DE102014207277A1 - Electric smoking product and device for the production of electrical smoke products - Google Patents

Electric smoking product and device for the production of electrical smoke products

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DE102014207277A1
DE102014207277A1 DE102014207277.8A DE102014207277A DE102014207277A1 DE 102014207277 A1 DE102014207277 A1 DE 102014207277A1 DE 102014207277 A DE102014207277 A DE 102014207277A DE 102014207277 A1 DE102014207277 A1 DE 102014207277A1
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Hans-Heinrich Müller
Marc Kessler
Torsten Glindemann
Tobias Körner
Torsten Koepke
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A24TOBACCO; CIGARS; CIGARETTES; SMOKERS' REQUISITES
    • A24FSMOKERS' REQUISITES; MATCH BOXES
    • A24F47/00Smokers' requisites not provided for elsewhere, e.g. devices to assist in stopping or limiting smoking
    • A24F47/002Simulated smoking devices, e.g. imitation cigarettes
    • A24F47/004Simulated smoking devices, e.g. imitation cigarettes with heating means, e.g. carbon fuel
    • A24F47/008Simulated smoking devices, e.g. imitation cigarettes with heating means, e.g. carbon fuel with electrical heating means
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A24TOBACCO; CIGARS; CIGARETTES; SMOKERS' REQUISITES
    • A24DCIGARS; CIGARETTES; TOBACCO SMOKE FILTERS; MOUTHPIECES FOR CIGARS OR CIGARETTES; MANUFACTURE OF TOBACCO SMOKE FILTERS OR MOUTHPIECES
    • A24D3/00Tobacco smoke filters, e.g. filter-tips, filtering inserts; Mouthpieces for cigars or cigarettes
    • A24D3/02Manufacture of tobacco smoke filters
    • A24D3/0275Manufacture of tobacco smoke filters for filters with special features
    • A24D3/0287Manufacture of tobacco smoke filters for filters with special features for composite filters

Abstract

Disclosed is an electric smoking product with components comprising at least one source of electrical energy, a storage reservoir for storing at least one flavoring agent, an electrical transducer for changing the state of matter of the flavoring agent and an electrical heating element. The invention consists in providing a plurality of cylindrical segments (31, 32, 34, 35, 36), each segment containing at least one component, and a connecting structure (84), the cylindrical ones for forming the electric smoke product Segments (31, 32, 34, 35, 36) substantially coaxially aligned and frontally mutually touching a rod (70) or strand together. Furthermore, an apparatus for producing such electric smoking products is described, which storage means, which are adapted to receive cylindrical segments (31, 32, 34, 35, 36), supply means, which are adapted to remove segments from the storage means, an alignment device, which is designed to align the segments obtained by the feed means substantially coaxially aligned with each other and the end face mutually touching and thus to form a rod (70) or strand of substantially loosely coaxially aligned segments (31, 32, 34, 35, 36) Conveying means adapted to remove the rod (70) or strand from the alignment device, and comprising an assembly means adapted to interconnect the segments (31, 32, 34, 35, 36) in the rod (70) or strand connect to.

Description

  • The invention relates to an electrical smoke product comprising components comprising at least one electrical energy source, a storage reservoir for storing at least one of the electrical flavoring agent, an electrical transducer for changing the state of matter of the flavoring agent and an electrical heating element. Furthermore, the invention relates to an apparatus for producing such electrical smoke products.
  • As such a smoking product, a so-called electric or electronic cigarette or whistle is currently on the market, comprising as important components at least one electric energy source, an electric evaporator, a storage memory for storing at least one flavoring agent to be evaporated by the electric evaporator and an electric heating element , The evaporator and the heating element are supplied with electrical energy from the electrical energy source, which is usually a battery. The battery can be either rechargeable or non-rechargeable. The heating element causes evaporation of the flavoring agent stored in the storage store, wherein the resulting steam is inhaled by the user. In most cases, a liquid is used as the flavoring agent and, accordingly, the storage reservoir is designed as a liquid tank. The electric evaporator is currently a particularly common embodiment of the above-mentioned electrical converter for changing the state of matter of the flavor, wherein a liquid is used as a flavoring and the evaporator causes a change in the state of matter of the aroma of liquid in gaseous and thus the flavoring evaporated. Also available are electric smoke products in which the flavoring agent consists of a solid, for example in the form of particles, and the electrical evaporator is adapted to transfer the flavoring agent from the solid to a gaseous phase, for example by melting and evaporation.
  • Especially with electronic cigarettes, one differentiates between once and multiple usable versions. In the former case, a non-rechargeable battery is used and the storage is neither refillable nor interchangeable, while in the latter case, at least the storage is either refillable or designed as a replaceable cartridge or capsule.
  • Such electronic cigarettes and pipes provide an alternative to conventional tobacco cigarettes, cigars and whistles, which are also broadly referred to as "smoking products". Because electrical or electronic smoke products can have health benefits, in particular by flavorings are used, which contain less carcinogenic substances.
  • To describe the structure and operation of an electronic cigarette, for example, the DE 20 2008 018 338 U1 directed.
  • The electronic cigarettes or pipes have a fixed housing, the shape of which is modeled on a conventional cigarette or pipe, for example, in the case of an electronic cigarette, the housing has the shape of a substantially cylindrical, elongated body. The housing accommodates the components mentioned above, which indeed comprise at least one electrical energy source, an electric evaporator, a storage reservoir for storing at least one flavoring agent to be vaporized by the electrical evaporator and an electrical heating element and thus surrounded by the housing and thereby protected. The housing is at the front end with a cap in which a lamp, nowadays a light-emitting diode, sits and as glow light optically simulates the glow process, and limited at the rear end by a mouthpiece. During manufacture, components must be inserted through one of the two then-open ends into the cylindrical housing and then placed within the housing at the appropriate location. For this, manual work is required, but this makes a production with large quantities under high production speed and in particular in an automated form impossible. Also known is a manufacture of individual parts, which are screwed together after the required wiring and soldering work has been carried out, which also requires elaborate manual labor.
  • It is therefore an object of the present invention to modify the construction of the electric smoking product so that it allows automated production in large quantities and at high production speed.
  • It is a further object of the present invention to provide an apparatus for producing such electric smoking products which enables automated production in large numbers and at high manufacturing speeds, as well as ensuring high quality requirements throughout each manufactured electrical smoke product.
  • These objects are achieved in accordance with a first aspect of the present invention by an electric smoke product with components which comprise at least one electrical energy source, a storage device for storing at least one flavoring agent), an electrical transducer for changing the state of aggregation of the flavoring agent and an electric heating element, characterized by a plurality of cylindrical segments, each segment containing at least one component, and a connecting structure which is used to form the electrical Smoke product, the cylindrical segments substantially coaxially aligned and frontally mutually touching to a rod or strand together.
  • Characterized in that according to the invention, the electric smoke product is composed of a plurality of cylindrical segments, each segment of which contains at least one component, the structure of the electric smoking product is converted into such a form, the mass production, ie a production in large quantities and high Production speed, allows. For this purpose, the individual components are provided in segment form. Since the individual segments each form self-contained units, they can be assembled to produce an electrical smoke product particularly simple and in an automated form and, depending on the requirements of the thereby to be manufactured electrical smoke product also basically combine in any way. If the individual segments are each provided with their own housing in a substantially standard form across the segments, there is also no need to provide a complexly constructed, overarching common housing for the electrical smoke product to be produced, which hitherto has been the case in the prior art Components conditional and thus has made production in large quantities under high production speed and automated form impossible. Preferably, the segments are preassembled and supplied by suitable suppliers, which are likely to be specialized component manufacturers. The diameter, especially the outer diameter, of the cylindrical segments should preferably be about equal to or slightly less than the diameter of the corresponding conventional smoking products.
