Heat Exchange Fluid Supply And/or Removal Patents (Class 34/119)
  • Patent number: 10731921
    Abstract: Systems and methods for adjustable interlacing of drying rollers in a print system. One system is an apparatus that includes first rollers that conduct heat from a heat source, and dry a web of print media as the web travels over a front side of the first rollers in a first direction. A last roller of the first rollers turns the web in a second direction. The apparatus also includes second rollers disposed a distance above the first rollers and that transport the web in the second direction. The apparatus further includes a movement mechanism that reduces the distance between the second rollers and the first rollers to cause the second rollers to occupy spaces between the first rollers so that the web traveling in the second direction contacts a back side of the first rollers to further dry the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Stuart J. Boland, Dilan Nirushan Fernando, Scott R. Johnson, Casey E. Walker
  • Patent number: 8925217
    Abstract: Method for steam recapture in the drying of a tissue paper web with a cylinder that is fed from a live steam network and with a hot air hood that flows hot air onto the tissue paper web, includes the steps of: removing condensate from the cylinder; compressing the condensate to a first pressure level essentially corresponding to that of the live steam network; heating the condensate by heat exchange with the exhaust air from the hot air hood; vaporizing the condensate; and feeding generated steam into the live steam network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Martin Wiens, Bruno Dexler, Jan Hieke, Josef Heintz
  • Patent number: 8919008
    Abstract: The invention relates to a Yankee dryer (1) made of steel with a cylindrical steel shell (2) that is closed off at each end by a cylinder end cover (3, 4). According to the invention the Yankee dryer (1) has a one-piece central shaft (7) with a first and a second connecting flange (8, 9) to join the central shaft (7) to the end covers (3, 4), where the diameter of the first connecting flange (8) is smaller than the diameter of the opening (6) in the second end cover (4) so that the central shaft (7) can be pushed through this opening (6) into the Yankee cylinder (1). The invention also refers to a manufacturing process for a Yankee dryer (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Andritz AG
    Inventors: Jörg Bauböck, Gernot Tropper
  • Patent number: 8826560
    Abstract: A support apparatus and method is disclosed for supporting a syphon within a rotating cylinder. The apparatus includes a hub which is disposed within the rotating cylinder. The hub has a first and a second end, the hub defining a bore which extends between the ends of the hub for rotatably supporting the syphon. A first, second and third arm extend from the hub, each of the arms extending radially outwardly from the hub. Each of the arms has an inner and an outer extremity. The inner extremities of the arms are disposed adjacent to the hub. Also, the outer extremities of the arms are disposed adjacent to an internal surface of the rotating cylinder such that the arms and the hub support the syphon within the rotating cylinder while permitting rotation of the rotating cylinder relative to the syphon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Kadant Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew H. Beach, Alan T Ives
  • Patent number: 8615896
    Abstract: A clothing dryer having a cover structure capable of increasing quantity of air generated from a cooling fan. The clothing dryer includes a first cover covering the cooling fan and a second cover connected to the first cover. A cutoff is provided at a connection area between the first cover and the second cover to branch a flow of air and is positioned below a rotational center of the cooling fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Young Suk Chung
  • Patent number: 8544184
    Abstract: A machine for the production of a fibrous web. The fibrous web being a paper web, a cardboard web or a tissue web. The machine including a hot air hood, an upstream drying zone, a downstream dryer cylinder and a dryer hood. The upstream drying zone has an area in which the moving fibrous web is treated with hot air from the hot air hood, the hot air hood being allocated to the upstream drying zone. The downstream dryer cylinder is a Yankee-Cylinder. The dryer hood is associated with the downstream dryer cylinder for further drying of the fibrous web. The hot air for the hot air hood is at least partially recovered from the dryer hood which is associated to the downstream drying cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Voith Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Luiz C. Da Silva, Thomas Scherb, Ronaldo Parucker, Oswaldir Rizzatto
  • Publication number: 20130174437
