Patents Examined by Hien H. Phan
  • Patent number: 5493940
    Abstract: A cutter has a roller body which is made from a hollow profile-like inner part and a tubular profile-like outer part having an irregular cross-sectional shape. The outer part and inner part are such that the working flight circle of a tool on the body is approximately as near to an axis of rotation as the maximum outer circumference of the body. Apart from forming a mold core for the outer part, the inner part also forms a clamping body, and includes a supporting body and a balancing counterweight for the tool unit, thereby providing a very high cutter block strength, and at the same time, a low mass moment of inertia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1996
    Assignee: bielomatik GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Hansjoerg Klein
  • Patent number: 5460067
    Abstract: A device for performing the continuous cutting of materials of any form and nature, provided they are stratified and not flexionally rigid. The device generally comprises: fixed and mobile support surfaces; a mobile cutting shear cooperating with a fixed cutting shear; a fixed blocking unit on the fixed support surface side of the cutting shears; a mobile blocking unit on the mobile support surface side of the cutting shears; an eccentric for driving mobile portions of the device, including the mobile cutting shear, the eccentric being synchronized with the fixed and mobile blocking units; and a link block and slide guide. Non-rigid, stratified materials thereby may be more easily cut in that the invention substantially reduces or eliminates the dragging effect of the material that typically occurs during the cutting process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1995
    Inventors: Gianluigi Reis, Giorgio Massocco
  • Patent number: 5433363
    Abstract: A plastic bag dispenser holds a continuous roll of bags, connected by perforated separation lines. The dispenser is provided with a tongue, which the bags are dispensed over, that engages the separation line between the bag at the end of the roll and the next bag. This begins the separation of the separation line, as well as holds the next bag behind the tongue. A finger is provided on the upstream side of the tongue, with a gap between the finger and tongue. As a bag is separated, a portion of the front edge of the next bag is held in the gap, holding the bag in position for the next user. The roll of bags rests in angled grooves in the dispenser that cause the roll to abut and frictionally engage an interior surface of the dispenser, preventing free-wheeling of the roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1995
    Inventor: Ebrahim Simhaee
  • Patent number: 5429022
    Abstract: A cap opening machine for a film seal cap, includes a hollow punch with a depressurizable space defined in a hollow portion thereof; a pressure regulating device for regulating pressure in the depressurizable space; and a punching-action causing mechanism for moving the punch and the cap relative to each other, whereby a punched-out piece, punched out by the punch, is processed by the action of a differential pressure between atmospheric pressure and the pressure in the depressurizable space. With the design, this cap opening machine can eliminate manual work of an operator that may cause infection, hardly contaminates the contents of containers, and shows high performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1995
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Yuka Bio-Clinical Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Naoki Nakayama
  • Patent number: 5429334
    Abstract: An information display bracket mounts directly to an upright pegboard support panel for use in cooperation with a product support bracket mounted on the support pane. The information display bracket includes a base member having one of several disclosed mounting structures, a display arm hingedly connected at a proximal end to the base member such-as by a living hinge structure, and a display plate located on the distal end of the display arm. The display arm has a flattened distal end portion, preferably rectangular in shape, and is sized to cooperate with a selected product support bracket such that the flattened distal end portion rests on the free end of the product support arm of the product support bracket when fastened to the support panel above the product support bracket. The base member has at least one but preferably a plurality of mounting posts that frictionally resiliently engage respective mounting holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1995
    Inventor: V. James Hutchison
  • Patent number: 5410930
    Abstract: A stop mechanism for a feed roller associated with a cutter in a dispenser for flexible rolled web material has a stop lever which provides a substantial mechanical advantage. The increased mechanical advantage permits the vacuum cups of a vacuum cup timer to be effortlessly and reliably set. The stop lever has a long actuating arm which pivots about a pivot point. The long actuating arm creates a substantial mechanical advantage for setting the vacuum cups in vacuum-gripping engagement. The mechanism advantage greatly enhances the low pull force requirement and smooth operation of the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1995
    Assignee: Georgia Pacific Corporation
    Inventors: Raymond F. DeLuca, John S. Forman
  • Patent number: 5400682
    Abstract: A method of side-cutting by a turret punch press for improving working efficiency to a large extent. The method comprises a step in which a selected one (5.sub.1) of a plurality of punch chips (5.sub.1 to 5.sub.4) arranged so as to be selectively hit in a punch assembly (1) provided on the upper turret (2) is used for side-cutting a workpiece (6) and the other step in which one end of a part to be cut into a punching piece with the side cutting is cut off by another punch chip (5.sub.2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1995
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Komatsu Seisakusho
    Inventor: Satoshi Matsuura
  • Patent number: 5400493
