Patents Examined by Edgar S. Burr
  • Patent number: 5832824
    Abstract: There is provided a printing blanket having no seam in the circumferential direction thereof, which realizes high quality of printings in a wide range from normal printing to high, speed printing, and which has high strength to facilitate the handling and prolonged life, thus enabling the reuse of the sleeve and the like.Specifically, on the peripheral surface of the cylindrical sleeve 21, the base layer 1, the compressible layer 2, the non-stretchable layer 3 and the surface printing layer 4 are laminated by interposing the adhesive layers 31, 32, 33 and 34, respectively. All of the above layers comprise a seamless elastomer. The non-stretchable layer 3 is prepared by winding a wire rod in helical fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiromasa Okubo, Toshikazu Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 5832868
    Abstract: A method and a device for surveying animal functions by means of an animal manipulating apparatus such as a milking device, in particular a milking robot, provided with animal guiding members, animal contacting elements and/or animal nursing elements, wherein a programmable control system is used to control said elements in order to subject the animal to a predetermined sequence of operations, that is for instance, positioning, applying of teat cups, milking and subsequent or simultaneous feeding, checking the specific animal behaviour and removing the animal, wherein the operations to which the animal is subjected are programmed in respect of time and that at least one warning signal is generated by the control system if a time determined in the program for an operation is exceeded or not attained, in order to detect non-function or aberrant functions of the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: Prolion B.V.
    Inventor: Pieter Adriaan Oosterling
  • Patent number: 5832829
    Abstract: A printing machine with preferably several inking units, which are disposed on a common back-pressure cylinder (12), with in each case at least one roll body (16, 18), which is held with its two opposite ends in two bearing blocks (22, 24) that can be moved approximately radially with respect to the back-pressure cylinder, and is held with its one end in a hinged bearing (42), fastened to the bearing block (22) there, while it is clamped with its other end in a cantilever manner in a holding device (26), it being possible to move the holding device and the hinged bearing in such a manner relative to one another that, after the hinged bearing is lifted up, the roll body can be moved out of this bearing and then removed in an axial direction, characterized in that the hinged bearing (42), in the lifted-up state, is open in the direction of movement of the associated bearing block (22) and, by moving this bearing block in the direction approximately radial to the back-pressure cylinder (12), can be moved into th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: Fischer & Krecke GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Wilfried Kolbe, Bodo Steinmeier, Manfred Terstegen, Klaus Schirrich
  • Patent number: 5832819
    Abstract: A method for transferring an image from a color photograph onto an object having multiple curved surfaces utilizes a backing sheet to protect the object from the heat required for thermal transfer. The object is disposed in a press assembly near the backing sheet so that the image attached to the backing sheet may be aligned with the target surface on the object. Then, the backing sheet is moved toward the target surface so that the image contacts the target surface at a desired position. The backing sheet is further pressed against the object to deform the target surface until it is substantially flat. Heat applied to the backing sheet and the image then causes the pigment contained in the image to be transferred onto the target surface to create a mirror image without damaging the object. When the backing plate is removed, the object will substantially regain its original curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Inventor: Marshall Widman
  • Patent number: 5832833
    Abstract: Apparatus and a method for printing and drying layers of ink applied to the surface of a continuous substrate in a multi-stand offset press comprising a plurality of stands, each having a printing portion for the application of a layer of ink to the substrate as it passes through the stand, and a drying assembly mounted after and adjacent each printing stand portion and adjacent the substrate for drying the substrate and layer of ink thereon after passage therefrom. The drying assembly comprises an emitter-cooler that radiates energy toward the ink-layered substrate and gas duct that directs air toward the ink-layered substrate to dry the substrate and layer of ink thereon contributing to further drying thereof and evaporation of water vapor and solvents arising therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Inventor: Joseph Thomas Burgio
  • Patent number: 5829351
    Abstract: An improved labeler includes a housing and a bellows drive gear and cassette drive sprocket spaced apart and each rotatably supported in the housing. A stepper motor is mounted in the housing and has an output shaft. A first drive gear is affixed to the shaft and engages the bellows drive gear. A second drive gear is affixed to the shaft. A drive train is interposed between and engages the second gear and the cassette drive sprocket. The stepper motor is positioned between the bellows drive sprocket and the cassette drive sprocket whereby the footprint of the labeler is minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: David N. Anderson, Wayne C. Sherman
  • Patent number: 5829894
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a data switch for a Bi-Tronics printer that keeps the Bi-Tronics printer in the use of data switch by adding a controller circuit which provides simulating responding signals to a disconnected computer. When the data switch is turned to different position, that is, the Bi-Tronics printer is in fact disconnected with the computer, a pseudo signal will be provided by the controller circuit to deceive the computer that the printer is still connected. Therefore, the driver of the Bi-Tronics printer in computer could not detect the abnormal condition of the Bi-Tronics printer, so that, the error massage will not appear on the screen and the data switch could still function properly between the computer and the Bi-Tronics printer without interrupting the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Action Star Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih-Bin Hwang
  • Patent number: 5829381
    Abstract: A device for measuring the complex impedance, such as the electrical conductance and/or the capacitance, of milk, for example in connection with mastitis detection, comprises a sample chamber which is provided with sensors and in which a milk sample can be received. The sensors are mounted in the sample chamber at an essentially mutually equal height level. The sensors may also have an elongated shape and be mutually parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Gascoigne-Melotte B.V.