    Abstract: A device for positioning a drain pipe (6) of a draining system in a drying cylinder (1) the jacket (2) of which has inner circumferential grooves (3) for condensate which is formed as a result of heat transfer, said draining system comprising an outlet means and a plurality of drain pipes which are connected to the outlet means, wherein the draining system removes the condensate from the grooves via the drain pipes and the outlet means, wherein the device has a pipe positioner (40) which is disposed within an end portion (9) of the drain pipe located closest to the jacket, said pipe positioner comprising a supporting body (41) resting on the top surfaces (30) of two adjacent ridges (5), and a locking device (54) for fixing the drain pipe to the pipe positioner (40), which has a first through hole (48) for receiving the drain pipe (6), and a second hole (49) for receiving the locking device, said second hole opening into the first hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: METSO PAPER SWEDEN AB
    Inventor: Johnny Anerud
  • Patent number: 8261465
    Abstract: Device and process for producing and treating a fibrous web. The device includes a moistening unit structured and arranged to simultaneously influence a cross machine moisture profile of the web and the curl of the web independently of each other. The instant abstract is neither intended to define the invention disclosed in this specification nor intended to limit the scope of the invention in any way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Voith Paper Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Roland Mayer, Antje Stein, Markus Oechsle, Frank Wegehaupt
  • Patent number: 8011115
    Abstract: A fiber-web machine dryer section has a drying group with single-wire draw so the drying wire (F) presses the web (W) against heated cylinder surfaces with the web (W) at the side of the outside curve of reversing cylinders (11) situated between drying cylinders (10, 12). A pocket space (T) is formed between two adjacent drying cylinders (10) and a reversing cylinder (11) situated between them, and the drying wire (F). A negative pressure component (20) placed in the pocket space (T) creates a pressure difference over the drying wire (F) and the web (W) for attaching the web (W) to the drying wire (F) so the cross-direction shrinkage of the web (W) is controllable. The wire tension (F) is maintained at a level help control cross-direction shrinkage of the web. The pocket space (T) is sealed by sealing members (25, 26) to maintain negative pressure in the pocket space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Metso Paper, Inc.
    Inventors: Antti Komulainen, Kari Juppi, Pasi Kekko, Markku Lummila
  • Patent number: 7841103
    Abstract: A through-air dryer is disclosed. The through-air dryer includes a cylindrical deck made from a plurality of deck plates that support a throughdrying fabric. The deck plates are supported by opposing hubs. Each of the hubs is in communication with a bearing that is mounted to a stationary shaft for allowing the cylindrical deck and the hubs to rotate. The bearings are positioned so as to create a through-air dryer structure that remains stable during operation and allows for easy calculation of loads on the dryer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank S. Hada, Michael A. Hermans, Ronald F. Gropp, Peter K. Costello
  • Patent number: 7673395
    Abstract: A dryer bar apparatus of a dryer for drying a web in a papermaking machine includes a number of turbulence bars circumferentially spaced equidistantly around the inner surface of the dryer shell for generating turbulence within a layer of condensate. The arrangement is such that uniformity of the transfer of thermal energy in the cross machine direction is maximized while the transfer of thermal energy through the dryer shell from the inner to the outer surface is minimized. Also, the number of turbulence bars is determined by the equation: N=int{2?Ri/[4?(Ri/d)½+W]} in which: N=the number of turbulence bars in the dryer shell; int=an integer number of a value in { } brackets; ?=3.1415; Ri=the inside radius of the inner surface of the dryer shell in inches; d=an average depth of the layer in inches; W=a width of each of the turbulence bars in inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Kadant Johnson Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald L. Timm, Gregory L. Wedel
  • Patent number: 7475496
    Abstract: A steam blower box unit having a steam blower box for applying steam to a passing material web, especially a paper or board web, and having a withdrawal device at least partly integrated in the steam blower box. The steam blower box, located opposite the material web in an operating position, can be moved out of its operating position laterally via the withdrawal device, that is to say generally transversely with respect to the web running direction, and can be moved into this operating position again from its lateral position. In this case, preferably the entire steam blower box can be moved appropriately via the withdrawal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Voith Paper Patent GmbH
    Inventor: Dieter Mueller
  • Patent number: 7459061
    Abstract: Employment of one or more resealable access slots in a steam distributor apparatus affords easy access to the internal chambers of the apparatus for cleaning and maintenance. The access slots can be located on the lower walls of the steam discharge chambers where debris tend to aggregate during operation of the apparatus. The apparatus can have multiple discharge chambers that are separated by spaced-apart partitions or baffle panels. Steam that is supplied from a steam header to each chamber exits each chamber through perforations of a discharge screen plate that is permanently secured onto adjacent partition panels. Actuators can regulate the steam flow from the steam header to the individual discharge chambers thereby creating a steam curtain with uniform or non-uniform cross direction profiles as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Eric O. Passiniemi
