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Publication numberUS2746511 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 22, 1956
Filing dateApr 7, 1952
Priority dateApr 7, 1952
Publication numberUS 2746511 A, US 2746511A, US-A-2746511, US2746511 A, US2746511A
InventorsHarold Branthoover
Original AssigneeDonovan Steel Pickling Company
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Apparatus for unwinding coils
US 2746511 A
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APPARATUS FOR UNWINDING COILS Filed April 7, 1952 4 Sheets-Sheet 1 IIIIIII IIII III!!! iu x IN V EN TOR.

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United States Patent APPARATUS FORtUNWINDING COILS Harold Branthoover, Toledo, Ohio, assignor to Donovan gtfig lickling Company, Toledo, Ohio, a corporation of Application Apr-H7, 1952, Serial No. 280,958;

1*Claim. (Cl. 153-54) This invention relatesto. apparatus for the uncoiling of millrolls of sheet metal andthe feeding of the metal strip therefromv to shearingor otherfabricatingmachines.

An object ofthis invention is to provide a support. for. a mill roll of strip material and to eifect a controlled;

uncoiling thereof. a

Another object of this invention is to provide an ad= justable frame for holding various sizerolls of sheet material from which the discharge of a strip therefrom is kept underfull control.

Another object of this invention is toprov-ide an uncoiling, apparatus'wherein the rate of feed therefrom is nicely controlled and the stripis maintainedwithina predetermined path.

Andanother. object of this invention is to; provide an apparatus for handling; heavy coils of sheet; stock, to.

evenly and. smoothly'uncoil the same andrdeliver the feed thereof to other apparatus at a controlled rate and through a confined path.

Other objects and advantagesof this inventionzrelating to the arrangement, operation and function-of the related elements of the structure, to various details of construction, tocOmbinations ofpa-rts and to economics ofmanug facture, willbe apparent to those-skilled in the art upon considerationof the-following descriptionand appended claims, reference being had to the accompanying drawings forming a part'ofthis-specification'wherein like reference characters designatecorresponding; parts to the several views. I

Referring to the drawings:

Fig. 1 is a side elevation of the apparatus from the drive side thereof;

Fig. 2 is a view on the line II-II, Fig. 1;

Fig. 3 is a view on the line III-III, Fig. 1;

Fig. 4 is aview on the line IVI", Fig. 1;

Fig. 5 is a plan view of the apparatus;

Fig. 6 is a view on the line VIVI, Fig. 5;

Fig. 7 is an end view of the apparatus, looking from the right of Fig. 1;

Fig. 8 is a partial side view of the apparatus from the right of Fig. 7;

Fig. 9 is a view on the line IX-IX, Fig. 8;

Fig. 10 is a view on the line XX, Fig. 7; and

Fig. 11 is a perspective view of one of the side plates used within the apparatus.

. For purposes of description, the machine herein may be considered as having two major sections, a cradle and an ironer 22.

The cradle The cradle 20 includes a box-type frame constructed from heavy I-beams capable of supporting weights measured in tons. The frame includes corner posts 24 connected by and supporting an opposing pair of lower side beams 26 and a pair of upper side beams 28. End beams 30 connect and extend between the sides;

The pair of lower .side beams 26 mount three aligned pairs of bearings 32, 34, 36, each pair in turn mounting "ice a shaft 38 which is an axle for a roller 40. The bearings:

ucts, the coil is subjected to a cleansing treatment such as a pickling bath and then conveyed to the machine herein disclosed which unwraps the coil and feeds the same in the form of a continuous strip to an initial fabricating apparatus such as a shear which cuts. the strip into usuable lengths or blanks suitable for additional fabrication. a

The tremendous weights involved and the tensions developed within the coil and in the individual wraps ad- Vance problems in the uncoiling and it is the purpose of the machine herein to overcome these difiticulties.

When the coil 42 is deposited upon the rollers- 40,"it is desirable to hold the coil against lateral movement during the uncoiling operation, prevent self-uncoiling, and restrain outward pyramiding of inner wraps. It is desirable to feed the strip therefrom only in a predetermined controlled manner both as to direction and rate.

To this end, a pair of side plates 44, 46, are provided, vertically extending upwardly from the rollers 40, in opposing relationship between the pairs of side beams 26',

28, to thereby provide a pocket or bin for the coil-42.

In that the coils are of various Widths, these plates 44, 46, are adjustable toward and from each other. The plate 44 has a plurality of rods 48 terminally fixed thereto and extending outwardly therefrom throughbearings50 mounted on the frame members24, 28. The'plate 44, as so supported'may be manually shifted laterallyin the frame and when set at a predetermined position, usually against or very close to one side of the coil 42, set screws 52, in the bearings 50, may lock the plate 44 in its predetermined position. This plate 44 may be initially set as the guide for gauging the deposit of the coil 42 onto the rollers 40.

