Patents Examined by Clyde I. Coughenour
  • Patent number: 4846058
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for screen printing a sequence of accurately registered images on a plurality of sheets or objects such as T-shirts use a primary register platen supported by a platen support table. The primary register platen may be moved in a horizontal plane relative to the platen support table, and repositionably secured thereto. Each object to be printed is temporarily fastened to separate secondary register platen, which may be quickly placed in a precisely repeatable overlying relationship to the primary register platen, and quickly removed therefrom. The apparatus includes a transparent register plate which may be quickly placed in an overlaying relationship to an object on a secondary register platen, in a precisely repeatable position relative to said platen support table, and quickly removed therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1989
    Inventor: Jimmy L. Farris
  • Patent number: 4840121
    Abstract: A mechanism for holding a master or printing plate on a cylinder of a duplicating or printing machine. An elongated housing, including an anvil, extends transversely across the periphery of the cylinder. A die plate extends along the housing above the anvil and defines a gap between the die plate and the anvil for receiving an edge of the master. The die plate has a series of holes spaced therealong. A pin bar extends along the housing below the anvil for moving pins into the holes in the die plate. An actuator mechanism, including pivot pins and link arms, is operatively associated between the housing and the die plate and between the housing and the pin bar for conjointly moving the die plate toward the anvil to close the gap and moving the pins through the master and into the holes in the die plate to hold the master. The pins have sharpened ends for piercing masters that are not provided with pre-punched perforations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1989
    Assignee: AM International, Inc.
    Inventor: Stanley J. Szczesniak
  • Patent number: 4836102
    Abstract: A process for printing in which a layer of ink on an ink transfer pad is cured at the interface between the ink layer and the pad and left substantially uncured at the outer surface to provide a tacky surface for contact of the ink layer with a printable substrate. The partially cured ink layer is thus easily transferred from the ink transfer pad to the printable substrate by bringing the tacky surface into contact with the substrate. Inks which contain an oxygen-inhibited resin such as acrylates and unsaturated polyesters, and which are treated with long wavelength ultraviolet light, selectively cure at the interface of the ink layer and the transfer pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1989
    Assignee: Fusion Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas Cicci
  • Patent number: 4823777
    Abstract: A device for a massage of the cutaneous covering comprises a reservoir and an applicator element, and an obturator situated between them. This obturator comprises two parts, the first, or movable part being provided with a central stud and at least one opening to allow the product to be applied to pass through this first part, and the second or actuating part comprising a disc provided with a central hole and extended by a lower skirt covering at least the movable part. The applicator element is fixed to said actuating part. The two parts constituting the obturator comprise means cooperating with each other to ensure their relative displacement. The device can be used in the field of cosmetics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1989
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Antonin Goncalves, Philippe Osmond
  • Patent number: 4802413
    Abstract: A rotary printing press includes a printing plate mounted around a plate cylinder. The printing plate is in the form of a pair of semi-cylindrical resilient substrates. Each substrate is mounted to the printing plate by forming a multiple bend on the non-printing area of the leading edge of each substrate and mechanically locking the multiple bend to the printing plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1989
    Assignee: Hercules Incorporated
    Inventor: Richard B. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 4796526
    Abstract: A die protection device that prevents the taking of fraudulent non-metered impressions from the value printing die surface of a printing member in a postage meter machine. A slug is reciprocally received within the print head of the postage meter machine such that the slug will extend beyond the diameter of the print head when the postage meter machine is inoperative, but the slug will be retracted during operation for the purpose of allowing the printing postage on an envelope. The device is particularly useful in a postage meter having a reciprocating platen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1989
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy R. Erwin
  • Patent number: 4796527
    Abstract: A die protection mechanism that prevents the taking of fraudulent, non-metered impressions from the value printing die surface of a postage meter machine. A linkage assembly is pivotally supported adjacent the print wheels of the postage meter machine such that a projecting portion will extend beyond the diameter of the print wheels when the postage meter machine is inoperative, but the linkage assembly will be pivoted during operation for the purpose of allowing the printing of postage on a mail piece. The mechanism is particularly useful in a postage meter having a reciprocating platen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1989
