Patents Assigned to American Newspaper Publishers Association
  • Patent number: 4785731
    Abstract: An apparatus and method according to the invention for determining respective deviations in the total number of signatures in each of a plurality of individual successive stacks from a given number of signatures having a ram for compressing the stacks of the signatures, a linear differential voltage transducer for measuring the relative heights of signature stacks by measuring distance that the ram travels, control apparatus comprised primarily of a programmable controller for processing the output of the transducer and optical detection means for monitoring the stack top for a sheet indicating that the stack has an odd count and disabling the control apparatus for indicating deviations in stack count. Additionally, a strapper which includes the apparatus for determining the count deviations adapted to monitor the position of a belt drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1988
    Assignee: American Newspaper Publishers Association
    Inventor: Nhac Nguyen
  • Patent number: 4554019
    Abstract: A non-petroleum base newspaper letterpress printing ink comprising a blend of Gilsonite (uintaite) flakes and tall oil fatty acid together with carbon black pigment. The proportions of the Gilsonite and the tall oil fatty acid may be varied, as viscosity requirements change due to differences in press speeds, newsprint characteristics, and the like. The ink thus has readily adjustable viscosity, together with an enhanced flow and penetration characteristics, while being extremely economical to manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1985
    Assignee: American Newspaper Publishers Association
    Inventor: John T. Moynihan
  • Patent number: 4519841
    Abstract: A non-petroleum base newspaper offset printing ink comprising a blend of Gilsonite (uintaite) flakes and tall oil fatty acid together with carbon black pigment. The proportions of the Gilsonite and the tall oil fatty acid may be varied, as viscosity requirements change due to differences in press speeds, newsprint characteristics, and the like. The ink thus has readily adjustable viscosity, together with an enhanced flow and penetration characteristics, while being extremely economical to manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1983
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1985
    Assignee: American Newspaper Publishers Association
    Inventor: John T. Moynihan
  • Patent number: 4429385
    Abstract: Digitally encoded data such as classified advertising and other data bases of similarly related messages are broadcast on a serial-type digital data transmission system. Each message is preceded by a headnote, structured so that upon reception, the receiver can select messages based upon a combination of hierarchical and relational views of the message data, without any interaction whatsoever with the broadcast system."Hierarchical access" means that messages are considered in categories and sub-categories. "Relational access" means that within sub-categories access is possible by a combination of attributes or keywords (i.e. using "and", "or", and "not" to combine multiple key phrases).We call the invention ReQueSt-DB. The name is derived from "Relational Queries on Sequential Data Bases". ReQueSt-DB allows rapid and facile access to one-way, cyclically broadcast, bit serial, sequential data bases consisting of (possibly) many thousands of messages with high selectivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1984
    Assignee: American Newspaper Publishers Association
    Inventors: Richard J. Cichelli, Michael O. Thompson
  • Patent number: 4419132
    Abstract: A non-petroleum base newspaper printing ink comprising a blend of Gilsonite (uintaite) flakes and tall oil fatty acids, together with carbon black pigment. The proportions of the Gilsonite and the tall oil fatty acids may be varied, as viscosity requirements change due to differences in press speeds, newsprint characteristics, and the like. The ink thus has readily adjustable viscosity, together with an enhanced flow and penetration characteristics, while being extremely economical to manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1982
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1983
    Assignee: American Newspaper Publishers Association
    Inventor: John T. Moynihan
  • Patent number: 4407196
    Abstract: Offset, rotary newspaper printing press systems, particularly a method of enhancing inking of the plate cylinder. The method includes defining a plurality of ink repository cells within the surface of an inking cylinder, immersing the repository cells within an ink reservoir, scraping excess ink from the surface of the inking cylinder and rotating the inking cylinder and ink-filled cells against the surfaces of a pair of form rollers, contacting the plate cylinder. Modifications of invention include rotating the watering cylinders against one of the form rollers of the pair or rotating the watering cylinder against a form cylinder which independently controls the plate cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1983
    Assignee: American Newspaper Publishers Association
    Inventors: Harshad D. Matalia, Menashe Navi
  • Patent number: 4373443
    Abstract: Letterset, rotary newspaper printing press systems, particularly a method of enhancing inking of the plate cylinder. The method includes defining a plurality of ink repository cells within the surface of the inking cylinder, immersing the repository cells within an ink reservoir, scraping excess ink from the surface of the plate cylinder and rotating the inking cylinder and ink-filled cells against the plate form roller or directly against the surface of the plate cylinder. Modifications of invention include increasing the amount of ink deposited on the plate cylinder by reducing the number of ink cells per lineal inch and reducing the amount of ink deposited on the plate cylinder by increasing the amount of ink repository cells per lineal inch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 15, 1983
    Assignee: American Newspaper Publishers Association
    Inventors: Harshad D. Matalia, Menashe Navi
  • Patent number: 4301728
