Patents Assigned to Koenig & Bauer-Albert Aktiengesellschaft
  • Patent number: 6211968
    Abstract: A process for adjusting a web tension in a web-fed rotary printing machine addresses the problems of processing variables which are not precisely quatifiable, while minimizing the influence of the press operator. This is achieved by adjusting the web tension using rules of fuzzy logic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer-Albert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Erhard Herbert Glöckner, Rüdiger Karl Seyfried
  • Patent number: 6192140
    Abstract: The quality of processed or printed sheets is assessed while the sheets are supported on the periphery of a drum. The surface of each drum is provided with sheet leading and trailing end gripper systems which are circumferentially, and axially shiftable with respect to each other. Each sheet to be inspected is stretched tightly on the periphery of its supporting drum before the quality of the printing or other processing done to the sheet is assessed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer-Albert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Gerald Josef Reinhard, Johannes Georg Schaede
  • Patent number: 6139009
    Abstract: A device and a method for depositing products or signatures on a conveying belt utilizes both a fixed stripper and a rotating stripper, in conjunction with a delivery paddle wheel. The cooperation of the fixed and rotating strippers deposits the signatures or folded products onto the delivery belt in an efficient manner while preventing damage to the products or signatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer-Albert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Gunther Oskar Eckert
  • Patent number: 6131496
    Abstract: A sheet processing machine utilizes chain conveyors, each of which are provided with a plurality of chain gripper devices, to convey sheets. As each sheet is conveyed, it is cut by a transverse cutting device and is inspected. Each cut and inspected sheet may then be separated into several partial sheets which are then conveyed independently of each other to selectable stacks in a sheet delivery system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer-Albert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Johannes Georg Schaede
  • Patent number: 6128988
    Abstract: Point needles in a conveying cylinder of a rotary press are caused to follow a curve course which securely fastens a web to the cylinder while eliminating transport damage to the printed products as well as reducing paper waste. The needle tips of the point needles are moved along their path by the superimpositioning of two pivot movements, one of which is accomplished by a point holder arm and the second of which is accomplished by a rocker. The two cooperate to form a level four member swivel joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer-Albert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Bernd Anton Hillebrand, Horst Bernhard Michalik
  • Patent number: 6129352
    Abstract: In a device comprised of two rotating cam rollers that are spaced apart from each other by a nip, which device is for distributing a flow of signatures, first and second conveyor belts are disposed so that they can be moved cyclically back and forth onto the guide face of a guide tab respectively associated with them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer-Albert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Rudolf Stab
  • Patent number: 6125728
    Abstract: Point needles in a collecting cylinder are driven in a two stage extension process to initially needle or pierce the leading edge of a product web being cut. Once the cut has been made, the needle tips are moved further radially outwardly from the cylinder to secure the cut edge. As the signatures are transferred to a folding cylinder, the needle points are retracted along a single stage retraction curve which is different from the path traveled during the two stage extension process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer-Albert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Bernd Anton Hillebrand
  • Patent number: 6070534
    Abstract: A conveying system for transporting loads utilizes a transport cart that is supported by rollers. The transport cart is supported by the rollers adjacent several serially arranged revolving drives that each have a plurality of spaced recesses. At least one pusher is carried by the cart and engages a recess in the drive. The cart can be halted, if its path is blocked, by disengagement of the pusher from the recess in the drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer-Albert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Erwin Paul Josef Lehrieder
  • Patent number: 6067908
    Abstract: Deposits are removed from the end of a spray dampening nozzle which is used to spray pressurized fluid that is delivered to the nozzle end. This fluid is activated by ultrasound before it exits the nozzle end. The activation of the fluid can be accomplished upstream of, or at the nozzle end. An ultrasound vibrator is used to activate the fluid and is either directly or indirectly connected to the fluid by a vibration transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer-Albert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Martin Heinz Schoeps
  • Patent number: 6062136
    Abstract: A sheet-fed rotary offset printing machine accomplishes multi-color printing. A central impression cylinder carries sheets to be printed as they pass by at least two serially located blanket cylinders. These blanket cylinders are provided with ink images from cooperating plate cylinders. A sheet is gripped only once by grippers of the impression cylinder and is held in this single gripping operation during printing. At least one short inking unit is associated with each printing cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer-Albert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Hans-Bernhard Bolza-Schunemann
