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United States Patent
Wilhelmus Adrianus Aloysius Heijmans and Carolus
Gerardus Venis, both of Eindhoven, Netherlands, as
Patented, May 28, 1963
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by inductive means, so that not only the period of heating
is very ‘short, but also the desired heating is effected at
the inner wall at the surface of adhesion between the
metal and the rubber due to the skin e?‘ect. Heating of
the complete mould is thus not necessary and any risks
signors to North American Philips Company, Inc., New
of deformation are avoided, while the consumption of
York, N.Y., a corporation of Delaware
energy is small.
No Drawing. Filed Dec. 19, 1960, Ser. No. 76,474
Such a method affords the advantage that, if according ,
Claims priority, application Netherlands Dec. 17, 1959
to another feature of the invention, the ultrasonic cleaning
5 Claims. (Cl. 134-4)
10 is effected in water having preferably a wetting agent or
detergent, added to it, the temperature is still high enough
This invention relates to methods of cleaning vulcaniz
for producing vapor, due to which the rubber which has
ing moulds for the manufacture of rubber objects, wherein
dissociated at least in part, loosens more readily.
after removal of the object a small proportion of the
The use of a wetting agent serves to make the contact
rubber adheres to the Vulcanizing mould.
The term “rubber” is to be understood herein to mean 15 surface between the water and the rubber particles as
large as possible, so that the ultrasonic treatment is more
both natural rubber and synthetic rubber.
effective. For a continuous treatment for cleaning an
Such vulcanizing moulds are used for the manufacture
annular mould of the kind comprising three parts (running
of tires, shoe-soles, etc. Such moulds are used, for ex
surface and two side ?anges) such as used, for example,
ample for the manufacture of bicycle tires, several hun
dred times before one proceeds to cleaning. After each 20 for bicycle tires, it is preferable to carry out the ultra
sonic cleaning treatment immediately after the high-fre~
vulcaniz-ing of a tire, a rubber ?lm remains on the outer
quency heating, the procedure of the two treatments being
wall of the mould so that, after several hundreds of tires,
most economical by a progressive system. A continuous
the pro?le of the mould has changed to an extent such
process also affords the advantages known per se for
that good quality of the tire is endangered.
In the method hitherto known, the mould is cleaned by 25 cleaning other moulds, for example shoe-sole moulds.
For further explanation we may mention on the ground
of a method carried out in practice that, when the rubber
residues are heated at a temperature of 175 °, a certain
rubber softens, followed by mud blasting for, for example,
carbonization of the rubber occurs, but the duration of
3 hours. It will be evident that such ‘a process is not
particularly economical, since the vulcanizing mould is 30 the process then is uneconomically long. Afterwards the
heating process was carried out at a temperature of 300°
out of use for a long period. In addition, for this reason,
C., which ‘resulted in a much shorter duration thereof.
the cleaning process takes place only when the pro?le
The required heating period of the moulds is determined
of the object no longer has the desired sharpness. Con
by a change in structure of the rubber which becomes
sequently, the rubber objects vulcanized initially have a
manifest by the formation of bubbles.
pro?le better than that of later objects, resulting in dif
subjecting it to the action of a chemical liquid for ‘a long
period, for example for 24 hours, so that the adhered
ferences in quality.
The heating time in the high-frequency coil and also
the period of the ultrasonic treatment is of the ‘order of
Furthermore, the inner wall of a vulcanizing mould
2 minutes per mould section or part. Following the
which is to be cleaned becomes somewhat rough due to
the mud blasting process, which is not bene?cial to the 40 high-frequency heating, the moulds are immersed in an
ultrasonic bath ?lled with water, and if desired with chem
quality of the pro?le and results in the rubber adhering
ical additions at room temperature.
more readily in further use, so that the frequency of the
The required power for carrying out this treatment is
prolonged cleaning must be raised more ‘and more, result
of the order of 1 watt per square cm. of basic surface of‘
ing the length of life of the expensive moulds being short
the tank with a frequency 40 kilocycles/ sec.
The invention also relates to a high-frequency heating
These disadvantages are mitigated by the invention, if
device which technologically forms a unit with the ultra
not eliminated completely.
sonic device.
According to the invention, at least the inner wall of
It is to be noted that for vulcanizing bicycle tires use
the mould is heated for so long a time and to so high
a temperature that the rubber which has remained disso 50 is made of moulds of steel having a low content of carbon.
What is claimed is:
ciates at least in part, whereupon the mould is subjected
to an ultrasonic cleaning treatment in a liquid.
1. A method of cleaning metallic vulcanizing molds
for rubber products comprising heating the inner wall of
Due to the partial dissociation of the rubber at the
said mold for a period of time and at a temperature so
surface of adhesion of the mould, an initial carbonization
of the rubber occurs while evolving gas resulting in the 55 that any rubber that has adhered to the mold at least
partly dissociates therefrom, and further supplying water
formation of bubbles, due to which the rubber partially
to said mold and subjecting said mold to an ultrasonic
loosens and hardens at the surface of adhesion so that
cleaning treatment in said Water while said mold is still
the residual rubber is readily removed by the ultrasonic
2. A method of cleaning metallic vulcanizing molds
The total duration of the treatment is considerably 60 for rubber products as claimed in claim 1 wherein said
shortened by this process, while the pro?le of the mould
mold is heated by high ‘frequency inductive means.
is not damaged and the length of life is increased. Due
3. A method of cleaning metallic vulcanizing molds
to its short duration, the cleaning process may be carried
for rubber products comprising heating the inner wall of
out more frequently, which is bene?cial to the quality 65 said mold for a period of time and at a temperature so
of the pro?le of the product, while a saving in the number
that any rubber that has adhered to the mold at least;
of the expensive moulds may be obtained.
partly dissociates therefrom, and further supplying Water
During test highly satisfactory results were obtained at
to said mold mixed with a wetting agent and subjecting
heating temperatures of from 300° to 500° C. Such
said mold to an ultrasonic cleaning treatment in said
temperatures may be obtained, for example, in an oven 70 Water while said mold is still hot.
4. A method of cleaning metallic vulcanizing molds
or by the use of gas ?ames externally of the mould.
for rubber products as claimed in claim 1 wherein said
However, the mould is preferably high-frequency heated
ultrasonic cleaning’ takes place While said mold has 21
gefn‘l’gggtrture su?lciently high to permit the development‘
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
5. A method of cleaning metallic vulcanizing molds‘
Feflerman ------------ -- Dec- 3, 1940
as claimed in claimvl wherein said ultrasonic cleaning 5
treatment immediately follows said heating process,
Bailey ________________ __ Aug. 4, 1942
Engelhardt ___________ __ July 14, 1959
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