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Title:
CUTTING DEVICE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2008/123772
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
Cutting device for cutting strips from a band of material (8). The cutting device is 'provided with an elongate upper knife (1) and a lower knife (2) that is movable in longitudinal direction along the elongate upper knife (1), for cutting the material (8) by the movement of the lower knife (2) along the upper knife (1). The elongate upper knife (1) can be swivelled to at least substantially abutting contact with the lower knife (2), wherein the swivelling comprises at least a component transverse to the elongate upper knife (1). The.upper knife (1) can be swivelled to against the lower knife (2) by means of an electromotor, in particular a servomotor (5), wherein the upper knife (1) exerts a force on the lower knife (2).

Inventors:
GUTKNECHT HEINZ (NL)
SLOTS ANTONIE (NL)
TOLKAMP ANTHONIUS WILHELMUS FREDRIKUS (NL)
JANSZEN CORNELIS WOUTERES (NL)
Application Number:
NL2008/050113
Publication Date:
October 16, 2008
Filing Date:
February 26, 2008
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
VMI EPE HOLLAND (NL)
GUTKNECHT HEINZ (NL)
SLOTS ANTONIE (NL)
TOLKAMP ANTHONIUS WILHELMUS FREDRIKUS (NL)
JANSZEN CORNELIS WOUTERES (NL)
International Classes:
B26D1/20; B26D7/02; B29D30/46; B65H35/00
Domestic Patent References:
WO1999002296A11999-01-21
WO1995015901A11995-06-15
Foreign References:
FR1584005A1969-12-12
FR1182588A1959-06-26
US2990741A1961-07-04
US2782853A1957-02-26
FR2729336A11996-07-19
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
DE HOOP, Eric (Dr. Kuyperstraat 6, BB The Hague, NL)
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Claims:

CLAIMS

1. Cutting device for cutting strips from a band of material, wherein the cutting device is provided with an elongate upper knife and a lower knife that is movable in longitudinal direction along the elongate upper knife, for cutting the material by the movement of the lower knife along the upper knife, wherein the elongate upper knife can be swivelled to at least substantially abutting contact with the lower knife, wherein the swivelling comprises at least a component transverse to the elongate upper knife, characterised in that the upper knife can be swivelled to against the lower knife by means of an electromotor, in particular a servomotor, wherein the upper knife exerts a force on the lower knife.

2. Cutting device according to claim 1, wherein the electromotor is a controllable electromotor.

3. Cutting device according to claim 2, wherein the cutting device is provided with a feedback device to keep the force with which the upper knife pushes against the lower knife at least substantially constant.

4. Cutting device according to claim 3 , wherein the feedback device is provided with a torque meter, in particular a current meter. 5. Cutting device according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the cutting device comprises a feed conveyor for conveying a band of material in the direction of the upper knife and the lower knife.

6. Cutting device according to claim 5, wherein the discharge end of the feed conveyor adjoins the lower knife .

7. Cutting device according to claim 6, wherein the upper knife can be swivelled until it contacts the upper

surface of the discharge end of the feed conveyor, wherein the cutting face of the upper knife adjoins the cutting face of the lower knife.

8. Cutting device according to claim 6 or 7, wherein the feed conveyor is provided with a pretensioning device for pretensioning the feed conveyor in the direction of the upper knife that has been swivelled until it contacts the discharge end.

9. Cutting device according to claim 8 , wherein the pretensioning device comprises an elastic element, in particular a spring.

10. Cutting device according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the upper knife is provided with a roll element . 11. Cutting device according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the cutting device comprises a discharge conveyor to discharge a cut strip from the upper knife and lower knife.

12. Cutting device according to claim 11, wherein the upper face of the discharge conveyor and the upper edge of the lower knife are at least substantially positioned in one plane.

13. Cutting device according to claim 11 or 12, wherein the discharge conveyor is provided with a movable conveyor plane for discharging the strip, and with a holding magnet to hold the strip on the conveyance plane.

14. Cutting device according to claim 13, wherein the holding magnet is arranged with its height movable with respect to the conveyance plane . 15. Cutting device according to claim 5 or any one of the claims 6 up to and including 14 with reference to claim 5, wherein the cutting device is provided with a displaceable transfer device for seizing the band of

material on the feed conveyor and for transferring the band of material beyond the upper knife and lower knife to onto the discharge conveyor.

