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Title:
DISPENSER FOR COIL ADHESIVE WEIGHTS WITH DUAL LOADING SYSTEM
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/197622
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A device for delivery of balancing weights for wheels, comprises a material storage (100), a feeder (300) and a partitioning unit (200). The feeder (300) has a cylinder segment shaped feeder head, linearly moveable between a loading position and a delivery position. The partitioning unit (200) comprises a transport means (291) for transport of a belt of balancing weight segments (510) and a belt cutter (240) for making a balancing weight (520) by cutting at least one or multiple sections from the belt. The partitioning unit (200) further comprises two loaders (270, 280) for each holding a balancing weight (520) when the feeder (300) is not in a loading position and loading it on the feeder when the feeder is in the loading position.

Inventors:
HORNUNG, Thomas (Huttenstraße 8b, Würzburg, 97072, DE)
PRÖSTLER, Mirko (Waldstraße 3, Himmelstadt, 97267, DE)
KUHN, Benedikt (Roßstraße 2, Güntersleben, 97261, DE)
Application Number:
EP2019/059446
Publication Date:
October 17, 2019
Filing Date:
April 12, 2019
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
WEGMANN AUTOMOTIVE GMBH (Rudolf-Diesel-Straße 6, Veitshöchheim, 97209, DE)
International Classes:
F16F15/32; G01M1/32
Domestic Patent References:
WO2017062445A12017-04-13
WO2017062445A12017-04-13
Foreign References:
EP3040578A12016-07-06
US3960409A1976-06-01
EP2984366A12016-02-17
EP1253414A22002-10-30
EP3040578A12016-07-06
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
LOHR, JÖSTINGMEIER & PARTNER (Junkersstraße 3, Puchheim Bayern, 82178, DE)
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Claims:
Claims

1. Device for delivery of balancing weights for wheels, the device comprising at least a partitioning unit (200) configured to deliver a balancing weight to a feeder (300),

the partitioning unit (200) comprising:

- at least one transport means (291) for transport of a belt of balanc ing weight segments (510),

- a belt cutter (240) for making at least one balancing weight (520) by cutting at least one section comprising at least one balancing weight segment from the belt of balancing weight segments (510), and

- at least one loader (270, 280) for holding the at least one balancing weight (520) and loading it on the feeder (300), when the feeder is in a loading position,

characterized in, that

the at least one loader (270, 280) comprises a weight slide (277, 287) posi- tionable behind the cutter (240) either for supporting at least one balanc ing weight segment from the belt of balancing weight segments (510) be fore cutting by the cutter and/or for supporting a balancing weight (520), and

the weight slide (277, 287) being displaceable from a first supporting posi tion to a second position, such that it does not support the at least one balancing weight (520) in the second position.

2. Device according to any of the preceding claims,

characterized in, that

the at least one loader (270, 280) comprises weight clamps (275, 276, 285, 286) to hold the at least one balancing weight (520).

3. Device for delivery of balancing weights for wheels, the device comprising at least a partitioning unit (200) configured to deliver a balancing weight to a feeder (300),

the partitioning unit (200) comprising:

- at least one transport means (291) for transport of a belt of balanc ing weight segments (510),

- a belt cutter (240) for making at least one balancing weight (520) by cutting at least one section comprising at least one balancing weight segment from the belt of balancing weight segments (510), and

- at least one loader (270, 280) for holding the at least one balancing weight (520) and loading it on the feeder (300), when the feeder is in a loading position,

characterized in, that

a loader assembly (260) comprising multiple loaders (270, 280) is provided, the loader assembly (260) being moveable, such that each of the loaders and their slides can be positioned behind the cutter.

4. Device according to claim 3,

characterized in, that

the loaders of the loader assembly (260) are configured to load balancing weights at approximately the same time on the feeder.

5. Device according to any of the preceding claims,

characterized in, that

a transfer slide (370) is provided to transfer a balancing weight (520) into a balancing weight container instead of loading it on the feeder (300).

