Web Splicing for Threading New Reel Supply
Original Publication Date: 1984-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-04
A rotatable cylinder captures the free end of a new reel of tape for attaching to the end of a preceding reel of tape. The end of the new reel of tape is free for a short length of and then fastened to subsequent layers by an adhesive strip. The free end is guided into a slot in the rotatable cylinder and held in place by a clamp internal to the cylinder. The cylinder clamps the tape within the slot, cuts off the end, and rotates to position the adhesive from the supply reel end of tape into the position adjacent to the end of the tape from the previous web. Winding the previous reel guides the end of the new reel of tape through the tape path. The splicing mechanism of Fig. 1 includes a block 10 which supports the end of the previous reel.