  • Patent number: 7294239
    Abstract: An apparatus for dewatering a fiber web in a paper machine includes a heated drying surface, a permeable fabric carrying the fiber web, and a condensing region adjacent a portion of the permeable fabric on a side opposite the fiber web. The fiber web is interposed between and contacts each of the heated drying surface and the permeable fabric. The condensation region has: a) a temperature which is less than a temperature of the permeable fabric; and/or b) a pressure which is greater than an ambient pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Voith Paper Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Lomic, Jeffrey Herman, Thomas Thoröe Scherb
  • Patent number: 7249424
    Abstract: The narrow-scale moisture profile of a paper web is controlled by profiling nozzles (11) of a profiling device (10) which cover part of the width of the web and desired variations of the moisture profile are corrected by the profiling nozzles (11). Coating quantity profile of a paper web may also be controlled. The narrow-scale coating quantity profile is controlled by profiling nozzles (11) of a profiling device (10) which cover part of the width of the web and desired variations of the coating quantity profile are corrected by the profiling nozzles (11). The device (10) for controlling the moisture profile or the coating quantity profile of a paper web has profiling nozzles (11) for controlling narrow-scale moisture profile variation, which cover a desired part of the width of the web, to correct desired variations occurring in the profile in the width direction of the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Metso Paper, Inc.
    Inventors: Juha Lipponen, Hans Sundqvist, Jarkko Nurmi, Jarkko Veijola, Jari Almi
  • Patent number: 7018513
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to an improvement to a rotary joint and stationary siphon system typically for use in the papermaking process. Disclosed is a siphon support that has a bearing that rotatably engages with a siphon and flow openings that allow for steam flow from the rotary joint to the interior of a heat exchange roll. Further disclosed is a support device with a flow section that receives steam from the rotary joint and transmits it on to the heat exchange roll, wherein the flow section raises the pressure differential across the rotary joint by less than about 2 p.s.i. The support device is also only attached to the rotary joint and siphon thereby reduces the cantilever effect of the stationary siphon. Further disclosed are systems for papermaking that include the siphon support and rotary joint; the siphon support and stationary siphon; and the support, rotary joint and siphon. Further disclosed is a method of assembly wherein the support device is attached to a rotary joint and siphon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Smith
  • Patent number: 7017279
    Abstract: A method of blowing drying gas against a paper web, and an impingement dryer of a paper machine. Drying gas is blown with an impingement dryer comprising several profiling chambers in the cross-direction of a paper machine, the cross-profile of the paper web being controlled with the drying gas blown from the profiling chambers. Each profiling chamber blows drying gas to its own effect range. The impingement dryer further comprises a return air chamber and return air ducts such that drying gas blown against the paper web from the profiling chambers is returned into the return air chamber through the return air ducts in such a way that some of the effect of the drying gas blown from the profiling chamber is at least partly prevented from reaching the effective area of the adjacent profiling chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Metso Automation OY
    Inventors: Jari Almi, Jarkko Veijola, Jarkko Nurmi, Antti Komulainen, Kari Juppi
  • Patent number: 6964117
    Abstract: An apparatus for drying a travelling wet fibrous web is provided which comprises a rotating air-permeable drum. The drum is at least partially surrounded by a hood which has an interior space for receiving a flow of air and directing the flow of air through a permeable inner wall towards the outer surface of the drum. At least a portion of the hood is divided into individual sections in a cross-machine direction. Apparatus is provided for supplying a flow of drying air at a first temperature to the hood, and for supplying profiling air at a selected different temperature different from the first temperature to at least one of the individual sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: Metso Paper USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Laurent R. Parent
  • Patent number: 6952888
