Patents Examined by Leslie Grohusky
  • Patent number: 6167804
    Abstract: A method for personalizing flat supports by embossing, characterized by comprising the following stages: withdrawing a card to be personalized from a holder, transferring the card into an embossing station in which a bar code is embossed corresponding to data to be personalized, transferring the embossed card to a bar code reading station, and verifying that the bar code data read in the reading station corresponds to the bar code data memorized in a control unit. If the bar code and memorized data does not correspond then the card is eliminated, while if the data does correspond, the card is returned to the embossing station for completing the embossing cycle by embossing the card with alphanumeric characters corresponding to the bar code characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: C.I.M. Card Identification Machines S.p.A.
    Inventor: Alberto Mucelli
  • Patent number: 6129016
    Abstract: A stamping toy having a pair of self inking stamp pads. The arms are part of a housing assembly including a central drum which is rotatably mounted on a center support post and is biased along with the housing assembly by spring means into an inoperative position. A series of opposed radially spaced depending fingers and upwardly projecting projections are positioned in opposed relationship within the drum. An indexing rod on the post is adapted to cooperate with camming surfaces on the fingers and projections to rotate the arms as the drum is moved from an inoperative to the operative position and back to the inoperative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Inventors: Steven Rehkemper, Jeffery Rehkemper, Todd J. Hannon
  • Patent number: 5971807
    Abstract: A lamp receptacle assembly has a hollow main body, a screw base disposed on a bottom of the main body, and a positioning plate inserted in the main body. The main body has two parallel slide rails, a through hole, an outer annular body, an inner annular body, a spacing, and a plurality of protruded plates. The positioning plate has a first channel, a second channel, a periphery slot, a rectangular groove, a first slot, and a second slot. A first conductive plate has a curved end and a first L-shaped end. A second conductive plate has a U-shaped end and a second L-shaped end. A U-shaped conductive plate has a curved terminal. The first conductive plate is inserted in the first channel. The second conductive plate is inserted in the second channel. The second L-shaped end is inserted in the periphery slot. The U-shaped end, the U-shaped conductive plate, and a fuse tube are inserted in the rectangular groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventor: Mei-Lu Lin
  • Patent number: 5967037
    Abstract: A printing machine includes a machine base, a lower box mounted on the machine base, an upper box mounted on the lower box in a vertically movable and adjustable position, a conveyor passing horizontally between the upper and lower boxes, and an upper printing device mounted in the upper box for printing a workpiece carried by the conveyor. The lower box has an adjustable support for adjustably supporting the upper box. The adjustable support has two upright support tubes mounted to the lower box, and driven shafts received rotatably in the support tubes. Each of the driven shafts has an upper end, a lower end which extends outwardly of a respective one of the support tubes, a threaded hole which extends longitudinally in the upper end, and an upright connecting rod with an externally threaded lower end that engages the threaded hole and an upper end connected to the upper box. The lower box further has a driving mechanism to drive the driven shafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Inventor: Chiung-Fen Su
  • Patent number: 5961230
    Abstract: A printer, in particular of the type used for printing cheques with magnetic ink, comprises a control device for advancing a ribbon at a velocity substantially equal to the velocity of documents. The velocity of documents and the ribbon are controlled by an electronic unit which drives respectively a first motor and a second motor. The control device includes a presser means comprised of a pair of rollers urged against a motor driven roller. This arrangement enables the precise control of the velocity at which the ribbon is advanced. Downstream of the control device, the combined action of a first temporary take up device outside the cartridge and a second permanent take up device inside the cartridge assures the insertion of used ribbon into the cartridge and its winding around a reel by means of a third motor timely controlled by the electronic unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: Panini S.p.A.
