Patents Examined by Eugene H. Eickholt
  • Patent number: 6885480
    Abstract: A synchronizing circuit and a timing adjusting circuit set a position of an exposure area by beam scanning as an additional value of a first setting value set in dot unit corresponding to the scanning of a pixel clock period and a second setting value set in tap unit corresponding to the scanning of a period smaller than the pixel clock period. A CPU controls the synchronizing circuit and the timing adjusting circuit so that the exposed position becomes an objective position. The CPU changes the second setting value to a first predetermined value by increasing the first setting value by one dot, in the case that the additional value is increased to reach a first threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenichi Komiya, Koji Tanimoto, Daisuke Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 6883426
    Abstract: A printing press for one-sided or two-sided printing of a sheet includes a transfer cylinder disposed in a travel direction of the sheet between a first and a second impression cylinder, respectively, of two printing units, and a sheet support assigned to the transfer cylinder for receiving the sheet thereon before the sheet is transferred to the second impression cylinder, an inverting drum disposed in the travel direction of the sheet between the sheet support and the second impression cylinder, the inverting drum serving for picking up the sheet from the sheet support and transporting the sheet to the second impression cylinder; and a method of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Peter Hachmann, Andreas Henn
  • Patent number: 6883430
    Abstract: A unique packaging method is disclosed. The method advertises products related to a product shipped in a box and comprises obtaining a box, placing a product in the box, and identifying a particular product category associated with the product being shipped in the box. This may be followed by obtaining an elongated flexible planar member having a width and a length substantially greater than the width, the planar member having an upper surface and a lower surface. The flexible planar member is provided with a layer of adhesive material deposited on and covering a substantial portion of the lower surface to form a packaging tape. The tape is imprinted with indicia comprising visually perceivable information to provide a purchaser with information relating to various products within the particular product category by disposing the information on the upper surface of the tape. The box is sealed with the tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Omega Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Milton B. Hollander
  • Patent number: 6880461
    Abstract: Flexographic printing plates are produced by means of direct laser engraving by a process in which the starting material used is a flexographic printing element which has a relief-forming layer comprising a combination of a styrene/butadiene block copolymer and 20-40% by weight of a plasticizer. Flexographic printing plates obtainable by this process are used for flexographic printing with water-based or alcohol-based printing inks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: BASF Drucksysteme
    Inventor: Margit Hiller
  • Patent number: 6877424
    Abstract: A counterpoise device for cantilevering at least one cylinder of a printing press has a movable counterpoise element for selectively contacting the cylinder and a stationary mount. A guide link rotatably attaches to the stationary mount plate and rotatably attaches to movable counterpoise element. An actuating device is connected to the movable counterpoise device at a different location than the guide link for moving the counterpoise device with respect to the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Matthew Wallace, Lev Zlatin
  • Patent number: 6877426
    Abstract: A stamping device includes a printing member which has two pivot shafts pivotably connected to two insides of a casing and a plurality of teeth are arranged along a semi-circular protrusion on two ends of the printing member. The two pivot shafts extend through two slots of a support frame which includes two racks on two insides thereof so that when the printing member is lowered when pressing the casing downward, the teeth movably engage with the racks and the printing member rotates 180 degrees so that the printing face faces downward to stamp on document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Inventor: Chien-Kai Huang
  • Patent number: 6877920
    Abstract: A holding device is provided with adapters capable of dealing with a case where the hollow shaft portions of a roll-like fixing medium differ in inner diameter. Thus, it is unnecessary to have a complete set of roll paper supporting members to be used every time the hollow shaft portions of the roll-like fixing medium differ in inner diameter. As the size of such an adapter can be made at least smaller than the size of the roll paper supporting members, the adapter is easily stocked under control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Satoshi Fujioka
