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WHQuiz Answer #14 - Web Wrinkling and Deflection (2)

WebHandlersQuiz 16: Spreading - Name a spreader or anti-wrinkle roller that does NOT have a rubber surface? 

Every roller has some anti-wrinkle benefit due to inducing machine direction curvature in the web, providing shape stiffening.

A concave roller can be machined out of any material, including aluminum or steel.

A hyper-crowned roller, where the diameter variations are several times greater than web strain, can induce spreading, similar to a D-shaped bar pushed into the web.

There are some segmented bowed rollers with a series of cylindrical metal segments mounted, shish kabob style, on a curved shaft, though most bowed rollers have rubber sleeves.

In some cases, a metal roller with raised chevron ridges will prevent wrinkles by allowing the web to pass over a roller with many minor non-damaging buckles instead of a major crease or break causing wrinkle.

Chevron ridge rollers pointing upstream can have a plowing and spreading effect if they are not turning (then technically not a roller), driven below web speed, or reverse driven.

More on this topic was covered in this archived Web Lines column: 

Concave Rollers Pros & Cons July 2005

If you missed it, here are all 20 questions in my Web Handler's Quiz


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