Patent Number: 6,254,727

Title: Two-wire former and method for operating the same

Abstract: A twin-wire former adapted to form a web of fibrous material is provided. First and second endless circulating wire bands define a twin-wire zone therebetween, and form the web of fibrous material therebetween. The first and second wire bands run over a forming roll in the twin-wire zone, where the first wire band contacts the forming roll. A reel-off point is defined as the point at which the first and second wire bands disengage from the forming roll. At least one support device extends crosswise over the second wire band. The support device is a hinged foil skimmer, and is disposed in a region of the reel-off point, and contacts the second wire band. Movement of the second wire band relative to the at least one supporting device creates an area of reduced air pressure therebetween. The method includes moving the first and second wire bands adjacent a forming roll such that the first wire band contacts the forming roll. The first and second wire bands disengage from the forming roll at a reel-off point. A reduced air pressure is generated adjacent a side of the second wire band facing away from the forming roll, in a region of the reel-off point. The distance between the hinge and the second wire band is variable to adapt the angle of inclination between a foil surface of the skimmer and the second wire band to thereby adapt the magnitude of reduced air pressure.

Inventors: Moser; Johann (Heidenheim, DE)

Assignee: Voith Sulzer Papiertechnik Patent GmbH

International Classification: D21F 9/00 (20060101); D21F 001/00 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018