Patents Examined by E. H. Eickholt
  • Patent number: 5024154
    Abstract: In apparatus for supplying ink and or water to a plate cylinder through fountain roller, swinging roller and a transfer roller, the transfer roller is supported by a swinging lever and the motion thereof is allowed or prevented by a spring biased control member. Such allowance and prevention is selected by an operating handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1991
    Assignee: Komori Printing Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Ito
  • Patent number: 4944222
    Abstract: Printer device in which a striking movement is imparted to a striking member (6) for transmitting a print (5) via an ink ribbon (3) to a paper (2) or the like bearing against an abutment (1). The striking movement of the striking member (6) is effected by means of a motion generator unit (8, 8A, 8B) of a giant magnetostrictive material consisting of an alloy between heavy earth metals and iron, cobalt or nickel, particularly an alloy between one of several of the substances terbium, dysprosium, samarium and iron. One end of the motion generator unit (8, 8A, 8B) is fixed to a supporting structure (9) and the opposite end thereof is fixed to said striking member (6). The motion generator unit (8, 8A, 8B) is surrounded by a magnetic coil (10, 10A, 10B) for applying a variable magnetic field to the motion generator unit, said magnetic field being variable in dependence of current supply to the coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 31, 1990
    Assignee: Atech Aktiebolag
    Inventor: Carl H. Tyren
  • Patent number: 4942869
    Abstract: A mechanically-expandable urethral bougie (10) especially useful for dilation of urethral strictures comprises a probe formed from two elongated rods (12, 14) connected at their one end, the rods having a semicircular cross-section and grooves at the mating surfaces. These grooves form a guide slot 26 for a core element (28) which has wedging elements (34, 36) engageable with camming surface of the rods. The end of the probe opposite to the connected ends of the rods is provided with a drive mechanism for axial movement of core element (28). When the core elements move in the axial direction, engagement of its wedging elements (34, 36) with camming surfaces of the rods causes expansion or dilation of the probe, depending on the direction of movement. At its front end, the bougie is provided with a leader (52) of a smaller diameter and higher flexibility than the rest of the probe. The leader facilitates the insertion of the bougie into the patient's urethra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 24, 1990
    Assignee: Urological Instruments Research, Inc.
    Inventors: German Borodulin, Alexander Shkornik, Maxim D. Persidsky, Perinchery Narayan
  • Patent number: 4896605
    Abstract: A method of cut position determination for printing machines, wherein in order to ensure a synchronous running of the paper webs (P1-P4) to be folded and cut into newspapers (16) on a printing machine for rotary offset printing or rotary letter press printing, main and secondary registers (5, 7) are controlled in their position by means of servomotors (M1-M4) as a function of actuating signals (S.sub.M1 -S.sub.M4). Above each former-introduction guide roller (10), 4 photocells (11) are arranged equally spaced next to one another, which detect brightness signals (H.sub.A1 -H.sub.D4) from the printed surface of these paper webs at a scanning frequency of 20 khz. These brightness signals are subjected to a Fourier analysis in a microprocessor. The fundamental oscillation is evaluated, the fundamental oscillation with the greatest amplitude being selected from the 4 fundamental oscillations of each paper web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1990
    Assignee: Asea Brown Boveri Ltd
    Inventor: Thomas Schroder
  • Patent number: 4890553
    Abstract: Apparatus and procedure for accurately positioning and magnetically holding a flexible ferrous plate on the surface of a rotary printing cylinder. Movable registering pins and a permanent bar magnet are mounted to the rotary cylinder and controlled by a single operating means. The pins and magnetic bar are alternately moved toward and away from the cylinder surface such that, when the pins are initially projected to register with positioning holes in the plate, the magnet is withdrawn. When the pins are withdrawn the magnet is simultaneously advanced to "grab" the leading edge of the plate. The operating means is controlled by a foot pedal linkage. The trailing edge of the plate is held in position by a second bar magnet. To remove the plate, the procedure is reversed so as to simultaneously advance the register pins and retract the bar magnet to release the leading edge of the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1990
    Assignee: Heath Custom Press, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael R. Turner
  • Patent number: 4887533
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for oscillating the ink form rollers and dampening form roller in a lithographic printing press to apply a smooth, relatively uniform coating of ink to the ink-receptive areas of the lithographic printing plate and to prevent ink from being transferred from the dampening form roller to the ink-rejecting areas of the printing plate. The ink form rollers and the dampening form roller are each mounted on a shaft rotatable about its own axis. The shaft has at least one shaft key for mating with a complementary keyway in a bushing which is inserted at least partially into the central opening of the corresponding roller. The engagement between the shaft key and the bushing keyway allows the roller and bushing to engage the shaft for common rotation while permitting the roller and bushing to slide axially with resepct to the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 19, 1989
    Assignee: AirSystems Inc.