    Abstract: A dryer vacuum box suppresses occurrence of sticking at an exit portion of a dryer roll in a dryer part of a paper machine to prevent paper break in the dryer part of the paper machine upon high speed paper making. The dryer vacuum box is provided for applying a vacuum suction force generated by a vacuum source through a canvas to a paper web. A first vacuum box has an opening faced with a surrounding area of a peeling point on the canvas, where the canvas is separated from the circumferential surface of the dryer roll, and the opening is covered by the surrounding area of the canvas so that an enclosed space is defined within the first vacuum box. The first vacuum box is connected with the vacuum source so that the a degree of vacuum in the first vacuum box is set to a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihito Nagano, Takashi Nagaoka
  • Patent number: 6944966
    Abstract: A steam blower box for the application of steam on a material web, particularly paper, which travels past the steam blower box includes a housing wall which faces the material web and extends transversely of the web travel direction. A plurality of steam outlet openings are arranged in the housing wall. The steam outlet openings are arranged in at least two separate groups, wherein at least one section which is free of steam application is provided between two adjacent groups, and wherein the air entrained by the material web is discharged through this section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: V.I.B. Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Winheim
  • Patent number: 6916405
    Abstract: Process and apparatus for drying a material web. The process includes guiding the material web to at least one heated area having a jacket surface of a cylinder having a diameter of between about 4-10 meters, setting the material web, having a dry content of between about 45-55%, onto the at least one heated area, maintaining the material web in uninterrupted contact with the at least one heated area at least until the material web achieves a firmness sufficient for detaching the material web from the heated area, and detaching the material web from the at least one heated area with a dry content of between about 55%-65%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Assignee: Voith Sulzer Papiertechnik Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Wolf, Markus Oechsle, Wolfgang Mayer, Thomas Mack, Roland Mayer
  • Patent number: 6896770
    Abstract: A Yankee cylinder or the like at the dry end of a paper machine has at least a drying cylinder, a hood covering the drying cylinder, a web guiding means, and a roller. After the drying cylinder at the dry end of the machine, seen in the machine direction, a covered area which above and on the sides is at least mainly covered extends at least to the area of the roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: Metso Paper, Inc.
    Inventors: Osmo Lamminpää, Juha Leimu, Carlo Morini
  • Patent number: 6877246
    Abstract: A through-air dryer is disclosed. The through-air dryer includes a cylindrical deck made from a plurality of deck plates that support a throughdrying fabric. The deck plates are supported by opposing hubs. Each of the hubs is in communication with the bearing that is mounted to a stationary shaft for allowing the cylindrical deck and the hubs to rotate. The bearings are positioned so as to create a through-air dryer structure that remains stable during operation and allows for easy calculation of loads on the dryer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank S. Hada, Michael A. Hermans, Ronald F. Gropp, Peter K. Costello
  • Patent number: 6848195
    Abstract: A blow box (18) for supporting the web run in a paper machine or the like, which blow box comprises members for maintaining a negative pressure at least in one negative pressure region (24) between the wire (20) and the blow box. The members comprise a blocking member (30, 32), which is arranged, regarding the wire's running direction, at the beginning and/or at the end of said negative pressure region, which extends across the wire and projects towards the wire, and which is movable in relation to the blow box, and blowing members (34, 36), with which air is ejected with blows between said blocking member and the wire from said negative pressure region and/or with which air is prevented from entering this negative pressure region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: Metso Paper, Inc.
    Inventor: Juha Leimu
  • Patent number: 6732453
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for arranging exhaust air and supply air in a drying section covered with a hood (14) in a paper machine, having drying cylinders (10) or the like and devices operating by negative and positive pressure. The exhaust air from the devices operating by negative pressure, such as suction rolls (20) and suction boxes is supplied out from the drying section via a first heat recovery tower (22). Substitute air is supplied via this first heat recovery tower to the runnability components (38) operating by positive pressure in the drying section. Substitute air can be additionally supplied via a second separate heat recovery tower (22′) to devices (40, 42) supplying heating air and/or ventilation air. The main portion of the exhaust air from the air space of the hood is supplied via this second heat recovery tower and out from the drying section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: Metso Paper, Inc.