6. Device according to any of the preceding claims,

characterized in, that

the partitioning unit (200) comprises:

- means for removal of a liner (515) on the belt of balancing weight segments (510) and/or

- a weight sensor (210) and/or

- a precision belt drive (220) preferably comprising at least a drive wheel and/or a drive belt and/or

- a belt guide (230) for guiding the belt of balancing weight segments (510).

7. Device according to any of the preceding claims,

characterized in, that

a balancing material weight storage (100) is provided to supply a belt of balancing weight segments (510) to the partitioning unit (200), wherein the storage (100) preferably comprises means for holding a reel holding the belt (510) and/or means for transporting the belt to the partitioning unit (200).

8. Device according to any of the preceding claims including a feeder (300).

9. Device according to claim 1 or claim 2 including at least a loader assembly (260) according to claim 3 or claim 4.

10. A method for delivery of balancing weights for wheels, the method com prising at least the steps in the sequence of:

a) providing a belt of balancing weight segments (510),

b) making at least one balancing weight (520) by cutting at least one section comprising at least one balancing weight segment from the belt of balancing weight segments (510), c) holding the at least one balancing weight (520) by a loader (270, 280), further comprising the steps of

cl) moving the at least one balancing weight (520) by at least one slide (277, 287), and

c2) holding the balancing weight by at least a pair of clamps (275, 276, 285, 286) on the loader.

11. The method of claim 10 comprising the steps of:

a) providing a belt of balancing weight segments (510),

b) moving a loader assembly (260) comprising a first loader (270) and a second loader (280) into a first position,

c) making a first balancing weight (520) by cutting a section compris ing at least one balancing weight segment from the belt of balanc ing weight segments (510),

d) holding the first balancing weight (520) by the first loader (270), e) moving the loader assembly (260) into a second position, f) making a second balancing weight (520) by cutting a section com prising at least one balancing weight segment from the belt of bal ancing weight segments (510),

g) holding the second balancing weight (520) by the second loader (280),

h) releasing the balancing weights.

Description:
Dispenser for Coil Adhesive Weights with Dual Loading System

Field of the invention

The invention relates to an automatic feeding device for balancing weights, pref- erably self- adhesive balancing weights. Such balancing weights may be used for balancing wheels of vehicles.

Description of the related art

For balancing vehicle wheels, balancing weights are used. Self-adhesive balancing weights comprise segments of a mass material which may be a metal, like zinc or steel, having a self-adhesive tape at one side, by which the mass material may be held to a rim of a wheel. Multiple pieces or segments of such a mass material are held together by a strip of adhesive tape, forming a chain or a belt of balancing weights. The self-adhesive tape is protected by a liner, also called backing at the side opposite to the balancing weight segments. Before applying a balancing weight to a rim, the liner is removed.

US 3,960,409 shows such a belt of balancing weights which may have a signifi cant length and which may be wound up to a coil to simplify storage.

A zinc balancing weight comprising a magnetic inlay is disclosed in EP 2 984 366.

EP 1 253 414 A2 discloses a complex dispensing device for balancing weights. Here, the liner is removed from the self-adhesive tape, then sections of balancing weight are cut from the tape and directly fed to an applicator. The applicator is then pressed against the rim of a wheel, such that the adhesive balancing weights stick to the rim. An apparatus for applying weight material onto a wheel by means of a conveyor assembly is disclosed in WO 2017/062445 Al.

An automatic dispenser for balancing weights ready for manual application on a rim is disclosed in EP 3 040 578 Al.

Summary of the invention

The problem to be solved by the invention is to provide a fast feeding device for balancing weights comprising at least one balancing weight segment on an adhe sive tape further having a protective liner. The feeding device is configured to deliver a selected mass of self-adhesive balancing weight sections with high speed, and allows handling of small balancing weight segments. The dispenser should be integratable into a fully automatic tire balancing machine.

Solutions of the problem are described in the independent claims. The depend ent claims relate to further improvements of the invention.