  • The assembly of the components is effected by coaxially aligned arrangement of the cylindrical segments to each other by each two adjacent cylindrical segments placed on their opposite end sides in mutual contact with each other and the longitudinal or central axes of the individual segments are joined together to form a common longitudinal or central axis and preferably the lateral surfaces of the cylindrical segments are aligned substantially aligned with each other. The required interaction between the components of the individual segments should take place only via defined interfaces, which are formed in a standardized arrangement on the end faces of the segments. In this case, a connection structure ensures that the cylindrical segments are converted from a substantially loosely coaxially aligned arrangement into a solid unit in the form of a rod or strand.
  • Thus, the construction according to the invention allows a continuous, automated, consisting of various coupled workstations production process for the industrial production of electric smoking products in large quantities. Through the use of cylindrical segments, the production process can be operated in particular also at least in sections in a drum or strand process. This, in turn, advantageously permits the use of plant components such as heretofore used for the production of conventional smoking products.
  • Preferred embodiments and further developments of the electrical smoke product according to the invention are specified in the dependent claims 2 to 10.
  • For standardization to simplify the manufacturing process, the cylindrical segments should have substantially the same diameter and / or length.
  • Conveniently, the cylindrical segments are provided at their ends with standardized interfaces for producing at least one fluid connection and / or an electrical connection between two adjacent segments.
  • A further preferred embodiment is characterized in that the connecting structure has a flexible wrapping layer, which together surrounds the arrangement of a plurality of cylindrical segments and is bounded by two longitudinal edges extending in the axial direction of the cylindrical segments which form a closed enclosure with one another connected, preferably glued, are. The use of a flexible overwrap layer not only provides optical similarity to conventional combustion fume products, but also, in a particularly advantageous manner, enables mass production using a known overwrapping technology already used to produce conventional incineration fume products.
  • Similar to a conventional combustion smoke product, the wrapper layer be formed from a wrapping strip and have paper. Alternatively, the wrapping layer but also consist of a plastic film. Also as in a conventional combustion smoke product, the wrapper layer may be provided with a coating and / or printed. For influencing and adjusting the draw resistance, which is similarly important for an electric smoking product as for a combustion smoke product, it is preferable to provide or perforate at least a portion of the wrapping layer as in a conventional combustion smoke product.
  • A further preferred embodiment is characterized in that the connecting structure has fastening means which are provided on the end faces of the cylindrical elements in order to fix the cylindrical segments to one another via their end faces in order to form the electrical smoke product. This type of attachment can be chosen instead of the previously described use of a flexible wrapping layer. Alternatively, however, a combined use is conceivable by using the fastening means precombined groups of segments are formed, which are then connected together using a flexible wrapping layer.
  • For example, the attachment means may be configured to mechanically make a connection between the segments by preferably operating according to the click principle or the plug-in principle. Alternatively, it is also conceivable that the fastening means have adhesive and thus cause a connection of the segments to each other by gluing.
  • Preferably, the cylindrical segments should at least partially have electrical conductors terminating in electrical coupling means provided on at least one end face of the cylindrical segments and formed for electrical connection to corresponding electrical coupling means on the opposite face of an adjacent cylindrical segment. For space-saving guidance of the electrical conductors, at least one electrical conductor track may be arranged at least in sections on the outside, in particular on its lateral surface, of at least one cylindrical segment. The at least one electrical conductor can run axially and / or in the circumferential direction and / or helically. Optionally, a plurality of electrical conductor tracks may also be provided.
  • Furthermore, at least one cylindrical segment may preferably contain at least one channel extending over its entire length. Such a channel can be used for example as a cable channel or for a fluid connection.
  • In a preferred embodiment, a segment of the first type comprises an electrical energy source, a segment of the second type a supply storage, a segment of the third type an electric evaporator and a segment of the fourth type an electric heating element. Furthermore, the use of a mouthpiece is conceivable, which can then form a segment of the fifth type.
  • In a further preferred embodiment, an electrical switching device for connecting the electrical energy source to at least one electrical load such as an electric evaporator and an electric heating element and also a negative pressure sensor is provided which causes the electrical switching device when electrical under pressure occurs in the electric smoke product, an electrical connection make between the electrical energy source and the at least one electrical load. In this embodiment, the electrical smoke product is automatically turned on when recording the use of the negative pressure sensor detects a user generated negative pressure in the smoke product and causes the occurrence of a negative pressure, the establishment of an electrical connection between the electrical energy source and the at least one electrical load. In addition, such a vacuum sensor, which may also act as a flow switch, can be used to check the function of the smoke product during manufacture.
  • In a further development, a cylindrical segment of the sixth type together has the switching device and the vacuum sensor. Alternatively, it is also conceivable to provide a cylindrical segment of the sixth type only for receiving the electrical switching device and a cylindrical segment of the seventh type only for receiving the vacuum sensor.
  • According to a second aspect of the present invention, the above objects are achieved by a device for producing electric smoking products according to at least one of the preceding claims, characterized by storage means adapted to receive cylindrical segments, feeding means which are formed, segments from the storage means refer to, alignment means which are adapted to the segments obtained from the feed substantially coaxially aligned with each other and frontally mutually touching and thus form a rod or strand of substantially loosely coaxial aligned segments, conveying means which are formed, the rod or strand to remove the alignment, and an assembly means which is adapted to connect the segments in the rod or strand with each other.
  • In the apparatus according to the invention, the storage means are used for singling segments supplied, in particular, in magazines or as bulk material, if appropriate also with a preliminary or input test. The storage means are used in particular to store the different segments separately depending on their design and / or function; For example, a storage means may be adapted to receive or stockpile only segments with energy sources. At this point, the segments are treated like semi-finished products. The inventively provided feeding means, alignment means and conveying means provide for an arrangement, alignment and acceleration of the different segments for further processing (in particular in a drum process). The assembly device then ensures that the segments, which until then have only been loosely combined to form a bar or strand, are connected to one another in order then to form a 'solid' bar or strand. The device according to the invention is comparable in terms of its construction and its operation with a machine or plant for the production of multi-filters for conventional combustion products. Therefore, the invention offers the possibility to use at least components from these conventional machines and systems and possibly to modify what is very advantageous in terms of the cost of the construction and operation of the device according to the invention. With the invention, it is thus possible for the first time to propose a design for electric smoking products that allows production similar to manufacturing processes for conventional combustion smoke products, so that even with minor modifications for the production of electrical smoke products system components and devices from known and for the production of conventional combustion products can be used. Another advantage in this context is that the device according to the invention, like the similar devices for the production of combustion smoke products, offers the possibility of being able to produce the electrical smoke products likewise in a continuous process.
  • Preferred embodiments and further developments of the device according to the invention are specified in the dependent claims 12 to 25.
  • Preferably, a control device is used, which is designed to control the feed means such that they different segments from the stock means in a first mode of operation, so that in the aligning device to be formed rod of substantially loosely coaxially aligned segments each segment of another Segment distinguished, and in a second mode of operation at least one group of at least two similar segments, so that to be formed by the aligning rod or strand of substantially coaxially aligned segments at least one group of at least two similar segments. If one of the essential components in each case contains a component in a segment, then the rod forming the subsequent electrical smoke product must be composed of these different segments. For this purpose, the aforementioned first operating mode is preferably considered. On the other hand, if the version of an electric smoke product in which at least one component is to be provided in a larger or more powerful version is desired, the aforementioned second operating mode is considered, according to which the rod forming the later electric smoke product comprises at least one group of at least two identical segments contains. The latter is advantageous if a storage memory is desired with a larger capacity, so that in this case two similar segments are used, each containing a storage memory, and at pooling of these two similar segments, the storage memory are coupled together and thus a common storage with a storage make about twice as large capacity. Also, the aforementioned second mode of operation for the production of so-called. Double bars are used, which contain in its center two adjacent similar segments, for example, represent a double-length mouthpiece and are separated to form rods with a simple use length, so that between these segments, the separation point is provided for the separating cut.
  • Since, as a rule, the various components are to be arranged in a specific sequence within an electric smoke product, it is expedient for the control device to control the feed means and the alignment device in such a way that the segments are arranged in a desired sequence substantially axially aligned with one another, wherein the arrangement preferably takes place without the formation of spaces between the segments and thus without a gap.
