Patents Examined by Blake A Tankersley
  • Patent number: 9421760
    Abstract: An apparatus for printing a design on a container includes first and second pluralities of printing stations for printing corresponding first and second colors, with the second plurality following the first. A controller operably interlinks the first and second pluralities of printing stations. Each printing station includes a print head that has an adjustable position and orientation relative to a container. A measuring device having sensors arranged to measure a distance between the print head and the container determines this. The measuring device receives, from the sensors, information representative of the print head's position and orientation relative to the container and provides it to the controller, which then adjusts it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Heinz Till
  • Patent number: 9417175
    Abstract: A method of determining solid particle surface energy includes placing solid particles in a container made of a very high surface energy material and pouring a liquid into the container. The method further includes tilting the container to drain out from the container a first subset of the solid particles floating at a top surface of the liquid and tilting the container to move the liquid away from a second subset of the solid particles that are below the top surface. The method also includes tilting the container to move the liquid back toward the second subset of the solid particles such that at least a portion of the second subset of particles floats at the top surface of the liquid and tilting the container to drain out from the container the portion of the second subset of the solid particles now floating at the top surface of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF TULSA
    Inventors: Prem Kumar Bikkina, Ram S. Mohan, Ovadia Shoham, Luis Eduardo Gomez, Hariprasad Janakiram Subramani, Gene Edward Kouba
  • Patent number: 9415578
    Abstract: There is provided a platemaking method of forming relief based on relief pattern data in a printing plate to be pressed on a printing medium, and the platemaking method includes the steps of: acquiring setting printing pressure; estimating distribution of printing pressure on the basis of image data; calculating an amount of correction of the relief pattern data on the basis of the distribution of printing pressure and setting printing pressure; correcting the relief pattern data on the basis of the amount of correction, and acquiring exposure amount data from engraving shape data corrected. It is possible to form relief in consideration of deformation of a printing plate in accordance with the distribution of printing pressure and the setting printing pressure in the printing plate to favorably print and reproduce an image on a printing medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshirou Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 9411293
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus performs control to parallelly achieve document image reading by a reading unit and image formation by an image forming unit for forming on a recording material a document image read by the reading unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuki Nakajima, Masaru Aoki, Hiroto Endo, Daisuke Kaneko
  • Patent number: 9399236
    Abstract: The printing machine includes a support plate provided on its periphery with a plurality of receiving elements for articles rotatably mounted on the support plate, and a device for rotating the support plate in order that two articles, mounted on their associated receiving elements, respectively face two separate printing stations, the printing stations being supported by a single base. The machine further has a device for generating a relative translational movement between the base and the support plate so that patterns are helically printed on the articles during the rotation of the receiving elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Inventors: Jean Luc Perret, Jean Pierre Rousselet
  • Patent number: 9399339
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for mounting a printing plate onto a printing cylinder, wherein the printing plate includes a first registration mark and a second registration mark centrally located along opposing edges thereof. The apparatus includes an optical system to transmit images of the registration marks to a user interface, wherein a user selects a desired location point location of each of the registration marks displayed on the user interface to facilitate an alignment of the printing plate in respect of a central axis of the printing cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: LEADER ENGINEERING-FABRICATION, INC.
