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Número de publicaciónWO2005039987 A1
Tipo de publicaciónSolicitud
Número de solicitudPCT/DK2004/000731
Fecha de publicación6 May 2005
Fecha de presentación23 Oct 2004
Fecha de prioridad29 Oct 2003
También publicado comoDE602004013459D1, EP1687207A1, EP1687207B1, WO2005039986A1
Número de publicaciónPCT/2004/731, PCT/DK/2004/000731, PCT/DK/2004/00731, PCT/DK/4/000731, PCT/DK/4/00731, PCT/DK2004/000731, PCT/DK2004/00731, PCT/DK2004000731, PCT/DK200400731, PCT/DK4/000731, PCT/DK4/00731, PCT/DK4000731, PCT/DK400731, WO 2005/039987 A1, WO 2005039987 A1, WO 2005039987A1, WO-A1-2005039987, WO2005/039987A1, WO2005039987 A1, WO2005039987A1
InventoresHans Jensen
SolicitanteHm Labelling A/S
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Method and apparatus for application of linerless labels
WO 2005039987 A1
Resumen
There is described a method and an apparatus for application of linerless labels onto substrates, by way of example packings and the like, and comprising the following method steps and means for: unwinding a linerless web (10) from a supply roll (6) including an interior core, e.g. of cardboard, with the adhesive face of the web (10) facing downwards, leading the linerless web (10) passed a conventional preferably direct thermal print head (14), carrying the adhesive face of the linerless web by means of a particular carrier roller (56) in combination with a carrier member (52) having a particular profiled surface (58), cutting the linerless web into individual printed labels (12), and leading said individual labels (12) to an outlet position for either manually or automatically applying said labels onto substrates, by way of example packings.
Reclamaciones  (El texto procesado por OCR puede contener errores)
1. A method for application of linerless labels onto substrates, by way of example packings and the like, and comprising the following steps:
- unwinding a linerless web from a supply roll including an interior core, e.g. of card board, with the adhesive face of the web facing downwards,
- leading the linerless web passed a conventional preferably direct thermal print head,
- carrying the adhesive face of the linerless web by means of a particular carrier roller in combination with a carrier member having a particular profiled surface,
- cutting the linerless web into individual printed labels, and - leading said individual labels to an outlet position for either manually or automatically applying said labels onto substrates, by way of example packings.
2. A method according to claim I, c h a r a c t e r i z e d in, that the final leading of said individual linerless labels to said outlet position is carried out by means of an inclined carrier plate member comprising a particular belt conveyor in combination with an upper holding down arm member, and that the final applying of said individual labels to said substrates is carried out by means of an application roller.
3. A method according to claim 1, c h a r a c t e r i z e d in, that said individual labels in said outlet position are caught by a plate-shaped suction head on a carrier arm system by means of which said individual labels are applied onto said substrates, by way of example in the form of packings and the like.
4. An apparatus for application of linerless labels onto substrates, by way of example packings and the like, comprising an unwinding system with a spring-loaded hub for a supply roll containing a linerless web and a conventional preferably direct thermal print head, c h a r a c t e r i z e d in that said apparatus in connection with said print head comprises a particular carrier roller in combination with a particularly provided carrier member, a stationary cutting unit for cutting said linerless web into individual printed labels, and an outlet position from which said individual labels may be either manually or automatically applied onto substrates, by way of example in the form of packings and the like.
5. An apparatus according to claims 4, characterized in that an inclined carrier plate member comprising a particular belt conveyor in combination with an upper holding down arm member is provided for taken over the final leading of said individ- ual linerless labels to said outlet position, and that the final applying of said individual labels is carried out by means of an application roller.
6. An apparatus according to claims A, characterized in, that in said outlet position is provided a plate-shaped suction head on a carrier arm system, by means of which said individual labels are caught and are applied onto said substrates, by way of example packings and the like.
7. An apparatus according to claims A, characterized in, that said particular carrier roller is made with an anti-sticking surface from a multi compound rubber ma- terial, and that said carrier surface combined with said carrier roller is made from steel and with an anti-sticking surface having saw tooth like corrugations the pointed edges of which are leading in the direction of conveyance of said individual linerless labels..
8. An apparatus according to claims A, characterized in, that said stationary cutting unit comprises a stationary upper knife and a movable lower preferably inclined knife.
9. An apparatus according to claims A, characterized in, that a leading plate member is provided behind the cutter for guiding the front end of said individual la- bels safely to said inclined carrier surface and in between said belt conveyor belt and said holding down arm member.
10. An apparatus according to claims 4, characterized in that in said outlet position is provided a pair of carrier arm members on which said individual labels is positioned adapted to be picked by hand and manually applied onto substrates, and that below said carrier arm members is placed a photo cell being adapted to cooperate with a mirror placed above said carrier arm members.
11. An apparatus according to claims 4, characterized in, that said spring- loaded hub comprises a recognizing system belonging to a steering system of the apparatus being adapted to be able recognize an original supply roll of a linerless web being provided with an interior core, by way of example of cardboard, as said core being provided with a certain recognizable signal member such as a special metal member or possibly a socalled RFJD-label.
Descripción  (El texto procesado por OCR puede contener errores)