    Abstract: A bale debanding method and apparatus comprising a band breaking blade, a band winding mandrel and a mandrel cleaning plate are mounted to a frame. A support table is attached to the frame for receiving a waste paper bale that is held together by banding material. As the bale is moved past the band breaking blade, a band retention notch engages a band and by stretching it breaks the band. Once a band is broken, an extensible band catch extending out of the mandrel contacts the band and facilitates the band in being wound around the mandrel. Once all of the bands have been removed from the bale, the band catch is retracted to a position within the mandrel and a cleaning plate is moved axially along the mandrel sweeping the bands off a free end of the mandrel. This process is repeated to remove bands from other surfaces of the bale, thereby releasing the waste paper in preparation of processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1995
    Assignee: R. Hall Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventor: Richard W. Hall
  • Patent number: 5399049
    Abstract: A dedicated V-shaped groove forming machine comprises an X-axis slider disposed over a plate material so as be movable in an X-axis (groove forming direction); a Z-axis slider supported by the X-axis slider so as to be movable in a Z-axis direction (vertical direction); and plural cutting tools mounted on the Z-axis slider; and a Y-axis carriage for moving a plate material (workpiece) in a Y-axis direction (perpendicular to the X-axis direction). Further, there are provided work table adjusting device for adjusting the cutting tool movement locus in parallel to the work table and tool height detecting device for determining an origin in the Z-axis direction, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1995
    Assignee: Amada Company, Limited
    Inventors: Nobuo Abe, Nobuyuki Kinnou, Toshihide Ohara, Kazunori Kuga, Yoshiharu Komizo, Takara Kibe, Hideyuki Fujikawa
  • Patent number: 5398857
    Abstract: To assure that a plate-shaped brittle material is exactly cut into two plate pieces, a jig having a thread-shaped projection secured thereto in conformity with a predetermined pattern positionally coincident with a cut groove formed in the plate-shaped brittle material, an elastic member located on the cut groove side of the plate-shaped brittle material, and a plate-shaped brittle material to be cut into two plate pieces are placed on a table of a press machine one above another, and subsequently, a predetermined intensity of pressing power is applied to the jig from above by operating a pressing machine. Alternatively, a jig having a thread-shaped projection secured thereto, an elastic member located on the opposite side relative to the cut groove side of the plate-shaped brittle material, and a plate-shaped brittle material to be cut into two plate pieces may be placed on the press table one above another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1995
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kengo Shinozaki, Kimihiro Wakabayashi, Hiroki Murakami, Masaaki Araki
  • Patent number: 5397086
    Abstract: A tripod head comprising (a) a plate connecting with a camera, (b) a camera platform for receiving, (c) two joints linking said camera platform to a central post of a tripod, one of said joints enabling said camera platform to rotate about an axis perpendicular to an axis of the central post while the remaining of said joints enabling said camera platform to rotate about the axis of the central post and (d) a handle for rotating said camera platform, comprising a coupler connecting with said camera platform and a grip pivotably connecting with said coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1995
    Inventor: Chien S. Chen
  • Patent number: 5395025
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for imparting an angle cleave to a plurality of optical fibers. The cleaving device comprises a base having a support surface, the support surface having two lower pads which are aligned with two upper pads on a hinged cover, so that the fibers may be clamped between the respective pairs of lower and upper pads. One of the upper pads is designed to shift with respect to its corresponding lower pad; when a fiber is clamped between these pads and the upper pad moves, the fibers twist as a result of the induced torsional load. When the fibers are scored and cleaved while in the twisted state, the resulting end faces are at an oblique angle with respect to the fiber axes, which is beneficial since this reduces signal reflections at the fiber-to-fiber interfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1995
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Victor J. Borer, John W. Durham
  • Patent number: 5390575
    Abstract: In a multiple tool for a punch press, a plurality of punches (57) are arranged circularly so as to be movable up and down within a stripper guide (41) provided also movably up and down in an upper die holding member (15) of the punch press; a punch driver (77) is disposed so as to be rotatable and movable up and down in a central hole (75) within the stripper guide (41); and a projecting portion (97) is formed in the punch driver (77), for striking any one of a plurality of the punches. Further, an indexing device is mounted to rotate the punch driver (77) so that the projecting portion (97) can be indexed over any required punch (57A), for instance. Since only one required punch of a plurality of the punches can be struck without moving the striker, the multiple tool is simple in structure, high in precision, and low in cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1995
    Assignee: Amada Metrecs Company, Limited
    Inventor: Hiroshi Saito
  • Patent number: 5379672
    Abstract: A saw blade with cutting wings on the teeth. The blade has a blade body, teeth located on an outer edge of the blade body, and cutting wings extending from either side of each tooth on the blade body. Each tooth is angled in a direction opposite that of the adjacent teeth to eliminate block cutting characteristics and to enhance the serrating effect of the teeth. A first wing is longer than a second wing and contains a barb that enhances the serrating effect of the wing. Both wings are beveled so that the sharpest edge of the wings is located on the outer edge of the wings. The cutting wings pre-cut a width of the material and reduce the splintering and shredding effects of the blade on the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1995
    Inventor: Milton L. Thomas
  • Patent number: 5379671
    Abstract: A magnetic saddle apparatus for mounting magnetic etched dies onto rotating cylinders and including a segment of a cylinder wall, on an outer surface of which an array of permanent magnets is adhered, a mounting arrangement for fastening the saddle apparatus to a die-cutting cylinder, and a gripping bar, which prevents slippage of small area etched dies during operation of the cutting cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1995
    Assignee: Xynatech, Inc.
