Patents Examined by James J. Engel, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5364480
    Abstract: The ribbon loading container and method includes an elongated housing forming an envelope and having front and rear open ends. A ribbon dam is slidingly received within the envelope of the housing and has a slot therethrough for the passage of the ribbon. The ribbon dam further includes tension clips which frictionally engage the ribbon passing through the slot and frictionally engage the sides of the housing. A drive and driven roller are rotatably disposed adjacent the open front end of the ribbon loading apparatus for introducing ribbon into the envelope. The ribbon dam is initially positioned adjacent the open end of the ribbon loading container such that it applies a back pressure to the incoming ribbon being stuffed into the envelope by the drive and driven rollers. As the envelope is filled with inked ribbon, the ribbon dam slides within the ribbon loading container until the pre-selected length of ribbon has been loaded in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Inventor: Paul E. Becking
  • Patent number: 5358592
    Abstract: A bag making machine for producing thermosplastic resin film bags including rollers for intermittently advancing a flat tubular web of thermoplastic resin film, a sealing assembly positioned downstream from the roller, a heated cutting bar having a sharp edge for providing efficient cutting and concomitantly preventing build-up of carbon by-product, roller elements for reversing the direction of advancement of the resin film, first drive elements for controllably driving the rollers in first and second directions and second drive elements for transversely driving the sealing and heated cutting bar toward and away from the flat web of thermoplastic resin film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Assignee: Nippon Flute Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Fukuyama
  • Patent number: 5358595
    Abstract: A label feeder for use with an automated packaging machine wherein open-top containers are moved along a conveyor line. The label feeder comprises an open frame with a substantially horizontally extending supporting arm extending therefrom and a motor mounted thereon. The supporting arm has at least one label hold bin for holding the labels mounted on it as well as an endless conveyor for moving the label from the label hold bin to a position directly over the open-top container. A loading ram system and an unloading ram system, each with vacuum means, are mounted on the supporting arm to pick a label from the hold bin and deposit a label into the containers, respectively. The label feeder is portable and is used as needed in association with the packaging machine to place the individual label into the open-top container either before or after the articles have been added and before the container is sealed close.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Inventor: Roger S. Williams
  • Patent number: 5356508
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying seals to articles has a rotary table having heads, and an article guide provided along the periphery of the rotary table. Each head is provided with a holding-moving mechanism for holding an article and moving the article on and along the article guide together with the head, and a labeling mechanism for applying a label to the article which is being transferred together with the head. The article is held by the holding-moving mechanism and moved together with the head. During the transfer of the article, the label is applied to the article. The article can be applied with the label while the article is being continuously transferred without being moved intermittently, whereby the apparatus can be easily operated at a high speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Assignee: Japan Tobacco, Inc.
    Inventor: Tomoichi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 5352320
    Abstract: The present invention is a portable manual tape dispensing apparatus for use with a stretchable adhesive tape such as of the type that progressively detackifies when stretched. The apparatus has a supply spool for carrying a supply of the tape and a handle connected to the supply spool for manually grasping and manipulating the apparatus. A mechanism for stretching the tape is arranged and configured to receive the tape from the supply spool. The stretching mechanism has a stretching zone defined between first and second engagement surfaces. The first and second engagement surfaces frictionally engage the tape and move at disparate longitudinal speeds to stretch the tape when the stretching mechanism is activated. A manually operative mechanism is provided for selectively activating the stretching mechanism so an operator can remove the tape from the supply in a substantially detackified stretched condition when the stretching mechanism is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1994
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Mark E. Schwartz, James D. Ramacier, Robert A. Luhman, Raymond D. Zachrison
  • Patent number: 5352319
    Abstract: Rolls of toilet paper are produced by winding a paper web around each of a plurality of air permeable cylindrical cores each having a fixed, outer diameter while applying a liquid to only a leading portion of each web so that wound webs each having a wet inner portion are formed. After drying the wound webs to integrally bind the inner portion, the core is separated from each of the wound webs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1994