    Inventors: Milton R. Lemaster, Norman H. Kemp
  • Patent number: 4887532
    Abstract: In the context of a stop motion device for a web feed printing press comprising a web interrupting device placed on the delivery side of a printing unit of the printing press and having a slot for the web from the unit to run, in order to achieve greater ease of operation and functional reliability there is at least one web tear detector switch which is structurally united with the web interrupting device and is adapted to respond to contact with the web and is placed clear of a plane occupied by the web during trouble-free operation of the press and in a position at which there will be an angular deflection of the web, free of tension, caused by an entraining cylinder, when the web tears.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 19, 1989
    Assignee: Grafotec Kotterer GmbH
    Inventor: Werner J. Kotterer
  • Patent number: 4882989
    Abstract: In a mailing machine including a postage meter, wherein the postge meter includes rotary structure for printing indicia on a sheet fed to the machine, wherein the machine includes apparatus for driving the printing structure, wherein the machine includes apparatus for feeding a sheet fed thereto downstream in a path of travel through the machine, wherein the sheet feeding apparatus includes an impression roller rotatably mounted beneath the rotary printing structure, and wherein the impression roller has an inner end and an outer end, an improvement comprising: apparatus for aligning a sheet fed to the machine with the path of travel, the aligning apparatus including a registration fence aligned with the path of travel, the aligning apparatus including an elongate stop lever and a shaft on which the lever is pivotally mounted outboard of the outer end of the impression roller, the stop lever extending into the path of travel for pivoting a sheet fed thereto toward the registration fence, the aligning apparatu
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 28, 1989
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: John R. Nobile
  • Patent number: 4881461
    Abstract: In a mailing machine including a postage meter and means for feeding a sheet through and from the machine, wherein the postage meter includes rotary printing structure for printing indicia on a sheet fed through the machine, and the machine includes apparatus for driving the printing structure, wherein the driving apparatus includes a drive gear for rotating the printing structure, the driving apparatus includes a shutter bar movable into and out of locking engagement with the drive gear, the driving appartus includes an actuating member for moving the shutter bar, and wherein the machine includes trip structure for sensing a sheet, an improvement comprising: a source of supply of d.c.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1989
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: John R. Nobile
  • Patent number: 4879948
    Abstract: A printing press having novel sheet transport mechanisms which facilitate precise operation at high speeds. In the preferred embodiment, the press includes a printing bed which pivots forward and downward on parallel links to remove sheets of stock from forwardly opening grippers. Also in the preferred embodiment, novel mechanisms for opening and closing the grippers are provided, including a mechanism for closing the grippers which is inoperable until the grippers are in the proper position to grip the leading edge of a sheet of stock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1989
    Assignee: American Screen Printing Equipment Company
    Inventor: Henry J. Bubley
  • Patent number: 4877341
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for intermittently applying particles of a powdered developer to the recording surface of a magnetographic printer. This device includes a reservoir (17) containing developer particles, a transport element (23) for placing these particles in the vicinity of the surface of a magnetic drum (11), a deflector (24) disposed between this transport element and the drum to apply the particles to the drum surface, and a squeegee (45) disposed between the deflector and the transfer station (H), and actuated by an electromagnet (EA) for selectively pulling away the particles that have been deposited on the drum surface. The invention is applicable to magnetographic printers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1989
    Assignee: Bull S.A.
    Inventors: Bernard Cherbuy, Jacques Estavoyer
  • Patent number: 4869168
    Abstract: The present invention is a stamp cartridge comprising a casing having a predetermined number of channels for receiving a plurality of stampers and a holder portion for holding one of the stampers. The closed side of the casing has a plurality of holes opened therein, each hole being correspondent to one of the stampers and allowing one end of each stamper to extend into one of the holes. The end surface of one end of each stamper is flush with the external surface of the closed side of the casing. Alternatively, the end of each stamper is formed as a post which not only extends into one of the holes but also protrudes beyond the same to the outside of the casing. Therefore, the stamper can be pushed out by pressing one end of the stamper moving it along the channel of the the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1989
    Inventor: Li-Chuan Lin
  • Patent number: 4862607
    Abstract: A snowthrower comprising a discharge chute having an outer end, a deflector mounted on the outer end of the discharge chute for pivotal movement relative thereto about an axis, and a mechanism for selectively pivoting the deflector relative to the discharge chute, the mechanism including a guide rod having opposite first and second ends, a pin connecting the first end of the guide rod to the deflector at a point spaced from the axis, a compression spring telescoped over the rod and including a first end fixed relative to the discharge chute and a second end fixed relative to the second end of the rod, and a cable for selectively moving the rod in the direction from the second end to the first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1989
    Assignee: Outboard Marine Corporation
    Inventor: Robert W. Wacker
  • Patent number: 4861016