  • For the aforementioned case of the second mode of operation, after which two similar segments are arranged adjacent to each other, it is expedient for the control device to control the supply means and the alignment device, that at least two segments of the same kind are arranged adjacent to each other.
  • In a preferred embodiment, the alignment device has a plurality of stations arranged one behind the other in the conveying direction, each of which station is assigned a feed means, and the alignment device is designed to bring the segments fed by the feed means in sequence in the conveying direction in coaxial alignment with one another. In this way, the rod or strand can be built one after the other in the conveying direction.
  • It is also expedient with respect to a defined connection of the interfaces with one another to further form the alignment device, to align the segments obtained from the feeding means substantially also with respect to their angular position to each other. With such a measure, it is particularly advantageous possible to reliably bring poles and contacts of two successive electrical components into electrical connection with each other, which equally applies to flow channels and other interfaces.
  • Furthermore, the alignment device and / or the conveying means may be designed to dispense or transport the rod or strand of segments that are substantially coaxially loosely aligned in a conveying direction transversely to their axial longitudinal extent.
  • Likewise, as in similar filter or cigarette making machines, the conveying means may comprise at least one hollow drum, which is provided on its lateral surface with circumferentially arranged groove-like troughs which extend in the axial direction with respect to the trough drum and for receiving at least one rod substantially coaxially aligned segments are formed.
  • In addition, the conveying means may be configured to change the direction of movement of the rod or strand from substantially coaxially loosely aligned segments from a direction transverse to its axial longitudinal extension in the direction of its axial longitudinal extent. This measure is particularly advantageous when the alignment device outputs rods of substantially coaxially loosely aligned segments in the direction transverse to its axial longitudinal extent, while the assembly means is formed, the substantially coaxially loosely aligned segments during movement in the direction of their axial longitudinal extent to each other connect.
  • When both the aligner and assembler are stranded, it is desirable to form the alignment device to dispense the rod or strand of substantially coaxially loosely aligned segments in the direction of their longitudinal extent and to form the conveying means, the rod or strand being substantially coaxial to transport loosely aligned segments in the direction of their axial longitudinal extent to the joining device.
  • In the event that a flexible wrapping ply is used for joining, the assembling means is to be provided with wrapping means adapted to co-surround the bar or strand of substantially coaxially loosely aligned segments with a flexible wrapping ply.
  • If the flexible wrapping layer is designed as a wrapping strip, the joining device should have storage means for receiving at least one wrapping strip carrying bobbin and guide means adapted to strip the wrapping strip from the bobbin and to spend it to the wrapping means.
  • In a first development of this embodiment, the wrapping means are adapted to supply the wrapping strip to the rod or strand of substantially coaxially loosely aligned segments in a direction approximately transverse to its axial longitudinal extent and by transverse axial curl around the rod or strand of substantially coaxially loosely aligned segments to wrap. In this development, therefore, a transverse axial envelope takes place, which can be realized in a drum process advantageously in particular.
  • To this end, the wrapping means may comprise rollers or rollers movably mounted and formed circumferentially around the bar or strand of substantially coaxially loosely aligned segments to apply the wrapping strip to the bar or strand of substantially coaxially loosely aligned segments. Alternatively or additionally, the wrapping means may comprise rotation means for rotating the bar or strand about its longitudinal axis.
  • In an alternative second development, the wrapping means are designed for longitudinal axial wrapping of the bar or strand formed substantially coaxially loosely aligned segments with the wrapping strip. For a longitudinal axial wrapping, the strand method is particularly advantageous.
  • Preferably, in the aforementioned alternative second development, the wrapping means has a shape by which the bar or string is guided in substantially longitudinally axial direction from coaxially loosely aligned segments, and conveying means formed, the wrapping strip in its longitudinal direction together with the bar or strand through the mold while substantially synchronizing its velocity of travel with that of the rod or strand, the mold being configured to transfer the wrapping strip as it moves through the mold from a substantially expanded state to a bar or strand to effect from surrounding substantially coaxial loosely aligned segments. For this purpose, the mold may expediently include a cavity through which the rod or strand is passed out of essentially coaxially loosely aligned segments, wherein the cavity has an outlet with a rod or strand formed thereon with the cross section of the cylindrical segments Envelope strip approximately adapted cross-section, an inlet with a relative to the outlet larger cross-section and a from the inlet to the outlet, preferably approximately conical, tapered shape. Such a wrapping agent is already used in machines and plants for the production of conventional combustion fume products in order to wrap the tobacco strands and filter strands of the conventional incineration fume products with wrapping paper. Thus, the already known wrapping technology used in a flow process can be utilized from the production of conventional incineration products, resulting in a further cost advantage.
  • As an alternative or in addition to the wrapping strip described above, the use of prefabricated wrapping blanks is also conceivable.
  • In the event that the connecting structure has fastening means which are provided on the end faces of the cylindrical segments, in a preferred second embodiment, the joining means comprises a stop against which the rod or strand can be brought out of the substantially coaxially loosely aligned segments to achieve a mutual loading of two adjacent segments at their opposite end faces, whereby the fastening means unfold their effect for fixing the segments together. This embodiment may be used for an assembler instead of the aforementioned first embodiment. Alternatively, however, a combined use of both embodiments is conceivable by using the aforementioned second embodiment precombined groups of segments are formed by means of existing fasteners, which are then connected together by means of the aforementioned first embodiment of an assembly means by attaching a flexible wrapping layer become.
  • However, the abovementioned abutment may, for example, additionally or alternatively be provided to generate a dead space or space between successive segments and segments to be transferred.
  • In a further development of the aforementioned second embodiment of an assembly device, which is suitable for the processing of segments whose fastening means have insertion means, the insertion means unfold by the mutual application of the segments their effect for a mutual insertion of each two adjacent segments. Expediently, the joining device has at least one gripping means which is designed to act on at least one segment, preferably the last segment of the rod or strand, which is upstream or trailing with respect to the conveying direction, of segments which are essentially coaxially loosely aligned in the direction of the stop. In addition, the stop should be brought into a rest position to allow further transport of the rod or strand of substantially coaxially aligned and now fixed to each other segments.
  • It is advantageous, similar to the production of conventional incineration products in the continuous process, to separate the strand from substantially coaxially aligned and fixed segments into bars of segments fixed to each other, of which each bar is provided for completing an electric smoking product. For this purpose, a separator is then used, which is connected downstream of the assembly device. The separator may preferably have a rotating rotor with circumferentially arranged cutting means.
  • It is advantageous to use a checking device connected downstream of the joining device, which is designed to apply negative pressure to check the functioning of the bars consisting of the several cylindrical segments and intended to form a respective smoke product. For this purpose, for example, a trained as a hollow drum test drum can be used. The test device may preferably have two test caps, between which the smoke product is taken, wherein a test pressure is applied to the test caps and its possible change is measured.
  • Finally, preferably an output device may be provided which is designed to rotate the rods consisting of a plurality of cylindrical segments to form a respective smoke product by approximately 90 ° and to transport them approximately transversely to their axial longitudinal extent, for example to obtain a suitable orientation for subsequent packaging ,
  • Hereinafter, preferred embodiments will be explained with reference to the invention. Show it:
  • 1 schematically in longitudinal section an electronic cigarette in a known from the prior art embodiment;
  • 2 in contrast to the known embodiment of 1 schematically the structure of an electronic cigarette of several segments according to a preferred first embodiment of the invention, wherein 2a exemplarily the segments individually, 2 B a rod composed of the segments with a sheath for forming an electronic cigarette, 2c an endless strand composed of the segments with a covering, 2d a rod cut from this strand to form an electronic cigarette, 2e two different rods, each composed of segments and provided with a sheath, 2f one composed of these two rods by means of a common overarching rod to form an electronic cigarette and 2g the composite rod of 2f additionally with additive filled in a chamber;
  • 3 schematically a device according to a first embodiment of the invention for the production of electronic cigarettes from the in 2 shown segments;
  • 4 schematically a device according to a second embodiment of the invention for the production of electronic cigarettes from the in 2 shown segments;
  • 5 schematically a device according to a third embodiment of the invention for the production of electronic cigarettes from the in 2 shown segments, wherein 5a schematically a magazine, feeding means and an alignment device having section, 5b a section of the alignment device and 5c schematically shows a portion of the device comprising an assembler and a separator;
  • 6 schematically a device according to a fourth embodiment of the invention for the production of electronic cigarettes from the in 2 shown segments;
  • 7 schematically the structure of a multi-segment electronic cigarette according to a second embodiment of the invention, wherein 7a exemplarily the segments individually, 7b a rod composed of the segments with a sheath for forming an electronic cigarette, 7c an endless strand composed of the segments with a covering, 7d a rod cut from this rod to form an electronic cigarette, 7e two different rods, each composed of segments and provided with a sheath, and 7f shows a rod composed of these two rods by means of a common overarching envelope for forming an electronic cigarette; and
  • 8th schematically a device according to a fifth embodiment of the invention for the production of electronic cigarettes from the in 7 shown segments, wherein in 8a a modification is shown in a section of this device.
