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Title:
COILING LINE FOR ROLLED STOCK
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2000/025950
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
Coiling line located downstream of a rolling train (11) provided with shears (16) suitable to shear the rolled stock (12) emerging from the rolling train (11), comprising a first coiling machine (21) suitable to coil the rolled stock (12) to achieve a corresponding first coil, downstream of the shears (16) there being included at least a second coiling machine (22) suitable to coil the rolled stock (12) to achieve a corresponding second coil, selection means (17, 117) being provided to take the rolled stock (12) to wind alternatively either onto the first or onto the at least second coiling machine (21, 22).

Inventors:
Bordignon, Giuseppe (Via Roma, 10/2 Bicinicco, I-33050, IT)
De Luca, Andrea (Via Malignani, 13/6 Remanzacco, I-33047, IT)
Poloni, Alfredo (Via General Paolini, 29 Fogliano di Redipuglia, I-34070, IT)
Application Number:
PCT/IB1999/001757
Publication Date:
May 11, 2000
Filing Date:
November 01, 1999
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
DANIELI & C. OFFICINE MECCANICHE SPA (Via Nazionale Buttrio, I-33042, IT)
International Classes:
B21C47/00; B21C47/24; B21C47/34; (IPC1-7): B21C47/00; B21C47/24; B21C47/34
Foreign References:
US3985313A1976-10-12
US4664329A1987-05-12
US3796389A1974-03-12
DE4035193A11992-05-07
DE3404893A11985-08-14
EP0444311A11991-09-04
Other References:
PATENT ABSTRACTS OF JAPAN vol. 009, no. 172 (M-397), 17 July 1985 (1985-07-17) & JP 60 044471 A (HITACHI DENSEN KK), 9 March 1985 (1985-03-09)
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Petraz, Gilberto (GLP Srl Piazzale Cavedalis, 6/2 Udine, I-33100, IT)
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Claims:
CLAIMS
1. A coiling line located downstream of a rolling train (11) provided with shears (16) suitable to shear the rolled stock (12) coming from the rolling train (11), comprising a first coiling machine (21) for winding the rolled stock (12) to realise a corresponding first coil, at least a second coiling machine (22) for winding the rolled stock (12) to realise a corresponding second coil, selection means (17,117) to deviate the rolled stock (12) alternatively towards said first or said at least second coiling machine (21,22), characterised in that drive means (33) are provided to selectively rotating the one of said coiling machine (21, 121) on which the rolled stock (12) is being wound and at the same time to hold stationary at least the other coiling machine (22,122) which has already completed the coil of rolled stock (12), and in that a coil. handling assembly (40) is provided to remove the already. completed coil from the stationary coiling machine (22,122).
2. A coiling line as in Claim 1, characterised in that said selection means (17,117) are able to deviate the rolled stock (12) to coil selectively onto a third and a fourth coiling machine (121,122), each of which is able to wind the rolled stock (12) to realise a corresponding third and fourth coil.
3. A coiling line as in Claim 1 or 2, characterised in that said coiling machines (21,22) are disposed in fixed positions with respect to said shears (16) and that said selection means comprise a switching device (17) arranged downstream of said shears (16) to selectively deviate the rolled stock (12) either to said first coiling machine (21), or to said at least second coiling machine (22).
4. A coiling line as in Claim 3, characterised in that a loop. forming assembly (23) for said rolled stock (12) is disposed between said switching device (17) and each of said coiling machines (21,22. 121,122).
5. A coiling line as in Claim 3, characterised in that a spiral distributor (25) is disposed in front of each of said coiling machines (21,22. 121,122).
6. A coiling line as in Claim 1 or 2, characterised in that one of said coil. handling assembly (40) is disposed downstream of each of said coiling machines (21,22. 121, 122) for removing each of said coils from the corresponding coiling machine (21,22. 121,122) to transfer it to transport means (50) disposed downstream thereof.
7. A coiling line as in Claim 1 or 2, characterised in that a coil. transport assembly (50) is disposed downstream of each of the coiling machines (21,22. 121,122).
8. A coiling line as in Claim 4, characterised in that a tying and strapping station (53) for the coils is disposed downstreasaides (21,22. 121,122).
9. A coiling line as in Claim 1 or 2, characterised in that lifting means are disposed downstream of each of the coiling machines (21,22. 121,122) to lift and weigh said coils (56).
10. A coiling line as in Claim 6, characterised in that a tying and strapping station (53) for said coils is provided downstream of said coil. handling assembly (40), and in that lifting means are provided downstream of said tying and strapping station (53) to lift and weigh said coils (56).
11. A coiling line as in Claim 1 or 2, characterised in that said selection means comprise a rotary support (117) on which said coiling machines (21,22) are mounted, and in that rotation means (61) are provided to rotate said rotary support (117) and selectively take one of said coiling machines (21) in correspondence with a spiral distributor device (25) and at the same time another of said coiling machines (22) in correspondence with a coil. handling assembly (40) for removing the coil of rolled stock from the corresponding coiling machine.
12. A coiling line as in Claim 11, characterised in that said first and second coiling machine (21,22) are mounted on diametrically opposite sides of a rotary support (117).
13. A coiling line as in Claim 11, characterised in that synchronisation means are provided to synchronise the rotation of said rotary support (117) with the coiling step of the rolled stock (12) on the corresponding coiling machine (21,22).
14. A coiling line as in Claim 1, characterised in that each of said coiling machines (21,22) is mounted on a rotary element (70) able to be selectively displaced between a first working position, wherein the corresponding mandrel (31) is disposed in correspondence with a spiral distributor device (25) and a second working position, and wherein said mandrel (31) is disposed in correspondence with a coil. handling assembly (40) suitable to remove the coil of rolled stock from said mandrel (31).
Description:
"COILING LINE FOR ROLLED STOCK" * * * * * FIELD OF APPLICATION This invention concerns a coiling line for rolled stock, particularly bars, plate, or rods (smooth or ribbed) of hot- rolled metal material, with a cross-section either round, square, rectangular, hexagonal or otherwise.

