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Title:
AN APPARATUS FOR ROTATING SHUTTER'S AXIS
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2008/107894
Kind Code:
A2
Abstract:
An apparatus for electrically rotating a shutter's axis to fold and unfold said shutter Is disclosed. The apparatus comprises an electrical motor, a gear that is driven by the motor, wherein the gear is connected to rotatable adapting unit or a flange connected to the shutter's axis. The apparatus can also include two switches, each switch stopping the motor when depressed and located in both ends of a rail, wherein an element is installed in the rail capable to move along the rail and the element depress one of these switches when arriving to any end of the rail, a circular plate with a spiral tunnel grooved on its surface, wherein the circular plate Is joined to the rotate-able adapting unit or flange; and a pin installed on the element and Is settled in the grooved tunnel, moving the element along the rail according to the rotation of the plate.

Inventors:
YADIDYA ASIF (IL)
Application Number:
IL2008/000299
Publication Date:
September 12, 2008
Filing Date:
March 06, 2008
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
YADIDYA ASIF (IL)
International Classes:
A47H5/02
Foreign References:
US6100659A2000-08-08
US5222327A1993-06-29
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
ZIMRAN-HARLAFF, Ruth (84 Yuvalim, Misgav, IL)
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Claims:

WHAT IS CLAIMED IS;

1. An apparatus for electrically rotating a shutter's axis in order to fold and unfold said shutter, said apparatus is comprised of:

• an electrical motor;

• a gear that is driven by said motor; and

• a rotate-able adapting unit or a flange to which said shutter's axis is connected, wherein said rotate-able adapting unit is connected to said gear.

2. The apparatus of claim 1, further includes:

• two switches, each of said switches stops said motor when depressed, located in both ends of a rail, wherein an element is installed in said rail capable to move along said rail, said element depress one of said switches when arriving to any end of said rail;

• a circular plate with a spiral tunnel grooved on its surface, wherein said circular plate is joined to said rotate-able adapting unit or flange;

• a pin installed on said element and is settled in said grooved tunnel, moving said element along said rail according to the rotation of said plate.

3. The apparatus of claim 2, wherein said two switches are adjustable along said rail in order to stops said motor in predetermined shutter's positions.

4. The apparatus of claim 2, wherein said plate is one of said gear cogwheel.

5. The apparatus of claim 1, further includes:

• a revolving counter for counting said rotate-abele adapting unit revolves or said motor revolves or said adapting unit revolves; and

• a stopper that stops said motor according to a predetermined clockwise or anticlockwise revolves number that is received from said revolving counter.

6. The apparatus of claim 5, wherein said revolving counter is a mechanical apparatus that mechanically stops said motor in a predetermined position.

7. The apparatus of claim 5, further includes a controller operative for:

• receiving commands to activate said motor, clockwise or anticlockwise;

• commands said motor to rotate according to said received command;

• receiving information from said revolving counter; and

• stops said motor according a predetermined number of revolves.

8. The apparatus of claim 7, wherein said controller is further operative for:

• commands said stopper to break said motor or said adapting unit while the motor is in a stop position and to release said motor or said adapting unit for a new movement.

9. The apparatus of claim 7, wherein said controller is capable to be programmed to stop said motor in a several predetermined positions - in relation to a reference position - in order to fold or unfold the shutter to several predetermined positions.

10. The apparatus of claim 7, further includes a receiver that is connected to said controller, enables to command and program said controller by using a remote-control.

11. The apparatus of claim 7, wherein said revolving counter is integrated in said controller.

Description:

An Apparatus for Rotating Shutter's Axis

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to window shutters, particularly to shutters that are folded and unfolded electrically.

BACKGBROUND OF THE INVENTION

Window shutters have been used for many years, either for shading purposes, hiding, or both.

Some shutters are folded and unfolded electrically by using a motor. This motor is a cylinder shaped motor that usually inserted into the shutter axis, which is usually has a cannular hexagonal (or any other shape) profile.

The cylinder shaped motor has an external surface that capable to rotate while the inside body is stop and by this way the motor is rotating the shutter axis.

The known shutter motors are expensive and very difficult to maintenance. The present invention provides a simple, inexpensive and easy to maintain apparatus for rotating shutter's axis, regardless its shape.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention is an apparatus for electrically rotating a shutter's axis.

According to preferred embodiment of the present invention it is provided an apparatus for electrically rotating a shutter's axis in order to fold and unfold said shutter, the apparatus is comprised of:

• an electrical motor;

• a gear that is driven by the motor; and • a rotate-able adapting unit or a flange to which the shutter's axis is connected, wherein the rotate-able adapting unit is connected to the gear.

According to another preferred embodiment the apparatus is provided, wherein the apparatus further includes: • two switches, each of these switches stops the motor when depressed, located in both ends of a rail, wherein an element is installed in the rail capable to move along the rail and the element depress one of these switches when arriving to any end of the rail;

• a circular plate with a spiral tunnel grooved on its surface, wherein the circular plate is joined to the rotate-able adapting unit or flange;

• a pin installed on the element and is settled in the grooved tunnel, moving the element along the rail according to the rotation of the plate.

According to another preferred embodiment the apparatus is provided, wherein the two switches are adjustable along the rail in order to stops the motor in predetermined shutter's positions.

According to another preferred embodiment the apparatus is provided, wherein the plate is one of said gear cogwheel.