    Abstract: In a delivery safety apparatus for a sheet-fed printing press, regardless of the operation mode of the delivery table lifting unit, a delivery table is automatically moved downward on the basis of a detection result from a pile height detecting means for detecting a sheet pile height exceeding a predetermined position for sheets delivered and stacked on the delivery table. If automatic descending of the delivery table is not started even when a predetermined period of time has elapsed, this abnormal state is detected, and an alarm is generated. When automatic descending is not yet started when another predetermined period of time has elapsed after the alarm is generated, this abnormal state is detected to interrupt delivery of sheets onto the delivery table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1989
    Assignee: Komori Printing Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hisaaki Ohyoshi, Nobuaki Saito
  • Patent number: 4848011
    Abstract: A loader bucket is disclosed wherein the rear wall portion of the loader bucket is provided with a mounting portion includng opposing fore-and-aft extending mounting flanges having connection means associated therewith to permit the attachment of the loader bucket to the back of a narrower backhoe bucket to permit the backhoe to be utilized as a loader. The mounting portion is preferably recessed into the bucket cavity and is provided with a configuration corresponding to the curved backing wall of the backhoe bucket to permit a snug mounting therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1989
    Inventor: Harold M. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 4848010
    Abstract: A backhoe machine is disclosed wherein the entire articulated boom is mounted to a carriage for movement relative thereto about two normally generally horizontal pivot axes. The entire carriage is rotatable about a generally vertical axis to permit operation of the backhoe assembly laterally of the machine with the operator's station constantly facing the operation of the backhoe assembly. The first pivot axis for the articulated boom extends outwardly from the carriage and permits the entire boom to be canted relative to the carriage upon which it is mounted. The second pivot axis for the articulated boom is carried by a mounting frame and is rotatable about the first horizontal pivot axis to permit an extension of the articulated boom while being tilted relative to the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1989
    Inventor: Harold M. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 4846061
    Abstract: A gripper device for a printing machine for handling sheet-shaped material with a gripper shaft swivellable about its longitudinal axis and a gripper finger firmly connected to the gripper shaft so that a gripper point thereof is movable away from a gripper support when the gripper shaft is swivelled in a first direction, is initially displaceable into contact with the gripper support when the gripper shaft is swivelled in a second direction opposite to the first direction, and is capable of exerting a holding force on the gripper support when the gripper shaft is swivelled farther in the second direction, and a device for adjusting contact between the gripper point and the gripper support includes a resilient section forming a part of the gripper finger and connected to the gripper point, the resilient section having neutral fibers and formed as at least one resilient rod extending substantially in the direction of a plane determined by the longitudinal axis of the gripper shaft and by the gripper point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1989
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Willi Jeschke, Dieter Bergmeier
  • Patent number: 4846060
    Abstract: A printing web tensioning system that is activated in response to a break in the printing web. The system includes a pair of tensioning rollers which bracket the paper web and are movable between a spaced disengaged position and a contacting engaged position. The pair of tensioning rollers are driven by a variable speed motor, the speed of which is synchornized with the speed of the printing cylinders. Hydraulic rams are attached to the tensioning rollers to move them from the disengaged position to the engaged position when a break in the printing web is detected and the printing unit begins to shut down. Since the speed of the tensioning rollers is synchronized with the speed of the printing cylinders, web tension is maintained and a small quantity of paper web is advanced forward and collects on the floor during the shut down process. By maintaining tension on the printing web, paper is prevented from wrapping around the printing cylinders and causing damage to the print blankets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1989
    Assignee: IOTEC Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Earl M. Proctor
  • Patent number: 4846594
    Abstract: Apparatus for printing of mailing inserts prepackaged within envelopes and for printing of the envelopes also as desired simultaneously wherein specifically both sides of one or more inserts can be printed as desired by one pass through a computer controlled printer. Printing can be controlled for both sides of any inserts as well as the obverse or reverse surface of the front and back sheets which form the envelope. Inking means preferably in the form of carbon layers are carried at selected locations along the obverse and reverse surfaces of all inserts and each envelope sheet in such a manner as to allow impact printing on desired surfaces. The impact printer has the capability of printing both forward or conventional characters and reverse characters which are rotated about a vertically extending axis to facilitate printing on the reverse surfaces of insert sheets and envelope sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1989
    Assignee: Fon-Ex Inc.
    Inventor: Bernard N. Riskin
  • Patent number: 4843962
    Abstract: This relates to an attachment kit for an offset printing press of the type manufactured and sold by A. B. Dick Company, which attachment comprises a leveling system including a pair of pivoting boards constructed to be mounted in parallel relation on a base board set on the feed table of the press to support two piles of envelopes in side-by-side relation. The vertical leg of a T-shaped guide bar having its cross bar and spacer fastened to the main bar of the press, passes between the two piles of envelopes and projects into a slot in the base board. A pair of backing plates having vertically-projecting members which bear against the rear of the envelope piles, are constructed to be fastened on opposite sides of the main bar of the printing press. This arrangement enables two piles of envelopes to pass through and be printed simultaneously by the press.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1989
    Assignee: Seabar, Inc.
    Inventors: Herbert H. Neelman, Guy A. Scognamiglio, Jr.