According to a first embodiment, a device for delivery of balancing weights for wheels comprises at least a partitioning unit configured to provide a balancing weight to a feeder. The feeder may comprise a feeder head which is preferably held by a positioning device which may be an industrial robot or a linear drive. The device for delivery of balancing weights may include at least one feeder.

In a first embodiment, the feeder is a plate or a box. Preferably, the feeder head may be cylinder-segment-shaped defining a cylinder axis. In this case, it is prefer ably not intended to have only a rotational movement about a cylinder axis of the feeder head without an additional linear movement, as this would not allow for a proper spatial separation of the loading position and the delivery position. Alternatively to or in combination with a linear movement, the feeder head may be configured for a pivoting movement about an axis outside of the cylinder segment and most preferably orthogonal to the cylinder axis of the feeder head.

In the delivery position, the feeder head may bear at least one balancing weight. As will be explained later, preferably at least one balancing weight is located on the feeder with the adhesive tape on the side distant to the feeder. A balancing machine may comprise a handling device which for example may be an industrial robot to move a wheel into close proximity to the feeder and apply the adhesive balancing weights to the rim. In a further embodiment, a partitioning unit is pro vided for cutting desired mass sections from a belt of balancing weight segments and loading these segments on the feeder head. Herein, the cut mass sections comprising at least one or preferably a plurality of balancing weight segments are called balancing weight.

A belt of balancing weight segments comprises an adhesive tape bearing a plural ity of balancing weight segments. Such balancing weight segments comprise a mass material which may further comprise at least one of zinc, iron, steel, or any other suitable material. Preferably, each balancing weight segment comprises at least a ferromagnetic material, like iron or steel. Preferably, it comprises a fer romagnetic inlay and most preferably a steel inlay. The ferromagnetic inlay al lows pulling of the balancing weight segments by a magnet. Preferably, the bal ancing weight segments have a comparatively small mass, like 5 grams, 10 grams, or even a fraction thereof. The balancing weights are held together on one side of an adhesive tape. The other side of the adhesive tape is protected by a liner, which must be removed before sticking the tape to a rim.

The partitioning unit is fed by a belt of balancing weight segments. The partition ing unit forms individual balancing weights of a desired mass by cutting sections from the belt of balancing weight segments corresponding in mass to a required balancing weight mass. If, for example, a balancing weight of 25 grams is desired and the belt of balancing weight segments comprises of segments having a mass of 5 grams, the partitioning unit cuts a section of 5 balancing weight segments from the belt. This balancing weight is then placed on the feeder head. A further embodiment relates to a partitioning unit for forming balancing weights of a de sired mass from a belt of balancing weight segments. The partitioning unit com- prises belt drive means, means for removal of the liner, at least one belt cutter, and at least one loader comprising a slide system for releasing the balancing weights and preferably for placing the balancing weights on the feeder head.

In the partitioning unit, preferably at least one weight sensor is provided. This weight sensor detects the presence of a balancing weight segment and/or the presence of a gap between balancing weight segments. Therefore, the sensor may count the number of balancing weight segments passing through the sensor which allows a precise determination of the dispensed mass of the balancing weight. The sensor may also allow a precise determination of the position of a gap between balancing weight segments, which gives a precise reference for a cutter separating the balancing weight segments. Finally, the weight sensor may be used to detect faulty and/or missing balancing weight segments and/or the end of the belt of balancing weight segments.

It is further preferred to provide a precision belt drive means, like a gear wheel or a wheel having dents or sprockets forming indentations in the flexible adhe- sive tape and therefore increasing friction.

Furthermore, the partitioning unit may comprise a belt slide, which may be ar ranged after the precision belt drive. This belt slide preferably provides a guid ance of the belt and preferably holds the belt in position to provide a counter force to a cutter which is preferably arranged at the end or within a gap of the slide. There may be a further slide or moving means behind the cutter to move the balancing weights to a loader. The cutter preferably is a knife on a cutter actuator which moves the knife through a gap between two balancing weight segments to cut the adhesive tapes between these two balancing weight segments.