    Inventor: Pierson S. Kang
  • Patent number: 5375785
    Abstract: A dispenser for sequentially dispensing web material from a primary web roll and then a reserve web roll. The dispenser senses the presence of the primary web directly at the feed nip defined by two feed rollers and introduces the leading edge of the reserve web roll to the feed nip immediately after the trailing end of the primary web roll passes through the feed nip. The movement of one feed roller relative to the other feed roller actuates the transfer mechanism which introduces the reserve web to the feed nip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1994
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce T. Boone, John S. Formon
  • Patent number: 5375493
    Abstract: An apparatus for feeding separator sheets (20) to a stack is disclosed. Separator sheets (20) made of paper or another material are disposed between carton layers (19) of a pallet (13) loaded with cartons (10). The separator sheets are produced by a separate separator sheet unit (25) by way of being severed from a web of material (21 ) and are placed onto the carton layers (19). The separator sheet unit (25) operates independently of a palletizer (12) for the cartons (10). The separator sheet unit (25) is comprised of a web conveyor (29) for transporting the web of material (21) in portions, and a blank conveyor (30) for receiving and transporting the separator sheets ( 20) and placing them on the carton layers (19). Additionally, a cutting unit (37) for severing a blank (23) is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1994
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co.)
    Inventors: Heinz Focke, Johannes Holloch
  • Patent number: 5375496
    Abstract: The subject of the invention is a device for simultaneous shearing of two sheet metal blanks comprising, for each sheet metal blank, an assembly formed, on the one hand, by a support member of the corresponding sheet metal blank comprising a rectilinear cutting edge and, on the other hand, by a movable cutter provided with a rectilinear cutting edge designed to interact with the cutting edge of the corresponding support member. The cutting edges of the two support members and cutters assemblies are situated in a same reference plane P and the support members extend on either side of the reference plane P. The invention applies to installations for welding by laser beam of two sheet metal blanks placed edge to edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1994
    Assignee: Sollac
    Inventors: Gilles Peru, Francis Sauvage, Yvon Le Roy, Charles Sion
  • Patent number: 5373981
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for cleanly and consistently cutting certain nonwoven fabrics, specifically spunlaced fabrics. The apparatus comprises a pin bar doff knife having one or more rows of closely-spaced, pointed, parallel pins attached perpendicularly to a bar. When the pin bar doff knife is tensioned against a spunlaced fabric to be cut, the pins act to disentangle individual fibers making up the fabric. The result is a very clean fabric cut when used on either lightweight or heavyweight spunlaced fabrics. In particular, the pin bar doff knife produces consistent cuts in heavyweight spunlaced fabrics made of polyester fibers and/or aramid fibers having very high fiber stiffness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1994
    Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventor: Lyles H. Sowell
  • Patent number: 5373763
    Abstract: An apparatus for cutting a crimped fiber bundle accurately at a high speed in compliance with the high-speed capacity of a crimping machine has a rotor including bisymmetrical finger disks, hook-shaped fingers extending from peripheries of the finger disks, and clamping disks which rotate at a uniform speed at the back of the finger disks. The fingers cross each other at one location in the apparatus adjacent the peripheries of the finger disks to form an interlocking area, which defines an inlet for the fiber bundle. Downstream of the interlocking area in the rotating direction of the rotor is formed a hooking area where the fiber bundle is pulled into a zigzag configuration. Finally, the fiber bundle assuming the zigzag configuration is cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1994
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Takehara Kikai Kenkyusho
    Inventor: Katsuomi Takahara