    Assignee: Ishizu Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noboru Ishizu, Teruo Takahashi, Tomoyuki Shinohara
  • Patent number: 5350483
    Abstract: A label inserter and method for supply of labels to a mold of a blow molding machine for the production of in-mold labeled plastic products in which a label carrying, vertically liftable beam extending from a carriage driven by a computer controlled linear motor sets labels in the recesses of a mold as it moves into alignment for receipt of a portion of parison to be blown into the desired product. As disclosed the mold is driven along an upwardly inclined path toward the parison and the linear drive support and carriage are drawn thereby along a parallel path in unison with the mold. After insertion of labels, the beam is withdrawn for receipt of additional labels whereupon the carriage and label loaded beam are advanced to a position just outside the path of mold movement to await return and opening of the mold for another cycle of label insertion. Label holders on both sides of the insert beam swing outwardly for receipt of labels and for deposition of labels in the recessed walls of the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1994
    Assignee: Avery-Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph C. Yager, John D. Schuster
  • Patent number: 5350482
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for applying labels onto small cylindrical articles such as dry cell batteries is disclosed. A label transport drum has a substantially smooth surface. Cut labels are applied to the surface and an adhesive applicator applies a preferred cold adhesive onto an area adjacent the leading edge of the label. A solvent applicator applies a predetermined amount of solvent on the area adjacent the trailing edge of the label. The solvent applicator includes a solvent transfer roll and a rotatably supported rotary pad print head. The rotary pad print head includes at least one narrowly tapering, flexible wiper tip. In one embodiment the wiper tip has a V-notch on its end. The flexible tip engages the solvent transfer roll, transferring solvent from the solvent transfer roll into the V-notch. The rotary pad print head is timed to rotate so that the flexible tip is deflected against the area adjacent the trailing edge of the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1994
    Assignee: CMS Gilbreth Packaging Systems
    Inventor: Ian Westbury
  • Patent number: 5348613
    Abstract: In a preferred embodiment, a tool for applying a piece of patching material to an area, the tool including: an elongate member having distal and proximal ends; securing apparatus to releasably secure the patching material to the distal end; releasing apparatus, operable from the proximal end, to release the patching material and to place the same on the area; and finishing apparatus disposed at the distal end to smooth and secure the patching material on the area after the patching material is placed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1994
    Inventor: Normand D. Blais
  • Patent number: 5344519
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying thin film polymer labels onto small cylindrical articles includes a label transport drum that is constructed for aiding the transfer of a label onto a cylindrical article. The apparatus includes a label transport drum having a cylindrically configured hub and cylindrical drum mounted on the hub for rotation thereabout. The drum has an outer surface on which labels are fed while the drum is rotated about the hub. A first radially extending, slotted vacuum manifold defines a label retention area and extends circumferentially around a substantial portion of the circumference of the hub. A first radially extending slotted pressure manifold is aligned circumferentially after the slotted vacuum manifold at an article wrapping position. A valve port, circumferentially aligned with the vacuum and pressure manifolds is positioned on the inner surface of the drum and communicates with the area on the drum surface where the leading edge of the label lies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1994
    Assignee: CMS Gilbreth Packaging Systems
    Inventors: John M. Galchefski, Ian Westbury
  • Patent number: 5332463
    Abstract: An alignment fixture for use in sealing integrated circuit packages including a body having rectangular alignment cavities therein for receiving components of integrated circuit packages. The body is inclined at an angle relative to a horizontal reference plane. The rectangular alignment cavities are rotated at 451/2 angle relative to a longitudinal axis of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1994
    Assignee: Cray Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Delvin D. Eberlein, Peter J. Wehner
  • Patent number: 5328544
    Abstract: Apparatus for applying adhesive to sheet material includes an adhesive applicator including a holder with two relatively moveable segments and a tube connected to the segments having a dispensing slit which is opened and closed due to relative movement between the segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1994
    Assignee: James River Paper Companey, Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence E. Weinert
  • Patent number: 5328543