It is preferred to have a liner removal means which preferably pulls the liner from the adhesive tape just before the cutter cuts the adhesive tape. It is pre ferred to have the liner removal means to be configured to remove the liner af ter the precision belt drive, such that the belt of balancing weight segments has the liner in place when passing the precision belt drive, such that the precision belt drive does not stick to the tape. The liner may be removed in one piece be- fore cutting the adhesive tape. The liner removal device preferably comprises an edge around which the liner is moved and preferably pulled by at least one pul ley and/or roll. The removed liner may be stored on a liner reel.

To deliver a balancing weight from the cutter to the feeder head, at least one balancing weight loader is provided. Preferably, there are two balancing weight loaders to increase throughput. The loaders may be arranged on a loader assem bly. A loader comprises at least a slide, a left weight clamp and a right weight clamp. The slide may be straight but is preferably arc shaped and most prefera bly adapted to the contour of the feeder head. Preferably, both weight clamps are basically arranged above the slide and preferably have a shape adapted to the contour of the slide. Before loading a balancing weight on the slide, the slide is moved close to the cutter or a further slide or moving means behind the cutter to move the balancing weights to the loader. Furthermore, the clamps are in an open position which means that they have a distance, such that a balancing weight may easily slide on the slide between the clamps. In that state, the belt drive means is operated to move a required number of balancing weight seg ments beyond the cutter. Then the belt drive means is stopped and the clamps are moved into a closed position where they are such close to each other that the balancing weight is held in its position. To load at least a second balancing weight loader, the loaders are mounted on a loader assembly, which is movable, such that each of the loaders may be positioned close behind the cutter to pick up a balancing weight. Such, one after another loader may be loaded with a bal- ancing weight.

If the loader or all desired loaders have been loaded with balancing weights, the feeder head is moved in a position under the at least one loaders and the slides of the at least one loaders are moved sideward while the clamps go into an open position, such releasing the balancing weights to the feeder head. The balancing weights now are held by magnets in their positions on the feeder head.

Preferably, the loaders of the loader assembly are configured to load balancing weights at approximately the same time on the feeder.

In the loaders, preferably at least one loader actuator is provided to operate the clamps and the slide. The balancing weights are placed on the slides, such that the adhesive tape without liner is on top, e.g. distant from the slide surface, such that it does not contact the slide surface and the balancing weights do not stick to the slide.

For providing the belt of balancing weight segments to the partitioning unit, a balancing weight material storage may be provided. The storage may comprise a comparatively large reel having a large amount of belted balancing weight seg ments. There may be drive means and transporting means for transporting the belt of balancing weight segments to the partitioning unit. These transporting means may further comprise a plurality of roles on which the belt of balancing weights may role with low resistance. Furthermore, a length compensation means may be provided close to the partitioning unit, such that always a re- quired amount of balancing weight material can be fed to the partitioning unit, independent of the rotation of a large storage reel in the balancing weight mate rial storage.

A further embodiment may comprise at least a partitioning unit configured to deliver a balancing weight to a feeder. The partitioning unit may comprise

- at least one transport means for transport of a belt of balancing weight segments,

- a belt cutter for making at least one balancing weight by cutting at least one section comprising at least one balancing weight segment from the belt of balancing weight segments, and

- at least one loader for holding the at least one balancing weight and load ing it on the feeder, when the feeder is in a loading position.

Furthermore, a transfer slide may be provided to transfer a balancing weight into a balancing weight container instead of loading it on the feeder. This may be used either for providing a balancing weight for manual application or for dispos ing of a faulty or unwanted balancing weight.

This embodiment may be combined with all other embodiments disclosed here in.

A method for delivery of balancing weights for wheels may comprise at least the following steps in the sequence of: a) providing a belt of balancing weight segments, b) making at least one balancing weight by cutting at least one section com prising at least one balancing weight segment from the belt of balancing weight segments , c) holding the at least one balancing weight by a loader. This step may fur- ther comprise the steps of: cl) moving the at least one balancing weight (520) by at least one slide, and c2) holding the balancing weight by at least one a pair of clamps on the loader.