To be more exact, the invention concerns a coiling line located downstream of a traditional rolling train, equipped with drawing rollers and shears, wherein the rolled stock is wound into spirals to form coils which are subsequently tied to be stored or moved.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION Coiling lines which are known to the state of the art are substantially divided into two categories, according to whether the relative coiling machine has its axis of rotation vertical or horizontal.

Coiling machines with a vertical axis of rotation are based mainly on coiling inside containing cylinders, where the spirals are formed with the help of spiral-forming tools equipped with relative motion with respect to the containing cylinder.

This type of coiling machine generally does not ensure that a compact coil is formed, since the reciprocal movement of the spiral-forming tool and the containing cylinder is quite uncontrolled and since the stock which is being coiled is not subjected to a controlled tension.

Coiling machines with a horizontal axis of rotation normally allow to obtain much more compact coils, since the product to be coiled is wound on a central reel or mandrel ; which is made to rotate by a motor organ. In such coiling machines, the coil is made by means of successive, superimposed rings or layers, which are coaxial to the reel,

and thus compact coils are obtained.

The state of the art includes a coiling line associated with a rolling train wherein the rolled stock is coiled in a coiling machine with a horizontal axis and wherein, at the end of the line, there is a single assembly to collect and transport the already-formed coils arriving from the said line or from another coiling line.

This coiling line has the disadvantage that it does not guarantee a compact coil and that it has a relatively low productivity, since the time to remove, tie and move the already-formed coil must be added to the time needed to form the coil.