    Inventor: Petri Norri
  • Patent number: 6675876
    Abstract: A rotary cooling roller includes outer and inner cylinders, two end plates fixed to both ends of the outer cylinder, and a supporting shaft protruding from the end plates. A cylindrical space, provided between the outer and the inner cylinders, communicates with the inner space of the inner cylinder via through-holes formed in the inner cylinder. A coolant contained is allowed to flow back and forth between the cylindrical space and the inner space of the inner cylinder. Ring-shaped spacers are provided in the cylindrical space for passing an external force exerted on the outer cylinder to the inner cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Sasakura Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kinya Yamashita, Tyuichi Itashiki, Tomohiro Motomura, Kunihiko Minami, Iwao Sawada
  • Publication number: 20030230002
    Abstract: The invention provides a dryer vacuum box which suppresses occurrence of sticking at an exit portion of a dryer roll in a dryer part of a paper machine to prevent paper break in the dryer part of the paper machine upon high-speed paper making. The dryer vacuum box is provided for applying vacuum suction force generated by a vacuum source through a canvas to a paper web and comprises a first vacuum box having an opening faced with surrounding area of a peeling point on the canvas, where the canvas is separated from the circumferential surface of the dryer roll, and the opening is covered by the surrounding area of the canvas so that an enclosed space is defined within the first vacuum box. The first vacuum box is connected with the vacuum source so that a degree of vacuum in the first vacuum box is to be set to a predetermined value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2003
    Publication date: December 18, 2003
    Inventors: Akihito Nagano, Takashi Nagaoka
  • Patent number: 6569288
    Abstract: In the method for manufacturing surface-treated printing paper, a paper web is first dried down to a target moisture of the surface treatment, and it is wetted again to the target moisture before the surface treatment. The rewetting to the target moisture is conducted on the web running to the surface treatment before a device effecting the surface treatment of the web, as seen in the travel direction of the web. Before re-wetting, the moisture profile of the web is adjusted in the drying section by wetting the web at a point which is located before the area of the heavy shrinkage (cd shrinkage area) in the travel direction of the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: Metso Paper, Inc.
    Inventors: Pekka Linnonmaa, Antti Heikkinen
  • Patent number: 6482295
    Abstract: Process and apparatus for drying a material web. The process includes guiding the material web to at least one heated area, maintaining the material web in uninterrupted contact with the at least one heated area at least until the material web achieves a firmness sufficient for detaching the material web from the heated area. The apparatus includes at least one heated area arranged to receive the material web. The at least one heated area includes a removal zone arranged for the removal of the material web from the at least one heated area. The at least one heated area has a length is sufficient to achieve a sufficient firmness of the material web to be removed in the removal zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Assignee: Voith Sulzer Papiertechnik Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Wolf, Markus Oechsle, Wolfgang Mayer, Thomas Mack, Roland Mayer
  • Publication number: 20020124429
    Abstract: In the dryer section of a paper machine, the paper web is pressed against the dryer cylinders by means of an air-permeable endless dryer fabric. A ventilator apparatus extends transversely across the paper machine located outside the pocket above and below the fabric turning rolls. Air from the ventilator is forced into the pocket through the fabric in the nips formed by the fabric and the fabric turning roll. This air dilutes the moisture driven from the sheet by the dryer can. The ventilator apparatus also creates a negative pressure region to exhaust air from the pocket. This exhaust air is used to scour the boundary layer of moisture laden air from the incoming fabric. The two-pass ventilator apparatus has two individual chambers separated by an induction chamber. The primary chamber contains multiple air jet nozzles. The blowing directions of the two longitudinal nozzles may be at different angles with respect to the running direction of the dryer fabric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2001
    Publication date: September 12, 2002
    Inventors: G. Randall Straley, John F. Ballard, William M. Allen
  • Patent number: 6418639
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method and a device in the dryer section of a paper/board machine. In the dryer section a normal single-wire draw is applied at least partly, in which method the web (W) is passed through the dryer group on support of a drying wire (H). The drying wire (H) presses the web (W) on the drying cylinders (Kn, Kn+1 . . . ) against the heated cylinder faces, and on the reversing cylinders or rolls (Sn, Sn+1 . . . ) between the drying cylinders (10) the web (W) remains at the side of the outside curve. There is one integrated device, through which a support suction and/or blowing is produced in order to improve the runability of the web (W) and to keep the web (W) in contact with the face of the wire, and through which same device, additionally, impingement blowing is produced in order to dry the web (W) and/or to control its tendency of curling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: Metso Paper, Inc.