    Inventors: Charles Burleigh Leader, Jr., James R. Eddy, Michael J. Manzella, David L. Casler
  • Patent number: 9400230
    Abstract: A device for testing loading performance of a wheelchair motor, comprising a pedestal. A torque-speed transducer is fixed on the pedestal, one end being connected to a wheelchair motor to be tested while the other end thereof being connected to an adjustable magnetic powder brake. A pneumatic quick-clamping device is provided on the pedestal connected to the output shaft of the wheelchair motor to be tested, the pneumatic quick-clamping device being used for connecting and fixing the wheelchair motor to be tested, and comprising a support platform, a motor connecting plate and a plurality of cylinders. The support platform is supported and mounted above the pedestal through cylindrical bodies. The motor connecting plate is fixed with the wheelchair motor to be tested. The downward movement of the piston rods can compress the compression heads onto the motor connecting plate to compress and fix the motor connecting plate, thus to fix the wheelchair motor to be tested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG LINIX MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhubing Sun, Shan Du
  • Patent number: 9393774
    Abstract: A screen printing apparatus includes a print screen including a printed pattern through which an ink passes, a scraper that coats the ink on the print screen, a squeegee that makes contact with the print screen and pushes out the ink through the printed pattern. A control unit may control a transfer of the scraper. After the ink is coated on the print screen, a lower portion of the scraper is transferred to a direction, in which the squeegee is disposed, by the control unit and disposed on the squeegee. The apparatus helps avoid uneven distribution of that could result in undesirable “stains” on a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sung Woo Kim
  • Patent number: 9393775
    Abstract: A screen printing machine includes a paste supply apparatus which supplies paste on a mask by using a paste pot including an inner lid movable in a container. The paste supply apparatus includes: a pot holder which holds the paste pot such that a through hole of the container faces downward; an ejecting member which abuts on the inner lid of the paste pot; an ejecting member lifting unit which presses down the ejecting member to eject the paste from the through hole; and a detector which detects a state in which the ejecting member reaches a predetermined press-down limit position in the container. After the detector detects the state in which the ejecting member reaches the press-down limit position in the container, the ejecting member lifting unit continues to press down the ejecting member to further eject the paste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideki Uchida, Masaaki Tokunaga
  • Patent number: 9387664
    Abstract: A slit-type scraper device includes: a body, a first scraper portion, a cover, a second scraper portion, an air pressure through hole and a side cover unit. The body includes a groove and a slit portion abutting against the groove. The first scraper portion is abutting against the slit portion. The cover includes a plate portion. The second scraper portion is abutting against the plate portion, wherein the position of the second scraper portion is corresponding to the first scraper portion. The air pressure through hole is disposed on the body, in communication with the groove, and adapted to connect an air pressure connection member to input air pressure. The side cover unit is adapted to form an ink storage space between the plate portion and the groove, and form an ink output slit between the slit portion and the plate portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Metal Industries Research & Development Centre
    Inventors: Kuan-Chih Liu, Chorng-Tyan Lin, Ho-Chung Fu
  • Patent number: 9392171
    Abstract: A motion sensor includes a sensor element that outputs a sense signal in response to a motion applied thereto and a sensor circuit that senses the motion based on the sense signal. The sensor circuit includes a sensor-element-signal amplifier that receives the sense signal. The sensor-element-signal amplifier operates switchably between at a normal mode and at a low-noise mode that consumes a larger electric power and produces a smaller noise than the normal mode. This motion sensor senses a small motion and a large motion accurately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Uemura, Hideyuki Murakami, Shinjiro Ueda, Ryota Sudo
  • Patent number: 9381735
    Abstract: A printing device includes a mask raising/lowering mechanical part for raising/lowering, in a state of holding a screen mask, the screen mask in a vertical direction and positioning the screen mask relative to a substrate, a frame part disposed in a state of being independent from a raising/lowering operation of the screen mask, and a print head unit provided movably to the frame part and performing squeegeeing of the screen mask to which a solder has been supplied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Sato, Motoki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9383658
    Abstract: Provided are a roll printing apparatus and a roll printing method using the same. The roll printing apparatus according to the present invention comprises 1) a first cliché stage, 2) a second cliché stage, 3) a pattern transfer unit provided between the first cliché stage and the second cliché stage and comprising a roll type printed film support unit, 4) a first printing unit comprising a first printing roll moving to the pattern transfer unit on the first cliché stage, and 5) a second printing unit comprising a second printing roll moving the pattern transfer unit on the second cliché stage, in which the first cliché stage and the second cliché stage are disposed on the same line and a film substrate is comprised in the roll type printed film support unit. The roll printing apparatus according to the present invention can perform a continuous roll printing, thereby reducing a tack time and as a result, improving productivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Ji-Young Hwang, In-Seok Hwang
