US 9,809,344 B2
Labelling unit, device and method for labelling containers
Oliver Kress, Waltrop (DE)
Assigned to KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)
Appl. No. 14/369,835
Filed by KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)
PCT Filed Nov. 30, 2012, PCT No. PCT/EP2012/004947
§ 371(c)(1), (2) Date Jun. 30, 2014,
PCT Pub. No. WO2013/113346, PCT Pub. Date Aug. 8, 2013.
Claims priority of application No. 10 2012 001 723 (DE), filed on Jan. 31, 2012.
Prior Publication US 2014/0367038 A1, Dec. 18, 2014
Int. Cl. B65C 9/08 (2006.01); B65C 9/18 (2006.01); B65C 9/00 (2006.01)
CPC B65C 9/08 (2013.01) [B65C 9/0006 (2013.01); B65C 9/1819 (2013.01); B65C 2009/0071 (2013.01)] 18 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An apparatus comprising a labeling unit for applying labels to containers, said labeling unit comprising a label removing device, a vacuum drum, and a gluing device, wherein said vacuum drum is driven to rotate along a first rotation direction about a drum axis, wherein said vacuum drum receives labels at a first transfer position, wherein said vacuum drum delivers said labels to a second transfer position, wherein said gluing device is arranged within an angular region of rotary motion of said vacuum drum, wherein said angular region of rotary motion of said vacuum drum extends between said first transfer position and said second transfer position, wherein said vacuum drum is configured to move labels past said gluing device, wherein said gluing device is configured to glue labels that are moved past said gluing device by said vacuum drum, wherein said label removal device is configured for removing at least one of labels and label residues that remain on said vacuum drum in said angular region, and wherein said label removal device comprises a belt-shaped element forming a closed loop and surrounding said vacuum drum with a first loop length over an angular region of rotary motion of said vacuum drum at least between said first transfer position and said second transfer position and forming at least a second loop length that follows the second transfer position and on which the belt-shaped element is spaced at a distance from a periphery of the vacuum drum.