    Abstract: Rotary printing presses of the type embodying rotatably driven series of inking cylinder, plate cylinder and impression cylinder components. Particularly, a mechanism for "bumping" the impression cylinder shaft with respect to the plate cylinder for press adjustment or repair and web adjustment without dismantling of the press. The "bumping" mechanism includes eccentric bushing plates supporting the impression cylinder shaft at either end and a pivotally mounted bell crank with a follower strut pivotally secured to the bushing plate. As the bell crank is pivoted, the impression cylinder shaft is "bumped" or displaced with respect to the plate cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1981
    Assignee: American Newspaper Publishers Association
    Inventors: Erwin Jaffe, Harshad Matalia, William D. Rinehart, Frederick L. Warner, Menashe Navi, George Merker
  • Patent number: 4290361
    Abstract: Rotary printing presses of the type embodying abutting plate cylinders and impression cylinders. Particularly, a bell crank mechanism pivotally mounted upon the press and connected to an eccentric bushing plate supporting the impression cylinder shaft, so as to apply impression or space the impression cylinder shaft with respect to the plate cylinder for web adjustment, repair, plate changes and the like without stopping the press.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1981
    Assignee: American Newspaper Publishers Association
    Inventors: William H. Fowler, Frederick L. Warner
  • Patent number: 4290105
    Abstract: A machine-implemented process, and apparatus, for performing a set membership test on large sets through the technique of binary hash coding with a known allowable expectation of an error. The present invention does not employ content addressable memory; rather, the present invention performs set membership testing by utilizing a hash function, which produces a randomized plurality of simple address locations within a bulk memory, for each item in the set. A testing for membership comprises employing a logical AND operation upon all values of binary indicators at memory locations addressed by hash values of a test item, to determine whether each and every hash value generated for the test item exactly matches with previously loaded indicators at those address locations in the bulk memory, which in the pereferred embodiment is of the CCD type. The present invention is a machine-implemented process, and employs a known algorithm as part of the overall process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1981
    Assignee: American Newspaper Publishers Association
    Inventors: Richard J. Cichelli, Michael Q. Thompson, William R. Cheswick
  • Patent number: 4263848
    Abstract: Method of reducing air entrapment in rotary inking systems of the type wherein an inking cylinder rotates through an inking reservoir, including defining a plurality of curvate baffles transversely within said reservoir and tangentially with respect to the path of the inking cylinder, so as to squeeze entrapped air out of the ink; venting excess air from the reservoir and scraping the surface of the rotating cylinder after inking. A suggested diffusion structure includes a plurality of transverse rods positioned in the reservoir in an arcuate array tangential to the path of rotation of the inking cylinder, such that ink is "squeezed" between each rod and the rotating inking cylinder surface to force out entrapped air bubbles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1981
    Assignee: American Newspaper Publishers Association
    Inventors: Harshad D. Matalia, John L. Newbegin, Frederick L. Warner
  • Patent number: 4046367
    Abstract: An improved high speed in-line inserting method and apparatus which allows a modular construction and greater simplicity due to reliance on mechanical supporting and gripping procedures. Folded newspapers or other signatures are carried rectilinearly along an endless belt and supported within a pivotable frame and affixed frame. The pivotable frame and the fixed frame are provided on their distal ends with mechanical cam actuated gripping means to positively open a newspaper which includes a folded lap on its top half so that an insert may be impelled into a forwarded and upwardly opening pocket. The thusly formed composite newspaper is then advantageously discharged onto a self shingling endless belt below the first endless carrier belt. Inserts for impelling into the signature or folded newspaper are advantageously disclosed to be fed from a feeder hopper which includes a vibrating end plate and a bottommost feed through a suction pick-up and nipper rolling procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1975
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1977
    Assignee: American Newspaper Publishers Association, Incorporated
    Inventors: George Merker, Menashe Navi, Joseph Krupp
  • Patent number: 4009841
    Abstract: A manual flying paster for an efficient inexpensive manner of manually splicing a sequence of three rolls of newsprint as one continuous feed to small printing presses. The paster includes a pivotable cradle which can be directly mounted upon the existing rollstand frame of such small presses to allow a first expiring horizontal rear newsprint roll to be spliced onto a full forward newsprint roll, and then a new rear newsprint roll to be spliced onto the second expiring front newsprint roll for a continuous operating sequence of three newsprint rolls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1975
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1977
    Assignee: American Newspaper Publishers Association, Inc.
    Inventor: Harshad D. Matalia
  • Patent number: 3949159
    Abstract: A system and method for assembling all components of a page to be printed, such as a full newspaper page consisting of both text and illustrations. The end product can be a positive or negative image on paper or film, or a final printing plate. The uniqueness of the invention resides in the combination of text matter directly from a computer memory with illustrations physically stored on part of a device. A photoelectric transducer scans the illustrative copy to generate electronic signals in real-time. These electronic signals are combined with the electronic signals generated by the computer text through a logic circuit so that each item is transmitted through a recording means such as a recording (writing) laser to provide the proper image, in the proper page location on the recorder surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1975
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1976
    Assignee: American Newspaper Publishers Association
    Inventors: Charles R. Ricards, David M. Reed