  • Patent number: 9377736
    Abstract: The number of circulatable sheets and the conveying speed of a sheet are decided by referring to a storage unit which stores the number of circulatable sheets and the conveying speed of a sheet in correspondence with the type and size of a sheet, and the resolution of an image to be printed. It is determined whether the conveying speed of the feed surface of a sheet to be fed next to the printing unit and that of a feed surface to be refed next to the printing unit coincide with each other. It is determined whether the conveying speed of the feed surface of the sheet to be fed next to the printing unit and that of the feed surface or the refeed surface of a sheet immediately previously fed to the printing unit differ from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Jun Miyajima
  • Patent number: 9375914
    Abstract: A paste supply apparatus includes a plurality of paste pots each including a bottomed tubular container storing paste and a movable inner lid provided in the tubular container and having a through hole formed in a center portion thereof, and a pot holder which holds the paste pots so as to be horizontally arranged along an arrangement direction such that the through hole of each of the paste pots is directed downward and downward movement of the inner lid thereof is regulated. The paste supply apparatus further includes a pot holder moving device which moves the pot holder along the arrangement direction and selectively positions one of the plurality of paste pots at an ejection position, and a paste ejecting device which presses the tubular container of the paste pot positioned at the ejection position and which ejects the paste in the tubular container from the through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroki Kobayashi, Masayuki Mantani, Hideki Uchida, Minoru Murakami
  • Patent number: 9377738
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus comprising: an image bearing member which bears a toner image; a first driving portion which drives the image bearing member; a transfer portion which nips a sheet with the image bearing member and transfers the toner image to the sheet from the image bearing member; a sheet conveying portion which conveys the sheet with the toner image transferred by the transfer portion; a second driving portion which drives the sheet conveying portion; a sheet detector which detects the sheet between the transfer portion and the sheet conveying portion; and a controller which controls the second driving portion to drive the sheet conveying portion to convey the sheet after the first driving portion is stopped, so that the sheet detector can detect the sheet nipped between the image bearing member and the transfer portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shotaro Ishihara
  • Patent number: 9370924
    Abstract: A stencil printer includes a stencil shuttle assembly coupled to a frame. The stencil shuttle assembly is configured to move the stencil in an x-axis direction between a first position in which the stencil is positioned toward a front of the stencil printer and a second position in which the stencil is positioned toward a back of the stencil printer. The stencil shuttle assembly further is configured to move the stencil in a y-axis direction to align the stencil. The stencil printer further includes a wiper to remove material from the stencil as the stencil is translated away from the substrate by the stencil shuttle assembly. The stencil shuttle assembly, when the stencil is translated away from the substrate, is configured to move the stencil in the y-axis direction in an oscillating manner. Methods of cleaning a stencil are further disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: William A. Losiewicz
  • Patent number: 9370925
    Abstract: A stencil printer includes an electronic substrate support configured to support an electronic substrate and move the electronic substrate between a lowered position and a raised position. The stencil printer further includes a stencil shuttle assembly configured to support a stencil and to move the stencil between a first position in which the stencil is positioned toward a front of the stencil printer and a second position in which the stencil is positioned toward a back of the stencil printer. The stencil printer further includes a print head configured to engage the stencil to dispense a material onto the substrate during a print stroke. The stencil printer further includes a drive assembly configured to move the print head to perform the print stroke and configured to selectively move the stencil shuttle frame between the first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: William A. Losiewicz, Kenneth King, James Lynch, Zhuoyun Li
  • Patent number: 9364722
    Abstract: A method for printing an image at multiple positions on a golf ball is disclosed herein. The plurality of locations for the image is preferably ten. The image is preferably a pentagon. The image is alternatively a hexagon or a circle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Ray Hanna, Vince Simonds
  • Patent number: 9365027
    Abstract: A silk-screen printing plate is woven by at least two woven fibers, each of which is a polymer fiber or an inorganic fiber. The at least one of the woven fibers is soluble, for example in an organic solvent. The silk-screen printing plate has a varied mesh as the dissolution of the woven fiber(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yue Shi