  • First, for better understanding, a structure of an electronic cigarette based on 1 which explains one of the DE 20 2008 018 338 U1 known version shows. After that, the electronic cigarette 2 a rigid cylindrical housing 4 in which a battery 6 and a plurality of electronic functional units and other components are included, which will be discussed in more detail below. In the illustrated known embodiment, the battery 6 in a front section of the electronic cigarette 2 accommodated. Furthermore, in the electronic cigarette 2 a vacuum sensor 8th and an evaporator 10 provided, a heating 12 and over a tube 14 with a liquid tank 16 is connected, which also in the housing 4 contained and for the absorption of aromatic liquid 18 is provided. At a rear section of the electronic cigarette 2 closes in the illustrated known embodiment a mouthpiece 20 at the same time a filter and the one end of the electronic cigarette 2 forms. At the opposite other end of the front first section 2a the electronic cigarette 2 sits a light emitting diode 22 In the operation of the electronic cigarette 2 as so-called glow light simulates a glowing process.
  • Of the components described above form in particular the vacuum sensor 8th , the evaporator 10 , the heating system 12 and the light emitting diode 22 so-called electronic functional units that come from the battery 6 be supplied with electrical power as an electrical energy source. For this purpose, the said electronic functional units to the battery 6 connected via electrical wires, which are in 1 partially shown and identified by the reference numeral "24".
  • In operation, so if the said electronic functional units of the battery 6 be supplied with electricity, causes the heating 12 in the evaporator 10 an evaporation of the liquid tank 16 removed aromatic liquid 18 , However, this process is activated in the illustrated known embodiment only when used by the user. The user takes over the filter 20 a train, created in the housing 4 a negative pressure from the vacuum sensor 8th is detected. The vacuum sensor 8th then induces a in 1 not shown switch, whereby between the battery 6 on the one hand and in particular the evaporator 10 and the light emitting diode 22 on the other hand via the electrical lines 24 an electrical connection is made.
  • In 2 is shown schematically the structure of an electronic cigarette according to a preferred embodiment of the invention. Hereafter, the structure differs from the in 1 shown known embodiment in that separate segments are used to form an electronic cigarette, which in the figures with the reference numerals 31 " to " 36 " Marked are. Each of the segments 31 to 36 each one of them is based on 1 described components that at least the battery 6 , the vacuum sensor 8th , the evaporator 10 , the heating system 12 and the liquid tank 16 include. For example, the segment 36 the battery 6 out 1 contain. Because the individual segments 31 to 36 each with one over the segments 31 to 36 at least partially geometrically, in particular with regard to the diameter, the same shape, own housing are provided, eliminating the need, as in the in 1 pictured known electronic cigarette 2 a cross-stepped tubular housing 4 to provide with a variety of different receiving shoulders, in which all the components or at least the aforementioned components together are complicated and complicated to accommodate. Instead, for the production of electronic cigarettes according to the in 2 shown embodiment of the invention, the individual segments in coaxial alignment arrangement to a rod in 2 B is shown schematically and can be used substantially directly for the formation of an electronic cigarette, or assembled into a strand which in 2c is shown schematically and are cut from the formation of electronic cigarette rods, of which, for example, a rod in 2d is shown. Comparing the well-known electronic cigarette 2 from 1 with the segmented and thus segmented execution of 2 B , it follows with regard to the arrangement of the components in the same orientation that the in 2 B right segment 34 a light-emitting diode corresponding to the light-emitting diode 22 from 1 , the adjacent segment 36 a battery corresponding to the battery 6 from 1 , the next segment 32 a negative pressure sensor corresponding to the negative pressure sensor 8th from 1 , the next segment 31 an evaporator with heating element corresponding to the evaporator 10 with heating element 12 from 1 and that according to 2 B left segment 35 a stock store according to the liquid tank 16 from 1 having.
  • The segments 31 to 36 are cylindrical and have substantially the same diameter, in particular outer diameter, which is preferably oriented to the diameter of a corresponding combustion smoke product. As in the present embodiment, the segments 31 to 36 are primarily provided for the production of an electronic cigarette, whose diameter corresponds to the diameter of conventional cigarettes. As 2 also schematically shows, have the segments 31 to 36 in the illustrated embodiment substantially the same axial length, which is advantageous for automated production of the electronic cigarette. However, it is of course also conceivable to generally use segments with different axial lengths in order to be able to advantageously realize a larger space for a particular segment with a specific function than for another segment. By way of example, a segment containing the battery 6 or the liquid tank 16 from 1 takes longer to be formed as a segment containing the vacuum sensor 8th from 1 contains. As 2 B furthermore can be seen, are the cylindrical segments in the assembled state with their end faces together. There may also be spacings between the segments which allow a damage-free cut between the segments and allow processing of two or more mutually subordinate non-cuttable segments, for example a wrapped rod of two or more batteries, between each of which a space is provided and which have a common enclosure.
  • Although not shown in the drawings, the cylindrical segments should suitably be used 31 to 36 at their ends with standardized interfaces for producing at least one fluid connection and / or an electrical connection between two adjacent ones Be provided segments. Also not shown are electrical conductors with which the segments 31 to 36 are provided. Preferably, the electrical conductors terminate on also not shown electrical coupling means, which at the end faces of the segments 31 to 36 are provided and formed for electrical connection with corresponding electrical coupling means on the opposite end face of an adjacent cylindrical segment. For a space-saving guidance of the electrical conductors, it is furthermore advantageous on the lateral surface or outside of the segments 31 to 36 to arrange electrical conductors. Finally, the segments can 31 to 36 Also include at least one over its entire axial length extending channel, which can be used for example as a cable channel or for a fluid connection and is also not shown in the drawings.
  • In 3 schematically is a device for the production of electronic cigarettes with the schematically in 2 shown segmented structure according to a preferred first embodiment shown. In the illustrated embodiment, the device has four magazines 41 to 44 Each magazine contains segments of a specific type. So serves in the illustrated embodiment according to 3 the magazine 41 for receiving segments 31 for example, a store according to the liquid tank 16 from 1 exhibit the magazine 42 for receiving segments 32 , for example, a vaporizer with heating element corresponding to the evaporator 10 with heating element 12 from 1 exhibit the magazine 43 for receiving segments 33 for example, a vacuum sensor 8th according to the vacuum sensor 8th from 1 and further comprising a switch, and the magazine 44 for receiving segments 34 for example, a battery corresponding to the battery 6 from 1 exhibit. The segments can preferably be supplied preassembled by specialized component manufacturers, before they are then optionally isolated according to a preliminary or receipt check and performed the associated magazine.