    Inventors: Raimo Virta, Pekka Saarikivi, Juha Kaihovirta, Kari Juppi, Nenad Milosavljevic
  • Patent number: 6416631
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing a continuous web having a first side and a second side includes a plurality of rollers are arranged for cooperative rotation. The plurality of rollers are positioned to define a corresponding plurality of nips. The continuous web is processed through at least two of the plurality of nips. At least a first roller of the plurality of rollers has at least one void formed in the cylindrical middle surface. First and second sealing panels engage first and second circular ends of each of the plurality of rollers and define a chamber. A first pressure source is fluidly coupled to the chamber to pressurize the chamber. A membrane is positioned adjacent the first side of the continuous web to separate the continuous web from direct communication with the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Assignee: Voith Sulzer Papiertechnik Patent GmbH
    Inventor: David A. Beck
  • Patent number: 6412189
    Abstract: A steam box in a paper machine, the steam box including a main steam zone and at least one side steam zone through which steam is blown to a paper web. The side steam zone is placed in a side section of the steam box and arranged to form a curtain in order to prevent air from entering between the steam box and the paper web from outside the steam box and/or to prevent steam from exiting between the steam box and the paper web. Steam is supplied to the side steam zone from a steam chamber through a side steam zone valve arranged inside the steam box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Assignee: Metso Paper Automation Oy
    Inventor: Kari Pellinen
  • Patent number: 6408534
    Abstract: A steam box includes a elongated steam-distribution chamber, regulator chambers set in a row next to the elongated steam-distribution chamber and covered on one side with a continuous perforated screen. Operating devices distribute the steam from the distribution chamber to each regulator chamber. The steam box is intended to feed steam through the perforated screen to the web, to heat it according to a desired profile. The perforated screen is secured along one long edge to hinge members and along the opposite edge to locking members and is arranged to be able to be opened, to permit access to the regulator chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Metso Paper Automation Oy
    Inventors: Jukka-Pekka Alen, Reijo Hassinen, Tapio Härkönen, Tommi Luosma, Tuomas N{umlaut over (aa)}tänen, Jukka Samppala
  • Patent number: 6351896
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for drying a fiber web, in which the fiber web is dried between two tight bands moving in the same direction and turning around turning rolls. The first band is heated and the second band is cooled by a cooling chamber. The cooling chamber includes at least one cooling element and the cooling element includes at least one inlet chamber and at least one outlet chamber. The fiber web is arranged to run through a drying zone, with at least one felt or wire, such that the fiber web is in contact with the surface of the first, heated band and the felt or wire is between the fiber web and the second, cooled band. The pressure of the cooling element is balanced by a pressure balancing means, and the second band is provided with a hydraulic bearing for allowing the band to slide evenly and with little friction on the cooling chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Assignee: Metso Paper, Inc.
    Inventor: Veli-Matti Vainio
  • Patent number: 6294050
    Abstract: Drying end of a machine for the production of a material web such as paper or cardboard. The drying end includes at least one impact flow drier configured to bombard at least one surface of the material web with hot air or hot steam impact flow. Also provided is a method for drying a material web including bombarding the material web on at least one surface with hot air or hot steam impact flow, via at least one impact flow drier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2001
    Assignee: Voith Sulzer Papiertechnik Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Oechsle, Tri Chau-Huu, Roland Mayer
  • Patent number: 6260287
    Abstract: A sheet stabilizer is provided for a dryer section of a paper-making machine which conveys a wet sheet of paper by way of a felt or fabric, the dryer roller including a leading upper dryer roller, a lower dryer roller, and a trailing upper dryer roller. The sheet stabilizer comprises upper and lower Venturi boxes, which are disposed between the leading upper dryer roller and the lower drying roller. Each Venturi box provides a respective space defined by fixed parallel outer and inner plates. In use, the wet sheet of paper is in sliding contact with the upper outer plate. The upper and lower Venturi boxes cooperate to draw air from the nip between the wet sheet of paper and the lower dryer roller and into both the upper fixed space and the lower fixed space. The sliding contact between the supported wet sheet of paper and the upper outer plate assures that the air flow does not result in fluttering of the wet sheet of paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Inventors: Peter Walker, Raffaele Mancini
  • Patent number: 6205675