Finally, the balancing weight may be released.

A further method may further comprise the following steps in the sequence of: a) providing a belt of balancing weight segments, b) moving a loader assembly comprising a first loader and a second loader into a first position, c) making a first balancing weight by cutting a section comprising at least one balancing weight segment from the belt of balancing weight segments, d) holding the first balancing weight by the first loader, (this step may in clude sub steps cl and c2 as disclosed above) e) moving the loader assembly into a second position, f) making a second balancing weight by cutting a section corn-prising at least one balancing weight segment from the belt of bal-ancing weight segments, g) holding the second balancing weight by the second loader, (this step may include sub steps cl and c2 as disclosed above) h) releasing the balancing weights.

In general, all embodiments disclosed herein or parts thereof may be combined in any combination. Description of Drawings

In the following the invention will be described by way of example, without limi tation of the general inventive concept, on examples of embodiment with refer ence to the drawings. Figure 1 shows a first embodiment.

Figure 2 shows an overview.

Figure 3 shows more details of the balancing weight material storage.

Figure 4 shows a more detailed view of the partitioning unit and the feeder.

Figure 5 shows more details of the partitioning unit. Figure 6 shows the partitioning unit and the feeder with the feeder in the loading position.

Figure 7 shows a detailed view of the loaders.

Figure 8 shows the operation of a loader in detail.

Figure 9 shows further details of the precision belt drive and belt cutter. Figure 10 shows a section of a belt of balancing weight segments.

Figure 11 shows an exemplary balancing weight.

In Figure 1, a first embodiment is shown. Specifically, this figure shows a parti tioning unit 200 and a feeder 300. A belt of balancing weight segments 510 is transferred by a transport means, like belt wheels 291 to a belt cutter 240. At some distance, preferably a small distance before the cutter 240, a liner is stripped off the belt of balancing weight segments. Behind the cutter 240, a loader assembly 260 is arranged to transfer balancing weights on the feeder 300.

The feeder 300 comprises at least one balancing weight holder 315 and prefera bly two balancing weight holders 315, 316 to hold at least one balancing weight. The balancing weight holders may be mechanically connected together, for ex ample by at least one strut 318. The feeder may be held and moved by a posi tioning device (not shown here), which may be an industrial robot 600 or a linear drive, between at least one loading position adjacent to the loader assembly and at least one transfer position in which balancing weights may be transferred from the feeder 300 to a wheel. In at least one of the loading positions, balancing weights may be placed by loaders of the loader assembly (as will be shown later) on the feeder. After loading the feeder with at least one balancing weight in a loading position, the feeder may be moved to a delivery position distant from the loading position and preferably distant of the partitioning unit.

Figure 2 shows an overview of the device for delivery of balancing weights for wheels. A balancing weight material storage 100 stores a belt of balancing weight segments and delivers these weights on the belt to a partitioning unit 200. The partitioning unit 200 cuts the belt of balancing weight segments into individual balancing weights and loads these balancing weights on a feeder 300, from which the balancing weights may be picked up or attached to a wheel.

Here, an exemplary industrial robot 600 is shown.

In Figure 3, more details of the balancing weight material storage 100 are shown. Preferably, a reel 120 holds the belt of balancing weight segments. In this exam ple, the reel is a comparatively large reel, holding 120 kg of balancing weight ma terial. A housing 110 may enclose the reel 120 and further balancing weight ma terial buffering and transport devices. Furthermore, a controller of the storage and/or the whole device may be contained in the housing. A drive system 130, preferably comprising a motor is further part of the storage 100. Furthermore, it is preferred to have a transport system 140, which preferably comprises at least one of a drive belt, a pulley and supporting rolls to transport the belt of balanc ing material to the partitioning unit.