  • As in 3 indicated by arrows are feeding means 51 to 54 provided to the segments from the magazines 41 to 44 and an alignment device 60 supply. In this case, a supply means associated with a magazine, so the supply means 51 the magazine 41 , the delivery agent 52 the magazine 42 , the delivery agent 53 the magazine 43 and the delivery means 54 the magazine 44 , The delivery means 51 to 54 For example, a conveyor belt, a screw conveyor and / or a shaft can have and / or work pneumatically and for this purpose can have a transport tube to be charged with suction or compressed air. Unless the magazines 41 to 44 are not provided with a closable lower outlet through which the segments can be discharged under the influence of gravity, it is alternatively conceivable, the supply means 51 to 54 provide with gripping or removal means to the segments 31 to 34 from the magazines 41 to 44 refer to.
  • The alignment device 60 is used to that of the supply means 51 to 54 obtained segments 31 to 34 align substantially coaxially aligned with each other and thus a rod 70 of substantially loosely coaxially aligned segments 31 to 34 to build. In the illustrated embodiment, the alignment device 60 in four in the conveying direction according to arrow A consecutively lying stations 61 to 64 subdivided, each station of which is assigned a feeding means, so the station 61 the delivery means 51 , the station 62 the delivery means 52 , the station 63 the delivery means 53 and the station 64 the delivery means 54 , Further, the alignment stations 61 to 64 designed so that they are those of the feeding 51 to 54 supplied segments 31 to 34 in turn in the conveying direction according to arrow A bring into coaxial alignment with each other. The first alignment station takes over 61 , which, based on the conveying direction according to arrow A furthest upstream, a segment 31 from the feeding means 51 and then passes this to the downstream nearest second alignment station 62 essentially simultaneously a second segment 32 from the second supply means 52 gets and this in coaxial alignment with the first segment 31 brings. The first and second segments 31 . 32 The formed assembly is then sent to the downstream nearest third alignment station 63 pass, the one from the third feeder 53 substantially third segment received at the same time 33 coaxial with the second segment 32 arranges. The arrangement thus formed from first to third segments 31 to 33 is then sent to the downstream adjacent fourth alignment station 64 pass substantially simultaneously from the fourth delivery means 54 a fourth segment 34 receives and coaxially aligned with the third segment 33 arranges. As in the illustrated embodiment, the alignment 60 only four alignment stations 61 to 64 is in the fourth alignment station 64 the structure of an array of coaxially aligned with each other aligned first to fourth segments 31 to 34 ended, with such an arrangement a rod 70 of coaxially aligned first to fourth segments 31 to 34 is formed. The above-described stepwise or stepwise structure of the segments 31 to 34 composite rod 70 which is in 3 is additionally schematically illustrated, is organized by a control device, not shown in the figures, which controls the operation of the feed 51 to 54 and workstations 61 to 64 corresponding controls. In a preferred embodiment, the segments 31 to 34 or part of the segments 31 to 34 cut free in the stations 61 to 64 or in part of the stations 61 to 64 handled.
  • At this point, for the sake of completeness, it should be mentioned that instead of the use of magazines 41 to 44 the different segments can also be supplied individually in sequence, which is indicated by the dashed arrow with the reference symbol " 55 "Is indicated.
  • In the device according to 3 the structure of the rod takes place 70 from the segments 31 to 34 transverse to the conveying direction according to arrow A, so that by means of a conveying means 66 in the alignment device 60 formed bar 70 from coaxially loosely aligned segments 31 to 34 transverse to its longitudinal extent from the alignment device 60 is delivered. The funding 66 may preferably be formed as a hollow drum, which is provided on its lateral surface with circumferentially arranged groove-like troughs which extend in relation to the trough drum in the axial direction and for receiving at least one rod 70 from the coaxially aligned segments 31 to 34 are formed. All alignment stations are preferred 61 to 64 provided with such Muldentrommeln to the successively to be built rod of coaxially aligned segments transverse to the axial longitudinal direction within the alignment 60 from the one alignment station to the next alignment station.
  • As 3 furthermore schematically shows, there is the structure of a rod 70 shown, consisting of different segments 31 to 34 is composed. However, it is also conceivable in principle to program the control device, which has already been mentioned, but not shown in the drawings, in such a way that successively two identical segments from the magazines are produced 41 to 44 be removed, so that by the alignment device 60 to be formed rod 70 in addition to different segments also has a group of two adjacent similar segments. With such a measure, it is possible to provide at least one of the components in a larger or more powerful design, for example, if a storage memory with a larger capacity is desired, so that in such a case two similar segments are used, each containing a storage memory, and when pooling these two similar segments, the storage reservoirs are coupled together and thus form a common larger storage memory. In principle, several groups of at least two identical segments can also be formed.
  • When dispensed from the alignment 60 forms the bar 70 an arrangement of loosely assembled segments 31 to 34 , Around the segments 31 to 34 of the staff 70 to assemble and thus join together to form a substantially solid entity is an assembly means 80 provided, which, viewed in the conveying direction according to arrow A, downstream of the alignment device 60 is arranged, like 3 can be seen schematically. Thus, using the conveyor 66 in the alignment device 60 formed rod of coaxial yet loosely aligned segments arranged 31 to 34 transverse to its longitudinal extent from the alignment device 60 to the assembler 80 to hand over.
  • In the in 3 illustrated embodiment is the assembly device 80 formed as a wrapping device, which extends over the entire length of the rod 70 its segments 31 to 34 together with a single serving made of a flexible serving posture.
  • For this purpose, the joining device 80 Inventive means not shown for receiving at least one bobbin 82 on which a serving strip 84 is wound up. From this bobbin 82 becomes the serving strip 84 deducted and via guide means 85 to wrapping agents 86 transported. As 3 can also be seen schematically, the guide means 85 and the wrapping means 86 also part of the assembly device 80 , In the in 3 illustrated embodiment are the wrapping means 86 trained, the serving strip 84 the staff 70 from the coaxial loose aligned segments 31 to 34 in a direction approximately transverse to its axial longitudinal extent and by Queraxiale roll around the rod 70 to wrap. Such a transverse axial enclosure is used in the 3 shown embodiment advantageously used because of the rod 70 is moved transversely to its axial longitudinal extent in the conveying direction according to arrow A and the wrapping strip 84 may remain in a substantially expanded state. For this purpose, the wrapping means 86 Rollers or rollers, which in the circumferential direction around the rod 70 are movably mounted and formed around the wrapping strip 84 on the rod 70 applied. Alternatively or additionally, the wrapping means 86 Have rotating means for rotating the rod or strand around its axial longitudinal axis, so that in this way the rod 70 in the supplied wrapping strip 84 is wrapped. To fix the on the rod 70 applied serving strip 84 in the figures, not shown Beleimungsmittel are provided which glue the two opposite longitudinal side edges together, said glue means also part of the wrapping 86 could be. After all has the assembler 80 nor a in the figures not shown in detail on separation device to the wrapping strip 84 after wrapping the rod 70 cut or previously cut to a corresponding length, such a separator, for example, part of the guide means 85 or the wrapping agent 86 can be.
  • The result is a rod 70 consisting of coaxially aligned segments 31 to 34 assembled and over its entire axial length with a wrapping strip 84 wrapped, thus fulfilling the function of a connection structure in order to form an electronic cigarette segments 31 to 34 of the staff 70 to connect with each other. One such with a serving strip 84 provided rod 70 is also schematic in 2 B , albeit pictured there with a different composition of segments in a different order. The final product is therefore an electronic cigarette made of individual segments 31 ff. and assembled with a wrapping strip 84 is provided so that an electronic cigarette produced in this way comes quite close in terms of their look and feel of a conventional cigarette. Not least, therefore, it is advantageous as a wrapper strip 84 To use a paper strip, as it is already used for the production of conventional cigarettes.
  • The use of a wrapping strip 84 Furthermore, as a connection structure, for example, it is also possible to form holes or perforations at specific locations in order to be able to influence the draw resistance in a targeted manner, similar to a conventional cigarette. For this purpose, then the assembly device 80 be followed by a corresponding perforation, which is not shown in the figures.
  • It is also conceivable that on the rod 70 applied serving strips 84 to emboss or print, including downstream of the assembler 80 a corresponding embossing or printing device is provided, which is also not shown in the figures.