    Inventors: Jan Marinus Nijkamp, Berend Andries Posthuma
  • Patent number: 5829899
    Abstract: A wrist rest for incorporation with a computer keyboard enables a user's wrist to have adequate support when typing and is able to be adapted to be incorporated with a different keyboard by adjusting knobs rotatably provided on two opposed sides of the wrist rest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Behavior Tech Computer Corporation
    Inventor: Chin-Lung Chao
  • Patent number: 5829350
    Abstract: The printing apparatus has a holding cylinder in which communication holes for communicating an external portion and an internal portion are made and a transfer pad which covers the outer surface of the holding cylinder at ordinary times in a detachable manner, expands upon pressure being applied via the above communication holes when the interior of the holding cylinder is pressurized, and contracts and returns to its original state when the pressure is released. Ink is adhered to the outer surface of the expandable/contractable transfer pad. The transfer pad is inserted in the contracted state into a cylindrical hole of an object to be printed. Pressure is applied from the inside of the transfer pad to cause it to expand and cause the outer surface of the transfer pad to press against the inner surface of the cylindrical hole and thereby transfer the ink adhered to the outer surface of the pad to the inner surface of the cylindrical hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tsuneo Muchi, Yoshiyuki Noguchi
  • Patent number: 5826516
    Abstract: A squeegee (K1-K3) for screen printing, comprising: a squeegee body (1) which is formed by a metal sheet and has a squeegeeing face (1a) and a convexly curved pressing edge (3) on the squeegeeing face (1a); wherein when the squeegee (K1-K3) is set for squeegeeing such that the squeegeeing face (1a) is oriented in a travelling direction (X) of the squeegee (K1-K3), a center (O) of curvature of the convexly curved pressing edge (3) extends substantially horizontally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Assignee: Kyushu Hitachi Maxell, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Shimazu, Yoshihiro Kobayashi, Eiji Sakata
  • Patent number: 5826991
    Abstract: A printer apparatus (10) includes a removable print ribbon cartridge (18). The print cartridge includes a ribbon (20) which is movable by a transmission mechanism (49). A ribbon drive member (65) in said transmission mechanism includes frangible tabs (101). The frangible tabs break responsive to encountering a resistance to movement of said ribbon. The frangible tabs limit the force that may be encountered by a motor (168) used to advance the ribbon thereby preventing damage to the motor and associated drive components and circuitry in the event of a malfunction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Assignee: InterBold
    Inventors: Tuyen Van Pham, Thomas S. Mason
  • Patent number: 5826511
    Abstract: A device for cleaning silicone particles and other residues from directly imaged printing forms of a printing form cylinder in a printing press includes a cleaning element extending parallel to the axis of the printing form cylinder and movable substantially radially against the printing form cylinder, the cleaning element having a cleaning surface with which it is engageable with the printing form, the cleaning surface being formed with a fleece of fine microfibers of plastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventor: Dieter Schmitt
  • Patent number: 5826990
    Abstract: To prevent effective print speed from being lowered, a counter is provided for each of a plurality of print hammers. A number of times a print hammer is driven during one print phase having a predetermined period of time is counted by the counter. The counted value is compared with a reference value, and when the counted value has reached the reference value during the print phase, driving of the print hammer is halted until the end of the print phase. A reference value is changed based on the number of times the print hammer is driven during a previous print phase immediately before the present print phase. The reference value represents an allowable number the print hammer can be driven during each of successive print phases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Assignee: Hitachi Koki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Suzuki, Masami Iwama, Kohichi Yageta, Mitsuru Kawakami
  • Patent number: 5826506
    Abstract: An improved structure of a stamp comprises a main body, a stamp body, a press cover and two rotating lids. The stamp body has an ink compartment and a cylindrical rod, a stamping surface on the bottom, and two protrusion rods on each lateral side. The ink compartment has a protrusion piece and a blockage protrusion. The main body has a bottom surface with few holes for the stamp body to go through. The press cover has a block piece in the inner side for clipping on the surface of the stamp body, thus the press cover and the stamp body can be moved together. The cylindrical rod of the stamp body is encased by a spring. The press cover has an opening on each side for locating a sliding switch which the sliding switch has a blockage piece in the inner surface. The rotating lid has a sliding trough each at four lateral bodies and a center rod each at four vertical ends. The main body has a protrusion device on the inner surfaces at the lower part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Inventor: Chang Yi Lin