  • Patent number: 6874414
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for screen printing for producing security foils for objects of value such as papers of value consisting of a carrier foil and a cover layer applied thereto, the cover layer having the form of characters or patterns and/or coating-free areas in the form of characters, patterns or the like. A printing raw form is fastened in a printing machine and, before a printing operation, a reversible imaging process is performed in which the screen printing raw form having a certain number of screen openings of predetermined mesh width is provided uniformly and completely with lacquer or ink so that all screen openings are closed, and then selected openings are reopened so as to be ink-permeable for the printing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Assignee: Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
    Inventor: Wittich Kaule
  • Patent number: 6874415
    Abstract: A mounting cylinder (1) for mounting cylindrical embossing tools for embossing rolls for embossing diffraction gratings or holograms includes a mounting shell (3) for mounting the embossing tool and a fixing device for fixing the mounting shell (3) on a shaft (2) and a tempering device for tempering the mounting shell. According to one variant, the embossing tool is expanded by compressed air in order to be slipped onto the mounting shell or removed therefrom, a compressed air channel system (8) with radial compressed air discharge openings (11) extending axially and/or tangentially within the mounting shell (3). According to another variant, the mounting shell is expanded mechanically in order to fix a embossing tool slipped over the mounting shell and simultaneously fix the mounting shell (3) on the shaft (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Assignee: Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
    Inventors: Lars Hoffmann, Andreas Pretsch, Andreas Radler
  • Patent number: 6874419
    Abstract: The present invention features various systems and methods for providing an image on an organic product to provide a communication to the recipient or otherwise individualize the organic product. Notably, the present invention features an organic product printing system comprising at least one organic product; a support structure that secures one or more organic products therein for printing upon them, wherein the support structure comprises a stabilizer bar for supporting one or more printing assemblies; and at least one printing assembly supported within the support structure, wherein the printing assembly comprises a printing device that prints an image onto the organic product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Assignee: Speaking Roses International, Inc.
    Inventors: Blaine Harris, Terrell Lassetter, Rene Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 6876371
    Abstract: The invention provides an image forming apparatus comprising at least: an electrophotographic photoreceptor comprising at least a conductive substrate and a photosensitive layer provided on the conductive substrate; a charging device; an exposure device; a developing device; and a transfer device, wherein the exposure device is of a multi beam exposure system which has a surface emitting laser array having two or more light-emitting elements as an exposure light source and which scan the electrophotographic photoreceptor with plural light beams thereby forming electrostatic latent image, and wherein the outermost layer in the electrophotographic photoreceptor, positioned most distant from the conductive substrate, contains a silicon-containing resin containing at least a charge transporting compound or a characteristic group derived from a charge transporting compound, and having a structure in which bonds formed by crosslinking of an O atom with neighboring Si atoms are formed three dimensionally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiro Suzuki, Taketoshi Hoshizaki, Katsumi Nukada, Mitsuhide Nakamura, Kazuhiro Koseki, Takayuki Yamashita, Wataru Yamada, Koji Bando
  • Patent number: 6874420
    Abstract: A system, method, and process that determine and automatically correct registration errors between printed objects and mechanically produced objects using advanced image processing techniques is disclosed. Means are also presented for maintaining all registered functions to within very close tolerances during normal running, with other means for rapidly obtaining initial registration with substantial savings in material waste. The disclosed system and method/process are compatible with the printing and converting industry in which rolls of material are processed by printing a number of colors that require close registration especially in pictorial representation. These roll-fed printing machines are quite versatile and in addition to the printing of any number of colors on both front and back can perform any number of additional operations on the printed web at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Assignee: CC1, Inc.