The state of the art also includes a rolling plant for the continuous production of iron bars, wire or round pieces, wherein a single plane product, obtained during a first rolling step, is divided into a plurality of profiles which are given the desired shape in subsequent rolling operations. In this plant the rolled products thus obtained travel parallel to each other towards stationary winding assemblies with a horizontal axis of rotation, which provide to coil them simultaneously, or in parallel, so as to form a plurality of coils on the same reel or mandrel.

This plant has the disadvantage that several profiles, which may even be different from each other, are wound onto the same winding or coiling assembly, and therefore each coil formed is neither compact nor in the least controlled while it is being formed.

Moreover, coiling lines which are known to the state of the art do not guarantee a uniform temperature over the whole stock which has been rolled and coiled, with differences at the leading and trailing end and the centre; this gives a lack of uniformity of the metallurgical aspect over the whole coil of rolled stock.

The present applicant has designed, tested and embodied this invention to overcome the shortcomings of the state of the art and to obtain further advantages.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The coiling line according to this invention is set forth and characterised in the main claim, while the dependent claims describe other characteristics of the main embodiment.

The main purpose of the invention is to achieve a coiling line which will allow to continuously coil the rolled stock emerging from a rolling train, without any dead times or waiting times, so that the line has a very high productivity.

In accordance with this purpose, the coiling line according to the invention, which is located downstream of a rolling train provided with shears suitable to selectively shear the rolled stock, comprises downstream of the shears a first coiling machine suitable to coil the rolled stock so as to achieve a corresponding first coil, a second coiling machine suitable to coil the rolled stock so as to achieve a corresponding second coil and selection means to take the rolled stock to wind alternatively either onto the first or onto the second coiling machine.

To be more exact, in accordance with a first form of embodiment, the coiling line according to the invention comprises a switching device, located downstream of the shears, to switch the rolled stock alternatively either to the first coiling machine or to the second coiling machine.

In accordance with a second form of embodiment, the coiling line according to the invention comprises a rotary support on which the coiling machines are mounted, rotation means to rotate the support and selectively take one of the coiling machines in correspondence with a device to

distribute the spirals and simultaneously another of the coiling machines in correspondence with a coil-handling assembly suitable to remove the coil of rolled stock from the corresponding coiling machine.

In accordance with a third form of embodiment, the coiling line according to the invention comprises a rotary element on which each coiling machine is mounted rotatable, motor means to make said element rotate and selectively take each of the coiling machines either in correspondence with a device to distribute the spirals or in correspondence with a coil-handling assembly suitable to remove the coil of rolled stock from the corresponding coiling machine. In this third form of embodiment, a pair of coiling machines is associated with the same coil-handling assembly, so that while one coiling machine of the pair is winding the rolled stock, the other coiling machine coupled thereto is discharging the already-coiled coil onto the coil-handling assembly.

In this way, irrespective of the form of embodiment, while one coil is removed from one coiling machine and sent for weighing and storing, at least a second coil is forming on another coiling machine.

It is thus possible to coil rolled stock travelling at speeds of more than 40 metres per second, with an hourly production in the order of 100-110 tonnes per hour.

A second purpose of the invention is to achieve a coiling line wherein upstream of each coiling machine there is a device which keeps the rolled stock under tension and controls the resistant traction of each rolled product while it is being coiled.

A third purpose of the invention is to achieve a coiling line wherein upstream of each coiling machine there is a device which guides the formation of the spirals of the coil, both lengthwise so as to form rings of spirals with a

pre-determined packing, and also in a transverse direction, that is to say, ring after ring or layer after layer.

Another purpose of the invention is to achieve a coiling line wherein, for each coiling machine, means are provided to maintain the coil uniformly compact, so as to guarantee uniformity of temperature and of metallurgical features over the whole rolled and coiled stock, without appreciable differences between the leading end, the centre, and the trailing end thereof.