16. Cutting device according to claim 15, wherein the transfer device is provided with a magnet beam for seizing the free end of the band of material.

17. Cutting device according to claim 15 or 16, wherein the cutting device is provided with a device for synchronising the swivelling of the upper knife and for displacing the transfer device.

18. Cutting device according to claim 5 or according to any one of the claims 6 up to and including 17 with reference to claim 5, wherein the feed conveyor is provided with a guide for guiding one edge of the band of material .

19. Cutting device according to claim 18, wherein the guide of the plane of the feed conveyor comprises upright rollers .

20. Cutting device according to claim 18 or 19, wherein the feed conveyor is adapted for moving the band of material in the direction toward and against the guide.

21. Cutting device according to claim 20, wherein the feed conveyor comprises conveyor rollers, the longitudinal direction of which forms an angle with the main line of the feed conveyor.

22. Cutting device according to any one of the claims 18 up to and including 21, wherein the cutting device is provided with a device for measuring the length of the band of material . 23. Cutting device according to claim 15 or any one of the claims 16 up to and including 22 with reference to claim 15 and according to any one of the claims 18 up to and including 22, wherein the cutting device is provided

with means for controlling the displacement of the transfer device so that the band of material is laid on the discharge conveyor so that the one edge of the band of material is in line with the guide. 24. Cutting device according to claim 23, wherein the cutting device is provided with means for controlling the drive of the discharge conveyor so that the trailing end of an already cut strip becomes in line with the guide .

25. Cutting device according to claim 23 or 24, wherein the means for controlling the displacement of the transfer device are formed by a central spindle that is placed above the feed conveyor, from which spindle the transfer device is suspended and which spindle is located in the direction of forward travel of the feed conveyor. 26. Cutting device according to claim 5 or any one of the claims 6 up to and including 25 with reference to claim 5, wherein the feed conveyor is arranged pivotal about an at least substantially vertical axis with respect to the discharge conveyor, wherein the axis is located in the cutting line that is defined by the movable lower knife.

27. Cutting device according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the cutting device is provided with a splicer for splicing cut strips in a splicing location, said strips being located on a discharge conveyor, wherein the splicer is arranged displaceable with respect to the discharge conveyor.

Description:

Cutting device

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The invention relates to a cutting device for cutting strips from a band of material, according to the preamble of claim 1.

Such a cutting device is known for instance from FR- A-2.729.336. Here a cutting device is being described with a swivable cover with a downwardly extending knife beam. The knife beam is swivelled downward to onto the material to be cut. A wheel-shaped lower knife is moved along the knife beam with the aid of a slide to cut the material. The lower edge of the knife beam is located under the upper edge of the wheel.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

It is an object of the invention among other things to provide an alternative cutting device for cutting strips from a band of material, in particular a band of unvulcanised rubber, more in particular reinforced with a cord, with which the cut strips more often comply with the requirements made by the tyre manufacturers than the strips that are cut by the known cutting device.

For this purpose the present invention provides a cutting device for cutting strips from a band of material, in particular a band of unvulcanised rubber, comprising

the features of claim 1. By using an electromotor, in particular a servomotor, that can be swivelled to against the lower knife, wherein the upper knife exerts a force on the lower knife, wherein position and force can be controlled, it can be ensured that the cut of the knives is a straight cut. Because of this it is ensured that the long sides of the cut strips meet the requirements of tyre manufacturers. Here it is advantageous when the electromotor is a controllable electromotor, wherein preferably the cutting device is provided with a feedback device to keep the force with which the upper knife pushes against the lower knife at least substantially constant. A simple feedback device is realised when the feeάb ack device is provided with a torque meter, in particular a current meter.

In one embodiment of a cutting device according to the invention the cutting device comprises a feed conveyor for conveying a band of material in the direction of the upper knife and the lower knife, wherein in particular the discharge end of the feed conveyor adjoins the lower knife.