  • Patent number: 5823689
    Abstract: The invention provides a computer system utilizing bi-directional communication between a computing device and a printing machine, for transmitting data representing real-time supply roll parameters to an application program on the computing device. Supply roll parameters are stored on a memory circuit component that is connected to a supply roll. The computing device polls the printing machine for the supply roll parameters. The printing machine transmits the supply roll parameters to the computing device and the computing device formats the parameters into a display, proportionately matching the dimensions and color of the actual supply roll. A user can then create and/or edit output files for the specific supply roll loaded in the printing machine, viewing the output exactly as it will be printed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Varitronic Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kelly R. Nehowig, Scott W. Kullman, Douglas R. Kremers
  • Patent number: 5823112
    Abstract: A powder-dusting apparatus (4) which inside a printing machine dusts the pre-dried printed products coming from the printing unit with a powder, for example of corn-starch, comprises in a manner known per se a plurality of nozzles (6), which are charged with a mixture of powder and carrying air from a mixing device (8). The nozzles (6) are arranged in the vicinity of the plane of transport defined by the transport system (1) of the printing machine and are able to assume two different spacings with respect to that plane: ordinarily the nozzles (6) are located comparatively close to this plane of transport; during these times the mixture of powder and carrying air emerges from the nozzles (6) towards the printed products moving past. If, however, a gripping device (2), which is part of the transport system (1) and which holds the printed product, enters the vicinity of the nozzles (6), a suitable control means (9 to 12) causes the nozzles to move into a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Grafix Zerstaubungstechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Hans Georg Platsch
  • Patent number: 5823137
    Abstract: A litter box and pivotal sifting device assembly having an open base portion and a pivotally movable sifting device operably attached thereto. The base portion also has a litter holding wing portion operatively associated therewith and extending upwardly and outwardly therefrom. The pivotal sifting device is initially disposed beneath a layer of loose litter material. Thereafter, the sifting device is pivotally movable up through the litter material to collect clumped absorbent litter and fecal matter wastes thereupon while permitting loose litter material to pass therethrough. The sifting device is pivoted still further to deliver the wastes to a disposal site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: John W. Rood
    Inventors: John D. Rood, John W. Rood
  • Patent number: 5823111
    Abstract: An ink supply unit for a receiving roller of a printing machine. The ink supply unit includes an ink rail mounted in close proximity to the surface of the receiving roller, and a plurality of ink reservoirs mounted one above the other in the ink rail that discharge differently colored inks in accordance with the printing requirements onto the surface of the receiving roller through a valve mechanism. Wiper rollers are mounted adjacent to the surface of the receiving roller to wipe the surface thereof to reduce ink wastage due to misting or the like. The inks are introduced onto the surface of the receiving roller and are mixed to form the required color for printing by the combined action of the wiper rollers and a roller train that links the receiving roller and the print roller in the printing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Inventor: David Edward McManamon
  • Patent number: 5823113
    Abstract: A method and device for washing the printing cylinder of a printing machine, especially an offset rotary printing machine, in which a washing device with a washing roller with a covering capable of absorbing liquid is premoistened prior to performing the first washing operation after a long standstill period of the printing machine. As a result, the efficacy of the first washing operation after an interruption to operation of the printing machine is improved, the wear on the covering of the washing roller is reduced, and damage to the printing cylinder from a dry covering of the washing roller is avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: MAN Roland Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventor: Claus Simeth