A further purpose of the invention is to achieve a coiling line wherein, for each coiling machine, there are means to remove the formed coil without unravelling the spirals and ruining the outer layers, and wherein there are means to transport each coil quickly and safely, each coil being able to reach a weight in the order of 3.5 tonnes, towards a tying station first and a weighing and storing station later.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS These and other characteristics of the invention will become clear from the following description of a preferred form of embodiment, given as a non-restrictive example, wherein: Fig. 1 is a view from above, in diagram form, of a coiling line according to the invention in accordance with a first form of embodiment; Fig. 2 is a view from above, enlarged, of the coiling line shown in Fig. 1; Fig. 3 is a view from above, in diagram form, of a variant of a coiling line as shown in Fig. 1; Fig. 4 is a view from above of an enlarged detail of the coiling lines according to the invention; Fig. 5 is a view along a line from A to A of Fig. 4; Fig. 6 is a view along a line from B to B of Fig. 4, with

the coiling line according to the invention in a first working position; Fig. 7 is a view of Fig. 6, with the coiling line according to the invention in a second working position; Fig. 8 is a view from above, in diagram form, of a coiling line according to the invention in accordance with a second form of embodiment; Fig. 9 is a view from above, in diagram form, of a coiling line according to the invention in accordance with a third form of embodiment; and Fig. 10 is a view from above, in diagram form, of a variant of the coiling line shown in Fig. 9.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS With reference to Fig. 1, a coiling line 10 according to the invention is suitable to be arranged downstream of a rolling train 11 for hot rolled stock 12, such as bars, plate, or rods (smooth or ribbed) of metal material, with a cross-section either round, square, rectangular, hexagonal or otherwise.

The rolling train 11 can be of any known type, for example of the type described in the application for a patent of industrial invention n°. UD97A000105 which this Applicant filed on 5 June 1997, and comprising drawing rollers 13, conveying channels 14 and a series of four stages of controlled water cooling 15 (water boxes), suitable to remove heat and to cool the rolled stock 12, arresting their tempering, before the coiling step.

Downstream from the last water cooling stage 15 there is a shears 16 suitable to shear to size the rolled stock 12 to be coiled, and to crop the leading and trailing end, and also to possibly perform the emergency scrapping of the rolled stock 12 if necessary.

The coiling line 10 according to the invention is suitable

to coil rolled stock with diameters of between 8 and 52 mm or, in the case of bars or plate, with a section of between 60 mm2 (for example 20 mm by 3 mm) and 1400 mm2 (for example 70 mm by 20 mm).

The coiling line 10 comprises a switching device 17, of the hydraulic type, arranged at the outlet of the shears 16 and suitable to selectively and alternatively switch the individual rolled product 12 either to a first coiling machine 21 or to a second coiling machine 22.

According to a variant, shown in Fig. 3, the switching device 17 is able to switch the rolled stock 12 also to a third and a fourth coiling machine 121 and respectively 122.

This embodiment can be used in the event that two products emerge from the rolling train 11 obtained by splitting a single original product.

In this case, there is a real doubling of the coiling line, especially in terms of productivity.

Between the switching device 17 and each of the coiling machines 21,22,121 and 122 there is a loop forming assembly 23 (looper), of a known type, suitable to regulate the flow of rolled stock 12 towards the coiling machine 21, 22,121 and 122 and to make it correctly perform the increase in diameter step, during the same coiling operation. The looper 23 thus fulfils a function of a buffer for the rolled stock 12 before it is coiled.

Between each looper 23 and each coiling machine 21,22, 121 and 122 there is a device to distribute spirals 25 (Figs. 2,4 and 5) comprising a tubular guide 26, about 5.5 meters long and with one end 27 pivoting on the base and one end 28 mounted on a distribution trolley 29 movable horizontally, under the command of a low inertia electric motor 30 and an appropriate connection by a screw/nut screw, not shown in the drawings.

The end 28 of the guide 26 is also movable vertically on the trolley 29 so that it can pass from one ring of spirals to the following one with a larger diameter and thus perform the increase in diameter step within the same coiling cycle.

