Patents Examined by George R. Koch
  • Patent number: 10338862
    Abstract: An object of the invention is to solve low productivity of foil-stamping printing due to frequent replacement of foil rolls when the positions of sizes of foil objects are different in a plurality of jobs. A grouping unit groups jobs on the basis of a foil roll which can be attached to a foil stamping device and foil object information. A job sorting unit sorts the grouped jobs on the basis of a sorting policy by group. A foil-stamping print data transmitting unit transmits foil-stamping print data including the foil object, which is extracted from print data to a foil stamping device. A foil roll replacement information output unit outputs foil roll replacement information indicating a timing that a foil roll is replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Ryosuke Inoda
  • Patent number: 10335824
    Abstract: A glue application roller for use in a gluing assembly equipped with at least one scooping roller includes a glue roller body that is provided with a central hole to receive a drive shaft. The glue roller body has at least two parts including a base and an outer ring. The base is operatively connected to the drive shaft by a non-positive fit. The outer ring is configured with at least one cavity. The base and the outer ring are coupled to each other non-positively via at least one first means. On at least one side of the glue roller body, there are second means that ensure that compressed air and/or another gaseous or liquid medium is fed into or discharged from the cavity so as to effectuate a change in a circumferential contour of the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Hans Mueller
  • Patent number: 10315918
    Abstract: Methods for reducing wafer bow induced by an anti-reflective coating of a cap wafer are provided. The method may utilize a shadow mask having at least one opening therein that is positioned opposite recessed regions in a cap wafer. The method may further include depositing at least one layer of an anti-reflective coating material through the shadow mask onto a planar side of a cap wafer to provide a discontinuous coating on the planar side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Roland W. Gooch, Buu Q. Diep, Stephen H. Black, Thomas A. Kocian, Adam M. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 10308388
    Abstract: Provided is a method and a device for processing containers, the containers being transported along a predefined transport path and being combined with at least one product that can be defined in terms of its amount, such that the product is supplied to each individual container in a predetermined supply region of the transport path, the product being guided to the supply region along a supply path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Alexander Kasarin, Armin Pueschner
  • Patent number: 10294062
    Abstract: A determining method for determining whether or not the tension of an adhesive tape constituting a frame unit is proper, in which a plate-shaped workpiece and an annular frame are attached to the adhesive tape to form the frame unit, is provided. The adhesive tape is composed of a base layer and an adhesive layer formed on the base layer. The determining method includes a supporting step, a downward amount measuring step, and a determining step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Disco Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Inoue, Hiroyuki Sakaguchi, Kenta Onishi
  • Patent number: 10287050
    Abstract: An in-line label applicator includes a label printer to print variable data on each label and a label application station that moves the printed labels into a container conveyance path for application to containers moving along the path. One scanner scans the label code of each printed label before the label reaches the conveyance path, and another scanner scans the helper code of each container as the label is being applied during movement of the container along the conveyance path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: John A. Roe
  • Patent number: 10285317
    Abstract: A board held by a board holding plate is heated by a heater, and after performing mounting processing of components in a region of the mounting regions of the board, a pressing process of using a pressing head to apply pressure to all the components mounted in the region at once while heating the board is performed, and a next mounting process of mounting components in a next region is performed while performing the pressing process. By performing the pressing process and the mounting process in parallel, waiting time for each process in the cycle of the mounting process and the pressing process is reduced, such that overall work time is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: Masaki Murai, Toshihiko Yamasaki, Toshinori Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10272633
    Abstract: The invention relates to a corrugated board machine for producing corrugated board. The corrugated board machine comprises a detecting arrangement for detecting at least one web of corrugated board web, an order change cutting device arranged downstream of the detecting arrangement and an information processing device, which is in signal connection with the detecting arrangement. Furthermore, the corrugated board machine has a control device, which is in signal connection with the information processing device, with which the order change cutting device is in signal connection and as a function of a change identified by the information processing device of a first printing area printed on the web of corrugated board web to a second printing area printed onto the web of corrugated board web activates the order change cutting device to perform an order change on the corrugated board web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: BHS Corrugated Maschinen-und Anlagenbau GmbH