    Abstract: A dehydration machine includes a stuff tank, a stuff inlet provided at a lower portion of the stuff tank, a stuff outlet provided at an upper portion of the stuff tank, and a pair of drums each having a circumferential wall with a plurality of water passage apertures, the pair of drums being juxtaposed in the stuff tank. The pair of drums rotate adversely about its respective axis so as to introduce stuffs in the stuff tank therebetween from a lower side thereof. One of the drum is rotatable in an immovable manner, and the other of the drums is rotatable in an inclinable manner while being urged toward the one of the drums by an air spring. Each of the drums is provided with a metal net on an outer surface of the circumferential wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Assignee: Taizen Company Limited
    Inventors: Tetsuo Ide, Takefumi Ide
  • Patent number: 6199296
    Abstract: An apparatus for drying a wet web of paper comprising at least one through-air dryer, each dryer including a rotatable cylinder having a porous cylindrical deck, at least one continuous drying fabric wrapped about a portion of the circumference of the deck, a plurality of fabric support members positioned relative to each cylinder so as to direct the fabric and the web onto and from each cylinder, and a hood and a plenum cooperating to form a substantially sealed enclosure containing each cylinder. The drying fabric is adapted to support and transport the paper web about a portion of the circumference of the cylinder of each dryer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Assignee: Valmet-Karlstad AB
    Inventor: Dennis E. Jewitt
  • Patent number: 6189233
    Abstract: Dryer section of a machine for at least one of producing and processing a web of material. The dryer section includes at least one heatable drying cylinder having a circumference, at least a part the circumference adapted to be surrounded by the material web, at least one support band arranged to surround the at least a part of the circumference, and a sealing band arranged to surround the at least a part of the circumference. An overpressure cap is arranged to receive one of a liquid and gaseous medium and is adapted to apply a pressurized one of the liquid and gaseous medium on the at least one drying cylinder. A temperature of the medium is lower than a temperature on an outside of the part of the circumference. At least one second support band is arranged around the at least one drying cylinder and is positioned between the at least one support band and the sealing band, wherein the at least one second support band has a coarser structure than the at least one support band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: Voith Sulzer Papiermaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Guenter Halmschlager, Walter Holzer, Karl Steiner
  • Patent number: 6185836
    Abstract: A roller or roll heated by a gaseous heat carrier medium, preferably steam, having axially parallel peripheral passages for use in the pressing or smoothing station of paper making machines is connected to a device for the feeding and draining of the heat carrier medium so that for cooling the heated roller a cooling means is switched into the heating/cooling circuit and the direction of flow of the heat carrier medium may be reversed. Further aspects in accordance with the invention permit regulated cooling of the roller by blending heat carrier condensate into the return flow of heat carrier, by switching over between operation with a gaseous heat carrier and operation with a condensed heat carrier, as well as application of the invention in rollers having roller drive arranged on one flanged trunnion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Schwabische Huttenwerke GmbH
    Inventor: Heinz-Michael Zaoralek
  • Patent number: 6161303
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing a continuous web includes a plurality of rollers arranged for cooperative rotation. Each of the plurality of rollers have a first circular end surface, a second circular end surface and a cylindrical middle surface. The plurality of rollers define a corresponding plurality of nips. First and second sealing panels are provided for engaging the first and second circular ends of each of the plurality of rollers. The first and second sealing panels and the plurality of rollers define a chamber. The first and second sealing panels are structured and adapted to conform generally to the shape of the first and second circular end surfaces, respectively, of the plurality of rollers. End panel sealing of the chamber is provided by mechanical sealing, fluid sealing, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Voith Sulzer Papiertechnik Patent GmbH
    Inventor: David A. Beck
  • Patent number: 6161302
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dryer apparatus for fiber webs (10), such as webs of natural fiber, synthetic fiber and the like. The apparatus comprises a rotating dryer cylinder (1), the interior of which is provided with elements (8) for injecting hot heat-transfer fluid against the inner cylinder surface and for discharging if from the cylinder interior. The invention relates also to a method for heating a cylinder by injecting hot heat-transfer fluid against the inner surface of the heating cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Inventor: Pekka Rantala
  • Patent number: 6154981