Method and Apparatus for Application of Linerless Labels

Field of the Invention The present invention relates to the field of labels that are provided without separation liners between the labels and layer of supply of labels, and rolls, especially linerless labels provided in roll form. The present invention also relates to a method and an apparatus for applying linerless labels to substrates.

More specific the present invention relates to a method for the application of linerless labels and of the type as indicated in the preamble of claim 1.

The invention furthermore relates to an apparatus for carrying out the method according to the invention and of the type as indicated in the preamble to claim 4.

Background of the Invention

Labels which are not provided to commence - either to intermediate users or to end users - with liners over an adhesive face, referred to in the art as linerless labels, are less expensive than that of lined labels, more labels can be provided in a roll of a given diameter than conventional labels with release lines, and they are more environmentally friendly since they do not require the disposal of liners after use.

Linerless labels have also become increasingly more popular because of the many advantages associated therewith. When any type of labels - including linerless labels - are used, it also is necessary to be able to automatically print the labels in a cost- effective manner. One way this can readily be accomplished is by using a thermal printer having a thermal print head with a thermal ribbon unwind and rewind system, or a thermal printer with a direct thermal print head. However, conventional thermal printers are not capable of printing linerless labels, because there will be . surfaces thereof which necessarily come into contact with the uncovered adhesive face of the linerless labels as the label are being fed to the printhead, during printing, or after- wards. A variety of thermal printers are provided, which overcome this problem and are eminently suited for effective printing of linerless labels.

Purpose of the Invention On this background it is the purpose of the present invention to provide an improved method and apparatus for application of linerless labels onto substrates, by way of example packings and the like.

Summary of the Invention According to the invention there is provided a method for application of linerless labels onto substrates, by way of example packings and the like, and comprising the following steps:

- unwinding a linerless web from a supply roll including an interior core, by way of example of cardboard, with the adhesive face of the web facing downwards, - leading the linerless web passed a conventional preferably direct thermal print head,

- carrying the adhesive face of the linerless web by means of a particular carrier roller in combination with a carrier member having a particular profiled surface,

- cutting the linerless web into individual printed labels, and

- leading said individual labels to an outlet position for either manually or automati- cally applying said labels onto substrates, by way of example in the form of packings.

By means of rather simple provisions is hereby achieved an indeed improved method for successively unwinding of a linerless web, printing and cutting the web into individual linerless labels, which subsequently to the printing and forming at the very same operation may be applied onto substrates in the form of suitable packings and the like.

The method according to the invention may with further advantages be such provided, that the final leading of said individual linerless labels to said outlet position is carried out by means of an inclined carrier plate member comprising a particular belt conveyor in combination with an upper holding down arm, and that the final applying of said individual labels to said substrates is carried out by means of an application roller. Or the method according to the invention may alternatively be such provided, that said individual labels in said outlet position are caught by a plate-shaped suction head on a carrier arm system by means of which said individual labels are applied onto said substrates^ by way of example packings and the like.

As introductory mentioned the present invention furthermore relates to an apparatus for application of linerless labels onto substrates, by way of example packings and the like, comprising an unwinding system with a spring-loaded hub for a supply roll containing a linerless web and a conventional preferably direct thermal print head, which apparatus is characterized in, that said apparatus after said print head comprises a particular carrier roller in combination with a particularly provided carrier member, a stationary cutting unit for cutting said linerless web into individual printed labels, and an outlet position from which said individual labels may be either manually or automatically applied onto substrates, by way of example packings and the like.