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy R. Erwin
  • Patent number: 4785736
    Abstract: A device for tensioning a flexible printing plate mounted on a plate cylinder of a rotary printing machine having a device for pivoting the printing plate on the plate cylinder so as to provide a register correction, the printing plate having ends which are clamped in tensioning rails, include respective pivot levers via which the tensioning rails are articulatingly connected at both ends thereof, respectively, the pivot levers being pivotally mounted on a cylinder body, and a cam device for tipping and displacing the tensioning rails relatively to one another so that the printing plate is pivotable about a precisely defined pivot point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1988
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventor: Willi Jeschke
  • Patent number: 4784163
    Abstract: A printing ink comprises a liquid vehicle, containing a binder, and a smoke-enhancing additive in the form of particles that are insoluble in the liquid vehicle and that have sizes in the range 5-80 microns, preferably at least 90% of the particles having sizes in the range 10-50 microns. The inks are printed onto the inner surface of a smoking rod wrapper in amounts such that the weight of dry deposits is in the range 20 to 60 mg per wrapper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1988
    Assignee: Gallaher Limited
    Inventors: Brian Adams, Linda Cunningham, Shane C. Browning
  • Patent number: 4782751
    Abstract: The silk-screen printing apparatus with optical reading device for detecting the registration marks of a printing support on a printing plane comprises a feeder element for the printing support which feeds the printing plane supported by a framework and elements for detecting the position of the printing support in the printing plane. The framework supports TV cameras. The device is equipped for the orientation of a printing frame driven by the TV cameras and surfaces for the reflection of the image of the registration marks of the printing support towards the TV cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1988
    Assignee: Argon Industrie Meccaniche S.R.L.
    Inventor: Fabio Colapinto
  • Patent number: 4776270
    Abstract: A method of printing characters on key tops made of a resin comprises the steps of printing character patterns on the key tops using an ink obtained by adding a coloring agent to a multifunctional acrylic ultraviolet-ray-curable paint and subsequently hardening the printed ink character patterns by irradiating the printed surface of each key top with ultraviolet rays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1988
    Assignee: Hosiden Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kiyomi Kumamoto
  • Patent number: 4774935
    Abstract: A post surgery device and method includes a pair of pressure pads and a harness that extends around the back of a patient's head to retain the pressure pads against the naso-labial region of the patient's face following a lipo-suction procedure to reduce naso-labial folds. A metal wire extends past the nose of the patient between the pair of pressure pads to complete a peripheral force loop to maintain sufficient inward force upon the pressure pads to compress the skin tissue against the subdermal muscle tissue to inhibit separation and swelling while healing proceeds. For a typical patient, the device is worn continuously for about two days following surgery and then for about four days thereafter with occasional interruptions being permitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1988
    Inventor: Richard B. Aronsohn
  • Patent number: 4773397
    Abstract: An improved apparatus for promoting flow of a body fluid within a human limb, which has been subjected to an amputation procedure, wherein a novel distal inflatable cell having a pair of inflatable cell portions, one of which encompasses such a limb adjacent the stump end thereof and the other of which extends transversely across the stump end thereof, is utilized in a novel therapy to treat Lymphedema and similar fluid accumulation disorders of the extremities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1988
    Assignee: Wright Linear Pump, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward S. Wright, Sonja J. Wright
  • Patent number: 4773402
    Abstract: A dorsally placed transacrally fixed surgical implant is described for correcting and supporting the spinal column with the implant being particularly useful for aligning and stabilizing the lumbosacral junction. Direct sacral fixation is achieved utilizing a contoured metallic base plate that is firmly fixed to the sacrum by means of a plurality of screws, which screws are angularly disposed with respect to one another to maximize retention of the base plate on the sacrum. A pair of spine engagable rods, contoured to the desired spinal column configuration, have one end inserted into sockets on the base plate with the rods being locked against rotation or other movement relative to the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1988