A structurally simple embodiment of a cutting device according to the invention with which a cut strip can be realised, is obtained when the upper knife can be swivelled until it contacts the upper surface of the discharge end of the feed conveyor, wherein the cutting face of the upper knife adjoins the cutting face of the lower knife. A reproducible and accurate cut can be realised when the feed conveyor is provided with a pretensioning device for pretensioning the feed conveyor in the direction of the upper knife that has been swivelled until it contacts the discharge end. Here it is advantageous when the pretensioning device comprises an elastic element, in

particular a spring. When the upper knife is provided with a roll element, it can be ensured that during contact of the upper knife with the band of material no undesired forces are exerted on it . In an embodiment of a cutting device according to the invention the cutting device comprises a discharge conveyor to discharge a cut strip from the upper knife and lower knife.

In the known cutting device, and comparable cutting devices, the cut strip, after being cut, falls on the discharge conveyor. Because of this falling undesired changes in position and shape may occur in the strip, which changes have to be made undone or reduced by later operations. This drawback is at least partially resolved by the invention in that the upper face of the discharge conveyor and the upper edge of the lower knife are at least substantially positioned in one plane. Because of this changes in position and shape as a consequence of falling do not occur. Because of this later operations can be omitted or simplified.

A further improvement of the positioning of the cut strip on the discharge conveyor is obtained when the discharge conveyor is provided with a movable conveyor plane for discharging the strip, and with a holding magnet to hold the strip on the conveyance plane. Here it is advantageous when the operation of the cutting device is controlled such that the band of material is cut only when the band of material that is placed on the discharge conveyor is fixed with respect to the discharge conveyor by the magnet. In an advantageous embodiment of a cutting device according to the invention the holding magnet is arranged with its height movable with respect to the conveyance plane .

In a further preferred embodiment of a cutting device according to the invention the cutting device is provided with a displaceable transfer device for seizing the band of material on the feed conveyor and for transferring the band of material beyond the upper knife and lower knife to onto the discharge conveyor. Seizing and transferring the band of material in this way is more advantageous than pushing the band of material from the feed conveyor toward the discharge conveyor, known in some cutting devices, for as a consequence of this pushing changes in shape may occur in the band of material . Here it is advantageous when the transfer device is provided with a magnet beam for seizing the free end of the band of material.

In order to prevent the swivelling of the upper knife and the movement of the transfer device from adversely affecting each other, it is advantageous when the cutting device is provided with a device for synchronising the swivelling of the upper knife and for displacing the transfer device. On the discharge conveyor cut strips are usually welded together, which welding is also known as splicing. In order to facilitate the positioning of the ends of strips that have to be spliced together in one embodiment of the cutting device according to the invention the feed conveyor is provided with a guide for guiding one edge of the band of material . An advantageous embodiment hereof is formed in that the guide of the plane of the feed conveyor comprises upright rollers. Here it is advantageous when the feed conveyor is adapted for moving the band of material in the direction towards and against the guide, in particular for this purpose the feed conveyor comprises conveyor rollers, the longitudinal direction of which forms an angle with the main line of the feed conveyor.

When the cutting device is provided with a device for measuring the length of the band of material, the result of the measurement can be used for the conveyance distance of the discharge conveyor to ensure that the ends of successive strips at least substantially adjoin each other .

A particulary simple way of splicing successive strips together is realised when the cutting device is provided with means for controlling the displacement of the transfer device so that the band of material is laid on the discharge conveyor so that the one edge of the band of material is in line with the guide . Such means can be formed in particular by a central spindle that is placed above the feed conveyor, from which spindle the transfer device is suspended and which spindle is located in the direction of forward travel of the feed conveyor. In an embodiment of a cutting device according to the invention in which the cutting device is provided with means for controlling the drive of the discharge conveyor so that the trailing end of an already cut strip becomes in line with the guide, the welding or splicing of strips can be realised accurately in a structurally simple manner.

A structurally simple cutting device can be realised when the feed conveyor is arranged pivotal about an at least substantially vertical axis with respect to the discharge conveyor, wherein the axis is located in the cutting line that is defined by the movable lower knife.

In an embodiment of a cutting device according to the invention or according to a further aspect of the invention the cutting device is provided with a splicer for splicing cut strips in a splicing location, said strips being located on a discharge conveyor, wherein the splicer is arranged displaceable with respect to the

discharge conveyor. In known devices the splicing device is arranged in a fixed manner and the strips are conveyed in such a way that the splicing location will be exactly below the splicing device. The latter ensures that cutting, positioning and conveying the strips does in fact depend upon the splicing. By arranging the splicing device in a displaceable manner according to the invention, so that it can be moved to the location to be spliced, it can be ensured that all accompanying processes can be performed in a simpler and quicker way, wherein the accurate positioning is also at least maintained.