  • Finally, it is also conceivable, the assembly device 80 downstream to use a test device, not shown in the figures, which is designed to check the operability of each provided for forming an electronic cigarette rods 70 to apply negative pressure. For this purpose, for example, a trained as a hollow drum test drum can be used.
  • The previous description as well 3 can be seen that at least in the alignment 60 and the assembler 80 those from the segments 31 to 34 to be set up and processed bars 70 be moved in a conveying direction according to arrow A transverse to the axial longitudinal extent. Due to this cross-axial transport is suitable in 3 illustrated device in particular for a drum process.
  • 4 schematically shows an apparatus for the production of electronic cigarettes with the schematically in 2 shown segmented structure according to a preferred second embodiment, which differs from the first embodiment according to 3 essentially differs in that of a plurality of from the alignment device 60 discharged rods 70 from coaxial loose aligned segments 31 to 34 a longer strand 74 is formed, which takes the form of an approximately endless strand and is processed by the strand process, and that the envelope with the wrapping strip 84 not as in the execution of 3 transversely, but longitudinally. In order to avoid repetition, a detailed description of those components and elements which are included in the embodiment of FIG 4 in a substantially identical manner as in the embodiment of 3 realized and therefore also marked with the same reference numerals.
  • As 4 can be seen schematically, is the alignment 60 Downstream downstream of a conveyor 90 which determines the direction of movement of the alignment device 60 issued bars 70 from a direction transverse to the axial longitudinal extent according to arrow A in a direction corresponding to the axial longitudinal extent according to arrow B about 90 ° changes, but without the spatial orientation of the rods 70 undergoes a change. At the same time takes over in the illustrated embodiment, the conveyor 90 the formation of the strand 74 by putting a plurality of rods 70 in sequence.
  • Alternatively, it is also conceivable, the alignment 60 train so that there are the segments 31 to 34 already in the strand process in coaxial loosely aligned arrangement to bars 70 composed and the bars 70 in the direction of its longitudinal axial extension from the alignment 60 be issued, so that the conveying direction according to arrow A of the direction of the axial longitudinal extent of the rods 70 equivalent. In the case of such a modification of the execution of 4 takes place in the alignment device 60 downstream downstream conveyor 90 a change in the direction of movement of the bars 70 under simultaneous Change of their spatial orientation by about 90 ° instead.
  • The strand thus formed 74 then goes through the assembly device 80 although also like the assembler 80 from 3 for receiving a bobbin 82 is formed, from which a wrapping strip 84 but is deducted from the assembler 80 from 3 it differs in that the wrapping strip 84 in a longitudinal axial wrapping process on the strand 74 is applied; because a longitudinal axial envelope can be advantageously realized in a strand process. For this purpose, the joining device 80 from 4 as wrapping a form 88 through which the strand 74 is guided in the longitudinal axial direction according to arrow B, and in 4 Not shown funding, which are formed, the wrapping strip 84 in its longitudinal direction to the form 88 and then along with the strand 74 in the direction of arrow B by the shape 88 while maintaining its speed of movement with that of the strand 74 essentially to synchronize. Form 88 is designed to provide a transfer of the wrapper strip 84 while moving through the form 88 from a substantially expanded state to a strand 74 cause surrounding condition. For this contains the form 88 preferably a cavity, not shown in the figures, through which the strand 74 is passed, wherein the cavity has an outlet with a to the cross section of the strand 74 with wrapping strip arranged thereon 84 approximately adapted cross section, an inlet with a relation to the outlet larger cross-section and from the inlet to the outlet, preferably approximately conical, tapered shape. Thus, the shape 88 in a similar manner as the format known from the machines for producing conventional combustion smoke products.
  • As 4 further schematically indicates is downstream of the mold 88 a cutting knife 92 provided to the with the wrapping strip 84 wrapped strand 74 , as he also schematically in, for example 2c , although depicted with a different composition of segments in a different order, into discrete bars 75 with a usable length for the formation of electronic cigarettes to divide, of which also exemplary in 2d such a cut rod 75 is shown schematically.
  • In particular, for the above-mentioned optional case that the alignment device 60 for processing the segments 31 to 34 is formed in the strand method, it is also conceivable, alternatively to the representation of 4 the conveyor 90 to modify such that a movement direction change of the rods 75 does not take place, but the function of the conveyor 90 essentially on the formation of the strand 74 is reduced. In the case of such a modification, the arrangement of the assembly device 80 in the view of 4 90 ° to the left, folded ', so that the assembly device 80 essentially in that of the alignment device 60 defined transport plane and thus extends in the direction of the conveying direction according to arrow A. It is advantageous, the transport path laterally with only a small offset or without offset or in alignment between the assembly device 80 and the alignment device 60 to design and / or provide a horizontal offset and / or a horizontal alignment.
  • Depending on the need for further processing, the discrete rods produced in this way can 75 in the conveying direction in the longitudinal axial orientation or, as 4 can be seen schematically, issued transversely to its axial longitudinal extent. For the latter case, suitable means of transport are to be provided, which substantially without changing the transport direction, the rods 75 rotate 90 ° so that the bars 75 next to each other in a conveying direction transversely to its longitudinal axial extension are transported, as in 4 is shown schematically, said means of transport by the arrow 94 are indicated.
  • In 5 is a third embodiment of a device for the production of electronic cigarettes with the schematically in 2 shown segmented structure shown. This embodiment has certain similarities with the second embodiment according to 4 so that in order to avoid repetition, a detailed description of those components and elements will be dispensed with which may be made in substantially the same or similar manner as in the embodiment of FIG 4 realized and therefore also marked with the same reference numerals.
  • In an embodiment according to 5 become the segments 31 to 34 from respective magazines 41 to 44 taken on a revolving conveyor 68 Gradually filed while aligned longitudinal axial and lined up, in particular the 5a and 5b reveal. For storing the segments on the conveyor 68 are so-called transfer wheels 67 provided, the components of the alignment 61 to 64 are and are trained, Schrittbzw. gradually one out of the segments 31 to 34 composite rod 70 to form, as in 5b is shown schematically.
  • As 5a can also be seen, the supply means 51 to 54 in each case a transport roller and a plurality of adjacent circular knives, which are arranged adjacent to the circumference of the respective transport roller, wherein the transport rollers and the units of a plurality of adjacent circular knives, however, in 5a not denoted by reference numerals. The mentioned unit of knives has the task, the segments 31 to 34 to cut accordingly, which in the illustrated embodiment in the delivered state have a corresponding multiple of the length of a single segment, which allows simultaneous provision of a plurality of segments of a kind. For this purpose, the distance between each two adjacent segments should be 0.5 mm to 5 mm, preferably 1.5 mm to 3 mm, to allow a damage-free separation cut between these two adjacent segments. It is beneficial to segments 31 to 34 with a simple length as in the device of 4 to process, so omitted in this case, the aforementioned knife and difficult cutting functions can be avoided in this part of the device.
  • In the 5c shown assembly device 80 has three mutually engaging rollers 81 , in particular with an alternating direction of rotation in order of their arrangement on. One or more of the rollers carry on their lateral surface in the circumferential direction equidistantly arranged driver 81a , One or more of these rollers 81 are with negative pressure to holding the bars 70 trained trained. In this embodiment, a linear arrangement can advantageously be realized, in which the segments 31 to 34 after their filing on the conveyor 68 and those from the segments 31 to 34 manufactured bars 70 with their respective longitudinal axis follow a linearly extending path in the direction of the arrow A. The segments 31 to 34 and the bars 70 are oriented the same with their respective longitudinal axis. One or more of the rollers 81 can, in particular circumferentially adjacent to the respective lateral surface and the drivers 81a , be provided with a coaxially arranged, in particular arc-shaped, cover, which the rods 70 at a drop off the roller 81 prevent. As a result, a reliable transport is possible even in the case that no or a small vacuum for holding the rods 70 at the reception of a roller 81 is present and / or that a segment has an increased weight, in particular a heavy functional unit or a battery is to be transported.