    Assignee: Isola Implants, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc A. Asher, Walter E. Strippgen
  • Patent number: 4768438
    Abstract: A rodless linear drive cylinder includes a cylindrical hollow tube, sealed at the ends and containing a pneumatically driven piston. The drive cylinder is so mounted to extend across the ink fountain of a printing machine and includes an ink agitator suspended therefrom into the ink fountain. The agitator is magnetically coupled to the drive piston of the linear drive cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1988
    Inventor: Ken D. Hughes
  • Patent number: 4768435
    Abstract: The invention provides a printer apparatus which comprises a pair of doors mounted for opening and closing movement on opposite sides of a body case in the form of a housing, a printer located inside each of the doors for receiving elongated continuous print paper therein in such a manner as to allow the print paper toward the door and for printing on the thus received print paper, and a pair of issuing openings located on opposite side portions of a front wall of the body case for issuing therefrom the print paper after printing by the printers. Thus, two different types of print paper can be set in position in and printed by the two printers, which reduces the necessity of frequent label exchanging operations. Besides, an operation for exchanging print paper for each of the printers can be performed readily by opening the door for the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1988
    Assignee: Tokyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Nimura, Takayasu Mizuguchi, Yuji Takahashi, Kiyomichi Nagashima
  • Patent number: 4757763
    Abstract: An automatic blanket cylinder cleaner having a cleaner fabric adapted to contact the blanket cylinder. A cleaning cloth supply roller provides cloth for the cloth take-up roll. Positioned between these rolls is a water solvent dispensing tube, a solvent dispensing tube and an inflatable and deflatable mechanical loosening means which is adapted to move the cleaning fabric into and out of contact with the blanket cylinder. An air dryer means dries the blanket cylinder after the cleaning of debris. An advancing means advances the cleaning cloth intermittently onto the take-up roller by a control means in contact with the take-up roll which provides for uniform cloth advance during the cleaning cycle. There is a control means providing automatic and manual control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1988
    Assignee: Baldwin Technology Corporation
    Inventors: John MacPhee, Charles R. Gasparrini, Karlheinz E. H. Arnolds
  • Patent number: 4756249
    Abstract: A cylindrical ink roller rotates as a result of being in tangential line contact with an adjacent roller that is driven rotationally. The roller is suspended for rotation and axial oscillation on bearing cages including bushing for turning and sliding on the shaft. A plurality of springy curved steel wire ribs have corresponding one ends fastened to the bushing and the ribs extend axially for their corresponding opposite ends to fasten to a ring member which fits inside of the roller. The ribs flex or bend slightly to allow the roller to be forced into perfect parallelism with the adjacent roller. The open ribbed roller suspension cages afford free flow of air axially through the roller for cooling it. One or more fans can be installed in the roller. A mechanism for oscillating the roller axially is confined inside of the roller and so designed that cooling air can flow past it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1988
    Inventor: Philip J. Hardin
  • Patent number: 4753163
    Abstract: A squeegee device destined to be used in a movable stencil, comprises a support structure for a squeegee element which, in operation, is held slightly curved under some pressure in contact with the stencil, a closure strip being mounted upstream of the squeegee element and also being in contact with the stencil, so forming an adjustable gap being sealed at both ends, means being provided for the supply of pressurized viscous substance to said gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1988
    Assignee: Stork Brabanot B.V.
    Inventor: Cornelis Blaak
  • Patent number: 4748911
    Abstract: To compensate for expansion and width of printed substrates, for example paper webs, when subjected to damping liquid, printing plates are located on the printing cylinder in axially shiftable adjusted position, so that register can be maintained. The register adjustment arrangement includes coupling elements (10, 13; 11, 14) engageable with an adjustment device (7, 12, 18) and engagement plates or pins (5, 6; 21, 22), the coupling device conjointly being moved by an externally engageable adjustment knob or nut by threaded engagement between the knob and nut, in which the thread coupling between an engagement plate or pin at an outermost plate is at a pitch which is higher than the thread engagement with the engagement pins or plates of a more inwardly placed printing plate. Upon rotation of the adjustment knob or nut, thus, the outermost plate will be moved axially farther than the inwardly moved plate, although both plates moving together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 7, 1988
    Assignee: M.A.N.Roland Druckmaschinen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Ingo Kobler