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Title:
METHOD FOR OBTAINING A HOLLOW MONOLITHIC ALUMINUM- ALLOY ELEMENT WITH HANDLES, AND ELEMENT THUS OBTAINED
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2006/053696
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A method for obtaining a hollow monolithic aluminum-alloy element (1) provided with at least one handle (5), comprising: a first step for drawing an adapted portion of flat metal plate, obtaining a pre-deformed element (7) which resembles, as regards the bottom (7a) and wall (7b), the shape of the finished element (1) and has, at the top of the wall, a protrusion (7c, 7d) at the at least one handle (5) to be obtained; a second step for coining the pre-deformed element provided in the first step, obtaining an element which has a portion of a wall which is comprised between the at least one handle and the top of the wall.

Inventors:
Marin, Visino (Via Vanoni, 126, Casalmaggiore, I-26041, IT)
Application Number:
PCT/EP2005/012174
Publication Date:
May 26, 2006
Filing Date:
November 14, 2005
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
Attrezzeria V, Marin Visino M. DI. E. C. S. N. C. (Via Vanoni, 126, Casalmaggiore, I-26041, IT)
Marin, Visino (Via Vanoni, 126, Casalmaggiore, I-26041, IT)
International Classes:
B21D51/22; A47J27/00
Foreign References:
FR1001283A
EP0511938A2
FR2451181A1
DE29904588U1
US4491235A
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Modiano Alagem, Lara S. (Modiano & Associati, Via Meravigli 16, Milano, I-20123, IT)
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Claims:
CLAIMS
1. A method for obtaining a hollow monolithic aluminumalloy element provided with at least one handle, characterized in that it comprises: a first step for drawing a suitable portion of flat metal plate, obtaining a predeformed element which resembles, as regards the bottom and wall, the shape of the finished element and has, at the top of the wall, a protrusion at the at least one handle to be obtained; a second step for coining the predeformed element provided in the first step, obtaining an element which has a portion of a wall which is comprised between the at least one handle and the top of said wall.
2. The method according to claim 1, characterized in that the portion of flat metal plate that is subjected to drawing is preshaped.
3. The element obtained by means of the method according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterized in that the portion of wall which is comprised between the at least one handle and the top has the shape of a raised rim.
4. The element obtained by means of the method according to. one or more of the preceding claims, characterized in that the wall portion comprised between the at least one handle and the top has the shape of a border for reference in the coupling of said element to a complementarily shaped element.
Description:
METHOD FOR OBTAINING A HOLLOW MONOLITHIC ALUMINUM- ALLOY ELEMENT WITH HANDLES, AND ELEMENT THUS OBTAINED

Technical Field The present invention relates to a method for obtaining a hollow monolithic aluminum-alloy element with handles and to the element thus obtained.

Background Art

The great diffusion of aluminum-alloy containers for cooking is known; these containers must have grip handles so that they can be handled by users, and the same applies of course for the lids meant to cover said containers.

Containers with corresponding lids are currently commercially available in which the handles protrude monolithically at a certain distance from the top of the wall of said containers, and Italian patent application

MN2003A000025 by the same Applicant indeed protects said containers and a method for obtaining them.

Continuing research, however, has allowed to devise a method which the present invention seeks to protect. Disclosure of the Invention

The proposed aim is achieved by a method for obtaining a hollow monolithic aluminum-alloy element provided with handles according to the invention, characterized in that it comprises:

— a first step for drawing a suitable portion of flat metal plate, obtaining a pre-deformed element which resembles, as regards the bottom and wall, the shape of the finished element and has, at the top of the wall, a protrusion at the at least one handle to be obtained;

- a second step for coining the pre-deformed element provided in the first step, obtaining an element which has a portion of a wall

which is comprised between the at least one handle and the top of said wall. Brief Description of the Drawings

Further characteristics and advantages of the present invention will become better apparent from the description of a preferred but not exclusive embodiment thereof, illustrated by way of non-limiting example in the accompanying drawings, wherein:

Figure 1 is a perspective view of a saucepan obtained with the method according to the invention; Figures 2 and 3 are two sectional views, taken along mutually perpendicular planes, of the saucepan of Figure 1;

Figure 4 is a plan view of the initial portion of flat metal plate of the method;

Figure 5 is a series of views, derived from the central image according to the arrows indicated therein, of the pre-deformed element obtained after the drawing step;

Figure 6 is a view of the coining die in the open condition; Figures 7 and 8 are two sectional views, taken along mutually perpendicular planes, of the coining die in the closed condition; Figure 9 is a view of the saucepan together with the corresponding lid. Ways of carrying out the Invention

In Figures 1, 2 and 3, the reference numeral 1 designates a hollow monolithic element made of aluminum alloy which is shaped like a saucepan and comprises a bottom 2 and a wall 3; there are at least one and preferably two grip handles 4 and 5 which protrude monolithically from the wall 3 at a certain distance from the top, and the wall portion comprised between said handles and said top is shaped like a raised rim 3 a.

A method according to the invention for obtaining the saucepan described above starts from the portion of flat metal plate, which is

appropriately pre-shaped and indicated by the reference numeral 6 in Figure 4.

In the first step of the method, the portion of metal plate 6 is subjected to drawing in a normal die, obtaining a pre-deformed element designated by the reference numeral 7 in Figure 5.

This element resembles, as regards the bottom 7a and the wall 7b, the shape of the saucepan 1, and has, at the top of the wall 7b, at least one and preferably two protrusions 7c and 7d at the at least one handle to be obtained. The pre-deformed element 7 is then inserted, during the second step of the method, in the coining die shown in Figures 6, 7 and 8, which comprises the male plug 8, the female part 9 and the disk 10, according to an obvious arrangement which provides for the insertion of the protrusions 7c, 7d within the cavities 9a, 9b which are present in the female part 9 and are matched by the protrusions 8a, 8b provided in the male plug 8.

The coining performed in the described die produces the element designated by the reference numeral 1.

To complete what has been described above, attention is called in Figure 9 to the coupling between the saucepan 1 and the corresponding lid 11, which is also made with the method described above; the correctness of the mating is ensured by the reference border 11a according to which the wall portion comprised between the handles lib, l ie and the top is configured.

The described invention is susceptible of numerous modifications and variations, all of which are within the scope of the appended claims; all the details may further be replaced with other technically equivalent elements.

The disclosures in Italian Patent Application No. MN2004A000032 from which this application claims priority are incorporated herein by reference.