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for improving the drying capacity of a hood covering a Yankee cylinder (10), when drying a web with a Yankee cylinder while conveying the web over the cylinder by blowing hot air jets against the web at the region of a first hood (12), said hot air jets having a temperature mainly <550.degree. C. The drying capacity of the drying hood is increased by blowing hot air jets against the web conveyed over the cylinder at the region of a second hood, a so called hot air hood (14, 14', 14"), said hot air jets having a a temperature which is higher than the temperature of the hot air jets blown against the web at the first hood, or mainly >550.degree. C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: Valmet Corporation
    Inventors: Pertti Heikkila, Nenad Milosavljevic
  • Patent number: 6108936
    Abstract: Method for one of drying and cooling a web in which a web is passed over an arcuate circumference of a blow device, a gas is directed from an interior of the blow device at the web through first openings formed in a mantle of the device to form a support zone between the mantle and the web, and moistened exhaust gas is drawn from the support zone into the interior of the blow device through second openings formed in the mantle. A revolving edge support is arranged at each end of the blow device to support the web during the passage of the web over the circumference of the blow device, the edge supports being separate from the blow device, and the edge supports include one of interior circumferential and friction surfaces to seal the support zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Valmet Corporation
    Inventor: Vesa Vuorinen
  • Patent number: 6098311
    Abstract: An air heating and control system, which in one application controls the diameter of a calender roll in the paper making process, includes a row of heater packs proximate to the various zones of the calender roll. Each heater pack has a plurality of electrical heating coils which are at least partially connected in parallel so that failure of one coil does not interrupt power to the remaining coils. Air flowing through the heating coils is heated to a desired temperature and impinges upon the calender roll to expand it as desired. A control system senses a defective coil, which effectively reduces current in a heater pack, and increases the voltage imposed upon that heater pack to again produce the desired power level or heating effect. Thus failure of a heating coil is immediately compensated for.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Impact Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Lee L. Henry
  • Patent number: 6079117
    Abstract: A device for removing moisture from a continuously advancing textile web by suction. A suction slit which reaches crosswise across the textile web is provided, which is delimited on one side by a slide surface, on the other side by a roll. On the side facing the roll, the slide crosspiece has a concave recess, into which the roll partly fits. At its edge, facing the roll, the slide crosspiece forms a tongue-like projection, which extends over the top of the roll, almost to the vertex of the roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Assignee: Eduard Kusters Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Kurschatke
  • Patent number: 6068735
    Abstract: A dust and fiber control device for paper making apparatus is described. The device includes a wall in conjunction with a feed spout for providing a water curtain. The water curtain serves to capture and remove air suspended dust and fiber particles from ambient air. The device is positioned transversely to the motion of a paper web underneath the web between a drying cylinder and a rewinder. The water curtain device is utilized in conjunction with air flow devices for assisting in controlling the collection of air suspended dust and fiber particles from the ambient air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: Fort James France
    Inventor: Paul Marchal
  • Patent number: 6012234
    Abstract: A machine for drying a continuous web is provided. At least one drying cylinder around which the web is dried is provided. The cylinder includes a sleeve which transfers heat from steam in the cylinder to an outer surface which contacts the web. The sleeve includes, on an inner periphery thereof, circumferential grooves separated from each another by ribs. At least one of the grooves has a width at its radial outer end which is wider than a width at its mouth at a radial inner end. At least one of the ribs has a width at its radial outer end which is smaller a width at its radial inner end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignee: Voith Sulzer Papiermaschinen GmbH
    Inventor: Christian Schiel
  • Patent number: 5992040
    Abstract: A drying section apparatus is disclosed for drying a web of paper. The apparatus includes a size press for applying size to at least one side of the web. A single tier dryer is disposed downstream relative to the size press for drying the web. The single tier dryer includes a plurality of dryer cylinders and a plurality of vacuum rolls. Each of the vacuum rolls is disposed between adjacent dryer cylinders of the plurality of dryer cylinders. A dryer felt extends around at least one of the dryer cylinders. The arrangement is such that at least one of the dryer cylinders is top felted for permitting downward removal of broke. An air cap is disposed above at least one of the dryer cylinders for blowing air through the felt for drying the web disposed between the dryer cylinder and the felt. The arrangement is such that both sides of the web are dried during passage of the web through the single tier dryer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Beloit Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Lars N. Nordang