    Inventors: Clarence A. Lewis, Jr., Richard Dale Lewis, James Edward Lewis
  • Patent number: 6871946
    Abstract: A recording apparatus effects recording on a recording material by a recorder. The apparatus includes a tray, mountable to the recording apparatus, for stacking a recording material, a portion to be detected, provided on the tray to permit detection of a position of the tray, and a tray position detecting portion for detecting the portion to be detected. A position of the recording material stacked on the tray is detected by detecting the position of the portion to be detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Haruyuki Yanagi, Kenji Kawazoe, Seiji Takahashi, Takao Nakamura
  • Patent number: 6871948
    Abstract: In order to manufacture a discharging roller which discharges a recording medium from a recording apparatus, there are a first die formed with a first recess extending in an axial direction of a shaft portion of the discharging roller, and a second die formed with a second recess extending in the axial direction. The first die and the second die are combined such that the first recess and the second recess face to form a continuous cavity. Synthetic resin is injected into the cavity to mold a bore portion of the shaft portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Noda, Takao Kanzawa, Hiroshi Hamakawa
  • Patent number: 6871949
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a recording apparatus for recording with a recording section including a feeding section for separately feeding recording paper sheet by sheet and a conveyance route extending substantially straight for conveying a recording medium having a high rigidity. A part of the feeding section is overlapped with the conveyance route in a vertical cross-sectional direction, but is not overlapped in a direction intersecting with the conveyance direction of the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuji Nakano, Toshiya Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 6872016
    Abstract: In an impact dot print head there is provided a fitting structure for fitting an inner periphery-side cylindrical portion of a yoke and an inner periphery-side ring-shaped portion of an armature spacer with each other so that the inner periphery-side cylindrical portion of the yoke and the inner periphery-side ring-shaped portion of the armature spacer push against each other, thereby permitting a magnetic flux to flow efficiently between the armature spacer and the yoke through the contact face between the inner periphery-side cylindrical portion of the yoke and the inner periphery-side ring-shaped portion of the armature spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Assignee: Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takahiro Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 6871590
    Abstract: An inking system for a printing machine which has a relatively simple design and which is adapted for more stable ink transfer to a plate cylinder. The inking system includes an ink supply roller (15), one or more drivable inking unit rollers (14, 19), an adjustment system for establishing a predetermined nip (19) between the ink supply roller and one of the drivable unit inking rollers (14, 19), and at least one movable calender roller (10) in constant contact with one of the drivable inking unit rollers operable for selectively interrupting the ink transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Assignee: MAN Roland Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Peter Hummel, Peter Schramm, Robert Ortner
  • Patent number: 6868784
    Abstract: A form roller apparatus for a printing press includes an ink form roller, compression coil spring, bolt, and U-groove. The ink form roller is in contact with an oscillating roller, and slides in an axial direction to follow motion of the oscillating roller in an axial direction. The ink form roller has a roller shaft which is supported rotatably and a roller main body which is supported to be movable in the axial direction of the roller shaft. The compression coil spring biases the roller main body in the axial direction. The bolt moves forward/backward in a radial direction at an end of the roller shaft. The U-groove is provided to the roller main body and is engaged by the bolt to regulate slide motion of the ink form roller in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: Komori Corporation
    Inventor: Nobuaki Saito
  • Patent number: 6868786
    Abstract: A patterning method for micro-contact printing involves the steps of: applying a resin on a master having projected patterns, hardening the resin and thereafter removing the hardened resin from the master to make a stamp of the resin; applying a molecular ink including hydrophobic molecules dispersed in a solvent on the stamp; forming micro-contact printed patterns of the hydrophobic molecular layer on a substrate by means of the stamp on which the molecular ink is applied; dipping the substrate with micro-contact printed patterns in a hydrophilic molecule solution dispersed in a solvent to give chemical modification to the areas of the surface of the substrate around the micro-contact printed patterns, the solution including hydrophilic molecules having a chain length shorter than the chain length of hydrophobic molecules included in the molecular ink is used as the hydrophilic molecule solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: Dainippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masamichi Fujihira, Uichi Akiba, Hiroki Okui, Shintaro Fujii, Masaaki Kurihara
  • Patent number: 6866361
    Abstract: An ink-jet printer includes a belt conveyor mechanism, an ink-jet head having at its lower face a nozzle face where many nozzles are formed, and a maintenance unit that maintains the ink-jet head. Within the maintenance unit arranged are a blade, a wiping roller, an ink receiving member, and a purge cap, in this order from the near side to the head. The maintenance unit is first moved to a purge position at which the purge cap confronts the nozzle face of the ink-jet head, where a purge operation is performed. After the purge operation, attendant upon movement of the maintenance unit to get apart from the head, the ink receiving member, the wiping roller, and the blade successively confront the nozzle face in this order. With the movement of the maintenance unit, receiving ink with the ink receiving member and wiping ink up with the wiping roller and the blade are performed in order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masakazu Kuki, Tsugio Okamoto