    Abstract: A method of applying border paper to the ceiling line of walls using a border paper guide having a circular panel at the bottom side of which is mounted an extension pole, and at the upper side of which is mounted a cylindrical housing. The housing of the border guide is leaned against the wall at the desired height by resting the extension pole against the floor. After ascending a ladder, border is payed out from the housing by holding the part of the border extending through the slot in one hand, and then placing the pole about arms-length away with the other hand. With the housing suspending the border paper, both hands are free to apply the borders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1994
    Assignee: Thomas G. Campagna
    Inventor: Thomas G. Campagna
  • Patent number: 5326421
    Abstract: A tape dispenser for adhesive tape (36) comprises a housing, carriage means (22) within the housing for mounting a reel (37) of tape (36), an aperture (51) in the housing through which the tape is arranged to be dispensed on to a surface, applicator rollers (27, 25) within the housing movable to apply the tape to said surface, and a cutter blade (46) within the housing to sever the tape. The cutter blade (46) is retracted when the applicator rollers (27, 25) apply the tape to said surface. At the completion of the applicator the applicator rollers (27, 25) in their withdrawal cause the tape (36) to be presented under tension to the cutter blade to be severed thereby. A push-button (31) controls operation of the dispenser. Depression of the push-button (31) causes the whole carriage (22) inclusive of the tape reel (37) to be displaced towards the application surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1994
    Inventor: Gerald M. Taylor
  • Patent number: 5326422
    Abstract: A labelling machine for treating vessels of different shapes or with different labels comprising a rotatingly drivable turntable with at least one labelling station disposed on its circumference with following wipe-on and pressure-applying elements, the turntable having rotary tables with one associated control element each, which cooperates optionally with one of several radial cams secured against rotation and disposed in axially staggered relationship in the direction of the rotary table axis, the control element associated to the rotary table and/or the radial cams are adjusted relatively to each other for change-over of one type of vessel and/or label to another one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1994
    Inventor: Hermann Kronseder
  • Patent number: 5324380
    Abstract: A method for determining whether confidential written material has been tampered with. The disclosed invention comprises the following steps: applying a removable adhesive to one side of an opaque paper masking label; cutting intermittent slits in said opaque paper masking label; embossing the adhesive side of said slit opaque paper masking label over confidential written material to be masked such that when said embossed opaque paper masking is removed from said material to be masked, said opaque paper masking label fragments and disintegrates due to the intermittent slits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1994
    Inventor: Thomas C. Marin
  • Patent number: 5316614
    Abstract: A tool for temporarily laying a protective length of masking tape over the edge of a carpet along the base of a wall about to be painted, has a flared tape-laying roller that inserts a lateral portion of the masking tape between the edge of the carpet and the base of the wall down to the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1994
    Inventor: Doyle S. Phillips
  • Patent number: 5316612
    Abstract: A main compactor and a tail compactor are independently movable with respect to a tape laying head when compacting composite tape. A piston-driven linkage switches the two compactors alternately to a tape laydown point defined with respect to the tape head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1994
    Assignee: Cincinnati Milacron Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Peterson, Michael N. Grimshaw
  • Patent number: 5314563
    Abstract: An improved tape laying machine for depositing and compacting composite plastic tape onto a work surface, for producing a plastic article, has a presser shoe member for applying and compacting a strip of composite plastic tape onto a work surface, and a tail compaction member for compacting the tail of the strip of composite plastic tape that are independently actuated, coordinately movable and linked to each other. The tail compaction member has a roller that engages the strip of tape substantially rearward of the point where the centerline of the presser shoe member intersects the compacted tape applied to the work surface as the presser shoe member is in compaction engagement with the tape. The tail compaction member roller then moves along a straight line path on the tape as the presser shoe member progressively retracts from compaction engagement with the composite plastic tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1994
    Assignee: Cincinnati Milacron Inc.
    Inventors: Michael N. Grimshaw, David A. Peterson
  • Patent number: 5314557
    Abstract: Means for unitizing objects, e.g., packages, through the use of a stretchable, detackifiable, pressure-sensitive adhesive tape. In the preferred embodiment, the tape comprises a highly extensible, substantially non-recoverable backing bearing on at least one major surface thereof a layer of pressure-sensitive adhesive. This tape has the dual capability of (1) being capable of being firmly bonded to a substrate and (2) being detackified after being stretched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1994
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Mark E. Schwartz, Karl W. Kreckel