A balancing device 34 of a pneumatic type is connected to the end 28 of the guide 26 to facilitate the increase in diameter step and the variation thereof during coiling.

Each coiling machine 21,22,121 and 122 is of the precision type, that is to say, of the type in which the individual spirals are formed under the guidance of mechanical means which regulate their packing, their density, and their tension. To be more exact, each coiling machine 21,22,121 and 122 comprises a reel or mandrel 31 with a horizontal axis of rotation, mounted cantilevered, rotatable on a stationary structure 32 and commanded by an electric motor 33.

A cylindrical plate 35 is suitable to cooperate with the mandrel 31 and pivots on a shaft 36 so as to be able to move from a working position, wherein it is arranged substantially orthogonal to the axis of rotation of the mandrel 31 and cooperating therewith, to an inactive position, shown in Fig. 5, wherein it is distanced and lowered with respect to the mandrel 31 and arranged substantially horizontal.

The mandrel is formed by four expansion elements, radially movable so as to facilitate the removal of the just-formed coil. The radial movement of the four elements is obtained with a hydraulically commanded and water cooled mechanism 37.

Downstream of each coiling machine 21,22,121 and 122 there is a coil-handling assembly 40 (Figs. 6 and 7), which is suitable to remove the coil of just-formed rolled stock 12 and to position it on a coil-transport assembly 50

located downstream thereof.

The coil-handling assembly 40 comprises a trolley 41 movable horizontally on fixed rails, by means of a hydraulic command.

On a pin 42 of the trolley 41 a supporting frame 43 pivots, on which four idler rollers 45 are mounted rotatable and parallel to each other to contain the spirals of the coil, and also a fork-type device 46, suitable to remove and support the coils during a step when they are turned over through 90° to take them from the forming position, with a horizontal axis, to the moving position, with a vertical axis.

The supporting frame 43 and the fork-type device 46 are commanded hydraulically to perform the steps of gripping, removing, turning over and releasing each coil which has formed on the respective coiling machine 21,22,121 or 122.

The rollers 45 are also suitable to cooperate with the trailing end of the rolled stock 12 during the final step of coiling.

The coil-transport assembly 50 comprises a bench 51 movable vertically and commanded hydraulically. The bench 51 is provided with four movable grippers 52, also commanded hydraulically, which are suitable to grip the coil arranged by the handling assembly 40 with the axis in the vertical position, to prevent the spirals of the coil from unravelling.

The coil-transport assembly 50 also comprises a tying and strapping station 53, wherein the coils of rolled stock 12 are tied in known manner. The bench 51 is also able to rotate on itself through 90°, together with the coil which it is carrying, so that the tying station 53, although it has only two tying machines, one opposite the other, is able to perform at least four tying operations for each coil.

The coil-transport assembly 50 also comprises a chain transporter 55, provided with a weighing bascule 56 (Figs. 2 and 3) to weigh the coils.

The transporter 55 is suitable to discharge and store the coils formed on each of the coiling machines 21,22,121 and 122.

The coiling line 10 as described heretofore functions as follows: The rolled stock 12 (Fig. 1) arriving from the rolling train 11 and possibly from the hardening line passes through the controlled cooling stages 15. The drawing rollers 13 ensure that the rolled stock 12 is kept under tension along the whole line of passage.

After the shears 16 has optionally cropped the leading end of the rolled stock 12, the switching device 17, according to one characteristic of the invention, alternatively directs the rolled stock 12 to one of the coiling machines 21,22 and, in the event of two rolled products, 121 and 122 (Figs. 2 and 3), in such a way that at least one of the coiling machines is always in the coiling stage while the just-formed coil is being removed from the other coiling machine.

At this point we shall describe only how the coiling machine 21 functions, since all the others function in the same way.