  • In 6 is a fourth embodiment of a device for the production of electronic cigarettes with the schematically in 2 shown segmented structure shown. This embodiment differs from the two embodiments described above in that two different already composed of several segments and with a wrapping strip 84 provided and in this respect prefabricated rods 70 and 71 , as exemplified in 2e , although shown schematically with a different composition of segments in a different order, into a common (double) bar 72 as he also exemplifies in 2f is shown schematically. Thus, the in 6 illustrated device at least two devices according to the first embodiment of 3 and / or according to the second embodiment of 4 downstream. The device of 6 has a separating and spreading station 96 on, in which the first bars 70 divided in the middle and placed at a distance from each other. Accordingly, from the first bars 70 each two spaced apart first part of bars formed in the lower part of 6 with the reference numerals 70a " and " 70b "Are drawn. This station 96 Therefore, in terms of its function, it is similar to a spreading drum in filter attachment machines for the production of conventional filter cigarettes. Furthermore, the device of 6 an alignment station 98 on, between two spaced apart first part bars 70a . 70b a second rod 71 order, so now a common (double) staff 72 in the form of an arrangement of a rod 71 with coaxially aligned and loosely fitting part rods on both sides 70a . 70b arises. Thus, the alignment station works 98 similar to the alignment device described above 60 ,
  • The alignment station 98 Downstream is an assembly station 100 similar to the assembler 80 from 3 is constructed. Accordingly, the merge station also points 100 Inventive means not shown for receiving at least one bobbin 102 , from which a serving strip 104 is withdrawn, which preferably consists of paper, guide means 105 to transport the wrapping strip 104 and wrapping means 106 and a separating device, not shown in detail, which the wrapping strip 104 to a desired length and preferably part of the guide means 105 or the wrapping agent 106 can be. Similar to the assembler 80 from 3 is also the assembly station 100 from 6 formed, by Queraxiale Umrollung the wrapping strip 104 around the bar 72 to wrap. This creates a connected (double) rod 72 in which are the first two partial bars 70a . 70b and the second rod in between 71 together by the at least partially covering wrapping strip 104 are held together. Downstream of the assembly station 100 shows the device of 6 a separator 110 on to the common (double) staff 72 again in two discrete single bars 73 to be divided, which can then be used immediately after issuing from this device to form an electronic cigarette.
  • In the in 6 illustrated device, the transport of the rods in the direction of the arrow A takes place transversely to the longitudinal extent thereof. Thus, the illustrated device is particularly suitable for a drum process. Alternatively, it is also conceivable that in 5 To modify the device shown in such a way that it works in the strand method and in particular the assembly station 100 a longitudinal axial envelope similar to that in 4 shown assembly device 80 performs.
  • In addition, in this context, it is still up 2f referenced, in the example also a (double) rod 72 is shown schematically, but of two complete prefabricated, each provided with an enclosure first and second rods 70 and 71 assembled and at least partially with the common wrapping strip 104 is wrapped. The two pre-assembled rods differ 70 and 71 from the in 6 exemplified first and second rods 70 and 71 not just by having a subdivision into subdivisions before forming the common rod 72 does not take place, but also by a different composition of segments in a different order and further in that the second rod 71 between two segments a gap 78 not only by the adjacent end faces of the two adjacent segments, but also by the wrapping strip 84 is closed. This gap 78 For example, as a chamber for receiving additives 79 such as Charcoal, how 2g can be seen schematically. Through the gap 78 a distance is formed between two adjacent segments, which allows a damage-free separating cut between these two adjacent segments, so that the gap 78 can also be used advantageously for such a separation cut.
  • In 7 schematically shows the structure of an electronic cigarette according to a preferred second embodiment of the invention, which differs from the first embodiment according to 2 it differs in that instead of a wrapping strip 84 for connecting the segments 31 to 36 for the formation of a common staff 70 respectively. 75 or strings 74 a plug-in system is used, that of a arranged on one end face of the segments male coupling element 37a and a complementary female coupling element disposed on the other end face of the segments 37b is formed. In the illustrated embodiment, the male coupling elements 37 formed as a cylindrical pin whose outer diameter is smaller than the outer diameter of the cylindrical segments. Due to the complementary shape, which in 7 is indicated only schematically, can be an effective engagement of the respective complementary coupling elements 37a . 37b achieve each other. Accordingly, in the illustrated embodiment, the female coupling elements 37b designed as cylindrical blind holes whose inner diameter is approximately equal to the outer diameter of the male coupling elements 37a corresponds and thus also smaller than the outer diameter of the segments. Alternatively or additionally, it is also conceivable to provide adhesive and thus to effect a connection of the segments to each other by gluing.
  • To avoid repetition is provided by a detailed description of the other features and functions of the segments 31 to 36 apart, in the embodiment of 7 in substantially the same or similar manner as in the embodiment of 2 exist, and therefore to the corresponding description of 2 directed.
  • In 8th is to a device for the production of electronic cigarettes using the in 7 shown segments according to a preferred fifth embodiment, in particular of the second embodiment according to 4 essentially differs in that instead of the wrapping means effecting an envelope 80 and the upstream conveyor 90 an assembly device 130 is provided, which is a stop 132 which is attached to a holder 134 is trained. To the complementary coupling elements 37a . 37b (cf 7a ) in mutual male engagement to form a substantially inherently solid rod 70 to bring, becomes the staff 70 with the hitherto loosely arranged segments 31 to 34 against the attack 132 pushed. For this purpose, not shown in the drawings funding is provided, which may for example have gripping means and are preferably formed at least one segment, in particular with respect to the conveying direction according to arrow A upstream or trailing last segment of a rod 70 towards the stop 132 to act on. During this mutual mating process, the segments become 31 to 34 along a guide surface 136 moves, in the illustrated embodiment of the holder 134 is trained.
  • Upon completion of the previously described assembly process, in the 8th illustrated embodiment, the holder 134 the assembly device 130 pivoted by 90 °, whereby the respective now connected rod 70 undergoes a change in its spatial orientation by 90 °, before being released from the assembly device 130 is delivered. In order not to disturb this output process, the stop should 132 be designed so that he can be brought into a rest position, but what in 8th not shown.
  • Incidentally, the structure of the device according to 8th with the construction of the device of 4 Similarly, to avoid repetition, a detailed description of those other constituents and elements will be dispensed with which may be made in substantially the same or similar manner as in the embodiment of FIG 4 realized and therefore also marked with the same reference numerals. In addition, it should be noted here that the order of the schematic in 8th shown segments 31 to 34 slightly different from the order of the schematic in the 3 and 4 shown segments 31 to 34 which, however, is irrelevant to the basic understanding of the functioning of the device.
  • In 8a is a modification of the device of 8th in the assembler 130 Downstream section shown. This modification is characterized by the fact that the assembly device 130 essentially to a solid unit in connected rods 70 turn to a strand 74 be assembled. Thus, the modification comes according to 8a even the execution of 4 closer, as well as in the execution of 4 in the same place the formation of a strand 74 takes place. The joining device is preferred 130 modified so that they also additionally the formation of the strand 74 from the bars 70 in a subordinate step, however, what is detailed in 8a not shown. Alternatively, it is also conceivable, downstream of the assembly device 130 To provide a separate strand forming device, the individual bars 70 connects to each other and is also not shown in the figures. This for the segmented structure according to 7 used connector system for connecting the individual segments 31 to 36 each other also allows the formation of a strand in a particularly simple manner 74 by adding the individual bars 70 in mutual insertion in the same way as the individual segments 31 to 36 to be brought.
  • In principle, the two types of connection, ie the envelope and the use of a plug-in system, can also be used in combination. This is for example using the in 6 shown device possible by prefabricated rods 70 . 71 whose segments are not connected by a wrapping strip but by the plug-in system. The resulting common (double) staff 72 with the applied and the two individual bars 70 and 71 connecting serving strips 104 is exemplary in 7f shown schematically.