The apparatus according to the invention may furthermore be such provided, that an inclined carrier plate member comprising a particular belt conveyor in combination with an upper holding down arm member is provided for taken over the final leading of said individual linerless labels to said outlet position, and that the final applying of said individual labels is carried out by means of an application roller.

Alternatively the apparatus according to the invention may be such provided, that in said outlet position is provided a plate-shaped suction head on a carrier arm system, by means of which said individual labels are caught and are applied onto said substrates, by way of example packings and the like.

Furthermore it may be advantageously that the apparatus according to the invention may be such provided, that said particular carrier roller is made with an anti-sticking surface from a multi compound rubber material, and that said carrier surface combined with said carrier roller is made from steel and with an anti-sticking surface having saw tooth like corrugations the pointed edges of which are leading in the direction of conveyance of said individual linerless labels.. In order to ensure an optimal function of the stationary cutting unit the apparatus according to the invention may be such provided, that said stationary cutting unit com- prises an upper stationary knife and a lower movable inclined knife.

Further more a leading plate member may be provided behind the cutter for guiding the front end of the individual labels safe to said inclined carrier surface and in between said belt conveyor and said holding down arm member.

Because said lower inclined knife furthermore is operating from the adhesive face of the web being provided with a preferably very thin layer of hot-melt glue in the order of some 16 - 18 g /m2, which means that the knife system as a whole is only very little exposed to being dirty.

In a certain and simple embodiment the apparatus according to the invention may be such provided, that in said outlet position is provided a pair of carrier arm members on which said individual labels is positioned adapted to be picked by hand and manually applied onto substrates, and that below said carrier arm members is placed a photo cell being adapted to cooperate with a mirror placed above said carrier arm members.

In order to be able to ensure optimal operation of the apparatus according to the invention, this may advantageously be such provided, that said spring-loaded hub comprises a recognizing system belonging to a steering system of the apparatus and being adapted to be able recognize an original supply roll of a linerless web being provided with an interior core, e.g. of cardboard, as said core being provided with a certain rec- ognizable signal member such as a special metal member or possibly a socalled RFID- label. RFID is abbreviation for Radio Frequency IDentification.

Brief Description of the Drawings

In the following the invention is described in more detail reference being made to the accompanying drawing, in which:

Fig. 1 shows a perspective view of an embodiment for a basic apparatus part of an apparatus according to the invention, Fig. 2 shows a perspective view of an embodiment for a label applying apparatus part for an apparatus according to the invention,

Fig. 3 shows a perspective view of another embodiment for a label applying apparatus part for an apparatus according the invention,

Fig. 4 shows a perspective view of a basic apparatus jf. Fig. 1 provided with a label applying apparatus part with a plate-shaped suction head for the application of labels,

Fig. 5 shows a perspective view of the label applying apparatus part jf. Fig. 4,

Fig. 6 shows a perspective view of a further embodiment for a label applying appa- ratus part with an outlet position provided by a pair of carrier arm members for an apparatus according the invention,

Fig. 7A shows a perspective view of an embodiment for a special mounting plate member for the cutting unit of the apparatus according to the invention,

Fig. 7B shows a similar view of the mounting plate member jf. Fig. 7A - seen from the opposite side thereof,

Fig. 7C shows a perspective view of another and preferred embodiment for a mount- ing plate member for the cutting unit of the apparatus according to the invention,

Fig. 7D shows a similar view of the mounting plate member jf. Fig. 7C - seen from the opposite side thereof,

Fig. 8A shows a plane view of an embodiment for a cutting unit as mounted by means of a mounting plate member jf. Fig. 7C - as seen from the rear side of the cutting unit, Fig. 8B shows a perspective view of the cutting unit as mounted by means of a mounting plate member jf. Fig. 7C,

Fig. 8C shows a similar view of the cutting unit cf. Fig. 8B - seen from the opposite side thereof,

Fig. 9A shows a perspective view of a rear side cover plate member for the cutter,

Fig. 9B shows a side view of the rear side cover plate member jf. Fig. 9 A,

Fig. 10 shows a view of a label applying apparatus part jf. Fig. 2 for an apparatus according to the invention,

Fig. 11 shows a detail view of the label applying apparatus part jf. Fig. 10,

Fig. 12 shows a detail side view of the print head and the cutter section - showing the path of the linerless web to be cut into individual printed linerless labels,