The aspects and features as described in this description and/or shown in the drawings can when possible also be applied individually. Those individual aspects, such as a movable lower knife, a swivable upper knife, the position of the upper side of the movable lower knife and the upper face of the discharge conveyor in one plane, performing the cutting of the band of material after the band of material has been fixed on the discharge conveyor, and other aspects can be the subject of divisional patent applications directed thereto. This holds true in particular for the features and aspects that are described as such in the sub-claims.

SHORT DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The invention will be elucidated on the basis of a number of exemplary embodiment that are shown in the attached drawings, which schematically show in: figure IA up to and including IF various stages of cutting and feeding a band of material ;

figures 2A and 2B a top view, a side view respectively, of the arrangement of feed and discharge conveyor; figure 3 a top view of the guide on the feed conveyor; and figures 4A up to and including 41 various stages of feeding and cutting into strips of a band of material, and splicing the cut strips.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

In figure IA is depicted schematically a view in cross-section of a cutting device for cutting strips from a band of material, in particular a band of unvulcanised rubber, more particularly reinforced with a cord.

The cutting device is provided with an elongate upper knife 1 and a lower knife 2 that is movable along the elongate upper knife 1. The lower knife 2 is a rotatable, at least substantially round, knife, that has a bevelled cutting top 3, which cutting top 3 is directed toward the upper knife 1.

The elongate upper knife 1 can be swivelled to, at least substantially, abutting contact with the lower knife 2, wherein the swivelling comprises at least a component transverse to the elongate upper knife 1. In the embodiment as depicted in figure 1 the upper knife 1 can be swivelled about a swivel axle 4 that extends parallel to the longitudinal direction of the upper knife 1.

The swivelling of the upper knife 1 is effected by means of an electromotor, in particular a servomotor 5, and this such that the upper knife 1 swivels to against the lower knife 2, as can be seen subsequently in figures IA up to and including ID. When the upper knife 1 abuts

δ the lower knife 2, the upper knife 1 exerts a force on the lower knife 2. After the upper knife 1 abuts the lower knife 2, the lower knife 2 is moved in longitudinal direction along the upper knife 1 for cutting material that is present between the upper knife and lower knife. Because of this a strip 14, 14' (vide figures 4E and 4F) is cut off from the band of material 8.

In the depicted embodiment the servomotor 5 is a controllable servomotor, that is provided with a feedback device 6 to keep the force with which the upper knife 1 pushes against the lower knife 2 at least substantially constant. The feedback device 6 comprises a torque meter, in particular a current meter, for measuring and on the basis thereof controlling the force with which the servomotor 4 pushes the upper knife against the lower knife. Although in the depicted embodiment the feedback device is provided in the servomotor, this feedback device may also be accommodated elsewhere.

As depicted in figure IA the cutting device comprises a feed conveyor 7 for conveying a band of material 8 in the direction toward the upper knife 1 and the lower knife 2. The feed conveyor 7 is swivably bearing-mounted about a swivel axle 9, and at the discharge end 10 thereof it is provided with a pretensioning device 11. This pretensioning device 11 pushes the discharge end 10 of the feed conveyor 7 in the direction of the upper knife 1. Because of this it is ensured that upon swivelling of the upper knife 1 into contact with the discharge end 10, the band of material 8 is clamped between the upper knife 1 and the upper face of the feed conveyor 7 in a defined manner, because of which a good cut of the band of material 8 can be obtained. The upper knife 1 is provided with a roll element 12 to ensure that the upper knife 1,

when moving along the band of material 8, does not cause undesired tensions and/or deformations in it and the band of material 8 is pushed onto the feed conveyor 7.

The pretensioning device 11 comprises an elastic element, that, in the depicted embodiment, is a spring.

As depicted in figure IA all this is arranged such that the discharge end 10 of the feed conveyor 7 adjoins the lower knife 2. When the upper knife 1 has been swivelled until it contacts the upper face of the discharge end 10 of the feed conveyor 7, the cutting face of the upper knife 1 adjoins the cutting face of the lower knife 2.

