Cooperative Patent Classification

CPC Definition - Subclass A24C

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MACHINES FOR MAKING CIGARS OR CIGARETTES
Definition statement

This place covers:

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

Relationships with other classification places

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
Limiting references

This place 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 place covers:

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

References
Limiting references

This place 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 place covers:

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

References
Limiting references

This place 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 place 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
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Cigarettes as products per se

Making filters

Special rules of classification

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 place covers:

Machines forming the tobacco rod.

References
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 place covers:

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

References
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

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 place 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

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
References
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

Machines handling filter rods might also be classified here

{by means of light, radiation or electrostatic fields (A24C 5/3406 takes precedence)}
References
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 place covers:

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

References
Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Variable capacity stores

Special rules of classification

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

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