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US4001579: Device for controlling composite cigarette filter rods

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) Jean-Pierre Lebet · Joel Ducommun ·
Assignee(s) Baumgartner Papiers S.A. ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Robert E. Burns ·
Primary Examiner Leon Gilden ·
Application Number US5557028
Filing date 03/10/1975
Issue date 01/04/1977
Predicted expiration date 03/10/1995
U.S. Classifications 250/223R  · 493/12  · 250/559.45  · 250/227.11  · 493/16  · 493/39  ·
International Classifications G01D 2104  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 931 C ·
Foreign Priority CH348474 - 03/13/1974 ·
7 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

Faults in a composite filter rod being supplied to a sectioning device are detected optically by traversing the rod with a beam of light supplied along a first fiber bundle and taken up and delivered to photo-detector by a second fiber bundle. The ends of the cylindrical fiber bundles are held in the configuration of narrow homothetic rectangles transverse to the direction of feed of the rod, the width of the first bundle being approximately double that of the second bundle. The photo-detector controls elimination of faulty tips after sectioning; additional pairs of fiber bundles can be used to control synchronization of cutting with feed of the rod, and the correct succession of filter elements in the rod.

Independent Claims | See all claims (7)

  1. 1. A control device for a filter manufacturing machine, comprising;means for passing an elongate composite fiber rod along a path longitudinal of the rod;a light source having a first elongate optical fiber bundle receiving light from the source to transmit the received light along the fibers from the source to and through a free end of the first bundle into the rod;photo-detection means having a second elongate optical fiber bundle leading to the photo-detection means, from a free end of the second bundle receptive of incident light to transmit the incident light to the photo-detection means, the free end of the second bundle extending over a lesser width along said path than the free end of the first bundle thereby enabling detection of a light signal which is clearer and of greater amplitude than if the ends of the bundles had the same width along said path; and signal; andmeans for holding the free ends of the first and second bundles adjacent said path, opposite one another, to direct said light from the source through the first bundle into and through an inside portion of the rod, and, as incident light from the composite rod and responsive to a composition of the inside portion thereof, into and through the second bundle and to the photo-detection means for actuating a controlled device in response to said composition.
  2. 5. A control device for a filter manufacturing machine, comprising;means for passing an elongate composite filter rod along a path longitudinal of the rod;a light source having a first elongate optical fiber receiving light from the source to transmit the received light along the fibers from the source to and through a free end of the bundle into the rod, said free end being disposed in a plane parallel to said path and having a rectangular configuration elongated transversely of said path;photo-detection means having a second elongate optical fiber bundle leading to the photo-detection means from a free end of said bundle receptive of incident light to transmit the incident light to the photo-detection means, the free end of the second bundle having an elongate rectangular configuration generally similar to that of the free end of the first bundle, except for a lesser width along said path thereby enabling detection of a light signal clearer and of greater amplitude than if the ends of the bundles were circular and had the same width along said path; and signal; andmeans for holding the free ends of the first and second bundles adjacent said path, opposite one another to direct said light from the source through the first bundle, through an inside portion of the rod, and, as incident light from the composite rod and responsive to a composition of the inside portion thereof, into and through the second bundle and to the photo-detection means for actuating a controlled device in response to said composition.

References Cited

U.S. Patent Documents

Document NumberAssigneesInventorsIssue/Pub Date
US2896636 MOLINS MACHINE CO LTD Powell et al. Jul 1959
US3334240 AMERICAN TOBACCO CO Black Aug 1967
US3854587 McLoughlin Dec 1974