Fig. 13 shows a detail view - seen from above - showing the position of the front end of the linerless web,

Fig. 14 shows a detail view of the carrier roller in combination with the mounting plate member and the cutter - seen from the side and above - and with the print head swung backwards to show said parts,

Fig. 15 shows a more close detail view, of the carrier roller in combination with the mounting plate member and the cutter - seen from the side - showing the position of the rear side cover plate member and the belt conveyor cooperating with the holding down arm member,

Fig. 16 shows a detail view of the front end of the linerless web on its way towards said belt conveyor and said holding down arm member, and Fig. 17 shows a detail view illustrating the manner of cooperation between said belt conveyor and said holding down arm member.

Detailed Description of the Invention

A basic apparatus part 2 shown in Fig. 1 forms the main part of any apparatus for the applying of linerless labels according to the invention, and the basic apparatus part 2 inside a housing 3 comprises the necessary computerized control system for the printing and cutting of individual linerless labels as well as the necessary motor drives for the devices mentioned in the following. The basic apparatus part 2 comprises a spring- loaded hub 4 for a supply roll 6 of a linerless web 10 (Fig. 12) being used for the forming of individual linerless labels 12 (Figs. 10 and 11) by means of a thermal print head 14 and a cutting unit 16.

The basic apparatus part 2 have at the corners of an open end part 18 connection members 20, by means of which the basic apparatus part 2 may be connected to a label applying apparatus part 22 (Fig. 2) comprising an inclined carrier plate member 24, at the centre of which an endless belt conveyor 26 is provided for carrying out an active conveyance of an individual linerless label 12 (Figs. 10 and 12) held against the belt conveyor 26 by means of a holding down arm member 28, which above the top end of the carrier plate member 24 is pivotally connected to a shaft arm 30 projecting laterally from a housing 32 of the label applying apparatus part 22.

Fig. 3 shows a quite similar label applying apparatus part 34 having just a longer in- clined carrier plate member 36 than that of the label applying apparatus part 22, as the label applying apparatus part 34 together with the basic apparatus part 2 is adapted for the applying of individual labels 12 having a larger length onto substrates such as packings and the like.

In order to prevent the free front edge of each individual linerless labels 12 to follow the lower turning of the belt conveyor 26, it maybe advantageous at a lowermost central part at the bottom of the of the inclined carrier plate member 36 in connection with a central cut out 35 for the belt conveyor 26 that a short central inclined plate part 37 leading down into said cut out 35 is provided with an angle of inclination in the order of some 2-10 °, preferable 4-5 °, in relation the top surface of the inclined carrier plate member 36.

Fig. 4 shows a basic apparatus part 2 provided with an other type of label applying apparatus part 38 comprising a plate-shaped suction head 40 on a carrier arm system 42 by means of which said individual labels 12 may be applied onto said substances such as packings and the like. Fig. 5 shows the label applying apparatus part 38 as a stand alone apparatus part before being connected to the basic apparatus part 2. -

Fig. 6 shows a very simple label applying apparatus part 44 adapted to be interconnected with a basic apparatus part 2 and comprising in said outlet position a pair of carrier arm members 46 on which said individual labels successively is positioned adapted to be picked by hand and manually applied onto substrates in the form of packings or the like. Below said carrier arm members 46 is placed a photo cell 48 being adapted to cooperate with a mirror 50 placed above said carrier arm members 46.

Figs. 7A and 7B shows a mounting plate member 52 provided with an elongate concave hollowness 54 adapted to take-up a side part of a particular carrier roller 56 (Figs. 14 and 15), which in combination with a particularly provided anti-sticking carrier surface 58 in the form of the top surface of said mounting plate member 52. As shown in the drawing (Figs. 7A, 7B and 14) this surface 58 having saw tooth like corrugations the pointed edges of which are leading in the direction of conveyance of said individual linerless labels 12. The carrier roller 56 is made with anti-sticking surface from a multi-compound rubber material.

Figs. 7C and 7D shows a preferred mounting plate member 53 provided with said elongate concave hollowness 54 adapted to take-up a side part of said carrier roller 56 (figs. 14 and 15), which in combination with said anti-sticking carrier surface 58, which is also provided by the mounting plate member 53. The mounting plate member 53 is furthermore at the rear side at the bottom in an integral manner provided with a rearwards projecting supporting member 55 for said cutting unit 16, which is shown in more details in Figs 8A-8C.