As depicted in figure IA the cutting device comprises a discharge conveyor 13 for discharging a cut strip 14, 14' from the upper knife 1 and the lower knife 2. In the embodiment depicted in figures IA up to and including IF the upper face of the discharge conveyor 13 and the upper edge (the tip of the cutting top 3) of the lower knife 2 lie in one plane. Because of this the cut off strip after cutting remains at the same height as the band of material where the latter is before cutting, which is favourable for the shape of the cut off strip. In other words, because the strip does not fall on the discharge conveyor, no undesired changes in shape occur. In the embodiment as depicted in figures IA up to and including IP the discharge conveyor 13 is provided with a movable conveyance plane for discharging the strip, and under the conveyance plane a holding magnet 15 is provided to hold the strip 14, 14' on the conveyance plane. This holding magnet 15 is arranged with its height movable with respect to the conveyance plane.

As depicted among other things in figure IA the cutting device is provided with a displaceable transfer

device for seizing the band of material 8 on the feed conveyor 7 and for transferring the band of material 8 to onto the discharge conveyor 13. In the depicted embodiment the transfer device 16 is provided with a magnet beam 17 for seizing the free end of the band of material 8. Here seizing/retaining and releasing the band of material again (reinforced with a cord) is facilitated in that the magnet beam 17 is mounted in a holder structure in a displaceable manner, as schematically indicated by the arrow in figure 1C.

In a manner that is known per se the cutting device is provided with a control unit (not depicted in the figures) , such as for instance a computer or microprocessor, to control the mutual movements and the operation of the various components of the cutting device.

This control unit ensures among other things the synchronisation of the swivelling of the upper knife 1 and the displacement of the transfer device 16, 17.

The operation of the cutting device will be elucidated briefly on the basis of figure 1.

In figure IA the situation is depicted in which a band of material 8 has moved up to the discharge end 10 of the feed conveyor 7 by the feed conveyor 7. The upper knife 1 has been swivelled upward, and the transfer device has been brought into contact with the end of the band of material 8 in order to seize it. Subsequently the transfer device 16 moves to the left (as indicated by the arrow) and simultaneously the upper knife 1 is swivelled downward. When the transfer device 16 has reached the required position on the discharge conveyor 13 (figure IB) , the transfer device 16 is moved downward until the band of material has been placed on the upper face of the discharge conveyor 13. The holding magnet 15 is moved

upward, so that the holding magnet 15 fixes the band of material 8 in a position with respect to the discharge conveyor 13. Subsequently the magnet beam 17 is moved upward within the bearing structure of the transfer device 16 (as depicted in figure 1C) , so that the transfer device 16 releases the band of material 8.

Meanwhile the upper knife 1 pushed the band of material 8 against the discharge conveyor 7 (figure ID) , wherein the discharge end 10 of the feed conveyor 7 is pushed downward somewhat against the action of the pretensioning device 11. The transfer device 16 is moved to a waiting position in front of the upper knife 1. Then the lower knife 2 is moved in longitudinal direction along the upper knife to make the cut and to form a strip (14, vide figure 4E) . When the cut is being made, the servomotor 5 with the feedback device 6 ensures that the force with which the upper knife 1 pushes against the lower knife 2 remains constant, so that the cut is most accurate. Because of the holding magnet 15 the cut off strip remains on the discharge conveyor in a defined manner.

After that the upper knife 1 is swivelled upward, the transfer device 16 is displaced to above the feed conveyor 7 (figure IE) , the strip is discharged by the discharge conveyor, and the holding magnet 15 moves to some distance under the upper face of the discharge conveyor 13 (figure IF), after which the next strip can be cut off.

As depicted schematically in top view in figure 2A and depicted schematically in side view (partly in cross- section) in figure 2B, the feed conveyor 7 is arranged pivotal about an at least substantially vertical axis 18 with respect to the discharge conveyor 17. Here the axis 18 is located in the cutting line that is defined by the

movable lower knife 2. There the unity of feed conveyor 7, discharge conveyor 13 and transfer device 16 is mounted on a frame 19 (figure 2B) , which frame can have a relatively light weight in comparison with frames of known cutting devices . Because of the pivotal arrangement the cutting device can be most simply adapted to the various angles at which the band of material 8 has to be cut for a particular tyre to be manufactured.