    Inventor: Franco Bellotto
  • Patent number: 5954437
    Abstract: A computer keyboard consists of keys which are arranged in groups according to five different patterns for enhancing the key-in efficiency. The first and the second patterns are respectively composed of four sets of specific keys which are arranged in group and covered with four different colors. The third and fourth patterns consist respectively of five sets of specific keys which are grouped and covered with five different colors. The fifth pattern consists of seven sets of specific keys which are grouped and covered with seven different colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Inventor: Hsia Wen-Hung
  • Patent number: 5950538
    Abstract: In a printing unit of an offset rotary printing press with two pairs of plate and rubber blanket cylinders, the first plate cylinder and the two rubber blanket cylinders are mechanically coupled and are driven by a common drive. The second plate cylinder is provided with its own drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer--Albert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Helmut Puschnerat
  • Patent number: 5934813
    Abstract: A protective cover structure specifically designed to overlie and at least partially cover a keyboard of a computer and including an overlying top portion having a nonplaner configuration. A front face of the cover structure has an open construction or configuration of sufficient dimension to allow the user hands clear access to the keyboard for manipulation thereof during normal operation of the computer. The protective structure is at least partially formed from transparent material to allow viewing of the keyboard as well as the hands of the user when the subject assembly is in its protective, overlying position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Inventors: Frank Nyako, Dottie Nyako
  • Patent number: 5934190
    Abstract: A unitary, thin wall, pliable extruded plastic frame and mesh protector for protecting a circular screen printing frame member and a screen mesh in contact therewith includes integrally a circular cross-section body portion having a radius R corresponding to the exterior radius of the frame member, extends about 270.degree., and is sized to the outer periphery of the frame member. An integral base portion extends from a first end of the body portion outwardly and tangentially therefrom. A straight arm portion may extend from a second end of the body portion, at an angle of about 45.degree. to the tangent thereto toward a plane defined by a printing screen mesh whose peripheral edge overlies the base portion. A first hinge couples a proximate end of the arm portion to the second end of the body portion to facilitate pivoting of a distal end of the arm portion into contact with the facing surface of the printing screen mesh.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Assignee: Charles M. Jessup
    Inventors: Charles M. Jessup, Jack Wegener
  • Patent number: 5934194
    Abstract: A multi-layer rubber blanket, that is intended for use on a rubber blanket cylinder, is secured at its underside to a dimensionally stable support plate. The ends of the multi-layer rubber blanket are not affected by mechanical or chemical cleaning. This is accomplished by sealing the front or end faces of the layers of the multi-layer blanket, which are situated underneath the outer, cover layer of the rubber blanket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer-Albert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Helmut Puschnerat, Wolfgang Gunter Ruckmann
  • Patent number: 5921175
    Abstract: An apparatus for embossing panels used in building utilises low wattage blowers to heat a zone upstream of the embossing site. Embossing is carried out by feeding a panel through the nip of an embossing wheel and an anvil roller. A track is rolled into the hard panel surface and various decorative effects are achieved by using side by side arrangements of wheels. The tendency to panel splitting is reduced by the provision of hot localised zones. The apparatus is sufficiently wide to receive the panel in both axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventor: Robert Ernest Bates
  • Patent number: 5918544
    Abstract: Web displacing apparatus selectively displaces a web between a first position engaging a fluid source and a second position spaced from the fluid source. A web drive is constructed and arranged to move the web in a direction from the fluid source toward a surface for engagement with the web for receiving fluid carried by the web from the fluid source. Web moving structure is constructed and arranged to selectively move the web between the first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Assignee: MPM Corporation
    Inventor: Dennis G. Doyle
  • Patent number: 5918545
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for cleaning flexographic printing plates which are mounted on a printing cylinder of a flexographic printing press, whereby the printing plates are scrubbed to remove ink, foreign matter and residue resulting from the flexographic printing press, followed by a rinsing of the residue from the printing plates, with the centralized collection of such residue for proper disposal, and the drying of the printing plates by directing pressurized air onto the printing plate to remove excess moisture without the need to remove the printing plates from the printing cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Assignee: Oxy-Dry Corporation
    Inventor: Malcolm J. Pym
  • Patent number: 5915303