According to another preferred embodiment the apparatus is provided, wherein the apparatus further includes:

• a revolving counter for counting the rotate-abele adapting unit revolves or the motor revolves or the adapting unit revolves; and

• a stopper that stops the motor according to a predetermined clockwise or anticlockwise revolves number that is received from the revolving counter.

According to another preferred embodiment the apparatus is provided, wherein the revolving counter is a mechanical apparatus that mechanically stops the motor in a predetermined position.

According to another preferred embodiment the apparatus is provided, wherein the apparatus further includes a controller operative for:

• receiving commands to activate the motor, clockwise or anticlockwise;

• commands the motor to rotate according to the received command; • receiving information from the revolving counter; and

• stops the motor according a predetermined number of revolves.

According to another preferred embodiment the apparatus is provided, wherein the controller is further operative for:

• commands the stopper to break the motor or the adapting unit while the motor is in a stop position and to release the motor or the adapting unit for a new movement.

According to another preferred embodiment the apparatus is provided, wherein the controller is capable to be programmed to stop the motor in a several predetermined positions - in relation to a reference position - in order to fold or unfold the shutter to several predetermined positions.

According to another preferred embodiment the apparatus is provided, wherein the apparatus further includes a receiver that is connected to the controller enables to command and program the controller by using a remote- control.

According to yet another preferred embodiment the apparatus is provided, wherein the revolving counter is integrated in the controller.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE FIGURES

The invention is herein described, by way of example only, with reference to the accompanying drawings. With specific reference now to the drawings in detail, it is stressed that the particulars shown are by way of example and for purposes of illustrative discussion of the preferred embodiments of the present invention only, and are presented in the cause of providing what is believed to be the most useful and readily understood description of the principles and conceptual aspects of the invention. In this regard, no attempt is made to show structural details of the invention in more detail than is necessary for a fundamental understanding of the invention, the

description taken with the drawings making apparent to those skilled in the art how the several forms of the invention may be embodied in practice.

In the figures: Figure 1 illustrates the apparatus for electrically rotating shutter's axis.

Figure 2 illustrates the way in which the apparatus is installed on the shutter's axis.

Figure 3 illustrates an embodiment of mechanical stopper that stops the shutter in predetermined positions.

DESCRIPTION OF THE RREFERRED EMBODIMENT

The present invention is an apparatus for electrically rotating a shutter's axis.

The principles and operation of the apparatus for electrically rotating a shutter's axis, according to the present invention, may be better understood with reference to the drawing and the accompanying description.

The present invention is an apparatus for electrically rotating a shutter's axis roller shutter, which is designed to fold and unfold a shutter by rotating its axis with the capability to stop in any position, to stop in preset positions and capable to be command directly or by a remote-control.

Referring now to the drawing, Figure 1 illustrates the apparatus for electrically rotating shutter's axis. The apparatus is built in housing 10 and capable to be connected to a shutter axis via a flange 11, which is part the main cogwheel of the gear 12. A motor 13 with a spiral thread rotor 14 is located in the housing 10 together with the gear 12 and the motor 13 capable

to rotate the flange 11 via the gear 12. Near the motor 13 a mechanical stopper 16 is installed that is capable to stop the motor 13 by its arm 16a. This mechanical stopper 16 is used - inter alia - for preventing the shutter's slipping down that can be caused by the shutter's weight. The movement and stop of the motor 13 - and accordingly the movement and stop of the shutter - is controlled by a controller 15 that capable to be programmed to move and stop in predetermined positions. The controller commands the motor according to operation commands that received via a line command 18. Optionally, a sensor 17 can be installed in order to command and/or programming the controller 15 by using a remote-control device (not shown).

In order to recognize the shutter's location the apparatus includes a revolving counter, which can be a mechanical counter with mechanical stopping equipment or an electronic one that is integrated in the controller 15. The electronic revolving counter (not shown) is part of the controller 15 and receives revolving information from the motor 13. In predetermined positions, the controller 15 can stop the rotation by commanding the motor 13 or by using the mechanical stopper 16 or both.

Figure 2 illustrates the way in which the apparatus is installed on the shutter's axis. The shutter's axis 20 - usually hexagonal - is capable to rotate clockwise or anticlockwise in order to fold or unfold the shutter. The shutter's axis is connected to the flung 11 of the apparatus 10 and is rotate-able by the motor 13 via the gear 12.

Figure 3 illustrates an embodiment of mechanical stopper that stops the shutter in predetermined positions. On the back side of the flange 11 a spiral tunnel 21 is grooved. An element 23 has a pin 22 that is settled in the grooved tunnel 21 and installed on a rail 24. In this way, when the flange 11 is rotating and the rail 24 prevents the circulation of the element 23, the pin 22 leads the element 23 along the rail 24 - according to the circulation of the flange 11 - right or left according to the turn's direction of the flange 11. The element 23, on arrival to the rail's 24 end, depress one of the two switches or micro switches 25a and 25b that are installed on both end of the rail 24, each switch 25a or 25b stops the motor and the shutter with it. The location of each switch 25a and 25b on the rail 24 is adjustable enable to predetermine the stopping positions of the shutter.

Although the invention has been described in conjunction with specific embodiments thereof, it is evident that many alternatives, modifications and variations will be apparent to those skilled in the art, accordingly, it is intended to embrace all such alternatives, modifications and variations that fall within the spirit and broad scope of the appended claims.




 
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