The plates 44, 46, are provided with "cut-out portions 54 for the rollers 40;

The plate 46 is also provided with a plurality of outwardly extending mounting rods 56 which are threaded into and mounted by nuts 58 supported in brackets 60 mounted on the frame members 24 and 28.

These nuts 58 also mount sprockets 62 which are con nected by chains 64. An additional nut and sprocket are mounted on a member 24 and in turn mount a crank 66. Rotation of the crank 66 drives the chains 64, which in turn, rotate the nuts 58 to laterally shift the plate 46 toward and from the plate 44.

There is thus provided a roughly adjustable plate 44 and a finely adjustable plate 46, manually controlled so that the spacing of the plates may be readily and nicely effected.

The rollers 40 are positively driven at a common speed and this is accomplished through a transmission system including a drive chain 68 from the ironing unit 22, driving sprocket 70 fixed on the shaft 33 nearest the unit 22. Additional sprockets 72 and connecting chains '74 between the shafts 38 provide an interconnecting transmission.

The coil 42 is deposited by a suitable carrier into the cradle unit 20, to freely rest on the rollers 4i). No axle device is required. The side plates 44, 46 are adjusted to adjacent the sides of the coil. j'ne outer warp 76 of the coil is passed under the roller 41) carrying the sprocket 70 and between guides 78, 80 carried by the plates 44, 46. These guides comprise a pair of L-shaped angle strips Patented May 22, 1956:

76 to buckle or shift out line in its movement from the coil 42 to the ironing unit 22.

The ironer In aligned position with the unit 20, the ironer 22 in cludes a frame 82 mounting a series of opposing pairs of rollers 84 which may be adjusted as to each other by operation of hand wheel 86 to accommodate various thicknesses of sheet metal strips 76 which are smoothed therebetween. These rollers 84 are driven in unison by an interconnecting sprocket and chain transmission 86, in turn driven from a speed reduction transmission 88, driven by a motor (not shown). When the metal sheet leaves the coil 42, there remains therein a tendency to recoil, warp or buckle, which has been caused by internal stress set up during the original coiling and subsequent shipment and storage of the coil. By passing the strip between the series of leveling rollers 84, the recoil tendency is reduced to a minimum, so that the strip in leaving-the i oner will lie fiat on the conveyor 98, facilitating the subsequent handling at the cutter or other fabricating devices.

Each roller 84 is mounted on a shaft 90 and one of these shafts 90 has a ported plate 92 fixed therewith as part of a clutch mechanism 94 whereby a sprocket 96 may be engaged at will to be driven by the shaft 90. The sprocket 96 engages the chain 68 extending to the cradle unit 20.

When the sprocket 96 is driven by the shaft 90, the rollers 40 will be driven at a complementary speed with the rollers 84 so that the feed of the strip 76 from the coil 42 equals the capacity of the rollers 84. Thus a smooth movement of the .strip is assured to and through the ironer 84.

The smoothed strip 76 passes from the rollers 84 on to a conveyor 98 which conveyor may carry the strip to a shearing or cutting apparatus serving as the initial step in the fabrication of the sheet stock into finished or end products.

Disposed between the units 20, 22 is an auxiliary frame 100 providing a mount for a second strip retaining guide. This frame 100 mounts a pair of converging brackets 102, one on each side thereof to provide strip edge retainers coacting with brackets 102 which mount a sheet hood 104 therebetween extending over the width of the strip 76. There is thus provided two sets of guides, one set as the strip leaves the coil and other as it enters the ironer. This insures against any undue buckling of the strip during the transfer and retains a smooth feed thereof throughout the entire length of strip provided by any one coil.

The pulling of the outer wrap from the coil may create some disturbance of the coil body causing the same to rock from the cradle. To prevent undue movements of this type, the rear posts 24 may mount bearings 106 which in turn support an'idler roller 108.

Itis to be understood that the above detailed description of the present invention is intended to disclose an embodiment thereof to those skilled in the art, but that the invention is not to be construed as limited in its application to the details of construction and arrangement of parts illustrated in the accompanying drawings, since the invention is capable of being practiced and carried out in various ways without departing from the spirit of the invention. The language used in the specification relating to the operation and function of the elements of the invention is employed for purposes of description and not of limitation, and it is not intended to limit the scope of the following claim beyond the requirements of the prior art.

What is claimed and desired to be secured by United States Letters Patent:

Apparatus for unwinding coils of sheet metal strips References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,020,889 Hofer Nov. 12, 1935 2,207,663 Glasner July 9, 1940 2,246,840 Crane et al. 'June 24, 1941 2,266,067 Nyberg Dec. 16, 1941 2,267,161 Miller Dec. 23, 1941 2,267,175 Skriba Dec. 23, 1941 2,441,544 Longfield May 11, 1948 FOREIGN PATENTS 464,215 Germany Aug. 10, 1928

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U.S. Classification242/564.5, 242/615.2, 242/595.1, 242/615, 242/566
International ClassificationB21C47/34
Cooperative ClassificationB21C47/34
European ClassificationB21C47/34