    Abstract: One or more flexible printing plates are installed on a print cylinder through the use of one or more slots formed axially along the cylinder. A resilient spring clip is inserted into the slot, followed by a plate registration bracket with a registration pin which is secured in the slot by retaining screws. Each printing plate has a lead edge and a tail edge with a notch in each edge. A lead edge is inserted into the slot and is tensioned against a side wall of the slot by the spring clip. The notch on the lead edge engages the registration pin on the bracket. A tail edge is then inserted into the slot between the lead edge and the spring clip. The tail edge notch also engages the registration pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: Goss Graphic Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick J. Whiting, Randy Juras
  • Patent number: 5913265
    Abstract: A stencil printing drum includes a cylindrical circumferential wall which includes an ink permeable area and an ink impermeable area surrounding the ink permeable area. The wall is wrapped with a perforated stencil sheet and driven to rotate around a central axis of itself. The drum also includes an ink supply roller provided inside the wall for supplying ink to an inner surface of the wall. The roller presses ink outwardly from the ink permeable area to pass through a perforated area of the stencil sheet wrapped around the wall for printing. The drum also includes an ink impermeable projection. The projection is provided on a rear end portion of the ink permeable area in a rotating direction of the wall along one of the generatrices of the cylindrical wall. The projection projects inside the cylindrical wall, thereby dividing the ink permeable area and the ink impermeable area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Assignee: Riso Kagaku Corporation
    Inventors: Shigenori Ishii, Katsuro Motoe
  • Patent number: 5913266
    Abstract: A printing cylinder 20 has a length for mass printing and is used for an inking roller group for supplying printing ink, a plate cylinder having a printing plate, a blanket cylinder for printing with the ink transferred from the printing plate, etc. A ring groove 25 is dug at each end face of the printing cylinder 20 so as to open annularly and to have a depth of 1/4 to 1/3 of the length of the printing cylinder 20 in the axial direction of the printing cylinder. Deflection deformation caused on the outer circumference of the printing cylinder 20 can thereby be equalized at the central portion and both end portions of the printing cylinder 20. Axial directional changes in the pressing force caused by the deflection deformation can be reduced, and even with the elongated printing cylinder 20 of the same cylinder diameter as a conventional one, irregularities of inking in the axial direction of the printing cylinder 20 due to changes in the pressing force do not occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshinori Nakaya, Takuji Tsugawa
  • Patent number: 5909709
    Abstract: A stackable stamp assembly used to form images on a surface includes a substantially congruent and releasably engageable base, intermediate members, and cover assembly. A stamp is attached to each of the intermediate members. The intermediate members are dish-shaped so that the stamp of an upper member is received within the member disposed immediately below when the members are stacked one on top of the other. The assembly may also includes ways to facilitate the alignment of the assembly with the surface on which an imprint of the stamp is to be made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1999
    Assignee: Fiskars Inc.
    Inventors: Suk Ku An, Norman D. Siegfried, Brian L. Adkinson
  • Patent number: 5906162
    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: September 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1999
    Assignee: Fischer & Krecke GmbH
    Inventors: Wilfried Kolbe, Bodo Steinmeier, Manfred Terstegen, Klaus Schirrich
  • Patent number: 5904097
    Abstract: A plurality of spring bases 50, 51 and 52 are provided to a tail edge side clamping base 76 independently. A pair of base convexes 51T are formed on both an upper surface and a lower surface of the spring base 51. A tension selecting part 70 comprising a first block 72 having a pair of block convexes 72T is provided at a position confronted with the spring base 51. The block convexes 72T and the base convexes 51T are contacted with each other by moving a lever 72L formed on an upper surface of the first block 72 when the plate 15 is fitted tightly on a cylinder surface of a plate cylinder 60 with low tension. The lever 72L is moved either in a direction of the arrow 100 or 101 when the plate 15 is fitted tightly on the cylinder surface of the plate cylinder 60 with high tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Assignee: Ryobi Ltd.
    Inventor: Hidekazu Nishi
  • Patent number: 5901665
    Abstract: The invention is an improved cage assembly for tending poultry. The cage assembly includes at least two horizontal cage rows formed by adjacent cage housings, a majority of the cage housings being formed by double cages, a dung receiver extending under each of the cage rows, fan flaps provided for drying collected dung, the fan flaps being distributed at longitudinal intervals along a dung receiver and above the dung receiver and mounted on transverse axes, pivot drives associated with the fan flaps to pivot the fan flaps, the pivot drives having push rods and pull rods extending in the lengthwise direction along the dung receiver through the cage assembly at a distance from the transverse axes of fan flaps and engaging the transverse axis, and with the fan flaps having force-transmitting part and a fan part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Assignee: Salmet Gesellschaft mit beschrankter Haftung & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft
    Inventor: Karl Horst Lackner