The displacement of the transfer device 16 is controlled by means which comprise a central spindle 20 that is placed above the feed conveyor 7 and that is located in the direction of forward travel of the feed conveyor 7. The transfer device 16 is suspended from said central spindle 20. As depicted in figures 2A and 2B, the transfer device is provided with a further magnet beam 21 for seizing/retaining the band of material 8 on behalf of the transfer of the band of material to the discharge conveyor 13 , although optionally this further magnet beam 21 may be left out. As described above the discharge conveyor 13 comprises a holding magnet 15 for fixing the position of the strip with respect to the discharge conveyor 13. This ensures that later processing of the strip, for instance splicing the strips to other strips, can take place in a more simple and accurate way. The cutting device comprises still further elements in order to perform this further processing in a more simple and accurate way, as will be elucidated hereinafter.

As depicted in figure 3 the feed conveyor is provided with a guide 22 for guiding one edge 23 of the band of material 8 along a straight line 24. In the depicted embodiment the guide 22 of the plane of the feed conveyor comprises upright rollers 25. Here the feed conveyor is

adapted for moving the band of material 8 in the direction toward and against the guide 22. The feed conveyor may for instance be provided with conveyor rollers, the longitudinal direction of which forms an angle with the main line of the feed conveyor, so that the conveyor rollers direct the band of material toward the upright rollers 25.

Because the central spindle 20 is located parallel to the direction of conveyance of the feed conveyor, it is ensured during the transfer of the band of material 8 by the transfer device 16 that the edge 23 of the band of material 8 is laid down on the discharge conveyor 13 so that said edge 23 becomes exactly in line with the line 24 on the discharge conveyor 13 (vide figure 4C) , Of course it is also possible to use measurement devices and feedback devices or other means for controlling the displacement of the transfer device so that the band of material is laid down on the discharge conveyor, so that the one edge of the band of material is in line with the guide.

The cutting device is furthermore provided with a device 26 (figure 3) for measuring the length of the band of material 8 i.e. the distance between the edge 23 (or the line 24) and the opposite edge of the band of material 8, which measurement device 26 may for instance comprise a camera, a laser, LEDs or the like in a manner that is known per se.

On the basis of figures 4A up to and including 41 the processes of cutting and splicing will be briefly elucidated.

In figure 4A the starting position is schematically shown in top view. In figure 4B the transfer 16 has moved to above the end of the band of material 8 for

seizing/retaining the band of material . In figure 4C the transfer device 16 has brought the band of material 8 along the cutting line to the discharge conveyor 13 and laid same down on it so that an edge 23 of the band of material 8 arrives on the line 24. Figure 4D depicts the situation in which the holding magnet retains the band of material 8 and the lower knife moves along the upper knife for cutting the band of material 8 so that the strip 14 is being formed. After that the strip 14 is discharged (figure 4E) , wherein the discharge takes place along the measured length of the strip. Because of this the trailing end of the strip 14 will be positioned at least substantially on the line 24.

Subsequently a next strip 14 ' is cut in the same way {figures 4F, 4G) , and then discharged (figure 4H) along a length that has been measured for said strip 14 ' . Here it is remarked that among other things by the transfer device, the holding magnet and the measured length, it is thus ensured that the trailing end of the previous strip 14 and the leading end of the next strip 14' will be positioned one against the other.

Above the discharge conveyor 13 a splicer 27 has been provided in a rest position. Said splicer 27 is not only adjustable in accordance with the angle at which the band of material is being supplied, but is also arranged displaceable in a direction parallel to the direction of movement of the discharge conveyor. This is contrary to known splicers which are arranged in a fixed manner.

After the next strip 14 ' , based upon the measured width of said strip 14', has been discharged in the direction of the splicer 27 (figure 4H) , the splicer 27 is moved such that it arrives exactly above the splicing location where the trailing end of the previous strip 14

and the leading end of the next strip 14* are positioned one against the other, after which the splicing is performed (figure 41) .

In this way a long succession can be formed of strips that are spliced together that may for instance be wound on a supply reel 28 or can be discharged directly for further incorporation into a tyre, such as a motor tyre or aircraft tyre.

The above description is included to illustrate the operation of preferred embodiments of the invention and not to limit the scope of the invention. Starting from the above explanation many variations that fall within the spirit and scope of the present invention will be evident to an expert, in particular as defined in the accompanying claims.