Method and apparatus for testing cigarette tip

Application Number: 00108343
Application Date: 2000.05.12
Publication Number: 1276999
Publication Date: 2000.12.20
Priority Information: 1999/5/12 DE 19921725.4
International: A24C5/34
Applicant(s) Name: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co.)
Inventor(s) Name: Heints. Fuck;Laarf. Snabric;Winfried. Niebule
Patent Agency Code: 11038
Patent Agent: zhang zuchang
Abstract The invention relates to a method for inspecting cigarette heads (25, 41, 61), where light radiates in at least two strip-like portions (26-31), which are incident from different directions, onto the end area (39, 42) of a cigarette head (25, 41, 61) and light (33) reflected from the end area (39, 42) is received by a detector (32) and evaluated. Known methods of this type have the disadvantage that they are inaccurate and do not allow exact statements to be made about the state of cigarettes. Therefore, the invention is based on the problem of improving the inspection of cigarettes. This problem is solved by virtue of the fact that, in the course of evaluation, a distance (B, C) between two lines (54, 55, 68, 69) which are produced from a signal generated by the detector (32) and correspond to the strip-shaped portions (26-31) is determined in order to establish the position of that region of the cigarette head (25, 41, 61) which is irradiated by the portions (26-31). Furthermore, the invention relates to a corresponding apparatus.