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1. (WO2017189263) CLADDING STRIP FEEDERS HAVING INDEPENDENT PRESSURE ROLLERS AND STRIP CLADDING SYSTEMS WITH CLADDING STRIP FEEDERS HAVING INDEPENDENT PRESSURE ROLLERS

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/189263    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/027912
Publication Date: Fri Nov 03 00:59:59 CET 2017 International Filing Date: Tue Apr 18 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: B23K 9/04
B23K 9/133
B23K 9/18
B23K 25/00
Applicants: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
Inventors: BRAMBILLA, Fabrizio Bernardo
TOMA, Catalin
REDAELLI, Domenico
KEULTJES, Petrus Hermanus
Title: CLADDING STRIP FEEDERS HAVING INDEPENDENT PRESSURE ROLLERS AND STRIP CLADDING SYSTEMS WITH CLADDING STRIP FEEDERS HAVING INDEPENDENT PRESSURE ROLLERS
Abstract:
Cladding strip feeders having independent pressure rollers and strip cladding systems with cladding strip feeders having independent pressure rollers are disclosed. A disclosed example cladding strip feeder for a strip cladding system includes: a drive roller to advance a cladding strip along a strip feed path through contact plates; a first pressure roller positioned along the strip feed path opposite a first section of the drive roller; a second pressure roller positioned along the strip feed path opposite a second section of the drive roller; a third pressure roller positioned along the strip feed path opposite a third section of the drive roller; a first pressure adjuster to set a first pressure applied to the cladding strip by the first pressure roller and the first section of the drive roller; a second pressure adjuster to set a second pressure applied to the cladding strip by the second pressure roller and the second section of the drive roller; and a third pressure adjuster to set a third pressure applied to the cladding strip by the third pressure roller and the third section of the drive roller, the first pressure roller, the second pressure roller, and the third pressure roller being configured to apply symmetric pressure across a width of the cladding strip by selectively setting at least one of the second pressure adjuster to apply the second pressure or the third pressure adjuster to apply the third pressure based on the cladding strip having one of at least three incremental strip widths.