    Inventors: Friedrich Bayer, Helmut Kraus
  • Patent number: 10239299
    Abstract: A laminating apparatus includes workpiece transport units, a vacuum laminating device and a flat press device. The flat press device includes a ball screw having a screw shaft and supporting a first one of a pair of pressing elements, a servomotor connected to the screw shaft of the ball screw, a gap measuring device (linear scale) for measuring a distance between the first pressing element and the second pressing element, and a pressing gap control system for moving the first pressing element to a position in which a predetermined gap is defined between the first pressing element and the second pressing element to stop the first pressing element at that position. The pressing gap control system changes the RPM of the servomotor, based on information on the distance between the first and second pressing elements which is provided from the gap measuring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventors: Kazutoshi Iwata, Yoshiaki Honma
  • Patent number: 10222306
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for producing a coated analytic substrate using a compact and portable automated instrument located in the laboratory setting at the point of use which can consistently produce one or a plurality of coated analytic substrates “on demand” for using the analytic substrate immediately after coating, preferably without a step of rinsing the coated analytic substrate before use. The apparatus preferably uses applicator cartridges having a reservoir containing the coating compositions used to form the coatings. Preferably the cartridges are removable and interchangeable to facilitate the production of individual analytic substrates having different coatings or different coating patterns. These coated analytic substrates have superior specimen adhesion characteristics due to the improved quality of the coatings applied by the coating apparatus and due to the quickness with which the coated analytic substrates can be used in the lab after production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Lee H. Angros
  • Patent number: 10220579
    Abstract: A processing apparatus such as a heating and/or debulking apparatus that may be used to debulk a plurality of uncured composite layers to form an article such as an aircraft component may include a plurality of interconnected smart susceptor heater blankets. The plurality of smart susceptor heater blankets may be connected in series or in parallel, and may be controlled to uniformly heat the component during formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventors: Andrew M. Hopkins, Donald J. Sutkus, James M. Kestner, Jennifer S. Noel, Robert J. Miller, Marc R. Matsen, Christopher J. Hottes, Mark E. King, Darren R. Walker
  • Patent number: 10212918
    Abstract: A pet urine pad convenient to carry includes multiple single urine pads, wherein the middle part of each single urine pad is folded, every two adjacent single urine pads are connected by a breaking-point line and the multiple single urine pads are laminated in sequence from top to bottom to form an integral body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Jiangsu Zhongheng Pet Articles Joint-Stock Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Qiu Bin
  • Patent number: 10213964
    Abstract: A method of bonding materials may comprise defining a bond interface between two materials in a cure zone on a surface of an object and heating the bond interface with sound waves. Heating the bond interface may include applying ultrasonic sound waves to the bond interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Morteza Safai, Kimberly Meredith
  • Patent number: 10201844
    Abstract: In manufacturing a laminated iron core by laminating and bonding iron core laminates blanked from a sheet steel strip into a prescribed profile, the adhesive agent can be applied to the iron core laminates in a stable manner without regard to the arrangement and the number of the application spots on each iron core laminate. The metallic die machine (1) is provided with an adhesive agent application unit (12) configured to apply an adhesive agent to a prescribed area of the sheet steel strip (W) corresponding to the iron core laminates (2), and the adhesive agent application unit is provided with a casing (44) defining a plurality of adhesive agent storage chambers (55-57) for storing the adhesive agent before the adhesive agent is applied to the prescribed area. The casing is provided with a plurality of ejection orifices (H1 to H3) each communicating with a corresponding one of the adhesive agent storage chambers and configured to eject the adhesive agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Koichi Nishinaka
  • Patent number: 10195797