The drawing rollers 13 of the looper 23 ensure that the rolled stock 12 is kept under tension and is coiled onto the mandrel 31 of the coiling machine 21 under traction. They also form the loop needed to accumulate rolled stock 12 to be supplied quickly to the coiling machine 21 during the increase in diameter step of one coil. The drawing rollers 13 brake the trailing end of the rolled stock 12, to keep it at the desired tension when the mandrel 31 decelerates and

stops at the end of the coiling step.

The rolled stock 12 is then guided to the coiling machine 21 by the tubular guide 26. At first the guide 26 of the spiral distributor 25 is substantially arranged on the horizontal plane, displaced towards the inside of the mandrel 31. The first spirals are formed with the aid of spiral forming devices of a known type, after which the inner end 28 of the guide 26 is displaced horizontally, backwards and forwards, by the trolley 29 and upwards at the end of every ring of spirals, controlled by the balancing device 34. It is thus possible to obtain a rational and controlled distribution of the spirals both on every single ring and also on the different coaxial rings which form the coil.

With every ring of spirals the mandrel 31 is made to rotate by the motor 33 at a speed temporarily below that of the drawing rollers 13 of the looper 23. The rolled stock 12 is released by the looper 23 at the moment when one ring of spirals is completed and the subsequent ring is started. At this moment the peripheral coiling speed increases in ratio to the change of diameter and the motor 33 adapts its angular speed.

The speed of rotation of the reel or mandrel 31 is controlled by the loop formed by the looper 23, by means of a rotary probe and the motor 33 is torque controlled, and therefore guarantees at every moment the desired coiling traction, irrespective of the speed of the rolled stock 12.

Layer after layer, or ring after ring, the coil is formed until the rolled stock 12 has been completely coiled.

The shears 16 is commanded to shear to size the rolled stock 12 which is coiling on the coiling machine 21, in such a way that the dimensions and weight of the coil are pre- defined.

After the trailing end of the rolled stock 12, sheared by the shears 16, has passed beyond the switching device 17, the latter is activated to switch the rolled stock 12 towards the second coiling machine 22.

In the meantime, the first coiling machine 21 completes coiling the rolled stock 12. In particular the motor 33 is rapidly decelerated, so that the mandrel 31 stops in a very short time.

During this deceleration step, when the speed of rotation is low and before the trailing end of the rolled stock 12 emerges from the rollers of the drawing assembly 13 located upstream of the spiral distributor 25, the cylindrical plate 36 is distanced from the mandrel 31 and the handling assembly 40 is taken towards the coiling machine 21, with its four idler rollers 45 coaxial to the coil which is just being completed.

The rollers 45 close on the rotating coil and thus prevent the last spirals of the coil from unravelling. In this way the rollers 45 also collaborate in the final step of coiling the trailing end of the compact coil.

When the motor 33 has completely stopped and the coil of rolled stock 12 is stationary, the forks of the support 43 are inserted between the coil and stationary plate to contain the spirals, orthogonal to the mandrel 31, to ensure that the coil is supported while it is removed and rotated by 90°.

The trolley 41 is then translated horizontally so that the coil is removed horizontally from the mandrel 31, which at the same time retracts radially, commanded by the mechanism 37.

The support 43 is then rotated by 90°, together with the coil which is attached thereto, in such a way as to take the coil itself above the bench 51 which is already prepared in

a raised position.

The grippers 52 grip the coil of rolled stock 12 to prevent it from unravelling, the bench 51 is made to descend towards the tying and strapping station 53 where the coil is tied.

The chain transporter 55 then provides to transport the coil towards the weighing bascule 56 and subsequently to a storage zone where it may be moved further.

In accordance with a second form of embodiment, shown in Fig. 8, the two coiling machines 21 and 22, instead of being stationary as they are in the embodiment as described heretofore, are mounted on diametrically opposite sides of a support 117 rotating on a shaft 60 with a vertical axis of rotation.

In this embodiment the switching device 17 is not provided, because it is not necessary; however, the embodiment does provide a single channel to convey the rolled stock 12 downstream of the shears 16, a single device 25 to distribute spirals, a single looper 23 upstream of the spiral distributor 25, a single coil-handling assembly 40 and, consequently, a single coil-transport assembly 50.