  • Patent number: 6053684
    Abstract: A method and a device for the production of folded products utilizes a row of folding jaws and a row of counter folding jaws. A signature to be cross-folded is inserted between the jaws by a folding blade. The folding jaws and counter folding jaws form a line of embossing on the folded signatures adjacent the transverse fold line. The resultant folded item has an increased moment of resistance in the direction of transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer-Albert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Gunther Oskar Eckert, Thomas Werner Rugamer
  • Patent number: 6050188
    Abstract: A sheet-fed rotary offset printing machine accomplishes multi-color printing. A central impression cylinder carries sheets to be printed as they pass by at least two serially located blanket cylinders. These blanket cylinders are provided with ink images from cooperating plate cylinders. A sheet is gripped only once by grippers of the impression cylinder and is held in this single gripping operation during printing. At least one short inking unit is associated with each printing cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer-Albert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Hans-Bernhard Bolza-Schunemann
  • Patent number: 6007017
    Abstract: In a method for detecting the position of a web supply roll, the actual lateral positions of the two lateral faces of the web roll are detected and are compared with reference values. The differences between the actual and the reference values are used to shift the web supply roll laterally until the actual values are the same as the reference values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer-Albert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Franz Josef Vorwerk
  • Patent number: 5983764
    Abstract: A cutting device for transversely cutting a traveling web into signatures is usable to cut signatures into equal or unequal lengths and to accomplish proper register of the cuts. This is accomplished by supporting at least one cutter blade in a cutting cylinder so that the blade can be shifted circumferentially, and by supporting the cutting cylinder so that it can be phase-shifted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer-Albert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Bernd Anton Hillebrand
  • Patent number: 5975525
    Abstract: A paddle wheel is used to deliver folded products to a conveyor belt in a shingled fashion. The paddle wheel has a plurality of pockets which are formed by circumferentially spaced curved paddles. The thickness or width of each product receiving product is adjustable by providing a guide strip in each pocket. The end of the guide strip adjacent the bottom of each pocket can be shifted radially with respect to the axis of rotation of each paddle wheel by actuation of a drive assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer-Albert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Manfred Wolfgang Hartmann, Horst Bernhard Michalik
  • Patent number: 5967456
    Abstract: A turning rod is used to change the direction of travel of a paper web. A guide tube is supported between spaced holders and is provided with air outlets in one side. The guide tube is rotatable about its longitudinal axis through generally 180.degree.. At least one of the guide tube holders has a helical guide groove that will receive a paper web guide belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer-Albert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Horst Bernhard Michalik
  • Patent number: 5964154
    Abstract: A device for accurately setting a roller gap of a folding device of a rotary web-fed press uses a rotatable threaded spindle with contrarotating threads at both of its ends. A drivable differential screw gear mechanism is associated with each threaded spindle end and operates to pivot two-armed levers that support the folding rollers to thus vary the roller gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer-Albert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Horst Bernhard Michalik
  • Patent number: 5957004
    Abstract: A cam disk of a cam drive has a working surface which is provided with a discontinuous hardened rim. An open space in the working surface either receives or is bridged by an insertion piece that has a hardened surface portion. The result is a cam disk with an uninterrupted functional hardened work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer-Albert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Bertram Wilhelm-Georg Dauner
  • Patent number: 5950538
    Abstract: In a printing unit of an offset rotary printing press with two pairs of plate and rubber blanket cylinders, the first plate cylinder and the two rubber blanket cylinders are mechanically coupled and are driven by a common drive. The second plate cylinder is provided with its own drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer--Albert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Helmut Puschnerat
  • Patent number: 5934194
    Abstract: A multi-layer rubber blanket, that is intended for use on a rubber blanket cylinder, is secured at its underside to a dimensionally stable support plate. The ends of the multi-layer rubber blanket are not affected by mechanical or chemical cleaning. This is accomplished by sealing the front or end faces of the layers of the multi-layer blanket, which are situated underneath the outer, cover layer of the rubber blanket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer-Albert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Helmut Puschnerat, Wolfgang Gunter Ruckmann