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MACHINES FOR MAKING CIGARS OR CIGARETTES
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Machine and methods for making cigars or cigarettes, including making tipping materials for cigarettes and cigars and attaching filters to cigarette or cigars.

Relationship between large subject matter areas

Because of the nature of the products, some devices handling cigarette filters might be also classified in this subclass if their principles are suitable also for cigarette rods

References relevant to classification in this subclass
This subclass/group does not cover:
Packaging cigarettes
Elements of cigar manufacture (combinations of two or more elements of cigar manufacture A24C 3/00; attaching or incorporating filters or mouthpieces A24C 5/47, A24C 5/52; cutting machines in general B26D)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

A particular element, device or step of a method for the production of cigars.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Complete manufacture of cigars
Cigars as products per se
Bands for cigars
Imitation cigars
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Attaching or incorporating filters or mouthpieces
Final treatment of cigarettes
Cutting machines in general
Complete manufacture of cigars; Combinations of two or more elements of cigar manufacture
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

The complete manufacture of a cigar. It covers only documents in which the whole production of a cigar is disclosed.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Single elements or steps of cigar manufacture
Making cigarettes; Making tipping materials for, or attaching filters or mouthpieces to, cigars or cigarettes
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Making cigarettes both with hand-driven or automatic machines.

Making tipping materials for cigarettes.

Attaching filters or mouthpieces to the tobacco rod or cigars.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Cigarettes as products per se
Making filters
Special rules of classification within this group

General aspects of the cigarette making machines (e.g. quality control) are classified in A24C 5/00 or also in A24C 5/14, if this relates more to the manufacture of the tobacco rod only.

Forming the rod
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Machines forming the tobacco rod.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Tobacco feeding devices
Reels; Supports for bobbins; Other accessories
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Parts and accessories of the cigarette manufacturing machines dealing or coming in contact with the cigarette wrapping paper.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Attaching the replacement web to the expiring web
{pneumatically}
Special rules of classification within this group

Machines dealing with filter rods, e.g. sending filters from a location of the factory to a filter attaching machine are also classified here.

{with lateral transferring means}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Devices for changing the conveyance direction of rods from axial to a direction perpendicular to the axis of the rod, or vice versa.

Special rules of classification within this group

Machines dealing with filter, e.g. for making composite filters elements are also classified here.

Examining cigarettes or the rod, e.g. for regulating the feeding of tobacco; Removing defective cigarettes
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Process control means in filter manufacture
Control devices for cigarette or cigar packaging machines
Special rules of classification within this group

Machines handling filter rods might also be classified here

{by means of light, radiation or electrostatic fields (A24C 5/3406 takes precedence) }
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Inspecting the exterior surface of cylindrical bodies or wires
Adaptations of conveying apparatus for transporting cigarettes from making machine to packaging machine
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Conveying apparatus specially designed for transporting cigarettes from the making machine to the packaging machine.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Variable capacity stores
Special rules of classification within this group

Machines dealing with filter rods, are also classified here

Tobacco feeding devices (regulating feed according to rod or cigarette condition A24C 5/34)
Special rules of classification within this group

This subgroup relates essentially to machine dealing with cut tobacco, i.e. material serving as a filler for the cigarette rod

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Last Modified: 10/11/2013