Title:
Supporting Runner for the Plane on Ice Preparation Equipment
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
If the blade of the chamfer plane of ice preparation equipment is set to a lower depth than the carriage runner, the latter follows the cutting surface of the chamfer plane. The latter then planes to a lower depth as the carriage runner is its reference base. The carriage runner follows the blade of the ice preparation equipment and the planing action of the entire plane is unintentionally deep on one side. Said problem is effectively prevented by a small supporting runner that is located in the interior of the plane carriage, adjacent to the cutting surface of the chamfer plane. Said runner can be adjusted and is usually set to lie level with the carriage runner. If the blade of the chamfer plane is inadvertently set to a depth that is too low, the carriage is held secure by the supporting runner in conjunction with the right-hand carriage runner and the left-hand runner does not follow the cutting surface of the chamfer plane. The latter thus produces a cleanly planed strip with a uniform depth.



Inventors:
Hoffmann, Heinz (Wesel, DE)
Application Number:
11/629014
Publication Date:
10/04/2007
Filing Date:
06/07/2005
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
37/219
International Classes:
B63B35/12
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Primary Examiner:
PHAN, HAU VAN
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
COLLARD & ROE, P.C. (1077 NORTHERN BOULEVARD, ROSLYN, NY, 11576, US)
Claims:
1. Supporting runner for supporting the left side of the planing sled of the ice preparation machine, the reference base for the edge plane, so that this base is not influenced by the plane cut, characterized in that this runner is attached at the planing sled or at the console of the edge plane in such a manner that it holds the planing sled in a stable position, together with the right runner of the latter, and the runner lies on the ice next to the cutting surface of the edge plane.

2. Supporting runner according to claim 1, characterized in that it is adjustable in height and can be locked in place.

Description:

The blade of the aforementioned planing device for preparation of the ice edge on the band cuts ahead of the sled runner of the ice preparation machine.

For normal, regular use, the blade engagement depth is adjusted precisely like the lower edge of the runner. In the case of regular use with a sharp blade, ice accretion is effectively prevented even with this minimal setting.

However, there are possible circumstances in connection with which a deeper blade setting is desirable:

    • 1. Severe ice accretion at the band edge before the first use of the aforementioned planing device.
    • 2. Ice accretion at the band edge caused by a blunt planing blade, incorrect blade setting, or excessive water application.
    • 3. Ice accretion on the entire ice surface caused by excessive water application, too little blade use, or rain, in the case of outdoor rinks.

If the blade of the edge plane is set deeper than the sled runner, this runner follows the cutting surface of the edge plane. The latter then planes even deeper, because the sled runner is its reference base. The sled runner follows the blade of the ice preparation machine, and the entire plane works unintentionally deep on one side.

    • The minimal setting of the cutting depth to runner height is usually sufficient, because this effectively prevents ice accretion in regular use.
    • The ice accretion that has occurred according to 1 and 2. can amount to several millimeters, and can reach into the surface a machine width (2 m), descending from the band, because the entire sled, with the blade, is raised on one side because of the accretion.
    • A deep setting of the edge plane would result in the problem described above. Working off the surface that has accreted on the side must therefore be started with a minimal plane setting in the level region, and take place strip by strip, from the inside to the outside.

The problem described is effectively prevented by means of a small supporting runner in the inner region of the planing sled, next to the cutting surface of the edge plane. This runner is adjustable and is normally set to a level with the sled runner. If the blade of the edge plane is unintentionally set too deep, the sled is securely held by means of the supporting runner, in connection with the right sled runner, and the left runner does not follow the cutting surface of the edge plane. The edge plane draws a clean strip having a uniform depth.

The supporting runner therefore prevents accidentally uncontrolled deep planing.

However, one-sided deep planing can be performed with excellent control. If, for example, the supporting runner is set 3 mm (=1.5 revolutions) above the sled runner, the blade of the edge plane is set slightly (−0.5 mm=0.25 revolutions) below the sled runner, and the main blade of the ice machine is set flush with the sled runner, the sled runner will follow the cutting surface of the edge plane until the supporting runner supports the left plane side (3 mm).

Since the main blade of the ice preparation machine is set flush with the sled runner, uniform planing from 3 to 0 mm takes place from the left (band edge) to the right, over a width of approximately 2 m.

An ice accretion that has grown into the surface from the band can therefore be uniformly planed off, up to the band edge, by several millimeters, in one pass.