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for storing and dispensing nanostructure material that can maintain the morphology of the nanostructures. The nanostructures are disposed on a flexible substrate that is spooled into a roll. The substrate can be provided with raised edges that space adjacent portions from each other in the roll to protect the nanostructures from damage or misalignment. The roll can be provided to a cassette that can be sealed to protect the nanostructure material from exposure to unwanted environments and to protect individuals from exposure to the nanostructure material. The substrate can be unrolled in the cassette to permit the nanostructure material to be applied to an item outside the cassette while maintaining the morphology of the nanostructures. Various controls can be provided to unroll the substrate and deposit the nanostructure material with high precision and repeatability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: N12 TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Ryan D. Williams, David A. Degtiarov
  • Patent number: 10197825
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for manufacturing an optical display device by sequentially peeling a plurality of optical film sheets continuously supported on a long web of a carrier film and laminating the plurality of optical film sheets to a plurality of panel components are provided. After completing laminating operation of a preceding optical film sheet to a preceding panel component, a rear end of next optical film sheet, supported on a carrier film which in a state where one of opposite surfaces thereof is folded to inside at a tip-end of a peeling member, is read at a predetermined detecting position as positional information, then a leading end of an optical film sheet is positioned at a predetermined laminating position based on the positional information while peeling the optical film sheet from the carrier film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: Tomokazu Yura, Satoru Koshio, Kiyotaka Tsutsumi
  • Patent number: 10192298
    Abstract: A device for identifying an end of a fiber tape rolling over a composite structure is presented. The device includes a light source disposed proximate to the composite structure and configured to project a line of light at a first angle on the fiber tape rolling over the composite structure. Also, the device includes an image capturing unit disposed proximate to the composite structure and configured to capture an image of the line of light on the fiber tape at a second angle. Further, the device includes a controller coupled to the image capturing unit and configured to process the captured image to detect a discontinuity in the line of light on the fiber tape and identify the end of the fiber tape based on the detected discontinuity in the line of light on the fiber tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: Kevin George Harding, Christopher Allen Nafis, Robert William Tait
  • Patent number: 10189222
    Abstract: A device for supplying a tire-constituting member includes a placement portion to which a tire-constituting member is supplied from the rear side to be placed on the placement portion, a first holding device to hold the tire-constituting member front end portion and is movable, a second holding device to hold the tire-constituting member rear end portion cut to a predetermined length and is movable, a detection device to detect the front end portion position placed on the placement portion, and a control unit which calculates deviation amounts with respect to preset reference positions of the front end portion according to data from the detection device and drives the first holding device in a state where the rear end portion is held by the second holding device such that the front end portion is positioned at the reference position according to the calculation results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Kohei Shimuta
  • Patent number: 10183306
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of preparing and coating a large structure such as a ship's hull while in a dry dock wherein a plurality of spray guns disposed in an array are positioned by a robotic arm in a spaced relationship along the surface to be treated so that their spray patterns overlap. The array of spray guns is traversed downwardly and thus painting a strip whereupon the spray guns are secured, move horizontally and then are activated to be moved upwardly until another strip adjacent to and overlapping the first strip is painted. These steps are repeated until the surface area is substantially entirely painted. A shroud is provided for collecting paint oversprays and other excess paint is mounted in the array assemblage. An auxiliary spray gun may be positioned and its spray pattern adjusted to apply paint to area which were missed by the original spray pattern emanating from the array of spray guns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: John Stephen Morton
  • Patent number: 10172746
    Abstract: A disposable absorbent article is presenting having multiple components and including an inspection region subject to inspection using infrared radiation, wherein the inspection region includes a junction of two components; and a printed graphic in the inspection region, wherein the ink used to print the graphic includes no carbon black colorant such that the printed graphic is substantially transparent to infrared radiation. In addition, a disposable absorbent article having multiple components includes a printed graphic in an inspection region subject to inspection using infrared radiation, the printed graphic including black ink having no carbon black colorant such that the printed graphic is substantially transparent to infrared radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer L. Misek, Brian K. Rhodes, Terri L. Meisel, Cole W. Poole, Shannon K. Melius