In Figure 4, a more detailed view of the partitioning unit 200 and the feeder 300 is shown. At the top of the drawing, the transport system 140 for transporting balancing weight material 510 from storage 100 is shown. Preferably, a cover 201 is provided to cover and protect the mechanical components of the parti tioning unit. Under the partitioning unit, preferably at least one balancing weight container may be provided. Such a container may contain balancing weights made by the partitioning unit and placed on a transfer slide instead of the feed er, as will be explained later.

In Figure 5, more details of the partitioning unit 200 are shown. Here, the belt of balancing weight segments 510 is supported and may be driven via belt wheels 291. From the right belt wheel, it is fed through a weight sensor 210 and a preci sion belt drive 220 to a belt cutter 240. Behind the belt cutter 240 is a loader assembly 260 bearing a first loader 270 and a second loader 280. The loader as sembly preferably can be moved independently of the feeder 300, such that bal ancing weight material can be fed in either loader. A liner wheel 295 may be pro vided to collect the liner 515 which preferably is peeled off the belt of balancing weights before reaching the cutter.

This figure further shows details of the feeder 300.

In Figure 6, the partitioning unit 200 and the feeder 300 with the feeder in the loading position are shown. Here, the feeder head is below the first weight slide 277 and/or the second weight slide 287, such that balancing weights on the slides may be loaded on the feeder 300. Furthermore, here the transfer slide 370 can clearly be seen. Preferably, this slide is movable together with the feeder 300. It may be mounted to the same positioning device or a different positioning device. For the case that balancing weights should not be provided on the feeder 300, but in a balancing weight container, the transfer slide 370 is placed under a loader instead of the feeder head, such that a balancing weight delivered by the loader slides downward the slide into balancing weight container. This mode is useful for producing preferably high quantities of specific balancing weights without directly attaching them to a wheel. Such balancing weights may be spare parts or they may be used at a later time, and preferably they may be attached manually to a wheel.

In Figure 7, a detailed view of the loaders 270, 280 is shown. The loader assem bly 260 comprises a first loader 270 and a second loader 280. The loader assem bly is movable in direction 265 such that either the first loader or the second loader is in a position close to the belt cutter 240 to get a portion of balancing weight material. Each loader comprises a pair of weight clamps 275, 276, 285, 286 and a weight slide 277, 287 below the weight clamps. The weight clamps and the slides are operated by a loader actuator 271, 281.

Here, the first loader has a first left weight clamp 275, a first right weight clamp 276, and a first weight slide 277, all of them preferably operated by first loader actuator 271. The second loader comprises a second left weight clamp 285, a second right weight clamp 286, and a second weight slide 287 below the clamps. Also here, the clamps and the slider are operated by second loader actuator 281. In this figure, the second weight slide 287 is in a first supporting position below both weight clamps and therefore bridges the gap between the second left weight clamp 285 and second right weight clamp 286, such that a balancing weight 520 may be held on the slide. The first weight slide 277 may be shifted from a first supporting position (not shown) to the left into a second position, such that it does not support the at least one balancing weight, and therefore forms at least a partial gap between the first left weight clamp 275 and the first right weight clamp 276. If the gap would be fully open, and the clamps are open, it would allow to drop a balancing weight from the loader to the feeder 300, if the feeder head is in the loading position. The clamps may be configured to hold in a closed state the at least one balancing weight, even if the weight slide is in a second, non supporting position. In an open state, the clamps may act as a guide for guiding the balancing weight sliding on a slide. Open clamps may have a gap wider than the width of the at least one balancing weight. Closed clamps may press on opposing sides of the at least one balancing to assert a holding force. The embodiment shown herein has two loaders, but a higher number of loaders may also be used.