To be more exact, the spiral distributor 25 and the assemblies 40 and 50 are positioned on opposite sides of the rotary support 117, so that while one of the coiling machines (for example the one indicated by the reference number 21) is in correspondence with the spiral distributor 25, the other coiling machine (for example, the one indicated by the reference number 22) is in correspondence and aligned with the coil-handling assembly 40 and the coil- transport assembly 50.

Drive means 61 are connected to the shaft 60 to selectively rotate by 180° the support 117 around its vertical axis and thus to execute the change in the angular

position of the two coiling machines 21 and 22.

A device 62 including idler rollers is provided on each coiling machine 21 and 22 to prevent the just-formed coil from unravelling.

Synchronisation means, of a mechanical or electronic type, are provided to synchronise the various command organs of the coiling line.

The coiling line according to this form of embodiment functions as follows: Initially the rolled stock 12 is coiled onto the coiling machine 21, in a manner identical to that described for the first embodiment.

When the coil is complete, the device 62 is actuated to prevent the spirals of the coil from unravelling, and the drive means 61 are actuated which make the support 117 quickly rotate by 180°, thus achieving the change in angular position of the two coiling machines 21 and 22.

The coiling machine 21 is thus taken in correspondence with the coil-handling assembly 40, which will provide to manage and move the coil which has just formed, in the manner we have already described.

At the same time, the coiling machine 22, which is empty, is taken opposite the spiral distributor 25, which will thus provide to form a coil of rolled stock 12.

While the support 117 is rotating, which it does very quickly, the looper 23 is actuated to slow down the rolled stock 12 and prevent the leading end thereof from coming into contact with the space occupied by the coiling machines which are rotating with the support 117.

In order to optimise the working times, the support 117 can even begin to rotate when the coil forming in the coiling machine 21 is not yet completely finished, but the trailing end of the rolled stock 12 has in any case passed

beyond the drawing rollers 13.

Alternately, associated with each coiling machine 21 and 22, mounted on the support 117, the embodiment provides to mount a segment of guide channel, which can move transversely to the longitudinal axis of the mandrel of the coiling machine 21, in synchronisation with the movement of the end 28 of the spiral distributor 25, for example by means of crossed-pitch twin screws.

In accordance with a third form of embodiment of the invention, shown in Fig. 9, each of the four coiling machines 21,22,121 and 122 is associated with a single spiral distributor 25, exactly as provided in the variant shown in Fig. 3. Unlike that variant, however, in this third form of embodiment each pair of coiling machines 21,22 and respectively 121,122 is associated with a single coil- handling assembly 40, with a coil-transport assembly associated 50.

To be more exact, each coiling machine 21,22,121 and 122 is mounted on its own rotating vertical pin 70, commanded by an electric motor of a known type and not shown in the drawings. Each coiling machine 21,22,121 and 122 is thus suitable to rotate on a horizontal plane between a first working or coiling position, wherein the relative reel 31 is arranged in correspondence with the spiral distributor 25 associated therewith, and a second working position, or coil discharge position, wherein the axis of rotation of the reel 31 is rotated by about 60° and aligned with the corresponding coil-handling assembly 40.

According to a variant of this third form of embodiment, shown in Fig. 10, each coiling machine 21,22,121 and 122 can be rotated by 90° around its own pin 70. In this case, in the second working position, each reel 31 has its own axis of rotation aligned with the coil-handling assembly 40.

In its turn, the latter is mounted sliding on longitudinal 71 and transverse 72 guides to collect the coils formed on the corresponding reel 31 and to transfer them to the assembly 50.

It is obvious that modifications and additions may be made to the device to remove and move coils of rolled stock coiled by a corresponding coiling machine as described heretofore, but these shall remain nonetheless within the spirit and scope of the invention.