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Claims (25)

  1. Electric smoking product with components containing at least one source of electrical energy ( 6 ), a storage store ( 16 ) for storing at least one flavoring agent ( 18 ), an electrical converter ( 10 ) for changing the state of aggregation of the flavoring agent ( 18 ) and an electric heating element ( 12 ), characterized by a plurality of cylindrical segments ( 31 to 36 ), each segment of which contains at least one component, and a connection structure ( 37a . 37b ; 84 ; 104 ) used to form the electric smoke product ( 2 ) the cylindrical segments ( 31 to 36 ) substantially coaxially aligned and frontally mutually touching a rod ( 70 ) or strand ( 74 ) connects to each other.
  2. Electric smoking product according to claim 1, characterized in that the cylindrical segments ( 31 to 36 ) have substantially the same diameter, in particular the same outer diameter.
  3. Electric smoking product according to at least one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the cylindrical segments ( 31 to 36 ) are provided at their ends with standardized interfaces for producing at least one fluid connection between two adjacent segments.
  4. Electric smoking product according to at least one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the cylindrical segments ( 31 to 36 ), preferably at their ends, are provided with standardized interfaces for establishing an electrical connection between two adjacent segments.
  5. Electric smoking product according to at least one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the connecting structure has a flexible, preferably strip-shaped, wrapping layer ( 84 ), which together form the arrangement of a plurality of cylindrical segments ( 31 to 36 ) and loosely abutting one another in the axial direction of the cylindrical segments ( 31 to 36 ) extending longitudinal side edges which are connected to form a closed enclosure, preferably glued together.
  6. Electric smoking product according to claim 5, characterized in that the wrapping layer ( 84 ) Comprises paper and / or plastic film.
  7. Electric smoking product according to claim 5 or 6, characterized in that the wrapping layer ( 84 ; 104 ) is provided with a coating and / or printed.
  8. Electrical smoking product according to at least one of the preceding claims, characterized in that on the outside, in particular on the outside lateral surface and / or an end face, at least one cylindrical segment ( 31 to 36 ) At least in sections, at least one electrical conductor is arranged.
  9. Electric smoking product according to at least one of the preceding claims, characterized in that at least one cylindrical segment contains at least one over its entire axial length extending channel having in particular continuous boundary walls, in particular which in the longitudinal axial direction and / or circumferential direction and / or extend the peripheral surface helically.
  10. Electric smoking product according to at least one of the preceding claims, characterized by an electrical switching device for connecting the electrical energy source ( 6 ) to at least one electrical load such as an electric evaporator ( 10 ) and an electric heating element ( 12 ) and a vacuum sensor ( 8th ), which occurs when negative pressure in the electric smoke product ( 2 ) causes the electrical switching device, an electrical connection between the electrical energy source ( 6 ) and the at least one electrical consumer ( 8th . 10 . 12 . 22 ).
  11. Device for producing electrical smoke products ( 2 ) according to at least one of the preceding claims, characterized by storage means ( 41 to 44 ), which are formed cylindrical segments ( 31 to 36 ), feeding means ( 51 to 54 ), which are formed segments ( 31 to 36 ) from the stock ( 41 to 44 ), an alignment device ( 60 ), which is formed by the supply means ( 51 to 54 ) segments ( 31 to 36 ) substantially coaxially aligned with each other and the end face mutually touching and thus a rod ( 70 ) or strand ( 74 ) of substantially loosely coaxially aligned segments ( 31 to 36 ), funding ( 66 ; 90 ), which are formed, the rod ( 70 ) or strand ( 74 ) from the alignment device ( 31 to 36 ), and an assembly device ( 80 ; 130 ), which is formed, the segments ( 31 to 36 ) in the bar ( 70 ) or strand ( 74 ), in particular at least two segments ( 31 to 36 ' ) electrically conductively connect to each other.
  12. Apparatus according to claim 11, characterized by a control device, which is designed, the supply means ( 51 to 54 ) in such a way that they are removed from the storage means ( 41 to 44 ) in a first mode of operation different segments ( 31 to 36 ), so that in the in the alignment ( 60 ) to be formed rod ( 70 ) of substantially loosely coaxially aligned segments ( 31 to 36 ) differentiates each segment from the other segment, and in a second mode of operation extract at least one group of at least two similar segments, so that the one of the alignment device ( 60 ) to be formed rod ( 70 ) or strand ( 74 ) of substantially coaxially aligned segments ( 31 to 36 ) has at least one group of at least two similar segments.
  13. Apparatus according to claim 11 or 12, characterized by a control device, which is designed, the supply means ( 51 to 54 ) and the alignment device ( 60 ) such that the segments ( 31 to 36 ) are arranged in a desired order substantially axially aligned loosely together.
  14. Device according to at least one of claims 11 to 13, characterized in that the alignment device ( 60 ) formed by the feeding means ( 51 to 54 ) segments ( 31 to 36 ) Align with each other substantially in terms of their angular position.
  15. Device according to at least one of claims 11 to 14, characterized in that the alignment device ( 60 ) is designed, the rod ( 70 ) or strand ( 74 ) of substantially coaxially loosely aligned segments ( 31 to 36 ) in a conveying direction (A) output transversely to the axial longitudinal extent.
  16. Device according to at least one of claims 11 to 15, characterized in that the alignment device is adapted to output the rod or strand of substantially coaxially loosely aligned segments in the direction of their longitudinal extent, and the conveying means are formed, the rod or strand of substantially coaxial to transport loosely aligned segments in the direction of their axial longitudinal extent to the joining device.
  17. Device according to at least one of claims 11 to 16 and according to claim 5, characterized in that the joining device ( 80 ) Wrapping agent ( 86 ; 88 ), which are formed together the rod ( 70 ) or strand ( 74 ) of substantially coaxially loosely aligned segments ( 31 to 36 ) with a flexible wrapping layer ( 84 ) to surround.
  18. Apparatus according to claim 17, characterized in that the joining device ( 80 ) Storage means for receiving at least one a wrapping layer ( 84 ) carrying bobbins ( 82 ) and guiding means ( 85 ), which are formed, the wrapping layer ( 84 ) from the bobbin ( 82 ) and to the wrapping 86 to spend).
  19. Device according to claim 18, characterized in that the wrapping means ( 86 ), the wrapping layer ( 84 ) the rod ( 70 ) or strand ( 74 ) of substantially coaxially loosely aligned segments ( 31 to 36 ) in a direction approximately transverse to its axial longitudinal extent and by Queraxiale roll around the rod ( 70 ) or strand of substantially coaxially loosely aligned segments ( 31 to 36 ) to wind.
  20. Device according to claim 18, characterized in that the wrapping means ( 88 ) to the longitudinal axial envelope of the rod ( 70 ) or strands ( 74 ) of substantially coaxially loosely aligned segments ( 31 to 36 ) with the wrapping strip ( 84 ) are formed.
  21. Device according to at least one of claims 11 to 20, characterized in that the joining device ( 130 ) Medium ( 132 ), which are designed to achieve a mutual loading of two adjacent segments at their opposite end faces, in which fastening means ( 37a . 37b ) are provided in order to form the electric smoke product ( 2 ) the cylindrical segments ( 31 to 36 ) to fix one another over their end faces or to create and / or maintain a longitudinal axial distance between two adjacent segments.
  22. Apparatus according to claim 21, characterized in that by the mutual application of the fastening means ( 37a . 37b ) unfold their effect for a mutual insertion engagement each two adjacent segments.
  23. Apparatus according to claim 21 or 22, characterized in that the joining device ( 130 ) has at least one gripping means, which is formed, at least one segment, preferably the upstream or trailing last segment of the rod ( 70 ) or strands ( 74 ) of substantially coaxially loosely aligned segments ( 31 to 36 ), towards the stop ( 132 ) or to delay.
  24. Device according to at least one of claims 21 to 23, characterized in that the stop ( 132 ), in particular from a Engaged position, can be brought into a rest position to further transport the rod ( 70 ) or strands ( 74 ) of substantially coaxially aligned and now fixed to each other segments ( 31 to 36 ).
  25. Apparatus according to at least one of claims 11 to 24, characterized by a testing device connected downstream of the joining device, which is designed to apply negative pressure to check the functioning of the rods consisting of the several cylindrical segments and intended to form a respective smoke product.
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