In Figure 8, the operation of a loader in detail is shown. In Figure 8A, it is shown how a balancing weight 520 is shifted or slides on the slide 277. This view is from fig. 7, where the cutter is behind the slide. Therefore, the direction of movement of the weight material is out of the drawing plane. Here, the adhesive tape 525 is on top of the balancing weight, such that it does not stick to the slide 277. The first weight clamp 275 and the second weight clamp 276 form a gap being suffi ciently wide that the balancing weight may easily slide through this gap. At this stage, the later balancing weight is still part of the belt of balancing weight seg ments. This means, that at this stage, preferably the belt of balancing weights is shifted on the slide and passes the belt cutter 240. After a desired number of balancing weight segments have passed the cutter, the cutter may be operated to cut or sever the desired number of balancing weights segments from the belt of balancing weight segments. The separated number of balancing weight seg ments now forms a balancing weight. This balancing weight may now be held or fixed in its position by the loader, by simply closing the gap between the clamps and the balancing weight, thus moving the clamps in a direction to each other.

By asserting a certain pressure on the balancing weight, friction between the balancing weight and the clamp can be increased, and therefore the balancing weight may be fixed at its position. Preferably, fixing the balancing weight is even done before operating the cutter, such that the belt of balancing weights is in a well-defined and fixed position for the cutting process. The fixed state still on the slide is shown in Figure 8B.

In Figure 8C, the slide has been removed under the balancing weight, but the clamps still hold the balancing weight in place. It is obvious that the slide may be moved to either side, although in this figure a movement to the right side is shown.

The final stage is shown in Figure 8D. Here, the feeder head has been brought into its loading position below the loader. Now, the clamps are opened by in creasing the distance between the clamps, and therefore releasing the balancing weights which will then drop on the feeder head. The balancing weight may fur ther be held to the feeder head by magnets, preferably electromagnets within the feeder head.

In Figure 9, further details of the precision belt drive 220 and belt cutter 240 are shown. This figure shows in more detail the path of the belt of balancing weight segments 510. It is supported by belt wheel 291 and proceeds through weight sensor 210. This weight sensor may detect gaps between individual balancing weight segments, and therefore allows for a precise detection of the number of dispended weight segments and thus of the dispended mass. Preferably, the sensor is an optical sensor. It may also be a magnetic or other sensor.

After the sensor, there is a precision belt drive 220 for driving the belt towards the cutter 240. The precision belt drive preferably has a drive wheel 221. It may further have a drive belt 222. The belt drive may be driven by a drive motor 292. It is preferred that the drive wheel has means for increasing friction to the belt of balancing weights. Such means may for example be teeth or dents or other pro trusions. It is further preferred, if the drive wheel interacts with the side of the belt of balancing weights bearing the adhesive tape. After the precision belt drive, there is a belt guide 230 for guiding the belt to the belt cutter 240. It is obvious that the weight sensor may be located at any place which preferably is not too far distant from the belt cutter. It may be located directly before the belt cutter, before, or after the precision belt drive. In this figure, it is also shown, how the liner is removed from the belt of balancing weight segments. It is pulled in one piece over an edge 232 of the belt guide. It is pulled under an angle away from the belt of balancing weights, which is preferably a right angle, but prefera bly may be any angle between 30 and 150 degrees. The liner 525 is then guided by a couple of roles to a liner reel 295, which preferably collects the whole liner in one piece.

In Figure 10, a section of a belt of balancing weight segments 510 is shown.

In Figure 11, an exemplary balancing weight 520 is shown. Here, the balancing weight comprises five balancing weight segments held together by an adhesive tape 525 which is further protected by a liner 515 at its bottom.

List of reference numerals

100 balancing weight material storage

120 reel

130 drive system

140 transport system

200 partitioning unit

201 cover

210 weight sensor

220 precision belt drive

221 drive wheel

222 drive belt

230 belt guide

240 belt cutter

260 loader assembly

265 direction of movement of the loader assembly

270 first loader

271 first loader actuator

275 first left weight clamp

276 first right weight clamp

277 first weight slide

280 second loader

281 second loader actuator

285 second left weight clamp

286 second right weight clamp

287 second weight slide

291 belt wheel

292 drive motor

295 liner reel

300 feeder first balancing weight holder second balancing weight holder strut

transfer slide

belt of balancing weight segments liner

balancing weight

adhesive tape

industrial robot