In Fig. 8 A shows the cutting unit 16 as seen from the rear side thereof and being mounted in the mounting plate member 53. The said lower movable inclined knife 57 of the cutting unit 16 may clearly be seen through a traverse opening 59 of a rear side cover plate 61 of the cutting unit 16. Said rear side cover plate 61 is coated or treated with an anti-sticking agent by way of example by means a socalled PlasmaCoat com- bining the excellent hardness and anti-wear of thermal spray processes with non-stick and sliding properties of fluoropolymers.

Figs. 8B and 8C shows more clearly that the operation of the lower movable knife 57 is carried out by means of driving arms 63 operated by means of eccentric discs means

65 at opposite ends of a common drive shaft driven by means of a not shown electric motor.

An optional rear side cover plate member 60 for the cutting unit 16 is shown in Figs. 9A and 9B. This cover plate member 60 is provided with an inclined edge part 64 facing the knives of the cutting unit 16. In practice the actual angular configuration of said edge part 64 is of particular importance in order to be able ensure safe guidance of a free front end 66 of said linerless web to said carrier plate member 24 and in between said belt conveyor 16 and said holding down arm member 28. Preferable said edge part 64 has an angle of about 144° in relation to a vertical plane of the rear side of said cover plate member 60 and an angle of about 36° in relation to a horizontal plane. Furthermore it is very important that at least the outer surface of said rear side cover plate member 60 as well as at least the outer surface of said mounting arm member 52 is coated or treated with an anti-sticking agent by way of example by using a socalled PlasmaCoat combining the excellent hardness and anti-wear of thermal spray processes with non-stick and sliding properties of fluoropolymers. The label applying apparatus 22 shown in Fig. 2 is also shown in Fig. 10, where an individual linerless label 12 is shown during its way down the inclined carrier plate member 24 by means of the belt conveyor 26 and the holding down arm member 28. At the bottom of the inclined carrier plate member 24 is mounted an application roller 62 by means of which linerless labels 12 leaving the label applying apparatus 22 are finally applied to a substrates such as a packings or the like.

In the close-up detail view of Fig. 11 the holding down arm member 28 is made from a suitable plastic material in stead as in Fig. 10, where the same holding down arm member 28 is made from metal such as anodized aluminium. In Fig. 11 the used application roller 62 has a larger width than that of the similar roller 62 of Fig. 10.

The detail view of Fig. 12 shows the thermal print head 14 and the cutting device 16 together with the very first parts of the subsequent inclined carrier plate member 24, the endless belt conveyor 26 and the holding down arm member 28. From the supply roll 6 (not shown) the linerless web 10 is fed under a horizontally projecting reversing roller 65 and in under the thermal print head 16, so that the front end of the linerless web 10 is positioned just in front of the cutting device 16. Fig. 13 shows in principle the very same as that of Fig. 12 seen from above - and with the thermal print head 14 swung upwards/backwards, where the front end of the linerless web 10 is positioned just in front of the cutting device 16.

Fig. 14 shows a detail view of the carrier roller 56 in combination with the mounting plate member 52 and the cutting device 16 - seen from the side and above - and with the thermal print head 14 swung upwards/backwards to show said parts. It should be mentioned, that said carrier roller 56 in practice is also the driving roller operated by a suitable electric step motor for the unwinding of the linerless web 10 from the supply roll 6 and the forward movement of the linerless web 10 under the thermal print head 14 and through the cutting device 16.

Fig. 15 shows a more close detail view of the carrier roller 56 in combination with the mounting plate member 52 and the cutting device 16 - seen from the side - showing the position of the rear side cover plate member 60 and the belt conveyor 26 cooperating with the holding down arm member 28.

Fig. 16 shows a detail view of the front end 66 of the linerless web 10 on its way to- wards said belt conveyor 26 and said holding down arm member 28, and Fig. 17 shows a detail view illustrating the manner of cooperation between said belt conveyor 26 and said holding down arm member 28 during the guidance of the front end of the linerless web 10.

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Clasificación internacionalB65C9/18, B65C11/02
Clasificación cooperativaB65C9/1826, B65C11/02, B65C9/1803
Clasificación europeaB65C9/18A4C, B65C11/02, B65C9/18A
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