, crush barriers and/or light barriers, which can generate a "Stop signal" for the drives of the relevant rollers, are often used in front of the roller nips.
Another option for preventing crushing hazards in roller nips while simultaneously ensuring the maximum possible accessibility of the roller nip consists in reasonably limiting the torque of the at least one roller, which provides the torque for transporting the webs or sheets through the roller nip. This can be accomplished by limiting--usually controlling--the torque-generating current. In this manner, it could be possible to operate the roller at a torque that does not exceed hazardous levels. However, an "Emergency stop" is also possible as a result of an increase in torque. Such an increase in torque can be triggered by a foreign body--such as a hand--in the roller nip.
Commercially available power controllers, which also include frequency inverters for three-phase motors or alternating current motors, also have the option of measuring the current at one of their outputs. So-called "shunts," thus backup resistors, are often provided for this purpose. This measurement can form the basis of the torque control or emergency stop.
However, it has been seen that a current measurement using only one measuring system involves safety risks. It may happen that such a measuring system measures inaccurately or does not measure at all and thus signals excessively low actual values of current to the power controller or control device. Consequently, the current regulator supplies an excessively high torque-generating current to the related drive. The drive would thus be able to generate an excessively high torque and the entire safety device would be worthless.
It is the object of the present invention to suggest a machine in which the maintaining of a specified torque and/or the observation of increases in torque is monitored more reliably.
This object is achieved in that the safety device comprises a second measuring device, which can measure a second physical variable having a functional relationship with the first electric variable, and that the safety device comprises a computer module by means of which the time sequences of the two variables can be compared with one another and warning signals can be generated in the event of deviations in the time sequence.
A variable, which has a functional relationship with the first electric variable, is advantageously selected as the second physical variable. The second physical variable thus particularly includes mechanical variables such as the web speed or the web tension, which react rapidly and for comprehensible reasons to a variation in the torque of a relevant transport roller. However, this does not mean that there must exist a simple, analytical relationship, for example, between the torque and the web tension. Due to the plurality of factors influencing these variables, this functional relationship is also quantifiable using only empirical values and can be stored in the form of a calibration table by way of example.
Many web-processing machines already have devices for measuring these mechanical variables. The web speed is measured particularly in printing machines, but also in winders by means of rotary transducers on rollers and also using all types of non-contact sensors. These non-contact sensors also include optical sensors, which register the passage of register marks by way of example. All types of sensors can be connected to suitable evaluation modules.
Compensating rollers can be used for measuring the web tension. Compensating rollers are often already provided in web-guiding machines in order to keep the web tension constant. For this purpose, they are suspended such that they can assume variable positions. A force is exerted on the axis of the compensating roller, for example, by means of a pneumatic cylinder. This force influences the web tension. The change in the position of the compensating roller as a result of fluctuations in the web tension can be recorded, for example, using position sensors so that information on the web tension may be acquired.
Measuring rollers, the axes of which operatively interact with force-measuring devices, can be advantageously used for measuring the web tension.
Measured variables other than mechanical ones can also be used as "second physical variables." A second current-measuring device can thus be simply connected downstream of a first current-measuring device for measuring the torque-generating current. However, it could be more advantageous to measure another related electric variable in the second measurement. Thus, different "current indicator components" could be measured by both measuring systems, for example, in a three-phase system. A deviation in these components can also be traced back to errors or sudden changes in torque requirements. The application of different current-measuring principles can also involve advantages. Thus, for example, a non-isolated shunt measurement present by default on a frequency inverter can be supplemented by a potential-free current measurement using a magnetic field-measuring device (e.g., Hall sensor or magneto-resistive sensor) as a second measurement. Such measures would reduce the susceptibility of the measurement to individual causes of error.
In the application of two measuring systems for monitoring the roller nip, the "hierarchy" of both measuring systems can be advantageously designed to be variable. In two measuring systems that respond equally rapidly or are even similar in nature, the measured values can be processed with equal priority. Thus, when using two current-measuring systems during normal operation of the winder, warning signals could be generated even in case of a small number of deviating measured values so that the defective sensor is replaced. It can be advantageous to let a control device trigger an "emergency signal" in such a system as soon as any of the two measuring systems indicates a steep increase in torque.
In a combination of a rapidly responding measuring system with a slowly operating measuring system, it is usually advantageous to exclusively let the former trigger the "Emergency stop" function. It is then the task of the slowly responding measuring system to regularly provide measured values with the help of which the correct functioning of the rapidly responding measuring system is monitored. This possibility may be preferable in a combination of a measurement of the torque-generating current with a measurement of characteristics of web mechanics since variables such as web tension and web speed usually change slowly.
The intervals between the transmission of measured values of the monitoring measuring system can by all means be very long compared to the response time of the monitored system. It may be possible to meet many safety regulations if the intervals between such measurements were of approximately one hour each. Irregular intervals are also conceivable.
It should be generally pointed out here that it could be advantageous in all embodiments of the invention to effect an emergency stop or any other automatic safety measure based on a warning signal in order to transfer the machine into a safer condition.
Against the background of the invention, the computer module, using which the time sequences of the two variables are compared with each other, can be variably formed both from the hardware side and the software side. The term "computer module" here refers to any component, thus any module, which, by its function, can complete this task of comparing the time sequences of the two variables. In an advantageous embodiment of the invention, two such modules can be provided for redundancy and for further increasing safety against breakdown.
Such a module can resort to the often already existing CPU of the power controller--which is often a commercially available frequency inverter. These hardware components can be easily improved in such a way by the application of software that they can fulfill the required function. Suitable hardware components are usually also to be found on the machine itself. These are often controlled from an industrial computer. Such hardware units can also be programmed to take on the role of the control module. A functional pair comprising a control module in the frequency inverter and a control module in the control computer constitutes an advantageous refinement of the invention.
Additional exemplary embodiments of the invention are defined in the claims.
The illustration of machines can be dispensed with in the present context. However, the following documents are incorporated herein by reference, in relation to web-winding devices, which can be further refined using the method suggested by this invention and which comprise roller nips by way of example: DE 103 21 601, DE 103 21 642, and DE 103 21 600.
Patent applications by Gerhard Middelberg, Lengerich DE